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The Place of Women in the Bhakti Movement

Question:  I personally appreciate the role of women within the bhakti movement in general and within the Vaiṣṇavism in particular. But sometimes I wonder...   Read More

Chanting the Name without Offense

Question: Cakravarti Thakur writes: “Even so, the Yamadutas, the messengers of Yamaraj, are powerless to attack anyone who chant the Holy Name, even offenders,...   Read More

Basic Principles of Deity Worship

QUESTION: In the śāstras an elaborate process of Deity worship is described. If, however, someone is living alone in the West, should they do...   Read More

What Is Wrong with Onions and Garlic?

Question: In itself, this is not the most important question, but it becomes important by the curious fact that no one I’ve asked so...   Read More

Duty, Ekadashi, Address, Dress

Question: In chapter 3 of Bhagavad Gita, Krishna speaks of duty, and how one should do one's duty imperfectly rather than perform another's duty well. As Vaishnava's in today's world, what should our duty be?

Svadhyaya – Japa and Shastra Treat

Two years ago I experimented with something I had been deliberating on for many years. Along with twelve of my students, I rented a house in Switzerland for a week in the summer and engaged in japa meditation as described in bhakti shastra. There was no contact with the outside world, (i.e. no phone or internet) and we cooked our own food. The results were very encouraging.

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