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Prīti Sandarbha (continued) - By Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa
Vaiśeṣika Sūtras of Kaṇāda with Praśastapāda Bhāṣya - By Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa
Sanskrit for Beginners by Gururaja
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Ekādaśī, Caitanya, Gosvāmīs, Ātmā

Question: As Vaiṣṇavas, we don’t follow Ekādaśī with a material motive and to attain a certain result, but we do because it enhances and facilitates our devotional service and pleases Kṛṣṇa. However, we take care to break our fast at the proper time in order to get the ‘result’ afterwards.  How should we understand this

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States of Consciousness, Varṇas, Advancement

Question: Some Vedāntists assert that wakefulness (jagṛta–sthāna) is in sattva, the dream state (svapna-sthāna) is in rajas, and deep sleep (suṣupti-sthāna) is in tamas. Is this concept correct, and if so, how?  Answer: Yes, this is correct because while awake, you can perceive things as they are, e.g., you can perceive a laptop as a

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Ultimate Mukti Comes from Kṛṣṇa

Question: What is the concept of jīvanmuktas in Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism? And how similar or different is it from the concept of Advaitic jīvanmukta? Answer: Jīvanmukta in Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism means one who has attained bhāva-bhakti. In Advaita Vedānta, it means one who has given up the sense of doership and identifies with Brahmaṇ. Question: How do you interpret the

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Different Kinds of Bhakti, Dharma and Karma

Question: Could you explain the difference between āropa-siddhā bhakti and karma-miśra bhakti as defined by Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī in Bhakti Sandarbha? Answer: Āropa-siddhā bhakti consists of activities that are not devotional in themselves but become part of devotion because of contact of bhakti. Primarily that includes offering your actions to Kṛṣṇa, karmārpaṇam. These actions themselves

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Result of Offense and Criticism

Question: King Śatadhanu made an offense because he spoke with a heretic out of respect, since he was the friend of his military teacher. He had to take birth as a dog, jackal, peacock, and finally the son of Mahārāja Janaka. Kṛṣṇa is all auspicious and whatever He does is also all auspicious, but I

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Hierarchy of Beings

Question: In Śrīmad Bhāgavatam (5.5.21-22), the following hierarchy of jīvas is given: bhūteṣu vīrudbhya uduttamā ye sarīsṛpās teṣu sabodha-niṣṭhāḥ tato manuṣyāh pramathās tato ‘pi gandharva-siddhā vibudhānugā ye devāsurebhyo maghavat-pradhānā dakṣādayo brahma-sutās tu teṣām bhavaḥ paraḥ so ‘tha viriñca vīryah sa mat-paro ‘haṁ dvija-deva-devaḥ It says that superior to humans are the Gandharvas, and superior to

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Vedic Literature, Impurity, Saṁskāra Ceremony

Question: Could you please kindly explain the difference between the Vedas, Upaniṣads, Purāṇas and Itihāsas? Question: Could you please kindly explain the difference between the Vedas, Upaniṣads, Purāṇas, and Itihāsas? Answer: The Vedas, also called Śrutis, are an eternal body of knowledge that is revealed by Bhagavān to Brahmā at the beginning of creation. They

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