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Nityananda Rama
February 6, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Nityananda Rama

He is the Rama “who gives pleasure to Krsna,” as his best friend, and appearing as Nityananda he gives pleasure to Gaura and distributes fraternal love of God.

Advaita Acarya and the Unique Compassion of Caitanya Mahaprabhu
February 2, 2017 – 12:33 am | One Comment
Advaita Acarya and the Unique Compassion of Caitanya Mahaprabhu

When Mahaprabhu appears in the world, he does not defy convention. Thus he appears at the request of Advaita Acarya, the Mahavishnu of Gaura-lila.

Go-seva
January 26, 2017 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
Go-seva

There is a mantra for the worship of the cows. There is a mantra for herding the cows. Krishna was a cowherd, that is why he has names like Gopal and Govinda. Krishna protected all the cows himself.

Living on Grace
January 19, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Living on Grace

We won’t try to take anything new, but we will wish only for something which has been used by the guru and Vaisnavas, whether it be a garland, clothes, decorations, or whatever. We shall try to live by the remnants of the Vaisnavas.

Spiritual Nonviolence: From the Center of the Battlefield to the Center of Bliss
January 16, 2017 – 12:33 am | One Comment
Spiritual Nonviolence: From the Center of the Battlefield to the Center of Bliss

He wants to take us to his lila where rasananda is experienced. In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna tells us how to go there, from violence to nonviolence, and beyond …

The Case Against Reality
January 12, 2017 – 12:33 am | One Comment
The Case Against Reality

The world presented to us by our perceptions is nothing like reality, and we have evolution itself to thank for this magnificent illusion.

Inquiry and Faith
January 9, 2017 – 12:33 am | One Comment
Inquiry and Faith

Ultimately everything is adhoksaja (transcendental). Krishna is adhoksaja and approachable only through faith. He is not approachable by intellect, reason, or argument.

Higher Harmony
January 5, 2017 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments
Higher Harmony

We are to try to understand things according to our capacity, faith, and realization. Despite all this, sweetness is sweet and truth is truth. Truth, however strong it is, is truth. We are to accommodate this in our mind.

Thomas Merton on the Bhagavad-Gita
December 8, 2016 – 12:33 am | 34 Comments
Thomas Merton on the Bhagavad-Gita

Bhagavad-gita can be seen as the great treatise on the “active life.” But it is really something more, for it tends to fuse worship, action and contemplation in a fulfillment of daily duty that transcends all three by virtue of a higher consciousness.

Panpsychism
November 14, 2016 – 12:33 am | 10 Comments
Panpsychism

Panpsychism bridges the modern epistemological gap between the subject of experience and the experienced object, the latter of whose intrinsic nature is unknown to us … and paints a picture of reality that emphasizes a humane and caring relationship with nature due to its fundamental rejection of the Cartesian conception of nature as a mechanism to be exploited by mankind.

Follow the Angels
November 10, 2016 – 12:33 am | 3 Comments
Follow the Angels

The intuition of a pure devotee should be given preference to the calculated truth of ordinary persons here. Faith has no connection with the so-called reality of this world. It is completely independent.