Question: Today in the class it was mentioned that Jaratī is the Yogamāyā but earlier we heard that Paurṇamāsī was Yogamāyā. Can you please make me understand more clearly, Gurudeva?

Guru Maharaj: Sometimes Nityānanda played the part of Jaratī, sometimes Paurṇamāsī. So, there are different scenes, sometimes in Vṛndāvana, sometimes in Dvārakā, sometimes Mathurā. So, this drama was showing different pastimes of Kṛṣṇa,and different personalities...

Question: When a person lives with their family, who are non-devotees and they cook with onion and garlic, and they expect you to eat that food, is it okay to offer to Krsna and have it afterwards? How can I make it less sinful?

Jayapataka Swami: Onion and garlic are not offerable to any deity, what to speak of Visnu deity, even Durga, Siva, Ganesa, Kartikeya, they don’t accept onion and garlic. And also recently I saw on the internet, there was some article, that onion and garlic are bad,...

Question: We hear these verses that deity worship is done elaborately. However, I worship Gaura Nitai deities in my home, with very basic standards. What should be one’s mood when worshiping Gaura Nitai?

Jayapataka Swami: Since in Gita Nagara they have very special deities of Radha Damodara, which were personally worshiped by Srila Prabhupada. So as the community deities, we try to worship those deities with the highest standards, very elaborately. And in your house...

Question: Srimad Bhagavatam, 1st Canto, 6th Chapter a little boy before, Narada, was so detached by the devotees’ mercy, and he didn’t cry when his mother died. But myself, I am so much attached with my family, especially my mother. She is my homeschool teacher. All my family is helping me for devotional service. Is it ok to have attachment with parents?

Jayapataka Swami: Since your mother and family are helping you with your devotional services, they are kind of vartma pradarsaka or kind of siksa gurus. Then naturally, one should feel grateful, for their spiritual support and guidance. It would be ok to have...