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The Vanaprastha-asrama and its practical application

By Jaya Gaurasundara dasa

A. Introduction

1. What is vanaprastha?

The word vanaprastha is composed of the words vana, meaning “forest” and prastha, meaning “to go,” so a vanaprastha is “One has gone to the forest.” Vanaprastha is an asrama in the Vedic varnasrama system. An asrama can be both a…

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What’s Wrong with Our Politicians – Three Examples of Perfect Leadership

By Rama Vigraha Dasa

From Back to Godhead

To say that most politicians are incompetent, and in many cases downright dishonest, isn’t very controversial. We’ve all read about their blunders, their tricks, and their schemes. So the aim of this article is not to give proof of their failure to bring about world peace and…

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Becoming Free From The Flaw Of Envy

“The word ‘envy’ is applied in many places and is used in connection to various things – envy of another’s good fortune, being disturbed at seeing the wealth of others, displeasure and jealousy etc. are some of the various examples. Wherever the word ‘matsarya’ (envy) has been explained in the Vaisnava scriptures, it is fully understood that its influence is the…

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Culture All The Way by Bhaktimarga Swami





No walking today, although brain and heart were on…
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Purchased by love by Kadamba Kanana Swami

Duryodhana was working very hard to win people over to his side and he was successful in some cases. Some karmi leaders were coming along with their armies and they were being received very nicely. They thought that they were going to fight for Yudhisthira and Yudhisthira made all such arrangements for them, but it turned out that it was Duryodhana. So then they felt so indebted, that they instead fought on Duryodhana’s side.…

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I was walking with a companion by Bhaktimarga Swami



I was walking with a companion  tonight on Dupont Street.  After a long, busy, busy day, I needed some down time so did my companion.  We walked west on Dupont for quite some distance, and then south on Christie.  


My companion…
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Kids’ Bhagavatam Program Gives Children Taste for the Spotless Purana

Activism
 
By Madhava Smullen 

Beginning as simple home sessions, a program designed to teach young children the Srimad-Bhagavatam will soon be offered…

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The Illusion of Heavenly Planets

By Khonika Gope-Kumar

Like many others, I had a misconception that the 7 subterranean planets mentioned in the scriptures are actually hellish planets meant for punishing the sinners. Hell no! (no pun intended)

The seven subterranean planets, i.e. those are below the…

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The Root of Anger By Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi

From Back to Godhead

A therapist draws on Lord Krsna’s teachings to help a child control his rage.

THE HOSPITAL ROOM SMELLS strongly of antiseptic as I walk in. Chris sits on his bed, immersed in rapidly pushing buttons with his thumbs.

“Nintendo?” I ask nonchalantly, breaking his concentration.

“Play Station,” he replies,…

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Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Jakarta 2019

By Hari Narayana Dasa

This time it was the occasion for the celebration of the 8th annual Rath yatra festival in the capital city of Jakarta, on the occasion of Jakarnaval at the time of the 492nd anniversary of Jakarta. Devotees sang melodious harinaam, and danced and pulled the rath.The excitement kept swelling, in the heart of the Capital…

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Festival of India in London by Bhaktimarga Swami

 


Robin is from the…
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“Everything for Krishna . . .” by Giriraj Swami

In Calcutta, 1971, the temple was in quite a bad state because the temple president had become preoccupied in an incense business he had started to raise funds. In the course of his absorption in the business, the devotees in the temple were being neglected. He hardly spent any time with them, and they really had no one to look after them. They were barely surviving. A strong-bodied devotee named Sudama Vipra, who had belonged to the Hell’s…

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Drama - Gita: Concise by Bhaktimarga Swami





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Qualities of the Best Human Beings

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Lecture given in Los Angeles, May 17, 1973

Spiritual merit, not wealth, distinguishes the most honored persons in Vedic society.

bhagavan api viprarshe

rathena sa-dhananjayah

sa tair vyarochata nripah

kuvera iva guhyakaih…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 18.20

TEXT 20
sarva-bhutesu yenaikam

bhavam avyayam iksate

avibhaktam vibhaktesu

taj jnanam viddhi sattvikam

SYNONYMS…
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Finding Shelter in True Identity

A child of Indian-born parents in America discovers herself in the context of competing cultures.

“So, tell me about yourself. Where are you from?” asked the…

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Service to the Cow By Advaita Acarya Dasa

THE VEDAS DESCRIBE the cow as our mother (go-mata). Why? Because she gives the milk that nurtures and nourishes us from infancy to old age. When the cow is happy, satisfied, and well taken care of, she produces far more milk than her calf requires. We can use this milk for our dietary needs.

Srila Prabhupada writes, “Foods such as milk, milk products, sugar,…

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Srila Prabhupada and the puffed rice By Srutakirti dasa

“It wasn’t you had to think, ‘Oh, can I have a mango?'”

Srutakirti dasa, November 1973, ISKCON Bombay, Juhu Beach

One evening Srila Prabhupada called me into his room.

“This evening you can make me some puffed rice and peanuts,” he said. “It will fill me, but it is not heavy. What I ate last night made it difficult for me to get up and do my…

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Message From Robert by Bhaktimarga Swami

A message came from Robert of California
 
SUBJECT: You inspire me
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The Joy of Devotion Documentary Is Now Available in Five Languages Worldwide

Arts

In honor of ISKCON’s 50th anniversary, two award-winning film were produced. While Yadubara Das’ film the Hare Krishna! presents Prabhupada’s extraordinary life, an ISKCON Communications Ministry documentary The Joy of Devotion directed by Krisztina Danka (Krishna Lila Dasi) of Karuna Productions picks up where the other film leaves off and captures Prabhupada’s worldwide…

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