“Art of Love” at Jiva Institute

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From March 10th to 17th Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa will teach the seminar "ART OF LOVE" at Jiva Institute in Vrindavan. Everyone is looking for happiness. Some seek it in food, some in sports, some in wealth, and some in sex. But real happiness is found only in love.

How to Deal with Adversity

By Satyanarayana Dasa: Nobody, except masochists, likes to suffer, but no one can avoid adversity. Bhagavan Krishna calls the material world an abode of misery, duhkhalayam (Gita 8.15), but He qualifies it as asasvatam, or temporary, meaning that misery does not endure.

Summer Schedule

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Here is Babaji's tentative summer program schedule from April through October 2012. Topics will be added in due course. Please contact us for further details. 18th April: Flight to Munich; 23rd – 27th April: Pierre Chatel, Terre de Ciel, France: Bhagavad Gita; 28th-29th April: Terre de Ciel: Sexuality and Spirituality

Bhakti Is More Powerful

Question: In Bhakti Sandarbha (173) it is said:“The ananya bhak-ness (exclusive devotion) which is mentioned in the Gita (9.30) verse: ‘Even if one commits very bad acts but is exclusively devoted to Me he is considered a saint’ refers to popular faith which is attained through hearsay, as is referred to in the Gita (17.1) verse:

Need or Greed?

By Satyanarayana Dasa: There are many functions in our bodies, such as the beating of the heart, breathing and digestion of food, which happen involuntarily and are fundamental to survival. All these functions consume energy which needs to be replenished ...

Is Bhakti a Modification of the Mind?

Question: As you know, Madhusūdana Sarasvatī is a famous Advaitin who wrote a commentary on Bhāgavata Purāṇa 1.1.1 called Śrīmad-bhāgavata-prathama-śloka-vyākhyā and also a book...   Read More

There Is no Upgrade for Sthayi-bhava

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Question: At the end of the Caitanya Candroday Nataka Mahaprabhu tells Advaita Acarya: “Some devotees are in a mood of servitude, some are fixed in a fraternal mood, some are fixed in the love of Radha and Madhava, others in the Lord of Dvaraka and again others in My different descensions such as Rama and Nrisimha. I will lock you all in the chains of My love and give You attachment to Vrindavana!" On the surface it seems from this verse that Mahaprabhu's associates are just conditioned souls who are being redeemed by Him, though they are supposed to be nitya siddhas. Plus there seems to be the possibility of being promoted from dasya rasa, Dwaraka rati whatever, to Radha-Madhava.

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