Time, Guru and Dvesa-bhakti

Time, Guru and Dvesa-bhakti

Adjustments according to Time and Society Question: On Gosvami’s literature, you have recently said: ‘These books were written from a cultural, social and political background which is different from today. Even though their philosophical conclusions are eternal, they need to be studied ...

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The Self and Free Will in the Caitanya Sampradāya – Conclusion

The Self and Free Will in the Caitanya Sampradāya – Conclusion

One of the knotty problems in Vedānta is the relation of ātmā with the three guṇas of prakṛti. Ātmā, although conditioned by the material guṇas, never contacts them. The guṇas of prakṛti are not inherent in the ātmā and have no direct contact with it. The self does not have any type ...

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The Self and Free Will in the Caitanya Sampradāya – Part 6

The Self and Free Will in the Caitanya Sampradāya – Part 6

Different Types of Vṛttis – All acquired knowledge, valid and invalid, is a product of the mind (mano-vṛtti). Śrī Kapila says that there are five types of vṛttis (SB 3.26.30): saṁśayo ‘tha viparyāso niścayaḥ smṛtir eva ca svāpa ity ucyate buddher

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The Self and Free Will in the Caitanya Sampradāya – Part 5

The Self and Free Will in the Caitanya Sampradāya – Part 5

Because the nature of ātmā is jñāna, it is self-luminous. The ātmā’s intrinsic “I” is called ahamartha and is not the same as the conditional “I” called ahaṅkāra, which is projected through the mind to form a knot between ātmā and a material body. Ahaṅkāra is tangible as the ...

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The Self and Free Will in the Caitanya Sampradāya – Part 4

The Self and Free Will in the Caitanya Sampradāya – Part 4

Section 2:  The Conception of Advaita-vāda Advaita-vādīs offer authoritative quotations: yo vijñane tiṣṭhan — “It is that which is situated within consciousness.” (Bṛhad-āraṇyaka Upaniṣad, 5.7.22) vijñānam yajnam tanute — “Consciousness performs sacrifice.” (Taittriya U ...

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