Are scriptures mythology? The Hare Krishna response.

“How do we know scriptures are divine revelations” they say. His Divine Grace A. C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, explains us in his work called ‘Rāja-Vidyā’, that there are two processes for attaining knowledge – one is inductive and the other is deductive. The deductive method is considered to be more perfect. We may take…

Madhvacarya and Achintya Bhedabhed

Dr. Surendranath Das Gupta, a renowned Indologist, states— “The Gaudiyas do not differ from Madhva, but on the contrary, constructed in part, the superstructure of their doctrine on the basis of Madhva’s philosophy of difference between Jiva and Godhead.” Thus, though there may not be complete similarity, most of the principles are same. One of…

Shuddha Advaita of Vallabhacarya and it’s criticism of Advaita Vedanta

Vallabhacarya had severely criticized Advaita Vedanta and impersonalism. On explaining the nature of the world, Vallabhacarya wrote a book entitled as “Shristhi Bheda vada“, a self explanatory title which is meaning: ‘Doctrine of duality in the creation.’ Vallabhacharya in his works, often explicitly denied that Nirguna Brahman is superior to Saguna Brahman. Infact he makes…

List of works of Madhvacarya.

Although there are more works of the Acarya, this article will only list the prominent ones, hence the number is limited to 26. Gitā-bhāșya. Gitā-tātparya-nirņaya. Brahma-sutra-bhäsya. Bhāgavata-tātparya-nirņaya. Bhārata-tātparya-nirņaya. Daśopanişad-bhāşya. Rig-bhāsya. Anubhāșya. Krsnāmrta-mahārņava. Tantra-sāra. Sadācāra-smrti. Dvādaśa-kalpa. Jayanti-nirņayaḥ. Nakha-stutiḥ. Upādhi-khandanam. Tattva-vivekaḥ … stotra. Yamaka-bhārata. Yati-praņava. Anuvyākhyāna. Nyäya-vivaraņa. Pramāņa-lakşaņam. Māyāvāda-khaņdanam. Tattva-sańkhyänam. Prapañca-mithyātvānumāna-khandanam. Tattvoddyotaḥ. Kathā-lakşaņam. Karma nirņayaḥ. Vișņu-tattva-nirņayaḥ.

Authenticity of Chaitanya Upanishad

In his introduction to the first edition of the Chaitanya Upanishad, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur states that the manuscript of the Upanishad was sent to him by a friend, Madhusudan Prabhu, who also produced the Bengali verse translation that appeared in the 1887 publication. Skeptics question the authenticity of the text for it not being mentioned…

Authenticity of Brahma Samhita: Real or Fake?

The best evidence for Brahma Samhita’s authenticity is that Lord Caitanya himself accepted it. End of debate. But for the sake of skeptical minds— Brahma Vaivarta Maha-purana clearly mentions Brahma Samhita by name and description. Brahma Vaivarta Maha-purana, Krishna Janma Khanda, 133.23—26:— पञ्चकं पञ्चरात्राणां कृष्णमाहात्म्यपूर्वकम् । वसिष्ठं नारदीयं च कापिलं गौतमीयकम्। पं सनत्कुमार यं पञ्चरात्रं…

Biggest problem in Advaita Vedanta (Mayavaad)

Hare Krishna, Biggest problem in Advaita is the theory of “Avidya” covering “Brahman”, which, according to the theory, resulted into duality/creation. How can Maya overcome Brahman? Then Maya is stronger than Brahman. Advaitins themselves agreed that avidya covering Brahman is both an illogical theory and also not supported by Scriptures. But inorder to escape the…

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Krishnastu bhagavan svayam [SERIES – PART 2]

There’s a famous misconception that : “Because everywhere in the Vedas Vishnu is being celebrated, hence Vishnu is superior than Krishna. Krishna is very nigligible in Vedas and Upanishads if we compare the fame of Vishnu in Vedas.” Krishna is hidden from the Vedas. Everything related to Krishna, his pastimes, his beloved Radha, his form…