Last evening reading with Devamrta Swami #17
November 9th, 2017

Brhad-Bhagavatamrta 2.1.31-123

Susmita Devi Dasi asks
November 17th, 2015

In the Bhagavad-gita Krsna states that whatever you think of at the time of death will determine your destination. Is there a difference in destination for an initiated and an uninitiated devotee if they both think of Krsna at the time of death?

Varnasrama series
October 17th, 2015

Sanatana Dasa asks on what Varnasrama principle do I request wives to wait for initiation along with their husbands, and is waiting to ladies’ spiritual detriment?

Should disciples give diksa to devotees – accept disciples – in the physical presence of their own diksa guru?
January 11th, 2015
Anuj Verma, uninitiated but chanting and servings wants clarification on this
August 28th, 2014

“Unless one is initiated by a bona fide spiritual master, all his devotional activities are useless. A person who is not properly initiated can descend again into the animal species.” Read the rest of this entry »

Madhupati asks: If one wants to get prema does one have to get the Gayatri mantra without which, spiriual life will be inconclusive
May 11th, 2014

If yes, does it mean that mere Harinama initiation will not take me back to Krsna? Read the rest of this entry »

Bhakta dasa asks: How to respond to a senior Vaisnava criticizing one’s guru
May 9th, 2014

What about: eating veg fake meat dishes, non-alcoholic beer, special treatment for non-practicing children of devotees Read the rest of this entry »

The substance of accepting a spiritual master
June 6th, 2011

(talk with aspiring disciples) Read the rest of this entry »

Vijaya Krsna took initiation in Gaudiya-math 2 years ago and when his father took ill and passed away he lost faith in Krsna and now only chants one round and feels his bhakti is gone
April 19th, 2011

What to do? Read the rest of this entry »

Adhoksaja-krsna, Adi-gopi, Rupanuga, Georgina Kerr, Bhayahari and Jayanta ask a slew of questions including karma in cat food and the value of Facebook
April 2nd, 2011

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B. Andrey asks about computer games
November 8th, 2010

B. Summon about Dantavakra’s parents and B. Richard whether it is worth to continue chanting even though one knows he/she is not up to initiation in this life, at which time it is said one really receives the holy name? Read the rest of this entry »

B. Rasvan of Romania asks whether devotees living outside a temple can be initiated
October 31st, 2010

And Varsana dd asks about how retired devotees who no longer can donate money can serve the temple/community. Read the rest of this entry »

Ramapriya asks
October 21st, 2010

“I notice that some devotees who are no longer practising Krsna Consciousness still use their initiated names and expect others to use it as well. I was wondering if this is bona-fide, as they no longer chant or perform devotional service, and have no active guru anymore who is part of their lives as they have rejected them.” Read the rest of this entry »

Russian Skype conference with disciples on regaining faith in the holy name, the subject of Brahma’s meditations, and why Krsna shows himself to motivated persons like Daksa and not to us. (Russian/English)
September 28th, 2010
Balaram asks whether we need to take diksa if we remember our initiation from our last life
September 28th, 2010

Yes, because we want the fidelity of being in Srila Prabhupada’s line. Read the rest of this entry »

Are kavaca mantras actually potent, should devotees pay taxes and other topics on skype conference with Russian disciples
July 19th, 2010

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Bhakta Nimai asks
June 28th, 2010

“We are told that guru takes us to Krsna. Sometimes we hear literal examples of this. How do we understand this in our tradition? Does Srila Prabhupada or his disciple – whom we have taken shelter of as our guru – take us?” Read the rest of this entry »

Karma for ISKCON leaders and following 3-1/2 principles for initiation
June 25th, 2010

Skype conference with Russian disciples (English/Russian) Read the rest of this entry »

When a disciple wants to accept a spiritual master, is there any ISKCON etiquette, rule or protocol forbidding or discouraging one guru from deferring to another?
February 21st, 2010

What are the pros and cons for the disciple, guru or ISKCON? Bn Rita / NV Read the rest of this entry »

Please give some guidelines regarding how the five stages of Diksa-samskara described by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakura, are applicable in our ISKCON today
February 3rd, 2010

Radha Govinda das / Moldavia Read the rest of this entry »