Questions on Krishna-Lila

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Question: Does Yashoda know that Krishna is God?Answer: There is no need for her to know it. There is stage of consciousness in which someone is not interested to know it. The first stage is to know God, and the need love of Him, but at a more advanced level God isn’t anymore God for you.

Bhakti Prevails

by Satyanarayana Dasa: The confrontation between the four Kumaras and the gatekeepers of Vaikuntha is analyzed very wonderfully in Srila Jiva Gosvami's Bhagavat-sandarbha. The episode appears in the fifteenth chapter of the Third Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam.

Expansions of Jaya and Vijaya

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Question: In Srimad Bhagavat 8.21.16-17, it is said that Jay and Vijay combatted the demons [outside of Vaikuntha]. In his tika, Sri Visvanatha Cakravartipad...   Read More

The Yoga of Dejection

by Satyanarayana Dasa: We all have suffered from temporary phases of dejection at some point in our lives. Dejection overwhelms us when the unexpected transpires over the expected, when the bad overcomes the good, and when the evil visits us instead of the righteous. Being human, it is very normal for us to have expectations from people and things around us.

Why should you be a Vegetarian?

By Satyanarayana Dasa: Twenty five years ago, while living in America, I once visited a friend for a few days. His son, who was about 11 years old, had a pet parrot. The boy kept the parrot in a nice cage, took good care of it and was affectionate toward it. One day when the boy came home from school, he found his parrot had bled to death after becoming stuck on a hook.

Questions on Vegetarianism and Killing

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Question: Why do we practice vegetarianism? In the material world, we’re caught in a situation where we must kill to eat. This is unavoidable....   Read More

Vishuddha Sattva is not of this World

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One of the very important verses of Srimad Bhagavatam (4.3.23) speaks about the manifestation of the Lord: sattvam visuddham vasudeva-sabditam yad iyate tatra puman...   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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