Are Women Duplicitous and Selfish According to Śrīmad Bhāgavatam? (Part 1)

According to Jīva Gosvāmī (in Tattva Sandarbha, Anuccheda 26.2), there are three ways to instruct: like a king, like a friend, or like a beloved. The Vedas instruct like a king, giving direct instructions. The Purāṇas teach like a friend by giving stories which have a moral. And books of Sāhi ...

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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)

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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The Two Divisions of Pure Bhakti – 2

Vaidhī, Rāgānugā and Svābhāvika Bhakti: The natural function (svābhāvika vṛtti) of the senses in relationship to bhakti is of two types. The first occurs, when a person follows the injunctions of scriptures to approach a spiritual teacher, takes instructions from that teacher, and thereby ...

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The Two Divisions of Pure Bhakti – 1

This article describes the two divisions of pure devotion, known as vaidhī and rāgānugā, based on Śrī Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura’s explanation of Śrī Kapila’s statements in the 25th chapter of the Third Canto of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam.

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