Question: When we deal with non-devotees we don’t carry the risk of offending, but while serving the devotees, sometimes due to difference of opinion, the devotees get offended. What precautions can we take so as not to offend devotees while trying to serve the Lord in the best possible way?

Jayapataka Swami:  Lord Caitanya advises us to be more humble than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree, and offer respect to all others and don’t expect any respect for ourselves. This way you can chant Hare Krsna all the time. So if you appreciate other...

Question: We hear that the purpose of grihasta ashram is to raise Krsna conscious children. In case the grihasta couple are not fortunate to have children what is suggested for them? Any specific instruction for grihasta ashram for such devotees?

Jayapataka Swami: Mother Saci had eight miscarriages and it looked like they were not having any child. Then Jagannath Misra performed a special sacrifice yajna to get a male child, because all the eight miscarriages were female children. So then after doing this...

Question: In Srimad Bhagavatam 4.4.13 purport, Srila Prabhupada writes, “a great soul may forgive offences but Krsna does not excuse offences to the dust of that great soul’s feet.” First how do we understand this? Second, in case one feels that one has offended a devotee, he can seek forgiveness but how can one save one’s self from offences to the dust of his feet?

Jayapataka Swami: (audio break) Forgive someone for his offence but if the devotee doesn’t forgive then Krsna, He won’t forgive. You could go to Krsna and ask please forgive me for the offense to Your devotee, but He won’t do it. You have to go to the devotee and get...