Question: What is a saṁskāra?
Answer: A saṁskāra is an impression in the unconscious mind (
Question: Can I consciously choose a saṁskāra?
Answer: Yes, if you are a master of your mind.
Question: Can I edit, delete or modify saṁskāras? If yes, how?
Answer: Yes. That is the whole purpose of sādhanā. This needs to be learned from a qualified teacher.
Question: Can anyone involved in the worldly business reach the stage of anartha-nivritti by doing daily japa? I often think it is impossible to reach that stage for those in the West who are involved in business and regular life.
Answer: Bhakti is not dependent on place—East or West. It is the religion of the heart. Just as people can have a love affair in the West as much as in the East, so also bhakti is possible. But the main requirement is to understand bhakti. It is not a material activity and we do not have bhakti-saṁskāras. That makes it difficult to grasp. Once you understand it properly, then it becomes easy to practice it.
Question: Why am I not good enough for Kṛṣṇa’s grace? Why does He give His grace to some ātmā’s and not others? I think this is the root of my anger because this is all I have been asking and begging for. When I say “grace,” I mean liberation from this material world.
Answer: Grace is at your doorstep but you need to accept it. If it is raining, in fact pouring, and you stay indoors, then you get no rain on your head. You can’t blame the clouds then.
You were already in the midst of bhakti but I think you did not open yourself to it. To accept something you need to make space for it. If your cup is full of wine and you want milk, you need to empty the cup. So please do not be angry at Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa gives His grace through His devotee. Kṛṣṇa is like an ocean and devotee is like a tap from which you can get drinking water. But you need to open the tap and put an empty cup under it to catch the water. The very fact that you are getting angry, which is a product of your ahaṅkāra,shows that your cup is not yet empty.
Question: According to Bhāgavata Purāṇa (Cantos 1 and 7), Nārada was a dāsiputra, son of a maidservant (1.5.23), and prior to that a Gandharva (7.15.69). From that, it seems that he is an excellent example of a sādhana-
Answer: From Jīva Gosvāmī’s commentary it seems that there is an eternal associate of Kṛṣṇa in Vaikuntha called Nārada. The story in the 6th and 7th chapter of the 1st canto of Ṡrimad Bhāgavatam is that of a sādhana-
Since every physical action is preceded by a mental action, mental karma is more voluminous than physical karma. Therefore, dreams are necessary to exhaust the mental karma.
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