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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 | 37 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.

Devotional Yoga
November 17, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Devotional Yoga

The unique contribution of Bhakti, or devotional yoga, is a tried-and-true, practical method for seeing that deeper reality — through the chanting of sacred mantras, having a healthy lifestyle, and cultivating a yogic way of life.

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.

Subala Vesa and the Vision of Radha’s Lotus Feet
November 7, 2016 – 12:33 am | 7 Comments
Subala Vesa and the Vision of Radha’s Lotus Feet

By Swami B. A. Ashram
The month of Kartika is particularly beloved by Gaudiya Vaishnavas partly because it is dedicated to Srimati Radharani, the embodiment of love for Krishna, and partly because of its many festivals …

Residence in Sri Govardhana
October 31, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Residence in Sri Govardhana

We should not encroach on the highest position. Rather, from Govardhana, we will come, serve them, and then go back.

Yoga and Reason
October 24, 2016 – 12:33 am | One Comment
Yoga and Reason

Reasoning involves grounds/premises out of which a conclusion or belief reached is the consequence of the stated premise. In reductive materialism, every thought we think is said to be a result of a physical or environmental cause rather then arising from any rational grounds.

Appearance of Sri Radha Kunda
October 20, 2016 – 12:33 am | 3 Comments
Appearance of Sri Radha Kunda

“O Sri Radha-kunda! O Sri Krishna Kunda! You destroy all sins and award one-pointed prema. I bow down to you again and again.”