Question: Is the moon planet described in śāstra the same planet that our scientists identify as the moon? Are humans even able to access the abode of Candradeva?
Answer: The description in śāstra does not match the moon identified by modern scientists. The moon in śāstra is described as a watery planet while modern science describes it as rocky. The śāstric descriptions are a mixture of different aspects of the moon: ādhyātmika (spiritual), ā
Question: What is Kṛṣṇa’s mood? Does He have the mood of enjoyer or does He maintain the mood of giving pleasure to the gopīs? I am thinking that Kṛṣṇa is the enjoyer “
Answer: There is no difference between these two moods in the spiritual realm. Here in the material world, our mood is to enjoy and we think giving pleasure is not enjoyment. Therefore this question arises. In the spiritual world, there is no duality. Thus, His mood is the same as that of the gopīs – giving pleasure. Enjoyment comes by service. He is the devotee of His devotee–bhagavān bhakta-
Mantras in which Ear?
Question: A friend of mine had a question about this verse/BBT purport in Bhāgavata Purāṇa 4.25.51. Could you please help me understand?
devahūr nāma puryā dvā
“On the northern side was the gate named Devahū. Through that gate, King Purañjana used to go with his friend Śrutadhara to the place known as Uttara-pañcāla.”
It seems Śrīdhara Svāmī says in his Bhasya that karma-kaṇḍa is traditionally heard using the right ear (results in heaven) and jñāna kaṇḍa is heard using left ear (results in mokṣa).
It looks like the mantras received through the right ear are meant for heavenly planets and those from left ear are meant for mokṣa/Vaikuṇṭha.
If this is true, why are dikṣā mantras given in the right ear in Vaiṣṇava lineages?
Answer: Yes, Śrīdhara Svāmī says that karma-kaṇḍa is to be heard through the right ear and jñāna-kaṇḍa through the left ear. However, he is not talking about mantras but about śāstra. So his commentary refers to the study of śāstra related to karma-kaṇḍa and jñāna-kaṇḍa. Mantras related to any kaṇḍa are received through the right ear.
This whole story from the 25th Chapter is allegorical and not to be taken literally. This verse signifies that karma-kaṇḍa is heard first and then jñāna-kaṇḍa. Therefore, they are also called
Question: Does Advaita Prabhu have a beard or not? There are different opinions and descriptions.
Answer: If this is considered to be Nara-līlā, then what is the problem with getting old? They are also getting hungry, tired, pass stool, etc. So they can also get old. This is the meaning of Nara- līlā
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