Question: You have explained how the residents of Dvārakā and the residents of Navadvīpa were so eager to see and receive Lord Kṛṣṇa and Lord Caitanya. In this Kali-yuga, the Supreme Lord is manifesting as the worshipable Deity to accept our services. How should we develop our love and reciprocate with the Lord in His Deity form?

Jayapatākā Swami: If we can see the personality of Kṛṣṇa within the Deity form, if we have this mood, then this is possible. When the maṅgala-ārati was going on, Lord Caitanya ran to see the maṅgala-ārati. So, if we have a spontaneous desire to see Kṛṣṇa, then we can...

Question: When we heard that Lord Rāmacandra got coronated as the king, we don’t hear or read anywhere about Kṛṣṇa or Balarāma getting coronated as a king. Can you kindly clarify Guru Mahārāja?

Jayapatākā Swami: Well, there was a pastime in Vṛndāvana that after lifting the Govardhana Hill when protecting all the cows, then Indra came and begged for apology. And it is said that Indra established Lord Kṛṣṇa as Govinda. In this way, Kṛṣṇa was declared Govinda,...

Question: I recently heard from a reputed ISKCON sannyāsī that Hari-bhakti-vilāsa is not a śāstra because it falls rather in the category of sādhu and guru and therefore its statements cannot be taken in the absolute sense. What is the criteria of what is considered or accepted as śāstra, since many of the statements from the recognized śāstras come from sādhus and gurus, not exclusively from the Lord for example Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Bhagavad-gītā etc.?

Jayapatākā Swami: The Hari-bhakti-vilāsa is a collection of quotes from different śāstras, which was presented by Sanātana Gosvāmī. So these quotes were presented like, what is the way to observe Bhiṣma-Pañcaka. So he quotes different Vedas,...