Bhagavān, Grace and Material Suffering – Part 4

Continuation from Paramātmā Sandarbha, Commentary on Anuccheda 93.5 by Satyanarayana Dasa – Śrī Jīva now responds to the second objection regarding the accusation of Bhagavān’s being biased. Earlier he established that Bhagavān acts only to give delight to His devotees, which seem ...

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Bhagavān, Grace and Material Suffering – Part 3

By Satyanarayana Dasa – Continuation from Paramātmā Sandarbha, Anuccheda 93.5: Bhagavān Has No Experience of Material Misery. Translation: With regard to the second objection [that Bhagavān is subject to favoritism], we say the following: One engages in giving delight to others for two p ...

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Bhagavān, Grace and Material Suffering – Part 2

By Satyanarayana Dasa – Continuation from Paramātmā Sandarbha, Anuccheda 93.4: Devotees are Self-Satisfied – Translation: [An objection is raised] It is not to be conjectured that since the Lord gives bliss to His devotees and they to Him, He [or His devotees] must not be self-satisfi ...

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Bhagavān, Grace and Material Suffering – Part 1

By Satyanarayana Dasa – At present I am working on Paramātmā Sandarbha, the third book of Jīva Gosvāmī’s Ṣaṭ Sandarbhas. I thought of sharing the 93rd Anuccheda of the book, which is an elaborate analysis of the nature of Bhagavān and His relation with the world and His devote

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Bhāgavatam Pedagogy – Part 2

The Purpose of Story-Telling The intention of Śrī Vyāsa is not to give us historical information, but to impart transcendental knowledge. Still there may be historical facts articulated to convey the intended meaning. Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī makes this clear in the verse: kathā imās te kathit ...

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