Divine Qualities: Eagerness

                                                                  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. Some of the stories in the Bhagavatam are like Sci Fi or Fantasy novels. How do we know they were not just made up by man, legends based on good spiritual ideas to give us spiritual knowledge in a way the culture at the time could understand. I believe there is a God, I believe without doubt there is an after life and reincarnation to help us grow spiritually. I do not believe karma is a punishment or a reward but a way to grow spiritually. I do not believe in transmigration because what would be the point ...

                                                                  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. What qualities or activities in devotee(s) or disciple(s) pleases the spiritual master or saintly persons the most?

                                                                  What pleases saintly persons the most is to see a devotee/disciple developing transcendental Vaishnava qualities -- or even their earnest effort to do so.

                                                                  They are also pleased to see someone sincerely engaging in the *activities* of devotion, such as hearing, chanting, serving the Deities, serving Vaishnavas, observing the regulative principles of devotional service, accepting voluntary austerities for Krishna etc.

                                                                  Q. If one knows that he/she will never be an initiated devotee because of lack of desire to follow the very strict regulative principles and life style, is there any benefit to anyone for this person to maintain interest in Krishna Consciousness? There are times when Srila Prabhupada says in his books that some people are just a disturbance. How do you know if he means these kinds of people?