Question: Jagai and Madhai are two doorkeepers in Vaikuntha. In Srimad Bhagavatam 7.1.47 last sentence in the purport it says, through Lord Krsna’s body they returned to Vaikuntha. Although they seem to have attained sayujya mukti, in Krsna’s body, and they are cursed to take birth as demons for three births, why they became Jagai and Madhai since three births are completed and they are already back to Vaikuntha?
Question: Is there anything that we can do to diminish the disinterest of devotees with ISKCON around the world? The devotees are being interested with the facilities in Iskcon and they are in other matts or other Gaudiyas. Is there any way we can collaborate with them in a way that we can favor their advance in devotional service?
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?
Question: I have heard from a devotee that until we get kṛṣṇa-prema we have to come back to this material world. Or until we take birth in a dhāma, we will be back to this material world. But I have heard earlier that if we leave our body in dhāma we don’t come back to this material world. Please kindly enlighten gurudeva.
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?
Question: I read the scriptures Śrīla Prabhupāda books, am fond of reading his books, but I also read my textbooks. Sometimes I get so immersed in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books that I lose taste for reading my text books. But I know that I require both. How can I maintain a balance between the two? Please advise.
Question: We see how importance Caitanya Mahaprabhu gives to devotees having loving exchanges. Sometimes we take devotees relationships for granted or we may not give due attention and we take it easily, junior or senior, and not to take it to heart. What is the root cause for this and how can we deepen our relationship with vaisnavas?
Question: In Krsna consciousness we see that every process has got benefits, for example when we circumambulate Tulasi maharani, all sinful reactions are eradicated, or just by chanting one holy name, shuddha nama, we get the highest perfection. But somehow or other in our lives, we are not able to get those results. What is lacking in myself that I am not able to see that result in my life? What should I improve?
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.
Question: When a devotee accepts initiation, just like when a person is born materially and he or she is a baby and gradually grows. What is the situation of the person when he is spiritually initiated, what is the situation like in terms of material growth, is he a baby in spiritual life or is he an adult in spiritual life?
Question: As Damodara month is approaching from authorities’ side we are encouraged to go out and hold public programs but many of the times we don’t get permission to do so by the local authorities there, the society people or whoever. So can you give us some tips, how do we approach them and how do we get them to do some Damodara month outreach programs?
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?
Question: We heard that if we sow the seed, the seed turns into a tree and then gives fruit and flowers. We should only return back home with the ripened fruits. So while we preach to students, they step back from Krsna consciousness. So what do we need to do to get them to practice to enthuse them again back to Krsna consciousness?
Question: If one has taken initiation with Gayatri mantra from another bona fide vaisnava sampradaya, like Sri Vaisnava sampradaya and now is inspired by Iskcon and Srila Prabhupada, can they take initiation from an Iskcon guru too? If he is chanting 16 rounds of Maha mantra, following the regulative principles, doing service in the temple?
Question: I heard Srila Prabhupada telling that it is a good mistake for a young person to eat a lot. But when we eat more, we need to spend more time on our body maintenance like sleeping. Also, on another side Rupa Goswami says, vaco vegam manaso krodha vegam, jihva vegam udaropasta vegam. So how do we reconcile these two ideas?
Question: Is it good to be attached to the service we are doing in the temple, let it be preaching or deity related service. We being girls, we will get married in the future and go to different temples. And we may not be doing the same service there. We tend to lament that we are not able to get that service there. So how to understand this attachment to the service, and what should be our attachment?
Question: I heard that Srila Prabhupada has made a home in which the whole world can be accommodated. I also heard that people need to add Krsna to their life and can live their life. But allowing do or doing so, they may create a legacy, they may follow their own lifestyle and culture and also will chant Hare Krsna. So that may create a legacy in ISKCON or our culture, that this also can be done. So what is your opinion on that?
Question: I have this question about when we want to do preaching, the question is when is the time to start thinking big? As soon as we start chanting 16 rounds is that the expectation that we start thinking big or when is the right time? How to think big? How to implement those ideas which are in your mind and expand them so that it has a bigger impact?
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?
Question: If someone is practicing Krsna consciousness and they are also hurting other devotees, but they continue to practice Krsna consciousness, it is better that, even though they are hurting devotees, isn’t it better that, good though that they are doing it and chanting Hare Krsna and taking the association of devotees? How does that balance out?
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?
Question: You mentioned in the lecture that we are all like floating straws in the river, sometimes we come together as a family, sometimes we take birth elsewhere. What is the relationship between guru and disciple, if the disciple has not attained perfection and has to take birth again, will they be together?
Question: I was trying to preach to a gentleman in New York very recently and it happened before also. The gentleman was asking me that where in Bhagavad-gita it mentions you cannot eat fish, meat and all. So I told him that it is patrampuspam.. that sloka. But he was not happy. So both the times they were not happy. So I want to know if you have got any suggestion, so next time people ask me I can give a better answer.
Question: In yoga practice we feel immediate relief and stress free situation and to develop bhakti-yoga, or chanting, Krsna consciousness or Maha-Mantra and everything, it takes little time to develop our bhakti. So what should we do that we get immediate relief and faster process of having Krsna conscious bhakti?
Question: The species Srila Prabhupada says, again and again from the scriptures that no species become extinct, but our modern science tells us that dinosaurs were here and now they are extinct. And all kinds of other animals are becoming extinct. So how do we accept that? We don’t see dinosaurs walking around. We don’t see any of these animals that are said to be extinct.
Question: There are three types of God, Brahman, Supreme Personality of Godhead and Paramatma. What I am trying to do and I think is wrong, or maybe it is correct, that is why I am asking, is it okay to do, of course I love Krsna, you know I am here but at the same time we are connected with Paramatma, which is inside me, and Brahman which is outside, is that okay?
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?
Question: You were talking about the mindset of mother Saci when she was raising Nimai, Lord Caitanya. And Jagannath Misra said that how it changed, they wanted Him not to take sannyasa because then they didn’t want Him to leave and didn’t educate Him. So what is the mindset we should have when we are raising children?
Question: Many years ago I was telling you about how when we first installed Gaura Nitai, we dressed Them like sannyasis. Then I said to you, maharaj, it will be so nice if we can see Lord Caitanya again as a sannyasi! You said, why do you want to see Him in that condition? It was a suffering condition. Could you please elaborate on that instruction you gave.
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?
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?
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?
Question: We see that in previous years, in Prabhupada’s times, there were so many Srila Prabhupada disciples and we distributed books in millions all over the world. During the last few years although the book distribution is on the rise once again, why was there such a drop in Srila Prabhupada’s books distribution?
Question: My question is about book distribution. One time when I was doing book distribution, I met someone from another religion, they said, I like the word Krsna. So I thought I will give him a book and he took the book. And I was a little surprised because he was from the Middle East and he said, ‘I really like Krsna.’
Question: Dear Guru Mahārāja we have heard that Lord Gaurāṅga gave more mercy in South India after His sannyāsa than when He was in Navadvīpa before sannyāsa. But in our temples we worship Lord Gaurāṅga’s form before sannyāsa. What is the reason we worship Lord Gaurāṅga’s form before sannyāsa, though His sannyāsa form is apparently more merciful?
Question: At the time of death, if we think only of Lord Krsna or His incarnation, then we will either be liberated or get a human birth again, but as a rich or brahmana family where we can execute Krsna consciousness better. What if one thinks of his or her spiritual master only at the time of death?
Question: So I am kind of a neophyte devotee myself and not having a great deal within my family. So I need to lie to them at times for example, simple Ekadasi fast, I need to lie to them. Till what degree it is better? And also, I have to step down from my principles sometimes, so what (audio break)
Question: What should be the consciousness or mood in which we have to do deities related backup services like arranging jewelry of the Lord, boutique services, after decoration etc. At times we tend to commit offences unknowingly when we are doing this service. How do we ask forgiveness for such mistakes?
Question: I try to read Śrīla Prabhupāda books every day, but I don’t know how to manage the time. Maybe today I read one hour, then next day maybe it is half an hour. Then again maybe time increases or maybe I only get ten minutes. So how to maintain the timing for reading more? Please instruct me Guru Mahārāj.
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.