Lord Shiva: Position of Lord Shiva

                                                                  Q. I just read digest 169 which was about Arjuna's material attachment. In that it was mentioned that Arjuna was an eternal assosiate of Lord, so there was no question of he being under illusion, and the Lord chooses his devotee to give the message to human kind.

                                                                  Q. 1. Is Lord Brahma guaranteed to return to Goloka Vrindavana at the end of his lifetime? I said that I believe it is not a guarantee but probably likely given that whichever jiva occupies the post of Lord Brahma will have 50/64 of the transcendental qualities.

                                                                  Q. 1. If Lord Shiva is considered to be a great Vaisnava then why do we not observe Shiva Ratri with fasting as we do the appearance days of other great Vaisnava acharyas?

                                                                  This question was answered in Inquiries of Absolute - Digest 12F, as follows:

                                                                  Q. I was just going through the Bhagavatam and came across this section -- 8.7.21 to 8.7.35 where the Prajapatis glorify Lord Siva as being the Supreme. This was a bit disturbing to my mind because I used to think that there is no ambiguity in the Bhagavatam regarding who is Supreme. Similarly, when the trinity of Lord Brahma, Lord Siva, and Lord Vishnu appear before the father of Dattatreya, they say that all three of them are same.

                                                                  Q. In the Krishna Book, Chapter 4, where the counselors of Kamsa give instructions to him, they give some examples of the demigods being very much afraid of the demons. They also talk about the demigods surrendering and begging for their lives with folded hands. How could this have happened? Don't the demigods have a higher perception of Krishna? Doesn't Krishna protect the demigods? Doesn't goodness overcome evil?

                                                                  Q.  We know that Krishna is the supreme personality of Godhead and every soul is His eternal servant. Tilaka is considered to be the footprint of Lord Krishna with a Tulsi leave and therefore every devotee wears Tilaka in his/her forehead.
                                                                  Why then do we see a Tilaka in the Deity / Picture of Lord Krishna Himself? Could you please give any Shastrik reference to the explanation of the Tilaka on Krishna's forehead?

                                                                  Thank you for your question.

                                                                  There is nothing sastric that I am aware of to date, but there is tradition.