Drinking wine is a serious sin

From the Maha-bharata, Adi Parva:   Vaisampayana continued, The learned Sukra, having been deceived while under the influence of wine, and remembering the total loss of consciousness that is one of the terrible consequences of drink, and beholding too before him the handsome Kacha whom he had, in a state of unconsciousness, … Read More

Dhruva Maharaja Leaves Home, November 18, San Diego

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Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.8.3-5. “Piety refers to the process of cleansing the heart. As recommended by Lord Caitanya, one has to cleanse the dust from the mirror of the mind, and then advancement on the path of liberation begins. Here also the same process is recommended. Malam means “contamination.” We should learn … Read More

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 6.154, Srila Prabhupada

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Gorakphur, Feb. 16, 1971 Prabhupāda: So English is all right? Haṁsadūta: Yes. [laughs] Prabhupāda: Caitanya Mahāprabhu is quoting from Viṣṇu Purāṇa. As I have told you the other day, there are eighteen purāṇas: sattvika-purāṇa, rājasika-purāṇa, and tamasika-purāṇa. The whole scheme of Vedic culture is to reclaim all fallen conditioned souls to the platform of transcendental realization. That is the scheme. There … Read More

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 25.40-50, Srila Prabhupada

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Prabhupāda: …krūrān saṁsāreṣu narādhamān kṣipāmy ajasram aśubhān āsurīṣv eva yoniṣu [Bg. 16.19, Cc. Madhya 25.40] [Those who are envious and mischievous, who are the lowest among men, are cast by Me into the ocean of material existence, into various demoniac species of life.] This is a verse from Bhagavad-gītā, that those who are deriding upon … Read More

Global Environmental Management and the Vedic Triguna

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By Padma Devi Dasi Can knowledge of the three modes of nature shed light on the underlying causes of substandard environmental practices? It may be safe to say that deterioration of the global natural environment is today no longer a contested issue. All nations acknowledge pollution, salination, deforestation, desertification, depletion of the … Read More

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