Effective Association

Question Satsanga (association of devotees) is necessary as it improves devotion but what if you are surrounded by non-devotees everywhere around you – in your family, in your office etc. Some professions viz. lawyers, jail staff etc. make it natural for a person to have non-devotees around. How will a person in such an atmosphere…

Love bound by rules?

Question Why are there so many rules and regulations when it comes to serving God? Isn’t pure love and devotion enough?  Reply Training is necessary As a general principle, rules and regulations help us in training ourselves for a particular task in case of lack of expertise. In case of trying to serve God, most…

Accepting food from a non believer?

Question Why are there rules that mention that a devotee should not eat food cooked by a non-devotee. What if a non-devotee offers a devotee food out of love? Is the devotee supposed to say no? A true devotee sees God in everyone then how can this be true? Reply Ungrateful – A great fool…

Handling Improper Behavior

QUESTION Sometimes I see devotees behaving improperly. It really disturbs me. How should we react in such a situation? REPLY What is the lesson for me? Every devotee is a teacher. Some teachers teach us how to be. Some teachers teach us how not to be. Whatever situations are sanctioned by Lord Krishna in the…

Scold or Pardon?

QUESTION Many times in life, we face different situations. Sometimes we may scold at people, which actually solves many future problems. Sometimes we feel like forgiving them. Sometimes one method works & sometimes it fails. What is an ideal approach – should we control ourselves in such situations or argue? REPLY Genuine concern It is…