Did Women Study the Veda in Ancient Times?

Did Women Study the Veda in Ancient Times?

Question: We sometimes address the question of why women were categorically included amongst those who can’t study the Veda. This question accepts a basic supposition that women indeed were not permitted to study the Veda. However, I have strong doubts that this supposition is correct. Indeed ...

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Is a Guru Really Necessary?

Is a Guru Really Necessary?

There are mixed feelings about the role of guru in one’s spiritual life, and I am asked about it very often. Those who stick to tradition think that guru is absolutely essential and one must accept the guru as the supreme authority. Others think that, although guru is a must, there is no need to [

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Deliverance through the Name

Deliverance through the Name

Question: The following quote is from CC, Antya Līla 3.50-54:  yavana-sakalera ‘mukti’ habe anāyāse ’hā rāma, hā rāma’ bali’ kahe nāmābhāse One day Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu met Haridāsa Ṭhākura as usual, and in the course of discussion He inquired as follows, “My dea ...

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Do we Have to Reject Modern Science?

Do we Have to Reject Modern Science?

Question: Does a prema-bhakta know everything in the empirical realm as well? For example, can a prema-bhakta prove Fermat’s theorem or reconcile quantum mechanics and relativity? Can statements from a prema bhakta on the empirical realm be wrong? If yes, then how is a sādhaka to know what to ...

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Mukti, Destination before Perfection, Emotions in Gita

Mukti, Destination before Perfection, Emotions in Gita

Mukti for a Bhakta Question: I have a question about mukti and would like your help in understanding this. We hear about 5 types of mukti (below) described in Srimad Bhagavatam. Which type is for our line? Is it the combination of all 4 types except for sayujya or is there one specific type for [&he

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