Discovering the Questions asked to Srila Prabhupada

From Vanipedia

"An intelligent person must inquire from the spiritual master about the goal of life. A bona fide spiritual master can answer all such questions because he has seen the real truth." (SB 7.7.47, purport)


For decades, Srila Prabhupāda’s books have been studied and analyzed, word by word, by thousands of devotees. However, his spoken teachings have not received nearly the same level of analysis until now. Already more than a million quotes have been compiled in Vaniquotes from Srila Prabhupāda’s lectures and conversations. While immersed in our mission to bring to light these spiritual gems, we repeatedly found ourselves admiring Prabhupāda’s expertise in relating to all different varieties of people. Srila Prabhupāda was just as prolific in his lecturing as he was in his writing. He never missed a chance to preach, whether to reporters, academics, politicians, priests from other faiths, the parents of his disciples, newcomers to the temple, regular devotees, or his senior disciples. While relating to all these different audiences, he displayed a very mature and congenial standard of dealings. He had great skill in understanding the moods and backgrounds of the people he spoke with, which let him talk with them in the way in which they could best accept his message.

The most recurring feature in these discussions was the format of questions and answers. Everyone had questions for Prabhupāda, and Prabhupāda almost always gave very insightful answers. The questions ranged over hundreds of topics, and we found, as time went on, more and more deeply profound exchanges. After all, asking questions to a spiritual master is truly the only way to gain genuine spiritual knowledge. We decided, therefore, to take on the monumental project of bringing together, for the first time, all of the recorded questions asked to Prabhupāda. A team of several devotees searched painstakingly, throughout all the conversations, lectures, and letters, for Prabhupāda answering questions. It took several months to find them all, and several more months to present them in an organized, thematic fashion, but the result was well worth the effort. We have now gathered all of the recorded questions, 10,194 of them to be precise. Each is on its own separate page, all of them are searchable, and they are situated within 142 different thematic categories.

These 142 question categories are further divided under four main thematic groups, which are Society, Culture and Human Experience, Philosophy, Science and Religion, Mission and Practice of Krsna Consciousness, and Places and Personalities. You can search them by year, as well as by who asked the question. We have categories for questions asked by Academics, Religious Clergy, Parents of Devotees, Public Officials, Journalists and Interviewers and Artists, Musicians, Poets. We also have a category with a selection of Introductory-level Questions on various important topics.

The Four Main Themes

Society, Culture, and Human Experience

Authority and Authenticity Age Groups - Stages of Life Agriculture and Cow Protection Animal Killing Class, Divisions of Society
Contemporary Trends, Events, Social Issues Civilization and Civilized Life Children, Childhood Ethnicity, Nationality Education, Training, Learning
Eastern, Western Economics - Wealth, Resources, Money, Business Food, Diet, Cooking Fine Arts, Fashion, Entertainment Family Life, Family Members
Gender History, Historical Facts, Timelines Human Qualities, Character, Behavior Health, Disease, Healing Kali-yuga
Language, Literature Leadership, Management (General) Marriage Occupation, Work, Duty Politics, Government
Publicity, Public Relations, Public Press Pleasure and Sense Gratification Protection of Society Social Progress Sex, Sexuality, Celibacy
States of Heart and Mind Tradition, Modernity War, Violence

Philosophy, Science, and Religion

Other Philosophies, Philosophy in General |Other Religions, Religion in General Avataras, Incarnations, Messengers of God Birth, Death, Procreation Body (Gross), Material Senses
Consciousness Christianity Disciplic Succession Independence, Dependence Evolution
Faith, Belief Fate, Destiny, Freedom, Free Will God Realization, Self Realization, Enlightenment God Human Beings, Other Species or Types of Living Entities
Hinduism Impersonalism Karma - Action and Reaction Knowledge Liberation, Salvation
Modes of Material Nature Modern Science and Scientists Mercy, Grace, Blessings Material Creation, Universe Meaning of Sanskrit Words
Meditation Natural Science, Natural History Personalities From Other Religions or Spiritual Paths Reincarnation, Afterlife, Transmigration of the Soul Reward, Punishment, Suffering
Spiritual World Subtle Body - Mind, Intelligence, Ego Spirituality (General) Spirit Soul Successful Life, Goal of Life
Sin, Morality, Good, Evil Scripture, Mantras Supersoul, Paramatma Spiritual Body Truth, Reality

Mission and Practice of Krsna Consciousness

Brahminical Culture Bhagavad-gita Chanting the Holy Name Calendar Events, Observances The Deity, Deity Worship
Discrepancies, Slips, Falldowns Disciplic Succession Devotional Dress, Paraphernalia Devotee Standards, Etiquette Devotional Singing, Dancing, Drama
Devotees of the Hare Krsna Movement Devotees - General Gurukula Hearing, Reading, Study Initiation
ISKCON - Finances ISKCON - Leadership and Management ISKCON - General ISKCON - Temples and Centers Krsna Conscious Visual Presentations - Art, Decor, Displays
Love of Godhead Meditation Preaching, Spreading Krsna Consciousness Pleasing Krsna Prasadam
Process of Krsna Consciousness - Bhakti-yoga Prabhupada's Books, BBT and BTG Prayer Regulated Life, Regulative Principles Relationships Among Devotees
Sadhana Surrender, Obedience, Renunciation Master - Guru Spiritual Advancement Seva - Devotional Service
Sankirtan - Public Chanting, Book Distribution Srimad-Bhagavatam Varna, Asrama Vedic Culture and Philosophy

Places and Personalities

Avataras, Incarnations, Messengers of God Contemporary Personalities Caitanya, His Associates Demonic Personalities Demigods
Geographical Places Historical Personalities Holy Places Jesus Krsna, His Expansions, Associates, Paraphernalia
The Moon Other Planets Personalities From Other Religions or Spiritual Paths Prabhupada Pastimes of...
Personalities From Vedic Scripture Prabhupada's Godbrothers and the Gaudiya Math Radharani, Her Expansions, Associates (Gopis) Saintly Personalities Secular Personalities
Spiritual World Vaisnava Acaryas