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Shastra Quiz 52

This quiz is designed to motivate you to study the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava scriptures in specific, and the Sad Darshanas in general, which are necessary to understand Gauḍīya philosophy properly.

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Jnana or knowledge related to bhakti is also part of bhakti. In fact, hearing, which includes studying shastra, is the first limb of bhakti. Learning, followed by consolidating and then testing our knowledge in the form of a quiz is a fun and effective way to help us retain information.

This quiz is in multiple-choice questions format. (MCQs). If you see the response that you anticipated simply click on it. The quiz will immediately show which answers are correct or incorrect so we can learn as we go.

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What does Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī identify as the root cause of the living being's suffering in this world?

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What is the cause of the jīva’s misidentification with the body?

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What is the consequence of misidentification with the body as the self, according to Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī?

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According to the Bhāgavata Purāṇa, what is the solution to the root cause of suffering?

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According to Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī, why is bhakti the most complete abhidheya?

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Why is it that, despite the common notion that bhakti is simple and easy to practice, it is rarely attained by people?

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What types of doubts that are bound to arise in the study of any philosophical system?

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Śraddhā is

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How does one acquire śraddhā in bhakti?

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Why do devotees sometimes lose sight of their original desire for bhakti?

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Shastra Quiz 51

This quiz is designed to motivate you to study the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava scriptures in specific, and the Sad Darshanas in general, which are necessary to understand Gauḍīya philosophy properly.

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Jnana or knowledge related to bhakti is also part of bhakti. In fact, hearing, which includes studying shastra, is the first limb of bhakti. Learning, followed by consolidating and then testing our knowledge in the form of a quiz is a fun and effective way to help us retain information.

This quiz is in multiple-choice questions format. (MCQs). If you see the response that you anticipated simply click on it. The quiz will immediately show which answers are correct or incorrect so we can learn as we go.

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What is kaimutya nyāya (the a fortiori argument)?

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What is daśamas-tvam-asi-nyāya?

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What is arundhatī-pradarśana-nyāya?

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What is ekadeśa-nirdeśa-nyāya?

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What is kāraṇa-guṇa-prakrama-nyāya?

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What is prativādī-abhyupagama-nyāya?

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What is candra-śākhā-nyāya?

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What is sūcī-kaṭāha-nyāya?

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What is ahi-kuṇḍala-nyāya?

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What is mukta-pragraha-nyāya?

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Bhakti in Other Traditions?

Question: The impersonal aspect [of God] (Nirakara, Nirguna) is called Brahman, or ‘unknowable’ by Herbert Spencer, ‘will’ by Schopenhauer, Absolute Noumenon by some ‘substance’ by Spinoza. The personal aspect (Sakara) of that Being is termed ‘Ishvara’ or Allah, Hari, Jehovah, Father in Heaven, Buddha, Siva, etc. Just as vapor or steam is formless, so also God is formless in His unmanifested or transcendental state. (Swami Sivananda)

Where are the inaccuracies in the above quote? Other Advaitavādīs accept God and bhakti as the only means to liberation. How then are they not devotees? 

Answer: A true bhakta is a śuddha-bhakta, one who engages in bhakti to attain bhakti and not to attain something else. The Advaitavādī’s bhakti is covered in jñāna because they want to achieve Brahman.

I hope you understand the definition of bhakti and bhakta. Bhakta means one who wants to do seva and does not want anything in return. Do you think this is the mood of Advaitavādī?

Question: Recently I went to a Seventh Day Adventist (Christian) church with relatives. They worship God very nicely in their own way, so that is bhakti. Once again, here is another religion that worships Kṛṣṇa in their own way. We know that Kṛṣṇa is the fountainhead of all religions, but is their liberation any less than that of a Kṛṣṇa bhakta? I have a hard time believing this.

Answer: I advise you to spend time studying the first chapter of Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu, especially the definition of bhakti. Unless you become clear about the definition of bhakti, such doubts and questions will keep coming up. Bhakti may look very simple but it is not that simple to understand.  

Question: Are you saying that other theist systems are not doing bhakti? How can the bhakti of our tradition be the only kind of bhakti that is accepted as pure? I understand kṛṣṇa-anuśīlanam but just because someone doesn’t call God “Kṛṣṇa” doesn’t change their love or devotion to Him. Jesus Christ was an empowered incarnation of the Lord and taught pure bhakti; I know this to be a fact. Is cognizing every little detail of the tattva obligatory for bhakti to manifest? Most of the theistic systems of the world, especially Abrahamic religions at their core, are teaching the exact same attitude and loving service to God. So, if that is cultivated in the right way and their service is favorable, I don’t see how they could not receive entrance into the spiritual world. Like you said—Vaikuntha is a kingdom with many planets. I’m sure that Jesus Christ has his planet with Viṣṇu there. I’d like to believe that Kṛṣṇa Consciousness is not so much the specific practices that we as Vaiṣṇavas do but more so a mood, an attitude, and a practice of devotion.

Answer: I did not comment anything on other traditions—whether they perform bhakti or not. It is not my position to evaluate other traditions. I only advised you to understand the definition of bhakti because your questions were all related to bhakti. My understanding is that if the definition of bhakti is clear, then many of the doubts you raised will be cleared. Christians, etc. may be doing bhakti in their own way. But their bhakti does not fit into our definition of bhakti. Words such as “bhakti” or “love” do not have just one objective meaning like the word “apple.” Therefore, a Christian may also use the word bhakti but that does not mean his bhakti conveys the same sense as when we use it. I use the word bhakti as it is defined in Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (1.1.11). Unless you give the meaning of bhakti as used in other traditions, I have no means to answer you. But I can say that their bhakti does not fit our definition of bhakti.

 

 

 

Shastra Quiz 50

This quiz is designed to motivate you to study the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava scriptures in specific, and the Sad Darshanas in general, which are necessary to understand Gauḍīya philosophy properly.

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Jnana or knowledge related to bhakti is also part of bhakti. In fact, hearing, which includes studying shastra, is the first limb of bhakti. Learning, followed by consolidating and then testing our knowledge in the form of a quiz is a fun and effective way to help us retain information.

This quiz is in multiple-choice questions format. (MCQs). If you see the response that you anticipated simply click on it. The quiz will immediately show which answers are correct or incorrect so we can learn as we go.

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What is ātma-tattva?

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Which potency of Bhagavān upholds the existence of the individual ātmās and prakṛti?

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In Śrīmad Bhāgavata (3.26.3), Lord Kapila describes the nature of the ātmā as svayaṁ-jyoti (self-luminous). What does this mean?

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Ātmā is said to be conscious by nature and self-luminous (jñāna svarūpa and svayam prakāśa). But when it identifies with a particular body, it is darkened by ignorance. What happens to its quality of self-luminosity?

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In Śrīmad Bhāgavata (3.26.3), why does Śrī Kapila describe the ātmā as nirguṇa ("devoid of the guṇas of prakṛti," i.e., sattva, rajas and tamas) and prakṛteḥ paraḥ ("beyond prakṛti")?

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The word jñāna is used both for ātmā, and for knowledge acquired as a vṛtti (specific impression or modification of the mind). What is the distinction between the two?

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In Śrīmad Bhāgavata (3.26.4), Śrī Kapila describes the ātmā as vibhu ("all-pervading"). What does this mean?

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If the ātmā does not have inherent knowledge of Bhagavān, then how does it receive this knowledge?

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If knowledge is mano-vṛtti, or a modification of the mind, and remains external to the ātmā, then how are bhajana memories transferred to the spiritual world with the ātmā, as the citta is also material?

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The ātmā is ?

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Shastra Quiz 49

This quiz is designed to motivate you to study the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava scriptures in specific, and the Sad Darshanas in general, which are necessary to understand Gauḍīya philosophy properly.

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Jnana or knowledge related to bhakti is also part of bhakti. In fact, hearing, which includes studying shastra, is the first limb of bhakti. Learning, followed by consolidating and then testing our knowledge in the form of a quiz is a fun and effective way to help us retain information.

This quiz is in multiple-choice questions format. (MCQs). If you see the response that you anticipated simply click on it. The quiz will immediately show which answers are correct or incorrect so we can learn as we go.

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Can attachment and detachment coexist simultaneously?

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Who is a Nirgranthāḥ?

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Do devotees in śānta-rasa worship Bhagavān in His Brahman form?

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What is the concept of sayujya-mukti in Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism?

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What is krama mukti?

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Which of the following statements accurately describes the relationship between the jīva, Paramātmā, and Bhagavān?

 

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Is getting a spiritual body a modification of the ātmā?

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If every jīva is inherently devoid of bhakti, what determines a jīva’s choice for one type of bhakti and not another?

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How detrimental is the regular association of non-devotees (in terms of family, and business associates)?

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Who is a “pure” Vaishnava?

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Shastra Quiz 48

This quiz is designed to motivate you to study the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava scriptures in specific, and the Sad Darshanas in general, which are necessary to understand Gauḍīya philosophy properly.

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Jnana or knowledge related to bhakti is also part of bhakti. In fact, hearing, which includes studying shastra, is the first limb of bhakti. Learning, followed by consolidating and then testing our knowledge in the form of a quiz is a fun and effective way to help us retain information.

This quiz is in multiple-choice questions format. (MCQs). If you see the response that you anticipated simply click on it. The quiz will immediately show which answers are correct or incorrect so we can learn as we go.

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According to Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, what is the very first step in bhakti?

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How does one acquire śraddhā in bhakti?

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What are the primary types of offenses to bhakti?

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On the path of bhakti, how can we remove anarthas?

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At which stage of bhakti does one become free from misery?

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If bhakti is supremely powerful just like Bhagavān and even a semblance of bhakti has purifying power, then why are its effects generally not experienced by people practicing it?

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How does one experience bhakti?

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Which of the following statements about sādhana-bhakti are true?

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Which of the following statements about vaidhī-bhakti is false?

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Why do devotees sometimes lose sight of their original desire for bhakti?

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Shastra Quiz 47

This quiz is designed to motivate you to study the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava scriptures in specific, and the Sad Darshanas in general, which are necessary to understand Gauḍīya philosophy properly.

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Jnana or knowledge related to bhakti is also part of bhakti. In fact, hearing, which includes studying shastra, is the first limb of bhakti. Learning, followed by consolidating and then testing our knowledge in the form of a quiz is a fun and effective way to help us retain information.

This quiz is in multiple-choice questions format. (MCQs). If you see the response that you anticipated simply click on it. The quiz will immediately show which answers are correct or incorrect so we can learn as we go.

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What is the meaning of the term "sandarbha"?

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Who does Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī credit for starting the work on the Sandarbhas?

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What was the original name of the Ṣaṭ Sandarbhas?

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Why did Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī compose the Ṣaṭ Sandarbhas?

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If Gopāla Bhatta Gosvāmī had already composed a work on this subject, why would Rūpa and Sanātana have engaged Jīva Gosvāmī in compiling a similar work?

 

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Is there any other literary work that is sometimes referred to as the seventh Sandarbha?

 

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What are the criteria for determining the essence or main message of a book?

 

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According to Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī what is the criteria of eligibility for study of the Śrī Ṣaṭ Sandarbhas (adhikārī)?

 

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What purpose or aim does Tattva Sandarbha seek to fulfill?

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Why is the study of Śrī Jīva Goswami's Ṣad Sandarbhas important?

 

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