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Advaita Vedanta, Shastra

Question: What is the concept of shakti in Advaita-vada? Answer: Brahman has no shakti but Isvara has. Question: From where does Isvara get his shakti? If Brahman, the cause, doesn’t have it, how can the effect have shakti?

Different Ways of Chanting, Focus during Japa

Question: I would like to know which chanting is more powerful, in the mind or audibly. 1) Srila Jiva Gosvami writes in his Krama sandarbha: “The names of God should be chanted loudly.” 2) Baladeva Vidyabhusana explain in the Stava malabibhusana bhasya, “If one chants the Hare Krsna mantra loudly, Krsna personally dances on his tongue.”

Physical Pain in Bhakti, Pandavas, Balarama’s Favoritism

Question: I have understood that bhakti leads to release from the three sources of miseries. This should also include physical pain. How does this...   Read More

Krsna’s Body, Dramatic Writing according to Siddhanta

Krsna’s Spiritual Body Question: In Bhagavad Gita the Lord says ‘ksine punye martya-lokam vishanti’ and also we know from scriptures like Brhad-bhagavatamrita that the demigods...   Read More

Sayujya-mukti and Bliss in Brahman

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),...   Read More

Krishna’s Supremacy, Politics without Dharma, Bliss of Bhakti

Question: I am looking for scriptural texts that approximate "krsnas tu bhagavan svayam" in the Bhagavata Purana (1.3.28). From the Gaudiya Vaishnava point of view, this is a paribhasa sutra proclaiming that Krishna is Supreme, i.e., the source of all other divine incarnations.

The Mechanics of Darshana

Question: I have a question about the mechanics of darsana - through what mechanisms or instruments does the qualified bhakta actually perceive Krishna (since...   Read More

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