Śravaṇa-guru, Śikṣā-guru, and Dīkṣā Guru

I receive many questions related to śīkṣā-guru and dīkṣā-guru. At present, the general understanding in the devotee community is that these two are different persons. I do...   Read More

Don’t Analyse Līlā by Logic

Question: If Śiva is omniscient, does Satī not know about the plan as a divine energy of Lord? For instance, is she controlled by...   Read More

Dīkṣā and Varṇāśrama

Question: If husband and wife take initiation from the same guru, do they become god brother and god sister? How can they be husband...   Read More

Sanskrit Non-Translatables—The Rationale Behind the Book

The  new publication “Sanskrit Non-Translatables” is a ground-breaking and audacious attempt at Sanskritizing the English language and enriching it with powerful Sanskrit words. While...   Read More

Different Kinds of Bhakti and Karma

Gaudiya PhilosophySandarbhasComments Off on Different Kinds of Bhakti and Karma

Question: Could you specify the difference between āropa-siddhā-bhakti and karma-miśrā-bhakti as defined by Srīla Jīva Gosvami in Bhakti Sandarbha? Answer: Āropa-siddhā-bhakti consists of activities...   Read More

Are We Biased to Believe?

Many years ago, while studying Nyāya and Vedānta, my Nyāya teacher said:   tattva-pakṣa-pāto hi dhiyāṁ svabhāvaḥ “The nature of the intellect is definitely biased...   Read More

Mahamantra and Diksha Mantras

Gaudiya VaishnavasGeneralQuestions & AnswersSadhanaComments Off on Mahamantra and Diksha Mantras

Question: As practicing Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas, we chant the Hare Krishna mahāmantra. Did Śrī Caitanya and His associates chant the Hare Krishna mantra? In Caitanya-caritāmṛta...   Read More

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    Ahankara has the characteristic of exaggerating and minimizing. Sadhus add 15-20 years to their age so people respect them for being old and wise. Women subtract 15-20 years from their age so people will think they are young and beautiful. This is the game of the ego.

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