God’s Justice, Free Will and Choice

Is God unjust? Question: How can a just God create some souls eternally free, whereas others eternally damned (eternally, backward in time, since everyone...   Read More

The Playful God beyond God – Part 2

Question: I am taking your view very seriously. It is plausible and searching, but so far I find such a God less attractive than the soul-making God I defend. Answer: There are two ways to know or understand God. One is from our view, the other is God's own view about Himself. They both can

The Playful God beyond God – Part 1

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Question: Allow me to share my reservations about the Playful God. I understand the psychology of wanting to serve the one you adore, but...   Read More

Memories of Kurma Rupa Prabhu

by Satyanarayana Dasa When I first joined Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula, Vrindavan in 1987 as a Sanskrit teacher, Kurma Rupa prabhu was the first faculty...   Read More

Basic Principles of Deity Worship

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QUESTION: In the śāstras an elaborate process of Deity worship is described. If, however, someone is living alone in the West, should they do...   Read More

The Gurukula System in Modern Age

Question: Could you explain the purpose and benefits of the gurukula system and if it still has a place in modern society? What are the qualities of a proper teacher and how are they exhibited in a gurukula? Answer: In the past, when a male brahmana child was seven or eight years old, he was ...

Preface to Tattva Sandarbha

Of the Six Sandarbhas, Tattva Sandarbha is the smallest in size, but not in importance. As its name suggests, it discusses the Reality (tattva)...   Read More

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