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SOMA: MYSTERIOUS VEDIC PLANT AND DEITY
By editor - 17.10 2018 In the realm of Hinduism, Soma can be recognized as, and is considered to be, a god (deva), a magical and hallucinogenic plant, and the juice of that plant. Soma is extraordinary in that it is recognized as one of only a few plants humans have ever deified (see Wasson 3). There are a large variety of other sacred plants (even within India), but none of which have had quite the impact, influence, and controversy that Soma has. Soma is directly related to the RgVeda and plays an important part in...Read more...
WOMEN’S ROLES IN VEDIC RITUALS
By editor - 17.10 2018 The role and importance of women in earlier Vedic literature is much more apparent, and observable than it is today. The participation of women was vital, and much more significant in previous centuries, during Vedic srauta [an extensive body of sacrifices...Read more...
The Use of Images and Murti Puja in the Vedas
By Dr David Frawley - 17.10 2018 Some scholars say there is no murti puja, image worship or what is sometimes called idol worship in the Rigveda. We beg to differ and explain how the use of images and symbols is an essential part of Vedic worship, the Vedic language, Vedic mantras and...Read more...
The Time of Death
By Damodara Dasa - 17.10 2018 From Back to Godhead I offer my most respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, my spiritual master and the spiritual master of the universe, from whose lotus lips has sprung the eternal message of the Vedas in the purest...Read more...
Renunciation In Royal Dress
By Bhurijana Dasa - 17.10 2018 From Back to Godhead Duty calls a prince to leave his spiritual practices in the mountains and set an example of real renunciation as a king. Perhaps you’ve heard a tale of some wealthy person who renounced this world for the service of God. The...Read more...
Nepal in the Mahabharata Period, Part 10
BY: SUN STAFF - 16.10 2018 Singri Gupteswar Temple  Dhekiajuli, Sonitpur, Assam Sri Krsna's liberation of Banasura, the Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed. Sri Krsna's pastimes battling the demons Banasura, Narakasura and Mura...Read more...
Mahabharata Tirtha-Yatra
BY: SUN STAFF - 16.10 2018 Map of early Iron Age Vedic India. Realms or tribes are labelled black, foreign tribes mentioned in early Vedic texts purple, Vedic shakhas in green, and rivers in blue. The Thar desert is orange.   Following the steps of the Mahabharata yatra through...Read more...
About the Name “Hindu”
By Sri Nandanandana das - 16.10 2018 I feel there needs to be some clarification about the use of the words “Hindu” and “Hinduism.” The fact is that true “Hinduism” is based on Vedic knowledge, which is related to our spiritual identity. Many people do...Read more...
A genuine alternative to modern misconceptions of God
By Jaya Gopal das - 16.10 2018 Who or what is God? In our modern world, when we observe the amount of energy consumed by all of the other topics that fill our lives, this question is given almost no consideration or thought whatsoever. As such, we are burdened with so many frivolous...Read more...
Spirituality – Why and What???
By Dwaipayan De - 16.10 2018 The English Dictionary defines the word “spiritual” as “Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things”. Now before we attempt to delve deeper into this topic, it is essential for us to...Read more...
Nepal in the Mahabharata Period, Part 9
BY: SUN STAFF - 15.10 2018 Krsna Storms the Citadel of Naraka  Bhagavata Purana, Mysore, c. 1840 Sri Krsna's liberation of Banasura, the Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed. In the painting above, Lord Krsna attacks the citadel of...Read more...

BY: BHAKTA JOHN JAGANNATHA Hare Krishna. First and foremost I humbly prostrate myself before the Vaisnava devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, and beg their forgiveness...
By Satyaraja Dasa - 15.10 2018 From Back to Godhead Lord Krishna’s words made their way to us after a long historical journey. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Srila...
By editor - 15.10 2018   Among the most striking of these passages from the Vedic sastras are the following: In the Kali Yuga, wealth alone will be the deciding factor of nobility [in...
By Aseem krishna Das - 15.10 2018 More photos: https://goo.gl/cgqknN Dharmsala is a beautiful hill station in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh. Located at a height of 4800ft. from...
By Vibhu Chaitanya Das - 15.10 2018 Before formally meeting Hare Krishna devotees, I was one of those who ran in the opposite direction when I saw them coming. I used to think they were from...
By Madhudvisa dasa - 12.10 2018 My question is What is the purpose of this world? Why has God created it? And if god has created it then everything happening is HIS wish. So why all this...
Venugopal Acharya (Vraja bihari dasa) - 12.10 2018 Are you ready to sacrifice who you are for what you will become?” –    Eric Thomas (Motivational speaker and...
By editor - 12.10 2018 Introduction Surya has been the object of Indian devotion since the early Vedic times and is considered to be the soul of the universe (Charak 9). Surya travels along...