Explanation of the Guru Daksina article

Ayoda-dhaumya had three disciples, Upamanyu, Aruni and Veda. The revered spiritual master used to often treat his disciples quite harshly. When Veda had his own disciples, he did not want to do the same with them and he behaved like a loving teacher. One of his students was Uttanka. When his period … Read More

Karma Yoga, the science of action

Question and answer. Summary of a more elaborate answer.   Karma (action) is a fundamental part of our existence and Karma yoga is a branch of Bhakti Yoga.  The spiritual soul is active by nature, it cannot stop doing something even for a moment. na hi kaścit kṣaṇam api jātu tiṣṭhaty akarma-kṛt kāryate … Read More

Why do we worship deities? Are they not statues?

  We, like the christians, are contrary to worshiping statues or images. However we see christians worshiping so many images and statues of Jesus, Mary, doves, rays of light, crosses and saints. And we also are seen bow down in front of images and statues.   How is that? Isn’t there a … Read More

Update and structure of the Maha-bharata

Dear Vaisnava and friends, Yesterday I finished the first draft of the Adi Parva, the first of the eighteen books that make up the Maha-bharata of Sri Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa.   The first draft is the most difficult part because the translation must be organized, the structure built and the whole system … Read More

Should a Vaisnava fast for Maha Siva Ratri?

Sastras advice to fast on Maha Siva Ratri (the yearly most important of all “Siva nights”). Certainly one can derive great benefit in worshipping Lord Siva as the greatest of all Vaisnava (vaishnavanam yatha sambhuh) and especially on this day.   However Vrajavasis did not give as much importance to Siva Ratri … Read More

Etymology of the name Radha

Question: I would like to ask you something that has intrigued me. I would love to know the meaning of RADHA as well as Krsna means the Supreme Attraction.   Answer: Literally the name Radha (राधा) comes from the sanskrit root radh (रध्, or राध्), which means “to lead to success”. So … Read More

At what age we begin to receive karma for our actions?

This is a question I tried to answer time ago. However I had difficulties in finding sastric backups as I was requested to. I heard several numbers, included that Srila Prabhupada had supposedly said eight years, but I could never read or hear Srila Prabhupada saying that. If someone is in possession … Read More

Next trip to COSTA RICA and DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Hare Krishna Vaisnavas.   I’ll arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 19th and leave on the 28th.   I’ll arrive in Santo Domingo on the 28th.   The departure from Santo Domingo and the return to Puerto Rico has not been decided yet, but it could be April 8th, so … Read More

Purva-raga and the first meeting of Radha Krishna in Sanket

Our Acaryas divide Sri Krishna’s transcendental pastimes into four phases, namely Kaumara, Pauganda, Kaisora and Yauvana.   The first, Kaumara, goes from His appearance day to the end of His fifth year. During this period Krishna enjoys affectionate pastimes with His parents. In his Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu Srila Rupa Gosvami explains that … Read More

What is your opinion on this video? Is Gurvastakam only for Prabhupada?

Question Hare Krishna prabhu! Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! What is your opinion on this video?   Answer The main issues are: Is the Gurvastakam (the samsara davanala song) intended for Srila Prabhupada? Is it only for him? Could disciples of other gurus meditate on their own … Read More

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