Common Impediments: Imitation

                                                                  Q. Prabhupada states we shouldn't try to imitate the guru. I understand this as referring to imitation with deception in mind or in a sahajiya mentality. But all devotees imitate Prabhupada to some degree, whether it's 1%, or 5%, or 25%, 50%, 75%. It seems we all imitate Prabhupada, it's just a matter of degree. Until we get there... isn't everything a devotee does imitation? Is it okay to imitate with the knowledge that until we come to pure devotional service, that's all we can do? Thank you.

                                                                  Q. What is the gait/qualities of true humbleness in a devotee? I am told to be careful not to be pretending to be humble, but be truly humble. (I am told) not to act until then but to be myself. I struggle with this because unless I start being humble in my mind and action how can I really achieve true humbleness?

                                                                  Is my behavior/attempt to learn to be humble a pretension? How would one cultivate the true nature of being humble at heart?

                                                                  Q. My 8-year-old daughter asked me the following 2 questions: Why did Krishna not marry Srimati Radharani, when Her deity is always next to Krishna and we worship Krishna and Radha? I could not give her a good answer. I think what confuses her is that Krishna loved Srimati Radharani, but married someone else.

                                                                  Q. In Bg 3.22 purport, Srila Prabhupada writes "Although He (Lord Krishna) is above all the regulations of the revealed scriptures, He does not do anything that violates the revealed scriptures". And similarly in 2.23p: "because He descended to establish the principles of religion He followed the prescribed rules. Otherwise, common men would follow in His footsteps, because He is the greatest authority."

                                                                  Q. How does one reconcile to the 'strange' behavior of Lord Rsabhadeva (he used to walk around naked, lay in his stool and urine etc.) to Sri Krishna's injunction in the Bhagavad Gita (3.21) stating that as great men do, general masses follow. Lord Rsabhadeva was a great king, an ideal upholder of dharma, yet why did he then set such a bewildering example?