About this Website

The title of this Website – The Absolute Truth – which at first glance may sound somewhat pompous is already quite comprehensively explained on the HOME page of this site.


So, what exactly is NAVA, or Non-Aligned Aspiring Vaishnava Association?
In brief, NAVA at present is nothing but a dream of mine. A splendid dream, to be sure.
There is only one member so far – and that is me.

NAVA is a very humble attempt to help aspiring devotees of Lord Krishna to associate with each other. And do what devotees do: Chanting the Holy Names of the Lord, discuss philosophy, and encourage each other. There will never be any emphasis on acquiring property, building temples, or large Ashrams. Following along the lines of “Do what you can, with what you have, and where you are.”

Yours sincerely,
Atmavidya Das
November 2018

 

PS: The original idea for the name was “Non-Institutional Aspiring Vaishnava Association.”
Non-Institutional is still very much part of the idea, but in the end I favoured the title “Non-Aligned Aspiring Vaishnava Association.”

 

What follows is a quote from my Parama Guru (the spiritual master of my spiritual master)

His Divine Grace Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Goswami Ṭhākura:

 

“But no mechanical regulation has any value, even for such a purpose. The bona-fide teacher of religion is neither any product of, nor the favourer of, any mechanical system. In his hands no system has likewise the chance of denigrating into a lifeless arrangement. The mere pursuit of fixed doctrines and fixed liturgies cannot hold a person to the true spirit of doctrine or liturgy.
The idea of an organized church in an intelligible form, indeed, marks the close of the living spiritual movement.
The great ecclesiastical establishments are the dikes and dams to retain the current that cannot be held by any such contrivances. They, indeed, indicate a desire on the part of the masses to exploit a spiritual movement for their own purpose.
They also unmistakably indicate the end of the absolute and unconventional guidance of the bona-fide spiritual teacher. The people of this world understand preventive systems, (but) they have no idea at all of the unprevented positive eternal life. Neither can there be any earthy contrivance for the permanent preservation of the life eternal on this mundane plane on the popular scale.”

 

 


Quote for March 2019

kṛṣṇa—sūrya-sama; māyā haya andhakāra
yāhāṅ kṛṣṇa, tāhāṅ nāhi māyāra adhikāra

 

Kṛṣṇa is compared to sunshine, and Māyā is compared to darkness. Wherever there is sunshine, there cannot be darkness. As soon as one takes to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, the darkness of illusion (the influence of the external energy) will immediately vanish..

(Caitanya-caritāmrta, Madhya-līlā 22.31)