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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. Srila Prabhupada said 'preaching is the essence', what does this mean? What are the qualifications of the preacher? Are performing nagar sankirtan and book distribution a kind of preaching? What are the levels in preaching?

                                                                  Q. 1. Why an aspirant is unable to approach Lord Krishna or his representative or a Sadhu or obtain a spiritual master even after they have spent time for the last 60 years of its life? This person is totally materially inclined, but occasionally turn to the Lord without any desires wholeheartedly.

                                                                  Q. 1. What is Karma?
                                                                   
                                                                  A. Every action has its equal or greater reaction - this is a simple definition of karma. Whatever activity we do, good or bad, brings us good or bad reactions. Due to good karma, one may get a beautiful body, become wealthy or very intelligent etc., and bad reactions may come in the form of disease, poverty etc., or in terms of heavenly enjoyment or hellish sufferings and so on.

                                                                  Q. The soul is like God but it is not God. The soul is eternal - it has not birth and death. How does the soul come into being from God? What happens to the soul after 'complete destruction' i.e. after the death of Lord Brahma? What happens to the 'unused' karma?

                                                                  Q. 1. How is our soul a part of Krishna?
                                                                   
                                                                  A. The analogy of a spark to a blazing fire is given to describe our relationship with Krsna. We are the energy of Krsna and are just like a small spark of the Infinite Absolute.
                                                                  We have our individual identity and freewill, but we can never function independently of Krsna.

                                                                  Q. Does Ksriyodakashayi Vishnu also have a spiritual body? Does He exist in Lord Brahma also?

                                                                  A. Yes. He enters as the Supersoul within the heart of every embodied living entity, including Brahmaji and is unaffected by material nature.

                                                                  Q. What happens to our spiritual bodies once we take on a material body?
                                                                   
                                                                  A. The spiritual body (or spirit soul) is described as being situated in the region of the heart and is covered by the subtle and gross material coverings. Prabhupada compares this to a man wearing a shirt and coat. It is the spirit soul (or spiritual body) which is activating the material body, just as when the man's hands move, the arms of coat also move. In other words, the spiritual body is present, but covered and existing in a dormant state.

                                                                  Q. As we are part and parcel of Krishna, we were already there in different bodies maybe spiritual or material bodies depending upon our karma and wandering between the universes, What exactly does Lord Brahmaji create at the inception of the universe? Is it the new spirit, or new body or new form?

                                                                  Q. Can a devotee of Lord Krsna who Has not been initiated yet but has been following all the instruction from HDG Prabhupada is allowed to worship Lord Krsna Archa Vigraha form in his house?

                                                                  Q. In Chapter 4 beginning Krishna says that he instructed the imperishable science of yoga to sun god Vivsavan. I am curious as to which Avatar does this happened.

                                                                  A. Each time Krsna appears to deliver Bhagavad-gita, it is as Vasudeva Krsna.