Divine Qualities: Service Attitude

                                                                  Q. I read in digest 189 that "who does not follow the regulative principles is not fit for chanting (kirtana)". I am struggling with my attachments and find it difficult and sometimes or most times not motivated to chant. I feel very bad and sometimes dejected due to my own way of life of not watering the seed of devotion I received due to the mercy of devotees and especially one devotee.

                                                                  Q. 1. Time-management is a big issue for students. While it is important to be responsible in our studies, there is also a desire to spend more time in spiritual activities. How can a neophyte with a very biased priority learn to balance time between sadhana, other spiritual activities and day-to-day work?

                                                                  Q. I have so much contamination and materialism in my heart that it is disturbing my consciousness when I am associating with devotees. Greed and envy for spiritual gain is coming to my mind sometimes.

                                                                  By the mercy of Krishna and Prabhupada, I have got this wonderful association. I don't know how long will I have such good fortune and mercy. What should I be meditating on and what should be my consciousness when I associate with devotees, such that I don't keep thinking of just gaining or gaining more out of it.

                                                                  Service is what I look for but it's not all the time. Please guide me in this.

                                                                  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: For long as I can remember, I have been a devotee of Lord Vishnu. On numerous occasions, I have seen him in my dreams talking to me. I am not a ritualistic individual any more, I don’t sit in my home temple because I have surpassed that stage. Is that a bad thing? I have my conversation with god every single day my heart is full of love for him. I asked him to show me a sign, the next week I spontaneously met Dalai Lama. Why does my soul burn to be with the supreme?