Question: I am facing difficulty in practically applying the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita even though I have read a particular verse, when it comes to applying in a situation, I forget it. Need your guidance.

Guru Maharaj: You should take cow milk! Ha! You read something and we want to apply it, that stays with us. You say at that time you forget. What can I do? Then I used to go out and preach, and sometimes I would forget. And I would tell people, I will see you...

Question: I have understood and learnt that the word appearance and disappearance is only used for the acaryas and the spiritual masters, but now of late I am seeing that everybody is using that word for devotees’ birthdays. I just want to know if we can use it for few of the senior devotees who have dedicated themselves in Srila Prabhupada’s service over a period of time? Can you please enlighten me?

Guru Maharaj: Why not? A devotee never dies, he appears and disappears. The word Jayanti is reserved for Krishna’s appearance, because His appearance is very special. But everyone else appears and disappears. Of course, for the great saintly devotees, we celebrate...