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  • Vedic Influence in Iraq and Iran

    Long, before the advent of Islam, even as early as the third millennium BCE, India had cultural bonds with the Mesopotamian civilization, now the region of Iraq and Iran.  As explained by N. N. Bhattacharya, there are plenty of references to establish a very close contact between India and the Islamic world.

  • Heartfelt Prayers from India to Syria

    Syria's civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Half the country's pre-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed or forced to flee their homes. Families are struggling to survive inside Syria, or make a new home in neighboring countries. We need more of music and prayers and less of war and violence. Dr. Sahadeva dasa is singing and playing a concert Ukulele and Govinda is on the flute. 

  • First Hindu Chaplain in US Military Is 'Groundbreaking'

    Until recently, the 1,000 or so Hindus serving in the US military - and their families - lacked a military confidant who understood their religion and culture. But now Captain Pratima Dharm has been appointed as the US military's first Hindu chaplain.

  • Hare Krishna Soldier Discharged, Plans Spiritual Mission
    Partha-sarathi Dasa, a Hare Krishna devotee from New York City, separated from the US Army on Monday, January 26, 2009. He held the rank of Sergeant First Class. Partha-sarathi enlisted in the Army in 1995 at age 17. He served in Bosnia in 1998, in Kosovo in 1999, and in Iraq for thirty-six months between 2003 and 2008.
  • Liberating the Liberators
    It is interesting that the US and UK style themselves as “liberators” of Iraq. Subtly implied in this euphemistic term is the assumption that we are ourselves already liberated, in a position to bestow our happy state on others. And that is surely a commonly held assumption in the West. We view ourselves as having the most progressive and free societies. But how true is this?
  • Devotee Soldier Receives Army Commendation Medal
    In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna tells us "By worship of the Lord, who is the source of all beings and who is all-pervading, a man can attain perfection through performing his own work." Partha-sarathi Dasa is a devotee of Lord Krishna. Currently “his own work” is being a U.S. army soldier on active service in Iraq. Despite his circumstances, he is providing an example we can all draw on: In any situation you can be Krishna Conscious, not only in the best of times, but also in the worst of times.
  • Battlefield Bhajans

    US Military Base, Iraq, April 17, 2008 – It’s my fifth year on active duty as a sergeant here in Iraq, and I’m back doing missions, which means long days. But I still rise early, worship my salagram sila deities of the Lord, and chant Hare Krishna as if I can die at any moment – which, here, is a reality.

  • What Price for Freedom?
    We all want our freedoms, but it seems they are not so free. Recent figures reveal that the cost of freeing Iraq and hopefully the rest of us from tyrants and terrorists is well over one trillion dollars and rising. Then there is the grisly cost of casualties, over ninety thousand dead and innumerable others injured.
  • Sergeant Prescribes Krishna as Antidote for Combat Stress
    US Military Base, Iraq, January 20, 2008 – My name is Partha Sarathi Dasa, and I'm an ISKCON devotee and US army sergeant. I've been on active duty in Iraq since 2003.

    Last night, as we prepared for a mission, one of my soldiers went crazy. He loaded his M4 assault rifle, pointed it at my head, and yelled, "If I have to leave this base one more time,  I will kill you, and then kill myself!"

  • First Ratha-Yatra Festival in Iraq
    Parthasarathi Dasa is a U.S. soldier in Iraq. He preaches, he distributes Srila Prabhupada's books as well as prasadam, and recently he has organized the first Iraqi Ratha-yatra. This year he arranged Diwali and Govardhana puja, attracting 150 people.
  • Partha-sarathi: A US Sergeant in Iraq

    Since 2003 Partha-sarathi Dasa has served active duty for the US Army in war-torn Iraq. Despite his circumstances he manages to maintain his devotion and encourage it in the hearts of others.