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...

Question: Your holiness ordered me to go to the local temple and do service. In current situation my prabhuji is not taking us to the temple due to strict rules and kids safety in New Jersey like curfew. How can I follow your order in this situation.

Jayapataka Swami: In the present situation, if there is some restriction by the government to not travel and so on, then you know, I give you my permission to follow the strict rules of the corona virus regulations and you may not follow all the advice to go to the...

Question: Why do living entities suffer double punishment by going to Yamaraj first and then having to take a lower birth after that punishment? Have they not suffered once in Yamaraja’s court?

Jayapataka Swami:  Depends how much bad karma they have. They may suffer in hell for many sinful activities or they may go to Yamaraja’s court and he gives me them a next birth. So, this is like we go to the court and the judge he says, this is your punishment. Going...