Should we use logic?

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  Question I like to know if we can use logic to understand Krishna Consciousness. Or should we just accept blindly what is said in our books?   Answer This is a broad topic. I will not touch on the theme of the various types of faith or trust here and I will stick only to the theme of logic. There is a complete science on logic called Nyaya. Sage Gautama wrote a famous treatise called Nyaya Sutra. The word … Read More

Hiranyangi, the Gopi born of a doe

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Hiranyangi is very dear to Srimati Radharani and Srimati Radharani is very dear to her. She is dressed in beautiful garments that appear like a great multitude of unparalleled blossoming flowers. Her complexion is the color of gold and she appears to be a temple or palace in which all beauty is conserved. She was born from the womb of Harini-devi. Here is the story of her conception:   Her father, Mahavasu-gopa, is pious and famous for being devoted to … Read More

The body of the pure devotee after death

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  Question I would like to ask you certain things if it is not too much trouble. Since I was born I have always been taught that we are not the body through Hare Krishna consciousness, which I accept and follow with great honor and love !!! Why after the material death of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada the devotees continued to worship his body, when our movement always maintains that we are not the body? Y…. I understood that the devotees … Read More

Amavasya, the new Moon night

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Amavasya is the new Moon night, or a night without the Moon visible in the sky. From tomorrow the Moon “will grow” up to Purnima, the full Moon. Then it will decrease again up to Amavasya again. The word Amavasya means “the Moon is not there”. A= no, ma= Moon, asya= there. The reason why we have waxing and waning Moon is told in the Maha-bharata, Salya Parva, chapter 35. I’ll tell the story some other time. We have about … Read More

NOTICIA IMPORTANTE: Maha-bharata (tal como es) en español…

NOTICIA IMPORTANTE Maha-bharata (tal como es) en español, en proceso de publicación. Ayer Bhaktin Agnes de Puerto Rico me envió el borrador de la traducción desde el italiano del Maha-bharata que escribí en 1991. Esto significa que pronto tendremos el Maha-bharata en español, de más de 600 páginas. Ahora tengo que editarlo y luego una corrección adicional (tal vez se van a necesitar dos) para un español correcto. Va a tomar un poco mas de tiempo, pero estamos en camino. … Read More

The best use of a donation: jnata-sukriti and ajnata-sukriti

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A good action is called sukriti and can be consciouss (jnata sukriti) or uncosciouss (ajnata sukriti). In the first case one knows and wants to be doing something good and in the second case he doesn’t know. What is ajnata-sukriti? Srila Prabhupada said: “They make some advancement without knowing it.” For instance one may casually be fasting or not eating grains during Ekadasi and still be getting benefits. Or buying books from devotees. Or a flower picked up and offered … Read More

Offering donations

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  Beyond your specific question, I want to say something about the concept of danam, giving charity. The desire of offering charity, or to donate something to others is a very good sentiment. In his Upadesamrita (Nectar of Instruction) Srila Rupa Gosvami says: dadāti pratigṛhṇāti guhyam ākhyāti pṛcchati bhuṅkte bhojayate caiva ṣaḍ-vidhaṁ prīti-lakṣaṇam” “Offering gifts in charity, accepting charitable gifts, revealing one’s mind in confidence, inquiring confidentially, accepting prasāda and offering prasāda are the six symptoms of love shared by … Read More

Better chanting in the temple room?

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Question Hare Krishna Maharaja. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions. I like to chant my rounds of japa in private. I sing the japa in one of the several rooms of the temple. I always feel that I can focus more on the rounds in the temple than in my house. A devotee asked me why not to do japa where is the Krisna Dieties. I told him that energy is everywhere. He told … Read More

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