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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 does one properly engage himself in the service of Krishna?
                                                                   
                                                                   
                                                                  Nectar of Devotion describes nine processes of devotional service, beginning with hearing and chanting about Krishna under the guidance of a bonafide spiritual master, in the association of devotees, one can gradually achieve the highest perfection in serving Krsna with devotion.
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: If the soul is part and parcel of Krsna (BG 15.7) and given Krsna is in the spiritual world and everyone in the spiritual world is infallible (BG 15.16), how is it that the soul has fallen into the material world in the first place?
                                                                   
                                                                   
                                                                  As Krishna's extended parts and parcels, the jiva has qualities like Krishna. One of those qualities is free will. Krishna has unlimited free will, whereas the jiva has tiny free will.
                                                                   
                                                                  When utilized properly, the jiva's free will is lovingly directed towards Krishna's service and seeking His happiness.
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: In your digests, I've seen you describing both Srimati Radharani and Yoga-maya as internal potency. As per my understanding I think both shouldn't be treat as one. Please explain if there is any difference between them.
                                                                   
                                                                   
                                                                  Both Srimati Radharani and Yoga-maya are internal potencies of the Lord.
                                                                   
                                                                  Srimati Radharani is the pleasure potency portion of the internal potency, hladhini-sakti of Krsna. When Krishna wants to enjoy, He expands His potency or energy within Himself that gives him enjoyment. This pleasure potency is a person. Her name is Srimati Radharani.
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: My father is now deceased, but was a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. He was placed in a mental hospital for years.  My brother is also paranoid schizophrenic and is on strong medication.  I grew up observing the actions of the mentally ill.
                                                                   
                                                                  As such I look very carefully at the reasoning given.  I am a retired police officer and have come in contact with many people who are mentally ill.
                                                                   
                                                                  Now to the question, If a mentally ill person believes his delusion and acts according to it (harming or killing), does the mentally ill person acquire karma? 
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: Given there is an all encompassing God/Krishna and given there is reincarnation and Karma, see Bhagavad-Gita 18.17, "One who is not motivated by false ego, whose intelligence is not entangled, though he kills men in this world, does not kill.  Nor is he bound by his actions."
                                                                   
                                                                   This seems contradictory to me.  The proof of a false ego is to dominate and control another unto death (killing).  It is not right to kill people and keep them from their  purpose in this life.  No one has the right to retard the education of another.  Saying he is not bound by his actions contradicts the concept of Karma.
                                                                   
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: What will happen to the offenses committed after initiation? Will the Lord punish us for the offenses after the end of the life and do we have to suffer the offenses and take birth? Also, because of this will a devotee loses the opportunity to go back home back to Godhead?
                                                                  Are there any prayers I can pray daily to overcome the offenses and please the Lord apart from chanting 16 rounds? Please clarify.
                                                                   
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: May I be blessed in knowing which is more ancient - The Shiva Puran or The Vishnu Puran

                                                                   
                                                                  They are equally old! Both are compiled by Veda Vyasa.

                                                                  Q: I'm a neophyte in the path of Bhakti. There are a few doubts, which are troubling me. Could you clarify them please? I was searching for the scriptural references to these statements. Prabhupada has said in a few places but I will be grateful for the scriptural references.
                                                                   
                                                                    1.The reactions of the actions of the disciples is borne by the guru..If the disciple is not delivered, guru has to take birth again and again to liberate the disciple.
                                                                   
                                                                    2. Without getting formal initiation one doesn't get Krsna prema, even if he may get a lot of potency.
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: In CC Adi 17.167 Caitanya Mahaprabhu criticizes Islam as being illogical to Chand Kazi "There are many mistakes and illusions in your scriptures. Their compilers, not knowing the essence of knowledge, gave orders that were against reason and argument.” But in prior verse i.e. 166, he states " Cow-killers are condemned to rot in hellish life for as many thousands of years as there are hairs on the body of the cow" which is even more illogical and unjust punishment by any standard of Christian scriptures, which is an eye for an eye , a tooth for a tooth.