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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: 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: The purport of SB 9.22.20 states "Satyavati was actually the daughter of Uparicara Vasu by the womb of a fisherwoman known as Matsyagarbha. Later, Satyavati was raised by a fisherman." What is that history?
                                                                   

                                                                  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: How do we determine our prescribed duty? As the socio-spiritual structure of varnasrama is not prevalent today, we seem to have some liberty to choose for us our profession, according to our talents and propensities which can be introspected to a certain extent. So, can our professional duty be regarded as our prescribed duty? According to the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is verse 2.47, what type of activities are included in "prescribed duty" and what activities are not included in it? Are we at a liberty to call any activity we want to do as our "prescribed duty"?

                                                                  Q: I have severe Hereditary Bronchial Asthma, suffering from my childhood days. I started with Japa in the early morning for a few days. But during winter months I cannot do Japa attentively. What should I do since my health does not permit me doing Japa so regularly?

                                                                   

                                                                  If during the winter months you are not able to chant in the mornings, then whenever time permits during the day you should make sure to chant your japa.  You can also sincerely pray to Krishna to give you the strength and ability to serve Him. When Krsna sees our sincere desire to serve Him, He can award us situations which are conducive to carry out our service.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Q: Since Lord Krishna is the actual beneficiary of our results, why is Krishna known to be a renounced person?
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: Generally people know about Vishnu or Kshirodakasayi Vishnu. The general public has not heard about other Vishnu forms- Karanodayakasayi Visnu, Garbhodaka sayi Vishnu etc. and other expansions of Krishna: Immediate expansion as Balarama and subsequent expansions. Where in this information in sastras is available?
                                                                    We would like to know more about these details of different forms of Krishna's expansions and about Universal egg.