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THE UPANAYANA RITE
By editor - 21.11 2018 One of the most imperative components of the Vedic religion are the rites that believers take part in. The upanayana rite is fulfilled in a young man’s life around the age of puberty (Pandey 112). The upanayana, otherwise known as the sacred thread ceremony, entails presenting the young man with a sacred thread initiating him into society, and symbolizing the transfer of spiritual knowledge. This rite of passage, or samskara, as it is known in Hinduism, is one of...Read more...
TIRTHAS (PILGRIMAGE SITES)
By editor - 21.11 2018 The Vedic word tirtha, stemming from ter and tarate, means “ford, steps to a river, place of pilgrimage” (Saraswati 2). In time, the meaning of tirtha has spread to refer to all holy sites and items considered holy. To be...Read more...
GODDESSES AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT
By editor - 21.11 2018 According to Knott within Hindu society women are given a lesser status than men (82). This leads to the oppression of women in both the public and private spheres of their religious and everyday lives. This pattern of oppression has led to a narrow and demanding...Read more...
A SUMMARY OF BOOK 6 OF THE KAMA SUTRA
By editor - 21.11 2018 The Kamasutra is an ancient Hindu text on the art of attainting kama, or pleasure, one of the three prescribed goals for twice born males in the Hindu tradition (Doniger, Kakar and Vatsyayana XI). It was composed by Vatsyayana Mallanaga, possibly in the...Read more...
BBT Loyalty vs. High Editing Standards
BY: KRISHNA DASA - 21.11 2018 This is in response to Garuda Prabhu's article. Jayadvaita Swami and Dravida Prabhu are far more qualified than the average devotee at editing. So it must be frustrating for them to constantly hear criticism from uninformed devotees. They have...Read more...
KAMASUTRA BOOK 3: VIRGINS
By editor - 20.11 2018 The Kamasutra is an ancient Hindu text composed by Vatsyayana. TheKamasutra is believed to be a manual of sexual intercourse positions by most western societies, but the Kamasutra is a guide that helps people to achieve moral and noble lifestyles. The...Read more...
THE SACRED COW
By editor - 20.11 2018 The sacrality of the cow is an ancient, but common custom to most Hindus. The concept of zebu cattle (go) as an important part of society in India has been dated back to the times of the Harappan civilization. During post-Harappan times, the Aryans, who were pastoral...Read more...
FOOD IN THE HINDU TRADITION
By editor - 20.11 2018 “In Vedic texts, the sacrifice plays the pivotal role in [the] perpetual redistribution of food. The sacrifice was the dining hall of the gods; humans fed the divinities in the expectation that the sated diners would, in turn, feed the universe” (Smith 180...Read more...
VEGETARIANISM IN VEDIC TRADICION
By editor - 20.11 2018 A commonly recognized trait of the Vedic tradition is the notion of religious vegetarianism.  A major reason that the study of Hindu vegetarianism is of particular interest is that the practice emerged some time prior to the Common Era (Bryant 194).  The...Read more...
Nepal in the Mahabharata Period, Part 27
BY: SUN STAFF "The Durbar, or Royal Palace, at Lalitpur (Patan) in Nepal"  Watercolor by Henry Ambrose Oldfield, c. 1855  The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed. Today we present the first of three segments featuring a...Read more...
The Mistake of Change
The Mistake of Change: A Critique of Dravida das Prabhu's Editorial Approach BY: GARUDA DAS, PhD - 19.11 2018 Dravida's bold claim that editing is not just copyediting but is also essentially "to change" or content editing: "If for some reason the intended...Read more...

BY: HLADINI SAKTI DEVI DASI - 19.11 2018 I wanted to share my realizations regarding the editing of our Founder-Acharya's Scriptures. For too long I accepted the official policy and...
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.11 2018 Mahabharata setting   The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed. Our reference in this series to the '...
By Giriraj Swami - 19.11 2018 Terrible, deadly fires have been raging recently in California, devastating homes and everything else on their way. I recalled Srila Prabhupada’s discussion...
By Radheshyam Das - 19.11 2018 If Parikshit maharaja had killed Kali instead of forgiving him, we wouldn’t be suffering the effects of Kali now.’ Isn’t this a sensible...
By Danavir Goswami - 19.11 2018   From its early years to present, ISKCON has witnessed droves of devotees leave their bodies while traveling in automobiles. Although devotees don’t...
Smita Krishna Dasa - 16.11 2018   The energy of the living entities is technically called kshetragna energy. This kshetragna-shakti, although equal in quality with the Lord, becomes...
By editor - 16.11 2018   Where Do the Chemicals Come From?   This exchange between His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada; a guest, and a disciple named Dr. Thoudam...
Q&A with Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda - 16.11 2018 Is there such a thing as religious fanaticism? We always hear people talking about “religious fanaticism.” The two terms...