The Ontology of the Jīva – Part 4

The Ontology of the Jīva – Part 4

Advaita-vādīs raise an objection to this necessity of accepting illuminating power (dharma-bhūta jñāna) as a quality possessed by ātmā: “Consciousness (jñāna) cannot be the shelter of another consciousness (jñāna). So, how can the conscious self possess the quality of consciousness (jñ ...

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The Ontology of the Jīva – Part 3

The Ontology of the Jīva – Part 3

 Verse Six evaṁ parābhidhyānena kartṛtvaṁ prakṛteḥ pumān karmasu kriyamāṇeṣu guṇair ātmāni manyate Prakṛti is the entity that carries out material activities, but the ātmā thinks that the deeds done by prakṛti’s guṇas are his own deeds, because he completely absorbs ...

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The Ontology of the Jīva – Part 2

The Ontology of the Jīva – Part 2

The sixth verse will make it clear that the cause of the ātmā’s union with prakṛti is his own inclination towards and infatuation with her (parābhidhyānena). The current verse hints at this by saying that the ātmā sees (abhyapadyata) the enchanting qualities of prakṛti and thus becomes i ...

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The Ontology of the Jīva – Part 1

The Ontology of the Jīva – Part 1

By Satyanarayana Dasa: This article describes the nature of the individual living being (jīva). It is based on a commentary on verses three through seven of the 26th Chapter of the Third Canto of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam by Śri Vīrarāghava Ācārya of the Śrī-sampradāya. I have included my own ex ...

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Jiva Garden – Krishna was the First Environmentalist

Jiva Garden – Krishna was the First Environmentalist

by JoAn Street: I spent three weeks at Jiva Institute in Vrindavan India during the month of Kartik this past fall of 2013. The purpose was to help implement a permaculture design that was done the previous year by Rico Zook, a wise pioneer of permaculture and two of his Indian students

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