Question: We have heard that one result of taking charanamrita is akala mrtyu haranam – freedom from untimely death. How to understand devotees’ dying in accident or due to sudden illness or other unfortunate circumstances?

Jayapataka Swami: Maybe they didn’t take charanamrita! So by taking charanamrita, some of the benefits are stated. Akala mrtyu haranam. So we don’t know exactly what is akala – untimely death. Maybe our death is meant to be at a certain age, so it is not actually...

Question: You mentioned day before yesterday that by chanting all our sins and prarabda are also eradicated. Besides these I also felt that the false ego is subdued during chanting. But after that it returns to its original strength. My question is, is it possible to give up our false ego permanently by chanting alone? Or do we need to do something additionally?

Jayapataka Swami: Usually after chanting, gradually the false ego should be purified. Haridas Thakur he was chanting 300,000 names a day, so he could control his false ego very quickly! We only chant 25,000 names a day! So it may take a little time. We chant in one...

Question: At our local temple we have been told that while doing any kind of devotional service, we should not apply any lotion, cream or oil on any part of the body. Is this a temple standard or it should be observed at home also?

Jayapataka Swami: Generally, if one uses some oil on the body, before you come for deity worship, you take a bath. And that is considered alright. Sometimes, like Srila Prabhupada would take his massage with mustard oil, but afterwards, he would take a bath. So, any...