The Swami Responds

Dear Swami Bhaktivedanta,

As simply as possible, could you tell me what the real essence of your message is? I find all philosophers to be long on wind but short on solid meaning. Please try to be clear. Thank you.

John M. Taylor


Dear Mr. Taylor,

I shall try: My message is that humankind can find real not theoretical or abstract peace and happiness only through association with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And this association is established most quickly and easily through the congregational chanting of the Lord's Holy Names. My followers and I sing the Maha Mantra Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. However, other authorized Names, such as Jehovah, Jesus Christ and Allah are quite acceptable, as God has a limitless supply of Personal Names. I hope this is lucid, and further hope you will take up this practice of Kirtan, or singing the Lord's Names.


Dear Swami,

Who is Narada Muni? When you say on your record album cover that he's a spaceman, do you mean that he uses a flying saucer?

Yours truly,
Marjorie Sherman


Dear Miss Sherman,

Narada is one of the principal saints mentioned in Vedic literature. As stated on the record cover it was he who delivered the Maha Mantra to Earth. Narada Muni doesn't use a flying saucer, because his body is completely spiritual, and therefore has no limitation in material time or space.


Dear Swami,

If God loves us, why doesn't He stop warfare?

Elizabeth Arthur


Dear Miss Arthur,

The Lord presents Mankind with all means of understanding His Fatherhood, and our brotherhood toward one another. But He doesn't impinge upon the minute quantity of independence that we have. If we choose to ignore Him, He permits us. Greed treachery and warfare are natural results of this ignorance. As for the major horror of war, death: that is merely an illusion. The living entities are by constitution eternal, in spite of material appearances. But great suffering is undeniably there, due to our unfortunate ignorance .


Dear Swami,

Are there any esoteric principles in Krishna Consciousness, revealed only to advanced students?

Thank you,
Ben Ordway


Dear Mr. Ordway,

Why not take up Krishna Consciousness and see?

Ever your well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami