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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.

Swami B.V. Tripurari on Devotional Reading and Submissive Hearing
March 11, 2017 – 12:33 am | One Comment
Swami B.V. Tripurari on Devotional Reading and Submissive Hearing

The Vaisnavas want us to read the Bhagavatam, but we should be reading it with the view to apply ourselves in service.

Our Prospect is Through Gaura Lila
March 9, 2017 – 12:30 am | One Comment
Our Prospect is Through Gaura Lila

As much as we are able to connect ourselves with Gaura lila, automatically we find that without any trouble we are already present in Krishna lila.

The End of Philosophy
March 2, 2017 – 12:33 am | 13 Comments
The End of Philosophy

Many perennialists consider the terms “sanatana dharma” and perennialism to be synonymous – and conclude that all wisdom traditions end with eternal being. This pause is where Gaudiya Vedanta offers a second wind.

Mahadeva Siva and Vaishnavism
February 23, 2017 – 12:58 am | 28 Comments
Mahadeva Siva and Vaishnavism

Regard for Siva and regard for Krishna are not at odds with one another. If we read and study the Bhagavatam we can find so much room to understand, accommodate, and appreciate Lord Siva.

On Idolatry
February 20, 2017 – 12:22 am | 2 Comments
On Idolatry

Those who see the spiritual form of the deity in their souls’ eyes carry that impression as far as possible to the mind and then frame an emblem for continual study of the higher feeling, are by no means idolatrous.

On Hearing and Reflection
February 9, 2017 – 12:33 am | One Comment
On Hearing and Reflection

Even after an aspirant to spiritual life has attained the company of devotees and hears the Bhagavatam in their association, he must still be careful to hear it in the proper manner. Otherwise he will not get the full result of this powerful devotional activity.