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83  - The Living Entities' Rights


1. What is the root of a devotee's qualification?


The mercy of Krsna and His devotees is the agent by which our senses are purified. Out of compassion the sddhus give this mercy to the devotees through their association. We cannot become properly qualified by following the paths of karmajriana, or yoga. Only by the strength of devotional faith and association with devotees is material illusion conquered.

(Navadvlpa-bhava-tarariga, Verse 5)


2. When does a living entity become qualified to see the Lord's abode?


The moment the senses are released from the network of material illusion, the eyes will see the splendor of the spiritual dhdma. (Navadvlpa-bhava-tarariga, Verse 6)


3. Are the material senses eligible to serving the Lord's abode?


By becoming properly qualified, the living entity's senses can taste the spiritual nectar of these dhdmas. Those with unqualified material senses repeatedly deride these places, calling them  insignificant matter. They cannot taste that sweet nectar. {Navadvlpa-bhava-tarariga, Verse 4)


4. Is it proper to publicly glorify the Lord's transcendental pastimes without considering the audience's qualification?


Unfortunate people do not understand the essential meaning of rasa-llld just as a pig does not understand the importance of a garland of pearls. Desiring the welfare of unqualified persons, I have thus completed my glorification of the Lord, considering that the time was appropriate. (Kalydna Kalpataru)


5. Who is qualified to attain the Lord's mercy?


Advancement made through material education and intelligence is not spiritual advancement. Spiritual advancement is achieved simply by maintaining a progressive, pure mood. Even a most foolish person can attain ample mercy from the Supreme Lord, while a most learned scholar, because of his godlessness, can become animalistic and unqualified to attain that same mercy. Therefore, when trying to attain the Lord's mercy, education, wealth, strength, beauty, and material expertise do not play a role. On the one hand, greatly learned scholars and powerful people are gradually running to hell because of their pride; on the other hand, the most foolish, weak people are attaining great peace of mind by engaging in the Supreme Lord's devotional service. (Sri Manah-Siksa, Verse 5)


6.Are the devotees' characteristics fit discussions for nondevotees?


For those who have no devotion to discuss the characteristics of devotees like Sri Haridasa Thakura is a mere mockery of real sddhu-sahga. The nondevotees' discussions of the devotees' characteristics is as useless as a blind man's attempt to read or a deaf man trying to hear a song. (Sajjana Tosanl 8/4)


7. Which brdhmanas are qualified to study which Vedas?


Ordinary brdhmanas are qualified to study the karma-kdnda section of the Vedas, and spiritual brdhmanas are qualified for the Vedas that deal with the Absolute Truth. (Jaiva Dharma, Chapter 6)


8. What path should a living entity follow until his spiritual propensities are awakened?


Until a living entity's spiritual propensities are awakened, he has no alternative but to engage in religiosity, economic development, and sense gratification. (Sajjana Tosanl 11/11)


9. In which asrama do ladies generally belong?


Ladies should not accept any asrama other than the grhastha-asrama, and in particular cases, the vanaprastha-asrama. If any extraordinarily powerful woman becomes successful by accepting the brahmacdri or sannydsa-asrama with the help of her education, religiosity, and other abilities, it should not be seen as a prescription for ordinary women whose faith, bodies, and intelligences are shaky, soft, and immature. (Caitanya-siksamrta 2/4)


10. What arrangements are safest regarding where men and women practitioners can worship?


Male and female embodied souls should always live separately. The women's place of worship should be separate from the men's. Otherwise, if they are together, a mundane distaste based on materialistic male and female relationships will gradually overcome those who have entered the science of rasa. Then in order to save their characters, they will be forced to distort the sastric meanings and in the end blaspheme the exalted Vaisnavas. (Sajjana Tosanl 10/6)