Interpolations of Brahma Vaivarta Purāṇa

Question: I have heard the Brahma Vaivarta Purāṇa is one of the worst interpolated Purāṇas and I find it important to know which parts are interpolated exactly. The Kṛṣṇa Janma Khaṇḍa contains some shocking vulgar eroticism and even meat hangs out to dry in Nandagrām when Uddhava en ...

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Sancita karma, Dvesa-bhakti, Sayujya

Sancita karma Question: In your last article, you wrote: “Universal dissolution destroys only the gross and subtle bodies of the ātmās, who enter unharmed into the body of Lord Viṣṇu. But the accumulated karma (sancita) of each ātmā persists even during the period of dissolution.” ...

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Short Questions and Answers

Adjustments according to Time and Society Question: On Gosvami’s literature, you have recently said: ‘These books were written from a cultural, social and political background which is different from today. Even though their philosophical conclusions are eternal, they need to be studied ...

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Difference between Jnana-mishra and Uttama Bhakti

Question: In the Brhad Bhagavatamrta, part one, chapter five, text 16-17, Sanatana Gosvami writes in his Digdarsini commentary that “uttamaa visuddhaa vaa prema-laksanaa vaa param kevalam dattaa bhaktih saa ca jnana-mishreti boddhavyam uttaratra shuddham ityukteh. Praak prahlaadena svayameva t ...

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Bhagavan’s External Energy

Question: I was reading the Tattva Sandarbha edition that was translated by you. In anuccheda 31 you have commented that: “In the Bhagavad-gita  (7.5)  Lord Krsna tells Arjuna that His marginal energy, the jiva, is  superior to His separated, material energy, maya. One may then ask, how do ...

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