Spiritual Traditions in Gaudiya Vaishnavism

Question: I have done spiritual research especially on Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy for several years and would like to clarify a few things. First, are there any similarities between Vaishnavism and Vaijirayana Buddhism? I started my spiritual path with Tibetan Buddhism and see similarities. Answer ...

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Questions on Sri Caitanya

Sri Caitanya’s Initiation Question: I had a question regarding Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s initiation. Some friends and I were talking about His pastimes and wondering why Mahaprabhu took sannyasa initiation from Keshava Bharati, even though he was against Mayavadi philosophy? If you could please ...

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New Publication: Gaura-gana-svarupa-tattva-candrika

One of the aims of Jiva Institute is to publish rare books. Dr. Demian Martins discovered this previously unknown work of Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and translated it into English. It has been printed for the first time in Gaudiya history and is now available in our Online Store. The author rev ...

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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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Śrī Guru Darśanam – New Publication

On the occasion of Śrī Haridāsa Śāstrī Mahārāja’s Tirobhava Mahotsava at Kalidaha on October 14th, a new book was published and presented: Śrī Guru Darśanam – An Anthology of Questions and Answers with Śrī Śrī Haridāsa Śāstrī Mahārāja Navatīrtha

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