Pramanas, Karma and the Pursue of Happiness

Pramanas, Karma and the Pursue of Happiness

  Question: There are three valid ways for receiving knowledge:  guru, sadhu and shastra. Are all three considered equal?  Answer:  The real pramana is shastra and the other two have to conform to shastra. If they do not conform, then we cannot speak of a parampara. This is the difference b ...

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PURE LOVE – The Rarest of all Jewels to Attain (Part 2)

PURE LOVE – The Rarest of all Jewels to Attain (Part 2)

The ego we identify with in the conditioned stage of existence is our acquired, material ego. It is based on our relationship with this body-mind complex, which is temporary. Just as the body is always undergoing change, so our ego also changes and will continue to change.

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PURE LOVE – The Rarest of all Jewels to Attain (Part 1)

PURE LOVE – The Rarest of all Jewels to Attain (Part 1)

The most fundamental need of a living being is love. We need food, clothing and shelter for our existence and survival, but that is not sufficient to bring fulfillment in our life. Even when our bellies are full and we are dressed properly, we still feel a sense of emptiness within.  Our soul is hu ...

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Sayujya-mukti, Divisions of Bhakti, Subhadra

Sayujya-mukti, Divisions of Bhakti, Subhadra

Question: This question is regarding sayujya-mukti, where there is no personal relationship with the Lord. If a living entity attains this mukti (after practice), then does he eternally remain in that liberated state or does he fall back to the material sphere due to lack of love for the Personality ...

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Necessity of Diksha and Chanting

Necessity of Diksha and Chanting

Question: Is diksha necessary on the path of bhakti? Answer: Diksha is compulsory to get the real blessing of Name, which is Krsna prema. Why? Because one must be free from Nama-aparadha to get the blessings of the Name. One of the aparadhas is guroravajna – disrespect to guru. Now, to do that ...

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