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The Hare Krishnas are not pessimistic, optimistic, or realistic – we are simply joyful! - Are the Hare Krishnas pessmistic? Are they realistic? Why do they keep talking about death and the futility of the material pursuit? Could it be, could they be, simply... joyful?
Bible and Bhagavad-gita - A discussion on the similarities and differences between the Bhagavad Gita and the Holy Bible...
God and The Absolute Truth - Who is God? What is the Absolute Truth? Does all God do is work to keep us all in line? What gives?
Ikigai – What keeps you going in Krishna Consciousness? - What is your ikigai, your raison-de-etre, your reason for being? Especially when you are following a spiritual path, why are you on the path? Why are you (trying to be) in Krishna Consciousness?
What is the difference between occupational duty and prescribed duty? - What is the duty of a human being? What is prescribed? What about our ability? How to ensure that we can do what's most important, what's most urgent, and what's most urgent and important? How to prioritize?
How do I become pure and sinless? - How do I become pure and sinless? Do I fear God? What do I do to be pure and sinless? How do I avoid doing things that are sinful?
The Best Sacrifice / Yajna for this age - Deepak, 26th May 2015 Hare Krishna to all Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to GuruDev. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada. My question is :- which Yajnas should be perform in this Kaliyug and how to perform it Hare Krishna Rathin Mandal, 27th May 2015 Hare Krishna Deepak, Please accept my humble obeisances, All … Continue reading "The Best Sacrifice / Yajna for this age"
Chanting Consciously or Attentively - Vandana Neeraye, 28th May 2015 Hare Krishna Please accept my humble obeisance All Glories to Shrila Prabupada All Glories to Shrila Gurudev and Guru mataji Hare Krishna i know that when we chat it has to be without any offenses. But what does it mean to chant attentively or consciously. Thank you your servant, Vandana … Continue reading "Chanting Consciously or Attentively"
Lottery Tickets, Lucky Draws, Gambling, Casinos, etc. - Jaanvi, 28th September 2014 Dear All, Could you please tell me if buying Lottery ticket which is mostly available everywhere organized by charitable company considered suitable and acceptable to purchase? The purpose may be as an activity, or desire of winning the draw so as to make money with luck. Hare Krsna. Srivatsa Das SDA, … Continue reading "Lottery Tickets, Lucky Draws, Gambling, Casinos, etc."
The mystery of Sri Hanuman - Premananda das, 30th September 2015 Hare Krishna Devotees Please accept my humble obeisance All Glories to Srila Prabhupada As Sri Hanuman served Lord Rama in treta yuga.Is he both a jiva and shiva tattva or only jiva tattva constitutionally? Could we call Sri Hanuman as jiva tattva (living entity) and being son of Shiva also … Continue reading "The mystery of Sri Hanuman"
Pure Vedic Knowledge in Disciplic Succession What are the Upanishads and the Puranas? - Premananda das, 25th September 2015 Hare Krishna Devotees Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Gurudeva All Glories to Srila Prabhupada While reading in Isopanishad introduction I came across 4 words namely Puranas , Mahabharata, 4 Vedas and Upanishads. Could you please help understand what are Upanishads and Puranas? your servant Premananda das … Continue reading "What are the Upanishads and the Puranas?"
Love and devotion! - Yamini Narang, 25/07/2015 Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances All glories to Srila prabhupada What is difference between love and devotion? your servant, Yamuna dd Bhakta Sunil, 27/07/2015 Hare Krishna Please accept my humble respects All Glories to Srila Prabhupada — We all want love and to be loved. This is the most natural … Continue reading "Love and devotion!"
Misery begins when we endeavor for happiness… How? - Rao, 31st August 2015 Hare Krishna Dear Devotees! Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to your devotional service! Please help me to understand this quote with examples: “misery begins when we endeavor for happiness” . your servant, Rao nuria.k, 31st August 2015 Hare … Continue reading "Misery begins when we endeavor for happiness… How?"
How to Manage Work Life without compromising principles - Harish V Menon, 15th January 2015 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudev and Srimati Gurumata. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Request your guidance in managing work life. We work with various types of people with different mentalities. When working with colleagues who are having selfish intentions, back biting attitudes … Continue reading "How to Manage Work Life without compromising principles"
Why take shelter of a Spiritual Master - Jaanvi, 19th January 2015 Dear all, Many people in this world have no spiritual master, but are following all the good qualities of human being, moreover, helping needy people, social service, etc. Also, visiting temple and listening to spiritual talks. Now, where will they go after leaving this material body? Sincerely, Jaanvi   Priya Sutradhar, … Continue reading "Why take shelter of a Spiritual Master"
Why do breakups happen? - Jaanvi, 12th January 2015 Dear All, Hare Krsna In the recent times, there have been many breaking up of family relationships, such as mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, husband and wife, parent and children, etc. Now, are these happenings due to past karmic reactions, or other reasons?? Sincerely, Jaanvi   Lalit, 12th January 2015 Hare krishna! I … Continue reading "Why do breakups happen?"
Why are Intoxicated People Happy? - Jaanvi, 06 February 2015 Dear all, Hare Krsna There are many people who like indulging in alcohol and have a very strong and healthy body as well as being happy. And then, there are those who do not consume alcohol and have a weak body. Now, could you tell me how to understand this difference? … Continue reading "Why are Intoxicated People Happy?"
How to convince someone that materialistic life is futile - Jaanvi, 27th February 2015 Dear all, Hare Krsna How could one convince anyone who is materially involved and see materialistic lifestyle as very normal due to the external atmosphere where most people from all the culture are very material and living life to the fullest in the material sense? Sincerely, Jaanvi   Premananda das, 28th … Continue reading "How to convince someone that materialistic life is futile"
Why do Horrible Incidents happen? - Jaanvi, 15th January 2015 Dear All, Hare Krsna In this material world, there are so many horrible incidents happening everywhere such as innocent people being killed either by personal family or outside situation? Now, since God is in every living being’s heart then how come he allows this to happen? Sincerely, Jaanvi   Rupa Manjari … Continue reading "Why do Horrible Incidents happen?"
“Real Life” past the present one? - Jaanvi, 21st December 2014 Dear all, Hare Krsna What to tell to people who are living the present life with complete material enjoyment, and do not see the need to change to spiritual path? They believe only in present life and even if after life all will be forgotten so they do not care? Sincerely, … Continue reading "“Real Life” past the present one?"
Practise before you preach? - Jaanvi, 30th December 2014 Dear all, Hare Krsna Could you tell me if it is alright or correct to advise other people about spiritual path? Even though, one may not be a pure or perfect devotee and may have many faults. Sincerely, Jaanvi   Bhakta Sunil, 31st December 2014 Mataji Hare Krishna You can tell … Continue reading "Practise before you preach?"
How can we be detached from the fruits of our actions - Vishal Puri, 13th March 2015 Hare Krishna Devotees, Dandavats Pranam. Can devotees help me explain the sloka 2.47 “You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing … Continue reading "How can we be detached from the fruits of our actions"
How can we love someone we dislike? - Yamini Narang, 20 December 2014 Hare Krishna devotees, Please accept my humble obeisances.. All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Srimati Mataji…. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.. How can we love or like someone we dislike? your servant, Yamini Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 24 December 2014 Dear Mother Yamini, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to … Continue reading "How can we love someone we dislike?"
What to do with money found - Jaanvi, 29th December 2014 Dear all, HARE KRSNA Could you tell me if someone finds a big sum of money on the road, he has no idea who it belongs to. Is it correct to keep it for own use. Will this create any karmic action? Or maybe, this could be due to his past … Continue reading "What to do with money found"
Is Lord Jesus Christ an incarnation of Krishna? - Bhakta Sunil, 28th December 2014 Hare Krishna everyone Please accept my humble respects All Glories to Srila Prabhupada! Have a Krishna Conscious Christmas! Please tell whether Lord Jesus Christ is an incarnation in the mood of Son of Lord Krishna? like Lord Gauranga is incarnation in mood of devotee Or Is Lord Jesus Christ a … Continue reading "Is Lord Jesus Christ an incarnation of Krishna?"
Why does talk about religion make some people uncomfortable - Bhakta Sunil, 14th April 2014 Hare Krishna everyone! Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada Why do some persons avoid talking about religion? or try to keep the topic ‘private’? regards, sunil Sudeep Manchanda, 16th April 2014 Hare Krishna, I feel that people in general have started relating ‘religion’ with a set … Continue reading "Why does talk about religion make some people uncomfortable"
How to get free of miseries given by our own mind? - Bhakta Shashank, 10th May 2014 Hare Krishna Dear Devotees, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudev and Srimati Gurumata. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Devotees. How to get rid of the miseries given by our own mind? your servant, Bhakta shashank. Guru Vandana devi dasi, 12th May 2014 Hare … Continue reading "How to get free of miseries given by our own mind?"
Celestial years and Earthly years - Rahul Mangla, 29th January 2014 Dear devotees, Hare Krishna!! Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Gurudev & Srimati Gurumata! All Glories to Srila Prabhupad! 1. Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.6 purport: It is stated in the Brahma-samhita that Lord Brahma was initiated into the eighteen-letter Krsna mantra, which is generally accepted by all the … Continue reading "Celestial years and Earthly years"
The Absolute Truth – how simultaneously one and different - Geetha, 05 March 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Prabhupad, I am not able to understand clearly  “The Absolute Truth” is one and different.  Please help me to understand it better. Thank you, your servant, Geetha Rathin Mandal, 05 March 2013 Hare Krishna Mataji, Please accept my humble obeisances, … Continue reading "The Absolute Truth – how simultaneously one and different"
About Lord Shiva - Manmohan, 06 March 2013 Hare Krsna All glories to Srila Prabhupad All glories to Srila Gurudev and Gurumata I know that Lord Shiva is not an ordinary demigod but I want to know what is Shiva Tattva and whether Lord Shiva is also immortal…. ys, Manmohan SUPARTHA RUDRA, 07 March 2013 Hare Krishna, Please find the following … Continue reading "About Lord Shiva"
How did we fall into the material world? - Rathin Mandal, 14th May 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Gurumataji, All glories to Srila Prabhupada. We say that modes of material nature is there only in the material world, But when we decided to enjoy separately from Krishna, look for our identity separate of Krishna and … Continue reading "How did we fall into the material world?"
Pray to Lord Krishna or others? - Meenakshi, 03 April 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances All glories to Sarila Prabhupada, After reading Gita I came to know that Lord Krishna is Supreme. Prior to that i used to worship Lord Shiva and Maa Durga. Now I am confused, I feel guilty if I stop worshiping Lord Shiva and Maa … Continue reading "Pray to Lord Krishna or others?"
Why Lord Shiva – Topmost Vaishnava – is not being worshiped by us?‏ - Harish V Menon, 18th March 2013 Hare Krishna! Please kindly accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudeva. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to devotees. I have a doubt which I wish to ask. Please forgive me if my question is inappropriate. While we acknowledge Lord Shiva as a devotee of Lord … Continue reading "Why Lord Shiva – Topmost Vaishnava – is not being worshiped by us?‏"
Chanting mainly because of anxiety- reducing effect? - Bhakta Sunil, 14th March 2013 Hare Krishna Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada I have experienced that chanting on japa mala helps quieten mind and reduce anxieties and negative thoughts I would like to know  is it correct if one develops addiction to chanting mainly because of anxiety-reducing-effect of chanting Regards, … Continue reading "Chanting mainly because of anxiety- reducing effect?"
What is the significance of Diwali Festival in Devotional Practice? - Bhakta Sunil, 02 November 2013 Hare Krishna Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada Please tell , What is the significance of Diwali Festival in Devotional Practice? I understand that Diwali Festival is celebrated as Lakshmi Puja. But is the festival a Vaisnava Festival? Also the festival is Lord Rama’s pastimes , … Continue reading "What is the significance of Diwali Festival in Devotional Practice?"
Is Krishna an expansion of Lord Vishnu? - B.shahvir balaporia, 12th November 2013 Hare Krishna! Pardon me for my dearth of knowledge in putting forth this question. I just needed to understand whether lord Vishnu is the plenary expansion of Lord Krishna or is it the other way round? I ask this since, as per popular Hindu belief, Lord Krishna is considered to … Continue reading "Is Krishna an expansion of Lord Vishnu?"
Why are there no temples dedicated solely to Arjuna? - While there are so many temples dedicated to Hanuman, who is a servitor of Rama, why are there no temples dedicated to Arjuna who is so close to Krishna?
Varieties of Determination - KV Rao, 6th January 2014 Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to your devotional service! I got following doubt while reading New Year greetings saying determination, resolution, vow etc. What is the use and result of determination in the mode of … Continue reading "Varieties of Determination"
Fake Spiritual Masters - B.Shahvir Balaporia, 12th November 2013 Hare Krishna! What if, in an extremely unfortunate case, an aspirant follows a spiritual master for most of his life, but who later turns out to be a fraud! How can the disciple recover from such an unfortunate situation. What would be the role or intention of God in such … Continue reading "Fake Spiritual Masters"
Reconciling Advaita Philosophy with Krishna consciousness - Bhakta Sunil change, 2nd January 2014 Hare Krishna everyone Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada When I tried to tell a person about Krishna Consciousness , he mentioned that he follows Advaita Philosophy If I remember correctly , I read in Srila Prabhupada’s book that there is actually no conflict between … Continue reading "Reconciling Advaita Philosophy with Krishna consciousness"
Why no onions and garlic? - Harish V Menon, 18th January 2014 Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I humbly seek clarification on my following ignorance. Why is onion and garlic forbidden from offering to Krishna. I understand that they are in the mode of ignorance and would develop the characteristics of passion and ignorance … Continue reading "Why no onions and garlic?"
How is Parashuram in both Ramayana and Mahabharata? - Meenakshi, 22nd November 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Ramayan dates back to Treta yuga (editor:over 2 million years ago) and Mahabharat dates to Dwapar yuga (editor:5000 years ago)…but in both there is mention of Parashuram…so what’s the time lag between Ramayan and Mahabharat and what’s age of Parashuram…to … Continue reading "How is Parashuram in both Ramayana and Mahabharata?"
Can animals, birds, insects, plants be liberated from material existence without attaining human form? - Lipsa, 27th November 2013 Hare Krishna Please accept my humble obeisances All glories to Srila Gurudev and Srimati Gurumataji All glories to Srila Prabhupada I have a doubt in Krishna Book. Kindly clarify… Chapter 6: “When flowers and fruits are offered to Krishna, the tree that bore them also receives much benefit, indirectly……… …… Undoubtedly … Continue reading "Can animals, birds, insects, plants be liberated from material existence without attaining human form?"
How to meditate Attentively? - Rathin Mandal, 14th December 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Your Lotus Feet and Srimati Gurumataji, All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I will like to ask a question about chanting properly. Sometimes it do happens that some personal, professional, family thought repetitively comes into the mind. At times it become … Continue reading "How to meditate Attentively?"
Does God exist or is God an imagination? - Does God exist or is God a figment of someone's imagination, or a literary construct? How can we find out for sure? Can we experience God?
Overcoming bad habits - Bishwjit, 29th December 2013 Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudeva. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. How one can overcome from his/her bad habits. your servant Bishwjit Das Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 29th December 2013 Dear Bishwjit, Hare Krishna! One can overcome bad habits the same way one got into the … Continue reading "Overcoming bad habits"
What is difference between Karmi and Karma Yogi? - Bhakta Sunil, 22nd November 2013 Hare Krishna everyone! Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada Please tell what is the difference between karmi and karmayogi? Regards, Sunil Shreyas, 22nd November 2013 Hare Krishna to all the devotees, Dandavat Pranam! Jaya Srila Gurudev! This is my understanding: Karmi is one who acts for … Continue reading "What is difference between Karmi and Karma Yogi?"
What is the signficance of Hanuman’s presence on Arjuna’s chariot? - Rathin Mandal, 03rd April 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Srimati Gurumata, All glories to Srila Prabhupada. In Krishna book, chapter 58, describing the great war of Kurukshetra, it says that: “Both of them sat down on Arjuna’s chariot, which flew a flag with a picture of … Continue reading "What is the signficance of Hanuman’s presence on Arjuna’s chariot?"
Is there a difference between Consciousness and the Mind? - Geetha, 16th June 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Prabhupada. What is the difference between the Consciousness and mind? your servant, Geetha. Rohini Devi Dasi, 18th June 2013 Hare Krishna Mataji, All Glories to Srila Gurudev and Srimati Gurumataji, All Glories to Srila Prabhupada, Please accept my humble obeisances. … Continue reading "Is there a difference between Consciousness and the Mind?"
Understanding the Kingdom of God - Gusti Nyoman Ambara, 14th June 2013 Hare Krishna Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Gurumataji, All glories to Srila Prabhupada. The kingdom of the Lord is so glorious because not only that kingdom is eternal, full of knowledge and all blissful, but also it is spiritual, full of variegatedness and … Continue reading "Understanding the Kingdom of God"
Who can save the Earth today? - Janardan Mali, 27th August 2013 Hare Krishna, In the present times who  could destroy all the demoniac and evil elements which are burdening the Earth ? Is there any hope? Yours in Krishna Consciousness, Janardan Mali Sudeep Manchanda, 30th August 2013 Hare Krishna, As per what I had read, in the present age of Kali … Continue reading "Who can save the Earth today?"
Scriptural basis for Chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra - Janardan Mali, 24th September 2013 I had said that I am chanting Hare Krishna mantra every day 1600 times without the help of japamala. You say ‘so thank you for that, please keep it up’.I do not know  why are you thanking me. I also follow the  other methods prescribed by Shri Krishna in Srimad … Continue reading "Scriptural basis for Chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra"
Devotees and Karma - Preethi, 17th March 2013 Hare Krishna Please accept my humble obeisances All glories to Srila Prabhupada All glories to the Vaishnavas I read in some places that devotees of the Lord are not affected by Maya or Karma. And then in some places I read of devotees being ‘tested’ put through some rough times and … Continue reading "Devotees and Karma"
Is God present everywhere? How to understand this? - is God present everywhere? If yes, why can't we find God? Why can atheists even argue that God does not exist? What is the qualification to see God personally?
What is the difference between Advaita, Dvaita, and Vishishtadvaita philosophies? - Geetha, 12th March 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Prabhupada, I want to know in detail, what is the difference between Dvaita, Advaita and Vishistadvaita philosophies. Please help me. Thank you, Your servant, Geetha Harish, 16th March 2013 Hare Krishna ! Thank you for the question. Please find below … Continue reading "What is the difference between Advaita, Dvaita, and Vishishtadvaita philosophies?"
Demons slain by Lord Krishna attained liberation? -   Lipsa, 17th March 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances Glories to all the Devotees All glories to Srila Gurudev and Srimati Gurumataji All glories to Srila Prabhupada I have one doubt. Please clarify it. Have all the demons like Kamsa, Ravana etc., who were killed by Lord Sri Krishna or His incarnations, … Continue reading "Demons slain by Lord Krishna attained liberation?"
What is ‘apaurusheya’ – knowledge free of defects? -   Geetha, 10th April 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances, All Glories to Srila Prabhupada I want to know the meaning of Apauruseya?  This word is in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4, Verse 1 , in purport they explained that this knowledge is apauruseya. So please kindly explain me so that I can understand … Continue reading "What is ‘apaurusheya’ – knowledge free of defects?"
How to Balance Spiritual Practice in Family Life - Advaitakrishna das, 6th May 2013 Hare Krsna Please accept my humble Obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada WE all hear that chanting is the most important aspect of our spiritual life. We also hear that Srila Prabhupada mentioned that 99% of our spiritual advancement depends upon chanting and also that it took him some 28 … Continue reading "How to Balance Spiritual Practice in Family Life"
Srila Sriman Swami Goswami – what do they mean? - Raul, 13th April 2013 Hare Krishna!! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!! Quick question: What’s the difference between: 1. Srila and Sriman? 2. Swami and Goswami Thank you Hare Krishna!! Mahabhagavat Das, 16th April 2013 Dear Raul, Hare Krishna! Quick answers to your questions, others may have more detail: What’s the difference between: 1. Srila and … Continue reading "Srila Sriman Swami Goswami – what do they mean?"
What is the Difference between Intelligence and Knowledge? - Geetha, 31st March 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I read Bhagavat Gita, chapter 3, 40th sloka there I want to know  what is the difference between Intelligence and Knowledge? Please help me, if in my question any thing wrong please excuse me. Thanking you, your servant, Geetha … Continue reading "What is the Difference between Intelligence and Knowledge?"
When did the Vedic period end? - Janardan Mali, 25th August 2013  Hare Krsna ! It is said that all the Vedic knowledge is apaurusheya  i.e. not given by mortal human beings. What period is considered as Vedic Period? What is really Vedic Version? Can it be extended upto 20th century? Yours in Krishna Consciousness Janardan Mali Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 26th August … Continue reading "When did the Vedic period end?"
How to balance Spiritual life with Material Life - Siddesh JM, 09th May 2013 Hare Krishna Prabhu, Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Prabhupada, I have one question how to manage Material life and Spiritual life? Please answer me *Best Regards * * Siddesh JM Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 09th May 2013 Dear Siddhesh, Hare Krishna! This is very good. Only a … Continue reading "How to balance Spiritual life with Material Life"
Srila Prabhupada initiates a female disciple How to understand Srila Prabhupada’s statement about women? - Srila Prabhupada often quoted Chanakya Pandita, and in the purport to Bhagavad Gita 1.40, he wrote "According to Chanakya Pandita, women are generally not very intelligent and therefore not trustworthy.(BG 1.40 purport)" So does that make Srila Prabhupada a misogynist? What did he actually mean by that statement?
How to recover from Offenses to Vaishnavas - Padma, 24th May 2013 I have an important question. If we commit an offence towards a vaishnava and later we come to know that he is our guru the spiritual master then what would be the result. If my question is correct then put up this in the group so that everyone will understand. Padma … Continue reading "How to recover from Offenses to Vaishnavas"
How to understand being insulted? - In general, karmic reactions are to be understood to be the result of our own past actions. But is is always the case? Are some situations outside of the Karmic balance?
Anger and Thoughts - With a sudden surge of anger, things go completely wrong... and sometimes thoughts just get into the mind and they keep on going in circles - how to get back on track?
Who holds the position of Lord Brahma and other major Demigods? - Neelam sharma, 30th January 2013 Hare krsna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudeva and srimati Gurumata. All glories to srila Prabhupada. Here is a question : Who holds the position of Lord Brahma and other major Demigods?….. is the position attained by devotee from the spiritual world? , if yes then … Continue reading "Who holds the position of Lord Brahma and other major Demigods?"
Why avoid mushrooms? - Priyesh Shah, 13th November 2011 Hare Krishna, All Glories to Srila Prabhupada All Glories to Guru and Gauranga I was just wondering why is advisable to avoid consuming mushrooms? your servant, Priyesh Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 13th November 2011 Hare Krishna! We only eat that which Krishna and the spiritual masters eat, we take their remnants. … Continue reading "Why avoid mushrooms?"
Dealing with Doubt - Jessica M, 05th November 2012 What should one do when they begin to experience doubts while on the path to Krishna consciousness? I have been chanting for five months now and reading the Gita As It Is as well. I don’t know any devotees in my area though and have a lot of curiosity and … Continue reading "Dealing with Doubt"
Why Krishna likes Raas leela? - Pradnya, 15th September 2011 Hare Krishna, Why Krishna likes Raass Leela? Pradnya Ashutosh pandey, 15th September 2011 Hare Krsna! All glories to Srila Prabhupada Krsna likes Rasa Leela because it gives pleasure to His devotees which is perhaps the source of Krsna’s pleasure Himself. your servant, Ashutosh Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 15th September 2011 Hare Krishna … Continue reading "Why Krishna likes Raas leela?"
When and How did the Soul Arrive in the Material World? - Sanjeev, 12th September 2011 Hare Krsna Vaisnavas Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Praphupada All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga We learn from the Sastras that because of our past deeds in the spiritual world we, as spirit souls, have obtained this material body and have been put into the … Continue reading "When and How did the Soul Arrive in the Material World?"
Material Desires and the Purification Process - Francisco Valencia Berrueta, 05th September 2011 Hare Krishna Prabhus All glories to Srila Prabhupada All glories to Sri Krishna A person in the purification process of Krishna Consciousness, I have some material desires such as money, health, so on, I’ve heard about the devotees of Krishna that one must ask to Sri Krishna instead of … Continue reading "Material Desires and the Purification Process"
Can someone chant Hare Krishna purely before initiation? - Sunil, June 5, 2012 Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada In the book “Nectar of Instruction” Text Seven, three stages of chanting are mentioned: offensive stage, stage of lessening offences and pure stage. Can a person reach the pure stage of chanting before initiation? Regards, Sunil Mahabhagavat Das SDA, … Continue reading "Can someone chant Hare Krishna purely before initiation?"
Why is the Chanting the Lord’s Names very important? - R S VENKAT, 16th May 2012 Dear Devotees, Hare Krishna! Very nice discussions.. giving more clarity. All glories to all vaisnavas…. Taken from Email subscription to http://www.backtohome.com : *Letter to Aniruddha, Los Angeles, 1969* *Srila Gurudeva, Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari wrote:* *It is it fact that living by the Lord’s will is as good as … Continue reading "Why is the Chanting the Lord’s Names very important?"
What is “Bharat Varsha”. Is it planet Earth? - Sanjeev, 09th May 2012 Hare Krsna Please accept my humble obeisances All glories to Srila Praphupada All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga I have come across a topic which relates to the understanding of the word Bharat Varsa. I have read the parts of Srimad Bhagvatam which talk about an earth like disk called … Continue reading "What is “Bharat Varsha”. Is it planet Earth?"
Does gratitude to God attract His mercy? - Sunil, Apr 29 2012 Hare Krishna everyone! Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Is it true that being grateful to the Lord attracts His mercy? What are your views? How can a person express their gratitude to the Lord? Can a person simply say in their mind, “Thanks God”? Regards, Sunil … Continue reading "Does gratitude to God attract His mercy?"
Can Chanting help get rid of negative habits? - Vishal Puri, 04th April 2012 Hare Krishna Prabhu, Can you please Reply to my query. Can chanting help in getting rid of the negative habits like. Laziness, indecisiveness, depression, negativity, anxiety, introvertedness. What should I do to get rid of these habits, please guide me. Hare Krishna, Dandvats Struggling to became a devotee. Mahabhagavat Das … Continue reading "Can Chanting help get rid of negative habits?"
Can chanting help remove my bad habits? - Vishal Puri, Apr 4 2012Hare Krishna, Can you please reply to my query? Can chanting help in getting rid of the negative habits like laziness, indecision, depression, negativity, anxiety and introversion? What should I do to get rid of these habits?  Please guide me. Hare Krishna,DandavatsStruggling to become a devotee Mahabhagavat Das SDA, Apr 4 … Continue reading "Can chanting help remove my bad habits?"
Work is Worship? - Pradnya, 07th March 2012 Hare Krishna, Today somebody asked question related to is work is worship? To this question Gurudeva replied following:- “If one spends all of his income in the service of Krishna, that is karma yoga, worshiping Krishna through one’s work. But if one spends his income on the sense gratification of himself … Continue reading "Work is Worship?"
Quicker Awareness of Dormant Love for God - Sunil, 9th August 2011 Respected Devotees and DisciplesPlease accept my humble obeisances Is it true that , Lord Krishna brings a person who sincerely tries not to misuse his or her independence and repents of past misuses of independence , in awareness of devotional service quicker than a person who does not try to stop … Continue reading "Quicker Awareness of Dormant Love for God"
How does the Hare Krishna Mahamantra Work - Priyesh Shah, 30th June 2011 Hare Krishna Please Accept My Humble Obeisances All Glories To Srila Prabhupada I am a little confused as to how the Maha Mantra works. For the last 2 years, since I joined ISKCON, I was under the impression that when you chant the Maha Mantra, the roots of the sinful … Continue reading "How does the Hare Krishna Mahamantra Work"
How to choose correct food products - Premal, 24th February 2012 Hare Krishna Prabhuji,All glories to Swami PrabhupadaPlease accept my humble obeisancesAre energy drinks like red bull ok?Is soya ok?Are carbonated drinks like soda ok?your servantPremal Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 24th February 2012 Dear Bhakta Premal,Hare Krishna!Please accept my humble obeisances.All glories to Srila Gurudeva.All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Red Bull contains immense … Continue reading "How to choose correct food products"
Should we worship the Demigods for Material Gains? - Manmohan, 19th January 2012 Dear Mahabhagavat Prabhu Please Accept My Humble Obeisances I have one query… We should worship Krishna for Spritual gains only can we pray the demigods for material benefits… What one should do if he is in needs of money to maintain his material and spiritual life… Manmohan. Mahabhagavat Das, 26th January 2012 Dear Bhakta Manmohan,Hare Krishna!Please … Continue reading "Should we worship the Demigods for Material Gains?"
Can Males talk with Females at study or work? - Jithender, 26th January 2012 Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances prabhujis and matajis My doubt is whether we can speak to girls in our class like we speak to boys? your small servant, Jithender D Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 27th January 2012 Hare Krishna JIthender, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudeva. … Continue reading "Can Males talk with Females at study or work?"
Why does the soul fall? - Cigdem, Jan 19 2012 All Glories to Sri Guru! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada! Hare Krishna! Dear Devotees! According to the mail of Mahabhagavat Das from today, I have a question: The spirit soul is sat-cit-ananda, eternal, full of knowledge, and full of bliss. Why and how does it fall into the trap of the … Continue reading "Why does the soul fall?"
Pest Control - Sunil, 06th February 2012 Hare Krishna everyone! Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada Is it correct to use pest control in residence? Regards Sunil Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 07th February 2012 Hare Krishna Bhakta Sunil, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudeva. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. >Is it … Continue reading "Pest Control"
Forgiveness – if the offender asks for forgiveness, and the offended person forgives, then is the misdeed nullified? - Sunil, 06th February 2012 Hare Krishna everyone! Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada If a person does wrong or hurts another person but asks for being forgiven and even gets forgiven by the offended person then is that misdeed nullified? Regards Sunil Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 07th February 2012 Hare Krishna Bhakta … Continue reading "Forgiveness – if the offender asks for forgiveness, and the offended person forgives, then is the misdeed nullified?"
How to avoid unkind words on getting into an argument - Sunil,27th December 2011 Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada I request you to answer this question : If a person gets into an arguement and there is rush of adrenaline and therefore there is chance of talking wrongly and rudely or mentally hurting then how can one on the spot as … Continue reading "How to avoid unkind words on getting into an argument"
Why does Krishna let trouble happen? - Pranathi, Dec 21 2011 Hare Krishna!  Dandavat pranams to all the devotees  All glories to Srila Prabhupada.  I got an email from one of my friends, who is new to ISKCON and she asked me a question. I was wondering if anyone could please help me write a reply to her.  “I have got a … Continue reading "Why does Krishna let trouble happen?"
What attracts Lord Krishna’s Mercy? - Sunil, Nov 19 2011 Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada Please tell: What attracts Lord Krishna’s Mercy? Regards, Sunil Jagannatha dasa, Nov 20 2011 Dear Sunil, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudeva! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! In a letter from 1971 in Delhi, Srila Prabhupada answers … Continue reading "What attracts Lord Krishna’s Mercy?"
Sincerity in occupation by sincerity in devotional service - Sunil, Nov 6 2011 Please accept my humble obeisances All glories to Srila Prabhupada Is it true that if a person is sincere in devotional service then that person would automatically be sincere in his or her occupation too? Regards, Sunil Jagannatha Dasa, Nov 7 2011 Hare Krishna Sunil, Please accept my humble obeisances. All … Continue reading "Sincerity in occupation by sincerity in devotional service"
Karma kanda and bhakti - Sanil Kumar, Sep 14 2011 Dear devotees,  Hare Krishna Kindly accept my humble obeisances All glories to Srila Gurudeva.  I am a little confused about Karma Kanda and bhakti.  In BG, Lord Krishna asks Arjuna to continue his occupational duty as a Kshatriya and fight with Kauravas for Krishna with mind fixed on Him. In … Continue reading "Karma kanda and bhakti"
Hospital in Goloka Vrndavana - Yogesh Purohit, Sep 13 2011 Hare Krishna Prabhu, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. When a person gets sick in material world due to material contamination, he is sent to a hospital to get back to his (physical) health.  Similarly, is there any provision to send a person to Spiritual hospital, … Continue reading "Hospital in Goloka Vrndavana"
Spiritual Forms - Premal Shah, Sep 12 2011 Hare Krishna Prabhu All glories to Swami Prabhupada Please accept my humble obeisances In the spiritual world are there spiritual bodies in all forms like mountains, rivers, lakes, ponds, streams etc.? Your servant Premal prabhuji   Mahabhagavat Das SDA, Sep 12 2011 Hare Krishna Premal Prabhu, Please accept my humble … Continue reading "Spiritual Forms"
Ratha Yatra - Ratha Yatra Francisco Valencia Berrueta, Sep 1 2011 All glories to Srila Prabhupada All glories to Lord Sri Krishna What is the significance of Ratha Yatra festivals?  How auspicious is assist this festival? HARE KRISHNA Your Humble Servant Francisco   Mahabhagavat Das SDA, Sep 13 2011 Dear Francisco Prabhu, Please accept my humble obeisances. All … Continue reading "Ratha Yatra"
Different ways to render devotional service - Sunil, Aug 28 2011 Please accept my humble obeisances Which are the different ways in which one can render devotional service Regards, Sunil Ashutosh Pandey, Aug 28 2011 Hare Krishna All glories to Srila Prabhupada *Sravanam kirtanam vishnoh, smaranam pada sevanam* *archanam vandanam dasyam sakhyam atma-nivedanam* *Sravanam* — by *hearing* the glories of Krishna from … Continue reading "Different ways to render devotional service"
Is it necessary to live in a temple or monastery for spiritual progress? - Francisco, Aug 25 2011 All glories to Srila PrabhupadaAll glories to the devotees of Krishna Dear student group devoted to the SDA, I wish you a happy life with Krishna and took the opportunity to ask this question: To be a good devotee of Krishna is it essential to live in a temple of Krishna?  … Continue reading "Is it necessary to live in a temple or monastery for spiritual progress?"
Chanting – which hand to use and why? - Francisco Valencia Berrueta, 22nd August 2011 Hare Krishna My respectful obedience to all the devotees of Krishna Para en canto de Mahamantra Hare Krishna con Japa, en la conciencia de Krishna, ¿ por que se recomienda utilizar la mano derecha y usar únicamente los dedos pulgar e indice? (google translate: For in Mahamantra chanting Hare … Continue reading "Chanting – which hand to use and why?"
Sincere disciple of Srila Prabhupada - Francisco Valencia Berrueta,16th August 2011 HARE KRISHNA Su Santidad Sankarshan Das Adhikari, in The Ultimate Self Realization Course, “Is It Essential to Have a Living Guru?” (Lesson C24); wrote: “One does not need to be spiritually disadvantaged by the physical disappearance of a great spiritual master, such as ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta … Continue reading "Sincere disciple of Srila Prabhupada"
Caste System – Four divisions of human society - Sunil, 15th August 2011 Respected Devotees and Disciples Please accept my humble obeisances I am not sure if you are aware and know about the caste system prevalent in India If you do know then please answer the question: Is the caste system which is prevalent in India, based on the four divisions of human … Continue reading "Caste System – Four divisions of human society"