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


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

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

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

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