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Krishna’s Supremacy, Politics without Dharma, Bliss of Bhakti

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Question: I am looking for scriptural texts that approximate "krsnas tu bhagavan svayam" in the Bhagavata Purana (1.3.28). From the Gaudiya Vaishnava point of view, this is a paribhasa sutra proclaiming that Krishna is Supreme, i.e., the source of all other divine incarnations.

The Mechanics of Darshana

Question: I have a question about the mechanics of darsana – through what mechanisms or instruments does the qualified bhakta actually perceive Krishna (since...   Read More

Respect, Literature, Creation

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Respect Question: In the discussion surrounding Bhakti Sandarbha, Annucheda 153, pg 455 it says that “If a person disrespects a Vaisnava, then Lord Visnu...   Read More

Descriptions of Women in Shastra

Question: Often we hear statements that women are 9 times more lusty, but I have not come across that in any scripture. Some people may...   Read More

Pramanas, Karma and the Pursue of Happiness

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  Question: There are three valid ways for receiving knowledge:  guru, sadhu and shastra. Are all three considered equal?  Answer:  The real pramana is shastra...   Read More

Sayujya-mukti, Divisions of Bhakti, Subhadra

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Question: This question is regarding sayujya-mukti, where there is no personal relationship with the Lord. If a living entity attains this mukti (after practice), then does he eternally remain in that liberated state or does he fall back to the material sphere due to lack of love for the Personality of Godhead?

Necessity of Diksha and Chanting

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Question: Is diksha necessary on the path of bhakti?Answer: Diksha is compulsory to get the real blessing of Name, which is Krsna prema. Why? Because one must be free from Nama-aparadha to get the blessings of the Name. One of the aparadhas is guroravajna - disrespect to guru. Now, to do that one must have a guru. Otherwise the the term aparadha makes no sense.

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