On Vaishnava Culture and Customs

On Vaishnava Culture and Customs

Question: Previously, was there any distinction of dress between Gaudiya Vaishnavas and the regular population in India, and for the different varnas? What did people generally wear? There seems to be no mention of grihastha dress in shastra, only sannyasa garb. Answer: There is no such thing as Vai ...

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Knowledge through Parampara

Knowledge through Parampara

Question: Is parampara a two way street? Many times I have heard that we should not jump over our personal Guru and go straight to the writings of the previous acaryas. Although I understand and accept that we should not have the arrogance of jumping over our Guru, I have also experienced that by un ...

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Bhakti-tirtha Level 2

Bhakti-tirtha Level 2

Preparations for Level 2 of Bhakti-tirtha at Jiva Institute Vrindavan have started and we are open for registration. For a detailed description about the purpose and background of this course, please refer to our last course announcement and the review article. Schedule: The course will run from Oc ...

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Bhagavatam Historiography

Bhagavatam Historiography

Question: Could it be considered that the ācāryas composed a ‘mythic’ (pseudo-historical) narrative, to present a set of esoteric teachings that were their main concern? In the first book of Sanātana Gosvāmī’s Bṛhad-Bhāgavatamṛta, he ‘composes’ a genealogy for ...

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Bhakti-tirtha – A Review of the First Semester

Bhakti-tirtha – A Review of the First Semester

The first semester of the Jiva Bhakti-tirtha course has been successfully completed. Babaji started this program in the autumn of 2016 with around 30 students from different parts of the world. The goal of this five-year course is to get a thorough understanding of the philosophy of Sri Caitanya Mah ...

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