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Q: We hear that we should not use our intelligence to try to understanding the instructions of the shastra as our intelligence is contaminated and we may not be able to get the real meaning of the instructions so we should just follow what the senior devotees or Guru is saying. But on the other hand we are told that we should use our intelligence while accepting the Guru or association of devotees. So I am not clear as what to do, should we or should we not use our intelligence?

 

Q: While reading Srimad Bhagavatam, there are mentions of Sati process, wherein the queen offers herself to self-immolate along with her dead husband. It was presented as a noble ritual of the Kshatriyas living in Dvapara Yuga. If I contemplate that act with both our modern philosophy and/or Krsna consciousness, I have a couple of conclusions which create certain unclarity. Obviously, from our history books at school, we know that Sati was discouraged by the British and that it is inhumane to expect a lady to immolate herself at her husband's pyre. On a normal humanitarian grounds, this makes perfect sense. From a KC point of view, we understand that each soul is different and independent from the other.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2009
August 8, 2016

In this scene, Kṛṣṇa is saying good-bye in an appropriate way. The Pāṇḍavas were invited to come see Krsna before His departure, after He went to see the brāhmaas and was worshipped by them.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan Oct 2009
August 1, 2016

People ask, "How do I evaluate if I am progressing in spiritual life?" Bhaktivinoda Thakura taught that one of the signs or measures of making spiritual advancement is: "My attraction for material things is slackening and this quality of simplicity is developing in my life. I just want shelter in that which is spiritual, while I accept other things as required and otherwise do not have interest in them."

Q: How to control the agitation of mind in the presences of females?

 

 

Refer can i control my agitated mind  

Q: If all the living entities in this material world are parts of Krishna and Krishna wants all of us to go back to Goloka dham then why can't he just by using his powers take all the living beings back to god head...why does he wants us to come by ourselves... why can't he just take all of us back to home?

Refer do-i-have-free-will

Q: In the Introduction of the Krsna book (paragraphs 3 and 4), the following is stated. (Ellipsis are mine):
 "... when the Lord descends, the incarnation emanates from Viṣṇu. ... when Kṛṣṇa appears, all the Viṣṇu expansions join with Him. ... Kṛṣṇa actually appears in order to demonstrate His Vṛndavana pastimes and in this way attract the fortunate conditioned souls and invite them back home, back to Godhead. The killing of the demons in Vṛndavana was carried out only by the Viṣṇu portion of Kṛsna."