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  1. CAT 1: Religion with No Conception of God?

    Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Śrīla Prabhupāda, this questionnaire was sent to you by Bhavan's Journal, a cultural and religious magazine in Bombay. They are questioning various religious and spiritual leaders, trying to get the answers to some of th ...

  2. CAT 2: Progressing Beyond "Progress"

    Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Question number two? Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes. Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: "The traditional charge against Hinduism is that it is fatalistic, that it inhibits progress by making people slaves to the belief in the inevitabili ...

  3. CAT 3: Concocted Religion

    Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Question number three. "It is said that the greatest strength of Hinduism is its catholicity, or breadth of outlook, but that this is also its greatest weakness, in that there are very few common prescribed religious observa ...

  4. CAT 4: Caste System Cast Out

    Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Next question, Śrīla Prabhupāda. "Will the fundamental values of the Vedic religion be in any way affected by the eradication of the caste system, toward which a concerted effort is now being made at all levels?" ...

  5. CAT 5: Eternal Truths vs. Everyday Realities

    Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Would you like to hear another question, Śrīla Prabhupāda? Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes. Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: "It is said that whereas the śrutis [the four original Vedas, the upaniṣads, and the Vedānta-sūtr ...

  6. CAT 7: Getting Spiritual Guidance

    Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: May I ask another question, Śrīla Prabhupāda? "Is a guru essential for one to enter the spiritual path and attain the goal, and how does one recognize one's guru ?" Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, a guru ...

  7. CAT 8: Civilization Means Regulation

    Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: May I ask the next question, Śrīla Prabhupāda? "Are fasting and other dietary regulations necessary for leading a spiritual life?" Śrīla Prabhupāda: Certainly. For advancement in spiritual life, such tapasya ...

  8. CAT 9: Cleansing the Heart

    Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Next question, Śrīla Prabhupāda? "What is the role of rituals in religion? Are they to be discouraged, as is being advocated by some reformists, or are they to be encouraged? If so, in what form?" Śrīla Prabhupād ...

  9. CAT 10: The Process of Purification

    Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Śrīla Prabhupāda, the next question somewhat echoes the previous one: "There are various saṁskāras, or purificatory ceremonies, prescribed for every civilized person, from birth to death. Many of these saṁskāras are ...

  10. CAT 11: "Feel the Oneness" ... with a Difference

    Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: This next question is rather interesting, Śrīla Prabhupāda. "Is it not possible for all kinds of spiritualists—be they Advaitans [advocates of oneness of the self with God], Dvaitans [advocates of total difference between th ...