Questions and Answers

The Holy Name and Mental Health

How should I understand the process of purification of consciousness through the chanting of the Holy Names? Can we entrust all our problems to Krishna in this way. Can I take refuge in the Holy Name in all aspects of life with full confidence, and of course, without neglecting physical and mental health.

About our problems, we are practical and accept everything that helps us in life as Krishna’s mercy.  [Continue reading] The Holy Name and Mental Health

Sukadeva Goswami and Radharani’s Parrot

Is it Śukadeva Goswami Radhararani’s parrot? Because I find no evidence in sastra and from previous Acaryas, but some devotees and Swamis are saying that. What is your opinion about that?

Lord Caitanya and Jiva Goswami, and Prabhupada, emphasized the central importance of the Bhagavatam. The Bhagavatam explains that Suka is a great sage, and does not describe him as Radharani’s parrot.  [Continue reading] Sukadeva Goswami and Radharani’s Parrot

Logic, Reason, and Faith

I grew up in a comfortable Hindu home, listening to stories of the Ramayana, Mahabharatha, and the Gita. However, at some point during adolescence, the faith disappeared for me. I soon starting studying science, that may also have something to do with it. I’m trying to reconnect to spirituality in a productive way. However, something that doesn’t sit well with me is that I seem to be “convincing myself” through logic and reason. That’s the opposite of the definition of faith, isn’t it? I would think that the “feeling” is there or it isn’t. Also, I heard that the process of getting to know krsna is compared to falling in love with someone, that you want to get to know the person as you are falling in love with them. But don’t you have to meet them first to do that? If I haven’t met krsna, how would i love it? (yes, I also hesitate referring to krsna as a gendered entity) and why is it so difficult to meet or recognize krsna, if the whole point of human life is to get to know our higher spiritual purpose? shouldn’t we be born with that ability? or if we are born with it, why do we often lose it? and then why is it so hard to get it back? Does love exist without sacrifice?

1. Logic and reason are not, or shouldn’t be, the “opposite” of faith, though some fanatic religious communities may see it that way. My own teacher, Prabhupada, stressed the need to balance faith and reason, which he saw as complementary. This is a very old idea in the Western philosophical tradition as well.  [Continue reading] Logic, Reason, and Faith

Lord Nrsimhadeva’s Necklace and Tattoos

A friend gave me a Lord Nrisinhadeva necklace. It was given for protection. I did not start wearing the necklace until recently and since I started wearing all sorts of terrible things have happened to my neck! One of my new younger devotee friends has a Nrisinhadeva mantra tattooed on his arm. He says that since he got the tattoo he feels his karma has been sped up and that many very heavy things have happened to him. Could it be true or only a coincidence? Also, where can I find more information on Lord Nrisinhadeva?

I took Sannyasa on Lord Nrsimhadeva’s Appearance Day and Prabhupada gave me a wonderful blessing. He said, “Just as Lord Nrsimahdeva protected Prahlada Maharaja, so He will always protect you.”

Q:Tilaka – when to be worn, if at all?
A:Yes, at appropriate times and places, i.e. when and where it furthers our mission. [Continue reading] Lord Nrsimhadeva’s Necklace and Tattoos