Pariprashna

Pariprashna can be defined in simple terms as submissive inquiry. Inquisitiveness or the curiosity to know the truth is one of the special feature for a human being because he has a much  developed consciousness than the animals. It is quite natural for a human being to be inquisitive about God and his existence in this world. This inquisitive mind is satisfied when he puts forward questions and gets answers. Of course one cannot get a satisfactory answer for these questions from Google, ‘you are not lucky!’

So the search begins for someone who can answer these questions. Lord Krishna shows us that person in Bhagavad-gita. “Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.” (Bg 4.34).

So Lord Krishna mentions the three steps in this process of understanding the transcendental science. Surrender, inquiry, and service. First one should ask questions from a person to whom he has fully surrendered. Unless there is surrender one has no right to question on these subject matters. So one should first search and accept a bona fide spiritual master coming in a disciplic succession who is the only worthy to be surrendered . Then he should make his inquiry. This inquiry should not be in a challenging mood to quantify or assess the intelligence of the spiritual master but in a submissive spirit. Such questions should not be for wasting time but for his understanding. The answer received from the spiritual master should be received in a service mood. So this is the process.

In this section “Pariprashna” we will have periodic postings on such relevant inquiries which arise for a beginner in Krishna Consciousness. Based on the  teachings of our bona fide spiritual master – HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada we will provide answers to these questions which is sure to satisfy the mind of the seeking soul. These inquiries are categorized under various headings for better clarity.

Pariprashna can be defined in simple terms as submissive inquiry. Inquisitiveness or the curiosity to know the truth is one of the special feature for a human being because he has a much  developed consciousness than the animals. It is quite natural for a human being to be inquisitive about God and his existence in this world. This inquisitive mind is satisfied when he puts forward questions and gets answers. Of course one cannot get a satisfactory answer for these questions from Google, ‘you are not lucky!’

 

So the search begins for someone who can answer these questions. Lord Krishna shows us that person in Bhagavad-gita. “Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.” (Bg 4.34).

 

So Lord Krishna mentions the three steps in this process of understanding the transcendental science. Surrender, inquiry, and service. First one should ask questions from a person to whom he has fully surrendered. Unless there is surrender one has no right to question on these subject matters. So one should first search and accept a bona fide spiritual master coming in a disciplic succession who is the only worthy to be surrendered . Then he should make his inquiry. This inquiry should not be in a challenging mood to quantify or assess the intelligence of the spiritual master but in a submissive spirit. Such questions should not be for wasting time but for his understanding. The answer received from the spiritual master should be received in a service mood. So this is the process.

 

In this section “Pariprashna” we will have periodic postings on such relevant inquiries which arise for a beginner in Krishna Consciousness. Based on the  teachings of our bona fide spiritual master – HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada we will provide answers to these questions which is sure to satisfy the mind of the seeking soul. These inquiries are categorized under various headings for better clarity.