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                                                                  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: 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: 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: We hear that we should not use our intelligence to try to understanding the instructions of the shastra as our intelligence is contaminated and we may not be able to get the real meaning of the instructions so we should just follow what the senior devotees or Guru is saying. But on the other hand we are told that we should use our intelligence while accepting the Guru or association of devotees. So I am not clear as what to do, should we or should we not use our intelligence?

                                                                   

                                                                  Q: While reading Srimad Bhagavatam, there are mentions of Sati process, wherein the queen offers herself to self-immolate along with her dead husband. It was presented as a noble ritual of the Kshatriyas living in Dvapara Yuga. If I contemplate that act with both our modern philosophy and/or Krsna consciousness, I have a couple of conclusions which create certain unclarity. Obviously, from our history books at school, we know that Sati was discouraged by the British and that it is inhumane to expect a lady to immolate herself at her husband's pyre. On a normal humanitarian grounds, this makes perfect sense. From a KC point of view, we understand that each soul is different and independent from the other.

                                                                  Q: Some senior devotees that I have taken shelter under for learning vaishnava etiquettes or to participate in regular temple services have very different psycho-physical nature than mine. According to their nature, they have set ideas about how one should perform devotional service. For instance, a couple of seniors in our temple persistently repeat that reading books leads to pride. They don't give up this idea even when other senior devotees point it out that Srila Prabhupada wanted us to study his books. They give more importance to physical seva. Basically they do what matches their nature, and I do what matches mine. None of us do everything. Also, there are many things I observe in their demeanor which I should not observe. It's human nature to see faults first.

                                                                  Q: I once heard a reference that Srila Prabhupada said that in the Vedic age the area from India, up to the Caspian Sea, was known as Bhu Swarga, or heaven on earth.

                                                                  This was because of vast gardens and luscious fruit production.

                                                                  I also heard that it was said that Kasyapa Muni had his asrama on the Caspian Sea.

                                                                  Is there any reference for this understanding?


                                                                   

                                                                  Q: I was listening to one lecture in which I heard that there was one king who has a prime minister who was a devotee of Krishna, in every situation he said  mercy of Krishna.
                                                                    One day king's finger has been cut, so prime minister said mercy of Krishna.
                                                                    So, King said what type of mercy is this and put him in the jail.
                                                                    The King appointed another prime minister who was jealous of the first prime minister.
                                                                    One day in jungle some dacoits captured king and the new prime minister and they thought to sacrifice King in the KALI puja. When they were sacrificing, the head priest saw that the king was missing one finger; he said that he is imperfect, so he cannot be sacrificed.