Question: In this class we learn that if we take the dust from the lotus feet of a devotee, or a great personality, our sins are transferred to that Vaiṣṇava. How can we understand whether one should seek the dust from the lotus feet of our spiritual master or not? This same question goes for taking the remnants of your maha-prasāda.

Jayapataka Swami: In the purport Śrīla Prabhupāda said, not to give the remnants of prasāda other than to initiated disciples. So, since you are all initiated disciples, then you could take the remnants of guru’s prasāda,not something to be distributed to others....

Question: It is said in Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Antya-līlā, 16.60, that the dust of the feet of a devotee, the water that has washed the feet of a devotee and the remnants of food left by a devotee, are three powerful substances. So how can we take them, without causing trouble to the devotee?

Jayapataka Swami:The point is that, if you are an initiated devotee, then it is very beneficial for you, and not so much trouble for the devotee. But sometimes people who are not devotees take the dust, and sometimes devotees distribute their guru’s prasāda remnants...

Question: In Srimad Bhagavatam Prahlada Maharaj says we should bathe from the dust of the lotus feet of pure devotees, nothing to do with material activities. Is it practically possible to take the dust and bathe? What is the instruction that Prahlada Maharaj is telling us?

Guru Maharaj: Lord Caitanya when He visited different houses in South India, every house they would bathe His feet. And then offer Him a seat, offer prasadam. So they got the dust of His lotus feet. The point is that we should be in the mood of serving the devotees....