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 [Continue reading] Brahma Madhva Sampradaya

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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 [Continue reading] Who transcribed the Bhagavad Gita?

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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 [Continue reading] Taking Shelter of Srila Prabhupada and Re-Initiation

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Conspiracy Theories, UFOs and Srila Prabhupada’s Prophecies

What are your thoughts on conspiracy theories, UFOs and Srila Prabhupada’s prophecies for the future?

Our general principle is that we accept what is favorable for devotional service and reject what is unfavorable.
1. Of course there are very rich and powerful people who want [Continue reading] Conspiracy Theories, UFOs and Srila Prabhupada’s Prophecies

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