The Purpose of Vedanta Sutra

India has a tradition that any great acarya, in particular a founder of a particular sampradaya, had to write commentaries on Vedanta Sutra, the principle Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Vishnu Sahasra Nama. They had to show that their philosophy was based on these four pillars …

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The Meaning of the Word Yoga

The word yoga has two somewhat different meanings. One meaning is to unite, the other meaning is to be distinct from everything else, thus to disunite. Patanjali, the famous author of the “Yoga Sutras”, uses the second meaning when he speaks of  ”yogas citta-vritti-nirodha“. Here yo ...

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Knowledge from the Vedas

The Upanishads are part of the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of the world. There are four Vedas, namely the Rig, Sama, Yajur and Atharva Veda. Each Veda is further divided into four parts which are called Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanishad. The first three parts of each Veda mainly deal with r ...

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Vishuddha Sattva is not of this World

One of the very important verses of Srimad Bhagavatam (4.3.23) speaks about the manifestation of the Lord: sattvam visuddham vasudeva-sabditam yad iyate tatra puman apavrtah sattve ca tasmin bhagavan vasudevo hy adhoksajo me namasa vidhiyate Translation: The state of unalloyed being, vishuddha-sattv ...

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The Meaning of Spiritual Love

Priti is translated as love, but people have many different concepts of it. Priti and prema are synonyms, but specifically what we mean by priti or prema is hardly understood by anybody. If we want to achieve spiritual love or priti, we must know what it means so we don’t try for something we do n ...

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