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QUESTIONNAIRE FOR SRILA PRABHUPADA SADHAKA

 

1. How long you have been associated with ISKCON? A:   _______ years _______ months

 

2. How often do you come to the temple (in a month)? A: __________________________

 

3. How many Sunday morning programs do you attend every month? A: ______________

 

4. How many rounds of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra do you chant everyday? A: ______

 

5. How long does it take to chant your rounds? A: ________________________________

 

6. When do you chant most of your rounds? A: __________________________________

 

7. Where do you chant most of your rounds? A: _________________________________

 

8. List all the books of Srila Prabhupada that you have read and indicate against each book whether you have read partially or fully (cover to cover):

Title of the book                                     Indicate partially or fully

i.  ____________________________      ____________________________

ii. ____________________________      ____________________________

iii.____________________________      ____________________________

iv.____________________________      ____________________________

v. ____________________________      ____________________________

 

9. Why do you accept Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead?

A: ____________________________________________________________________

 

10. Are you willing to render more practical devotional service in ISKCON on special days, Sundays & festivals?

a. Yes, everyday                                 b. Yes, every Sunday and festival days
c. Yes, but only on festival days           d. No

 

11. Are you a vegetarian?
Yes                No

 

12.  To become Krishna conscious means  (tick the appropriate answer)

         a. We have to renounce family and society.

         b. We have to leave job, wealth, position, etc.

         c. We can render devotional service without changing our status / position

         d. We should shave head and wear saffron robes.

 

13.  After taking shelter of Srila Prabhupada, what is your understanding on spiritual life?  Please Explain.

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14.  How have you been benefited by the contributions of Srila Prabhupada? Explain.

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15. Who are the personalities do you worship at home?

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16. Describe the process of offering foodstuffs to the Lord. Write the mantras that you chant.

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17. What time do you rise in the morning? A: _________________________________

 

18. Write below the prayers (in a run-on format) that we chant before honoring prasadam?

 

19. What are the six opulence of Bhagavan? A:________________________________

 

20. What are the nine processes of devotional service? A:_______________________

 

21. Read this passage carefully and answer the questions:

i) Heart Disease - The Number One Killer: As early as 1961, the Journal of the American Medical Association had said, “90% - 97% of heart disease can be prevented by a vegetarian diet.”

ii) Cancer - The Number Two Killer: Cooked meat and fish contains carcinogens, which sometimes attack the cell’s genetic material (DNA), alter it and develop cancer

iii) Harmful Chemicals: Meat contains 14 times more chemicals & pesticides than plant foods.

iv) Annual health-care: Annual health-care costs directly resulting from the US meat-centered diet are between $23.6 billion and $61.4 billion - revealed in early 1995 by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a group of 4,500 medical doctors

 

a)   What is the number one killer? What is the cause of this number one killer?

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b) What is the number two killer? What is the cause of this number two killer?

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c)   Meat contains ________ times more ________________________than plant foods

 

d)  Meat eating increases health care costs. If 1 billion dollars – 5000 crores

Then what is the annual health care budget of US as mentioned in d) above? If our temple cost is 50 crores, then just by avoiding meat eating, how many such temples can be built all over the world in ONE YEAR?

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e) What is your conclusion from the above examples?

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f) Do you want to become a Vegetarian all your life?

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TULASI WORSHIP

22. Do you worship Tulasi everyday? A:

23. Do you water Tulasi plant everyday? A:

24. Do you circumambulate Tulasi everyday? A:

25. Read the passage carefully and answer the following questions:

Tulasi Devi is a pure devotee of Krishna and she should be treated with the same respect given to all Krishna’s pure devotees. Simply by worshipping her faithfully, a devotee can get himself free of from all material miseries.

Tulasi is auspicious in all respects. Simply by

  • seeing,
  • touching,
  • remembering,
  • praying to,
  • bowing before,
  • hearing about, or
  • sowing the tree

        there is always auspiciousness.

Anyone who comes in touch with the Tulasi tree in the above mentioned ways lives eternally in the Vaikuntha world.’‘ – NOD

      a) What is Tulasi Devi’s position?

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      b) How one can get himself free from miseries?

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      c) Who lives eternally in the Vaikunta world?

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      d) How are you worshipping Tulasi in your house (write whole procedure with all the mantras/prayers involved)?

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EKADASHI :

26. Do you observe fasting on Ekadashi and other festival days as recommended in Vaishnava Calendar?

a. Yes              b. No               c. I will start observing now on

 

27. What are the forbidden food items on Ekadashi days?

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28. Read the passage carefully and answer the following questions:

According to the Vaishnava calendar, there are many fasts, such as Ekadashi and the appearance and disappearance days of God and His devotees. All of these are meant to decrease the fat within the body so that one will not sleep more than desired and will not become inactive and lazy. Overindulgence in food will cause a man to sleep more than required. This human form of life is meant for austerity, and austerity means controlling sex, food intake, etc. In this way time can be saved for spiritual activity, and one can purify himself both externally and internally. Thus both body and mind can be cleansed. (SB 4.2835-36 Purport)

Ekadasi is observed for increasing the strength of devotion. (Letter to Madhusudana - 01/02/68)

In the Brahma-vaivarta Purana it is said that one who observes fasting on Ekadashi day is freed from all kinds of reactions to sinful activities and advances in pious life. (NoD Chapter 7)

a) List down 3 reasons why one has to practice Ekadasi?

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b) Human form is meant for _____________________________________________

 

c) List down few austerities. What is the benefit of austerities?

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d) How are you planning to increase your austerities?

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29. Read this passage carefully and answer the following questions:

You are all helping me in the execution of my mission so please do not try to do anything beyond the jurisdiction of my instructions. My will I have already disclosed to you all that each and every one of you should chant the Mahamantra regularly in sixteen rounds, follow the four regulative principles, chant Hare Krsna mantra on the streets, try to distribute our books and literature, and specifically in San Francisco you should observe the annual Ratha Yatra festival very gorgeously. I can assure you that if you follow my instruction as above mentioned there is no doubt about it that through me my spiritual Master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura will be pleased, and through His mercy Lord Nityananda will be pleased. In this way Lord Caitanya and ultimately Radha Krsna will be pleased, and thus your life will be successful. (Letter to: Makhanlal - 3 June, 1970)

 

a) What is the WILL disclosed by Srila Prabhupada?

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b) What is the assurance given by Srila Prabhupada?

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c) What do you understand from this passage?

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d) How are you planning to implement the WILL of Srila Prabhupada in your life?

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Philosophical :

Please refer to the book  Raja Vidya   cover to cover and answer the following questions:

 

30. Explain in simple words the parampara process of understanding the Bhagavad-gita?

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31. What was the special qualification of Arjuna that Krishna chose him to speak Bhagavad-gita Gita?

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32. What is the message of the story of Indra that Srila Prabhupada mentions towards the end of the chapter?

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Please refer to the book  Perfection of yoga   cover to cover and answer the following questions:

 

33. List out 3 differences between meditational yoga process & the process of Bhakti yoga?

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34. What is concept of Duality? Why we need to tolerate dualities. What is the example Srila Prabhupada gives to illustrate this point?

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35. Please elaborate on jnana & vijnana.

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36.What are the signs of a person situated in yoga?

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37. Write some points about material world & spiritual world as explained in the book?

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38. What is purification? Why effective purification happens when we chant?

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