Stages in Krishna Consciousness: Experiencing Higher Taste

                                                                  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. How can one control the mind? Often the mind wanders to unnecessary thoughts. What are the tips to achieve self-control?

                                                                  Q. I read in digest 189 that "who does not follow the regulative principles is not fit for chanting (kirtana)". I am struggling with my attachments and find it difficult and sometimes or most times not motivated to chant. I feel very bad and sometimes dejected due to my own way of life of not watering the seed of devotion I received due to the mercy of devotees and especially one devotee.

                                                                  Q. Can you please explain to me how to develop taste towards spiritual life when all material things around us are looking attractive, though we know that they degrade us more and more?

                                                                  Taste for spiritual life comes by rendering service to mahatmas. This is the prescription given in Bhagavatam:

                                                                  susrusoh sraddadhanasya
                                                                  vasudeva-katha rucih
                                                                  syan mahat sevaya

                                                                  (SB 1.2.16)