Concepts of Advaita Vedanta, Definition of 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?

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Can Kṛṣṇa Be Attained Through Enmity? (Part 1)

In the Seventh Canto of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, there is a very interesting dialogue recited by Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī about the liberation of Śiśupāla who was killed by Kṛṣṇa during Yudhiṣṭhira Mahārāja’s Rājasūya-yajña. Śiśupāla was Kṛṣṇa’s cousin, but hated …

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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), 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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Bhagavān, Grace and Material Suffering – Part 7

Commentary on Paramātmā Sandarbha, Anuccheda 93.6 by Satyanarayana Dasa: The second objection raised by Vidura was that if the avatāras and their activities of sustaining the creation are not directly performed by Bhagavān, then they cannot be part of His svarūpa, as had been established in Bha ...

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Bhagavān, Grace and Material Suffering – Part 6

By Satyanarayana Dasa – Continuation from Paramātmā Sandarbha, Anuccheda 93.6:Translation: Furthermore, [the fact that Bhagavān does not personally act to sustain the universe] does not disprove that the avatāras are endowed with the intrinsic potency. The sole purpose of Bhagavān is to

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