Question: Yesterday you mentioned in the class about Sakti Tattva, Visnu Tattva and Jiva Tattva. You said that Radharani and Asta Sakis are Sakti Tattvas. Are the Manjaris also Sakti Tattvas as they are potencies of Radharani? We learn that many spiritual masters like Bhakti Vinod Thakur, Bhaktisiddanta Saraswati Thakur were Manjaris. But we say that Guru is Jiva Tattva. So are great devotees who are Manjaris actually Sakti Tattva or Jiva Tattva? Can you please help in understanding this Guru Maharaj?

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Question: I am unable to become absorbed and serious in various devotional practices. I chant, try to read daily, but everything seems to be at a superficial material level. It is frustrating at times, there is an intense desire to only serve you and other times mind is plaguing me with material thoughts. How to become steady, serious, mature and take up chanting and spreading as our life and soul? I want to preach and help others but if I am not at that level how can I inspire others?

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Question: The heart wants to be absorbed in Kṛṣṇa consciousness and does not want to go for enjoyment of material objects, but at the same time sometimes we are attracted to enjoy and the mind pulls up to that direction, but we want to refrain from that enjoyment and devote our consciousness at the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa, but that does not happen. So what should we do to get this? Please say something so that we are inspired to go for devotional service.

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Question: Currently, GBC devotees hosting department, I am hosting all the GBC delegates who are coming here. I heard in sastras that athithi, someone who comes as a guest without prior intimation, we should host them very nicely in such a way that they get pleased. But currently even after intimating in advance what time they are coming, we are unable to meet their expectations. So in ancient days how did they please all the guests? And how can I carry that mood in my life and please all the vaisnavas?

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Question: I have a question from my step mother. Jamie, you call her Yamuna. Her question, She said she read in the Bhagavad-gita, I should endeavor without expectation of any results. And so she has devoted her life to helping people in different ways in her professional life and spiritual life. But sometimes she feels lonely. So how to give up this loneliness, how can she continue when the work feels lonely? She doesn’t want to feel sorry for herself or to feel alone. So she wants to give all efforts to guard and not feel any loneliness. How can she do that?

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Question: If you could please elaborate the journey of the soul when we leave this material body and we attain our spiritual body. I remember reading somewhere Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur saying the holy name carries the soul to the spiritual world and there is very descriptive details of how the soul is finally engaged in the service of Lord Krsna eventually. Of course there are a lot of stages of training and so on and so forth. I always wondered where does the spiritual master, where does he fit in, when we depart this world and we are on our journey to Goloka Vrndavana?

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Question: Right now we are reading the second canto in Srimad Bhagavatam and of course there are so many questions about all the Maha Visnu and Visnu expansions. I have a question that I was wondering, was one, they are talking about, Mahavisnu lying down in the causal ocean, I was wondering what is the causal ocean? What is that? And also they talk about the ocean of milk, which Visnu is laying in the ocean of milk and where is the ocean of milk?

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Question: Saci mata thought negative about Viswarupa taking sannyasa and thought offensively about Advaita Acarya. She is a very great soul and I am very low. But sometimes negative thought, in Krsna conscious practice, we don’t want to commit any offences but sometimes some negative thoughts come in our mind of devotees. So it is because of our karma or out of habit? If it is so, how to stop erasing those negative thoughts and be saved from vaisnava aparada? Will you please help me to understand?

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Question: This morning you said, when you asked me how I feel and how my body feels? It is two different ways. You said, I feel thankful for Srila Prabhupada, I am always thankful for Srila Prabhupada. But then when I said, how are you? When I asked about your body, you said, don’t ask! So it is a very powerful thing to do that differentiation. How do you do it? How do you strengthen the differentiation? How do you continuously gain power from your spiritual body?

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Question: Recently got to see some of your magazines from Mayapur when you were very young brahmacari and then a sannyasi. I was observing that in your career as a devotee, you went on increasing your determination and surrender to Srila Prabhupada. My question was that we find brahmacaris staying for ten years or twelve years and then moving out. We find that maya’s influence is more and more. So my question is how can the new preachers and the brahmacaris stay stable and determined in Krsna consciousness for many years, standing out. Do you have some pointers to tell us?

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Question: I took initiation from Bhakti Abhaycaran Swami in 1989 in Lima. You know the history. At that time when my spiritual master fell down, like 18 or 19 years back. It was said at that moment that in 20 years he can come to the normal standard, good standard. 15 years. Somebody said in ISKCON that in 15 years he can come back to his normal standard. I would like to know your opinion that because now it is very required to have senior preachers in our movement.

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Question: My body is diseased and I am not able to chant nicely. Even many times I am not able to serve your first instruction to chant 16 rounds and I am full of anarthas, my heart is not pure yet and I am not able to chant. I am very much worried that chanting is the only process from which I can clean my heart, but I am not able to do so. So Guru Maharaj, how will I purify myself and get out of my anarthas and get your mercy and get Krishna’s love?

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Question: I have heard that Srila Prabhupada has said that we should simply hear while we chant, we should not think about anything, but it is very difficult to keep the mind focused only on the sound vibration. So, is it bona-fide to think of our favorite Krishna Deity or picture or even Gaur-Nitai Deity or picture and pray to them while chanting as actual picture it is not always possible to see. Also, is it bona-fide to think about Krishna’s pastimes, qualities, instructions, etc.,while chanting?

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Question: In nectar of devotion, it is said that devotional service is very rare. Lord easily offers liberation but He rarely agrees to offer a soul devotional service because by devotional service, the Lord is Himself purchased by the devotee. So how can we understand this? Is it the greatest fortune that we have got to do devotional service or we are still on the periphery of devotional service because we also know that we are not pure at this stage.

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Question: The other night, when I came down to check how you were doing, it was 2 in the morning. I realized there is something that you were up and had some major realization, is that something you do, at 2 in the morning? You were very excited about this realization about Brahma at the beginning of day? Is this something you can explain to me or is it none of my business? I am sorry Guru Maharaj, I didn’t understand you at that time because your mask was on, but I think it was this story that you were telling at 2 in the morning. If I am overstepping, I sincerely apologize.

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