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The Greatness of Bhakti

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Question: Jiva Goswami writes in his tika of Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu 1.1.22 that the dog-eater needs to take another birth to qualify for the soma yaga, and quotes Sridhara Swami who says that his immediate qualification for sacrifice means that he is given the respect due to a qualified person ...

Haribhakti Vilasa, Krishna’s Avatara

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The Status of Haribhakti Vilasa Question: I have a few questions about the status of Haribhakti Vilasa. Was it written for both devotees and...   Read More

What Is Jnana?

By Satyanarayana Dasa: The word “jnana” is usually translated as “knowledge,” but, in fact, it is not that simple. In English, one says, “I know the name of a good restaurant,” or “I know Java,” and it is easily understood. But the simplicity of these terms is not the same in Sanskrit ....

Sin and Karma for Different People

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Question: I have been arguing with myself about the meaning of the following verse, particularly whether or not repetition of sin does or does...   Read More

Yoga Sutras, Bhava, Bhagavatam

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Question: The goal of Yoga being attainable thru devotion to the Lord and Arjuna asking to be taught. These verses intersect to me in subject...Surrendering to God...asking God??? Yes? No? Answer: The difference is that in Yoga Sutras 1.23 there is option and Arjuna sees no other option

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    A balanced state of mind comes when you surrender to a genuine Guru. Then you don’t become attached to happiness or unhappiness. Those situations which have to happen still happen, but you do not become disturbed by them and you continue with your service as normal.

    — Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa
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