Why bhakti is on top of the paths

The process of uniting oneself with the Supreme is called yoga. Yoga actually means bhakti yoga; all other yogas lead to it, the final destination. From the journey's start in karma yoga, to its end, it is a long way to self-realisation.

When karma yoga grows in knowledge and renunciation, that stage is called jnana yoga. When jnana yoga grows in meditation to the Supersoul, and the mind is on Him, it is called ashtanga yoga. And when one comes to the point of the Supreme Person of Godhead Krishna, it is called bhakti yoga, the culmination.

This is confirmed by Krishna Himself in the Bhagavad Gita, "And of all yogis, the one with great faith who always abides in Me, thinks of Me within himself, and renders transcendental loving service to Me, he is the most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all."

Bhakti yoga is the last link in the yogic chain, the link that binds us to Lord Krishna. Without this final link, the chain is practically useless.


Messenger at ease

"HE GIVES Krishna devotees some great food for thought. A mechanical engineer with a shaven head, he is fair-skinned and light-eyed, clad in a saffron dhoti with an accordian around the chest and Bhagavad Gita in hand. That’s Sankirtan Das for you. A Swiss by origin and a Krishna devotee. “Gita gave meaning and direction to my life when I first read it in 1985. I love and live to share its wisdom with whoever I can.” he says. Sankirtan was in Pune where he distributed the book on behalf of ISKCON Pune at a concessional price of Rs 120 (English) and Rs 70 and Rs 80 (Hindi and Marathi, respectively). Das is based in Vrindavan from where he travels worlwide. Interestingly, he also conducts Bhakti Shastri classes and courses on devotional Vedic texts. So from India, he heads to South Africa to spread his love and devotion for Lord Krishna."


Dwaraka : The eternal city

In the early eighties an important archaeological site was found in Bharat, at Dwaraka, the site of the legendary city of Lord Krishna. Dwaraka was submerged by the sea right after the death of Lord Krishna. This inscription refers to Dwaraka as the capital of the western coast of Saurashtra and still more important, states that Sri Krishna lived here. The discovery of the legendary city of Dwaraka which is said to have been founded by Sri Krishna, is an important landmark in the history of Bharat. It has set to rest the doubts expressed by historians about the historicity of Mahabharata and the very existence of Dwaraka city. It has greatly narrowed the gap in Indian history by establishing the continuity of the Indian civilization from the Vedic Age to the present day.


Hindus unite in West Virginia to celebrate life of important religious figure

Vrindavan holds an important place in the Hindu mythology; it is the place where Lord Krishna spent most of his childhood. The believers and the devotees still see the Lord dancing and playing in the garden of Vrindavan. Today the traces of this scared place can be found to the south of the Indian national capital, Delhi. Not much is left today in Vrindavan and Mathura today. Many towns and cities with high rise buildings have left the place behind in glamour. Still, the music of bell ripping from 4,000 temples infuse the air with sacred celebration. The place remains holy for the devotees of lord

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Indian President will take up Hare Krishna temple issue with Russia

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin will focus on ways to enhance defence and energy cooperation between their respective countries when Dr. Singh arrives on a four-day visit to Moscow from Sunday (December 4).

Briefing the media ahead of the visit, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran said today that this second visit of the Prime Minister to Russia was one in series of significant bilateral visits that had taken place over the past several years.

He also confirmed that India had taken up the issue of the destruction of an ISCKON-managed Krishna Temple in Russia with concerned authorities in Moscow….


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Will January 2006 bring cheer to the Hindus, Buddhists and Jains of foreign origin by opening the doors of Shri Jagannath Temple along with several other Hindu places of worship, which have so far been out of bounds for them? Well, it just might. For, all those who have a say in the matter are set to assemble at Muktimandap of Shri Jagannath Temple and take a decision on the centuries-old tradition.