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

Understanding Śāstra Properly

Question: In Bhagavad Gīta 4.12, Śrī Kṛṣṇa states that people approach the devas for quick benefits. It is also said that devas like Lord...   Read More

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    If the nature of soul is bliss, then why would we be looking for bliss? If bliss is inside you, then no one can take it out. You can cover it from the outside, but it is still inside of you. It can be covered, but you cannot make it unavailable to itself. Soul does not know what happiness is. If it did, it would not do what it is doing now…Jiva does not have ananda in it. You get ananda – you get the seed that comes from the outside. The soul never knew God, otherwise, why would it come here?

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