Modes of Material Nature: Mode of Ignorance

                                                                  Q. 1. In our religion it is stated that we should not eat meat. However what is the difference between eating plants and eating animals? Either way we are killing a living entity. The only difference I see is that animals can voice their agony while plants cannot.

                                                                  Q. If someone say's even Hitler was vegetarian but he created so much havoc. How can one support the argument that vegetarian food results in pleasant thoughts.

                                                                  Q. Why don't I like to study or, in general, do my prescribed duty? I do not enjoy doing any work. Why do I feel great pain while doing that?  I see that other friends and devotees easily absorb their minds in their works and do it but I am not able to absorb my mind. I do not find in myself any creativity.

                                                                  Please tell what the reason is for this and cure for it.

                                                                  This strong aversion or inertia for action should be understood to be the effect of material infection, due to tamo-guna. Krishna describes the strange effects of this mode of nature in BG Chapter 14. This inertia is opposite to the nature of spirit, for the spirit soul by nature is always active.

                                                                  Q. When we come to spiritual life and understand that we have many bad habits due to being conditioning in the material world for long time, we try to over come the habits by knowledge of shastras, hearing lectures from devotees, by performing service to Vaishnavas and the Lord etc. Some habits are easy to give up, some take little endeavor to overcome and some habits are really very hard to give up. We try our best to overcome these anarthas, but these deeply rooted anarthas seem impossible to overcome. For some time it seems that we have overcome the habits, but after some time they come back to haunt us again and become stumbling block on path of devotion. How do we deal with these kind of Bad Habits or anarthas?

                                                                  Q.  Renunciation of prescribed duty is condemned in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is verse 18.7, 18.8. Also in the purport to verse 3.4 Srila Prabhupada disapproves premature renunciation, but then he gives the bottomline, "On the other hand, if someone takes to the transcendental service of the Lord, even without discharging his prescribed duties, whatever he is able to advance in the cause is accepted by the Lord."
                                                                  So, isn't Prabhupada giving a license here especially for students who want to practice bhakti as an escape-way to studies? Please explain the matter briefly and remove my misconceptions. I beg for your help.

                                                                  There are stories about Christian mystics who fell victims to demons while thinking that they communicate with God. For example, during deep prayers and austerities, some of them smelled heavenly fragrance and a divine being appeared to them, speaking seemingly about spiritual truths, but in fact that "angel" was misleading that ardent Christian mystic. Is something like that possible in Vaishnavism? How to recognize who is on the other side of the line?