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Sri Upadesamrta: Text Three, Part Two
April 4, 2012 – 3:16 pm | 6 Comments
Sri Upadesamrta: Text Three, Part Two

We should not imitate the Vaishnavas but rather we should follow. Not anukarana (imitation) but anusarana. Anusarana means to follow in the footsteps. We must understand the difference. Anusarana means sincerity and anukarana is only for pratistha

Sri Upadesamrta: Text Three, Part One
March 15, 2012 – 3:09 pm | One Comment
Sri Upadesamrta: Text Three, Part One

“So many troubles may come from outside to dissuade you from this path. Whatever little demand comes to be exacted from you, with a smiling face you have to accept that in consideration of your highest goal.”

Sanga: “O My Friend!” Revisited
February 22, 2012 – 10:59 pm | 45 Comments
Sanga: “O My Friend!” Revisited

“In regard to coming to a conclusion to this discussion, realization resulting from spiritual practice is the means of definitive knowing and O My Friend! encourages its readers to take up such practice.”

Are Shiva and Vishnu One or Different?
February 20, 2012 – 7:40 pm | 8 Comments
Are Shiva and Vishnu One or Different?

Visvanatha Cakravarti explains the aparadha of differentiating between Siva and Vishnu.

Sri Upadesamrta: Text Two, Part Two
February 18, 2012 – 11:30 am | 2 Comments
Sri Upadesamrta: Text Two, Part Two

I see that everyone is going into the jaws of death, but still I cannot see. I don’t care to see. This is the peculiar position we hold now.

Sri Upadesamrta: Text Two, Part One
January 11, 2012 – 2:07 pm | 3 Comments
Sri Upadesamrta: Text Two, Part One

To become big is easy. “I am a big man, I have something to be proud of.” But to accept that we are nothing in the face of the Absolute, to accept this creed in its true color, is very difficult.

Sri Upadesamrta: Text One, Part Two
October 14, 2011 – 11:06 pm | 3 Comments
Sri Upadesamrta: Text One, Part Two

Our real enemies are within, not without.

Sanga: Liberating the Demons
September 10, 2011 – 6:11 pm | One Comment
Sanga: Liberating the Demons

“One of the distinguishing features of Sri Krishna is that when he kills demons they attain spiritual liberation (mukti), which is a characteristic that is unique among all appearances of the Godhead.”

Sanga: Follow the Lead of A Devotee
August 28, 2011 – 5:30 pm | No Comment
Sanga: Follow the Lead of A Devotee

Always place oneself under the guidance of a higher Vaishnava. At times this may not be a popular or easy thing to do, but it is certainly imperative for spiritual advancement.

Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Concluding Verses
July 27, 2011 – 6:18 pm | No Comment
Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Concluding Verses

The conclusion of Swami B. V. Tripurari’s commentary on Sri Gopala-tapani Upanisad.

Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Obeisances to Gopala
July 9, 2011 – 9:02 am | No Comment
Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Obeisances to Gopala

Obeisances to Gopala, the true form of the Supreme Truth.