Philosophical Articles

Sri Guru tattva

The West’s encounter with gurus representing various Eastern traditions has left it with mixed feelings. Theoretically the experience should be overwhelmingly positive.

The Compassion of Sri Caitanya

by Swami B.V. Tripurari Sri Rupa Goswami has described Sri Caitanyadeva as greatly munificent—maha vadanyaya. Similarly, throughout the considerable literature describing Sri Caitanya there is...

The Superlative Devotee

I read that Krsna is directly involved in the lives of devotees, but if that is the case then why did he allow so many of Srila Prabhupada's dear and dedicated disciples to give up their spiritual practice (sadhana)

Six Symptoms of Saranagati

The moment we submit ourselves unconditionally to Sri Krishna, all our ills and sufferings will vanish. A surrendered soul is happy in whatever circumstance he is being put by the will of his Guru.

No One Else to Blame

One who seeks Your compassion and thus tolerates all kinds of adverse conditions due to the karma of his own past deeds, who engage always in Your devotional service with his mind, words, and body, and who always offers obeisances unto You, is certainly a bona fide candidate for becoming Your unalloyed devotee.

Residence in Sri Govardhana

By Srila BR Sridhara Devi Goswami Giriraja Govardhan is the very favorite abode of our Guru Maharaja. Radha Kunda is the highest, but our guru-varga,...

Firm Faith, Then Taste

by Swami Tripurari, from Siksastakam of Sri Caitanya. Bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam The second effect of nama-sankîrtana is deliverance from the great fire of material existence, bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam. The metaphor of a forest fire is...

Rukmi and the King of Kalinga

"The King of Kalinga was a friend of Rukmi's and he gave him ill advice to play with Balarama and thus defeat Him in...

Reconciling Seemingly Outrageous Figures

Some of the numbers given in Vedic literatures seem too large to be true. For example, the forty-first verse of chapter ninety of the tenth canto of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam states: [In Dwarka] the Yadu family [had so many children] that they employed 38,800,000 teachers to educate them.

That is Pure Devotee

To serve Krsna, not for my benefit but Krsna's satisfaction. that is pure devotee. Guest: Swami, do you see a difference or a conflict between...