Articles by Stephen Knapp
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When Religions Create Divisions and How to Avoid It
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020
Each religion implies, or comes right out and says, that it is the best or the only way to God. All others are inferior and should be ignored, dominated, pushed away, or even destroyed by force. In this way, a most difficult thing to break down is the barrier between us erected by our religions. A first-class religion is not the one that claims it is the highest religion.→ read full article
Descriptions of the Spiritual Dimension According to the Vedas of India
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2020
The spiritual universe is not a myth although it may certainly be a mystery. The Vedic texts have many descriptions of what it is like, more than you will find anywhere else. Some explain the Lord’s pastimes as well as the activities that He and His devotees display and enjoy in the spiritual dimension.→ read full article
Buddhism and Its Vedic Connections
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 May 2020
Many people may know about Buddhism, but few seem to understand its connections with the Vedic Culture and how many of its aspects originate in the Vedic philosophy. It was several hundred years before the time of Lord Buddha that his birth was predicted in the Srimad-Bhagavatam.→ read full article
(Português) Verdade Absoluta: O Que É? ou Quem É?
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020
Os cientistas concordam que todo o tempo, toda a história e toda a criação começam a partir de um único ponto. E esse ponto teria de ser a Verdade última ou Absoluta. Então o que é exactamente a Verdade Absoluta? Como é que recuamos no tempo e no espaço para encontrar a fonte original de tudo? Mesmo que pesquisemos a Bíblia, o Corão, os escritos judeus, ou mesmo os textos sikh, zoroastrianos ou budistas, encontraremos informação limitada sobre o que é a Verdade Absoluta. E esqueçam a dependência da ciência moderna, eles ainda estão à procura e têm muitas teorias diferentes para oferecer.→ read full article
The Absolute Truth: What or Who Is It?
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020
Scientists agree that all time, all history, and all creation start from a single point. And that point would have to be the ultimate or Absolute Truth. So what exactly is the Absolute Truth? How do we go back through time and space to find the original source of everything? Even if we research the Bible, the Koran, the Jewish writings, or even the Sikh, Zoroastrian, or Buddhist texts, we will find limited information on what is the Absolute Truth. And forget about depending on modern science, they are still searching and have many varying theories to offer.→ read full article
Nonviolence According to Dharma
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020
When understanding Vedic Dharma and the need for us to raise our consciousness, which includes perceiving the Divine in all beings, it should also be clear that we need to observe respect, kindness, non-injury, and nonviolence toward all.→ read full article
Consciousness: The Symptom of the Soul
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2020
How It Interacts with but Is Separate from the Body – An excerpt from The Secret Teachings of the Vedas→ read full article
Your Thoughts Create Your Future
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020
This will show how your thinking creates your consciousness and how to help control it. It provides evidence so that you can see how your life unfolds according to what you draw to it, as dictated by your consciousness and thoughts. By taking the responsibility for yourself and your thinking process, you can make your life more positive and uplifting, reducing or negating the influence of any hurt or negative energies you encounter.→ read full article
Mahatma Gandhi on Conversion
Swami Aksharanandaji | Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020
“I disbelieve in the conversion of one person by another. My effort should never to be to undermine another’s faith. This implies belief in the truth of all religions and, therefore, respect for them. It implies true humility.” (Young India: April 23, 1931)→ read full article
World Peace Is a Possibility
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020
Being on this planet is similar to being on a plane going from one place to another. We are all transients sharing a flight, which is temporary. We may not have the best seats for the moment, but we will soon be landing somewhere else. So why should we engage in quarreling over temporary seats?→ read full article
Why All Religions Are Not the Same
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019
It is often said by some Hindu gurus and leaders that all religions are the same. But is this really the case? Naturally, anyone who studies religion can see many similarities between them. And if we are talking about getting closer to God and increasing our understanding and love for God, then what religion is not trying to do that? Who cannot go to a church, mosque, or temple and worship and bow to God in prayer? So, what is the difference? Are not all religions the same?→ read full article
Seeing Beyond the Illusion
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019
The first thing to understand is that it is better not to try to see what is beyond the illusion, but to know how to recognize the illusory nature itself. Then the Truth beyond the veil will reveal itself.→ read full article
Casteism: Is It the Scourge of Hinduism, or the Perversion of a Legitimate Vedic System?
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019
Casteism in India has gotten a lot of criticism, and rightly so. The way casteism is at present should not even exist. Casteism as we find it today is now nothing more than a misrepresentation and misinterpretation of a legitimate and progressive Vedic system known as varnashrama. However, we need to know the difference between the two, and then get rid of present-day casteism to again utilize the genuine and liberal form of social organization, known as varnashrama.→ read full article
Moksha/Liberation: What Is It?
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019
Moksha is also called mukti, which essentially means to attain freedom from any further forms of differentiated, temporal, and ordinary material existence in the mortal world. It also means, quite simply, becoming free from samsara or the continued rounds of birth and death in the material realm, which is caused by the accumulation and continuation of karma.→ read full article
Environmentalism According to the Vedic View
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019
As everything is created from the Supreme Creator, then we should certainly have a high regard for everything as the expansion of God’s energies. This not only includes all of our fellow humans, but all creatures, as well as all aspects of the planet. We should care for the environment as if it is not ours but God’s property, and in this way assure ourselves that it will continue to provide all of our necessities for many years to come, and into many future generations. This is the Vedic view.→ read full article
What is the Kumbha Mela?
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019
The Greatest Gathering of People in the History of the World→ read full article
Natural Disasters: Where Is God in All of This?
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Sep 2019
As we look around the world or watch and read the news, practically everywhere is affected by some kind of natural disaster. Floods are displacing millions of people, forest fires are destroying thousands of acres and burning out of control, earthquakes continue to force people to live in fear, and tornadoes and hurricanes have become more fierce and numerous than ever. And if that is not enough, droughts are causing massive crop damage and water shortages.→ read full article
Karma: What Is It?
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Sep 2019
Karma is one of those topics that many people know a little about, but few understand the intricacies of it. To start with, Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. On the universal scale, this is the law of karma.→ read full article
Frequencies That Can Kill, Heal, and Transcend
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Aug 2019
There are all kinds of frequencies and vibrations all around us. There are frequencies we see (such as light waves), hear (sound waves), or feel, and others that are beyond our ability to sense, such as gamma rays, infrared, or radio and television frequencies.→ read full article
Choosing a Material or Spiritual Lifestyle–or a Balance of Both
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jul 2019
Quite often I get questions from young people who may be in college or starting out in their career, regarding the decision of whether they should take up a serious spiritual lifestyle or remain engaged in material pursuits such as education, career, family, etc. Others are worried that their family will not understand or will wonder what will become of them if they become overly spiritual. Or the family may even become overly upset if they show too much spiritual inclination. Let us think this over.→ read full article
Dispelling the Fear of Death
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2019
Death is not an enemy; it is a natural fact of life, a stage of our existence, and a transition or doorway between planes of reality. Death has its own harmony with nature just as a tree loses its leaves every fall. We don’t feel that it is unjust or that the tree failed to stay fully alive when it goes dormant through the winter. It is natural. Neither should doctors and nurses feel they have failed if after every endeavor a patient dies.→ read full article
Curing Depression with Spirituality
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019
The reason for depression may be different for each person, and there are a variety of causes. So it must be analyzed and understood. What can we do to help cure such an attitude, as long as it is not a biological problem? Spiritually, there are many ways to help take care of this condition. So let us take a deeper look at this.→ read full article
Consciousness: The Symptom of the Soul
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Apr 2019
The current idea that the mind is part of the brain is held not only by many biologists, neurologists, etc., but by others in all branches of science, including physics, computer science, and psychology. We might, however, point out a number of problems with this current thinking. Let us suggest that it is just as reasonable to consider an alternative view, and that the Vedic concept is actually more consistent and does not have as many problems as their concept has.→ read full article
Can Vedic Dharma Bring Peace to the World?
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2019
When you progress in yoga, you can feel the unwanted burdens of the mind fall away, such as anxiety, anger, greed, envy, hate, discontent, etc. Then other qualities like peacefulness, tranquility, contentment, and blissfulness will be felt. These are qualities everyone is trying to find and are some of the many things that can be accomplished with yoga, at least on the elementary level. As you make further progress, you may enter into the deeper levels of understanding and transcending the mind and gradually go so far as to attain realizations as to what your own spiritual identity is and what your relationship is with the Absolute.→ read full article
Becoming Free from Sex Desire
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Apr 2019
The greatest happiness for the soul starts with complete freedom: freedom from misery, unhappiness, suffering, freedom from the dictates of desires, and, ultimately, freedom from being trapped in a material body. But what keeps us ensnared in such a condition are the desires for sensual and mental pleasures. And the hardest freedom to attain is freedom from sex desire.→ read full article
Your Thoughts Create Your Future
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jul 2018
One thing I want to do right now before we go any farther is to explain some information that many people can use. This will show how your thinking creates your consciousness and how to help control it. It provides evidence so that you can see how your life unfolds according to what you draw to it, as dictated by your consciousness and thoughts. By taking the responsibility for yourself and your thinking process, you can make your life more positive and uplifting, and reduce or negate the influence of any hurt or negative energies you encounter.→ read full article
Were There Two Buddhas?
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017
In the following material, we will look at the evidence that seems to indicate that there was first the Avatara Buddha, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu who appeared near 1800 BCE, and then there was another person who became known as Gautama called Buddha, born around 560 BCE.→ read full article