Q: What is mental equilibrium and self control?
A: Absorbing the intelligence in Me constitutes mental equilibrium. Complete discipline of the senses is self-control.
Q: What is the actual meaning of tolerance and steadfastness?
A: Tolerance means patiently enduring unhappiness. Steadfastness occurs when one conquers the tongue and genitals.
Q: What is the greatest charity?
A: The greatest charity is to give up all aggression toward others
Q: What is real austerity?
A: Renunciation of lust is understood to be real austerity.
Q: What is heroism?
A: Real heroism is to conquer one's natural tendency to enjoy material life.
Q: How are reality and truth to be described?
A: Reality is seeing the Supreme Personality of Godhead everywhere. Truthfulness means to speak the truth in a pleasing way, as declared by great sages.
Q: What is cleanliness?
A: Cleanliness is detachment from fruitive activities
Q: What is renunciation and what is wealth?
A: Renunciation is the sannyāsa order of life. The true desirable wealth for human beings is religiousness.
Q: What is considered gain in life?
A: The supreme gain in life is devotional service to Me
Q: What is the best education?
A: Actual education is nullifying the false perception of duality within the soul.
Q: What is actual humility?
A: Real modesty is to be disgusted with improper activities.
Q: What is real beauty?
A: Beauty is to possess good qualities such as detachment.
Q: What are happiness and unhappiness?
A: Real happiness is to transcend material happiness and unhappiness. Real misery is to be implicated in searching for sex pleasure.
Q: Who is learned, and who is a fool?
A: A wise man is one who knows the process of freedom from bondage. A fool is one who identifies with his material body and mind.
Q: What are the true and the false paths in life?
A: The real path in life is that which leads to Me, and the wrong path is sense gratification, by which consciousness is bewildered.
Q: What are heaven and hell?
A: Actual heaven is the predominance of the mode of goodness. Hell is the predominance of ignorance.
Q: Who is a true friend?
A: I am everyone's true friend, acting as the spiritual master of the entire universe.
Q: Who is a rich man, and who is a poor man?
A: One who is enriched with good qualities is actually said to be rich. One who is unsatisfied in life is actually poor.
Q: Who is wretched, and who is an actual controller?
A: Wretched person is one who cannot control his senses. One who is not attached to sense gratification is a real controller.
Q: What are the primary disciplinary principles?
A: Nonviolence, truthfulness, not coveting or stealing the property of others, detachment, humility, freedom from possessiveness, trust in the principles of religion, celibacy, silence, steadiness, forgiveness and fearlessness are the twelve primary disciplinary principles
Q: What are prescribed duties?
A: Internal cleanliness, external cleanliness, chanting the holy names of the Lord, austerity, sacrifice, faith, hospitality, worship of Me, visiting holy places, acting and desiring only for the supreme interest, satisfaction, and service to the spiritual master are the twelve elements of regular prescribed duties.
Questions by Uddhava
Answers by Lord Krishna
Dated 3000 BC
Source: SB 11.19.28-45