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Get help by reading important Questions and Answers by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami on various topics.

Srila Prabhupada Daily Quotation

“If there is lack of obedience then there cannot be discipline, and without discipline we cannot manage a huge world organization.” -- Los Angeles, June 19, 1972

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Question: What do you want your disciples to avoid?

Jayapatākā Swami: That we have them promise to avoid breaking the four principles at the time of initiation. They should avoid not chanting 16 rounds. They should avoid the ten offences to the Holy Name. 22-August-2022, ISKCON Hyderabad, India

Question: I want to improve my spiritual and devotional service. I am not able to attend maṅgala-ārati sometimes – is it an offence?

Jayapatākā Swami: It depends for what reason you are not able to attend. You are up late preaching, you are sick or just lazy? If you are just doing out of laziness, it is not proper. 22-August-2022, ISKCON Hyderabad, India

Question: What to do when we know we are falling in bhakti but not be able to save ourselves?

Jayapatākā Swami: Take initiation! We don’t believe that we deliver ourselves. We believe that our guru and Kṛṣṇa delivers us! And we simply try to carry out Their instructions. If you think you are not able to deliver yourself, that is natural, we should not think we...

Question: After taking initiation from you, whom can we consider as our śikṣā-guru? Can we consider a devotee from whom we are getting regular guidance and training as our śikṣā-guru?

Jayapatākā Swami: Now there are two levels of śikṣā-gurus One level is anyone who gives you some appropriate instruction, another one is someone you see on a similar level like the dīkṣā-guru and you accept what is said by the śikṣā-guru as something you have to...

Question: How to manage bhakti and family relationships at the same time, when they are not devotees?

Jayapatākā Swami: Very critical, but you have to think how I can make them devotees. I met a devotee she was an actress. She knew the Bhagavad-gītā cover to cover! But she went to her husband and said, “You are very great, you are very intelligent, please help me! I...

Question: Spiritual master does so much for us, he is so merciful, but my heart is so contaminated. I am stonehearted, I don’t feel anything for him. What should I do to increase my love and devotion to him, dear Mahārāja. Please enlighten me.

Jayapatākā Swami: Interesting question. We don’t want to be a kṛpaṇa – a miser. You are saying how you understand the guru is doing so much for you! But you don’t feel grateful! Is that the way to feel? If someone saves you from a car accident, should you feel...

Question: How do we do sevā in the right consciousness, not in the mode of passion or ignorance?

Jayapatākā Swami: Pray to Śrīla Prabhupāda, pray to your guru and do your sevā correctly. Passion means lust, to do it to get some material benefit. Ignorance means crazy, lazy. Anger – I will show you that I am the best devotee! I will kill you by my bhakti! And some...

Question: What were your thoughts when you saw Śrīla Prabhupāda for the first time?

Jayapatākā Swami: Of course, I heard about Śrīla Prabhupāda first and I heard great things! Then I went to Montreal to see Śrīla Prabhupāda. At that time, I could see auras around people. When I saw Śrīla Prabhupāda his aura filled up the whole room, yellow! So what...

Question: How to be fixed in spiritual level of devotion within this material world and how to develop spiritual greed?

Jayapatākā Swami: You see that is why we chant Hare Kṛṣṇa! That changes our consciousness. And then we see how this material world is a temporary place of suffering. Lord Kṛṣṇa said in the Bhagavad-gītā about this material world, it is – duḥkhālayam aśāśvatam. So we...

Question: How can I impress Śrī Śrī Gaura Nitāi and how can I be one of Their favorite servants?

Jayapatākā Swami: I don’t know why you are asking me? Anyway, read the Caitanya-Caritāmṛta and see what pleases Gaura Nitāi! If you do that certainly you will please Gaura Nitāi! And onetime Lord Caitanya after taking sannyāsa He came back to Bengal and He visited the...

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Question: Lust is always bothering and affecting my mind, and stands as an obstacle from making me a good devotee. But I want to get out of this situation? How can I get out of this situation and how can I, under any situation, keep my mind firmly fixed on the lotus feet of Lord Kṛṣṇa?

Jayapatākā Swami: I just said that we should pray to Kṛṣṇa that whatever we do, we do service in a Kṛṣṇa conscious way. Firstly, you have to get married, and then the two should pray that you have Kṛṣṇa conscious children. Hare Kṛṣṇa! 17-April-2022 Sridhama Mayapur,...

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Question: Generally, it is considered that if a husband is always thinking about his wife, his children, it is not very Kṛṣṇa conscious. But if a devotee husband is thinking about his devotee wife, is that considered a deviation?

Jayapatākā Swami: It depends, what the thinking is. We saw in many households the wife is worshiping Deities, cooking bhoga and offering to the Deities. So like that the wife is showing a good example of serving Kṛṣṇa and if that inspires you and helps you to increase...

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Question: I heard pastimes where Śrīla Prabhupāda told you to go on chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. Then you asked if you could chant Nārāyaṇa-kavaca because of some problems. I was facing a lot of obstacles in devotional service, serious health issues, not able to sleep peacefully in the night for many years, etc. And it is affecting my quality of chanting in the morning also. So should we chant Narasiṁha-kavaca and pray to Lord Narasiṁhadeva also? Is it a lower form of faith in Kṛṣṇa? Should we just go on chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa and everything will be alright? What do you suggest Guru Mahārāja?

Jayapatākā Swami: Śrīla Prabhupāda said chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and you can occasionally pray to Lord Prahlāda Narasiṁha, but as a regular practice chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. 17-April-2022 Sridhama Mayapur, India

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Question: We see you are so much attached to Śrīla Prabhupāda’s instructions and feel eternally indebted to Śrīla Prabhupāda and ready to give your life and soul to fulfill them. How can we also develop such consciousness and determination giving up desire for enjoyment in this world?

Jayapatākā Swami: See, if you read Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, it tells you how the material world is a kind of a jungle and the pleasure here is temporary. So we should side by side render devotional service. I was thinking how in this age of Kali it is recommended that most...

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Question: Sometimes devotees preach very harshly and condemn others particularly Indians who don’t completely understand the position of Kṛṣṇa as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. They approach me and ask how come they speak so cuttingly and harshly. This turns them away. How do we respond without condemning and blaspheming the devotee who spoke harshly, and at the same time encourage the person to take up Kṛṣṇa consciousness and not feel hurt by such harsh words and turn away from Kṛṣṇa because of this interaction?

Jayapatākā Swami: Of course, if we follow the advice of Śrīla Prabhupāda in these verses, he said that just like Lord Caitanya spoke very sweetly, we should also speak very sweetly. Maybe you could talk to the devotee who spoke harshly and show him the purport and the...

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Question: You said in one lecture that for making devotees it requires buckets of blood, and also for taking care of devotees it requires buckets of blood. The question is what is the moment when we are mature enough for taking care of someone? How can we learn the art of taking care of devotees? I am afraid that if Kṛṣṇa sends someone, maybe I will not be able to take care properly.

Jayapatākā Swami: In all the services we want to depend on Kṛṣṇa and we pray to Kṛṣṇa to helps us so that we can guide devotees appropriately and it is not that we think that oh we are ready, we may never feel that way. We always depend on Lord Kṛṣṇa or Lord Caitanya...

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Question: When Śrīla Prabhupāda was instructed by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura to preach in the western world in 1922 why did Śrīla Prabhupāda take so many years to fulfill the order of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura?

Jayapataka Swami: Interesting question. We know that Śrīla Prabhupāda, he was a gṛhastha. He mentioned that in Allahabad he had a house, and it had a special room for visiting preachers. So, he facilitated many Gauḍīya Maṭha preachers. And he said that he wanted to...

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