Srila Prabhupada answers fundamental questions

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For decades, Srila Prabhupāda’s books have been studied and analyzed, word by word, by thousands of devotees. However, his spoken teachings have not received nearly the same level of analysis until now. While immersed in our mission to bring to light these spiritual gems, we repeatedly found ourselves admiring Prabhupāda’s expertise in relating to all different varieties of people. Srila Prabhupāda was just as prolific in his lecturing as he was in his writing. He never missed a chance to preach, whether to reporters, academics, politicians, priests from other faiths, the parents of his disciples, newcomers to the temple, Artists, Musicians and Poets, regular devotees, or his senior disciples. While relating to all these different audiences, he displayed a very mature and congenial standard of dealings. He had great skill in understanding the moods and backgrounds of the people he spoke with, which let him talk with them in the way in which they could best accept his message.

The most recurring feature in these discussions was the format of questions and answers. Everyone had questions for Srila Prabhupāda, and Prabhupāda almost always gave very insightful answers. The questions ranged over hundreds of topics, and we found, as time went on, more and more deeply profound exchanges. After all, asking questions to a spiritual master is truly the only way to gain genuine spiritual knowledge. We decided, therefore, to take on the monumental project of bringing together, for the first time, all of the recorded questions asked to Srila Prabhupāda. A team of several devotees searched painstakingly, throughout all the conversations, lectures, and letters, for Prabhupāda answering questions. It took several months to find them all, and several more months to present them in an organized, thematic fashion, but the result was well worth the effort. We have now gathered over 10,200 of them. Each is on its own separate page, all of them are searchable, and they are situated within 145 different thematic categories.

  • We are now developing a new project to find 500 to 1000 of the most fundamental questions to be placed in the lists below. Please join with us on this opportunity to further bring to light Srila Prabhupāda's illustrious words.


Srila Prabhupada answering questions


Srila Prabhupada answering questions


Srila Prabhupada answering questions


Srila Prabhupada answering questions


Srila Prabhupada answering questions


Go-up.png Age Groups - Stages of Life

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
At what time did you have your own personal realization, Swamiji? At what age? New York 1975
A lot of them are very young people coming into the movement. Do you think they really understand what they're going into when they join the Krsna movement? Melbourne 1976
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Go-up.png Agriculture and Cow Protection

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Around all the holy places I always see a lot of monkeys and cows in India. Is there some reason, special, about... I mean, cows, there's obvious reason, but what about the monkeys? Why are they around the holy places? Vrndavana 1977
Do we use machines and modern methods on our asramas and farms? Geneva 1974
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Go-up.png Animal Killing

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Aren't you in a sense eating another soul too if you're eating vegetables? Not only if you're eating meat? Perth 1975
Can a person who eats meat obtain a human birth? Or he must be put back into animal species, meat-eaters? Los Angeles 1973
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Go-up.png Authority and Authenticity

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Are you at all concerned about the, what seems to be an increasing number of gurus and swamis throughout the world? Auckland 1976
Because we do not know what sin is, wouldn't whatever the authority said be purely an idea to us? Johannesburg 1975
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Go-up.png Avataras, Incarnations, Messengers of God

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Among the avataras which are described in the second and third book of Srimad-Bhagavatam, there are two questions I have to put. There is Krsna Himself, who appears as His own avatara, and the Krsna, the yadava Krsna? Geneva 1974
When Krsna is incarnating in His plenary incarnations like Varaha, Nrsimha... and sometimes devotees become devoted to those forms. Are there corresponding planets in Vaikuntha for those forms of incarnation? Is there a planet of Nrsimha or Nrsimha-loka? London 1973
What is the difference between an incarnation and an avatara? Los Angeles 1968
Do you expect Him (Krsna) to come again? London 1973
Does He (Krsna) also appear through Maha-Visnu? Bombay 1974
Every time Lord Krsna appears, original Krsna appears, does Lord Caitanya appear on the following Kali-yuga? Bombay 1974
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Go-up.png Bhagavad-gita

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
There are so many translations (of the Gita). How does one decide...? Vrndavana 1976
Bhagavad-gita did it take place? There was a battlefield of Kuruksetra? London 1971
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Go-up.png Birth, Death, Procreation

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
After that seven months of unconsciousness in the body, in the womb, what does that spirit soul experience from that time till it comes out? Montreal 1968
At the time of death, soul goes with the actions, the past? Nairobi 1975
But when the body is finally finished, aren't the senses also finished? Mayapur 1975
Can you explain about taking a spiritual body after death? London 1971
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Go-up.png Body (Gross), Material Senses

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
After you realize that you're not the body, then what comes next? New York 1976
But when the body is finally finished, aren't the senses also finished? Mayapur 1975
Could you discuss the various levels on the way to bliss consciousness? What happens to the body and the mind as one approaches bliss consciousness? Boston 1969
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Go-up.png Brahminical Culture

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Brahmana is not to accept any employment? Vrndavana 1974
Can you say something about the training for a brahmana (in the varnasrama college)? Vrndavana 1974
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Go-up.png Caitanya, His Associates

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Can you tell me something about Caitanya's initiation in Vaisnava faith? When He was initiated? Los Angeles 1969
Did you say that Sri Krsna Caitanya was playing Radha? San Francisco 1968
Every time Lord Krsna appears, original Krsna appears, does Lord Caitanya appear on the following Kali-yuga? Bombay 1974
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Go-up.png Calendar Events, Observances

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Is there special significance during this period (Kumbha Mela)? Bombay 1977
On ekadasi, we can offer the Deity grains? Tokyo 1972
Prabhupada, can you explain a little more about Ratha-yatra? Anyone who takes part in Ratha-yatra, are they liberated? Los Angeles 1971
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Go-up.png Chanting the Holy Name

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
While we are chanting our rounds, or while we are chanting out loud in kirtana, is it all right to be engaging our mind in thinking? Seattle 1968
We always encourage chanting Hare Krsna, is that so? Surat 1970
Is there room in the movement for other persons who are indirectly serving Krsna rather than chanting Hare Krsna all day? Gainesville 1971
A devotee, very often after chanting why they develop very, very high. I see a lot of devotees, they falls down back to the maya. What is the reason? Toronto 1976
Daily how many times you'll utter the names of Lord Krsna? Bhuvanesvara 1977
I don't understand exactly how Krsna consciousness is different than the other religions. Like in Christianity, Judaism and Moslem they have the idea that a person can pray and sometimes chant, communicate with God, understand His way Boston 1968
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Go-up.png Children, Childhood

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
What should the boys be taught from ten to sixteen? New Mayapur 1976
Don't you think that the children should be given freedom to choose voluntarily? Bombay 1977
Do you have children? You just left them? Los Angeles 1968
Swamiji, could you speak a bit about the proper attitude of the child towards the father? Is it one of fear, respect, love? Toronto 1976
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Go-up.png Christianity

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Do you believe in the Holy Bible? Melbourne 1974
Basically, what have you to offer that is different than the Christian ethos or the Jewish ethos? Los Angeles 1968
I don't understand exactly how Krsna consciousness is different than the other religions. Like in Christianity, Judaism and Moslem they have the idea that a person can pray and sometimes chant, communicate with God, understand His way Boston 1968
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Go-up.png Civilization and Civilized Life

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Now that he has received Krsna consciousness, he would like to know from you how he should behave in his normal life, because he'll be living very far from the temple? New Mayapur 1976
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Go-up.png Class, Divisions of Society

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Are sudras supposed to take sannyasa also? Vrndavana 1974
And what will be the benefit of classifying men according to their qualities? Vrndavana 1976
These Turks are yavanas? Demons and yavanas? Vrndavana 1976
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Go-up.png Consciousness

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
While we are chanting our rounds, or while we are chanting out loud in kirtana, is it all right to be engaging our mind in thinking? Seattle 1968
Could you discuss the various levels on the way to bliss consciousness? What happens to the body and the mind as one approaches bliss consciousness? Boston 1969
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Go-up.png Contemporary Personalities

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Had you met Gandhi? Melbourne 1975
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Go-up.png Contemporary Trends, Events, Social Issues

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Would you comment on the political situation in India now. What do you think about Mrs. Gandhi's...? Dallas 1975
But if we don't make the research, then how will we ever solve these problems? PLACE YEAR
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Go-up.png Demigods

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
How is it that there is so much material "advancement'' in the USA even though there is no formal demigod worship? Is a man after economic development automatically worshiping Lord Siva whether he is making Yajna or not? Hawaii 1969
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Go-up.png Demonic Personalities

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Is it the living entity's choice, complete choice, to be demonic, against God, or is it a part of Krsna's energy to put demons, or to have created him that way? Hamburg 1969
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Go-up.png Devotee Standards, Etiquette

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
If we're performing devotional service and an insect is in the way, like if you're painting the walls and you find this ant and you must paint this wall to please the spiritual master, what is the attitude? Atlanta 1975
So far as your question about controversy amongst the disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja Los Angeles 1969
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Go-up.png Devotees - General

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
All that karma is erased as soon as he surrenders to Krsna? Paris 1974
A devotee is only supposed to want service, and sometimes he very much wants to be liberated to be finished with all this difficulty, isn't it? Tehran 1976
Are these astrological charts very much applicable for a devotee, Srila Prabhupada? Vrndavana 1977
What is the proper relationship of the devotee to Radharani? Los Angeles 1968
And the pure devotee, does he see the Paramatma feature or does he see...? New Orleans 1975
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Go-up.png Devotees of the Hare Krsna Movement

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
I assume that being an initiated member means that the individual has acquainted himself sufficiently with your teaching and gone through certain disciplines? Los Angeles 1969
I know some of the devotees have had to sever relationships, so to speak, with their material world parents, and it gives them some degree of grief, because their parents don't understand. Now what do you tell them to kind of make this easier? Gainesville 1971
Is there room in the movement for other persons who are indirectly serving Krsna rather than chanting Hare Krsna all day? Gainesville 1971
Does a devotee, who is working as a sudra, get second initiation? Hyderabad 1974
A devotee, very often after chanting why they develop very, very high. I see a lot of devotees, they falls down back to the maya. What is the reason? Toronto 1976
A lot of them are very young people coming into the movement. Do you think they really understand what they're going into when they join the Krsna movement? Melbourne 1976
Is there any limit to the number of chances that the disciple has? Tehran 1976
This sankalpa-vikalpa is there as long as we have our independence, though. Even as devotees, that accepting and rejecting? That is there even in devotees? Tehran 1976
If one of your brahmana initiated disciples falls from this platform, leaves the temple and commits offenses, then returns, demanding respect, should he be allowed to keep the sacred thread or should he...? Melbourne 1976
Professor Chenique wishes to know, would it not be more valuable if our men spoke Sanskrit and could translate directly from the Sanskrit into French? New Mayapur 1976
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Go-up.png Devotional Dress, Paraphernalia

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Can't people be spiritual without dressing in this fashion and dancing in the street? New York 1975
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Go-up.png Devotional Singing, Dancing, Drama

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
While we are chanting our rounds, or while we are chanting out loud in kirtana, is it all right to be engaging our mind in thinking? Seattle 1968
Can't people be spiritual without dressing in this fashion and dancing in the street? New York 1975
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Go-up.png Disciplic Succession

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Srila Prabhupada, if the knowledge was handed down by the saintly kings, evam parampara-praptam (BG 4.2), how is it that the knowledge was lost? Perth 1975
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Go-up.png Discrepancies, Slips, Falldowns

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
A devotee, very often after chanting why they develop very, very high. I see a lot of devotees, they falls down back to the maya. What is the reason? Toronto 1976
If one of your brahmana initiated disciples falls from this platform, leaves the temple and commits offenses, then returns, demanding respect, should he be allowed to keep the sacred thread or should he...? Melbourne 1976
So far as your question about controversy amongst the disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja Los Angeles 1969
Have we fallen from higher to lower or do we come from the very bottom of plant then to animal? Los Angeles 1968
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Go-up.png Independence, Dependence

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
And the purpose of sastra is to direct this minute independence so that it is not misused? Tehran 1976
Is there any limit to the number of chances that the disciple has? Tehran 1976
This sankalpa-vikalpa is there as long as we have our independence, though. Even as devotees, that accepting and rejecting? That is there even in devotees? Tehran 1976
Is it the living entity's choice, complete choice, to be demonic, against God, or is it a part of Krsna's energy to put demons, or to have created him that way? Hamburg 1969
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Go-up.png The Deity, Deity Worship

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
On ekadasi, we can offer the Deity grains? Tokyo 1972
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Go-up.png Eastern, Western

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
How is it that there is so much material "advancement'' in the USA even though there is no formal demigod worship? Is a man after economic development automatically worshiping Lord Siva whether he is making Yajna or not? Hawaii 1969
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Go-up.png Economics - Wealth, Resources, Money, Business

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Brahmana is not to accept any employment? Vrndavana 1974
How is it that there is so much material "advancement'' in the USA even though there is no formal demigod worship? Is a man after economic development automatically worshiping Lord Siva whether he is making Yajna or not? Hawaii 1969
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Go-up.png Education, Training, Learning

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Can you say something about the training for a brahmana (in the varnasrama college)? Vrndavana 1974
What should the boys be taught from ten to sixteen? New Mayapur 1976
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Go-up.png Ethnicity, Nationality

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
These Turks are yavanas? Demons and yavanas? Vrndavana 1976
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Go-up.png Evolution

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Have we fallen from higher to lower or do we come from the very bottom of plant then to animal? Los Angeles 1968
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Go-up.png Faith, Belief

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Srila Prabhupada? What is that ingredient or what is that thing which causes faith to develop in one? San Francisco 1975
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Go-up.png Family Life, Family Members

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
I know some of the devotees have had to sever relationships, so to speak, with their material world parents, and it gives them some degree of grief, because their parents don't understand. Now what do you tell them to kind of make this easier? Gainesville 1971
Now that he has received Krsna consciousness, he would like to know from you how he should behave in his normal life, because he'll be living very far from the temple? New Mayapur 1976
Swamiji, could you speak a bit about the proper attitude of the child towards the father? Is it one of fear, respect, love? Toronto 1976
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Go-up.png Fate, Destiny, Freedom, Free Will

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
So I have no other goal but to have the phala of past karmas. Or can I change my fate? Poons 1976
Don't you think that the children should be given freedom to choose voluntarily? Bombay 1977
Is it the living entity's choice, complete choice, to be demonic, against God, or is it a part of Krsna's energy to put demons, or to have created him that way? Hamburg 1969
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Go-up.png Fine Arts, Fashion, Entertainment

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
How do you feel about self-expression, art, as a path back to Godhead? New York 1971
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Go-up.png Food, Diet, Cooking

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Are fasting and other dietary regulations necessary for leading a spiritual life? New Vrndavana 1976
Aren't you in a sense eating another soul too if you're eating vegetables? Not only if you're eating meat? Perth 1975
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Go-up.png Gender

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Am I to understand that women cannot go back to Godhead without being reincarnated to the male? WashingtonD.C. 1976
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Go-up.png Geographical Places

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Around all the holy places I always see a lot of monkeys and cows in India. Is there some reason, special, about... I mean, cows, there's obvious reason, but what about the monkeys? Why are they around the holy places? Vrndavana 1977
Bhagavad-gita did it take place? There was a battlefield of Kuruksetra? London 1971
Srila Prabhupada, in Bhagavad-gita it says that "Out of millions of men, only one may come to know Me, and of millions who know Me, only one can understand." What are ways...? Melbourne 1975
Would you comment on the political situation in India now. What do you think about Mrs. Gandhi's...? Dallas 1975
How is it that there is so much material "advancement'' in the USA even though there is no formal demigod worship? Is a man after economic development automatically worshiping Lord Siva whether he is making Yajna or not? Hawaii 1969

Go-up.png God

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Well, his question it is why must we do something to become God when we're already God? Edinburgh 1972
Are you God? Melbourne 1974
Could it be, Srila Prabhupada, that this sanction of wine drinking be from God? Could that sanction come from God? Do we think that is possible? Rome 1974
If there's another way to go to God. If there is another way? Mexico 1975
And how to surrender to God, how to do this? Tehran 1976
But Guruji, giving those who are in need, is not giving to God? Bombay 1973
I don't understand exactly how Krsna consciousness is different than the other religions. Like in Christianity, Judaism and Moslem they have the idea that a person can pray and sometimes chant, communicate with God, understand His way Boston 1968
Do you believe in love of God, and that God is a person? Some people say that God is not a person, and we say God is a person Paris 1974
If there is God, how can there be suffering and disease? Tittenhurst 1969
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Go-up.png God Realization, Self Realization, Enlightenment

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
At what time did you have your own personal realization, Swamiji? At what age? New York 1975
Do you think meditation is a way to see God inside yourself? Melbourne 1974
As far as I can gather, the self - no-self thing, Buddhism was denying that you're the atman, I think. Could you perhaps say something about that? Perth 1795
And to your mind is it possible to come to God consciousness through other means than yours? New York 1976
Srila Prabhupada, in Bhagavad-gita it says that "Out of millions of men, only one may come to know Me, and of millions who know Me, only one can understand." What are ways...? Melbourne 1975
Could you discuss the various levels on the way to bliss consciousness? What happens to the body and the mind as one approaches bliss consciousness? Boston 1969
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Go-up.png Gurukula

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
What should the boys be taught from ten to sixteen? New Mayapur 1976
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Go-up.png Health, Disease, Healing

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
If there is God, how can there be suffering and disease? Tittenhurst 1969
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Go-up.png Hearing, Reading, Study

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Any kind of living entity who takes prasadam or hears the name, that it will come back at least to human form of life. Is that correct? Hawaii 1974
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Go-up.png Hinduism

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
How can all sections of Hindus be made to take an equal interest and have the same sense of belonging to the Hindu religion? Vrndavana 1976
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Go-up.png Historical Personalities

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
How do you feel about Rabindranath Tagore, the poet? New York 1971
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Go-up.png History, Historical Facts, Timelines

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Bhagavad-gita did it take place? There was a battlefield of Kuruksetra? London 1971
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Go-up.png Holy Places

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
According to the Aquarian Gospel, Christ was in Jagannatha Puri? Columbus 1969
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Go-up.png Human Beings, Other Species or Types of Living Entities

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Around all the holy places I always see a lot of monkeys and cows in India. Is there some reason, special, about... I mean, cows, there's obvious reason, but what about the monkeys? Why are they around the holy places? Vrndavana 1977
Any kind of living entity who takes prasadam or hears the name, that it will come back at least to human form of life. Is that correct? Hawaii 1974
Do you see a time coming when all mankind will be united? Melbourne 1974
Can a person who eats meat obtain a human birth? Or he must be put back into animal species, meat-eaters? Los Angeles 1973
If we're performing devotional service and an insect is in the way, like if you're painting the walls and you find this ant and you must paint this wall to please the spiritual master, what is the attitude? Atlanta 1975
Can you explain to me what is good sex life and bad sex life? London 1973
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Go-up.png Human Qualities, Character, Behavior

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Can you explain to me what is good sex life and bad sex life? London 1973
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Go-up.png Impersonalism

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Are you God? Melbourne 1974
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Go-up.png Initiation

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
I assume that being an initiated member means that the individual has acquainted himself sufficiently with your teaching and gone through certain disciplines? Los Angeles 1969
Does a devotee, who is working as a sudra, get second initiation? Hyderabad 1974
And how do we get guru? Bombay 1976
Can you tell me something about Caitanya's initiation in Vaisnava faith? When He was initiated? Los Angeles 1969
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Go-up.png ISKCON - Finances

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
If a brahmacari decides to get married and then enters into married life, should he be encouraged to maintain that responsibility throughout his life? Vrndavana 1977
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Go-up.png ISKCON - General

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Is there room in the movement for other persons who are indirectly serving Krsna rather than chanting Hare Krsna all day? Gainesville 1971
A lot of them are very young people coming into the movement. Do you think they really understand what they're going into when they join the Krsna movement? Melbourne 1976
So in relation to your movement, where does Marxism stand? Hyderabad 1976
If the space program, either the Russian or the American program, which have plans to try to land on the moon and return safely, if this is successful, do you think this accomplishment would hurt the Krsna movement in the United States? Los Angeles 1968
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Go-up.png ISKCON - Leadership and Management

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Is there any method for dissent within your movement? Or change? New York 1976
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Go-up.png ISKCON - Temples and Centers

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Now that he has received Krsna consciousness, he would like to know from you how he should behave in his normal life, because he'll be living very far from the temple? New Mayapur 1976
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Go-up.png Jesus

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
According to the Aquarian Gospel, Christ was in Jagannatha Puri? Columbus 1969
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Go-up.png Kali-yuga

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Every time Lord Krsna appears, original Krsna appears, does Lord Caitanya appear on the following Kali-yuga? Bombay 1974
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Go-up.png Karma - Action and Reaction

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
All that karma is erased as soon as he surrenders to Krsna? Paris 1974
Does karma-yoga mean to follow exactly the sastras? Bombay 1974
So I have no other goal but to have the phala of past karmas. Or can I change my fate? Poons 1976
If there is God, how can there be suffering and disease? Tittenhurst 1969
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Go-up.png Knowledge

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Because we do not know what sin is, wouldn't whatever the authority said be purely an idea to us? Johannesburg 1975
A lot of them are very young people coming into the movement. Do you think they really understand what they're going into when they join the Krsna movement? Melbourne 1976
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Go-up.png Krsna Conscious Visual Presentations - Art, Decor, Displays

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But still, somebody must have seen Krsna... to actually paint Him? Melbourne 1974
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Go-up.png Krsna, His Expansions, Associates, Paraphernalia

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Among the avataras which are described in the second and third book of Srimad-Bhagavatam, there are two questions I have to put. There is Krsna Himself, who appears as His own avatara, and the Krsna, the yadava Krsna? Geneva 1974
When Krsna is incarnating in His plenary incarnations like Varaha, Nrsimha... and sometimes devotees become devoted to those forms. Are there corresponding planets in Vaikuntha for those forms of incarnation? Is there a planet of Nrsimha or Nrsimha-loka? London 1973
Prabhupada, could you tell us something about Krsna's rasa-lila? Los Angeles 1968
Do you expect Him (Krsna) to come again? London 1973
But still, somebody must have seen Krsna... to actually paint Him? Melbourne 1974
Can changing the type of service one's performing, can that help him to achieve the desired perfection in relationship with the spiritual master and Krsna? Hawaii 1974
Did the residents of Vrndavana see the many expansions or did they only see one Krsna? Bombay 1974
Does He (Krsna) also appear through Maha-Visnu? Bombay 1974
Even if we don't surrender to Krsna in this life, will everyone surrender to Krsna? Will everyone go back to Godhead eventually? Johannesburg 1975
If one surrenders, how to know that Krsna has accepted? Poona 1976
Every time Lord Krsna appears, original Krsna appears, does Lord Caitanya appear on the following Kali-yuga? Bombay 1974
How it was that even though there is so much distance between, let's say, Govardhana and Radha-kunda and Vrndavana, Nanda-grama, Varsana, how it was that still Krsna and Radha could go and meet? Vrndavana 1976
If the original Krsna is always in Vrndavana, then why do the gopis and Radharani feel separation from Him? San Francisco 1975
Does fortune mean it's the mercy of Krsna? Perth 1975
Is it the living entity's choice, complete choice, to be demonic, against God, or is it a part of Krsna's energy to put demons, or to have created him that way? Hamburg 1969
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Go-up.png Language, Literature

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Professor Chenique wishes to know, would it not be more valuable if our men spoke Sanskrit and could translate directly from the Sanskrit into French? New Mayapur 1976
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Go-up.png Leadership, Management (General)

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So every ksatriya had to have something to manage? Los Angeles 1973
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Go-up.png Liberation, Salvation

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Even if we don't surrender to Krsna in this life, will everyone surrender to Krsna? Will everyone go back to Godhead eventually? Johannesburg 1975
A devotee is only supposed to want service, and sometimes he very much wants to be liberated to be finished with all this difficulty, isn't it? Tehran 1976
Prabhupada, can you explain a little more about Ratha-yatra? Anyone who takes part in Ratha-yatra, are they liberated? Los Angeles 1971
How do you feel about self-expression, art, as a path back to Godhead? New York 1971
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Go-up.png Love of Godhead

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Do you believe in love of God, and that God is a person? Some people say that God is not a person, and we say God is a person Paris 1974
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Go-up.png Marriage

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
If a brahmacari decides to get married and then enters into married life, should he be encouraged to maintain that responsibility throughout his life? Vrndavana 1977
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Go-up.png Material Creation, Universe

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Is it the living entity's choice, complete choice, to be demonic, against God, or is it a part of Krsna's energy to put demons, or to have created him that way? Hamburg 1969
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Go-up.png Material Love and Affection

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Swamiji, could you speak a bit about the proper attitude of the child towards the father? Is it one of fear, respect, love? Toronto 1976
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Go-up.png Meaning of Sanskrit Words

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Does karma-yoga mean to follow exactly the sastras? Bombay 1974
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Go-up.png Meditation

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Any other type of concentration (meditation) you do? Hyderabad 1974
Do you think meditation is a way to see God inside yourself? Melbourne 1974
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Go-up.png Mercy, Grace, Blessings

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Does fortune mean it's the mercy of Krsna? Perth 1975
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Go-up.png Modern Science and Scientists

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But if we don't make the research, then how will we ever solve these problems? PLACE YEAR
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Go-up.png Modes of Material Nature

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How do we enter into the modes of goodness? Seattle 1968
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Go-up.png The Moon

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
If the space program, either the Russian or the American program, which have plans to try to land on the moon and return safely, if this is successful, do you think this accomplishment would hurt the Krsna movement in the United States? Los Angeles 1968
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Go-up.png Natural Science, Natural History

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
But if we tell that that there is no law of gravity, they will say that why is it that if you throw up a ball then it comes down? Perth 1975
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Go-up.png Occupation, Work, Duty

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If I'm always worried about the future, how will anything get done now? Mayapur 1975
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Go-up.png Other Philosophies, Philosophy in General

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So in relation to your movement, where does Marxism stand? Hyderabad 1976
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Go-up.png Other Planets

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Srila Prabhupada, are the planets shaped liked balls or more like plates? Because they're called dvipas, "islands." Their roundness is the roundness of a plate or like a ball? Mayapur 1976
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Go-up.png Other Religions, Religion in General

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In what way did you think, that the teaching of the love of God which you are doing, is different and perhaps better than the teachings of which already were being conducted in this country and have been conducted in the Western world for centuries? Gainesville 1971
Can our religion bring something more than other religions? Paris 1974
Do you think that in the future all religions and all these spiritual groups will come together and form one group? Paris 1974
As far as I can gather, the self - no-self thing, Buddhism was denying that you're the atman, I think. Could you perhaps say something about that? Perth 1795
If there's another way to go to God. If there is another way? Mexico 1975
And to your mind is it possible to come to God consciousness through other means than yours? New York 1976
Basically, what have you to offer that is different than the Christian ethos or the Jewish ethos? Los Angeles 1968
But Guruji, giving those who are in need, is not giving to God? Bombay 1973
I don't understand exactly how Krsna consciousness is different than the other religions. Like in Christianity, Judaism and Moslem they have the idea that a person can pray and sometimes chant, communicate with God, understand His way Boston 1968
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Go-up.png Pastimes of...

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Prabhupada, could you tell us something about Krsna's rasa-lila? Los Angeles 1968
How it was that even though there is so much distance between, let's say, Govardhana and Radha-kunda and Vrndavana, Nanda-grama, Varsana, how it was that still Krsna and Radha could go and meet? Vrndavana 1976
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Go-up.png Personalities From Other Religions or Spiritual Paths

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Subhadra is the external energy? Is Subhadra in the spiritual world? Montreal 1968
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Go-up.png Personalities From Vedic Scripture

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Prabhupada, can you explain mahamaya and yogamaya? Was Arjuna under yogamaya or mahamaya? Seattle 1968
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Go-up.png Pleasing Krsna

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
And what is favorable to Krsna? How one knows? Poona 1976
By pleasing Lord, one does not please one's own ego also to some extent? Poona 1976
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Go-up.png Pleasure and Sense Gratification

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
By pleasing Lord, one does not please one's own ego also to some extent? Poona 1976
Could you discuss the various levels on the way to bliss consciousness? What happens to the body and the mind as one approaches bliss consciousness? Boston 1969
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Go-up.png Politics, Government

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Would you comment on the political situation in India now. What do you think about Mrs. Gandhi's...? Dallas 1975
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Go-up.png Prabhupada

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Do you understand your previous lives from the descriptions in authoritative texts, or from any introspective recollection of your own? Columbus 1969
Are you God? Melbourne 1974
But from '65-'66 how did you manage? You didn't have any money with you Vrndavana 1974
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Go-up.png Prabhupada's Books, BBT and BTG

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Of the things that you have written, what do you consider most important? Philadelphia 1975
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Go-up.png Prabhupada's Family

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Do you have children? You just left them? Los Angeles 1968
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Go-up.png Prabhupada's Godbrothers and the Gaudiya Math

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So far as your question about controversy amongst the disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja Los Angeles 1969
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Go-up.png Prabhupada's Health and Sickness

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
What does the kaviraja say about your chances, Srila Prabhupada? What does he say about your chances of surviving? Vrndavana 1977
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Go-up.png Prabhupada's Life (1896 - 1977)

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
And then were you at the university or the school or somewhere? Detroit 1976
Do you have children? You just left them? Los Angeles 1968
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Go-up.png Prabhupada's Travelling and Itinerary

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Why you have come to America? Los Angeles 1973
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Go-up.png Prasadam

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Is taking prasadam one of the exchanges of love, where we accept food from a lover? Los Angeles 1968
Any kind of living entity who takes prasadam or hears the name, that it will come back at least to human form of life. Is that correct? Hawaii 1974
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Go-up.png Prayer

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
I don't understand exactly how Krsna consciousness is different than the other religions. Like in Christianity, Judaism and Moslem they have the idea that a person can pray and sometimes chant, communicate with God, understand His way Boston 1968
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Go-up.png Preaching, Spreading Krsna Consciousness

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Why you have come to America? Los Angeles 1973
Can you really expect to change the whole society? New Vrindaban 1972
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Go-up.png Process of Krsna Consciousness - Bhakti-yoga

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
In what way did you think, that the teaching of the love of God which you are doing, is different and perhaps better than the teachings of which already were being conducted in this country and have been conducted in the Western world for centuries? Gainesville 1971
All that karma is erased as soon as he surrenders to Krsna? Paris 1974
If one surrenders, how to know that Krsna has accepted? Poona 1976
Now that he has received Krsna consciousness, he would like to know from you how he should behave in his normal life, because he'll be living very far from the temple? New Mayapur 1976
I don't understand exactly how Krsna consciousness is different than the other religions. Like in Christianity, Judaism and Moslem they have the idea that a person can pray and sometimes chant, communicate with God, understand His way Boston 1968
How do you feel about self-expression, art, as a path back to Godhead? New York 1971
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Go-up.png Protection of Society

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But Guruji, giving those who are in need, is not giving to God? Bombay 1973
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Go-up.png Publicity, Public Relations, Public Press

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
If the space program, either the Russian or the American program, which have plans to try to land on the moon and return safely, if this is successful, do you think this accomplishment would hurt the Krsna movement in the United States? Los Angeles 1968
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Go-up.png Radharani, Her Expansions, Associates (Gopis)

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Did you say that Sri Krsna Caitanya was playing Radha? San Francisco 1968
How could we understand Srimati Radharani? Melbourne 1974
How it was that even though there is so much distance between, let's say, Govardhana and Radha-kunda and Vrndavana, Nanda-grama, Varsana, how it was that still Krsna and Radha could go and meet? Vrndavana 1976
If the original Krsna is always in Vrndavana, then why do the gopis and Radharani feel separation from Him? San Francisco 1975
We are expansions of Radha? Montreal 1968
What is the proper relationship of the devotee to Radharani? Los Angeles 1968
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Go-up.png Regulated Life, Regulative Principles

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
I assume that being an initiated member means that the individual has acquainted himself sufficiently with your teaching and gone through certain disciplines? Los Angeles 1969
Could it be, Srila Prabhupada, that this sanction of wine drinking be from God? Could that sanction come from God? Do we think that is possible? Rome 1974
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Go-up.png Reincarnation, Afterlife, Transmigration of the Soul

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Do you understand your previous lives from the descriptions in authoritative texts, or from any introspective recollection of your own? Columbus 1969
Do we believe in reincarnation? She wants to know if we believe in reincarnation Edinburgh 1972
Any kind of living entity who takes prasadam or hears the name, that it will come back at least to human form of life. Is that correct? Hawaii 1974
Even if we don't surrender to Krsna in this life, will everyone surrender to Krsna? Will everyone go back to Godhead eventually? Johannesburg 1975
Am I to understand that women cannot go back to Godhead without being reincarnated to the male? Washington D.C. 1976
Can a person who eats meat obtain a human birth? Or he must be put back into animal species, meat-eaters? Los Angeles 1973
At the time of death, soul goes with the actions, the past? Nairobi 1975
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Go-up.png Relationships Among Devotees

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If one of your brahmana initiated disciples falls from this platform, leaves the temple and commits offenses, then returns, demanding respect, should he be allowed to keep the sacred thread or should he...? Melbourne 1976
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Go-up.png Reward, Punishment, Suffering

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A thief commits theft repeatedly and is imprisoned repeatedly, and he has full knowledge of it - then what is the cause of his putting himself into miserable condition of prison life? Los Angeles 1970
If there is God, how can there be suffering and disease? Tittenhurst 1969
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Go-up.png Sadhana

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Daily how many times you'll utter the names of Lord Krsna? Bhuvanesvara 1977
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Go-up.png Saintly Personalities

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Are great sages put under yogamaya or maya? Also are all the eternally liberated souls under yogamaya? Los Angeles 1968
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Go-up.png Sankirtan - Public Chanting, Book Distribution

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Can't people be spiritual without dressing in this fashion and dancing in the street? New York 1975
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Go-up.png Scripture, Mantras

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Do you believe in the Holy Bible? Melbourne 1974
Does karma-yoga mean to follow exactly the sastras? Bombay 1974
And the purpose of sastra is to direct this minute independence so that it is not misused? Tehran 1976
According to the Aquarian Gospel, Christ was in Jagannatha Puri? Columbus 1969
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Go-up.png Secular Personalities

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Would you comment on the political situation in India now. What do you think about Mrs. Gandhi's...? Dallas 1975
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Go-up.png Seva - Devotional Service

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Is there room in the movement for other persons who are indirectly serving Krsna rather than chanting Hare Krsna all day? Gainesville 1971
Can changing the type of service one's performing, can that help him to achieve the desired perfection in relationship with the spiritual master and Krsna? Hawaii 1974
A devotee is only supposed to want service, and sometimes he very much wants to be liberated to be finished with all this difficulty, isn't it? Tehran 1976
If we're performing devotional service and an insect is in the way, like if you're painting the walls and you find this ant and you must paint this wall to please the spiritual master, what is the attitude? Atlanta 1975
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Go-up.png Sex, Sexuality, Celibacy

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Can you explain to me what is good sex life and bad sex life? London 1973
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Go-up.png Sin, Morality, Good, Evil

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Because we do not know what sin is, wouldn't whatever the authority said be purely an idea to us? Johannesburg 1975
Do people naturally act sinfully, or is that something that they develop? Paris 1974
Is it the living entity's choice, complete choice, to be demonic, against God, or is it a part of Krsna's energy to put demons, or to have created him that way? Hamburg 1969
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Go-up.png Social Progress

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Can you really expect to change the whole society? New Vrindaban 1972
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Go-up.png Spirit Soul

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As far as I can gather, the self - no-self thing, Buddhism was denying that you're the atman, I think. Could you perhaps say something about that? Perth 1795
Can one say what qualities the atman has? Perth 1795
How did the atman come into being? Perth 1795
Aren't you in a sense eating another soul too if you're eating vegetables? Not only if you're eating meat? Perth 1975
After that seven months of unconsciousness in the body, in the womb, what does that spirit soul experience from that time till it comes out? Montreal 1968
At the time of death, soul goes with the actions, the past? Nairobi 1975
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Go-up.png Spiritual Advancement

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Can changing the type of service one's performing, can that help him to achieve the desired perfection in relationship with the spiritual master and Krsna? Hawaii 1974
A devotee, very often after chanting why they develop very, very high. I see a lot of devotees, they falls down back to the maya. What is the reason? Toronto 1976
After if one becomes purified, is it possible when he becomes transferred to the spiritual world that he can meet Rupa Gosvami and other great...? Auckland 1976
Can he find the truth on his level, because he hasn't arrived at your level? New Mayapur 1976
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Go-up.png Spiritual Master - Guru

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Are you at all concerned about the, what seems to be an increasing number of gurus and swamis throughout the world? Auckland 1976
Can changing the type of service one's performing, can that help him to achieve the desired perfection in relationship with the spiritual master and Krsna? Hawaii 1974
Is there any limit to the number of chances that the disciple has? Tehran 1976
And how do we get guru? Bombay 1976
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Go-up.png Spiritual World

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
When Krsna is incarnating in His plenary incarnations like Varaha, Nrsimha... and sometimes devotees become devoted to those forms. Are there corresponding planets in Vaikuntha for those forms of incarnation? Is there a planet of Nrsimha or Nrsimha-loka? London 1973
Even if we don't surrender to Krsna in this life, will everyone surrender to Krsna? Will everyone go back to Godhead eventually? Johannesburg 1975
After if one becomes purified, is it possible when he becomes transferred to the spiritual world that he can meet Rupa Gosvami and other great...? Auckland 1976
Subhadra is the external energy? Is Subhadra in the spiritual world? Montreal 1968
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Go-up.png Spirituality (General)

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Are fasting and other dietary regulations necessary for leading a spiritual life? New Vrndavana 1976
Can't people be spiritual without dressing in this fashion and dancing in the street? New York 1975
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Go-up.png Srimad-Bhagavatam

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Among the avataras which are described in the second and third book of Srimad-Bhagavatam, there are two questions I have to put. There is Krsna Himself, who appears as His own avatara, and the Krsna, the yadava Krsna? Geneva 1974
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Go-up.png States of Heart and Mind

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If I'm always worried about the future, how will anything get done now? Mayapur 1975
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Go-up.png Subtle Body - Mind, Intelligence, Ego

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By pleasing Lord, one does not please one's own ego also to some extent? Poona 1976
Could you discuss the various levels on the way to bliss consciousness? What happens to the body and the mind as one approaches bliss consciousness? Boston 1969
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Go-up.png Successful Life, Goal of Life

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Can you tell me what you believe to be the meaning of life, why do we exist in the first place? London 1976
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Go-up.png Supersoul, Paramatma

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And the pure devotee, does he see the Paramatma feature or does he see...? New Orleans 1975
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Go-up.png Surrender, Obedience, Renunciation

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
All that karma is erased as soon as he surrenders to Krsna? Paris 1974
Even if we don't surrender to Krsna in this life, will everyone surrender to Krsna? Will everyone go back to Godhead eventually? Johannesburg 1975
And how to surrender to God, how to do this? Tehran 1976
If one surrenders, how to know that Krsna has accepted? Poona 1976
Do you have children? You just left them? Los Angeles 1968
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Go-up.png Spiritual Body

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Can you explain about taking a spiritual body after death? London 1971
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Go-up.png Tradition, Modernity

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Do we use machines and modern methods on our asramas and farms? Geneva 1974
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Go-up.png Truth, Reality

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Can he find the truth on his level, because he hasn't arrived at your level? New Mayapur 1976
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Go-up.png Vaisnava Acaryas

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
After if one becomes purified, is it possible when he becomes transferred to the spiritual world that he can meet Rupa Gosvami and other great...? Auckland 1976
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Go-up.png Varna, Asrama

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Are sudras supposed to take sannyasa also? Vrndavana 1974
Brahmana is not to accept any employment? Vrndavana 1974
Can you say something about the training for a brahmana (in the varnasrama college)? Vrndavana 1974
Does a devotee, who is working as a sudra, get second initiation? Hyderabad 1974
And what will be the benefit of classifying men according to their qualities? Vrndavana 1976
Now that he has received Krsna consciousness, he would like to know from you how he should behave in his normal life, because he'll be living very far from the temple? New Mayapur 1976
If a brahmacari decides to get married and then enters into married life, should he be encouraged to maintain that responsibility throughout his life? Vrndavana 1977
So every ksatriya had to have something to manage? Los Angeles 1973
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Go-up.png Vedic Culture and Philosophy

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Do we have a meaning, do we have a definition for the third eye? Paris 1974
Are these astrological charts very much applicable for a devotee, Srila Prabhupada? Vrndavana 1977
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Go-up.png War, Violence

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And after the (atomic) war what will be the result? Rome 1974
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Go-up.png Yoga

Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada Place YEAR
Does karma-yoga mean to follow exactly the sastras? Bombay 1974
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