Sahajiyas, Tapasvis and Rasa

Question: It is said in shastra – ataeva kama prema bahut antara – kama andhatama prema nirmala bhaskara. Prema and kama are totally different...   Read More

Trips to Vaikuntha

Question: I came across the following verses from Bhavisyottara Purana, quoted in Haribhakti Vilasa: Text 284 putra-santanam arogyam saubhagyam atulam labhet satya dharma rato...   Read More

Questions on Bhakti and Jnana

Question: How is jnana dependent on bhakti? Does it mean a jnani has to practice bhakti with his practice of jnana to be successful?...   Read More

Modern Perspective on Ancient Truth

By Bruce Martin: A friend of mine of rationalistic temperament, and one who considers himself agnostic, recently questioned me about scripture, raising doubt as to how a person could place trust in scripture as the revealed word of God and, as such, a source of infallible knowledge, when much of what has been proclaimed in scripture simply doesn’t hold up to critical examination. To do justice to this question we must first take into account the modern, scientific, rationalistic view itself, that the questioner is expressing, and that is largely taken for granted as

Questions and Answers on Tilak, Gopis and Krishna’s Age

Question: It is said that all items of Krishna 's appearance, including His dress and ornaments, are parts of His sandhini shakti and are eternal. However, there are many different types of tilak of Krishna described in the Gosvamis' books - kumkum, chandan, gorocana or musk (kasturI tilakaM lalATa paTale).

Seminar on Ayurveda & Spirituality in November

The Winter Season has started at  Jiva Institute of Vedic Studies in Vrindavan. From November 19th through November 26th, Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa is offering...   Read More

Miscellaneous Questions on Philosophy

Question: Bhakti doesn’t come by tapasya, but because of Grace and through association. It is yadrcchaya. However, according to Mahabharata, the bhakti to the Supreme Lord arises in the heart of an individual as a result of penances performed in the thousands of the previous birth. What is the reason for giving a different explanation of bhakti?

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