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Knowledge Through Parampara
June 8, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Knowledge Through Parampara

The guru is the present presentative of the parampara, which includes the previous acaryas. The very word parampara means the conduit or medium through which the knowledge is passed from guru to disciple. In the same way, the guru represents the teachings coming from the founder of the sampradaya through an unbroken chain of guru and disciple.

Upavasa: Residing Closer to the Lord
June 5, 2017 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments
Upavasa: Residing Closer to the Lord

The main principle of Ekadasi is to reside near the Lord. It is not about fasting; it is about coming closer to the Lord.

How Free Are We?
May 29, 2017 – 12:33 am | 22 Comments
How Free Are We?

America, with its idealization of the rugged individual, is called the land of the free. The struggle between government intervention and individual freedom continues to be a hot topic in American politics, recently surfacing in the national health care debate. In such a climate, we tend to take our freedom for granted. But viewing our lives through the lens of the Bhagavad-gita, it is valid to question, “How free are we?”

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.