Conceptions of God and His Energy

Conceptions of God and His Energy

Question: In Western theology there’s a prominent concept that God is almighty and can do anything. I think that’s not exactly wrong, but a mis-focus, or mis-stress, or out of context statement. I think there are certain things that even God can’t do. Not because there is some auth ...

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Happiness and Suffering

Happiness and Suffering

Question: Is there any difference between the happiness and distress caused by karma and the happiness and distress that are caused by the Lord’s mercy in terms of “sense” or the “taste” level of that experience? On the “cause and effect” level, you have already explained that non-devo ...

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Knowledge, the Lord’s Mercy

Knowledge, the Lord’s Mercy

The Process of Attaining Knowledge Question:  If sattva leads to jnana, then why does everyone’s knowledge differ in seeing the same thing when they are in a state of sattva? Answer: Because everyone does not have the same amount of sattva. Sattva is always mixed with rajas and tamas, which v ...

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Duty, Ekadashi, Address, Dress

Duty, Ekadashi, Address, Dress

Question: In chapter 3 of Bhagavad Gita, Krishna speaks of duty, and how one should do one’s duty imperfectly rather than perform another’s duty well. As Vaishnava’s in today’s world, what should our duty be?

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The Ontology of the Jīva – Part 4

The Ontology of the Jīva – Part 4

Advaita-vādīs raise an objection to this necessity of accepting illuminating power (dharma-bhūta jñāna) as a quality possessed by ātmā: “Consciousness (jñāna) cannot be the shelter of another consciousness (jñāna). So, how can the conscious self possess the quality of consciousness (jñ ...

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