THE SPIRITUAL SCIENTIST and
ETERNAL BLISS are the magazines run by the students of ISKCON YOUTH FORUM (I .Y. F), Pune.
THE SPIRITUAL SCIENTIST
- The Spiritual Magazine For
The Modern Scientific Brain
is our humble effort to present the timeless Vedic wisdom of India in a manner that would
appeal to the modern mind, especially to the brilliant youth of today. For too long this
wisdom has been thrust upon on wary generations as a set of rituals and beliefs to be
somehow accepted without thinking or questioning.
|The truth, however is, that this spiritual wisdom of SANATANA DHARMA is a
rational, comprehensive and logically consistent body of knowledge. It not only deals
systematically with phenomena within our common experience but also opens up our minds
into realms of knowledge and experience that are utterly beyond the jurisdiction of sense
perception. A serious study with an open mind will reveal the flawlessness of the
philosophy. In confusing the externals with the essence, a vibrant and dynamic philosophy
has been reduced to a stagnant, mechanical and ritualistic way of life. The Vedanta Sutra
exhorts us: "Athato brahma.jijnasa" "Now inquire about the Absolute
Truth". We are not asked to accept on blind faith but rather, we are encouraged to
depart from the beaten track and question the very nature of our existence and the how's
and why's of our life.
- 0bjectives Of The SPIRITUAL SCIENTIST
the aforementioned maxim as our guiding principle, we have embarked on this modest venture
with the following objectives:
- To demonstrate that SANATANA DHARMA is not a set
of dogmas and irrational assertions but complete Science.
- To guide the Indian students with a western bias
toward a scientific and systematic understanding of their spiritual heritage.
- To view developments in various fields of modern
science as diverse as Physics, Psychology, Genetic Engineering etc., from the perspective
of spiritual science.
- To demonstrate the Relevance and Utility of this
Science in our times.
Some sample titles of articles are presented below:
- Stress Management & Mantra meditation
- Meditation, Concentration & Grasping Power
- Rationale for Existence of God
- Artificial Intelligence : Can behavior be
incorporated into Computers?
- Dangers of misuse of sex
- Scientific Evidence for the existence of the
- Science of Reincarnation
- Dangers of Meat Eating & Intoxication
- Human Embryology - A Vedic Perspective
- The Mystery of Consciousness
- The IYF Magazine For The Young & Young At Heart
magazine is our humble effort to present the timeless Vedic wisdom of India to YOUTH.
Today's educated youth is looking for journals to satisfy their reading propensity. But
unfortunately most of the journals pollute their consciousness and drag them away from the
real goal of life -- God conscious culture which enhances ones moral & spiritual
standards leading to peace, happiness and prosperity.
Most of the
youngsters today are seeking happiness vainly in the apparent pleasures of the material
world, which leads them to frustration and hopelessness. Today's youth is completely
confused and is searching for an alternative way of life which will lead them to true
peace and happiness. The frustration and suffering is only because of forgetting the true
spiritual culture of India.
When Srila Prabhupada, Founder Acarya of ISKCON
movement, went to the West, he met the youth in a similar condition of life. Through the
profound philosophy of Bhagavad Gita and appropriate spiritual engagement for the senses,
he transformed them into perfect gentlemen free from sinful activities like illicit sex,
meat eating, gambling and intoxication. He desired and wanted his followers to preach in
the same mood to the Youth of India. The magazine ETERNAL BLISS aims at educating and
involving both young and 'young at heart' in the Principles of SANATANA DHARMA, which are
universal and common to all regardless of race, caste or creed.
Some sample titles of articles are
- Drug Abuse-- The Danger and Solution
- Character build up -- Qualifying to attract the
mercy of God
- Yoga & the Topmost Yoga System
- Meditation-- The Object, the Means and the
- Krishna's Rasa Lila-- Can we IMITATE?
- The six urges & the means to control them
- Physical health & mental equilibrium
- Sports-- the modern & Vedic perspective
- Is work worship? -- Karma & Karma Yoga
- Caste system in Vedic society-- For chaos /
Role Of These
Magazines Amongst Youth......
students are tomorrow’s leaders. All brilliant students studying in various colleges
are going to be the leading managers/businessmen. Knowledge is power. But misuse of
knowledge of such people can ruin the entire country. The only remedy for this is to offer
them true spiritual science when they are young students. This will make them not only
efficient leaders, but also true spiritualists & moralists. Such exemplary people can
keep true peace in the country.
This is a 4-page monthly magazine. This magazine has one page
striking article from current issues or some Srila Prabhupada
speaks out (Srila Prabhupada's arguments with Christians, Mayavadis, Scientists), or some
part of old BTG article or some catchy topics similar to the ones published in Spiritual
scientist or Eternal bliss.
To introduce the magazine to new people, it has few lines
editorial which also invites suggestions and their response about it. This magazine has
information about the activities of the previous month and gives brief information about
forthcoming activities with as many sharp pictures as possible on our different preaching
programs - One time, 6 day, 7 day, Summer Camps, Core group meetings, Launching first B.S.L. College toppers from IYF, Newly started youth
programs, realizations of summer camp students, new initiate IYF students, new group of
students assembling for morning programs in colleges etc.
To attract the crowd, it has beautiful advertisements of
Summer Camp along with various IYF
publications and it induces students to 'Become a IYF member'. Also about the sale of
tapes set on various topics, sale of complete package of 'Art of Mind control' slides +
tape + book, Pandava Seva, book distribution news etc.
It also has some information about Bhakta Prahlada School, weekly IYF programs in Pune, Youth preaching
quotes by Srila Prabhupada, Introducing leaders of IYF along with a long list of the names
of IYF members and their college. And few quick-to-read, humorous but built-in with
philosophy, thought-provoking information.
This magazine is generally sent to fresh upcoming beginners
showing interest in IYF, Pandava seva donors, IYF members, program participants, leading
life members, leading libraries and companies in Pune, IYF well wishers abroad through
IYF members are trained in playing instruments like mridangam, kartals, in
singing devotional songs, learning to present philosophical lectures based on various
topics of Bhagavad gita topics and in leadership qualities. There is a weekend IYF MEETING
held every Saturday for this purpose.
The Need ....
students and youth groups organise annual gatherings, which meet with a very enthusiastic
response from the youth community. A massive Youth Festival has a very high propaganda
value for IYF activities. The idea is to get the youths from various colleges in large
numbers and present them with a nicely arranged Krishna conscious program.
- The youth festival provides tremendous publicity
and goodwill for IYF. Practically every student from all the colleges in the city comes to
know about IYF.
- It gives IYF recognition as an established youth
and cultural organization, on par with any other youth organization.
- We can invite big people from society (such as
principals, youth activists, etc.) for the festival, get their appreciation and also
introduce them to IYF and Krishna consciousness. This will help us get easy entrances into
their colleges for preaching.
- Press coverage helps spread the name and
activities of ISKCON/IYF in the city.
- We can present a lecture on various
interest-arousing topics such as 'Vedic and Modern Civilization', 'Science and the Vedas',
`You were born free' etc.
- Krishna conscious dramas (only if done in a
- Video show on Srila Prabhupada 'Your Ever
- Ecstatic prasadam feast
- Prize distribution to students from the hands of
The audience consists of interested youths from different colleges
in the city. Passes are issued to the students in advance in their own colleges, through
our student devotees. Our target is at least 1000 students.
Bhagavad gita contests, Life after death contest and similar competitions from time to
time to expose thousands of students to the Vedic wisdom. Big prizes are awarded during
festivals for the winners.
Inter-Collegiate Debate Organised By IYF Pune
Forum, in co-operation with the reputed software training institute, Software Solutions
Integrated (SSI), organized intra-college debates in the leading colleges in
Pune such as MIT, AISSMS, AIT, B.J. Medical, D.Y.Patil, PICT, BVP, VIT, COET and Wadia, in
which several hundreds of students participated. During the final round held at the ISKCON
center in Pune Camp on the evening of the 23rd of September, Saturday, the
winners of the intra-collegiate debates, 60 of the most intellectual students from these
spoke on the topic, " Has industrialization made man into a machine?". The winners of the
inter-collegiate competition were:
Chandorkar ... MIT
3.Shamik Ghosh ...VIT
1.Gauri Bajaj & Rohit Parsad (AIT)
2.Shamik Ghosh & Ruchir Astavans(VIT)
& Mukesh (AIT)
The panel of
judges comprised of eminent personalities from the fields of Industry, Management and
Journalism, namely, Mr K. Rajaram, management consultant, Mr Nikhil Gajendra-Gadkar,
Senior editor, Kesari and Mr Shailesh Kutty, Advertising expert.
students presented their views, there was a brilliant presentation of the Vedic
perspective on the issue by the chief guest, His Grace
Shyamanand Das (MBA), President, ISKCON, Chowpatty, Mumbai and author of ‘Manager,
manage yourself’. He proposed a marriage between modern scientific technology and
ancient Vedic wisdom as the panacea for the problems confronting the world today.
The program concluded with a
sumptuous feast of delicious Krishna-prasadam for all present. Over 400 students
participated in the program.