USA Walk

The best compliment I can pay regarding Out Walking in the USA, by Bhaktimarga Swami [Sep/Oct 2018], is I didn’t want to see it end. Hare Krishna.
Sebastian Nunez
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Freedom from Sin

I have done a lot of sins. How should I get out of them?
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Reply: It is a good sign that you want to become purified and not commit such actions again. For all of us, the heart needs to change, and the mind needs to be controlled. These things are achieved in this age by practicing bhakti-yoga, the active yoga of devotional service.

This service begins with the chanting of the holy names: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. These names of God can rid you of the reactions of past sinful actions, cleanse your heart, and fix your mind on your pure original spiritual self, which is part of God, Krishna. This is the recommended process for purification. It requires regular chanting and reading of the Bhagavad-gita and other Vedic literatures that remind you of your position as the loving servant of the Lord.

We recommend chanting with others (kirtana) as well as private chanting on beads (japa). You can take part with us in our morning services, held in our temples worldwide. Many temples have webcams, and you can take part through viewing the services online. We have Vedic books in over sixty languages. Please take advantage of this simple process and engage your senses and mind in these spiritual practices, which will cure the diseases of the heart and mind.

Worshiping Narasimha

Can I do Narasimha puja at home? If so, what is the procedure?
Smita Deb
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Reply: If you are worshiping other deities at home, Narasimha puja can be done in a similar way – bathing, dressing, decorating with flowers and jewelry, offering food, and so on. It is important to chant the proper mantras, which you can find at our temples and in the scriptures. You may want to watch the worship of Narasimha at our Mayapur center in India. This can be seen on their webcam, which is always on. They have elaborate worship, and they have classes in deity worship throughout the year.

In general, the most important elements in worship of the Lord are regularity, cleanliness, and love, along with a respectful attitude of awe and reverence.

Why Only Krishna?

Why should I worship only Krishna and not any other god?
Sudipto Chatterjee
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Reply: Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita (10.2) that He is the source of the demigods. Therefore, just as we satisfy the leaves and branches of a tree by watering the root, we can satisfy all the demigods by worshiping Krishna. We are reminded in the Gita (7.20), “Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures.” Further on, Krishna says, “Endowed with such a faith, he endeavors to worship a particular demigod and obtains his desires. But in actuality these benefits are bestowed by Me alone. Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately real My supreme planet.”

So by worshiping Krishna, we get the eternal benefit of being able to serve Him with love and devotion in the spiritual world.

Krishna and Vishnu

Why is Krishna considered above Vishnu? Vishnu is Krishna.
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Reply: We have great faith in what Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita, and He proclaims that He is the source of everything – all incarnations, energies, and expansions. He says that in His expansion as Vishnu He maintains the material worlds. As Shiva He destroys them.

They are Krishna, but without the full display of His opulence. Krishna has unique pastimes, associates, and activities that identify Him as the original Personality of Godhead. If you study Bhagavad-gita As It Is, by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, as well as his other writings, Krishna’s supreme position will become clear.

No Need for Drugs

Can I use drugs to see Krishna?
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Reply: There is no need to take drugs to see Krishna. We are already intoxicated just being in this material world. We are thinking we are this body, but we are not. We are covered by the material energy, forgetting that we are spirit soul, part of Krishna. So intoxication is a disqualification for seeing Krishna.

Our original consciousness is Krishna consciousness, which entails seeing and being with Krishna eternally. Purification is necessary, not more intoxication. By linking to Krishna by the recommended process of hearing and chanting, we will gradually revive our spiritual senses. Once they are engaged in devotional service, bhakti, then they begin to wake up and become clear again.

When the eyes are filled with tears of longing for Krishna, then we become qualified to see Him, if He desires to reveal Himself. When He is pleased with our endeavor to serve Him with love and devotion, He will reciprocate accordingly. He is very eager to be with His lost servants, and He will help you on the path of bhakti.

Chanting His name is a very potent spiritual practice, and it easy for anyone to take part in. Please take advantage of our temples and join in this process.