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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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Saturday 31 March 2012

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

We Came from Vaikuntha Millions of Years Ago

In London on 6 August 1973 Srila Prabhupada informed us that millions and millions of years ago we came down from Vaikuntha, the spiritual world, to this material world. Kuntha means anxiety, and vai means without. So Vaikuntha means that world where there is no anxiety. And Kuntha means the world of unlimited anxiety in which we currently live.

The good news is that since we all originally came from Vaikuntha we are all citizens of that all-blissful eternal abode. Now all we have to do is reclaim our birthright by surrendering ourselves at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna and regaining our eternal identities in His unlimitedly sweet transcendental realm.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Teaches the Highest Truth



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Design a Stress Free Room?

Respected Sir,

I am a 1st year master of design student at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur. I am doing research on mental stress and suicide cases in the student community. I want to develop a method to erase mental stress in student life by properly designing the space in the student's room. I want to generate a pattern for student housing which generates positive energy. So I need guidance. I am waiting, Sir.

With regards,

Lokesh Verma

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Answer: Make Them Stress Free by Krishna Bhakti

No material design can give relief from stress. No matter how nicely you design the student's living quarters if he considers his body to be his actual self, he cannot be free from stress. This is because the root cause of all stress in this material world is false identification with the material body. As soon as one thinks that he is his body he must immediately be in stress because this body is fated to get sick, get old, and die by the laws of this material nature.

Complete and perfect stress relief comes when one fully realizes that he is not his material body, that he is instead a spiritual being who is the eternal all-blissful, all-knowing servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna, the source of all existence.

This is described nicely as follows in Bhagavad-gita 18.54 as follows:

brahma-bhūtah prasannātmā
na śocati na kānksati
sama sarvesu bhūtesu
mad-bhaktim labhate parām


"One who is thus transcendentally situated at once realizes
the Supreme Brahman and becomes fully joyful.
He never laments or desires to have anything.
He is equally disposed toward every living entity.
In that state he attains pure devotional service unto Me."


So if you want to give stress relief to the students, make them Krishna conscious and design their dormitory to facilitate the practice of Krishna bhakti by including a temple room in their dormitory where qualified devotees of the Lord can worship Sri Krishna and train the students in the ultimate self-realization science of Krishna bhakti as revealed in the Bhagavad-gita. If you can make such arrangement, there will no more stress and no more suicides among the students. The entire world will be transformed by a new generation of spiritually enlightened students who will become the new leaders of the world society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 30 March 2012

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Sri Vrindavan--the Ultimate Abode of Sweetness

Sri Vrindavan Dhama is the holiest of all holy places, the ultimate abode of sweetness, because it is here that Lord Sri Krishna eternally engages in most sublime sarva-rasa-sāra, the quintessence of all ecstatic mellows, parakīyā-bhāva, accepting the loving service of the gopis in the mood of paramourship. This highest of all rasas is only manifest in the ultimate realm of Vrindavan. Even though Lord Caitanya was a strict sannyasi who never associated with women, he stated:

ramyā kācid upāsanā vrajavadhū-vargena yā kalpitā

"There is no comparison of the method of worship
which was adopted by the damsels of Vraja."

Therefore taking advantage of the special mercy available in this topmost of all holy places I am humbly bowing down flat on the ground in the sacred Vrindavan dust and begging the Supreme Lord and His pure devotees to bestow upon me pure prema bhakti.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada with His Disciples in Vrindavan



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Accepting Milk from Cruelty Dairies

My dear Srila Gurudeva.

Please accept my humble obeisances at Your Lotus Feet.
All glories to You and Gurumata.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Recently I watched an ISKCON documentary about animals killing for food. I was shocked to see that even for milk, cows are being tortured. Industrial machines are being used without any mercy to remove the milk from cows. I would like to know whether we will get karma while drinking the milk.

Thank you.

Your lowly servant and disciple

Arcanasiddhi devi dasi

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Answer: Benefit of Milk Being Offered to Krishna

It is better to only take milk from devotee farms. But because we are required to give milk and milk preparations to the deities and because we need milk for the proper development of our brains for spiritual understanding, we need to accept milk even if it is not from a devotee dairy. The cows, even at a cruelty farm, who give their milk to Krishna will be greatly benefitted. If we do not offer the milk we drink from such dairies to Krishna, we will suffer very heavy karmic reactions. But if we offer the milk to Krishna, we will not get any karma, rather we will get spiritual progress, and the cow will be greatly benefitted.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 29 March 2012

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Prabhupada's Messenger Boy

Sometimes I am glorified for my activities of spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world, but I do not think that I am doing anything very great in this connection. I am simply trying my best to be the loyal messenger boy of my most beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the great savior of fallen souls. If there is any credit at all that I deserve for my crude attempt to serve Srila Prabhupada, it is that I have always sincerely tried to follow his orders without deviation. I have accepted his orders as my very life and soul. He ordered us, his disciples, "Become guru and deliver the entire world." Even though such a thing is inconceivable for us. What can we do? We have to try our best to execute his orders feeling dependent upon and always begging his mercy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada--Savior of the Fallen Souls



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: When Someone Tries to Provoke Your Anger

Dear Maharaja,

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

What do you do when someone tries to provoke your anger?

Anusuya

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Answer: Defeat Them by Tolerance

When someone tries to provoke your anger, if you get angry you are defeated by them. But if you tolerate their provocation and do not get angry, it is you who has defeated them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 28 March 2012

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Urgent Appeal to the World Leaders

My dear esteemed leaders of the world society. Kindly note that all desirable conditions for the happy living of all the world's citizens, even the animals, can easily be had by the regular, widespread performance of yajna or sacrifice for the satisfaction of the Supreme Lord. Such performance of yajna is not a sectarian affair of favoring one religion over another. It is the universal system for bringing all favorable conditions of living to everyone all over the world. As the prescribed yajna for this age is the sankirtana yajna, the congregational chanting of they holy names of God, kindly introduce the performance of sankirtana yajna to your respective citizens. Each government should organize regular daily congregational chanting functions throughout their country so that each and every citizen will have the opportunity to participate in the congregational chanting of the holy names of God on a regular daily basis. At such functions there should be profuse distribution of vegetarian foodstuffs which have been offered to the Lord with love and devotion. In this way there will be no question of starvation for any person anywhere in the world. Such regular performance of sankirtan yajna will create a peaceful atmosphere all over the world. It will bring sufficient supply of clean water and nutritious, delicious food for all living beings as well as successful industrial enterprise and economic prosperity for every nation throughout the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Performs Sankirtana Yajna in 1967

Hippie Hill, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, USA


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Each Cell Has a Separate Soul?

I have a query based on a recent interesting question by Sanjeev. In reply to his question on whether there is only one soul in the body or does every cell have an individual soul, you wrote that there is an individual spirit-soul in each and every cell of the body but there is one soul who predominates over the body. I am confused here, does this mean every cell in a living entity has its own separate soul? If this is so, then this changes completely how I view other peoples' and my body, meaning that actually my soul is 'in charge' of trillions of other individual souls and that I should be careful how I am using my body as I am responsible for so many other souls within me!

Many thanks always and forever for your valuable time serving everyone.

Your servant,

Karuna Sindhu dasa

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Answer: Srila Prabhupada Confirms It

Srila Prabhupada has confirmed that each cell contains a distinct individual soul.

A disciple asked him, "I think that in the past you've said each cell contains a distinct and individual soul."

Srila Prabhupada replied, "Yes, I said that."

So it is a fact that when you engage in devotional service you are greatly benefitting the trillions of souls that are residing within your body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Tuesday 27 March 2012

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Radharani Doubles Her Krishna Consciousness

Srimati Radharani has a very sublime method for doubling her Krishna consciousness bliss. She simply looks upon the beautiful smiling face of her beloved Lord Krishna. We can do the same thing because the deity of Krishna and the painting of Krishna, if viewed with devotion, are Krishna Himself. Here's what Radharani has to say in this regard as quoted in the Caitanya Caritamrita Antya Lila 17.59:

mana mora vāma-dīna, jala vinā yena mīna,
krsna vinā ksane mari’ yāya
madhura-hāsya-vadane, mana-netra-rasāyane,
krsna-trsnā dviguna bādāya

“If I do not think of Krishna, My impoverished mind will die within a moment
like a fish out of water. But when I see Krishna's sweetly smiling face,
My mind and eyes are so pleased that My desire for Him redoubles.”


Since Radharani has been gazing upon Krishna for all eternity, doubling her desire for Krishna with each gaze, we cannot even begin to imagine how heavily she is desiring Krishna. From Radharani's sublime example we learn that if we turn our attention to Krishna, we will reap the most sublime reward of wanting to fully give ourselves to Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Bhagavad-gita Class at Krishna Balaram Mandir

Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India--25 March 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Were Horse Sacrifices Performed?

My dear Srila Gurudeva.

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

I would like to know why horse sacrifices were performed to worship King Prithu? Why were such animal sacrifices accepted?

Your eternal servant,

Daniel

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Answer: To Create Auspicious Atmosphere on Earth

It is not that horse sacrifices were performed to satisfy King Prithu. Rather it is King Prithu who performed horse sacrifices to create a favorable atmosphere on the planet earth in which all necessities of life were profusely supplied to his citizens.

Regarding horse and cow sacrifices Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.12.34:

"The horse sacrifice yajna or cow sacrifice yajna performed by the Vedic regulations shouldn't be misunderstood as a process of killing animals. On the contrary, animals offered for the yajna were rejuvenated to a new span of life by the transcendental power of chanting the Vedic hymns, which, if properly chanted, are different from what is understood by the common layman. The Veda-mantras are all practical, and the proof is rejuvenation of the sacrificed animal."

Because in this age there are no suitable brahmanas who can properly chant the mantras for the horse sacrifice or cow sacrifice, such sacrificial ceremonies are forbidden. In this age we are enjoined to instead perform the sankirtan sacrifice, the congregational chanting of the holy names of God, to bring all favorable conditions for happy living to all the citizens of this planet. Therefore it is the duty of all the world governments to arrange for the regular performance of sankirtan for the benefit of their citizens. Because they are neglecting this, the entire world has been cast into turmoil. It is our mission to widely introduce the sankirtan movement in every town and village throughout the globe so that everyone can be happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Monday 26 March 2012

from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Exciting, Thrilling Adventure at Every Minute

As long as we base our happiness on the connection of our material senses with the their corresponding objects of gratification, there's no way that we can experience genuine happiness because our material senses are different from us. They are simply external coverings of the self. Just as we cannot satisfy our hunger by dipping our shirt sleeve into a bowl of soup, similarly there is no amount of material sense gratification which can give real happiness to the self. It is only when we, the eternal spiritual beings, connect with the Supreme Person, the source of all existence, that we come back to our original enlightened state in which we experience an exciting, thrilling adventure at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Bhagavatam Class at Krishna Balaram Mandir
Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India--25 March 2012









Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Where is the Intelligence Situated?

Intelligence is considered an attribute of the human brain, which is merely a physical organ. Since mind is beyond the brain, how come the intelligence is above the mind?

The Supersoul is located in the region of the human heart. Where is the individual soul located in the human body? As per astanga yoga, the individual soul is situated in the center of the forehead above the two eyebrows.

Mukesh Doshi

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Answer: Intelligence is Subtle. It's Not in the Brain.

Those who consider intelligence to merely be a function of the human brain are not intelligent. Intelligence is beyond the physical brain. It is a subtle element that exists outside of the human brain.

Regarding the location of the soul, to say, "As per astanga yoga" is not authoritative. You must give the scriptural reference. According to scriptural reference (Mundaka Upanisad 3.1.9) the soul is seated in the heart:

eso 'nur ātmā cetasā veditavyo
yasmin prānah pańcadhā samviveśa
prānaiś cittam sarvam otam prajānām
yasmin viśuddhe vibhavaty esa ātmā

"The soul is atomic in size and can be perceived by perfect intelligence. This atomic soul is floating in the five kinds of air (prana, apana, vyana, samana, and udana) is situated within the heart, and spreads its influence all over the body of the embodied living entities. When the soul is purified from the contamination of the five kinds of material air, its spiritual influence is exhibited."


Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 25 March 2012

from Sri Vrindavan Dham, India
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Today's Thought:

Gurvastakam Prayers at Prabhupada's Samadhi

The sweetest nectar in Vrindavan is to rise early and attend the first arati of the day at 4:10am at Srila Prabhupada's samadhi. This is the most spiritually potent place in the entire universes because this is where Srila Prabhupada's body has been put to rest. Here the devotees gather together every morning and the sing the beautiful Gurvastakam prayers composed by Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur. Gurvastakam means "Eight Prayers Glorifying the Spiritual Master." These sublime verses are sung to the tune of the mellifluous morning melody that Srila Prabhupada taught us. Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur has given the boon that anyone who regularly sings this sublime song during the early time before sunrise will attain the direct service of Lord Sri Krishna in Goloka Vrindavan after leaving his present material body. So who would not want to cash in on this boon?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Mangal Arati at Prabhupada's Samadhi

23 March 2012--Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is there a Soul in Every Cell of our Body?

How are the mind, intelligence, false ego and free will of living entity (the jiva) interrelated, and how are they functioning to continue the material conception of life?

Does the Lord impregnate the material nature with the living entities, the jivas, or are the jivas always present in the material energy in an unmanifested form?

Are the decisions we make by the intelligence, which is also the material energy of the Lord, or are they the misuse of our free will? Kindly explain both from a material and a spiritual point of view.

What is sankhya?

Is there only one soul present in the body or does each and every cell of the body also have a separate soul?

Your eternal servant

Sanjeev

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Answer: Every Cell Has a Soul

When the living entity misuses his free will, his real sense of identity is covered by the false ego (the conception that he is the center of the universe), his intelligence is polluted, and thus his mind, which acts under the direction of the intelligence, becomes misguided.

All of the jivas (the living entities) originate in the spiritual sky as the Lord's eternal devotees. If they misuse their free will and revolt against the authority of the Lord, they must enter the material world to be reformed of their rebellious mentality. For this purpose the Lord impregnates the material nature with these fallen jivas. It is not that they originate from the material nature.

Our intelligence can be either spiritual or material depending on whether we properly use or we misuse our free will. There is only one truth. It's not that there is a spiritual truth and a material truth. Truth is one, and this one truth explains perfectly both the material energy and the spiritual energy.

Sankhya is the analytical study of the material energy. This study can be pursued materially through gross sense perception and hypothesis as the scientists are trying to do. Or it can done in a spiritual way according to scriptural analysis by hearing from the great Vedic authorities. The material approach never leads to perfect knowledge, but the spiritual approach immediately brings one to the platform of perfect knowledge.

There is an individual spirit-soul in each and every cell of the body. But there is one soul who predominates over the body just as a king predominates over all the citizens of the state.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 24 March 2012

from Sri Vrindavan Dham, India
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Today's Thought:

When You are Being Dragged Through Hell

When you are being dragged through hell, which is not an uncommon occurrence in our daily experiences here in this material world, kindly remember these sublime words of Lord Sri Krishna:

yasmin sthito na duhkhena
gurunāpi vicālyate

"If one is situated firmly in Krishna consciousness he is never shaken
even in the midst of the heaviest difficulty."

--Bhagavad-gita 6.22

So instead of trying to overpower the material nature by brute force, a truly impossible feat, firmly situate yourself in Krishna consciousness. In this way you will be solidly situated beyond the hell of this material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Transcend All Miseries by Hare Krishna Sankirtan




Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Lord Rama Rejected Sita Devi?

Why did the Lord Rama reject Sita Devi after doubting her? What was the lesson for us to learn from this? What special pastime was the Lord enacting? Kindly clear this doubt as a friend of mine says she doesn’t respect this act of Lord Ram as it seems really harsh, which it actually does. After all He is the all knowing Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Veren Maharaj

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Answer: Lord Rama Can Never Reject Sitadevi

Lord Rama never doubted Sita for a moment. And He never rejects Sita devi because she is His eternal consort. The rejection pastime in the Ramayana is an external show only for the purpose of teaching that a leader must be completely beyond any criticism from his followers.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 23 March 2012

from Sri Vrindavan Dham, India
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Today's Thought:

Truly Blessed on Flight from London to India


Lord Krishna blessed me with the most sublimely divine overnight journey from London to India. I was many days behind on answering my correspondence and did not want to spend my entire time in Vrindavan glued to my computer trying to catch up. Lord Krishna blessed me that I was able to utilize the entire eight hour flight for answering emails without eating or sleeping. The non-devotees had all finished eating their nonsense food and watching their nonsense movies and were all sound asleep. But feeling very inspired and enlivened, I kept writing on and on, one email after another trying to give each of my inquirers the most suitable answer to inspire their Krishna consciousness. Near the end of the flight before the lights were turned on to arouse the sleepers from slumber, one of the British Airways flight attendants approached me expressing her amazement how I had worked so hard non-stop through the entire night. Of course, it did not feel like hard work to me. It was a celebration of transcendental bliss connecting sweetly with Krishna at 30,000 feet. And the end before I turned my computer off for the landing in Delhi I checked the email outbox on my computer and saw that I had written 77 emails. I was feeling truly blessed by Krishna and was feeling really good. This is called Krishna consciousness. It's super divine. I love it!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Krishna Doesn't Respond to Me?

Dear Gurudeva,
Please accept my humble obeisances

Please help me, Gurudeva! I feel like Krishna wants to ostracize me. I try to chant the holy names with love. I try to feel Him and to serve Vaishnavas and you. I call for help from Him. Sometimes I just chant and cry, because He doesn't respond to me. I don't know how long I can afford to cry for help without any response. Sometimes I chant and I just feel good. But what is the value of this "good"? Some people drink alcohol and feel good or eat some tasty food and feel good. I don't want to just feel good anymore. I want to feel God's presence in my life. Maybe I am just too contaminated to feel Him, but He is God. Couldn't He respond to me in that form through which I can receive His response?

Your eternal unworthy servant,
R. Das


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Answer: Open Your Eyes and See His Response

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Krishna is reciprocating with you with unlimited love at every moment. Simply your consciousness is too covered to be able to perceive it. You must patiently and determinedly practice bhakti every day to gradually recover your original divine consciousness in which you can at every moment directly associate with the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Krishna has now fully appeared before you and is reciprocating with you in the form of His external manifestation, the Spiritual Master.

I hope this meets you in the best of health
and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 22 March 2012

from Sri Vrindavan Dham, India
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Today's Thought:

Become Krishna Conscious Right Now

Without Krishna where is there any real happiness? Without Krishna where is there any real knowledge? Without Krishna where is there any real love? Without Krishna life has absolutely no meaning except that which we artificially, futilely try to give it. Being bereft of Krishna is nonsense. Being with Krishna is the only thing that makes any sense. Therefore the only logical course of action is to fully absorb ourselves in Krishna consciousness starting right now without any delay.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna, the Supreme All-Attractive Personality of Godhead,
Enjoying His Vrindavan Pastimes



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Capable is God?

How capable is God? Could God create a stone that is too heavy for Him to lift? Since an omniscient God would know in advance (and from all eternity) all that can happen, there appears to be no point at which such a God could make a genuine choice. Omniscience and omnipotence appear to be incompatible.

Suresh

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Answer: He is Inconceivably, Unlimitedly Capable

God is unlimitedly capable. This means that He can do anything conceivable or inconceivable within or beyond your logic. He does not have to answer to you or to a logic committee to get permission to engage in his inconceivable pastimes. He is not in any way restricted by what a human being can grasp with his tiny, little brain. Therefore God can create a stone that is too heavy for Him to lift and then go ahead and lift it. He has already shown this in His pastime of lifting Govardhan Hill.

It's a fact as He confirms in the Bhagavad-gita that God knows everything past, present, and future. And it is also confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita that He exercises the power of choice regarding what He will eat and what He will not eat.

So in conclusion kindly note and follow the sublime guidance given in the Mahābhārata (Bhīsma-parva 5.22):

acintyāh khalu ye bhāvā
na tāms tarkena yojayet
prakrtibhyah param yac ca
tad acintyasya laksanam


“Anything transcendental to material nature is called inconceivable, whereas arguments are all mundane. Since mundane arguments cannot touch transcendental subject matters, one should not try to understand transcendental subjects through mundane arguments.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Wednesday 21 March 2012

from London, United Kingdom
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Today's Thought:

En Route to Sri Vrindavan Dham

After many months of separation we are returning now to Sri Vrindavan Dham, the transcendental home of Lord Sri Krishna within this material world. Visiting Sri Vrindavan Dham is always the most uplifting and purifying experience. Krishna is personally present in this holiest of all places. And if one manifests sufficient devotion, he can feel Krishna's presence in Vrindavan at every step.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Kesighata on the River Yamuna in Vrindavan Dham,

the Place Where Krishna Subdued the Kesi Demon



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can Parrots Recite Sanskrit Verses?

Gurudeva!
Kindly Please accept my most humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
All glories to Gauranga Mahaprabhu.
All glories to Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha & Krishna.

Early this morning, I was reading Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya-Lila, wherein I was most surprised to read certain Bengali slokas (chapter 17, verses 199 to 206). Srila Prabhupada describes Lord Caitanya's prema-lila in His Vrindavan with trees, creepers, birds, deer, etc. Here are some of the verses:

śuka, pika, bhrnga prabhure dekhi’ ‘pańcama’ gāya
śikhi-gana nrtya kari’ prabhu-āge yāya

"Bumblebees and birds like the parrot and cuckoo all began to sing loudly on the fifth note, and the peacocks began to dance in front of the Lord."

sthāvara-jangama mili’ kare krsna-dhvani
prabhura gambhīra-svare yena prati-dhvani

"All moving and nonmoving creatures then began to vibrate the transcendental sound of Hare Krishna, as if they were echoing the deep sound of Caitanya Mahaprabhu."

śuka-śārikā prabhura hāte udi’ pade
prabhuke śunāńā krsnera guna-śloka pade

"Both parrots flew onto the hand of the Lord and began to chant the transcendental qualities of Krishna, and the Lord listened to them."

saundaryam lalanāli-dhairya-dalanam līlā ramā-stambhinī
vīryam kandukitādri-varyam amalāh pāre-parārdham gunāh
śīlam sarva-janānurańjanam aho yasyāyam asmat-prabhur
viśvam viśva-janīna-kīrtir avatāt krsno jagan-mohanah

"The male parrot sang, 'The glorification of Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is beneficial to everyone in the universe. His beauty is victorious over the gopis of Vrindavan, and it subdues their patience. His pastimes astound the goddess of fortune, and His bodily strength turns Govardhan Hill into a small toy like a ball. His spotless qualities are unlimited, and His behavior satisfies everyone. Lord Krishna is attractive to everyone. Oh, may our Lord maintain the whole universe!'"

śuka-mukhe śuni’ tabe krsnera varnana
śārikā padaye tabe rādhikā-varnana

"After hearing this description of Lord Krishna from the male parrot, the female parrot began to recite a description of Srimati Radharani."

vamśī-dhārī jagan-nārī-
citta-hārī sa śārike
vihārī gopa-nārībhir
jīyān madana-mohanah

"The male parrot then said, 'My dear shari [female parrot], Sri Krishna carries a flute and enchants the hearts of all women throughout the universe. He is specifically the enjoyer of the beautiful gopis, and He is the enchanter of Cupid also. Let Him be glorified!'”

rādhā-sange yadā bhāti
tadā ‘madana-mohanah’
anyathā viśva-moho ‘pi
svayam ‘madana-mohitah’

"The female parrot said, 'When Lord Sri Krishna is with Radharani, He is the enchanter of Cupid; otherwise, when He is alone, He Himself is enchanted by erotic feelings even though He enchants the whole universe.'”

My question is this:

Can birds like the male and female parrot really speak/sing Sanskrit verses in praise of Lord Krishna? For an average man it is very difficult to sing in Sanskrit. It is unbelievable and inconceivable to my mind. However, since it is described by Srila Prabhupada and Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj themselves, I must have full faith in their words/writings that cannot be wrong at all! My heart accepts this, but my mind keeps doubting again and again. What should I do when I am so perplexed ?

Please save me!

Your humble servant and servant of your servants,

Devchand
India.

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Answer: They Can If They Are Great Devotees

My Dear Devchand,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The male and female parrots are great devotees who have taken the form of parrots to serve the Lord in that particular way. Tell your mind to be still and simply absorb itself in the sublime name, fame, forms, pastimes, entourage, paraphernalia, etc. of the inconceivably amazing Lord Sri Krishna. Instead of being bewildered by the nectarean pastimes of the Lord and His devotees, you should simply relish the nectar by drinking it deeply into the innermost regions of your heart. In this way you will eventually become spiritually perfect and will be able to personally witness such amazing pastimes of the Lord with His devotees first hand with your own spiritually perfect eyes and ears.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 20 March 2012

from Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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Today's Thought:

The Sweet Taste of our Real Identity

19 March, 2012--We are getting ready now for our flight to London this evening, which will be followed by another flight from London to Delhi. There is truly nothing sweeter than being Krishna conscious because it is only in this enlightened state that we are actually situated in our real identity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari







Sunday Feast Lecture Bliss

Toronto, Ontario, Canada--18 March 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Did Krishna Know Arjuna Would Win?

My dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

When Lord Sri Krishna told Arjuna to fight, did He know Arjuna would win?

Thank you so much for sharing your time and wisdom with me. I look forward to Your reply.

Your eternal student,

Brenda Lee Riley

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Answer: Yes, He Knows Everything

In Chapter 11, Text 34 of the Bhagavad-gita Krishna clearly states

yudhyasva jetāsi rae sapatnān

"Simply fight, and you will vanquish your enemies in battle." So is very clear the Krishna knew that Arjuna would win. This is not at all difficult for Krishna because He is the perfect knower of past, present, and future.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 19 March 2012

from Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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Today's Thought:

Intensive But Ecstatic Nine Lecture Marathon

Our brief weekend stopover in Toronto on our way to India was not for rest and relaxation. It was an intensive preaching workout of giving nine lectures in four different locations. In spite of going three nights with insufficient sleep, the absorption in Krishna consciousness was absolutely exhilarating. The fact is that the more we become absorbed in Krishna consciousness, the more we become enriched with spiritual happiness. This weekend was a golden opportunity to become deeply, deeply absorbed in meditation on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna and thus reconnect myself and my audiences with our original transcendental nature.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Pure
Bhakti
Seminar--an All Day Four Lecture Series
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada--17 March 2011


An Evening Program in Home of Subhavilasa Prabhu
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada--17 March 2011


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna Appears Without Being Born?

Gurudeva, I have heard that Lord Krishna was never born, that He merely appeared without being born. How is that possible?

Your servant,

Nidhi

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Answer: Krishna Possesses Inconceivable Potency

Krishna is the controller of the laws of material nature. He is not under their control. Therefore He can easily appear anywhere He chooses without having to go through the process known as birth. In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in the Krishna Book:

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, who is always ready to protect His unalloyed devotees, entered within the mind of Vasudeva as the Lord of the whole creation, with full inconceivable potencies. It is understood in this connection that Lord Krishna first of all situated Himself in the unalloyed heart of Vasudeva and was then transferred to the heart of Devaki. He was not put into the womb of Devaki by seminal discharge. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, by His inconceivable potency, can appear in any way. It is not necessary for Him to appear in the ordinary way, by seminal injection within the womb of a woman."

We are eternally indebted to Srila Prabhupada for so clearly revealing to us the transcendental glories of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 18 March 2012

from Brampton, Ontario Canada
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Today's Thought:

Suffering is the Pastime of Fools

The most astonishingly marvelous thing about existence is that it is so blissful. Thus it is absolutely pointless for anybody to be suffering, which is nothing but the pastime of fools. All one has to do to be swimming in an ocean of transcendental bliss at every moment is to reconnect himself with the origin of his existence, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna, by following the simple, uncomplicated instructions which He so benevolently reveals in the Bhagavad-gita.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sharing the Bliss of
Bhakti
in Brampton, Ontario


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who is a Pure Devotee?

Dear Gurudeva,

Hare Krishna!

I would like to know who is a pure devotee among these two persons: one who has renounced his material life and surrendered himself fully to the Lord and the other who is engaged in material life and is still able to remember the Lord in spite of the unfavorable conditions posed by the material nature. Is there any difference between these two?

Your follower,

Malini

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Answer: He Who Fully Offers His Life to Krishna

Both of them can easily be pure devotees. As long as one has a material body he must continue engaging in material life for keeping his body fit. The secret of success in life is to spiritualize one's material life by offering it fully in the Lord's service. In this way, his material life will no longer be material and will not be an impediment for his spiritual advancement. It will become fully spiritualized, Krishnized, in the same way that an iron rod which is placed in a fire becomes fully transformed into fire.

The ideal example of a Krishna conscious devotee is Sri Arjuna, who did not renounce his material duty as a warrior. Rather Arjuna engaged his occupational duty fully in Krishna's service and thus became perfect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 17 March 2012

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

Preparing for Life's Ultimate Moment

The most important defining moment in life is the time of death. It is the culmination of all of life's experiences. Instead of trying to deny its existence like the proverbial ostrich who buried his head in the sand when he was being attacked by a predator, we should train for it with the intensity of an athlete who is aspiring for an Olympic gold medal. That gold medal is the ultimate privilege of being able to enter into the kingdom of God at the time of death. There is nothing more desirable than this.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




At Death Go to Sleep & Wake Up in Goloka Vrindavan



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Am I Suffering More?

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

I don’t understand why I am suffering more since I have taken to spiritual life seriously. What is causing this to happen? When I was not a devotee I didn’t ever suffer like this. I feel like Krishna is taking away whatever I have. This is causing doubts in my mind.

Your servant,

Kishan

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Answer: Karma, But You Can Change It.

Suffering and enjoyment come to us as a result of our past karma. To whatever extent we take shelter of Krishna, to that extent we are released from the reactions to our previous sinful activities. If you are suffering more now, it is not due to Krishna consciousness. It is due to your past karma. By becoming Krishna conscious your suffering has been reduced. If you were not Krishna conscious, you would be suffering much more than you are now. Instead of being disturbed by the suffering, accept it as the special mercy of Krishna to help you feel more and more dependent exclusively on Him. If you can see your suffering like this, it will be transformed into transcendental bliss. It will serve as a springboard to catapult you into the transcendental kingdom of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 16 March 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

May the Entire Universe Become Awakened

May everyone throughout the entire universe become awakened to their original pure identities as servants of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. There is no need for so much bickering, strife, and dissension on this planet. All difficulties that we experience both individually and collectively are due to our ignorance of the Absolute Truth that there is a Supreme Person who is the source of all existence and that we are all His subordinate servants.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sri Panca Tattva--Deliverers of the Entire Universe



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Are the Three Worlds?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I have read about the spiritual world, and also about the material world. However, in the Bhagavad-gita, Srila Prabhupada also speaks about the three worlds. Can you please explain what are the three worlds?

Your humble servant,

Deodat

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Answer: Upper, Middle, and Lower Planets

The three worlds refers to the three divisions of planetary systems within our material universe: the upper planets, middle planets, and lower planets.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 15 March 2012

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

Another Auspicious Global Lecture Tour

After a very productive two months stopover here at Bhaktivedanta Ashram in Austin, Texas USA, we are getting ready now to embark on another auspicious around-the-world lecture tour.

We are also expanding our outreach with a new advertising campaign to help more and more people become free from anxiety by teaching them the ultimate self realization science, Krishna consciousness. For this campaign we are requesting testimonials from our subscribers which will encourage others to join this course. So kindly write a testimonial and email it in to sda@backtohome.

We hope to meet as many of you as possible on our upcoming tour, which begins on Friday 16 March when we travel to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for a weekend lecture series. For a complete schedule of our upcoming destinations go to:

http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/schedule

We beg Srila Prabhupada's blessings that we may serve him very nicely on this global preaching tour by representing him and his teachings in a first class way.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada on a Global Preaching Tour



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is the Material Nature Conscious?

My Dearest Srila Gurudeva,
Please accept my prayers.

In the introduction portion of the Bhagavad-gita, Srila Prabhupada has indicated that material nature is not conscious. Then why is material nature indicated as female? How does she work under the direction of the Lord if she is not conscious?
Please enlighten me

Your insignificant servant,
Guru Vandana devi dasi

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Answer: No, But It's Superintendent Is.

The material nature is a prison, but there is also a warden of that prison. Matter is inanimate just like the bricks and bars of the prison are inanimate. But Maya devi, the superintendant of the prison, is fully cognizant and is giving the prisoners what they deserve according to their karma. So, the material nature is not conscious, while its superintendent is.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 14 March 2012

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

Are You Teachable and Reachable?

To become qualified for going back to home, back to Godhead we must always remain in a humble, teachable state of mind. If we are not teachable, it means that we think we know everything. It means the transcendental teachings of Krishna will simply bounce off of us without reaching our hearts. So instead of swimming in the delusion that we are the great knowers of everything, we should always remain open-minded and willing to learn from someone who can give us a higher understanding of what is the Absolute Truth and how we can perfectly dovetail ourselves with that Absolute Truth. In this way our pathway back to Godhead will be smooth, easy, and unobstructed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Teaches Disciples the Science of Bhakti


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Inculcate Love of God in my Child?

I would like to inculcate God lovingness in my daughter who is 2 1/2 years old. In my childhood I had respect for God, but I was a God fearing person. It was told to me that if I misbehaved, God would be annoyed with me and so on. But I want my daughter to love God, and feel satisfied that God is our real savior and supreme well-wisher. We do take her to satsangas (spiritual gatherings) and narrate Krishna's pastimes to her, but still sometimes fail to fully do justice in inculcating Krishna prema (love of God) in her. Please guide me.

The servant of your servants,

Sini

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Answer: Be a Pure Devotee and Engage Her in Bhakti

This first thing is that you should not keep a television in your home. There is nothing more polluting for a child, or for anyone else for that matter, than to watch mundane television.

There is only one way to inculcate love of God in your child. You must be the perfect example of a soul fully surrendered to God by engaging yourself 24 hours daily in the service of God and by engaging your child in doing bhakti along with you. In this way your child will follow in your footsteps and become a great devotee. When you go the satsangas make sure that the child sits peacefully with you and hears the lectures and the kirtans. Keep your child in your lap. Do not let the child wander here and there and become distracted by other things. If the child will learn how to hear and appreciate the transcendental teachings of Lord Sri Krishna, she will naturally become a great devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 13 March 2012

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

Is Hare Krishna Movement an Exploitative Cult?

Recently I read a scathing criticism of our Hare Krishna movement by one of our former members that it is nothing but an exploitative, brainwash cult. So whose experience am I to believe: my own wonderful experience or his bad experience? The fact is that if someone comes to the Hare Krishna movement and holds onto the false conception that he is the Supreme, the center of the universe, he will eventually become dissatisfied and leave this most sublime movement. But it's obvious by simple common sense observation that we are just tiny parts of something which is much greater than ourselves. It does not make sense to cling tenaciously to the false conception that one is the Supreme. It is better to understand that one is subordinate to the Supreme and to the serve the Supreme. And if one chooses to do this, the Hare Krishna movement is the best place that I have ever found for doing this.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Relish the Bliss of Serving the Supreme




Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is Arjuna the Most Favored?

Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances. I have been having this question in mind: Why is Arjuna the most favored by Lord Krishna, although the other brothers were equally devoted to Lord Krishna in their duties? Forgive me if my question is inappropriate.

Haribol

Shanti

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Answer: Krishna Unlimitedly Favors Everyone

Krishna does not have any favorites. He unlimitedly favors each and every living being throughout all of existence. He confirms in the Bhagavad-gita that every living being is equal to Him and that He reciprocates with each living being in proportion with that living being's surrender unto Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 12 March 2012

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

Paralysis or Invigoration: Your Choice

Forgetting Krishna is paralysis, just like a fish is paralyzed when he is removed from the water. And remembering Krishna is total invigoration, just like a fish is completely energized and invigorated when he regains his natural position of being in the water. In this connection we find the most wonderful verse in the Caitanya Caritamrita in which Srimati Radharani states:

mana mora vāma-dīna, jala vinā yena mīna,
krishna vinā ksane mari’ yāya
madhura-hāsya-vadane, mana-netra-rasāyane,
krishna-trishnā dviguna bādāya

“If I do not think of Krishna, My impoverished mind
will die within a moment like a fish out of water.
But when I see Krishna’s sweetly smiling face,
My mind and eyes are so pleased that My desire for Him redoubles.”
--Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Antya 17.59

The conclusion is that those who are fortunate and intelligent will always engage their minds in remembering Krishna even during the course of their ordinary daily activities and will thus constantly be energized and invigorated by relishing the sweetest nectar.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Radharani
Relishes Seeing Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Effects of Chanting Krishna on the Brain

Has there been any study done on the effects of chanting the mahamantra on the human brain?

With Regards,

Mukesh Doshi

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Answer: Strikingly Wonderful

I 've been studying the effects that chanting Hare Krishna has on the brain for the last 41 years. And I can report from my research that the effects are strikingly wonderful.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 11 March 2012

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

Be Patient and Faithful and You Will See God

When a woman gets married she cannot expect to have a baby immediately. It will take some time for her to get a child. She should therefore simply patiently execute her duties as a wife with the full faith that by doing so in due course she will get the child she desires. In the same way, when one takes to the pathway of self-realization, he cannot expect to be able to see God immediately. It will take some time for his heart to become sufficiently purified for Krishna to reveal Himself. Therefore he should simply patiently execute his duties as a devotee of Krishna with complete faith and conviction knowing fully well that by doing so in due course of time Lord Sri Krishna will become visible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Reveals Himself to His Pure Devotee


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Knowledge and Spiritual Advancement

What is knowledge, and how IS it related to one's level of spiritual advancement?

Vikram Mutha

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Answer: They Are Inseparably Interrelated

As explained by Srila Prabhupada, knowledge means to know matter and spirit and the controller of both. Knowledge and spiritual advancement go hand in hand. They are inseparably interrelated. This means that the more one is spiritually advanced, the more he becomes aware of how Krishna is controlling both the material energy and the spiritual energy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 10 March 2012

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

Tune Into Krishna Right Now

Just as a radio broadcast is all pervading within the local area and can be thus heard by anyone who tunes into it with a radio set, in a similar and even more powerful way Lord Sri Krishna is broadcasting Himself everywhere throughout all of existence by His unlimited divine potency. All you have to do to tune in and experience His divine presence and unfathomable mercy is call out to Him from the bottom of your heart with the Great Chanting for Deliverance:

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

So do yourself the supreme favor. Tune into Krishna right now.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Krishna's Divine Presence Will Melt Your Heart




Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Devotee Renounces the Fruits of Chanting?

My dear Srila Gurudeva,
Kindly accept my humble obeisances,

Does work in renunciation mean, in the case of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra with love on japa beads, that we should renounce all the fruits of such chanting?

Your humble servant,

Sanil Kumar

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Answer: He Relishes Chanting's Fruits Unlimitedly

It's a fact that a devotee does not chant in the mood of a businessman to get something material from the Lord in exchange for his chanting. His only desire is to become ever-increasingly absorbed in surrendering Himself fully to the Lord without asking for anything in return from the Lord. This is why Lord Caitanya sets the perfect example when He prays to Krishna as follows:

"I know no one but Krishna as my Lord, and He shall remain so even if He handles me roughly in His embrace or makes me brokenhearted by not being present before me. He is completely free to do anything and everything, for He is always my worshipful Lord unconditionally."

The only fruit the devotee desires from his chanting is to unlimitedly dive deeper and deeper into the sweet mellows of Krishna bhakti. This is the perfection of renunciation, or non-fruitiveness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 9 March 2012

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

Revive Your Eternal All-Blissful Identity

Don't sell yourself short. Don't cheat yourself. You are not a temporary being who is subject to birth, death, old age, and disease. You are instead an eternal spiritual being, full of knowledge, and full of bliss. Throw off the shackles of false bodily identification and revive your eternal, all-blissful identity. This should be the goal of your life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Krishna Invites You to Revive Your Original Identity



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Control the Tongue?

I read that to make rapid spiritual advancement, one has to control the tongue by eating only Krishna prasadam and glorifying the Lord. Also, we have to eat in a regulated manner. But past habits die hard and the tongue wants to taste tasty food stuff. Is there any way in which the tongue can be controlled easily, especially the eating aspect? This is one aspect that is difficult to control, in spite of being in knowledge.

Your servant,

Tushar

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Answer: Eat Only What You Can Easily Digest

Srila Prabhupada stated very simply that we should only eat what we can easily digest. So if you will take only Krishna prasadam, the remnants of foodstuffs offered to Lord Sri Krishna and follow this simple principle of only eating what you can easily digest, you will easily be able to conquer over the demands of the tongue.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 8 March 2012

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

Super Ecstatic Global Inundation

The Krishna consciousness movement will inundate the world drowning everyone in an ecstatic ocean of Krishna prema, pure love of Godhead. This is confirmed as follows in the Sri Caitanya Caritamrita:

saj-jana, durjana, pangu, jada, andha-gana
prema-vanyāya dubāila jagatera jana

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

How will this happen? This amazing global inundation will manifest by the Lord's inconceivable mercy to whatever extent the movement's members are sincerely engaged in serving Him and broadcasting His glories all over the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Bliss Out With the Holy Names

New York City, 1971


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Should Disciples View Their Guru?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Is it correct that we (your disciples) view you in the same way you view Srila Prabhupada and in the same way Srila Prabhupada viewed Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Maharaja? I see you as the great defeater of atheism, the one who lifts the veil of maya from our eyes, and as the one who can liberate all of us fallen jivas and help us go back to Godhead.

Your aspiring disciple,
Bhakta Blake

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Answer: As Next in the Line of Disciplic Succession

In an arrival lecture on 18 May 1972 in Los Angeles, Srila Prabhupada told his disciples, " My Guru Maharaja is tenth from Caitanya Mahaprabhu, I am eleventh, you are the twelfth. So distribute this knowledge. People are suffering."

So it is proper to see one's spiritual master as the next spiritual master in the line of disciplic succession. Even though I am consider myself as nothing more than an insignificant servant of my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, it is proper and necessary for the disciples to see their spiritual master as the next in the line of disciplic succession from Lord Caitanya and Lord Krishna. They should see their spiritual master in this way because this is Krishna's order that we must connect with Him through the current link in the chain of disciplic succession.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Wednesday 7 March 2012

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

Gaura Purnima-Appearance Day of Lord Caitanya

Today is the most auspicious day. On this day devotees fast all day until moonrise and then partake of a feast which has been offered to Lord Caitanya. This day is the transcendental appearance day of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna appearing in His most magnanimous incarnation. His magnanimity is that He is bestowing what no other incarnation has ever freely given before, pure love of Godhead. Srila Rupa Goswami prayed to Him as follows:

namo mahā-vadānyāya
krsna-prema-pradāya te
krsnāya krsna-caitanya-
nāmne gaura-tvise namah

“O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

the Most Magnanimous Incarnation of God


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Work Worship?

Some people argue that work is worship and that therefore there is no need for any kind of worship of devotional activity such as chanting, deity worship, etc. So, what to reply to them?

Your unworthy servant,

Akhil Gupta

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Answer: When It's Results Are Offered to Krishna

This is a common misconception in India. The clear distinction between karma and karma yoga is not understood. Those who are not properly educated in Vedic wisdom often consider karma to be karma yoga. They accept karma or work to be karma yoga or worship. The reality is that work is worship only if the fruits of the work is offered to Krishna. Otherwise, their work is karma and it binds them to the cycle of repeated birth and death. This is the difference between karma yoga and karma. Karma yoga is when one works and offers the result of that work to Krishna. Karma is when works and keeps the results of that work for himself and his extended self in the form of family, friends, etc. If one spends all of his income in the service of Krishna, that is karma yoga, worshipping Krishna through one's work. But if one spends his income on the sense gratification of himself and his family members, that work is karma and will oblige him to take birth again in this material world. One may think that working for sense gratification is worship, but he is living in a fool's paradise. His illusory bubble will popped by the material nature at the time of death when he is forced to enter into another material body to accept the results of his karma.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 6 March 2012

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

Krishna is So Astonishingly Beautiful!

Everyone likes to behold a beautiful person. In this regard there is no one more beautiful than Krishna. What makes Him even more astonishingly beautiful is that He never gets old and ugly. In fact, on the contrary, He becomes increasingly more and more beautiful for all of eternity. What beautiful person of this world can compete with Him? No one comes even close.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Who Could Be More Beautiful Than Krishna?



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Serving Man Serving God?

Dear Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances!

Hare Krishna!

I would like to ask you: For one who is helping the poor and needy will his good deeds be equivalent to one progressing in spiritual life? I am asking this because there are some people who say that helping others is as good as praying.

Thank you.

Sri

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Answer: Serving Man Without God is Disservice

Helping the poor and needy is not the same as spiritual progress. If one simply helps the poor and needy on the material plane neglecting their ultimate spiritual welfare, the result will be that he will take birth again in this material world so the poor and needy he helped can help him in return in his next life. Spiritual progress means to realize that everyone in this material world is poor and needy because they are lacking Krishna consciousness. Even the wealthy class is poor and needy because of their lack of Krishna consciousness. In other words, without Krishna consciousness everyone is being dragged down to the animal kingdom in their next life. Therefore the real welfare worker to benefit all the poor and needy people of this world is that person who fully dedicates his life for awakening the dormant Krishna consciousness within the hearts of all beings.

They say service to man is service to God. But actually they have it backwards. When you serve God you are actually able to give tangible service to man. Serving man while neglecting God is a disservice to man. It is something like watering the leaves and branches of the tree while neglecting the root. Such watering of the tree will not benefit the tree. However, when you water the root of the tree all the leaves and branches are automatically nourished. In a similar way, when you give loving service to God you automatically give the best service to the suffering humanity

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 5 March 2012

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

Become Delivered by Your Tongue

One of the greatest impediments on the path of spiritual is becoming waylaid by the urges of the tongue. The tongue is attracted to eat anything and everything, even if it is not good for the body and not conducive for spiritual progress. It is also attracted to vibrate anything and everything, even if the topic is not favorable for self-realization. Therefore Srila Rupa Goswami states that devotional service begins with the tongue. One should purify his tongue by only tasting Krishna prasadam and by only vibrating the glories of the Lord and whatever is necessary for the Lord's service. If one engages his tongue in this way, he will make rapid progress on the path of ultimate self-realization, Krishna consciousness. And besides that there is nothing more relishable than tasting Krishna prasadam or glorifying the amazing Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Nothing is More Relishable than Krishna
Prasadam



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Proof of Soul's Existence

How can we prove existence of the soul scientifically?

Your humble servant,

Chandra

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Answer: You Asked Me This Question

Soul means the conscious self. The fact that you were able to ask me this question is scientific proof of the existence of the soul.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 4 March 2012

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

It's Time to Get Out of Prison

How long will you remain shackled in the prison of birth and death? It does not make any sense to imagine that the prison is a wonderful place to live and hence make plans to always remain within its confines. What does make sense is to find out what are the qualifications for being released from the prison and then to put full intelligence and endeavor into qualifying for that release as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Frees Us from the Material Prison



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Preaching Similar to Radharani's Mood?

I heard in a lecture that the mood of preaching in the material world is similar to the moods of Srimati Radharani and other gopis in the spiritual world. Is this true?

Your servant,

Vrindavan Nath das

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Answer: Being Extremely Merciful is Radha's Mood

Radharani's mood is to bring everyone to Krishna. Srila Prabhupada explains that if we humbly approach her and ask her to recommend us to Krishna, she will tell Krishna that we are better devotees than her. This is how much she is kind for helping people to come to Krishna.

Those devotees who fully dedicate their lives for bringing the fallen, conditioned souls of this world to Krishna are representing this wonderful extreme compassion of Srimati Radharani.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 3 March 2012

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

When Life Becomes Amazingly Tantalizing

Nothing happens by chance. There is a divine, providential arrangement behind everything we experience at every moment. This is why there is absolutely no reason to remain miserably plodding along in mundane existential nausea. All one has to do is reawaken his consciousness of the divine. When he does so his life will become the most amazingly tantalizing adventure at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada and Devotees Relish Kirtan Bliss



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Go Deeper into Krishna Consciousness?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am searching for internal motives to go deeper to Krishna consciousness, and I am thinking:

Can my endeavor reduce the suffering of other souls or not? Since Krishna is the ultimate doer, if I am preaching, is this really only Krishna preaching? And does this then mean that is not really me who is preaching and inspiring others? Couldn't Krishna find someone else and use them as the tool for preaching instead of me? So, there will really be some difference for others if I am fully dedicated to Krishna or not? So, does my endeavor to spread Krishna consciousness ultimately only really help me?

Your and Guru Mataji's eternal servant,

Sankirtana das

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Answer: Satisfy Krishna & Retrieve His Lost Children

The first motive for going deeper into Krishna consciousness is to satisfy Krishna. Since time immemorial He has been in great pain because of your absence from His transcendental kingdom, just like a father who has lost his dear son. Do not torture Krishna any longer by keeping yourself away from Him. Return now to full loving surrender at His lotus feet. As your spiritual master, this is my order to you.

The second motive is bring His other lost children back to Him. in this regard kindly try to understand that the more you become Krishna conscious, the more your presence within this material world will have an uplifting effect on the global consciousness. The means that every repetition of the Hare Krishna mahamantra that you chant sincerely, every obeisance you offer sincerely, every Krishna conscious book you distribute, and every chapati you cook for Krishna, etc. will have a healing and liberating on the fallen, conditioned souls of this material world.

Krishna acts through His pure devotees, but it is up to the jiva soul whether he will be a pure devotee or not. If the jiva soul agrees to be a devotee, Krishna gives him credit for everything that he accomplishes while acting as His instrument. This is confirmed as follows in Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 3.1.43:

"The Lord always wants to see His devotee as the hero of some episode which He Himself performs."

Krishna wants to use everyone to become heroes as His tools, but only very few will agree to become such spiritual revolutionary tools in the hands of the Lord. Such fully surrendered souls are glorified by the Lord as follows in the Bhagavad-gita:

na ca tasman manusyesu
kascin me priya-krttamah

bhavita na ca me tasmad
anyah priyataro bhuvi

"There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he,
nor will there ever be one more dear."
--Bhagavad-gita 18.69


So not only should you act to save yourself, you must also act for the deliverance of all the fallen, conditioned souls in this material world. The more you try to save yourself, the more you will be potent for saving others. And the more you can share the liberating mercy of Krishna with others, the more you will become automatically liberated. So kindly fully dedicate your life in revolutionizing your own heart with pure Krishna bhakti and revolutionizing the hearts of all the other souls of this material world with pure Krishna bhakti.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 2 March 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

How to Gain from Pain

Nobody likes pain. Everyone abhors it. But yet we are all forced to suffer it. This is the sad reality of this material world. But the devotee of the Lord experiences pain differently. He sees it as the mercy of the Lord to help him come closer to Lord and become free once and for all from all the sufferings of this material existence. In other words, for a devotee, pain is a blessing, not a curse. He takes it as a powerful reminder that he is not his body and that the material world is not his real home. Even in physical fitness training it is sometimes said, "No pain. No gain." So a devotee is not afraid of pain. When it comes, he takes it as the special blessing of the Lord to expedite his achieving the supreme gain of going back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Krishna Awaits You in Goloka Vrindavan



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Initiation Means Automatic Liberation?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet

A guru promises to lead the disciple back to his spiritual home, and the disciple promises to strictly follow guru’s order. If the disciple fails to uphold his side of the contract, then the guru, by his promise, absorbs and suffers for the sinful act committed by the disciple. Gurudeva, does this not mean that an initiated devotee is guaranteed to go back to Godhead, whether he strictly follows guru’s orders or not?

Hare Krishna

Your humble servant,

Deodat

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Answer: No. You Still Have to Surrender to Krishna.

Although having one's sins neutralized helps one to surrender to Krishna, it does not qualify him to go back to Godhead. The only qualification for going back to Godhead is when the disciple fully surrenders himself unto Krishna. The guru cannot do this for him. The disciple must do this himself. It is sometimes said that you can lead a horse to the water, but you can't force him to drink. In a similar way, the spiritual master can lead you to path of bhakti, but he cannot force you to surrender. That is totally up to you, whether you will surrender to Krishna or not.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 1 March 2012

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

Never a Dull Moment in Krishna Consciousness

In Krishna consciousness there is never a dull moment. We have so much to learn and so much to do to awaken the Krishna consciousness within our hearts and within the hearts of all living beings that there is no question of ever being bored. Instead of wondering what to do, we are wondering how to squeeze more and Krishna consciousness into our 24 hours in order to get the maximum benefit for ourselves and for the suffering humanity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada, Devotees, and Guests Relish the Ecstatic Bliss of Hare Krishna
Kirtan

at a Ratha Yatra Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Determines Our Return to Krishna?

All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Please accept my respectful obeisances!

If a devotee is not initiated yet but is dedicated to Krishna, and if he leaves his body could he return to Krishna? And, if another devotee is initiated but violates the regulative principles can he return to Krishna? What determines our return to Krishna, and how do we do it?

Thank you for your inspiring answers.
Your servant,

Bhaktin Stefani

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Answer: One Has to Be Fully Surrendered to Krishna

Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita that if we are fully surrendered to Him, He will deliver us. So this is the key. One must be fully surrendered unto Krishna in order to go back to home, back to Godhead. If someone has fully surrendered to Krishna, he will either be an initiated devotee or seriously preparing himself to be an initiated devotee, because Krishna orders, as confirmed in the Adi Purana, that we must become the devotee of His devotee if we are to be surrendered unto Him. Such a surrendered devotee, who is strictly following the rules and regulations of bhakti yoga, is a fit candidate for regaining the spiritual world at the time of his death. On the other hand, even if someone is an initiated devotee, if he is not strictly following the regulative principles, he is not qualified for going back to home, back to Godhead because of his still being attached to material sense gratification. He will have to rectify his fallen position in order to become qualified to enter the Lord's transcendental kingdom.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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