Envisioning Truth: Ontology

March 10th, 2011 | Posted by ww-seva in academic | lecture | seminar - (Comments Off)
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Envisioning Truth: Presuppositions in Indian Philosophy

March 10th, 2011 | Posted by ww-seva in academic | lecture | seminar - (Comments Off)
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Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 11: Lord Krishna Instructs Uddhava

February 20th, 2011 | Posted by ww-seva in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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The brāhmaṇa said: My dear King, with my intelligence I have taken shelter of many spiritual masters. Having gained transcendental understanding from them, I now wander about the earth in a liberated condition. Please listen as I describe them to you.
Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 11 41.32


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Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 4: Sacrifice Performed by Daksha

February 18th, 2011 | Posted by ww-seva in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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With all respect, Dakṣa worshiped Lord Śiva with his share of the remnants of the yajña. After finishing the ritualistic sacrificial activities, he satisfied all the other demigods and the other people assembled there. Then, after finishing all these duties with the priests, he took a bath and was fully satisfied.
Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 4 7.56


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Bhagavad-Gita As It Is: The Material Modes of Nature

February 14th, 2011 | Posted by ww-seva in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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The total material substance, called Brahman, is the source of birth, and it is that Brahman that I impregnate, making possible the births of all living beings, O son of Bharata.
Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 14.3


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Keshava Kashmiri Bhatta

August 30th, 2010 | Posted by ww-seva in writing - (Comments Off)
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According to Gerard Colas (p 253, Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, G. Flood, ed.), Keshava Kashmiri Bhatta was born in 1479. For Caitanyaite Vaishnava history, this date serves to make historically possible that, as Krishnadas Kaviraja relates in his Caitanya-caritamrta (Adi 16), Keshava Kashmiri met “Nimai Pandit” (Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, 1486-1533) in a contest of Sanskrit learning. I find this interesting because a few years ago I met a lady scholar (not remembering the name) in Vrindavan who had written her doctoral thesis on Keshava Kashmiri. When I asked her if his dates were known, she said no, but that she had surmised his time as having been some one hundred years prior to Caitanya. If true, it would mean Krishnadas’ account would have to be seen as legend rather than history, so Colas’ date is reassuring, though not in itself proving an actual meeting of the two pandits. Colas further notes that Keshava Kashmiri is the 29th acarya in the Nimbarka sampradaya, and that he “is the first whose historical association with the Braj area is certain. His direction is marked by the revival of the Nimbarka tradition and the propagation of its teachings all over India. He composed doctrinal texts, devotional hymns, and an elaborate ritual treatise the Kramadipika, which influenced Caitanyaite authors [it is …
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Kshetra Samachar – News from the Field

December 14th, 2009 | Posted by ww-seva in from field | news - (Comments Off)
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Kshetra Samachar – News from the Field

August 31st, 2009 | Posted by ww-seva in from field | news - (Comments Off)
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