Question: Even though we are chanting, dancing and offering to Krsna, there is more and more vaisnava aparadha these days. Is this just a symptom of kali yuga or are we missing a bigger lesson?

Jayapataka Swami: You see, when we first started preaching in the western world, Canada and USA, we were getting very good response. Gradually that started to come down. Now we have a lot of Indian expats settled in America and not so many Americans as before. So...

Question: I am very much eager to hear from your divine grace, the proper understanding of Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.7. “ Yasyam vai sruyamanayam, krsne parama puruse, bhaktir upadyate pumsah, soka moha bhaypaha. Translation: Simply by giving aural reception to this Vedic literature, the feeling for loving devotional service to Lord Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, sprouts up at once to extinguish the fire of lamentation, illusion and fearfulness.” What should be the attitude of a devotee to earn that bhakti which can remove lamentation, illusion and fear?

Jayapataka Swami: Eagerness. Laulyam. A strong desire to hear these scriptures which will awaken our dormant love for Krsna. All the great souls have said that the goal of life is to love the Lord with our heart, with our soul, body, mind, everything. So if that is...

Question: You told gurudev that “Lord Caitanya delivers all but vaisnava blasphemers.” While talking in usual talk, we become critical toward a devotee. How to avoid these instances?

Jayapataka Swami: Fear towards committing an offence. Vrndavan das Thakur wants us not to commit any offence. The Caitanya Caritamrita tells us how this is the mad elephant offence. Why do people follow the law? Usually because they are afraid of getting punished. So...

Question: In Navadvip Mandal we are hearing that in each Dvipa Lord Gauranga gave darshan to some devotee even before His manifest pastime. Is there any incident outside Navadvip in which Lord Caitanya appeared to some devotee before or after manifest pastime?

Jayapataka Swami: After the manifest pastime He went to Jagannath Puri and people saw Him along the path. Let us see, when Lord Caitanya left the world, what is his name, Vasudeva Ghosh, he dug a tomb and entered into it and asked his disciples to bury him alive,...