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43 -Sraddha



1. What does one who develops faith gain?


Tayd desika pdddsayah: faith gives one the opportunity to take shelter at the lotus feet  of a bona fide spiritual master. (Amnaya-sutra 59)


2.Can the faith of karmis and jndnis actually be called sraddha?


The sraddha to which the karmis and jndnis repeatedly refer cannot actually be called  sraddha. They simply misinterpret faith. If you call a piece of iron gold, then it is  simply annoying. Iron is always iron and never gold, unless it is touched by  touchstone. Devotional service to Krsna is touchstone. If fruitive activity and the  cultivation of knowledge, which are like iron, come in contact with devotional service,  then they transform into gold. This is the influence of the touchstone of devotional  service. (Sri Rupdnuga-bhajana-darpana, Song 3)


3. What is sraddha? What is the difference between sraddha, faith, and saranagati,  surrender? 


The firm faith one develops after hearing the topics of Hari from the mouths of saintly  persons is called sraddha. As soon as sraddha is awakened, a little bit of saranagati is  also awakened. Sraddha and saranagati are almost the same. (Jaiva Dharma, Chapter 20)


4. What is sraddha?


Knowledge, opulence, and pious activities are not the best processes for achieving  perfection in the ultimate goal of life; devotional service alone is the pure process.  When such a mentality toward unalloyed devotion develops, it is called sraddha.  (Sajjana Tosani 4/9)


5. What is the symptom of sraddhd's awakening?


Having firm faith in the scriptures is called sraddha. The scriptural purport is that if  one does not surrender to Krsna, he will be full of fear. If he is surrendered to Krsna,  however, he will be fearless. Therefore the development of sraddha is evident when the  symptoms of saranagati are present. (Sajjana Tosani 4/9)


6. Who can actually please Krsna?


It is not a fact that Krsna is pleased simply by our executing the limbs of devotional  service after we take initiation. Only those who have unflinching faith in unalloyed  devotional service can please the Lord. (Sajjana Tosani 8/10)


7. How possible is it to attain devotional service?


Until one develops faith in devotional service—even though one has other good  qualities apart from the quality of full surrender to Krsna—one will not achieve  devotional service.

(Sajjana Tosani 5/1)


8. How many kinds of faith are there? What qualification does each award?


Vaidhi-sraddhd awards one the qualification to engage in regulative devotional service.  Staunch faith awards one the qualification to engage in ragatmika-bhakti. (Jaiva Dharma,  Chapter 21)


9.Who is bereft of sraddha?


Those who have no pious activities have no sraddha. Even if they are preached to  heavily, still they will not understand anything.

(Sajjana Tosani 11/11)


10. Who can easily understand the purport of the acaryas' instructions?


Those who have developed faith according to their pious activities receive pure  intelligence by Krsna's mercy. Because of this intelligence, they can easily understand  the purport of the dcaryas' instructions. (Sajjana Tosani 11/11)


11. What is the qualification for performing krsna- kirtana?


Faith is the only qualification for engaging in krsna-kirtana. There is no other  consideration. (Harindma-cintdmani)


12. Is sraddha a limb of devotional service?


Sraddha is not a limb of devotional service but an instrument to destroy an unalloyed  devotee's attachment to fruitive activities. (Sajjana Tosani 4/9)


13. What is the seed of devotional service that brings one to the platform of  transcendence? 


Through sadhu-sanga, sraddha gradually increases. The more one's sraddha increases,  the more one becomes eager. When a living entity becomes eager, his endeavor is to  search for an opportunity to attain the Lord's lotus feet. He sees that he is influenced by  anarthas and that his constitutional nature is dormant, although he is the Lord's  servant. He therefore engages in devotional service without deviation in the association  of self-realized saintly persons devoid of anarthas. This sraddha is the sraddha that  brings one to the platform of transcendence. This is the seed of devotional service. 

(Sajjana Tosanl 9/5)


14. Is sraddha that renounces the service of devotees actual sraddha'?


The word sraddha found in Bhag. 11.2.47 is only sraddhdbhasa, because the  development of sraddha in worship of Krsna that gives up Vaisnava-seva is only a  reflection of real sraddha. In other words, it is only traditional, worldly sraddha and not  the transcendental faith that leads to unalloyed devotional service. Both the sraddha  and worship of such persons is mundane.

(Jaiva Dharma, Chapter 25)