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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: We have a youth group in our local community which is the next generation after the older one and I’m currently the leader of it.
                                                                   
                                                                  I have couple of questions regarding this.
                                                                   
                                                                  What are good communication skills? Like as a youth group, we struggle a lot with replying to each other or communication in general. We tend to have problems with miscommunication which lead to arguments. We also aren’t able to be completely honest with each other either because we are afraid of hurting each other’s feelings or worried what will happen. Is there any way to solve this problem Maharaj?
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: During association with devotees, I heard some saying “I call guru my dear father, my close friend…”
                                                                   
                                                                  I am thinking over the sentence from Nectar of Devotion Chapter 7 “The spiritual master must be accepted as My representative, but as My very self. He must never be considered on the same level with an ordinary human being. …”
                                                                   
                                                                  Although I am attracted by Krishna as a lovely friend and a sincere protector, I should treat the gurus like servant and master? If somebody is attracted Krishna as lover, father or son, she still should treat the gurus as servant and master?
                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  Q: Is the total number of jivatmas (both in the spiritual world and material world) fixed or is Krishna creating new jivatmas all the time?

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  Q:  My contemplations on prayer find me asking for a clear definition of what prayer is. I heard that it means to glorify the Lord. Also that chanting the Holy name is the best prayer. Also that prayer means an intense desire.
                                                                   
                                                                  What does a prayer mean? Is it accepting Supreme position of the Lord and subordinating my will to His Will?
                                                                   
                                                                  How can I pray with a heart that gets frequently doubtful about Krsna and His devotees? Nonetheless I pray because I have seen nothing else working out and I have been recommended to do so. Reading some of your kind answers I felt like seeking this clarification.
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: I have a question as to whether women should work outside her home or not. In today’s IT age, women are also taking key positions in the corporate world. Is earning money not a prescribed duty for women? Krishna says serve your husband. If her husband wants wife to earn money for financial stability, what should a women do? What is best for her in this situation? To satisfy her husband by bringing in money or better stay at home taking care of children and other household activities?
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: We find the following statement in the 2nd paragraph of the purport to verse 18.46 in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is: “Everyone should think that he is engaged in a particular type of occupation by Hrsikesa, the master of the senses. And by the result of the work in which one is engaged, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, should be worshiped.”
                                                                   
                                                                  My question is pertaining to the grammatical construction of the above two sentences. If we consider 2 independent clauses:
                                                                   
                                                                  Independent clause 1: Everyone should think that he is engaged in a particular type of occupation by Hrsikesa, the master of the senses.
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: When Lord Krsna shows His Virat Rupa to Arjuna, obviously Arjuna does not see His two-armed form. On the other hand, Lord Krsna's universal form is so huge that it is impossible to offer any practical service to or communicate with His Virat Rupa, so I just wonder how does Arjuna offer his wonderful prayers to or express his wonder and feelings to Krsna's Virat Rupa?

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  Arjuna simultaneously sees both the two-handed form, standing upon the chariot, as well as Krsna’s virat-rupa. Arjuna’s prayers are offered to the personal form.

                                                                  Q: In Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Bhajana-rahasya he mentions that weakness of the heart is of four types: attachment to objects not related to Krsna, deceitfulness or fault-finding, enviousness and desire for fame. My question is related to enviousness. Even on the pure spiritual platform there is competition between the devotees. Normally enviousness or envy are one of elements which stimulate competition among common people. How to distinguish what is enviousness-type motivation and what is positive competition motivation?

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  Q: I am an initiated devotee and stay away from my shiksha guru as well as diksha guru. I attend local chapter of the ISKCON temple thrice a week and participate in the activities of the temple. My (including my wife) daily routine of activities are as per ISKCON guidance. We get up at 3.30am, mangala arti at 4.30am, chant 16 rounds by 8am and listen bhagavatam lectures, take prasadam etc in the house for 4 days, 3 days in the temple. I chant 32 rounds of japa daily and my wife 20 rounds.

                                                                  The Problem is: even after practising this for many years, i am tempted to see famous movies and mythological serials. Can you please explain why this happens and suggest remedial measures for avoiding these attractions.

                                                                  Q: Sastra says guru is the representative of Lord Krishna and we should not see him as an ordinary man. At the same time we read that also great personalities can fall down from the position of guru (SB 5.18.4 p and Adi-lila 7.110 p).
                                                                  So my question is how do we are supposed to see the guru? How can we reconcile both statements? It seems very difficult to me to worship my guru as the representative of Krishna and at the same time thinking he can fall down from his position.