• Philosophy

    Deceit in the Realm of Conviction

    Everyone lives by convictions. A belief system of right and wrong prevails in every society of humans. Usually not expressly stated , rules of proper conduct guide the actions of most. Principles like honesty, respect, gratitude, and politeness are instilled from the very childhood. Most people oblivious to the notion of transcendence cannot exceed the mundane in deciding propriety. Given the choice of building a temple or offering food in charity they would decidedly choose the latter. Spiritual identity and the treacherous journey out of the dense forest of materialistic bondage is inconsequential to most as Maya predominates every direction of thought with powerful but false material convictions. The consequence of…

  • 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

    Our Giving Nature

    As spirit souls we have an eternal nature that is constitutionally blissful. It’s composed of divine feelings. The reassurance of eternity imbues these feelings. Hence there is never a fear of loss or termination. These feelings are a result of an eternal relationship with Krishna. The desire to please Krishna with loving service drives the spirit soul. It’s his selfless giving that is his supreme bliss. It’s spontaneous. It’s not pretence or imposed due to circumstances. The Infinitely sensitive Lord reciprocates intimately with the devotee, responding perfectly to his every need. The soul is dependent on the Lord even in serving Him. The association with the Lord is very rich.…

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    Ramanavami: Expression of a Divine Hope

    Ramanavami: Expression of a Divine Hope Lord Rama the Supreme Lord incarnated as an ideal king    An ideal kingdom is established on the basis of a spiritual understanding of life. By the knowledge imparted in the Vedas and presented in unsurpassable summary in the Bhagavad-Gita, the living being is understood to be a spiritual spark that inhabits a body constituted of matter. For the soul, a material body is a cloak of suffering. Forced to undergo the tribulations of birth, old age, disease and death, the body constantly challenges the state of peacefulness and well being of the living entity. Hence it is necessary for the soul in material existence to…