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Tuesday 30 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Finding What We Have Lost

Sometimes when we lose something which is very valuable and necessary for us, such as our wallet, it becomes such a great disturbance that our entire consciousness becomes absorbed in finding that missing thing. For example, even while eating we may think of that missing thing instead of our meal. Or we may awaken in the morning to find ourselves wondering where is that missing valuable as the only thing worth thinking about.

In the same way we should realize that we have lost the absolutely most essential valuable item of our existence, the association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, and we should thus intensely absorb our entire consciousness in finding that sublime all-merciful Supreme Personality of Godhead, searching, searching, searching for Him everywhere until finally we are reunited with Him in our svarupa, our eternal relationship with Him in the spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Reveals Krishna in Montreal



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Demigods Can Be Mortals?

You have stated that the demigods are mortals like us. How can you confirm this when there is so much difference between the demigods and ourselves? How can you say that they are in the same category as ordinary humans?

Thank you.

Sarbesh Sharma

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Answer: They Die When the Universe is Destroyed

The answer is very simple. When the powerful demon Hiranyakasipu petitioned the chief demigod Lord Brahma for the boon of immortality, Brahmaji told him, "Since I am not immortal, I cannot give you immortality." The demigods are powerful controllers of this material universe. That's a fact. But at the end of Brahma's life this material universe is destroyed along with all of its inhabitants, including Lord Brahma and the thirty three million demigods. Therefore Lord Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita that demigod worship is for those who have lost their intelligence. If we worship the demigods, we go to the demigods and remain mortal. If we would like to become immortal, we can do that by worshipping Lord Krishna, the source of eternal existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
Tuesday 30 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

We Are On a Mission to Save the World

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada writes in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.38 as follows:

"No one can be truly happy within the material world. Srila Narada Muni, in order to enlighten the miserable inhabitants, wanders everywhere. His mission is to get them back home, back to Godhead. That is the mission of all genuine devotees of the Lord following the footsteps of that great sage."

Srila Narada Muni is one of the predecessor acharyas in our line of disciplic succession. Therefore our duty is to follow in his footsteps by fully absorbing ourselves in the mission of delivering all the conditioned souls within this material world back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Narada Muni is Out to Save the World



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are the All the Gods Supreme?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I read in a recent reply that Lord Buddha is an incarnation of Lord Krishna. I feel that the variety of gods, demigods and deities are forms of the Supreme Personality Of Godhead, meant to cater to the 400,000 different species of humans as described in the Vedas. And I feel that Lord Krishna Himself is the form that is meant for the people who are mentally and spiritually most advanced, those who can do exactly what He wants, to love and remember Him. Please guide and correct me if I am wrong

Your servant,
C.L.

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Answer: No. Krishna is the God of the Gods.

We cannot accurately understand reality based the perceptions of our imperfect senses and imperfect minds. We can therefore only accurately understand reality from the authoritative statements of the revealed scriptures and the great self-realized souls.

There are innumerable incarnations of God such as Rama, Mahavishnu, Nrsinghadeva, Narayana, etc. These are different expanded forms of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Krishna and His innumerable expansions are all immortal, all-powerful beings. These Personalities of Godhead are all within the category known as vishnu-tattva .

On the other hand, the demigods are of a different category. They are the ruling deities of different aspects of the material nature such as the sun, the moon, etc. Because they are all within the temporary material nature. which is wound up at the time of universal destruction, even though they are far more powerful than us, they are still mortal beings like us. These demigods are all within the category known as jiva-tattva. This is the same category that we are in.

The Rig Veda confirms that all of the demigods accept that the Supreme Person is of the vishnu-tattva category. So we should follow the example of the demigods and accept Krishna and His innumerable vishnu-tattva expansions as the Supreme.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
Monday 29 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Wet Cow Dung Laughs While Dry Dung Burns

The proud, successful materialist laughs to see how much better off he is than those who are suffering in destitute impoverished conditions. But he does not realize that his successful position is only temporary. He is briefly enjoying the result of his previous pious activities while engaging in all sinful nonsense. He does not realize that as soon as his pious karma is exhausted he will be dragged down by the stringent laws of nature into a pitiable condition. In this connection there a Bengali proverb as follows:

ghute pore gobar hase

"When the dry cow dung is burning in the fire, the wet cow dung laughs."

The materialistic person is laughing like wet cow dung. He does not realize that soon he will be dry and he will be tossed into the fire.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Dry Cow Dung Goes into the Fire



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are there Five or 118 Basic Elements?

Could you please highlight the relationship between the five material elements described in the Bhagavad-gita and the 118 elements listed in the chemistry periodic table?

Chandra

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Answer: 118 Elements Composed of the 5 Elements

The 118 elements mentioned in the periodic table of modern day chemistry can be further sub-divided into the five basic elements described in the Bhagavad-gita: earth, water, air, fire, and ether. Material science has not yet discovered this, but those who are followers of Vedic science already know this.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 28 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

You Have A Severe Birth Defect

Did you know that you have a severe birth defect? That birth defect is that you have a mortal body. Your original body is eternally youthful, full of knowledge, and full of bliss. But your present body is defective in so many ways. It has imperfect senses, it gets old, and it dies. So instead of remaining in this defective condition birth after birth, revive your original Krishna consciousness and regain your original perfect body in the spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




We Are Caught Up in the Cycle of Birth and Death



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Innumerable Living Entities?

My question is:

Why has Lord Krishna created innumerable living entities for His service? What is the need of innumerable servants? Countless living entities means, countless suffering, countless planets, countless management, and countless problems. To solve these countless problem there are countless incarnations of Krishna.

Your servant

Jagdish

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Answer: For Krishna's Unlimited Enjoyment

The more there is variety, the more there is enjoyment. Since Krishna desires to enjoy unlimitedly, He manifests an unlimited number of unique living beings so that He can enjoy an unlimited variety of unique loving relationships.

Krishna does not have to personally manage anything. He accomplishes all management through His innumerable expansions. This fully frees Him up to do nothing but unlimitedly enjoy an unlimited number of loving relationships with an unlimited number of living beings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 27 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Solution to All of the World's Problems

We have the solution to all of the world's problems. Therefore we have the most awesome responsibility to educate the entire world population in the science of Krishna consciousness. Somehow or other we must awaken them to knowing who they actually are as pure spirit-souls and being who they actually are as Krishna's eternal servants. We have only two duties: to become fully awakened ourselves in Krishna consciousness and to awaken all others to most sublime, happy state of pure Krishna consciousness. To successfully carry out these two duties we can accept any means. We have no interest in wasting our time in other so called duties.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Lord Buddha Krishna's Incarnation?

Dear Gurudeva,

Is Lord Buddha an incarnation of Lord Krishna? I read that Lord Buddha is an incarnation of Lord Krishna. But this is difficult to believe because Buddhists do not believe in deity worship. They think the universe has come out from nothing.

Pradnya

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Answer: Yes

Yes, according to the Srimad Bhagavatam, Lord Buddha is an incarnation of Krishna. Even though he is God Himself he taught atheism and denied the authority of the Vedas because at that time the Indian population was twisting the Vedic injunctions to justify wide scale cow slaughter. To stop them from their heinous sinful activities he denied the Vedas and taught the principles of karma and non-violence. Thus as part of a divine plan he paved the way for future teachers who would bring back the Vedic culture in its original pure form.

Srila Prabhupada has written as follows regarding Lord Buddha in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, 1st Canto, Chapter 3, Text 24:

"He deluded the atheists because such atheists who followed his principles did not believe in God, but they kept their absolute faith in Lord Buddha, who himself was the incarnation of God. Thus the faithless people were made to believe in God in the form of Lord Buddha. That was the mercy of Lord Buddha: he made the faithless faithful to him."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
Friday 26 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Trapped in Misery By Our Rebellious Attitude

Since time immemorial we have been rebelling against the authority of the Supreme Personality of Godhead by foolishly thinking ourselves to be the Supreme. Because of this rebellious attitude we have trapped ourselves in the miserable cycle of repeated births and deaths. We have foolishly thought that by becoming independent of the Lord we could derive more happiness. But this has been a big mistake. Instead of happiness we have relegated ourselves to the miserable material existence birth after birth. Those who are wise give up their rebellious attitude and attain unlimited happiness through loving service to Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead..

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Attain Unlimited Happiness By Serving Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get Krishna Conscious Leaders?

What way can you find to get the leaders of this world today to understand that the politician par excellence, Lord Krishna, has already laid all the systems in place in the Bhagavad-gita for the perfect society? All the work has already been done. What is so difficult to just follow? In my country a lot of the leaders take oath of office by swearing on Gita. I think that a being like yourself must find a way. You owe it to Lord Krishna, as from your writings I know you have to be ultimately special.

Chris S.

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Answer: Do Your Duty

The world's current slate of political leaders are self-serving gross materialists who have no interest in Krishna consciousness. The only way to get Krishna conscious leaders is to make the people in general Krishna conscious by educating them in the science of Krishna. When the majority of the population is Krishna conscious, they will naturally elect Krishna conscious leaders, and this planet will become heaven on earth. Therefore we need people like yourself to step forward and dedicate your entire life for pushing forward the Krishna consciousness movement. Lord Caitanya has ordered us to become gurus by educating everyone in the science of the Bhagavad-gita. Are you ready to do your duty?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 25 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Wake Up to Your Eternal Identity

There is no reason for you to remain asleep within the modes of material nature. Wake up to your original identity as the eternal servant of Lord Krishna by calling out to Him to save you from this material existence. Krishna is most merciful. If you sincerely desire to be rescued from this material existence, He will surely save you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





The All Merciful Lord Krishna Will Save You



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who is the Guru Who Delivers Us?

May I know who is that bona fide spiritual master who will take the responsibility to take us back to Godhead? I am curious to know about this pure devotee.

Nikhileswara Krishna Dasa

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Answer: The Pure Follower of Srila Prabhupada

The great Vedic authority Srila Prabhupada has very nicely answered your question as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 2, Chapter 9, Text 43:

"One who is now the disciple is the next spiritual master. And one cannot be a bona fide and authorized spiritual master unless one has been strictly obedient to his spiritual master."

So you simply have to see who is purely following Srila Prabhupada. He is the pure devotee who delivers the fallen, conditioned souls back to home, back to Godhead. Of course, it is ultimately Sri Krishna who is the deliverer. But Krishna acts through the transparent agency of the bona fide spiritual master, who is coming in an unbroken chain of disciplic succession from Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 24 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Guru is as Good as God

I remember back in 1971 how amazed I was when His Holiness Vishnujana Swami told me, "You have to accept the spiritual master as good as God." Although I did not express it externally, my first reaction to this idea was disbelief. But when I ignored my fickle mind and thoughtfully analyzed this concept with my intelligence, it began to make a lot of sense to me. Because every word and action of the spiritual master is a pure manifestation of Krishna's teachings and Krishna's mercy, why he should not be taken to be as good as God? Later on I found that this principle is confirmed by Lord Krishna Himself in the Srimad Bhagavatam, 11th canto, chapter 17, text 27 as follows:

ācāryaṁ māṁ vijānīyān
nāvamanyeta karhicit
na martya-buddhyāsūyeta
sarva-deva-mayo guruḥ


“One should know the acharya as Myself and never disrespect him in any way.
One should not envy him, thinking him an ordinary man,
for he is the representative of all the demigods.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Spiritual Master is a Direct Manifestation of Krishna




Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Guru Guru and Nothing Else?

Gurudeva,

Namaste

My questions are:

Have you seen real life after this unreal life?

and

Who is a better guru, the internal guru or external guru, who can safely perfect your life and lead you to Godhead in the present life?

Yours in yoga

Janardan V. Mali

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Answer: No. Guru is a Manifestation of Krishna

By the grace of my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, I am constantly living in the real eternal life beyond this temporary material life.

We cannot say that one manifestation of Krishna is better than another manifestation of Krishna. According to the Srimad Bhagavatam, 11th canto, chapter 29, text 6, Krishna Himself appears both as the Supersoul within the heart and externally as the acharya or spiritual master:

naivopayanty apacitiṁ kavayas taveśa
brahmāyuṣāpi kṛtam ṛddha-mudaḥ smarantaḥ
yo 'ntar bahis tanu-bhṛtām aśubhaṁ vidhunvann
ācārya-caittya-vapuṣā sva-gatiṁ vyanakti


"O my Lord! Transcendental poets and experts in spiritual science could not fully express their indebtedness to You, even if they were endowed with the prolonged lifetime of Brahma, for You appear in two features—externally as the acharya and internally as the Supersoul—to deliver the embodied living being by directing him how to come to You."

In this connection it is also important to understand the following point explained by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in his purport to Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi 1.44:

"Every living entity is essentially a servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the spiritual master is also His servant. Still, the spiritual master is a direct manifestation of the Lord. With this conviction, a disciple can advance in Krishna consciousness. The spiritual master is nondifferent from Krishna because he is a manifestation of Krishna."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 23 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Accept a Real Guru, Not a Charlatan

The Vedic wisdom repeatedly informs us of the absolutely necessity of accepting a spiritual master. Unfortunately at the present moment the world is greatly overburdened with a profusion of cheaters who present themselves as spiritual masters for the sake of their personal sense gratification. If one takes shelter of a spiritual master who is going to hell, one goes to hell with him. Therefore when one seeks a spiritual master he must be careful to find a real spiritual master, not a bogus charlatan.

It is better to have no guru at all than to accept someone who is fool number one as your spiritual master. The real guru will teach you how to perfect your life and go back to Godhead at the end of your present lifetime.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada, the Real Guru,

Who Teaches Us How to Recognize a Real Guru

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should I Be Wary of Discussing My Beliefs

Hare Krishna Gurudeva,

I am a neophyte to the spiritual path and Krishna consciousness, and I encountered a situation that left me bewildered. A colleague of mine at work seemed to share a very radical view about the path of God. She was of the opinion that if one is not following Christ then they are following Satan. I felt the need to express my opposition to that. I shared the latest lesson C17-"Ever Expanding Love" saying that the Bible preaches along the same lines. She agreed, but said that anything other than Christ is a deviation and it is Satan. Although I completely disagree with her, it scares me to think that there are many such people around. Should I be wary of who I discuss my beliefs with? Its very unsettling to hear such statements.

Priyanka S.

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Answer: Don't Believe in Krishna. Know Krishna.

When presenting the science of Krishna consciousness to others we must be very careful. As long as you are on the platform of taking Krishna consciousness as your belief, it will be difficult for you to effectively present it to those who are not familiar with it. To be effective in educating others in this knowledge you must understand it scientifically. In other words, you must master the art of establishing and defending the bhakti science as the highest truth.

Such preaching that if you don't accept Jesus you are going to hell is meant for less intelligent persons who are not capable of understanding the subtleties of the science of God. Such emotionalism or fanaticism is meant to somehow or other get them to become God conscious at least on an elementary level. The foolish so-called Christians who claim that the path of Krishna bhakti is the path of Satan do not understand that Jesus Christ also follows the same path of pure bhakti as taught by Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita.

Your foolish colleague does not realize that the strict followers of Krishna bhakti are automatically 1st class followers of Lord Jesus Christ. The Krishna bhaktas are the best Christians because they strictly follow the Biblical commandments, which these so-called Christians are not even able to follow.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 22 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Srila Prabhupada--Savior of the Universe

Today here at Bhaktivedanta Ashram is the most auspicious appearance day of our beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). His Divine Grace is dear to thousands and millions of people all over the world as the greatest exponent of the science of Krishna consciousness because it was he who in the brief time span of eleven years successfully established the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world. He will be recognized in history as the savior of this universe because the influence of his teachings will gradually inundate the entire universe. There are no words to sufficiently honor him. It is to him that we are eternally indebted for liberating us from the miserable cycle of birth and death. Let us all be fully absorbed in eternally serving his universe-deliverance mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada Showers Mercy on the Entire Universe




Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can I Worship Krishna Without Worshipping India?

Please accept my humble obeisances in the dust of Your Lotus Feet.

I have a question for which I cannot find the answer. When we are in the ISKCON temple, I sometimes feel some sadness. I don't know how to ask about it properly. I hope that You will understand me rightly. I love very much the divine way of Krishna consciousness, I understand the meaning of going back to our real home. I take it very seriously. I can't live without God. I understand it well. But the problem in my mind is that it is hard for me to worship another culture. Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So He doesn't belong to any country. So why do we need to worship India? Please excuse me. Maybe it is not a very intelligent question. But I often think about it. Why God, why Krishna came only to India? He is all-powerful. Why Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is the God Himself, came only to India?

By "worshipping India culture" I mean that Krishna devotees for example wear saris, play on Indian music instruments, dream to visit India, etc. I like it very much. Indian music is beautiful. Girls in saris are beautiful. But on the other hand, I just don't feel like it is very dear for me, as if my real spiritual home is India. Maybe I am asking that because I have never been to India. Or maybe it is just not that important. Can I worship Krishna, can I love Krishna without worshipping India or it's culture ?

Bowing down at Your Lotus Feet.

Your unworthy servant

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Answer: We Worship Krishna, Not India.

We do not practice Indian culture. We follow the Krishna culture of the spiritual world. So it is not that our practices are Indian. They are Krishnian. If they appear Indian, it is because in former times India wholeheartedly embraced Krishna culture.

Krishna appeared in India because India is where His favorite river, the Yamuna, and His favorite mountain, Govardhana, are located. Lord Caitanya appeared in India because it was the home of Krishna consciousness on this planet at the time of His appearance. He could have then spread the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world, but He left that special credit to our beloved Srila Prabhupada.,

So don't worry. We are not asking you to become Indian or to adopt Indian culture. We are simply asking you to become Krishna conscious so that you can awaken the original pure love of God that is now lying dormant within your heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 21 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

The Most Auspicious Krishna Janmastami

According to the Vaisnava calendar today is Krishna Janmastami here in Austin, Texas USA. This is the most auspicious day of the Lord's appearance in this world. Krishna is so kind that He descends from the spiritual world to display His amazing divine pastimes for attracting all of the souls of this material world back to His eternal abode.

After first appearing with four arms in Kamsa's prison in Mathura, He manifested a two-armed human-like form as a baby and was then carried by His father, Vasudeva, to Vrindavan where He grew up with Nanda Maharaja and Mother Yasoda as His foster parents. His Vrindavan pastimes are a replica of His pastimes in His eternal abode in the spiritual sky, Sri Goloka Vrindavan. His Vrindavan pastimes are full of the most amazing splendor and have been remembered and worshipped for the last five thousand years. His Vrindavan pastimes will be eternally remembered and glorified by the self-realized souls.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Appearing in the Prison of Kamsa



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Bhagavad-gita and Wrongful Deeds?

If people in this whole world read the Bhagavad-gita and they also do wrong things, what is the use of reading it? Are they doing wrong things unknowingly or is it their habit?

Kinjal S.

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Answer: Gita Followers Must Be Saintly

Anyone who seriously reads the Bhagavad-gita will give up their nonsense and surrender to Krishna. People act wrongly out of ignorance only. Anyone who is fully enlightened with transcendental knowledge by reading and understanding the Bhagavad-gita will naturally manifest all saintly qualities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 20 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

The Grateful Taste the Lord's Sweet Love.

The basic problem plaguing and torturing the modern human society is that we lack gratitude. We do not know how to live gratefully. We do not feel duty bound to reciprocate with the unlimited kindness that Krishna or God is giving us at every minute. We have no qualms about taking as much sense gratification as we want. But when it comes to giving back to that Supreme Person, who is supplying us everything, we either enviously deny His existence or pester Him with our material desires. Thus we live miserly lives of ingratitude. Note the connection between the word "miser" and the word "miserable." It's our free choice to either live gratefully or ungratefully. The miserable ingrates have no one to blame except themselves. Those who live gratefully taste the Lord's sweet loving affection at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Open Your Heart to Krishna Completely
and You Will Taste His Unlimited Loving Affection



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Joyful at Work?

Your daily thoughts are always joyful. You have written how you spend your day in dedication to Krishna. How do we dedicate our mundane jobs to Krishna and be joyful doing this work every day?

Your servant,

Manish.

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Answer: Work Only for Krishna

The way to transcendentalize your job is to spend every penny you earn for Krishna and not even one penny for sense gratification. This means that you must transform your home into a Krishna conscious ashram. In this way you will be working to maintain Krishna's ashram, not a household which you consider to be yours. This means that you must have a nice Krishna conscious program in the morning and the evening in your home. Your entire home must be Krishnized in every room with transcendental artwork and transcendental literatures. The center of attraction in your home should be a beautiful Krishna altar always decorated with fresh flowers. All of your food must be offered on that altar before eating. No meat, fish, or eggs, cigarettes or alcohol should be present in your home.

You should be solidly fixed in chanting the Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds daily along with strictly avoiding illicit sex, intoxication, meat eating, and gambling. If you are thus fixed in your devotional practice, you should take initiation from the bona fide spiritual master.

At your office you should have a picture of Krishna prominently displayed at your desk to remind you who are working for. You should also have a copy of the Bhagavad-gita on your desk so that when there is a break you can read a verse. Have extra Gitas available for interested co-workers who see your Gita and have questions about it. Throughout the day always connect everything with Krishna. For example, when you drink some water remember that Krishna is the taste of the water.

And then whatever extra funds you have, should all be donated to those who are spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world.

If you will follow the above guidelines sincerely, you will taste transcendental bliss even while you are working in a mundane atmosphere.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 19 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Blissful Life in Bhaktivedanta Ashram

It's so sublime to live a life centered around Lord Sri Krishna. Our daily life here in Bhaktivedanta Ashram is ecstatic because it is completely centered around Krishna 24 hours a day. We rise early in morning at 2:30am to begin a five-and-a-half hours program consisting of chanting japa, studying verses, worshipping our Sri Sri Radha Damodar deities, singing and dancing in kirtan, and holding an enlightening and enlivening class on the Srimad Bhagavatam. Then it is time for a delicious, nutritious prasadam breakfast after which we begin our daily work activities. For me this means writing "Thought for the Day" and answering the many emails I receive every day. Alongside this there is much going on such as preparing for our next around-the-world lecture tour, and getting ready for the upcoming Janmastami celebration. Then comes a wonderful prasadam lunch and an afternoon of more writing and assorted other activities such as purchasing groceries for the Janmastami feast. Then in the evening I am blessed with the ultimate good fortune of offering Sri Sri Radha Damodar their evening arati, changing them into their night clothes, and putting them to rest. Finally it's time for hot milk prasadam along with Krishna conscious conversation and taking rest for the night to begin the same ever-increasingly ecstatic cycle the next day.

Everybody can live like this in their own homes, tasting the sweetest nectar at every minute. All you have to do is make Krishna the center of your heart and your home. Try it, and you'll be glad you did.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Srimad Bhagavatam Class--13 July 2011

Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Convince a Non-Devotee to Chant?

How can I convince a non devotee to chant and be happy? They know the importance of chanting and have heard many lectures on Krishna consciousness, but they do not want to chant.

Sri

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Answer: You Become Perfect in Chanting

You can lead a horse to the water, but you can't force him to drink. If you want to convince others to chant, you should become so perfect in your chanting that others will be attracted to chanting simply by getting your association.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 18 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

How to Obtain a Splendorous Vision of Reality

To see things as they are we must purify our now polluted, distorted vision. As long as our vision is covered by the false conception of "I am the lord of all that I survey" we will not be able to see things as they are. To free ourselves from the false conception of being the lord we must understand who is the actual lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence. By understanding Him properly under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master we will naturally surrender ourselves unto that amazingly glorious Supreme Person and our vision will become perfectly clear. We will have a splendorous undistorted vision of reality.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Will Reveal Everything to You



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who is Qualified to be Guru?

In Lesson C24 of the Ultimate Self Realization Course you wrote: "One does not need to be spiritually disadvantaged by the physical disappearance of a great spiritual master, such as ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, thinking that now there is no more opportunity for spiritual progress. All one has to do is find a sincere disciple of Srila Prabhupada and fully take shelter of him".

In this respect I ask you kindly answer the following questions:

How to recognize a sincere disciple of Srila Prabhupada who has the qualities of being a living spiritual master in order to take shelter of him?

Before leaving this world did Srila Prabhupada name any particular devotees to become spiritual masters to carry on his mission?

Your servant

Francisco

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Answer: Sincere Strict Follower of Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada's full potency is transmitted through any of his disciples who are strictly following his teachings. If you will carefully study Srila Prabhupada's books and pray for his blessings to be able to properly understand this sublime knowledge, you will be blessed with the ability to recognize the disciples of Srila Prabhupada who are strictly following his teachings and purely representing him.

Before leaving this world Srila Prabhupada instructed that after his departure the new devotees who join his movement should become the disciples of his disciples, and that those of his disciples who were strictly following him should become initiating spiritual masters when they become mature in their Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 17 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

May All Imprisoned Souls Now Be Liberated

May all the inhabitants of all the many material universes now be blessed to join together in sankirtana, the congregational singing of the transcendental glories of the Supreme Lord. In this sankirtana all the residents of this material existence will be liberated from their entanglement in the cycle of birth and death. They will all be released from this hellish prison of material existence, and crossing the insurmountable Viraja River, the boundary between the material world and the spiritual world, they will all joyfully regain their lost positions in the transcendental pastimes of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna is Awaiting Your Return to His Abode



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna Known Before 5,000 Years Ago?

Please accept my respectful obeisances.

Krishna appeared on this earth around 5,000 years back. So before then were people aware that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead?

Thanks and regards,

Akshay Sood

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Answer: From the Beginning of Creation

As evidenced by the Brahma Samhita, the prayers of Lord Brahma composed at the beginning of the universe 155 trillion years ago, Krishna has been worshipped as the Supreme Lord from the earliest time of this universe when it was created. In Chapter 5, Text 1 of that great transcendental literature Lord Brahma states:

īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ
sac-cid-ānanda-vigrahaḥ
anādir ādir govindaḥ
sarva-kāraṇa-kāraṇam


"The Supreme Personality of Godhead is Krishna,
who has a body of eternity, knowledge and bliss.
He has no beginning, for He is the beginning of everything.
He is the cause of all causes."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 16 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Seeing Krishna Everywhere

There is nowhere where Krishna is not present. He's in the sky. He's in the trees. He's in the flowers. He's in the breeze. If you want to feel amazingly alive, always electrified by His divine presence, you must call out His names with pure love accepting Him as your only shelter. If you do so, you will enter into your eternal identity situated billions and trillions of light years beyond this universe and all the universes of this material existence. If you continue faithfully, patiently with this process of awakening your love of Krishna, your vision will gradually become more and more clarified reaching that magnificently splendorous point where you will be able to clearly see Krishna everywhere.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Chant Krishna's Names With Pure Love
and the Glorious Day Will Come When You Will See Him Everywhere



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Vedas Are Trillions of Years Old?

If you can show me one proof from comparative religion or world history to support your hilarious claim, that the Vedic wisdom that has been around for trillions of years, I will accept your argument

Thanks

R.D.

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Answer: A Prejudiced Mind Cannot Be Enlightened

With all due respect to your good self, you have shown that your mind is already prejudiced by your use of the word "hilarious". Since a prejudiced mind cannot be enlightened, it is better we wait until you abandon your prejudice and become truly open-minded before we share with you the history of how the Vedas were revealed in this universe trillions of years ago.

We know that according to the big bang theory of the material scientists this universe is only about 13.7 billion years old. Their theory is based on the absurd unscientific assumption that the universe comes out of absolutely nothing. This is an assumption that cannot be scientifically demonstrated. We are expected to be their faithful followers and accept it blindly. Since we detest being cheated, we have refused to accept this hogwash. Perhaps hearing from them is what has prejudiced your mind.

Kindly note in this connection that prejudiced minds are stagnant and thus can never flow to the supreme ocean of transcendental enlightenment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 15 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Inundating the Entire Universe with Krishna Bhakti

Srila Prabhupada explains in this purport to Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi 7.163:

"Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu has already sanctified the entire universe by His presence five hundred years ago, and therefore anyone who attempts to serve Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu sincerely by following in His footsteps and following the instructions of the acharyas will successfully be able to preach the holy names of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra all over the universe."

This is incredibly amazing! By sincerely following Lord Caitanya according to the instructions of the previous acharyas one will be successful in spreading Krishna consciousness all over the universe. What an amazing goal to aspire for! One simply has to strictly follow the pathway of the previous acharyas, and then by the grace of Lord Caitanya and the previous acharyas he will inundate the entire universe with Krishna bhakti.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Narada Muni, the Liberated Spaceman,

Brought the Hare Krishna Mantra to the Earth


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are You or Krishna Running this World?

In the 14 August 2011 Thought for the Day, you have written:

"Our great hope is that some day soon the entire world will become Krishna conscious so that all of this chaos and suffering will end."

But I have learned from Bhagavad-gita, the Srimad Bhagavatam, and even you that this world is run by Lord Krishna. Even the worst of the worst people act according to the order of Lord Krishna, and until Lord Krishna showers His grace nobody can turn to Krishna consciousness.

So my question is Lord Krishna running this world or you?

N.B.

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Answer: Your Question is Absurd

How can you ask such an absurd question whether I run the world or Krishna runs it? The living being eternally remains the tiny servant of God, and Krishna eternally remains the supreme controller. At no time does the living being ever become God.

What you don't realize is that Krishna is controlling this universe along with all the other universes through the agency of two different energies: His material energy and His spiritual energy. It is through the agency of these two energies that He controls everything, just as a government controls all of its citizens by it laws for free citizens or its prisons for criminals. Just as it is up to each citizen to either obey or disobey the state laws, it is up to each jiva soul to either serve the Lord's material energy or the Lord's spiritual energy.

At the present moment this world is filled up with a population of jiva souls who have foolishly misused their minute independence by choosing to serve the Lord's inferior external or material energy. It is the Lord's merciful order that His devotees try to reform these lost souls. And in a mood of loving compassion for all these suffering souls the devotees try to convince these lost souls to come out of the prison of this material existence and reinstate themselves in their eternal liberated positions as the servants of the Lord. Therefore, the devotees, in full obedience to the order of the Lord, endeavor to make the entire world Krishna conscious so that everyone can become happy.

Krishna has appeared as Lord Caitanya to bestow His grace that the entire world can become Krishna conscious. And He has empowered His devotees as His messengers to deliver His mercy for the salvation of all. Those who are fortunate will accept the Lord's mercy delivered by the devotees, and the unfortunate will not accept this mercy. This is compared to the rain cloud, which brings the water from the ocean to extinguish the blazing forest fire. This material world is a blazing forest fire, and the Lord's devotees are like the rain clouds, which bring the water of the Lord's mercy to relieve the suffering souls.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 14 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Our Great Hope for a Wonderful New World

Our great hope is that some day soon the entire world will become Krishna conscious so that all of this chaos and suffering will end. We know that anyone who takes to Krishna consciousness will be unlimitedly blessed. Therefore our lives are fully dedicated for making this wonderful process available to as many people as possible all over the world. We know that by Lord Sri Krishna's grace even the impossible can become reality. So with great hope we continue in our humble attempt to awaken everyone to Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Interviewed by the Media



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Personal Contact with Guru Required?

Hare Krishna, Gurudeva,

Is it necessary that the spiritual master should maintain personal contact with the disciple? I think direct contact between the spiritual master and the devotee will help the devotee to understand more about Krishna and Krishna consciousness.

Is there any difference between chanting the Hare Krishna mantra with Hare Rama first instead of beginning with Hare Krishna? I am asking because some people at the temple are chanting Hare Rama first.

What are the bhajans (devotional songs) to be sung during mangala arati?

Surendranathan

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Answer: Constant Contact with the Guru is Required

The disciple must always remain in direct personal intimate contact with his spiritual master 24 hours a day through personal meeting, hearing his lectures, reading his writings, corresponding with him, rendering him personal service, and even more importantly by always remembering, meditating, and worshipping his orders as one's very life and soul and always trying to execute them to the best of one's ability.

The authorized way to chant the Hare Krishna mantra is with Hare Krishna first. Kindly instruct the devotees that they should follow the authorized system and not try to concoct something new.

At mangala arati, the first worship service of the day, we sing the pranam mantras to Srila Prabhupada, the Gurvastakam prayers, the panca tattva mantra, the Hare Krishna mantra, and then "haraye namah, krishna yadavaya namah gopala govinda rama sri-madhusudana."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 13 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

What Goes Around Comes Around

We live in a unbelievably decadent age when those things that are unspeakably abominable become commonly accepted as standard every day affairs. Cows are being slaughtered by the millions with no consideration of the horrendous pain and suffering they must endure. We are even engaged in the massive slaughter of our own unborn children as if this murderous crime was of no more significance than blowing our noses and throwing away the tissue paper. People wonder why there is so much pain, terrorism, and economic devastation in the world. The answer is very simple. If we continue like this, living in gross violation of the laws of God and the laws of nature, we must pay the price because what goes around comes around. We receive the good and bad reactions of our pious and impious activities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Faithful While in Distress?

Dear Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

It is easy to read from the scriptures that we have to completely surrender to Krishna and be dependent on Him. When He fulfills my desires, my faith on Him is very high, but when I'm in distress and couldn't move an inch to solve my problems, my faith seems to dwindle and I ask myself, "Is Krishna really there? Is He listening to my prayers? Is He going to help me? Or am I being too sentimental or emotional?" This situation is testing my faith in Krishna and this is making me hard to surrender to Him at that moment when I need Him by my side.

Please enlighten me, Guru Maharaja.

Hare Krishna,
Dasanudas,
Jeevan

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Answer: See Your Distress as Krishna's Mercy

When difficulties comes, as they often do, we must see them as the special mercy of Krishna to help us burn off the reactions for our previous sinful activities. So instead of becoming bewildered we should be grateful that Krishna is removing the burden of our previous sins.

You are thinking that He is not with you because He is not doing what you want Him to do. Therefore your cause of distress is that in spite of your approaching Krishna, you are maintaining your self-centeredness. You are self-centered instead of God-centered. Instead of thinking of how you can serve Him, you are thinking of how He can serve you. You've got it backwards. It should be the other way around. If you will abandon your self-centeredness and fully accept whatever happens to you as the mercy of Krishna, all of your anxieties will immediately disappear. You should simply pray to Krishna to fully engage you in His service, and then see how He mercifully facilitates your surrender to Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 12 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Go with Existential Flow, Not Counter Flow

Nothing is happening by chance. Everything--the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly--is going on in this world for serving life's ultimate purpose of reconnecting the lost souls with their original loving relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Those who are factually intelligent go with this existential flow while the fools get diverted by the eddy, the counter flow manifested as the demands of their whimsical senses. It makes no sense to get diverted by the counter flow because it goes nowhere. When we surrender ourselves fully to the flow of bhakti we will experience the highest pleasure at every minute in fully awakened transcendental consciousness, Krishna consciousness, and we will easily attain the supreme destination, Goloka Vrindavan.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Go With the Flow of Bhakti

and You Will Enter Goloka Vrindavan


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can a Neophyte Serve the Guru?

Please let me know that how can one surrender properly in Krishna consciousness. It is said that one needs to serve a bona fide spiritual master to be properly situated in devotion. But in ISKCON one can only be initiated by a spiritual master when he chants sixteen rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra on japa beads daily and strictly follows the four regulative principles. I am personally not able to follow the regulative principles, and I chant only one round daily, and that too with offenses. So does this mean that only an initiated disciple has the chance to serve the spiritual master and till that time one has to struggle because he won't be given a chance to serve and engage himself in spiritual activities except chanting the holy name?

Thanks,
B.

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Answer: Assist His World Deliverance Mission

You do not have to be initiated to serve the spiritual master. Simply ask him how you can render the best service to assist him in his mission of spreading the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world. And then work for his mission to the best of your ability. By this service you will become purified so that gradually you can improve your devotional practice and qualify for initiation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 11 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

How to See God Everywhere

Devotional service is so wonderfully attractive that it even attracts Krishna. Krishna is so pleased by it that he reveals Himself to His devotee from within that devotee's devotional service proportionately according to the degree of that devotee's intensity of absorption in that service. So if you want to see God, all you have to do is fully engage yourself in His service. And then according to the degree of your surrender you will see God in your service and everywhere.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





The Most Amazingly Beautiful, All-Merciful, Astonishingly Sublime,
Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who are the Seven Mothers?

Hare Krishna, Gurudeva,

According to the Vedic version we have got seven mothers. So can you explain about the seven mothers?

Rubini

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Answer: Here's the List of the Seven Mothers

The seven mother are listed in this verse by Canakya Pandita, which was quoted by Srila Prabhupada.

ātma-mātā guroḥ patnī
brāhmaṇī rāja-patnikā
dhenur dhātrī tathā pṛthvī
saptaitā mātaraḥ smṛtāḥ


SYNONYMS

ātma-mātā—one's own mother; guroḥ-patnī—the wife of the guru; brāhmaṇi—the wife of a brāhmaṇa; rāja-patnikā—the wife of a king; dhenuḥ—the cow; dhātrī—the nurse; tathā—thus; pṛthvī—the earth; sapta etā—these seven; mātaraḥ—mothers; smṛtāḥ—should be remembered as.

TRANSLATION

"One's own mother, the wife of the guru,
the wife of a brāhmaṇa, the wife of a king, t
he cow, the nurse, and the earth

are known as the seven mothers of a man."
(Cāṇakya Paṇḍita)

Sometimes the argument is made that a man who has a wife cannot be a spiritual master. This foolish argument is defeated by this verse, which directly states the wife of the spiritual master is one of seven mothers. The guru's wife is the second mother in the list mentioned just after the mother from whom one has taken birth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 10 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Reviving the World Religion

Formerly this entire planet was united in one global, peaceful, loving family. The head of government was at Hastinapur, near what is now New Delhi. There was only one global culture whose religion was service to the Supreme Lord. Now, since the advent of Kali Yuga 5,000 years ago, that one-world, spiritually centered culture has disintegrated, and a highly fragmented multi-national, multi-cultural, and multi-religious world society based on greed and exploitation has emerged.

There is no need for all of this divisiveness. If we can simply acknowledge that we all come from the same source, the same Supreme Person with unlimited names, and that we all share the same duty, to surrender fully unto Him in love and devotion, then the original world religion, which peacefully united all of humanity for millions of years, can be revived.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




ISKCON Devotees Chanting Hare Krishna

to Revive the World Religion
(Sankarshan Das Playing the Harmonium)
Gainesville, Florida--February 1974


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Make an Important Decision?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

May I ask you a question about decision taking? I have a situation in life when I should make a choice among four options. The situation is related with my job and place of living. My place of living as well as my working area, professional duties, tasks and responsibilities could be changed very seriously depending on choice I will make.

How it is possible to make right choice and to take right decision?

All of the options have their positive and negative sides, but I don't know which of them is better or best to realize my personal qualities, nature and varna. Moreover this choice will also affect my wife as well. We don't have children yet.

Instruct me please, Maharaja.

V.

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Answer: See What is Most Favorable for Your Krishna Consciousness

Since becoming fully Krishna conscious is the ultimate purpose of human existence, all decisions should be based on the principle of seeing what is most favorable for your Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 9 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Turn Your Life into a Song of Love

The Lord's devotee has no desire other than being absorbed twenty-four hours daily in hearing, chanting, and singing the unlimited glories of that amazingly resplendent Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is millions and billions of times more charming than all the opulences of this material existence. Therefore he turns his entire life into a beautiful song of love of God by always keeping himself fully absorbed in serving Krishna in all times, places, and circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Come Back to the Beautiful Spiritual World



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Serve Guru in Separation?

My dear Guru Maharaja,

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

When the student or disciple receives instructions from the bona fide spiritual master how can he render service to his guru when they are not in the same place?

Which is the best service to render to one's guru?

Thank you delivering me from the miserable prison of this material existence. You are showing me the way to go back home, to that place that I'm from, where I can dance with Govinda and be happy forever. Thank for your kindness, my dear Guru Maharaja.

Your servant,

Didi

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Answer: Faithfully Serve His Orders

The spiritual master instructs through his lectures, his letters, his books, his conversations, and his personal instructions. Since the spiritual master is fully present in the form of his instructions, if you will simply follow his instructions with determination, patience, and enthusiasm, he will always be present with you, blessing you, and guiding you.

The best service you can render to your spiritual master is to fully awaken your dormant Krishna consciousness and fully dedicate your life for making the entire world Krishna conscious to save the poor souls of this material world from their endless misery. Therefore you must share the mercy that you have received with everyone.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 8 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Religion and the Urgent Need for Messiahs

"Religion" is the world's most misunderstood and abused word. Real religion means the science of God, the process of fully reviving one's original pure identity by reconnecting oneself with the source of his existence. But instead, without ever understanding religion's real meaning, people take it either as a fable for childlike fools or as a divisive sect for fulfilling their temporary material desires. Thus they cheat themselves and remain perpetually in the darkness of ignorance miserably misidentifying themselves with the temporary material energy.

This gross ignorance of the masses is not at all surprising because the same ignorance is there in the world's leaders. When the blind lead the blind where will they end up? In the ditch of a rotting, rapidly disintegrating so-called human civilization. When highly celebrated fools declare that the universe came out of absolutely nothing and are vigorously applauded by the insane masses, it's no wonder that people are so confused and frustrated. We need many messiahs who can deliver the suffering people of the world by ideal behavior and enlightened words of transcendental Vedic wisdom.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna Consciousness Before Life's Sunset?

Gurudeva,
Namaste

I would like to ask the following questions:

I have an intense desire to awaken my original Krishna consciousness. But can it be done before the sunset of my life?

Is it a natural process to awaken my original Krishna consciousness?

If the original Krishna consciousness is eternal, full of knowledge and bliss, why is it that most of the people are after sense gratification? Is it due their karma from past lives?

What is the way-out in this life?

Regards, yours in yoga

Janardan V.Mali


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Answer: Why Wait for Sunset?

Why wait for your life's sunset? Become fully Krishna conscious now. If you will fully dedicate yourself to strictly following the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita, you will surely awaken your original Krishna consciousness as soon as possible.

Reviving your Krishna consciousness is just as natural as waking up in the morning from a deep sleep.

The majority of people are after sense gratification like cats and dogs simply because of bad association. Any one who is associated with devotees will naturally be inspired to give up a life of wanton sense gratification and take to the sublime life of devotional service. Only a fool would choose a life of suffering over a sublime life of unlimited peace, love, and happiness.

The Vedic wisdom implores that the way out of this material existence is to take complete shelter of the bona fide spiritual master, who will then guide us how to regain our original, pure, transcendental identity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 7 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Living on the Verge of Death

In this material world, whether we like or not, everyone--young, old, and in between--is living on the verge of death because death can come at any moment even when we least expect it. This means that whatever we may establish for ourselves here in this world is nothing more than a castle made of sand that will be completely washed away the next time the tide comes in. So whether one thinks that life ends with the death of the body or that one has an eternal existence beyond this body, there is no reason to take this spot life so seriously as the all in all.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Castles Made of Sand Are Washed into the Sea



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Happens to Fallen Devotees?

Please accept my obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

What happens to fallen devotees, that is those who are initiated into the spiritual life but being defeated by Maya go back to karmic material life?

your servant

Francisco

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Answer: They Never Forget the Ecstasy

Srila Narada Muni, the liberated space man, has answered your question as follows:

na vai jano jātu kathañcanāvrajen
mukunda-sevy anyavad aṅga saṁsṛtim
smaran mukundāṅghry-upagūhanaṁ punar
vihātum icchen na rasa-graho janaḥ

"My dear Vyāsa, even though a devotee of Lord Krishna sometimes falls down somehow or other, he certainly does not undergo material existence like others [fruitive workers, etc.] because a person who has once relished the taste of the lotus feet of the Lord can do nothing but remember that ecstasy again and again."
--Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.19

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 6 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Severe Drought Ravages Texas

Drought and wildfires have led the US Department of Agriculture to declare the entire state of Texas a natural disaster area, Every day here in Austin the temperature has been rising beyond 105 degrees (41 degrees Celsius). We are experiencing skies that are almost completely cloudless and seeing no hope of rain any time soon. How ironic it is that just several months there was excessive rain and disastrous flooding of the Mississippi river just a few hundred miles east of here.

One could wonder why there is such an imbalance in nature and if the scientists can do something about it. Can they make it rain where it is needed and not rain where it is not needed? Some scientists have promised us immortality. We wonder how they can do this when they can't even get us some rain.

While material science has progressed in so many ways, it has not advanced to the point of being able to cause rain to fall. But why should we worry about reinventing the wheel? There is already a science how to get the rain to fall. This is described in the Bhagavad-gita by the supreme scientist, Lord Sri Krishna:

annād bhavanti bhūtāni
parjanyād anna-sambhavaḥ
yajñād bhavati parjanyo
yajñaḥ karma-samudbhavaḥ


"All living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rains.
Rains are produced by performance of yajña [sacrifice],
and yajña is born of prescribed duties."
--Bhagavad-gita 3.14

We can easily bring the proper amount of rain everywhere by the massive performance of public sankirtana (the congregational chanting of the holy names of God) throughout the world. May everyone engage regularly in the glorification of the holy names of God according to their own scriptures in every town and village of the world. This will bring sufficient rain and solve all the problems of the modern society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devastating Drought in Texas



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is the Disciplic Succession Broken?

Since Srila Prabhupada did not name a successor does mean that the disciplic succession is broken?

Francisco

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Answer: It's Going Quite Strong & Growing Profusely

If you think that Srila Prabhupada did not name a successor, you are mistaken. The fact is that Srila Prabhupada said that all of his disciples who are strictly following him would be his successors, and in obedience to his divine instructions many of them are doing just that. Therefore the disciplic succession is not broken. Indeed, is going quite strong and growing profusely.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 5 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

When All Hell Breaks Loose

When all hell breaks loose in this material world, as it often does, the pure devotee of the Lord is not surprised or bewildered because he sees how everything is taking place under the sublime, divine, and perfect arrangement of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In all situations the pure devotee is saved from psychological devastation because he constantly takes shelter of Krishna and is thus always transported into the supremely sublime dimension of Krishna consciousness where life is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge. At the same time his heart bleeds with compassion to see how much the world population is suffering without Krishna consciousness, and he fully dedicates his life to saving them from illusion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Pure Devotee, Although Fully at Peace Within,
Is Most Perturbed to See the Suffering of Others.



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is ISKCON Membership Required?

Dear Maharaja,

Does one have to be initiated in order to preach Krishna Consciousness? If an aspirant is sincere in their orientation in Krishna Consciousness, does it make a difference to be initiated? And finally does one have to be affiliated with ISKCON to be Krishna Conscious and preach?

Prem

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Answer: It Best Facilitates Krishna Consciousness

Whether they are initiated or not, all devotees should dedicate their entire lives for telling everyone about Krishna because Krishna consciousness will solve all of the problems of this planet and make everyone happy.

Since Krishna orders us to surrender to the bona fide spiritual master, committing ourselves to the spiritual master through the process known as initiation is a necessary and vital step on the pathway to spiritual perfection.

One does not have to be a member of ISKCON to be Krishna conscious and preach. But if one wants to get the best facility for becoming Krishna conscious and spreading it all over the world, there is no better opportunity anywhere in the world than being a member of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
Thursday 4 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Fully Surcharged with Transcendental Love

In the beginning of the ultimate self-realization pathway of Krishna consciousness the devotee feels some liking for Krishna. Gradually through associating with devotees and following the instructions of the bona fide spiritual master, that liking becomes more and more transformed into love, until finally the devotee becomes fully surcharged with pure transcendental love of God. This is the supreme perfection of existence. It far surpasses all other levels of self-realization.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




No Consciousness Is More Amazing and Wonderful

than Pure Love for Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: In What Mood to Remember Krishna?

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Please accept my respectful obeisances.

Thank you very much for the beautiful letter. You wrote me that I should always remember Krishna But I want to ask: In what mood must He be remembered and in what mood should I chant His holy names? Is there a difference in the attitudes of a neophyte and that of pure devotee?

Stefani

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Answer: Happy, Loving, Fully Surrendered Mood

You should remember Krishna and chant His names in a happy, loving, fully surrendered mood always eager to serve Him in any way that is required. This jolly, totally surrendered mood is the same both for the neophyte and the pure devotee. The difference is that the neophyte is practicing how to always be in this mood and the pure devotee is naturally, spontaneously always in this mood.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 3 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Unlimited Peace in Crazy, Treacherous World

In this age of Kali demoniac mentality gradually becomes more and more predominant until it becomes so much out of hand that Krishna in the form of Kalki avatar personally comes 427,000 years from now to kill the demons and usher in a new pious age, the Satya yuga. But until then we find ourselves surrounded by an ever-increasingly demoniac world. How do we cope with this? It is not difficult. All we have to do is always remember that Krishna is the enjoyer of everything, the owner of everything, and the best friend of all living beings. If we simply always remember these three sublime truths, we will always enjoy unlimited peace within ourselves no matter what kind of crazy nonsense is going on in this treacherous material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Always Remember Krishna

You Will Always Live in a World of Bliss


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Know that Gita is Authoritative?

Please accept my humble obeisances

My question is:

How can we know that the Bhagavad-gita As It Is is truly the words of Krishna, that it has not been changed in any way?

Rohan

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Answer: Carefully Transmitted by Great Authorities

The Bhagavad-gita was spoken to Arjuna by Lord Krishna 5,000 years ago on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Srila Vyasadeva, the compiler of the Vedic wisdom, is an incarnation of God and thus has the divine power to perfectly know each and every syllable of the Bhagavad-gita exactly as it was spoken. He dictated it to Ganesh, who then wrote it down, so it could be preserved in written form. Copies were made of the original document and then copies of the copies, etc. These copies that have been confirmed as the exact words of Lord Sri Krishna by all the great acharyas over the last five thousand years, including our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Therefore on the authority of these great acharyas we accept the Bhagavad-gita as authoritative.

Plus you can personally confirm that it is the exact words of Krishna. If you will simply strictly follow its teachings, in due course of time Krishna will personally appear to you and confirm that it is His exact words.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 2 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

The Proud Prideless Devotee

While a devotee is never proud of himself, choosing to always remain meek and humble, he is nevertheless very proud of so many things. He is proud of His wonderful Lord Sri Krishna, who is constantly showering unlimited mercy upon all living beings. He is proud of his spiritual master, who is delivering him from the cycle of birth death. He is proud of the devotees who are sacrificing their lives to push forward the Krishna consciousness movement for the benefit of all living beings. He greatly loves his Krishna consciousness culture knowing it to be the prime benediction for humanity at large and thus proudly advertises it to the world by wearing tilaka and Vaisnava clothing wherever he goes. He joyfully joins the harinam sankirtan party to dance and sing the Hare Krishna mantra on the city streets. He approaches everyone with transcendental literatures describing the science of Krishna consciousness to give them the opportunity to be delivered from the cycle of birth and death. In short, he is greatly proud about everything related to Krishna except for one thing, himself. And he intensely prays for that day when he can factually become Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Take Pride in their Vaisnava Culture
and Joyfully Share It for the Ultimate Benefit of All



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: See God by Becoming His Friend?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I would like to ask you following question:

Is it true that the biggest qualification to see God is the eagerness and determination to become His friend?

Regards,
Sunil

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Answer: No. By Becoming His Servant We See God.

No. Friend means on an equal level. If we want to see God we must subordinate ourselves to Him as His humble servants. It is only when Arjuna gave up the mood of being Krishna's friend and accepted Him as His spiritual master that he become transcendentally enlightened and become free from illusion and bewilderment. In the Bhagavad-gita Krishna directly orders that we should surrender to Him.

sarva-dharmān parityajya
mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ


"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

This is the formula for becoming qualified to see God at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 1 August 2011

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Perfect Scientists Are Perfect Religionists

The true meaning of science is to know things as they are. And the perfection of science is to know perfectly the one truth, which is the foundation of all existence. The true meaning of religion is to live in a state of perfect harmony with that one foundational truth. Therefore, the perfect scientist must a perfect religionist, and the perfect religionist must also be a perfect scientist. Those who see a conflict between science and religion are not true scientists, nor are they true religionists.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Reveals to Arjuna

the Perfection of Scientific Knowledge


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Isn't Just One Japa Round Sufficient?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Since the Hare Krishna mantra is so powerful, why isn't one round of japa chanting equal to sixteen rounds? Why are we told to chant more and more, if it is so powerful? Why isn't merely one round sufficient, if it is so powerful? I understand that because we are not pure repeated chanting is required to purify us. But still I have a doubt: Why just one round is not sufficient, if all powers are there in Krishna's name?

Thanks & Regards,
Akshay S.

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Answer: A Lot of Dirt Requires a Lot of Cleaning

Why would one even have to chant one round? One pure utterance of the two syllables "Krish-na" is sufficient to deliver the sincere chanter from millions and billions of lifetimes of sinful activities and transport him back to the spiritual sky for reviving his original loving relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence. But the difficulty is that our chanting is not of a very high quality.

You have understood correctly that it is because of our impurities that we require to utter Lord's holy names at least 16 rounds daily. Krishna has instructed us that we are to chant His holy names constantly 24 hours daily. Because we are not able to do this, the spiritual master mercifully gives us the concession that we can become fully Krishna conscious by chanting at least 16 rounds daily of the Hare Krishna mantra on japa mala beads along with the strict avoidance of illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. In short, when you have got a lot of dirt, a lot of cleaning is required.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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