The Place of Women in the Bhakti Movement

Question:  I personally appreciate the role of women within the bhakti movement in general and within the Vaiṣṇavism in particular. But sometimes I wonder where is the living spirit of Jāhnavā Mātā, now? Currently, who is the most representative gurvī in Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism? Answer: ...

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Chanting the Name without Offense

Question: Cakravarti Thakur writes: “Even so, the Yamadutas, the messengers of Yamaraj, are powerless to attack anyone who chant the Holy Name, even offenders, for the Bhagavatam says, “[These devotees] do not see Yama’s noose-bearing servants even in their dreams, for they are free from ...

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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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What Is Wrong with Onions and Garlic?

Question: In itself, this is not the most important question, but it becomes important by the curious fact that no one I’ve asked so far can answer it nicely or even wants to make the effort. Giving the question one last chance, I’m putting it to you. If you can’t answer this, I’ll probably ...

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Duty, Ekadashi, Address, Dress

Question: In chapter 3 of Bhagavad Gita, Krishna speaks of duty, and how one should do one’s duty imperfectly rather than perform another’s duty well. As Vaishnava’s in today’s world, what should our duty be?

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