Common Misconceptions: Soul and Supersoul

                                                                  Q. At our temple, we are taught that there is the Paramatma and the jivatma residing in our hearts, simultaneously one and distinct. And BG 13.3 is often quoted to prove this. However I also find many other verses especially in BG Canto 11 which makes me think that Paramatma and jivatma are not really distinct.

                                                                  Q. What is the difference between the dictation of the Paramatma and the mind?  How can one tell if the mind or Paramatma is speaking to us?

                                                                  In BG 2.22's purport, Srila Prabhupada gives the example of two birds sitting on a tree.  One bird (Jiva-atma) is eating the fruits of the tree while the other bird (Paramatma) is simply watching His friend.  If the Paramatma is just watching, how can the Parmatma dictate the soul?  Can you please help me with this confusion? Please help me understand this by some other citations in the BG.

                                                                  Q: Recently, I had a nice debate with one of my close devotee friends here in the Boston temple over the position on our home altar of a photo of Sri Yasoda-Damodara relative to the position on the same altar of a photo of Lakshmi Devi – the eternal consort of Lord Narayana. This led to the following questions which I will be very grateful to get answers for.