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How can we understand that we are servants of Krishna – Hindi?
How can we grow spiritually when we have to serve demanding people – Hindi?
When we chant, why does our mind get distracted – Hindi?
Our mind is our enemy – how can we control it – Hindi?
What is Karma? Is kartavya and karma same? As a student what are my karma and kartavya? – Hindi
How can we avoid becoming disheartened on failing to give up bad habits – Hindi?
Can thinking positively create a brighter future?
If a butcher is following their employer, as a soldier might follow a king, why does the butcher get karma, but the soldier doesn’t?
The Monk’s Podcast 43 with Braja Bihari Prabhu – How to disagree without being disagreeable
The Monk’s Podcast 55 with Garuda Prabhu – Does love exist in the material world?
The Monk’s Podcast 51 with Bhanu Maharaj – Why science and scripture see reality differently
The Monk’s Podcast 62 with Madhavananda Prabhu – Conspiracy theories
The Monk’s Podcast 65 with Govinda Prabhu – Centralization, Decentralization and Dharma
The Monk’s Podcast 68 with Radhika Raman Prabhu – Harmonizing faith and reason in bhakti
The Monk’s Podcast 56 with Bhakti Vasudeva Maharaj – Taking bhakti wisdom into the management world
The Monk’s Podcast 77 with Govinda Prabhu – Racism – what it is, what it isn’t and how to deal with it?
The Monk’s Podcast 78 with Krishna Kshetra Maharaj – Churning the Bhagavatam – Dashavatara 2 – Kurma
What to do when in a relationship that we can neither tolerate nor retaliate?
How can we distribute our time between hearing and chanting?
How can we increase our determination for waking up in the morning?
Why does God not answer our prayers? (PK answered 5)
How does prayer affect karma?
Despite your conservative training how did you become so accommodating?
Is karma real?
As soon as the corona pandemic started, the temples shut down and only hospitals offered relief. Isn’t it better that we fund medical research?
Is spirituality the only way to overcome bad habits?
Does science come from spirituality or is it made by man?
Is there any scientific proof of the existence of higher and lower planetary systems?
How to understand the Bhagavatam’s cosmology?
Why is the Vedic Sanskrit and Puranic Sanskrit different?
Amidst conflicts, how can we put aside our ego and accept responsibility for the problem?
How can we serve cooperatively with devotees without aggravating mutual conflicts?
Did God help Gajendra only when he stopped helping himself?
If a child was abused and God didn’t answer their prayers for protection, how can we help them develop faith now?
What is the relationship between Maya and the Three Modes of Nature?
How can we decide the upper limit of tolerance?
When natural calamities disrupt our lives beyond tolerance point, what can we do other than pray?
How do we reconcile Bhagavatam cosmology with scientific cosmology?
Krishna told Arjuna to kill but Narada told Mrigari to not kill?
Are the Mahabharata real or stories?
When people today are so untrustworthy how can we develop relationships?
How is the Bhagavad gita applicable for students?
If work is worship is a butcher also worshiping by slaughtering animals?
If someone puts in the same efforts as me but gets better results, how to avoid envy?
To protect ourselves, we sometimes become insensitive to others – how to avoid?
How can we help a non-Krishna conscious person overcome depression?
What are the three modes of material nature?
How can we overcome envy?
When an eye for an eye will make everyone blind, why does the Gita teach that?
If bhakti is the conclusion of the Vedas, shouldn;t the Vedas be filled with bhakti?
When Dhruva Maharaj started with a selfish motive, how did he attain Vaikuntha, the abode of selflessness?
How do we give up bad habits?
Does becoming spiritual mean becoming unemotional – won’t that make our life flat?
How can an organization balance between maintaining structure and providing independence to its members?
What is the difference between a jnani and jnani-yogi?
How can we know that we are progressing spiritually?
Even when we know that worldly pleasures are temporary, why do we still crave for it?
When we are far away from the standards needed to attain the spiritual world, what is our hope?
Isn’t the Gita’s comparing women with vaishyas and shudras derogatory?
Does practicing bhakti at only the cultural level deprive us of intellectual and spiritual growth?
How to forgive ourselves if we have made a serious mistake?
How can we know if we are sincere?
If our faith is attacked internally or externally, what should we do?
How can we balance body, mind and consciousness?
How are karma and jnana the cause of material desires?
Can buddhi-yoga refer to all three yogas – karma, jnana and bhakti?
How can we overcome envy?
If an equal devotee becomes more advanced, how can we avoid envy?
How can knowing Krishna as the proprietor, enjoyer and benefactor bring us peace?
When jnana and karma are different philosophies, how can they both give the same result, as the Gita’s sixth chapter states?
How can an introvert practice bhakti when it is so social and public?
Are jnana and karma complementary instead of hierarchical?
What does simply living really mean?
What is the difference between destiny and free will?
How can we overcome the faultfinding tendency?
What is the Vedic perspective on euthanasia?
How does God helps those who help themselves apply to Rama in Ramayana?
Why can some people readily accept Krishna’s supremacy and some can’t?
How can we deal with life’s dualities?
How can we deal with angry people?
How can we become determined like Hanuman?
Isn’t it useless to share spirituality with people who have no spiritual interest?
How do we distinguish between material anxiety and spiritual anxiety?
Gita 01.01 The Gita’s first word dharma conveys its essential, universal theme
Why was Ekalavya treated so unfairly?
Why does Shiva Puarana say that Shiva is the source of Brahma and Vishnu?
How can bhakti wisdom help us to become more forgiving?
Why is Islam the most violent religion?
How can those in passion come to goodness to understand their nature?
How do the soul, mind, intelligence and false ego interact with each other?
How does bhakti wisdom help us to become more tolerant?
See pain as a protector and a pointer
If God is the cause of everything, how do we have free will?
Will God be understood by science in future?
How does bhakti correlate with raising our energy to higher chakras?
Is spirituality meant to eliminate worry and depression?
If a desire is irresistible, what to do?
Should we have expectations while practicing bhakti?
Lessons from Hanuman’s devotion to Rama 2 – Earning trust through emotional intelligence
Lessons from Hanuman’s devotion to Rama 1 – When we hide ourselves from the Lord, he hides himself from us
In Kali-yuga, thoughts don’t incur reactions – what does that mean practically?
How can we help materially entrapped people to become spiritual?
Ajamila knew scripture – yet he fell down. Why?
How can we balance between bhakti and studies?
Are our mistakes Krishna’s mercy?
If our spouse is sentimentally following a different spiritual path, how should we deal with it?
How do we understand scriptural stories in which mountains are conscious?
Six loving exchanges – Opening the heart and reciprocating with the opened heart
We are defined by the questions we ask – in life, in science and in spirituality
Bring out your best 1 – Self-help
Can we logically prove God’s existence – Backward and forward reasoning
From Love Universal to Bhakti Confidential – Gaudiya Vaishnavism Glories 7 – Love in separation is the culmination of love
From love universal to bhakti confidential – Gaudiya Vaishnavism glories 5 – Radha and Krishna are one soul in two bodies
From love universal to bhakti confidential – Gaudiya Vaishnavism glories 4 – Relishing the transformational legacy of God’s greatness and sweetness
Understanding consciousness and its four levels – Jagruti, Svapna, Sushupti and Turya
From Love Universal to Bhakti Confidential – Gaudiya Vaishnavism Glories 3 – PEAR acronym for becoming a rasika
Reincarnation and the Search for Meaning – Evidence, Explanation & Evolution
Discover the Baahubali within you
Akrura Katha 3 – Understanding cultural bhakti, philosophical bhakti, spiritual bhakti and Vraja bhakti
Appreciating Balarama’s two blessings – Bala and Rama
Krishna is the trans-personal shelter of all the things that shelter us
Spiritualizing our relationships 5 – Focus more on our intentions than on others’ dispositions
Spiritualizing our relationships 4 – Accept yourself to relate better with others
Spiritualizing our relationships 3 – Learning to separate people from their behavior
Spiritualizing our relationships 2 – To improve relationships, decrease expectation and increase contribution
Spiritualizing our relationships 1 – The more despiritualized we are, the more desensitized we become
How to cultivate positive thinking in bhakti
Does chanting automatically make us kinder or do we have to strive to become kinder?
From Grudging to Gratitude 4 – Forgiving internally and externally by focusing on Krishna
From Grudging to Gratitude 3 – Learn to re-interpret reality devotionally
From Grudging to Gratitude 2 – See beyond the immediate cause of suffering
From Grudging to Gratitude 1 – Grudging is like driving with brakes pressed
From will and power to willpower
Gita Essence 3 – The transformational power of love – World-knowledge as the vehicle for love
Gita Essence 2 – The transformational power of love – God-knowledge as the fuel for love
Is there a scientific explanation of the benefits of eating prasad?
Gita Essence 1- The transformational power of love – Self-knowledge as the basis of love
Overcoming resentment amidst difficult situations
Understanding how dharma culminates in prema
Spirituality changes how we perceive, process and pursue
5 reflections for reconciling science and scripture
What your phone can teach you about your mind 4 – Let bhakti change your memory
What your phone can teach you about your mind 3 – Check your energy drainers
What your phone can teach you about your mind 2 – Hardware improvement doesn’t solve software problems
What your phone can teach you about your mind 1 – Deal with your default settings maturely
When our thoughts start becoming negative, how can we flip them to positive?
How can we insulate ourselves from negative people?
When we are troubled by controversies in Krishna’s movement, should we try to tackle them or just focus on our service?
How can we assess our service when we are not pure-hearted?
How can we avoid over-controlling the things that are in our control?
In the practical-philosophical categorization, where does the emotional fit in?
When we face problems, we need practical solutions, not philosophical solutions – how can scripture help?
What is the best way to monitor our mental habits?
If someone rationalizes their wrongdoing by saying that Krishna loves us unconditionally, how do we respond?
Doesn’t Krishna feel bad when we do something wrong – doesn’t that make him unwilling to shelter us?
Is a woman’s unchaste dressing responsible for a man’s misbehaviour?
When we take or get blessings from someone, what actually happens?
Isn’t ISKCON sectarian that it stops devotees from hearing from other Vaishnava groups?
How can we spiritualize our material attachments?
If we are working wholeheartedly in our material life, but can’t work similarly in our spiritual life, what can we do – Hindi?
Why do leaders of religious organisations sometimes form sects and fight with each other – Hindi?
If people treat us based on their past negative impressions about us even after we have improved, what can we do – Hindi?
If we don’t see others’ faults, how can we guide them to improve – Hindi?
Can someone say that my nature is to talk insensitively – Hindi?
How can we intelligently neglect some people’s criticism of us?
When we can’t overcome our bad habits, what to do – Hindi?
Why did Krishna allow the desecration of Deities by foreign invaders in medieval times?
When the mind is like software, then how can pills for treating the hardware – the brain – cure mental problems?
I was initiated earlier by a priest – how do I see it when seeking initation from a Vaishnava guru?
As sadhus, should we focus on internal change through sadhana or social change through activism?
When a close relative troubles us, do we need to tolerate infinitely?
When God knows everything, why doesn’t he stop bad things from happening?
Why did Rama worship Shiva?
When we have to choose between two good options, how do we choose?
When we face real problems, can we spiritually raise ourselves above those problems?
How can we make our presentation more crisp and condensed?
How can we avoid fear after taking big decisions thoughtfully?
How can I control anger when I am continuously provoked?
How can we develop taste for chanting?
When our material obligations make us too busy to practice sadhana strictly, what can we do?
Should we preach when we are not feeling devotionally?
How can we cope with enduring sadness?
Why does corruption exist in religious organisations – can it be minimized?
Are the sense and mind different – which of them drives us?
What cricket can teach us about life 3
What cricket can teach us about life 2
When chanting doesn’t feel blissful, how can we make it always blissful?
What kind of mental pitch is favourable for bhakti?
What cricket can teach us about life 1
Bhikshu Gita 6 – See the mind’s aversion to concentration as a trick of illusion (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.47)
Bhikshu Gita 5 – Happiness comes by raising the standard of longing (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.46)
Bhikshu Gita 4 – The mind distracts us from bhakti in the name of bhakti (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.45)
Bhikshu Gita 3 – The mind makes the unreal seem real and the real seem unreal (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.44)
Bhikshu Gita 2 – The mind makes it difficult for people to change – be understanding (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.43)
Bhikshu Gita 1 – Minimize misery by identifying the misery caused by the mind (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.42)
How can we guide our children in their teenage years?
How is Hinduism different from other religions?
How can we improve our focus?
When management affects our sadhana adversely, what can we do?
Why do children of devotees sometimes not become devotees?
If I can invest one hour daily for bhakti, which bhakti practices should I do?
How do we balance between respecting followers of all religions and acknowledging the violence that some of them do?
How can we share bhakti with atheists who are nature-conscious and are relatively in the mode of goodness?
How to respond to people who say their religion is the only way?
Shikshashtakam 12 Text 8 Radharani manifests the highest summit of love
Shikshashtakam 11 Text 7 Treasure devotional memories to propel your devotion
Shikshashtakam 10 Text 6 Curb sentimentality but cherish sentiments
Shikshashtakam 9 Text 5 The subtle interplay of endeavor and grace in bhakti
Shikshashtakam 8 Text 4 Let your bhakti be Krishna-centered, not renunciation-centered
Shikshashtakam 7 Text 3 Tolerance means to call off our war with reality
Shikshashtakam 6 Text 3 Humility means to not let our ego interfere with our purpose
Shikshashtakam 5 Text 2 The mysterious non-difference of Krishna and his holy name
Shikshashtakam 4 Text 1 From the partial nectar to the complete nectar
Shikshashtakam 3 Text 1 The flower metaphor for the blossoming of consciousness
Shikshashtakam 2 Text 1 The mind as a window, a TV screen and a mirror
Shikshashtakam 1 Overview and flow of the ashtakam
Do women have the same rights as men in ISKCON?
Can Krishna’s exalted pastimes be understood without philosophically understanding his greatness?
Gaura Purnima lecture – Lord Chaitanya manifested the three internal reasons for his descent in his Ratha-yatra lila
Appreciate the depth and length of our existence to appreciate Krishna’s love
The Quest for Happiness – Collecting the material or recollecting the spiritual?
Overcome discouragement through spiritual wisdom
Practicing bhakti amidst todays fast-paced life
Manage the mind through introspection and meditation
How spirituality increases our social contributions
Parenting Principles from Bhagavad-gita
MIND acronym 3 – The mind neglects opportunity and denies reality
Appreciating scripture’s perennial relevance
MIND acronym 2 – Mind imagines pleasure
What does the Gita say about attachment, detachment and rupture in relationships?
MIND acronym 1 – Magnifies the problem
Temptations may come, we don’t have to welcome
Should the Bhagavad-gita be made India’s national book?
Personal Management Mantra – Productivity in Activity through Spirituality
Counter anxiety by spirituality
Despite having so many time-saving devices, why do we not have time?
How can we make the effect of hearing last for long?
When chanting is so simple why do we feel so lazy – how can we chant constantly?
How can karma such as fighting in army be spiritualized?
How is Krishna attained by doing duty – doesn’t one need to rise to love for him?
Why do Hindus worship ghastly gods with skulls?
Is Jesus the only way to God and Hinduism the lie of the Devil?
If Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, why are Hindus so poor?
Is God too big to be contained in a picture?
Does the system of karma and rebirth imply that there is no forgiveness?
Was Drona a pure devotee? Was he a spiritual teacher?
How can we ensure that our words of correction act as scalpels, not axes?
Why are there so many commentaries on the Gita?
How does marriage change sex from wrong to right?
How can we overcome our ego?
What does it mean to not take credit for the things we do?
Are the Vedas actually ambiguous or just nonspecific about ultimate purpose?
Rasa analysis of Krishna’s teasing of Rukmini
What exactly is humility – how do we develop it in bhakti?
How can I protect my bhakti from bad association in college?
Was sati suicide or murder?
Why do serious devotees sometimes die prematurely?
Is time travel into the past possible?
What does om mean?
What causes inferiority complex?
Will banning beef lead to economic problems?
Doesn’t population growth disprove reincarnation?
How do we understand contradictions in scriptures?
Did the Pancha Tattva Deities shed tears of ecstasy due to the ecstatic kirtan mela?
Why does God let some people be atheists?
Does the Gita offer spiritual solution to spiritual problem or to material problem?
If smriti is compiled by sages, how can we know that it is free from the four defects?
When Ajamila chanted with the wrong conception, why did Vishnutas come?
Are Gita and Bhagavatam meant for less intelligent people because they are parts of smriti?
Why is the same story told differently in different scriptures?
Does fear take people towards God or away from him?
How can we best help a relative who is near death?
Should conversions be banned in India?
What is the difference between faith and blind faith? (PK answered 27)
Are different religions like different companies with their gods as their product? (PK answered 26)
Are the gods of different religions different? (PK answered 25)
How can God who is unlimited appear as a limited stone image? (PK answered 24)
Does a stone smeared with turmeric become God? (PK answered 23)
What is artistic license and how can it be used in devotional dramas?
Where does people’s evil tendency come from?
Could God have prevented the Holocaust?
Who is responsible for the Holocaust – Hitler or the Jews’ karma?
Why does God not protect his devotees today like he protected Prahlad?
When we don’t know what past-life karma caused our present suffering how do we learn?
What is the philosophy behind the worship of a pure devotee’s Deity?
Can God create a stone that he can’t lift?
As yogis become bhaktas at their topmost stage does that mean we should practice yoga before bhakti?
How can we stay open to new ideas without weakening our convictions?
How can we keep our mind steady amidst outer agitation and inner temptation?
How can the spiritual soul taste or enjoy a material sweet?
How should we respond to classes that seem confusing and contradictory to the standard philosophical understanding
What is the difference between object and concept – and how does it apply to our philosophy?
What is the difference between phenomenal and numinous in Gita 7.2
Does ISKCON consider the English of the 1920s to be sacred?
Why are ISKCON temples so commercialised?
How should we counter when a respected ex-SC judge says that scripture contains poetic exaggerations?
How can I surrender to Krishna?
What is the actual difference between mind and intelligence?
Are those who abuse their intelligence jnanis and those who use it to serve Krishna jnana-yogis?
What does being free from all dualities mean wrt devotional service?
When Krishna says that the knowledge in disciplic succession was lost, weren’t the four sampradayas available at that time?
What is the difference between nitya and shashvata in Gita 2.20?
When the guru is mostly inaccessible to disciples, isn’t initiation just a rubber-stamp?
Is it selfish to want taste in chanting?
If Arjuna was superior to Karna, why does Bhagavatam say he was a small fish in an ocean of giant fishes?
Why does Krishna refer to someone else as the object of surrender in the Gita 18.62?
Dharma is that which is coming from God – do the Abrahamic religions also come from Krishna
In monozygotic twins where do the differences come from?
Is the universal form in the Gita’s ninth chapter a conceptualization and the eleventh chapter, a revelation?
What does the Gita’s inverted tree metaphor signify?
How is the world a lila of the Pursha avatara? Is it a virtual reality manufactured by him with chosable scripts for us?
When everything is in Prabhupada’s books, what is the need to read other books either by ISKCON devotees or previous acharyas?
Does Prabhupada’s instruction ‘do as I have done’ mean there’s no need to innovate in preaching”
How do we decide which of our emotions are material and which are spiritual?
Is a devotee’s grihastha-ashrama a failure if the children don’t become devotees?
Is the prayer to get a good spouse a material prayer?
To realize everything is illusion amidst adversities, is yoga and pranayama the way or is bhakti-yoga sufficient?
As developing internal conviction takes time, isn’t it better to be stimulated in our devotion by external inspiration?
When the number of breaths of a soul in a body are fixed, how can a purpose-driven attitude increase longevity?
Why does Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati criticize organized churches when ISKCON is also an organised church?
Is the holy name transcendental or immanent?
How is the holy name different from ordinary sound
Has the Lord come under Maya in Kali-yuga that he is not able to protect Deities
When we are attracted to material things through our senses, whereas Krishna is spiritual, how can Krishna be considered all-attractive?
Why does the Gita use a setting of war to convey its transcendental message when such a setting can be abused to provoke communal violence?
What is the Vedic perspective on passive euthanasia?
Why do we say that lust needs to be curbed when it can be channelized towards Krishna as Narottama Das Thakura says?
Why does Krishna emphasise consciousness at death which is much more uncontrollable than consciousness while living?
When Krishna had said he wouldn’t lift weapons in the Kurukshetra war, why does he say in Gita 11.33 that the Kauravas are already killed by him?
Does taking anti-depressant drugs as medicine violate the no intoxication principle?
When opulences are disqualifications for devotion, why does ISKCON preach to the opulent?
If consciousness of the couple at conception determines the nature of the child, will a child born through rape be evil?
Does Krishna control us through remembrance and forgetfulness just as computer controls through zeroes and ones?
Why do we need to justify the Pandavas’ actions? Isn’t “Krishna told them to do it” enough reason?
Why do we need to be in the mode of goodness to practice bhakti?
In shabda pramana we receive knowledge from our senses (ears), so how is it superior to pratyaksha pramana?
How have so many languages come up worldwide when developing a computer language requires so much effort?
How does Ishopanishad mantra 17 refute impersonalism?
Do we need to introspect whether we are progressing in our spiritual life?
Does one have to give up one’s material life on becoming an ISKCON member, even if one doesn’t become a brahmachari?
Is ISKCON an organization for rich people?
Bhagavatam first canto study 3 – 1.1.3 – Relish the rasa in association
If the suffering of great devotees is for their glorification why does Bhishma say Pandavas’ suffering is due to time?
When the Pandavas were so virtuous why did Krisha let them suffer so much?
Why was Kunti’s unknowing statement ‘share whatever you have brought’ considered absolute and Draupadai married to all the Pandavas?
Draupadi forgave Ashwatthama but not the Kauravas. Why?
Why did Krishna and Arjuna meet each other first time so late in their lives?
Why did Balaramji favor Duryodhana?
When different religious groups have their own scriptures how is the authority of Vaishnava scriptures to be established?
Is the expansion of the Mahabharata from its short Jaya version a contamination?
What guided humanity before scripture was written?
Is the Mahabharata contaminated due to interpolation?
Why did Yaksha ask so many questions to the Pandavas?
How do we decide when to forgive and when to fight back?
Why did Krishna not protect Yudhisthira from errors of judgment?
Did Vikarna get any good result for trying to defend Draupadi’s honor?
Who was Yuyutsu? How did he come from the Kaurava side to the Pandava side?
Why did Yudhisthira agree for a second gambling match after the disastrous first gambling match?
Why did the virtuous Bhishma fight on the side of the vicious Kauravas?
Did Karna have to choose the side of evil due to his past karma?
How to choose between doing our worldly repsonsibilities devotionally and doing directly devotional activities?
Did Duryodhana have any good qualities?
What are the authentic sources for learning the Mahabharata?
How did a ciranjeevi Ashwatthama fight against the virtuous Pandavas?
Why did Krishna and others not try to reform Duryodhana as reformation is the ultimate goal?
Why do the Bhagavatam and the Mahabharata describe the same stories differently?
Where does Vishishtadvaita fall in the six systems of philosophy?
If we have canine teeth for eating meat, then doesn’t it go against the regulative principle of no meat-eating?
When can a devotee seek honor instead of being humble?
What does vikalpa mean in the mind’s sanklpa-vikalpa?
Is the Gita’s teaching that women are sinful resposible for female infanticide?
Should the gold in temples be used for social development?
Is scriptural knowledge needed only when devotion is dilute and not when devotion is pure?
Is experience a pramana if one’s experience contradicts scripture?
Is God hard of hearing that his devotees need to chant his names loudly?
If Krishna’s ultimate instruction is to give up all duties for surrendering to him why shouldn’t everyone join the temple?
Is Krishna omninpresent as his energy or personally as the Supersoul?
If the Supersoul is present in all atoms and the space between them, what is special about the Superoul in our heart?
What happens to the Supersoul after death and after liberation?
Is the Supersoul actually expanded in every heart or is it an appearance of expansion?
What is wrong with worship of devatas if one understands them to be devotees of Krishna?
How do we reconcile different Puranic versions of the origin of Lord Shiva?
How do we know whether we desire to preach for fame or for pleasing Krishna?
Can grihasthas who want to preach make preaching as their source of livelihood?
The religious rural culture of India is being replaced by materialisitc culture. What can we do to counter this?
Should we preach to make people ISKCON devotees or to make them better human beings?
How can we understand which mode we are in?
How can we stay in the mode of goodness?
If one doesnt practice raganuga bhakti then how will one get the realizations needed to return to our svarupa?
Does one have to practice raganuga bhakti to go BTG or is just departing in devotional circumstances enough
Why does the mind develop bad habits more easily than good habits?
How can we overcome the tendency to take the association of devotees for granted?
Why are Einstein’s and Prabhupada’s metaphors about blind man-lame man contradictory?
Is science based on rational faith and religion on irrational faith?
Does religion require faith from start to end whereas science requires faith only occasionally?
If we shouldn’t be disturbed by the mind’s impurities, then how can we beat the mind?
Why do we have to give up material pleasures to experience spiritual pleasures?
Did past people believe in miracles like Govardhana lila because they were unscientific and gullible?
If Krishna is the cause of all causes, is he the cause of everything that we and others do?
If we concede that scripture doesn’t contain literal report of conversations then where will the erosion of scriptural authority end?
Are chanting praying and meditation the same?
Why do some scriptures declare other gods to be Supreme?
Are the Puranas unreliable because they have so many different versions?
Prabhupada quotes largely from the Puranas so how can we show that our sampradaya is based on shruti?
I was born in another sampradaya, but became introduced to seriously bhakti through ISKCON. Which sampradaya should I follow?
Why do insubstantial religious groups spread extensively and pure saints remain unknown?
What is the destination of patriotic atheists like Bhagat Singh?
When Krishna always uses his free will properly, why don’t we too when we are his parts?
If we cant fast nirjala on Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi what benefit do we get?
Is belief in God like belief in a cosmic teapot – undisprovable yet unreasonable?
How can India’s wisdom-literature be introduced in the education without the saffronization of the syllabus?
Where do religious social workers like Mother Terersa fall in the Gita’s yoga ladder?
How does karma yoga mature into ashtanga yoga?
How does the nishkama karma yogi attain knowledge and liberation? Through the same path or by adopting another yoga?
Does ashtanga yoga always start from jnana yoga?
If Durga is the superintendent of material nature how can Krishna alone grant liberation?
Is Durga devi a demigodess in the category of jiva tattva?
Are the jnanis mentioned in Gita 7.16-18 impersonalists as the example of Kumaras suggests or devotees as Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakura’s commentary states?
For a devotee-sadhaka Is the desire to go BTG desirable or should one just desire service?
What does the identification of Krishna with time mean practically?
When there are so many cases of past life memories, why don’t we find some people remembering their experience in heaven, hell or as animals?
Isn’t it distasteful for brahmacharis to be watching and quoting movies when people come to them to hear about Krishna
What is the difference between the Gita 9.34 and 18.65?
Is instantaneous forgiveness the characteristic of pure devotion and seeking retribution that of neophyte devotion
If Draupadi was dishonored due to her past karma, why did the Pandavas have to take revenge?
How can we strengthen our resolve to correct our wrongs?
How can we forgive not just with lips but with the heart?
When we don’t feel like asking for forgiveness what should we do?
What is the use of writing insubstantial articles in newspapers that don’t even mention the name of Krishna once?
Why are all forms of science not equally authoritative – why is evoluion less reliable than gravity when its all science?
Can devotees watch TV serials about Krishna’s pastimes?
Do we need to posit the existence of eternal souls to make the design argument robust?
Do the Anthropic Principle and the multiverse theory make the design argument redundant?
How do we respond when prominent scientists like Stephen Hawking write books propounding atheism?
Why do dharma-shastras say that aggressors should be forgiven?
Do the dharma-shastras say aggressors shouldn’t be killed and artha-shastras that they should be killed?
What are dharma-shastra and artha-shastra? How are they different?
Is belief in God a virus of the mind, as atheists claim?
Do cultural practices change as per age as does the yuga-dharma?
When the design argument is so logical, why don’t most people and most scientists accept God’s existence?
Is God improbable because he has to be more complex than his creation and complex things have very low probability of emerging?
When Ramanuja has refuted the design argument, why does Prabhupada use it so extensively?
Why has Ramanuja refuted the design argument in his Vedanta Sutra commentary?
How can we make our work into worship when it is not according to our nature and is not connected with Krishna?
Can devotional, non-devotional and anti-devotional cultures be connected with goodness passion and ignorance?
Won’t the progress of science make the God-of-the-gaps redundant?
Does bringing God into science stop progress as does attributing plague to evil spirits?
Do devotees have to oppose science to be faithful to Prabhupada?
Isn’t it better to be satisfied with the beauty of the garden without imagining a fairy at its bottom?
Does Krishna compassionately pull impersonalists from Brahman to Bhagavan?
Does our seeking end after we find God as the Bible indicates or continue forever as Gaudiya Vaishnavism indicate?
Why do we do pradakshina?
Are Manava seva and Madhava seva like two largely overlapping circles?
Why does Prabhupada translate bhakti in Bhaktirasamritasindhu as ‘devotion’ instead of ‘devotional service’?
Why does the Bhagavatam, a Vaishnava book, state that Kashi is the greatest of all holy places?
When Dhruva Maharaj was going BTG and had got a spiritual body, how could he remember a material relationship such as that with his mother?
Can we preach without using technology as such use can distract one from Krishna?
During preaching, how important is it to provide relevant material information in addition to the paramapara’s message?
If the son practices bhakti, then will his non-devotee parents’ get a good next-life destination due to their son’s bhakti?
How does attachment to result make us the cause of action, as the Gita 2.47 purport states?
How to see spiritual organizations that are largely Vaishnava except for considering their founder as an incarantion?
If someone is following an Abrahamic religion, should we encourage them to follow that religion or to take up Krishna consciousness?
If Prahlada learnt bhakti by hearing from Narada in his mother’s womb, why did Narada say to the devatas before this that the child in the womb is a great devotee?
Did Hiranyakashipu not know that Vishnu lived in the Kshira-sagara? Why did he ask Prahlad where Vishnu was and whether he was in the pillar?
Narasimhadeva told Prahlad that 21 generations of his family had been delivered, then how did Bali become such a demon that Vamanadeva himself had to come to deliver him?
We hear so much in various classes, but apply very little from it. How can we change this?
We often feel like doing different things in bhakti at different times – how can we steadily maintain interest in one thing?
When scriptures usually refer to Vishnu, do they refer to Maha-vishnu, Garbhodakshayi Vishnu or Kshirodakshayi Vishnu?
What is the relationship between Sadashiva, the Shiva born from Brahma and the eleven Rudras?
What is the difference between brahma of Mayavadis and shunya of voidists?
What is the difference between hatha-yoga, dhyana yoga and ashtanga yoga?
If our svarupa happens to be in dasya, how will be satisfied in that svarupa now that we know madhurya is highest?
While using a talent such as music for Krishna how can we transfer our attachment from that talent to Krishna?
How can we avoid frustration at our inability to follow the standards of devotional service?
How is Draupadi’s polygamy be justified especially when the Pandavas have to sometimes see her as a wife and at other times as sister-in-law?
Is conscience always the voice of the Supersoul? Does everyone’s conscience tell them that meat-eating is wrong?
Is terminal restlessness caused by fear of Yamadutas?
If one has not had the habit of reading books but likes to hear, how can one develop that habit in bhakti?
Wouldn’t ISKCON be more united if it had Prabhupada as the only diksha-guru?
When a disciple whose guru falls doesn’t have to be re-initiated because of being connected with Prabhupada why can’t the same happen without initation in the first place?
When ISKCON’s diksha-guru is not absolute but is subordinate to GBC due to Prabhupada’s will, doesn’t that make Prabhupada ISKCON’s diksha-guru?
Should Indian devotees preach to Indians and Western devotees preach to Westerners so as to have culturally sensitive presentations of Krishna-bhakti?
How much should we seach on the internet for good Krishna conscious content?
How much should devotee-writers learn English grammar and style to write effectively for Krishna?
How are the feelings of victory and adventure Krishna’s opulences, especially when people get those feelings in illicit activities such as gambling?
Value Education and Spirituality 4 – The Spiritual Foundation of Values 2 – Karma shows the sense in life’s seeming senselessness
Value Education and Spirituality 3 – The Spiritual Foundation of Values 1 – The end is not the end
Did the Pandavas actually complete the full year of ajnata vasa or were they detected before time?
When Ashwatthama’s Brahmastra is charging towards Arjuna how does he get time to do achmana and offer prayers to Krishna before countering it?
Why did Drona despite being a brahmana desire revenge against Drupada?
Why did Drona despite being virtuous come up with the unfair scheme to kill Abhimanyu?
Why doesn’t ISKCON practice what it preaches? First new devotees are told to be detached from their parents and then senior brahmacharis spend months caring for their dying parents
Can you explain the difference in the defects of being illusioned and committing mistakes as illustrated through the evolution theory?
How can we know if someone is correcting out of ego or out of concern?
By asking devotees to vote, why are you dragging Prabhupada’s pure legacy into dirty politics?
ISKCON’s contributions to India 6 – Appreciation of India’s spiritual culture among Indian youth
ISKCON’s contributions to India 5 – Infrastructure provision for spiritual practice in modern times
ISKCON’s contributions to India 4 – Development
ISKCON’s contributions to India 3 – Non-discrimination in sharing spirituality
ISKCON’s contributions to India 2 – Internationalization of India’s spiritual culture
ISKCON’s contributions to India 1 – Overview acronym INDIA
Value Education and Spirituality 2 – Our values serve as protecting fences and as focusing default settings
Value Education and Spirituality 1 – What we value determines our values – and our values determine our value
Voting in elections is the social responsibility of devotees
What is the difference between the mind and the citta?
What exactly is the mind? And where exactly is it located?
What is the mechanism of memory recollection? What is the Supersoul’s role in it?
How important is it for devotee-couples to follow the Vedic model for gender roles in their relationship?
How are the living symptoms of consciousness manifestations of the subtle body as the Gita 13.6-7 purport says?
According to Krishna, which is more important – karma-yoga, bhakti-yoga or both?
Can you explain clearly the role of mind, intelligence and consciousness in the path from impulse to intent?
What should a devotee do on being overcome by temptation?
When our senses are designed by God and they are defective, doesn’t that make God’s design defective?
What is the Vedic perspective of godless religions like Jainism and Buddhism whose followers still live good lives?
How can we understand scientific concepts like space and time from the Vedic perspective?
Is niyoga – begetting children through some man other than one’s husband – an authorized Vedic practice?
Isn’t it better to refer to women as behenji instead of mataji especially when they are of the same age as the men?
If both Krishna and we are eternal, then how is he our source and why don’t we have the six opulences fully?
Why has God given us free will?
If serving the Lord is more important than serving parents, why did Pundalika keep Vitthal waiting?
Why do so many saints from so many traditions desire to merge with the Absolute Truth?
When the Gita instructs sarva dharman parityajya why does a devotee need to perform apara dharma?
What can we do when the mind gets agitated by a tempting sense object that can’t be avoided?
When something happens, how do we decide whether it was due to past karma or present actions?
If gambling makes people do foolish things, why are kshatriyas ordained to gamble when challenged?
Though Yudhishthira is the oldest Pandavas, why does Gita chp 1 mention him after Arjuna & Bhima?
Is institutionalization alien to Vedic culture? Did Gaudiya acharyas import if from Christianity ?
When Hinduism is not a missionary religion, why does ISKCON stress missionary activities so much?
Are the beliefs “kshatriya martyrs attain heaven” & “jehadi suicide bombers attain paradise” different?
Is Gita 18.55’s impersonal message (vishate tad anantaram) overridden by Prabhupada’s translation?
If the Gita is a manual why is it so confusing? Why couldn’t it have been clearer?
Does ISKCON promote subtle emotional enjoyment in the name of spiritual enjoyment?
Is ISKCON’s conception of God like the Abrahamic religion’s jealous God?
Could the unbelievable stories about Krishna not be some poets’ fabrications?
How can we avoid getting caught in doubts about unimportant issues while studying scriptures?
When devotee-scientists’ books are criticized by mainstream scientists can we quote them as scientific evidence for KC?
How can we best offer prayers from the Bhagavatam?
If Krishna is God, how could he have been killed by a hunter’s arrow?
Just as Vedanta Sutra explains Vedanta are there other books that explain the other five systems of philosophy? How authentic are they?
When the Supersoul is a judge, how is he neutral? And how is his role reconcilable with deism?
How are communism, socialism, altruism, humanitarianism and nationalism misdirections of the loving propensity?
When hearing about Krishna from nondevotees can create interest in people and act as a stepping stone to devotional service, why is such hearing considered like milk touched by a snake?
Is it right for devotees to use kirtan singing for earning their living?
How are the lower planetary systems different from hell? What purpose do they serve?
Is the Lanka in the south of India the same as Ravana’s Lanka?
What is the relationship between the moon and Chandraloka?
What is the meaning of the higher dimensional perspective in understanding whether man went to the moon or not?
What is the logical proof for the existence of the spiritual world?
Can you explain the various characteristcs by which the essential meaning of a book can be ascertained?
How can we avoid becoming lethargic in spiritual life?
Why do jnanis say that bhakti is for the less intelligent and Prabhupada say that only the intelligent can take to bhakti?
To present KC from a contemporary intellectual perspective which all books of Prabhupada’s followers can I read?
Wasn’t Arjuna’s taking on the garb of a mendicant to abduct Subhadra immoral?
Why did Arjuna despite being a pure devotee hunt animals?
Why do Abrahamic religions violently oppose Deity Worship?
Can devotees do abortion if it is favorable for their bhakti?
Do women have the same varna as their husbands?
Does telepathy really happen? If yes, how?
KC and World Religions (6)
Did Draupadi love Arjuna more than the other Pandavas as a controversial South Indian novel claims?
When Krishna tells Arjuna in the Gita to do his duty, why do brahmacharis give up their duty in the name of the Gita?
Why does Bhishma say in SB 1.9.22 that he is a pure devotee? Shouldn’t a devotee be humble?
Why does Kavi Karnapura say he is writing Anand Vrindavana Champu for my own pleasure?
Should devotees network with thinkers focusing on Hinduism and Indian nationality?
If bhakti offers higher taste why do devotees still struggle with sex desire?
When scriptures teach matra devo bhava, why do brahmacharis give up their parents for the sake of God?
Why is the Gita’s first chapter called a chapter on yoga when it contains no yogic teachings?
Why is the Gita called yoga-shastra?
What do we mean by the mind’s eye? How does the mind see?
What does the Gita say about love and inter-caste marriages?
Why does the Krishna book publically present confidential tenth canto pastimes?
What is the difference between free will and desire?
Are birthday celebrations for devotees authentic from the Vedic perspective?
Does the Rantideva pastime exemplify social service?
What does the sentence “From your place at your pace join the race” mean?
Does Krishna protect his devotee-students from bullies at school?
Are sahajiyas better than Mayavadis?
Don’t you like me? You haven’t answered my question for a long time.
What are the kind of questions that fall under counseling questions which you won’t be answering on the site?
How Krishna’s stealing the garments of the gopis is not immoral but trans-moral
Is the Supersoul the observer and permitter or just the observer as is conveyed by the analogy of the two birds in the heart?
What is Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s contribution to our tradition?
Should devotees put their children in English Medium or in vernacular medium schools? Should they avoid convent schools?
Is lying sinful? How can we give it up?
Is science never wrong because it is objective and is religion subjective?
Is the subtle body being material destroyed by the power of time, as is the gross body?
How can daily diary writing be used as a tool for spiritual growth?
I want to write articles as a service to Krishna. But I am unable to get time. How should I go ahead?
What does the marble and nail grid analoy exactly illustrate wrt the relationship between free will and destiny?
My obsessive thoughts dont allow me to chant and if I force myself to chant i feel haterful towards the Lord. Please advice.
Is Govardhana Krishna or devotee of Krishna?
Is it true that the Uttarkhand disaster is caused by the moving of the Deity of Dhari devi?
Is ISKCON an American institute run by Americans who take donations given by Indians to America?
Why do natural disasters wreck havoc in holy places like in Kedarnath?
Some people are telling that aliens are controlling the earth. Is it true?
Is there any online database or on paper of all the vedic scriptures intact for instant access?
If science is wrong why do devotee go to a hospital when they fall sick and not to a temple?
Is Prabhupada’s appearance and activities predicted in scriptures? If so please tell them
Are the revelations in other religious traditions as for example they do not accept the law of karma?
How can we say our spiritual experiences are not just chemical reactions?
To become Krishna conscious do we need to change our complete behaviour or do we just need to learn respect and love for Vaishnavas?
Why has God created a mind that misleads us?
Is there any quick way to control the mind?
Radharani and Padmavati took birth on lotus only. Why didn’t they take natural birth?
Why is Krishna not descending now when there is so much adharma?
The Vedas say na tasya pratima asti. Then why do we worship the Deities and the laminations of the Deities?
Is the relationship between Krishna and the soul like that between two quantum entangled particles?
Why do we require faith to understand spirituality where as we don’t require faith to know science ,only proof can work?
How can we improve our intelligence to control our mind?
After death are we reborn into the cycle of 84 lakh species or does it depend on our desire at the time of death?
Lord Rama says janani janma bhumischa svargad api gariyasi. How to understand it?
When we become devotees should we not read newspaper or magazines and read only spiritual books? So how will we improve our general knowledge?
Do you feel that only if you follow Iskcon principles you will be elevated? Are all others lacking somewhere?
Can we make other organizations merge with ISKCON and have just one way?
Does chanting Rama Krishna Hari give liberation as does chanting the Hare Krishna mantra?
Is the Bhagavad-gita shruti or smriti? Did it become important only recently in the Indian tradition?
Isn’t science better than religion because science is objective whereas religion is subjective?
When bows-arrows are more cumbersome than machine guns why did the advanced technology of the past use primitive weapons?
Why was Arjuna so dear to Krishna?
How KC is the solution of all problems 7 – Religious Problems
How KC is the solution of all problems 6 – Medical Problems
How KC is the solution to all problems 5 – Economic problems
How KC is the solution to all problems 4 – Ecological problems
How KC is the solution to all problems 3 – Psychological problems
Wasn’t it immoral for Rama to exile Sita on just a rumour?
How KC is the solution to all problems 2 – Cultural Problems – Sexual Assaults
How KC is the solution to all problems I – Polticial problems – Corruption
Can one go back home back to godhead by practicing Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism and Judaism?
If Drona rejected Eklavya due to his character deficiency, then why didnt he reject Duryodhana too?
How can I deal with uncertainties about the guru system in ISKCON?
Did Lord Rama eat meat?
How does the spiritual soul first get material desires?
What is the one scientific discovery that can prove or disprove the Vedic view of the universe?
If aquatics are lower than plants in the Vedic evolutionary scale then why is eating aquatics forbidden and eating plants allowed?
Why is Krishna not keeping the increasing population under control?
What is the Krishna conscious perspective of nondevotees with good moral qualities like Jains?
Why do Vishnu and Shiva have several common names?
Is humanitarian activity not a form of subtle sense gratification?
Should devotees vote in elections? What is the devotional perspective of democracy?
A Hero’s Prayers at the moment of Death – Vritrasura – Bhagavatam 6.11.18-27
Why is Tukaram Maharaj especially glorified among various Maharashtrian saints in ISKCON?
How does Lord Jagannatha reciprocate in Puri when the temple priests are so rude?
When we dont get results due to our karma, does service get affected by our karma?
ENERGY: Your sutra for positive thinking
Harer Namashtakam 6: The misfortune of missing the fortune
Harer Namashtakam 7: The fruit of service is the increased desire to serve
Harer Namashtakam 5: Access the holy name by the mercy of the Bhagavatas
I found blasphemy of ISKCON leaders online. How should I respond?
Why does Prabhupada say in Bhagavad Gita 2.62 purport that Lord Shiva is not able to control his senses?
Do we get bad karma by visual sexual stimulation?
How do we understand when different Vaishnava acharays give different meanings of the same scriptural verse?
KC and World Religions 2 – Christianity 1
What is the difference between a woman’s love for a paramour and the gopis’ love for Krishna?
Why do certain temples have architecture depicting sex?
KC and World Religions 1 – Judaism
How much does exercise,medication interfere with one’s destiny?
When we see cause-effect relationship within this life itself, doesn’t that make karma irrelevant?
Does the Bhagavad-gita teach that all paths lead to the same goal?
Is putting faith in Krishna consciousness like leaping across a chasm with nothing more than the hope that we will make it to the other side?
Why is prana-pratistha needed when the photo of Krishna is non-different from Krishna?
How is the Western world having its necessities despite not performing any sacrifices?
History of Gaudiya Vaishnavism – Post-Prabhupada ISKCON
History of Gaudiya Vaishnavism IV – Prabhupada’s unprecedented success
The History of Gaudiya Vaishnavism III – Transcendence Amidst Independence
History of Gaudiya Vaishnavism III – The Beginnings of Modernity
History of Gaudiya Vaishnavism – II (Post Chaitanya phase)
History of Gaudiya Vaishnavism I – Pre-Chaitanya Vaishnavism
If intelligence is higher than the mind, then why does intelligence come from passion and mind from goodness?
Should we use the words “fools and rascals” just as Srila Prabhupada did?
What are the causes of anger – how to deal with them – Hindi?
How does one find the right path to attain peace?
How does religion differ from spirituality?
If God is present everywhere, is he present in stool?
When the Pandavas were born of various demigods, why are they called the sons of Pandu?
Is Mohammed predicted in the Bhavishya Purana?
Was wheel invented in Satya-Yuga?
If somebody asks questions arrogantly, how should we respond?
Why is the desire for sex stronger than the desire for any other sense gratification?
How to control our jealousy and ego?
Why is the Shambhu aspect of Lord Shiva glorified as the topmost devotee?
Does the definition of success vary from person to person or is it universal?
Is repressing the sexual instinct harmful?
Why was ashtanga yoga recommended in Satya-yuga?
Why does the Gita say that “I am intelligence among women?”
What exactly is the heart?
Why is Krishna blue?
When did Vyasadeva write Bhagavatam?
Why are women considered less intelligent?
How can sex desire be controlled?
Is everything pre-destined?
Do aliens really exist?
Is worshiping deities sinful?
How can we explain to others that meat-eating is undesirable?
Isn’t doing our duties better than spending hours chanting?
Which is the oldest religion in the world?
If Krishna’s body is spiritual, then how can it get cut?
How can we be Krishna conscious while doing our daily activities?
Why did Lord Rama kill Vali from behind a tree?
When we have microscopes that can see sizes less that 1/10,000 , then how do we understand the statement that the soul can’t be seen through the most powerful microscope?
Are there any references in the Gita to the chanting of the holy names?
Why should we believe in the Vedas?
How do we differentiate between helping the sick and playing God?
If consciousness comes from the soul, how does anesthesia make us lose consciousness?
Does every cell have a soul?
What’s wrong with satisfying the sexual urge by artificial means?
What’s wrong with consensual sex?
Is the conception of male & female in this world and spiritual world different?
Why was Karna denigrated as suta-putra?
If God wanted us to be vegetarian, then why has he given us canine teeth?
If we avoid meat because we don’t want to cause violence, then doesn’t eating vegetables also involve violence?
Do the Vedic literature allow meat-eating? Did Hinduism adopt vegetarianism from Buddhism?
Is the size of the soul literal or metaphorical?
Shouldn’t we be practical and focus on our present life instead of worrying about future lives?
Do all sperms have soul?
Why did God create carnivorous animals that attack herbivorous animals?
Did dinosaurs exist? What is the Vedic perspective?
What is the difference between mind, heart and soul?
What is the difference between mind and consciousness?
What is the position of Lord Shiva?
Are the Vedas mythological because they talk about mysticism?
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