Questions And Answers

by the Disciples of AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

Question:

I read about Krishna consciousness and I think that it is admirable. I have always respected all religions and believe that all lead to God, but I do believe and I identify with Islam. My question is if a person follows his or her religion or spiritual path, be it Christian or Jew, Muslim, Jain, Baha’i, etc, can that person achieve salvation by properly following the footsteps of Muhammad, Jesus or Moses?

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NIRVANA

Question:

What is the nirvana Buddhists speak of in terms of Krishna consciousness?

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5 FACTORS OF ACTION

Question:

During a lecture yesterday evening, the following position was taken by a member in the audience: “When BG 18.14 speaks of endeavor (cesta) as one of the 5 factors of action, we should understand that the ONLY endeavor from the jiva with regard to action is his desire.

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QUALIFICATIONS OF A GURU

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I would like to ask a question about qualifications of a guru. I always thought that guru must be a self-realized person because to liberate others from material nature someone has to be above its influences. I was taught that a guru is a self-realized person free from material gunas.

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Is our love for Krishna just plain mechanical?

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I don’t understand how our love for Krishna is not coerced or just plain mechanical. It seems that our two main choices are either to surrender to Krishna or suffer the miseries of the material world.

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Is Initiation the Beginning of our Spiritual Lives

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Should initiation be the beginning of spiritual life or a step that we should take further down the line? Is initiation the beginning of our spiritual lives or is it the result of our spiritual life?

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Out-of-body Experience

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During an out-of-body experience, where is the soul- within the body or outside of the body?  Is there some scriptural proof that out-of-body experiences are within the mind?

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Are women or traders less qualified for spiritual advancement?

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In verse 9.32 of the Bhagavad-gita, why does Krishna specifically mention that these categories of human beings (women, workers, etc.) can also achieve the highest goal? This verse gives me the impression that He is saying “although this person is a woman, or trader etc., such a person, even in this unfavorable position, can achieve Me.” What would make any of these classes of individuals less qualified for spiritual advancement?

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Does Krishna force us to exist?

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Does Krishna force us to exist?

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The Mind Creates Consciousness?

Question:

When I explain to people that it is the soul that brings consciousness to the body, they often tell me that the mind creates consciousness. What evidence can I give them to disprove their argument?

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Hell For People Who Deviate From a Spiritual path

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In the Fifth Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, there are specific hells for people who, for example, deviate from a bona-fide spiritual path and invent their own (SB 5.26.15). If these people are only committing mental crimes, it seems unfair and extreme that they should be punished by violently suffering in hell. Could you help me understand this better?

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God with a form is superior to a formless God

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If we say God with a form is superior to a formless God, aren’t we limiting God? A form has boundaries. But when we think of God, we think Him to be unlimited and infinite. That is not possible for a God with form. Please explain this matter.

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Unanswered Prayers

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Sometimes I feel that Krishna is not hearing my prayers, as they are not answered. Am I doing something wrong?

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Knowledge & Morality Come from Goodness

Question:
Can we honestly believe that every faith, based upon logical and acceptable values, is authentic and not contrived? For example, how should we understand the 10 Commandments in relation to Krishna consciousness?

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Which Philosophy is not a Delirium?

Question: There are many philosophies and religions. Also, there are many people who don’t even believe they have a belief. I obviously believe only one philosophy is right. So, is it possible that many groups are in a religious delirium? If so, how do we know which philosophy is not a delirium?

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Faith is a Delirium?

Question: Can I state that every faith based upon logical and acceptable values is considered reality before any “normal” reasoning and not a delirium, as in the case of the 10 Commandments?

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The Difference Between Mind and Intelligence

Question: What is the difference between mind and intelligence?

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Suffering

Question: If all of life is suffering what is the purpose of existence?

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Conclusion Of The Bhagavad Gita

Question: Lord Krishna speaks of different paths of yoga in the Bhagavad Gita. It is confusing. Where does he intend to lead us to?

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Why Everything is Temporary?

Question: We see that everything gets destroyed in due course of time in this world. Why did God have to make the world this way?

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