The Bhāgavata is known as the topmost pramāṇa for Caitanya Vaiṣṇavas. What this means, in practical terms, is that Caitanya Vaiṣṇavas do not accept those statements in other śāstras that are not line with the Bhāgavata, and/or try to interpret such other statements so that they are in […]
Śrī Babaji answers questions in Pearls of Wisdom Question: What is dīkṣā? Does it refer to getting Hari-nāma and taking a different name? Or does it refer to getting brāhmaṇa initiation, when one gets the Brahma Gāyatrī? Answer: There are three levels of dīkṣā, namely, harināma-dīkṣā, mantra-dīkṣā, and veśa- […]
There are differing views about Brahman in Indian theology. The Advaitavādis claim that the only real existent is quality-less, formless Brahman. Both Śrī Vaiṣṇavas and the followers of Śrī Madhvācārya reject that such type of Brahman exists. In their view, whenever the scriptures mention tattva or real existent […]
Reader Sridhar asked the following questions to which my responses are provided. The response to question 2 lists the passage where Śrī Jīva Goswami coins the term “acintya bheda-abheda”. Question 1. Could you make a post on how the acharyas see the exact relationship between shaktis and shaktimān? Is […]
Reader Ananta wanted me to explain the following notoriously misinterpreted verse by Śrī Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja- nitya-siddha kṛṣṇa-prema ‘sādhya’ kabhu naya śravaṇādi-śuddha-citte karaye udaya To understand this verse properly, we need to first understand something about the Bengali language. In Bengali, the word for ‘cooked’ is ‘siddha’. Use google […]
We have explored the definition and functions of māyā in many articles elsewhere on this site. In the tenth canto of the Bhāgavata, we also hear about two types of māyā – yogamāyā and mahamāyā. Here I explore Śrī Viśvanātha’s explanation of the difference between the two.
ఒక ప్రశ్నకు బాబాజీ ఇచ్చిన సమాధానానికి సశాంక్ జీ మరియు కుమార్ జీ చేసిన అనువాదాన్ని చదవండి గౌడీయ సాంప్రదాయానికి ఉత్కృష్ట ప్రామాణికం ఎవరు
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This site appears to be rapidly growing in popularity or notoriety- I am not sure which one. I get many comments and questions. The best questions are those that I have no answer for, and this has compelled me to learn more and more. I also get many […]
I find that the guru is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the Caitanya tradition. I decided to put together an FAQ that should help readers in their journey on the bhakti path. I do not cite scripture here, for that, the interested reader is referred to […]
I was in Vrindavan recently and had the privilege of visiting Shri Haridas Niwas.
I recently talked with Śrī Babaji, and asked him about the reason for the widespread theological deviations in the Caitanya tradition. Below I present what I took away from the conversation, and also present my own views on the current state of affairs. Unlike other Vaiṣṇava sampradāyas, the […]