Stages in Krishna Consciousness: Fixed in Service Mood

                                                                  Q. Part 1: For the past 3-4 months I have usually had a pretty balanced life as in balanced diet and extremely regulated mundane activities like watching TV. However there have been certain periods when I went on a binge both in mundane activites (watching TV, playing online computer games) as well as in eating.Is there something I can do to avoid that? Whenever I have these binges the chanting I do the next day is a severe austerity for me. I do not have any enthusiasm for chanting following such days.

                                                                  Q. It is easy to theoretically understand that we are not the body. But it is hard to really realize this fact in every situation, especially if the situation is extremely harsh or extremely wonderful. How can one practically realize that we are not the body in any situation whether good or bad?

                                                                  Q. In Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.5.35) Srila Prabhupada in his purport has mentioned that "...the neophyte devotee must render loving service (to pure devotees) physically and mentally without reservation". Maharaja, what does 'rendering service mentally' mean?

                                                                  Q. In one class you expressed: "When tribulations come we should allow Krishna to control, who wants to control as He likes." Please elaborate this further if you so desire.

                                                                  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. Is it possible in this age for a couple (not yet married) to strictly follow the vedic scriptures for spiritual benefits? We are doing that right now, and I want to continue in that path, but don't know if that will be possible after marriage.

                                                                  Yes it is possible to follow the regulative principles strictly even after marriage even in the current day and age but to reach there both parties need some training and preparation before one enters the grhastha asrama.