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Dashavatara and Evolutionary Theory

Exploring an interesting parallel between the order of Lord Krishna's avatars and Darwin's theory of evolution.

Although there are unlimited avatars of the Supreme Lord, the Vaishnava tradition singles out ten as representative of the rest. These ten are known in Sanskrit as dashavatara. Dasha means “ten,” and avatara means “descent,” from ava (“down”) and tarati (“crosses over”).

Perspectives on Time and Space

Maha-Vishnu emanating the universes

What do the Bhagavatam and Srila Prabhupada have to say about these universal concepts?

At the beginning of his first book, Easy Journey to Other Planets, Srila Prabhupada writes, "Dedicated to the scientists of the world.” Perhaps it was Lord Krishna's special plan that Srila Prabhupada’s first book be related to science, and space in particular. By this dedication, Srila Prabhupada is inviting scientists and any inquisitive thoughtful people to explore the science in the Vedic literature.

In Search of Narasimha's Temples

Gulante Yoga Narasimha

An introduction to some of the many deities of the Lord's half-man, half-lion incarnation found throughout India.

Adapted from Narasimha: the Divine Protector, Volume 1: The Lost Temples. Copyright 2017 The Narasimha Foundation. All rights reserved. Available at narasimhathelosttemples.com.

Shiva, the Supreme Vaishnava

Shiva

When devotees of Lord Krishna venerate Shiva as the greatest devotee of the Lord, they are offering him the highest praise.

Srimad-Bhagavatam is an amazing collection of the glories and activities of Sri Krishna and His devotees, the Vaishnavas. The Bhagavatam (12.13.16) declares Lord Shiva to be the greatest of all Vaishnavas: vaishnavanam yatha shambhuh. Lord Shiva’s special position, his post, his personality, and his activities are fascinating to know. The following is a short collection from the Bhagavatam of various attributes and activities of Lord Shiva.

Fifty Years of Hare Krishna in the UK: London, Where It All Began

What started with three intrepid devotee couples continues to grow year after year.

This December marks fifty years since the opening of ISKCON's first temple in London and the installation of Sri Sri Radha-Londonishvara. London plays an important part in ISKCON’s incredible history.

A Case of Muslim-to-Hindu Reincarnation

Research into past-life memories provides evidence for the transmigration of the soul.

Thousands of cases of past-life memories have been documented by pioneering researcher Dr. Ian Stevenson and others. When skeptics fail to explain away such cases, they generally resort to the fraud hypothesis.

Bhagavan: God the Person

Of God's three aspects, His personal feature is the original and the only one with which we can have intimate exchanges.

For hundreds of years, philosophers and theologians have debated whether God is ultimately personal or impersonal. After all, the nature of God plays a major role in our fate. If God is a person, then we have the potential for a loving, eternal relationship with Him. But if God isn't a person and is instead impersonal, like a light we merge into, then we miss out on the opportunity for such a relationship.

Bovinely Inspired: New Vrindaban's Care for Cows

A look at fifty years of cow protection at ISKCON first farm community.

namo brahmanya-devaya
go-brahmana-hitaya cha
jagad-dhitaya krishnaya
govindaya namo namah

"I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Absolute Truth, Krishna, who is the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas as well as the living entities in general. I offer my repeated obeisances to Govinda, who is the pleasure reservoir for all the senses." (Vishnu Purana 1.19.65)

"BACK TO GODHEAD"

In the opening article of the first issue of Back to Godhead, Śrīla Prabhupāda explains the purpose of his magazine.

To commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Back to Godhead, we present Srila Prabhupada's opening article of his first issue of the magazine, which he launched on the appearance day of his spiritual master in 1944. The world was at war, and Srila Prabhupada discusses that harsh reality in light of the purpose of the magazine.

Hare Krishna! The Film

A full-length documentary on Srila Prabhupada's life hits the big screen in movie theatres worldwide.

I was in Houston, Texas, for the premiere screening of the Hare Krishna! film, and during the question-and-answer session after the screening, an elderly woman in the front row raised her hand. I called on her.

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