Question: In recent years my team and I have been spreading the holy name and distributing Bhagavad-gītās. Even though many people chant and read, still they are not elevated to the level of spiritual realization. Please mercifully tell us the secrets of spreading the holy names.

Jayapataka Swami: See if people chant the holy name and read the Bhagavad-gītā, they should get the mercy of Kṛṣṇa,and Śrīla Prabhupāda always said that devotional service is a gradual process. And we see some people chant 2 rounds a day, or 4 rounds a day, so that...

Question: In the context of King Bahulāśva and the poor brāhmaṇa episode, There is largely growing concern in the masses that ISKCON society, internationally, it only belongs to the rich, opulent in high material positions,and considered as good devotees, and also they are more close to gurus and sannyāsīs. Whereas meek, humble and submissive poor devotees are considered less fortunate,and even those lose their position, their opulence, are bereft of the mercy of less mercy from gurus and sannyāsīs. Similarly, their humble, poor offerings are considered less significant. How should we deal with it within the society and with public at large?

Jayapataka Swami: Well, during this lockdown period, I make various visits by Zoom. Some houses I visit are bamboo structures, and some houses I visit are opulent structures, some are in between. We don’t have any particular policy, that we only visit the houses of...

Question: Due to work I need to contact non-devotees from time to time, sometimes more than four or five hours constantly, and I felt that my consciousness was affected. For a few days the quality of my chanting dropped directly, how can I maintain my consciousness to be undisturbed?

Jayapataka Swami: If you have to talk to people as part of your work, then you can see your work is needed for you to engage in devotional service. Everyone has to do some work, to maintain their body. So, you should talk as little as possible with the clients or...

Question: Nāradamuni is a pure devotee of the Lord and comes to the material world in a spiritual body as and when he likes to preach and make devotees. However, we see that Krṣṇa sends all our ācāryas, and Śrīla Prabhupāda and you, who are pure devotees, to this world in material body for preaching. The material body means suffering for the ācāryas, spiritual master, and even we disciples are very much pained in our heart to see such suffering of the ācāryas spiritual master. Why does Krṣṇa not send our ācāryas in a spiritual body? Because for him to do this is very easy.

Jayapataka Swami: So, we consider that Śrīla Prabhupāda’s body was transcendental, because he used it always in Krṣṇa’s service. But see Nārada muni was continually travelling throughout the universe. He was cursed by the parents of his disciples, that he could not...

Question: When Lord Caitanya came to Rāmakeli, He was told not to go to Vṛndāvana with many people. But today we see devotees bring many others to Vṛndāvana, is it wrong or not?

Jayapataka Swami: You see, Lord Caitanya, when He was going to Vṛndāvana, thousands of people were chanting with Him. So, He was advised that He should not go with so many people to Vṛndāvana. So, He accepted that, and from Kānāi-Nāṭaśālā, he returned to Navadvīpa....