Devotees: Narada

                                                                  Q. I was wondering if it is the official view of ISKCON that Srila Prabhupada is Nitya Siddha?

                                                                  There is no such official view. By studying the life of Srila Prabhupada and on the basis of scriptural evidence, however, we can see that Srila Prabhupada was an exceptionally empowered representative of the Lord and a perfected soul, siddha.

                                                                  Q. In the purport to SB 1.15.46, Srila Prabhupada mentions that Pandavas performed supreme pious work in this life and also in their previous lives. But we have the understanding from Srila Prabhupad's books that when Krishna appears in this material world to perform His pastimes, His eternal associates also appear along with Him to assist in His pastimes. So, can you kindly explain how the Pandavas, who are eternal associates of the Lord, have a previous life sukriti?

                                                                  Q. In a recent discussion about our original, eternal spiritual form and relationships as compared to our temporary material forms and relationships, I was asked "what are spiritual senses?", that is, of what are they composed and how do they interact with the spiritual equivalent of the "objects (or Object, so to speak) of the senses". I gave an answer that satisfied the inquirer, but did not fully satisfy me. Would you kindly answer this question? Thank you.

                                                                  Q. How to understand the mercy which descends from Sri Guru? How can/do we recognize such mercy? Must we endeavor to receive such mercy?

                                                                  To address this question, I would like to quote this very nice purport from Caitanya Caritamrta, Madhya Lila 19.152 which talks about the word Guru- prasada or spiritual master's mercy.

                                                                  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 for a killer of animal to develop & attain pure love of God? Were there any instances in the history where meat eaters or other low class people became devotees of God? If so, did they have to leave meat eating once they become a devotee? Is surrender to Guru & Pure love of God open only for vegetarians? If you could kindly share Your knowledge on the above questions, it would be very helpful in my spiritual progress. Thank you.