Questions And Answers

by the Disciples of AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Why worship the demigods?

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Krishna says that a person in the mode of goodness worships the demigods, but He also says that a person in goodness is enlightened (Bg 14.11) and sees things in their proper perspective (Bg. 14.17). Why would someone with a spiritual vision worship the demigods?

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Vedic culture vs. Krishna consciousness?

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What’s the difference between Vedic culture and Krishna consciousness?

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Has Krishna assumed a human form?

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When the Srimad Bhagavatam speaks of Krishna assuming a human form, are we to understand this as a process in time or rather as one of Krishna’s eternally existing features? If the latter is the more appropriate perspective, is it not inaccurate and misleading to employ phrases like: ‘Krishna assumed a human form’ etc?

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Meat eating?

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Different religions make different claims about meat eating, some recommend it, others merely limiting it to exclude pigs, or blood. So who is to decide what is what? What would you say to this challenge?

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Is there Supersoul in the spiritual world?

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Is there Supersoul ( Paramatma ) in the spiritual world?

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What is the standard of chastity in the Vedas for women?

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Is the use of a veil by women a standard Vedic practice confirmed by scriptures? We see the word “samvita” and it’s translated as veiled, is this correct? What is the standard of chastity in the Vedas for women?
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What does it mean that men should protect women?

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What does it mean when the Vedas state that men should protect women?

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How to overcome all our material problems?

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How can we overcome all our material problems and unhappiness and attain the perfection of life?

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Who can achieve the highest goal?

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In verse 9.32 of the Bhagavad-gita, why does Krishna specifically mentions that these categories of human beings (women, workers, etc.) can also achieve the highest goal? This verse gives me the impression that He’s 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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Are we “forced” to exist?

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Why does Krishna “force” us to exist?

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Spiritual life

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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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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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Dharma

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I read a lot about dharma in the Mahabharata and the different dharmas: family dharma, social dharma, etc. How can we know what to do when two worldly dharmas conflict, even though there is no conflict in our devotional life, but in other aspects of our life? How we decide what’s the right path?

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The secret of meditating on Krishna’s holy names

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What’s the secret of meditating on Krishna’s holy names? How can I improve my japa?

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“Endeavor” – Action or Desire

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When Bhagavad Gita 18.14  speaks of endeavor (cesta) as one of the 5 factors of action, we could say that the only endeavor from the jiva with regard to action is his desire. The soul desires happiness (anandamayo ‘bhyasat’). That is all he does, regarding material activity! Otherwise, Supersoul is directing everything, including the other 4 factors of action. The premise of being that the soul is totally distinct from matter, and thus cannot interact with matter or cannot do anything in the sense of “endeavor” besides desire. On the hand, “endeavor” could be described as a more active, striving principle than desire. We cannot delete the 5th factor of action by reducing the term endeavor to the non-active medium of desire. The soul’s interaction with matter is thru the agency of contaminated consciousness, while Krsna supplies intelligence how to “strive” or “endeavor” within xyz actions. Along with Supersoul’s sanction, in this way matter moves by the touch of spirit.

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What is the Nirvana

Question: What is the Nirvana Buddhists speak in terms of Krishna consciousness?

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Can a person achieve salvation by properly following any religion

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Hi, I read about Krishna consciousness and I think that it’s 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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