Shishya or Disciple: Executing Guru's Instructions

                                                                  Q. Can you also please describe more on how to depend on Krishna? I will be very happy to take shelter of your instruction on this.

                                                                  In Digest 127 it was already discussed how one can depend on Krishna and remain undisturbed in case of unexpected reversals and difficulties in life.

                                                                  Q. "In short, sinful activity cannot be brought under the purview of 'offering everything to Krishna.'" (Narada Bhakti Sutra 35)

                                                                  Could you please elaborate on the above? Because so many devotees say that whatever you do, you should offer it to Krishna. For example, suppose I am a software engineer, if I develop some software and it is used for something sinful in the first place, then how can I offer it to Krishna? But devotees recommend offering it.

                                                                  Q. What is the exact meaning of pure devotional service? How can we perform this without expectation?

                                                                  Srila Rupa Goswami gives the definition of pure devotional service in Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu 1.1.11 (Nectar of devotion) as below:

                                                                  anukulyena krsnanu-
                                                                  silanam bhaktir uttama

                                                                  Q. How can I guard against being too sentimental when it comes to the guru/disciple relationship?

                                                                  I tend to romanticize about how nice it would have been to know, say, Jesus, but would I recognize Him if He were here today? The same can be applied to Prabhupada.  I

                                                                  romanticize and become quite sentimental about how nice it would have been to have seen Him face to face, but would I have been surrendered any more if I had? This all leads to (the way I am) seeing Prabhupada's disciples today.  Just as I would like to have seen Prabhupada "in the flesh", I'm now seeing His disciples "in the flesh", but I'm not any more surrendered.

                                                                  Q. 1. Is there a difference between a recommendation and an instruction from a spiritual master to the disciple? If so, then how does one deal with the recommendation in a manner that is conducive to the spirit of surrender to the spiritual master?