The Vaiṣṇava Concept of Māyā

Based on Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī’s Bhagavat Sandarbha. By Satyanarayana Dasa. The Lord has two types of energy: parā and aparā. Parā means distant, beyond, superior, and so on. The energy is called parā because it is superior to, or beyond, the material energy, which is thus called aparā, i.e. near or inferior. In the Bhagavad Gītā, Kṛṣṇa states that the living beings can be counted as parā, because of their conscious nature:

Which Is the Best Path to Follow?

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Question: What is the relation between bhakti marg and jnana yoga? Answer: Jnana yoga is a technical word. There are many misconceptions because the word jnana has many meanings. It generally means knowledge, but jnana yoga, although it is translated as path of knowledge ...

Meat Eating, Tulasi Tea, Women

Meat eating in Shastra Question: There is some evidence that Rama-Laksmana-Sita’s diet is meat from hunting. Some examples: In the Ayodhyakanda, on the first...   Read More

What Is Jnana?

By Satyanarayana Dasa: The word “jnana” is usually translated as “knowledge,” but, in fact, it is not that simple. In English, one says, “I know the name of a good restaurant,” or “I know Java,” and it is easily understood. But the simplicity of these terms is not the same in Sanskrit ....

Sin and Karma for Different People

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Question: I have been arguing with myself about the meaning of the following verse, particularly whether or not repetition of sin does or does...   Read More

Conversation with an Avowed Atheist

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Atheist: I believe what I see. If you can show me something higher, maybe I’ll believe it. I enjoy my life, have a nice...   Read More

Yoga Sutras, Bhava, Bhagavatam

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Question: The goal of Yoga being attainable thru devotion to the Lord and Arjuna asking to be taught. These verses intersect to me in subject...Surrendering to God...asking God??? Yes? No?Answer: The difference is that in Yoga Sutras 1.23 there is option and Arjuna sees no other option

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