Renunciation in Bhakti

Renunciation in Bhakti

Question:  We hear in the Bhagavatam about the austerities of King Prthu: “In the summer he placed fires around himself in the four directions, with the sun burning overhead. During the monsoon season he tolerated the torrents of rain. During the dewy season he stood up to his neck in cold water ...

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The Purpose behind Storytelling in the Bhagavatam

The Purpose behind Storytelling in the Bhagavatam

Question:  I heard that Sukadeva Gosvami was Krsna’s parrot in his last life, and in this life he was a brahman-realized person. How is one to understand this, if he’s an eternal associate of the Lord? Is this a lila or something else? Answer: There are various types of stories related to Sukad ...

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Madhvacarya’s Line, Vedanta’s View of Reality, God’s Energies

Madhvacarya’s Line, Vedanta’s View of Reality, God’s Energies

Question: Is it true that Madhvacarya is coming in the disciplic line of Sankara and that upon reading the Bhagavata he changed his allegiance to the Vaishnava school? In Manimanjari, the hagiological work of the Sanakadis, it is stated that his lineage is traced to the Suddha-Vaishnavas.

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Bhagavān’s Paradoxical Potency, Māyā

Bhagavān’s Paradoxical Potency, Māyā

Excerpt from the commentary on Tattva Sandarbha, Anuccheda 33.1, by Satyanarayana Dasa: Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī has explained that Bhagavān is not contented that Māyā has to delude the jīvas; therefore Māyā feels ashamed to face the Lord. As Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī explained, Bhagavān is not ...

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Bhakti without Guru

Bhakti without Guru

Question: I understand that there are different types of bhakti. If a person practices bhakti without a guru according to the rules of vaidhi and focuses on activities which are in themselves bhakti, such as worship and chanting the Lord’s Names, then it seems that this person can make some pr ...

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