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Irreducible Consciousness
June 15, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Irreducible Consciousness

There is nothing like consciousness in the brain, nor is there an evolutionary place for it since evolution is conceived of as a continuous process that molds preexisting properties into more complex forms but which cannot produce entirely novel properties. Consciousness is clearly such a novel property.

After New Atheism
June 12, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
After New Atheism

The atheist spring that began just over a decade ago is over, thank God. Richard Dawkins is now seen by many, even many non-believers, as a joke figure, shaking his fist at sky fairies. He’s the Mary Whitehouse of our day.

Knowledge Through Parampara
June 8, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Knowledge Through Parampara

The guru is the present presentative of the parampara, which includes the previous acaryas. The very word parampara means the conduit or medium through which the knowledge is passed from guru to disciple. In the same way, the guru represents the teachings coming from the founder of the sampradaya through an unbroken chain of guru and disciple.

Upavasa: Residing Closer to the Lord
June 5, 2017 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments
Upavasa: Residing Closer to the Lord

The main principle of Ekadasi is to reside near the Lord. It is not about fasting; it is about coming closer to the Lord.

The Glories of Srimati Gangamata Goswamini
June 1, 2017 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
The Glories of Srimati Gangamata Goswamini

All the ladies should try to be like Gangamata Thakurani. She never even dreamed of marrying any worldly person. I have come to help you to become a devotee like this.

How Free Are We?
May 29, 2017 – 12:33 am | 22 Comments
How Free Are We?

America, with its idealization of the rugged individual, is called the land of the free. The struggle between government intervention and individual freedom continues to be a hot topic in American politics, recently surfacing in the national health care debate. In such a climate, we tend to take our freedom for granted. But viewing our lives through the lens of the Bhagavad-gita, it is valid to question, “How free are we?”