Process of Devotional Service: Kirtanam or Chanting

                                                                  Q. It is said that chanting means to request Radharani for Krishna's service. On the other hand it is also said that out of all the services chanting 16 rounds is most important. So is this definition of chanting complete or do you think that there should be some other definition of chanting?

                                                                  Q. In the Introduction to The Nectar of Devotion we find the following statement from Srila Prabhupada: "Described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam are nine different processes, besides which everything done is unfavorable to Krishna consciousness. Thus, one should always be guarding against falldowns."
                                                                  What is/are the form(s) of devotional service that we can directly connect to our occupational duties, specifically in a workplace outside the home?

                                                                  Q: How does one properly engage himself in the service of Krishna?
                                                                  Nectar of Devotion describes nine processes of devotional service, beginning with hearing and chanting about Krishna under the guidance of a bonafide spiritual master, in the association of devotees, one can gradually achieve the highest perfection in serving Krsna with devotion.

                                                                  Q: I would like to know what the difference is between pada-sevanam and dasyam.
                                                                   Also, what category does book distribution, cooking and cleaning belong to?
                                                                   Also what does atma-nivedanam mean in practicality when I have a job and live like a Congregational member? Is the 12-step program that AA alcoholic anonymous practice a form of atma-nivedanam? And to what degree?


                                                                  Q:  My contemplations on prayer find me asking for a clear definition of what prayer is. I heard that it means to glorify the Lord. Also that chanting the Holy name is the best prayer. Also that prayer means an intense desire.
                                                                  What does a prayer mean? Is it accepting Supreme position of the Lord and subordinating my will to His Will?
                                                                  How can I pray with a heart that gets frequently doubtful about Krsna and His devotees? Nonetheless I pray because I have seen nothing else working out and I have been recommended to do so. Reading some of your kind answers I felt like seeking this clarification.

                                                                  Q: For long as I can remember, I have been a devotee of Lord Vishnu. On numerous occasions, I have seen him in my dreams talking to me. I am not a ritualistic individual any more, I don’t sit in my home temple because I have surpassed that stage. Is that a bad thing? I have my conversation with god every single day my heart is full of love for him. I asked him to show me a sign, the next week I spontaneously met Dalai Lama. Why does my soul burn to be with the supreme?