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Q:  My contemplations on prayer find me asking for a clear definition of what prayer is. I heard that it means to glorify the Lord. Also that chanting the Holy name is the best prayer. Also that prayer means an intense desire.
 
What does a prayer mean? Is it accepting Supreme position of the Lord and subordinating my will to His Will?
 
How can I pray with a heart that gets frequently doubtful about Krsna and His devotees? Nonetheless I pray because I have seen nothing else working out and I have been recommended to do so. Reading some of your kind answers I felt like seeking this clarification.
 

Q: I have a question as to whether women should work outside her home or not. In today’s IT age, women are also taking key positions in the corporate world. Is earning money not a prescribed duty for women? Krishna says serve your husband. If her husband wants wife to earn money for financial stability, what should a women do? What is best for her in this situation? To satisfy her husband by bringing in money or better stay at home taking care of children and other household activities?
 

Q: We find the following statement in the 2nd paragraph of the purport to verse 18.46 in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is: “Everyone should think that he is engaged in a particular type of occupation by Hrsikesa, the master of the senses. And by the result of the work in which one is engaged, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, should be worshiped.”
 
My question is pertaining to the grammatical construction of the above two sentences. If we consider 2 independent clauses:
 
Independent clause 1: Everyone should think that he is engaged in a particular type of occupation by Hrsikesa, the master of the senses.
 

Q: When Lord Krsna shows His Virat Rupa to Arjuna, obviously Arjuna does not see His two-armed form. On the other hand, Lord Krsna's universal form is so huge that it is impossible to offer any practical service to or communicate with His Virat Rupa, so I just wonder how does Arjuna offer his wonderful prayers to or express his wonder and feelings to Krsna's Virat Rupa?

 

 

Arjuna simultaneously sees both the two-handed form, standing upon the chariot, as well as Krsna’s virat-rupa. Arjuna’s prayers are offered to the personal form.

Q: In Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Bhajana-rahasya he mentions that weakness of the heart is of four types: attachment to objects not related to Krsna, deceitfulness or fault-finding, enviousness and desire for fame. My question is related to enviousness. Even on the pure spiritual platform there is competition between the devotees. Normally enviousness or envy are one of elements which stimulate competition among common people. How to distinguish what is enviousness-type motivation and what is positive competition motivation?

 

 

Q: I am an initiated devotee and stay away from my shiksha guru as well as diksha guru. I attend local chapter of the ISKCON temple thrice a week and participate in the activities of the temple. My (including my wife) daily routine of activities are as per ISKCON guidance. We get up at 3.30am, mangala arti at 4.30am, chant 16 rounds by 8am and listen bhagavatam lectures, take prasadam etc in the house for 4 days, 3 days in the temple. I chant 32 rounds of japa daily and my wife 20 rounds.

The Problem is: even after practising this for many years, i am tempted to see famous movies and mythological serials. Can you please explain why this happens and suggest remedial measures for avoiding these attractions.

Krishna's omniscience and His apparent bewilderment
December 5, 2016

We are hearing about our worshippable Lord Krsna, about His pastimes, His compassionate nature and His nature of enjoying rasa. It's wonderful!
With our tiny brains, we can't understand Krsna. With proper intelligence, however, when we hear Krsna's pastimes and receive it nicely, the heart becomes pure. Gradually, gradually the truths about the mystery of Krsna will become disclosed to us. And we will become more attached to Krsna!

Festival Of Holy Name
December 12, 2016

Appropriate to the circumstance, according to our capacity, our heart filled with faith, increased understanding and attachment to Krsna, chant the glories of Krsna!

Adapted from a lecture entitled "Welcome Address for Yatra-Connection between South India Yatra and Dvaraka Yatra-Deity of Krsna in Udupi-Appearance of Dvaraka-Durvasa and Rukmini-Durvasa and Lord Trivikrama- Day 01- Lecture 01 - Dvaraka Yatra November 2016" by His Holiness Romapada Swami

 

Krishna and Sudama.jpg
December 26, 2016

With such love, Lord Caitanya daily visited Kholaveca Sridhar. With such love, Krishna has feelings for those that want only Him, whether they have opulence or have no opulence. Whether they're disgusted with the risk of having opulence that disturbs the mind and makes one materialistic, or one has those things and remains undisturbed. That's the position of akincina. Queen Kunti twice says, persons who are not akincina cannot feelingly pray, but rather their feelings are going to their hopes for material prosperity. So even if they're doing something in relation to God, they're hoping for material prosperity in some form or fashion or combination. So they can't feelingly call out.

Q: Sastra says guru is the representative of Lord Krishna and we should not see him as an ordinary man. At the same time we read that also great personalities can fall down from the position of guru (SB 5.18.4 p and Adi-lila 7.110 p).
So my question is how do we are supposed to see the guru? How can we reconcile both statements? It seems very difficult to me to worship my guru as the representative of Krishna and at the same time thinking he can fall down from his position.