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Q: I would like to know what the difference is between pada-sevanam and dasyam.
 Also, what category does book distribution, cooking and cleaning belong to?
 Also what does atma-nivedanam mean in practicality when I have a job and live like a Congregational member? Is the 12-step program that AA alcoholic anonymous practice a form of atma-nivedanam? And to what degree?

 

HH Romapada Swami during Puri Yatra Dec 2010
April 18, 2016

Many people don’t like women being spoken of as holding a lesser position. The scripture sees everyone equally,paṇḍitāḥ sama-darśinaḥ.  Then why does it say deprecating things about women?

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April 11, 2016

Kunti is offering prayers to Kṛṣṇa. In a very concise and simple-hearted way, she is expressing very deep and profound understanding about Kṛṣṇa’s position. We know that one cannot understand Kṛṣṇa unless Kṛṣṇa shows His mercy and says, "I am like this." He is unknowable. He is not knowable by scholarship. He is not knowable by piety. He is not knowable by anything except disclosure. He discloses Himself to His devotee.

Q: Although I heard in different classes about the temporary nature of this body and associated attachments and relations, when it comes to practicality I forget everything and act in a very unpleasing way, for which I regret very badly later. Could you kindly explain me how is it possible to remember this at the very unpleasant situations and apply practically and take shelter in such difficulties?

 

Without being attached to Krishna, we will be attached to the temporary. Asat-trsna means 'thirst for the impermanent'.

This 'thirst' comes from the contaminated subtle body. Jiva Goswami calls this the 'antahkarnah'. See the below for explanation; association with and hearing from sadhus is the means to overcome this contamination:

HH Romapada Swami in Govinda Kund, Vrindavan 2009

Dates: October 27 - Nov 6 2017
Contact: Preethy Menon

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April 4, 2016

Question: I want clarification on spiritual conception. If there are filters through which I process what I read and hear, how will I know that I am grasping the proper message?

Maharaja: You can assume that the filters are on. When there is spontaneous attraction and uninterrupted waves of ecstasy, then you know. Until then, there are filters.

Q: Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to BG 18.47, “Similarly, if a ksatriya engaged in his own occupation kills an enemy, there is no sin incurred.”

But then in the Mucukunda story, a little different slant is given in the Krsna book:

Q: Varnasrama dharma is on the material platform and daivi-varnasrama dharma is on the platform of devotional service.  Does daivi-varnasrama dharma exist in Goloka vrndavan or is it for the devotees who live in this material world?

In Goloka, Nanda Maharaja and the Vrijavasis are cowherds, and the Yadus are kings!

In this realm, Varnasrama is easier for people in general, who have a weaker desire or attraction for devotion to God, to relate to and thus become slowly and progressively advanced on the spiritual path. Therefore, for the sake of bringing conditioned souls to the point of Krsna consciousness, varnasrama has its place.

Q: Is it possible to go back to the spiritual world just chanting the Mahamantra without accepting diksa from a spiritual master?

Q: Pertaining to the demons involved in Krishna's pastimes, how were these powerful entities manifested and from where and why were they emanated?
 
 
 The Lord enacts His pastimes in both the material and spiritual worlds. The demons are present only in the material world. Our acaryas describe that in the spiritual world there are only "rumors of demons"; that is to say, the bhava of intensified shelter-taking is present as if there were real demons present, but there are not demons in Goloka.