Pramanas, Karma and the Pursue of Happiness

  Question: There are three valid ways for receiving knowledge:  guru, sadhu and shastra. Are all three considered equal?  Answer:  The real pramana is shastra and the other two have to conform to shastra. If they do not conform, then we cannot speak of a parampara. This is the difference b ...

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Sayujya-mukti, Divisions of Bhakti, Subhadra

Question: This question is regarding sayujya-mukti, where there is no personal relationship with the Lord. If a living entity attains this mukti (after practice), then does he eternally remain in that liberated state or does he fall back to the material sphere due to lack of love for the Personality ...

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Necessity of Diksha and Chanting

Question: Is diksha necessary on the path of bhakti? Answer: Diksha is compulsory to get the real blessing of Name, which is Krsna prema. Why? Because one must be free from Nama-aparadha to get the blessings of the Name. One of the aparadhas is guroravajna – disrespect to guru. Now, to do that ...

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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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Questions on Sancita karma, Two Types of 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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