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Kala-Krsna Dasa and the Mercy of the Vaishnavas
May 22, 2017 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments
Kala-Krsna Dasa and the Mercy of the Vaishnavas

The line of causeless mercy is extending from the center, but the extension gets the more intense position. In this way we find the servants are more benevolent than even their Lord. It is inconceivable.

Sambandha-jnana: Conceptual Orientation
May 15, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Sambandha-jnana: Conceptual Orientation

Gaudiya Vedanta posits an Absolute that is singular in principle yet plural in terms of experience. The Godhead’s experience of himself is made possible by his inherent energies. Because these energies have no independent existence from the Godhead, they are in this sense one with him.

Worshiping Narasingha on the Raga-Marga
May 8, 2017 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments
Worshiping Narasingha on the Raga-Marga

For Gaudiya Vaishnavas, the right reason to worship Narasinghadeva is as Bhaktivinoda prays, “to beg at the lotus feet of Lord Narasingha for the benediction of worshipping Radha and Krishna in Navadvipa, perfectly safe and free from all difficulties.”

Varnashrama Dharma in Modern Context
May 4, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Varnashrama Dharma in Modern Context

Truly speaking, a Vaishnava is a shudra, because his or her life is dedicated to doing service for the pleasure of guru, the Vaishnavas, and Krishna.

The Appearance of Sri Gadadhara Pandita
April 26, 2017 – 12:33 am | 3 Comments
The Appearance of Sri Gadadhara Pandita

“…may I be blessed with the grace of Gadadhara Pandita, the master of the Bhagavatam from whom Mahaprabhu listens to the Bhagavatam. I invoke his mercy.”

Service To Visnu And Vaisnava
April 24, 2017 – 2:19 am | No Comment
Service To Visnu And Vaisnava

Wherever we go, our only duty is to serve Visnu and Vaisnava. We do not have any other duty. Our life is only meant for serving Visnu and Vaisnava.

Environmentalism, Prasada, and the Vaishnava
April 13, 2017 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
Environmentalism, Prasada, and the Vaishnava

The first principle of exploitation begins from the urge for self preservation, and that means eating. We must adjust our dealings with the environment in this most primitive necessity. If we can accomplish that, we can almost solve the whole problem.

Rama Bhakti Through the Lens of Caitanyadeva
April 3, 2017 – 12:33 am | 3 Comments
Rama Bhakti Through the Lens of Caitanyadeva

Anupama, Murari Gupta, and the various Rama bhaktas of South India all appeared in Mahaprabhu’s lila, and we should appreciate the real devotion of any bhakta who fans the flame of spiritual partiality in their hearts.

Visistadvaita of Sri Ramanujacharya
March 30, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Visistadvaita of Sri Ramanujacharya

In Ramanuja’s view, a special relationship exists between Brahman, the jivas, and the world. He calls this relationship aprthak-siddhi, or inseparability. With this term Ramanuja seeks to logically explain the identity and difference of Brahman.

Maya: The Paradoxical Potency of Bhagavan
March 16, 2017 – 12:33 am | 22 Comments
Maya: The Paradoxical Potency of Bhagavan

Why does Bhagavan allow Maya to create obstacles even for a jiva in whom the desire to surrender to Him has been born?

The Compassion of Sri Caitanya
March 12, 2017 – 12:33 am | 42 Comments
The Compassion of Sri Caitanya

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has shown by his own example how compassionate love for all animation arising in the context of the culture of uttama-bhakti precedes the attainment of bhakti-rasa.