In this article 'The Blame Game' Gaura Gopāla Dāsa explains how suffering can lead to a search for external culprits, but the path of bhakti-yoga emphasizes personal responsibility and humility. We must understand the responsibility we have for our own suffering and how blaming others can distance us from Divinity.
The following has recently been transcribed from a recording of the first meeting between Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja and Jagat Guru Swami (Swami B.G. Narasingha Mahārāja) on February 26th 1981.Members of the Bhaktivedanta Institute were also present. In this talk, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja discusses the origin of the jīvātmā and the utter futility of trying to understand everything about the Supreme.
In "Anādi (For Advanced Philosophers" Śrīla Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī Mahārāja gives a synopsis of how the jīvātmā appears in this material world and explains the true meaning of the word anādi (beginningless).
'Jīvas and the Marginal Plane' was written in January 2005 by Śrīla B.G. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja, in response to a question concerning the ‘fall’ of the jīva, as explained in the GBC book ‘Our Original Position’ (OOPs). Narasiṅgha Mahārāja gives many quotes from the previous ācāryas to show how the misconception of the jīva’s ‘fall’ is erroneous.
“Love of God is Dormant in the Heart of the Jīva” was written by Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja in 2002. This article expands upon Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s explanation of jīva-tattva, and quotes extensively from his Tattva-sūtra.