As we saw in a previous post, Śrī Viśvanātha does considerable work in trying to establish the need for an explanation for the pīta or yellow colored avatāra mentioned by Gargācārya in the tenth canto of the Bhāgavata, and the discrepancy with the color śyāma mentioned in the […]
The prayers of Lord Brahmā to Śrī Kṛṣṇa appear in the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam SB 10.14.1–16. After giving a summary of prominent avatāras in the third chapter of the First Canto, Śrī Sūta Gosvāmī declares that Kṛṣṇa is Svayaṁ Bhagavān. Brahmā confirms this in his famous prayers. We present […]
There is no direct evidence in the scriptures that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is Bhagavān Himself. What direct evidence exists is from sources like the dubious Caitanya Upaniṣad. This book is likely a modern invention because none of the six Goswamis cited it anywhere. Later writers like Śrī Viśvanātha […]
The Sandarbhas are *the* siddhānta, and the litmus test for any claims in the Caitanya tradition.
A surprisingly common misconception among modern adherents of Caitanya Vaiṣṇavism is that the guru ‘takes’ one’s karma. At the time of initiation, the guru is imagined to take on all karma of the disciple, akin to how Jesus takes the sins of his followers. From thereon, the guru […]
Review of Śrī Babaji’s Bhagavad-Gītā
Śrī Babaji’s new book Jīva tattva is a compilation of question and answers. The questions were put to Babaji over almost a decade. Many questions were repeated constantly, so he decided to write a book to address them once and for all. Owing to the propagation of many […]
Bhagavān Śrī Kṛṣṇa is seen to punish the asuras such as Jarāsandha and to assist the devatās like Brahmā. As Brahmā has a predominance of sattva guṇa and the asuras have rajas and tamas, this appears to indicate that Śrī Kṛṣṇa is ‘controlled’ by the guṇas. This goes […]