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Questions & Answers

Qualification for Lila-Smaranam and Rasa-katha

Question: In Bhakti Sandarbha 310, Srīla Jīva Gosvāmī writes regarding rāgānugā sādhana as, “ata evāsyā janma-lakṣaṇaṁ bhakti-vyatirekeṇānyatrānabhirucim upalakṣya“. Does that mean that a sādhaka in rāgānugā bhakti will not have a taste for anything apart from bhakti? Does this not imply that he is free of anarthas? Answer: There will be no gross anarthas like lust

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How to Deal with Procrastination?

Question: My question regards procrastination. I have faced this issue for a while whenever I decide to work on my sādhana, health, etc. Even while engaging in day-to-day commitments, I waste time on social media or something else. Although I am aware of the necessary things I need to do, I find myself unable to

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Gaudiya Philosophy Questions & Answers Shastra

Temporary or Eternal Hell for Asuras?

Question: In BG 16.20, Śrī Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa presents a concept of “eternal hell” for some jīvas, with no possibility of deliverance. Even after many births, Bhagavān does not deliver them. He explains how Bhagavān only kills a specific type of asura who is not internally opposed to the Vedas. Even in Govinda-bhāṣya, Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa quotes

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Spiritual Personalities

Question: In Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, there is Catuhślokī Bhāgavatam, which is spoken by the Lord Himself (SB 2.9.33–36). Was it spoken by the Lord on the first day (kalpa) of Lord Brahmā, or during the present kalpa? Answer: On the first day of Brahmā. Question: Do Sanatkumāra, Lord Śiva, and Śrī Nārada Muni take birth in

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Approaches to Bhakti and Levels of Bhakti

Question: I have a question about ego and spirituality. As we can see, especially in the West, most people approach religion, yoga, or philosophy in general, looking for personal gain. Most people think: “Only God can save me.” Therefore, they go into religious environments for the sake of their own selves. Even in bhakti, it

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Progression of Births and Species

Question: We are aware that there are 8.4 million species in this material world. Does the jīva have to pass through all these species, one by one, to attain a human form of life? Or does it depend on the guṇa to which it is associated? Answer:  Birth depends on past karma. It is not

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Women in Ramayana

Question: I have two questions concerning Rāmāyaṇa. 1)    When Vālī defeated Sugrīva, he threw him out of his kingdom and took his wife away. 2)    When Lord Rāma was ruling Ayodhyā, He sent Sītā away when a man questioned her character. How can we understand this in today’s modern context? What’s the Vedic view on

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