Rutgers Study Abroad Program

Vrindavan, 2011.01.06 (VT, by Jagadananda Das): A group of 33 undergraduate students from Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, is enjoying a Christmas break at the Jiva Institute of Vedic Studies in Sheetal Chaya. The program is a part of Rutgers’ University Study Abroad program, which gives these American students the opportunity to get an authentic

Are Bliss and Knowledge Inherent?

By Satyanarayana Dasa: Among modern spiritualists there is a common belief that each individual being is full of bliss and knowledge. They claim that everyone is perfect, and it is just a matter of discovering one’s real nature. The Self is part of God, as confirmed by Sri Krsna, “The living being in this world is My eternal fragment” (Bhagavad Gita 15.7).

Apparent Contradictions in Shastra

Question: Srila Jiva Gosvami’s Bhakti Sandarbha, anuccheda 286 says : “The asuras, or demons, however, who participated in the Lord’s pastimes in this world,...   Read More

Gopi svarupa or Indian Girl?

Question: Is it correct to say that if one meditates wrongly one can take the next birth as a material Indian girl; one can...   Read More

Dissatisfaction Leads to Perfection

By Satyanarayana Dasa: I have never met anybody in my life who was fully satisfied with his or her situation, environment, condition, position, relations, health, wealth, or possessions. The poor are hankering to be rich, and the rich want to be richer. An overweight person wants to lose weight, and a thin person wants to gain a few pounds.

Prakriti and Purusha

Question: I have studied Sankhya very briefly as part of another course I took at the Hindu University.  But, I have been very interested...   Read More

Six Obstacles in Bhakti

Question: Can you please explain the meaning of the six obstacles in bhakti: kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mada, matsarya. Answer: Kama literally means desire...   Read More

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