Questions and Answers

Vaishnavis, Preaching, and Family Responsibility

I’ve seen many husbands in our society whose wives are so busy serving the society/guru that they have no time for family. They expect the husband to assist them in a service which the husband has no inclination for. This is one form of neglect/abuse.

I agree, but everything said below for women also applies to men. We have seen too many men neglect their wives and children in the name of “preaching.” The entire family depends on Vaishnavis, Preaching, and Family Responsibility


Brahma Madhva Sampradaya

Is the lineage of teachings we follow the Brahma-Madhava-Sampradaya? What is meant by this name?

Brahma is mentioned because according to the first verse of Bhagavatam, he was the Lord’s first student. tene brahma hrda, the Lord “extended” Vedic knowledge into the heart of Brahma. Madhvacarya appeared in southwest Brahma Madhva Sampradaya


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Tulasi Neckbeads and Japa-mala

Why do we wear Tulasi neckbeads?

I wear it because I am supposed to wear it. It is an ancient Vaishnava tradition that appears in the Caitanya-caritamrta. Interestingly, japa-mala is not in the CC. Chanting beads may be the result of European influence, when the Portuguese  Tulasi Neckbeads and Japa-mala


Who transcribed the Bhagavad Gita?

Who transcribed the Bhagavad Gita and how did they know what to write?

Good question. What scholars definitely know is that sages in India had an extraordinary power to memorize sacred texts. My professor at Harvard used to say that when we listen to Brahmanas reciting the huge Rg-Veda, it’s just like listening to an ancient tape recording because Who transcribed the Bhagavad Gita?


Taking Shelter of Srila Prabhupada and Re-Initiation

I wonder how do you see the position of those who elected to take shelter of another guru or Prabhupada after their gurus fell down?

You have raised an important issue and your discussion of it is reasonable and mature. Scholars of religion note that many new religious groups, perhaps most, suffer such problems in the immediate aftermath of the passing of their founding leader. Again, I think it fair to say Taking Shelter of Srila Prabhupada and Re-Initiation