Sampradaya or Disciplic Succession: Receiving the Descending Mercy

                                                                  Q. Is it by the mercy of Sri Krishna that those with Brahman realization are provided with `divine sunglasses', to see through His bright illumination to worship His personal feature?

                                                                  It is by the combined mercy of Krishna and guru, wherein the guru is the conduit or the instrument of Krishna's mercy.

                                                                  Q. I have a "natural" tendancy to be very critical and hence find mistakes/faults in people. Most of the time, I find fault with people at the mental level and not necessarily express it. This habit also extends to devotees. I feel and know I am not supposed to do this. But, like I said, this has become a habit and I am finding it hard to relinquish it.

                                                                  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. Is there an increase or decrease in one's consciousness if he/she praises himself or herself? Is it considered self-gratification or is it an offense as a devotee to praise yourself? I know it's not good ethics to praise yourself so much, but as a devotee, is it OK to do so?

                                                                  There is a nice story of Ramanujacarya (the chief acarya of Sri sampradaya) that I would like to share in this regard.

                                                                  Q. 1. I was just reading BG 2.40 and had a question in relation to what Krishna says there:

                                                                  Is it the case that anyone performing any small amount of devotional service for the explicit purpose of pleasing God, with or without the knowledge of what is actually pleasing to God, will have the chance to be born again in a body suitable for taking up devotional service (meaning, at least a human body)?