Vṛndāvana, March 27, 2006
The last full day of this trip to Vraja. In his Bhāgavat-pāṭh, Satya-nārāyan Dās teaches that the subtle body ages with the gross body, one feels as old or as young as one is. The ego ages along with the body, unless one is a transcendental jīvanmukta.
About tarka he says that it means one argues that there is fire wherever there is smoke, but this is flawed because rain could have extinguished the fire while the smoke is still there, or there can also be fire without smoke. Only when tarka is supported by śāstra it is acceptable - hence a tārkika is not necessarily a renegade.
The word jñāna is wrongly translated as 'mental speculation' - it is instead a highly elevated transcendental path.