The Ontology of the Jīva – Part 2

The sixth verse will make it clear that the cause of the ātmā’s union with prakṛti is his own inclination towards and infatuation with...   Read More

The Ontology of the Jīva – Part 1

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By Satyanarayana Dasa: This article describes the nature of the individual living being (jīva). It is based on a commentary on verses three through seven of the 26th Chapter of the Third Canto of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam by Śri Vīrarāghava Ācārya of the Śrī-sampradāya. I have included my own explanatory statements where required.

Jiva Garden – Krishna was the First Environmentalist

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by JoAn Street: I spent three weeks at Jiva Institute in Vrindavan India during the month of Kartik this past fall of 2013. The purpose was to help implement a permaculture design that was done the previous year by Rico Zook, a wise pioneer of permaculture and two of his Indian students

Relation between Jnana and Bhakti

Question: How is jnana dependent on bhakti? Does it mean a jnani has to practice bhakti along with his practice of jnana to be...   Read More

The State of Atma while Dreaming

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Question: Srila Prabhupada said many times in his books that while dreaming the soul in his subtle body “goes places”. At least that is...   Read More

Meateaters, Cows, Tulasi

Question: What is the factual punishment for meat eaters in Kaliyuga? The reason for our question is that in some cases it appears to...   Read More

Pitfalls in Approaching Indian Thought

Question:  Having, recently, read Rajiv Malhotra’s Being Different and your excellent, soon be published, commentary to Bhagavat Sandharba I have come to realize that...   Read More

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    Jiva has its own identity, separate from Bhagavan. If Bhagavan and Jiva are absolutely one, then there can’t be a relationship between worshipper and the worshipped, or master and servant, or lover and the beloved. For a relationship there must be two distinct individuals with their separate identities.  Advaitavada says that in the ultimate stage there is no distinction between Jiva and Brahman.  We don’t agree.

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