Question: I have been staying in association for some years now and chanting and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books regularly. But I still find it hard to control myself in provocative situations. I fear some day, maintaining regulative principles may be at stake. How can I sharpen my intelligence so that I can control my mind and steadily practice bhakti?

Jayapataka Swami: We have to go through the different stages of bhakti. We go through the stage of shradha, satsanga, bhajana kriya, and then we take initiation, and then we come to anarta nivritti, to remove the difficulties, then we become nista and from nista we...

Question: How can we always remain focused and remain enthusiastic in ISKCON because I have failed many times to keep the focus and enthusiasm in continuation, even after taking a vow that now I would do.

Jayapataka Swami: In the presence of Srila Prabhupada, I never had that problem! After Srila Prabhupada left, then sometimes I was tested! Because, Srila Prabhupada treated us with such affection and understanding and patience, but in his absence we did not receive...

Question: I want to do my services in a humble state of mind. [Jayapataka Swami: Good idea.] But if any devotees find fault in my service, I become angry and quarrel with him. [Jayapataka Swami: That is false ego.] My nature is little aggressive, How to deal with this type of situation?

Jayapataka Swami: One of my god brothers he got a name from Srila Prabhupada something like, this kind of quality. Very aggressive. You know, it says that if someone finds fault with us we shouldn’t get upset. Rather in the third verse of Siksastakam, it says we...