Human Beings: Gift of Human Birth

                                                                  Q. I have heard that karma is counted only for those who are in human form and staying on earth. Can you elaborate on this?

                                                                  Bharata-varsha or the earthly realm is referred to as the field of activities, or karma bhumi. That is to say one gets the opportunity here to perform activities by which one can either accumulate pious credits or sinful reactions. In all the other realms, one is more or less expending their karmic account, good or bad.

                                                                  Q. I can say I have practically no knowledge of the scriptures; but I believe in GOD - in all gods. Prior to coming to the US, I used to pray a lot. However, after coming here I have reduced that, apparently for no particular reason. But I have started praying to my parents, because I feel that by serving one's parents, one can serve God. I would like to understand what really is a person's duty - is it to serve God directly or to serve his parents and reach God through them?

                                                                  Q. The laws of karma are very complex, but at least we have some understanding from Srila Prabhupada: there are 8,400,000 forms of life through which the soul can transmigrate, 400,000 of which are human. In any of those human forms (if I'm not mistaken), we are permitted the opportunity to re-establish our dormant relationship with Krishna.

                                                                  Q. I have been wondering about a lot a issues related to religion. I wonder if you can help me find some answers and direction. I sometimes feel confused. Knowing that we are going to die, what is the point of living?

                                                                  [NOTE: This question was presented by a 13 year old. The language within the answer has been chosen accordingly.]

                                                                  Q. 1. First of all, thank you for your sanga and your potent enlightening answers. We have heard that the human form is the most valuable one and that only out of human form can the living beings go back home, back to Krishna. Does this refer also to the great sages and demigods? Do they also fall down on the earth in drops of rain, attain human bodies and out of them go back home when they also finish the process of bhakti yoga?

                                                                  Q. I need your guidance. By the Grace and the Kindness of Krishna Almighty, I have progressed in my life in terms of my standard of living, and have acquired a respectable job that does not give me physical stress at all, (though there is a considerable amount of mental stress). I am happy, there is no doubt, but the drawback is, I have involved myself a lot into materialistic attractions of this world - MAYA.