Question: When one enters the temple room and the curtains are open, is it proper to offer obeisances to Srila Prabhupada first and then to the deities? Which order is the best?

Jayapataka Swami:  It depends where you are. If you are going past Srila Prabhupada, then offer your obeisances to him first. If you are very close to the deities, then you offer your obeisances to the deities and then to Srila Prabhupada. Kind of it depends who you...

Question: When we take Lord Damodara door to door for facilitating people to offer lamp and they haven’t taken bath, especially westerners, is it okay for them to offer lamps? What is the minimum cleanliness for new people required to offer lamps?

Jayapataka Swami: Interesting question. Nobody ever asked such a question before! I don’t know if you can have them take acaman beforehand and offer the lamp. I don’t know if there are any hard and fast rules for offering lamps. But chanting the holy name, there is no...

Question: I heard Srila Prabhupada telling that it is a good mistake for a young person to eat a lot. But when we eat more, we need to spend more time on our body maintenance like sleeping. Also, on another side Rupa Goswami says, vaco vegam manaso krodha vegam, jihva vegam udaropasta vegam. So how do we reconcile these two ideas?

Jayapataka Swami: You see you can eat as much as you do service. If you do a lot of service, a lot of physical work for Krsna, you can eat more! If you do like office work, you don’t do much physical exertion, then it is not good to eat a lot! I may speak more....

Question: Is it good to be attached to the service we are doing in the temple, let it be preaching or deity related service. We being girls, we will get married in the future and go to different temples. And we may not be doing the same service there. We tend to lament that we are not able to get that service there. So how to understand this attachment to the service, and what should be our attachment?

Jayapataka Swami: Give me the synopsis of the question. The thing is that to worry about all these things, seems senseless. We don’t know where we will get married, we don’t know if we will have that kind of service, we may have a better service, to be preoccupied...