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Gradations of Prema

Question: In his tika on Ujjvala Nilamani 8.137 Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur appears to grade the prema of five groups of sakhis with the parama-prestha...   Read More

Varnashrama and Individual Nature

Question: I am reading “The Yoga of Dejection” again. On page 153, when answering a question about varnasrama, you say: “Aptitudes can be ascertained...   Read More

Happiness and Suffering

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Question: Is there any difference between the happiness and distress caused by karma and the happiness and distress that are caused by the Lord’s...   Read More

What Are Offenses?

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Question: What are offenses? Answer: Offenses are the activities which are against devotion. We have a list of them. It is important to avoid...   Read More

Questions on Indian Schools of Philosophy

Question:  I found your article on the Indian Schools of Philosophy very interesting and I have some questions for you. Did the six darshans...   Read More

Sri Gadadhara Pandita’s Role in the Gaudiya Sampradaya

Question: On your website [under Lineage], you say that “Jiva Gosvami’s uncles, Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami received diksha from Gadadhara Pandita and Jiva Gosvami followed in the line of his uncles.” I do not see that anywhere in our Vaishnava literature. Is that in Chaitanya Charitamrta?

Brahman and Jivas

Question: My understanding is that on a superior level of analysis, Brahman is made of persons: Jivas, like light is made of photons. Am I right?Answer: No, Brahman is not made of jivas. Jivas are the tatastha sakti of Bhagavan and Brahman is Bhagavan with unmanifest qualities. Moreover, Brahman has no parts. If it were made of jivas, it would have parts in it.

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