Process of Devotional Service: Smaranam or Remembering

                                                                  Q. I am trying to be more conscious about my daily activities and thoughts so that they are centered on Krishna, but it is not easy. I find myself thinking or daydreaming about how I can enjoy separate from Krishna. When I bring my thoughts back to Krishna my mind feels so much clearer. How can I keep my thoughts on the right track?

                                                                  I really want to clean out my mind. I feel like there is so much garbage cluttered there from the past few years. Sometimes it is really overwhelming. I want to focus on Krishna and not on sense gratification but that desire sense gratification keeps creeping back! Please describe a practical way that I can control my mind and be a better devotee.

                                                                  Q. I am writing this mail to inform you about an obstacle I am facing in my attempt to practice Krishna Consciousness. I come from a so called "traditional Brahmin family". We are said to be belonging to a sect which represents original "Vedic tradition" Brahmins. I guess, like anyone else, my parents and especially my Mother is totally upset about my devotional activities. Now they are coming to know about the lifestyle of a devotee - mostly through their speculation, based on their experience, I guess.

                                                                  Bhagavad-gita Chapter 12.8-12 offers us a sequence of elevation to perfection. The Yoga Ladder similarly offers us such a sequence.

                                                                  Q. 1. How do these two descriptions compare?

                                                                  Q. 2. It seems that there is a discrepancy between the two lists regarding where in sequence one places karma-yoga. Can you explain?

                                                                  Different things, Krsna consciousness included, can be viewed from different angles. Depending on the angle of viewing something, descriptions may differ even of the same object.

                                                                  Q. I am wondering if there is scriptural evidence or statements by Srila Prabhupada that would explain what would be a person's fate in a particular circumstance. The circumstance being that during their life, the person met the devotees and became interested in Krishna consciousness. For the rest of their life, they tried to worship and serve Sri Krishna to the best of their ability.  However, when they left their body, they were unable to remember Krishna at that moment. Yamaraja and the Yamadutas came to take them to the hellish planets but when they started to undergo punishment, they then were able to remember Sri Krishna and call out to Him.

                                                                  Q. In Bhagavad-gita  9.14 Krishna stresses the importance of always describing his glories. How do we always discuss Krishna while still doing our everyday activities, such as school and homework?

                                                                  Circumstances may prevent you from always discussing Krishna. However, another form of devotional service may very well be appropriate instead. For example, you can always remember Krishna.

                                                                  By dint of remembrance of Krishna, which is one of the 9 limbs of bhakti, your own bhakti will affect those around you.