February 2023

Is God Omniscient?

I wrote the following as an answer to the question on Quora: What is the nature of God’s omniscience? When I submitted the answer, apparently it went for a “review”, and it might appear on Quora later on. I’m not sure if it will, hence, I’m posting it here too.

Jīva Falldown—Understanding Anādi

In Chaitanya Caritāmrita 20.117, Lord Chaitanya instructs Sanātana Goswami as follows: kṛṣṇa bhuli’ sei jīva anādi-bahirmukha ataeva māyā tāre deya saṁsāra-duḥkha. Śrila Prabhupāda translates this verse as “Forgetting Kṛṣṇa, the living entity has been attracted by the external feature from time immemorial. Therefore, the illusory energy [māyā] gives him all kinds of misery in his material existence”. The contentious issue here...

Personalism vs. Monotheism vs. Impersonalism

Many people at present see similarities between Abrahamic monotheism and Vedic personalism and contrast these two philosophies to impersonalism and voidism. Personalism is similar to monotheism in some superficial ways but different from it in essential ways. Likewise, personalism is different from impersonalism in one way—accepting or rejecting an eternal personality of a person—but in many other ways, personalism is similar...