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                                                                  Inquiries

                                                                  Everyone likes to inquire. Srila Prabhupada writes, "The whole world is full of questions and answers. The birds, beasts and men are all busy in the matter of perpetual questions and answers...Although they go on making such questions and answers for their whole lives, they are not at all satisfied. Satisfaction of the soul can only be obtained by questions and answers on the subject of Krishna." -- Purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.5

                                                                  "Inquiries into the Absolute" is a wonderful opportunity provided by Srila Romapada Swami to help us fruitfully engage our propensity to inquire and seek answers. Please take advantage!

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                                                                  Q: Apparently one version of Ramayana indicates Mantara being severely admonished or even beaten by Shatrughna when he found out from a Minister that she was behind the intrigue of Ram’s banishment. Bharata stopped this. Can you verify?

                                                                  Q: Are there any definitive rules, either from Srila Prabhupada or some shastra (preferably one used or referred to by Srila Prabhuapda) that defines the placement of Srila Prabupada’s murti in an ISKCON temple and where the SB class speaker and audience should be seated? Are there any absolute prohibitions in this regards that forbid any particular placement? How many temples out there have Srila Prabhupada on the right side of the room when facing the altar (such as one finds in Dallas and New Vrindaban)?

                                                                   
                                                                   

                                                                  Prabhupada definitely wanted his vyasasana placed either with his left hand side to the deity, or facing the deities from directly opposite.

                                                                  Q: For some, Balarama’s age is a controversy. 1 year is mentioned in Brahma-vaivarta Purana, Krishna-janma-khanda 13.235.

                                                                  However, many Gaudiya vaisnavas say this contradicts other descriptions. Most acaryas seem to concur that the difference was just a few days.

                                                                  Q: In the Temple we are discussing SB Canto 3 which touched on the subject of the world being under one flag. I was shown a flag with Hanuman on it and we were told we will be under one flag again. I don’t understand. Could you explain this to me?

                                                                  Q: In Varanashrama Dharma, are there any specific set of rules for each Social division (Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaisya, Sudra) ? I understand that whatever the Social division is, they should work and live in Krsna Consciousness, But how Krsna Consciousness is differently applied to each of these division. For example a Brahmana Devotes His full time to Krsna, but other Divisions do their Professional Job and they will not have so much time as Brahmana to devote to Krsna. Also does the four Spiritual orders (Brahmacari, Grihastha, Vanaprastha, Sannyasa) apply to all Social Orders?

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  Q: From Science Of Self Realization book, below paragraph convinced me of why we should surrender and go Back to Krishna

                                                                  “The beginning of our present material life cannot be traced, nor is it necessary for us to know how we became conditioned in material existence. We have to be satisfied with the understanding that somehow or other this material life has been going on since time immemorial and now our duty is to surrender unto the Supreme Lord, who is the original cause of all causes”

                                                                  But From BG 8.3  in the last paragraph of the Purport it says

                                                                  Q: I have been in Iskcon for about 5 years now and practising Krishna Consciousness. I have seen that in the Gaudiya literatures like Chaitanya Charitamrita , Mayavada philosophy is condemned. I do understand the fundamental principle of Advaita, Acintya Bheda Abheda and Dwaita philosophies and very much agree to our Acintya BhedaAbheda tattva. My question is, when Adi Sankaracharya has written few songs like Bhaja Govindam and Jagannatha Ashtakam, where he glorifies Krishna exhaustively, what is the reason that still Mayavadism is condemned in our society? I am very much confused because of this. Please kindly clarify my doubt.

                                                                  Q: I understand that the Supreme Lord came in the Satya-Yuga as Kapila-Deva to teach meditation, as Krishna in the Dwapara-Yuga to teach temple devotion, and as Sri Krishna Chaitanya in the Kali-Yuga Mahaprabhu to teach the glories of Sankirtan. However, I am having difficulty finding the name of the red avatar who came in the Treta-Yuga to teach the mysteries of fire sacrifice. Could you tell me the name of this Yuga-Avatar?

                                                                   

                                                                  The yuga avatar for Treta Yuga is Yajna, who appeared to Brahma to establish fire sacrifice as the process for self-realization.
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: For long as I can remember, I have been a devotee of Lord Vishnu. On numerous occasions, I have seen him in my dreams talking to me. I am not a ritualistic individual any more, I don’t sit in my home temple because I have surpassed that stage. Is that a bad thing? I have my conversation with god every single day my heart is full of love for him. I asked him to show me a sign, the next week I spontaneously met Dalai Lama. Why does my soul burn to be with the supreme?