Questions and Answers

Raganuga-bhakti in ISKCON

I feel it’s an unfortunate aspect of ISKCON culture that it marginalizes raganuga-sadhana (particularly in madhurya-bhava) to the point it appears non-existent and even undesirable.

Regarding the statement that Raganuga-bhakti is marginalized, that may be a good thing because it should be, literally, at the margins, and not in the center of a large, sprawling, and largely neophyte spiritual society. A margin is “an edge or border” not in itself pejorative, though the verb “marginalize” may have negative connotations.
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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 [Continue reading] 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 [Continue reading] Brahma Madhva Sampradaya


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?