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Saturday 31 December 2011

from Melbourne, Australia
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Today's Thought:

Relishing the Beautiful Bhagavatam

There's no literature like the Srimad Bhagavatam anywhere in the vast universe. It's 18,000 verses are an unlimited ocean of honey oozing out of its pages to fill the ears of the conditioned souls with the profound enlightening teachings of how to gain the intimate personal association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna in His transcendental pastimes in the Spiritual Sky. The icing on the cake is the Bhagavatam's 10th Canto which describes in detail Krishna's transcendental pastimes in Vrindavan. Srila Prabhupada instituted the Srimad Bhagavatam class as a regular daily function in the ISKCON temples all over the world. It was the first canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam that he brought with him when he first came to America in 1965. For those who follow Srila Prabhupada's instruction to study the Bhagavatam daily, every morning is a fresh, exciting experience of going deeper and deeper into the sublime ocean of the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture

Melbourne, Australia 29 December 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: I Can't Stop Chanting the Name of Allah

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I thank you so much for sending me the Ultimate Self Realization Course. I am very grateful to you. I am a Sufi Muslim. In my beginning I was lazy in chanting alone or in weekly kirtan. (Sufism is similar to bhakti yoga in that we also chant the name of God.) For many, many years I was fighting in martial arts. Once an opponent kicked me on my right jaw. I was literally knocked out and was in a coma. After that I understood that I had gotten a near death experience. Making a long story short, I encountered angels or luminous beings, and their chief of higher rank said to one of the angels, "Tell him to go back on earth because his time for death has not come yet, and tell him to chant a lot the name of God." So the angel told me to go back in earthly life and advised me very earnestly to chant a lot the name of God. The angels seemed to know my life very well. So being a Sufi Muslim my main mantra is "Allah." After that I used to do with discipline mantra japa for hours until my knees are severely hurting. I still have pain in my knees now. Our way is to say loudly from the chest, "Allah Allah Allah." It is in Arabic language the greatest name of God Almighty.

I chant this name of God loudly when driving, walking, or even watching the news on the TV. As my spiritual master is no longer here on earth I will ask this question of you:

My mantra is running itself without any effort. For example, in many cases or even in board meetings at work my tongue is chanting the name of Allah loudly. And when my colleagues look at me in a strange way I feel ashamed. So I bite my tongue, but my mind is chanting it instead. It seems I am here and not here. What does this mean? And does the chanting reach the atma?

Sincerely yours,

Ali

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Answer: You Are Fortunate Indeed

That you have such a taste for chanting the holy name of God means that you are a very, very fortunate being. You are feeling your presence in the material world and at the same time realizing that you are actually from a different world, the spiritual world . This is very nice.

Chanting the Holy Name of God brings you back to your original spiritual nature as the atma, an eternal spirit-soul. And this chanting connects you in loving relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Allah or Krishna, who is seated within your heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 30 December 2011

from Melbourne, Australia
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Today's Thought:

Sraddha to Prema Seminar in Melbourne

Like a blossoming lotus flower, Krishna bhakti blossoms in nine different stages beginning with sraddha or faith and culminating in prema or pure love of Godhead. One who patiently sticks to the pathway of Krishna consciousness will gradually achieve prema, the topmost perfection of reviving their original forgotten relationship with the Supreme Lord, and be able to enjoy eternally His personal association. Here in Melbourne I gave a two part seminar on this amazing process of spiritual perfection on 28-29 December 2011.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sraddha to Prema Seminar

Melbourne, Australia 28 December 2011







Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Remembering Krishna at Death?

Dear Gurudeva,

Kindly accept my humble obeisance

We are in the Kali yuga. Therefore we have to give more importance for the material duties of wife, children, and their well being. Of course we perform our spiritual duties as you have taught us in order that we can reach God's lotus feet and avoid rebirth. You have emphasized that this is possible if we die being conscious of God and uttering His names at the time of death. But death can happen all of a sudden, so where is the possibility that one can think of God while leaving the body?

Kindly explain and clear my doubt.

With respect,
G.C.

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Answer: By Constant Practice

You must always remember that death is sitting on your head at every moment and that it can therefore devour you at any time. With this sense of urgency you must practice remembering Krishna at every moment and offering everything in His service. In this way, by constant practice, you will easily remember Krishna at the time of death and enter into His eternal kingdom.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 29 December 2011

from Melbourne, Australia
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Today's Thought:

Explosion of Bliss at Bhakti Bhavan

One of my favorite places to do home programs is Melbourne's Bhakti Bhavan. It is a small eight unit apartment building unofficially called as such, located two blocks away from ISKCON's temple in Melbourne, Australia. The unique feature of Bhakti Bhavan is that every apartment in the building is rented out by devotees. This means that when the devotees have their regular home kirtan programs there are no neighbors to make complaints about the kirtan. They can freely let their kirtans explode in ecstasy with no inhibition. The programs are so well attended that the devotees have to literally squeeze in. The space is so tight that we cannot bow down and offer obeisances to Srila Prabhupada, the acharyas, and Lord Krishna as we normally do on such occasions. We have to offer our obeisances from a sitting position. Since not everyone can fit in the living room of the host apartment, those who cannot fit in attend the program from the porch by hearing and seeing through the windows. The program consists of Hare Krishna kirtan, lecture, questions and answers, and then tasty Krishna prasadam. Who said that you can't experience transcendental bliss here in this material world?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bhakti Bhavan Home Program

Melbourne, Australia 27 December 2011


Overflowed Assembly Relishes the Nectar


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Switching from Vaikuntha to Goloka?

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am wondering if those souls on the Vaikuntha planets can ever hope to be promoted to Goloka Vrindavan. It seems to me that perhaps someone who, having achieved the ultimate goal of life, promotion to those Vaikuntha planets, might in time, as his knowledge and bliss and longing to serve Krishna increases ad infinitum, realize that he has not actually achieved the real ultimate goal of unlimited bliss as a personal associate of Krishna. It seems to me that such a soul, if he were not then eligible for promotion to that most blissful of planets/relationships, would feel as though he were actually in a kind of hell.

Or are those who attain to the Vaikuntha planets kept forever under Krishna's veil of yogamaya to prevent them from ever realizing further and protect them from such a fate?

Please enlighten me.

David J.

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Answer: Full Freedom in the Spiritual World

Srila Prabhupada explains that the spiritual world is a world of full freedom. Everyone is free to serve the Lord according to their heart's desire. If a resident of a Vaikuntha planet prefers to serve on Goloka Vrindavan, he can do so. Generally no one changes their position because everyone is fully satisfied. But if for any reason someone wants to change their position, they can easily do so simply by their desire.

The yogamaya potency of the Lord is not covering the inhabitants of the Vaikuntha planets. Rather it covers the inhabitants of Goloka Vrindavan to make them forget that Krishna is God so that they satisfy Krishna's desire to be another one of the villagers there in Goloka Vrindavan without anyone knowing that He is God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 28 December 2011

from North Sydney, Australia
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Today's Thought:

It's Time to Get Serious

It's time to get serious about spiritual life. Your material situation can end at any moment. What have you done to prepare yourself for your next life? Have you surrendered to Krishna? Have you taken shelter of a bona fide spiritual master? Your material qualifications will not save you at the time of death. Your only real asset at the time of leaving your body is how much you have genuinely developed your love for Krishna. So it's time now for you to fully focus your consciousness on attaining spiritual perfection.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bankstown, Australia Home Program

26 December 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Preaching to "Jesus is the Only Way" People?

Guru Maharaja, please accept my obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

When I go to preach some people say to me that Jesus is the only way. How can I explain to them about Sri Krishna?

I want to take shelter of your lotus feet. Can you please accept me as your servant?

D.J.

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Answer: Don't Tell Them About Krishna

If someone says that Jesus is the only way, it is better not to tell them about Lord Krishna because they most likely will say something offensive against Lord Krishna. For your own understanding you should know that we accept the way of Jesus as the only way because Jesus was teaching the path of pure bhakti. But generally the "only way" people are too much caught up in sectarianism to be able to actually understand the real teachings of Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore it is better you spend your time explaining about Krishna to those who will submissively hear your message without committing any blasphemy against Lord Krishna.

If you want to accept me as your spiritual master, you are welcome. To do so you must become fully obedient to my instructions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 27 December 2011

from North Sydney, Australia
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Today's Thought:

Becoming Attracted to Lord Gopinath

26 December 2011--Now we have departed from Govinda Valley and have arrived here in North Sydney for a brief two night stop before we head on to Melbourne for my week long lecture series there. Only the stone-hearted will fail to be enchanted by the sublime beauty of Lord Gopinath, the predominating deity of Sydney. He manifests inconceivable beauty for attracting all the fallen souls of the universe back to his unlimitedly sweet transcendental abode, Goloka Vrindavan, the topmost planet in the Spiritual Sky. Once we develop a feeling of attraction for Lord Gopinath or any one of the Supreme Lord's multifarious manifestations, we will no longer be impressed by the razzle-dazzle glitter of this material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Gopinath Can Attract the Entire Universe



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Happens in the Spiritual World?

My beloved master, Hare Krishna!

My question today is: Does the Lord enact the same pastimes in the other Vaikuntha planets as He does in Goloka Vrindavan, where the devotees are not aware of His Lordship?

Yours Devotedly,

Avinash G.

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Answer: Krishnaloka Pastimes Are Different

In the spiritual world, which is known as Vaikuntha (a place with no anxiety), there are innumerable planets. On each planet the Supreme Lord is present in one of His unlimited forms. On all these planets the Supreme Lord is worshipped with great awe and reverence as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. However on the topmost of all these planets, known as Goloka Vrindavan or Krishnaloka, the Supreme Lord, for His own transcendental pleasure, plays the role of an ordinary village boy and hides His identity as the Supreme Lord. Thus on this planet His activities are completely different from those displayed on the other planets of the Vaikuntha world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 26 December 2011

from Govinda Valley, Australia
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Today's Thought:

A Beautiful Morning in Govinda Valley

The beautiful, serene morning in Govinda Valley is a sweet reminder of the amazing transcendental pastime of Lord Sri Krishna in Vrindavan how one morning He got up from bed and blew His buffalo-horn bugle to call all of His cowherd boyfriends. After assembling the many thousands of His boyfriends each with their many thousands of calves, Krishna then headed out to the forest with His boyfriends, their calves, and His personal calves to enjoy a picnic in their company. If even this material forest, Govinda Valley, is so beautiful, we can hardly begin to imagine how beautiful and wonderful is the Vrindavan forest in the most sublime Spiritual Sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Beautiful Govinda Valley Morning--25 December 2011



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get Out of the Material World?

Sir,

Sorry to trouble your good self. I am not able to understand how to get out of this worldly environment. I am working in highly materialistic world. My family has its own demands. I want to get out. How can I?

Regards,

Kapil

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Answer: Chant Hare Krishna and Avoid Sin

If you will regularly chant the Hare Krishna mantra on a daily basis and give up sinful activities, your consciousness will transcend the material world even while you are in the midst of it earning your livelihood.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 25 December 2011

from Govinda Valley, Australia
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Today's Thought:

Be Always Ready for the Unexpected

In this material world we can never know for sure what will happen next. Therefore we should always be ready for the unexpected and utilize whatever may happen to us in the service of Krishna. There are two things we know of for sure that will never change:

1. Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
2. We are all His eternal servants.

If we always think, speak, and act in terms these certainties, our happiness is certain.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Unpacking the Secrets of the Bhagavad-gita

Govinda Valley Retreat--24 December 2011






Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Overcome the Fear of Death?

Dear Gurudeva.

Please bless me. My question is that death may come at any time. But still we have the fear of death. But is there any method by which we can overcome the fear of death?

Kowsthub

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Answer: Surrender Fully to Krishna

The way to overcome the fear of death is to become deathless by fully surrendering yourself to Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 24 December 2011

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Today's Thought:

The Compassionate Want to Change the World

Anybody with genuine compassion must find the current world situation to be completely unacceptable and intolerable. Such sensitive persons will thus naturally dedicate their lives for bringing about a positive change on this planet. To positively impact and uplift the global consciousness requires a proper understanding of the root cause of the global quagmire. The present day society is in chaos because it is not in harmony with the source of its existence. Unless you know where you came from, how can you know who you are and how can you be who you are? You clearly cannot. Therefore the knowledge of the Absolute Truth, the original generator of all energies, is the most essential knowledge for the entire human society to become peaceful, prosperous, and happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Giving the Formula for Global Change

Pretoria, South Africa--22 December 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Goal of Human Life?

Please explain what is the goal of human life.

Amit G.

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Answer: Awaken Your Dormant Love for God

The goal of human life is to escape the cycle of birth and death by awakening the dormant love of God, which is currently sleeping within the heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 23 December 2011

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Today's Thought:

Be Krishna Conscious. Make the World Krishna Conscious.

For a devotee of Krishna life is very simple. It is not at all complicated. His life is simply to be Krishna conscious and make the entire world Krishna conscious. In this way he does the highest welfare work both for himself and for the whole world. Since happiness is experienced in proportion to the degree of how much we render selfless service to others, there is no one more happy than the devotee anywhere in the entire universe. Indeed, his happiness is fathomless and unbounded.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada Blesses the Whole Universe with Krishna Consciousness
--San Francisco, Ratha Yatra



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Meaning of Bona Fide Guru

Please define the meaning of bona fide guru.

Anupam R.

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Answer: He is Not a Rascal Like the So-Called Gurus

The bona fide spiritual master is not a rascal like the profuse so-called gurus who are at the present moment so much misguiding the entire human civilization. He is described in the Srimad Bhagavatam 11.3.21 as follows:

tasmād guruṁ prapadyeta
jij˝āsuḥ śreya uttamam
śābde pare ca niṣṇātaṁ
brahmaṇy upaśamāśrayam


"Therefore any person who seriously desires real happiness must seek a bona fide spiritual master and take shelter of him by initiation. The qualification of the bona fide guru is that he has realized the conclusions of the scriptures by deliberation and is able to convince others of these conclusions. Such great personalities, who have taken shelter of the Supreme Godhead, leaving aside all material considerations, should be understood to be bona fide spiritual masters."

The bona fide spiritual master accepts Krishna as the original guru. Therefore he never changes the words of Krishna. Whatever Krishna says he repeats without any addition or subtraction. He never presents himself as God. He presents himself as the servant of God. He is authorized by the previous acharyas to act as a spiritual master. He cannot be self made. He can only become a spiritual master when he is ordered to do so by his spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 22 December 2011

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Today's Thought:

Existence is In Itself Fully Blissful

Existence is by itself fully exciting, intriguing, and wonderful. Therefore all you have to do to be unlimitedly happy is to be your natural self. There is no need for anything extraneous. This means that anybody who is miserable is simply out of touch with his actual self. He is living in illusion, in unreality. If being happy is simply a matter of being natural, why is there so much misery in the world? The reason is that the modern day society is perpetuating a mass psychosis of bodily consciousness generation after generation, thus keeping everybody illusioned and miserable. This is why those who are learned and realized in transcendental knowledge fully dedicate their lives for awakening the dormant Krishna consciousness in the hearts of all living beings to save them from their unnecessary illusion and suffering.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Another Ecstatic Home Program

Pretoria, South Africa--20 December 2011


Farewell Kirtan as We Left the Home


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do Brahmacaris Become Deathless?

Is it true that if one becomes an urdhva-retah yogi (one who does not ever pass semen) or a naistika brahmacari (life long celibate) one will have control over death? Some scriptures say the god of death, Yamaraja, cannot harm the one who has achieved mastery over his sex drive.

Sanjaya

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Answer: Brahmacaris Die, But Devotees Live Forever.

While it is true that a person who never indulges in sex will live a longer and healthier life, he will still have to eventually die. Therefore the only way to permanently conquer death is to fully surrender to Krishna and thus regain one's original, eternal spiritual body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 21 December 2011

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Today's Thought:

Spiritual Bliss in Paranoid Material Atmosphere

On Monday, 19 December 2011 in Pretoria we did a program at the home of Sundarananda Das and his wife Subhadra Devi Dasi. In South Africa, due to a tremendous upsurge in crime after the demise of apartheid, upscale residential neighborhoods are fortified like military bases. We could not just drive into the neighborhood. First we had to stop at the security gate manned by several guards. Our host was telephoned to make sure that we were legitimate visitors. Then after registering we were issued a temporary security pass that enabled us to pass through two separate security gates. Finally after feeling like we had just crossed the Berlin Wall, we arrived at the program site.

As soon as we entered we could feel the difference in the atmosphere. The heavy, high-security, paranoid, material atmosphere was immediately gone and was replaced with the bliss of the spiritual world. Some devotees were singing Hare Krishna kirtan as we entered. I immediately went before their beautiful altar and offered my respectful obeisances to their deities. Then I did my normal program of leading kirtan and speaking on the Bhagavad-gita. I chose Bhagavad-gita 6.30 as the topic of my lecture:

yo māṁ paśyati sarvatra
sarvaṁ ca mayi paśyati
tasyāhaṁ na praṇaśyāmi
sa ca me na praṇaśyati

"For one who sees Me everywhere
and sees everything in Me,
I am never lost,
nor is he ever lost to Me."

It is truly wonderful how we can always connect with Krishna and feel transcendental bliss within our hearts no matter where we may be in this material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Home Program

Pretoria, South Africa--19 December 2011










Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Liberated from Confusion?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I am deluded and confused. How can I become liberated from this condition?

Your humble servant,
S.N.

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Answer: Take Training from Krishna and Guru

The Bhagavad-gita teaches us how to become free from confusion in Chapter 2:

kārpaṇya-doṣopahata-svabhāvaḥ
pṛcchāmi tvāṁ dharma-sammūḍha-cetāḥ
yac chreyaḥ syān niścitaṁ brūhi tan me
śiṣyas te 'haṁ śādhi māṁ tvāṁ prapannam


"Now I am confused about my duty and have lost all composure
because of miserly weakness. In this condition I am asking You to tell me
for certain what is best for me. Now I am Your disciple,
and a soul surrendered unto You. Please instruct me."
--Bhagavad-gita 2.7

So if you will submit yourself to be trained by Krishna and His representative, the bona fide spiritual master, you will become free from your confusion, just as Arjuna was freed from his confusion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 20 December 2011

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Today's Thought:

Death is Sitting on Your Head at Every Moment

What is the difference between a materialist and and a transcendentalist? The materialist thinks that he will live forever, and the transcendentalist knows that he can die at any moment. The real fact is that death is sitting on your head at every moment and can take you at any time even when you least expect it. Therefore the wise man lives every moment in full Krishna consciousness knowing full well it could be his last moment. He never forgets that Krishna is his only shelter and his only protection from this dangerous, all-devouring ocean of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Initiation Lecture

Pretoria, South Africa--18 December 2011


Blissful New Initiates:
Dwarkadish Das and Madhava Das (left to right)


Initiation Fire Sacrifice Ceremony (Fire Yajna)


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Bhagavad-gita is Opposed?

Please accept my obeisances!

Why is it that this Bhagavad-gita knowledge, which is the highest of all wisdom, is opposed in highly developed countries such as we see in the recent court case in Russia to ban the Bhagavad-gita? Where else does the Bhagavad-gita get opposition? Why do we accept the validity of Christ's teachings while many of the conventional Christians don't accept the science of the Bhagavad-gita?

Regards
Siva

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Answer: The Fools Want to Remain Fools

In a world society where the status quo is ignorance, it is natural that there will strong opposition to knowledge. One time I was arrested and put in jail for 36 hours for distributing this sublime knowledge of Krishna in Leesburg, Florida USA.

The Vedas teach a universal understanding of religion, that anyone who becomes a pure devotee of God is a first class religionist, no matter what religion system he may be following. Unfortunately not all religious people are fortunate to have this universal understanding of religion. They think that one can reach God only by belonging to a particular religious sect. Such fools are ignorant that religion is one, to become a pure lover of God. There is no such thing as this religion and that religion. Religion is one, to become a pure lover of God. In this connection it is important to always remember that while God has given us religion, the science of giving our loving service to Him, it is man who has invented so many religions based on the selfish concept of taking service from God instead of giving service to God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 19 December 2011

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Today's Thought:

If You Think of Dog, You Become a Dog

Whatever you think of at the time of death will determine your next birth. If you think of your beloved dog, you will take birth in the womb of a dog mother in your next life. And if you think of God, you will go to God and become one of His eternal associates in His transcendental kingdom. Whatever you think of during your life as the most dear object of your affection is where your mind will spontaneously gravitate at the time of your death. Therefore those who are intelligent train themselves to always think of God offering all of their thoughts, words. and activities in His service. Such persons are sure to attain His kingdom at the time of death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Most Auspicious Hare Krishna Farewell Kirtan

Solferino, Mauritius--17 December 2011



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Attain the Supreme Wisdom?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I have the following questions:

What is the supreme wisdom and how to attain it?
What is the material nature?
How to attain the mode of goodness?
How to stay away from passion and ignorance ?

Thanks

Your disciple,

Sanjay K.

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Answer: Fully Surrender at Krishna's Lotus Feet

The supreme wisdom is that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is realized or attained by fully surrendering yourself at His lotus feet through the medium of the bona fide spiritual master.

The material nature is Krishna's inferior energy, which acts like a prison for all those souls who are rebellious against the authority of the Lord.

By surrendering to guru and Krishna you will automatically be situated in the mode of goodness beyond the modes of passion and ignorance.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sunday 18 December 2011

from Mauritius
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Today's Thought:

Don't Miss this Rarest of All Opportunities

To get a human birth is an opportunity that one only very rarely gets in the evolutionary cycle, which spans 8,400,000 different types of species. Rarer still is to be a human being who seriously pursues the pathway of spiritual emancipation to gain release from the cycle of birth and death. And even rarer than that is the spiritual seeker who gets the shelter of a bona fide spiritual master and thus is able to successfully gain release from the material existence. So if you find yourself in the category of someone who has been able to get the shelter of a bona fide spiritual master, kindly do not throw this opportunity away. Take advantage of this rarest of all opportunities and make your life truly and permanently successful.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Krishna Bhakti at a Ma Kali Temple

Solferino, Mauritius--16 December 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Did Sankara Spread Impersonalism?

Why did Sankara spread impersonalism?

D.P.

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Answer: To Partially Re-Establish Vedic Culture

Sankaracharya was an incarnation of Lord Siva, who was ordered by his master, Lord Krishna, to propagate Mayavadi philosophy, impersonalism, for the purpose of defeating Buddhism and re-establishing Vedic culture in India. The historical reason for this was that after Krishna departed from this planet 5,000 years ago India gradually degraded to such an extent that the people were killing cows and justifying it by a gross misinterpretation of the Vedic scriptures. Therefore, being kind upon the poor cows, Krishna appeared in the form of Lord Buddha to stop the cow killing by teaching the principles of karma and non-violence along with a voidistic philosophy which denied the Vedas. Such emergency action saved the cows, but Vedic culture was for the time being forgotten. Therefore to restore Vedic culture Lord Krishna ordered Lord Siva to appear as Sankaracharya, who presented a compromised version of Vedic philosophy that was similar to Buddhism. The Buddhist conception of the highest truth is zero. And the impersonal conception of the highest truth is impersonal oneness. Philosophically they are very similar. Through expert grammatical word jugglery Sankaracharya twisted the Vedic teachings to make them appear impersonal so that the Buddhists would find it acceptable to adopt the Vedic culture and teachings. In this way Sankaracharya was successful in defeating Buddhism and re-establishing Vedic culture. But before leaving this world he renounced his earlier impersonal Vedic misinterpretation and instructed his followers to accept the ultimate Vedic conception, the personal conception of God:

bhaja govindaṁ bhaja govindaṁ
bhaja govindam mūḍha-mate
samprāpte sannihite kāle
na hi na hi rakṣati ḍukṛ˝-karaṇe

"You intellectual fools, just worship Govinda, just worship Govinda, just worship Govinda. Your grammatical knowledge and word jugglery will not save you at the time of death."

Unfortunately his followers did not follow his final instruction. Instead they tenaciously clung to impersonalism because they felt gratified by the false impersonal conception that the living being is God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 17 December 2011

from Mauritius
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Today's Thought:

Auspicious Krishna Consciousness to Africa

After a super ecstatic week of teaching the wonderful liberating science of Krishna bhakti here in Mauritius we are heading out today for South Africa to engage in the same awesome, enlivening activity there. Krishna consciousness has unlimited amazing opulences. One of them is that it is fully transcendental to this material existence. It can be practiced and taught in any and all times, places, and circumstances. We are unlimitedly fortunate to have received this sublime science from our eternal spiritual master, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya 108 A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Supreme Science at a Home Program

Rose Hill, Mauritius--15 December 2011


Distributing Maha-prasadam--Phoenix, Mauritius
At Sraddha to Prema Seminar--15 December 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Help Me Conquer My Anxiety

Thank you for your wonderful answers.

At times I am in a lot of anxiety when I cannot complete my rounds on time or my japa is pending while other work is piling up. Also because of this anxiety a lot of arguments happen. At times even I don't realize why I manifest such behavior, but when I sit down calmly I understand that I did not get sufficient time for my daily sadhana (devotional practices). How to deal with such anxiety? Is such anxiety correct? My household chores are also allotted by Krishna. So why should there be such anxiety? I have been in the Krishna consciousness movement for quite a few years, but I still cannot control my anxiety. Please help me.

Your servant,
RV

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Answer: Prioritize Krishna More than Eating

Somehow in spite of our busy schedules we always find time to eat, no matter how busy we are, because we give top priority to our eating. In the same way, if you will prioritize your 16 rounds as more important than your eating, they will be the first thing that you will accomplish every day, even if you have to postpone your eating. In this way, your sadhana will always be at the center of your life, and you will always be happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 16 December 2011

from Mauritius
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Today's Thought:

The Ever-Expanding Ocean Within and Without

On the one hand we are dedicatedly endeavoring to expand the ocean of the Krishna consciousness movement all over the universe for the deliverance of all living beings from the vicious, all-devouring cycle of birth and death. And on the other hand, we are also dedicatedly endeavoring like anything to entirely inundate our own hearts within the ocean of Krishna consciousness. This is inundation within and inundation without. To whatever extent we are able to inundate our hearts, to that extent we will be able to inundate the universe. And the more we inundate the universe, the more our hearts will be inundated with the sublime ocean of Krishna consciousness. So in this way, we continue daily in the ultimate adventure, relentlessly expanding the ocean of Krishna consciousness simultaneously within and without.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Expanding the Ocean of Krishna Consciousness

L'Esperance, Mauritius--14 December 2011






Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: When Can I Get Initiated as Your Disciple?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

How do I know when I will be able to get asylum before your lotus feet by being initiated?

M.K.

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Answer: As Soon As You Are Recommended

We welcome very much your decision to take initiation. This decision is glorious. It is the most significant step that you have taken in millions and billions of lifetimes of your rotating in the cycle of birth and death, because, as confirmed in the revealed scriptures, in order to become delivered from the cycle of birth and death and regain one's original forgotten identity in the spiritual world one must take initiation from a bona fide spiritual master and follow his instructions.

I will be very happy to accept you as my initiated disciple as soon as you are recommended for initiation by your local ISKCON temple president. He will require that you are steadily fixed in chanting at least 16 rounds a day of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads and that you are strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 15 December 2011

from Mauritius
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Today's Thought:

Fly Hare Krishna Airlines... the Ultimate Journey

There is no reason to remain trapped in this suffering world of birth, death, old age, and disease when all you have to do to get completely free from this misery is fly on Hare Krishna airlines back to Lord Krishna's eternal, all blissful transcendental abode, where you never get sick, get old, or die. To take off on this transcendental airplane simply chant the holy names of God with love and devotion. Last night (13 December 2011) we took the chanting of the holy names to the streets of a Mauritian residential neighborhood to give all the residents their free tickets to the supreme abode. Our transcendental procession, flowing down the streets like a river of nectar, was blessed with the presence of a a beautifully illuminated traveling altar replete with Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Srila Prabhupada. It was a truly ecstatic evening!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Flying High on the Hare Krishna Mahamantra

Mauritius--13 December 2011


Taking Darshan of the Deities on Traveling Altar


Hare Krishna Kirtan is the Ultimate Nectar


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Godlessness at the End of Kali-yuga?

Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaja,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada and his followers.

In the last canto of Srimad Bhagavatam the totally godless situation at the end of this Kali-yuga is described. But now so many people are attached to the Krishna Consciousness movement with more joining every day. So why is it that at the end of this Kali-yuga the situation will become so bad? What will happen to this Krishna consciousness movement? How can we change this?

Simran

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Answer: Engineer History's Greatest Paradigm Shift

Srila Prabhupada predicts that the Krishna consciousness movement will be present on this planet for the next 10,000 years and that after these 10,000 years it will disappear from this planet. So instead of worrying about what will happen 10,000 years from now we should be focused on what we can do right now to save the world. The exciting fact is that for the next 10,000 years we have a golden window of opportunity to completely inundate this entire universe with Krishna bhakti. And it is predicted by Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami that this is what indeed will happen:

saj-jana, durjana, paṅgu, jaḍa, andha-gaṇa
prema-vanyāya ḍubāila jagatera jana


ôThe Krishna consciousness movement will inundate the entire world and drown everyone, whether one be a gentleman, a rogue or even lame, invalid or blind.ö
-- Caitanya Caritamrita Ādi 7.26

So instead of worrying about the future, let's seize this opportunity we have right now at this moment to engineer the greatest paradigm shift in the history of the universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 14 December 2011

from Mauritius
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Today's Thought:

Why Suffer When Life Is Meant for Enjoyment?

Why is it that even though life is meant for enjoyment, practically everyone in this material world is miserable? Even the wealthy, famous, and successful are miserable, so what to speak of those who are struggling every day like beasts of burden simply to fill their bellies and get a place to lie down and sleep at night. The reason that misery has become the common denominator of the human society is that everyone has a false conception of who they are. Everyone wants self-satisfaction, but since they do not know what is the actual self, even though they endeavor ever so strenuously for satisfaction, they never actually achieve it. It is something like trying to build up your bank balance by making deposits into the wrong account. It will never be successful. So if you want actual satisfaction, you need to know scientifically who you are as an eternal spiritual being and then always act for your ultimate welfare by reviving your lost loving relationship with the Supreme Spirit, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




"Life is Meant for Enjoyment" Lecture

The University of Mauritius--12 December 2011


The Students Took Our Message Quite Seriously




Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Initiation Guarantee Liberation?

Does initiation from the bona fide spiritual master guarantee that we will go back to Godhead? Or is it that we might take birth again, if we fall down? What if we do not fall down in spiritual progress?

Ravi K.

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Answer: Only If One Strictly Follows Sri Guru

If you accept initiation and strictly follow your spiritual master's instructions, your going back to home at the end of this lifetime is assured. However, if you deviate from his instructions and maintain your material attachments, you will be facilitated by Lord Krishna to satisfy your material desires by being granted another birth in this material world. So the key is that, if one wants to become free from all material miseries for all of eternity, one should take complete shelter of the bona fide spiritual master and undeviatingly follow his instructions throughout one's entire life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 13 December 2011

from Mauritius
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Today's Thought:

Seekers Beware of Bogus Gurus

Nowadays on this planet the spiritual seeker is bombarded by an overwhelming profusion of spiritual masters to choose from to guide him on his spiritual enlightenment path. Unfortunately almost all of them are bogus because they do not guide their students to the highest truth, which has so clearly been elucidated in the sublime Vedic wisdom. Instead of teaching their disciples how to become servants of God, they teach them that they are in fact God, which is a complete delusion. To teach that every individual living being is God is a round about way of teaching atheism, because if everyone is God, there is no Supreme God. Therefore the spiritual seeker is advised to only accept as his spiritual master that guru who is teaching him how to become a pure devotee of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Diving Deep into the Nectarean Mellows of Kirtan

Flaq, Mauritius--11 December 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Chanting Extra Rounds for the Dear Ones?

Thank you for guiding us through this difficult path of material ocean.

Question: Many times within our devotees we request each other to pray for us, especially if any crucial event is happening in our life. And I have heard that prayers for others works faster then prayers for our own self. How true is this ? Is it that when parents pray for their children it is more effective compared to their karma in material world? I normally chant one or more rounds with intention of welfare for my dear ones, i.e. 17th or more rounds. I would like to know, is it right ?

Aspiring to serve,

R.V.

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Answer: Chant All Rounds for the Dear Ones

Why only the 17th round and beyond? You should chant all of your rounds for the benefit of the dear ones. And who are the dear ones? They are your family members. And who are your family members? Because we are all God's children, our family members are all the living beings scattered throughout the entire universe. And what is beneficial for the living beings? There is only thing that is truly beneficial for them, and that is to awaken their dormant Krishna consciousness. So if you want to chant rounds to benefit your dear ones, you should chant all of your rounds to awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness in the hearts of all living beings. The propriety of this desire is confirmed by Sri Prahlada Maharaja in this prayer:

svasty astu viśvasya khalaḥ prasīdatāṁ
dhyāyantu bhūtāni śivaṁ mitho dhiyā
manaś ca bhadraṁ bhajatād adhokṣaje
āveśyatāṁ no matir apy ahaitukī

"May there be good fortune throughout the universe, and may all envious persons be pacified. May all living entities become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other's welfare. Therefore let us all engage in the service of the supreme transcendence, Lord Sri Krishna, and always remain absorbed in thought of Him."
--Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.9

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 12 December 2011

from Mauritius
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Today's Thought:

Somehow or Other We Must Awaken Them

The entire world is sleeping in the lap of illusion, and therefore everyone is suffering uncountable miseries unnecessarily. So somehow or other we must awaken them from their stupor and bring them back to their original, natural state of enlightened consciousness, known as Krishna consciousness. For this purpose we must accept all available means, whatever is the most practical, for bringing the attention of the world population back to the essence of their existence, namely to be always engaged in the transcendental loving service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




On Mauritius National Radio--10 December 2011



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Achieve the Ultimate Goal?

Dear Gurudeva,

Namaste.

I would like to humbly ask the following questions:

What are the required conditions at different stages: 1) for getting started, 2) continuing progress, and 3) achieving the desired goal--in the abhyasa/ practice of awakening transcendental consciousness?

How to get adequate energy, good health, and proper attitude for positive pursuit of the practice?

Yours in yoga

Janardan M.

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Answer: Take Shelter of Guru Now and Obey Him

The proper time for everyone to begin the process of spiritual awakening is immediately because death can come at any moment no matter what age we are. For making continual process one must take shelter of the lotus feet of the bona fide spiritual master. If one faithfully follows all of his instructions, he will in due course achieve the highest perfection by the combined mercy of Guru and Krishna.

To have adequate energy and good health for the process of spiritual awakening one should chant at least 16 rounds daily of the Hare Krishna mantra on japa mala beads and strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. One should also study the revealed scriptures on a regular daily basis.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 11 December 2011

from Mauritius
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Today's Thought:

Planet in Peril Even in Mauritius

When we experience drought even in a paradisial tropical island like Mauritius we can understand that the planet earth is becoming more and more in a perilous position. What good will all of our scientific technological advancement do if we don't even have rain? Without water we will also have no food. It's not that we can survive on computer chips and high speed internet connections. If we want to solve this problem we must know the root cause of water shortage. The modern day scientists say the cause is global warming. But while this may be a symptom of the problem, it is not the cause of the problem. The basic problem is an increase in sinfulness and the absence of the performance of sacrifice. We understand from the Bhagavad-gita that rain comes as a result of the performance of yajna or sacrifice. We also know from the revealed scriptures that the prescribed sacrifice for this age is the performance of the sankirtana yajna, the congregational chanting of the holy names of God. So if we want to solve the world's water shortage problem, all we have to do is regularly perform sankirtana yajna, the congregational chanting of the holy names of God in every town, village, and hamlet all over the world. This alone will solve the drought problem and all the world's problems. But the world's leaders are not taking this advice. Therefore they need to either wise up or step down to be replaced by a new set of enlightened world leaders who know the Absolute Truth and live the Absolute Truth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Even Heavenly Mauritius...



Has Depleted Water Reservoirs


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Destiny Predecided?

Is destiny already predecided when we take the birth, or do we have the capacity to alter our destiny? And also, is destiny totally dependent on the past life karma or present life karma? Some people also say that man is the captain of his own ship.

Trying to be the servant of the servant of lord.

Thanks and regards,
Ravi K.

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Answer: Materially It Is, But Spiritually It Is Not.

Materially our destiny is already predetermined and cannot be changed. Therefore anyone who remains in material consciousness has no choice but to be a slave of karma. If one is not satisfied with this position, he can break free from the slavery of karma chakra and become the master of his destiny by taking seriously to the pathway of spiritual awakening, Krishna consciousness. Everyone has this free choice at every minute. Therefore everyone is the architect of his own destiny. But if he casts his fate to the wind by becoming the servant of his senses instead of God, he must suffer the karmic reactions birth after birth, whether he likes them or not.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 10 December 2011

from Mauritius
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Today's Thought:

Going to Sleep in Hell, Waking Up in Paradise

After enduring cold, rainy, nasty weather on our stopover in the UK while transiting from London's Heathrow airport and sitting for five hours with cold feet in London's Gatwick airport where the heat was not working, we are now a few hours away from sunny, tropical Mauritius. One could say, "Going to sleep in hell and waking up in paradise." Of course Mauritius is not really paradise, because people on Mauritius also have to endure the traumas of birth, death, old age, and disease. So why have I titled today's Thought for the Day in this way? The real version of going to sleep in hell and waking up in paradise is Krishna consciousness. As long as we remain in bodily consciousness, we are sleeping in hell. And as soon as we revive our dormant Krishna consciousness by chanting the Lord's holy names, we immediately awaken in paradise.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Convert to Hinduism?

Hello. How does one convert to Hinduism?

Kayden

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Answer: There's No Such Thing as Hinduism

The first thing to understand that Hinduism is not the correct term. It was a term introduced by the Muslims to describe those people who lived east of the Sindhu river. The correct term is Vedic religion, the religion based on the Vedic scriptures.

Kindly note that there is no such thing as converting to a particular religion because there is only one religion, to fully absorb oneself in loving service to the Supreme Person, who is the source of all existence. It does not matter whether one is designated as a Hindu, Christian, Jew, or Muslim. If he has awakened the dormant love of God within his heart, he is a first class follower of religion. Since religion is one, there is no question of converting from one religion to another. The only real conversion that can take place is to convert from irreligion to religion. So one should chant the holy name of God according to his own religion and give up the sinful activities of meat eating, intoxication, illicit sex, and gambling. This will make him a first class religious man. If he has no names to chant that inspire him with love of God, he can chant the Hare Krishna mantra and quickly achieve the supreme goal:

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

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 9 December 2011

from London, United Kingdom
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Today's Thought:

Sanity in an Insane World

All around us we witness a world society that is gradually disintegrating. It's falling apart at the seams. What is still holding it together at the present moment is the remnants of its former God consciousness. But that God consciousness is now being discarded more and more with each passing day and being replaced with secularism or godlessness. Krishna or God is the unifying principle which allows all of us to live together peacefully and happily. Without this center mere selfishness will become the norm and governments will simply be based on the Machiavellian principle that might makes right. Tyrannical governments will be the norm and the people in general will suffer like anything. The cure for all this madness is the wide scale introduction of the ultimate self-realization science, Krishna consciousness, which should be taught everywhere from the very beginning as the foundation for genuine education. Krishna consciousness means to recognize Krishna or God as the supreme enjoyer, the supreme proprietor, and as the best friend of all living beings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Godlessness and Pseudo Religion Breed Chaos



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Does the Guru Hate Mayavadis?

Dear Gurudeva,

Namaste.

I would like to humbly ask the following questions:

What are the distinguishing characteristics of a person who has matured into a person of wisdom through effective practice of meditation as taught to Arjuna by Lord Krishna?

Knowing fully well that every creature possesses transcendental spark in the heart, why does one person hates other?

Why does the revered Guru hate Mayavadis?

Is it not an insult to Lord Krishna?

What is the gain or loss?

yours in yoga
Janardan Mali

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Answer: He Hates Their Philosophy But Loves Them

The distinguishing characteristics of a person who has awakened his Krishna consciousness are as follows:

1) He is very kind to everyone.
2) He does not make anyone his enemy.
3) He is truthful.
4) He is equal to everyone.
5) No one can find any fault in him.
6) He is magnanimous.
7) He is mild.
8) He is always clean.
9) He is without possessions.
10) He works for everyone's benefit.
11) He is very peaceful.
12) He is always surrendered to Krishna.
13) He has no material desires.
14) He is very meek.
15) He is steady.
16) He controls his senses.
17) He does not eat more than required.
18) He is not influenced by the Lord's illusory energy.
19) He offers respect to everyone.
20) He does not desire any respect for himself.
21) He is very grave.
22) He is merciful.
23) He is friendly.
24) He is poetic.
25) He is expert.
26) He is silent. (This means he only talks about Krishna.)

Anyone who perceives the spiritual nature of every living being cannot hate anyone. I don't know why you are thinking that the bona fide spiritual master hates Mayavadis (those who deny God's personal nature). This is a gross misconception. The bona fide spiritual master loves everyone equally seeing them all as the beloved children of God. Opposing false philosophies such as Mayavadi philosophy does not mean hating the propounders of those philosophies. A doctor hates disease and tries to eradicate it by the proper administration of medicine. This does not mean that he hates the person who has the disease. No. He loves the person who has the disease. This is why he tries to defeat the disease. The spiritual master is just like a doctor. By administering the medicine of transcendental knowledge he seeks to eradicate the Mayavadi philosophy to save the poor Mayavadis and those that they might infect from suffering the heavy reactions which they will endure from denying the personal nature of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 8 December 2011

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

Don't Be a Rascal. Come Back to Krishna

For countless lifetimes we have been acting as rascals by defying the authority of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Because of our foolish rascal mentality we have needlessly suffered in the cycle of birth and death. So instead of punishing ourselves, we should be kind to ourselves by returning to our original, healthy, innate state of consciousness. In other words, we should give up our rascaldom and come back to Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna is Inviting You to Come Home



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can We Not Merge Back into God?

How is it possible that when Lord mentions he is the Source of everything, that I can be part and parcel of him and still be separate from Him? If He is the source, we were all in Him at some point and thus at some point will merge back with Him. In this way, the vasishtadvaita philosophy of Ramanuja looks logically correct!

Thanks for your time and efforts in sending the daily mails.

regards

Prasad

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Answer: We Were Never Merged & Will Never Merge

Just as the center of a circle and all other points on the circle are inseparably one because they are all part of the same circle, but at the same time are distinctly different because of their varying locations on the circle, in a similar way the Lord and the living beings are inseparably one and at the same time distinctly different. The circle must have a central point. It cannot be without a central point. And all points on the circle besides the central point are distinctly different from the central point, even though they are all one because they are all part of the circle. They all have locations in the circle relative to the central point.

Even though Krishna is the source of everything, this does not mean that we were originally merged in Him and then became unmerged when He decided to emanate us from Himself. This is so because we are eternally being emanated from Him. There was never a time that we did not exist as His emanated separated expansions. Nor will there ever be a time in the future when we will not exist as Krishna-emanated individuals. This point is confirmed in Bhagavad-gita 2:12.

You have misunderstood Sri Ramanujacharya's philosophy known as Visitadvaita. According to his teaching although the Lord and His energies are one, each keeps his individuality. The Sanskrit word vasistya means individuality. A nice example in this connection is the sun and sunshine. The sunshine is nothing but the sun. But at the same time it is different. When the sunshine enters our room, we may say the sun has come. But if the sun planet had entered, we would be burned to a crisp immediately. So the sun and the sunshine, although one, are different. Just as the sunshine, although also sun, is the sun's separated energy, in a similar way the living beings are non-different from God because they are nothing but His energy, and at the same time they are different because they cannot emanate everything from themselves as God is able to emanate everything from Himself.

I hope this clears up your understanding.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 7 December 2011

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

Begging for the Mercy of the Six Goswamis

In the first stanza of the Śrī Śrī Ṣaḍ-gosvāmy-aṣṭaka (Eight Prayers to the Six Goswamis) Śrīnivāsa Ācārya prays as follows:

"I offer my respectful obeisances to the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan, namely Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī, and Śrī Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī. They are always engaged in blissfully chanting the holy name of Krishna and dancing in ecstasy. They are just like the ocean of love of God, and they are popular both with the gentle and the ruffians because they are not envious of anyone. Whatever they do, they are all-pleasing to everyone, and they are fully blessed by Lord Caitanya. Thus they are fully engaged 24 hours a day in missionary activities meant to deliver all the conditioned souls in the material universe."

I fall down at their feet and beg for their mercy that I can always be engaged in their service by being fully absorbed in assisting their mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Six Goswamis of Vrindavan



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Death and Destiny

We always say that death can come at any moment. What if one's life line in his palm shows that he would live up to 80? Does this mean that he will definitely be alive until around 80 years? Could you also please explain what is untimely death?

I understand that our material progress is already destined. Is our spiritual progress also destined? And is our fate after death also destined?

Thank you.

Your humble servant,

Chandra Chaitanya Das

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Answer: Transcend Death and Destiny by Bhakti

Whenever one is destined to die according to the law of karma, he will die at that time, whether he is eight years old or eighty years old. If one dies as a young or middle aged person that is considered to be an untimely death, even though that time of death was fated by his karma, because the natural course is that one is meant to die as an old person.

Spiritual progress exists outside of the law of karma. It is not a matter of destiny. By spiritual progress one can alter his karma. By the law of karma you are destined to take birth again in this material world after leaving your present body. But if you take seriously to the path of Krishna bhakti, you will not have to take birth again. You will go back to home, back to Godhead to live an eternal life, which is full of knowledge and full of bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 6 December 2011

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

Getting Ready to Hit the Road Again

After a wonderful break from the rigors of the road we are heading out tomorrow (Wednesday 7 December 2011) for another around-the-world lecture tour. This time I will be speaking in Mauritius, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, and Los Angeles before returning to our home base here in Austin on 14 January 2012. Traveling to spread the glories of Lord Sri Krishna is the sweetest, most exciting adventure. I am very thankful to my spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, and to Lord Sri Krishna that I have been blessed with the opportunity to spread this sublime science of Krishna consciousness all over the world, both through the internet and through traveling.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




My Most Merciful Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Appreciation: You Are Great

Dear Spiritual Master,

You are great. Without being citizen of India and born in a Hindu family, what you are doing as a Krishna bhakta, a devotee of Krishna, is unbelievable.

We are thankful to you. Many souls who will return back to home to God will be thankful to you.

Regards,

Pankaj M.

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Response: My Spiritual Master is Great, Not Me.

Thank you for your kind words of appreciation. It's not really me who is great. It is my spiritual master who is great. Therefore I can only accept your kind words on behalf of my spiritual master. It is he who has so mercifully saved me. He picked me up from the gutter of gross materialism and engaged me in the sweet service of Lord Sri Krishna. Therefore I cannot take any credit at all for the wonderful spiritual life that I am living every day. If I have any credit at all in this connection, it is that I am sincerely carrying out the instructions given to me by my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Were it not for him I would simply be a degraded misfit.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 5 December 2011

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

We've Got to Get Our Message Through

The entire Planet Earth has been plunged into a suffering condition, which is becoming more and more intolerable with the passage of time. Everyone is poisoned by the influence of the Kali Yuga, the Age of Kali, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy. The good news is that we have the antidote for this Kali poison. We have the message which can save the world. Therefore the great challenge which is now facing us is how to get this message of pure love of Godhead through to the entire human population so that they can properly understand and implement it. There is no challenge greater than this. All other challenges pale into insignificance in the presence of this challenge.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Editor's Note: The Kali referred to in the above is not the female goddess Kali, who is a great devotee of the Lord. This Kali is the male personality, who is the personification of wickedness. The two names are pronounced differently. The "a" in name of male Kali is a short "a" and is pronounced like the "u" in "but." The "a" in the name of the female Kali is a long "a" and is pronounced like the "a" in "far."




Kali Yuga vs Krishna Consciousness. Who Will Win?



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Paramatma in the Heart of Sinful Men?

Dear Spiritual Master,

I doubt that there is the Supersoul, the Supreme Lord's form known as Paramatma, situated within the heart of the human body. If the Paramatma, who is eternal, full of knowledge, and bliss, was actually there inside the human body, how could a man commit crimes such as murder, stealing, rape, sexual assault, molestation etc etc?

Please guide me.

Regards,

Pankaj M.

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Answer: Paramatma Impartially Facilitates Everyone

The Paramatma, the form of the Supreme Lord situated within the heart of the living being, plays a neutral role. If the living entity wants to remember God, the Paramatma will help him do that. And if the living being wants to forget God, the Paramatma will facilitate him in that way as well. This is confirmed by Krishna as follows in the Bhagavad-gita:

sarvasya cāhaṁ hṛdi sanniviṣṭo
mattaḥ smṛtir j˝ānam apohanaṁ ca


"I am seated in everyone's heart, and from Me come
remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness."
--Bhagavad-gita 15.15

Therefore a man's misuse of his free will is not an indication of the absence of the Paramatma. Rather it indicates that the Paramatma, like an affectionate father, is facilitating the desires of His naughty child. This does not mean, however, that the Lord is neglecting the ultimate well-being of His child. To deliver His lost child the Lord also appears as the Paramatma's external manifestation, the bona fide spiritual master, whose only business is to remind the forgetful soul of his eternal identity as a servant of the Lord. The spiritual master's mission is to deliver all the fallen souls of this planet back to their original home in the wondrous Spiritual Sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 4 December 2011

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

Nothing More Valuable then Devotee Association

There is nothing more valuable than the association of Krishna's devotee. Krishna's devotee possesses Krishna and he can give Krishna to us. The unlimited kindness of Krishna is manifested in the form of His devotee. If we take full advantage of the association of Krishna's devotee, our lives will be successful. We will be fully happy in this life and forever more in the hereafter.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada's Association: the Perfect Blessing



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Too Much Devotion Not Good?

Dearest Srila Gurudeva, an advanced devotee once told us an quote from India,"Too much devotion is a symptom of a thief." She said for the beginners, we should make a balance between spiritual and material life, not too much, not too little. Is it right? Is too much devotional service really a thief on our spiritual road? For a long time, I didn't strive hard to make progress fearing others may talk about me as just showing off. I always worry that other devotees may not like to see this if I stand out to express too much enthusiasm in devotional service or being a good example to help others. Is this anxiety unnecessary? How to get rid of such negative thoughts? And what's the real meaning of making a good balance between my spiritual and material life? In what degree should I expect of the speed of my progress in Krishna Consciousness?

J.D.

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Answer: No Such Thing as Too Much Devotion

There is no such thing are being too devoted to Krishna. Our problem is that we are never devoted enough.

When it is said that too much devotion is the symptom of a thief, this refers to someone who is not a devotee but pretends to be a devotee in order to steal something from the devotees. Such a person will make an exaggerated outward show of being a devotee to convince the devotees that he is one of them, while within his heart he is simply a thief looking for the chance to steal something.

Balance between material life and spiritual life means that you should be healthy, materially and spiritually. In other words keep your body fit with proper diet and rest and simultaneously fully absorb yourself in Krishna consciousness 24 hours day. Balance does not means 12 hours for Maya and 12 hours for Krishna. Balance means to always be fully absorbed in Krishna consciousness while simultaneously keeping your body fit. You will advance in Krishna consciousness to whatever extent you absorb yourself 24 hours daily in Krishna's service.

You should not be in anxiety about becoming too Krishna conscious. The more that you awaken your dormant Krishna consciousness, the more you will feel yourself to be very meek and lowly. An advanced devotee never advertises his Krishna consciousness. Rather he humbly presents himself as someone who is trying to become Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 3 December 2011

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

Back to the Absolutely Amazing Spiritual Sky

After millions of repetitions in the miserable cycle of birth, death, old age, and disease now you have achieved the very rare human form of life. This is the greatest blessing, the greatest good fortune, because now you have the facility to become spiritually perfect by dovetailing your individual consciousness with the Supreme Consciousness and going back to your original home in the all-blissful paravyoma, the absolutely amazing Spiritual Sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Now Regain Your Identity in Krishna's Pastimes



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Meaning of Free from Duality?

When I read Srila Prabhupada's books I often come across the phrase, "free from duality." For example in Bhagavad-gita 5.3 it is stated:

"One who neither hates nor desires the fruits of his activities is known to be always renounced. Such a person, free from all dualities, easily overcomes material bondage and is completely liberated, O mighty-armed Arjuna."

What does this mean actually? Can you give an example or analogy to help me understand this?

Kindly clear this doubt.

Your servant,

Tushar V.

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Answer: Not Carried Away by Elation or Depression

To be free from dualities means not to become carried away by elation when good things happen or to be carried away by depression when bad things happen. One should always remain equipoised seeing everything equally as the mercy of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 2 December 2011

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

There is No Need for Ridiculous Misery

It is very painful to see anybody in a miserable condition of existence. Such misery, which has completely enveloped the entire population of the universe, is totally ridiculous because nobody needs to suffer at all. Simply they must awaken their constitutional consciousness as eternal servitor spiritual beings qualitatively one with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, the source of all existence. This can easily be accomplished if they will humbly approach the bona fide spiritual master and take guidance from him on how they can become spiritually perfect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Will Deliver You from Superfluous Misery



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Guided From Within?

Please kindly accept my humble obeisances.

Since the mind and also the intelligence are material and are thus under the clutches of maya, what is it that tells one from inside to perform devotional service despite all the material imperfections?

Sujata

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Answer: Supersoul from Within, Guru from Without

The devotee is guided from within by the Supersoul to take up the path of Krishna consciousness. That same Supersoul appears externally in the form of the spiritual master to rescue the disciple from his material consciousness and restore him to his original pure identity, which is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 1 December 2011

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

Are You Sane or Insane? Life is Beautiful.

You are either sane or insane. There is no in-between. If you know who you are and you are living every day in that reality, you are sane. And if you don't know who you are, you are insane; you are living in unreality. A person in ignorance thinks that reality is so painful that it is better to remain in illusion imagining that life is wonderful. But the fully enlightened person knows that life is inconceivably wonderful and beautiful, millions and billions times greater than our tiny brains can even begin to try to conceive. And he lives in and celebrates that reality at every second. This most exalted state of self-realization is known as Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Gives Us Unlimited Bliss



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get Free From Material Desires?

In a lecture I heard that Krishna reciprocates with us according to our personal desire, and my personal realization says that this is true. It is also true that sometimes Krishna gives us more then we deserve.

My question is what should we personally desire so that we don't fall into the material pool? Sometimes there are lots of material desires that come in our mind that might be connected to Krishna consciousness. For example one may desire to do so much devotional service that it takes away time from sadhana, personal devotional practices. Since material desires cannot be stopped, how can we come out clean?

It would be great if we could get your mercy. Thanks for motivating us.

Your servant,
Renuka

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Answer: Heart Chock Full of Spiritual Desires

Desire is natural and cannot be stopped. Everyone is always desiring something at every minute. Material desires bind us to the miserable, ignorant, fearful cycle of birth and death. Spiritual desires liberate us from this cycle and take us back to our original eternal, blissful, fully enlightened identities in the transcendental kingdom of God. It is not possible to simply turn off desire. But if one will cultivate spiritual desires more and more, filling one's heart with them, gradually his heart will be so full of spiritual desires that there will be no room left for material desires.

The desire to do a lot of devotional service is not a material desire. It is a spiritual desire. And the desire to do a lot of personal sadhana such as chanting japa and studying the scriptures is also a spiritual desire. Both of these desires are very beneficial for your spiritual emancipation. Therefore you should live your life in such a way that you are always engaged in doing as much service as possible and always diving deep into personal sadhana as much as possible. You should be so much engaged in Krishna consciousness 24 hours a day that there is not even one second of idle time. Within your day there should be no gaps for Maya or illusion. In this way when material desires come to check into the hotel of your heart, they will see a big sign that says, "No Vacancy," and they will have to go somewhere else to find a place of residence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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