Dharma or Religious Principles: The Ultimate Dharma

                                                                  Q. Is it correct to say that the individual souls have natural inclination to enjoy independently? If yes, then what is the hope that the individual soul will ever become dependent and serve the Lord? How natural would that state be?

                                                                  No, it is not a natural inclination of the soul to enjoy independent of the Lord. It is the nature of the soul to be jubilant and to enjoy; as the Vedanta sutra says, anandamayo 'bhyasat. But we have the choice to seek that enjoyment in service to Krishna or in forgetfulness of Him.

                                                                  Q. In one of Bhakti-vriksha [cell] edification material, I read the following line: "UNLESS YOU TAKE TO KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS, YOU CANNOT BE HAPPY." Can you please let us know, what is sastric or sloka reference for this emphatic statement?

                                                                  Q. I always thought that the spiritual and dharmic role of a person is to be calm and never get angry, under any circumstance, and sacrifice one's own life before resorting to violence. However, in the Mahabharata, Krishna keeps saying so many times that it is a coward that backs down from a war. At the same time, He says that war is inevitable when all other options are exhausted. However, I don't understand this because whenever He says this, the war is referring to protecting one's honor.

                                                                  Q. 1. As per the Bhagavad-gita sloka 4.8 "paritranaya sadhunam, vinasaya ca duskrtam.." the Godhead commits Himself to come to the world for performing His duties. This being the case, how we can aspire for a condition of no birth?