Sadhana Bhakti: Regulative Sadhana Bhakti

                                                                  Q. My question is very simple, yet very much related to my progress in devotional service. Everyday I get up at 4 a.m., chant my rounds and hear lecture. But in the day time I cannot resist my tendency to sleep. Every time I make a commitment but fail. How can I avoid sleeping in the day time?

                                                                  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 have been a devotee, but my brother convinced me that Krishna consciousness was for very advanced people and that ordinary persons like me would take a very long time and will need to sacrifice a lot before becoming Krishna conscious. Also I have very little taste for chanting, find it very difficult to get up early in the mornings and am more of a late night person and rarely get to associate with devotees. Yet there is a deep yearning in me to decorate the temple, eat prasadam and do things that are colorful.

                                                                  Q. Does acting on the platform of soul (although i may not have realized that i am a soul) lead to the actual realization of soul?

                                                                  Q. In some ISKCON temples, we see that celebrations are held for Rama-navami for example, and pictures of Sita Rama Lakshman Hanuman are displayed and revered by those who have some particular affection for those personalities. However, it seems that to honor Allah or Jehovah, Jesus Christ or Lord Buddha alongside Krishna would not be as readily acceptable. Someone asked me recently if there was any type of ceremony on Christmas and seemed a little surprised that nothing was done.

                                                                  Q. 1. Time-management is a big issue for students. While it is important to be responsible in our studies, there is also a desire to spend more time in spiritual activities. How can a neophyte with a very biased priority learn to balance time between sadhana, other spiritual activities and day-to-day work?