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Month: February 2018

Narasimhadeva Chaturdasi

Sri Narasimha Jayanti is the appearance day of Lord Narasimha, the half-lion half-man incarnation of Supreme Lord Krishna, who appeared to protect Prahlada from his demoniac father Hiranyakashipu. Hiranyakashipu received a special benediction from Lord Brahma that he could not be killed by any human being, demigod or animal or any other entities; he could not be killed by any kind of weapons, neither during day nor night. So, the Lord appeared in half-man half-lion form and killed him with His nails at twilight, thus satisfying all the conditions. Lord Narasimha out of compassion removes obstacles on the path of devotional service.

Sri Rama Navami

Sri Rama Navami is the auspicious appearance day of Lord Sri Ramachandra. Sri Ramachandra appeared in the month of Chaitra (March – April). This year we celebrate the festival on March 25, 2018.  Sri Ramachandra appeared as the son of Dasharatha, the king of Ayodhya, who hailed from the dynasty of Maharaja Ikshvaku. Dasharatha had three wives: Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra, but he had no children. On the advice of Maharishi Vashishtha, the king performed a Putra Kameshti Yajna. As a result the three wives conceived sons. Kaushalya gave birth to Rama and Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharata. Sumitra gave birth to the twins: Lakshmana and Shatrughna. The life and activities of Sri Rama are explained in detail by the great sage Valmiki in the epic Ramayana.  

Vrindavan’s Gopi skirts

A Gopi skirts is the traditional clothing of women in Vrndavan. It is a combination of lehenga, a tight choli (blouse) and an vani (odhani). A lehenga is a form of a long skirt which is pleated. It is usually embroidered or has a thick border at the bottom. A choli is a blouse shell garment, which is cut to fit to the body and has short sleeves and a low neck. For more variety of Gopi skirts please visit Matchless gift shop at New Jagannath Puri temple – Iskcon Phoenix

Why don’t we remember the beggars at the time of eating meat or drinking alcohol?

When God is present everywhere, why should we worship him in the temple images? Certainly, God is present everywhere, but is he accessible to us everywhere? Water is present everywhere in the air as water vapor, but can we just hang out our tongue and access that water whenever we feel thirsty? No; we need to go to a tap. Similarly, though God is present everywhere; we need his accessible form as manifested in the temples. The need for an accessible manifestation of God is indispensable. Even in the imaginary storyline of OMG, God appears before Kanjibhai in a materially visible form and protects him in miraculous ways. Only on seeing this form does he get converted. Thus, even a skeptic who rejects all material manifestations of God needs a material manifestation to develop his faith. In ...

So much money on spent on expensive religious rituals when beggars are starving outside the temples?

It’s certainly sad to see anyone starving. If the social culture were more spiritual and less materialistic, the state officials as well as the wealthy would have a spirit of compassion and a system of charity to care for the needy. And they would also have gorgeous worship of God in temples. Certainly, the needy should be cared for, but are caring for them and opulently worshiping God mutually exclusive? Is the worship of God really causing starvation among the poor? If we are truly concerned about starving people, then why do we target expensive religious rituals alone? Why not target the billionaires and trillionaires who spend millions on their wardrobes and perfumes? Outside their mansions also beggars are starving. Why not target theatres, casinos, race courses, malls, sports tournam...

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Here’s an analogy to understand the answer. In villages, grain is often stored in huge vertical containers; fresh grain is poured into the top, and old stored grain is taken out from the bottom. A farmer may have produced poor quality grain of, say, brand Z for the past four years and stocked it in his container. This year he produces high quality grain of, say, brand A and stores it at the top. He is therefore exasperated when he finds grain of brand Z coming out from the bottom. This illustrates how seemingly innocent people suffer in this life: they have been doing good things in this life, but have earlier done bad things whose reactions are coming to them now. The workings of karma are often difficult to appreciate is that most people have a karmic record that is neither white nor bla...

Festival of chariots

Poda Pitha After the 9 days sojourn at the Gundicha Temple, the Lord Jagannath return to the temple, but stop once during the journey. Can you guess why? Well, that’s because Lord can’t be back home without tasting his favorite sweet, Poda Pitha, a special kind of pancake made in Odisha, on the way! When Lord Jagannath  from moving Legend has it that Lord Jagannath would be unwilling to visit his aunt’s place every time, and creepily, every year, no matter how many thousands of devotees push the chariot, it would simple refuse to move a bit from its place. It’s only after hours of pushing that it would finally show movement! Yes, it’s kind of funny Rath Yatra or the famous Chariot Festival marks Lord Jagannath’s yearly sojourn to HIS maternal aunt’s abode. Well, yes, it is a fact propounde...

Test Blog Vish

SHRILA PRABHUPADA For millennia the teachings and the rich culture of bhakti-yoga, or Krishna Consciousness, had been hidden within the borders of India. Today, millions around the globe express their gratitude to Srila Prabhupada for revealing the timeless wisdom of bhakti to a world. Born as Abhay Charan De on September 1, 1896, in Calcutta, as a young man he joined Mahatma Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement. In 1922, a meeting with the prominent scholar and spiritual leader, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, proved to be most influential on young Abhay’s future calling. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta was a leader in the Gaudiya Vaishnava community, a monotheistic tradition within the broader Hindu culture. At their very first meeting, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta asked Abhay to bring the teachings of ...

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