(4 and 5) A perfected devotee never commits an offense. Offenses are committed due to ignorance, resulting from forgetfulness of the Lord. Offense (aparādha) means an act that causes displeasure. A siddha devotee never forgets the Lord, and he never desires to displease the Lord; he thus never commits offenses, knowingly or unknowingly.
(2) There is no possibility of committing sin in the spiritual world. Sin and piety exist only in the material world, both being products of the guṇas of nature. A devotee in the spiritual world is situated in his eternal inherent nature (svarūpa), free from material covering or ignorance…
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
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.
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Question: I read the article on jñāna on your website and have some questions: What is the difference between self-luminous and self-conscious?
Answer: Self-luminous means an object which does not need the help of another luminous object to see it or perceive it. For example, a burning candle is self-luminous because you do not need another burning candle or light source to see it. However a book or table is not self-luminous because you need a light source to see it.