Krishna's Energies: Maya or Material Energy

                                                                  Q. In a recent lecture I heard the following explanation: "Our bodies are not ours, even our soul is not something we can claim to be ours, since the soul is directly an energy of Krishna. The only thing which we can claim to be ours is our relationship with Krishna." Does this mean that, similarly, our free will is the only thing which is ours (that too being given by Krishna)? We can use our free will to come closer to or go further away from our relationship with Krishna. Can we infer it like this also?

                                                                  Q. Prabhupada had undergone so many troubles in his life; still he continued his preaching in his life even after having so many temples to manage. That was his success. But when we are trying to follow his teachings in our life, why are we not able follow it perfectly?

                                                                  Sometimes we say Maya is so strong. What will happen to us? When we are sick, it is so difficult to even complete 16 rounds. Why does this happen to us?

                                                                  Q. In the 3rd Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada regularly says that the virat-rupa is a material manifestation. Yet in some places it is said that it is manifested from the Lord's internal potency (3.6.35). I thought the internal potency was completely spiritual. Can you please clarify this?

                                                                  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. Does Krishna have a very specific plan for each living entity, and deviating from this plan causes one to be in maya?  I'm wondering mainly whether it's a very specific plan, all mapped out, with every other path being maya, and we do best by trying to discern it and adhere to it, or are there a few options?

                                                                  Q. In the Gita verse 2.47 ("Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities..."), does it mean that we are not the producers of our results? Does the sanskrit word "hetuh" = "cause"
                                                                  essentially mean the "producer" or does it imply something else?

                                                                  Yes,  BG 2.47 says precisely what He means to say: the jiva is not the cause of the results of activities.

                                                                  Please carefully read BG 5.14