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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Is Karma an Effective Form of Justice?

Question: What is the real purpose of karma? Is it to hold jivas accountable and responsible for their actions? Or is it reform the jiva and help it return to the spiritual world? Answer: The immediate purpose of karma is to make the jiva responsible for his/her actions. The ultimate purpose is to h ...

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On Vaishnava Culture and Customs

Question: Previously, was there any distinction of dress between Gaudiya Vaishnavas and the regular population in India, and for the different varnas? What did people generally wear? There seems to be no mention of grihastha dress in shastra, only sannyasa garb. Answer: There is no such thing as Vai ...

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Knowledge through Parampara

Question: Is parampara a two way street? Many times I have heard that we should not jump over our personal Guru and go straight to the writings of the previous acaryas. Although I understand and accept that we should not have the arrogance of jumping over our Guru, I have also experienced that by un ...

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Bhagavatam Historiography

Question: Could it be considered that the ācāryas composed a ‘mythic’ (pseudo-historical) narrative, to present a set of esoteric teachings that were their main concern? In the first book of Sanātana Gosvāmī’s Bṛhad-Bhāgavatamṛta, he ‘composes’ a genealogy for ...

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