Process of Devotional Service: Atma-nivedanam or Surrendering

                                                                  Q: I would like to know what the difference is between pada-sevanam and dasyam.
                                                                   Also, what category does book distribution, cooking and cleaning belong to?
                                                                   Also what does atma-nivedanam mean in practicality when I have a job and live like a Congregational member? Is the 12-step program that AA alcoholic anonymous practice a form of atma-nivedanam? And to what degree?


                                                                  Q: During association with devotees, I heard some saying “I call guru my dear father, my close friend…”
                                                                  I am thinking over the sentence from Nectar of Devotion Chapter 7 “The spiritual master must be accepted as My representative, but as My very self. He must never be considered on the same level with an ordinary human being. …”
                                                                  Although I am attracted by Krishna as a lovely friend and a sincere protector, I should treat the gurus like servant and master? If somebody is attracted Krishna as lover, father or son, she still should treat the gurus as servant and master?


                                                                  Q: Recently, I had a nice debate with one of my close devotee friends here in the Boston temple over the position on our home altar of a photo of Sri Yasoda-Damodara relative to the position on the same altar of a photo of Lakshmi Devi – the eternal consort of Lord Narayana. This led to the following questions which I will be very grateful to get answers for.

                                                                  Q. I recently heard a lecture on the Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter 9 texts 26-34. The verses speak about offerings to Krishna, how we should make our offerings with genuine love and devotion.

                                                                  In the Dharma book published by the BBT, Chapter 8 page 59 it says: "A spiritually advanced Krishna conscious person sees all moving and non-moving things, but he does not exactly see their forms. Rather, wherever he looks he sees the manifestation of His worshipable Lord."

                                                                  I would like to ask about Vamana avatar. Mahabali is a pure devotee of Krishna and he ruled with all the qualities of a king; all of his people were happy with him. But Krishna came as Vamana and removed him from the earth. Why did He do so?