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His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Suva, Fiji

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Genuine Spirituality by Surrendering to a Bona Fide Spiritual Master

While we can easily accept the principle of loving God, we hesitate at the prospect of completely giving up our independence to do whatever He asks us to do.  This means that our "love" for Him is not love in the  strictest sense of the term.  We have a sentiment for God, but we are still thinking in terms of of how He can facilitate our desires.  This is not love.  This is business.  This mood does not bring satisfaction to the self.  It is a greedy, self-centered imagined spirituality, which is nothing more than covered materialism in the name of God.  This sort of so-called religion is now the modern day accepted norm of religion.  Therefore in spite of so many churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques the entire world is being plunged more and more into chaos.

This is why a spiritual master is required.  He is the external manifestation of the Lord within us.  Krishna instructs in the Bhagavad-gita that we must surrender to a bona fide spiritual master.  By fully submitting ourselves to the instructions of the authentic guru we easily give up our false sense of independence and enter into the mood of genuine surrender unto the will of the Lord.  This pure devotional mood will automatically bring about the much desired peace and prosperity in our lives and gradually will become more and more manifest throughout the world.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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How Do You Have a Knack for Communication?

Thank you so much for your kindness. Most of the time, it is not the idea or knowledge itself, but how it is presented that evokes clarity or feelings of confusion.

How is it that you have such a knack for communication? Krishna's mercy and the mercy of Srila Prabhupada!

Humbly,

Milind

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I Can Take No Credit

Whatever knack that I may be blessed with for communicating the science of Krishna is, as you say, simply due to the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Sri Krishna. I can take no credit in this regard.

If I have any credit at all, it is just that I have always tried to faithfully serve the order of my spiritual master. This is the secret of success in spiritual life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Friday, December 30, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Suva, Fiji

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Becoming the Most Responsible Person

Becoming Krishna conscious does not mean to become irresponsible.  It means to become the most responsible person in the human society.  A devotee takes the responsibility to do the highest good for all living beings by making his own life perfect and teaching the science of Krishna consciousness for the benefit of all living beings.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Does a Devotee Have to Cut Off All Loving Relationships?

I have a number of questions I wanted to ask you. I am so sorry for the number and how abruptly I threw them onto you, but I was hoping you'd be able to enlighten me on the things that are confusing me right now:

1: I have read somewhere the following: "My dear friend, if you are  indeed attached to your worldly friends, do not look at the smiling face of Lord Govinda." Does this mean that in order to become a true devotee you must sever all ties to your friends and loved ones? You cannot become close to anyone?  That leads into my next question:

2: Is it truly necessary to become indifferent to all things on earth to become close to Krishna?  There are some that say that the Lord should be put before all else, which I agree with, but there are those that seem to glorify total isolation from people and things in order to be one with Sri Krishna. In my opinion, if you don't mind me voicing it, I think becoming close to people on this earth and touching their lives and allowing them to touch yours would be one of the ways to become closer to Krishna.  You're feeling His love through others, and you're sharing the love and compassion He gave you with them, thus bonding each other to each other, and becoming closer to God through the shared love of each other and the Lord. I understand how people find it necessary to try to give up material possessions that are unimportant and temporary, that drag us farther from the Lord by taking over our lives, but are people just material possessions?  We are all creations of the Lord.  We are here because He wills us to be here.  So why not be together, sharing each other's love?  Is it really considered necessary to destroy all friendships to devote yourself to Krishna?

3: Is there any right time of day to chant? I've heard it's best to chant in the morning, because it's the purest point of the day, but is there really a right time? and is it mandatory to chant 16 rounds? I'm just curious; the most I've chanted is 4 rounds- should I keep doing that or try to up it?

Thank you so much, Hare Krishna

Your student

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A Devotee is the Most Loving Person

A Krishna conscious person is actually more loving and close than anyone else because he or she relates to others on the factual platform of existence, the spiritual platform.

The entire human society is currently in the deep dark delusion of bodily identification, taking the body to be the self. A devotee distances himself from this illusory consciousness and dedicates his life fully to saving himself and others from this illusion.

Such a person naturally no longer delights in those things which bind one to the false conception of the self. Rather he delights in those things which bring one into actual consciousness of the self. He renders the greatest loving service to the suffering humanity by spreading the ultimate science of the self-realization, Krishna consciousness, all over the world.

Chanting can be done any time of the day, but the early morning hours are the most conducive time for chanting. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita that we should chant 24 hours daily. Therefore it will be very pleasing to Him if you can increase your chanting to at least 16 rounds daily.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Suva, Fiji

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Developing Krishna Prema, Pure Love for God

The perfection of consciousness is to develop Krishna prema, pure love of God.  In such a state of mind one can see the Lord constantly within and without.  In this regard Srila Prabhupada explains,

"Lord Sri Krishna's name, fame, pastimes, etc., cannot be understood by material senses. Only to one who is engaged in pure devotional service under proper guidance is He revealed. In the Brahma-samhita (5.38) it is stated, premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti: one can see the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda, always within himself and outside himself if one has developed the transcendental loving attitude towards Him."

This is the supreme perfection of existence.  One becomes re-situated in one's eternal constitutional position.  Anything else we may accomplish is temporary at best.  Krishna prema is the one attainment which can be retained eternally.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Why Krishna Has Not Come Now?

I live in in India. I have been reading the queries readers are posing and the replies you give them with almost unbelievable patience.  I have a query which nobody has explained so far. I have seen it in many movies and have also read the sloka in the Bhagavad-gita in which the Lord has said that He will appear whenever adharma (irreligion) outweighs dharma (religion.)

Obviously and without any doubt, the degree of inhuman and immoral activity of the day is exponentially more than what the Kauravas did 5,000 years ago to prompt Krishna's appearance at that time.  Everywhere we see the world situation is so much more corrupt both qualitatively and quantitatively than it was in the ancient times when Lord Rama and Lord Krishna appeared.

What prevents the Lord from stopping this cruelty and criminality exhibited by human beings against fellow human beings, animals and trees?. This aspect has been puzzling me for quite too long.

Also, can I abandon my family (maybe after providing for their lifetime needs) and get out in search of a spiritual master?

Please forgive me if there is anything that would indicate arrogance or disrespect in the tone of my query. I request you to clarify as soon as it is convenient.

Yours truly,

Sastry

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Krishna Has Come Now as the Krishna Consciousness Movement

Krishna has come again to put an end to adharma. He has appeared now in the form of the Krishna consciousness movement to neutralize the effects of Kali yuga and bring a 10,000 year golden era of spirituality.

You should not abandon your family. You may remain with your family and at the same time fully submit yourself to the lotus feet of the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Suva, Fiji

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Remaining Always Steadily Absorbed in Krishna Consciousness

In this material world we are constantly being exposed to so many varieties of ups and downs.  These are called the dualities of material existence. Sometimes we are sick.  Sometimes we are healthy.  Sometimes we have money.  Sometimes we don't.  Sometimes people are appreciating us.  Sometimes they are criticizing us. 

We must master the art of how to be steady in all varieties of up and down situations.  We can do so by seeing the arrangement of the Lord at every step.  We should never be intoxicated by material happiness, nor should we be devastated by material distress.  We simply must see how Krishna is arranging everything for our purification, for our advancement upon the path of Krishna consciousness.

This steadiness of mind will enable us to always take shelter of Krishna's holy names in all varieties of situations:

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

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Bhagavad-gita Sold on the Roadsides?

Is it right for ISKCON devotees to sell sacred books like Bhagavad-gita on road-sides?

Does it earns respect, for our life-saving Bhagavad-gita, when devotees approach a car and the driver winds up the window? Or listening to 'No' again and again from the ignorant world for Bhagavad-gita?

I think people will come to Krishna eventually as there's simply no other way to get out of this hellish universe.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

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

Pankaj

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You Should Be Glorifying the Devotees

I appreciate very much your humble spirit of asking to be corrected if you are wrong. Thank you for being a gentleman.

Your idea that everyone will come to Krishna automatically is not correct. Unless one can be blessed by the mercy of a devotee, who plants the seed of bhakti within his heart, one will remain perpetually in the cycle of birth and death.

There is no more solid way to receive the bhakti seed within the heart than to receive a copy of the Bhagavad-gita. Therefore those devotees who sacrifice all personal comfort for distributing the Bhagavad-gita anywhere and everywhere to everyone they meet are the dearmost servitors of the Lord. For them spiritual perfection is guaranteed and anyone who takes advantage of their loving kindness is also guaranteed to achieve spiritual perfection.

On all sides we are being solicited by the Kali yuga to become more and more degraded. Therefore the devotees dedicate their lives fully to making the teachings of Lord Krishna as available as possible for the fallen, conditioned souls of this age.

Do we criticize a doctor for going to an epidemic area to innoculate the people against a dangerous disease? Of course not. We greatly applaud his efforts.

Similarly, instead of criticizing the devotees of the Lord who risk all dangers even up to the point of death for distributing the teachings of Lord Sri Krishna, you should be glorifying them for their compassionate, heroic activities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Suva, Fiji

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Krishna Consciousness at Pacific Harbor

Yesterday was a national holiday, Boxing Day, here in Fiji.  It is a day set aside so everyone can watch the world championship boxing match on television or hear it on the radio.  Since devotees have no interest in Boxing Day the Suva temple rented a large bus and organized a picnic at a beautiful spot on the ocean known as Pacific Harbor.

After several devotees erected a small tent on the beach, the 50 or 60 devotees and guests gathered in and around the tent for a Hare Krishna kirtan and to hear a short lecture I gave on how to dive into and swim eternally in the ocean of unlimited bliss.  After the lecture by popular demand we had another Hare Krishna kirtan and then the tent emptied out as practically everyone when to dive into the ocean of salt.  A small handful of us stayed in the tent for a prolonged nectarean dive into the ocean of bliss by discussing various Krishna conscious topics.

Then one devotee named Yugala Kishore Das came forward with a guitar. I thought I would try strumming on the guitar and singing an English rendition of Hari Hari  Viphale by Narottam das Thakur.  In English we call it "Uselessly," and the lyrics go like this:

Although I've come to this human form,
My Lord, I've spend my life uselessly.
I did not care for Radha and Krishna,
So I shall swallow poison foolishly.
So foolishly.

Hare Krishna mantra comes straight from Krishnaloka,
But with chanting I have no connection.
Day and night I'm burning in this dark world
Without working to make the correction.
No correction.

Lord Krishna comes as Saci's son.
Balarama descends as Nitai.
By chanting the wretched have all been saved,
Including Jagai and Madhai.

Oh, my Lord, Oh son of King Nanda,
Together with Vrishabanu's daughter.
I've got no shelter but Radha and Krishna,
Humbly prays Narottam Das Thakur.
Um huh huh.

Although I've come to this human form,
My Lord, I've spend my life uselessly.
I did not care for Radha and Krishna,
So I shall swallow poison foolishly.
So foolishly.
I did not care for Radha and Krishna,
So I shall swallow poison foolishly.
So foolishly. So foolishly.


It was badly out of tune and the strings were in pretty bad shape.  I did not have guitar pick so I tried different objects for strumming to see what would work the best.  I tried a business card, but I knew it would disintegrate before the song was over.  I tried a piece of a plastic box, but it disintegrated after 60 seconds.  Finally I settled on a plastic spoon and we spontaneously cranked out a new arrangement of  "Uselessly." Even though I was already hoarse, I did the vocal part and played the guitar while Yugala Kishore accompanied me on the Mridanga drum.

After a few bars it sounded so sweet I decided to turn on the MP3 recorder so I could share it with everyone who receives "Thought for the Day?"    We started again from the beginning. The recording was pretty rough with a lot of distortion coming in from the drum and background noise.  But there was so much spontaneous enthusiasm and joy in it, in spite of it's being a million light years away from studio quality, that I decided to upload it to the Internet anyway so you can hear it.  If we get enough positive feedback we can take it into the recording studio and redo it under ideal recording conditions and put it our next CD.  Let us know what you think.

Here it is:

http://www.backtohome.com/song.MP3

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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I Need Your Guidance

I have been reading the Bhagavad-gita and chanting 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily on japa beads, but recently I have been feeling that because I am still egotistical and hot-tempered I do not deserve to read the Bhagavad-gita.

My husband keeps telling me, "You read the Bhagavad-gita.  What is the  use, if you don't follow it?"  I feel that I am only bringing disgrace to the holy book.  I think every day that I am going to be more tolerant, but at the end of the day I am still the same.

I also want to ask you what is the difference between being egotistical and protecting your self respect.  If somebody is treating your badly or taking advantage of your niceness, is it wrong to teach them a lesson?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Hare Krishna

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Though We are Undeserving, We Must Accept the Lord's Mercy

Your idea of not deserving to read Bhagavad-gita is correct. None of us the deserve the mercy of Lord Krishna because we all purposely abandoned His service in the spiritual world to come here to try to enjoy separately from Him. But in spite of our not deserving His mercy, we must accept it because this is our only hope of ever developing saintly qualities and regaining our original position in the spiritual world. If you stop reading the Bhagavad-gita because you think you do not deserve it, you will be giving the greatest displeasure to Lord Krishna. He wants us to read it regularly, chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra daily, and qualify ourselves for returning to our original home, His eternal abode.

If someone is taking advantage of a devotee's humbleness by disrespecting him, that devotee should train them not to do that. The devotee does not do this out of a spirit of pride. Rather he or she does this out of kindness for the offending person to benefit them in their spiritual progress.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Monday, December 26, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Suva, Fiji

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A Not So Merry Christmas Without Christ

Yesterday after I gave the Sunday feast lecture at our Suva, Fiji temple I was driven by Jairam Prabhu to give another Sunday feast lecture at ISKCON's center in Nausori.  Along the way I was seeing Fijian youth along the roadway on what is supposed to be the happiest day of the year, Christmas day. It was obvious from their faces that they were very morose and unsatisfied with life.  This was very sad to see.  If even on Christmas day they were not happy, then what is their normal condition?

Why is it that people are so unhappy in this material world?

The answer is quite simple.  In spite of the fact that we are eternal spiritual beings, servants of God, we neglect our Krishna consciousness or Christ consciousness or Allah consciousness to pursue a life of material sense gratification.  What is the point of giving all of our service to a perishable material body?  It can compared to flushing our money down the toilet.  Such a life of investing all of our energy in serving something other than ourselves must by its very nature be frustrating and unfulfilling.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Lifted Up

Hare Krishna

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank You again for Your letter, it really lifted me up from the ignorance to which I had fallen.

Today I woke up at 4am and chanted the full sixteen rounds. I really woke up to understand how sleepy and dizzy I have been during the past weeks.

Thank you very much,

Your student

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Passing On Srila Prabhupada's Mercy

Srila Prabhupada has lifted me up from the depressing dense darkness of delusion and has ordered me to do the same for others. I am very happy that my humble attempt to purely pass on to you the mercy I have received from Srila Prabhupada has had some uplifting effect.

If we make a habit of rising early by 4am, taking bath, and enthusiastically chanting the names of the Lord, the consciousness-dulling effects of the material mode of ignorance can be quickly and easily overcome.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Suva, Fiji

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The Messiah's Second Coming

The Krishna consciousness movement is meant to lead the world out of chaos into a new age of peace and prosperity.  Because of the perfect example and expert teachings of its founder-acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, it is fully equipped to do so.

Some people are awaiting the second coming of the Messiah for bringing the kingdom of God to this world.  They do not realize that the second coming has already fully manifested in the form of the Krishna consciousness movement for the respiritualization of the entire human society.   Any person who fully adopts a life of Krishna consciousness and dedicates everything for spreading it all over the world becomes a true Messiah for delivering the suffering humanity from the clutches of illusion.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Questions from a Sincere Seeker

1. By surrender all doubts and all sufferings are removed. Is that correct?

2. More importantly, the guru is situated beyond the material energy?

3. How do you know if you are not being cheated by a false guru?

4. If the guru's guru is absent, then how do you know you are not being cheated anyway? Could one's guru not fall down and cheat you?

Maybe this is not asked properly...Srila Prabupada is gone, so how does your guru serve in absence without falling down? (You mentioned the worship of the mind in your last e-mail and I thought it was insightful. Thus, the aforementioned question.)

5. Having no knowledge beyond the material world places us at a disadvantage; we have no knowledge of that sphere of activity and must have faith in a guru who declares it to us. Are you saying surrender is not full even if we pray for healing- or serving in this sphere? Or any activity for that matter?

6. Would it not be better to see God and be convinced? Who wants to serve a God that is not real?

Hare Krishna!

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Answers According to the Vedic Conclusion

Question 1. By surrender all doubts and all sufferings are removed. Is that correct?

Answer: Yes. Surrender is gradually accomplished by devoted regular practice of sadhana bhakti. To the extent that we have mastered the art of surrender, to that extent we become free from doubts and unaffected by the sufferings of this material existence.

Question 2. More importantly, the guru is situated beyond the material energy?

Answer: The spiritual master is that person who connects us with the spiritual energy. He purely represents the scriptures and the previous acharyas. He may be situated beyond the material energy or he may not be situated beyond the material. If he always faithfully serves the orders of his guru, he is as good as being situated beyond the material energy, and he can deliver you. By dint of his complete surrender to his spiritual masters he is empowered with divine potency for delivering his disciples from the cycle of birth and death.

Question 3. How do you know if you are not being cheated by a false guru?

Answer: Read Srila Prabhupada's books and see if the spiritual master is purely practicing and representing the teachings of Srila Prabhupada.

Question 4a. If the guru's guru is absent, then how do you know you are not being cheated  anyway? Could one's guru not fall down and cheat you?

Answer: Srila Prabhupada's books are there. They are the standard by which you can judge the legitimacy of the spiritual master. Guru means he cannot fall down. But sometimes in Vaisnava history we see that sometimes someone takes the post of guru without having the qualification. Such persons are not really gurus. It is up to the disciple to be very careful before choosing a spiritual master. The prospective disciple should carefully study Srila Prabhupada's books and develop a very deep understanding of who is a bona fide guru. He should pray very sincerely to the Supreme Lord to guide him for finding a bona fide spiritual master. If the spiritual seeker is genuine, the Lord within his heart will give him all good guidance for finding a bona fide spiritual master and fully surrendering at his lotus feet.

Question 4b: Maybe this is not asked properly...Srila Prabhupada is gone, so how does your  guru serve in absence without falling down? (You mentioned the worship of the mind in your last e-mail and I thought it was insightful. Thus, the aforementioned question.)

Answer: Your spiritual master constantly associates with Srila Prabhupada by being unflinchingly devoted to his instructions. He is never separated from Srila Prabhupada. Because he is constantly taking shelter of Srila Prabhupada at every second he cannot fall down.

Question 5. Having no knowledge beyond the material world places us at a disadvantage; we have no knowledge of that sphere of activity and must have faith in a guru who declares it to us. Are you saying surrender is not full even if we pray for healing- or serving in this sphere? Or any activity for that matter?

Answer: Again, Srila Prabhupada's books are there to give you everything you need to know. Full surrender is a very, very advanced position. It takes time and training, years of dedicated practice, to gradually master  the art of full surrender. Our surrendering process does not actually begin  until we submit ourselves as the eternal servant of a bona fide spiritual  master. Until then we are at best simply getting ready to begin the process  of surrender.

Question 6. Would it not be better to see God and be convinced? Who wants to serve a God that is not real?

Answer: Yes. You must learn how to see God in everything. This will help you. This is why Krishna says that He is the taste of water and the light of the sun and the moon. Seeing means not only with the eyes. Just like if I make some homemade ice cream and you say that you would to see how it tastes. Your seeing of the taste of the ice cream will be with your tongue. Similarly we see God especially by the tongue, by chanting Hare Krishna and tasting Krishna prasadam. The Krishna consciousness movement condemns blind following. It teaches you to directly experience God with your senses and your mind at every minute in all places and circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Suva, Fiji

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How to Attain Unlimited Happiness

Are you tired of suffering in mediocrity?  You are meant to achieve true and lasting greatness by reviving the dormant enlightened consciousness which has been there sleeping within you for millions and millions of lifetimes.  If you will simply agree to chant the holy names of the Lord under the expert guidance of a bona fide spiritual master, we can assure you that you will quickly taste the sweetest happiness, and you will gradually come to the stage of unlimited happiness.

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

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Who is the "I?"

This soul is still wandering in this planet earth without settling down to continue to chant and remember the Lord and glorify His name and pastimes.

There is a question coming up to this soul. Who is the "I"?  Why  everybody is representing themselves as "I."  When this body is a perishable one and
temporary why the "I" is used to represent various actions.

Kindly guide this fallen soul as it is more confused as the age is going up now.  It is nearing 67 years of stay on this planet earth.

Kindly pardon this soul for its inability to perform the sadhana faithfully and to your expectations. Maybe its past actions are so abominable that in the present life it is put into lots of inconveniences that it is forced to walk away from the Lord's remembrance.

Kindly help this soul to leave this body peacefully with less disturbances to neighbors.

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The "I" is Real.  He is the Eternal Servant of Krishna.

Your mind is badly polluted with impersonal philosophy. Kindly try to carefully understand that for many long years you have had a completely erroneous conception regarding the nature of the self, the "I."

We cannot attribute lack of the Lord's remembrance to our past sinful actions. No matter how abominable our past karma may be, we always have the full power to overcome our past karma by taking complete shelter of the remembrance of the Lord.

"I" is the sense of personal identity. "I" is real. It is  not false. The impersonalist philosophers propagate the false conception that the "I"  is false. Nothing could be further from the the truth. Know for sure and certain on the authority of the Vedic wisdom that the "I" is not  false.

This is confirmed by Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita as follows:

na tv evaham jatu nasam
na tvam neme janadhipah
na caiva na bhavisyamah
sarve vayam atah param

"Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these  kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be." Bhagavad-gita 2.12

The false thing is when the "I" identifies himself as being the  material body. The "I" is not the material body. The material body is a merely  a covering being worn by the "I", just like today you are wearing a  brown shirt and tomorrow you are wearing a yellow shirt. You are not the shirt. This denial of the "I" as being the shirt does not mean that the  "I" is false. The shirt is real and the wearer of the shirt is real. The only falsity is when the "I" thinks that he is the shirt.

In your correspondence with me you have constantly denied the reality of the "I." This is a big mistake on your part. This denial of the  "I" is the reason that you have not been able to take up the pathway of Krishna consciousness seriously.

Now your body is growing very old and sickly and you are having many difficulties because of this. Your body may die at any time. Now is that time for you with great force to kick out of your brain this false conception that the "I" is false. The "I" is real. The  "I" is an eternal individual spiritual being, and eternal servitor of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. By stubbornly holding on to the impersonal conception for so many long years you have denied Lord Sri Krishna of the love that He has been desiring to receive from you. So now you must firmly and fully reject impersonal philosophy once and for all and fully surrender yourself as an eternal individual "I" who is the servant of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Friday, December 23, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Suva, Fiji

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Ecstatic Suva Seminar Series

Last night's seminar here in Suva on pure devotional service was absolutely ecstatic.  I described in detail why pure devotional service is the only thing worthy of attainment.  Tonight I will reveal special advanced techniques of how one can easily and quickly attain pure devotional service.

Don't lament if you are not here in Suva, Fiji, and have to miss the seminars. Within a couple of weeks the entire Suva Seminar Series will be available for your enlivenment and enlightenment on the internet.

Stay tuned.  We'll announce when they are posted.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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How Can Lovers of God Suffer?

I have just read your daily devotional regarding full surrender. If what you say is true, then how do you do it? Many people pray (even church going people) and suffer anyway. I can't tell you how many times I have done the very same thing.

Isn't it over-simplifying a complicated issue? Many people who love God suffer regardless. Even you state that your bus trip was arduous.

I mean no offense, but it seems to me that if surrender to God was a simple matter then many people who pray for relief would have already received their desire. The fact that they do not says God is discriminating.

Maybe you could explain how to surrender more fully.

Hare Krishna

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The Insider's Secret

Praying is part of the process of surrender, but simply because one is praying does not mean that they are surrendered. Why is that? Because there are two ways to approach God. The surrendered way is to totally submit yourself as His humble servant. The other is to take Him as your order-supplier. God give me this, God give me that...etc.

If we pray for our sense gratification, we are not surrendered. If we pray only to be purely surrendered to His will, such prayer will be favorable for attaining the platform of factual surrender.

Since we are not pure enough to hear the direct instructions of God to us within our hearts we have to hear instead from His external manifestation, the bona fide spiritual master. This makes the process of surrender very easy. All we have to do is fully submit ourselves without any argument at the lotus feet of a bona fide spiritual master and then follow whatever instructions or orders that he may give us. Just as in the military a soldier is completely surrendered to orders received from his commanding officer, the disciple fully accepts his guru as God's representative and faithfully follows all of the instructions without fail.

Many people have a sentiment for God, but in this world it is a very, very rare to find a person who has actually achieved the state of spiritual perfection known as Krishna prema, pure love for God. Having a sentiment for God does not situate someone beyond the material energy. It simply situates one in a higher position within the modes of material nature. To actually be situated beyond the material nature one has to achieve the state of pure love of God.

The pure lover of God appears to undergo material sufferings like everyone else, but within his heart he is constantly diving into an ocean of ever-increasing transcendental bliss. He voluntarily accepts distressful situations for the sake of the Lord's service. In the midst of such austerities he experiences the sweetest ecstasy.

Praying for relief from material distress is not the platform of pure love of God because one still has one's own purpose to fulfill. The unlimited bliss of love of God cannot be tasted as long as we have even the slightest tinge of a desire to fulfill our own purposes. A devotee is happy to suffer, if by such suffering he can give the Lord pleasure. This is the real meaning of being a lover of God.

Krishna does not discriminate. He is equally disposed towards all living beings because they are His beloved children. He simply reciprocates with them according to their degree of surrender:

ye yatha mam prapadyante
tams tathaiva bhajamy aham

"As all surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly." Bhagavad-gita 4.11

Everyone has the equal opportunity to fully surrender themselves unto the Lord and taste the sweetest ever-increasing nectar at every minute.

If you want to surrender to the Lord, simply take complete shelter of His representative, the bona fide spiritual master. In this connection Krishna told Arjuna (as recorded in the Adi Purana) that one who claims to be His devotee is not His devotee. He said that only the devotee of His devotee is his actual devotee. We need to take shelter of a spiritual master who is currently living on this planet so that he can receive personal pertinent instructions from him. Imagining a discipleship from a physically departed master takes us to the position of accepting our mind as our guru because we have to speculate what will please our spiritual master. Our mind will keep us entrapped in the cycle of birth and death. Therefore it is always necessary to take shelter of guru who is physically manifest.

So this the insider's secret, the hottest tip available for how you can quickly and easily become a full enlightened spiritual being. Simply you must fully surrender yourself to a bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Suva, Fiji

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Tasting the Nectar in Suva, Fiji

After a grueling five hour (not air-conditioned) bus ride from Tavua in the mid day heat on a gravel road through the beautiful mountains we finally arrived in Fiji's capital,  Suva. (They call it the King's Highway.)  We were greeted by His Grace Jai Rama Prabhu, ISKCON Suva's temple president.  Since we were hungry he first took us for a complimentary lunch at one of the five Hare Krishna restaurants that he manages here in Suva.

I don't know of any city in the world so that is so well covered with five Hare Krishna restaurants.  Suva appears to be in a league all of its own in this regard.  After a delightful lunch with many varieties of vegetable preparations we sampled the restaurant's home made ice cream.  I sampled Banana and Passion Fruit.  They were both inconceivably sublime.  From there it was only a five minute ride to the temple.

We are now nicely situated in our quarters and I am getting geared up for 11 exciting days of preaching the science of Krishna consciousness.  In the morning I will be giving a class on the first canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam.  In the evenings I will be giving a series of two-hour seminars on the following topics and more:  Pure Devotional Service, Loving the Vaisnavas, Preaching is the Essence, Turning Your Home into a Temple, and the Guru-Disciple Relationship.  Were it not for the mercy of my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, and his most wonderful followers I would not be able to taste such sweet happiness.  I am eternally indebted to them.  I humbly bow down at their feet.

I am also indebted to you, my readers, because it is you who inspire me like anything to keep writing the glories of Lord Krishna and the most sublime Bhakti Yoga system.   May you all be blessed with the ultimate success and happiness of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Suffering Without Pain

Why do we have so many sufferings in life?  Are all these sufferings due to our past bad karma? Does our karma make our destiny, or can we change it?  If yes, please guide me how can we change our destiny.

What should we do so that we can come through our sufferings without pain?

Regards,

Hitesh

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The End of All Pain and Suffering

Every single bit of suffering we endure is due to our bad karma. We are helplessly carried along on the karmic conveyor belt of material destiny. However, anytime you want out of this nightmare you can immediately leave it.

All you have to do is to surrender fully at the lotus feet of Sri Krishna. Suffering means pain. There is no question of suffering without pain. If you want to end your pain, you must end your suffering by completely surrendering at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna. He will free you from all of your past karma.

sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
moksayisyami ma sucah


"Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear." Bhagavad-gita 18.66

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Tavua, Fiji
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Krishna Consciousness is the Real Paradise

Even though I am here in this material paradise of Fiji I am seeing that people are frustrated and miserable here just like they are everywhere else.  Whenever we are on the platform of sense gratification we must suffer.  Whenever we are on the platform of Krishna consciousness we enjoy like anything.  By the grace of my beloved spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, wherever I go, whether it is material heaven or hell, I am enjoying the sweetest happiness of being absorbed in Krishna consciousness.  This is not due to any of my own personal qualifications, for I have none.  It is simply due to the unalloyed kindness of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, my eternal guru.

As I compose "Thought for the Day" I am sitting here under a mango  tree surrounded by a variety of fruit bearing trees: breadfruit, papaya, coconut, and orange to name a few.   Everywhere in this area are Frangipani (Plumeria) trees yielding thousands of the most beautiful fragrant flowers.   Around me many birds are chirping.  On my laptop computer as I compose these words I am hearing an amazingly mystical recording of Srila Prabhupada singing the Siksastakam.  On three sides are lush mountains magnificently situated against a backdrop of a crystal clear fresh air blue sky with many varieties of clouds of all shapes, sizes, and colors.  On the fourth side is the Pacific Ocean.  To finish off the nice atmosphere is an incredibly cooling soothing breeze coming down from the mountains like a wonderful massage to bring perfect comfort to this serene setting.

But in spite of all this I feel equally blissful on an austere cold, gray day in downtown Riga, Latvia.  Why?  Because in both places my business is the same: to cultivate and propagate Krishna consciousness 24 hours daily.  In this connection Lord Sri Krishna has very aptly stated:

brahma-bhutah prasannatma
na socati na kanksati
samah sarvesu bhutesu
mad-bhaktim labhate param

"One who is thus transcendentally situated at once realizes the Supreme Brahman and becomes fully joyful. He never laments or desires to have anything. He is equally disposed toward every living entity. In that state he attains pure devotional service unto Me." ---Bhagavad-gita 18.54

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Being In Love in Krishna's Abode

How does being in love with someone manifest in Krishna's abode?

Drebra

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Falling Completely Head Over Heels In Love With Krishna

Being in love with someone manifests in Krishna's abode in its original perfect form by your being totally head over heels in love with Krishna.  

In this connection Srila Prabhupada states, "The pure souls are eternally in love with Krishna, and this permanent love, either as a servant, a friend, a parent or a conjugal lover, is not at all difficult to revive. Especially in this age, the concession is that simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra one revives his original relationship with God and thus becomes so happy that he does not want anything material."

Now you kindly make your life perfect by falling completely in love with Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Tavua, Fiji

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We've Made a Hell Out of Paradise

Being here in these astoundingly beautiful Fiji Islands reminds me of the reality that Krishna has given us this entire world as a paradise in which we can live happily in His service and then return to our original paradisial home in the spiritual world.  Unfortunately because we are so covered by lust, anger, and greed we have transformed this heavenly wonderland into a hellish dungeon where we must struggle like beasts of burden just to have a place to sleep and some food to eat.  What a pathetic waste of the human form of life!  If we would simply live in harmony with God's laws we could easily cover all of our material necessities with the bare minimum of endeavor and have so much time and energy for diving ever deeper into that sweet ocean of Lord Sri Krishna's unlimited names, fame, forms, pastimes, teachings, qualities, entourage, and paraphernalia.

My Dear Krishna, You're so kind to me.
So mercifully You've set me free.

Can I ever repay Your love,
When all that I do is just not enough?

I've no choice but to eternally renew
My pledge be true to You.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Proper Balance Between Student Life and Spiritual Life.

Its very good to get your realizations every day in the form of "Thought for the Day."  I am very glad to be enrolled in this self-realization course.  I would like to beg some mercy from you.  Can you please help me maintain my spiritual life?  I seriously want to be part of the spiritual world.

Please suggest to me a best way to surrender to the lotus feet of Krishna and at the same time maintain a proper balance between my student life and my spiritual life.

Thank you,

Sadiskhya

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16 Rounds of Hare Krishna Japa Before Sunrise.

Don't study late at night. Go to bed early and rise early. Chant 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala before the sunrise. Then do your homework. Your grades will improve and you will become a spiritually enlightened being.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Monday, December 19, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Tavua, Fiji

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Back to Fiji, the Abode of Kaliya

Today at 5:40am we arrived at Fiji's Nadi airport touching down just as the sun was rising over the beautiful mountains magnificently visible over the right wing of our 747.  On the flight which took off from Melbourne at midnight Mataji and I were both very fortunate.  By Krishna's grace we both were able to get empty seats to stretch out on.  Mataji grabbed a three seat row and I decided to follow suit and grabbed another row.  By this stroke of Krishna's mercy we were able to get a little bit of decent sleep on that overnight flight.

This morning on the way from the airport to our first residence in Tavua we stopped at ISKCON's temple in Lautoka.  The deity chosen by Srila Prabhupada for this temple was Krishna dancing on the hoods of the Kaliya serpent.  Hence the temple is known as the Krishna-Kaliya Mandir.

Fiji is very special place.  This is the place where 5,000 years ago the gigantic Kaliya serpent came after being driven away from Vrindavan by Lord Krishna. According to a centuries-old local legend there is a gigantic, many-hooded snake said to be living in a cave in the interior of one of Fiji's Islands.  Srila Prabhupada confirmed that this is snake is indeed the same Kaliya.  When Vasudeva Prabhu, one of original disciples of Srila Prabhupada in Fiji,  told Srila Prabhupada that are no snakes in Fiji, Srila Prabhupada replied, "Oh? Kaliya must be there."

After being chastised by Lord Krishna, Kaliya became a pure devotee.  Hence Fiji is doubly blessed.  Two of Krishna's most exalted devotees have blessed Fiji by their presence here:  Srila Prabhupada and the Kaliya serpent.

After crossing over various mountains we finally arrived in Tavua.  This town is always a place of wonderful remembrance for me.  It was here in 1998 that I took an electric keyboard into the heart of downtown every day and chanted the Hare Krishna mantra.

I am not talking about a major city.  Tavua is a small village.  A mere 100 yards from the center of downtown are the sugar cane fields.  Downtown is the crossroads of the Queens Highway and Goldfield Road.  Both of them are two lane roads.  It consists of some thirty or so shops.  Many of the merchants have their shop in the front and their residence right behind the shop.  This makes for a pretty mellow commute to work and helps keeps the pristine fresh air of Fiji from getting polluted  by exhaust fumes.

Everyone in the downtown area became attracted by the kirtan.  My regular keyboard kirtans became a daily sensation for the villagers.  I was so inspired by this experience that after this 1998 visit to Fiji I decided to produce my first CD, "From Hare Krishna With Love."  

You can hear and download a free sample track at:

http://ultimateselfrealization.com/store/hkwl.htm

Stay tuned for more nectar coming to you tomorrow from Fiji.


Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Is It Wrong to Follow the Sports News?

I have a habit of following what is new in the world of sports,  I like reading sports news in the newspaper and watching sport news on television.  Is this habit wrong?

Regards,

Sunil R.V. from Mumbai, India

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It's More Fun to Be the News than It Is to Watch the News

You are free to follow whichever world you want. By doing so, that is the world you will attain. I choose to attain the spiritual world, therefore I am always following the news and sports of the spiritual world.

In this connection I've a got a special insider's secret that I would like to share with you:

It's more fun to be the news than it is to watch the news. If you will fully dedicate your life to the re-spiritualization of your own heart and the entire global society you will be the news at every minute with your every thought, word, and deed. Your own activities will be so enlivening and exciting that if someone forced you to watch the sports news you would become restless and bored.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Melbourne, Australia

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Last Day in Ecstatic ISKCON Melbourne

ISKCON's center in Melbourne has an incredibly sweet atmosphere.  From the temple president to the new devotees, everyone that we've met here has been very warm and friendly.  To hear, chant, and discuss the glories of Krishna and the glorious process of Krishna consciousness in the presence of such enlightened and enlivened persons is indeed a rare treat, an incredible treasure. 

The more we share our realizations, the more we get realizations. Therefore whatever we've realized about Krishna we must share as far and as wide as possible to the fullest extent of our capabilities. This sharing spirit will greatly endear us to the Lord and greatly benefit those who listen.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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I Am Unsure of the Best Spiritual Path For Me.

I have been unsure of the best spiritual path for me. If I am starving and you tell me that you have the best food for me, food that is worthy of my veneration as it will cure all my hunger, I feel myself excited and intrigued. But I cannot change my life and agree wholeheartedly with you until I have tasted this food.

So while I feel drawn to Krishna Consciousness and many of the teachings make sense to me, I cannot say from this day forth I will follow this path. This is because I have no experience of Krishna Consciousness. You may prefer to say that I have forgotten my relationship with Krishna.

I am hoping to gain knowledge and techniques from this course that will allow me to taste the bounty of Krishna. I do feel ready to learn.

Hopefully what I have written makes sense. I am very grateful for this opportunity to learn.

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Six Months Experiment

Our process of Krishna consciousness does not allow blind following. So I request that you make an experiment to try our system seriously for six months without making any permanent commitment. At the end of the six months you can judge whether you want to continue or quit.

Do you live near any of our world wide ISKCON centers? Attending one of them will give the best chance to jump start your experiment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Melbourne, Australia

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Leading the World out of Chaos

Formerly the entire global society was God-centered, peaceful, and prosperous.  Now due to ever-increasing godlessness the world has been descending into deeper and darker distress and chaos.  Today's world leaders are simply try to serve their own selfish purposes without any regard for the Vedic injunctions and the actual welfare of the people.  In such a society no one can be happy.  Therefore the greatest need for the human society is that a class of spiritually enlightened leaders can emerge who can give perfect guidance to everyone how to live always in complete harmony with God. Such enlightened leaders must necessarily teach not only by their words.  They must also teach by their perfect example.

The Krishna consciousness movement has been started by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada for the purpose of creating such a class of enlightened leaders all over the world.  The present suffering humanity should take advantage of this Krishna consciousness movement and thus achieve the desired peace and prosperity throughout the entire world.  It is especially up to the leaders of the Krishna consciousness movement to be absolutely pure and perfect both in their examples and in their preaching so that every man, woman, and child on the face of this planet can become attracted to this Krishna consciousness movement and thus become truly happy in this world and the next.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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How Can the Non-material Self Be Affected by Chemical Drugs?

I hope you are fine and in good health.

You say that when I remember something it is the self that remembers it.  But scientifically there is a center in the brain to perform this process, and the memory can be affected by chemical drugs.  

How can the non-material self be affected by chemical drugs?

Thanks for your time,

Yours,

John

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When We Invest Our Consciousness in Matter We Become Affected by It.

The self is beyond the brain. It simply uses the brain. Because of misidentification with matter the self is affected by different chemical states of the brain.

A man who spent the entire afternoon washing and polishing his car took for it for drive. Somebody crashed into the back of his car at a stop sign. He jumped out of his car and yelled, "You hit me!" But was he hit? No.  Only his car was hit. Because he invested so much his consciousness in his car, when his car was hit he felt that he was hit. In the same way we misidentify with the body and its brain and are psychologically affected by various psycho-physical phenomena because we have invested so much of our consciousness in this material body.

In this way we remain entangled lifetime after lifetime transmigrating from one material body to the next. If we can take the rare opportunity of this human form of life very seriously by awakening our dormant Krishna consciousness, this will be our last lifetime in the this material world. We will go back to home, back to Godhead and enjoy an eternal life, full of knowledge, and full bliss in stark contrast to this material existence which is temporary, full of ignorance, and full of misery.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Friday, December 16, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Melbourne, Australia

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Home Sweet Home on the Road

I am relishing these four days (Dec 15-18) here at ISKCON Melbourne as the sweetest nectar.  They are more valuable than the most precious gold.  To be in the association of Srila Prabhupada and his followers is indescribably sweet.  I could not ask for anything more wonderful than this.

Mataji and I have been on the road for so long now (since 1 Sept 2005) living out of our suitcases that it is starting to feel more and more like home.  This is not an inaccurate sentiment because actually we have no home in this material world.  Our only home is at the lotus feet of Sri Guru and Sri Krishna.  By pleasing them we are connected with them and thus factually situated at home.   This is real home.  Back to home, back to Godhead.

My spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, has explained that our duty is to very sincerely preach Krishna consciousness all over the world.  Therefore by dedicating my life fully for doing that I am always at home no matter where I am, anywhere in the world.  It doesn't matter whether I am at a remote pilgrimage site in India, the mountains of Australia, an American city, a small Fijian village, cruising in a 747 above the Atlantic Ocean at 30,000 feet, or in a bleak cold Eastern European city.  Because I am always serving the order of my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, to try to deliver people everywhere from the clutches of material existence I am never away from home sweet home.


Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Conflicting Truths Regarding Meat Eating?

Why does Krishna provide conflicting truths? Through a Biblical prophet, He provides a standard where meat eating is not chastised, and in the Vedas meat eating is a severe offense.

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Heaven Would Be Hell For Them Without McDonald's

Regarding meat eating the Old Testament clearly states the killing an ox is the same as killing a man. The Ten Commandments forbid killing, but yet because of their uncontrollable lust for blood and flesh the followers of the Bible have twisted the teachings to allow their indulgence in the sinful act of meat eating.  Christ reaffirmed this principal of not killing and started his spiritual revolutionary movement to stop the animal slaughter in the temples.  If you would like to see the Gospel of Jesus that was not tampered with by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, check out the following web site:

http://www.turnonyoursoul.com/jesus

They may think that in spite of eating meat that they are qualified to go back to spiritual world. But the Bible confirms that even the carnivorous lion does not eat meat in the spiritual world. As long as someone is addicted to eating blood and flesh they would not be happy in the vegetarian atmosphere of the spiritual world. Even if they went there, they would not want to stay. They would find it to be like hell to live in a place where there is no McDonald's (popular fast food hamburger chain).

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Thursday, December 15, 2005
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Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Melbourne, Australia
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Inconceivably Blessed by Residence in the Prabhupada House

Today and up until this coming Sunday I am blessed with the inconceivable good fortune of staying in ISKCON Melbourne's Prabhupada House.  This is where Srila Prabhupada would stay when he came to Melbourne in the 1970's.  To be living in the same building in a room just across the hall from the Srila Prabhupada's room is inconceivable good fortune.  His divine presence is fully manifested here.  I am totally dependent on Srila Prabhupada for everything.  Without him I am nothing.  He has picked me up from gutter of material existence and is engaging me on the highest platform of enlightened consciousness, Krishna bhakti (devotion to Lord Krishna).

It is only by the continual shower of his mercy that I am able to live in the sublime dimension of Krishna consciousness and simultaneously be fully absorbed in spreading it all over the world.  These days spent in Melbourne are a transcendental battery charging session to strengthen and empower me for my humble continuing efforts to be Krishna conscious and spread Krishna consciousness all over the world.

Here.  Have a look at the Prabhupada House:

http://www.backtohome.com/images/ph.jpg

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Chanting With/Without Vigor and Vitality

Respected Sir,

At times one may chant with a lot of vigor and vitality, and at other times one may chant with less vigor and vitality.  Do both these types of chanting have the same effect?

Regards,

Sunil R.V.
Mumbai, India

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Chanting Hare Krishna is Always Beneficial

Chanting is always beneficial. In any condition of consciousness we should go on chanting at least 16 rounds daily on our japa beads. Therefore, although it is a fact that enthusiastic chanting brings better results than unenthusiastic chanting, we should never give up the chanting process.

Actually we can always chant with vigor and vitality if, with full faith in the process of Krishna consciousness, we simply dive into the nectar.

It is natural that a neophyte devotee will sometimes be very inspired and enlivened in his chanting and will sometimes simply be chanting out of duty without tasting the nectar. The key is to chant based on the knowledge that only chanting can save us.  We should learn how to chant for the pleasure of Sri Guru and Sri Krishna instead of for our own enjoyment. By chanting in this way we will become very steady in our chanting and gradually come to the platform of invigoration and vitality every time we chant the Hare Krishna mantra:

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

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Sydney, Australia

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Onward to Melbourne

Today we are flying to Melbourne to again drink the nectar of Vaisnava association.  A Vaisnava is a person who puts God in the center of their life.  Every thought, word, and deed is fully dedicated to the Lord's service in all times, places, and circumstances.  There is truly nothing more relishable than associating with such devotees of the Lord.  They are true oases in this vast desert of material existence.  Material association never satisfies us because there is nothing there.  There is never a soul-to-soul connection until we put God in the center of our relationships.  No wonder the people of the modern day society are so miserable and frustrated.  They do not truly know how to give love and receive love.  The only love they experience is a shadow of love.

Yesterday a young representative came from Dell Computers to install a new keyboard on my laptop computer.  I was very warm and friendly with him.  Although he did a proper job and was not at all rude, he was not able to return to me the warm smiles and friendly talk that I was giving to him.  He was like a turtle inside his shell afraid to come out.  I was saddened to see his unhappy state of unconsciousness and was even more unhappy that my efforts to awaken him did not appear to be fruitful.  Of course on some level he was benefited.  Anytime one comes into contact with a devotee of the Lord he receives the greatest blessing whether he realizes it or not.  Someday he will awaken.  The time he spent in the association of the Lord's devotees is his eternal asset.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Does Initiation by a Spiritual Master Awaken the Kundalini Chakra?

I would like to know from you--Is Kundalini shakti or power awakened by receiving initiation from a spiritual master?

Rajendra

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Bhakti Yields the Fruits of All Yoga Systems

If one fully surrenders himself at the lotus feet of the bona fide spiritual master, he will undoubtedly achieve the ultimate result or benefit of any and all yoga systems including the kundalini yoga system.

Because bhakti yoga is the culmination or perfection of all yoga systems one automatically receives the benefit of all yoga systems simply by reawakening one's dormant bhakti, pure love for God.

Our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, when asked how to awaken the kundalini chakra stated, "Chant Hare Krishna."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Monday, December 12, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Sydney, Australia

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In the Presence of a Great Sage

Yesterday I met with Atmarama Prabhu, ISKCON's spiritual leader in Sydney, Australia.  He is a greatly realized soul with very deep spiritual vision.   Being in his presence was greatly uplifting and inspiring for me.  My conviction in the divine process of Krishna consciousness was greatly strengthened as I sat with him and listened carefully as he shared his realizations and revealed his vision of the future spiritual enlightenment of this planet.  The presence of such exalted personalities in this world is the greatest blessing upon the suffering humanity.

Today we are visiting a spiritual retreat center which Atmarama Prabhu has just acquired on behalf of ISKCON in the beautiful forests and mountains south of Sydney.  It is very exciting to see how the Krishna consciousness movement is entering a new phase of expansion as it reaches out and touches the hearts of spiritual seekers solidly connecting them with the original pure system of self-realization that was revealed by Lord Krishna to the heart of Lord Brahma 155 trillion years ago at the beginning of this universe.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Clarify My Doubts

I am getting a few doubts while executing devotional process. Would you please with your mercy clarify them?

1. What exactly is the meaning of devotional service?  If someone doesn't chant rounds/japa, but engages in prasadam cooking or some other temple work would it be called as devotional service?

2. How important is completing your prescribed rounds? Should they be done at the cost of other services?

3. One says that service done to Krishna means all other services done. But then what about our other services like household work,  job, caring for family & so on?

4. If one has to strike a balance then what is the most important devotional activity which one has to perform regardless of anything or everything?

Warm Regards,

Sandeep

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Clarification

1.  Any service done for the pleasure of Krishna without any material remuneration is devotional service.

2. The prescribed rounds must be done and your prescribed service must be done. Rise early and finish your prescribed rounds before you begin your service.

3. All our activities must be conducted under the sanction and guidance of the bona fide spiritual master so that they can be connected by the guru's mercy with Krishna's service.

4. Your most important duty is to follow these items strictly:

(These are the basic items of sadhana bhakti to be executed by all those who are serious about being a devotee of Lord Krishna.)

1. No illicit sex (sex other than for procreation)
2. No meat eating (including fish and eggs)
3. No intoxication (including coffee, tea, and cigarettes)
4. No gambling
5. Chant at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna mantra every day on chanting beads
6. Only eat Krishna prasadam (food which has been first offered to Lord Krishna)
7. Regularly study authorized scriptures such as Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam
8. To solidify your connection with Krishna become an active participant in a community of devotees who are purely following the path of Krishna bhakti
9. Take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Sydney, Australia

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Serving the Vaisnavas, the Devotees of the Lord

One of the great benefits of traveling all over the world is that I get to meet so many wonderful devotees and offer my services unto them.  There is truly nothing sweeter and more heart warming than serving the Lord's devotees.  In this connection Krishna says in the Adi Purana, "One who considers himself to be My devotee, is not My devotee.  Only the devotee of My devotee is actually My devotee."

What does this mean for us?   We must serve the Vaisnavas, the devotees of the Lord.  That service must not be merely a show.  It should come from the heart.  We must master the art of the serving the devotees with genuine feelings of love in the heart.  Such service will immediately attract the mercy of Krishna and situate us beyond the material nature in the spiritual nature, which is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Telepathic Communication with Animals?

We know that there is love as a language, but is there a way to develop telepathy or other senses in order to communicate with our brothers and sisters you know like dogs, kitties etc.?

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Connecting with Everyone


Just learn how to connect with God by always chanting the Hare Krishna mantra:

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

In this way you will be fully connected with all living beings throughout the universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Sydney, Australia

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Staying Busy for Krishna

An idle mind is the devil's workshop.  Therefore it is always advisable to stay as busy as possible in Krishna's service.  We should always be reading, chanting, and preaching.  My current schedule is keeping me very busy.  We are going from one program to another to another, day after day.  Yesterday we taped segments for six Krishna conscious radio programs, visited Sydney's ISKCON center and did an evening home program of kirtan andl ecture.  Today's schedule is similarly busy with programs at three different locations.  In this way by staying always busy in Krishna's service there are no gaps for Maya or illusion. Devotional service has to be uninterrupted and without any material motive in order to completely satisfy the self.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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I Pray to Krishna for Material Things

I am presently chanting 8 rounds of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra on beads and reading the books of Srila Prabhupada. Though I have learned from Srila Prabhupada's books and devotees that we should not ask any materialistic things from Krishna and we should ask for devotional service only, I am forced to beg my Lord's help for my materialistic advancement at each and every step, like good marks in my studies, success in my research, good job, etc. I do not know anybody other than my Krishna to ask for these. But I feel very ashamed for my act later because it is against Srila Prabhupada's instruction. I am worried that my love for Krishna will decrease when the things I ask for are not obtained. Please guide me and save this most fallen soul.

Also please guide me how a Krishna conscious college student life should be, and how I can progress further in Krishna bhakti.

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Just Pray for Bhakti.  Everything Else Will Follow Automatically.

You do not have to beg for any materialistic advancement. If you simply beg for your spiritual advancement your material advancement will follow like a shadow. Simply try to increase your chanting, read Srila Prabhupada's books as much as possible, and associate with ISKCON devotees in your area.  By increasing in these areas of reading, chanting, and associating with devotees you will become very happy and fixed in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Friday, December 9, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Sydney, Australia

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Relishing the Sweet Nectar of Lord Caitanya's Mercy in Sydney, Australia

It never fails. As soon as we dive into the congregational chanting of the holy names of God we connect ourselves with the inconceivably sweet mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead appearing in the form of His own devotee. Last night's program at the home of Vijay Krishna Prabhu and Nav Kishori Mataji was no exception. On the order of his Guru Maharaja, Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami, Vijay Krishna Prabhu has made a wonderful temple in his home. It was the most enlivening atmosphere for chanting, speaking from the Bhagavad-gita, and honoring Krishna prasadam.

If just one Krishna consciousness program has been so enlightening and enlivening, how much nectar we will be tasting after an entire week of such programs? Such is the inconceivable nature of Krishna consciousness. The jnanis, the mental speculators, want to measure everything in their philosophical test tubes, but they can never realize the Absolute Truth.  It is only when one humbly, meekly submits himself at the lotus feet of the bona fide spiritual master that one can realize God.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Does the Spiritual Master Obstruct Our Krishna Consciousness?

One of the readers asked you a question about Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 12, Text 8, where the Supreme Lord Krishna says “ Just fix your mind upon Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and engage all your intelligence in Me. Thus you will live in Me always, without a doubt."

My question is: When Lord Krishna was asking us to fix our minds on Him, why offer our services to bona fide spiritual masters? How is it possible to fix our mind on Lord Krishna when spiritual masters are try to distract some of the attention? Wouldn't it be easier if spiritual masters offer help in our direct prayers to Lord Krishna? Every second I think about serving the spiritual master, is one second I lost in not thinking about Lord Krishna. I see contradictions. I think the ulterior motive in setting up the system of serving spiritual masters, is to force the disciples into spreading the ISKCON Mission (which I agree is noble). Comment please.

Satya

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Loving the Dog of God

You are thinking that by mediating on one's spiritual master that one is not meditating on Krishna. This is certainly true if one's spiritual master is not a devotee of Krishna. According to the Vedic wisdom such a spiritual master is to be rejected. However, if one's spiritual master is a devotee of Krishna, thinking of him makes it easier to become Krishna conscious.

In this connection I can give you a practical example. If you are in love with someone, all you have to do is remember something that is dear to them. Then immediately your consciousness becomes flooded with thoughts of that person. It is not that the object dear to them obstructs your thoughts of them. Rather it enhances your loving feelings. In this connection I have often quoted an English maxim, "If you love me, love my dog." So the  spiritual master is Krishna's dog. By loving him and thinking of him our Krishna consciousness becomes many, many times enhanced. This is my practical experience from over 34 years of practicing the science of bhakti.

And this is confirmed by Lord Krishna Himself. In the Adi Purana He makes the following statement addressed to Arjuna: "My dear Partha, one who claims to be My devotee is not so. Only a person who claims to be the devotee of My devotee is actually My devotee." It is confirmed in the Caitanya Caritamrita (Madhya Lila 13.80) that no one can approach the Supreme Personality of Godhead directly. One must approach Him through His pure devotees. Therefore, in the system of Vaisnava activities, the first duty is to accept a devotee as spiritual master and then to render service unto him.

I hope this clears up your understanding.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Thursday, December 8, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Sydney, Australia

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A Week of Preaching in Sydney, Australia

Even though we have left behind for now our sweet, peaceful, serene situation in the mountains of New Govardhan and are now in the congested city of Sydney, we are feeling very happy. Why? Because we have an entire weeklong lecture series scheduled here for distributing Krishna consciousness to the residents.

There are four different kinds of residences. If one resides in the countryside, this is in the mode of goodness. Dwelling in the city is the mode of passion. Residing in a prostitution district or a derelict district is in the mode of ignorance. But above all these is to reside in a place where the name, fame, form, pastimes, abode, qualities, entourage, paraphernalia, and teachings of the Supreme Personality of Godhead are being heard, chanted and remembered. Such a place is on the transcendental platform and is the highest of all. Such a place is even more serene than a peaceful setting in the beautiful countryside. Of course we can also practice Krishna Consciousness in the country and come to the transcendental platform there as well.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Is ISKCON a Sect?

What do we say to people who say they don't want to join ISKCON because they are not into sectarianism (they just like Krishna consciousness)?

Vilasini devi dasi

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Worldwide Network for Connecting with the Essence of Religion

ISKCON, the Krishna consciousness movement is not a sect. If it was, I would not be a member.  Krishna consciousness is the essence of religion. It is religion itself in its original pure form. ISKCON, the Krishna consciousness movement, is a network of people throughout the world who want to be connected with the original pure essence of religion without any sectarianism.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in New Govardhan, Australia

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Entering into the Realm of Dealthlessness

Yesterday, here at New Govardhan I initiated a new disciple.  Bhakta Murray is now Murari Caitanya Das. This is the most important step we can take in our spiritual life, to get initiated.  Srila Prabhupada very much emphasizes its importance in the Nectar of Devotion,

"The connection with the spiritual master is called initiation. From the date of initiation by the spiritual master, the connection between Krishna and a person cultivating Krishna consciousness is established. Without initiation by a bona fide spiritual master, the actual connection with Krishna consciousness is never performed."   From the Nectar of Devotion, Introduction

We may a very wonderful lamp, but if we do not plug it into the electrical socket it will not provide us with any illumination.  Lord Krishna is the electrical powerhouse, and the spiritual master is the wall socket.  We are the lamp.   Until we connect ourselves with a bona fide spiritual master and through him with the electrical powerhouse, we will have no illumination.

Once we make that solid connection the most wonderful thing is experienced by the disciple.  He enters into the realm of deathlessness.  He attains immortality.   All he has to do to maintain that state of immortality is to faithfully keep to the vows that he makes at the time of initiation.  Those vows are as follows:

Chant the Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds daily on japa beads.
Strictly follow the four regulative principles:
No illicit sex life.
No intoxication
No meat eating
No gambling

By faithfully executing the orders we receive from our spiritual master we leave behind once and for all the  realm of  temporality, ignorance and misery.   We enter into that unlimitedly sweet transcendental  dimension of eternity, knowledge, and bliss.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Maintaining Devotional Service

By the mercy of the Vaisnavas, I am trying to keep up my standards of devotional service. I wish you all success in completing your world tour.

Manoj

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Freedom from Birth and Death

I am very happy that you are making the endeavor to keep up your devotional service. Srila Prabhupada has blessed you with the realization of the importance of the this human form of life. Now capitalize on this realization and finish up your repetition in the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in New Govardhan, Australia
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The Dawning of Krishna Consciousness within the Heart

It is really enlivening to be in this pristinely situated Krishna consciousness community, New Govardhan.  The views are breathtaking and the air is clean.  The birds are chirping in the nearby forest, and we often view in the temple yard the cooing peacocks strutting around adorned by their incredibly ornate feathers, a favorite decoration of Lord Krishna for His hair.  From our cabin we can gaze across an incredible scene--a valley surrounded by a variety of mountains and forests.  If this material world can be so beautiful just imagine what the spiritual world must be like!  To think that this is only a tiny insignificant sample of the unlimitedly and ever-expanding beauty of Lord Sri Krishna staggers the imagination!

This morning after relishing the sweet nectar of Mangal Arati and Tulasi Worship I went outside in the serene predawn to finish chanting my rounds and to chant my morning Gayatri mantra before writing "Thought for the Day."  I found a nice sitting place on a small asana in the midst of some trees.  From this spot was a view towards the mountains in the east over which a gradually increasing glow was manifesting.

Immediately I was reminded, by this gradually dawning splendor, of the process of awakening the Krishna consciousness within the heart.  Awakening our Krishna consciousness is just like a gradually manifesting dawn on a beautiful New Govardhan morning.  We cannot push our spiritual awakening.  Brute force is not the way.  We cannot gate crash our way into the Kingdom of God.  We have to agree to be pulled.  Our Krishna consciousness manifests to the degree that we agree to be subservient to the Lord, the spiritual master, and the Lord's devotees.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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How Do I Meditate in Krishna Consciousness?

Can you please tell me how to meditate in Krishna Consciousness?

I'll be going to the ISKCON temple on Sunday and I'll attend the Bhagavad-Gita class and the meditation class.  But I would like to do some meditating before Sunday the proper way.

Thank you,

Matthew Devine

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Topmost System of Meditation

The topmost system of meditation in this age is to chant and hear the holy names of God in a humble state of mind thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street:

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

When you go to the temple make sure to purchase a set of chanting beads (japa beads) so you can do regular Hare Krishna meditation at home. Ask a devotee at the temple to teach how you to use the beads.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Monday, December 5, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in New Govardhan, Australia

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Relishing the Sweet Nectar of New Govardhan

Today I am writing "Thought for the Day" from the most beautiful New Govardhan, a devotional community near Murwillumbah in the beautiful mountains of New South Wales, Australia.  The Temple was established in 1977 on a 1,000 acre property in the lush farming district of the Tweed River Valley. Lord Krishna in His deity form was installed and is worshipped with great love as the centre of activities of the devotees in the community. New Govardhan is located in the sub-tropical Tweed Valley of Northern New South Wales. The environment features clean water, unpolluted rivers and many areas of lush native rainforest. The devotees here are gradually developing a self sufficient alternative community based on spiritual values.

Last night on the way from the temple to our hilltop cabin we heard the most beautiful concert of frogs, crickets, and peacocks under a beautiful, brilliant starlit sky as the slight remaining glow of the sun was fading into the west over the mountains. Lord Krishna has given us everything we need to be fully happy in this world and the next.   It is only because of our greedy selfish attitude of wanting to enjoy separately from His enjoyment that we are forced to suffer in so many varieties of ways.  If we can just fully come back to our original natural, pure consciousness, our lives will be eternally overflowing with bliss and knowledge.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Why is India Suffering?

My question for you is: Why isn't the Hindu country India better off?  Is there so much bad karma there? If they have the true spiritual teachings for so long shouldn't they be on top of the world ?

I used to be a Christian but I haven't found spiritual liberation there. Pure Christianity disappeared long ago I think. None of my Christian friends has even called me for a year since I left the church, so much for love . What I need is some Krishna conscious friends, but so far I haven't found any. Do you know anyone I could contact in Sault Ste Marie, Canada?

Your email friend,

Volkmar Fuerer

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India Abandoned Its Own Culture

India is suffering like anything because it has abandoned its own original culture under the influence of foreign conquerors, the Moguls and the British. Now they are running mad after Westernization and have become a beggar nation, begging technology from the West. Formally during the time of Marco Polo, the famous European trader, India was described by him as being the most opulent place in the world.

I, like you, found the modern day Christian church very unfulfilling. I was intensely yearning for the genuine Christ-like life. The only place where I could find it was in the Krishna consciousness movement.

Any of my readers who are in your area can contact us and we will gladly put them in touch with you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Sunday, December 4, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Brisbane, Australia

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Today We Travel to New Govardhan


After a wonderful two full days with the devotees at ISKCON's Brisbane center we are now traveling today to another ISKCON community.  This time we are going away from the congested city life out into the countryside to a rural Krishna consciousness community, New Govardhan.  We have many times heard that it is a very wonderful community, but have never had the chance to personally experience it.  So now we are very much looking forward to our visit.

It's so sweet to be a member of ISKCON and to travel the globe going from one ISKCON center to another.  In every center we connect ourselves with the pure atmosphere of the spiritual world beyond the lust, anger, and greed of this temporary material world.   The atmosphere of the ISKCON temples is very sweet and very sublime.  It is the perfect atmosphere for cultivating Krishna consciousness, the revival of our original dormant enlightened consciousness.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Jesus and Krishna

Are you saying that Jesus is not an incarnation of Krishna?

Richard

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One and Different

Jesus never declared Himself to be God, the Father. Rather he prayed to God the Father, "Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy name."

Krishna declares Himself to be God, the Father in the Bhagavad-gita.

In one sense the father and the son are non-different because there is no difference of opinion between them. But in another sense, they are different because one is the father and the other is the son.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Saturday, December 3, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead  In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Brisbane, Australia

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Uncovering Your Original Krishna Consciousness

Last night I was I asked to speak at the Loft Yoga Lifestyle Center in downtown Brisbane.  This was a another golden opportunity to speak on my favorite subject matter, Krishna consciousness.   I joined in with the sweet mellow kirtan that was going on when I entered the room.  Then I was asked to lead.  I was happy that there was a harmonium, my favorite musical instrument, available for me to play while I led the kirtan.  After diving deep into the sweet nectar of Jaya Radha Madhava and the Hare Krishna mantra for some time I spoke for a few minutes.

I am traveling around the world to share and spread the wonderful sweet nectar of Lord Krishna's holy  names.  There is so much nectar in one pure recitation of the Hare Krishna mantra that the entire universe cannot contain it.   Krishna consciousness is not something artificial that is being imposed upon us. It is the original natural consciousness of the living being.  It is not something that the practitioner must attain because everyone already has Krishna consciousness.  It simply has to be uncovered.  That's all.  It is uncovered by regularly chanting the Hare Krishna and avoiding as much as possible activities of material sense gratification.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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I Am Looking for a Master

I am looking for a master so as to realize the truth. I am very sincere towards self realization, and I am ready to do anything.  I feel as if I have reached the first step, but I need a master to lead me.  I don't know where to go in search for a master or whether to just accept God as master.

I hope you will offer some help to me in reaching my goal.

Padma

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How to Become Self-Realized

I am very happy to hear that you are seeking a spiritual master. This is our duty in the human form of life. We must fully surrender ourselves at the lotus feet of a bona fide spiritual master.

The original spiritual master is Lord Sri Krishna Himself. But because He is not visible to our present materially covered eyes He kindly agrees to appear before us in the form of the spiritual master. Whatever love and devotion we offer to the spiritual master is accepted by Lord Sri Krishna as love and devotion offered directly to Him.

You need to visit your closest ISKCON center and purchase Bhagavad-gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. Then you should study it very carefully chapter by chapter.  Whatever you do not understand you may inquire from me.  Once you have fully understood the Bhagavad-gita, then I shall give you all practical guidance how to implement the teachings for achieving the supreme perfection.

You also need to purchase japa mala so you can begin regular daily chanting of the Maha Mantra:

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

Go to the following web site to find the ISKCON center nearest you and get there as soon as possible:

http://www.iskcon.com/worldwide/centres/index.html

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Friday, December 2, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead in the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Brisbane, Australia

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Deeper Realizations and Richer Bliss When distressed by Illness

For the last several days now I have been very ill. My voice is almost gone. My left ear has been blocked with inflammation. When I lecture, to make my voice heard, I must take advantage of a microphone. I get my mouth as close as possible to the microphone without touching it and my slightly-above-a-whisper voice then becomes sufficiently audible.  The amazing thing I have noticed about this painful situation is that it forces me to go deeper into the ocean of Krishna consciousness where I experience deeper realizations and richer bliss. What materialist could understand this? They will never figure it out with their mundane logic. It must simply be experienced. Krishna consciousness. The entire world is dying for this nectar. We've got to figure out the way to effectively distribute this supreme medicine to the epidemic victims of this material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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Is Jesus God?

I am seeing Jesus more like Lord Caitanya, God-incarnate as a pure devotee. Am I correct?

Alpha

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Lord Caitanya is God, the Father

Jesus is the pure devotee son of God, just as Srila Prabhupada is also the pure devotee of God. Lord Caitanya is God, the Father, coming down and walking the earth disguised as His own devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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Thursday, December 1, 2005

Broadcast from the Ecstatic Road Back to Godhead  In the sublime association of the ISKCON devotees in Malaysia

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From Malaysia to Australia

This morning at 5:00am our driver will come to take us to the airport for our flight to Brisbane, Australia.  Seeing first hand so many varying cultures of the world, it becomes very obvious that there is nothing going on here in the material world but the same old wine being served out in different varieties of bottles.  That's all. Whether we gratify our senses the Malaysian way or the Australian way we get the same result: birth, death, old age, and disease.

Krishna consciousness elevates us beyond this problematic realm of temporality, ignorance, and misery into the sublime supreme dimension of eternity, knowledge, and bliss. So instead of trying to amalgamate ourselves into this or that culture here in this material world, we should absorb ourselves in that culture which liberates us from all confusion and lamentation.   The culture I am referring to is the enlightened Krishna consciousness culture.

This is the reason we are taking so many troubles to travel so much throughout the world.  It is not that we are interested in experiencing this culture and that culture.  No.  We want simply want to deepen our own experience of the Krishna consciousness culture by associating with devotees throughout the world.  And we want to spread in an ever-widening fashion this sublime lifestyle of Krishna consciousness for the deliverance of all living beings from the miseries of material existence.

Sankarshan das Adhikari

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Guide Me

I am from India but I now live in Thailand.  My age 50+, and I am still trying to find the real guru for life who can help me realize the highest truth.

I would like to know the meaning of the term "Sanatan Dharma."   Kindly explain what this means and guide me for realizing the highest truth.

Satyendra

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The Eternal Nature of the Soul

Sanatana Dharma is the eternal nature of the soul. That nature is to love and serve God. In the Bhagavad-gita Lord Sri Krishna reveals that He is God. Therefore you should fully surrender yourself in loving service to Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  This science is described in detail in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.  You may order a copy here:

http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/store

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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