Renunciation in Bhakti

Question:  We hear in the Bhagavatam about the austerities of King Prthu: “In the summer he placed fires around himself in the four directions, with the sun burning overhead. During the monsoon season he tolerated the torrents of rain. During the dewy season he stood up to his neck in cold water ...

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The Essence of Dharma

Question: Babaji, can you tell me in brief the essence of dharma? I have read books on dharma, but there are so many principles that sometimes it is difficult to decide what is proper behavior. Answer: The purpose of dharma is to maintain discipline in an individual and in society so that the indivi ...

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Keep Your Practice and Realizations Secret

The following article is an extract from Bhakti Sandarbha Text 339 by Jīva Gosvāmī (the second to last text of Bhakti Sandarbha), with commentary of Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa. The path of devotion has thus been outlined in this book. If, by the mercy bestowed by guru or Bhagavān, one has realize ...

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Study Shastra Properly

Question: Sometimes devotees argue that there is no need to study shastra. They give examples, such as the story from Caitanya Caritamrita of the simple devotee who could not even read Bhagavad Gita properly. He was ‘reading’ it upside down and crying, but even so, Lord Caitanya was plea ...

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Is Bhakti Dependent on Indian Culture?

QUESTION: Why can I not be a devotee of Kṛṣṇa without subscribing to Vedic or rather Indian customs? Why do I have to dress like an Indian, which even modern Indians don’t do? This may be alright while one is living in India, but to carry these customs to the West makes one look weird …

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