Articles by Satyanarayana Dasa

Studying Śastra: Jñāna or Bhakti?

Jñāna is the popular form of the word jñānam, which is most commonly defined as “knowledge” or “understanding.” Specifically, jñāna means, “that by which...   Read More

Śūdra or Vaiśya?

By Satyanarayana Dasa I have quite often heard the phrase, “In Kaliyuga everybody is a śūdra,” kalau śudrāḥ sambhvāḥ, although I am unable to...   Read More

The Vedic View on Homosexuality

Question: What is the Vedic view of the śāstras on homosexuals and their love for each other? Answer: I have not read anything specific about it...   Read More

Freedom from Envy – Qualification for Bhakti

By Satyanarayana Dasa Different spiritual paths have different requirements for success. The path of karma yoga requires tenacious adherence to the Vedic injunctions. The...   Read More

What Is Wrong with Pratiṣṭhā?

Pratiṣṭhā means “fame, glory, renown, celebrity, high position, etc.” We all have taste for it. We work for it and feel happy when we...   Read More

Women and Lust

by Satyanarayana Dasa There are popular statements found in smṛtis and nīti sāśtra that women have eight times more kāma than men. For example: ...   Read More

Faith

by Satyanarayana Dasa Faith is a very important part of our character and our life. New Oxford American Dictionary defines it as, “Complete trust or...   Read More

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