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Who am I?
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Who am I? What am I? Am I the body, mind or something more? These are the age old questions that every philosopher throughout the ages has tried to grasp and understand. After all, how will you know what to...

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The Vedic Description of the Soul.
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Who am I? What am I? Am I the body, mind or something more? These are the age old questions that every philosopher throughout the ages has tried to grasp and understand. After all, how will you know what to...

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Who is Krishna?
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In the philosophy of Bhakti Yoga, the Absolute Truth is known as a person. His name is Krishna, a Sanskrit word which means “all attractive”. Krishna is the all attractive object of your...

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Shri Radha
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 …The Feminine Nature of God Millions will gather today, in India and around the world, to offer prayers, worship, and devotional songs glorifying the appearance of the Divine mother, Radha...

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What Is The Purpose of Life?
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So now that we find ourselves in this human form, and in this material world, what are we really supposed to do with it? Everybody at some point in their life wonders why God created this world and how they...

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What is the goal of life?
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We are not this body. We are spirit souls. We are part and parcel of the Supreme absolute – Sri Krishna. The goal of our life is to establish the lost connection with the Supreme Personality – Sri...

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What is ISKCON’s Purpose?
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When Srila Prabhupada began ISKCON, he established eight principles that are the basis of the Krishna consciousness movement. 1. By sincerely cultivating a genuine spiritual science, we can be free from...

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Who Is Srila Prabhupada?
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Srila Prabhupada, known as His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, appeared in this world in Calcutta, India on Nandotsava, the annual festival day celebrating Krishna’s birth, in the...

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What Scripture Do We Follow?
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Members of the Hare Krishna Movement follow ancient India’s Vedic literature, primarily Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. These teachings date back over 5000 years and are practiced by more than 900...

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What is the Bhagavad-Gita?
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Bhagavad (buh-guh-vud) Gita (gee-tah). The title is a Sanskrit phrase which means “Song of God.” If we can enjoy, grow, and learn from the songs of ordinary people, just imagine how much we can...

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What is the Hare Krishna Mantra?
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A mantra is a spiritual sound vibration that purifies the consciousness and awakens love of God. The chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare...

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On Chanting Hare Krishna
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Although “Hare Krishna” has become a household word, practically nobody knows what it means. Is it merely a repetitious incantation designed to hypnotize its practitioners? Is it a form of...

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What Is Karma?
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Karma is one of those topics that many people know a little about, but few understand the intricacies of it. To start with, Newton's third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and...

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What Is Reincarnation?
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Reincarnation is called samsara in the classic Vedic texts of India. The word samsara is Sanskrit and means being bound to the cycle of repeated birth and death through numerous lifetimes. How this works is...

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Do you believe in reincarnation?
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Yes…. The Bhagavad-gita, the principal scripture of the Hare Krishna movement, and the roots of understanding reincarnation, states “As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from...

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What is Bhakti Yoga?
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Bhakti is derived from the Sanskrit word bhaj, which means – loving service. Yoga in Sanskrit means – connection. Bhakti yoga means to connect to the supreme by means of loving pure devotional...

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Yoga That Works
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The yoga most people are familiar with isn't meant for everyone. In fact, in this age it's hardly possible for anyone.The term yoga literally means "linking" and refers to linking one's...

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What is Vedic Culture?
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By investigating the knowledge and viewpoints in the many topics found in Vedic culture we can certainly see that the practice and utilization of this Vedic knowledge can indeed assist us in many ways, even...

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Why are we Vegetarians?
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The Vedic scriptures establish nonviolence, called ahimsa, as the ethical foundation of vegetarianism and for a peaceful society. According to the Vedas, God is the Supreme Father of all creatures, not just...

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Why be a Vegetarian?
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On the spiritual path, there are several reasons why a person is recommended to be vegetarian. One primary reason is that we need to see the spiritual nature within all living beings, and that includes the...

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Why eat prasadam?
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Prasadam The Power of Sacred Food On the spiritual path those that are most inclined to lead a peaceful existence that respects the value of all life often adopts the vegetarian lifestyle. It is in accordance...

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Why we wear Tilak?
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This compilation of information will explain what tilak is and why it is worn. As anyone who is familiar with the Vedic tradition knows, many of its followers wear marking on the foreheads. This is called...

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Why Circumambulate Tulasi Plant?
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The Tulasi tree is a most important plant, and is often seen at numerous Vedic temples, especially those dedicated to Vishnu and Krishna. At such temples you are likely to find one or more in the courtyard...

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Why do we wear Neck-beads?
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Devotees of Krishna wear Tulasi (occimum sanctum wood) neck beads, often as three strands at the base of the neck. Tulasi beads worn around the neck indicate a devotee's surrender to the Lord; such a...

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Why a Devotee Has a Shikha?
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Shikha is a tuft of hair at the back of head specifically kept by Vaishnavas and Brahmanas. It is anestablished rule that ANYONE WHO RECITES VEDIC MANTHRAS SHOULD NOT HAVE HAIR ON FACE AND HEAD. So, those who...

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Why we blow Conch or Shankha?
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When the conch (Shankha) is blown, the primal sound of Om emerges. Om is the sound that was emanated by God before creation of the universes. The conch (sankha) is one of the attributes of Lord Vishnu. It is...

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Why do we ring the temple bell?
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Most of the old temples in India have a large bell at the entrance that one needs to ring before entering the temple. Making temple bells is a whole science. These bells are not made out of ordinary metal,...

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Why wear robes and saris?
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In the ancient Vedic culture a person dressed according to his or her social and spiritual position. Following those traditions, women who live in Hare Krishna communities wear saris and men wear robes called...

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Natural Disasters?
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As we look around the world, or watch and read the news, practically everywhere is affected by some kind of natural disaster. Floods are displacing millions of people, forest fires are destroying thousands of...

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The Peace Formula
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The great mistake of modern civilization is to encroach upon others’ property as though it were one's own and to thereby create an unnecessary disturbance of the laws of nature. These laws are very...

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Active Spirituality
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Of course, any Joe can’t just come waltzing into the room, demanding “Show me Krishna!” and expect the Supreme Personality of Godhead to show up on his doorstep. You can’t just waltz...

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Follow Yourself
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I travel the world teaching spiritual principles. What follows is an interesting discussion I had with some young men. “I don’t need God,” says the spokesman. “I have my own...

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