Guru-tattva: Dīkṣā- and Śikṣā-guru

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Question: A dīkṣā-guru is accepted by taking a mantra in a ceremony, but how is a śikṣā-guru accepted? Could any Vaiṣṇava, from whom we...   Read More

Guru-tattva: Necessity of Guru

Question:  I would like your educated opinion about the necessity of a “living” i.e. physically present guru. There are a lot of strong opinions...   Read More

Souls and Cells

Question: What happens at the time of conception? How does an ātmā choose a sperm or an egg cell? Does each sperm cell have...   Read More

Bhakti Tirtha Level 4

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On October 15th, we launched into the fourth year of Bhakti Tirtha, which has now become an ongoing program at Jiva Institute. People who...   Read More

Yuga Theory in the Gauḍīya Tradition

Question: I am working on my honors thesis in religion.  My project is a comparison of the ways in which the Gauḍīya and Swāmi...   Read More

Bhakti and Neuroscience

Question: In a seminar about the nature of the mind, you had mentioned that the subtle body (manas, buddhi, ahaṅkāra, citta) expresses itself through...   Read More

No Bhakti Without Surrender

Question: I understand that there are two ways to practice rāganugā-bhakti: 1) sādhaka-rupa-sevā – Chant, serve guru.  2) siddha-rupa-sevā – Serve Sri Radha, Sri...   Read More

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