Reading Scriptures: Importance of Reading

                                                                  Q. I have been (and continuing to be) in a constant attack of very intense miseries since the last 6 years. I am very fortunate and grateful for the association of devotees since the last 4 years. However sometimes I am so worn out and exhausted physically and mentally that I just want to be left alone for months being a recluse. This is partly because I'm forced to act happy and enthusiastic (amongst devotees or non-devotees) when there is so much mental agony, anguish and anxiety that is constantly bombarding my mind.

                                                                  Q. How should I please Krishna so that He will help me understand Him, so that He elevates me to platform where I can become a nice devotee of Him?

                                                                  This is a wonderful question, because it expresses genuine interest in Krishna, and an interest to please Him. This attitude is in fact what is really pleasing to Krishna! This is what devotion is all about - to consider how to satisfy Krishna rather than focus on one's own personal interests.

                                                                  Q: Some senior devotees that I have taken shelter under for learning vaishnava etiquettes or to participate in regular temple services have very different psycho-physical nature than mine. According to their nature, they have set ideas about how one should perform devotional service. For instance, a couple of seniors in our temple persistently repeat that reading books leads to pride. They don't give up this idea even when other senior devotees point it out that Srila Prabhupada wanted us to study his books. They give more importance to physical seva. Basically they do what matches their nature, and I do what matches mine. None of us do everything. Also, there are many things I observe in their demeanor which I should not observe. It's human nature to see faults first.

                                                                  Q. What should not one miss a day with respect to chanting or reading scriptures or association with devotees?

                                                                  Q. 1. One of the nama aparadhas (offenses against the holy name) is to preach to a non believer. Would you please elaborate on this. It's confusing me as devotees many times preach to a non believer.