Question: In South Africa recently there has been a drive or push towards Devotee Care, caring for devotees. What are some examples of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu exhibiting care and compassion towards His devotees?

Jayapatākā Swami: Of course, He appreciated Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura’s dedication and He said, Me and Lord Nityānanda are your children. And just as Kṛṣṇa is known as Bhaktavatsala, when devotees came to see Lord Caitanya in Jagannātha Purī, He would embrace them, He would...

Question: When I heard your story about how you came to Kṛṣṇa consciousness and how you left your comfortable life in America to take sannyāsa at the age of 21, I was really astounded. What inspired you to make this movement of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu your life’s mission?

Jayapatākā Swami: You see I was looking for some answer, what was life? I tried different processes – yoga, Buddhism, many different processes. Then I met the devotees in San Francisco, helped build the ratha yatra cart. Then I went to see Śrīla Prabhupāda in...

Question: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu took initiation and accepted Śrīla Īśvara Purī as His spiritual master, despite being the Lord Himself. So what can we gather from this about the importance of accepting a spiritual master?

Jayapatākā Swami: So, because the Lord took a spiritual master, although He doesn’t need one, He is the spiritual master of everyone, but He took – whatever great men do, common men follow – so He did it to show example. And also, the Padma Purāṇa states that if you...