• Philosophy

    Disempowering False Ego

    Materialistic Tendency The materialistic conception impels a living being to assert himself in different contexts of life. When everyone is conducted by the same impulse, a strong, envious, negativity pervades the environment which self-propagates as people respond to it. Dominance becomes the standard for success. Life transforms into a constant struggle punctuated by successes and failures in heinous attempts to prevail. In such a state the heart is flooded with ungodly thoughts, feelings and intentions-the instruments for survival in embattled circumstances. These are the workings of a typical mundane community, delicately held together by a threadbare fabric called civility. The Spiritual Society The spiritual world is an entirely different society.…

  • Biography,  Philosophy

    The Voyage of Compassion: Srila Prabhupada Reaches the Shores of America

    The arduous sea journey of Srila Prabhupada to fulfil the order of his spiritual master of spreading Krishna Consciousness in the western world was a great austerity for the exalted Acharya. The heavy seas and gigantic waves caused immense discomfort to Srila Prabhupada. On the thirteenth and fourteenth days of that voyage, as the ship plied over the Arabian sea, he underwent two heart attacks experiencing sharp pain in his chest. At his age, to tolerate such agony was virtually impossible. Yet, his unshakable faith in Lord Krishna helped him sail through the crisis. After 14 days, when the Jaladuta entered the Atlantic Ocean, they found it unusually calm. It…

  • Biography,  Philosophy

    Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur: Ideal Time Management

    A living being is eternal by his very constitution. He gets stuck in the cycle of birth and death due to his contact with the material energy. Freed from such material energy, a living entity is liberated and is eligible to return home, back to Godhead. Those who want to live forever without changing their material bodies should not waste valuable time with topics other than those relating to Lord Krishna and His devotees. One second of human life wasted in the vain research of planning for happiness in the material world can never be replaced, by even spending millions of gold coins. Therefore, the transcendentalist desiring freedom from the…

  • Tapasya
    Philosophy

    Tapasya – An Essential in Human Society

    Lord Rishabh Dev, the incarnation of the Lord as a great King, in His teachings to His one hundred sons gave this valuable instruction, ṛṣabha uvāca nāyaṁ deho deha-bhājāṁ nṛloke kaṣṭān kāmān arhate viḍ-bhujāṁ ye tapo divyaṁ putrakā yena sattvaṁ śuddhyed yasmād brahma-saukhyaṁ tv anantam “Lord Ṛṣabhadeva told His sons: My dear boys, of all the living entities who have accepted material bodies in this world, one who has been awarded this human form should not work hard day and night simply for sense gratification, which is available even for dogs and hogs that eat stool. One should engage in penance and austerity to attain the divine position of devotional…

  • Biography,  Philosophy

    Lalita Sakhi

    Lalita Sakhi is one of the eight Varistha (chief) Gopis, Ashtasakhis in Krishna’s Vraja Lila. Sakhis are the friends of Srimati Radharani. She is also considered to be the leader and controller of all sakhis. Lalita Devi was born in the village of Karhala, and later on, her father brought her to Unchagaon, which is known as the place of her pastimes. Lalita’s age is 14 years, 8 months and 27 days. Her mother is Saradi and her father is Vishoka. Her husband Bhairava is a friend of Govardhana Malla, the husband of Chandravali. Lalitadevi instructs and directs all the sakhis and is an expert in the tactics of union…

  • Indian Women
    Philosophy

    Can India claim to be safe for women?

    By – Yudhishthira Krishna Dasa Vice President, Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir The ongoing case of a Chandigarh woman being stalked by an influential politician’s son has hit the headlines in all the digital and print media over the past few days. Many such cases of harassment of women are reported in the media day in and day out. Incidents of rape, women-trafficking, prostitution rackets etc., are a constant source of anxiety especially for women living in metros and other cities and it keeps raising one of the most important questions addressing all of us –“Can India claim to be safe for women?” Given the strong cultural roots on which Indian civilization…

  • Philosophy

    श्री कृष्ण की दिव्यता और हमारा परम् कर्तव्य

    श्री कृष्ण भगवत गीता में कहते हैं – जन्म कर्म च मे दिव्यमेवं यो वेत्ति तत्वतः । त्यक्त्वा देहं पुनर्जन्म नैति मामेति सो ऽर्जुन ॥भ० गी० ४.९ } हे अर्जुन! जो मेरे जन्म तथा कर्मों की दिव्य प्रकृति को जनता है, वह इस शरीर को छोड़ने पर इस भौतिक संसार में पुनः जन्म नहीं लेता, अपितु मेरे सनातन धाम को प्राप्त करता है। अर्थात पूर्ण पुरुषोत्तम भगवान निष्क्रिय नहीं है। यदि कोई व्यक्ति भगवान के जन्म और  क्रियाओं को समझ लेगा तो वह आश्चर्य जनक परिणाम पाएगा। और वह क्या होगा? वह इस शरीर को छोड़ने के बाद दुबारा इस संसार में नहीं आयेगा। कुछ लोग इस श्लोक में वर्णित…

  • Philosophy

    Practicing Yoga In The Present Age

    Today many people are interested in Yoga. To most, yoga is a form of exercise or some sitting postures for keeping the body fit. The real purpose of Yoga, however, is to connect the minute soul to the Supersoul. Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the ultimate object of yoga. Hence one of Kṛṣṇa’s names is yogeśvara, the master of yoga. In India, those who are serious about practicing yoga go to a secluded place in the Himalayas where in solitude, they follow a very restrictive process for eating and sleeping. Their strict rules and regulations include brahmacharya or celibacy. Scriptures say, yoga indriya-saṁyama, which means…

  • Divinity of Krishna
    Philosophy

    Krishna’s Divinity

    Krishna Declares His Activities Divine In the Bhagavad-Gita Lord Krishna describes His birth and actives as divine. janma karma ca me divyam evaṁ yo vetti tattvataḥ tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti mām eti so ‘rjuna “One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.” Bhagavad-Gita As It Is  (1972 Edition) 4.9. He declares that recognising the divinity of His birth and activities enables us to become free of the cycle of repeated birth and death. The Process of Understanding Krishna Understanding Krishna is not an intellectual exercise. Rather it…

  • Philosophy

    श्रद्धा

    जब एक व्यक्ति ट्रेन में सफर करने के लिए टिकट खरीदता है, तो वह आशवस्त होता है, कि यादि वह सही ट्रैन में बैठे तो अवश्य अपनी मंज़िल पर पहुँचेगा। उसे ट्रेन व्यवस्था पर संपूर्ण विश्वास होता है। इसी विश्वास को श्रद्धा कहा जाता है। ज्ञान के क्षेत्र में भी विद्यार्थी अध्यापक, तथा पुस्तकों को श्रद्धापूर्वक स्वीकार करते हैं। आध्यात्मिक जीवन में श्रद्धा आध्यात्मिक जीवन में विशेषकर, शिष्य का गुरू तथा शासत्र के प्रति अटूट श्रद्धा  होना अनिवार्य है। यदि कोई श्रील प्रभुपाद से श्रीमद् भगवद्गीता का ज्ञान श्रद्धापूर्वक सुनें तो उन्हे आभास होगा कि शरीर और मन आत्मा से भिन्न हैं तथा जब तक आत्मा की तृप्ती नहीं होति जीवन का…