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Difference between Shraddha and Sandheh?

Answer: Shraddha and Sandeh are exact opposites. Shraddha means faith and Sandeh means doubt.
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What is the law of destiny? Do we receive the results of our actions in this life?

Answer:  Destiny or Prarabdh Karm is the outcome of actions. In every life, we perform uncountable Kriyaman Karm (the actions of the current life). All of that karm is recorded. The record of all our unlimited karm from unlimited past lifetimes is called sanchit karm. Out of that Sanchit Karm, we are given a portion of it to undergo as destiny in this life. The rest is kept as Sanchit Karm to be given to us sometime in a future life. So we simultaneously perform new Kriyaman Karm, while undergoing our Prarabdh Karm (destiny) and Sanchit Karm is the stock of uncountable past actions. Destiny controls certain things in a person's life (like major accidents, some illnesses, major financial ups and downs, fame and infamy). However, every person has control over their own thinking. This means that we exercise our free will to perform new actions every moment, and simultaneously undergo the consequences of past lives' actions in the form of destiny. The actions we perform in this life fructify in our next life. They become thedestiny of our next life. The destiny of this life is already determined by the karm of our last life, so there is no room for us to receive the outcome of this life's actions in the same life. However, there is one way that we are immediately affected by our actions, that is in our mind. Our good or bad actions either develop our mind in a positive direction or a negative direction,and that can be felt immediately.
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How many different types of knowledge (gyan) are there?

Answer: There are mainly two kinds of gyan (knowledge): theoretical and experiential. Experiential knowledge is also of two types: atmagyan (knowledge of the soul) and brahm gyan (knowledge of God). Brahm gyan is the knowledge of God which is only received by surrendering to God, not through any practice. Atm gyan can be attained by following the path of gyan, butbrahm gyan can only be attained through bhakti. When you surrender to God throughbhakti and He Graces you, then you receive His Divine knowledge. That knowledge is unlimited. In other words, when you know God, you know everything.
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How do we get more success in life by getting spiritual and how not to get carried away with that success?

Answer: Luckily, Krishn would never let His devotee get carried away with success. In fact it is His statement in the Bhagwatam that when He Graces a devotee, He takes away the objects of his attachment, so that he will not be distracted, and he will turn fully towards Krishn. The point is that as long as your desire is to attain Krishn, then just try your best in the world, and take whatever comes as His prasad.
 
As regards spirituality helping us attain more success in life, the thing to remember is that our major financial situations and social successes and failures are already determined by our destiny. This is based on our past life's actions, which fructify in this life as the ups and downs that we experience in the world. That means that no matter how spiritual we are, we can't find more success than we're already destined for. So use spirituality to find inner success. The more your develop your connection with Radha Krishn, the more inner stability you will have. This gives you the strength to weather any stormin the world and it means that you can be truly happy in all situations. This is the power of spirituality, it gives  you the ability to be happy no matter what happens to you in the world.
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When doing devotion, should I chant Radha Rani’s name, or the maha mantra? Which is better?

Answer: As far as what name or mantra to remember, that is a personal choice for you.  Every name of God contains His unlimited power. One cannot be said to be more powerful than any other.  The same goes for any mantra: the power in the mantra comes from God's name which is in the mantra.  So any name of God is a powerful mantra.  But of course the name or mantra must be taken with faith (that God is in His name) and along with roopdhyan (remembrance of the form of Radha Krishn, or whatever form of God you are worshiping).  In the satsang of Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, we chant many names of Radha and Krishn, and we also chant the maha mantra.  It is totally up to your personal preference.  Just remember to do roop dhyan while you are chanting, and you are on the right track.  Roop dhyan is the term Maharaj Ji uses to describe thinking of the form of Radha Krishn, which also includes thinking of Their abode, leelas, qualities of Their personality, etc.
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What is the relation between meditation and memory? What are the rules for meditation?

Answer: I am guessing that by memory you mean my use of the word 'remembrance'. Remembrance means the same as 'smaran'. It means when you think about someone or you remember them in your heart. Thinking about Radha Krishn and Their leelas is remembrance or smaran. That is the form of meditation you do on the path of bhakti.On the path of bhakti there are no restrictions of time or place for meditation. You can meditate anytime, anyplace. There is also no required posture for meditation. The only requirement is that you should be remembering Radha Krishn.
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I am not a hindu. Should I still read geeta?

Answer: Absolutely, its a universal philosophy relevant for all souls of this world. It has no religious bias nor does it offer any religious practice  
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what is better for our spiritual progress – doing seva or doing sadhana?

Answer: I cannot say that one is better than the other. Both have their benefits which help us in our spiritual progress. Doing sadhana (meaning practicing roop dhyan) develops more attachment to Radha Krishna and gradually reduces the fickleness of the mind. This is important for fueling our progress.

Doing seva enhances this by improving our feelings of humbleness, surrender and dedication to Hari & Guru. It also gives us a different way of engaging our mind in devotional thoughts, since one may not be able to sit all day in meditation.
A sadhak should strike a balance between both sadhana and seva. One should not think that because they have a lot of seva to do that it is unnecessary for them to do sadhana; and one who enjoys doing sadhana can further enrich their spiritual development  if they start doing some seva.
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What to do when you get angry?

Answer: Answer by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj : 
Think that it will hurt your divine beloved to see you in this state. Why should you get angry? Admit your mistake when you are wrong. Admit it even when you are not wrong.
 
Don't speak. When you are angry inside, try to use the knowledge given by your Guru and dissolve the anger. if you speak out in anger, it will hurt others and increase your anger.
 
If someone says something bad about you, think to yourself, 'I am full of vices. Which fault do I not have? So if this person is pointing out one of my faults, why should I be upset?' Before God realization, everyone is full of faults. Then why get upset?
 
If someone praises you today, keep in mind that the same person may also criticize you tomorrow. Always be ready for criticism.
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what do we do when we have made a serious spiritual transgression?

Answer: We should know that God and Guru do not look to punish someone who has committed a spiritual transgression or, namaparadh. The damage is done by our own mind. We pollute our own mind with our wrong thinking and then we suffer the consequences. But God and Guru know that as long as we are under the bondage of maya, we will continue to make such mistakes. They are more than willing to forgive us and to help us overcome the negative consequences of our mistake. All a sadhak has to do is admit his mistake, sincerely ask for forgiveness, and resolve never to make that mistake again. When you do that, your Guru will forgive you and will help you recover your lost devotion so that you can go ahead on the path.
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