Akincana

Philosophy

Female Diksha Guru — some considerations

There is a definite “push” for a female diksha guru in ISKCON that is the proverbial “elephant in the room”, as the title of the recent article on Dandavats.com by Devaki Mataji alluded to. The eagerness of a section of devotees to see a...

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Why did Lord Rama kill Vali?

This question is a concern to many people nowadays, to both those who believe and those who do not believe in Vedic history: Why did Lord Rama kill Vali, with whom He had no conflict, and moreover, why did He do so while hiding behind a tree? Most...

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Aitihya—Tradition as Authority (part 2)

Aitihya—Tradition as Authority (part 2) II.     The word “aitihya” is eternal; it is found in the Veda-sruti (Taittiriya Aranyaka). The Amara-kosa (1.6.4) defines it as a “prior occurance” (pura-vrttam), explained by commentators as the instructions...

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Rethinking Varnasrama

Rethinking Varṇāśrama How changing our current thinking on the utility of varṇāśrama-dharma can reconnect it with ISKCON’s overall preaching mission and solve some of ISKCON’s most troubling social problems. by Krishna-kirti das, 9/30/2013...

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Aitihya—Tradition as Authority (part 1)

Mukunda Datta dasa is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada since 1976. He holds a graduate degree in South Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Washington, in Sanskrit and Braja-bhasa. He was made a...

Bhagavad Gita Catursloka Tika 10.8-11

(BG 10.8)   Now, while engaged in describing the devotion of those who are the most exclusively dedicated to the Lord, He explains the factual situation of the Self, knowledge of which both generates and nourishes such devotion, in the verse...

Sex—the Cause of Unlimited Suffering

“Of all kinds of suffering and bondage arising from various attachments, none is greater than the suffering and bondage arising from attachment to women and intimate contact with those attached to women.” (SB 11.14.30) Because the experience and...