Love Beyond Love – Part 1

I am currently translating and commenting on Prīti Sandarbha, and wanted to share the 61st anuccheda, in which Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī discusses the definition of prīti, given by Prahlāda in Viṣṇu Purāṇa. Translation Thus, prīti for Bhagavān is the highest objective of life. In Viṣṇu P ...

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Bhakti without Guru

Question: I understand that there are different types of bhakti. If a person practices bhakti without a guru according to the rules of vaidhi and focuses on activities which are in themselves bhakti, such as worship and chanting the Lord’s Names, then it seems that this person can make some pr ...

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Pride is the Opposite of Love – So Keep Quiet

The psychology of materialists is quite opposite the psychology of spiritualists. This is why materialistic people cannot understand the minds of spiritualists –vaiṣṇavera kriyā-mudrā vijṣeha nā bujhaya.

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Cultivating Pure Bhakti

Question: My question has a few parts to it and ultimately it is about the nature of studying one’s own mind and inclinations. Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains that tattva bhrama (misconception about the Absolute Reality) is an anartha, since anarthas are impediments on the devotional path, presumabl ...

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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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