Is Bhakti Dependent on Indian Culture?

QUESTION: Why can I not be a devotee of Kṛṣṇa without subscribing to Vedic or rather Indian customs? Why do I have to dress like an Indian, which even modern Indians don’t do? This may be alright while one is living in India, but to carry these customs to the West makes one look weird …

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The Jīva’s Beginningless Nature and Bondage

The following is an excerpt from the commentary on Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī’s Tattva Sandarbha (Anuccheda 32). The subject is the individual self, jīva, and its involvement with Bhagavān’s deluding potency, māyā.

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Atha Sadhu-sanga (Part 4)

My intention was to study all the major Gaudiya Vaisnava literature from Maharaja while studying the Sad-darshanas, such as Nyaya and Vaisesika, from another teacher. My logic was that no one else could teach Gaudiya literature, while others were proficient in the Sad-darshanas, so I should not use ...

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Jiva University

This document presents a plan for establishing Jiva University–an initiative undertaken by Jiva Institute to create a world-class educational institution based on the traditional sciences of India. We welcome you to share the plan with others who would be interested to join hands with us in th ...

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Japa and Shastra Retreat in Switzerland

The second annual retreat of Babaji Satyanarana Dasa’s students was recently held in Switzerland, drawing students from Europe, United States, Australia, and India. Although the range of experience and knowledge of the students varied considerably, the objectives for all were to further develop th ...

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