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Friday 30 September 2011

From Tartu, Estonia
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Today's Thought:

Tasting the Supreme Bliss at Every Minute

There's one thing in this world that everybody has in common. Although nobody likes to suffer everyone is forced to suffer, even the so-called rich, powerful, famous successful people. But there is no need for so much suffering. All everyone has to do to become free from this suffering is to revive their original Krishna consciousness, which is now lying dormant within their hearts. This is done by reconnecting with the Supreme Person by serving Him with love. This simple method can be practiced even by a young child. Simply one has to bow down to Krishna or God, become His devotee, worship Him, and offer one's homage to Him. In this way one will become fully absorbed in Krishna consciousness 24 hours a day and forever be free from all the sufferings of this material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching the Secrets of Uninterrupted Supreme Bliss

26 September--Tallinn, Estonia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Of Secrets I Am Silence.

Hare Krishna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Please accept my respectful obeisances unto you,

How do you understand Prabhupada’s instruction about silence in Bhagavad-gita 10:38 when he says, “..silence is most important because by silence one can make progress very quickly.”?

J. Raul

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Answer: Avoid Nonsense As Much As Possible

To be practiced in the art of silence means to not hear or speak any mundane nonsense or to at least avoid it as much as possible. Instead one should hear and chant about Krishna as much as possible. Such chastity of the ears and tongue will greatly facilitate one's achieving the topmost perfection of pure love of Godhead as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 29 September 2011

from Tallinn, Estonia
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Today's Thought:

"Mantra Express" Lecture at Russian Theatre

The evening of 27 September 2011 was the time, and the prestigious Russian Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia was the venue that Bhakta Denis arranged for my "Mantra Express" lecture. It had been promoted on Facebook, the newspaper, and on some fliers posted around Tallinn. I did not know how many people would come, but when I arrived I was pleasantly surprised to see the auditorium was completely packed with every single seat occupied. Even some benches had to be brought in to accommodate the overflow crowd. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing people being attracted by Krishna consciousness. Of course, this is natural because every living being is originally Krishna conscious. But because we live in a world that it 99.99% unnatural it is quite rare and extremely satisfying to see a person who is attracted to hear about their original nature.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Mantra Express Lecture--27 September 2011

at the Russian Theatre--Tallinn, Estonia
















Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Do Time and Karma Act?

Honorable sir,

I want to know how do time and karma act in bringing the result of one's past deeds. I am in the growing stage of Krishna consciousness, and I have a lot of trouble on the job. It affects me spiritually. What can I do to sustain my Krishna consciousness?

Thank you,

N. Kathikeyan

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Answer: They Act to Free You From Past Sins.

To sustain your Krishna consciousness in times of difficulty always remember this:

A devotee patiently suffers the reactions to his past misdeeds taking them as a token reaction for what he actually deserves. He accepts these reactions as the blessing of Krishna to free him from his past sins. While suffering these reactions he continually offers his obeisances to the Lord within his heart, and thus he becomes an eligible candidate for liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 28 September 2011

from Tallinn, Estonia
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Today's Thought:

From Denmark to Finland to Estonia

26 September 2011 was a full travel day for us. Immediately after mangala arati at 4:30am at the ISKCON temple in Copenhagen, Denmark we headed out to the airport to check in for an early morning flight to Helsinki, Finland. After landing in Helsinki, devotees from ISKCON's Helsinki temple picked us up and drove us to the Helsinki temple for lunch. After lunch we rested for a bit, and then we took a ship across the Gulf of Finland to Tallinn, Estonia, where the devotees greeted us with a super ecstatic kirtan and where we will be teaching the science of bhakti for a week both in and outside of Tallinn.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




26 September 2011

After Crossing the Gulf of Finland...




We Had an Ecstatic Kirtan Arrival in Tallinn, Estonia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are the Vedas Mythology?

Dear Guru,

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

I pray that I am not asking a question that was covered before I became a member of the course or that I am doing anything to offend you or Lord Krishna. But I was watching a BBC production today on the history of India. They talked about the great battle that happened 5,000 years ago with Arjuna and Lord Krishna. They said that the battle was nothing more than Indian mythology and that Krishna was a king at that time. What proof is there that Lord Sri Krishna is who we know Him to be, and not just a man of the time? Or are we to take this on faith? In mythology people are said to be able to do great magical things, but it does not necessarily mean that they are true. For example in one of the early cantos of the Srimad Bhagavatam it says that because of all the mining for gold, the earth fell into a place of greater evil ( if you like) and that if we do not stop our oil drilling the same thing could happen to us. The Bhagavatam explains that Lord Krishna out of His infinite compassion changed Himself into a gigantic boar and lifted the earth into its proper orbit with His tusks. Please help me with my dilemma. I would like to take these things at face value, but some of them seem a bit of a stretch for me. If I cannot believe all of them, which parts should I accept as historical fact and which as mythology?

Your humble servant,
Bruce

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Answer: The Vedas Are History, Not Myth.

Because the Vedic histories describe many events that are beyond the limited experience and comprehension of modern day men, we often hear the foolish mundaners claim that the Vedic histories are mythology. But where is the proof of such a claim? There is no proof. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is unlimitedly powerful and can do anything both conceivable and inconceivable. So-called intellectuals blindly reject the authority of the Vedic literatures, but someone who is actually intelligent does not blindly accept or reject anything. All the descriptions given in the Vedic scriptures, even the most inconceivable ones, can be personally confirmed by anyone who awakens their original divine consciousness. The fools blindly say that only those things that are empirically verifiable can be accepted as true, even though the truth of this philosophical principle is not empirically verifiable.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 27 September 2011

from Copenhagen, Denmark
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Today's Thought:

It's Time to Get Serious

It's time to get serious about spiritual life. It does not make sense to waste any more time unnecessarily engaged in material sense gratification. Serve your bodily needs only inasmuch as you require to stay healthy. The balance energy you should fully devote to the self-realization process. If you don't get serious about awakening your actual identity, you won't become self-realized, and you will remain suffering in the cycle of repeated birth and death. Is this what you want?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sunday Feast Lecture

Copenhagen, Denmark--25 September 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Where Can I Find a Spiritual Master?

I am reading in the Bhagavad-gita that one is supposed to have a spiritual master, that the spiritual path becomes very easy when one has a spiritual master. Can you help me to find a spiritual master?

Kusum

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Answer: You're Asking Guru Where to Find Guru.

You are asking the spiritual master where you can find a spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 26 September 2011

from Copenhagen, Denmark
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Today's Thought:

Avoid the Fallacious Mayavadis

A Mayavadi is someone who sticks to the principle that the form of God is maya or an illusion. The Mayavadis use very sophisticated world jugglery to try to establish their false conclusion. Those who are not learned in the Vedic wisdom can easily be razzle-dazzled or misled by Mayavadi philosophy. Here is a classic example of their philosophy as stated by a popular Mayavadi guru:

"I am that Brahman which is bliss, which is eternal, effulgent, all-pervasive, the substratum of names and forms, which is not cognized by the impure intellect, but is cognized by the pure intellect, stainless and boundless. That is to say, when one discards the jiva (individual being) of the form of ahamkara (ego-sense), which is the apparent meaning of the word 'I', what remains merely as the effulgent and conscious Atman (Self), which is the implied meaning of the word 'I', is Brahman. This can also be understood from the following words of Arunagiriar's experience: "After swallowing me who had the form of 'I' (ego), that supreme Being remained as mere Self."

In so many words, in a very sophisticated way, the Mayavadi guru is saying that the individual self is actually God, the Supreme Self, although he may be presently in an illusioned covered state of consciousness in which he thinks himself separate from God. He is saying that the individual sense of I-ness or identity is false, that the only reality is the nameless, formless Supreme Self, the impersonal Brahman. So in a roundabout way he is saying that he is God. This directly contradicts the words the supreme authority, Lord Sri Krishna, as spoken in the Bhagavad-gita. Krishna clearly states in Chapter 2 that He and all the living entities are eternally existing as individuals in the past, present, and future. The Mayavadi philosophy is that individual identity is false, that the only reality is the impersonal, formless oneness, which they call the Self. By denying Krishna's existence as a person the Mayavadis are the greatest offenders against the Lord. Therefore any gurus who teach this Mayavadi philosophy should be avoided. We should only accept as our guru a Vaisnava, someone who knows and teaches that the Supreme Absolute Truth possesses form and personality. Lord Caitanya said that if we hear from the Mayavadis our spiritual life is doomed. We would do well to carefully follow His Caitanya's advice .

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Smashing Mayavadi Philosophy

Copenhagen, Denmark--25 September 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Spiritual Perfection Before Initiation?

Even before initiation can a person become a pure devotee of Lord Krishna by sincere chanting, proper listening, reading Vedic scriptures, and loving service to devotees and the spiritual master?

Sunil

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Answer: All Steps Must Be Completed for Perfection.

The process of becoming a pure devotee consists of nine steps as described by Srila Prabhupada and Srila Rupa Goswami:

1. Faith in the self-realization process
2. Association with devotees
3. Initiation from the bona fide spiritual master
4. Becoming free from bad habits
5. Becoming solidly fixed in Krishna consciousness
6. Developing a taste for the holy name
7. Becoming completely attached to Krishna
8. Awakening spiritual emotions
9. Awakening of pure devotional service.

You are asking me if one can become a pure devotee without taking all the steps required to become a pure devotee. The answer is obviously "no". One must execute the process properly according the guidelines of the great acharyas if he wants to awaken the pure love of God within his heart. Before initiation one can advance to step 2. But if he wants to go all the way to step 9, he cannot avoid taking step 3.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 25 September 2011

From Copenhagen, Denmark
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Today's Thought:

How Everyone Can Be Sufficiently Wealthy

People all over the world are always worried about not having sufficient money to live happily, but there is no need for all of this anxiety. Material opulence is given by Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune, who always remains engaged in loving service to God, Her beloved Lord Narayana, an expansion of Krishna. By Lakshmi's grace those who fully engage their wealth in the service of God are given whatever wealth is required to engage themselves happily in His service. It is only when we engage wealth in our own selfish purposes that we experience a constricted supply. Therefore if the people of the world would like to enjoy sufficient wealth, all they have to do is engage whatever opulence they have now in the service of God. Then they will receive more and more wealth to engage in the Lord's service. Because people are not aware of this simple fact, there is so much unnecessary anxiety all over the world about a lack of money.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Secrets of Unlimited Happiness

Copenhagen, Denmark--23 September 2011









Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do Humans Act Like Animals?

Dear Gurudeva,
My humble obeisances to you.

My question is: Even though a human being has the most intelligence to distinguish between good and evil, why is he still behaving like an animal? Is it because of his past karma that he is forced to do so?

MS

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Answer: Bad Association. Now Change It.

It is only due to bad association with materialistic men that a human being behaves like an animal. This is why it is very important to avoid worldly association as much as possible and take complete shelter of the association of the Lord's devotees. This transcendental association will make it very easy for one to realize the true purpose of his human form of life, to reawaken the dormant love of God that is sleeping inside of his heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 24 September 2011

from Copenhagen, Denmark
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Today's Thought:

The More Hopeless It Gets, the More Hopeful It Is

The world civilization is in a downward spiral, increasingly becoming more chaotic and problematic as its foundations continue disintegrating and unraveling. Because it is based on the false conception of "I am this body," it cannot continue perpetually. Sooner or later it must wind down. Foreseeing the impending collapse of the global economy, people all over the world are becoming fearful about their economic future and doubting more and more the ability of the present socioeconomic system to give them a happy, prosperous future. This situation is a great boon for the mission of the Krishna consciousness movement. For decades this movement has been trying to alert the leaders and the people in general of this planet that the present world civilization has been operating on an unsustainable artificial platform. The Krishna consciousness movement is not only giving a warning; it also has the solution. It can give peace, happiness, and prosperity to all living beings on this planet. The problem is that the world population has been lulled into a false dream that simply by economic development and sense gratification everyone can be happy. Therefore the deluded masses have not been willing to take guidance from the Krishna consciousness movement. But now as it becomes increasingly obvious to everyone that our present socioeconomic system cannot continue to meet our needs, more and more people will come to their senses and agree to take guidance, instruction, and direction from the Krishna consciousness movement. This will bring a new enlightened age of great hope and happiness for this ever more hopeless world. Therefore, the more hopeless, the more hopeful it is.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Self-Confidence for a Devotee?

Dear Guru Maharaja:

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

Can you give me some guidance on self-confidence? What's the relation between Krishna consciousness and self-confidence, and how to be self-confident in Krishna consciousness? Once you told me the main thing in business is my self-confidence, not what I eat. After I graduate, I find that self-confidence is important in both spreading Krishna consciousness and in sales job or any type of job, because only if I manifest self-confidence in my dealings and speaks, people will put trust in me.

Your humble servant
Jeffrey

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Answer: A Devotee Enjoys Unlimited Self-Confidence

As long as one tries to be self-confident on the false material platform of "I am this body," his self-confidence will always be defective and imperfect. But when one becomes self-confident on the eternal spiritual platform of "I am the eternal spirit-soul, servant of Krishna," he enjoys unlimited self-confidence that can never be destroyed by anything. Because the devotee has complete trust in himself, that he is living his life perfectly in accordance with the orders of the Lord, he is naturally greatly trusted by others and can win the trust of the entire world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 23 September 2011

from Copenhagen, Denmark
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Today's Thought:

A Brief Blip on the Screen of Eternity

In the grand scheme of things what happens in this life and in this world is not so important as long as you are fixed in Krishna consciousness. Whether you are rich or poor, powerful or weak, famous or unknown, ultimately does not make any difference as long as you can remember Krishna at the time of death. This entire life is nothing more than a brief blip on the screen of eternity. Compared to eternal time it simply comes and goes as a momentary flash only.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If One's Religion Allows Meat Eating?

Please accept my humble and respectful obeisances at your lotus feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you for your wonderful and insightful emails. I am sorry to worry you with my query.

Just a question regarding the other “faiths” – Muslim, Christian, Jews etc. We know for a fact that they are meat eaters (including eating of the sacred cow). What is their position in their next lifetime? Do they go down the spiritual ladder or do they elevate in terms of holding them to their teachings? Many of them argue that meat eating is allowed and are adamant that God has created animals for satisfying their tongues.

Veren

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Answer: All Animal Eaters Become Animals

No matter what one's religious belief may be, if he has killed an animal or paid someone else to kill an animal, as in the case of most flesh eaters, he must himself be killed by that same animal. Therefore in Sanskrit the word for flesh is mamsa. Mam means "me," and sa means "he." So mamsa means that as I am eating an animal, that animal will in future eat me. This exchange will occur with each animal that one has eaten. Just as the law of gravity works equally on everyone no matter what is one's religion, the law of karma also works equally on everyone without regard to their religion. This is why even the Bible commands its followers not to kill.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 22 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Taking the Ultimate Experience to Denmark

After two-and-a-half weeks of spreading the amazing science of Krishna bhakti in Bulgaria and Romania we are now heading north to do the same in Denmark for a few days. And then it's onward to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia. No matter how sweet Krishna consciousness gets, it magically continues to get sweeter and sweeter without any end. What could be more joyful than this? To sing and dance the transcendental glories of the Lord in the association of Lord's devotees is the ultimate experience.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Super Ecstatic Ratha Yatra Kirtan

Burgas, Bulgaria--10 September 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Are People by Nature Godless?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

In the Bhagavad-gita Krishna is saying that if He does not teach the universe to live in a godly way, godlessness will prevail. Why does godlessness prevail, not godliness? In other words, why are people by nature godless?

Your humble servant

Deo

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Answer: Godly Nature is Covered by Godlessness

Everyone is by nature godly. It is only due to bad association that the godly become godless. This is why we must expand the Krishna consciousness movement more and more, to help all men regain their original godly nature. At the present time it is through the Krishna consciousness movement that God is teaching the entire world how to become godly.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 21 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

A Skeptic Dropped Out of Our E-Course

Recently a subscriber who had been enrolled in our course for almost two years dropped out. When asked the reason for cancelling his subscription he said, "I am a skeptic." Not wanting to let him miss the opportunity of achieving life's goal of realizing the highest truth, I wrote him as follows in response to his cancellation:

"We thank you very much for checking out our e-course and have noted that you are dropping out because you are a skeptic. Kindly note that if one takes skepticism to its logical conclusion, one has to be ultimately be skeptical about everything including even skepticism itself. In other words after one has expanded his skepticism to its final conclusion, he ultimately has to reject skepticism in order to be true to the principle of skepticism. And then it is at that point that he is ready to be shown the inner meaning of reality. So kindly take your skepticism to its ultimate conclusion. Do not remain a half-baked skeptic. When you have reached the logical conclusion of your skepticism, kindly come back and we will teach you how to personally experience the secrets of the universe and even the amazing reality that lies beyond the universe."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Chanting Four Rounds Purely Enough?

What is the importance of following Srila Prabhupada's order to chant at least 16 rounds daily of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads? If a person is so busy that he can only chant four rounds daily but does it with purity, is this right or not?

Shailendra

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Answer: Pure Chanting Naturally Increases

If the doctor prescribes that you need a certain amount of medicine in order to recover your health and you decide independently that you know better than the doctor and you will cut the dosage to one half or to one quarter, what will happen? You will remain sick.

Similarly, when the spiritual master prescribes that you need to chant at least 16 rounds daily in order to recover from the disease known as the cycle of birth and death, what will be the result? You will remain in the cycle of birth and death.

Purity means to obey the spiritual master. If we disobey the spiritual master that is impurity. There is no question of purity when we disobey the spiritual master.

Are you too busy to eat? No. You will somehow or other find time to eat, even if you are super busy. Eating is feeding the body, which is a mere covering of the self. Chanting 16 rounds is the basic diet for feeding the soul, the actual self within. Therefore, if there is purity, your taste for japa will automatically increase and you will naturally find the time to increase the number of your rounds to at least 16, just as you always find time to eat. Pure chanting is not stagnant. It is dynamic, ecstatic, and ever-increasing.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 20 September 2011

from Timisoara, Romania
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Today's Thought:

Take This Key and Open the Door

There is no reason for you to languish any more suffering here in the cycle of birth and death. Awaken now and enter into your eternal spiritual identity as a servant of God. Come now through the science of bhakti or devotion to that wondrous dimension beyond time and space where life is eternal, full of unlimited knowledge, and full of unfathomed bliss. Don't cheat yourself by remaining under illusion. Take this key and open the door to your liberation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Opening the Door to Unfathomed Bliss

Lecture in Timisoara, Romania--18 September 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Mind Goes Back to Bodily Concepts?

Why does the mind keep going back to bodily concepts even after realization of the truth?

Raghavendra

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Answer: You Are Not Getting a Higher Taste.

If your mind keeps going back to bodily concepts, this means that you are not getting a higher taste. In other words, your realization of the truth is not mature. To get that higher taste, to become mature in your realization you first of all must have faith in the self-realization process, the process of Krishna consciousness. Then you must associate with pure devotees and take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master by initiation. In this way by giving up your bad habits and becoming solidly fixed in Krishna consciousness you will experience a very sweet taste that will fully liberate you from all bodily concepts and attractions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 19 September 2011

from Timisoara, Romania
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Today's Thought:

Daily Personal, Private Meeting with God

Every day the devotees of Krishna are blessed with the most sublime opportunity of a private, personal meeting with God. This is the time that the devotees spend chanting the Hare Krishna mantra on their japa mala beads. Sometimes when people hear that the devotees have accepted a daily vow of chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra at least 1,728 times daily, which takes one-and-a-half to two hours, they think that this is excessive. They find it odd that someone can spend so much time praying. But these same persons think nothing of spending so many hours a day wasting their time with their friends and family members in so many varieties of nonsensical activities, which do nothing but degrade their consciousness more and more. There is truly nothing more treasurable or sublime than personally meeting with God. This is the special privilege given every day to the devotees of Lord Sri Krishna and to anyone else who is willing to spend time calling out the names of God begging Him to be engaged in His service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Bliss of Krishna Consciousness

Lecture in Arad, Romania--17 September 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Yogic Meditation and Mantra Meditation

Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to ask following question: Lord Krishna says "The yogi by meditation develops a tranquil mind free from passions and devoid of sinful reactions, gets endowed with the spiritual substratum pervading all existence, certainly gets supreme bliss." What is the difference between this yogic meditation and the mantra recitation of the devotees?.

Janardan M.

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Answer: The Devotee is the Highest Yogi.

Krishna describes the meditational process of the yogis in Chapter Six of the Bhagavad-gita as follows:

"To practice yoga, one should go to a secluded place and should lay kusa grass on the ground and then cover it with a deerskin and a soft cloth. The seat should be neither too high nor too low and should be situated in a sacred place. The yogi should then sit on it very firmly and practice yoga to purify the heart by controlling his mind, senses and activities and fixing the mind on one point. One should hold one's body, neck and head erect in a straight line and stare steadily at the tip of the nose. Thus, with an unagitated, subdued mind, devoid of fear, completely free from sex life, one should meditate upon Me within the heart and make Me the ultimate goal of life."

To realize the highest truth in this way takes a very long time. For example it took Valmiki Muni 60,000 years to become self-realized through this system. This system was practical during the Satya yuga when men lived to be 100,000. But in this age of Kali when our life span is only up to 100 years, this yoga system is not practical. Plus it requires that one leave his home and live in a secluded place such as the Himalayan mountains. One must sever all ties with his wife and family. He must live as mendicant without any money surviving on whatever nature provides. How many people nowadays can even dream of doing such austerities?

When Arjuna become disturbed on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra, he was thinking to give up his professional duty and retire to the forest for yogic meditation. But Krishna taught him as follows in the Bhagavad-gita:

yoginām api sarveṣāṁ
mad-gatenāntar-ātmanā
śraddhāvān bhajate yo māṁ
sa me yuktatamo mataḥ

"And of all yogis, the one with great faith who always abides in Me,
thinks of Me within himself, and renders transcendental loving service to Me—
he is the most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all.
That is My opinion."

Bhagavad-gita 6.47

The devotees meditate on the Hare Krishna mantra. But it is not that the devotee simply practices mantra meditation. He engages his entire being in loving service the Supreme Personality of Godhead twenty-four hours daily. In this way he becomes qualified to attain the spiritual world in one lifetime. What will take the yogi many lifetimes can be achieved by the devotee in one lifetime. Just as Arjuna, after surrendering to Krishna, remained in his profession and remained a married man, the devotee can also remain in his profession without having to give up his family and the comforts of home life. Simply he lovingly offers everything to Krishna and becomes the highest yogi.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 18 September 2011

from Arad, Romania
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Today's Thought:

Sweet Transcendental Krishna Consciousness

On 16 September 2011, after a rather unpleasant journey from Sofia, Bulgaria consisting of two separate propeller plane flights we finally arrived in Timisoara, Romania. I was sick with a nasty cold and thus feeling very weak. My voice was practically gone. Speaking and singing were very difficult. I felt like a croaking toad struggling to sing and speak nicely. But in spite of all this I was relishing the sweet transcendental nature of Krishna's name and teachings. Krishna consciousness is just like Krishna, inconceivably nectarean. In any condition we can relish the sweetest happiness simply by being devoted to Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Relishing the Sweet Flavor of Krishna Consciousness

Lecture in Timisoara, Romania--16 September 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:
Question: Body is Guilty of Sin, Not the Self?

My parents say that sins are done by the body (deham) not the self (dehi or atma) within the body. Their logic is that once the body dies and is burnt or buried all the sins go away, that the self or atma is immortal and pious and thus has no sins on its record. Is this true?

Dr. R.S.

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Answer: No. The Self is Guilty, Not the Body

If this were true, the murderer could claim that he was not guilty of killing his victim because it was the gun that actually killed the victim, not the murderer. He could claim that the gun should be punished instead of the killer. "Destroy the gun and let me go free because the gun killed the victim, not me." This sort philosophy may be very appealing to the sinful person. But it will not hold up in the court of universal judgment of Yamaraja, the god of death. The body is engaged in sinful activities by the owner of the body. Therefore it is that owner of the body who must be punished for transgressing the laws of God. The death of the body does not bring an end to the sinful karma.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 17 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Transforming Kama into Prema

Just as milk is transformed into yogurt when it comes into contact with sour tamarind, when our original prema or pure love of God comes into contact with the material mode of passion, it is transformed into kama or lust. And conversely, if we engage our passion in the service of the Lord, our kama, our lustful tendency to enjoy this material world, will be transformed back into prema, pure love of God. This should be the goal of everyone here in this material world, if they want to attain true, lasting happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Tolerate Dualities?

Gurudeva,

Namaste.

I would like to ask following question: How to develop capacity to withstand dualities such as heat and cold or pleasure and pain?

Janardan M.

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Answer: Take Shelter of Krishna

If you will take shelter of Krishna in all circumstances, you will not be disturbed by the always present dualities of the material nature.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 16 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Dreadlessly Looking Forward to Every Minute

Krishna consciousness is so nectarean that we can dreadlessly look forward to every minute of our day and every day of our life because every day and every minute is the most sublime opportunity to connect with the unlimitedly sweet and merciful Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Kali Yuga is Getting Worse?

If Lord Caitanya predicted that the holy names of the Lord would be spread to every town and village in the world, why is the Kali yuga (the age of quarrel and hypocrisy) continuing to get worse and worse?

De Pa

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Answer: Kali Yuga Can Be Stopped

Because the holy names of Krishna have spread all over the world by the mercy of Lord Caitanya and the dynamic preaching of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Kali yuga is not nearly as bad as it would have been otherwise. Now if we can induce everyone to chant Hare Krishna, the influence of the Kali Yuga will become nil and everyone will drown in an ocean of transcendental bliss of love of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 15 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Continue Evolving to Superconsciousness

If a job is 99% completed, why trash it? The intelligent thing to do is to finish off the last 1%. Therefore, after transmigrating in the cycle of birth and death through 8,000,000 species of life, in which there are gradually higher and higher levels of consciousness to reach the human form, it makes sense to finish the remaining 1% in the evolution of consciousness by becoming super conscious or Krishna conscious. Why turn around and go back down in the evolutionary cycle after coming this far? After evolving through 8,000,000 forms the intelligent person continues and finishes the process of evolution by awakening his superconsciousness or Krishna consciousness instead of devolving back down to the animal and plant kingdoms.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing Superconsciousness

at the Krishna Yoga Center--Burgas, Bulgaria
11 September 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: More Consciousness Is More Pain?

Dear Gurudeva,

Many thanks for providing daily thoughts which are helpful in getting some straight answers to practical questions.

I was reading Srila Prabhupada’s purport to SB 3.21.7 (describing the situation of a child in its mother’s womb) wherein a statement is made as below:

“Because his consciousness is not very developed, the child can tolerate it, otherwise he would die."

I have a clarification to be sought from you. This indicates that as one develops more and more consciousness he will feel more and more pain. Then what is the use of developing consciousness? How is Krishna consciousness related to the consciousness used in this statement? Or does this mean, if one develops Krishna consciousness, he feels his minute pain as well as other’s pain?

Many thanks for providing insight into this subject.

With regards,

M. Raviraja


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Answer: Beyond Pain and Transcendental Pain

As he grows, the child within the womb is developing more and more bodily consciousness. In other words he is becoming more and more aware of the pains and pleasures of his body. This is different from Krishna consciousness. Krishna consciousness or superconsciousness is when the consciousness develops even further and transcends the limits of bodily consciousness by connecting with Krishna or God.

On the plane of Krishna consciousness there may still be awareness of the pains and pleasures of the body, but the devotee is detached from them experiencing them as something out there in the external energy. The only pain that affects the heart of the fully Krishna conscious devotee is the pain of seeing so many millions and billions of people who have attained the human form but are completely devoid of Krishna consciousness. This breaks the heart of the realized devotee who therefore dedicates his entire life for awakening the fallen, conditioned souls of this world to their original enlightened state of Krishna consciousness or superconsciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 14 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

The Ultimate Perfection of Existence

There is no reason to suffer in a drab, boring material existence when you can be swimming in an ocean of love at every minute. The love of which I speak is Krishna prema, pure love of God, because that love is perfect in that it does not demand anything in return. When you give your love to Krishna or God that love is automatically distributed to every living being throughout the entire existence and you experience an indescribably wonderful feeling of happiness that goes on increasing unlimitedly for all of eternity. There is nothing better than this. This is the ultimate perfection of existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Ultimate Perfection of Existence

Krishna Yoga Center--Burgas, Bulgaria
11 September 2011


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Question: How Allah Consciousness is Krishna Consciousness?

Dear Gurudeva,

Regarding Allah consciousness, the Muslims are not strict vegetarians in accordance with Lord Krishna's desire. Many times, Gurudeva, you have said that Allah consciousness is acceptable as Krishna consciousness. But they sacrifice cows for their meal, and this is not a sin in their religion. So for sure Allah consciousness cannot be the same as Krishna or God consciousness. I’m very confused how you can accept Allah consciousness to be the same as Krishna consciousness.

Madhavan

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Answer: Killing Innocent Cows is Blood-Lust Consciousness

It is confirmed by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada that Allah is a name for God. So in that sense whether we say Allah consciousness or Krishna consciousness we are talking about the same subject matter. However, if one commits sinful activities such as killing innocent cows and other animals, that is not true Allah consciousness or Krishna consciousness. That is blood-lust consciousness. We are requesting therefore that our Muslim brothers worship Allah or the Supreme Lord by offering Him only vegetarian foods. We have no objection to the name "Allah". But we strongly object to sinful activities being conducted in the name of any religion. When Lord Caitanya was discussing the Koran with the Muslim magistrate, Chand Kazi, He said, "What kind of religion is this in which you kill your mother and father, the cow and the bull?". Chand Kazi accepted Lord Caitanya's argument and adopted Krishna bhakti by surrendering himself unto Lord Caitanya.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 13 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Why Do I Exist?

Why do I exist? This is the most basic, essential question that every human should know the answer to. If we have no idea why we exist, what is the difference between us and the animals? There is no difference. The animals eat; we eat. The animals sleep; we sleep. The animals mate; we mate. The animals defend themselves, and we also defend ourselves. What differentiates us from the animals is our ability to ponder the purpose of our existence. The modern day scientists foolishly tell us that there is no reason at all for our existence, that we are simply the products of a random combination of material elements. But nothing could be further from the truth because order does not arise out of chaos. It's not that we can throw a stick of dynamite into a stack of building materials and expect to get a nicely constructed house out of the explosion. There has to be supreme organizer behind this creation, and our purpose is to live in harmony with His purpose.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture
Saint Vlas, Bulgaria--11 September 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How is the Spiritual Body Made?

Dear Gurudeva,

Bless me.

My question is: The material body is made up of bones and flesh. But how is the spiritual body made?

Kowsthub Srihari

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Answer: Composed of Eternity, Knowledge, and Bliss

The spiritual body is composed of eternity, knowledge, and bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 12 September 2011

from Saint Vlas, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Even More Bliss in Burgas

It's amazing how unlimited bliss can become even more unlimited. Well, that's what happened on 10 September in Burgas, Bulgaria where we held another Ratha Yatra festival. At one point in the middle of the parade the devotees asked me to lead kirtan and give a speech. I poured my heart and soul into that kirtan trying to chant with so much enthusiasm that the whole world be attracted to join the kirtan. I was yelling out to the people surrounding our kirtan, "Whole world, chant Hare Krishna." By the unlimited mercy of Lord Sri Krishna many of the local people were in fact quite attracted by the kirtan. It was pretty ecstatic.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Transcendental Bliss Explosion

Burgas, Bulgaria--10 September 2011


The Devotees Asked Me to the Lead Kirtan


Krishna's Name is Krishna Himself. What Bliss!


God Himself Dances on our Tongues


Even a Baby Was Inspired to Join the Kirtan


There is Nothing Sweeter than the Mahamantra


May the Whole World Join Our Kirtan Party


After the Kirtan I Spoke a Few Words


And Then I Did Jagannatha Cart Pulling Duty


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Our Wishes Are Not Granted?

Gurudeva,

Namaste.

I am a reader of your "Thought for the Day" emails daily. My questions are:

1. While we are in this material body why don't we get our wishes granted by Krishna?

2. Can't we simply use our free will to get back our original spiritual body without having to undergo any kind of training?

Thank you
Ramiah

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Answer: Get What You Deserve, Not What is Desired

Our prayers are granted in accordance with what we deserve, not what we desire.

Spiritual body means only spiritual desires with no material desires. Therefore to qualify for being reinstated in your original spiritual body you must be restored to your original pure identity in which you are completely free from all material desires. This requires a lifetime of training.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 11 September 2011

from the road to Aheloy, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Lord Jagannatha Conquers Sliven, Bulgaria

There was an explosion of bliss on 9 September 2011 in Sliven, Bulgaria as Lord Jagannatha traveled in procession through the center of Sliven's central shopping market accompanied by His singing and dancing devotees. There was so much ecstasy generated that everyone along the parade route could do nothing but absorb themselves in observing this amazing celebration of transcendental bliss. May the whole world be soon captured by the sweet mercy of Lord Jagannatha.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Transcendental Blisskrieg in Sliven, Bulgaria

9 September 2011



Devotees Sing and Dance in Love of God



Local Teenagers Join in the Bliss



Sliven Police Observe the Bliss



Lecture to the Slivenites on Krishna Bhakti


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Soul First Gets a Material Body?

Gurudeva,
Namaste

I would like to ask you the following question: The connection and disconnection of the individual consciousness of all living entities from the physical body is known as birth and death. Why does it get connected to a physical body in the first place?

Yours in yoga

Janardan M.

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Answer: He Desires to Enjoy the Lord's Energy

When the pure living entity in the spiritual world misuses his minute independence by desiring to lord it over the energy of the Supreme Lord, he is given an opportunity to do so by being awarded a material body here in this material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 10 September 2011

from on the road to Sliven, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Celebrate the Ecstatic Reality

The real ecstatic reality is that we are all eternal spirit-souls, each possessing a unique ecstatic loving relationships with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So why should we suffer unnecessarily in this material existence? This does not make any sense. All we have to do is revive our actual identities and celebrate forever in a festival of divine love with the Supreme Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Home Program--Nassebar, Bulgaria
8 September 2011






Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Liberated Soul Can Become Conditioned?

It is said that we have an eternal relationship with Lord Krishna. This means we had this relationship from time immemorial. Now let us consider a particular time when we were conditioned. Does this not mean that we were previously liberated? So, how can someone be conditioned after liberation? If we were conditioned from the beginning, then how can we say, "back to Godhead"? If we can be conditioned even after liberation, what is the meaning of "sat cit ananda" (eternity, knowledge, and bliss)? Please elaborate on this and bless me with a better understanding of Krishna and liberation.

Subrahmanyam,

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Answer: By Misuse of Independence

Previously we were liberated in our eternal relationships with Krishna. That's a fact. But just as a free, liberated citizen can become a criminal due to a misuse of his freedom and consequently become arrested and put into prison, in the same way if a liberated soul misuses his independence, he will be imprisoned within this material existence.

Each of us has an eternal nature of sat, cit, and ananda (eternity, knowledge, and bliss). But just as gold can be covered by dirt, our eternal sat-cit-ananda natures have become covered by asat, acit, and nirananda (temporality, ignorance and misery.)

The good news it that by taking seriously to the pathway of self-realization we can in one lifetime revive our original sat-cit-ananda, liberated natures and return to our eternal relationships with the Lord in the spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 9 September 2011

from Aheloy, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Our False Declaration of Independence

In this material world by our practical daily activities in complete neglect of the Supreme Lord we falsely declare our independence from God. This is ludicrous because at every moment we are fully dependent upon God for everything: the air we breath, our food, water, clothing, shelter, and all other varieties of resources that we utilize to maintain our comforts of life. We cannot exist for a moment without these necessities of life, which He kindly supplies us. We should be constantly engaged in glorifying and remembering the transcendental name, fame, qualities, and pastimes of that most amazing Supreme Personality of Godhead, but yet we have the audacity to declare our independence by ignoring His existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Devotion or Detachment? Which Is First?

Kindly say which comes first: devotion or detachment? Should one first get detached to come to the platform of bhakti, or should he perform bhakti without being qualified to do so, to attain detachment?

Vandana

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Answer: Be Devoted. Detachment Will Follow.

Detachment without bhakti is artificial and therefore cannot remain. It is only when one comes to the platform of bhakti that genuine, permanent detachment becomes manifested. So focus on bhakti, even if you have no qualification. The only requirement for bhakti is the intense greed to attain it. We are not interested in cultivating detachment separately from bhakti. Our desire is to come to the platform of complete, total attachment to Krishna. It is only when one comes to this consciousness that he becomes perfect in detachment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 8 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

First Class Service

Always do a first class job in your service to Krishna because your Krishna consciousness depends on it. In other words you can only be Krishna conscious to the extent that your service is nicely done. If you do tenth class service, your Krishna consciousness will be tenth class. And if your do first class service, your Krishna consciousness will be first class. You can learn how to do first class service from those devotees whose service is first class. So take full advantage of advanced association and become a first class devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is Krishna Accepted as Supreme?

Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaja,

Why does ISKCON accept Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead? What is the position of the devatas and avatars?

Your servant,

R.K.

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Answer: Vedas and Great Sages Confirm This

ISKCON accepts Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead because this is the ultimate conclusion of the Vedic literatures and all the great acharyas. And this is confirmed by Sri Arjuna as follows in the Bhagavad-gita:

arjuna uvāca
paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma
pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān
puruṣaṁ śāśvataṁ divyam
ādi-devam ajaṁ vibhum

āhus tvām ṛṣayaḥ sarve
devarṣir nāradas tathā
asito devalo vyāsaḥ
svayaṁ caiva bravīṣi me

"Arjuna said: You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
the ultimate abode, the purest, the Absolute Truth.
You are the eternal, transcendental, original person, the unborn, the greatest.
All the great sages such as Narada, Asita, Devala and Vyasa
confirm this truth about You, and now You Yourself are declaring it to me."
---Bhagavad-gita 10.12-13

The devatas or demigods are the various controllers of the universal affairs such as the wind and the rain. They are servants of the Supreme Lord. They are not the Supreme Lord. The different avatars such as Lord Rama and Lord Nrsimhadeva are Krishna Himself manifesting in different pastimes for the pleasure and protection of His devotees.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 7 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Who Are You?

Do you know who you are? Do you consider yourself to belong to a certain gender, race, nationality, or age bracket? If you do, you are grossly mistaken. You have nothing to do with any of these identities because you are not your material body. You are instead an eternal spiritual being, who is constitutionally a servant of Krishna or God. If you want factual permanent happiness, you must solidly resituate yourself in your original, natural consciousness. This enlightened state is known as Krishna consciousness, and can also be designated as Christ consciousness, Jehovah consciousness, or Allah consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Real Self--Sofia, Bulgaria

5 September 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Objection: We Cannot Concentrate on a Formless God

From what I understand from the scriptures, meditation is not concentration, but we call it de-concentration because scriptures say we meditate by saying "neti neti" (not this not that). God is not a thing whereupon we can concentrate. When we solve a problem, we can concentrate because our intellect has the ability to capture a problem. Intellect does not have capability to capture God. Therefore when we take our mind from other things we get a glimpse of God.

In bhakti, the path of devotion, we try to remember Lord Krishna or pray to Lord Krishna to give us His glimpse. We don't concentrate here as well.

Please correct my understanding.

Narendra B.

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Answer: Don't Throw Away the Baby with the Bathwater

The "neti neti" meditation, which literally means, "not this, not that" is for clearing away all the material obstacles so that one can concentrate his mind in a state of pure transcendental meditation on the form of God, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna. "Neti neti" is not meant to negate God's form, which is the very object of our meditation. It is simply meant to clear away all the material obstacles. Just as the mother who bathes her baby does not throw the baby away with the bath water, we should be careful not to negate the transcendental form of God when we go through the cleansing process of negating our attachment to the material forms, which are the very cause of our bondage in the cycle of birth and death.

According to the impersonal conception of God, meditation is de-concentration because if God is formless, meditation must mean to completely detach the mind from all forms. In other words, according to the impersonal conception there is nothing ultimately existing upon which to fix or concentrate the mind. Therefore, for the impersonalists meditation is a de-fixing or de-concentrating of the mind. Your idea of de-concentration makes perfect sense as long as we assume an impersonal, formless God.

But this impersonal, formless conception of God is not scientifically valid, either from the viewpoint of logic, Vedic science, or modern day empirical science. When the Vedas describe the Supreme as formless this means that God has no material form. This does not mean that He has no spiritual form. It is confirmed in the Brahma-samhita that Krishna has eternal form composed of eternity, knowledge, and bliss:

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


"Krishna who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead.
He has an eternal blissful spiritual form.
He is the origin of all. He has no other origin
and He is the prime cause of all causes."
--Brahma-samhita 5.1

From the standpoint of empirical science there has never been a scientific experiment to prove that form can be generated from nothingness or formlessness.

And from the standpoint of logic if everything is ultimately one impersonal formless lump, we do not even exist to be engaged in the act of meditation.

It is directly instructed in the Bhagavad-gita that we should concentrate our minds on the person Krishna as stated here:

man-manā bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yājī māṁ namaskuru
mām evaiṣyasi yuktvaivam
ātmānaṁ mat-parāyaṇaḥ


"Engage your mind always in concentrating on Me, become My devotee,
offer obeisances to Me and worship Me.
Being completely absorbed in Me,
surely you will come to Me."
--Bhagavad-gita 9.34

While it is true that we cannot capture Krishna or God with our intellect, we can capture Him with a loving heart. He is actually very eagerly waiting for us to capture Him by our love, just as Mother Yasoda captured Him by her love. If you truly love someone, you will always think of them 24 hours a day. The more you think of them, the more your love will grow. So please always concentrate your mind on Krishna in transcendental loving meditation 24 hours a day, and you will capture Him.

In a mood of humble service to you, I was forced to point out your mistaken understanding on this point to clear away all the obstacles on your path way of spiritual realization. I hope you understand and can appreciate my humble attempt to correct and enlighten you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 6 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Escaping the Hellish Nightmare

In spite of all its temporary fleeting pleasures, in the final analysis this material life is a hellish nightmare. We want to live forever, but yet we are dragged to death by the inexorable wheel of time. We want to stay young and energized forever, but yet we are forced to get old and invalid. We want to always be healthy, but yet we have to get sick again and again. The good news is that this nightmarish situation is not the ultimate reality. It is only a covered version of reality. All we have to do to become free from this hellish nightmare to come out of the covering like a caterpillar emerging from its cocoon to become a butterfly. We simply have to wake up to our eternal identities as pure spirit souls, eternal servants of Lord Sri Krishna, by chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra with love on a regular daily basis.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Radhastami Kirtan-Sofia, Bulgaria-5 September 2011



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Definition of Meditation

Hare Krishna, Gurudeva,

What is the exact definition or meaning of meditation? Is it concentration?

Aluru

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Answer: Thinking of Krishna Always

Meditation is different from concentration. You can fix your mind intensely on anything and be engaged in concentration. It is only when you fix your mind on God that you are engaged in meditation. Always thinking of Krishna. That is real meditation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 5 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

The Appearance Day of Srimati Radharani

Today in Bulgaria it is Radhastami, the appearance day of Srimati Radharani. Radharani is our most beloved spiritual mother. Today we fast until noon and then partake of the feast that has been prepared for her. Those who are especially fortunate will be in the kitchen this morning preparing her feast. Devotees who are at home can also celebrate her appearance day by fasting and by preparing and partaking of a feast in her honor.

It is only because of her unlimited kindness that we have access to her beloved Lord Sri Krishna. Mother Radharani is most kind. If we pray to her to tell Krishna about us, she will recommend us to Krishna that we are better devotees than she. In this way, by her divine grace, we will get the attention and special blessings of Krishna and our lives will be become perfect. This is how we should pray on this most auspicious day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 


Srimati Radharani Worships Her Beloved Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Serving God is Serving Mankind?

My humble obeisances,

How far is the statement, "Madhava seva is manava seva," correct or relevant today?

Surendranathan

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Answer: Watering the Root Nourishes the Tree

The concept, "Madhava seva is manava seva," which means, "Serving God is serving mankind," is a universally valid principle, which has always been true and will always be true. God is the root of the entire tree of creation, and everything else is the leaves and branches of that tree. Just as when we water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are nourished, when we give our love to Krishna or God, that love is automatically distributed to all living beings throughout the entire creation. This is the perfection of service.

Some people say it the other way around that serving man is serving God--manava seva is Madhava seva. But then they kill the cows and the unborn children within the womb. This is not service. This is a disturbance. And besides that, why only serve man? There are millions of other species. Why they should be neglected? There is also God. Why He should be neglected? You cannot water a tree by watering its leaves and branches. You can only water a tree by watering its root. Similarly, you cannot water the tree of creation by watering the creation. You must water the root of creation. And that is the Creator, Krishna or God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 4 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Be a Liberated Person from the Very Beginning

It is not difficult to become a liberated person. When we say, "liberated" we mean liberated from the clutches of the material nature. We are not speaking of the so called liberation of the sense gratifiers, which is nothing but bondage in disguise. Becoming such a genuinely liberated person is not at all difficult. Srila Prabhupada very nicely describes this in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 4.42:

"The Lord is definitely the supreme person, and His activities are transcendental. One who understands this is a liberated person from the very beginning of his study of Bhagavad-gita."

So all that is required to be a liberated person, even as one begins this path of Krishna bhakti, is to understand that Krishna is definitely the supreme person and that all His activities are transcendental. If one hears submissively from a bona fide spiritual master and serves him with love, it is not at all difficult to understand these points and become a liberated person.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Overcome Negativity?

I'm Lord Kishna's devotee, and I have a problem of negative thinking. My point of view is negative. No matter how many times I try to think Krishna consciously, bad thoughts ultimately come to my mind. Due to all this negativity, bad things keep coming true in my practical daily life. My chanting is also declining. Why Krishna is not helping me? Please guide me.

Manisha S.

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Answer: Take Advantage of Key to Spiritual Success

There is nothing wrong with negativity if you utilize it properly in Krishna's service. To become liberated from material bondage, requires both negativity and positivity. Negativity means to give up the association of worldly people because it is the pathway to hell. And positivity means to accept the association of devotees because it is the pathway to the spiritual world.

To get rid of bad thoughts--which come in in the categories of lust, greed, anger, madness, illusion, and envy--you should constantly chant Hare Krishna and read Vedic literature as much possible. Your mind has been contaminated for thousands and millions of lifetimes. So you must now be very determined and patient as the process of Krishna consciousness gradually clears the contamination out of your mind.

Whatever bad things happen to you are actually good things in disguise because through the so-called bad experiences you are burning off the reactions from your past sinful activities. So don't be disturbed by the so-called bad things. They are part of Krishna's plan to make you qualified for returning to His spiritual kingdom as soon as possible. The key to spiritual success is to remain completely sinless by strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxicating, and gambling as well as chanting at least 16 rounds daily of the Hare Krishna mahamantra. This will qualify you for spiritual perfection as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 3 September 2011

from Sofia, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Weathering the Storms

There are many storms that we must endure while crossing the ocean of material existence on our return to the spiritual sky. So if we want to successfully cross this dangerous ocean, we must be determined captains to keep our ships on course through all varieties of circumstances. To keep our ships on course we must always remember Krishna. The easiest way to do that is to always chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra as much as possible at least 1,728 times a day. 1,728 repetitions of the mahamantra is accomplished by chanting 16 rounds on japa mala beads. Why this number? This number gives a full charge of our spiritual batteries for one day of Krishna consciousness. In this connection it is interesting to note that the most pious age, the Satya Yuga, has a duration of 1,728,000 years.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why 8,400,000 Species?

Why God has created 8,400,000 different species?

Your servant

Jagdish

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Answer: 8,400,000 Different Ways to Enjoy

God has created the 8,400,000 different species to facilitate the conditioned soul's desire to enjoy this material world. The illusioned living being tries in one way to enjoy and is not satisfied. Then he tries to enjoy in another way and is still not satisfied. Because he so many desires to enjoy this material world, Krishna kindly facilitates him by giving him 8,400,000 different ways to try to enjoy this material world. But when he comes to his senses, he realizes that this material world is simply a place of misery, no matter what position he may take here, he inquires why he is suffering and desires to realize the Absolute Truth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 2 September 2011

from London, England
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Today's Thought:

Life is Sublime--On the Road Again

Krishna consciousness is so wonderful that life is sublime no matter what you are doing in Krishna consciousness. The seven weeks we just spent off the road at Bhaktivedanta Ashram in Austin, Texas were the sweetest nectar, so relishable that we could have stayed there forever. And now that we are out on another around-the-world lecture tour, this is also the sweetest nectar. The key to experiencing the ultimate happiness is that whatever you are doing, do it for Krishna. Let Him be the enjoyer of the results of your activities. Then you can engage in any occupational duty and experience it as the sweetest nectar.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Question: Is Jesus the Only Way?

Dear Master,

My question is: Is Jesus the Christ the son of Lord Krishna?

I ask this because Jesus tells us,"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by me."

Thank you very much,

Andrea von Roth
Chile

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Answer: His Way is the Only Way

Since in the Bible Jesus Christ reveals that He is the son of God, and since in the Bhagavad-gita Krishna reveals that He is God, the father of all living beings, we can conclude that Jesus Christ is the son of Lord Krishna. Although he may have used a different name for the Supreme Person in his preaching, the Supreme Person can only be one, although the names may be different. For example in Spanish a flower is called "flor" and in English it is called "flower." But in spite of the different names, the flower is the same.

Christ was the perfect embodiment of pure bhakti, pure devotional service to Lord Krishna. This is the way that he defines himself to be. So when he says that no one comes to the Father except through him, he is saying that no one comes to the Father except through the way of pure devotion.

Those who separate Christ from pure devotion will derive a fanatical, divisive understanding from Christ's word's. Those who identify Christ with pure devotion will understand that he is teaching the universal bhakti path, not a fanatical divisive sect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 1 September 2011

from the Austin, Texas USA Airport
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Today's Thought:

Living in the Eternal Spring

The other day I read an article in which the author was stating that he is now in the autumn of his life. Even though I am of a similar age to him, in my sixties, I am thinking differently about my age. Of course, externally the sixties are one's autumn years. If we take into account a 100 year life span, up to 25 years is spring, 26 to 50 is summer, 51 to 75 is autumn, and 76 to 100 is winter. But by living in one's eternal identity as Krishna's servant, one remains an eternal youth and is living in the eternal spring, no matter what age his body may be.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Live in an Eternal Spring with the Eternal Youth



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Question: What is Your Advise to All Human Beings?

Your mails are very inspiring. Really and truly Krishna's mercy and guru's selfless tapasya has made the sanatana dharma way of life so simple and livable. What is your one advice to all human beings?

Raghavendra R.

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Answer: Surrender Fully to Krishna Now

My request to all livings throughout the entire material existence is that everyone should surrender fully to Lord Krishna right now without any hesitation. This is the simple solution for all of our problems and anxieties.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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