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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: 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.
                                                                    
                                                                   

                                                                  Question:
                                                                   1) I have a tendency to retaliate if someone says something bad to me. I have heard in a lecture that 'If you retaliate you may please yourself but If you do not Retaliate you please Krsna'. However I am not able to practically apply it in my Life. Please suggest dome practical ways to overcome this tendency.
                                                                    2) I have a tendency to compare myself with others. If I see someone in a materially better condition I feel depressed. This tendency is automatic and I am not able to overcome it. Please help me.

                                                                   
                                                                   1) There is no hard and fast rule as to WHEN one should act strongly when one is offended/wronged vs. simply tolerating it.

                                                                  Q: In speaking with a friend recently about free will, I explained that a living entity at each moment can choose to go after asat or choose to follow devotional service. The friend asked me, "Does Krishna know already what choice we will make?" I said, just like a mother is familiar with a child's tendency, Krishna is familiar with our inclinations and tendency, but He does not impose and say, "choose this." Then, my friend insisted, "But does Krishna know what choice we will make? If He does, then, actually there is no free will, because our choice is already pre-destined. And if He does not, then, how can there be a God who does not know the future?" I felt stuck in answering this question.

                                                                   

                                                                  Q: What divides animals and humans in Hinduism? How are animals perceived in Hinduism? Are they treated differently?

                                                                  Q: Experiencing happiness within devotional service: Is that considered selfish?
                                                                    I get so much happiness with devotional service. However, I fear that if it is a selfish desire rather sincere motivation to please Krsna.  How can I differentiate and improve where I am not focusing on my happiness, but rather making Krsna happy?