Sri Ramanujacharya Appearance by Ramai Swami
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In the year 1017 A.D., Ramanuja was born in the village of Perumbudur, about twenty-five miles west of Chennai. His father was Kesava Somayaji and his mother was Kantimathi, a very pious and virtuous lady. Quite early in life, Ramanuja lost his father. Then he came to Kancheepuram to prosecute his study of the Vedas under one Yadavaprakasha, a teacher of Advaita philosophy. Ramanuja was a very brilliant student. Yadavaprakasha’s interpretations of Vedic texts were not quite up to his satisfaction. Ramanuja pointed out many mistakes in the exposition of his master. Sometimes he gave his own ..read more
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Spiderman & more by Bhaktimarga Swami
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Chris from Hamilton gave me a call with a surprise. “Are you free on Tuesday coming up?” “I can be. Why?” “Mahabharata, the live drama, is showing at Shaw Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake for several days in two parts, ’Karma’ and ‘Dharma’.” I told Chris that I’m game, so we are set to go to the theatre on Tuesday. Such performances come rarely. Shortly after the news of the coming drama, I left for Queen’s Park for the weekly kirtan. Gabriel brough his guitar, so a group of us sat at the monument to chant in a hootenanny style. It was indeed, blissful. This was followed by my walk with Ruslan ..read more
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Srila Ramanujacarya and Mayapur by HG Jananivas Prabhu
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The disappearance of Srila Ramanujacarya. I will speak a little bit on his relationship with Mayapur dham. He visited Puri with his disciples. He was conquering the whole of India with his philosophy visistadvaita-vada. He was conquering and at that time he was in Puri and he was questioning the pundits that the system of worship recommended in Kali Yuga is pancaratrika worship but you all are using vaidiki worship because vaidiki worship, tantric worship. Pancaratriki worship is slightly in between. It is a mixture of both. Vaidiki worship consists of lots of long mantras, tantric, lots of ..read more
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Sri Ramanujacarya Appearance
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Sri Ramanujacarya’s Life History (By Sri Ubhaya Vedantha Anbil Ramaswamy) Sri Ramanuja (1017 – 1137 CE), the most important philosopher-saint of Sri Vaishnavam and one of the most dynamic characters of Hinduism. He was a philosophical as well as a social reformer, displaying a catholicity that was nearly unparalleled in Hindu religious history before him. He revitalised Indian philosophy and popular religion so much that nearly every aspect of Hinduism has been influenced by his work. His life and works show a truly unique personality, combining contemplative insight, logical acumen, catholi ..read more
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Material and Spiritual – What’s the balance? By Yamuna Sundari devi dasi
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It’s a general concern of devotees which we hear in many of the classes, forums and seminars on what can be the real key to balance one’s material and spiritual lives. There is a very interesting statement made by famous French priest and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience but we are spiritual beings having a human (material) experience.” It’s true that because of our past conditionings, desires and lifetimes of karma, we are having a particular body. It’s not easy being in the material world where there are challenges faced at ..read more
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Near to the castle by Bhaktimarga Swami
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“Let’s head off towards the castle,” I suggested, referring to that magnificent structure known as Casa Loma, set at the edge of a cliff. It is majestic by nature, having gothic features, and is not necessarily spooky in appearance. It is the site where many movies have been filmed such as X-Men, Chicago, Strange Brew, and more. Some years back, Krishna devotees held a kirtan in one of the halls of the castle. Currently, during this March break, you will find activations of dungeons and Dragons. The public likes this stuff. In any event, my walking crew ended up not going. Nikil, Leo, and Ru ..read more
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Preach Krishna and Depend on Krishna, and Everything Will Be Fulfilled
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Perhaps we are the only society who is proclaiming, “Here is God, Krishna. Take it.” We are the only society in the whole world. Otherwise they are all misled, all misled. Others may cooperate or not cooperate; we don’t mind. But we cannot change our policy. Our policy is, “Krishna says, ‘I am the Supreme.’ ” We must declare throughout the whole world that Krishna is the Supreme. Krishna says, mattah parataram nanyat kincid asti dhananjaya. (Gita 7.7) [“O conqueror of wealth (Arjuna), there is no Truth superior to Me.”] We shall declare to the whole world that “Krishna is the Supre ..read more
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The genius of Srila Prabhupada by Guru Prasad Das
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(From an old letter) INDIAN/AMERICAN/HARE KRISHNA I am a devotee of Krishna and have been one for the past seven years. I am also of Indian origin, and my story is a typical one. I have been living in North America since I was nine years old. My parents came here to complete their higher education, and upon completion of their doctorates, they decided to settle down in this, their adopted country. As the family grew, came careers, households, mortgages, etc. Along with this material, success came several perplexing questions: How to relate to a materialistic western society without losing In ..read more
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“Give Peace A Chance” & “Hare Krishna” by Baladeva das
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2d ago
“Give Peace A Chance” and “Hare Krishna” go viral on European radio once again. John Lennon’s pacifist anthem again this Friday sounded throughout Europe on the airways. At the request of Berlin Public Radio, around 160 public radio stations from 28 European countries simultaneously played “Give Peace a Chance”, the song Lennon composed in 1969 against the Vietnam War. The song, recorded in room 1742 on June 1, 1969, had its obvious starting point in Lennon’s response to war. These words haunted his mind, he repeated them to himself until he found music in them, and then it became a message f ..read more
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The Science of Sound by Damodara Nityananda Dasa
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2d ago
Much has been explored about physical sound. Let us now delve into some divine aspects of this element. Sound is caused by energy emitted in the form of a vibration resulting in hearing sensation. The amplitude (volume) and frequency (pitch) of the sound wave depends on what the source is and the amount of energy supplied outwards. Sound needs a medium to travel such as gases, liquids or solids and travels faster through solid objects because the molecules pack more tightly and don’t have to move a great distance to bump and transmit the vibrations. The speed of sound is highest in solids, l ..read more
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