Govinda Lilamrita Classes at Jiva Institute during Kartika

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Govinda-līlāmṛta, composed by Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī (author of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta), is an important and unique piece of literature for the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava community. The author himself declares that the purpose of this work is to inspire devotees to contemplate the various pastimes ...

Japa and Shastra Retreat in Switzerland

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The second annual retreat of Babaji Satyanarana Dasa’s students was recently held in Switzerland, drawing students from Europe, United States, Australia, and India. Although...   Read More

Beyond Matter and a Place of No Falldown (Bhagavat Sandarbha, 52)

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In the following verse, Śrī Sūta Gosvāmī simultaneously describes both qualities of Vaikuṇṭha [discussed in the two previous sections]: It is beyond the visible or manifest world and is a place from which no one falls down:

No One Falls From Vaikuṇṭha – Part 12 (Bhagavat Sandarbha, 51)

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Sometimes it is suggested that the jīva falls due to being envious of Kṛṣṇa. But as declared earlier, māyā is not present in Vaikuṇṭha, so from where could such envy arise? In Bhagavad Gītā 13.7, the Lord says that hatred, or envy, is connected to the material body.

No One Falls From Vaikuṇṭha – Part 11 (Bhagavat Sandarbha, 51)

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Teaching is an art. An expert teacher is one who educates in such a way that the students embrace the teaching as their own, without confusion or degradation. The conditioned souls, being unaware of any other reality, do not aspire to become free of the material world, but would rather be happy in this life, or at best, in some future heaven. Yet a compassionate teacher is moved to help relieve them of their material identification.

No One Falls From Vaikuṇṭha – Part 10 (Bhagavat Sandarbha, 51)

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So the conclusion is that nobody, whether nitya-siddha or sādhana-siddha, ever falls from Vaikuṇṭha. The question that naturally follows is, “So then, where do we come from?” or, “How did we come to be in this bound condition?” The simple answer is that we are nitya-baddha (perpetually bound), which is to say that till now, and indefinitely onwards till the moment of liberation, we have always been bound by the material energy,

No One Falls From Vaikuṇṭha – Part 9 (Bhagavat Sandarbha, 51)

Our disputant may set forth yet another objection: If this section is properly analyzed, we can conclude that it refers only to those devotees who reach Vaikuṇṭha from the material world. This can be ascertained by studying the six items that determine the import of a text, such as its opening and closing statements. These are described in the following verse

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    If you really understand Bhagavatam, you will become free from all of this nonsense that is making you suffer – all this envy, jealousy, hatred. All of these ideas will become completely smashed here. You have to hear it properly and then assimilate it. To purify your heart – this is Bhagavatam. And to understand Bhagavatam – this is the Sandarbhas.

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