New Edition of Tattva Sandarbha Released!

New Edition of Tattva Sandarbha Released!

Jiva Institute has just released a brand new edition of Tattva Sandarbha, which is the first book of Jīva Gosvāmī’s Ṣaṭ Sandarbha. The first edition, published nineteen years ago, has been out of print for some time. The new edition has been completely revised from start to finish. The enti ...

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Origin of the Jiva and Beginningless Karma

Origin of the Jiva and Beginningless Karma

Question: Can you explain where the jivas have their origin. I understand it is in Paramatma, but Krsna also says that the living entities are his eternal fragmental parts (Gita 15.7). So what exactly does it mean? Answer: The simple principle, which I am sure you know, is that Bhagavan has three di ...

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Choice of Rasa, Following One’s Nature, Mahayuga

Choice of Rasa, Following One’s Nature, Mahayuga

Question: Bhava and rasa are given by guru and when one accepts a guru, one is not aware of these things. So even though in rasa-shastra one always reads that one should perform seva and follow the inhabitants of Vraja according to one’s choice, there is not really so much choice of free will invo ...

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God’s Justice, Free Will and Choice

God’s Justice, Free Will and Choice

Is God unjust? Question: How can a just God create some souls eternally free, whereas others eternally damned (eternally, backward in time, since everyone agrees that all souls can be saved ultimately). How about reformulating this to “How can a just God approve of souls of unequal status? ...

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The Playful God beyond God – Part 2

The Playful God beyond God – Part 2

Question: I am taking your view very seriously. It is plausible and searching, but so far I find such a God less attractive than the soul-making God I defend. Answer: There are two ways to know or understand God. One is from our view, the other is God’s own view about Himself. They both can

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