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On Adhikaris and Bhagavatas
August 10, 2017 – 12:30 am | 4 Comments
On Adhikaris and Bhagavatas

There is widespread confusion in the Western Gaudiya Vaishnava world concerning the term adhikari.

All Rests on Balarama
August 7, 2017 – 12:33 am | 15 Comments
All Rests on Balarama

We owe our existence to Balarama. He is the root of the service ego—bhakta abhiman mula balarama—that underlies the entire lila.

The Line of Sri Rupa
August 3, 2017 – 12:30 am | 9 Comments
The Line of Sri Rupa

Eliminating all other camps, direct service to Radharani is considered to be the highest. Still, there is another point…

Hinduism and Ecology
July 31, 2017 – 12:33 am | 186 Comments
Hinduism and Ecology

Hindu ecology makes us catch our breath and enter into that special moment where our senses become filled, our mind becomes stilled, and we dwell, even if for just an instant, in a state of perfection and gratitude.

The Way of Devotion
July 24, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
The Way of Devotion

The path of pure devotion is not about acquiring anything other than devotion itself. It is thus to be executed for its own improvement. It is a spiritual and thus eternal means to a spiritual end.

Unconditional Service
July 23, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Unconditional Service

Go forward in your life with the spirit that you are willing to give away this life.

On Vaishnava Culture and Customs
July 17, 2017 – 12:33 am | 39 Comments
On Vaishnava Culture and Customs

There is no such thing as Vaishnava dress specifically. It is Indian dress with Vaishnava identification-marks: a specific tilak and Tulasi kanthimala.

Reason and Love
June 22, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Reason and Love

Reason may be properly styled as the servant of love and must always be subject to her in all her hopes, aspirations, and holy works.

Irreducible Consciousness
June 15, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Irreducible Consciousness

There is nothing like consciousness in the brain, nor is there an evolutionary place for it since evolution is conceived of as a continuous process that molds preexisting properties into more complex forms but which cannot produce entirely novel properties. Consciousness is clearly such a novel property.

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.