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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 have been serving in a temple for last 4 years, later on due to financial reasons I moved out to work. My age is 29. By the grace of Guru and Krishna, my sadhana is reasonably strong, nor do I have a great struggle in controlling my senses. But now coming to major decision in life, I want seek clarity for which Ashram to enter? As i have seen pros and cons of both the Ashram. How to move in any ashram with strong faith? I also I have a desire to serve as a pujari in a temple with full commitment although I am not yet second initiated. Would like to seek you suggestion to serve Srila Prabhupada and our Parampara with more Heart.

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  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: How to control the agitation of mind in the presences of females?

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  Refer can i control my agitated mind  

                                                                  Q: If all the living entities in this material world are parts of Krishna and Krishna wants all of us to go back to Goloka dham then why can't he just by using his powers take all the living beings back to god head...why does he wants us to come by ourselves... why can't he just take all of us back to home?

                                                                  Refer do-i-have-free-will

                                                                  Q: In the Introduction of the Krsna book (paragraphs 3 and 4), the following is stated. (Ellipsis are mine):
                                                                   "... when the Lord descends, the incarnation emanates from Viṣṇu. ... when Kṛṣṇa appears, all the Viṣṇu expansions join with Him. ... Kṛṣṇa actually appears in order to demonstrate His Vṛndavana pastimes and in this way attract the fortunate conditioned souls and invite them back home, back to Godhead. The killing of the demons in Vṛndavana was carried out only by the Viṣṇu portion of Kṛsna."

                                                                  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.