Advaita Acarya knew who were going to be Sri Caitanya’s parents?

Question Advaita Acarya knew that Jagannatha Misra and Mother Sachi Devi were going to be the parents of the next incarnation of Krishna before Lord Caitanya was born?   Answer: Advaita Acharya (also known as Kamalaksha) appeared long before Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He was born in 1434 in Navagram, Bengal, and disappeared … Read More

On what occasion did Madhavendra Puri and Advaita Acarya meet?

Dear Madhavendra Puri Dasa, Please receive my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.   Sripada Madhavendra Puri is the greatest jewel of our parampara. He was the one who brought back Radha Krishna prema-bhakti in this world after it had been hidden away. Madhavendra Puri was the disciple of Laksmipati Tirtha, who … Read More

Sanatana Gosvami and the touchstone

Once, a poor brahmana worshiped Lord Siva to get the best benediction, hoping for the solution to all his problems. Lord Siva is known as midhushtama, the best of the benedictors, and many materialistic people approach him to fulfill their desires. But for this brahmana, Lord Siva granted the best benediction for … Read More

Therefore everyone, whether (born) dvija, woman or śūdra, should engage in worshiping the Supreme Lord

evaṁ śrī bhagavān sarvaḥ śālagrāma śilātmakaḥ dvijaiḥ strībhiś ca śūdraiś ca pūjyo bhagavataḥ paraiḥ   “Therefore everyone, whether (born) dvija, woman or śūdra, should engage in worshiping the Supreme Lord in His form as the śālagrāma śilā, after being duly initiated.”   Hari Bhakti Vilasa 5.450

Why stepping over somebody is bad

Answer to a question: Stepping over somebody else is considered low class and even offensive. Just like you don’t step over Deities, prasadam, japa, holy books, and more, you don’t step over bodies, where the jivatma and the Paramatma are situated. What to speak about stepping over the Supreme Lord’s transcendental body. … Read More

Can women take sannyasa?

Sannyasa means renunciation to material life. This can be done with or without the formal acceptance of tridanda sannyasa order. Anyone can just take the blessings of his Guru and leave home to go live “in the vana”, as Srimad-Bhagavatam says, meaning Vrindavana, as Srila Prabhupada explained.   Therefore both men and … Read More

The Apparent Paradox: Self-confidence and Humility By Mahatma Das

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How do we maintain self-confidence, yet feel ourselves a fool before our spiritual master? How can we be confident and simultaneously feel unqualified to serve Krishna? Aren’t self-confident people somewhat proud or arrogant? We are ordinary people engaged in an extraordinary process, a process that will make us extraordinary. Thus, our confidence … Read More

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