Krishna Consciousness: Yukta-vairagya Principle

                                                                  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. My question has to do with acting as an adult, striving to regain my connection with Krishna, while managing materialistic desires acquired from so many  years of materialistic contamination.

                                                                  I theoretically understand that I cannot sail having one foot in the spiritual boat and the other in material, both headed in opposite directions. In one class you mentioned that willingly accepting time-wasting and sense gratificatory activity 'in moderation' is an untenable solution. Rather, you mentioned that what is critical is how we make decisions about addressing our past conditioning while proceeding towards Krishna.

                                                                  Q. One of the things that caught my attention in yesterday's Bhakti Vriksha class was your instruction that we should not develop attachment with other devotees in Bhakti Vrishka.

                                                                  How should I associate with other devotees without developing attachment and at the same time not offend them by seeming distant?

                                                                  Although I realize that associating without attachment is completely different from being distant, I'm concerned that as a neophyte devotee "associating without attachment" would manifest as "distant" in my actions.

                                                                  Q. When we are in a mood of surrender, is it possible to spiritualize all activities that do not break the four regulative principles? I ask because I am a student at a University, and am seeking to engage in my studies with a mood of service. While it is indirect service, what should be the appropriate mindset towards secular schooling?

                                                                  Q. I recently heard a lecture on the Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter 9 texts 26-34. The verses speak about offerings to Krishna, how we should make our offerings with genuine love and devotion.

                                                                  In the Dharma book published by the BBT, Chapter 8 page 59 it says: "A spiritually advanced Krishna conscious person sees all moving and non-moving things, but he does not exactly see their forms. Rather, wherever he looks he sees the manifestation of His worshipable Lord."