Practice of yoga

Practice of yoga

Yoga is a profound part of the Vedic culture. Yoga practices underlie at the heart of all Hinduism (Sanskrit "Sanatan Dharma") schools. Sanatana Dharma means "the eternal law" - the law of all beings’ evolution.

Advaita philosophy

Advaita philosophy

Advaita is an ancient doctrine that tells us about human nature as divine initially. "Advaita" can be translated as "not two". Soul is not separated from God. God is a reality that permeates everything.

Interregional Scientific and Practical Conference


Divya Loka representatives took part in the 5-th Interregional Scientific and Practical Conference "Religious Diversity in the modern megalopolis", which was held since 23 till 24 September 2013 in St. Petersburg Christian University.

Annual Scientific Conference devoted to the problems of cooperation of the religious associations in order to protect the human and civil rights to freedom of conscience.

Among the conference participants there were well-known scholars on the religious studies, history, law, political science, sociology, and cultural studies, experts from the state and municipal government, as well as representatives of religious associations. Together with the traditional faiths, followers of smaller religious communities were invited. They were Mormons, Hare Krishnas, the Baha'i community, Scientologists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and many others.

Keynote speakers were:

- Lunkin Roman Nikolaevich - PhD., Senior Researcher in Institute of Europe;

- Andrey Sebentsov - Ph.D., State Councilor of the Russian Federation of the 1st Class, an expert Committee of the City Duma of RF Federal Assembly for public and religious associations and the Presidential Council for Civil Society Development;

- Mikhail Odintsov - Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Head of the Department for Protection of Freedom of Conscience of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation, President of the Russian Association of the Study of Religion;

- Mikhail Smirnov - Doctor of Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies of the Faculty of Philosophy;

- Shaburov Nikolai Vitalievich - Candidate of Cultural Studies, Professor, Director of the Center for the Study of Religions in the Russian State University for the Humanities.

On the first day of the meeting they discussed issues related to the themes of the state's attitude to religious associations; lack of the law knowledge on freedom of conscience by the judiciary and prosecutors, legal nihilism, numerous violations of constitutional norms and ill administration in the sphere of interaction of state bodies with religious associations.

The second day’s main discussions were problems of the religious communities in the Russian megalopolis, teaching religious studies in universities, and a number of methodological problems of religion.

In conclusion, a round-table was held. It was a call for a broader dialogue and cooperation between civil society and religious organizations. The common aim is to protect the right to freedom of conscience. It is necessary to settle down religious conflicts on the legal field. Boosting the growth of law acknowledgement of the Russian people is also important. The roundtable demonstrated that despite the ideological pluralism, we share universal values ​​and common civil interests.


World's Parliament of Religions in New York

meeting with Mrs. Mary Nelson
Mary Nelson - Executive Director of the World Parliament of Religions

Vedic culture

Vedic culture

Vedic culture is based on the Universe laws of evolution described in the scriptures of Hinduism "Vedas". They guide a human life, leading to harmony, happiness and creative prosperity.