Modes of Material Nature: Transcending the Modes

                                                                  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. I have a question about how to break the maya and to deal with karmic baggage. I come from a highly intelligent family. I however, suffer from manic depression. I am the youngest and the least intelligent. So, things are more difficult for me.

                                                                  The good news is that the Gita IS taking hold. Because of the Gita, issues and problems are beginning to heal and my behavior has changed drastically over the four months that I have listened to it. I enjoy working and giving my work to Krishna, and I enjoy the nectar of an audio Gita everyday.

                                                                  Q. I am a very sinful soul, I cannot follow very strict laws as other devotees always do. All I can do is share some simple information with other interested people. Otherwise I am the worst among devotees.

                                                                  I know that assocication with sadhus is the cure for my depleted condition, but I feel intimidated by their strictness. What to do?

                                                                  I would like to respond to your question in two parts.

                                                                  1. The Strictness of a Sadhu

                                                                  You have the impression that a sadhu is a strict personality, perhaps so strict that their presence is intimidating.

                                                                  Q.  Renunciation of prescribed duty is condemned in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is verse 18.7, 18.8. Also in the purport to verse 3.4 Srila Prabhupada disapproves premature renunciation, but then he gives the bottomline, "On the other hand, if someone takes to the transcendental service of the Lord, even without discharging his prescribed duties, whatever he is able to advance in the cause is accepted by the Lord."
                                                                  So, isn't Prabhupada giving a license here especially for students who want to practice bhakti as an escape-way to studies? Please explain the matter briefly and remove my misconceptions. I beg for your help.

                                                                  Q. I have a question relating to Avanti Brahmana narration found in Canto 11 of the SB. His conclusion was that the false ego is the cause of his suffering - is it the same meaning that is conveyed in Bg.14.19?

                                                                  The story of Avanti Brahmana is narrated by Krishna to illustrate how one should soberly tolerate the disturbances and offenses caused by others, and remain fixed on the spiritual path. Note that the conclusion of Avanti brahmana was that the mind, not the false ego, is the cause of one's happiness and distress.