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    Divine Education

    This article discusses the proper approach to spiritual learning. The spiritual learning process is contrasted with the modern education system from the viewpoint of the knowledge given in the Bhagavad-Gita. According to Bhagavad-Gita, there are two kinds of persons in society – One divine (daiva) and the other demonic (asura). Those of divine nature are gentle and thoughtful. They practice yoga and try to develop spiritual knowledge. The demons are only interested in becoming rich and enjoying their senses to the fullest. The divine are compassionate to all living beings. The demons being conceited, greedy, and envious, are cruel to themselves and others. Divine nature is born of goodness. Demonic…

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    ‘The Ideal Republic – a transcendental perspective’

    The Ideal Republic A Transcendental Perspective An Ideal Republic is conducted under the guidance of divine principles of the Vedas with a goal to elevate every citizen to the platform of God Consciousness.     The governance of a nation involves the collective welfare of a great mass of people spread over a vast region with great diversity in culture, language, geography and aspirations. A government is meant to address the specific needs of each individual while at the same time unite them in achieving a common goal that will lead to both individual and collective satisfaction. For a government to successfully achieve these goals, there is need for enlightenment…

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    All Glories to Balam Rice and Cow Ghee

    “All Glories to Balam Rice and Cow Ghee!” A Story by Srila Bhaktisidddhanta Saraswati Thakur about a Landlord in whose house no Servant could ever continue to work for long.   There was once a landlord in whose house no servant could ever continue to work for long. the landlord used to appoint new servants frequently and they would leave the job only after a few days. The landlord was much perturbed at this. it was almost impossible for him to maintain the household work without any servants. One day he was lamenting to one of his friends, “How unfortunate I am! Not even a single servant could stay! What’s…

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    MakaraSankranti – The Dawn of Uttarayana

    Makara Sankranti is a popular festival celebrated throughout India. Here is an article on Makar Sankranti   MakaraSankranti refers to the event of the Sun entering the zodiac sign of Makara or Capricorn. On this day the Sun God is worshipped for blessing humanity with light and heat and for providing life-giving harvest of food grains.It marks the transition of the Sun into the celestial path. The day also marks the arrival of spring. According to the Hindu calendar, MakaraSankranti celebrates the joy of farmers receiving fresh harvest. The Sankranti festival is generally celebrated from 13th to 15th January every year. The day before Sankranti, i.e. 13th January, is celebrated…

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    Ṣaṭ-Sandarbha of Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī

    Ṣaṭ-sandarbha of Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī Cc MADHYA 1.43 BY HIS DIVINE GRACE A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA   śrī-bhāgavata-sandarbha-nāmagrantha-vistāra bhakti-siddhānteratātedekhāiyāchenapāra   SYNONYMS śrī-bhāgavata-sandarbha-nāma—of the name Bhāgavata-sandarbha; grantha—the book; vistāra—very elaborate; bhakti-siddhāntera—of the conclusions of devotional service; tāte—in that book; dekhāiyāchena—he has shown; pāra—the limit.   TRANSLATION In ŚrīBhāgavata-sandarbha, Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī has written conclusively about the ultimate end of devotional service.   PURPORT: The Bhāgavata-sandarbha is also known as Ṣaṭ-sandarbha. 1.    In the first part, called Tattva-sandarbha, it is proved that Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the most authoritative evidence directly pointing to the Absolute Truth. 2.    The second Sandarbha, called Bhagavat-sandarbha, draws a distinction between impersonal Brahman and localized Paramātmā and describes the…

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    Seeing the Sun in the Night

    Seeing the Sun in the Night A Story by Srila Bhaktisidddhanta Saraswati Thakur abou a fanciful landlord once became very anxious to see the sun in a new-moon night sky.     A fanciful landlord once became very anxious to see the sun in a new-moon night sky. The flattering sycophants of the landlord said, “When you, our lord, desires, it must be fulfilled. We should set up in this world such an exemplary deed so that everyone will glorify you and follow the same example.” Flattering thus, one of the sycophants brought in a huge lantern and held it up towards the sky, saying, “Look here, my lord, can…

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    Honey and the Foolish Bumblebee

    Honey and the Foolish Bumblebee A Story by Srila Bhaktisidddhanta Saraswati Thakur about Honey and the Foolish Bumblebee   Once a bumblebee saw a transparent glass bottle full of honey, and it wanted to enjoy the contents. Without realising that the honey was covered by the glass bottle, the foolish bee tried again and again to relish it. Sitting upon the bottle, the bee concluded finally that it had relished the honey. In fact, it could not even touch the honey, not to speak of relishing its sweetness. The bee was simply self-deceived.     PURPORT The materialistic persons and commonplace so-called vaisnavites believe that they have relished the nectar…

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    “Yes, No, Very Good”- Srila Bhaktisidddhanta Saraswati

    A Story by Srila Bhaktisidddhanta Saraswati Thakur about a simple villager picked up some English through listening. He memorized only a few English words, such as `Yes’ and `No’, and `Very good’.                                      “Yes, No, Very Good”   A simple villager picked up some English through listening. He memorized only a few English words, such as `Yes’ and `No’, and `Very good’. But he never attempted seriously to understand the application of these words in the proper context. He only knew that a sort of respect for an `English-speaking’ person could be attained by using those words in front of people. Once a few dacoits made a plan to…

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    Five Topics of the Bhagavad-Gita

    Five Topics of the Gita with Introduction, Importance of the five topics and how they affect our worldview F i v e    T o p i c s    o f    t h e    G i t a    Introduction If we step back from the flow of life and observe what we undergo, we will begin to notice existence. The reality of existence is intriguing. Who are we? What is this world? Why is it fraught with difficulties? What is its origin? Why are we caught in this intense struggle for survival? Why is death there? The Gita speaks to persons whose thoughts have arrived at this stage of…

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    The Material Conundrum ..

    We souls are wonderful beings.  We have divine qualities. We never die, we are eternally young and our hearts are brimming with ecstatic love. We have a nature of deep empathy and goodwill for everyone. We care for others more than we do for ourselves. We are all that is warm and touching to the heart. We are from a world where feeling acts are sensitively reciprocated. There is absolutely no misunderstanding. Everyone feels satisfied in every way and everyone lives fully dependent on the Supreme Personality of Godhead- Lord Krishna. The tiny living being without any false pride recognises Krishna alone as the powerful. He understands that Krishna is…