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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Memories of Kurma Rupa Prabhu

by Satyanarayana Dasa When I first joined Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula, Vrindavan in 1987 as a Sanskrit teacher, Kurma Rupa Prabhu was the first faculty member who was introduced to me by Shri Dhanurdhara Swami, the Principal of the gurukula. We became friendly from our first meeting. Initially, I w ...

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Babaji Awarded the Position of Mahanta in Vrindavan

On January 25th, thousands of renounced Vaishnavas and other guests gathered at Jiva Institute to commence the official installment of Babaji Sri Satyanarayana Dasa as a Mahanta. This position is awarded by an organization called Catuh Sampradaya Virakta Vaishnava Parisad (“Association of the Reno ...

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Shastric References for the Proper Use of Tulasi?

Question: Can Tulasi also be used for consumption, in food and beverages? Answer: Vaisnavas do not use Tulasi plant or leaves as food or beverage. They use it for worship and take it as prasada. Question: Are there any shastric references? Answer: I have not come across any shastric reference prohib ...

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