Roles of husband and wife Authors: Partha dasa & Utama dasi Can we transpose practices from India 5,000 years ago to 21st-century Western society? And are there maybe within contemporary Western society some adverse influences that we may want to filter out? In a marriage, spouses (can) have different roles that need to be examined in the light of different influences we may be under. The roles of husband and wife vary according to cultural influences. We notice many changes in modern society regarding gender roles. For example, fewer women know how to cook, another [...]
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What technically happens during initiation? Author: Ananda Vrindavan dasi In his purport to Caitanya Caritamrta (Madhya 24.256), he writes, “This is the process of initiation. The disciple must vow that he will no longer commit sinful activity — namely illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling, and intoxication. He promises to execute the order of the spiritual master. Then the spiritual master takes care of him and elevates him to spiritual emancipation.” Initiation is the process that fills devotees with transcendental knowledge, frees them from sinful reactions, and blesses them with mantras that bring them closer to their [...]
Bhagavad-Gita: Change the world – change yourself Author: Syamananda dasa How do we process all this information that is poured into our poor little brains everyday? It will not come as a surprise to anyone to say that the world is in a ‘little bit of a mess’, to put it softy. Political, environmental and social issues seem to be escalating on a daily bases. And with the many endlessly instant ways we are informed of all these issues on a global level, staying positive and hopeful can become challenging. One way to [...]
The Bhagavad Gita Author: Loka-pavani devi dasi The Bhagavad-Gita is the oldest scripture in the world. It is a part of the Mahabharata which is considered to be a portion of the fifth Veda. The Mahabharata was composed by Srila Vyasadeva who is considered to be one of the incarnations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Bhagavad-Gita is the only scripture in the world that is spoken by God personally. So sometimes it is said that if you want God to speak to you then read the Bhagavad-Gita. Bhagavad-gita and the Absolute [...]