How Do Blessings Work?

Does Krishna alone possess the ability to actually bless a soul, or does a jiva have any power to bless another jiva? What “stuff” is a blessing made up of?

This is a fascinating topic. I am acting in ISKCON as a guru, and I can testify here that as far as I can tell, whatever blessings I can bestow are Krishna’s blessings which seem to come through me.  How Do Blessings Work?


Unavoidable War

Did Krishna command Arjuna to fight and kill without compunction?

We must understand here the historical context of this command, namely the events of the Maha-bharata. Prefatorily, the ancient Greek ambassador to India, Megasthenes, in his famous book on India, insists that Indians excel other nations in their lofty battlefield ethics. Non-combatants are never in danger, a far cry from  Unavoidable War


Did Arjuna Win The War By Deceit?

A  friend was drawing comparisons between the Ramayana and Mahabharata wars saying that Rama did not use any means of deceit to defeat Ravana, and that He fought and won the war by fair means. The Pandavas, however, won the war on the basis of deceit. Could you help me understand how to answer this?

I understand your dilemma. I was saved from these problems when I discovered a book on Maha-bharata written by the great Madhvacarya. In that book he clearly says that the Sanskrit text of Maha-bharata that we have now is “thoroughly corrupted by interpolations, extrapolations, and transpositions of text.” Did Arjuna Win The War By Deceit?

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