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QUESTIONNAIRE FOR SRILA PRABHUPADA SEVAKA

 

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

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ii. ____________________________      ____________________________

iii.____________________________      ____________________________

iv.____________________________      ____________________________

v. ____________________________      ____________________________

 

 

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

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10. What is your understanding about devatas after reading Srila Prabhupada books :

                                                                                                                                                                       

11. Are you willing to render practical devotional service in ISKCON?

Yes                No

 

12.  How have Srila Prabhupada’s teachings helped you in your life :

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13. Please read the following:

 

“Anyone who is engaged in the chanting of the holy name of the Lord—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare—must have already passed all lower stages. It is said that those who simply chant the holy name with the tip of the tongue are glorious. One does not even have to chant the holy name and understand the whole procedure, namely the offensive stage, offenseless stage and pure stage; if the holy name is sounded on the tip of the tongue, that is also sufficient. It is said herein that näma, a singular number, one name, Krishna or Rama, is sufficient”. ( Srimad Bhagavatam purport 3.33.7)

 

Bahulasva: What is the thing that would please you the most?

Prabhupada: Chant Hare Krsna.

Devotees: Hare Krsna!

Prabhupada: That is the simple thing. You are chanting. I am very much pleased. That’s all.

 

“You sing every day morning that by the mercy of the Spiritual master one can please the Lord and one who has not pleased the spiritual master cannot have any access in the realm of Krishna Consciousness”

 

      a)  How do you ascertain that one has passed through all lower stages?

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      b) What pleases the spiritual master MOST?

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      c) If one does not please the spiritual master what happens to him?

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      d) How are you planning to please Srila Prabhupada the most?

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TULASI WORSHIP

 

15. Do you worship Tulasi everyday? A:

 

16. Do you water Tulasi plant everyday? A:

 

17. Do you circumambulate Tulasi everyday? A:

 

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

ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param

tasmād parataraṁ devi tadīyānāṁ samarcanam

“O Devī, the most exalted system of worship is the worship of Lord Viṣṇu. Greater than that is the worship of tadīya, or anything belonging to Viṣṇu.” Śrīla Prabhupāda comments on this verse, “Śrī Viṣṇu is sac-cid-ānanda-vigraha [Bs. 5.1]. Similarly the most confidential servant of Kṛṣṇa, the spiritual master, and all devotees of Viṣṇu are tadīya. The sac-cid-ānanda-vigraha, guru, Vaiṣṇavas and things used by them must be considered tadīya, and without a doubt worshipable by all living beings.” (Cc. Madhya 12.38 purport)

 

As stated in the Padma Purāṇa, ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param: of all kinds of worship, worship of Lord Viṣṇu is the best. Tasmāt parataraṁ devi tadīyānāṁ samarcanam: and recommended more than worship of Viṣṇu is worship of the Vaiṣṇava.

 

Tulasi devi is a pure devotee of Krishna and she should be treated with the same respect given to all Krishna's pure devotees.

a) What is the best worship?

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b) Which worship is better than the worship of Vishnu?

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c) What is the position of Tulasi devi?

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d) Worshipping of Tulasi is more pleasing to the Lord than worship to himself. How do you support this?

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e) How can you take to the worship of Tulasi?

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EKADASHI :

19. 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

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

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PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS:

Please refer the book Beyond Birth and Death  cover to cover and answer the following questions:

 

18. What is the very first step in self-realization?

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19. What is the relation between the soul and consciousness? Explain with an example.

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20. What is the argument that Srila Prabhupada gives to say that it is incorrect to deny the soul simply because we cannot perceive it by our gross senses? What is the alternate method, that Srila Prabhupada recommends, by which we can perceive the soul?
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21. Why is sense control essential in spiritual life?

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22. What is the common purpose of the Vedas, the Old and New Testament and the Koran? And what is the common method recommended in all of them?

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23. What is the simple process recommended by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to establish oneself on the spiritual platform, above the three modes of material nature?

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24. Even though the higher planets are subject to birth and death, why do great yogis strive to go to them?

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25. How can we escape from death?

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26. What is the process for understanding God and His kingdom? Explain in your own words the example Srila Prabhupada gives.

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27. What is the real aim of human life?

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28. What is the prayer of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu?

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29. Can we see God by our own endeavor? What is the correct process?

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30. How would you defend yourself about having faith in the Bhagavad-gita? Explain with an example.

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31. When we place our faith in something, what is that we should carefully look for?

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32. What is the symptom of one who has progressed in devotional life?

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