Month: October 2021

Diagnosing apasiddhāntas

What does the word apasiddhānta mean? How is a seeker to diagnose whether he or she is being taught apasiddhāntas? I have been thinking of this question specifically in the context of the Caitanya sampradāya. In science, there is the notion of ‘error’ between a ground truth value […]

How pratyakṣa is given by śabda

Frequently one comes across the concept that Kṛṣṇa’s names are Kṛṣṇa Himself. The reason this is a difficult concept is that śabda or a word, in our experience, at best gives parokṣa jñāna or knowledge that is obstructed from the seer or subject’s perception in some way. If […]

The need for study in bhakti

Today was the first day of the Bhakti-ratna course at Jīva institute. This is year six in the course-series. So far, the courses have covered nyāya, alaṅkāra, Sanskrit, advaita vedānta, pūrva mimāṁsā and of course the Sandarbhas themselves. Śrī Babaji explained the importance of study in bhakti on […]

Harināmāmṛta vyākaraṇam

Sanskrit is a complex language that can take years to master. Instruction in Sanskrit typically involves a lot of memorization. Memorizing forms of the various nouns and verbs etc. can take years, and even after all this effort, the language seems impenetrable. More than any inherent impenetrability of […]