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Was It Our Choice To Leave Krishna and His Abode?

You said, “In the Bhagavatam verse that mentions our origin, in 4.28.53-55, Krishna twice says that we rejected Him and came to this world, that it was our choice.”

Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura states that this leaving is from Maha-Visnu after the mahapralaya.

1. The assumption is that 4.28.54 retroactively applies to 4.28.53. The soul can reject Krishna and come to this world, and then remain without a home during the Maha-pralaya. I don’t see evidence that these two events are necessarily simultaneous.

2. In fact, the soul does not “reject” the Lord, when coming out of His body to reappear in the material world.  [Continue reading] Was It Our Choice To Leave Krishna and His Abode?

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Does The Bhagavatam Say Pūtanā Disguised Herself As A Devotee?

Does The Bhagavatam Say Pūtanā Disguised Herself As A Devotee?

1. ‘Sad’ does not literally mean “as/of a devotee.” Such a meaning is not in the dictionary. In this context, ’sad,’ a form of ’sat,’ indicates “a good or respectable person,” meanings found in Monier-Williams. [Continue reading] Does The Bhagavatam Say Pūtanā Disguised Herself As A Devotee?

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Is The Soul Originally Krishna Conscious?

Some people use the following statement of Prabhupada, and similar statements, to argue that the soul is not originally Krishna conscious and does not possess intrinsic, if dormant, bhakti.

To clarify, I suggest we consider this statement in the larger context of the Kṛṣṇa-jīva exchange. For example, in Bg 15.15, Kṛṣṇa famously states that He is in our heart and from Him come memory, knowledge, and ignorance. This does not mean that in its original state, the jīva is unconscious and bereft of all knowledge or memory.  [Continue reading] Is The Soul Originally Krishna Conscious?

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Is The Word Dhoti In The Vedas?

Some people are arguing that the word dhoti is in the Vedas, and it comes from the word dhauta. As a Ph.D. in Sanskrit & Indian Studies, what is your analysis of this statement?

The Sanskrit word “dhauta”, “cleansed”, by itself, does not mean “cloth” and much less “dhoti”. In fact, in the entire Vedabase, as well as in the Sanskrit dictionary, the word dhauta is only used as an adjective, not as noun. And the Sanskrit noun “dhauti” means “the act of washing”.  [Continue reading] Is The Word Dhoti In The Vedas?

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