Common Impediments: Material Conceptions

                                                                  Q. During one of our recent discussions in our study group there was a discussion on siddha svarup.

                                                                  One of the devotees said that the spiritual master would reveal one's svarup at some point of time when such a disciple has reached such a stage. My humble opinion is that such a practice is not there in ISKCON and as and when a devotee reaches such a stage of advancement it will be known to him naturally.

                                                                  Can I humbly request you to kindly clarify this?

                                                                  Q. Some burning questions and my problems brought me to Krishna Consciousness. Seeing a few devotees who extended themselves for help made me start practicing with a little faith. Now I am somewhat attached to those devotees deeply and feel big pain when I see them in pain. Sometimes I feel what kind of God is Krsna who is keeping His devotees in so much pain (sometimes physical or other problems) even after they have spent all their life worshiping His name. I find myself helpless and stuck not being able to help them anyway. And it shakes my faith as well. When we don't have anyone around in trouble, we have to fight alone having no choice. But when we take shelter, we want to be saved from the problems of life.

                                                                  Q. I have a question regarding obedience. The Lord exhibits the quality of obedience to His parents and elders in His various incarnations and pastimes. Likewise, as far as I understand, He indicates through scripture that such obedience is a religious principle, pleasing to Him, and that parents have God-given authority and duty to train their children accordingly. I am noticing that I have some reluctance to wholly embrace this, for the idea of "obedience" triggers a negative impression in me. It brings to my mind the image of a dog being trained, commanded, swatted when disobedient, and rewarded when obedient.

                                                                  Q: In Bhagavad-gita 2.47, Lord Krishna says, "...but you are not entitled to the fruits of action." What does it mean here to be not entitled to the fruits of action? Does it mean that we aren't the proprietors of the fruits that we get from our work, or does it mean that we don't have a right to obtain or receive the reactionary fruit itself, good or bad, of anything that we do?
                                                                  For example, consider that a student has appeared for an exam. Now does it mean that he does not have the right to obtain the result of exam, whether pass or fail, or does it mean that he has no proprietorship over the result when they are declared?