Question: Nowadays Zakir Nayak is talking a lot. The Lord has no form. Natasya pratima asti and such Vedic quotes he is misquoting and he is misguiding so called illiterate or illiterate about Vedic or Sanatana dharma. He is misguiding young children of Hindus in this way and influencing them. What is the opinion of the vaisnavas in this regard?
Question: What should be the attitude of the disciple after getting initiated by guru? Sometimes we are thinking that just after taking initiation, from the next day we will become hundred per cent pure. But it is very difficult to become changed in one day. So therefore what kind of effort should we take after initiation?
Question: Today some of us witnessed a strange incident at the Kolkata Ratha Yatra. When you were there in front of Balarama ratha, waiting to do arati, all of a sudden the ratha started rolling. Everybody started panicking and we were worried that the ratha may hit you and also the devotees. It was so scary. But we noticed that you were so calm during the whole chaos. Really wonder what was going through your mind then?
Question: Just by glancing at Caitanya Mahāprabhu the Muslims started chanting. But on the contrary, when Mahāprabhu was personally leading the saṅkīrtana movement in Navadvīpa, why were many people, even the brāhmaṇas, did not take up chanting? Can you please throw some light on this guru mahārāja?
Question: When we do multiple services for eg, deity back up service, and preaching, at times we tend to give more importance to one’s service than the other at times. I feel I am not giving my total time to one particular service, I feel I am not doing justice to one particular service. How do we understand the multiple services?
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?
Question: For many days now we are hearing about the very merciful Lord Nityananda prabhu with regard to Jagai and Madhai. That Nitai prabhu is manifest as Nitai Pada Kamala in our Bhajan Kutir. How did Nitai Pada Kamal Doyal Thakur come to Mayapur? Since when are They are here? Kindly tell us something about that.
Question: We read in the biography, Srila Prabhupada said, let them chant Haribol! Haribol! And we will chant Hare Krsna and go back to Godhead. Then in Caitanya Caritamrita it is said that the three mantras to be chanted in kirtan in Krsna consciousness movement are Panca Tattva mantra, Hare Krsna maha mantra and Hari Haraya Nama Krsna. Why did Srila Prabhupada always end the kirtan with the Hare Krsna mantra and no Haribols or Jais?
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.
Question: Here Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi understood his mistake when Lord Jagannātha and Lord Balarāma enacted Their punishment pastime. But I commit many offences, and sometimes I cannot even understand my offences. So in such circumstances how am I to ask for forgiveness from you and from Lord Kṛṣṇa so that you may completely forgive me?
Question: At the time of initiation we take vow of chanting minimum 16 rounds. But due to different circumstances I sometimes just somehow or other finish the 16 rounds. is it really pleasing to you? Because Hare Krsna Mahamantra is not different from Krsna Himself. Should we every time be very attentive, whenever we chant, no matter how busy we may be? I often remember my initiation vows and think how you will be pleased.
Question: We see that Caitanya Mahāprabhu had advised Gadādhara Paṇḍita to get the mantra from his dīkṣā-guru. Sometimes we see that some disciples lose their faith in their dīkṣā-guru, they have lost their taste and are attracted to other gurus other than their dīkṣā-gurus. What should they do in this situation?
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.
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.
Question: When we have so many exalted female devotees who are very respected and advanced in their Kṛṣṇa consciousness, how do we understand and explain to other, another instruction of the scriptures that women are less intelligent. Is this the case that only women who are completely in Kṛṣṇa consciousness are intelligent?
Question: Doing Mangala Arati is important or doing chanting during that time is important? If I start doing Mangala Arati, dressing, and offering arati takes at least 40 minutes. And after, I am not able to finish chanting in the morning itself, so I am confused, which one to be given importance? So please guide.
Question: Today is the 44th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s visit to New Talavan farm, and yesterday was the same for New Orleans temple. What should be the service mood of the devotees to Srila Prabhupada and for us, your disciples, to also please you and help you in your personal service to His Divine Grace?
Question: If we are trying to follow the regulations and practicing devotion, does that mean all our sinful reactions already vanished by Kṛṣṇa’s mercy, or as I am not perfect in Kṛṣṇa consciousness I have to suffer for my past sinful actions? If I have to suffer then will it affect my devotional service?