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?

Jayapataka Swami: This may not be the system of parampara previously. But this is the system that Srila Prabhupada established in ISKCON. He wanted the brahmacaris who took sannyasa to be called Swamis and the grihastas who took sannyasa to be called Goswamis. So that...

Question: The saṅkīrtana movement in the time of Lord Caitanya was massive. How come did the movement shrink so much after Lord Caitanya left? Till the point that it seems that only very few devotees kept the movement going for a number of generations, can we say the Golden Age has ups and downs?

Jayapataka Swami: You see, the Golden Age is supposed to start 5000 years after the advent of Kali-yuga. Lord Caitanya came 4500 years ago, so the Golden Age starts at 5000 years, that’s just now. That’s when Śrīla Prabhupāda took the movement all over the world. We...

Question: Can we say that those persons who are materially successfully, they were pious Hindus in their previous lives, and can we say that western devotees who are very serious spiritually, they were Indian devotees in their previous lives?

Jayapataka Swami: Srila Prabhupada said that some of his disciples were previously devotees in India! I don’t know, if you can say that every successful materially was a pious Hindu in their previous life. Somehow they have done good karma, and as a result, they are...
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