By Bruce Martin: A friend of mine of rationalistic temperament, and one who considers himself agnostic, recently questioned me about scripture, raising doubt as to how a person could place trust in scripture as the revealed word of God and, as such, a source of infallible knowledge, when much of what has been proclaimed in scripture simply doesn’t hold up to critical examination. To do justice to this question we must first take into account the modern, scientific, rationalistic view itself, that the questioner is expressing, and that is largely taken for granted as
Question: It is said that all items of Krishna 's appearance, including His dress and ornaments, are parts of His sandhini shakti and are eternal. However, there are many different types of tilak of Krishna described in the Gosvamis' books - kumkum, chandan, gorocana or musk (kasturI tilakaM lalATa paTale).
The Winter Season has started at Jiva Institute of Vedic Studies in Vrindavan. From November 19th through November 26th, Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa is offering... Read More
Question: Bhakti doesn’t come by tapasya, but because of Grace and through association. It is yadrcchaya. However, according to Mahabharata, the bhakti to the Supreme Lord arises in the heart of an individual as a result of penances performed in the thousands of the previous birth. What is the reason for giving a different explanation of bhakti?
By Satyanarayana Dasa: “Charity begins at home,” is an old adage. Unfortunately, charity at home is very much missing at present. We are increasingly neglecting our families. We are failing to see that the current problems of society are deeply rooted within the family unit, for society is merely a combination of family units. Therefore, the new adage should be “Problems begin at home.”
Question: In my country organ donation will become compulsory. Therefore I would like to know the Vaishnava perspective on this. Some say that one... Read More
By Satyanarayana Dasa: With the evolution of civilization and advancement of technology, life has become more unpredictable and prone to stress. The current economic crisis is one of the biggest causes of worry for people, even in the most advanced countries. The World Health Organization predicts that stress will be the number one killer in the world by the year 2020.