Basic Principles of Deity Worship

Basic Principles of Deity Worship

QUESTION: In the śāstras an elaborate process of Deity worship is described. If, however, someone is living alone in the West, should they do simple Deity worship, and if so what exactly is necessary for them to do? ANSWER: In Vaiṣṇava culture, after taking dīkṣā, it is mandatory to perfor ...

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The Gurukula System in Modern Age

The Gurukula System in Modern Age

Question: Could you explain the purpose and benefits of the gurukula system and if it still has a place in modern society? What are the qualities of a proper teacher and how are they exhibited in a gurukula? Answer: In the past, when a male brahmana child was seven or eight years old, he was …

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Preface to Tattva Sandarbha

Preface to Tattva Sandarbha

Of the Six Sandarbhas, Tattva Sandarbha is the smallest in size, but not in importance. As its name suggests, it discusses the Reality (tattva) that is the ultimate subject to be understood and realized. Tattva also means “essence,” and thus Tattva Sandarbha provides the essence of what is to be ...

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Radion Interview on the Vedic View of the Mind

Radion Interview on the Vedic View of the Mind

The following is a Radio Interview with Babaji by Aneesha Holaday for Voice America Aneesha Holaday (Host): The chitta, or subconscious mind is our deep-seated memory and is where all our life’s impressions are stored. Chitta is the unconscious mind and can be compared to the hard-disk of a co ...

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What Is Wrong with Onions and Garlic?

What Is Wrong with Onions and Garlic?

Question: In itself, this is not the most important question, but it becomes important by the curious fact that no one I’ve asked so far can answer it nicely or even wants to make the effort. Giving the question one last chance, I’m putting it to you. If you can’t answer this, I’ll probably ...

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