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On the order of his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, Sankarshan Prabhu has dedicated his life for the most urgent work of spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world. The more that Krishna consciousness spreads, the more that the suffering, scarcity, and hate on this planet will be replaced with bliss, abundance and love. This is a golden opportunity for us to do the highest good for all living beings and receive the special blessings of the Lord. Therefore we should, as much as possible, sacrifice our time, energy, and resources to assist Sankarshan Prabhu in his most important work. If you would like to help out to any extent, little or big, kindly inform Sankarshan Prabhu of your desire.

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Wednesday 30 November 2011

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

Doing Our Little Bit to Save the World

ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada gave us, his followers, the most awesome assignment. He gave us the mission of saving the entire world from illusion, suffering, and fear. We know that we, who are still struggling to control our senses, are totally unqualified for accomplishing such a herculean task. But what can we do? We cannot refuse the order of our spiritual master. Fully depending on his mercy and Krishna's mercy we must endeavor to the fullest extent of our capabilities to execute his order even though we know that are completely incompetent. What will be the result of our endeavor? That is up to Krishna. But we know one thing for sure. It has been predicted by Srila Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami that one day the entire world will become fully Krishna consciousness. So at least we can fully dedicate our lives for doing whatever little bit we can for helping to make it happen. We know that if we sincerely endeavor in this way that our going back to home, back to Godhead is 100% guaranteed, and this gives us great joy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Gave Us an Inconceivable Mission:

Deliver the Entire World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can God Be Proven Rationally?

In this age, when science has progressed so much in shedding light on the darker areas of ignorance, everything can now be explained in rational terms. How about God? Is it possible to prove that He is a fact? Or should we take science as our God?

Since we have grown up in the age of science, we need miracles that are of scientific nature. Do you think God is unaware of that? Would He not reveal things or send a message of scientific relevance? Otherwise, we who believe in God in this era, would be just like a three-year old child.

Praneet

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Answer: Your Rationality is Irrational

You have stated that everything can explained in rational terms, but that is not a rational statement. It is a statement of blind faith.

How do you know that you exist? Because you experience your own existence. In a similar way you can know that God exists when you personally experience His existence. If you want to have this experience and are prepared to do whatever it takes to have this experience, we are ready to train you how to qualify yourself to personally experience God.

Your science is based on the perceptions and theorizations of imperfect senses and is therefore imperfect.

God is not obliged to reveal Himself according to your terms. If you want to meet a big man, you can only do so on his terms.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 29 November 2011

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

Same Sex Marriage: Legitimate or Illegitimate?

Last Sunday night I was interviewed by a college student who asked me what is our position on same sex marriage. I explained to him that since in the Krishna consciousness movement our principle is that sex is only for procreation and not for recreation, same sex marriage does not have any legitimacy in Krishna consciousness. I told him that if a man could make his boyfriend pregnant or a lady could make her girlfriend pregnant, same sex marriage would be acceptable in Krishna consciousness.

If in the Krishna consciousness movement we were to adjust our principle that recreational sex is allowable between husband and wife, then in all fairness we would then also have to legitimatize same sex marriage. In other words, if the heterosexuals are allowed to have recreational sex, why the homosexuals should not be allowed? Therefore to maintain the purity our movement we must faithfully adhere to Srila Prabhupada's principle that sex is only for procreation, not for recreation.

Some will protest that this is artificial restraint. But this ignores the fact that we are not these bodies, that these bodies are only coverings of the actual self. The real satisfaction for the self is be perfectly dovetailed in a loving relationship with Supreme Self, Krishna or God. Material sense gratification will never satisfy the self and is only therefore accepted insofar as it is necessary to keep the body healthy and fit.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Same Sex Marriage Enjoys Increasing Popularity

and is Sanctioned by Many Modern Churches


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Vedic Scriptures Compatible With Science?

Are Hindu Scriptures compatible with science? Do Hindu Scriptures provide for scientific explanations in today's world? Do they form the basis for scientific reasoning?

Thank you in advance.

A devotee of Lord Dattatreya,

Praneet

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Answer: Real Science is Practical, Not Theoretical

There is no question of Hindu scriptures. Hindu is a termed coined by the Muslims. This word is not found anywhere in India's ancient scriptures. So the question should be instead, "Are the Vedic scriptures compatible with science?"

But even this question is not quite proper. What we should really be asking is, "Is modern science compatible with the Vedic scriptures?" The Vedic scriptures present perfect scientific knowledge regarding the universe, its origin, and what lies beyond this universe. While modern science is constantly changing, Vedic science remains unchanged. Knowledge which is constantly changing is not knowledge at all. It is mere speculation. Therefore the Vedic scriptures are actual science while the cosmic view of modern day science is pseudo science.

Real scientific reasoning means that is must be practical. For example when you mix hydrogen and oxygen and get water, that is practical; that is science. But simply theorizing that the universe came out of absolutely nothing, as it is now being proposed by a so-called leading scientist, is not science. Where is the scientific experiment to show that something can come out of nothing? It has never been demonstrated, but yet people are foolishly accepting this dogma in the name of science, which is actually simply nescience masquerading as science.

Instead of speculative hogwash, the Vedic scriptures give the scientific researcher the tools he needs to do the ultimate scientific experiment in the test tube of his own consciousness and personally experience God face to face, eye to eye. And when you know God perfectly you scientifically know everything.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 28 November 2011

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

Captured and Tortured by Terrorists

At the present moment we are captured and being tortured by four terrorists known as birth, death, old age, and disease. They are terrorizing us again and again, birth after birth. Even though it hopelessly seems impossible to ever escape their grip, if we simply take shelter of Lord Sri Krishna we can easily escape them. This is confirmed as follows in the Bhagavad-gita:

daivī hy eṣā guṇa-mayī
mama māyā duratyayā
mām eva ye prapadyante
māyām etāṁ taranti te

"This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes
of material nature, is difficult to overcome.
But those who have surrendered unto Me
can easily cross beyond it."
--Bhagavad-gita 7.14

It is not difficult to surrender to Krishna. All you have to do is chant His names with love, and He will bless you to become His surrendered devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Frees Us from Material Miseries

(photo taken in Mauritius, the next stop on our lecture tour)


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: I Cannot Give Up Family Attachment

Humble pranams, Gurudeva,

I love lord Krishna very much, and your sweet messages enhance that love a thousand times. However I am not able to give up my attachment for my family. Suppose if all the members of the family take to the Lord's worship. Is it possible to reach the spiritual world together? In material world we see that we don't remember our past births. Then in the spiritual world, do we remember our relations?

Subrahmanyam N.


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Answer: Increase Your Family Attachment

Family attachments are temporary because we have been attached to millions and billions of different family relationships while we have traveled since time immemorial in the cycle of birth and death. The perfection of family attachment is to guide your wife and children in such a way that they will all become delivered from the cycle of birth and death. If you and your family members all practice Krishna consciousness very seriously, you will all go back to Godhead, and you will be able to recognize each other in the spiritual world.

A devotee does not give up family attachment. Rather he increases his family attachment by recognizing that all living beings are his beloved family members. Thus he dedicates his entire life for making the whole world Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 27 November 2011

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

Always Be Devoted to Krishna's Devotees

Krishna says to Arjuna in the Adi Purana that unless we are the devotees of His devotees, we cannot be His devotees. Therefore to please Him we must always be devoted to His devotees. We should never disrespect or be offensive to any of His devotees. To do so is known as Vaisnava-aparadha. Even if there is some disagreement with a devotee, this must always remain a respectful disagreement. If we are offensive to Krishna's devotees, this Vaisnava aparadha is called hati mata, a mad elephant, because this will completely destroy our devotional creepers, just as an elephant will destroy a small plant if he steps on it. Therefore we must always carefully guard ourselves from this offense by always being devoted to Krishna's devotees in all circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If an Advanced Devotee Heavily Suffers?

My questions is: If an advanced devotee suffers heavily in his life, can it be said that he has not truly and fully surrendered to Krishna?

Thank You.

With Regards,

Mukesh D.

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Answer: He Becomes More Glorious

There is no question of being an advanced devotee if one has not truly and fully surrendered to Krishna. Such advanced devotees sometimes appear to suffer very heavily. One example is Namacharya Haridas Thakur, who was severely beaten in twenty-two market places by the order of the Muslim Kazi. The advanced devotee accepts such suffering as a blessing from Krishna to help him to become even more surrendered to Krishna. Just as a soldier becomes more decorated when he is wounded in battle, the Lord's devotees become more decorated and glorious by undergoing all varieties of sufferings in the Lord's service.

In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains in his Srimad Bhagavatam purport as follows:

"When something is arranged by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one should not be disturbed by it, even if it appears to be a reverse according to one's calculations. For example, sometimes we see that a powerful preacher is killed, or sometimes he is put into difficulty, just as Haridas Thakur was. He was a great devotee who came into this material world to execute the will of the Lord by preaching the Lord's glories. But Haridas was punished at the hands of the Kazi by being beaten in twenty-two marketplaces. Similarly, Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, and Prahlada Maharaja was put through so many tribulations. The Pandavas, who were direct friends of Krishna, lost their kingdom, their wife was insulted, and they had to undergo many severe tribulations. Seeing all these reverses affect devotees, one should not be disturbed; one should simply understand that in these matters there must be some plan of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Bhagavatam's conclusion is that a devotee is never disturbed by such reverses. He accepts even reverse conditions as the grace of the Lord. One who continues to serve the Lord even in reverse conditions is assured that he will go back to Godhead, back to the Vaikuntha planets. Lord Brahma assured the demigods that there was no use in talking about how the disturbing situation of darkness was taking place, since the actual fact was that it was ordered by the Supreme Lord. Brahma knew this because he was a great devotee; it was possible for him to understand the plan of the Lord."
--from purport to SB 3.16.37

I hope that this fully clarifies your understanding.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 26 November 2011

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

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

There is a saying, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." This is especially relevant in Krishna consciousness. This material world is a tough place, an abode full of suffering of three types: suffering of the body and mind, suffering caused by other living entities, and suffering caused by natural disasters. Srila Prabhupada explains that the great devotee Vidura was addressed as a hero because no one is stronger in self-control than a devotee of the Lord. From this we can understand the toughness of a fixed up devotee of the Lord. Such tough devotees are not deterred from Krishna consciousness by devastating situations. Rather they become even stronger and more resolute in their Krishna consciousness when they face tough situations. So this a good lesson for us. When the going gets tough, when should get tough for determinedly fighting the battle with the material energy. We should never become cowards and give up the fight.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Krishna and Vishnu

Please explain me how Krishna and Vishnu are different?

Sini

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Answer: God at Home and God at the Office

Vishnu or Vishnu-tattva is the category of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in all of His multifarious forms such as Krishna, Rama, Nrsimha, Vamana, Mahavishnu, etc. This is differentiated from the category known as Jiva-tattva, which is the category we are in as the Lord's separated parts and parcels. Therefore Krishna is the original Vishnu and the other forms of God are His expansions. When God is at home engaged in dealings with His intimate family members He is Krishna. And when He is engaged in managing universal cosmic affairs, He is Vishnu.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 25 November 2011

from London, United Kingdom
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Today's Thought:

Don't Mix Sand in the Sweet Rice

One of the most delicious, tantalizing foodstuffs relished by devotees is sweet rice. But if sand is mixed in the sweet rice, it is ruined. In the same way, if you want to experience the unlimited bliss of Krishna consciousness at every moment, you have to keep it pure. You have to keep it as it is. Don't mix any kind of sense gratification or mental speculation into your Krishna consciousness.

Krishna consciousness is pure. We are not. But when you absorb yourself in Krishna consciousness, your consciousness becomes purified and you will gradually regain your original, natural, ever-increasingly nectarean consciousness. On the other side of the curtain of reality is an eternal, all blissful, all-luminous world, in which the all-beautiful, all-powerful, all knowing, all-renounced, all-wealthy, all-famous Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna is simply waiting for your return. He is your best friend. Do not disappoint Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Unlimitedly Sweet Lord Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is the World Population Increasing?

I am a student of the University of Mauritius. I attended one of your lectures in Mauritius and found it very inspiring. I have a question concerning the concept of reincarnation, and I would be grateful if you could enlighten me.

We know that the rate of criminality is increasing everywhere across the world while the crimes perpetrated are absolutely horrible. This means that more and more people should be born as lower beings (animals, trees, etc.). But this is not the case. The world population is increasing all the time. How do we explain this?

Praneet

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Answer: More Souls Coming from Animal Kingdom

It is a fact that because of increased sinfulness more and more people are going down to the animal and plant kingdoms. But kindly note that the present increase of human population is not coming from these sinful people. The increase is coming from an increase of souls coming up from the animal kingdom to take human birth. This is a great good fortune for them because they now have the opportunity to take to Krishna consciousness and become delivered from the cycle of birth and death. This is why it is essential that we now try to enlighten the entire human society in the ultimate self realization science, Krishna consciousness, so that everyone who has reached the human form in the karmic evolutionary cycle can be delivered from the ocean of birth and death. We want that everyone should now understand and be able to practice the science of connecting the individual self with the Supreme Self through pure loving devotion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 24 November 2011

from London, United Kingdom
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Today's Thought:

Krishna's Most Amazing Mystical Presence

It's 23 November 2011 at 3:41am London time. We are currently on a British Airways flight from Mumbai to London. As I write these words I am listening through headphones to Srila Prabhupada singing with great devotion the prayers to six Goswamis of Vrindavan. I am reflecting on the most amazing month of chanting and hearing that I have just experienced in India. There are no words to fully describe how wonderful is Krishna or Krishna consciousness or how merciful is Srila Prabhupada for making Krishna and Krishna consciousness so easily available to us. But we must dutifully try our best to describe the indescribable. Such descriptions are a good starting point for awakening transcendental understanding. But the most amazing thing is that Krishna is fully mystically present in His descriptions which are strictly in accordance with the teachings of the six Goswamis. In other words you, the reader, are fully getting Krishna right now in these our humble words which are delivered to you in strict accordance with the six Goswamis. How much you will realize Krishna's divine presence in these words simply depends on how deeply you will take these words into your soul.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Six Goswamis of Vrindavan



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Always Be Enthusiastic

Gurudeva, can you tell me how to keep up my enthusiasm? Sometimes I feel enthusiastic while engaged in devotional service to Lord Krishna, but most of the time I am not able keep up my enthusiasm. What should I do to always be enthusiastic?

Your insignificant servant
Kush
(India)

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Answer: Fully Surrender to Your Guru's Order

Simply on the order of your spiritual master you must always remain enthusiastic to serve Krishna in all varieties of circumstances, pleasing or non-pleasing. In this way, if you will dutifully surrender to the order of your Guru Maharaja, you will be greatly blessed by Lord Sri Krishna and will thus experience at every moment the most relishable happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 23 November 2011

from Mumbai, India
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Today's Thought:

Super Ecstatic Departure Kirtan

On 21 November 2011 when we were getting ready to depart from ISKCON's Pune temple the devotees were singing a send-off kirtan for us. Seeing a wonderful opportunity to dive into the unlimitedly sweet ocean of Lord Sri Krishna's names, I got out of the soon-to-depart van, asked a devotee for the mridanga drum he was playing, and took the lead of the kirtan. It turned out to be another one of those super-sweet unforgettable kirtans that goes deep into the soul connecting the sincere chanter with the Lord within. Such kirtans transport us beyond this material world into that amazingly wondrous Spiritual Sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Diving into the Ocean of Unlimited Kirtan Bliss

Pune, India--21 November 2011










Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why 18 Chapters of Gita for Arjuna?

Dear Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to humbly ask the following questions:

Both Sri Krishna and Arjuna are mentioned by various names in Bhagavad-gita. What is the main purpose? What is the purpose of a prolonged dialog between Lord and Arjuna to fit in 18 chapters? Was the warrior Arjuna slow in his understanding?

Yours in yoga

Janardan Mali

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Answer: To Free Us From Delusion

Different names of Krishna and Arjuna convey different aspects of their personalities. Therefore through these different names we can understand them better. Arjuna did not require to hear the Bhagavad-gita because he is an eternal associate of Krishna. But for the sake of our enlightenment he played the role of a deluded soul so that Krishna could speak the Bhagavad-gita to deliver us from our delusion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 22 November 2011

from Mumbai, India
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Today's Thought:

Material Opulence Can Never Satisfy the Self

No amount of material opulence can ever satisfy the self because the self has nothing to do with the material body. The material body is simply a covering of the self. It is not the actual self. Sense gratification is necessary to keep the external body strong and healthy. But if one thinks that he can be happy simply by polishing the cage of the bird without feeding the bird within, he is living in a grand illusion. It is useless to simply take care of the body while neglecting the self within. This misplacement of priorities is the great tragedy of the modern so-called civilization.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Exposing the World Leaders As Dogs, Hogs, Camels, and Asses
and Giving the Solution
,
Pune, India--20 November 2011










Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Maya Test Us All the Time?

Dear Spiritual Master,
Please accept my humble obeisances.

Does Maya test us all the time in order to fix our faith in Krishna?

Krishna says that He will deliver us from all sinful reactions? When does this take place?

Thank you

Sujata

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Answer: We Are Always Being Tested

We are being tested at every minute whether we are remembering Krishna or not.

When we fully surrender ourselves to Krishna, He delivers us from all of our sinful reactions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 21 November 2011

from Pune, India
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Today's Thought:

Solution for a Doomed European Union

At the present moment due to economic woes the European Union is struggling to continue its existence. There is ever-increasing pressure for it to be at least partially, if not completely, dismantled. If we study its founding principles, we can easily understand why it is going through such a struggle. There is no mention of God anywhere in its founding principles. The fact is that any nation or institution which does not place God at the center will sooner or later completely collapse. The European Union is no exception to this principle. If the leaders of the European Union genuinely want to make it a grand success, all they have to do is consult us and we can enlighten them how to do it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching the Principles of Universal Unity and Peace

Pune, India--19 November 2011



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Proper Gaura Nitai Worship

In what mood should we worship Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Ram Prabhu?

Jeevan

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Answer: Be an Instrument for World Unity and Peace

The proper mood for worshiping Sri Sri Gaura Nitai is to become Their instrument for bringing peace and unity to the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 20 November 2011

from Pune, India
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Today's Thought:

Crossing Over to the Side of Light

There are two sides to reality. One side is the conditioned side where life is temporary, full of ignorance, and full of misery. The other side is the liberated side where life is eternal, full of knowledge, and full of bliss. The devotee always desires to cross over the Causal Ocean to enter that other side, which is known as the paravyoma, the Spiritual Sky. In Sanskrit there is the word pāragam, which literally means crossing over. It is a very significant word. It refers to one who can take the disciple to the other side of reality. The spiritual master takes the disciple to the other side by opening his eyes with the shining torchlight of knowledge. We are presently suffering like anything due to ignorance. By the merciful guidance of the spiritual master, the darkness of ignorance is removed, and thus the disciple is enabled to cross over to the side of freedom. The Bhagavad-gita explains that after many, many births one surrenders to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Similarly, if, after many, many births, one is able to find a bona fide spiritual master and surrender to such a bona fide representative of Krishna, one can cross over the Causal Ocean and enter the paravyoma, the side of light.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sharing the Bliss of Krishna Consciousness

Home Program in Pune, India--18 November 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Attachment Material?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Could you please give me guidance on the subject of attachment? I have a friend that keeps telling me that the only attachment that is healthy is our attachment to God and that we should not be attached to family, even our own children from birth. I know that this is not the way it is written in the scriptures. Could you please explain attachment to family to me in such a way that I can relate this information to my friend and get things straight in my head?

Thank you.

I trust this meets you in good health.

Your servant.

Debbie

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Answer: Yes, When It Is Not Krishna Conscious

It is natural to love our family members, and there is no reason for a devotee to deny this love. Krishna consciousness does not mean to deny loving attachment. Krishna consciousness means to expand our love to the perfectional platform of becoming attached to God. Because Krishna or God is the root of the entire creation, when we love Him, then and only then can we truly love all other living beings including our family members. In other words, our loving attachment to our family members will always remain imperfect and incomplete until we come to platform of Krishna consciousness. Attachment without Krishna consciousness is material. And attachment within Krishna consciousness is perfect. A Krishna conscious person, a person who truly loves Krishna, will naturally feel loving attachment for all living beings, seeing all of them as Krishna's parts and parcels and as therefore being his beloved family members whom he wants to serve by helping them to be connected with Krishna.

So the conclusion is that both you and your friend are correct. It is simply a matter of proper understanding.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 19 November 2011

from Pune, India
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Today's Thought:

Ignorance Causes Sin or Sin Causes Ignorance?

Is ignorance the cause of sin? Or is sin the cause of ignorance? The answer is that both are true. The more you are ignorant of the distinction between right and wrong, the more you will naturally be sinful. And the more you are sinful, the more you will become buried deeper and deeper upon layers of ignorance. So what is the solution? You must be fortunate to come into contact with Krishna's pure devotee who plants the seed of pure devotion within your heart. If you take advantage of his merciful, enlightening words, you will be saved from ignorance and sin.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Relishing the Sublime Srimad Bhagavatam Wisdom

Pune, India--18 November 2011







Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Initiation Required to Follow Teachings?

1. Is spiritual initiation necessary for a person? I mean if the person is following all the four regulative principles and reading Srila Prabhupada's books and following the instructions given in the books, does he still need initiation?
2. If a person is trying to practice Krishna Consciousness, but his parents and friends don't support him or criticize him, then should he walk out of all his relationships?

Your unworthy servant and admirer,
Rohit

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Answer: The Teachings Mandate Initiation

Srila Prabhupada states in his books that initiation is required. Therefore anyone who is following what is in his books will naturally take initiation. There is no question of following the books and not getting initiated.

Everyone needs support for their chosen path of life. Therefore to make yourself strong in Krishna consciousness you should associate with devotees as much as possible. Regular devotee association is the most important ingredient for a Krishna conscious life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 18 November 2011

from Pune, India
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Today's Thought:

Solution for a World in Chaos

At the present moment, due to an ever-increasingly burdensome accumulation of sinful karma, the world situation on all levels is becoming more and more dangerous and uncertain. The self-serving politicians cannot even begin to understand the root cause of all the difficulties and are therefore completely powerless to do anything to solve the problems. This is why there must now arise a class of enlightened souls realized in the Absolute Truth who fully understand the secret of how to dovetail the individual consciousness with the Superconsciousness for bringing perfect peace and happiness, both individually and collectively, to the entire human society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Greeted Us With Kirtan When We Arrived

17 November 2011--Pune, India


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does the Soul Have Size, Shape, and Form?

Dear Gurudeva,

Bless me. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

My question:

Does the atma (the soul) have size, shape and form?

Kowsthub

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Answer: Body Has Form Because Atma Has Form

Just as your shirt and pants match the shape of your body, in a similar way your material body matches the shape of the spirit-soul, which resides within it. In other words, in its fully liberated condition the atma or spirit-soul is manifested as a human-like form with a head, eyes, ears, hands, legs, etc. The difference between that spiritual form and your present material form is that while the spiritual form, is eternal, full of knowledge, and bliss, your present material form is temporary, full of ignorance and misery. As long as one remains in material consciousness the atma's spiritual form remains dormant in a seed-like state as a tiny spiritual particle situated within the heart of the living being. But when one fully awakens his Krishna consciousness his original spiritual form will be fully manifested.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 17 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

The Home of Unlimited Sweetness

16 November 2011--Tomorrow we are heading out for my lecture series in Pune, India. Spending time in Sri Vrindavan Dhama is always nectarean because Sri Vrindavan Dhama, being Krishna's eternal home, is non-different from Him and is thus is eternally manifested as an abode of unlimited sweetness. Just being in this most sacred of all places for even a few minutes can awaken feelings of love of God within one's heart. It is so nice.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Relishing Srila Prabhupada's Divine Association

in His Vrindavan Quarters--30 October 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Identity a Pure Devotee?

Who is pure devotee? How can we identify him?

Geetha

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Answer: He is Totally Addicted to Krishna

A pure devotee is someone who is free from all material desires, even the subtle ones, such as profit, adoration, and distinction. He is recognizable as that person who is totally addicted to Krishna and fully absorbed 24 hours daily in spreading Krishna's glories all over the world. If we surrender unto the pure devotee, our lives will become perfect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 16 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Vaidhi Bhakti Required to Attain Raga Bhakti

In the beginning one engages in vaidhi bhakti, devotional service according to rules and regulations, under the direction of his initiating spiritual master. In this way he gradually becomes purified and eventually realizes his svarupa, his eternal identity in the spiritual world. Then after realizing his svarupa, he engages in raga bhakti, devotional service in spontaneous love. If one tries to jump to his svarupa without fully undergoing the purifying process of vaidhi bhakti, as elaborately described by Srila Rupa Goswami, he will fall down from the path of pure bhakti and become a sense gratifier.

In this regard, recently we saw the example of a sannyasi who was teaching raga bhakti without vaidhi bhakti. After being sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexually molesting two girls he went into hiding to avoid his prison sentence. Therefore, while it is important to aspire for raga bhakti, one should always remember to faithfully serve the orders of his initiating spiritual master so that he will not become degraded and so that he will become genuinely qualified to enter the perfectional stage of raga bhakti. It is imperative that until realizing his svarupa he must faithfully execute vaidhi bhakti. And after realizing his svarupa he will dutifully act externally as a vaidhi bhakta to show the proper example for the neophytes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Sublime
Bhakti
Science
Greater Noida, India--12 November 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Significance of the Marginal Energy

Hare Krishna Guru Maharaja,

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

I'd like to put most humbly the following question:

Could you please explain why Krishna creates the marginal energy from which we the living entities baddha jivas come into existence. Under this energy only there is a chance of misusing the free will, the cause of all sorts of material suffering. The nitya siddha living entities, those who are part of the internal energy of Krishna, never misuse their free will and never fall down. For enjoying loving exchanges and pastimes the internal energy would have been sufficient for Krishna. Then what is the significance of the existence of the marginal energy?

Your servant,
Supartha

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Answer: Marginal Energy is a Symptom of God's Love

You have not understood correctly the Lord's energies. Every living being comes into existence from Krishna because He is the source of everything. All living beings are Krishna's internal energy, but they are also called marginal energy because they are endowed with the free will to love Krishna or leave Krishna. Those who choose to love Him are known as nitya siddhas, eternally liberated souls. And those who foolishly choose to leave Him are known as baddha jivas or conditioned souls. Who is liberated and who is conditioned is not God's choice. This is the independent choice of each and every individual living entity, whether he wants to serve God or try to be God. Because Krishna wants our love and because love cannot be forced, Krishna gives us the free choice to love Him or leave Him. This is why we, the living entities, although constitutionally internal energy are also endowed with a marginal nature. Without the marginal nature, the ability for the living entity to love Krishna or not, there is no question of loving exchanges with the Lord because one cannot be forced to love someone. Love must be voluntary.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 15 November 2011

from New Delhi, India
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Today's Thought:

Krishna Consciousness is Simply Wonderful

Krishna consciousness is simply wonderful because Krishna is simply wonderful. How can He not be simply wonderful when He is God? As the Supreme Personality of Godhead He must be simply wonderful because He is source of all wonderfulness. Therefore He cannot be anything but simply wonderful. And if you will fully surrender unto Him, you will become simply wonderful and live a simply wonderful existence in His simply wonderful association for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari








Simply Wonderful Mangala Arati--New Delhi, India

ISKCON Radha-Parthasarathi Temple--14 Nov 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Challenge: Criticism of ISKCON Refuted

ISKCON is like a ship without a captain. Try and be more broad minded and don't be in illusion, by thinking that you are on the best path.

R.R

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Answer: Prabhupada is Guiding Us to Success

Whatever problems ISKCON has faced have been due to forgetting Srila Prabhupada's instructions. But in spite of this, there is great hope now for the powerful spiritual society he created because thousands and thousands of devotees all over the world are now scrutinizingly reading his books and fully dedicating their lives to serving his mission. Therefore it is not proper for us to think that ISKCON is a ship without with a captain. Because of the wonderful devotion of the ISKCON devotees, they are being guided at every minute by His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada's departure is only superficial. Just as it said that Krishna never steps one foot outside of Vrindavan, it is also a fact that Srila Prabhupada never leaves ISKCON. He resides eternally in the hearts of those who are sincerely trying to make his mission a success for the respiritualization of the entire human society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 14 November 2011

from New Delhi, India
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Today's Thought:

Keep the Teachings Pure

Transcendental knowledge originates with Krishna, the original spiritual master, and has been carefully passed down throughout the ages from the spiritual master to his disciple, who then becomes a spiritual master and passes the knowledge on to his disciples, etc, etc. If anyone along the chain does not transmit the knowledge purely, the chain of disciplic succession is broken, and the knowledge is lost to that line of succession. Therefore it is the duty of all those who receive transcendental knowledge from a bona fide spiritual master to purely pass it on to those who are willing and eager to hear it. Maintaining the pure teachings as they have descended without blemish from Krishna through the disciplic succession is the greatest welfare work that one can render for the deliverance of the human society from all varieties of suffering conditions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari








Srimad Bhagavatam Class--Punjabi Bagh, India

13 November 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is Death Life's Most Critical Moment?

Dear Gurudeva,

Namaste. I would like to humbly ask the following questions:

What makes the moment of death the most critical time in one's life? Is it the moment of critical change for a person, a change for the better or worse in one's continuing evolution?

Yours in yoga

Janardan Mali

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Answer: Everything is Tested at the Time of Death.

The time of death is the time of transition when one either passes into another material body or attains his original spiritual form. This depends on his state of consciousness at the time of leaving his body. Death can be compared the final exam in a university course. If you pass the exam, you graduate. If you fail the exam, you have to repeat the course. Failing to remember Krishna at the time of death means having to take another material body and again suffer birth, death, old age, and disease. And remembering Krishna means to attain an eternal existence, full of knowledge, and full of bliss in the transcendental spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 13 November 2011

from New Delhi, India
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Today's Thought:

If You Are Not Twice-Born, You Are An Animal

Our first birth is from our mother and father. Every animal gets such a birth. So if we only get first birth, we are in the category of the animals. What makes one a human being as distinguished from the animals is when he takes to the self-realization pathway seriously by accepting second birth from the bona fide spiritual master. This second-birth, which is called diksha or initiation, occurs when one surrenders to the bona fide spiritual master to learn from him the transcendental self-realization science. At the time of initiation the spiritual master gives the disciple a new name such as Krishna Das (servant of Krishna) to remind him of his new transcendental identity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Initiation Ceremony--New Delhi, India

12 November 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Judge Sadhana Progress?

Dear Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to ask the following questions:

What happens at the physical, mental and intellectual levels when one does rounds of japa mala and chants the Hare Krishna mahamantra? After monitoring these parameters how one should judge that his/her sadhana is on right track for achieving the transcendental destination?

Yours in yoga

Janardan Mali

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Answer: More Attraction to Krishna Less to Maya

When one absorbs his consciousness in chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra his body, mind, and intelligence all become purified. If one is losing his attraction to all forms of material sense gratification, both subtle and gross, and is becoming more and more attracted to the transcendental name, form, pastimes, qualities, entourage, and paraphernalia of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he is definitely on the right track to the transcendental destination. Therefore you should take up this chanting process seriously and become spiritually perfect in this rare human form of life for achieving the transcendental destination of going back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 12 November 2011

from New Delhi, India
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Today's Thought:

How Zero Becomes Extremely Valuable

Zero has no value. Even if you have an entire row of zeros, it still has no value. But if you put a one in front of the row of zeros, it becomes a very big number. This material world is like a big row of zeros. It has no value. But if you put Krishna in front of it, it becomes extremely valuable.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Real and What is a Dream?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances. I apologize if what I am going to ask is a bit offensive but I am simply confused and I want an answer. You often state that the material world is like a dream and we falsely believe everything in it is reality. But then, how can we know if Vedic knowledge/Krishna Consciousness is not just part of the dream or just another dream we wake up to? I have experiences of realizing that I was dreaming when I was still in a dream, then I thought I had the control and managed to wake up from it, only later I came to know that I had merely woken up from a dream within a dream and I was still in a dream!

Yours Sincerely,
K.

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Answer: No Confusion When Truly Awakened

Now because you are still dreaming, you are confused as to what is a dream and what is reality. When you are truly awakened on the spiritual platform you will have perfect knowledge of both the enlightened state and the dream state in which one thinks that he is the material body. There will no confusion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 11 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Unflinching Faith in the Spiritual Master

The Vedic injunction is that one should have unflinching faith in the words of one's spiritual master. This is stated as follows in the Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.23:

yasya deve parā bhaktir
yathā deve tathā gurau
tasyaite kathitā hy arthāḥ
prakāśante mahātmanaḥ


"If one has unflinching faith in the Supreme Lord and the spiritual master,
the essence of all Vedic knowledge is revealed to him."

This faith means that we trust the correctness of his teachings and instructions. Why do we put such faith in him? Because he purely presents the teachings of Krishna without any adulteration.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Worshipping Srila Prabhupada in Vrindavan

4:12 am--10 November 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does God Exist?

Please accept my humble obeisances and attempt to understand the truth. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to Lord Caitanya!

I'd sincerely like to understand how is it possible to believe in something other than matter. My conviction is that:

- mind and intelligence and the concept of God is nothing else than vibrations of elementary particles in my brain;
- mind and intelligence and living organisms are the result of random collisions of elementary particles;
- I certainly believe that there exists the Absolute Truth, because it is not possible to state otherwise (but I believe that it is very difficult to attain at the current speed of development of the modern science based on the five material senses);
- I also tend to believe that the practices described in Vedic sastras are the perfect methods how to optimize the material life.

But my questions are: What are the arguments that there really exists the non-material Supreme Person? What are the arguments that there exists something else apart from the material world?

Submissively inquiring,
Jānis

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Answer: Reactivate Your Consciousness & Meet God

Modern science is based on the assumption that objective reality is limited to those things that are empirically verifiable with our gross senses and the instruments created by our gross senses. But I ask you, "Is this assumption empirically verifiable?" The answer is, "No. It is not." Therefore the entire foundation of your empirical view of reality is very flimsy at best. Indeed, it is built upon sand.

The fact is that right now you are dreaming. You falsely take your dream as the waking reality because it is all you know. But if someone wakes you up, you will see that what you thought was real was only a dream, and then you will be able to perceive things as they actually are.

Your gross empirical view of reality is in fact a dream. The Vedic science will awaken you and enable you to personally associate with that Supreme Person, who is the source of all existence. But you have to be willing to perform the scientific experiment of being awakened. Otherwise you will remain asleep. If you, like the owl who refused to open his eyes to see the sunlight, refuse to come into the laboratory of consciousness to perform the ultimate scientific experiment, you will never realize the Absolute Truth. This Absolute Truth is fully realizable through the ancient science which is perfectly taught in the Vedic literatures, especially the Bhagavad-gita and the Srimad Bhagavatam.

So in the final analysis, God is empirically verifiable. You just have to reactivate the now dormant scientific instrument that can directly perceive Him. That instrument is consciousness. At the present your consciousness is only 1% per cent activated. Now you have to activate the other 99%. This reactivation process is called Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 10 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Is the Spiritual Master God?

The other day when I was asked for the Vedic equivalent of the holy trinity I replied that Krishna is God the father, the spiritual master is God the son, and that the Paramatma is the holy ghost. When it is said that the spiritual master is God the son, this does not mean that he is God, the source of all existence. No. That cannot be. What this does mean is that the spiritual master has been granted power of attorney by Lord Krishna to act with His potency for spreading Krishna consciousness throughout the world. This is confirmed as follows in the Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, Antya 7.11:

kṛṣṇa-śakti vinā nahe tāra pravartana

"Without being empowered by Lord Sri Krishna
one cannot spread Krishna consciousness throughout the world."

In this connection Srila Prabhupada states:

"Persons who do so are empowered. Therefore they are sometimes called āveśa-avatāras, or empowered incarnations, for they are endowed with the power of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Govardhana Parikrama--9 November 2011



A Bull Sits Peacefully at the Foot of Govardhana


Beautiful Govinda Kunda at the Foot of Govardhana


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Does Karma Work?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

How does our good karma and bad karma work? And do both of them work at the same time?.

Shamesh

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Answer: Action and Reaction

Good karma means that one is rewarded for his past pious activities. And bad karma means that he is punished for his past impious activities. By past good karma one can become wealthy, but then while he is enjoying that wealth he may be killed in car accident due to his past impious activities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 9 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Regain Your Natural Blissful Consciousness

All you have to do to be happy is to be yourself. Nothing artificial is required. The reason that we are unhappy is that we have been trained to see everything in an artificial, highly distorted, false way. In other words, we don't know who we are. This is why we are suffering. We think that we are these temporary material bodies instead of eternal spiritual beings. The body is just a temporary covering of the actual eternal self. To become free from this bodily concept we need to hear submissively from the bona fide spiritual master. He will teach us to see things clearly so that we can regain our original, natural, all-blissful state of consciousness known as Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Teaches Krishna Consciousness

In Tompkins Square Park--New York City--1966


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Comment on Mother Theresa's Words

What is your comment on these words of Mother Theresa?:

"If you can't love the person whom you see, then how can you love God whom you cannot see?"

Your humble servant,

Vijayakumar

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Answer: See God and Give the Highest Service to All

We have no interest in giving opinionated comments on the sayings of others. However, we can analyze the strength or weakness of any statement based on the timeless teachings of the Vedas, which are coming from Lord Sri Krishna, the supreme authority.

This statement is saying that if we don't love man, we cannot love God. But if we carefully analyze the science of the relationship between the Lord and the living entities, we will see that actually it is the other way around. If we don't love God, we cannot truly love and serve man.

Without God consciousness we will be merely serving a man's external covering, the material body, and will be neglecting service to the eternal spirit-soul who dwells within. While on the material level we may be able give a person temporary relief from misery, we cannot give him permanent relief from misery. On the spiritual platform, however, we can give him permanent relief from all kinds of suffering by delivering him back to his original home in the spiritual world, far beyond this world of miseries.

And besides this, we can see God, if we will follow the prescribed process for qualifying ourselves to see Him, as elaborately described in the Vedic literatures. So if someone wants to be the perfect servant of all persons, they should not neglect seeing the Supreme Person, Lord Sri Krishna, as described in the Sri Isopanisad:

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

"He who sees systematically 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 or any being."
--Sri Isopanisad Mantra 6

Even if we are not yet pure enough to see God directly with our eyes, we can still see Him through the eyes of the scriptures, as described above, and render the best service to all by fully engaging ourselves in the devotional service of the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 8 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Open the Flood Gates of Nectar

The pure devotee of the Lord has an ocean of unlimited nectar within his heart. When we humbly approach him to inquire and hear submissively he will mercifully open the flood gates and drown us in an unlimited flood of that sweet nectar. We had that experience with our beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. When he would speak the entire spiritual world would be opened to us.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Opens the Flood Gates of Mercy

Tompkins Square Park--New York City--1966


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Holy Trinity in Vedic Terms

A student in our Bhagavad-gita class asked if Brahman, Paramatma, and Bhagavan are the Holy Trinity as described in the Holy Bible. If not, is there any equivalent in Vedic science to the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost?

Noah

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Answer: Krishna, Spiritual Master, and Paramatma

The Christian holy trinity is God the father, God the son, and God the holy spirit. In Vedic terms these can be understood in this way: Krishna is God the father. The spiritual master is God the son. And the Supersoul or Paramatma within the heart is the holy ghost or holy spirit.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 7 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

The Ultimate Darshan Experience

Early in the 18th century the three main deities of Vrindavan (Madana Mohana, Govinda, and Gopinatha) were taken to Jaipur to protect them from the Muslim tyrant Aurangzeb who was destroying the temples and deities of Vrindavan in an envious rampage. They were rescued by the pious Vaisnava king, Maharaja Jai Singh II. Madana Mohan was later transferred to a Rajastani village called Karoli. Maharaja Jai Singh was so devoted to Lord Govinda that when he built a new city, which he named Jaipur (city of victory), he dedicated it to his beloved Lord Govinda. The Maharaja established Govindaji's temple on the grounds of his palace so that he could take darshan from his quarters. For three centuries Radha Govinda's worship has been attracting great devotion from the residents of Jaipur.

It is very auspicious to take the darshan of all three of these deities in one day. At 5am on 6 November 2011 twelve of us set out for the ultimate darshan experience. We reached the temple in Karoli for a late morning darshan of the beautiful Madana Mohan and then proceeded to Jaipur for a late afternoon darshan of Radha Govinda.

When we went for darshan of Radha Govinda there were thousands of people waiting to see their beloved Radha and Govinda. We joyfully joined in with them singing "Govinda Jaya Jaya, Gopala Jaya Jaya, Radha Ramana Hari, Govinda Jaya Jaya" as we waited for the curtains to open. And then when the curtains finally parted waves of transcendental bliss swept the enthusiastic devotees as we feasted our eyes and hearts on the beautiful Sri Sri Radha and Govinda.

Finally at sunset we capped off this most sublime day with a darshan of Radha Gopinatha, the deity who bestows pure love of God. I joyfully took darshan in each temple in a mood of humble submission begging the Lord for His mercy to save me from material consciousness and make me His pure devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Original Madana Mohana in Karoli

He Frees the Heart from Lust


Radha Govinda's Temple
Is on the Grounds of the King's Palace in Jaipur


Waves of Bliss Swept the Assembled Devotees
When the Curtains Opened


Thousands Came for Radha Govinda's Darshan


Sri Sri Radha Govinda Darshan
A Feast for the Eyes and Heart


Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha Bestow Prema Bhakti


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Result of Contraception?

Respected Guru Maharaja,

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

May I ask you a question? How does the soul enter the semen of his/her father? And what happens when people use contraception?

With warm regards,

Your student.

Mohit

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Answer: They Will Be Blocked from Human Birth

Srila Prabhupada describes in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 8.3 how living entity descends to the earth in the rain, takes on the form of grains, is eaten by a man, and transformed into semen.

According to the universal laws contraception is sinful. If you sign a lease on an apartment and when you go to move in you are blocked from entering, this blocking is a criminal action. Contraception is sinful because it is blocking the living being who is trying to enter into his new lawful human body. Those who indulge in contraception will be blocked from getting a human body just as they blocked someone from getting a human body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 6 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Pushing Forward a Spiritual Revolution

The Srimad-Bhagavatam is the most revolutionary literature in world history. By it's influence this entire planet and indeed this entire universe will be transformed. The truth of the Srimad Bhagavatam is so dazzlingly brilliant that it can only be temporarily covered by ignorance. Therefore that day is coming when the entire human society will recognize and follow the principles of the Srimad Bhagavatam. This is why there is no welfare work more important than the wide scale distribution of the Bhagavatam's teachings to every corner of the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimad Bhagavatam
Lecture--5 November 2011

Krishna Balarama Temple--Vrindavan Dhama, India










Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Where are the Gurus to Guide the World?

Dear Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to humbly ask the following questions.

In the absence of a true guru, is it true that pseudo, inconsistent and defective devotion due to insufficient knowledge or deviation from the Vedic injunctions renders any chance for reciprocation with the Supreme Lord as futile and in vain?

There are millions of sincere devotees seeking guidance but where are the gurus to meet the demand? Is there any alternative?

Yours in yoga,

Janardan Mali

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Answer: Srila Prabhupada and His Disciples

Yes, without the guidance of a true guru the entire world is in a hopeless situation.

Fortunately there is no absence of true gurus. There is a bona fide guru who can deliver the entire world. That guru is my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. If everyone will read his books and follow his sublime instructions, the entire world will be saved. Those of his disciples who are strictly following him are also bona fide spiritual masters for delivering genuine Vedic knowledge for the deliverance of the world society. They were personally trained by Srila Prabhupada and can thus guide you how to properly follow his teachings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 5 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

We Can See Krishna

On 4 November 2011 we headed out from Vrindavan town to Nandagram and Barshana, the respective childhood homes of Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani. To actually be in the places of Lord Krishna's pastimes on this planet is a greatly rewarding experience. Krishna is not a myth. He is a real person who displayed the most amazing transcendental pastimes 5,000 years ago when He appeared on Earth. And if we qualify ourselves through pure love for Him we can see Him face-to-face, eye-to-eye even today.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Nandagram--the Home of Lord Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Spiritual Name is Important?

Dear Gurudeva!

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

This is my question:

Why is the spiritual name given so much importance?

Your humble servant

Asta-sakhi devi dasi

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Answer: It Saves the Disciple from Greatest Danger

Srila Prabhupada has very nicely explained in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 6.2.32 why spiritual names are given so much importance:

"Guru-krsna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija: [Cc. Madhya 19.151] by the mercy of the guru and Krishna, one receives the seed of bhakti. This association saves a devotee from the greatest fear. In our Krishna consciousness movement we therefore change a devotee's name to a form that reminds him of Vishnu. If at the time of death the devotee can remember his own name, such as Krishna dasa or Govinda dasa, he can be saved from the greatest danger. Therefore the change of names at the time of initiation is essential. The Krishna consciousness movement is so meticulous that it gives one a good opportunity to remember Krishna somehow or other."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 4 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Solving the Existential Enigma

What is the purpose of life? Sometimes it is said that the purpose of life is to ask questions like "What is the purpose of life?" But unless there is a meaningful answer to this question, life is a pointless quagmire, an existential enigma. The good news is that there is a substantial answer to this question because there is an Absolute Truth, and the purpose of human life is to realize it. The Absolute Truth is the source of all existence. When we know that Absolute Truth and we live in perfect harmony with it, our lives become sweet and perfect in every conceivable and inconceivable way. In the Bhagavad-gita Lord Sri Krishna reveals that He is that Absolute Truth. And we can personally verify His claim through the sublime self realization system known as Krishna consciousness or bhakti yoga. Try it today. You'll be glad you did.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Worshipping the Cow on Gopastami Day--3 Nov 2011

ISKCON Goshalla--Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
(Gopastami is the day that Krishna was "promoted" from herding the calves to herding the cows.
As Krishna worshipped the cows on this day, we also worship the cows on this day.)


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Control My Mind?

When will material thoughts stop disturbing me? They come daily and I just chant. Should I not feel scared? I read that thoughts are from material nature and that they are forced upon us. How to use the intelligence to control my mind when at times my intelligence is not functioning correctly?

Pardon me for so many questions, but I do hope that you will take me as your student as I am sincerely following your instructions.

S.J.

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Answer: Cultivate the Desire to Surrender to Krishna

As long as you are in this material world it is natural that sometimes disturbing thoughts will come to your mind. Disturbing thoughts means thoughts that are lusty, greedy, angry, or envious. But if you will take shelter of Krishna, there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of. This is because it is Krishna who is the supplier both of the good thoughts and the bad thoughts in accordance with your desires. So if you will continually cultivate the desire to surrender to Krishna by chanting His holy names with love and devotion every day, that amazingly beautiful Supreme Personality of Godhead will reciprocate with your desire by flooding your mind with beautiful, sublime, divine thoughts that will carry you into higher and higher realms of spiritual bliss for all of eternity.

By regularly studying the Bhagavad-gita and the Srimad Bhagavatam you will develop a powerful spiritual intelligence that will enable you to easily keep your mind always fixed on the ecstatic transcendental platform.

I am willing to accept any sincere seeker of truth anywhere in the world as my student. So you are certainly most welcome to become my student for mastering the science of Krishna consciousness and escaping the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 3 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Bliss on the Yamuna River

On 2 November 2011 we experienced the wonderful mercy of having class and a kirtan on the Yamuna River. Yamuna is the holiest of all holy rivers, the site of many of Lord Sri Krishna's transcendental pastimes. Just to be there at the Yamuna is a wonderfully enlivening and purifying experience. I gave a class on the bank, and it attracted the attention of a local holy man as pictured below. After class we cruised the Yamuna in one of the local hand-rowed boats. We purified our hearts by singing bhajans and Hare Krishna kirtan as we were refreshed by the pleasing gentle breeze blowing over the Yamuna. There is a video of that kirtan below.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




2 November 2011--Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India:




Bhagavatam Class on the Yamuna River Bank


Ecstatic Kirtan on a Yamuna River Cruise


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Qualification for Becoming a Disciple?

I was just wondering what qualifications I should have in order to be able to accept a spiritual master?

Thank you,
Your servant,

Priyesh

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Answer: Sincerity

The number one qualification for a becoming a disciple is to have a sincere desire to surrender yourself fully to Lord Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 2 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Steve Jobs and the Moment of Death

Steve Job's sister, Mona Simpson, reports that Steve's last words as he was dying were, "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow." Of course, we don't know what he was thinking when he left his body. But we most certainly hope that he was remembering Krishna or the prasadam he used to relish at the Sunday Love Feast every week at ISKCON's Seattle temple. His connection with things related to Krishna is undeniable. The standard screen images that came from the Apple factory on the IPHONE 4 were a lotus flower and a peacock feather. So we hopefully wish the very best for Steve.

Now we have to be concerned about what we will thinking at the time of death. If we want to conquer death, we will have to remember Krishna at life's culmination. But the time of death is a very heavy moment when our minds will naturally gravitate to whatever we have considered to be most dear throughout our lives. So if we want to be privileged to remember Krishna at that most critical moment, we must always hold Krishna in our hearts as our dearmost love by offering all of our thoughts, words, and deeds for His pleasure. If we can do so, when we leave our material bodies we will wake up as the eternal associates of Lord Sri Krishna in His most wondrous transcendental abode, Goloka Vrindavan.


Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture

1 November 2011--Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India:







Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is there a Vedic Rule Against Beards?

Accept my humble obeisances.

I want to know sages why like Narada, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, and the devotees of ISKCON always keep their face fully shaved while sages like Srila Vyasadeva had a good beard.

Are there any rules in Vedic scriptures on keeping a beard? Are people including devotees who do not shave regularly criticized in the Vedic scriptures?

Thanks and regards,

Ravi C.

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Answer: Caitanya's Followers Remain Clean-Shaved

Remaining clean-shaven without a beard is a trademark of the sampradaya coming from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself and is thus the very source of all the Vedas. Therefore His instructions are the most authoritative Vedic injunctions.

In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport to Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, Madhya 20.70 that Lord Caitanya did not like the long hair and beard of Santana Goswami and thus asked Candrasekhara to get him shaved clean. Srila Prabhupada then further explains:

"If anyone with long hair or a beard wants to join this Krishna consciousness movement and live with us, he must similarly shave himself clean. The followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu consider long hair objectionable."

So this is a principle for all initiated members of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu's sampradaya, that they must keep themselves clean shaven. Srila Prabhupada further elaborates on this in a lecture he gave on the Caitanya Caritamrita:

"According to the Caitanya Mahaprabhu's sampradaya, they keep themselves clean-shaven. And only single instance is there, Advaita Prabhu. He had his beard. And Caitanya Mahaprabhu never asked Him to cleanse. Because one reason is that Advaita Prabhu was just contemporary to His father, so He did not like to dictate. But otherwise, all His disciples, they were clean-shaved."

That Srila Prabhupada wanted all ISKCON devotees to follow this principle is confirmed by a letter that Srila Prabhupada wrote to Brahmananda dated 11 October 1967 from Calcutta:

"Every Krishna conscious person must be clean shaved."

That Srila Prabhupada wanted his followers to remain clean-shaven is further confirmed by what Srila Prabhupada stated in a conversation in Vrindavan on 29 May 1977:

"Our trademark is clean-shaven."

At a recent Srimad Bhagavatam class here at ISKCON Vrindavan I noticed that about twenty of our ISKCON men present in that assembly were keeping beards. We never did like this when Srila Prabhupada was present. This reminds me of the saying, "When the cat is away, the mice will play." So let us not become now mice in Srila Prabhupada's absence. Let us remain Prabhupada's men by always following Srila Prabhupada's instruction that we should remain clean-shaven.

Everyone is welcome to be members of ISKCON with beard or without beard. But those who want to become initiated devotees should always keep their faces clean shaven as per the instruction of Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada.

So we are not at all critical of those who are not initiated into the Caitanya sampradaya who are keeping beards. As devotees we offer all respect to others. But those who have taken their initiation within Lord Caitanya's disciplic succession should note His displeasure with long hairs and always keep themselves clean-shaven.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 1 November 2011

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Unbewildered in All Circumstances

This material world is a bewildering place. There are always disturbing things going on here that are beyond our control. Those who are fixed in Krishna consciousness are not disturbed by these things, nor are they carried away or intoxicated by the temporary pleasures of this material world. Such great transcendentalists are known as mahatmas, and being very merciful upon the illusioned souls of this world they fully absorb their lives in the ultimate welfare work of saving the deluded world population from its suffering condition.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




30 October 2011--Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India:




Somber Final Arati at Prabhupada's Bedside at the Moment He Left the World in 1977.
You Could Hardly Find a Dry Eye in the Place.




Devotees Mournfully Gather at the Bed
from which Srila Prabhupada Departed in 1977.



His Holiness Niranjana Swami
Leads a Deeply Emotional Guruvastakam Kirtan



His Grace Hari Sauri Prabhu Offers
Srila Prabhupada's Arati With intense Feeling


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Devotee Distressed By Other's Distress?

Please accept my obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If someone feels bad, should we be pulled down and also feel bad out of compassion and identification with him?

Your servant
Indu

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Answer: The Devotee Lovingly Embraces Distress

Even though the devotee of the Lord is never distressed in any condition of life, he us known as para-dukha-dukhī, one who feels distressed to see the distress of others. Therefore he dedicates his entire life for freeing all of the suffering people from their misery by teaching them the sublime process of Krishna consciousness. Because of this pure compassion Krishna is very pleased with him and bestows upon him the supreme happiness, Krishna prema.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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