Sancita karma, Two Types of Sayujya

Sancita karma, Two Types of Sayujya

Sancita karma Question: In your last article, you wrote: “Universal dissolution destroys only the gross and subtle bodies of the ātmās, who enter unharmed into the body of Lord Viṣṇu. But the accumulated karma (sancita) of each ātmā persists even during the period of dissolution.” ...

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Interpolations of Brahma Vaivarta Purāṇa

Interpolations of Brahma Vaivarta Purāṇa

Question: I have heard the Brahma Vaivarta Purāṇa is one of the worst interpolated Purāṇas and I find it important to know which parts are interpolated exactly. The Kṛṣṇa Janma Khaṇḍa contains some shocking vulgar eroticism and even meat hangs out to dry in Nandagrām when Uddhava en ...

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Questions on Time, Guru and Dvesa-bhakti

Questions on Time, Guru and Dvesa-bhakti

Adjustments according to Time and Society Question: On Gosvami’s literature, you have recently said: ‘These books were written from a cultural, social and political background which is different from today. Even though their philosophical conclusions are eternal, they need to be studied ...

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The Self and Free Will in the Caitanya Sampradāya – Conclusion

The Self and Free Will in the Caitanya Sampradāya – Conclusion

One of the knotty problems in Vedānta is the relation of ātmā with the three guṇas of prakṛti. Ātmā, although conditioned by the material guṇas, never contacts them. The guṇas of prakṛti are not inherent in the ātmā and have no direct contact with it. The self does not have any type ...

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The Self and Free Will in the Caitanya Sampradāya – Part 6

The Self and Free Will in the Caitanya Sampradāya – Part 6

Different Types of Vṛttis – All acquired knowledge, valid and invalid, is a product of the mind (mano-vṛtti). Śrī Kapila says that there are five types of vṛttis (SB 3.26.30): saṁśayo ‘tha viparyāso niścayaḥ smṛtir eva ca svāpa ity ucyate buddher

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