Question: There are many questions in my mind about His Holiness Bhakti Caru maharaj’s departure. Is it that so many prayers, so many sacrifices, Krsna has not heard any of this? How to accept this truth that we are not this body and we are the soul? How to accept about going back to Godhead? How to comprehend Krsna’s decision?
Question: With regards to Cāturmāsya, this time Puruṣottama māsa is coming in the middle of the third month of Cāturmāsya. The third month is between 2nd to 30th October where we fast from milk. Puruṣottama māsā is from 17th September to 16th October. Can we take milk in between during the Puruṣottama māsā?
Question: In regard to ajñāta-sukṛti, is it possible for someone that has no intention to be Kṛṣṇa conscious, to become a devotee involuntarily? By the mercy of devotees or Kṛṣṇa Himself? A mouse in a temple approached a burning lamp that was about to get extinguished. At that moment, his moustache which caught fire, lighted the lamp again. And he died due to fire and because of this he was promoted to Vaikuṇṭha. How can the Lord seemingly favor one and not the other? Is not Lord Caitanya changing in a way, the statements made by Lord Kṛṣṇa in Bhagavad-gītā?
Question: In the first month of Cāturmāsya we are supposed not to eat śāk. Could you please clarify on this point if the abstention is only for a specific kind of śāk, or includes any other kind of leafy vegetables? There are many kinds of śāk like spinach, pālak, lāl, polmi, sweet potato leaves, water cress, etc. And what about the leaves from the trees like moringa or drumstick leaves?
Question: Why the women Vaiṣṇavīs were not engaged in these dramas? Lord Gaurāṅga and Lord Nityānanda were dressed up for the female characters but now we see that in our society, ISKCON, in dramas, Vaiṣṇavīs are acting on the stage. How can we follow the same standards in the footsteps of the Lord?
Question: In a recent class we heard that if Krsna doesn’t desire, by all our endeavors, we cannot eat. And if He sanctions, even if we are in the forest, we can eat. So does that meant that one doesn’t need to put any endeavor to earn his livelihood because in any case he will get what is sanctioned?
Question: One of my friends has this question that every time she gets a new Tulasi at home, it doesn’t stay so long. Just for a week, something and dies. This has been going on for about two years till now. Before there was one Tulasi plant which grew very nicely and it was removed due to some changes in their home. She feels this is happening due to removing that Tulasi devi from home. How to understand this guru maharaj? Is she cursed by Vrnda devi not to grow again?
Question: I heard from Srila Prabhupada’s lecture that if you want God realization, then we need to do austerity. But when I perform austerity, I become niyamagrahi. It gives me false ego and my mind becomes distracted thinking when will I come back to my normal life? So to get rid of this, I avoid extra austerities like taking havisanna, on special months. Will it be another type of sense gratification?
Question: I am in a dilemma Guru Mahārāja! You are giving this nectarean class on Caitanya-līlā and I transcribe it and hear it and cannot miss it. At the same time, the Navadvīpa Maṇḍala Parikramā is going on, and even though I keep that on my i-Pad, not able to relish that as much, the timings are so clashing. I don’t know, am I committing any offences doing this?
Question: Could you please kindly help us in genuinely inspiring others? Practically I face challenge in getting my audience to follow what we try to preach in line with Srila Prabhupada’s books. It requires a number of times repetition, and when we say it again and again, they think that oh, I have heard this. But they don’t consider that they are not following. How to convince them?
Question: While doing preaching services sometime we feel there is growth and suddenly there is a dip in the preaching. Due to which we feel demotivated. Either girls have so much problems from family, and are not able to chant their regular rounds also, one girl get married to a non-devotee, and these girls are all 16 rounders. How to deal with such situations?
Question: I have understood and learnt that the word appearance and disappearance is only used for the acaryas and the spiritual masters, but now of late I am seeing that everybody is using that word for devotees’ birthdays. I just want to know if we can use it for few of the senior devotees who have dedicated themselves in Srila Prabhupada’s service over a period of time? Can you please enlighten me?
Question: Who is Swami Narayan projected as the Supreme source by the BAPS temple in Gujarat? When we are preaching to the Gujarati community here, they have brought this question. And they have quoted various scriptures like Visnu Purana, Skanda Purana, Visnu Dharmotara purana, to prove that Swami Narayan who appeared 250 years ago is an avatari of the Lord.
Question: Today during the class you mentioned that if the parents failed to make their children devotees according to the sastra they are called a swine, pig. My question is, what if the parents are making efforts in every possible way to make their children Krishna conscious, but the children are not taking up Krishna consciousness seriously. Are the parents still responsible for this?
Question: Dear Guru Mahārāja,You mentioned Lord Kṛṣṇa mentions I will not give My mercy to people who are not initiated. Guru Mahārāja here initiation refers to first or second initiation? Uninitiated devotees do not qualify for the mercy of the Lord. How do we relate this to the age of Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu, where Śrī Nitāi Gaura gave out Their mercy without any qualification? Can you please explain?
Question: While generally preaching to others, especially youth, they question why maintain celibacy or stay away from lust, when Krishna Himself had His lilas with the gopis? When we tell that it is on the transcendental level and not mundane, they question back saying we are doing it for our convenience. In that case, what do we do Guru Maharaj?
Question: Guru Maharaj, Prabhupada and sastra say women should dedicate their lives to husband and children, and always engage in their service. But goal of life is to attain Krishna prema and for that a lot of bhajana, Harinama, and seva is required. So I am always anxious that the asrama duties would hinder me in attaining the ultimate goal. Is it possible for a woman to attain Krishna prema in one lifetime Guru Maharaj? If yes, kindly guide what we should do?
Question: Srila Prabhupada is our siksa guru and you are our siksa guru and diksa guru. We know our spiritual master is our life and soul. So how can I concentrate on both of you? If I concentrate on Srila Prabhupada, I feel I am missing you. Please forgive my offences committed knowingly or unknowingly. I pray for your good health, so that you can be with us for a long time, if you wish.
Question: I have realized in my limited Krishna consciousness, that by following the instructions of seniors, I am always protected, and that is what pleases Guru and Gauranga. But in some instances, maya attacks me and I become blindfolded and I fail to follow their instructions. How do I develop the unflinching faith that I never go against my seniors?
Question: I have read in the Nectar of Instruction that if one wants to go to Vrindavana, we have to take the permission of Guru and Radharani. We, as family, wanted to go to Vrindavana, so many times, but we could not make it. Somehow, it would get cancelled. Please bless us that we would make it in the near future.
Question: We are ever so grateful to you and to Srila Prabhupada, and cannot stop thanking both of you for your mercy. One question, please pardon me if it seems a little odd. You said the episode of Srila Prabhupada picking the cockroach by the back and a big cockroach, and then throwing it out of the window. Srila Prabhupada was very fearless and all, but guru Maharaj when I see a cockroach, the first thing that comes to mind is to kill it, say Hare Krishna and kill it. What should we do to be like you and Srila Prabhupada to be magnanimous and let that thing go. Flies and all are ok, but cockroach is deadly!
Question: There are different incarnations with different purposes. Can we worship all the incarnations just like in the material world, they worship Lakṣmīdevī to get opulence, to get riches. Saraswati to get material knowledge, like that are there any incarnations we can worship to destroy our anarthas, like kāma, krodha, lobha, etc.?
Question: We can see here in these pastimes that the associates of the Lord are all absorbed in the pastimes and in the service of the Lord. So what does it mean to be absorbed in our service to the Lord? And how can one develop this mood of absorption in our service that we are rendering to Guru and Gaurāṅga? Kindly enlighten, Guru Mahārāja.
Question: When we are in service of Krishna many times we are not so conscious of Krishna. So how can we always remind ourselves, the purpose of our service is to always remember Krishna, especially being in this COVID time, being alone, and doing devotional service, we seem to be forgetting the purpose of pleasing Krishna.
Question: Every year this is a very blissful time for all the devotees and also many thousands of devotees come to the ISKCON temples. This time, very difficult to visit and have the association, participate in many services and honor prasadam. So that is completely missing this time. However, we are not feeling the same satisfaction despite, everyone understands that this is not a congenial time for that kind of association. How they can perceive the same blessings available online?
Question: I was reading Nectar of Devotion, there it is said that the pleasure derived from material enjoyment is insignificant in front of the pleasure derived from devotional service. We read and hear this but I am not able to practically realize and feel this due to which I fall prey to material enjoyment. What should we do in this situation? Your servant, Rasasindu Advaita dāsa
Question: Hare Kṛṣṇa dear Guru Mahārāja! Please accept my respectful obeisances unto your lotus feet. All glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda. Is it okay to meditate on Māyāpur Dhāma while chanting? I feel separation from Māyāpurdhāma. Hence I meditate on it. Hence kindly enlighten Gurudeva.Your insignificant and aspiring servant, Keya Rāṇī
Question: We all really feel very much aggrieved when a great Vaiṣṇava or a close family member, or a friend leaves this world. In view of this fact, could you please elaborate how we should correctly understand Lord Kṛṣṇa’s statement in the Bhagavad-gītā, chapter 2, text 11. Those who are wise, lament neither for the living nor for the dead.
Question: Maharaj, you mentioned that taking bath in Prema sarovar and getting Krishna prema and as we heard that in Radha Kunda also if we take bath then we will get Krishna Prema. I am not getting that. My speculative mind I am thinking that may be sincerity and faith is lacking, that’s why I am not getting Krishna Prema. How to develop sincerity and faith?
Question: Hare Krishna Guru Maharaj, please accept my respectful obeisances at your lotus feet. Guru Maharaj, my question is on Janmashtami we do the fasting and we are supposed to please you, and sometimes we are not aware of that. How we can develop that attitude while fasting that we are actually doing for pleasure of you and Krishna?
Question: Hare Krishna Maharaj, Dandavat Pranam. Please accept my humble obeisances. Thank you for the wonderful lecture. I am from Atlanta, Georgia, New Panihati Dham. Maharaj my question to you was, you described Panchatattva enacting and mother Sachi passed out because she had ecstatic symptoms and then you said that the drama was performed so beautifully that everybody fell in love with Krishna.So I have a question that can we also enact dramas as devotional practice as a method of preaching to attract people towards Krishna Consciousness? Is that something which we can do at New Panihati Dham is that something you would recommend?
Question continued by Shobhini Radha mataji: Maharaj, I am speaking to you from Phoenix Arizona in US, with this pandemic – we used to do big celebration for Janmashtami inviting lot of students from University and celebrate until midnight. So this year we are very heart broken that we cannot do it, so we need your blessings and mercy to continue to celebrate Janamshtami, and any guidance you can give us how to celebrate this special day Guru Maharaj ?
Question: Dear Gurudeva! Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda! Guru Mahārāja, in His childhood pastime, Lord Caitanya once told His parents that He would not take sannyāsa. He would do gṛhastha dharma. Why now He is taking sannyāsa? Why the Lord is breaking His words? Is breaking words a part of His pastime? Your servant,Trilokinī Sakhī devī dāsī
Question: Sumitra Krishna prabhu: (Guru Maharaj: Our Chennai Temple President) Chennai devotees are very happy that you are constantly giving us good association. I was just realizing that Devaki and Vasudeva were locked down by Kamsa for more than eight years. And we have been locked down for four months. So our lockdown compared to Devaki and Vasudeva is nothing. By thinking of that, our suffering are nothing compared to Devaki and Vasudeva.
Question: Jivana Gaura Hari das. (Guru Maharaj: My Tamil translator) PAMRO. In the pastime that happened at the house of Nandana Acarya, Lord Advaita claimed that He Himself and Haridasa Thakura were deprived of the mercy, whereas Lord Caitanya was distributing love of Godhead to others. But we see that the night pastimes occurred at the house of Srivasa Thakura. So why did Advaita Acarya mention that Haridas Thakura was also deprived of Lord Caitanya’s mercy?
Question: Why are devotees not able to participate directly in the Janamastami utsava in the temple due to COVID -19 and we are not able to perform services in the temple. Why is this year 2020 having so many problems for all including devotees due to this corona virus pandemic? What is the reason for this worldwide problem? Is there any scriptural answer?
Question: Guru Mahārāja, the Lord acts independently, as He is Paramātmā in our hearts knows our desires and necessities. So, when we have problems in material life, should we offer prayers for that or just keep chanting and depending on the Lord,that He will give the intelligence to act. Your servant, Padmāsakhī Devī Dāsī
Question: You, as always have a lot of young audience who are also watching the classes on Facebook and Zoom. So the question is more focused on the younger audience. At such a young age it is difficult to find determination and come out of laziness, to be able to perform service. If you had the drive and you had to give us the advice about the drive, what is the biggest factor that really motivated you to take up this service so diligently?
Question: (question presented by one of the hosts, HG Jagannatha Kirtananda das)You are seen as Prabhupada man. All the instructions that Srila Prabhupada gave you, you are taking to heart and you are trying to do that diligently throughout. So the question is how can we all become more like that and become Prabhupada men and women to really get that closeness to Srila Prabhupada?
Question: (presented by one of the hosts, HG Chiranjiva Shyam das) In the Bhagavad-gita 16th chapter, purport, Srila Prabhupada mentions how the first qualification of a sannyasi should be Abhaya or fearlessness. And you did this when you moved to India at such a young age and accepted so many responsibilities. So how do we devotees cultivate this spirit of Abhaya or fearlessness, from our leading sannyasis in the movement for our preaching activities?
Question: Hare Krishna maharaj. You are one of the first disciples of Srila Prabhupada to take sannyasa asrama, at a very young age and got to spend a lot of years as a sannyasi with Srila Prabhupada. Were there any specific behaviors or instructions from a sannyasa asrama perspective that Srila Prabhupada had given you, or given you as a guidance? HG Pundarika Keshava das.
Question: Despite all adversities you have always continued to serve Srila Prabhupada without any interruption and we see sometimes devotees, they get upset on small things and they leave their services. And that really compromises everybody’s service to Srila Prabhupada. So how can we continue in your mood that not to leave services when offended and work together? Please guide us.
Question: Maharaj spoke about how Rukmi’s hair was cut and Balarama almost chastised Krishna that this not how you cut people’s hair. That brings us to the point of forgiveness – how can we build on this quality because it is so important right now to have this mood of forgiveness, because it actually impacts our service?
Question: As per Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā and Caitanya-candrodayaNāṭaka, chapter 5, it is Nityānanda Prabhu who tricks Mahāprabhu and takes Him to Śāntipura. While Ācāryaratna (Candraśekhara Ācārya) is sent to Navadvīpa to fetch devotees to Śāntipura. Whereas in Caitanya-maṅgalaand Caitanya-bhāgavata, Nityānanda Prabhu is sent to Navadvīpa to fetch the devotees to Śāntipura. How to reconcile the difference in the narration?
Question: Can someone who is endeavoring to follow his Guru’s instructions sincerely and is making his guru’s instructions and desire as his life and soul, but hasn’t got the chance to take formal initiation, can such a person go back to Godhead, achieve the highest goal of Krishna Prema in this very life, and also achieve his Guru’s service eternally?
Question: Some devotees are taking the association of devotees and start doing chanting and enjoying the process of Krishna consciousness, but when their relatives or parents say something negative about ISKCON immediately they leave without informing. It is painful for me that how I missed that soul to serve. How to understand this situation? How to overcome and how to help them? Please guide me Gurudev
Q: If two senior devotees have a misunderstanding or a fight, what should be the position of the junior devotee, that he has to go and solve the problem or what should be his situation?