This quiz is designed to motivate you to study the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava scriptures in specific, and the Sad Darshanas in general, which are necessary to understand Gauḍīya philosophy properly.
Jnana or knowledge related to bhakti is also part of bhakti. In fact, hearing, which includes studying shastra, is the first limb of bhakti. Learning, followed by consolidating and then testing our knowledge in the form of a quiz is a fun and effective way to help us retain information.
This quiz is in multiple-choice questions format. (MCQs). If you see the response that you anticipated simply click on it. The quiz will immediately show which answers are correct or incorrect so we can learn as we go.
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What is meaning of the word kṣetrajña?
Learn more: Ksetrajna, Atma and Prakriti
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According to Śrī Jīva, how many kṣetrajñas are present in the body?
Kṛṣṇa’s words in Gītā 13.1–2, (kṣetrajñaṁ cāpi māṁ viddhi sarva-kṣetreṣu bhārata) identify the presence of two distinct kṣetrajñas in the body, i.e., the individual ātmā and Paramātmā.
Śrī Jīva refutes vivarta-vāda, the Advaita doctrine that acknowledges the existence of only one ātmā, otherwise called Brahman. The statement, “And know Me also to be the kṣetrajña residing in all kṣetras,” clearly affirms that besides the individual self there is another kṣetrajña. This is the implication of the word ca (also).
An individual ātmā knows only one particular kṣetra, but Paramātmā knows them all. To emphasize this point, the verse employs the compound sarva-kṣetreṣu, “in all bodies” (Gītā 13.2)
Śrī Jīva thus shows on the authority of the Bhagavad Gītā that there are two kṣetrajñas, the individual living being and Paramātmā. They are distinct and can never be absolutely one. Wherever their oneness is indicated, it is only because the jīva is an integrated part of Paramātmā and thus shares some identity of nature with Him. But they are never identical, as stated inthe Gītā:
In this way, the field (kṣetra), knowledge ( jñāna), and the knowable ( jñeya) have been described in brief. Knowing this, My devote attains My nature. (Gītā 13.18)
According to this verse, the individuated knower is certainly not the Supreme Reality to be known ( jñeya).
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What are the primary types of offenses to bhakti?
There are primarily two types of offenses, namely sevāparādha and nāmaprādha. A bhakta must avoid them very attentively.
Learn more: Influence of Offenses.
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There are various effects of offenses to bhakti, of which five are prominent; which of the following is the effect of the first offense?
There are various effects of offenses of which five are prominent: crookedness, faithlessness, absorption in objects that erode one’s faith in Bhagavān, slackness in devotion, and pride arising from one’s own devotional service.
Crookedness, the effect of the first offense, means to be dishonest in one’s behavior, that is, to act and speak while maintaining a hidden motive. Bhagavān does not accept the service of a crooked person. He knows everyone’s true intentions and thus it is not possible to cheat Him. He accepts even a leaf or water given with sincerity but does not look at a big feast if offered with a hidden motive.
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What is the meaning of the word avatāra?
Learn more Haribhakti Vilasa, Krishna’s Avatara
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What is mukti?
Learn more Ultimate Mukti Comes from Kṛṣṇa
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What are the five types of mukti described in Śrīmad Bhāgavatam?
Learn more: Mukti, Destination before Perfection, Emotions in Gita
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In which type of mukti does a devotee possess the same opulence of Bhagavān?
Sārṣṭi - the same opulence as Bhagavān.
A devotee possesses the same opulence as Bhagavān though in a minute quantity.
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What is the concept of jīvanmukti in Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism?
The term “jīvanmukti” means liberated while living in the sādhaka body. This meaning of jīvanmukti is the same for Gaudīyas as well as Advaitavādīs.
Mukti means to give up bodily identification and to be situated in our own svarūpa—muktir hitvānyathā rūpam sva-rūpeṇa vyavasthiti, SB 2.10.6.
Our svarūpa is kṛṣṇa-dāsatva—jīvera svarūpa haya kṛṣnera nitya dāsa, CC, Madhya 20.108. The jīva is a servant of Hari and never of anyone else—dāsa-bhūto harer eva na anyasya kadācan, PP 226.37.
We become situated in our svarūpa when we have attained bhāva-bhakti or have gotten our sthāyi-bhāva.
Learn more: Ultimate Mukti Comes from Kṛṣṇa
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What is krama mukti?
Those who are devotees and are interested in krama mukti (gradual liberation), go to Brāhma's planet.
At the end of Brāhma's life, they enter into the spiritual world.
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