Questions and Answers on Mercy, Samskaras and Gita

Mercy Question:  What is mercy? Answer: That which is fixed your mind on Krishna. In other words, that which makes you a devotee. Question: ...   Read More

Bābājīs, Sahajiyās and Apasampradāyas

Recently an article entitled “Disobedience and Deviation is More Dangerous than a Falldown!” by Mahasrnga Dasa was published on the Sampradaya Sun website and brought to my notice. This article warns ISKCON devotees against associating with the bābājīs in Vraja, specifically Vrindavan and Rādhākuṇḍa.

Govinda Lilamrita Classes at Jiva Institute during Kartika

Govinda-līlāmṛta, composed by Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī (author of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta), is an important and unique piece of literature for the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava community. The author himself declares that the purpose of this work is to inspire devotees to contemplate the various pastimes ...

Japa and Shastra Retreat in Switzerland

The second annual retreat of Babaji Satyanarana Dasa’s students was recently held in Switzerland, drawing students from Europe, United States, Australia, and India. Although...   Read More

Beyond Matter and a Place of No Falldown (Bhagavat Sandarbha, 52)

In the following verse, Śrī Sūta Gosvāmī simultaneously describes both qualities of Vaikuṇṭha [discussed in the two previous sections]: It is beyond the visible or manifest world and is a place from which no one falls down:

No One Falls From Vaikuṇṭha – Part 12 (Bhagavat Sandarbha, 51)

Sometimes it is suggested that the jīva falls due to being envious of Kṛṣṇa. But as declared earlier, māyā is not present in Vaikuṇṭha, so from where could such envy arise? In Bhagavad Gītā 13.7, the Lord says that hatred, or envy, is connected to the material body.

No One Falls From Vaikuṇṭha – Part 11 (Bhagavat Sandarbha, 51)

Teaching is an art. An expert teacher is one who educates in such a way that the students embrace the teaching as their own, without confusion or degradation. The conditioned souls, being unaware of any other reality, do not aspire to become free of the material world, but would rather be happy in this life, or at best, in some future heaven. Yet a compassionate teacher is moved to help relieve them of their material identification.

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