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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: 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?

                                                                  Q: Recently, I had a nice debate with one of my close devotee friends here in the Boston temple over the position on our home altar of a photo of Sri Yasoda-Damodara relative to the position on the same altar of a photo of Lakshmi Devi – the eternal consort of Lord Narayana. This led to the following questions which I will be very grateful to get answers for.

                                                                  Q: Lately I read the part of Mahabharata when Draupadi talked to Satyabama how she served her five husbands. She said she was the first to rise from bed and the last to take rest. She would never enjoy anything her husbands didn’t enjoy, nor would she perform any act disagreeable to them, among many others. I feel ashamed when thinking of her sacrifice and virtue. So what is an ideal wife like in this Kali yuga? How can we make the best of our role as a wife in this life?
                                                                   

                                                                  Please refer to Digest 299

                                                                  Q: I was listening to a Sunday class wherein the speaker said that in the spiritual world, everyone is individually associating with Lord Krishna as servant, friend, parent etc.
                                                                   
                                                                  I was wondering does Krishna expand individually to associate with each and every living entity? For example, there could be millions of living entities in the mood of parent in Goloka. Does Krishna expand himself as a kid in each of the million households? Does he expand for each entity in the other rasas also or he is just one and millions of living entities are crowding to serve him?
                                                                   
                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  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?