L

Five kinds of liberation

“There are five kinds of liberation: sālokya, sāmīpya, sārūpya, sārṣṭi and sāyujya. Sālokya means that after material liberation one is promoted to the planet where the Supreme Personality of Godhead resides. Sāmīpya means remaining an associate of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Sārūpya means attaining a four-handed form exactly like that of the Lord. Sārṣṭi […]

Līlā-avatāra.

A līlā-avatāra is an incarnation of the Lord who performs a variety of activities without making any special endeavor. He always has one pastime after another, all full of transcendental pleasure, and these pastimes are fully controlled by the Supreme Person. The Supreme Person is totally independent of all others in these pastimes. While teaching […]

Is Attraction between Kṛṣṇa & Gopis, Lust ?

In his Anubhāṣya, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura comments: “The gopīs are purely engaged in the service of the Lord without motive. They are not captivated by the opulence of Kṛṣṇa, nor by the understanding that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” Naturally the gopīs were inclined to love Kṛṣṇa, for He was an attractive […]

Logic and Argument.

For logicians who want to accept only that which is proven through logic and argument, it is a fact that without logic and reason there can be no question of accepting the Absolute Truth. Unfortunately, when such logicians take to this path without the mercy of the Lord, they remain on the platform of logic […]

Love of God.

  Love of God is dormant in everyone, but if one is given a chance to hear about the Lord, certainly that love develops. Our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement acts on this principle. We simply give people the chance to hear about the Supreme Personality of Godhead and give them prasāda to eat, and the actual […]

No Scarcity of Love of God.

  A pseudo-incarnation of Kṛṣṇa once told his disciple that he had emptied himself by giving him all knowledge and was thus spiritually bankrupt. Such bluffers speak in this way to cheat the public, but actual spiritual consciousness is so perfect that the more it is distributed, the more it increases. Bankruptcy is a term […]

Three Lives of Jaya & Vijaya.

In Viṣṇu Purāṇa (4.15.1), Maitreya Muni asked Parāśara, in regard to Jaya and Vijaya, how it was that Hiraṇyakaśipu next became Rāvaṇa and enjoyed more material happiness than the demigods but did not attain salvation, although when he became Śiśupāla, quarreled with Kṛṣṇa and was killed, he attained salvation and merged into the body of […]