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QUESTIONNAIRE FOR SRILA PRABHUPADA VANDANA ASHRAYA

 

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: _____________________________________________________________________

      ____________________________________________________________________

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10.  How often do you render practical devotional service in ISKCON?

      a. Yes, everyday                                 b. Yes, every Sunday and festival days

      c. Yes, but only on festival days           d. No

 

11.  Do you wish to attend Ashraya training programme

a. Yes          b.  No         Reason__________________________

 

12.  Please explain the meaning of taking shelter of Srila Prabhupada as revealed in the scriptures : -  

                                                                                                                                                                                  

13.  How have you been benefitted by the contributions of Srila Prabhupada ? Explain in your own words.

                                                                                                                                                                       

14.  Are you planning to eventually take Diksha from Srila Prabhupada ?

a.  Yes                   b.  No

 

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

     

16. Describe the process of offering food-stuffs to the Lord Write the mantras that you chant.

A: _____________________________________________________________________

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

 

18. As soon as wake up, what do you do ?

a) Chant Hare Krishna Mantra                     b) Chant Guru Pranama Mantra
c) Remember the deity form of the Lord      d) all of the above      e)  None of the above.

 

19. Why ONION and GARLIC should be strictly avoided ?

A: ____________________________________________________________________

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20.  What is the meaning of Brahma-muhurta ?  Why this period is very important ?

A: ____________________________________________________________________

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21. Write the pancha tattva mantra below:

A:   ___________________________________________________________________

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

A:   ___________________________________________________________________

      ___________________________________________________________________

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EKADASHI :

23.  Do you observe fasting on Ekadashi and other festival days as recommended in the Vaishnava 

       calendar?

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

 

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

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

The basic principle is not just to fast, but to increase one’s faith and love for Govinda, or Krishna. The real reason for observing fasting on Ekadashi is to minimize the demands of the body and to engage our time in the service of the Lord by chanting or performing similar service. The best thing to do on fasting days is to remember the pastimes of Govinda and to hear His holy name constantly. (NOD Chapter 7)

Real Ekadasi means fasting and chanting and no other business. When one observes fasting, the chanting becomes easier. So on Ekadasi other business can be suspended as far as possible unless there is some urgent business. (Letter to: Jadurani — 71-07-09)

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu requests his mother to observe Ekadasi

One day Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu fell down at the feet of His mother and requested her to give Him one thing in charity. His mother replied, “My dear son, I will give You whatever You ask.” Then the Lord said, “My dear mother, please do not eat grains on the Ekadasi day.” (CC Adi 15.8-9)

From the very beginning of His childhood life Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu introduced the system of observing a fast on the Ekadasi day. In the Bhakti-sandarbha, by Srila Jiva Gosvami, there is a quotation from the Skanda Purana admonishing that a person who eats grains on Ekadasi becomes a murderer of his mother, father, brother and spiritual master, and even if he is elevated to a Vaikuntha planet, he falls down. On Ekadasi, everything is cooked for Vishnu, including regular grains and dhal, but it is enjoined that a Vaishnava should not even take vishnu-prasadam on Ekadasi. It is said that a Vaishnava does not accept anything eatable that is not offered to Lord Vishnu, but on Ekadasi a Vaishnava should not touch even maha-prasadam offered to Vishnu, although such prasadam may be kept for being eaten the next day. It is strictly forbidden for one to accept any kind of grain on Ekadasi, even if it is offered to Lord Vishnu. (CC Adi 15.9 purport)

a)What is the real reason behind following Ekadashi? What is real Ekadashi?

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b)What is the charity begged by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu from His mother?

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c)What is quote from Skanda Purana used by Srila Jiva Goswami in his Bhakti sandarbha about Ekadashi?

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TULASI WORSHIP :

32. Are you worshipping Tulasi everyday? A:_________________________________

 

INTOXICATIONS :

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

The injurious effects of nicotine in tea, caffeine in coffee and several ingredients in soft drinks have all been well-documented by health experts.

Our financial woes in a nutshell: “A tea cup a day keeps economic health away.”

Just about everyone who drinks tea knows that it has no nutrition value. And yet everyone keeps drinking it. Why? “It stimulates my brain to work better. In a day full of dreary, burdensome work, the tea-break is practically the only thing to look forward to. It helps me cope with problems better. So what’s wrong?” The Vedic scriptures propose a radically different approach to problem management: “Instead of temporarily forgetting the problems in a tea-induced hallucination, find out fundamentally why the problems are there and tackle them at the root level.” Tea doesn’t solve the problem; it only puts people into a forgetful illusion.

a) What are the ingredients in tea & coffee that are injurious to health?

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b) Tea or Coffee has no_________________________ value

 

c) Although Tea & Coffee appear to solve the problems of life, taking tea or coffee is not advisable. Why?

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d)        Taking coffee or tea breaks the following pillar of Dharma
i. Austerity      ii. Truthfulness        iii. Cleanliness        iv. Mercy

 

e) How are you planning to give-up drinking these colored drinks (tea & coffee) which have No health, wealth & spiritual values?

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

Simply if the standard of our routine work is maintained very highly, that is, if we steadfastly perform our daily program of rising early, cleansing, chanting 16 rounds, holding kirtana wherever we are at least twice daily, reading, worshiping the deity, going on Sankirtana, like that—if this routine work is always done nicely and never neglected, then our all  success is guaranteed in whatever we do. But if this our regular KC program is allowed to slacken, then everything else we try will fail. That is the simple formula for success.(Letter to: Kisora 72-02-05)

a) What are the routine works given by Srila Prabhupada?

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b) What is the simple formula for success given by Srila Prabhupada?

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c) When will we fail in our lives?

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d) How are you implementing this success formula in your life?

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

•   Concentrate fully on the sound vibration of the mantra, pronouncing each name distinctly and gradually your speed in chanting will increase naturally. Do not worry so much about chanting fast, most important is the hearing. (Letter to: Radhavallabha)

•   As you chant, try to hear each word very carefully and always complete your sixteen rounds. Regular and attentive chanting, along with following the four regulative principles will keep one pure. (Letter to: Tosana)

•   One should note in this connection that chanting involves the activities of the upper and lower lips as well as the tongue. All three must be engaged in chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

•   The words “Hare Krishna” should be very distinctly pronounced and heard. Sometimes one mechanically produces a hissing sound instead of chanting with the proper pronunciation with the help of the lips and tongue. (CC Adi 17.32)

 

a) List down the techniques of chanting understood from above quotes.

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b) Do you make hissing sound while chanting? How do you correct this?

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c) When you are chanting do you focus on speed? What is the recommendation of SP in this regard?

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d) How can one keep himself pure?

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36. Please write the 12 tilaka mantras which are chanted while applying Tilaka and the  corresponding location on the body:

     1.                                      2.                                        3.                                   4.

     5.                                      6.                                        7.                                   8.

     9.                                      10.                                      11.                                 12.

 

37. When did you decide to accept Srila Prabhupada as your spiritual master & decide to take his shelter?  Were you an “aspirant” previously, if so since when?  Is this your own personal desire to accept shelter?  Why is this an important decision for you?

A:      

 

38. Do you believe accepting shelter of a spiritual master & preparing to accept initiation is an authorized process?  If yes, kindly explain why?

A:______________________________________________________________________________

                                                                                                                                                                       

39. Is preaching Krishna Consciousness an important service?  If so, how can you benefit spiritually from preaching & helping others to be Krishna Consciousness?

A:______________________________________________________________________________

                                                                                                                                                                        

40. Do you believe that for taking shelter of a Guru, he need not have to be physically present?  How then you know that he has accepted your shelter?  How do you associate with him and take guidance from him?  Explain.

                                                                                                                                                                       

41. What is the unique position of Srila Prabhupada in ISKCON?

A:______________________________________________________________________________

                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                         

42. What are the Bhagavad-gita’s instructions with regard to the proper manner of approaching a bonafide spiritual master?

A:______________________________________________________________________________

                                                                                                                                                                       

43. Do you avoid the following?

a. Onion/garlic                           Yes / No
b. Cinema/TV                            Yes / No
c. Coffee/Tea                             Yes / No
d. Cakes/Ice-cream with eggs     Yes / No
e. Restaurants                           Yes / No
f. Paan                                      Yes / No

 

44. Describe your service connected to the temple on a regular basis.

A:______________________________________________________________________________

 

45. List the ten offenses to be avoided against the Holy Name.

A:______________________________________________________________________________

                                                                                                                                                                       

46. Please write the Srila Prabhupada pranama mantra (in a run-on format).

  

State whether the following statements are TRUE or FALSE:

47. Strictly speaking, Mayavada philosophy is atheism, for it is a process in which one imagines that there is God.   

 (a) True    (b) False

 

48. This Mayavada system of philosophy is a compromise with Buddhist philosophy.
(a) True    (b)   False

 

49. According to Mayavada philosophy there actually is no God, or if God exists, He is impersonal and all-pervading and can therefore be imagined in any form.

(a) True    (b) False

 

50. The Mayavada philosophy is in accordance with the Vedic literature.

(a) True     (b) False

 

51. The Vedic literature names many demigods, who are worshiped for different purposes, but in every case the Supreme Lord, the Personality of Godhead, Visnu, is accepted as the supreme controller.

(a) True    (b) False

 

52.The philosophy of Krsna consciousness does not deny the existence of God and the demigods.
 (a) True    (b) False

 

53. The Mayavada philosophy denies the existence of God and demigods.

 (a) True    (b) False

 

54. The Mayavadis say that one may imagine any authority-whether Visnu, Durga, Lord Siva, or the sun-god—because these are the demigods generally worshiped in society. But the Mayavada philosophy does not in fact accept the existence of any of them.

 (a) True   (b) False

 

55. The Mayavadis say that because one cannot concentrate one’s mind on the impersonal Brahman, one may imagine any of the forms of God or demigods.

(a) True   (b) False

 

56. The Bhagavad-gita accepts the existence of the demigods.

(a) True    (b) False

 

57. The worship of demigods is recommended in the “Bhagavad-gita”

 (a) True    (b) False

 

 

PHILOSOPHICAL :

Please refer to the book The Science of Self Realisation, cover to cover and answer the following:

58. What is the goal you want to achieve through the devotional service & by accepting shelter of a Guru?  How strong is your desire for obtaining your desired objective?  How do you feel the spiritual master can help you?

A:______________________________________________________________________________

 

59. What are the qualifications of a bonafide guru?

A:______________________________________________________________________________

                                                                                                                                                                        

60. What are the four pillars of dharma? State which sinful activity destroys each of them.

A:______________________________________________________________________________

                                                                                                                                                                       

61. Explain the difference between the body and the self?

A:______________________________________________________________________________

                                                                                                                                                                       

 

62. What are the three aspects of the Absolute Truth? Explain with the example of the sun.

                                                                                                                                                                       

63. What are the six opulences of bhagavan? A:________________________________________

                                                                                                                                                                       

64. What are the nine processes of devotional service? A:________________________________