49. The Logic of the Absolute

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Given a proof of God, who knows how to read it?

People often ask us: “can you prove the existence of God?” The word “proof” indicates a conclusive demonstration that establishes the validity of an assertion, in this case the assertion that God exists.

But as soon as we speak of a demonstration, the next question is: “to whom shall I demonstrate?” If we speak of evidence of data, we must know who will see and hear it. In other words, who will judge the results of a particular experiment, test, or trial.

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48. Discover 3 Crucial Key Elements – Samskaras, Vasanas and Vrittis That Could Revolutionise Your Life Instantly!

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“Because the mind is absorbed in desires for pious and impious activities, it is naturally subjected to the transformations of lust and anger. In this way, it becomes attracted to material sense enjoyment. In other words, the mind is conducted by the modes of goodness, passion and ignorance.

There are eleven senses and five material elements, and out of these sixteen items, the mind is the chief. Therefore the mind brings about birth in different types of bodies among demigods, human beings, animals and birds. When the mind is situated in a higher or lower position, it accepts a higher or lower material body.”       Bhagavata Purana 5.11.5

So, the key element that determines our future, is the mind.

The mind has an unsteady, ever changing nature which in sanskrit is called vikriti, because it is filled with desires, vasanas, and contaminated by lust.

Ayurveda says that we have our prakriti or original nature, our normal state but under the influence of matter, it turns into vikriti or a distorted, conditioned state. That is why no test can determine our real prakriti. It is possible only to determine one’s vikriti, a conditioned state, a state where we are now.

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47. Discover A Dirty Little Secret Of How Deficiency of One’s Emotions and Memories of the Past Negatively Affect Your Spiritual Life!

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“Gradually, as the mind becomes progressively spiritualised, withdraw it from sense activities, and by intelligence the senses will be controlled. The mind too absorbed in material activities can be engaged in the service of the Personality of Godhead and become fixed in full transcendental consciousness.” Bhagavata Purana 2.1.18

In the Vedic culture there are specific occupational duties for different stages of life whether it’s brahmacharya – a bachelor student, grihastha – a householder, vanaprastha – a retired and sannyasa – a renunciant.

And the last two stages namely vanaprastha and sannyasa are the most beneficial for practicing spiritual life and focusing on the Supreme because a person is no longer bound by any social obligations.

For people practicing spirituality in any of various forms but nonetheless involved in social affairs (family, economics, other public relations and commitments), it’s quite difficult to remember the ultimate goal of life, God, all the time.

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46. Shocking Truth Of A Mechanical Spirituality Exposed!

 

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In the strict sense of the word spiritual life begins when a living entity fully identifies oneself as a soul, being completely absorbed in a spiritual atmosphere, and not for a moment forgetting about it and constantly acting in this mindset.

Another words it begins with the Bhava stage, which means an ecstatic love of God. And this is the moment of the genuine spiritual life. Up to this level is the preparatory training.

People who are interested or have already embarked on the path of spirituality in any form (from a simplified version of any contemporary variety of religions to serious practices of yoga that require maximum commitment, be it karma yoga, ashtanga yoga, jnana yoga, dhyana yoga or bhakti yoga), would agree that at present it is not really a 100% spiritual.

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45. Family Tradition As An Indispensable Basis Of Spiritual Life

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Stories from the Vedic literature describing the ancient dynasties, at first glance may not appear quite interesting and spiritual.

Royal families, traditions, another boring long list of irrelevant unfamiliar names of the long gone people…Who cares?

However, this topic is very important because the human consciousness begins to unfold from the very childhood, when he is born into a certain family and not even having some sort of a critical mind, the child is already like a sponge soaking up some culture, tradition, understanding and atmosphere.

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44. Vedic Culture As a Platform For Spiritual Progress

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“The Vedas deal mainly with the subject of the three modes of material nature. O Arjuna, become transcendental to these three modes. Be free from all dualities and from all anxieties for gain and safety, and be established in the self “. Bhagavad Gita 2.45

So there is a Vedic path of gradual progress through the modes, from ignorance to passion and from passion to goodness. And finally there is a decisive last step of rising above the modes of material nature.

This is similar to how a passenger who is boarding the plane gradually climbs up the air stairs and when he has entered the plane the stairs pull back, it is no longer required, now another force will take him higher.

Similarly, there is a progress in the purely spiritual transcendental state, when a person at once takes up the highest principles of yoga practice without any trouble or deviation, and there is also a progress up to this transcendental state.

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43. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Modern Civilisation That Will Blow Your Mind

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We are used to measure the level of civilisation by economic performance and the nature of the social order. Hence the illusion that development is determined solely by these external categories. But this illusory idyll of us being “civilised” is regularly violated by egregious cases of savagery and vandalism committed by superficially cultured people. And it makes you wonder about the other criteria of being civilised that lie in our internal system of values.

A prominent thinker of Bengali Renaissance and a leading philosopher, savant and spiritual reformer of Gaudiya Vaishnavism of the late 19th century Bhaktivinoda Thakura gave an alternative view of the levels of culture and civilisation, based on the ancient wisdom of the Vedas. He identified five levels of civilisation in relation to people’s spiritual advancement.

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42. The Biggest Scam In The History Of Mankind – Hidden Secrets Of Happiness

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Everyone in this world is seeking happiness. This desire is natural for all, because happiness is one of the three qualities of the soul or consciousness (eternity, knowledge, happiness). Therefore, the pursuit of happiness is the goal of life for every living entity. But while the soul exists apart from God, the idea of happiness is different for everyone and therefore, a way of life for all is different too. The purpose determines the means or way of life, leading to this goal.

Let’s look closer at the purpose and way of life correlation and consider the various objectives that people set for themselves in connection with their ideas of happiness.

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41. Discover The Bitter Truth Of “La Dolce Vita”!

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“When the embodied being is able to transcend these three modes associated with the material body, he can become free from birth, death, old age and their distresses and can enjoy nectar even in this life.” Bhagavad Gita 14.20

The Vedas state that there is some taste beyond the three qualities of material nature.

The living entities always try to enjoy something, even the lowest creatures seek out their food and tastes; they crawl, sniff and pick something out of matter. Everyone is searching for some sort of tastes, but all these tastes are in the three qualities of material nature: ignorance, passion, and only the best of men and demigods know what is a taste in goodness. But the majority of living beings enjoy lower tastes.

However, there are other tastes that are beyond the three modes of nature which one can experience even being in this body. And it’s possible if one starts to try it out and get used to the taste of the higher nature now. It requires a bit of a practice, because this spiritual taste is not immediately and easily available to a living entity. So far we have access to material tastes only.

It is very important for us to experience different tastes. Tastes for the physical body is the same as the emotions for the mind. Tastes and emotions are very closely connected with each other. Tastes are directly linked to our emotions and needs. And as the mind has to experience various emotions, so the body requires various tastes.

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40. The Unlimited Forms Of The Divine Revealed!

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“The light of one candle being communicated to other candles, although it burns separately in them, is the same in its quality. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda who exhibits Himself equally in the same mobile manner in His various manifestations.”  Brahma Samhita, text 46.

 

It seems that as we browse through the internet and the media we see the word avatara is increasingly used in a number of ways. But often it is in ways that have nothing to do with its real meaning. Or we also find that an increasing number of people are referring themselves as avataras of God. So let us really understand what the word means and how it is referred in relation to its real purpose, or how to discern who is really an avatara.

First of all the word avatara actually means a form of God when He descends into this material world. There are many such forms listed in the Vedic texts, which will be discussed in this article. Many times they are referred to as incarnations of God. But the word incarnation is not proper either because it actually means when someone or something reincarnates, or takes another material body of flesh and blood.

However, people use the word incarnation in this context quite often anyway. But God does not take such a material form. His form is always spiritual, transcendental to the norms and laws of material nature. And He descends from the spiritual strata as He is, or in a form to do a specific activity, mission, or carry out a particular purpose. For this reason, the Supreme has many names, according to His forms and activities that He displays in His cosmic creation.

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39. Shocking Truth Of the Aryan Invasion of India Exposed!

 

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One of the main ideas used to interpret—and generally devalue—the ancient history of India is the theory of the Aryan invasion. According to this account, India was invaded and conquered by nomadic light-skinned Indo-European tribes from Central Asia around 1500-1000 BC, who overthrew an earlier and more advanced dark-skinned Dravidian civilization from which they took most of what later became Hindu culture.

This so-called pre-Aryan civilization is said to be evidenced by the large urban ruins of what has been called the ‘Indus valley culture’ (as most of its initial sites were on the Indus river). The war between the powers of light and darkness, a prevalent idea in ancient Aryan Vedic scriptures, was thus interpreted to refer to this war between light and dark- skinned peoples. The Aryan invasion theory thus turned the ‘Vedas’, the original scriptures of ancient India and the Indo-Aryans, into little more than primitive poems of uncivilized plunderers.

This idea – totally foreign to the history of India, whether north or south – has become almost an unquestioned truth in the interpretation of ancient history. Today, after nearly all the reasons for its supposed validity have been refuted, even major Western scholars are at last beginning to call it in question.

In this article we will summarize the main points that have arisen.

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38. UNLEASH YOUR SPIRITUAL POWERS WITHIN

 

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The Supreme Lord said: ” This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature (goodness, passion and ignorance) is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.  “Bhagavad-gita (7.14) 

In this article we’ll talk about the inner freedom of choice, which everyone has, and which consists of self-awareness, conscience, independent will and imagination, and we will consider the criteria by which you can understand to what degree one is really proactive or free to make choices, and how to expand this freedom.

Sometimes we feel the inability to change the environment or a situation. This internal weakness and inner feeling of a victim of circumstances shows one’s lack of understanding of the connection between one’s actions in the past and reactions in the present and the future.

Irresponsibility for one’s life or fate, if you wish, is expressed in a tendency to blame others. This approach is particularly dangerous for the leaders because their uncertainty and nervousness are transmitted to others.

This internal weakness, lack of understanding, and consequent irresponsibility are detectable even in one’s speech. Listen to how and what people are saying and you will easily understand what concept is behind their speech. Agree that it is more likely to hear the words of a helpless victim –a hostage of circumstance.

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37. The Kama Sutra Myth Revisited or What The Publishers Don’t Want You To Know About

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Many people have heard about the Kama sutra, but generally the ideas that circulate are rather distorted, vague and confused by ignorance and prejudice. Such prejudice is mostly due to the cultural superimposition of layers of prude bigotry and self-righteous moralism brought by iconoclastic Islamic dominators frist and by Victorian British Christians later.

Enforced by the abrahamic invaders, the wholesale condemnation of the intrinsic beauty and joy of the natural form and activities of the body, effectively destroyed the Vedic expressions of beauty and joy, or covered them with the thick plaster of shame. And that’s not simply a manner of speaking: the plaster physically obliterated many artistic masterpieces of sculpture, as for example those that used to decorate the temple of Jagannatha at Puri. 

Millions of Deities and decorative images were defaced, broken or destroyed, and many thousands of temples completely razed to the ground. Especially in north India, even the dismantled masonry was removed and utilised to build minarets, mosques and other buildings, even transporting them over long distances.

This is why it is so difficult to find really ancient temples built and decorated in Vedic style. With time, these alien influences seeped into Indian culture and created that layered and often contradictory result that is now presented as Indian culture – with an increasing emphasis on the non-Vedic concepts.

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38. Uncover The Hidden Treasure Of The Bhagavad Gita!

 

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In this article we will talk about the interesting structure of the main Vedic treatise the Bhagavad Gita. But firstly, a little history. The Bhagavad Gita is translated as the “Divine Song” and is a dialogue between God and man who is in a difficult situation.

It was spoken 5000 years ago on the field of Kurukshetra (some 120 km north of the modern Delhi), before the great battle. Krishna is the narrator; Arjuna the warrior is the listener.

Arjuna had to fight in the name of the highest ideals, and he had to sacrifice his personal affections and attachments for the sake of a higher purpose.

It was not easy, and he wanted to give up the battle, taking refuge in knowledge and renunciation. Krishna made him understand that we can leave the battlefield, but we cannot give up the battle in principle.

Afterall material life is a constant struggle either with external or with internal obstacles. To get out victorious, one must have a weapon of spiritual knowledge, which helps to see the real solution.

The message of the Bhagavad Gita is a manifestation of the divine intelligence, which helps us to solve the fundamental problems of life and get out of the maze of illusion.

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37. A “DOUBLE” Of The Soul Or The Psychic Abilities Explained!

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The extraordinary mystical abilities have always aroused keen interest among people. Premonition, telepathy, hypnosis, levitation, moving objects by thought and other miracles seem to violate the usual understanding of the physical world. Although science cannot adequately explain them, it can’t ignore them either.

Experiments in the field of parapsychology have always been a taboo, but gradually more and more information becomes available.

It turned out that even such well-known followers of Darwin as Alfred R. Wallace and Nobel laureate Sir William Crookes, as well as Pierre and Marie Curie were engaged in serious experiments on the abilities of the mind.

In particular, the archives of the “Royal Society of London” and the “French Academy of Sciences” contain voluminous files of their numerous experiments with mediums.

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36. DISCOVER WHY SO MANY RELIGIONS IF GOD IS ONE

 

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According to the Vedic calendar, now is the era of Kali Yuga – the era of spiritual degradation. At this time, religion practically loses its essence and ceases to act as an applied spiritual technology or science. In most cases, it turns into a sentimental faith, a religious confession, a ritual or a national tradition.

Most people no longer perceive religion as something useful. It is simply being tolerated as a relic of the past or as a human sentimentality. And sometimes religion even becomes a cause of conflicts.

So why has that which should direct people to the common Father and be a way to solve many problems, become a problem itself?

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35. THE COSMIC LAWS OF HARMONY. Part 1

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The world that we live in is governed by the laws of nature, which maintain all of the surrounding in a state of harmony.

These laws guarantee immutability of all life processes in this ever-changing world.

But why and for what reason do these laws exist? Are they accidental or do they have a reasonable legislator?

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34. THE COSMIC LAWS OF HARMONY. Part 2

Intelligent Universe

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If we consider a scenario of the intelligent creation, in this case, instead of an abstract point of singularity, the cause of all creation is the super intelligent Personality who implements step by step His reasonable plan.

In this case, matter develops progressively, according to a predetermined plan, without any element of chance. And the word “cosmos” that in Greek means “order” now finds its original meaning.

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33. THE COSMIC LAWS OF HARMONY. Part 3

Four Dimensions of Reality

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 According to the ancient Vedic texts the human activity occurs in four dimensions:

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Social and
  • Spiritual

Each of these levels of reality matches its unique set of laws that bring one to a state of harmony with the source of all laws – the harmonious and loving being – God.

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32. THE COSMIC LAWS OF HARMONY. Part 4

Higher Authorities Of The Universe

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According to the Vedas, in order to satisfy the physical needs of all species of life in the universe there is an interconnected system of supply and maintenance, which can be compared to the enormous public utility services, but on the scale of the universe.

We rarely think of how the various cosmic nature’s forces are interconnected, where do they come from in the right quantity and in the right combination to maintain our physical comfort.

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31. THE COSMIC LAWS OF HARMONY. Part 5

Three Qualities Of Material Nature

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Life in this world is very diverse due to presence of the three qualities of material nature, which in the Vedas are called “gunas”.

Gunas are the invisible energy threads that bind or condition the living entity by a certain type of body and psyche.

There are three gunas or modes in total – goodness, passion and ignorance.

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30. THE COSMIC LAWS OF HARMONY. Part 6

Three Elements Of Habitat

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The Vedas, in describing the material realities, claim that a person exists in three main elements of habitat.

The first element of habitat for the soul in the material world is a subtle and physical body. The mind is a projection of the soul’s consciousness onto matter, and the physical body is a product of the mind.

The second element of habitat is a society around us, which is based on laws of morality and social development.

The third habitat is cosmos and laws of the universe. All these elements are permeated with unified laws of harmony emanating from the Creator.

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29. THE COSMIC LAWS OF HARMONY. Part 7

Four Pillars Of Goodness

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So, what constitutes the mode of goodness, which allows one to be in harmony with one’s mind and body as well as other living beings and the world in general? The Vedas say that the mode of goodness has four pillars:

Compassion, Purity, Control of the senses and Truthfulness.

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28. THE COSMIC LAWS OF HARMONY. Part 8

Ten Sources Of Goodness

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By disregarding the laws of goodness a human society unavoidably falls into passion and ignorance, which turns the whole world into hell. However, it can be avoided if people understand the subtle laws of goodness and begin to put them into practice. In this regard, the Vedas offer ten ways of developing the mode of goodness. Read More

THE COSMIC LAWS OF HARMONY. 9

Options For Development of Humanity

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There are two major reasons why life in goodness is preferable for a civilized man!

First of all, it gives a person the first hand experience of the highest quality of life i.e. pure food, spiritual literature, pure knowledge, pure forms and images and pure sounds which brings one to a perfect harmony with one’s body and mind, other living beings as well as the world in general.

Second of all, the mode of goodness creates ideal conditions for spiritual development. It is the highest of the material energies and therefore makes the body healthy and the mind clear and stable, which is very important for the development of spiritual knowledge and meditation. Therefore, life in goodness is the path of progress because it gives a person the best quality of life.

The mode of goodness is the basis of morality, which is the foundation of spirituality.

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AYURVEDA: The Little–known Principles of Wellbeing. 1

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“The condition of health is a reflection of one’s thoughts and a lifestyle” (Ayurveda)

Ayurveda has become well known in the western world since about 30 years ago. So, what need is there to make us turn to this ancient knowledge in a presence of the modern advanced medicine and the up-to-date medical equipment?

Well, it’s no secret that modern medicine treats the symptoms and not the causes, has side effects, creates a dependency on drugs and sometimes causes new diseases.

The essence of modern medicine could be expressed in a few words: “it treats one thing and cripples another”. The reason for such an imperfection is the misunderstanding of deeper fundamentals of illness as a natural reaction for violation of Nature’s laws.

A unique feature of Ayurveda is that it is based on religious and philosophical concepts, which state that a disease is a reflection of one’s thoughts and a lifestyle.

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AYURVEDA: The Little–known Principles of Wellbeing. 2

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“A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires – that enter like rivers into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still – can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires”.  Bhagavad Gita 2.70

In the previous article we have discussed the three main causes of disease in accordance with the ancient ayurvedic treatises and covered the first one, which was an improper diet.

We’ve mentioned many arguments in favor of vegetarianism. The only argument that science sometimes brings up against this idea is supposedly a lack of protein in a vegetarian diet.

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THREE PHILOSOPHIES OF LIFE

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In our day and age, philosophy is not considered a very practical science. The philosophical faculties are the shortfall. It happens because people have lost philosophy in its original fundamental form and deal mostly with its western and eastern surrogates, which sooner or later disappoint us.

Once, if we come across counterfeit money, it does not mean that all money is fake. Therefore, along with the philosophical speculations there is also a true philosophy. In this article we’ll look at the main ways in which the worldview develops, and the consequences of different philosophies. The methodological key in this issue for us will be the ancient Vedas.

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Vedic Astrology – Discover The Science of the Laws of Time. 1

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“As a mass of clouds does not know the powerful influence of the wind, a person engaged in materialistic activity does not know the powerful strength of the TIME factor, by which he is being carried.”   (Bhagavata Purana 3.30.1)

Any reasonable person should recognise the power of time, which carries one towards the inevitable future. It is impossible to overcome the influence of Time, because, according to the Vedas, time factor is the will of God. But in this inexorable current of time we have a certain freedom of action which shapes up our future.

 In this article we will talk about the Vedic astrology ( Jyotish )- the science of the laws of time. As there are areas of different density ( a gaseous state, a solid state and a liquid one) in space, which behave differently, similarly different moments of time have their own unique properties that affect us in a space-time continuum .

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Vedic Astrology – Discover The Science of the Laws of Time. 2

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“Influential stars, planets, luminaries and atoms all over the universe are rotating in their respective orbits under the direction of the Supreme, represented by eternal time.” Bhagavata Purana ( 3.11.13 )

In the previous article we started the topic of the laws of time in a context of the Vedic astrology. Besides that, astrology gives a general forecast of events in a person’s life, one can also determine when these events will occur. This is determined by the system of planetary periods that show the sequence of events in life. That is, each period in a person’s life is influenced by a particular planet and the energy it radiates.

Once again, as it has been explained that space consists of different densities ( it is easy to walk stepping on the hard ground and breathing fresh air, but it’s hard to walk in the water against the current). Similarly in time there are moments when the ” tidal wave ” lifts us and the passing wind carries us forward, and there are moments when it is not only difficult to move forward, but you have to make Herculean efforts to remain at your current positions. So, what makes this invisible flow of time so inconsistent?

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VASTU – The Harmony Of Space. 1

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Space and time are inseparable from each other. We go through life, covering its distance (space) per hour (time). In the Vedas, there is a section “Vastu Shastra” which reveals the secrets of the inner essence of space.

So, space is one of the elements of the material world which is an invisible receptacle of all the rest. From the materialistic point of view, space is just physical vacuum, but the Vedas say that at the metaphysical level space of the universe is divided into directions, each of which is controlled by the powerful cosmic beings, just like all areas of a country are controlled by some government officials. Therefore, before any construction or space designing takes place, one has to make sure that the project is in accordance with environmental and cosmic harmony.

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VASTU – The Harmony Of Space. 2

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In the previous article we talked about the philosophical foundations of the Vedic art of harmonization of space, which gives health to the body, serenity to the mind and happiness to the soul. Besides that, this art allows us to experience the Divine presence in our daily routine lives, which is the most valuable experience for the individual. We live in God’s creation, but hardly understand it as much as a fish does not notice the water where it swims. But when we model a divine structure of the universe in our homes, we begin to realise where we are. In this way one’s desires, thoughts and activity get purified and spiritualised.

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HISTORY IN REVERSE

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“By human calculation, a thousand ages taken together form the duration of Brahma’s (the Creator) one day. And such also the duration of his night. At the beginning of Brahma’s day all living entities become manifest from the unmanifest state, and thereafter, when the night falls, they are merged into the unmanifest again.” Bhagavad gita (8.17-18 )

According to Vedic chronology, now is the age of degradation (Kali Yuga). Naturally, such a statement may come as a surprise for most people brought up on the idea that we live in an age of progress. The ancient wisdom of the Vedas helps us to understand this contradiction, which completely shakes up our perception of the course of history.

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EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS

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“Those who see the truth, have concluded that the material body – is transitory, and the source of consciousness – the soul, is eternal, and does not change. This they have concluded by studying the nature of both” Bhagavad Gita (2.16)

The issue of the phenomenon of consciousness, its origin and relation to matter is as old as philosophy itself. However, this problem exists only in the West. In the Vedic philosophy the consciousness and matter from the outset are defined as the superior and inferior energies emanating from a single source, and can exist in conjunction with each other and independently.

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A Unified Picture Of The World. 1

Information Or Knowledge

We live in the era of the information boom, when people are literally drowning in a sea of information. Psychiatrists have even documented a new mental disorder called the informational neurosis. But, despite the availability and abundance of information, we are seeing a lot of ignorance in the world, which manifests itself in violence and self-destruction.

And even the most informed people – scientists are also often attached to bad habits and do not have a holistic view of the world.

Why? Perhaps because the information and knowledge are not the same thing.

Information may be sketchy and messy. Therefore, a person can be informed, but unprincipled, since the information is not always framed in a positive concept. However, real knowledge is based on eternal principles of harmony, which, like the rigidity in the leaf structure, maintains the integrity of life.

Real knowledge, unlike information, is always holistic, orderly, and positive and has a humane life-affirming purpose. This knowledge does not exclude the spiritual side of reality from the picture of the world under the guise of unprovability.

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A Unified Picture Of The World. 2

Three Aspects of Genesis

Let’s consider the scheme in the form of a triangle, which according to the Vedas is a unified picture of the world.

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 The peak of this triangle is the Absolute or God, that is, according to the Vedanta-sutra, the original source of all energies.

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A Unified Picture Of The World. 3

Connection 1:   Energy of Time

 

Time, according to the Vedas, is the will of God. It is the force by which God affects matter, prompting it to change.

The mode of passion stimulates growth and development, the mode of goodness supports the existence of material forms, and the mode of ignorance contributes to their destruction.

The inert matter is filled with living entities ( those souls who have decided to try living apart from God ) having been influenced by volitional impulse of the Absolute.

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A Unified Picture Of The World. 4

The World As A Result Of Intelligent Creation

We’re brought up on an idea that the world appeared by chance out of nothing and that life has no objective purpose. We are used to thinking that there is no reasonable natural energy source.

However, if the world is an accident and accidentally came about, then, by the law of philosophy the large number of accidents is already a consistent pattern or regularity.

And where there are laws, there is also a legislator, because  laws do not exist by themselves. So, we live in a world where there are laws, and a reasonable person is a person who has knowledge about the cause – where it all comes from.

We see that the world was created intelligently, beautifully, with love. Why should we think that this was just a coincidence? If we look at a human as he is created, he is created very wisely and beautifully.

So many coincidences and chances just do not happen, it already goes into the category of a law. Thus, a reasonable person realizes that everything has a reason.

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11. A Unified Picture Of The World. Part 5

Liberation from Karma

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How to avoid the reactions of karma and degradation into the lower forms of life? What should be done while we are in the human body? Does karma burn out automatically, or do we have to consciously participate in this process?

It is necessary to clarify one misconception, which is “to experience the consequences of one’s  karma” and “to eliminate karma completely” is not the same thing.

Everyone has to face good, bad and the ugly consequences of  one’s karma, but if a person does not understand the mechanism of karma, after having gone through the reactions, he immediately creates new ones.

“To experience the consequences of one’s  karma” means we simply find ourselves in different situations, pleasant or unpleasant, and we get positive and negative fruits of our actions committed in the past.

Liberation from karma is fundamentally different. A person gets free from karma of the past and does not create karma for the future only when he understands that karma is developed from the misuse of energy at his/ her disposal – like time, money, activity etc.

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10. A Unified Picture Of The World. Part 6

Yoga Ladder – The Paths Of Spiritual Evolution

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The word “Yoga” means to link – linking of our consciousness with the Supreme Absolute Truth. Various types of yoga systems are described in the Vedic literature, which are named according to the particular method adopted. When the linking process is predominantly in performing fruitive activities, it is called karma-yoga, when emphasis shifts to empirical study of scriptures, it is called Jnana yoga and when it is predominantly in a loving devotional relationship with the Supreme Lord it is called Bhakti-Yoga, which is the ultimate perfection of all yogas (Bhagavad Gita 6.46-47).

The material world is meant for the gradual purification of the conditioned souls, through the process of sacrifice. By this process, the conditioned souls can re-awaken their spiritual consciousness, which they have forgotten. The Yoga Ladder is the Supreme Lord’s system for facilitating this.

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9. Who Are You, Human? Part 1.

Surprising Discovery Of Human Nature

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Who are you, Human? The way we answer this question will determine the purpose and  meaning of our lives.

Although it seems the answer is simple, the problem of modern humans is that they do not fully realize what humans constitute. We’ll try to answer this fundamental question of existence, based on the ancient wisdom of the Vedas. The ancient scriptures on earth – the Vedas say, that the human is composed of three main structures: the physical body, subtle body, or the mind, and the soul, which is the source of consciousness. Read More

8. Who Are You, Human? Part 2.

Super Consciousness

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Science is only now beginning to understand how complex the processes of perception, digestion, metabolism and other such processes, are. But these super complex processes are constantly taking place in the body without our conscious participation. How then can such a complex mechanism work without anyone’s conscious control?

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7. Who Are You, Human? Part 3.

Reincarnation. Old Myth Revisited

If consciousness has an eternal nature, and the body is temporary, what happens to the consciousness at the moment of death of the body?

According to the energy conservation law, it should not disappear. Where does it go? What body does it get and why?

 So, here arises a question on Reincarnation.

 Reincarnation is not an Indian belief of transmigration of the soul, but a manifestation of the energy conservation law on the moral and spiritual level.

 If in this life the soul has attained a certain level of development, it must be preserved, so that the soul would be able to continue the path of perfection in higher forms of life.

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6. Who Are You, Human? Part 4.

 Gunas – Three Qualities of Material Nature

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 The mechanism of reincarnation implies that even in this life, we are modelling our future incarnation by our thoughts, desires and actions.

 In order to determine the likely direction of reincarnation, that is, if we go up, down, or stay on the same level, it is necessary to understand such a concept as the guna, or quality of material nature.

The Vedas say that matter which affects the consciousness is multi dimensional. According to the Vedas, matter can be present in a combination of three qualities – goodness, passion and ignorance.

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5. Who Are You, Human? Part 5.


Designing Our Future

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The Vedas say  that our future incarnation is determined by the state of consciousness, in which the soul leaves the body at the moment of death.

 For example, if consciousness at the time of death is in the mode of goodness, the soul goes to the higher worlds, to continue the path of spiritual progress.

If a person dies in the mode of passion, he regains the human body to continue fulfilling his materialistic plans. If, however, a consciousness of a person is immersed in the mode of ignorance at the time of death, it opens the way to the lower worlds, or lower forms of life.

In this sense, reincarnation is a perfect tool which gives the soul a chance to live in a variety of bodies and go through a varied experience, which allows the soul to gradually get rid of his material desires and seek spiritual quest.

The Vedas mention 8,400,000 forms of life that exist in this universe, which represent different combinations of three modes of material nature.

Out of these, 400,000 – are humanlike forms from snowmen to people of higher humanoid planets or, angels in the biblical language.

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4. Who Are You, Human? Part 6.

 

Spiritual And Material Reality

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 The Vedas postulate the existence of two types of reality – the original – spiritual, and secondary – the material. They relate to each other as an object and its shadow. Although the shadow looks like an object, it is devoid of the inner core.

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3. A Complete Picture Of The Ancient Vedic Texts Explained!

What follows is a brief, simplified synopsis of what constitutes Vedic literature.

Veda means knowledge, and Vedic knowledge is aparuseya, originating from a transcendental source. The Vedas deal with both mundane and spiritual knowledge, but especially contain specific directions for spiritual realization being defined as knowledge of the Personality of Godhead.

There are three sources (prasthana-traya) of Vedic knowledge:

  • Sruti-prasthana (Upanishads and Vedic mantras ),
  • Smriti-prasthana ( Bhagavad gita, Mahabharata, Puranas etc.), and
  • Nyaya-prasthana (Vedanta philosophy).

All scientific knowledge of transcendence must be supported by sruti, smriti, and a sound logical basis (nyaya). Smriti and Nyaya always confirm what is said in the Sruti.
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2. Three Invisible Forces That Drastically Shape Your Destiny Unraveled !

 

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Everyone is searching for happiness and striving for a better quality of life .

However, according to the Vedas, a living entity, being nonmaterial or transcendental by nature  (the soul or consciousness), seeks his eternal happiness in the temporary (ever changing) matter which makes it nearly impossible to achieve it just as it is impossible for a fish to find happiness outside of water. It must return to its natural environment – water or in case of a living entity – to the eternal spiritual reality.

Thus the wise compilers of the Vedas, knowing well that not that many people would want to solve the problem so radically, have explained how one can experience the highest quality of life even in a non-native material reality.

The Vedas describe the three basic invisible forces or qualities (gunas) that influence EVERYTHING  in the material creation – Sattva (goodness), Rajas (passion) and Tamas (ignorance).

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1. “Karma” Demystified – Little Known Facts That You Won’t Learn In School !

“The intricacies of karma are very hard to understand. Therefore one should know properly what Karma (action that brings good reaction) is , what Vikarma (action that yields bad reaction) is, and what Akarma  (action that produces spiritual fruit) is.”

 (Bhagavad-Gita, 4.17)

In this article we will analyze more deeply the nature of karma as it’s laid out in the ancient Vedas.
The term karma has become very popular these days and lots of people rather freely use this word without really having a proper understanding. But since the term karma is taken from the Vedas, hence, the interpretation must be Vedic, and not speculative.

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Originally, the word karma means simply “activity“ and comes from the Sanskrit root kriya – to create. And it is the root word for English words like creative or creation. Such is the first meaning of the word. But since every activity brings consequences, the term “karma” also means “a reaction” or “a consequence of an action”.

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Bhagavata Purana

Bhagavata Purana or Srimad Bhagavatam , an “Epic Philosophical and Literary Classic”, holds a prominent position in India’s voluminous written wisdom. The timeless wisdom of India is expressed in the Vedas, ancient Sanskrit texts that touch upon all fields of human knowledge.

Originally preserved through oral tradition, the Vedas were first put into writing by Srila Vyasadeva, the “literary incarnation of God.” After compiling the Vedas, Srila Vyasadeva was inspired by his spiritual master to present their profound essence in the form of Srimad-Bhagavatam. Known as “the ripened fruit of the tree of Vedic Literature, Srimad-Bhagavatam is the most complete and authoritative exposition of Vedic Knowledge.

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Bhagavad-Gita As It Is

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Bhagavad-Gita As It Is is the most widely read edition of this classic of world literature. It contains knowledge of five basic truths: Krishna (God), the individual soul, the material world, action in this world, and time. Bhagavad-gita thoroughly explains the nature of consciousness, the self, and the universe
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Easy Journey to Other Planets

 

EasyJourneytoOtherPlanets_mediumA living being, especially civilized man, has a natural desire to live forever in happiness. This is quite natural because, in his original state, the living being is both eternal and joyful. However, in the present conditioned state of life, he is engaged in a struggle against recurring birth and death. Therefore he has attained neither happiness nor immortality.

The latest desire man has developed is the desire to travel to other planets. This is also quite natural, because he has the constitutional right to go to any part of the material or spiritual skies. Such travel is very tempting and exciting because these skies are full of unlimited globes of varying qualities, and they are occupied by all types of living entities. The desire to travel there can be fulfilled by the process of yoga, which serves as a means by which one can transfer himself to whatever planet he likes–possibly to planets where life is not only eternal and blissful, but where there are multiple varieties of enjoyable energies.

Anyone who can attain the freedom of the spiritual planets need never return to this miserable land of birth, old age, disease and death. One can attain this stage of perfection very easily by his individual effort. He can simply follow, in his own home, the prescribed method of bhakti-yoga. This method, under proper guidance, is simple and enjoyable.

An attempt is made herein to give information to the people in general, and to philosophers and religionists in particular, as to how one can transfer oneself to other planets by this process of bhakti-yoga–the highest of all yogic processes.

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Sri Isopanisad

Five thousand years ago, Sri Isopanisad was studied all over the world. Concealed for centuries in the Sanskrit language of India, this ancient spiritual gem is now revealed in the first authorized English edition ever published. This masterwork of the long forgotten Vedic culture is here presented by the most venerated descendant of the culture, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. Sri Isopanisad is the book to ignite a spiritual revolution in the mind of a modern Westerner.

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Brahma Samhita

 

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With the commentary Dig-darsani-tika of Sri Jiva Gosvami

According to Vedic tradition, these “Hymns of Brahma” were recited or sung countless millennia ago by the first embodied being, Lord Brahma, just before he created the universe. The book consists of a brief description of Brahma’s enlightenment by Lord Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, followed by Brahma’s extraordinarily beautiful prayers elucidating the content of his revelation.

Although the whole of the Brahma-samhita has not been located, the fifth chapter stands alone as a short but complete work.

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Life Comes from Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Comes From Life is an impromptu but brilliant critique of some of the dominant policies, theories and presuppositions of modern science and scientists by one of the greatest philosophers and scholars of the twentieth century, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada’s vivid analysis uncovers the hidden and blatantly unfounded assumptions that underlie currently fashionable doctrines about the origins and purpose of life.

This book is based on taped morning-walk conversations that Srila Prabhupada had with some of his disciples during 1973, in the Los Angeles area. On those mornings when he focused on science, Srila Prabhupada spoke mainly with his disciple Thoudam D. Singh, Ph.D, an organic chemist, who later directed the Bhaktivedanta Institute, an international center for advanced study and research in science, philosophy and theology.

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Beyond Birth and Death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond Birth and Death

By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Is there life after death? Follow the soul’s journey past the universe. The past decade has seen an increase in the number of people who believe in reincarnation. For many reincarnation-leaving this body and taking a new one, over and over again-is a fact of life. But coming back again and again (samsara) doesn’t have to remain an eternal reality. We can leave the cycle permanently.

This little, powerful book will allow you to break the cycle of pain.

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The Science of Self-Realization

Science of Self Realisation

Within the interviews, lectures, essays and letters of this book His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada talks about practicing yoga in the modern age. Topics include karma and reincarnation, supreconsciousness, how to choose a guru, Krishna and Christ, and spiritual solutions to todays social and economic problems.

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The Three Modes of Nature – A Comprehensive Table

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