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Monday 31 October 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Sweeter than the Sweetest Nectar

On Srila Prabhupada's disappearance day in Vrindavan the assembled ocean of devotees were privileged to hear so many disciples of Srila Prabhupada speak their offerings of love. The master of ceremonies, Dina Bandhu Prabhu, explained that because there were 85 Prabhupada disciples present that not everyone would get a chance to speak. So I sat peacefully for several hours relishing all the wonderful expressions of love from my Godbrothers and Godsisters thinking that I would not be speaking. Then when I was called to speak, although I was somewhat surprised, I took it as wonderful opportunity to glorify my spiritual master to a highly receptive audience. The sweetest nectar is to glorify Lord Sri Krishna, but sweeter still is to glorify our beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




At Vrindavan's Prabhupada Disappearance Festival

30 October 2011:



The Pandal Was Packed With Devotees



Blessed With a Chance to Glorify Srila Prabhupada


Bathing Ceremony for Srila Prabhupada



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Mother or Krishna More Important?

Dear Gurudeva,

Bless me. I am having a doubt that who is more important to us. Is it our mother who gave us birth or is it Lord Krishna?

Kowsthub

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Answer: Which Mother are You Referring To?

Who is the one supplying the air you breathe, your mother or Lord Krishna? Who is feeding all living beings throughout the universe, your mother or Lord Krishna? Who is supplying everyone with a mother, your mother or Lord Krishna?

And which mother are you referring to, your mother from this birth or one of your billions of mothers from one of your billions of lifetimes?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 30 October 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance Day

Today is the day that Srila Prabhupada disappeared from this world in 1977 here in Vrindavan. To experience this day in Vrindavan is especially potent because here you can enter Srila Prabhupada's room and see and touch the very bed in which he was lying when he departed from this world on that fateful historic day in the most holy month of Kartik. His disappearance was an unthinkable devastating tragedy for us, his disciples. We were so much dependent on his personal guidance on how we can advance in Krishna consciousness and spread this sublime movement all over the world. We were thinking and hoping that Srila Prabhupada would recover and continue blessing us with his divine association here on the physical plane for many more years to come. But this was not to be because Krishna had a different plan for Srila Prabhupada and for us also. Just as when Lord Sri Krishna appeared to depart from Vrindavan but actually could never leave because of being bound hand and foot by the gopis' intense love, now in Srila Prabhupada's separation we can capture him fully within our hearts by our complete total loving surrender to his divine commands that we should become pure devotees and make the entire world Krishna conscious. In this way Srila Prabhupada can never leave us. Just as it said that Krishna never steps even one foot outside of Vrindavan, it can also be said that Srila Prabhupada never steps even one foot outside the hearts of those devotees who have given their lives to him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada's Bed in Vrindavan

Decorated with Flowers for His Disappearance Day


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can I Chant While Cooking and Walking?

Can chanting be done while cooking and walking?

Suba

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Answer: Chanting Can Be Done 24 Hours Daily

Chanting can be done 24 hours a day in all varieties of situations. However 16 daily rounds of Hare Krishna mantra japa bead chanting should be done when you are doing nothing else except chanting on your japa beads.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 29 October 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Prayer for World Deliverance

Oh my dear Lord Krishna, when will that day come when the entire world will be delivered from nescience by the sweet power of your divine holy names? When will that day come when the world is no longer disturbed by the sinful activities of demoniac men? When will all the cows, women and children (including the unborn ones) be protected from the torture of wicked men? My heart is greatly tormented to see the mad rampage of this materialistic age as it systematically more and more destroys the God consciousness of the human population. My dear Lord, I am humbly begging for your mercy that the powerful spiritual revolution, the Krishna consciousness movement, started by You in Your form of Lord Caitanya and spread world wide by my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, may now gain sufficient momentum to completely inundate this universe with pure Krishna bhakti as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna and Balarama in Vrindavan



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Decreasing Chance of Fall Down?

Is it true that higher the level of bhakti a person reaches these is less chance of his falling down?

Regards

Sunil

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Answer: 1st and 2nd Class Devotees Don't Fall

It is a fact that the more one advances in Krishna consciousness he is less likely to fall down. This is why Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 9.3 that the 2nd class and 1st class devotees do not fall down. It is only the 3rd class devotees who sometimes fall down. The 2nd class and 1st class devotees do not fall down because they have firm faith in the words of guru and Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 28 October 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Vrindavan, the Most Amazing Place on Earth

We have returned now to Sri Vrindavan Dhama. Even though it appears that we are now in India, we are actually not in India, because Sri Vrindavan Dhama is non-different from Lord Sri Krishna's transcendental abode in the spiritual sky, Goloka Vrindavan. Anyone who comes to this place humbly in the mood of a pilgrim will be greatly blessed and uplifted by the amazing transcendental potency of this most sacred place. Krishna's pastimes are going on here even today for those who have the eyes to see them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vrindavan Dhama-Lord Krishna's Home on Earth


This Abode is Non-Different from the Spiritual Sky


Ecstatic Kirtan in the Holy Dhama


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Chant Hare Krishna Before Hare Rama?

Dear Sir,

I have some doubts which I request you to clear:

1. In the Hare Krishna mahamantra what does "Rama" refer to? Does it refer to Lord Rama of Ayodhya or does it refer to Lord Rama (Balarama) the brother of Lord Krishna? How can this mantra be Lord Krishna's mantra if it also contains Rama, another name of God, Rama?

2. Does it matter if we chant the mahamantra in the reverse order i.e. Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare? Actually this is the order in which Lord Brahma gave the mantra to Narada Muni.

3. Lastly, if I wish to chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra but do not want to be initiated under any ISKCON guru. Is it ok? I read it is not important to be initiated under any guru in order to chant His names.

Yours faithfully
Kaushal Varma

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Answer: Follow the Authorized Scriptures

Your questions are answered as follows:

1. Rama in the Hare Krishna mantra can refer to Lord Ramacandra, Lord Balarama, Lord Parasurama, or to Lord Krishna.

2. The sastras and God Himself have given us the mahamantra with Hare Krishna first. Here are some of the many evidences:

Ananta Samhita:

hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
sodasaitani namani dvatrimsad varna kani hi
kalau yuge mahamantrah sammato jiva tarane

“Hare Krishna hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare
Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
This hari-nama mahamantra consists of sixteen names and thirty-two syllables.
In Kali-yuga this mantra can deliver all jivas.”

In the Brahma Yamala, Lord Shiva states:

harim bina nasti kinca papani-starakam kalau tasmal-lokod-dharana-artham hari-nama prakasayet sarvatra mucyate loko mahapapat kalau yuge hare-krsna pada dvandvam krsneti ca pada-dvayam tatha hare-pada-dvandvam hare-rama iti dvayam tad-ante ca mahadevi- rama rama dvayam vadet hare hare tato bru-yad harinama samud dharet mahamantram ca krsnasya sarva papa pranasakam


“He Mahadevi! Look! In Kali-yuga there is no easier way to eradicate sins than by sri-hari-nama. It is therefore essential to propagate sri hari-nama among the general populace. The people in Kaliyuga can be easily liberated from the greatest hell by performing sankirtana of this mahamantra. To chant the mahamantra, first chant Hare Krishna twice, then chant Krishna twice, then Hare twice. After that, chant Hare Rama twice, then Rama twice and again Hare twice. One should chant, articulate and perform sankirtana etc., of Sri Krishna’s mahamantra, which destroys all sins.”

In the Radhahrdya Khanda of the Brahmanda Purana, Romaharsana Suta prays to Sri Veda Vyasa as follows:

yat tvaya kirtitam natha hari-nameti sanjitam mantram brahmapadam siddhi karam

“He Vibho! He Prabhu! Please instruct me in the brahma svarupa nama mantra of Sri-Hari which is the bestower of all perfections.”

In reply, Sri Veda Vyasa gives the following instruction:

grhanad yasya mantrasya dehi brahmamayo bhavet sadhyah putah surapo ‘pi sarvasiddhi-yuto bhavet tad-aham te bhidhasyami mahabhagavato hamsi hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare iti sodasakam namnam tri-kala kalmasapaham natah parataropayah sarva vedesu vidhyate

“O my son, I will certainly instruct you in that maha-mantra, the acceptance of which a person in the bodily conception of life can be liberated and even a drunkard can quickly become purified and attain all perfection. I will instruct you because you are a maha-bhagavata and a suitable candidate. Just see! The sixteen word mahamantra:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare


can destroy the sins of the three worlds. The four Vedas do not mention a method for achieving liberation from material bondage superior to the chanting of this mahamantra.”

The Ananta Samhita also states:

hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare sodasautani namani dvatrimsad varnakani hi kalau yuge mahamantrah sammato jiva tarane utsrajyaitan-mahamantram ye tvanyat kalpitam padam maha-nameti gayanti te sastra-guru-lani-ghanah

“All sastras agree that the Hare Krishna mahamantra, which is composed of sixteen names and thirty-two syllables, is the illustrious mantra to deliver the jivas in Kali-yuga. Those who neglect this mahamantra and accept any other process, due to their own imagination or the imagination of others, are actually disobeying guru and sastra. If someone asks, ‘Why is this sixteen word Hare Krishna mantra the mahamantra' then the following answer is given:

‘Among all of Krishna’s names no name other than Hari can easily take away sins, great misfortune and ignorance. No name other than Krishna can deliver prema. And no name other than Rama can bestow liberation.’

This is why the mahamantra is composed of these three primary names. Secondly, these sixteen names are an invocation. Om, svaha, etc., are not required to make the mantra more potent. For this reason it is called the mahamantra.”

In some unauthorized editions of the scriptures the mahamantra has been reversed to start with Hare Rama instead of Hare Krishna. But we follow the authorized scriptural editions which give Hare Krishna first.

3. If one chants Hare Krishna sincerely, he is begging Krishna that he can obediently surrender to the instructions of Krishna. And since Krishna orders us to accept a guru, if we are chanting Hare Krishna sincerely, we will naturally in due course of time surrender to a bona fide spiritual master. So what you read is not correct.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 27 October 2011

from London, United Kingdom
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Today's Thought:

Unflinching Faith in Your Guru's Words

The secret to success in spiritual life is to have unflinching faith in the words of your spiritual master. His words must be absolutely trusted because he does not speak his own words. He simply delivers to his disciples the pure message coming from Krishna. How does he do this? He speaks without addition or subtraction the instructions that he has received from his spiritual master.

For example, my spiritual master is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He is a bona fide spiritual master because he presents without any addition or subtraction the words of his spiritual master who, along with all previous spiritual masters, has done the same. In this systematic way, perfect knowledge of the Absolute Truth has descended undeviatingly from the original spiritual master, Lord Sri Krishna. So, to not trust your spiritual master's words is to not trust Krishna. In other words, it is to commit spiritual suicide.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Transmits the Knowledge Received
from His Spiritual Master to His Disciples.



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Surrender First to Guru or Krishna?

My dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble and respectful obeisances at your lotus feet.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I was talking with a devotee and at a certain point I expressed the opinion that first one must surrender to Krishna and then to the Guru, because Krishna says that one should surrender to Him and as a part of that surrender one must surrender to Guru later. This is why I humbly think that first is the surrender to Krishna obeying His commandment. Nevertheless this devotee was saying that first one must surrender to guru because he is the representative of Krishna, which is the reason one should render him service. My question is which is the perfect method? To surrender first to Krishna or surrender to Guru?

From Mendoza, Argentina,
Your eternal servant,

Adriana

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Answer: Surrender to Both Simultaneously

Krishna orders you to surrender to Sri Guru, and Sri Guru orders you to surrender to Lord Krishna. So whether you surrender to Sri Guru or to Lord Krishna, by surrendering to either of them you are surrendering to both to them. So there is no question of two different acts of surrender. There is only one act of surrender simultaneously to Guru and Krishna. Surrender to Krishna means surrender to Guru. And surrender to Guru means surrender to Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 26 October 2011

from Tallinn, Estonia
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Today's Thought:

Krishna in Everything & Everything in Krishna

The final instruction I gave to my disciple, Guru das, as we were departing from Riga, Latvia on 24 October 2011 was that he should always see Krishna in everything and everything in Krishna. I explained to him that if he will apply this principle in all aspects of his life, he will always be blissful. This principle is nicely explained as follows in the Sri Isopanisad Mantra 6:

yas tu sarvāṇi bhūtāny
ātmany evānupaśyati
sarva-bhūteṣu cātmānaṁ
tato na vijugupsate

"He who systematically sees everything in relation to the Supreme Lord,
who sees all living entities as His parts and parcels,
and who sees the Supreme Lord within everything
never hates anything nor any being."

The fact is that Krishna is always acting everywhere in all times, places, and circumstances with unlimited benevolence. If we can simply learn to always see this, we will eternally be blissful, peaceful, and knowledgeable and will always be able to act expertly in all situations.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Departure from Riga, Latvia--24 October 2011



Guru Das on the Far Right


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Duties of Husband and Wife

Guru Maharaja,

Can you please tell me what are the prescribed duties of the husband and wife in Krishna consciousness. How they should live life and act in Krishna consciousness?

Rupesh

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Answer: Help Each to Be Krishna Conscious

The husband should provide all material comforts to the wife and make sure that she is properly engaged in Krishna consciousness for going back to Godhead. The wife should faithfully serve her husband and help him to always remain nicely absorbed in Krishna consciousness.

Plus the principle of garbhadhana samskara should always be strictly followed, that sex should be utilized only for procreation, not for recreation. In this regard, Srila Prabhupada explains, "The birth of a human being is a great science, and therefore reformation of the act of impregnation according to the Vedic ritual called Garbhadhana-samskara is very important for generating good population."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 25 October 2011

from Riga, Latvia
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Today's Thought:

Absolutely Astounding Krishna Consciousness

Now as we depart from the Baltic region of northern Europe to spend a few weeks in the holy land of India, I am absolutely astounded at how blissful this lecture/kirtan tour was. No matter how blissful Krishna consciousness gets, it keeps on getting more and more blissful without any end. Where will this ever-increasing nectar take me? It is inconceivable! There is so much bliss in Krishna consciousness that it can completely overflood your heart and come pouring out with such profusion that the entire universe can be drowned in it. And to think that I can go on living like this for all of eternity without every having to die staggers my imagination.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Farewell from Kaunas, Lithuania

23 October 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Strength for Realizing Ultimate Truth

Dear Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to humbly ask the following question:

It is said that the ultimate truth is not for the weak in body, or the weak in mind, for if the body is weak, it has to be taken care of immediately, and if the mind is weak, the intellect loses its capacity to absorb spiritual knowledge. Is there any way to strengthen the body and mind to cultivate the required disciplines, moral values and virtues in every aspect of daily life?

Yours in yoga,

Janardan Mali

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Answer: Follow this Simple Formula

If under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master one takes a diet of delicious, nutritious Krishna prasadam only, chants at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa beads daily, and strictly avoids illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling, he will easily get sufficient power both in body and mind to fully realize the ultimate truth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 24 October 2011

from Kaunas, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

A Very Special Day to Remember

Saturday 22 October 2011 was one of those special days that will dance in my memory for a long time. Devotees came to Kaunas, Lithuania from many different countries to offer me their respects on my birthday. It was a wonderful opportunity to lead a hall full of devotees in super ecstatic kirtan. Srila Prabhupada said kirtan rasa is our only safe position in this world. So the more we can dive into kirtan, the more we will feel the bliss. We went deep, deep, deep, and it was oh so sweet, sweet, sweet.

Then in the evening I initiated six disciples:

Samika Rishi Das from Vilnius, Lithuania
Anantakirti Das from Tallinn, Estonia
Raghavendra Das from Kaunas, Lithuania
Astasakhi Devi Dasi from Kaunas, Lithuania
Tilakini Devi Dasi from Sovetsk, Russia
Tapasvini Devi Dasi from Helsinki, Finland

The disciple who accepts their initiation vows with seriousness becomes deathless from the very day of his or her initiation. Therefore anyone who is serious about attaining the supreme destination should get initiated as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari







Super Ecstatic Kirtan at Vyasa Puja Celebration

Kaunas, Lithuania--22 October 2011


Samika Rishi Das Receives His Name and Beads
Kaunas, Lithuania--22 October 2011


Initiation Fire Sacrifice Ceremony
Kaunas, Lithuania--22 October 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Guru-Tattva?

Please be kind to me and tell me what is guru-tattva and how can one please the spiritual master.

Your servant,

Rasika Mauli Das


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Answer: Transcendental Truth Regarding Sri Guru

Guru-tattva is the transcendental truth regarding the spiritual master, which is that since the spiritual master is purely representing the supreme authority, Lord Sri Krishna, he is also the supreme authority. To please him we must simply dutifully follow all of the instructions that he gives us. By doing so we will awaken the pure love of God that is presently sleeping within our hearts.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 23 October 2011

from Kaunas, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

Bringing Light to the Light House

On the evening of Friday 21 October 2011 our venue for spreading the light of Krishna consciousness to a world that is covered in darkness was a center in Kaunas, Lithuania which is known as the Light House. Even though their book table was loaded with so many varieties of speculative, non-authoritative books, at the end of the program when we encouraged everyone to visit the book table it was our books that were the hit of the evening. It was truly heart warming to see how the people preferred the books that accurately presenting the Vedic wisdom for the upliftment of the entire world society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Light of Vedic Wisdom at the Light House

Kaunas, Lithuania--21 October 2011


The Audience Deeply Pondered Our Words







Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Best Way to Practice Krishna Bhakti?

What is the best way to practice Krishna consciousness?

Janna Claes

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Answer: Associate with Pure Devotees

The best way to practice Krishna consciousness is in the association of pure devotees. Therefore you should always associate with pure devotees as much as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 22 October 2011

from Kaunas, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

The Meaning of Vyasa Puja

The great preceptor and compiler of the Vedic wisdom is Srila Vyasadeva. He is known as the literary incarnation of God. For any spiritual master to be bona fide he must purely transmit without any adulteration the original Vedic teachings as given by Srila Vyasadeva. The seat from which the spiritual master gives discourses is known as the Vyasasana, the seat of Vyasadeva, because only sinless persons who are purely presenting the teachings of Srila Vyasadeva are allowed to sit on it. And the most auspicious birthday or appearance day of the spiritual master is celebrated by his disciples and followers as Vyasa Puja, the worship of Srila Vyasadeva, because when we worship the current link in the line of disciplic succession that worship is transmitted directly to Srila Vyasadeva. On this day the disciples assemble together to make offerings of praise to their spiritual master. They fast until noon and offer a feast, puspanjali, and arati to their spiritual master at noon. Then the disciples joyfully partake of the feast that was offered to their spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Liberating Vedic Wisdom

Vedic Culture Center--Kaunas, Lithuania
20 October 2011










Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Did God Create Us?

I regularly read the Ultimate Self Realization Course emails on a daily basis. They are very knowledgeable and helpful.

I have heard from different people different reasons why we are created but never obtained a concrete answer.

Kindly advise why we have been born and sent to earth. Were we first in God's kingdom and because of any sinful act done there have been sent to earth? Kindly explain.

Thanks and regards,

Geeta

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Answer: To Enjoy Loving Relationships With Us

We are eternally being expanded from the Lord's transcendental body as His separated expansions for the purpose of our having loving relationships with the Lord. Since love is voluntary the living being can choose between loving the Lord and leaving the Lord. Sometimes he foolishly makes the mistake of leaving the Lord. When this happens the Lord then comes to this world or sends His representative, the bona fide spiritual master, to rescue His lost child from this world of birth and death by taking that child back to his or her original home in the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 21 October 2011

from Kaunas, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

Bringing Eternal Life to Šakiai

Forty miles (65 km) west of Kaunas, Lithuania is Šakiai. This small town of 6 to 7 thousand people was completely destroyed by the Germans in World War II, but it is now giving birth to the sublime life-giving process of Krishna consciousness. On 19 October 2011 we travelled there from Kaunas for an evening lecture program held in the health food store of a local devotee couple. In such a small town I did not expect much of a turn out. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that the store was completely filled up with people who were very happy to hear about the sublime process of awakening their dormant Krishna consciousness. Especially sweet was one small boy named Dainius (pictured below), who asked many questions. I also asked him a question. "Would you like to become a great saint?" His unhesitating answer was, "Yes."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Šakiai Lithuania



Inspiring Turnout in Such a Small Town


"You Are Not That Body."


The Boy, Dainius, Who Wants to Be a Great Saint


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Krishna Makes His Devotees Expert?

Dear Guru Maharaja:

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

One of the devotee's 26 qualities is being expert. Is it that Krishna gives devotees the intelligence to handle material tasks, work or business? I have personal experience that Krishna protected me several times from being cheated and gave me the best guidance for doing a material task well. What ordinary people call 'luck' or 'good fortune', when understood properly, are not actually coincidental, but arranged by the Lord. Is it correct? A few coincidences may lead one to success or failure. But is it not an accident, something already arranged instead due to one's karma or Krishna's will?

Please kindly show me some light on this matter, thank you.

Your humble servant,

Jeffrey

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Answer: Expertise is Krishna's Loving Reciprocation

The pure devotee engages everything material and spiritual in the service of the Lord. Krishna is very, very pleased by his sincere devotion and thus gives him unlimited expertise how to do everything first class. Whether one is a kirtan leader in the temple, a businessman trying to make a lot of money to support the Krishna consciousness movement, a mother trying to raise a Krishna conscious child, or whatever one may be, if he or she will sincerely serve Krishna to the best of their ability over the course of time, they will naturally become super expert in their service.

It is a fact that everything is ultimately going on under the supreme direction of Lord Sri Krishna. Nothing is happening by chance or by luck. Everything is happening under Krishna's direction, either indirectly through the laws of karma or directly by the loving hand of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 20 October 2011

from Kaunas, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

Real Knowledge at the Pedagogical University

On 18 October 2011 we were happy to bring the light of real knowledge into the heart of academia by our lecture at the Vilnius Pedagogical University. There are so many thousands of universities all over the world. But where is that university which teaches the difference between the body and the self? Without this basic knowledge there is no question of giving anyone a real education. After all, if you don't even know who you are, how can you understand anything else properly? It is not possible. For your entire life you will simply be groping in the dark. And the result of your so-called education will be that at the time of death you will glide down into the animal kingdom. Therefore real education means to bring the student to the human platform by teaching him to inquire about the nature of the Absolute Truth. This was our humble attempt at Vilnius Pedagogical University. We pray to Krishna that the seeds of bhakti we planted there will bear fruit.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vilnius Pedagogical University--Vilnius, Lithuania



Teaching Real Knowledge
at Vilnius Pedagogical University
Vilnius, Lithuania--18 October 2011


With Disciple-Translator: Sankirtan Das


Hearing the Topmost Knowledge


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Radharani's Fate When Krishna Left?

What happened to Srimati Radharani after Krishna left Vrindavan?

Your fallen servant,

Chandan Singh

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Answer: Intolerable Devastation and an Exponential Explosion of Transcendental Bliss

Externally Srimati Radharani was plunged into an ocean of intolerable, devastating grief worse that death. But internally the sweetness and the ecstasy of her loving relationship with her most beloved Lord Sri Krishna was amplified exponentially. This means that the ecstasy of being separated from Krishna is infinitely sweeter than the ecstasy of meeting Him. This cannot be understood by a mundane mind, but is experienced by those who have fully awakened their Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 19 October 2011

from Kaunas, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

The Vision of the Mahabhagavata

The most highly advanced devotee is known as the mahabhagavata. His distinguishing quality is that he sees Krishna within everything and everything within Krishna. Such a devotee is the genuine well-wisher and best friend of all living entities. His only desire is that everyone can become happy by being reinstated in their original loving relationships with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. His pure heart is completely devoid of the tendency to criticize others, but like a compassionate physician he kindly points out the faults in others to help them become free from their material disease, which is keeping them entangled in the miserable cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Topmost Mahabhagavata, Srila Prabhupada,

Initiates a Most Fortunate Soul as His Disciple


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Krishna Consciousness Science?

Krishna consciousness seems to have the answer to all questions. So is it a science?

I thank you for spreading Krishna consciousness to a materialistic person like me.

Your unworthy servant and admirer,

Francisco

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Answer: It's the Supreme Science

Science means to factually know things as they are without any mental speculation. Theories such as Darwin's theory, that cannot be proven by experiment, are not science, even though they are falsely touted as being science. Real science means to know the original cause of all existence and thus to have full knowledge of everything both material and spiritual.

Through the process of Krishna consciousness one can directly experience and know the original cause of all causes, the source of all existence, Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and thus become perfect in scientific knowledge. Therefore Krishna consciousness is real science, and it is the supreme science.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 18 October 2011

from Kaliningrad, Russia
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Today's Thought:

Ecstatic Program in Kaliningrad, Russia

Our last major program here in Kaliningrad was a public hall lecture on Sunday afternoon 16 October 2011. I was delighted to arrive to a hall packed full of local people, who had assembled simply to hear my lecture. After a leading a rousing Hare Krishna kirtan, I gave a thirty minute lecture, in which I described the absolute necessity of regaining our spiritual identities to become actually happy and to get free from the cycle of birth, in which we have been suffering for millions of births. The lecture was then followed by a lively thirty minute questions and answers session. Many of the audience came outside to give us a send-off kirtan as we drove away from the hall. I pray for the day when the entire world will become as interested in Krishna consciousness as the people were at this program in Kaliningrad.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sharing the Wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita

16 October 2011--Kaliningrad, Russia


With Translator, Gopinath Das


Interested, Receptive Audience


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Congregational Chanting More Potent?

Please accept my humble obeisances
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada

Is it true that in congregational chanting of the holy names it becomes easier to focus one's mind on the transcendental sound vibrations of the holy names?

Regards,
Sunil

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Answer: Much More Potent

It is fact that by sankirtan, the congregational chanting of the Lord's holy names, it becomes much easier to focus our minds on the holy names. This is why we encourage everyone to participate in sankirtan as much as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 17 October 2011

from Kaliningrad, Russia
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Today's Thought:

Which Place Do You Like the Best?

Here in Kaliningrad at one of my lectures I was asked, "You are traveling all over the world and experiencing many different places. So which place do you like the best?" My immediate reply was that since Krishna consciousness is a process of ever-expanding bliss every place I go to is experienced as the best of all places. Especially after I remain in a place for a few days it becomes so sweet that I wonder why I would ever want to leave such a place. How can every place be so relishable here in this miserable material world? This is because anyone who is engaged 24 hours daily in Krishna's service is not living in this material world. They are constantly living in the ever-blissful association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in his wondrous transcendental abode, the spiritual sky. Anyone in any part of the world can easily personally connect with God simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Wisdom that Opens the Door to the Spiritual World

15 October 2011--Kaliningrad, Russia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is the Guru Parampara Still Alive?

‎Dear Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to ask humbly the following question:

The tradition of the teacher disciple relationship continuity is known as guru-sisya parampara. The one who gives the spiritual knowledge is called teacher and one who receives that knowledge with proper attitude is called disciple. Thus the knowledge flows from teacher to disciple in succession spontaneously. This implies that in such successive transmission of knowledge there is no change either in content of knowledge or traditional method of communicating that knowledge. What is the present position in India and elsewhere?

Yours in yoga,

Janardan Mali

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Answer: It's Almost Dead, But Is Being Revived.

The original spiritual master is Krishna. Therefore for a guru parampara to be bona fide it must be transmitting in a pure, unmodified form the original teachings of Lord Sri Krishna as He speaks them in the Bhagavad-gita. Sadly, in India and all over the world, the teachings of Lord Sri Krishna have been distorted so much that the genuine guru parampara is practically non-existent. For example in the Bhagavad-gita Krishna says, "Surrender unto me", but the so-called gurus say, "Do not surrender to Krishna. Surrender to the unborn within Krishna and within everything."

The good news is that the guru parampara has not been totally lost. It has been kept alive in an unbroken disciplic succession coming down from Lord Sri Krishna and Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. This guru parampara, known as the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya sampradaya, is as follows:

1. Lord Sri Krishna
2. Lord Brahma
3. Srila Narada Muni
4. Srila Vyasadeva
5. Srila Madhvacarya
6. Padmanabha
7. Nrịhari
8. Madhava
9. Akṣobhya
10. Jaya Tīrtha
11. Jñanasindhu
12. Dayanidhi
13. Vidyanidhi
14. Rajendra
15. Jayadharma
16. Puruṣottama
17. Brahmaṇya Tīrtha
18. Vyasa Tīrtha
19. Lakṣmīpati
20. Madhavendra Puri
21. Isvara Puri, (Nityananda, Advaita)
22. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu
23. Rupa, (Svarupa, Sanatana)
24. Raghunatha das Goswami, Jiva Goswami
25. Krishnadas Kaviraja
26. Narottama das Thakur
27. Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur
28. (Baladeva) Jagannatha das Babaji
29. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur
30. Gaurakisora dasa Babaji
31. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Thakur
32. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
33. Disciples of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Anyone who takes advantage of the above disciplic succession by becoming a submissive student of one of its present representatives will become spiritually perfect and attain the supreme destination of going back to home, back to Godhead. The influence of this sampradaya is being felt all over the world as it gradually brings about a global spiritual revolution.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 16 October 2011

from Kaliningrad, Russia
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Today's Thought:

I Never Came Back to the World of Misery

Back in 1965 when I was a college student I couldn't stand the material world that I had been born into. It was way too miserable for me, unacceptably unpalatable. Since I intuitively understood that fate could not be so cruel to leave me stranded forever in a world like this, I began earnestly searching for a way to access the beautiful, blissful world that I knew must be on the other side of reality. I encountered many teachings that claimed to be the way to get there, and I tried their methods. But much to my disappointment, nothing liberated me. After three years of painful searching I was still stuck in the muck of miserable material existence.

But one fateful evening in fall of 1968 in Denver, Colorado USA my arduous search bore the sweetest of all fruits. A friend of mine named Patrick Dolan handed me the key to open the door to that amazing transcendental world. He taught me an amazing mantra, which possesses unlimited potency for delivering those who chant it sincerely to the highest realm of existence:

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

I gladly took the key and learned how to pass through the door to the blissful side of reality. And I never came back to the world of misery.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Flying the Hare Krishna Mantra Airplane

14 October 2011--Kaliningrad, Russia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: When to Abandon Material Activities?

Gurudeva,

I am every day reading your "Thought for the Day". I am really inspired by it and would like to become enlightened by following your principles. I got a doubt after reading your response for the question, "Should I give up material studies?". How can we be successful in both spiritual and materialistic life? Don't we have to abandon our materialistic activities at some point of our life and concentrate more on spiritual life? Also when should we give up such activities?

Your sincere follower,

Malini

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Answer: Retire at 50 or As Soon As It's Practical

For earning a livelihood material studies when necessary should not be given up. But in the Vedic culture activities of material livelihood are meant to be given up by the time we become 50 so that we can devote all of our time and energy to spiritual pursuits. In the modern world, if it is not possible to retire by 50, we should do it as soon as it becomes practical after 50.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 15 October 2011

from Klaipeda, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

Nectar in Klaipeda, Lithuania

Our short stop in Klaipeda, Lithuania on our way to Russia was another fantastic opportunity to share the sublime nectar of Krishna consciousness. After an enlivening kirtan I was very inspired to describe the glories of chanting Hare Krishna in great detail. There were so many questions coming from the enthusiastic audience that we did not have time to answer all of them. My greatest happiness was to see that so many people were inspired to purchase our transcendental literatures at the conclusion of the program. This ecstatic evening was another proof of the unlimited causeless mercy of my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.


Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Mystical Power of the Mahamantra

13 October 2011--Klaipeda, Lithuania


Making a Strong Philosophical Point


Many People Purchased our Books




Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to See Good and Bad Equally?

How can a person remain indifferent to both good and bad at the same time? I mean how is it possible that a man can neither like something good nor hate it. It may look true theoretically, but how can it be possible practically?

Deeksha Sharma

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Answer: Both as Krishna's Mercy

You have to see the good and bad as both being equal manifestations of the mercy of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 14 October 2011

from Kaunas, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

A Most Auspicious First Day of Kartik

The epitome of sweetness is to worship Krishna during the month of Damodar or Kartik, which began here in Lithuania on 12 October. It is instructed in the Hari Bhakti Vilas that during this month we should sing the Damodarastakam prayers and offer a lamp to the Lord on a regular daily basis. We were most fortunate to be in the presence of Lord Damodar while we sang this beautiful prayer to Him and offered Him our ghee lamps. And then on the way back to our residence on the bank of the Nemunas River we beheld the most beautiful sight of the full moon reflecting on the river reminding us of how Krishna stood on the bank of the Yamuna River at Kesi Ghat on the beautiful full moon night of the month of Damodar and attracted the gopi girls with His beauty and the mellifluous sound of His flute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sri Sri Radha Damodar Receive Our Worship

12 October 2011--Kaunas, Lithuania


Devotees Sing Damodarastakam
and Offer Ghee Lamps to Sri Sri Radha Damodar


Kedaranatha Prabhu, Kaunas Temple President,
Offers a Ghee Lamp to the Lord


Devotees Devotedly Offer Lamps to the Lord


Enchanting Full Moon Evening on Nemunas River


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: A Devotee Gives Up Material Duties?

Dear Gurudeva,

Namaste.

I would like to humbly ask the following questions:

Is it necessary to give up normal life to seek awakening of one's original Krishna consciousness? There is a fear that spiritual exercises would divert the mind from the duties of the office and impede success.

How to compartmentalize mind and intellect?

Yours in Yoga,

Janardan Mali

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Answer: No. He Offers Their Results to Krishna.

Just as Arjuna did not give up his occupational duty when he surrendered to Krishna, you also do not have to give up your occupational duty in order to surrender to Krishna. Simply offer the results of your work to Krishna, just as Arjuna did. This will help you to come the perfectional stage of pure Krishna bhakti. It is not necessary nor advisable that you should give up your occupation to become a devotee of Krishna.

The mind is the pivot of your active sense organs, and intelligence is your analytical deliberating power.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 13 October 2011

from Kaunas, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

More Gratification, Less Satisfaction

The more we gratify our material senses, the less we are satisfied. This phenomenon serves as a clear indication to thoughtful persons that our happiness is not based on sense gratification. Why invest our energy in a realm of diminishing returns? The smart thing to do is to invest our energy in such a way that we get ever-expanding returns. That way is to offer loving service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Warm Arrival
Kirtan

10 October 2011--Kaunas, Lithuania


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Follow the Vedas?

Dear Gurudeva.
Namaste.

How can we always engage ourselves in actions which are totally in accordance with the basic teachings of the Vedas?

Yours in yoga

Janardan Mali

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Answer: Surrender to Krishna

To become perfect in following the teachings of the Vedas one simply has to fully surrender himself unto Lord Sri Krishna. The ultimate goal of all Vedic wisdom is to know Krishna and surrender unto Him. Therefore one who surrenders unto Krishna has achieved the perfectional stage of following the Vedic teachings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
Wednesday 12 October 2011

from Kaunas, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

Take Shelter of Krishna's Holy Name

Take shelter of Krishna's holy name as your only business, and your heart will be overflooded with a non-ending stream of amazingly sweet transcendental realizations. Just go on chanting, go on chanting, go on chanting as much as possible. You will taste the sweetest nectar and gradually as your heart becomes more and more purified, God will become more and more visible to you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Super Ecstatic Farewell Kirtan

10 October 2011--Riga, Latvia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should I Give Up Material Studies?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I am studying in a college in secondary pre university. But the problem is that I have lost interest in studying the material subjects like science and mathematics and my mind is always in thought of Krishna and His teachings such as the Bhagavad-gita. So what should I do? Should I give up reading the material subjects or not?

Your servant,

Kowsthub

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Answer: Offer Such Studies in Krishna's Service

It will be helpful for your future life in Krishna consciousness if you will continue and successfully complete your studies. Therefore, even though such studies are very dry and uninteresting for one who has gotten the higher taste of Krishna consciousness, you should take such studies as an austerity to be executed for the pleasure of Krishna and dutifully do your best in such studies.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 11 October 2011

from Kaunas, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

What is the Purpose of Life?

What is the purpose of life? It is sometimes said that the purpose of life is to ask such questions as this. The desire to discover life's purpose indicates that life does indeed have a purpose. Otherwise how could there be a desire to discover it? In other words, desires don't come out of nowhere. They are matched with that which satisfies them. So just as the hunger of the belly indicates the existence of food, the hunger to know the purpose of life indicates that life does indeed have a purpose. Our duty is to inquire about it's purpose. If we are determined to find the answer, we will be blessed with it. We will realize that we are meant to re-harmonize ourselves with the original source of our existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Ultimate Purpose of Life

Sunday Feast Lecture--9 October--Riga, Latvia







Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Overcome Negative Thoughts?

Dear Gurudeva,

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

While advancing in Krishna consciousness many negative thoughts keep on coming into my mind. So how can I overcome these negative thoughts?

Your servant,

Kowsthub

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Answer: Fill Your Mind with Krishna

If you will fill your mind with positive thoughts such as the wonderful qualities, pastimes, teachings, names, and forms of Krishna, there will be no room left for the dirty, negative thoughts. Then when the negative thoughts come to check into the hotel of your mind there will be a big "No Vacancy" sign awaiting them, and they will have to go somewhere else to find a place of residence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 10 October 2011

from Riga, Latvia
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Today's Thought:

Ecstatically Harmonized with Ultimate Reality

If one is not harmonized with reality, he is like a violinist playing an out-of-tune violin in a symphony orchestra. Such an out-of-tune musician is not able to feel the satisfaction of making beautiful music which resonates wonderfully with the rest of the orchestra. Rather he is in a very awkward position of trying to blend in nicely with the other instruments, but not being to able to. He requires someone to inform him that he is out of tune and guide him how to get in tune. After following the instructions of this guide he becomes nicely, happily situated as an integral, harmonious part of the orchestra.

In the same way, we are now out of tune, not harmonized with the ultimate reality. No matter what we may do to try to find satisfaction in our out-of-tune condition we cannot be satisfied. It is only when we get back in tune under the guidance of the spiritual master, the pure devotees, and the revealed scriptures that we can experience true lasting peace and satisfaction.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatically Harmonizing with the Supreme Reality

Home Program--Riga, Latvia--8 October 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is There Really a Hell?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Is there really a hell? Does the soul not get reincarnated in a body and situation based on past karma right here on earth?

Please guide me,

Sanjay

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Answer: Karma Dictates That There Must Be A Hell

Hell is not a fairy tale made up to scare little children into being well-behaved. The hellish regions of the universe are factual as described in detail in the 5th Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam. And it is also a fact that there are many hellish places and situations on this planet. According to ones' previous pious or impious activities one is subjected to living in either a heavenly or hellish condition on this planet or on other planets.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 9 October 2011

from Riga, Latvia
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Today's Thought:

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Krishna Consciousness

Krishna is supremely wonderful, and thus His transcendental abode is also supremely wonderful. That amazingly wonderful world of Lord Sri Krishna is accessible for anyone who calls out the Lord's name like a helpless child crying for its mother. Those who are proud and puffed up have no access to this amazing abode. But those who are meek and humble, who take complete shelter of the Lord live in that wonderful world at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Wonderful Krishna and His Wonderful World



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Husband Blessed By His Wife's Bhakti?

If a wife is a Krishna devotee and her husband is not, how does he get blessings? I once heard on local TV that if a wife worships the Lord she gets benefit, but not her husband. The example was given that if the husband is hungry and wife eats food, will the belly of husband be filled?

Sunitha

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Answer: If He Facilitates Her Devotional Service

Even if the husband is not a devotee, if he allows his wife to be a devotee and facilitates her service to Krishna, he derives great benefit from her devotional service. In other words, knowingly or unknowingly, he is engaged in devotional service by facilitating his wife's devotional service.

TV is not our guru. We learn the authorized science of bhakti from the bona fide spiritual master and the revealed scriptures. Devotional service is transcendental and is thus much more powerful than the activity of eating.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 8 October 2011

from Riga, Latvia
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Today's Thought:

Don't Eat Murder. Eat Compassion.

It's time we stop eating murder and start eating compassion in the form of Krishna prasadam. This will save the world from ever-increasing chaos. My disciple, Damodar Das, has now uploaded to the internet a video of the compassion lecture I gave on Saturday 1 October at the vegetarian fair in Tallinn. You can see it here right now:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcC49g1dk8I

High Definition Version:
http://youtu.be/RcC49g1dk8I?hd=1/

Let's end the madness of compassionless diets right now by closing all of the slaughterhouses all over the world and introducing to everyone a vegetarian diet of Krishna prasadam. The world will be a much happier place for it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Advocating a Diet of Krishna Prasadam

Vegetarian Fair--Tallinn, Estonia--1 October 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does the Soul in Hell Feel Pain?

When we die, when we are taken to hell, how are we punished? If the material body is left behind, is the soul punished? Does the soul feel pain? Does the soul get another body in hell so that punishment can be given?

Nisha

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Answer: Excruciating Pain

The devotees of the Lord will not go to hell at the time of death. But those who are sinful must be taken to hell to suffer the reactions for the sins they have committed. Just as one can suffer great anxiety in his subtle body when he is having a nightmare, the sinful living being is taken to hell in his subtle body after the demise of his gross body where he suffers unbearable miseries in proportion to the amount and severity of the sins he has committed in this lifetime.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 7 October 2011

from Riga, Latvia
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Today's Thought:

Immersion in Krishna Consciousness

The more we become immersed in Krishna consciousness, the more we become liberated from the miseries of material existence. Therefore those who are intelligent immerse themselves in Krishna consciousness as deeply and intensely as possible on a regular daily basis. By such daily immersion ones makes serious advancement on the path of Krishna bhakti and quickly attains the platform of self realization.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Immersion in Krishna Consciousness

ISKCON Temple--Riga, Latvia--5 October 2011








Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Accept Far-Fetched Concepts?

Dear Guruji,

Can you please tell me more about the transcendental awakening you had? I want to be transcendentally awakened too.

I remain a skeptic because my mind is limited. I cannot conceive of things beyond this universe. Then also, these things like hell seem a bit far-fetched.

Evolution through 8,400,000 species also seem far-fetched. How to accept such theories which haven't been tested and experienced?

For such reasons, I might leave this e-course

With thanks

Aryan

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Answer: By Perfecting Your Imperfect Senses

Transcendental awakening means to realize that you are not your body, that you are instead an eternal spiritual being. This realization is attained by purifying your senses, beginning with the tongue, by chanting the holy names of God and tasting the remnants of foodstuffs which have been offered to the Supreme Lord. When one becomes awakened that which previously may have seemed outrageously far-fetched becomes logical and comprehensible.

As I have previously described, the logical conclusion of skepticism is to be absolutely skeptical of everything including skepticism itself. In other words, the serious skeptic will eventually reach the point of rejecting skepticism. If one puts his blind faith in skepticism, he is not a true skeptic. He is only a semi-skeptic. One who is total in his skepticism must necessarily also reject skepticism at which time he has nowhere to go philosophically except to that Absolute Truth which lies beyond the purview of his imperfect material senses.

Transmigration through 8,400,000 species is not as far-fetched as it may seem. Every day we see people who are hankering to be like the other species. Some people like to swim in the ocean in imitation of the fish. Some people like to sky dive in imitation of the birds. I even saw one man who put branches all over himself in imitation of the trees. I have seen an old man walking his dog, how his facial features were starting to resemble the facial features of his dog. So, that people could be attracted to another species and get such a body in their next lifetime is not so inconceivable. Just as a caterpillar can get a change of body into a butterfly, according to our consciousness at the time of death we acquire another body either as a human being or in another of the 8,400,000 species. You say that transmigration through the 8,400,000 species has not been experienced. But yet we are all experiencing this. And we will continue experiencing this until we revive our original enlightened consciousness, our Krishna consciousness.

There are so many things that we cannot directly perceive, but yet we accept as real on the basis of higher authority. The electron is an example. Have you ever seen an electron? But we accept it is as real on the basis of higher authority. Just as you accept so many things that are inconceivable by you as facts on the authority of the empirical scientists, we accept things that are inconceivable by us on the authority of the Vedic scientists. The empirical scientists utilize various instruments such as microscopes and telescopes to draw their conclusions. The Vedic scientists use the instrument of their enlightened consciousness to draw their conclusions. The difference between the conclusions of the Vedic scientists and the empirical scientists is that the empirical scientists are constantly changing their conclusions to adjust for errors in their previous conclusions, while the perfect conclusions of the Vedic scientists have remained unchanged for thousands and millions of years.

For example, many years ago at the University of Florida I attended a scientific seminar conducted by a leading PHD in which he told us about the black holes in outer space. At the end of his presentation he asked if there were any questions. I asked him if what he told us was a theory or a fact. He said, "I think it is a fact." Then I asked him, "We have seen that throughout the history of modern science a theory comes into popularity for some time and is then eventually replaced by another theory. So how do we know that your theory will not be replaced by another theory?" He answered me, "I hope it is because then we will be making progress." Such is the state of empirical science. They will never reach a final conclusion. They are simply groping in the dark with their imperfect senses, while the Vedic sages who have perfected their senses through the self realization system have consistently throughout the ages given us the same unchanging knowledge.

Even though we hope you will stay, you are welcome to stay or leave our course as you like. If you would rather accept the ever-changing conclusions of men with imperfect senses, that is your prerogative. We would rather stick with those scientists who have perfected their senses and thus have unchanging conclusions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 6 October 2011

from Riga, Latvia
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Today's Thought:

An Eternal Blissful Life

What I like the most about Krishna consciousness is that it gives you an eternal blissful life. You don't have to worry about the time factor gradually taking your happiness away because your happiness is situated 100% on the spiritual platform. I am currently happily engaged in glorifying and serving Lord Sri Krishna. This is something that I will be doing for all of eternity even after the demise of my present body. My happiness does not depend on my having the particular body that I am in right now, nor does it depend on any other material consideration.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Our Residence This Week

ISKCON Temple--Riga, Latvia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna Within or Beside the Spirit-Soul?

Is the Supersoul seated within the individual soul or is Supersoul situated along with (side by side) the individual soul in the living entity's heart?

Ravishankar

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Answer: Both

In Srila Prabhupada's books we find that Krishna is seated within the spirit-soul and also beside the spirit-soul. There is no reason that both of these concepts cannot be true because Krishna is all pervading. He is present within every atom also between every atom.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 5 October 2011

from Riga, Latvia
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Today's Thought:

Transcendental to Nasty Weather

Krishna consciousness is so nice that one can be ecstatic even on a nasty, rainy day. Because Krishna consciousness is transcendental to this material existence the Krishna conscious person relishes the sweetest bliss in all circumstances. The rain and the chill upon our arrival in Riga did not dampen our spirits even slightly. We were happy indeed to begin another week of hearing and chanting the amazing glories of Lord Sri Krishna this time with the devotees in Riga, Latvia.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blissful Arrival In Spite of Nasty Weather

Riga, Latvia--3 October 2011







Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna is Very Small or Very Large?

My dear Gurudeva,

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

Krishna within our hearts, is even smaller than the atma, the individual soul. But Lord Krishna states that He is smaller than the smallest and greater than the greatest. So does this mean that Krishna can be either very small or very large?

Your servant,

Kowsthub

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Answer: Simultaneously Smallest and Greatest

By Krishna's inconceivable potency He is simultaneously smaller than the smallest as the Supersoul seated within the individual soul and greater than the greatest as the original source of everything.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 4 October 2011

from Riga, Latvia
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Today's Thought:

Exploding with Ecstasy

One who is fixed in Krishna consciousness is exploding with the ecstasy of love of Godhead within his heart at every minute. And wherever he goes he creates a tidal wave of transcendental bliss, which drowns those souls who are fortunate enough to get his association. That day when the world population recognizes the great benefit of such transcendental association will be the day when the age of perfect peace dawns on planet earth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sharing the Ecstasy of Krishna Consciousness

Tallinn, Estonia--2 October 2011


Blissful Farewell After a Week of Ecstasy
Tallinn, Estonia--3 October 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Recover Enthusiasm for Bhakti?

When I was student in college initially for 2 years I was very enthusiastic in practicing Krishna consciousness. And now since I have started working I am losing the taste for chanting. As a result of this my mind is troubling me. The only time I am enthusiastic is when I am hearing Krishna conscious lectures or I am present in the association of devotees. How can I become simple and serious in Krishna consciousness? Most of the time I find myself to be one person internally and another person externally. In other words I am manifesting a duplicitous nature. How can I overcome this?

Sushil

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Answer: Meditate on Krishna Every Morning

Just as you discipline yourself to go to work on time every day, you must also discipline yourself to mediate every morning on the Hare Krishna mantra before you leave your home for work. In this way, by connecting with Lord Krishna solidly in the morning, you will able to connect your entire day with Krishna and always feel transcendental bliss within your heart. Your true devotee-of-Krishna nature will thus become fully manifested within and without.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 3 October 2011

from Tallinn, Estonia
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Today's Thought:

Compassionate Diet Will Eliminate Hunger

On Saturday 1 October, I spoke on compassion at the first vegetarian fair ever held in Estonia. It was a momentous opportunity to demand that there should be compassion for all creatures and that those without compassion should not be in leadership positions anywhere in the world. Those who eat violence in the form of murdered animals are guilty of having participated in that animal's murder and are subject to being punished by the stringent laws of material nature. For each animal of whose flesh they have partaken they must take a birth in that particular species and be slaughtered and eaten. So, the blood-thirsty carnivores who insist on maintaining their compassionless diets will pay a heavy price indeed. I advocated for the entire world population a vegetarian diet of food that has been made sacred by being offered to God before being eaten. Such a diet will free up a quantity of food grains sufficient to sumptuously feed the entire human population and thus completely eliminate hunger all over the world. And the spiritual potency that such foods acquire by being offered to the Lord will sanctify the brain cells for higher spiritual understanding of anyone who has the great fortune to partake of such foods.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Compassion Lecture at Vegetarian Fair

Tallinn, Estonia--1 October 2011


"Compassionless Leaders Are Spoiling the World"


Many Young People Were Attracted to Our Message


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Did God Create Us?

Why did the Lord create us? Why did He make karma? Life seems to be too cruel to be created by an all-merciful God.

In need of help:

Stephen from Austin

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Answer: For Enjoying Loving Relationships

God is manifesting us from Himself for the purpose of enjoying unique, personal, eternal, loving relationships with each and every one of us. Just as a child who foolishly runs away from the home of his loving parents creates all kinds of difficulties for himself, we become entangled in all kinds of karmic reactions when we foolishly run away from God's kingdom to become wandering vagabonds here in the cycle of birth and death. Just as it is not the fault of the loving parents when the foolish child runs away from home, it is also not the fault of the all-merciful God when his foolish children abandon His kingdom to try to enjoy separately from Him here in this material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 2 October 2011

from Tallinn, Estonia
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Today's Thought:

Krishna's Mercy Comes to Viljandi, Estonia

On Friday 30 September we traveled in Estonia from Tartu to Viljandi for another ecstatic evening of sharing the supreme nectar of Krishna consciousness with those whose who were most fortunate to receive it. We had ecstatic kirtan, and then I explained to the audience the significance of the Hare Krishna mantra and the Bhagavad-gita. Even though the audience was small, I was amazed to see how receptive they were because most of them purchased Bhagavad-gitas at the end of the program. In fact, we sold every single Bhagavad-gita that we had in stock! There is nothing more satisfying than to see people going home with a Bhagavad-gita after hearing about Krishna. This means that the effect of what they heard will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Explaining the Philosophy of the
Bhagavad-gita

30 September--Viljandi, Estonia






Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Atone for Offending a Devotee?

I would like to know what is the atonement or prayascitta that is to be done for criticizing, making fun of, or any sin committed in any form to a devotee.

Arvind

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Answer: Bow Down and Beg for Forgiveness

When one commits an offense at the feet of a Vaisnava, one must immediately offer obeisances falling down flat on the ground at his feet and apologize begging to be forgiven for one's offense.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 1 October 2011

from Tartu, Estonia
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Today's Thought:

Don't Bite the Hand that Feeds You

If you bite the hand that feeds you, you will not be able to ingest the food that is so kindly being given to you. Similarly if you are disrespectful to the spiritual master who is so kindly trying to save you from the cycle of birth and death, you will remain entangled in karma chakra, the cycle of birth and death. Therefore Lord Sri Krishna advises us how to approach the spiritual master:

tad viddhi praṇipātena
paripraśnena sevayā
upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ
jñāninas tattva-darśinah

"Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master.
Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him.
The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you
because they have seen the truth."
--Bhagavad-gita 4.34

We would do well to follow this instruction of the Lord if we are at all serious about becoming delivered from this material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Mantra Express Lecture at te University of Tartu

29 September--Tartu, Estonia









Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: When Does One Become a Disciple?

If one has accepted someone as one's spiritual master and has decided to serve him wholeheartedly and follow his instructions, is it that from that time onwards he is his spiritual master? Or is it only after the fire sacrifice initiation ceremony that he becomes a disciple?

Your servant,
Geetika

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Answer: When He Surrenders to Sri Guru

The real meaning of being a disciple is to be fully surrendered to the orders and instructions of the spiritual master. As soon as one does this he is immediately as good as initiated. But still the initiation ceremony is required to formalize the guru/disciple relationship. This ceremony signs and seals the contract. Just like in my life, one fateful glorious morning in Austin, Texas in 1971 I accepted Srila Prabhupada into my heart as my eternal spiritual master, but still I had to wait for several months before he formally initiated me by chanting on my beads and giving me a spiritual name.

The Hari-bhakti-vilāsa (2.6) confirms the necessity of initiation:

adīkṣitasya vāmoru kṛtaṁ sarvaṁ nirarthakam
paśu-yonim avāpnoti dīkṣā-virahito janaḥ

"Unless one is initiated by a bona fide spiritual master,
all his devotional activities are useless.
A person who is not properly initiated can descend again
into the animal species."

The essence of the guru/disciple relationship is to be fully surrendered to follow the instructions of the spiritual master. The initiation ceremony is when the disciple formally vows to be surrendered to the spiritual master's orders for all of eternity and the spiritual master agrees to take that particular disciple back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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