Reference to Acharyas: Srila Rupa Goswami

                                                                  Q. I have a question that is bothering me. I went last year to see MATA AMRITANDAMAYI also known as AMMA. She is a big devotee of Lord Krishna, always speaks of Lord Krishna's glories. She has the same message to humankind that our place is with the Lord and that we have to go back to Lord Krishna. My question is, I have seen devotees of amma chanting "om nama shivaya". So I am confused. What is the difference between the maha mantra and this mantra?

                                                                  I hope you would enlighten me on this.

                                                                  Q. The word 'sannyasi' means one in the renounced order of life, which also means being away from homely comforts. But how is that some sannyasis [gurus] hold administrative positions and material assets [fixed and liquid], accept material gifts and tend to lead an opulent life style [taking very opulent prasadam, jet traveling, doing shopping during foreign trips etc.] Is it that if one is spending 24 hours of his time in Krishna consciousness, he is exempted from the above rules?

                                                                  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. My question is how to break habits? How can one become serious and follow Srila Prabhupada's instructions more closely?

                                                                  Retraction of bad habits was compared by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura as being synonymous to the jiva's returning back to the spiritual world, because in effect these bad habits are nothing but the binding effects of our long material association and past activities.