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Showing posts from September 18, 2007

Hindu Women in Britain Dismissed For Wearing Nose Stud

Amrit Lalji, a HeathrowAirport worker in Londo, has been dismissed for wearing a nose stud. Amrit wore the tiny piercing as a mark of her Hindu faith but a manager, at caterers Eurest, suddenly found it objectionable as jewelry can harbor bacteria and find its way into the food people eat. She was wearing the stud at work for quite sometime and Eurest hard no problem , until a manager suddenly found ‘bacteria with naked eyes’ – in fact the nose stud worn by Amrit is so small that we can hardly detect it on her photo in BBC news. Last year, Eurest had dismissed a Christian woman for wearing a cross but had to reinstate her after protest from clerics. Amrit had produced a letter from her local Hindu community to support her case. The problem here is not bacteria in food or the nose stud. Some people cannot tolerate or respect other religions and beliefs. Before checking bacteria in food, such people should change their mindset. The nose stud can be cleaned but sadly, no detergent is ava…

Radha Ashtami and its Significance

Sri Radha Ashtami or Radhashtami, the birthday of Radha, is a major festival celebrated by Lord Krishna devotees. It falls on the eighth day in the bright half of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). The day celebrates the relationship between Radha and Krishna – a unique relationship between god and human (world).

To understand the relationship between Radha and Krishna, first we have to clear the worldly impurities from our mind, which is clogging our vision. Once these impurities are removed we will understand the true meaning of Raslila – the individual soul realizing that it is part of the universal soul, which is a continuity.
It is always Radha and Krishna together or simply Radhakrishna. Radha exists with Krishna; not without Krishna. Radha represents the individual soul and Krishna the universal soul. On a lower level, we say the individual soul merges with the universal soul.
In fact, Radha on seeing Krishna realizes that there is nothing called the individual so…

Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati on Bhagavad Gita

On perusal of the first chapter of Bhagavad Gita one may think that they are advised to engage in warfare. When the second chapter has been read it can be clearly understood that knowledge and the soul is the ultimate goal to be attained. On studying the third chapter it is apparent that acts of righteousness are also of high priority. If we continue and patiently take the time to complete the Bhagavad Gita and try to ascertain the truth of its closing chapter we can see that the ultimate conclusion is to relinquish all the conceptualized ideas of religion which we possess and fully surrender directly unto the Supreme Lord. Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati