The Importance of Nāma Kīrtana – 2

The Importance of Nāma Kīrtana – 2

Śravaṇam precedes kīrtanam and smaranam because it is impossible to remember or glorify something one has not yet heard about. Despite this practical primacy of śravaṇam, kīrtanam is actually of primary significance and importance, and, therefore special attention should be given to its prac

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The Importance of Nāma Kīrtana – 1

The Importance of Nāma Kīrtana – 1

In the 7th Canto of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, Śrī Prahlāda speaks two verses to his demoniac father Hiraṇyakaśipu, which, in brief, contain the essence of the primary forms of bhakti. In the following we will discuss an explanation of these verses based on the commentary of Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī. ...

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Advaita Vedanta, Shastra

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?

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Different Ways of Chanting, Focus during Japa

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 lou ...

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Physical Pain in Bhakti, Pandavas, Balarama’s Favoritism

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 work? Is Krsna going to appear like a kind of anesthesic? Fear of pain is even more fearful than fear of death (for a devotee will get either a new fresh ...

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