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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.

Shastric References for the Proper Use of Tulasi?

Question: Can Tulasi also be used for consumption, in food and beverages? Answer: Vaisnavas do not use Tulasi plant or leaves as food or...   Read More

Questions on Sancita karma, Two Types of Sayujya

Sancita karma Question: In your last article, you wrote: “Universal dissolution destroys only the gross and subtle bodies of the ātmās, who enter unharmed...   Read More

Interpolations in the Purāṇas

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Question: I have heard the Brahma Vaivarta Purāṇa is one of the worst interpolated Purāṇas and I find it important to know which parts...   Read More

Time, Guru and Dvesa-bhakti

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Adjustments according to Time and Society Question: On Gosvami’s literature, you have recently said: ‘These books were written from a cultural, social and political...   Read More

Difference between Jnana-mishra and Uttama Bhakti

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Question: In the Brhad Bhagavatamrta, part one, chapter five, text 16-17, Sanatana Gosvami writes in his Digdarsini commentary that “uttamaa visuddhaa vaa prema-laksanaa vaa...   Read More

Bhagavan’s External Energy

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Question: I was reading the Tattva Sandarbha edition that was translated by you. In anuccheda 31 you have commented that: “In the Bhagavad-gita  (7.5)...   Read More

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