Question: ŚrīlaPrabhupāda told his disciples that when he is no longer in this planet, he would be present with them as caitya-guru. That he would be with them through dreams and their heart. Can you tell us about this relationship? And if this relationship is also same with all other gurus?

Jayapataka Swami: When the guru is present, we serve him, his vapu and vāṇī. When he is not present, we serve his vāṇī, and he may give his mercy in dreams or some other way. We believe that the guru is watching us, and that he is helping us in different ways....

Question: Chand Kazi stopped saṅkīrtana, devotees were beaten by him still Lord Caitanya showered His mercy upon him. At that time there were some people in Navadvīpa who were brāhmaṇas and others, who were accepting the scriptures although they were envious to devotees. But the Lord did not give them mercy. How can we understand this?

Jayapataka Swami:  Well, we have to tune in for the further discussion between Lord Caitanya and the Chand Kazi. Lord Caitanya brought up some challenging points and finally the Kazi accepted defeat. So unfortunately, these brāhmaṇas who are atheists, they don’t come...

Question: Why is it that only the deity form of Lord Jagannatha leaves the temple for the procession like this? What is the significance of this form of Krsna giving the special darshana?

Jayapataka Swami: This form of Krsna celebrates ratha yatra every year. Some other deities in South India also do ratha yatras. For instance, like Nrsimhadeva, or some other deities, they also do ratha yatra. But specially the Jagannatha deities are very merciful. So...

Question: In a recent class we heard that if Krsna doesn’t desire, by all our endeavors, we cannot eat. And if He sanctions, even if we are in the forest, we can eat. So does that meant that one doesn’t need to put any endeavor to earn his livelihood because in any case he will get what is sanctioned?

Guru Maharaj: The point is that even if we work, we can only eat if the Lord sanctions it. That doesn’t mean that you should not work. We should think that even if we work, we need the mercy of the Lord. If we don’t work, out of false ego, and then the Lord may not...