Remembering Srila Prabhupada: Writings of Srila Prabhupada

                                                                  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. In spite of Srila Prabhupada writing so many books, why are there differences of opinions in ISKCON regarding his teachings?

                                                                  Differences in details will always exist because we are all individuals and our philosophy acknowledges the scope for such differences, because ours is a personalist philosophy. Differences in principles, however, occur when one is not strictly submissive to the previous acaryas.