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64_ Activities Unfavorable to Devotional Service


1. Is it necessary to be determined to accept items favorable for devotional service and reject items unfavorable for devotional service?


It is extremely necessary for a practitioner of devotional service to possess utmost care and determination while accepting things favorable for devotional service and rejecting things unfavorable for devotional service. Materialistic persons often face many things detrimental to the Lord's worship, but with special care and determination, they should give them up. Otherwise such things create impediments to their sddhana and delay them in achieving the ultimate goal of life. (Sajjana Tosanl 11/5)


2. What does it mean to reject things unfavorable to devotional service?


I will not eat anything other than the remnants of the Lord and His devotees. I will not see anything other than temples and places connected with the Lord and His devotees. I will not hear anything other than topics concerning the Lord and His devotees. I will not engage my body in any activities devoid of any relationship with the Lord and His devotees. I will not meditate, consider, or relish anything other than the subject matter related to the Lord and His devotees. I will not sing or read any other songs or literature other than those related to the Lord or His devotees. These resolutions are called rejecting  things unfavorable to devotional service. {Sajjana Tosani 4/9)


3. What does a devotee who is giving up unfavorable items promise the Lord?


O Lord! I will not associate with those who are averse to Your devotional service. I will not see the face of persons opposed to Sri Gaurariga.

(Song from Saranagati)


4. What kind of association should be renounced?


It should be understood that wherever activities opposed to devotional service are performed, there is no question of pure devotional service there. One must give up such association.

{Sajjana Tosani 6/7)


5.How can we ascertain the difference between good and bad association?


Both the pious and sinful who are averse to the Lord are bad association. Even those who are sinful but who are inclined toward God should be considered good association.

{Sajjana Tosani 10/11)


6.Whose association is called "good association"?


One should always give up the association of godless people who are proud of their wealth, knowledge, high birth, and so on, and one should associate with those who are inclined toward Krsna. Four types of persons are inclined toward Krsna. They are:


1. Devotees who depend upon fruitive activities and religious principles;

2.Mature yogis who are indifferent to fruitive activities and religious principles;

3.Immature yogis and imitators of the above three;

4. Devotees who are sincere and non-duplicitous. These persons are certainly better association.

(Commentary on Bhajanamrtam)


7.What is the result of associating with sinful persons? Saintly persons?


The result of associating with sinful persons is material existence. Association with saintly persons keeps one aloof from associating with sinful persons.

{Sajjana Tosani 15/2)


8. Are materialists and impersonalists devotees of Krsna?


Both materialists and impersonalists are devoid of devotion to Krsna and their lives are useless. (Song from Saranagati)


9. Who is more abominable, impersonalists or materialists?


Of the two, the materialist is better. One should never aspire to associate with an impersonalist. (Song from Saranagati)


10. In ordinary dealings, how long should a devotee associate with a materialist?


One should not associate with persons who are averse to the Lord's service. One will have to meet such people in his ordinary dealings, but one should deal with them only until the work is finished. After the work is finished, one should not deal with them. {Sajjana Tosani 11/6)


11. What kind of mentality makes association?


Giving charity to a materialist or accepting a materialist's charity, if done out of love, becomes asat-sahga. When a materialist approaches you, whatever is required to be done should be done only out of duty. One should not speak confidentially with a materialist. Generally, there is some love involved in confidential speaking. Therefore, it is association. While meeting a materialistic friend, one should speak only what is extremely necessary. At that time, it is better not to exhibit heartfelt love. {Sajjana Tosanl 11/11)


12. Is intimate brotherhood with godless people not condemnable?


Sitting together in an assembly, crossing the river together on a boat, taking bath together at a bathing ghat, or buying and selling together in the market is not called association. To deal intimately with someone as a brother is called association. One should never associate in this way with godless people. (Caitanya-siksamrta 3/3)


13.What harm do the six enemies, which are unfavorable to devotional service, cause a practitioner of devotional service?


The six enemies (lust, anger, greed, illusion, pride, and envy) constantly appear in the human mind and create disturbances. These six enemies engage the mind in the following temporary material activities: the urge to speak in order to cause anxiety, the mental urge to speculate, the urge to speak harsh words in anger, the urge of the tongue to relish the four kinds of foodstuffs (sweet, sour, salty, and bitter), the urge of the stomach to eat palatable foodstuffs, and the urge of the genitals to enjoy the association of men and women. Because of these six enemies, pure cultivation of devotional service does not take place in the heart. (Commentary on Upadesamrta)


14. Is the happiness derived from eating, sleeping, mating, and defending eternal or temporary?


The sensual pleasure derived from associating with women, eating palatable foodstuffs, bathing, applying sandalwood paste, and chewing betel is extremely temporary. As soon as one indulges in these activities, he begins to feel distress. Drunkards and woman-hunters exemplify this truth. What eternal happiness is there in enjoying the atmosphere of Nandankanana in heaven, enjoying the dancing of Apsaras like Urvasi and Menaka, or drinking soma-rasal Such sense pleasures are simply products of the imagination.

(Tattva-sutra 27)


15. Why is attachment for material assets an obstacle on the path of devotional service? How can such attachment be destroyed?


People tend to have a spontaneous attachment for home, household paraphernalia, clothing, ornaments, wealth, wife, the health of themselves and their children, eatables, trees, and animals. Many people are also addicted to bad habits such as smoking, chewing pan, eating fish and meat, and drinking alcohol. Thus the practice of their spiritual lives is obstructed. Because they are attached to eating fish and meat, they fail to respect the Lord's remnants. Because they are attached to bad habits in general, their relish for studying devotional scripture, hearing and chanting the Lord's name, and remaining in temples for considerable periods of time is obstructed. One should carefully give up material attachment. If one does not give up these things, he cannot derive happiness from devotional service. Attachment for these material things is easily destroyed when one associates with devotees. One should try to destroy such petty attachments by fully engaging in devotional service. By observing approved vows in devotional service, such attachments will be vanquished. {Sajjana Tosanl 11/11)



16. What is "association with eatables," and what are the prescriptions for renouncing or minimizing eatables?


There are two types of eatables, those that sustain life and those that gratify one's senses. Eating grains and drinking water are life-sustaining. Fish, meat, pan, intoxicants, and smoking are all taken to gratify the senses. While considering one's physical condition and needs, one must try as far as possible to reduce his acceptance of life-sustaining eatables. There is no prescription for acceptance of sense gratifying items; the only prescription is to reject them. One of the limbs of a vrata is to diminish one's propensity for enjoyment. On days of vows, unless one totally gives up sense gratifying items, it is not vow. If one thinks, "Today somehow or other I will renounce, but tomorrow I will enjoy profusely," then the purpose of the vow will not be successful. The reason is that vows have been prescribed to give up the association of such items by gradual practice. (Sajjana Tosani 11/11)


17. Who is not fit to be seen? Whose association is desirable?


One should never see the face of a cruel person who is an offender at the spiritual master's feet. One should always associate with those who are firmly fixed at the feet of the spiritual master and the Vaisnavas. (Sajjana Tosani 7/4)


18. What is the behavior of an exalted devotee toward those who offend Vaisnavas?


A Vaisnava's character is always pure. I avoid those who blaspheme Vaisnavas. Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura does not converse with such a person but remains silent.

(Kalyana-kalpataru, Song 7)


19. How should a surrendered soul deal with a person opposed to devotional service?


You should always keep me at your doorstep and maintain me. I will not allow persons who are averse to devotional service to come in. Rather, I will keep them away on the other side of the fence. (Song from Saranagati)


20. Should one give up sincere adherence to the truth to please others?


A Vaisnava should not agree with various opinions at various places for the sake of the people. (Sajjana Tosani 11/12)


21. With whom should a Vaisnava not live? If a materialist puts on the garb of a Vaisnava, should we desire their association?


One should never live with a person who proudly considers his body himself. Even if the cheating materialist puts on the garb of a Vaisnava, we should not live with him.

(Sajjana Tosani 7/4)


22.Why is attachment for material education detrimental to devotional service?


O Lord! All material education is simply maya's influence and places obstacles on the path of Your worship. It creates attachment for this temporary material world and makes an ass of the living entity. (Song from Saranagati)


23. How should one accept or reject education? How can one know whether education is favorable or unfavorable to devotional service?


One should kick out all education that places impediments in the path of devotional service. Goddess SarasvatI, who is the personification of devotional service to Krsna, represents spiritual education. She is the treasury of Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura. (Kalyana-kalpataru, Song 10)


24. Does an intelligent person postpone his hari-bhajana until old age?


An intelligent person never says, "I will worship Hari at the end of my life, so now let me enjoy material happiness." An intelligent person knows that the material body can collapse at any moment. (Kalyana-kalpataru, Song 8)


25. How should a devotee make his livelihood? What is the harm if one accumulates too much or too little?


Don't endeavor for palatable foodstuffs and fine clothes. Accept the sanctified bhdgavata-prasdda that is easily obtained. This is the devotee's lifestyle. Whatever is required, take only that. Taking more or less will not yield auspicious results. If a devotee takes or accumulates more than necessary, his spiritual life will be lost due to his being controlled by material mellows. If he does not properly accumulate, then the body, which is his means of worship, will not be protected. (Sajjana Tosani 10/9)


26.Why is blaspheming the demigods unfavorable to devotional service?


It is prohibited to disrespect the demigods. One should duly worship them and beg for their blessings to attain devotional service to Krsna. One should not disrespect any living entity. One should also respect the deity forms of various gods as they are worshiped in the various countries, because by doing so persons on the lower level can graduate to devotional service. By disrespecting such gods, our false ego increases, our humility diminishes, and our heart does not remain fit to be the abode of devotional service.

(Caitanya-siksamrta 3/3)


27. Should we renounce the association of so-called Vaisnavas? What are pseudo Vaisnavas?


The association of the following pseudo Vaisnavas must be given up: (1) Those who put on the garb of Vaisnavas out of cunning; (2) Those who identify themselves as the followers of Vaisnava dcdryas just to impress impersonalists; and (3) Those who identify themselves as Vaisnavas because of greed for money, fame, or any other form of material enjoyment.

(Caitanya-siksamrta 3/2)


28. Should one associate with Mayavadls?


One should never associate with Mayavadls who proudly consider themselves liberated souls.

(Sri Bhdgvatdrka Marichimdld, 14/47)


29. If symptoms of ecstatic love are found in a Mayavadi, should he be considered a Vaisnava?


The eight symptoms of ecstatic love displayed by Mayavadls are of no use.

(Sajjana Tosani 5/12)


30. How should one deal with those who are averse to devotional service?


O Lord! Awarding material enjoyment and liberation is a trick of Your illusory energy. They cheat the living entities and create havoc on the path of Your devotional service. However, they are good at bewildering the materialists. Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura offers his obeisances to them from a distance and accepts the devotees' lotus feet as his life and soul.

(Song from Saranagati)


31. If some activities are detrimental to devotional service and need the support of many persons, what should one do?


If an activity cannot be performed without the help of many persons, yet there is no easy way to obtain such help, then it is better not to make the endeavor. It will simply create

a disturbance on the path of one's worship. If huge enterprises like building mathas, asramas, temples, or assembly halls are difficult to carry out without a lot of help, and help is unavailable, then one should not try for them. {Caitanya-siksamrta 3/3)


32. Can a practitioner of devotional service drink wine?


What to speak of wine, opium, and hemp, a Vaisnava should not even consume tobacco. Consuming intoxicants is against the injunction of Vaisnava literature. A person who smokes tobacco becomes addicted to and controlled by it. He will then even dare to commit sinful activities. {Caitanya-siksamrta 3/3)


33. Why is greed for palatable foodstuffs and wine, and attachment to sinful and pious activities unfavorable for devotional service?


If one has greed for nice foodstuffs, drink, sleep, smoking tobacco, and wine, then one's devotion diminishes. Greed for wine, wealth, and women is most contrary to devotional principles. Those who desire to attain pure devotional service should carefully give such things up. Whether for auspicious things or sinful things, greed for anything not related to Krsna is most despicable. Greed only in relation to Krsna is the cause of all auspiciousness. (Sajjana Tosani 10/11)


34. Can one compromise Sri Caitanya's teachings just to please materialists?


If one tries to satisfy materialistic people, one will gradually face many anarthas and will float in the continuous waves of Mayavada. One can accept the faultless support of the materialists in order to preach devotional service to Sri Gaurariga, but it is extremely unlawful to compromise the teachings of Sri Caitanya just to please their minds.

{Sajjana Tosani 11/3)


35. Is the tongue's hankering hostile to devotional service?


It is extremely difficult for those who are simply busy satisfying the tongue to attain Krsna. {Sajjana Tosani 11/5)


36. What activities constitute "gambling"? Are such activities unfavorable to devotional service?


Wherever games are being played with nonliving things, that is a place of gambling. Playing cards, chess, dice, checkers, and so on, are all forms of gambling. The modern-day lottery is also gambling. If we discuss the histories of King Nala, Duryodhana, and Sakuni, we will see that all of them were ruined when they attempted to accumulate wealth by the cheating and stealing that constitute gambling. Fierce quarrel resulted from such gambling. Even today, gambling has destroyed many persons' religiosity, economic development, sense gratification, and liberation. Gamblers certainly become lazy and quarrelsome. They cannot perform any religious duties or pious activities.

{Sajjana Tosani 51)


37. Is taming birds or animals unfavorable to devotional service?


One should not become attached to taming birds or animals. {Sri Bhdgavatarka Marichimala 14/37)


38. What is envy? Are envy and love opposed to one another?


To become happy upon seeing others' distress, and to become distressed upon seeing others' happiness is called envy. Envy contradicts love. Wherever there is envy, there is no question of love, and wherever there is love, there is no question of envy. {Sajjana Tosani 4/6)


39. Why is envy the leader of all enemies?


Lust, anger, greed, illusion, and pride are included within envy. Lust is included in anger; lust and anger are included in greed; lust, anger, and greed are included in illusion; lust, anger, greed, and illusion are included in pride; and lust, anger, greed, illusion, and pride are included in envy. {Sajjana Tosanl All)


40. Why is Vaisnava-dharma a nonenvious religion?


Vaisnava-dharma, which consists of compassion for the fallen souls, eagerness to chant the Lord's holy names and to serve Vaisnavas, stands on one side. Envy stands on the other. {Sajjana Tosanl All)


41. What is liberation and bondage for the living entities?


Nonenviousness is the living entities' liberation, and enviousness is their bondage. {Sajjana Tosanl All)


42. Can an envious person become compassionate toward the living entities, faithful to the Vaisnavas, or lower than the straw in the street?


A person who feels distress upon seeing the happiness of others can never be compassionate toward living entities. Neither can he worship the Supreme Lord with a simple mind. Rather, because of his perverted nature, he maintains hatred and envy toward Vaisnavas. It is to be understood that a person devoid of envy has actually understood the purport of the verse beginning, "trnad api." {Sajjana Tosanl All)


43. Can a cheater become pious?


One cannot become pious unless he gives up the cheating propensity and executes religious duties. When one commits sinful activities on the pretext of religion, he becomes a cheater.

{Sajjana Tosanl 8/9)


44. Can a devotee of the Lord afford to spend his time desiring material happiness?


There is no more time left to neglect the spiritual cultivation while remaining absorbed in bodily happiness and to engage in activities hostile to pure devotional service.

{Sajjana Tosanl 9/12)


45. How does a pure devotee pray?


O Lord! I do not want any benediction devoid of the happiness of serving Your lotus feet. (Song from Sarandgati)


46.Are the arguments of the followers of nydyd and vaisesika fruitful?


All the arguments of the followers of nydyd and vaisesika are simply godless quarrels. They do not yield any result other than wasting the mind's strength and increasing one's restlessness.

{Sajjana Tosanl 10/10)


47. Should a devotee display a spirit of argument while discussing topics of the Lord?


While discussing topics of the Lord and His devotees, the practicing devotee should always be careful to avoid useless arguments.

{Sajjana Tosanl 10/10)


48. Why can't one understand Sri Caitanya's pastimes through dry argument?


The transcendental pastimes of Sri Caitanya are a like deep ocean, whereas the process of mundane logic is troublesome, like the sheath covering the banana flower. Whoever wants to cross the ocean of material existence by logic and argument will simply toil in vain. He will receive nothing.

{Sri Navadvlpa-mahdtmya, Chapter 2)


49. Why should the mentality of finding fault in others be given up?


Faultfinding arises only from projecting one's own bad habits on others. This should be given up in all respects. (Sajjana Tosani 10/10)


50. Why is talking about others unfavorable for devotional service?


Talking without reason about other people is extremely adverse to devotional service. Many people talk about others to establish their own reputation. Being envious, some people are accustomed to discuss others' characters. The minds of those who are busy with such topics can never be fixed on the lotus feet of Krsna. Talking about others should be rejected in all respects. But in the practice of devotional service, there are many favorable and faultless topics, even though they require discussing other persons.

{Sajjana Tosani 10/10)


51. Is reading worldly newspapers unfavorable for devotional service?


Newspapers are full of useless talk. For the practicing devotee, reading newspapers is a great waste of time. But if pure devotees are described in a newspaper, that can be read. {Sajjana Tosani 10/10)


52. Can a person who indulges in useless talk with materialistic persons or who reads worldly novels become a follower of Sri Rupa?


After finishing their meal, mundane people normally smoke and engage in useless talk with other godless people. It is certainly difficult for them to become followers of Srila Rupa Gosvaml. Reading novels is the same. But if one gets a novel with a story like that of Purahjana in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, then reading that is not an impediment. Rather, it is beneficial.

{Sajjana Tosani 10/10)


53. Can a householder or a sannydsi indulge in hearing and speaking worldly topics?


Worldly talk is completely rejected by renounced devotees. Householders may accept some worldly talk if it is favorable to devotional service.

{Sajjana Tosani 10/10)


54. What is the principal rule one should follow while practicing devotional service? Is there any harm if while making advancement, one gives up the previous rule to adopt the next?


Forgetting Krsna is never allowed. All other prohibitions mentioned in the sastras have arisen from this main prohibition. Keeping this main prescription in mind while advancing in Krsna consciousness, the practitioner should give up his attachment for the prescriptions of the previous level and accept the prescriptions of the next level. Otherwise, he will be guilty of niyamagraha and thus become weak in reaching up to the next level. {Sajjana Tosani 10/10)


55.Should one associate with one's wife if she is unfavorable to devotional service?


If one's wife is an impediment to the discharge of devotional service, one should carefully give up her association. We should consider the behavior of the great Vaisnava acarya Srimad Ramanujacarya in this connection. {Sajjana Tosani 10/11)


56. Is it an impediment for a householder's devotional service to collect more than he requires?


If a householder collects more than he requires, that collection becomes an impediment to his devotional service and to achieving the Lord's mercy.

{Sajjana Tosani 10/9) 


57. Is it unfavorable for a householder's devotional service to become overwhelmed by grief?


Householders lament if they lose their wives, children, etc., but a practitioner of devotional service should not maintain this lamentation for long. He should quickly renounce it and engage in the cultivation of Krsna consciousness. (Sajjana Tosanl 11/6)


58. Why should a practitioner of devotional service give up lamentation and anger?


A practicing Vaisnava should give up all urges like lamentation and anger. Otherwise, such urges will form obstacles to his constant remembrance of Krsna.

{Sajjana Tosanl 11/6)


59. What harm do lamentation and illusion cause?


If one's heart is filled with lamentation, Krsna will not manifest there. (Sri Bhdgavatdrka MarIchimdld-15/90


60. What harm is there in increasing the numbers of Vaisnava sannydslsl Why does the increase of immature renunciants pose a threat to society?


It is natural that there should be few Vaisnava sannydsls; if their numbers increase, society will become disturbed. It certainly creates anxiety if the number of pseudo renunciants increases. We can understand that Kali's evil plan is behind this increase. The character of genuine Vaisnava renunciants must be pure and faultless. (Sajjana Tosanl 4/2 and 5/10)


61. Is it proper for a renunciant to lament if he lacks some material object?


A renunciant should not lament if he does not possess a quilt, water pot, or other alms, or if these things are stolen by man or animal. (Sajjana Tosanl 11/6)


62.Is any association with women approved for a renunciant?


A renunciant cannot talk with or touch a woman. Otherwise, his practice of devotional service will be completely spoiled. Association with such a deviant renunciant should be totally rejected.

(Sajjana Tosanl 11/6)


63. What are the most serious prohibitions for a renunciant?


All topics regarding one's family and children are worldly topics. Such topics should not be heard or spoken by renunciants. A renunciant is also prohibited from eating palatable foods and wearing opulent clothes. (Commentary on Caitanya-caritamrta Antya 6.236-37)


64. What praydsa (endeavor) is unfavorable for devotional service?


Jndna-praydsa, karma-prayasa, yoga-praydsa, mukti-praydsa, as well as over-endeavor for material enjoyment, worldly achievements, and association with materialistic persons are all hostile to those who have taken shelter of the holy name. These different forms of praydsa ruin one's devotional service. (Sajjana Tosanl 10/9)


65. Is it favorable for devotional service for a devotee to accept just anyone as spiritual master?


The more one's greed to receive a bona fide spiritual master increases, the better, but one should not accept just anyone as spiritual master simply to fulfill this greed.

(Sajjana Tosanl 2/1)


66. What harm does it cause one's devotional service if an unqualified spiritual master or an unqualified disciple do not give up one another's association? 


The relationship between spiritual master and disciple is eternal. As long as they both remain qualified, their relationship will not break. If the spiritual master becomes fallen, then the disciple has no choice but to reject him; if the disciple becomes fallen, the spiritual master should reject him. If they fail to do so, then both of them will fall down.



67. What reasons allow us to reject our initiating spiritual master?


It is a fact that the initiating spiritual master cannot be rejected except for the following reasons: if a disciple did not test his spiritual master's credentials before accepting him as guru, then he cannot obtain any benefit from him. In such a case he should reject his spiritual master. Also, if at the time of accepting his spiritual master the guru was a Vaisnava and knew the truth but later, due to bad association, became envious of Vaisnavas or a MayavadI, he can be rejected. (Jaiva Dharma, Chapter 20)


68. Who are the asslike people and the cheaters? Why is their association unfavorable to devotional service?


Those who do not understand proper spiritual qualification and who accept the instructions of a bogus guru, engaging in the process of worship meant for exalted devotees, are cheated, asslike people. Those who have understood their ineligibility, yet with the hope to accumulate money and prestige follow the process of worship meant for exalted devotees are called cheaters. Until this cheating in the name of religion is destroyed, one's attachment to Krsna will not awaken. Such people deceive the entire world by making a show of sectarian formalities and pseudo renunciation. (Sri Krsna-samhitd, Chapter 8/16)


69. What is the harm if one gives up the path of regulative principles before achieving maturity?


Many weakhearted people give up the path of regulative principles to enter the rdga path. When they are unable to realize the soul's spiritual attachment, they behave like Vrsabhasura [Aristasura] and cultivate perverted material attachment. They will be killed by Krsna's prowess. (Sri Krsna-samhitd, Chapter 8/21)


70. Are the impediments found in the realm of Mathura, Dvaraka and Vraja unfavorable to devotional service?


Those who want to happily serve Krsna in the pure mood of Vraja should carefully destroy eighteen obstacles.* Those who are on the path oijndna should give up the offenses found in the realm of Mathura, and those who are on the path of fruitive activities should give up the offenses found in Dvaraka. But devotees should give up the obstacles that pollute the mood of Vraja and be absorbed in love for Krsna. (Sri Krsna-samhitd, Chapter 8, 30-31)


71. If activities like dhydna are not favorable for awakening love of God, do they create anarthas ?


During the practice of dhydna, dhdrand, and samddhi, if material thoughts have been destroyed, yet prema has not awakened, the living entity loses his individuality. If the understanding, "I am Brahman" does not awaken pure love, then it results in the destruction of his existence. (Prema-pradipa, Second Ray)


72. What etiquette should one follow toward his spiritual master, the Vaisnavas, and the Supreme Lord?


One should never sleep with one's legs stretching toward his spiritual master's house, the Vaisnavas, or the Supreme Lord. (Sajjana Tosani 7/3)


73. How should one deal with those who consider the glories of the holy name exaggeration?


One should not see the face of those who interpret the holy name. If by chance one happens to meet with such people, one should immediately bathe in the Ganges with his clothes on. If the Ganges is not available, he should bathe in some pure water. If even that is unavailable, he should purify himself with a mental bath. (Harinama-cintamani)


74. Should pure Vaisnavas participate in the sahkirtana performed by the offenders at the feet of the holy name?


Vaisnavas should not participate in sankirtana performed by those who offend the feet of the holy name. (Jaiva Dharma, Chapter 24)


75. Are musical instruments used in sanklrtana to increase the sense pleasure of the kirtana unfavorable for devotional service?


Apart from ancient musical instruments, such as mrdangas and karatdlas, if modern and foreign musical instruments are introduced into the kirtana the kirtana certainly becomes attractive. At the same time, irregularity in the devotional process arises. Nowadays we are so overwhelmed by using foreign items that we even try to introduce such items into our bhajana.

(Sajjana Tosani 11/3)


76. Is it proper for a renounced Vaisnava to accumulate possessions?


Renounced Vaisnavas must not accumulate anything at all. {Sajjana Tosani 10/9)


77. Should a renounced Vaisnava build mathas or asramas ?


Renounced Vaisnavas should not endeavor to build mathas or dsramas, because this will entangle them in worldly matters. (Sajjana Tosani 11/12)


78. Is a renunciant's begging of alms favorable to his devotional service?


A renunciant should neither beg food from materialists nor invite other renunciants for lunch just to gather money. (Sajjana Tosani 11/12)


79. Should a renunciant see a king, materialist, or woman?


A renunciant should not see kings, materialists, or women. (Sajjana Tosani 11/12)


80. Should a renunciant live in his own village?


A sannydsi should not live in his village with his family members.

(Sajjana Tosani 11/12)


81. Why is it prohibited for a renunciant to converse with women?


Conversing with women is the cause of falldown for Vaisnava sannydsis. (Gaurdhga-smarana-mahgala Stotra, 62)


82. What is the fate of those who immaturely follow the path of attachment (rdga) by following the instructions of bogus gurus?


Bogus gurus who do not consider their disciples' qualification for the path of attachment and thus instruct many sakata-like people to accept service in the mood of mahjaris and sakhis commit offenses by disrespecting confidential  subject matters. Thus they fall down. Those who worship according to such instructions also gradually fall away from spiritual life, because they do not attain the symptoms of deep attachment for those topics. Yet they may still be delivered if they associate with pure devotees and receive proper instructions.

(Sri Krsna-samhita, Chapter 8/15)


83. What is the root of all sinful activities?


Being unable to tolerate another's progress is called envy. This is the root of all sinful activities. (Caitanya-siksamrta 2/5)


84. What is debauchery toward women?


Debauchery toward women is a grave sin. (Caitanya-siksamrta 2/5)


85. What should attachment to name and fame be called?


When one is attached to name and fame, all one's activities become extremely selfish. Therefore one should give up such debauchery.



86. Is it approved by the sdstra to leave home because one is disturbed by its mundaneness or lack of peace?


Many householders renounce family life because they are distressed or feel some other disturbance. This is a sin. (Caitanya-siksamrta 2/5)


87. What are the various names of sin?


According to its gravity, sin is addressed by various names, such as papa, pataka, ati-pataka, or maha-pataka. (Caitanya-siksamrta 2/5)


88. Is laziness abominable?


Laziness is counted among the sinful activities. To become free of laziness is the duty of every pious person.

(Caitanya-siksamrta 2/5)