Stephen Knapp 

Stephen Knapp(Sri Nandanandana Dasa) grew up in a Christian family, during which time he seriously studied the Bible to understand its teachings. In his late teenage years, however, he began to search through other religions and philosophies from around the world and started to find the answers for which he was looking. He also studied a variety of occult sciences, ancient mythology, mysticism, yoga, and the spiritual teachings of the East. He continued his study of Vedic knowledge and spiritual practice under the guidance of a spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.


The Purpose of Defending Dharma

Essay | Posted On: 21 Jun 2018

Dharmic principles form the bedrock upon which Indic civilization has thrived and hence need to be propagated as well as defended.

Casteism: Scourge of Hinduism or Perversion of a Legitimate Vedic System? - Part 2

Essay | Posted On: 11 Jan 2018

Casteism has seeped into Indic culture and knowing its dangers, we should look to take the necessary steps to dismantle it.

Casteism: Scourge of Hinduism or Perversion of a Legitimate Vedic System? - Part 1

Essay | Posted On: 05 Jan 2018

The corruption of the original purpose of the caste system has led to a lot of strife in India.

Yantras - What is their purpose

Essay | Posted On: 05 Dec 2017

Used in sadhana practices for worshipping deities, yantras are symbols of divine power which need to be installed with the use of specific mantras.

Dealing with the Loss of One’s Spiritual Master

Essay | Posted On: 07 Nov 2017

What should one do when one's guru leaves their body and goes elsewhere? How do we continue without our guru?

The Ratha-Yatra Festival at Jagannatha Puri

Essay | Posted On: 05 Jul 2017

A look at the significance of the Ratha Yatra festival, the awe inspiring Jagannatha Puri and the story behind how the deities appeared in their present form.

Women in Vedic Culture

Essay | Posted On: 09 Jun 2017

The respect and honour that vedic traditions had for women needs to be preserved, in order to address the turbulence which exists in modern society.

India’s Ancient Maritime History - Part 2

Essay | Posted On: 08 May 2017

India's hold on maritime trade greatly benefited numerous kingdoms, but with the arrival of the British, its shipping industry declined drastically.

India’s Ancient Maritime History - Part 1

Essay | Posted On: 03 May 2017

The maritime history of India is recounted in numerous literary texts, showcasing its navigational expertise and resultant trade with several countries.

Sanatana-Dharma/Hinduism in a Nutshell

Commentary | Posted On: 22 Feb 2017

A concise explanation of the essential principles of Sanatana-dharma or the Vedic path, which are based on universal spiritual truths that anyone can follow.

Lifestyle Choice - Material, Spiritual or a Combination

Essay | Posted On: 31 Jan 2017

A few of the factors and reasons why we should choose to accept a fully dedicated spiritual life, or remain in material pursuits, or for now choose a balance of both.

Why I Became a Hindu

Essay | Posted On: 20 Dec 2016

The essential reasons why I became a Hindu, or a Krishna Bhakta, and what made the difference in the Vedic tradition over other religions or spiritual paths.

Consciousness: The Symptom of the Soul

Essay | Posted On: 09 Nov 2016

Scientific experiments describe how consciousness interacts with but is separate from the body, and is the source of our will to do anything.

Buddhism and Its Vedic Connections

Essay | Posted On: 22 Sep 2016

Buddhism was one of the nastik schools of thought that rejected the authority of the Vedas but used many of its teachings to build its philosophical foundation.

Sanskrit: Its Importance to Language

Commentary | Posted On: 02 Sep 2016

A language which spawned the birth of many Indo-European languages, its realization could only have come through divine means.

Yoga and Meditation: Their Origins and Real Purpose

Essay | Posted On: 05 Aug 2016

Looking back at how Yoga developed as the gateway to the spiritual realm and the gross techniques that helped its realization.

Advancements from the Ancient Vedic Culture - Part 3

Essay | Posted On: 16 Jun 2016

Education in the Vedic sense means to establish and enliven the spiritual consciousness. It does not mean only learning a technology or a craft, or way to exist.

Advancements from the Ancient Vedic Culture - Part 2

Essay | Posted On: 19 May 2016

In this second part of a series on Ancient India, we delve further into the achievements from that golden period

Advancements from the Ancient Vedic Culture - Part 1

Essay | Posted On: 26 Apr 2016

First in the series of articles that explores the various achievements from the Vedic era that influenced civilizations across the world.

A Look at India From the Views of Other Scholars

Excerpt | Posted On: 26 Apr 2016

A synopsis of the views of individuals from fields such as history, science, literature who came in contact with the ancient wisdom of Bharat and were indebted to it's teachings and way of life.

Vedic India - An Introduction

The Vedic period is often called as the golden age of Indic civilization, and for good reason. The time period of the Vedic era is debatable, but there is no doubt regarding the influence it still has on the Indian sub continent, be it i...

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