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Impediments to Devotion
June 21, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Impediments to Devotion

The six defects of over-accumulation, materialistic endeavor, unnecessary talk, rejecting the rules meant for one’s self and following the rules meant for others, association with non-devotees, and fickle-mindedness are detrimental to devotion.

Conquering the World
June 18, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Conquering the World

Devotional practice based on the acceptance of the favorable and rejection of the unfavorable that is prescribed in this verse is extremely necessary for devotees.

Sanga: Sakhya or Madhurya
May 17, 2018 – 12:33 am | 39 Comments
Sanga: Sakhya or Madhurya

Despite the objective superiority of gopi-bhava, the venerable Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami makes it clear the best rasa is the one that is subjectively best for each devotee.

Prayojana
May 7, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Prayojana

Once he is so liberated, he never again returns to this world of repeated birth and death. The proof of this is found in “sound” or revelation (sabda).

Abhideya
April 30, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Abhideya

Devotion attracts him, devotion reveals him, the Lord is influenced by devotion. Nothing is more powerful than bhakti.

Sambandha
April 23, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Sambandha

The Srimad Bhagavatam (1.2.11) shows that there is an aspect of the divine beyond even Brahman. It is paratpara, or “beyond that which lies beyond.”

Introduction to Vedanta
April 16, 2018 – 12:33 am | One Comment
Introduction to Vedanta

For the Gaudiyas, the unblemished commentary on the Vedanta Sutra is the Srimad Bhagavatam.

The Form of Love in Separation
July 6, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
The Form of Love in Separation

While on the outside the effects of prema appear like poison, on the inside they are filled with ananda.

Joy of Self: Revealed Sound
March 20, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Joy of Self: Revealed Sound

The Veda does not claim that by studying its words with our intellect we will know the truth. It is the self-established truth imploring us to take up the means of experiencing the truth ourselves.

The Affectionate Guardian
January 23, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
The Affectionate Guardian

Although gurus are not God, neither are they to be considered as merely atomic souls bound in the net of material illusion. Gurus are servants of God as are all souls, yet they are servants who have realized the truth of their eternal servanthood.

In Search of Joy
December 5, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
In Search of Joy

We all want everlasting joy, but we are looking in different places for it. The joy we find in this world is fleeting at best. The search for joy is, in reality, the search for self.