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Beginningless Bondage, Samsara-duhkha and Brahma-sayujya

Question:  I very much favor your interpretation of the shastras on the topic of Sayujya-mukti and Bliss in Brahman (https://www.jiva.org/suyujya-mukti-and-bliss-in-brahman/). It differs much, or...   Read More

Are the Vedas Inherent in the Heart? (4)

The only argument which remains is that śabda-brahma or the Veda is not limited by time and space, therefore it also exists in the...   Read More

Are the Vedas Inherent in the Heart? (3)

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When I was requested to comment on the discussion, I wrote as follows: “Jīva Gosvāmī has refuted sphota-vāda in Sarva-samvādini. It is not a...   Read More

Are the Vedas Inherent in the Heart? (1)

Question: I’m currently exploring Bhaktivinod Thakur’s understanding of the nature of sastra. He seems to suggest that sastra (Veda) is an expression of the...   Read More

Is Bhakti Dependent on Indian Culture?

QUESTION: Why can I not be a devotee of Kṛṣṇa without subscribing to Vedic or rather Indian customs? Why do I have to dress like an Indian, which even modern Indians don’t do? This may be alright while one is living in India, but to carry these customs to the West makes one look weird ...

Try to Understand Mahaprabhu through Study of Shastra

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Question: Sometimes devotees argue that there is no need to study and they give examples such as the story from Caitanya Caritamrita of the...   Read More

More on the Origin of Jiva and the Siddhanta

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Question: A question regarding Bhāgavatam 2.10.12 dravyaḿ karma ca kālaś ca svabhāvo jīva eva ca yad-anugrahataḥ santi na santi yad-upekṣayā Do you feel this...   Read More

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    Don’t get discouraged to study Sanskrit. To live and survive like animals in the material world you need only 4% of your brain. You need 1% of your brain for eating, 1% for sleeping, 1% for defending yourself, and 1% for pro-creating. You still have 96% of your brain to use. Why is the other 96% of your brain there?  Why did God make us like that?  That is to study sastra. And we need to understand Sanskrit to study sastra.

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