Complain? Or be Grateful?

Complain? Or be Grateful?

We have a choice: We can complain about what we are missing, or we can be grateful and celebrate what we have. Most people choose to complain. Obviously, we are all quite dissatisfied with our present state. Our only inspiration is the hope of being satisfied in the future. Our only respite is the m ...

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Is Karma an Effective Form of Justice?

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

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

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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Bhakti-tirtha Level 2

Bhakti-tirtha Level 2

Preparations for Level 2 of Bhakti-tirtha at Jiva Institute Vrindavan have started and we are open for registration. For a detailed description about the purpose and background of this course, please refer to our last course announcement and the review article. Schedule: The course will run from Oc ...

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