Parvati Devi Dasi, my god-sister and friend

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Parvati Devi Dasi was born in the US but lived most of her life in Sri Vrindavana Dhama, where she has a nice house with a very high ceiling. She considered Vrindavana her place so much so that married an Indian devotee and her daughter married one of Gangotri’s son. There is none who has been in Vrindavana who doesn’t know who Gangotri is, arguably the most successful store in Vrindavana. My debt of gratitude to her is that she … Read More

On Tattva-vibhrama, mistakes on spiritual knowledge (from Bhajana Rahasya by Bhaktivinode Thakura)

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Question [23:29, 5/11/2019] Paramesvari New: Y en el Anuvritti viene este texto y si usted pudiera ser tan amable de profundizar le agradecería mucho ys paramesvari dd [23:29, 5/11/2019] Paramesvari New: Thakura Bhaktivinoda in his Bhajana-rahasya describes four types of anarthas and four categories within each type. The four types of anarthas are: 1) tattva-vibhrama – illusion about spiritual knowledge 2) hrdaya-daurbalya – weakness of heart 3) aparadha – offenses 4) asat-trsna – material desires Illusion about spiritual knowledge is … Read More

One should then give up having a family?

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Question Hare Krishna! My obeisances Maharaja! Very interesting article. I have a question: one should then give up having family? Is not it a duty to take care of the family?   Answer Dear Bhaktin Triana, Hare Krishna. In Vedic or Vaisnava wisdom there is something called dharma, which is a complicated word to translate. The reason of the difficulty is that its meaning molds according to the context. In the context of this answer to your question, dharma may … Read More

How a disciple should see his spiritual master

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Question One time a Devotee told me that my Guru Maharaj is not an ordinary man. of course he was referring to You. so when he said that my first impression was that you are a very elevated Devotee. but it also gives me the impression that he was describing You as a demigod or something like that . he gave me the impression that my Guru Maharaj is somewhat like A Superman. or You are super human and I … Read More

I am not happy. Actually I feel miserable…

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Question Extract from a private email I am not happy. Actually I feel miserable… I miss a wife and friends to be happy…   Answer Analogies are useful. Some find them often silly. It may be but I find that can help to understand a concept better and faster. Let’s use one.   Let’s suppose that you put you hand in a fire; obviously you scream in pain. You write me an email saying: “I put my hand in the … Read More

The five most important kinds of Bhakti

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The five most important kinds of Bhakti:   sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana mathura-vasa, sri-murtira sraddhaya sevana. “One should associate with devotees, chant the holy name of the Lord, hear Srimad-Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura and worship the Deity with faith and veneration.” Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila, 22.128   From my book “Brilliant as the Sun”, soon to be published. Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)  

Democracy: Socrates opinion and the Vedic view

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We find Socrate’s opinion on democracy in the Republic, from Plato. In book 6, Socrates speaks to Adeimantus and equalizes society to a ship. What would you prefer, says Socrates, that the ship be guided by an educated and expert captain or anyone just because may be liked by people?   He states that voting is a skill, not a random intuition. As any skill, one must be educated in the science of sociology to achieve it.   Socrates also … Read More

If you have limited knowledge and realization, how can you be sure 100% that Krishna is God?

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Question Dear Guru Maharaj Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to You and SP. Thank you very much for answering my last two emails I thought your answers were wonderful I learned some things from them I had a question about what you said at the end of the last email regarding Krishna is God this is what you wrote at the end of the last email …”As far as if I am sure that Krishna is God, yes … Read More

I want to control my lusty desires

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Answer to a private email   Pleasure is part of a living being’s nature. Not only in a human body, any soul is attracted to pleasure. It is an essential part of our consitutional identity as a jiva, spirit soul. Just like we need to breath, we need happiness, we can’t not enjoy.   The greatest pleasure is found in what we call love.   In the spiritual world this is called prema, in the material world it’s called kama. … Read More

Do you see Krishna face to face?

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Question Dear Guru Maharaj, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to You and SP. I apologize if I already asked you this question. I wanted to know if you have ever seen Krishna face-to-face. also I wanted to know if you have ever just seen Krishna maybe not face-to-face but but actually saw him before . I wanted to know if You have definitively seen Krishna. and I wanted to know if You can tell me that you know … Read More

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