Are the Vedas Inherent in the Heart? (4)

The only argument which remains is that śabda-brahma or the Veda is not limited by time and space, therefore it also exists in the ātmā. About this I have already written above that this is acceptable, but then you have to explain the statements that say that the jīva is ignorant of Bhagavān. Y ...

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Are the Vedas Inherent in the Heart? (2)

While commenting upon SB 1.7.5 also, Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī writes that a conditioned jīva is devoid of jñāna of Bhagavān, jīvānām anādi-bhagavad-ajñānam. In these statements, the words abhāva and ajñānam very clearly point out that a jīva has no knowledge of Bhagavān or the Veda inher ...

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Are the Vedas Inherent in the Heart? (1)

Question: I’m currently exploring Bhaktivinod Thakur’s understanding of the nature of sastra. He seems to suggest that sastra (Veda) is an expression of the inherent knowledge of the jiva. Here is a fairly clear statement expressing this position (from ch. 3 of his Vaisnava-siddhanta-mala): ...

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The Prayers of Vṛtrāsura

In the previous article, we read about the dealings between Citraketu and Lord Śiva. Having been was cursed by Goddess Pārvatī, Citraketu becameVṛtrāsura, manifesting from the yajña performed by sage Tvaṣṭā. Tvaṣṭā had a son named Viśvarūpa who was killed by Indra

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The Intimate Dealings of Vaiṣṇavas

In the Sixth Canto, 17th Chapter, there is a description of King Citraketu who was travelling in space in his airship, surrounded by hundreds of beautiful celestial women, called Vidyādharīs, who are famous for their melodious singing. Citraketu engaged in the kīrtana of Bhagavān, accompanied by ...

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