His Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari

2005 Vyasa Puja eBook

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From Rasajna devi dasi

Dear Sankarsana Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and all glories to your ecstatic service to him. All glories to your Vyasa puja celebration.

You are a shining example of Srila Prabhupada's desire for his disciples and I read your daily travels, preaching and so forth with great interest and amazement at what you have created by his mercy! My humble obeisances to Srimati Visnupriya as well who is accompanying and serving you in so many ways.

May you continue to bless so many people all over the world with Krsna Consciousness so that they may become happy and go back home back to Godhead. May Sri Danvantari bless you with good health (I hope you are feeling better) and may Sri Radharani bless you with love and compassion.

Yours in humble service to Srila Prabhupada,

Rasajna devi dasi
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From Alpha

Dear Gurudeva,

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

On this day of your auspicious appearance into this world, please accept my humble offering of thanksgiving to Krishna for the gift of your being.  Honestly, I feel a bit lost as to how to celebrate this truly blest day. Vyas Puja, and other special times of the year like 'Kartik', etc., seem so foreign to me, given my Catholic background.  I realize I have so much to learn since these are part of the Hindu culture. 

My dear Guru, in the light of your generous self-giving so others would see the light of truth about God, I feel truly small and undeserving. I must be your most weak student. Friends send me so much reading materials about the Catholic Faith and the more I read them, the more I feel torn and indecisive. The conclusions one arrives at through mental speculations alone are truly not enough proof as to where real truth lies. The only thing now that makes me see that Truth lies in the science of Krishna consciousness is the fruit it bears. Being faithful to the chanting and the eating of prasadam feel so powerful that I get through the day without irritation or anger which I have previously been always experiencing due to the overwhelming demands of being a wife and mother. No amount of recited prayers from my former prayer books (Catholic) give me this spiritual strength and nourishment.

How I wish I can offer you some financial support for your preaching ministry, but I truly have nothing now. I am a housewife and have no earnings of my own. Maybe in the near future... 

I pray for your recovery from sickness...

your humble student,

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From Bhakta Andre

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances,

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

On this most auspicious day of your appearance I want to thank you for all the good help and mercy you give me and others through your presence on the internet.

All glories to you for opening up the eyes, of anyone who wants to know, to the facts of real life, spiritual life.

Best regards and wishes from

Your Servant,

Bhakta Andre
(at the ISKCON Denmark temple)
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From Aneesh Dhiman

Sriman Adhkari Prabhu


I am following your World Tour with great interest. It is totally amazing and awesome to me that, you remain so calm even in the worst situations and seek every opportunity to detach from the material body and world.

Examples are your sickness at holy Vrindavan, flight delays, and slow internet connection and I am sure there will be some more local issues in India or temple management or as simple as cleanliness.

Normally people get snubbed or exasperated at material things when they do not work according to their wishes.

You have converted all these petite to have more Krishna prema and renunciation.

I offer my obeisances to you on this day of Vyasa puja.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Aneesh Dhiman
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From Ankita


 I would like to thank You on this auspicious day for bestowing your causeless mercy on me, by so miraculously coming into my life.

I thank You for showing me the way back to GODHEAD.

Right now I can just wish that some day I'll be able to meet You personally and serve You.

Your humble servant,

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From Aruna

My dear Guruji,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Oct 27th is indeed an auspicious day, for Krishna brought you to earth.

I'd like to offer my thoughts on your presence in my life:

I was born a sturdy branch, perched high on a banyan tree - a branch with beautiful peepul leaves, which were my limbs, my mind, my thoughts, my consciousness.

My family, the banyan tree, was deeply rooted in Krishna's kingdom, spreading gently, growing branches, turning to roots, the roots finding their way back to earth.

My purpose as a branch with the beautiful heart shaped leaves was to shade, shelter and protect.  Shade and protect weary travelers, shelter everybody who decided to stop and spend some restful time, and shade, shelter, protect all God' s creatures that dwelled in the tree.

Then my direction in life was to develop into a root, wind downward and find God residing in Mother Earth, thus, building on the breadth of the banyan tree.

But I decided to travel a different path.

My beautiful heart shaped leaves decided to fly out on their own, floating away, and landing in a pile of trash full of muck, rotting vegetation, and dirt.

Instead of shading my husband and sheltering my children, I seared them with bad personal habits, anger, scathing words.

Instead of developing into a root to find God in Mother Earth, I embarked on seeking material gratification.

Till Guruji found me.

Like a gentle whiff of breeze, he fills my mornings with nectarean words.

He is helping me dust off the muck, rotting vegetation and dirt from my beautiful heart shaped leaves so that I may protect my children and shelter my husband.

He is helping me develop my roots so I may find God.

I pray that my heart shaped leaves now fulfill their goal in life - to shine with luster and lay on the ground so that the lotus feet of my Guruji may step on them.

Your humble servant,

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From Bala Santosh

I have been trying to write a few words to give you my offerings on the occasion of Vyasa Puja day. Though I am your student, I still feel unfit even to offer my greeting as I still am covered with a lot of material desires. Your weekly lessons are guiding me into the right path. I only request your mercy on me to get out of my illusion.  

Hare Krsna

Your humble student

Bala Santosh

From Bharath & Meena Rawjee 

Jai Shri Krishna

By the time you receive this mail, it will be early evening in your part of the world. However, in honour of this momentous and auspicious occasion, it is only fitting that we send our best wishes. May you be blessed to continue on your teaching for a long time to come yet and continue to enlighten us.  

We have only recently subscribed to Thought for the Day, but have already received much encouragement during difficult and trying periods.  We eagerly await your daily e-mail because it's almost as if we are on your journey with you as well.

Furthermore, as you are currently in the most holy of all places, Vrindavan, India. We are certain you will also be partaking in the Diwali festivities  next week and would therefore like to take this  opportunity to wish you a joyous celebration, and wish you well over the rest of your journey. May you continue enlightening all beings as you spread the word.

Hare Krishna

Bharath & Meena Rawjee
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
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From Budhi Krishna Das

29 October 2005

Hare Krishna,

Please accept my humble obeisances Guru Maharaja, All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

On this most auspicious occasion of your Vyasa Puja celebrations, I take this opportunity to pray Lord Narasimha Dev and Sri Sri Radha Damodara to bless you with good health, long life and to remove all the obstacles, if at all any, from your path of selfless preaching activities, in order to relieve as much conditioned souls as possible from their life of ignorance.  Gurudev, I am an insignificant disciple of Srila Jayapathaka Swami Maharaja from Maturadesh, and I get a lot of inspiration from your daily messages.  I also make it a point to pass this nectar on to various new devotees while we have our regular satsanga. We discuss about your preaching activities traveling around the world and your sound and unflinching faith in Srila Prabhupada which are really motivational factors for all the people in our Parampara.

We, the devotees in Maturadesh look forward to have an opportunity for your physical association. 

Please accept this as an offering from this insignificant son on the occasion of your Vyasa Puja celebrations, though belated.  Please bless us so that we can progress in this spiritual path and render little service to Srila Prabhupada's movement.  

Hare Krishna,

Yours loving son,

Budhi Krishna Das

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From D.L. Kodilkar

Dear Guruji, 

Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I wish you a very happy, happy birthday!

& I pray to Godhead that you live long!

"tum jeaon hajaro sal aur sal ke din ho pachas hajar" - ( in Hindi Language)


D L Kodilkar

(India -Mumbai)
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From Dzidra

Dear Srila Gurudeva!

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Hare Krishna!

Today is Your Vyasa Puja Day and I would like to express my gratitude to You.

The Kartik has become the loveliest and the same time the very important period in my life. Last Year at the end of October I met You and Mataji at first and that became the very beginning of my spiritual life in the Krishna consciousness. I'm very happy about it and beholden indeed Lord Krsna that He is given me so invaluable chance to meet such glorious, auspicious, Vedic sciential, unselfish, throughout unique and the same time so humble person like You.

Please let me give You my very humble obeisances to Your lotus feet.

Please accept from me at this wonderful Vyasa Puja Day the crop of the very white and the very aromatic petal mixed with my very grateful love, alone what a pity, today it's possible only in my mind…

Your humble servant,

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From Harihara das

Vyas Puja Offering to a  Great Vaisnava

Dear Prabhuji,

Please accept my humble obeisances at the dust of Your divine lotus feet. All glories to Guru and Srila Prabhupada!. All glories to you, the spiritual revolutionary, a great Vaisnava disciple of Srila Prabhupada!

Prabhu, today is your Vyas Puja day. I am not your disciple (I am the disciple of H H Gopal Krsna Goswami Maharaj), and I don't know if it is appropriate to write. But I know for sure what my Guru Maharaj said that by serving and glorifying the Vaisnavas we get purification and instructions to progress in Krishna Consciousness. So, here I am, trying without any qualification being inefficient and wordless to glorify a Vaisnava like you!

Prabhu, I have been reading the thought of the day for sometime and I have come to know you through your mails and thoughts. Srila Prabhupada's desire was to spread Krishna Consciousness in the nook and corner of the world. You are really really serving Srila Prabhupada from your heart and acts. You are taking so much pain to deliver so many fallen souls and fulfill the desire of Srila Prabhupada. No body would have ever thought that through internet we can communicate worldwide the timeless message of Krishna Consciousness and you did that. You have students registered throughout the world and just by email correspondences you have made people aware of the futile nature of material world. You are even guiding them in their spiritual endeavours. You make yourself freely available to everyone for consulting on spiritual matters through email, phone or even one-to-one meetings. That's why you are now on a world preaching tour and despite so many difficulties you are reaching to all.

Prabhu, Vaisnavas are very very compassionate and you are an example of  that. It is said that on the Vyas Puja Day, the Vaisnava are more compassionate than other days and hence I would like to ask for Your divine blessings so that I can be always engaged in the service of My Guru Maharaj and Vaisnavas and satisfy them, make them happy through service.

Please forgive me for any offense,

Your servant,

Harihara Das 

Prabhuji, I will be coming to Sri Dham Vrindavan on 4th and 5th November. Please grant me permission to have Your Darshan. 
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From Helen

My dear Srila Gurudeva Sankarshan Das Adhikari,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Like it is stated in BG 2:7, now I am confused about my duty and in my ignorance I have lost all composure because of this weakness. In this condition I am asking You to please tell me clearly how I can serve you best and what is best for me. Now I am Your aspiring disciple and a soul surrendered unto You. Please instruct me.

The only glorification I can surrender unto you in this short time is the mantra for the guru, for my Guru Maharaj: 

om anjnana-timirandhasya
caksur unmilitam yena
tasmai sri-gurave namah"

Please accept this from me.

My dear Master I want to please you, I’m striving to please you, I am trying to please you. How can I do this? I feel so unworthy.

All glories to you!

Humbly I bow down my head unto your lotus feet and beg for your mercy and instruction.

Your eternal servant 

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From Janek

 Dear Sankarsan prabhu!

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.
 Happy appearance day, Sankarshan prabhu. I want to see you more and more because you are very dear to me.

I have got one question. How should we progress in Krishna consciousness? Should we read books and follow them or can we ask also older devotees? I am quite sad. But at the same time happy that I can write You, so that you can see how I am doing.

Big love is Krishna who holds us and hugs us. He is the most beautiful. Same to you, very dear Sankarshan Prabhu..

 your servant Janek
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From  Jaya Ramkhelawan

7 October 2005 


All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Kindly accept my humble obeisances

All Glories at your Lotus Feet. 

On this auspicious day of your  Divine Appearance in the month of  Kartik in this material world, let me pay homage at the dust of your lotus feet and beg for your mercy. 

In Lord Caitanya’s teachings to Srila Sanatana Goswami, He has said: 

 mahat krpa vina karme “bhakti naya
 krsna-bhakti dure rahu, samsare nahre ksaya

“Unless one is favoured by a pure devotee, one cannot attain the platform of devotional service. To say nothing of krsna-bhakti, one cannot be relieved from the bondage of material existence”  (CC Madhya 22.51) 

Gurudeva, without your mercy ,  just like many lost souls in this material world, I would be lost in the unending darkness in this material world. Only by receiving your mercy, (you, a pure devotee of Lord Krishna), Gurudev, it is possible to develop the eligibility to engage in devotional service. Although I am not qualified to receive your mercy, you are compassionate to shower your mercy by sending me your daily transcendental emails as well as your valued guidance to allow me to continue serving Srila Prabhupada's mission..  I have much to learn in this process of Krishna Consciousness.  You are  traveling and teaching by example regardless of your discomforts.  I thank you for your dedication. Srila Prabhupada has surely blessed you with Bhakti.

Gurudev, thank you for your personal care and spiritual advice via your e-mails. Although, we have never met, I always feel that you are guiding my actions in my daily spiritual life.  By  Lord Krishna’s arrangement we will someday meet .

Gurudev, Today, we celebrate your appearance day together with your disciples around the world.  I pay my obeisances unto you on this auspicious day of your appearance and  all the Vaisnavas’ who so like yourself serve this only worthy cause of Krishna Bhakti by the mercy of His Divine Grace  Srila Prabhupada.  Koti Koti Pranaam…. 

Your fallen servant

 Jaya Ramkhelawan
Ladysmith, South Africa
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From Kirtan

namo om vishu padaya krishna prestaya bhutale
srimati Sankarshan Das adhikari iti namine

 I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.

My Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Srila Gurudev this is my third year of my life and by Krishna's Grace I am getting your association.

Though I do not understand the high philosophy that you speak but what I have learned is I imitate you at home. I have named a  game called "Gurudeva Game". I sit on the vyas aasan (a small pillow at home), then I recite the  Om Bhagavate Vasudevaya Namah then I take either a Bhagavatam book or Bhagavad Gita and act as if I am reading some verse, then I drink the water just as you drink. Once my mother was busy in her work and was not paying attention to my Bhagavatam class so I had to chastise her to come and sit and attend the class. Please bless me that I can follow in your footsteps all throughout my life and take shelter of Krishna at every moment of my life.

 Srila Gurudev, we miss you here so please come back soon.

Your small Servant

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From Mahendra


Please accept my humble obeisances.

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

All Glories to Sri Sri Gaura Nitai.

 Dear Gurudeva,

On this auspicious day, I hope you will accept these belated obeisances at your lotus feet.

I AM in the darkest ignorance of material life.

You ARE trying desperately to open my darkened eyes with the torchlight of knowledge, but my eyes are firmly closed in my sleep in the lap of Maya Devi.

Om ajnana timirandhasya
jnana anjana salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena
tasmaya sri guruve namah.

I pray for the day that when I will truly understand your instructions and follow them with the utmost joy in my heart.

It is my greatest misfortune that it has never occurred to me to consider myself your disciple. You at least have always considered me so, regardless of my ignorance.

I have always held back on these occasions thinking myself unworthy and unable, without realizing that this is indeed my eternal condition and yet I have to follow guru and sastra to continue receiving your mercy.

I am still chanting regularly and attempting to increase my chanting and concentration.

I still often get carried away on waves of hatred, anger and confusion, but slowly coming to understand the concept of always being equipoised in distress or happiness. 

Hare Krishna

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From Manoj

************ALL GLORIES TO VAISHNAVAS****************

Hare Krishna Swamiji,

Let me offer my prostrated obeisances to Your Lotus Feet.

How can a fallen soul like me, who doesn't know anything about the
greatness of a pure devotee, can give an offering to Your appearance day.

simply I am using the following sloka to describe Your great deeds.

        vaancha kalpa tarubyascha kripaa sindoobhya eva cha
        patitaanaam paavanebhyo vaishnavebhyo namo namah

How I can ever understand the feelings, words and deeds of pure devotees like You.

I utterly beg for Your causeless mercy, so that I can understand at least a little about the great deeds of Vaishnavas.

Let me once again offer Prostrated obeisances to Your Lotus Feet.

                                Yours in the service of Vaishnavas

************ALL GLORIES TO VAISHNAVAS****************
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Dr Meena Samtani

 Dear Sankarshan Das Adhikari Prabhuji,

Please Accept my humble Obeisances,

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

First of all let me wish you “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”.

May Krsna fulfill all your desires.

May you attain Vaikuntha….(so you can reserve seats for all your disciples!!.. just joking)

I was in search of a Guru who I could be in touch with easily, who could guide me to Krsna and I don’t remember how I got your website. Maybe Krsna made me browse and introduced you to me, through your self realization course and thought for the day.

I was surprised and happy at your quick response. I have been reading your email regularly and they have always inspired me and guided me .

We are born as a disciple, when the Lords Grace comes to us through his agent called the Guru. I consider you as one of my Guru.

On your saying I gave up the difficult task of satisfying my relatives by eating what they eat- namely veg food with onion and garlic. I was scared of their response and thought I would have a tough time with them. But by Gods grace and your grace , it was handled with little problem. Now they have accepted and cook food without Onion and garlic.

Even in Africa, we were in Nairobi, a country where I had no friends and relatives. We had to fly down from Rwanda to Nairobi in the midnight air ambulance, as no CT Scan was available in Rwanda to diagnose my husbands brain hemorrhage and facial fractures. In spite of that, I got food without onion and garlic- all veg food, dahls , salads etc. That was a Miracle!!! All thanks to you and Krsna. This episode taught me that if there is a will, there is a way!! And why fear when Krsna is Near.

No spiritual practice can be conclusive without the Guru's grace. His Compassion uplifts the seeker from the pangs of relativity. You lifted me from sense gratification of the tongue and attachment to relatives. Thank you.

Chisel and Hammer are used to carve a beautiful Krsna out of a hard rock. So also the Guru gives hard knocks to bring out the best in a disciple. Being confident  and having faith in your instructions, I am becoming a better person gradually. Thank you.

I hope I can continue to have your blessings, guidance and association eternally. 

To jump into spiritual life is easy, to sustain that momentum is difficult. It is the guru who keeps up the momentum of the seeker, in spite of the pitfalls.

I hope you continue pushing me when I go slow and pull me up when I fall down.

I am thankful to Mataji also for giving a warm motherly support. Her face is always smiling and full of grace and mercy.

Kindly bless my family so they can also grow to love Krsna.

I have come to the last station of my life. My journey is over- At your Lotus feet. For I know you can take me to Krsna. You will eternally be my guide- initiation or not!!

Please forgive me if I have offended you or Mataji in any way. 

Yours in service Allways and Always

Dr Meena Samtani
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From Melanie

I am writing not because I am coming to visit, (I would love to, but it will take me a while to get there on such short notice from Canada), but because I felt the need to pay my most humble respects and obeisances to His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari, my spiritual guide, on this most auspicious day.  If you can ensure that He receives my message I would greatly be forever in debt to whom ever is reading this mail.  I will be there in spirit because my heart is there enjoying this day with all the blessed devotees who are so very very fortunate to be there.

I had no idea what Vyas Puja was all about, but I was anxiously awaiting today to be informed.  Then this morning I forgot it was the day.  So when I opened my mail for "thought for the day" I was given a great surprised blessing.

Again my most humble obeisances to His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari, who I've come to respect and love over the past months since I've been on the self realization course.  May He be blessed a million times over to spread Krishna consciousness purely and honestly. 

Your student, with love and respects,

From Mitu

Dear Srila Gurudeva

Please accept my respects.

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Dear Gurudeva, it is amazing how you connect us all to Sri Krishna everyday by your e-letters.  Everyday, before I check my e-mail, I wonder what type of enlightenment will I receive today and I always find something that is similar to all of our daily lives.  And this keeps increasing our faith in the All Mighty Lord, Sri Krishna.

I beg you to accept this Worship on your auspicious Vyasa Puja Day.

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From Bhakta Murray

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate sankashan das adhikari iti namine

 I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari who is very dear to Lord Krsna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet. 

tvam gopika vrisharaves tanayantike 'se sevadhikarini guro nija-pada-padme
dasyam pradaya kuru mam vraja-kanane shri-
radhanghri-sevana-rase sukhinim sukhabdhau

"O beloved spiritual master, you are always in the presence of the cowherd girl Radha, the daughter of King Vrishabhanu. Please award me service at your lotus-like feet, which are the proprietors of devotional service. Please place me in the ocean of joy by bestowing upon me happiness in the mellows of service at the feet of Sri Radha in the groves of Vraja Dhama."

 mukam karoti vachalam pangum langhayate girim
yat-kripa tam aham vande shri-gurum dina-taranam

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, the deliverer of the fallen souls. His mercy turns the dumb into eloquent speakers and enables the lame to cross mountains."

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-shalakaya
chakshur unmilitam yena tasmai shri-gurave namaha

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, who has opened my eyes, which were blinded by the darkness of ignorance, with the torchlight of knowledge."

radha-sammukha-samsaktim sakhi-sanga-nivasinim
tvam aham satatam vande

"O spiritual master, I continually offer my obeisances unto you, who are always in the presence of Srimati Radharani and very much devoted to Her. You always reside in the association of Her confidantes, the gopis, and you are the abode of loving devotion to Krishna."

nama-shreshtham manum api shachi-putram atra svarupam rupam tasyagrajam uru-purim mathurim goshthavatim
radha-kundam giri-varam aho radhika-madhavasham prapto yasya prathita-kripaya shri-gurum tam nato 'smi

"I bow down to the beautiful lotus feet of my spiritual master, by whose causeless mercy I have obtained the supreme holy name, the divine mantra, the service of the son of Shachimata [Lord Caitanya], the association of Srila Svarupa Damodara, Rupa Gosvami, and his older brother Sanatana Gosvami, the supreme abode of Mathura, the blissful abode of Vrindavana, the divine Radha Kunda and Govardhana Hill, and the desire within my heart for the loving service of Sri Radhika and Madhava [Krishna] in Vrindavana."

 he guro jnana-da dina-bandho svananda-datah karunaika-sindho
vrindavanasina hitavatara prasida radha-pranaya-prachara

"O spiritual master, O giver of divine wisdom, O friend of the fallen, you are the giver of your own bliss and you are the only ocean of mercy. Although dwelling in Vrindavana, you have descended for the welfare of fallen souls like myself and you are preaching the divine love of Radha for Krishna. Please be kind upon me."

amsho bhagavato 'smy aham sada daso 'smi sarvatha
tat-kripapakshako nityam tat-preshthasat karomi svam

"I am a tiny part and parcel of the Supreme Lord and I am always and in every way His eternal servant. As I am always hoping for His mercy and kindness, I offer myself to His most dear servitor, my spiritual master."

vancha-kalpa-tarubhyash cha kripa-sindhubhya eva cha
patitanam pavanebhyo vaishnavebhyo namo namaha

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaishnava devotees of the Lord. They are just like desire trees who can fulfil the desire of everyone. They are oceans of mercy and are the purifiers of the fallen souls."

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

My Beloved Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my dandavat obeisances at your lotus feet.

All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

All glories to His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari

In the last year you have changed my life. Although I have called myself a devotee of Lord Krishna for a number of years, it is only in the past year that I have realized the true meaning of being a devotee, and this understanding has come only through your mercy.

I am not young, and I have had serious health problems which I sometimes allowed to overwhelm me. But through your instructions and teachings I have finally come to realize that this body will fail no matter what, and is of no particular importance. True happiness lies only in serving Guru and Gauranga and chanting the Holy Names.

In the past I would plunge into the depths of darkest depression. While that still sometimes happens, I only need to remember your instructions and chant the Holy Names and I remember my true nature.

Through your mercy, kindness and compassion, you are spreading the message of Krishna Consciousness throughout the world and thousands are now listening and following your instructions just as you have followed the divine instructions of your own beloved Spiritual Master.

You write sometimes of the austerities and difficulties you face during your travels to spread Lord Caitanya’s mission, and I am sure there are some of which I know nothing. But you always rely completely and without question on the mercy of Lord Krishna. It is your example of complete trust in the Lord which I try to follow.

I have seen you write many times that you are unfit for the deep and profound duties you undertake. Yet to me, and I think to your other students, disciples and aspiring disciples, you are compassion, kindness and wisdom personified. You are always ready to answer the questions of those who write to you, even when those questions are challenging and sometimes insulting. You can always defeat the challengers with the authority of Shastra. It is you who are most supremely fit to undertake Lord Caitanya’s mission, and it is us, those who flock to sit at your lotus feet, are unfit and in need of your divine guidance.

I long to see you, and in just one month I will be relishing the nectar of your personal association. That month cannot pass quickly enough so that I may offer obeisances at your lotus feet and serve you in person and perhaps one day you will grant me the greatest honor of becoming your disciple. My only desire is to serve you lifetime after lifetime.

Your most fallen servant,

Bk. Murray
New Govardhana Mandir, Australia.
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From Neela Madhava dasa 

Namah om Vishnupadaya Krishna Presthaya Bhutale Srimate  Vedavyasa Priya swami iti namine. 

Namah om vishnu paadaya Krishna Prethaya Bhutale Srimate Bhaktivedanta swamin iti namine.

Namaste saraswate deve gaura vani pracarine nirvisesa  sunya vadi pascatya desa tarine.

Hare Krishna,

My dear Maharaj,

Please accept my most humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Gurudev and Srila Prabhupada. All and all glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga.

And all glories unto this most auspicious day of your merciful appearance.

May You have a long life of giving the Holy name to every town and village.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Your servant,

Neela Madhava dasa

From Nisha

Pranam and Namaskar to our beloved Guruji Sri Sankarshan Das Adhikari,

Guruji, please accept this humble attempt on my part to wish you a very happy birthday and many many more returns of the day.  Guruji, I really can't thank you enough for sending your students the Thought For The Day everyday and for answering all my queries.  If ever I am depressed, I just need to think about you and your living example and all my worries vanish immediately.   You have truly breathed a new lease of life to this unworthy soul.  Guruji, your seat is reserved with Sri Krishna but may you be blessed with a healthy long life so that you may assist in guiding thousands of lost souls to head towards God.  

Once again thank u very much.


Your student,

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From Bhakta Phillip

Dear Srila Gurudeva

Please accept my humble obeisances.
It is only today that I read your appearance day was Oct 27. Even if it is late I would like to extend to you my my most humble but warmest greetings for an auspicious appearance day celebrarations. A great devotee like you, whose spiritual energy reaches even the most isolated spiritual aspirants like me, deserves everybody's sincere prayers for a longer and more fruitful devotional service to the Lord in this planet.  May He always keep you energized so that fallen conditioned souls may continue to receive spiritual blessings through you.
Srila Gurudeva Ki Jai!
Govardhan puja Ki Jai!
Most humbly,
Bhakta Phillip 

From Prema Bhakti dasa

Namah Om Vishnupadaya Krishna presthaya bhutale
Srimate Sankarshan Das Adhikari iti namine

I offer my respectful obeisances to His Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari
who is very dear to Lord Krishna having taken shelter at His lotus feet.

Dear Gurudeva, O Merciful Master, O Friend to all in the world,

On the occasion of the celebration of the appearance day of the spiritual master, it is the duty and pleasure of the disciple to offer words of praise and honor to his guide and counselor in the spiritual realm.

The spiritual master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord because he is His most confidential representative. Just as the head of state will send a close associate to another country to represent him as his ambassador, similarly the spiritual master is the representative of the Supreme Lord, because the spiritual master presents transparently and in an exemplary fashion the interests of the Supreme Lord. And just as the ambassador is treated with the respect due to the actual head of state, so the spiritual master accepts the honor and respect on behalf of the Supreme Lord and His disciplic line of pure representatives. Lord Krishna becomes very pleased when His fearless representative is honored and cherished.

All glories to you, dear Gurudeva, who are the personification of devotional enthusiasm. By your fired-up, compassionate dealings you are igniting so many hearts to the path of pure bhakti! The fire of your devotion to the order and mission of Srila Prabhupada is burning through all the boundaries of nationality, race, gender and creed, and inspiring thousands and millions to appreciate the beauty of Krishna consciousness. It will surely bring about the world spiritual revolution you so ardently pursue.

You are a friend to all because you see beyond the material coverings of the body, mind and false ego, directly piercing through to the eternal soul inside, and you know without a doubt that the soul's real happiness lies in reconnecting with Lord Krishna and His dear associates in pure loving devotion. You see clearly all this as the only remedy to the pangs of material existence.

Your wisdom is truly great, and your simplicity charming. Out of kindness, compassion, tolerance and friendliness, you have taken to the path chalked out by Srila Prabhupada and, along with you dear soul mate, Srimati Vishnupriya Mataji, undertaken the trouble to travel all over the world, wherever the will of Krishna will take you, without discrimination.

You are like a kind, lenient and loving father, and yet we see that you are strict in your personal determination to achieve the ultimate goal of life, unalloyed, unmotivated devotion to the Supreme Lord and His associates, untinged by any personal material motivation. By you strict personal practices of chanting, studying, lecturing, and giving of yourself personally to even the most insignificant, neglecting no one, you have captured the essence of pure bhakti. All glories, all glories, ALL GLORIES to you, O Gurudeva!

My prayer is to always "catch hold of your dhoti" and never let go, by engaging in devotional service under your guidance. May my only pleasure and anticipation be in seeking your satisfaction, for the pleasure of a truly advanced devotee is the greatest favor one can obtain.


Prema Bhakti dasa Adhikari
Your servant in Niles, Michigan
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From Presha

Dear Sankarshan Das Prabhu.

Please accept my humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada.

You have been an instrumental part of my life spiritually, always willing to guide me and always answering my questions no matter how silly or trivial they are.

I have really learnt a lot from your weekly lessons and thought for the day. I read them and wonder how you manage to get through the days, especially now with your tour, yet you will still make it your duty to answer to everybody's assignment or questions. I am truly inspired by you. I am really grateful to have your association. I was very happy to get an instruction from you and will always try to follow it because you are my guru and I couldn't ask for any better. All I pray for is to always be your servant 

Thank you.

Hare Krishna.


From Randy Helsdon

Bless you on this day.

Your most Divine Grace,

I have only just begun your course thru email, but already your daily thoughts and thoughtful lessons have blessed me a thousand times over. To think that you will take time out of your busy schedule to contact each one of us is humbling to say the least.

Thanks to your energetic teachings and wonderful accessibility throughout the entire God created world, there is no doubt that many honest seekers have found the truth about themselves, this universe and the wonderful loving God who loves and resides in each of them.

May our beautiful Lord Krishna continue to bless you and through your teachings bring all of us back to Godhead.

I just can't describe how much your contact has meant to me. I feel my ability to keep focused on Krishna has been wonderfully magnified by your blessings to all of your students.

Thank you so much.

Randy Helsdon

Ratnabahu das

Dear Sankarshan Das Adhikari Maharaj!

Please accept my humble obeisances

All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Glories to You! 

I am very happy to use this opportunity to say a few words.

Actually to be a devotee of Lord Krishna is a big thing for one who lives in a material world. To be a devotee means always come to Krishna and doesn't matter what is happening to seek for shelter of His lotus feet. The system is such that we should find and never ever again lose shelter of a dear servant of Krishna, a spiritual master. For otherwise who would show the example what it is to be one who is always with Krishna. The Spiritual master is not only giving the knowledge, but a practical application and he feels devotion to Krishna. Thus even a small thing gives  such a good result. What is the use to compare to material things? And he loves His disciples and gradualy when their hearts become cleaner they more and more reciprocate the love and true concern of their beloved spiritual master.

In Bg 18.68, Krishna says to Arjuna

ya idam paramam guhyam
mad-bhaktesv abhidhasyati
bhaktim mayi param kritva
mam evaishyaty asamsayah

"For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me."

This applies to all devotees. For we are dependent on pure Krishna Conciousness even more than on the food we are eating (of course Krishna Prasadam)which sustains our material body. Rather pure devotion feeds the actual self, who is an eternal servant of Krishna.

I sincerely wish You to take as much mercy of Lord Krishna and all the devotees in  Holy Vrindavan Dham, which is ever dear to Lord Krishna Himself as only You can understand.

Your servant

Ratnabahu das

PS Gaurasundara Das offers his obeisances to You as well.
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From Roger

My Dear Gurudeva, Sankarshan Das Adhikari,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I just wanted to tell of my appreciation of your helping me on my journey to Self-Realization toward Krishna Consciousness and for taking me under your wing as a student, seeking to unlock the greatest potential that is available to the world through Lord Sri Krsna.

I wish you the best Gurudeva Sankarshan on your travels throughout your preaching around the world and hopefully we'll meet in person next year in the spring-summer of 2006.

Please write back when you are able to do so. I am in a cheerful and happy mood, as your blessings and conversations through telephone and e-mail, along with the Ultimate Self-Realization Course have enriched my understanding of who I am in the truest sense!

Hare Krsna,


--Your Student--
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From Ron Meyers

My dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances

All glories to you and to Srila Prabhupada

Gurudeva, I would like to take this opportunity on this most glorious day to thank you for all that you have done for me. What little advancement I have made toward self realization, God consciousness, and spiritual advancement is due to your kind guidance through your Self Realization Course, your Thought for the Day, your e-mails, and your personal instructions.

It was by the mercy of Shri Krishna that I found you and your e-course two years ago.

I know I am not worthy of your mercy but I am so very thankful you have seen fit to bestow your mercy on such a fallen conditioned soul as myself. Through your teachings I have come to realize the importance of the Spiritual Master and can never thank you enough for all that you have given me. I pray that some day I may become a worthy servant and repay you, in some way, for all the blessings you have given us.

I look forward to the day I may sit at your lotus feet again.

All glories to you Srila Gurudeva.

Your most fallen student, 

Ron Meyers
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From Saurabh

My Dear Gurudev,
Please accept my humble obeisances,
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Dear Guru Maharaj, on this very auspicious day of your appearance I am begging you for an opportunity to convey my feelings (Homage).

 Today I pray to God:

 Oh God! My Dearmost Krishna, if there are any bad reactions that might be awaiting to reach my Guru Maharaj, please give all those reactions to me. How does it matter for a fallen soul like me, if some more negative things get added to my account. But it does matter to a purified soul like my Guru Maharaj. If I can be of any service to that pure soul, Oh my Krishna, please engage me in his service before its too late for me. That pure soul who moves on this earth assuming the name of Sankarshan, really befits his name. No one can resist from getting attracted by that soul. Not even a fallen soul like me. But somehow or other, O Lord, my rascal mind is still keeping me away from that pure soul.

So my Dear Guru Maharaj, please engage me in your service. I know that our relationship as Guru and Disciple is not yet official. But nonetheless, I have this strong desire to serve you to my fullest capacity. I do not want anything from you in return. I don't even dream of going back home back to Krishna, even though that's my choicest desire. But I just humbly beg you to let me serve you. Serving you would be more pleasurable than waiting to go back to home and serving Krishna in person. Because I feel Krishna comes himself in the form of Guru to give a chance for his servant to serve him. So why should I leave your lotus feet and search for Krishna when I know that Krishna has come to me in the form of my Guru.

 So if I am fortunate enough, then Krishna, in the form of YOU Guru Maharaj, will accept me as your humble servant, otherwise I will be the most unfortunate on this earth.

 So my Dear Guru Maharaj, I have fallen onto your lotus feet, now its up to you, whether to kick me or accept me.

A humble beggar,

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From Seema

Param Pujya Gurudev,

Salutations ! Please accept my humble pranams.

I am not sure whether I am late in responding.

On this day of Vyas Puja, I request Gurudev at thy lotus feet, to grant me and my son & my family  thy blessings in abundance. There is so much of sufferings and chaos happening in the world we live in. I request Gurudev that there should be peace and understanding amongst all.

The chanting of the mantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare; Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare; I find is giving me a lot inner peace.

I am leading a very difficult life. I have a son to look after. All under my responsibility. Who else can I turn to other than Lord Krishna through my master.

I seek thy ever flowing blessings, protection, guidance to be granted and showered in abundance.

Will you not bless me enough to have thy vision? 

With Prem and Om

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From Shanti

namo om vishu padaya krishna prestaya bhutale
srimati Sankarshan Das Adhikari iti namine

I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.

 My Dear Srila Gurudev,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada

 Srila Gurudev, thank you very much for constantly showering your mercy on us. We are missing you here in Austin. Today is the most auspicious day for us, without you we wouldn't have had any Krishna consciousness. Please bless us that we can celebrate your appearance in such a way that you will be pleased and bless with more and more Guru bhakti.

Your Servant at your lotus feet 

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From Shikandi

My dear Guru Maharaj,

Please accept my humble obeisances,
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Since this week I started to work, so only today I had a chance to check my e-mail.
I am sorry that I did not write you something on your Vyas Puja, but I was thinking about you.

Sometimes I feel like getting crazy, I want Krishna in my life so much. Krishna gave me you to me as His representative, I still cannot understand it fully. You say you are only doing your duty for Srila Prabhupada. But I must say I am most amazed that you give yourself mercifully to me as my Spiritual Master.
My only fear is to not be able to satisfy you.

Please accept this as my late Vyas Puja contribution.

Your fallen servant,
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From Shyamlila devi dasi

Vyasa Puja offerings to my Beloved instructing Spiritual Master

Dearest Maharaja,

"All Glories, All Glories, All Glories Unto You"

"All Glories to Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada!

 Please  accept  my  most  humble obeisances at Your Lotus feet. Kindly keep instructing  me  life  after  life  in Bhakti marg.  If your mercy were not there,  I would not have been able to read Srila Prabhupada's books such as Srimad  Bhagavat  Gita  As  It  Is,  Science  of  Self  Realizations, Srimad Bhagavatam,  Teachings  of  Lord Caitanya, Nectar of Instruction, Nectar of Devotion and many more devotional and transcendental scriptures.

Dearest Maharaja,

My  knowledge  is  poor,  my  senses  are  imperfect and the sources are so limited  that  it is impossible for me to have even the slightest knowledge of  the  Absolute  region  without  surrendering myself at Your Lotus Feet, which is none other than the Lotus feet of Srila Vyasadeva.  Every moment I have been deceived by the knowledge of my direct perception.  It is all due to  the  creation  or  concoction  of  the mind, which is always deceiving, changing  and  flickering.   I  cannot  know anything of the transcendental region by my limited, perverted method of observation of the transcendental sound  transmitted.  Therefore,  I  humbly,  whole heartedly, unflinchingly surrender   at  Your  Lotus  Feet for the elimination of all my differences bred by my unsubmissive attitude.

Dear Gurudeva,

In the Spiritual Master and the Disciple book Srila Prabhupada has shown us the  position  of  Srila Gurudeva, who is none other than representative of Srila Vyasadeva and should be worshipped as the Supreme Personality of God, Sri Krishna Himself.

Saksad-dharitvena Samasta Sastrair
Uktas thatha bhavyata eva sadbhihi
Kintu Prabhoryah priya eva tasya
Vande Guroh Sri Caranaravindam

"In  the revealed scriptures it is declared that the Spiritual Master should be  worshipped like the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and this injunction is  obeyed  by pure devotees of the Lord.  The Spiritual Master is the most confidential  servant  of  the  Lord.  Thus, we should offer our respectful obeisances unto the Lotus Feet of our Spiritual Master”.

"Srila   Visvanatha   Cakravarti  Thakura  says,  ‘Saksad-dharitvena  Samasta Sastraih’.  In all the scriptures the spiritual master, who is the best of the brahmanas, the best of the Vaisnavas, is considered  as  good  as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  This does not mean, however, that the Vaisnava thinks himself God, for this is blasphemous. Although,  a  brahmana  or  Vaisnava  is  worshiped  as being as good as the Supreme Personality of  Godhead,  such  a devotee always remains a faithful servant of the Lord and never tries to  enjoy  the prestige that  might  accrue  to  him  from  being  the  Supreme  Lord’s representative.  [Bhagavatam  7.14.41,  purport].

" ...A bona fide Spiritual Master is a most faithful and confidential  servant of the Lord and therefore deserves as much respect as Krsna. "[C.C. Adi 1.44 ]

The  knowledge that we receive from our Gurudeva is non different from that imparted  by  God  Himself  and  the  succession  of  the  Acaryas  in  the perceptional  line  of  Brahma.  We adore this auspicious day as ‘Sri Vyasa Puja’  thithi because the Acarya is the living representative of Vyasadeva, the  divine  compiler  of  the  Vedas,  the Puranas, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavatam.

The main important points that state a Guru as qualified are –

1.A Guru is one who has received knowledge by hearing the Vedas – “Srotriyam Brahma Nistam”.
2.The bona fide guru is in the line of hearing from disciplic succession.
3.A bona fide guru does not impart some self-styled, concocted knowledge; his knowledge is standard and received from the Parampara System.
4.The bona fide guru must be firmly fixed in the service of the “SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD’’ - ‘Brahma-Nistam’.
5.The bona fide guru does not have to be a very learned scholar, but he must have heard from the proper authority.
6.The bona fide guru must be able to free his disciple from birth and death and lead his disciple BACK TO GODHEAD.
7.The bona fide guru must also be well versed in the authorized scriptures and thus be able to answer all the inquiries of the disciple.
8.The Guru, or Acaryadeva, as we  learn from the bona fide scriptures delivers the message of the Absolute World, the Transcendental Abode of The Absolute Truth.

“Mahajano Yena Gathaha Sa Panthaha”. (Traverse the Trail which your previous acaryas have passed).  It is stated in Mundaka Upanishad (1.2.12) that –

Tad-Vignanartham Sa Gurum Evabhigachet
Samit-Panih Srotriyam Brahma Nistham’

"In  order  to  learn the transcendental science, one must approach the bonafide Spiritual Master in disciplic succession, who  is fixed in “The Absolute Truth”.  Thus, it has been enjoined herewith that in order to receive that transcendental knowledge, one must approach the guru.

Therefore,  if  The Absolute Truth is one, about which we think there is no difference of opinion, the guru also cannot be two.

The  Acaryadeva  is  not  the guru of a sectarian institution or one out of  many different exponents of the truth.

In the Srimad-Bhagavatam [11.17.27]it is said Acaryam mam vijaniyan Na vamanyeta karhicit Sarva-devamayo guruh “One  should  understand  the Spiritual Master to be as good as I am”, said the Blessed Lord.“The Spiritual Master is the sum total of all demigods.  The Acaryadeva has been identified with God Himself.  He comes to the material world  only to deliver the fallen, conditioned  souls  –  the souls or  entities, who have come here to the material world with a motive of enjoyment by the mind andthe five organs of sense perception (eyes, ears, nose, tongue and touch). He appears before us to reveal the light of the Vedas and to bestow up on us the blessings of the full-fledged freedom, after which we should hanker at every step of our life’s journey.

Also,  our  knowledge is poor, our senses are imperfect and our sources are so  limited  that  it  is  impossible  for  us  to  have even the slightest knowledge  of  the  Absolute  region  without surrendering ourselves at the Lotus  Feet  of  Srila  Vyasadeva  or  his bona fide representative.  Every moment we are being deceived by the knowledge of our direct perception.  It is  all  the creation or concoction of the mind, which is always deceiving, changing  and  flickering.   We  cannot know anything of the transcendental region   by   our   limited,   perverted   method  of  observation  of  the transcendental  sound  transmitted from that region to this.  Therefore, we should surrender ourselves at the Lotus Feet of the Representative of Srila Vyasadeva   for  the  elimination  of  all  our  differences  bred  by  our unsubmissive attitude.

Hare Krishna! Hare Krishna! Krishna! Krishna! Hare Hare!!
Hare Rama ! Hare Rama! Rama Rama! Hare Hare!!

Please  accept me as your most lowest servant of the servant of the servant of the servant,

Always as dust at Your Lotus Feet  in Your eternal Service, Maharaja,

Shyamlila devi dasi
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From Sowmya

Hare Krishna,

Please accept my humble obeisance. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada. All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga. 

Kindly accept my Vyasa Puja offering. 

Gurudeva, You are a personification of mercy and endurance. Your patience to put up with a foolish person like me, determination to help the fallen souls, dedication to protect the souls who seek your guidance, your proficiency in answering queries, your devotion to your Spiritual Master are all very wondrous and awe-inspiring. Gurudeva, please forgive me if i have committed any offense at Your lotus feet. Your daily email  "Thought for the day" is the sweetest daily nectar.

Eternally indebted to You,

Your insignificant servant at Your lotus feet,

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From Srikant

Hare Krsna Sankarshan Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

On your Vyasa Puja day, I congratulate you on your wonderful transcendental journeys that are so exciting to read.

I pray to Krsna and Srila Prabhupada that you become more and more successful in spreading the message of Lord Caitanya as you have been so expertly doing. It is amazing to read how much you and Mataji tolerate in your travels.

Also, I would like to beg your forgiveness for my tardiness in performing this wonderful seva that you have kindly granted me. Please bless me so that I may carry it out in a manner most pleasing to you. 

your servant,

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From Tom

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada

May he bless you in your endeavour.

Please accept my best wishes to you on your birthday.

In the old days I would sing "Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you ..."

Now I sing

Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

Thank you for teaching me.

Your Servant ,

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Vamana Hari das

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

 Hare Krishna, 

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha Damodar. My humble obeisances to Mataji.

Gurudev, on this holy appearance day of yours in this material world, I pray that Krishna give you good health, and strength so you continue your mission of serving Srila Prabhupada and spread the message of Krishna to the entire world, which obviously includes fallen souls like me. 

On this occasion I am reminded of two things from Srila Prabhupada's teachings. 

  1. Srila Rupa Gosvami's teachings that we can use everything in Krishna's service even apparently material. Your preaching of Krishna's message to the entire world through the electronic mass communication, in reaching the fallen souls, is in line with Srila Rupa Gosvami's teachings.

  2. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati's instructions to Srila Prabhupada about printing books and distribute, and he called it  "Brihat Mrdanga." And your using the high tech. communication system is a "Maha Brihat Mrdanga."

There may be times when a fallen soul like myself may be under the influence of the mode of ignorance and not give due credit or serious thought to your instructions to help us, but the entire world knows the fact of the seriousness of the subject matter and importance of your teachings, in one's path of Bhakti Yoga. 

My humble obeisances again, to yourself and Mataji. I do not have to mention that we are missing you at the center, but in the larger interest of the benefit the entire world is getting we can tolerate your physical absence. 

Hare Krishna,

Your fallen servant,

Vamana Hari das
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From Venkata S. Chevali

Birthday wishes for Shriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari. 

Please accept my obeisances.

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I would like to express my gratitude towards our spiritual master  Shriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari.  Constant inputs from the spiritual master recharge this material body with joy.  In an environment where we are distracted easily, the spiritual master helps keep this soul busy in our sole purpose, going back to godhead.  Shriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari has succeeded in guiding many a soul to focus again on the spiritual path.  Reading the 'thought for the day' has become a part of my life now.

Wishing him many more years of good health,


Venkata S. Chevali, MSE,
University of Alabama at Birmingham


My Dear Venkata,

Please accept my blessings.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you very much for your sweet words.

I am hoping this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Always wishing you the very best,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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From Mr. Viraf

Dear Swamiji, Namaste!

This is my first e-mail message to you.

I offer you my obeisance in the name of Lord KRISHNA.

I have read the mail further on and as advised I will definitely fast till noon for your blessings.

I would also like to send you my best wishes for a very long life so that the whole of humanity may receive your blessings and may their lives change for the best with peace and prosperity. 

Best regards and at your feet, my Guruji.

Mr. Viraf
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From Bhakta Wallace

Dear Sankarshan dasa Adhikari:


I wanted to take this opportunity on your appearance day while I am sick and realizing this body gives us nothing but trouble unless used in the service of Krsna, to wish you a glorious appearance day celebration.

I do not feel worthy of being anyone's disciple and wonder if I will ever be formally initiated in this lifetime but you have been an inspiration to show those who are serious about Krsna consciousness the enthusiasm needed to keep going despite the many obstacles that confront the devotee on their way back to Godhead.

You are doing a great service to Srila Prabhupada and I know he would be very proud of you for your email course and your extensive traveling to awaken sleeping souls all over the world to the chanting of the holy names. I desire to do that one day in my own humble way if it is Krsna's mercy.

Of late, because I felt it necessary, I have been writing many articles and posting them on various Krsna websites. More importantly, I have spoken out in defense of ISKCON and primarily it's many diksa gurus despite so many negative accusations by those who seem to undermine ISKCON and the gurus in the movement. So far, I have been called a "demagogue" and even a "fanatic" which I find very amusing. At times, I feel all alone on the battlefield and apprehensive like Arjuna but feel I have to fight anyway.

It is sad that devotees, surrendered to their spiritual master found it necessary to leave ISKCON for what they feel are valid reasons and then create concoctions and go on fault-finding missions to those who are engaged in sincere devotional service. But this is the kali-yuga, so it's to be expected I guess.

I am missing Vrndavana and hope to return again one day. Wishing you Godspeed on all your journeys. Hare Krsna. 

your servant,

Bhakta Wallace 
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From Warren and Evelyn

Happy Vyasa Puja Gurudev,

Please accept my humble obeisances! 

I want to thank you for your torchlight of mercy Gurudev.  I have been able to grow spiritually and understand the etiquette of a Vaisnava through you.  You are a shining light in my life.  Your mission is so steadfast, loving and True.  I am honored to serve you and pleased by Lord Krishna's mercy to have y here with me.  You are near and dear to our family.  Evelyn and I bow down to you today and everyday.

Happy Vyasa Puja,

Love Warren and Evelyn. 
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