Question: In the śāstra it says that the ideal disciple is one who does not talk about his material aspects to the guru. Then will the disciple not be able to ask the guru questions to get solution for any of his problems?

Jayapatākā Swami: Guru is meant to answer spiritual questions. But if the disciple wants some material advice which stock market to buy, which horse to bet on, what lottery ticket to buy, all these things are not the area of the guru. And if they also break the...

Question: Due to the preaching effort of devotees many people are taking to Kṛṣṇa consciousness amongst them are many young children who are engaged in studies. They spend a lot of money studying and get financial help from their families and parents. Now these people, when they come to Kṛṣṇa consciousness if we allure them or enthuse them with financial help, do you think this would be a good proposal? What is your opinion in this matter?

Jayapatākā Swami: Śrīla Prabhupāda, when he went to the West, if somebody started education, he encouraged them to leave. Because he needed helpers to spread the Kṛṣṇa consciousness. But if the people were already advanced in their education, he would tell them to go...

Question: You said that those who have received the mercy of Lord Caitanya should be very careful and alert. How will we understand that we have received the mercy of Lord Caitanya?

Jayapatākā Swami: This question is like, if we have eaten lunch.  How will we understand if we have eaten lunch or not! By the mercy of Lord Caitanya you will know that you have it. If you have not yet understood, that means you are still a neophyte. If you keep on...