New Varshana — ISKCON eco-farm somewhere between Odesa and Vinnytsa, Ukraine
New Varshana, Hare Krishna nama hatta and farm community of ISKCON in Odesa region of Ukraine was established in 2010. Ahamot.org decided to check out how this interesting project combining religion, agriculture, and eco-ideas develops in a remote region of Southern Ukraine.
After the ordeal by Ukrainian system of public transportation (Kyiv-Kotovsk-Balta-Evtodiiv), although there’s a simplier way, (which requires long walk and good orientation skill), we finally got to New Varshana in Karmalyukivka village.
We found 7 hats, several acres of land, 15 Hare Krishna people, living in the “eco-village” constantly and dozens who had come with a visit for a holiday and yagya. (more…)
Himalayas seem charged with “spiritual energy”. Their hidden valleys and caverns have served truth-seekers for ages and ages. Discover the most famous temples of Himalayas and their sacred history and mythology
Indian Himalayas have been home to intensive religious life since times immemorial. Sages, rishis, yogis came to hidden places to meditate. Indian sacred texts and epics tell stories about miracles and revelations that have happened here. Explore 10 most famous temples of Indian Himalayas with us. (more…)
What is Celestial Hundred, and what is its spiritual significance for Ukrainians?
“Celestial hundred” (“Небесна Сотня” in Ukrainian: another translation into English “heaven sotnya” or “sotnia” — sotnya was a basic military unit of hundred people in late medieval and early-modern Ukrainian army) is the name given to those who died in a bloody fight against criminal dictator Victor Yanukovych during Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity in winter of 2013-2014, (more…)
Does the northern Bambi-slayer have medium-like contacts with “another world”? Or had Putin just gone crazy?
Is Putin crazy? From Western mass-media it looks like the whole world order these days depends on the question of Putin’s (in)sanity. Many still think Putin has gone mad\crazy\insane.
He has and he has not.
To understand Putin we need to take a deep dive into Russian infra-mystics.
Bloomberg’s logic “he’s not crazy, he’s KGB” is just an “outer” part of the answer, but to understand this creature’s motivation we need to go really deep into dark realms of consciousness and metaphysics. Western intellectuals don’t like Russian mystics – common sense of protestant-spirit countries is afraid of old Christian spirituality and visionarism, that often operate at the edge of pshychotism.
One of great Russian writers, Tyutchev, had once dropped a phrase, that has become a proverb: “You can’t understand Russia with your mind”.
It’s true – Russian rulers’ deeds logic, especially that of tsars, gensecs, and other chieftains had often gone beyond Western attemps to rationally predict or understand it. When Anglo-Saxons ask “is Putin a rational player?”, they think of rationality of their own type, and Putin’s deeds seem illogical or controversial. (more…)
So, the Crimean “referendum” has started. Russia has occupied a part of Ukraine, Russian provocations take place all over southern and eastern Ukraine every day. Russian troops in full readiness stay along the borders of the largest European country even from the side of Belorus. They are ready to attack. Neither EU, nor the USA have done anything except “sanctions” to prevent this.
In 1990ies Ukraine had given away all of its nukes in exchange for borders’ integrity guarantees from USA, UK, and Russia. After collapse of USSR Ukraine had the third largest nuclear arsenal after USA and Russia. Many called this act of peaceful giving away those devastating weapons a political suicide, but the nation wanted to live in peace after horrors of Soviet regime.
Our nuclear arsenal was big enough to keep all the planet in terror, and to make good money from selling its parts to all kinds of terrorist regimes. Ukrainian people had chosen a different way and the strongest world powers did guarantee us peace.
The West, as during our revolution against Yanukovych, is still “deeply concerned”. More and more people in Ukraine think – all those “guarantees” are worth nothing. West is not protecting us. No matter how this conflict is resolved (looks like without US help Ukraine is to lose at least Crimea, or couple more regions, or even all the Left-bank Ukraine in worst scenario), we ought to get the nukes back for protection from Kremlin.
We do not want the mass destruction weapons back. But it looks like we desperately need them. (more…)
Armed with Russian weaponry people in masks with no signs capturing local governmental buildings in Ukraine. They raise Russian banner. Guess, which neighboring country have these troops come from?
From Ukraine’s capital Kyiv everything looks surreal: we have just overthrown a corrupt and bloody Putin’s marionette, and at this moment Russian troops with newest weaponry land en masse in Ukrainian territory, surround Ukrainian army bases, threat Ukrainian soldiers’ families. Newcomers wear masks, but everyone knows they are Putin’s – if a French army in masks landed in Yorkshire, in just couple days everyone would know where the troops have come from.
More absurd: Putin is getting nominated for Nobel Peace Prize and Germany asks Russia not to invade Ukraine! It’s an absolutely unimaginable thing from the XXth century history’s view. But there’s more: Ukraine’s ex-president, guilty in hundreds of deaths asks Russian president to invade the neighbour-country and the latter sends his troops to “protect” Ukraine against Americans (!). (more…)
In Ukraine, after victory over Yanukovych, we have some premonition or, at least some hope, that if Putin is crazy enough to attack Ukraine, it will bring the collapse to the greatest totalitarian zombie-regime of this time.
My dear friends, it’s late evening in Ukraine now, and the ontology of all post-Soviet totalitarian regimes is the same – all the evil (no matter is it named “putin”, “yanukovych” or anything else) does it’s dirty stuff at dark. Hope and pray, we all have a non-violent night.
Couple hours ago the Russians have brought more troops into Crimea and it looks like they are going to bring some new heavy tanks in. Yanukovych has officially asked Putin for invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine
Their number in Crimea is now estimated around 16 000 – it is 6k more, than the existing treaty allows Russian Federation to keepin Crimea. More and more Ukrainian army units report armed provocations on peninsula. Russian ships are also trying to block Ukrainian coastal guard corvettes from escaping into the sea from Crimea.
There are lots of both – evidence and rumors of Russian army moving near land borders with Ukraine.
I still hope Putin is sane and it’s just a series of provocations to destabilize new government in Ukraine. If he wanted to strike, he’d have done it already in Pearl-Harbor style while Ukrainian Army was unprepared – Russians know how to do it – Soviet army did pretty effective reconkista of Ukraine 70 years ago. But Ukrainians are ready to fight. Getting rid of Yanukovych we’ve found out that we are much stronger when’ve thought just two weeks ago, and now many people feel there is enough won to die for it. Ukrainian anthem says: “we’ll sacrifice soul and body for our freedom” and Maidan has shown that there’s much more in it than just words.
Ukrainian command in Crimea does really have the nerves of steel – although it’s their right to do it, they still haven’t fired a single shot – because it’s just what Putin wants to. To make his movie of “nazis attacking Russians” he’ll probably have to make massacre of his own troops, just like Yanukovych did couple weeks ago. (more…)
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Connections between religion and society in Ukraine worked really good during the times of Cossacks. Russian Empire and then the USSR did their best to tear those connections up. They’ve failed and now Euromaidan shows first sign’s of ancient church’s functions return, and the society’s acceptance of it. Most Ukrainian churches have clearly supported Maidan, and its quest for justice and the idea of non-violent protest to bring changes into society.
1.Hand with a cross on the frontier between barricade defenders and riot police. This is the most famous photo that has become a symbol of resistance Euromaidan’s resistance and it’s support by traditional religious institutions.