Question: We understand from your classes how Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu promoted Harinam sankirtan, Kali yuga dharma. During initiation, we promise to do japa, that stressed the importance of japa and we are doing daily. But we don’t do kirtan everyday. Is japa also a form of kirtan? Also a yuga dharma? How performing japa can connect to kirtan?
Question: A lady who is new to Krsna consciousness called Iskcon Kolkata to book a room at the guest house. But she was told no single lady could stay in an Iskcon guest house! She asked how to understand this, when devotee women are to be protected and sheltered. She also asked me why they don’t have the same rules for men? If they were to restrict any sinful activity, why only restrict women? It gives the impression that there is a lot of discrimination.
Question: Couple of days back it was mentioned that Ramanujacarya’s servant told his wife that everything a disciple has belongs to his or her guru. In our parampara, Srila Prabhupada gives the example of Rupa Goswami, 50% to be given to guru and Krsna, to be followed by Iskcon devotees. My question is, is there any sastric injunction in this regard, or the standard differs from parampara to parampara?
Question: Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and you also said that by liberating in the Navadvip Mandal parikrama, you liberate the whole world. Could you explain how this is possible? For 30 years Navadvip Mandal Parikrama has been performed by the Iskcon devotees, but it seems like only the world is getting worse! If more devotees participated, would that help purify the world more? Does camping throughout the parikrama intensify the potency of this yagna?
Question: For many years there have been disputes about the correct pronunciation of the Hare Krsna maha mantra in kirtanas and while chanting japa. As we know Srila Prabhupada did not put emphasis on strict rules in this matter. But in our society it is believed that the incorrect pronunciation of the holy name is one of the obstacles to bhakti. Residents of Bengal very often pronounce the holy name with ao. Some people due to the phonetic features of their language, cannot pronounce the holy names. For example, Chinese and others. Please let us know if it is ok to pronounce like Bengalis or which is the correct way?
Question: I am trying to develop my devotional life according to your instructions and Srila Prabhupada’s teachings. But cannot fall down again and again. How can I be free from this problem? I pray to your lotus feet so that I can be pleased by following your instructions properly and develop my devotional service I can be blessed by you
Question: In various lilas of the Lord, the devotees of the Lord exchanged particular rasas with the Lord. In Caitanya lila, can we say that the associates of the Lord, Sri Nityananda Rama, Advaita Acarya and Caitanya Mahaprabhu, were in the mood of ecstatic love for each other, or is it specific rasas exchanged between Sri Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu?
Question: As per your desire I am trying to preach to a few friends online. I find it difficult to preach to those in the mode of goodness. They say, we are not in distress, we are happy in the present situation. We are good to others and they are good to us. We don’t see the benefit or feel the need to approach God or chant His name. Anyway He is always with us and we are living by His mercy. Guru maharaj, how do we preach to such people?
Question: Your disciple and my mother, Sandini Devaki dasi, Sri Sri Radha Govinda Iskcon Mandir, Narayan Ganj, was serving in preparing bhoga for Lord Jagannath. She was unwell for quite some time and last 7th April, 2020, she left her body. In this lockdown situation, no devotees were able to participate in her final rites. Under these circumstance, on 17th April, how will I fulfill the shradha ceremony? What should I do? Kindly advice as the temple is under lockdown.
Question: In your Vyasa puja address you had said that any brahmana takes sannyas, he gets the title swami, any grihasta gets a title of goswami. But Srila Prabhupada had the title Swami and the six goswamis are Goswamis. But Srila Bhaktisiddanta Saraswati Thakur is Goswami. Could you please elaborate on this?
Question: I find faults with everything and everyone. Sometimes I cry because it seems that I really cannot control myself from doing that. I repent every time I commit offence and ask for forgiveness. But this process of committing offence and asking for forgiveness seems unending. I feel hopeless and terrible at the thought that I will never receive the mercy of Lord Caitanya and will have to rot in hell, in different bodies, being deprived of the association of the devotees. I seek your help to overcome this offensive nature of mine.
Question: I have children, no devotees, and their mother neither. I don’t live with them but I pay for their maintenance. I need your advice, thus I don’t fall down again. I follow the four principles and chant my 16 rounds and eat only Krsna prasad. I read every day Srila Prabhupada’s books and keep a small altar. I work as a security guard. Thank you for your mercy my dear master.
Question: Sometimes the perceptions that we have upon a person due to his past dealing, we become judgmental upon that person. In the future when they approach us or when we deal with them, these previous perceptions make us judgmental and later we speak with them, we learn it is otherwise. We know that people change over time and they may not be the same as before. But these impressions are strong and does not help us to truly help the individual. Kindly advise.
Question: Now during these troubled times, many people are getting realizations about how they should take their relationship with the Lord more seriously, care for mother earth, care for each other, etc. But when things get better, what is to prevent them from losing their resolve to do better and going back to the same old ways? If it pleases you, what are your thoughts on the matter?
Question: We know there are 14 worlds, there are 7 worlds above and 7 under. Those who do pious activities, they go to the upper worlds. And those who commit sins, they go down like Patala, etc. But Bali maharaj even after attaining the Lord went to the Sutala loka? And the Lord also was there as his gatekeeper. Why is it so?
Question: I sometimes become very much afraid or panic a lot for some small, small, health issues. I cannot keep myself steady and start thinking negative and worry that what will happen to me next? But Gurudev we have always seen you so much motivating and steady, even when you had gone through serious health issues! How will that same determination come in us? I often tend to break down!
Question: So besides this program being a big part of you connecting, I think it is one of the biggest medium through which you connect to your disciples and well-wishers, but you have so many of them across the globe. Would you also like to share what are the other ways you also connect? So many numbers, you probably have hundreds of devotees writing to you, wanting to get inspiration from you. So besides this program is there any other form of communication, any modes of communication you follow during this lockdown period?
Question: Maharaj, do you feel a difference in your relationship before you started this program when there was before COVID when you were connecting to devotees by email or Facebook or even face to face, versus now when you have the home visit programs? Do you feel this has enhanced your connect to your disciples and devotees?
Question: Lord Balarama seemed to be more merciful to Duryodana, accepting him as His disciple, and He wanted Subadra to be married to Duryodana. And also did not approve of the way Bhima killed Duryodana. While Lord Krsna was always siding Pandavas. How to understand these apparent differences between the Lords?
Question: My query is, which service is better? Previously when I was involved in deity related services like making flower garlands or jewelry making, I used to feel a strong connection with the Lord. Then my leader asked me to go and do preaching activities. Now when I am trying to preach, I am not feeling the same attachment for the Lord. Thus I am confused. Which seva is better? To do deity seva in the temple, or to go out and do preaching activities?
Question: It is written, the Bhagavad-gita is Lord Krsna’s spoken words and Srimad Bhagavatam is the description of pastimes and activities of Lord Krsna. But some unscrupulous people they claim to be God and have all kinds of mental concoctions. How can these people come out of the clutches of these cheaters and how can they get the nectar of Krsna consciousness?
Question: How can we preach to my relatives, who are fully in different moods and practice different so called sahajiyā paths?
Question: During those times when this līlā with Chand Kazi took place, did people in Bengal know Christianity?