Questions on Indian Schools of Philosophy

Question:  I found your article on the Indian Schools of Philosophy very interesting and I have some questions for you. Did the six darshans...   Read More

Reality & the Transcendental Body of a Vaiṣṇava – Part 3

Viśvanāth Cakravārtī Ṭhākura further elaborates on this as follows: Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself has explained how a mortal being can attain Him (SB 11.29.34):  martyo...   Read More

Reality & the Transcendental Body of a Vaiṣṇava – Part 2

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The two words pratyak and praśāntaṁ in the verse under discussion (SB 5.12.11) refer to Paramātmā, who is an expansion of Bhagavān to control...   Read More

Reality & the Transcendental Body of a Vaiṣṇava – Part 1

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By Satyanārāyana Dāsa. The 5th Canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (also called Bhagavat Purāṇa ) contains a description of a meeting between the great sage Jaḍa Bharata and King Rahūgaṇa. One day King Rahūgaṇa went to see Sage Kapila to take spiritual instructions from him.

Sri Gadadhara Pandita’s Role in the Gaudiya Sampradaya

Question: On your website [under Lineage], you say that “Jiva Gosvami’s uncles, Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami received diksha from Gadadhara Pandita and Jiva Gosvami followed in the line of his uncles.” I do not see that anywhere in our Vaishnava literature. Is that in Chaitanya Charitamrta?

From Virtual Reality to Absolute Reality

Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa, the founder of Jiva Institute of Vaishnava Studies in Vrindavan, UP, has developed a computer simulation model of historical Vrindavan. This project could revolutionize the way people visualize history and visit historical monuments in Vrindavan and perform manasi seva. The simulated model allows people to visit monuments and environments of the past using state of the art virtual reality technology.

Brahman and Jivas

Question: My understanding is that on a superior level of analysis, Brahman is made of persons: Jivas, like light is made of photons. Am I right? Answer: No, Brahman is not made of jivas. Jivas are the tatastha sakti of Bhagavan and Brahman is Bhagavan with unmanifest qualities. Moreover, Brahman has no parts. If it were made of jivas, it would have parts in it.

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    If the nature of soul is bliss, then why would we be looking for bliss? If bliss is inside you, then no one can take it out. You can cover it from the outside, but it is still inside of you. It can be covered, but you cannot make it unavailable to itself. Soul does not know what happiness is. If it did, it would not do what it is doing now…Jiva does not have ananda in it. You get ananda – you get the seed that comes from the outside. The soul never knew God, otherwise, why would it come here?

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