Devotee: Śrīla Gurudeva, I have been smoking marijuana.
Śrīpāda Padmanābha Mahārāja: He wants to ask for forgiveness.
Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Always remember that intoxicants
cannot give you happiness. Death is coming very soon; you don’t
know exactly when it will come. If you neglect the rules and
regulations, you will have to go to hell. You cannot imagine what
hell is like.
Devotee: Attachment to this world is very bad for those who want
to practice sādhana-bhakti. I am so attached to my family. What are
Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Try to give your attachment
to Kṛṣṇa, and in that way you will become happy forever. Other
attachments will lead you to hell.
Śrīpāda Mādhava Mahārāja: His family members are also devotees.
Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: That is okay, but don’t be attached.
See only that they are children of Kṛṣṇa. You have been given
the duty as a family member only to see that your family becomes
Rāma-tulasī dāsa: Regarding a devotee of Śrī Kṛṣṇa and a nondevotee,
what happens to the soul after someone dies?
Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: If one is not a proper devotee,
then according to his activities he will have to go to heaven or
hell. According to his karma he may take birth anywhere, as a dog,
donkey, monkey, or any other species.
Rāma-tulasī dāsa: Does this take place immediately, as soon as the
soul leaves the body? Or, does it take some time?
Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: It depends on what the person
Rāma-tulasī dāsa: My wife passed away on January 5th of this year.
Where did she go?
Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: She was a devotee, and you and
her children are devotees. She was always chanting the holy name,
so she has taken birth in a rich devotee family. There she will easily
obtain a guru again, and she will continue her bhajana.
Kṛṣṇa is more merciful than Nārāyaṇa, Viṣṇu, and other
incarnations. There is no one more merciful than Kṛṣṇa. Even Lord
Rāmacandra could not give as much honour to ladies as Kṛṣṇa did.
Kṛṣṇa gave Himself to Śrīmatī Rādhikā and the gopīs.
Sixteen thousand princesses, the very beautiful daughters of
kings, had been imprisoned in the jail of Narakāsura, and they
always remembered Kṛṣṇa there. Kṛṣṇa came and killed Narakāsura,
released the princesses, and then told them, “You can now go
wherever you want – to your husbands, mothers, and fathers.” They
replied, “We cannot go anywhere. We want to be the maidservants of
Rukmiṇī and Satyabhāmā in Your palace. We will sweep there, and
perform all other menial services.” Kṛṣṇa said, “No. I will accept you
as My queens, just as I have accepted Rukmiṇī and Satyabhāmā.” He
married all of them and took them to Dvārakā, and there He gave
each of them a palace.
―Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja