Question: What is causeless mercy or ahaituki kripa? It seems that Jagai and Madhai became the recipients of Lord Nityananda’s mercy purely because of their completely degraded situation, Lord Nityananda wanted to display the power of Lord Caitanya’s compassion on these two fallen, drunkard brothers. Without the mercy of the Lord it would not have been possible for them to stay fixed up in that state of sadhana as displayed throughout their lives, thereafter. How can we be recipient of such mercy?

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Question: In Bhagavad-gita and many places, Srila Prabhupada has mentioned that we should act under the direction of the Supersoul situated within. How to understand the direction of the Supersoul within? How can we tune in to realize the form of the Lord he mentions is present within and is it necessary to first realize the Supersoul before approaching Krsna or Supreme Brahman? Also please tell me how to understand what Krsna, sat cit ananda form wants us to do in cases we are given free will.

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Question: I cannot remember the reference where I heard or read a devotee asked Srila Prabhupada on Ekadasi, can we offer grains to the deity? Srila Prabhupada said, “Yes, but not guru. Ekadasi is observed by jiva tattva and not Visnu tattva. Caitanya Mahaprabhu should also not be offered grains because He is playing the part of devotee. Only Jagannath, Baladeva and Subadra can be offered grains. But not to guru and Gauranga. Please can you enlighten us on this. But we know Lord Caitanya is Radha and Krsna Himself. So even if He is playing the part of devotee, why no grains offered to Him? I am confused.

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Question: In Heng Ho, a province, I am your only disciple. Although according to Iskcon principles, all disciples should treat all gurus in the same way and all the gurus should treat all the gurus in the same way, disciples of the same guru are more intimate and some gurus favor their own disciples more than the others. Therefore, after going to other gurus’ programs I feel benefitted in knowledge but disturbed spiritually. I am not feeling inspired and going back on my chanting and enthusiasm. For example, last week I woke up every day before 4 am. After a program I woke up after 4 am.

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Question: In this school we teach children values, human values of truth, love, peace, right conduct, non-violence and different other character strengths. We have children from 87 countries here and many of them have different religions. However, when we teach value here we don’t necessarily talk about God. It is not something that we could do in the school here. So children do exhibit their value in school and they show their good character in school but they directly or indirectly sometimes wonder why do I need to do it when nobody is watching? If nobody is watching and we cannot tell children who is watching, how do we teach them to practice these values anyway?

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Question: On behalf of the Damodardesh Yatra and the UAE Yatra, we want to hear from you Guru Maharaj – you are one of the pioneers here, you are one of the first sannyasis and GBC sannyasis to come here to begin the preaching and plant the seed, as you said, Guru Maharaj, in the Middle East. We wanted to hear from you, few experiences, the first time you came to Damodardesh or anywhere in the UAE or Middle East, and your challenges, your experience then Guru Maharaj.

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Question: One time one devotee told me that someone was looking for a senior member was searching for a guru and said, I want that swami. Then finally it was understood that who they were looking for was you! What was surprising to know was they said that this person has spread Krsna consciousness in every nook and corner of West Bengal, every town, every village, every street, that the conversion in Bengal was the lowest they had noticed in any part of India. The question is I think now you are aiming to reach beyond Bengal. I heard that Bangladesh, had 108 ratha yatra on the day of Ratha yatra, one day in every nook and corner of Bangladesh there was ratha yatra this year. Srila Prabhupada did not visit Bangladesh but he sent Srila Jayapataka Swami Guru Maharaj to go there and preach! Now you have covered the Middle East. But now we hear that through His Holiness Bhakti Purushottam Swami Maharaj you are also reaching to every nook and corner of the tribal states. Because that is where the major conversion is happening. So I would quickly want to ask you what are your strategies, how do you feel? How do we reach out to them? We don’t have to convert people from other religions, we have to strengthen our Hindus to understand their scriptures and chant. we as good Hindus can inspire others to become vaisnavas too. I want your comment on that Guru Maharaj

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Question: 49 years of sannyas, you have created Mayapur in a huge, huge, way. You are known to be one of the most intelligent persons ever met by many of us here. Whether it is spirituality where you are a giant, information technology, you know well ahead of time. Whether it is architecture or whether it is languages, in everything you seem to have scored almost 99 or 100 or more than 100 also! I want to ask you this. Sitting in Mayapur, sitting in Krsna’s dhama, sitting in the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada, is that the only thing that has made you this? In every field, how do you manage it? There was no internet then, there were no books available, you didn’t have the time because you were working 24/7, 365 days, all the time. Where did you acquire this window to acquire so much spiritual plus vast material knowledge? You are a spiritual giant. You are law of knowledge. I know where I am, I know where you are. My base is minus yours is infinity. But more than this you know architecture, you know material, IT, you know geography, you know routing of airlines, you know finance, you know budgeting, in everything, when you talk to us, I get the feeling that 24/7 you are working in some multinational company. How do you manage to do this, sitting in Mayapur? That is the question. You are multi-tasking. You are working with people who are not from the same background. You are working with some who have not finished school, some of them are PhDs who have seen the spark of life and invested their lives at your feet to grow. But you are the same person but in the same background you are a giant in everything. How do you do this? Where do you get the time? Where does it come from?

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Question: Just before I post my question a little background. Guru Maharaj, as Mayapur was being built, he was also been the GBC, the highest body which makes the rules, he is also empowered to go and preach and get devotees to come join, make sure the devotees progress in their spiritual life. Well, meeting people or marketing, sales people, we all do. We sell a product for a price. But the problems that you faced, your market was one in South America, one in Middle East, where you cannot even enter or preach openly. Or it was in Bangladesh where it was all Bengalis, so you had a language barrier, or a distance barrier or you had everything where it was not straightforward marketing, it was very difficult marketing of Srila Prabhupada’s vision, of Mahaprabhu’s blessing and getting Krsna enshrined in every heart. I am going to ask you this, you paid a big price. Not even personal hardship but you were attacked once in Europe in an airport by a madcap who was a radical who do this. You have faced bandits coming and attacking Mayapur. You have been facing multiple floods in the Ganges every time in the rainy season in Mayapur. You have gone through all this Guru Maharaj. You have always said. What is this difference in you – as a person I could sell throughout the world, I did not go to Iraq and sell, I have always employed people to do my hard work. What is it that drives you, what is that one significant thing that makes you who you are?

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Question: Srila Prabhupada gave you the name Jayapataka Swami, the Victory Flag. And then he took you to India, he made you in charge of Mayapur dhama, which was when you went there, just a hut in the middle of paddy fields, a typical Indian village and he said, I am giving you the kingdom of the Lord, develop it. I don’t think you were more than 22 or 23 then. And you came all the way from the USA to the so called kingdom of the Lord, and to see paddy fields, mosquitoes, snakes. As a youngster looking for a guru, looking for Krsna, you see this. What were your first feelings in your mind?

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Question: Sometimes unavoidably, I have to discuss the philosophy with some Indians because of work. I found they were misguided so much from what Srila Prabhupada taught us. They have different misunderstanding and ISKCON. I tried to debate with them but they did not accept it. They even told me that you shouldn’t listen to only what your guru told you. The true guru shouldn’t limit you in the box of his own teachings. You should open your minds to listen to opinions of other sages or gurus. So what should I do in these situations. I badly need your mercy and begging your blessings upon this fallen soul.

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Question: From one mataji, she has two children, one studying in 6th and another in 12th standard. They were practicing Krsna consciousness in their early childhood. And they also tried to cultivate their father who was not so Krsna conscious. But the mother and children preached to father and their father became favorable. But then the children they dropped their interest in Krsna consciousness after father became interested. So then they started saying there is no God, there is no bhakti. Now mother is initiated devotee and father is also practicing. But the children are not taking up Krsna consciousness. So why does this happen? And what is the remedy, how to make the children Krsna conscious? If Guru Maharaj can give blessings to them?

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Question: While I am more inclined to hear, read and discuss about the sweet pastimes of Nitai Gauracandra and visit their pastime places in Gaura Mandala Bhumi, on the contrary I don’t feel much attraction for worshiping the deities. Of course, I am not disrespectful to the Lord in His deity form, but I feel more blissful in Gaura Nitai katha, than going to altars to serve Them. However, sometimes by thinking that Srila Prabhupada had given us both, Pancaratrika vidhi and Bhagavat vidhi, I feel bad that I am going wrong. I feel puzzled. Would you please guide me to the proper understanding?

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Question: Bhakti Vijaya Bhāgavata Mahārāja: Nice class with Śrīvāsa and Mahāprabhu. Then Gopāla Bhārṅ, pastime also very good. In Mahāprabhu’s time it was very easy to get initiated. Mahāprabhu begged Īśvara Purī and Īśvara Purī initiated him. But nowadays our initiation program is very strong and so many processes we go through, courses, viva, so many. The verse said compassion to other poor men. So how does it get balanced? If we allow in ISKCON a little easier for initiation, maybe a bit easy to preach? It is so difficult nowadays to preach.

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Question: Few days back you mentioned in your lecture that devotees should not blaspheme other devotees or even they should not find fault in others. But a madhyama adhikari also judges others and according to his understanding, he avoids envious persons and makes good relationship with devotees, show compassion to the conditioned souls. If a kanista adhikari and madhyama adhikari is judging others, then what makes the difference between kanista and madhyama adhikari.

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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?

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