Steven J. Rosen

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Steven J. Rosen, also known as Satyaraja Dasa (born 1955), is an American author of books on Vaishnavism and related subjects. He is the founding editor of Journal of Vaishnava Studies.


  • Just as the Bible teaches the Golden Rule — “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” — the Mahabharata (5.39.57), predating the Bible, teaches a similar truth, and in almost the exact same wording. Yogis and spiritual adepts in India extend the teaching to its logical limits, showing kindness to all species of life — and this, of course, means vegetarianism. It is hard to be kind to animals if you are eating them. In other words, if you don't want someone eating your entrails, don't eat the entrails of others.
    • “The New Carnivores”, in The Agni and the Ecstasy (London: Arktos, 2012), p. 100.
  • The search for happiness is natural, because it is the constitutional position of the spirit soul to be eternally joyful. But our search for happiness in the external, physical world is always frustrated; we look everywhere, never realizing permanent pleasure. Temporary, relative pleasure is certainly here to be had, but it is always accompanied by its counterpart: pain. Those who are wise, then, look within, learning how to pursue not only the relative pleasure of this world but, more to the point, they focus on the higher pleasure of the spiritual realm.
    • “The Scent Of Happiness”, in The Agni and the Ecstasy (London: Arktos, 2012), p. 302.

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