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Sustainable agriculture: between past and future

The Sanskrit word “dharma” comes from the root “dhr“, which means “to sustain”. It is therefore clear that sustainable development is dharmic, and non-sustainable development is adharmic. Sustainable agriculture and sustainable development are precisely what made India great in ancient … Continue reading

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The Universal Lord, in ancient and modern times

According to the orthodox Hindu tradition, the present compilation of the Vedic scriptures was written about 5000 years ago, for the benefit of the people who would live in the present age, called Kali yuga (“the black age”). However, many … Continue reading

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The Mechanics of Karma

Karma as destiny and retribution The word karma has entered the vocabulary of all the modern languages and has become a household word, but often its meaning is trivialized and distorted due to cultural superimpositions and lack of proper information. … Continue reading

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Who was Madhavendra Puri?

Madhavendra Puri is presented by Gaudiya Vaishnavas as the param guru of Krishna Chaitanya. According to the biographies on Chaitanya, Madhavendra Puri was the guru of Isvara Puri (Chaitanya’s mantra guru), Advaita Acharya and Nityananda (the closest companions of Chaitanya), … Continue reading

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Narasimha and Jagannatha

Nrisimha is the most important Deity of Puri, the Adi Murti of Purushottama kshetra, and is also very popular all over Orissa and Andhra pradesh. There are 105 major temples of Nrisimha in Orissa in various districts: in Puri there … Continue reading

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The spiritual importance of Jagannatha

The people in Puri affectionately and respectfully speak of “Mahaprabhu” referring to Jagannatha, “Bada Thakura” referring to Balabhadra, and “Ma” or “Bhagavati” referring to Subhadra. It is important to note that since these terms are sometimes used by various groups … Continue reading

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Origin and development of Iskcon

Iskcon, or the “Hare Krishna movement”, became a major cultural and religious phenomenon in the 1970s, effectively introducing the Krishna bhakti cult at global level and giving immense popularity to ethical vegetarianism and to the traditional Indian scriptures Bhagavad gita … Continue reading

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