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Are Plants Conscious?
March 26, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Are Plants Conscious?

Plants are complex organisms, perhaps less different from animals than is often assumed.

Consciousness and Conscience
March 8, 2018 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
Consciousness and Conscience

The more we learn about animals, the more their consciousness weighs on the human conscience.

Farminaries and Ecoseminaries
February 22, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Farminaries and Ecoseminaries

“The original vision for the garden was that it might be a kind of ecoseminary,” says Marilyn Elliott, Asbury’s vice president of community formation, a place that could “bridge racial divides, teach children about nutrition, provide organic food cheaply or free for students,” as well as create a safe and restful place for the whole community.

The Sanskrit Effect
January 8, 2018 – 12:33 am | 7 Comments
The Sanskrit Effect

Numerous regions in the brains of the pandits were dramatically larger than those of controls, with over 10 percent more grey matter across both cerebral hemispheres, and substantial increases in cortical thickness.

Young Widow Marriage in Vrindavan at Gopinath Temple
November 30, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Young Widow Marriage in Vrindavan at Gopinath Temple

In a departure from tradition, a young widow’s marriage was solemnized in the presence of around 500 widows in the 400-year-old Gopinath temple of Vrindavan on Monday, October 13, 2017.

Do Plants Have Memories?
September 25, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Do Plants Have Memories?

Scientists have found that certain plants can remember experiences of drought and dehydration, cold and heat, excess light, acidic soil, exposure to short-wave radiation, and a simulation of insects eating their leaves.

Climate Change and New Indian Crops
August 31, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Climate Change and New Indian Crops

In the village of Huddu, its ancient terraces are indeed sprouting a new crop — organic potatoes. They’re being cultivated alongside traditional crops.

Are Trees Sentient Beings?
August 21, 2017 – 12:33 am | One Comment
Are Trees Sentient Beings?

This one beech tree was cut 400-500 years ago by a charcoal maker, but the stump is still alive. The only explanation is that it has been supported by neighboring trees for more than four centuries.

Girls’ Education in Vrindavan
June 29, 2017 – 12:33 am | 3 Comments
Girls’ Education in Vrindavan

On June 15th, Marie Avgeropoulos, a renowned actress and one of the stars of the popular Emmy-nominated sci-fi series “The 100” hosted an event to benefit Food for Life Vrindavan in Los Angeles.

Lord Sankarshan Comes from Tirupati to Govardhan
May 18, 2017 – 3:07 am | No Comment
Lord Sankarshan Comes from Tirupati to Govardhan

A massive deity of Shri Sankarshan Bhagwan (a form of Dauji Maharaj) is being installed at Sankarshan Kund in Govardhan.

Spirituality and Social Change
May 1, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Spirituality and Social Change

What kind of political activism does spirituality promote?