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Tuesday 31 July 2012

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Today's Thought:

Suffering is the Pastime of Fools

Suffering is the pastime of fools. Those who are enlightened with transcendental knowledge always realize the highest happiness within their hearts. Even in the midst of the most disturbing and turbulent situations they relish the greatest peace and happiness by taking shelter of Krishna. So why remain in ignorance? Is there any good reason to do so? It is better to become enlightened in transcendental knowledge by taking guidance from guru, sastra (scripture), and sadhus (devotees). This is real intelligence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Secrets of Real Intelligence

Bhaktivedanta Ashram, USA--29 July 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who is the Most Elevated Vaisnava?

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

Thank you for your service, it is very difficult in this Kali yuga to find someone to answer questions so freely, accurately and quickly.

I only have one question today: Who is currently the most elevated Vaisnava on this planet, one who is in a human form, still living?

Thank you,

V.D.

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Answer: The One Who is Most Compassionate

The most elevated soul on this planet is the one who is the most compassionate for delivering all of the suffering souls in this world back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 30 July 2012

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

Boldly Defeating Untruth

In a world where untruth is predominant and as a result the entire world population has been cast in into pandemonium, there is only one solution for the ocean of problems. Untruth must be boldly defeated by truth. The devotees of the Lord cannot tolerate seeing the entire world in a suffering condition. Therefore they fully dedicate their lives for enlightening the world population in the science of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Boldly Speaks the Truth



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Ruination in Srila Prabhupada's Absence?

I have a question.

A lady told me:

"If your spiritual society's founder is alive, you are lucky because he can enlighten you. When the founder is present many wonderful things will happen. But when he is no longer living his successors will ruin the society. It will not be as good as it was when the founder was alive."

I told her that our Guru Maharaja can enlighten us and she said that the guru and the founder are different because the founder has special potency. So now I am confused. Please enlighten me how I can answer her, Gurudeva.

Sincerely.

Bhakta Hari

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Answer: Srila Prabhupada is Fully Present

ISKCON is not being ruined in Prabhupada's absence because he is not absent. He is fully present in his books and in the hearts of those who purely follow him. It's a fact that we were most fortunate when Srila Prabhupada was physically present. There is no doubt that many amazingly miraculous things happened in his presence. But the fact that the miracles keep happening even now thirty five years after his departure from this world prove that he is still fully present with us. His sincere followers will make sure that ISKCON, the spiritual society that he so mercifully created, will not be ruined. Krishna shakti, the special potency possessed by Srila Prabhupada for spreading the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world, has now also become manifested in all of his followers who strictly obey him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 29 July 2012

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

Lifespan as Brief as a Lightening Flash

Lord Brahma, the predominating demigod of this universe, has a lifespan as long as the duration of this universe, which is 311 trillion 40 billion years of our earthly years. But compared to eternity Brahma's incredibly long life span is as a brief of flash of lightening. What then can we said about our miniscule life spans of a mere maximum 100 years?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari






Lord Brahma Offers Obeisances to Lord Sri Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is there a Constant Number of Souls?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

1) Is the number of souls constant? Given that each soul is individual and eternal, this would mean that the number of souls must be constant. If not, then this would imply that some souls are not eternal? Please clarify.

2) If nitya-siddhas (eternally liberated souls) never choose to forget Krishna, then why couldn’t nitya-baddhas (eternally conditioned souls) also never choose to forget Krishna? I.e., why is that nitya-baddhas chose to forget Krishna, but notwithstanding their free will, nitya-siddhas will never ever choose to forget Krishna?

Thank you so much.

Your servant

Madhavananda Das

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Answer: Constantly an Infinite Number of Souls

Yes, there is a constant number of souls. And that number is infinite.

The nitya-baddhas can also choose never to forget Krishna and thus always be nitya-siddhas. Because the jiva souls possess a marginal nature they always are endowed with ability to either remember Krishna and thus be nitya-siddha or to forget Krishna and thus be nitya-baddha.

In this regard it is confirmed by Srila Prabhupada in a lecture he gave in Mayapur on 11 February 1976 that every living entity is originally nitya-siddha or eternally liberated. But sometimes just as a king may fall asleep and dream that he is a pauper, the eternally liberated soul, because of his marginal nature, may fall into the illusion that he can enjoy separately from Krishna or God. And just as a dream of only a few seconds can appear to be going on forever, when the soul forgets his identity, his illusioned dream-like state seemingly goes on forever and he is thus designated as nitya-baddha or eternally conditioned. Therefore when the living being does not misuse his free will he is known as nitya-siddha and when he misuses his free will he is known as nitya-baddha.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
Saturday 28 July 2012

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

Truth Always Ultimately Defeats Untruth

While a small amount of light can illuminate a very large area of darkness, no amount of darkness can destroy even a small amount of light. In a similar way truth always wins in the end over untruth, although temporarily it make appear that untruth holds sway over truth. Therefore we should always stick to the truth even if is unpopular, as it often is in this Kali Yuga.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Receives
Bhagavad-gita



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do I Have to Chant?

Why do I have to chant? What is the reason for chanting? Why do you give so much emphasis on chanting? I know that by not chanting I have become a materialistic person. However still I want to know the reason. I know Srila Prabhupada has said that chanting is a conversation with God. But how? I also want to know why the disciples of Srila Prabhupada sometimes fall down from Krishna consciousness?

Shashank

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Answer: Chanting is the Yuga Dharma

The reason that chanting is so much emphasized is that chanting is the yuga dharma, the duty prescribed by the Lord for this age, because in this age there is no other means of our becoming delivered This is confirmed as follows in the Brihan Naradiya Purana 38.126:

harer nāma harer nāma
harer nāmaiva kevalam
kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva
nāsty eva gatir anyathā

"In this Age of Kali there is no other means, no other means, no other means
for self-realization than chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name,
chanting the holy name of Lord Hari."


When we chant Hare Krishna we are requesting the Lord and His divine energy that they kindly engage us in their service. This chanting is so essential that even advanced devotees will fall down if they stop chanting Hare Krishna. If we do not learn how to derive pleasure from chanting the Lord's holy names, we will instead try to derive pleasure from material sense gratification.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 27 July 2012

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

Winning the War Against Maya

To seriously take up the process of Krishna consciousness is to declare war against maya or illusion. Everywhere around us, the enemy of material attraction is trying to lure us away from devotional service to the Lord into the trap of material sense gratification, which will keep us forever entangled in the cycle of repeated birth and death. It takes a herculean effort of the aspiring devotee to sever the hard intricately tied knot of material attraction. Therefore he must fight just like a soldier during wartime to ward off the influence of the material energy if he wants to win the war against maya.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Meeting with Leaders of ISKCON from Riga, Latvia

Baltic Summer Vaisnava Festival--19 July 2012



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Will the World Problems Ever Be Solved?

Dear Gurudeva,

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

In the below quoted mission statement from Thought for the Day why has it been claimed that awakening Krishna consciousness will solve all the problems of the world society? Please explain in detail. Will the world problems will ever be solved?

Your servant,
Ashok Sahu


"Our Mission: To help everyone awaken their original Krishna consciousness, which is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. Such a global awakening will, in one stroke, solve all the problems of the world society bringing in a new era of unprecedented peace and prosperity for all. May that day, which the world so desperately needs, come very soon. We request you to participate in this mission by reviving your dormant Krishna consciousness and assisting us in spreading this science all over the world."

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Answer: If They Take to Krishna Consciousness

Just as when we water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are nourished, in a similar way since Krishna is the root of the entire existence, when we give our love to Krishna everything becomes all auspicious throughout the entire world. Therefore Krishna consciousness can easily in one stroke solve all the problems of the world. Whether or not the present day grossly misguided civilization will take to it is another matter. It is certainly highly unlikely. But it was also highly unlikely that Nelson Mandela, when he was a prisoner of the apartheid regime in South Africa, would someday become the president of South Africa. That he did so is certainly a miracle. So miracles do happen. This is why the devotees keep chanting, preaching, and praying for the ultimate miracle that the entire world will become Krishna conscious and that all problems which are plaguing the world society will thus be solved.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 26 July 2012

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

Why Do What Pleases Krishna?

At every moment of our lives we are at a crossroads because at every second we have the choice of either doing what is pleasing to our senses or what is pleasing to Krishna. Doing what pleases our senses is death, and doing what pleases Krishna is an eternal life, full of bliss and knowledge. Therefore, everyone has a choice whether they prefer repeated birth and death within the 8,400,000 species of life or an eternal blissful existence in the transcendental kingdom of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Reminding a Young Boy of His Eternal Existence

Baltic Summer Vaisnava Festival--19 July 2012



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Involuntary Offenses are Excused?

Please accept my humble obeisances

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada

Please tell which are the offences to avoid during chanting the mahamantra>

Also tell that if a person commits any of the offences involuntarily, then are the offences pardoned?

Regards,
Sunil

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Answer: Ignorance is No Excuse

Ignorance is no excuse. If one is ignorantly driving beyond the speed limit because he did not see the posted speed limit sign, he will still be stopped by the policeman and have to pay a fine. He will not pardoned because of his ignorance. The policeman will inform him that it is his duty to carefully observe the posted speed limit signs.

In a similar way it is the devotee's duty to know what are the ten offenses so that he can carefully avoid them.

The ten offenses are as follows:

(1) To blaspheme the devotees who have dedicated their lives for propagating the holy name of the Lord.

(2) To consider the names of demigods like Lord Siva or Lord Brahma to be equal to, or independent of, the name of Lord Vishnu. (Sometimes the atheistic class of men take it that any demigod is as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vishnu. But one who is a devotee knows that no demigod, however great he may be, is independently as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, if someone thinks that he can chant "Kali, Kali!" or "Durga, Durga!" and it is the same as Hare Krishna, that is the greatest offense.)

(3) To disobey the orders of the spiritual master. (This means you must be fully surrendered to the spiritual master.)

(4) To blaspheme the Vedic literature or literature in pursuance of the Vedic version.

(5) To consider the glories of chanting Hare Krishna to be imagination.

(6) To give some interpretation on the holy name of the Lord.

(7) To commit sinful activities on the strength of the holy name of the Lord. (It should not be taken that because by chanting the holy name of the Lord one can be freed from all kinds of sinful reaction, one may continue to act sinfully and after that chant Hare Krishna to neutralize his sins. Such a dangerous mentality is very offensive and should be avoided.)

(8) To consider the chanting of Hare Krishna one of the auspicious ritualistic activities offered in the Vedas as fruitive activities (karma-kanda).

(9) To instruct a faithless person about the glories of the holy name. (Anyone can take part in chanting the holy name of the Lord, but in the beginning one should not be instructed about the transcendental potency of the Lord. Those who are too sinful cannot appreciate the transcendental glories of the Lord, and therefore it is better not to instruct them in this matter.)

(10) To not have complete faith in the chanting of the holy names and to maintain material attachments, even after understanding so many instructions on this matter.

It's also offensive to be inattentive while chanting.

Anyone who claims to be a devotee of the Lord must carefully guard against the above offenses in order to quickly achieve the supreme success, pure love of Krishna, Krishna prema.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 25 July 2012

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

Enthusiastic for Krishna or for Maya

Everyone is enthusiastic. The distinguishing factor for different types of people is what they are enthusiastic about. Some are enthusiastic about sleeping. These are the persons in the mode of ignorance. Others are enthusiastic about gaining money, prestige, and power. These are the persons in the mode of passion. Then there are those who are enthusiastic about humanitarian activities or the cultivation of knowledge. These people are in the mode of goodness. And finally on the highest level are those who are enthusiastic about rendering devotional service to Lord Sri Krishna. These are the liberated souls, transcendentally situated beyond the three modes of material nature.

So enthusiasm must exist. It is simply up to us whether we want to be enthusiastic about Krishna by always engaging in His devotional service or enthusiastic about maya or illusion manifested within the three modes of material nature. Enthusiasm within the modes leads to rebirth in this material world, while enthusiasm for devotional service leads to the ultimate liberation of going back home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sharing Transcendental Bhakti Enthusiasm

Baltic Summer Vaisnava Festival--20 July 2012



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Maintaining Purity in College

I am in college. As you must know about the various evils presently prevalent in the youth, what do you suggest for me? I feel attracted to Krishna, but I am afraid of leaving my college or home. I am also not sure whether or not to hide my Krishna consciousness from people from fear of reproach. I am in a big dilemma please help me.

Amar

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Answer: Wear Tilaka at Home and at School

The best thing is that you reveal your identity as a follower of Krishna bhakti even if you are reproached. You can do so by wearing tilaka, the sacred clay marking worn on the forehead by devotees of Krishna, every day both at home and at school. Every day when you wear tilaka you will be strengthened in your Krishna consciousness. Presenting yourself externally as a devotee of Krishna will help you chant japa mala every day and to strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 24 July 2012

en route from Atlanta, Georgia to Austin, Texas
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Today's Thought:

A Wonderful Day at Bhaktivedanta Manor

After an amazing life-transforming experience at the Baltic Vaisnava Summer Festival we then headed back to our home base at Bhaktivedanta Ashram in the USA. We broke our journey in the UK to take advantage of an opportunity for my lecturing at ISKCON's Bhaktivedanta Manor outside of London. There, at this large beautiful estate donated to ISKCON by former Beatle George Harrison I gave three lectures and met with many of my aspiring disciples from the UK.

I was amazed by the marvelous beauty of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda standing there on the altar inviting us to return to the spiritual sky to participate in their splendorous transcendental pastimes. Chanting Jaya Radha Madhava before them at the beginning of the Srimad Bhagavatam class was golden opportunity to connect with them in loving feeling.

One of the many highlights of our visit was a tour of the grounds given to us by Bhakta Robin. Our first stop was the cow barn. There we met Radharani, a cow who had just given birth to a bull named Arjuna. We also met the ox, Kesava. From there we headed to the pasturing ground where oxen were grazing. When I approached them for a photograph, Jatayu stood still facing me becoming a perfect candidate for a close up photograph. After being enlivened by seeing the beautiful cows and bulls being so nicely protected by the devotees, we hiked down a forest trail in front of the manor, which brought us to a picturesque lake replete with geese and ducks. Then it was back to our quarters at the manor to get ready for my final lecture of the day.

The Bhaktivedanta Manor is a sublime oasis in the vast desert of Kali yuga, the present materialistic age of quarrel and hypocrisy. We are looking forward to our next visit later on this year.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Photos from a Day at Bhaktivedanta Manor
22 July 2012



Beautiful Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda


Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture


Bhakta Robin Gave Us a Guided Tour


Kesava, the Ox


Radharani, the Cow, with Her New Bull Son, Arjuna


Oxen Peacefully Grazing


Jatayu Struck an Accomodating Pose


Manor is Summer Home of Migratory Geese


Serene Lake at Bhaktivedanta Manor


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can One Be a Butcher or Chicken Cooker?

Dandavat Gurudeva!
Please accept my humble obeisances!

I was reading Bhagavad Gita 18.48

saha-jaḿ karma kaunteya
sa-doṣam api na tyajet
sarvārambhā hi doṣeṇa
dhūmenāgnir ivāvṛtāḥ


"Every endeavor is covered by some fault, just as fire is covered by smoke.
Therefore one should not give up the work born of his nature,
O son of Kuntī, even if such work is full of fault."


Does the above statement mean, that even if one is carrying out an occupation which is grossly sinful (e.g butcher), he can continue with it if he is using its proceeds to serve the Supreme Lord, Krishna?

What if you are serving in a company which is something like a ‘Kentucky fried chicken, KFC? Is it ok to serve there, if you are finally serving Lord Krishna? Practically, you would find every company attached to sinful activities. Is it ok to work in these companies and still remain pure? In today’s times, people generally do not have an option but to work in these companies.

Your Servant,

Tushar

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Answer: Give Up Grossly Sinful Professions

Grossly sinful professions should be given up. And at the same time it is not practical to be an absolute purist because every occupation is tinged with some kind of impurity. Simply whatever one's occupation is, he must offer its results in Krishna's service. However, one should avoid such occupations as being a butcher or a chicken cooker. It is not that everyone has to be a butcher or a chicken cooker. There are many other occupations available. Krishna will help His devotee find a means of livelihood that is not grossly sinful.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 23 July 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Manor, Watford UK
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Today's Thought:

Sweetest Taste of Guru-Disciple Relationship

There is no loving feeling in this world that can compete with the love that a disciple feels for his spiritual master. In fact, it is that unique flavor of the disciple's love for his spiritual master that convinced me to surrender myself fully at the lotus feet of my eternal spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Way back in 1971 when I first took up residence in the Hare Krishna temple in Austin, Texas I knew that Krishna was God and that I am His eternal servant. But still, I did not want to give up my false sense of independence that I could continue trying to be the enjoyer of this material world. So even though the devotees repeatedly requested me to surrender and become the disciple of Srila Prabhupada I continued refusing to do so.

But then one supremely wonderful fateful morning when I heard a recording of the London Hare Krishna devotees singing to Srila Prabhupada the Gurvastakam prayers, eight prayers glorifying the spiritual master, I was so deeply touched by the pure loving feelings which came through loud and clear in their beautiful singing voices that the desire that I could also taste such pure love immediately sprang up within my heart. I thought, "Wouldn't it be beautiful if I gave my life to Srila Prabhupada?", and the tears of ecstatic love were streaming down my face. It was then and there at that very moment that I accepted Srila Prabhupada within my heart as my eternal spiritual master and decided therefore to get initiated as soon as possible.

So I know from my own experience how important and powerful is the love that the disciple feels for his or her spiritual master. It is this love that saved me from rotting forever in the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Passing On the Knowledge Gotten from Prabhupada

Harmony Park, Lithuania--19 July 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Stage of Absolute Freedom From Karma?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you!!!

Until which stage of spiritual life does one become 100% free from Sakama Karma (work for fruitive results for sense gratification)?

Begging your mercy

Virendra Kumar Trivedi

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Answer: Pure Love of God

Until one becomes completely free from all material desires by fully awakening the pure love of God within his heart his actions will naturally still be tinged by selfishness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 22 July 2012

from Harmony Park, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

Why Be a Hare Krishna?

At the Baltic Summer Vaisnava Festival after a super ecstatic kirtan that sent us flying through the stratosphere to the spiritual plane I asked the devotees, "Why be a Hare Krishna?" And then after a brief pause I gave the answer, "Because it is more fun." It is a fact. It is not exaggeration. There is truly nothing more enlivening than Krishna consciousness in all the three worlds. It is indeed a thrill at every moment!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Ecstatic Memories of Summer Vaisnava Festival
20 July 2012:


How to Connect with Krishna in Love 24 Hours Daily


Many Devotees Stayed in a Tent Village


The Oxcart Ride Was a Big Hit with the Kids


Questions and Answers on the Supreme Science


Distributing
Prasadam after Seminar


Meeting with Leaders of ISKCON Riga


Meeting with Disciples


Meeting with B.B. Govinda Swami


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Transcend the Modes of Nature?

Dear Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to ask the following question:

Lord Krishna is beyond three modes of material nature. In order to awaken our original Krishna consciousness one has also to go beyond three modes. How to acquire knowledge, dispassion, and devotion to go beyond three modes of material nature?

Yours in Yoga

Janardan Mali

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Answer: Chant Hare Krishna and Taste Prasadam

If you will accept Krishna prasadam, vegetarian foods offered to Lord Krishna with love and devotion, as your only foodstuff, and you will as much as much possible engage your tongue 24 hours a day in chanting Hare Krishna, you will easily transcend the modes of material nature and enter into the transcendental dimension, the spiritual plane, where life is eternal, full of knowledge, and overflowing with unlimited bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 21 July 2012

from Harmony Park, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

One Thousand Devotees at Mangala Arati

What is more auspicious than rising early in the morning to attend mangala arati, the early pre-dawn religious service held in all ISKCON temples? To rise early in the morning and attend mangala arati with one thousand devotees as we are doing here every day at the Baltic Vaisnava Summer Festival. Even though it is unseasonably cold here with temperatures going to the mid forties (Fahrenheit) or 8 degrees Celsius, the devotees spirits are very warm and enlivened. There is nothing more sublime than reconnecting with the original identity of the self qualitatively one with God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Super Ecstatic Multi-Pujari Mangala Arati

at the Baltic Summer Vaisnava Festival--20 July 2012



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Krishna Create Evil?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

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

I humbly ask you to enlighten me on these questions. Thank you.

1. Krishna is ultimately good. On the other hand, Krishna is the source of everything, including both good and bad. In other words, all the bad things we see in this world -- greed, envy, madness, brutality, hatred -- all come from Krishna. It seems contradictory. How do we understand this properly?

2. Is it required to pronounce the mahamantra accurately? Different people have different accents; just as we hear many kinds of English, sometimes there are accents in pronouncing the mahamantra. Recently I'm carefully hearing and imitating Srila Prabhupada's chanting so as to remove accent or any inaccurate pronunciation and to pronounce the Sanskrit accurately. Is it required to pronounce the mahamantra accurately?

Your humble servant
Jeffrey

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Answer: Turning Away from Krishna We Create Evil

Just as the government does not create criminals but yet facilitates them with a place of residence in the prison, in the same way Krishna does not create evil but yet facilitates those who choose not to serve him by giving them a place of residence where they can totally forget Him.

In former ages in sacrificial ceremonies the mantras had to be chanted with absolute perfection in order to achieve the desired result. This precise pronunciation was so essential that there were referee brahmanas observing the yajna, the sacrificial ceremony, to make sure that every syllable of the mantras were chanted with absolute precision.

But since in this age no one is qualified to chant the mantras perfectly, Krishna very kindly accepts our sincerity in spite of the fact that our chanting is not precisely correct. This is like the parents who appreciate the broken language of their small children who have not yet learned how to talk properly.

It is good to try to model your chanting after Srila Prabhupada. But the most important thing is that you lovingly call out to the Lord and His energy, Srimati Radharani, that they kindly engage you in their service. This sincere begging is more important than precision in Sanskrit pronunciation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 20 July 2012

from Harmony Park, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

Sweet Bliss at Baltic Summer Vaisnava Festival

I, along with my wife, have made a special trip coming all the way from the USA to Lithuania to give a series of lectures at the Baltic Summer Vaisnava Festival. It is being held in a retreat center in the Lithuania forest. One thousand devotees are in attendance from many different countries. And also many of the leading spiritual masters of ISKCON are here. In such a sublime atmosphere one can very easily relish the bliss of Krishna consciousness. It's too bad that all the people of world have not yet woken up to Krishna consciousness, because as soon as they do all the world's problems will be solved.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Diving Deep into
Kirtan Rasa
Leading Kirtan
Baltic Summer Vaisnava Festival--12 July 2012



Higher Taste Through
Bhakti Seminar
Baltic Summer Vaisnava Festival--12 July 2012



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Using Good Looks in Krishna's Service

If a person is good looking and popular in professional and social circles, how can the person utilize these gifts of God in God's service

Regards,
Sunil

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Answer: Inspire Others to Become Krishna Conscious

Just as the former Beatle George Harrison used his popularity to spread Krishna consciousness, anyone who is popular should utilize his good reputation by influencing as many people as possible to take up Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 19 July 2012

en route to Harmony Park, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

The Authoritative Version of the Acharyas

Srila Prabhupada says in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 2.2.32: "If one does not follow the authoritative version of the acaryas, he will vainly search after the truth mentioned in the Vedas." Therefore if we want to properly understand the truth of the Vedic wisdom, we must understand it as it has been so authoritatively explained by the great Vaisnava acaryas. Sanskrit scholarship and mental speculation will not give us access to the Vedic wisdom. Only the merciful, enlightened words of the acaryas will give us clear Vedic vision.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Perfectly Explains Vedic Wisdom



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Krishna Imprisoned by Technology?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

If Krishna is fully present in His holy name, in the kirtan, and in the words of pure devotees, how is it that He can be recorded, saved in a computer’s memory, and played at will?

Begging your mercy,

Virendra Kumar Trivedi

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Answer: Krishna is Freely Available Everywhere

Krishna's appearing within printed books and sound recordings is His unlimited mercy upon us to facilitate our coming back to home, back to Godhead as soon as possible. Since Krishna is present everywhere within everything, there is no question of His ever being imprisoned. Rather it is we who are imprisoned by our foolish artificial desire to be the Supreme.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 18 July 2012

en route to Harmony Park, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

Tune In, Turn On, and Bliss Out

Tune in to higher consciousness. Turn on your soul. And bliss out for all of eternity in the sublime dimension of loving devotional service to Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There is truly nothing better than this. This is the supreme perfection of lifestyle.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Awaits Your Return to His Abode



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Pray to Radha or Krishna?

Who should we pray to? I heard in a class that to get to Krishna one has to get the mercy of Radharani and I have also heard that we are actually followers of Radharani. I read an email lately that Radharani is the jewel of our movement and that Radharani is to be only looked upon by Krishna's eyes. Maharaja, then how do we get to Krishna?

Your servant,

Kishan P.

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Answer: Pray to Radha and Krishna

Beware of anything you hear that is not confirmed in Srila Prabhupada's books. The perfect prayer given to us by Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada is the Hare Krishna mahamantra:

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

In this mantra the first word is Hare, which is the vocative form of Hara, who is Krishna's internal energy, Srimati Radharani. So our method of prayer is to call both to Radha and Krishna addressing Radha first through the word Hare.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 17 July 2012

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

En route to the Baltic Festival

We are heading out today for the Summer Baltic Krishna Conscious Festival in Harmony Park, Lithuania. If you would like to hear and see my seminars live on 19 and 20 July, you can do so at:

www.ultimateselfrealization.com

On Thursday 19 July from 12:30pm to 2pm I will be giving a seminar: "How to Give Up Material Sense Gratification by Developing a Higher Taste." And then on Friday 20 July from 5:30pm until 6:45pm I will be giving a seminar: "How to Stay Connected with Krishna 24 Hours a Day."

If you are going to be at the festival, I hope to see you there, and if you are not, I hope that you will tune in via the internet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sri Krishna, the Supreme Center of Attraction



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Temples and Feeding the Poor

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

Recently I met school friend after a long 12 years gap. He is one of my best friends. He lives in the US and is currently in India spending his vacation. He is a theist and a charitable person and strongly believes that service to mankind is service to God. He visits ISKCON temples and other temples on weekends. He observed one thing in temples that the deities are being worshipped while no service is being rendered to the poor. He posed a question: Why does ISKCON build very lavish magnificent temples instead of using the money to serve the poor? Since he is charitably disposed, I told him the story of son who was living a wretched life because he ran away from his wealthy father's home, and who is now being brought back to his father by his father's friend. He was not convinced. Guru Maharaja, how can I help my friend understand that ISKCON is doing the highest welfare work?

Your Servant
Suresh

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Answer: The Supreme Charity

In this world people do not realize that everyone is poor because they are not Krishna conscious. Because they are not Krishna conscious they are suffering in so many ways, and they going down to the animal kingdom in their next birth. Therefore the greatest service to the poor people of this world is to awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness that is sleeping in their hearts. Therefore there is no greater feeding of the poor than a temple which attracts everyone to the sublime and magnificent beauty of Krishna. Charity which only serves the body is imperfect and incomplete. Charity which awakens one to Krishna consciousness is the supreme charity.

And, by the way, the Hare Krishna movement operates the largest vegetarian food relief program in the entire world. We distribute massive quantities of Krishna prasadam to relieve the hunger of the body and even more importantly to relieve the hunger of the soul.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 16 July 2012

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

Unflinching Faith in Words of Guru is Essential

If we are to be successful on the path of self realization, it is absolutely essential that we must be guided by a bona fide spiritual master. Just as a ship cannot cross the ocean without a rudder, similarly we cannot cross over the ocean of birth and death unless we are guided by a bona fide spiritual master. Since this material world is so full of charlatans, we must therefore be very, very cautious before accepting someone as our spiritual master. We must make sure that the prospective guru is purely conveying the teachings of Krishna as they have been handed down through the guru parampara system. In other words, we should never accept a mental speculator as our spiritual master. We should only accept as our spiritual master someone who has unflinching faith in the words of his spiritual master. This is the bona fide spiritual master, the person who can save us from the repetition of birth and death. The guru is supposed to be an acharya, one who teaches perfectly by his example. If the guru does not have faith in the words of his guru, he is teaching us by his example not to have faith in his own words. This is why we must find that guru who has unflinching faith in the words of his guru.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Perfectly Reveals Absolute Truth



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If Everything is Predestined, Why Desire?

If everything is written in our destiny, why should we wish for anything?

R.K.

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Answer: Man is the Architect of His Own Destiny

Man is the architect of his own destiny. You can choose whether you want to stay in the cycle of birth and death or whether you want to go back to your original home in the spiritual world. If you choose to go back there, you must place yourself under the guidance of Lord Sri Krishna as He speaks in the Bhagavad-gita, and as per His instructions you also must place yourself under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 15 July 2012

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

Leaders Helpless as Drought Devastates USA

On 13 July 2012 CNN reported on its website: "Authorities have declared more than 1,000 counties as natural disaster areas as the worst drought in a quarter-century spreads across the United States this summer."

The leaders are helpless to end the drought. They do not realize that drought is natural when the citizens do not engage in sankirtan yajna, the congregational chanting of the holy names of God. If they would just take our advice and organize massive daily sankirtan in every town and village, the drought will quickly come to an end. But because they do not take our advice the population suffers.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Drought Causes a Shrinking Lake

Wooly Hollow State Park, Arkansas USA



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is there Faith in the Three Modes?

I have a question. Is faith in three modes? I mean is there faith in the mode of goodness, faith in the mode of passion, and faith in the mode of ignorance?

Your servant

Ankit Vora

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Answer: Perfect Faith is Beyond the Three Modes

Krishna clearly describes the three kinds of faith in Bhagavad-gita 17.4:

"Men in the mode of goodness worship the demigods; those in the mode of passion worship the demons; and those in the mode of ignorance worship ghosts and spirits."

In this connection Srila Prabhupada gives the example of a man in Calcutta who during World War II worshipped Adolph Hitler because thanks to the war he had been able to amass a great deal of wealth by dealing in the black market. Also in this connection I personally met a gentleman in Bangalore, India who did puja to the cartoon character Dennis the Menace. So there are definitely different kinds of faith practiced for different purposes. In conclusion, those who are actually wise repose all of their faith in the process of completely surrendering themselves at the lotus feet of the Lord. This is the perfection of faith. Such faith is in pure goodness beyond the material modes of goodness, passion, and ignorance.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 14 July 2012

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

How the Absolute Truth is Realized?

The Absolute Truth is realized through the system of disciplic succession, not by mental speculation. Krishna revealed it to Brahma, who revealed it to Narada Muni, who revealed it to Srila Vyasadeva, etc. In this way the revelation has come down over thousands and thousands of years through an unbroken chain of bona fide spiritual masters. If someone thinks that they can realize the Absolute Truth by mental speculation, they are wrong. This is confirmed as follows in the Mahabharata (Bhisma-parva 5.22):

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


“Whatever is beyond material nature is thus inconceivable to persons within it,
and cannot be grasped through mundane reasoning.”

Therefore an intelligent person takes shelter of a bona fide spiritual and immediately solves all the problems of his life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Enlightens the Devotees



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Differing Views on Origin of the Universe?

I'm an engineering student from Pune, India and I have a question to which I have not gotten a proper answer yet:

If Jesus also gave the same message to his disciples, why is it that the small amount of knowledge that they received from him varies from ours? I'm specifically talking about the theories about the origin of universe. I accept that the big bang theory is nothing more than a joke, but regarding the origin of universe, how am I to believe that the Vedic version is the correct one and not the version of Christianity or some other religion?

your servant
Ashutosh

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Answer: Everyone Says God Created the Universe

All religious traditions agree with the Vedic version that God intelligently designed the universe. Only the material scientists are still drowning in ignorance in this regard.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 13 July 2012

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

Should Vaisnavas Wear Vaisnava Dress?

Should devotees wear Vaisnava dress as much as possible, or should they go undercover?

Srila Prabhupada introduced us to Vaisnava dress by his dhoti, shaved head, neck beads, and tilaka. It was because Prabhupada was wearing Vaisnava dress that he was recognized on the street as a holy man by Howard Wheeler, who along with his friends soon thereafter became a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. It was because of the Vaisnava dress of Shyamasundar Das that George Harrison recognized him as a devotee. George then approached Shyamasundar and befriended him. This contact with George Harrison became one of the greatest turning points for the expansion of the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world. Srila Prabhupada asked his female disciples to wear saris and personally gave them saris as gifts. Although Srila Prabhupada never told his male disciples that they had to wear dhotis, he clearly expressed his pleasure with their doing so and stated that the devotees with the shaved heads and dhotis look like angels from Vaikuntha. In fact, he personally taught his early male disciples how to put on a dhoti.

Srila Prabhupada, as a fully self realized soul, could see the pastimes of the spiritual world going on in his heart. So when he instructed his artists to paint the inhabitants of Goloka Vrindavan wearing dhotis and saris this was not imagination or an Indian convention. He instructed his artists in this way because this is what the Brijavasis, the inhabitants of the spiritual world, actually wear.

In conclusion, it is very favorable for our Krishna consciousness to wear Vaisnava dress as much as possible because it helps us to remember that we are not of this world, that we are actually instead the eternal servants of Krishna and inhabitants of the spiritual world. It is also oftentimes favorable for our preaching as well because it allows people to recognize the devotee as a Hare Krishna devotee, a religious person, or at least a person with a different cultural perspective. In situations where Vaisnava dress is not favorable, such as going to one's job or when one can be more effective in preaching by not wearing Vaisnava attire, Srila Prabhupada has authorized us to wear karmi dress, the ordinary dress of materialists.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sharing Bliss of Krishna Consciousness in Vaisnava

Dress with British Airways Flight Attendant


Arriving at a New Destination in Vaisnava Dress


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Attain Mystic Powers?

In Srila Prabhupada's Nectar of Devotion 1st Chapter there is a mention of the eight mystic siddhis or perfections: anima, mahima, laghima, garima, prapti, prakamya, ishita, vashita, and kamavashayita.

How can I achieve these powers by chanting just Hare Krishna alone? Please don't disappoint me. This is one of my hopes. I don't want to experiment on Krishna consciousness anymore. Please give me a satisfying answer.

Regards,
P.R.

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Answer: Unflinching Faith in Guru and Krishna

If you come to Krishna demanding something, you cannot attain Him, and you will not be satisfied even if your demand is met. So you should not approach Him or His representative demanding satisfaction. With the demanding approach you will never be successful. If you want spiritual success, you must approach Krishna in the mood of wanting to satisfy Him. If you will humbly approach Him with unflinching faith both in Him and the spiritual master, Krishna will gradually reveal everything to you including Himself. After this, He will endow you with the eight mystic powers that you have listed. Finally through the agency of the spiritual master you be will accepted into the confidential entourage of the Lord and entrusted with a specific service in His eternal pastimes. A pure devotee is more interested in serving the Lord than he is in awakening and exhibiting the eight dormant mystic powers.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 12 July 2012

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

Unflinching Faith in the Spiritual Master

If one is to gain a proper understanding of the Vedic wisdom, he can only do so by having unflinching faith in the words of the spiritual master and Krishna. This is confirmed as follows in the Svetasvatara Upanisad:

yasya deve parā bhaktir yathā deve tathā gurau
tasyaite kathitā hy arthāh prakāśante mahātmanah

“Only unto those who have unflinching faith
in the words of the spiritual master
and the words of the Supreme Personality of Godhead
are the imports of the Vedic knowledge revealed.”

--Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.23

Those who find fault with the spiritual master's teachings become covered by the material energy and cannot realize the Absolute Truth. Therefore we must be very careful to free our hearts from any lingering doubts by inquiring submissively from Sri Guru and advanced Vaisnavas.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




We Must Have Unflinching Faith in Srila Prabhupada



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Maintain Family Without Material Desires?

Thank you for answering to me. You are a great teacher. Now I'm looking for a spiritual master. There are so many questions. One of them is: How to take care of my family and at the same time become free from all material desires?.

Catalin

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Answer: Maintain Krishna's Household, Not Yours.

You have already found a spiritual master because on the order of my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, I am a spiritual master. Now it is up to you whether or not you want to accept me as your spiritual master, that is your choice. But you should know that you have already found a spiritual master.

You should see that your household is not your household, that it is instead Krishna's household and that it should be maintained on his behalf as a Krishna conscious ashram, a place of spiritual cultivation for you and your family members. In this way you can remain in household life and become free from all material desires.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 11 July 2012

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

Take Guru's Instructions as Your Life and Soul

Krishna instructs us in the Bhagavad-gita that we should fully surrender ourselves unto the bona fide spiritual master. Therefore, if we want to become a devotee of Krishna, we must do this. It is not optional. Taking a spiritual master is not a matter of show. Accepting a spiritual master superficially without full surrender is a useless waste of time. We must therefore accept the spiritual master with full surrender by taking his instructions as our very life and soul.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Reveals the Absolute Truth



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Did the Higgs Boson Scientists Find God?

Dear Gurudeva,
My humble obeisances at your feet .

With reference to the Thought For The Day dated 6-July-2012, which mentioned the possible discovery of the Higgs Boson, my question is:

Is the Higgs Boson or the God particle Garbhodakashayi Vishnu who permeates every atom of every universe giving it mass and weight?

Hare Krishna,
Your Student
J.K.

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Answer: Atom Smashers Can't Find God. All You Need is Love.

It is God in the form of Ksirodakashayi Vishnu who dwells within every atom, not Garbhodakashayi Vishnu. The scientists have not been able to find Him through their gigantic atom smashing machine. The real God particle, Ksirodakashayi Vishnu, is so small that no matter how much they smash atoms to get smaller and smaller particles of matter they will still not be able to find Him. However, the Supreme Lord can easily be found within one's heart and within every atom by one who has awakened his love for God. Therefore there is no need for a gigantic atom smashing machine to find God. All you need is love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 10 July 2012

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

Have Mercy on Animals and Animal-like Men

If we will have mercy on the animals and animal-like men of this Kali Yuga, mercy will be given to us. What goes around comes around. We should be merciful to the animals by not slaughtering them and giving them all protection. We should allow them to live peacefully and happily. And we should be merciful to the animal-like men by giving the knowledge of Krishna consciousness. This will liberate them from all the miseries of material existence. The more we give mercy to others, the mercy will be given to us.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Nitya-Gaura Das Gives the Mercy of Srila Prabhupada's Books

in San Diego, California, USA


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Initiated and Liberated?

Dear Gurudeva,

I was wondering how does one achieve liberation from the cycle of rebirth? Also what must I do to become your formal disciple? Must I go through a ceremony? Thank you.

Sincerely,
JB

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Answer: Get Solidly Fixed in Krishna Consciousness

One becomes liberated from the cycle of birth and death when he remembers Krishna at the time of death. The time of death is a very traumatic experience. At this time one's mind naturally latches onto whatever one held to be most dear during his life. This is why during one's life it is necessary to fully dedicate oneself to Lord Krishna accepting Him as the dearmost object of one's loving affection. In this way by fully absorbing one's life in Krishna consciousness there will be a good chance that he will remember Krishna at the time of death and become liberated.

According to the revealed scriptures becoming a formally initiated disciple of the bona fide spiritual master is necessary for spiritual perfection because unless one becomes the devotee of a devotee, Krishna does not accept his devotion. Srila Prabhupada has taught us what are the proper standards for being initiated. One must be solidly situated in chanting at least 16 rounds daily of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads while also strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. Initiation means that one accepts the following of these principles as a lifetime vow. Once you are recommended by your local ISKCON leader that you are fixed in the above principles, I be will happy to formally accept you as my disciple the next time I perform an initiation ceremony in your area.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 9 July 2012

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

Stop Polluting the Global Environment

We should not waste our lives by simply pursuing temporary materialistic goals. These will never satisfy the self within. Instead we should focus our consciousness on attaining the supreme goal of pure love of God. This is not to say that we should neglect our bodily necessities such as eating, sleeping, mating, and defending. It is within our quota to take care of our material comforts. But when we over-emphasize these comforts to the point of extravagance, we are violating the laws of nature, polluting our consciousness, and polluting the global environment. Therefore we should simplify our lives by regularly chanting the holy names of God, subsisting on a simple vegetarian diet of foodstuffs offered to the Lord before being eaten, and by limiting our sex life to the propagation of saintly children. If we live such saintly lives, the entire global atmosphere will be wondrously transformed. This place will become heaven on earth.


Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Greedy Lifestyles are Destroying our Environment



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Appreciation & Comment from a Muslim Subscriber

Respected Sir,

I am a very old subscriber of your course from maybe around I think 2006. I have always found your lessons very interesting. Maybe at some point I have different opinion, and that is of course obviously due to different religious practices. i.e. that is I am a Muslim Sufi practitioner. I have been a spiritual healer since 2002 and have been receiving spiritual guidance from all religions, dealing with forces of darkness, which effect Christians, Hindus, and Muslims. Anyway your thoughts are very inspiring. I have read the Bhagavad-gita also, which has been translated into our Pakistani language, Urdu. I have found its teachings very much similar to the Koran, the holy book the Muslims.

Coming back to the topic, in the Koran God says that when people attribute all good things to Me and all bad things to Satan or another force of darkness or evil by this they are trying to create another God of equal power against me, which is not the case and they are wrong. God says, "I am the only one and there is no equivalence to me. I am the creator of all good and evil and every thing good and evil comes from Me." I think God is just like a coin, which has both a head and a tail, and that it is we who choose which side of God we want.

Azhar

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Answer: Good Philosophical Point from the Koran

My Dear Azhar,
Please accept my blessings.

I am indeed happy that you have been enrolled in our course for so many years and have always found our teachings very interesting and inspiring. This proves that we are not presenting any kind of sectarian dogma or fanaticism here, that we are indeed presenting the true universal science of religion, the technique of how anyone from any religion or from any part of the world can reconnect with the origin of their existence, the Supreme Lord, who has unlimited names, through the awakening of their dormant love for Him.

The Koran has given very good philosophical wisdom on this point that you are discussing, that there is no separate power of evil in the world. It is just as you have described. Each of us has a choice to accept God's front side or His back side. Both the spiritual and material energies are coming from God. It is up to us to choose which side of God we want to connect with.

In this connection a nice example can be given: A citizen can either elevate himself by enrolling in a state run university, or he can degrade himself by a criminal lifestyle which relegates him to the state run prison. In either the prison or the university he is connected with the state, but the results of the two ways of being connected with the state are completely different.

So, in the same way, everyone is connected with God. It is up to each of them to choose whether they prefer His spiritual energy, which facilitates remembrance of Him, or His material energy, which facilitates forgetfulness of Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 8 July 2012

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

Krishna Always Protects His Devotees

Krishna never neglects those who have taken complete shelter of Him. Even if they are in the midst of the greatest dangers, they have nothing to fear because the most merciful Lord Sri Krishna always protects them in all circumstances. Those who do not take shelter of Krishna foolishly think that they are protected by their bank balance, their insurance, their family members, etc. But no matter how many of these so-called protectors one may have, not one of them is competent to protect him at the time of death. The only real protector is Krishna or God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





The Most Merciful Supreme Lord Sri Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is it Better to Stop Chanting?

If one cannot chant without offense to the holy name (i.e. if one cannot follow the regulative principles or doesn't concentrate properly), is it better to not to chant at all, or to chant still, even if chanting is impure?

Your fallen servant,

S.

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Answer: Offensive Chanting Gradually Becomes Offensless

Not chanting is a bigger offense that chanting offensively. Offensive chanting, if continued, will gradually transform into offenseless chanting.

So kindly, dear soul, do not give up chanting. Your reward will be unlimitedly great!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 7 July 2012

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

The Six Guidelines for Surrendering to Krishna

Our readers often write us asking how they can surrender to Krishna. Srila Prabhupada has very wonderfully informed us in this regard in his preface to the Sri Caitanya Caritamrita. Srila Prabhupada therein lists the six guidelines for how one can surrender to Krishna:

"In the surrendering process, one should (1) accept things favorable for discharging devotional service, (2) reject things unfavorable, (3) always believe firmly in the Lord's protection, (4) feel exclusively dependent on the mercy of the Lord, (5) have no interest separate from the interest of the Lord, and (6) always feel oneself meek and humble."

We encourage our readers to very seriously adopt these six guidelines and thus achieve the ultimate perfection of human existence, pure devotional service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Come Back to Krishna and Achieve Unlimited Bliss



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Darkness an Independent Power?

Dear Guru Maharaja,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

In your “Thought for the day..” (Wednesday 4 July 2012) you wrote:

"In this material world the powers of darkness have almost completely conquered the human society.”

How to understand your words from the perspective of Vedic philosophy that clearly states that the cause of any problem is one’s lack of Krishna consciousness that is the result of one’s foolish and impossible desire to be the Supreme enjoyer? That desire was not forced upon us. Please correct me if my understanding is not correct.

But if it is, then who are these "powers of darkness”? It sounds like Christian teaching where two mighty personalities God and Satan are opposing each other giving us chance to join either party. Such perspective leads to the conclusion that actually there are two All Almightiest to worship or revere. Please tell me decisively: Is there any power of darkness whose acting against me is independent from and not according to Krishna’s arrangement?

Your servant,
Guru das

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Answer: Darkness is Subordinate to Light

I am very happy to receive an inquiry from you. The answer to your question is as follows:

There is no independent power of darkness which operates outside of the Lord's arrangement. Whatever darkness the living being experiences is provided by the Lord when the living wants to turn his face away from the Lord and try to be the center of existence.

In this regard, Srila Prabhupada often quotes from the Prema-vivarta:

krsna-bahirmukha jīva bhoga-vānchā kare
nikata-stha māyā tāre jāpatiyā dhare

"Turning his face away from Krishna, the jiva develops the desire to enjoy.
Standing nearby, Maya slaps him and seizes hold of him."


In previous ages there was large percentage of the human population who realized their mistake and seriously took to the path of self realization. Thus in those ages the influence of darkness was far less than it is now. But In this age because the transcendentalists are practically non-existent, the powers of darkness, i.e. the influences of lust, greed, anger, madness, illusion, madness, envy, etc. are manifested practically everywhere. In conclusion, the present day human civilization is almost totally conquered by the powers of darkness because this is what it desires.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 6 July 2012

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

Scientists and the Higgs Boson

The scientists now feel that they may have discovered the Higgs Boson or God particle and that they have thus now gained new access to the secrets of the universe. What they do not realize is that the innermost secrets of the universe have already been revealed by the creator of the universe. Their attempt to understand the universe is compared to someone trying to understand how a machine works by taking it apart. They don't realize that the simple way to understand how this universe works is to read the detailed manualfrom Bhaktivedanta Ashram in Austin, Texas USAs in the form of the Vedic wisdom, which have a long time ago been bestowed upon us by the creator of the universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Simulation of the Higgs Boson



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is this the Real God Particle?

I was interested in knowing the Vedic perspective on the very recent discovery of the Higgs boson particle also called as the God particle. Scientists say that this discovery would help answer the fundamental questions on the evolution of the universe and its fate.

Thanks,
Your servant,

Deepanshu R.

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Answer: How to Perceive the Real God Particle

The Higgs boson or so-called God particle, which scientists think they may have recently discovered, is believed by them to hold secrets of our universe’s origin. The Higgs boson is regarded as key to understanding why matter has mass, which combines with gravity to give all objects weight. The particle’s existence is considered fundamental to the creation of the universe.

What the scientists don't realize is that the real God particle lies far, far beyond the perception of any empirical means. Their empirical science is based on the dogmatic principle that objective reality is limited to those things that are empirically verifiable with our gross senses and the instruments created by our gross senses. But this assumption is not empirically verifiable. Therefore their entire system of knowledge caves in on itself just as a castle of sand is washed away by the waves of sea. The actual God particle is the Supersoul, which is smaller than anything else in all of existence. By loving devotion one can directly perceive the complete form of the original God particle. This is the real science of the God particle.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 5 July 2012

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

The Loving Mercy of Krishna's Pure Devotees

The Lord's devotee is described as an ocean of mercy because without restriction or discrimination he distributes the unlimited mercy of Lord Sri Krishna to the suffering, ignorant souls of this universe to save them from their precarious position within the cycle of repeated birth, death, old age, and disease. He thus awakens them to their original, enlightened state of consciousness, which is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada is an Ocean of Unlimited Mercy



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Respecting Guru or Krishna First?

If Krishna were to appear in His actual form in front of you and your guru were to appear at the same time, to whom would you bow first?

Ravishankar

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Answer: Respect Krishna by Respecting Guru

Lord Krishna explains in the Adi Purana:

ye me bhakta-janāh pārtha
na me bhaktāś ca te janāh
mad-bhaktānām ca ye bhaktās
te me bhakta-tamā matāh

“Those who are My direct devotees are actually not My devotees,
but those who are the devotees of My servant are factually My devotees."


Therefore I would show Krishna that I am factually His devotee by first offering my respectful obeisances at the lotus feet of my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 4 July 2012

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

The Sacred Duty of the Fortunate

In this material world the powers of darkness have almost completely conquered the human society. Therefore it is very difficult to find anyone who is willing to serve Krishna or God. Everyone is eager to serve their senses, but practically no one is eager to serve God. Therefore those who have realized God should accept it as their sacred duty to dedicate their entire lives for delivering the human population from their ignorance of the spiritual nature of the self. In other words, it is the sacred duty of the fortunate to make the unfortunate also fortunate.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Bestows the Greatest Good Fortune


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Fixed in Krishna Consciousness. How?

How to be fixed in Krishna consciousness like a lotus flower not being diverted?

Subhkrit Das

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Answer: Accept Guru's Orders as One's Life and Soul

The key for being solidly fixed in Krishna is to accept the orders of one's spiritual master as one's very life and soul.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 3 July 2012

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Today's Thought:

The Perfect Teachings of Srila Prabhupada

Krishna is God, the ultimate authority, the source of perfect knowledge. His perfect teachings have been carefully passed down over the ages through an unbroken chain of disciplic succession beginning with Krishna Himself. By hearing His teachings from a spiritual master, such as Srila Prabhupada, in the authorized disciplic succession, a spiritual master who perfectly represents Krishna, we gain a perfect understand of Krishna, our relationship with Krishna, and how to attain Him as quickly and easily as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Gives Us Perfect Knowledge



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Krishna the Force of Love?

You've given me much to think about, bless you.

I suspect somewhere inside of myself that there is a force of love and good and beauty in the spiritual realm beyond what we can see and that the birds and the sea and the sky are aspects of that force of love. Is that Krishna?

Forgive my ignorance.

Edward B.

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Answer: Krishna is the Source of Love

I appreciate very much your sincere inquiry.

Krishna is the source of love and the original source of everything. Whatever is good and beautiful is a manifestation of His unlimited inconceivable energy. Bad and ugly things only come into being when we disconnect ourselves from Krishna. So if we will fully reconnect with Krishna everything will become simply wonderful.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 2 July 2012

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Today's Thought:

Don't Run Away from Krishna

Krishna has come to save us. He is blessing us with His unlimited mercy by which we can achieve unlimited happiness. Yet we are so foolish that instead of taking advantage of His mercy we run away to take shelter of a false sense of happiness in a place where no one has ever become truly happy. It's time we stop being so foolish and try to develop at least a little intelligence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Krishna Awaits Our Return to His Kingdom



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Krishna Nice?

Is Krishna nice?

Edward B.

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Answer: He Must Be

Krishna must be nice because He is the original source of all niceness. In other words, niceness exists only because of Krishna's unlimited kindness. Without Krishna there would be no niceness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 1 July 2012

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Today's Thought:

Is Krishna Consciousness Sectarian?

Sometimes foolish persons consider Krishna consciousness to be something sectarian, that it is another sect of religion. But this is not a fact. It is the original pure essence of existence itself. In other words when we strip away all of the myriad of misconceptions that have been heaped upon us for our entire lives by this overly materialistic society, we will return to our original pristine consciousness, Krishna consciousness. Religion, the process of re-linking with the Supreme, is one, to awaken one's dormant love for the Supreme Person. There cannot be many religions because religion is one. The concept of many religions is an illusion propagated by misguided, confused men.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Prabhupada Explains the Pure Essence of Religion



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why We Avoid Mayavadi Philosophy?

First of all let me thank you from the bottom of my heart for your great teachings. Although I subscribed to "Thought for the Day" very recently, I have gained so much knowledge in just a short time.

I have a question: Why should we avoid Mayavadi philosophy? Can you please shed some light?

Thank you very much for your service.

Hare Krishna,

Ravi

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Answer: It Teaches You that You are God.

Mayavadi philosophy teaches you that you are God and that to become spiritually enlightened you simply have to now come out of hiding and be God once again. Since it is this foolish desire to be God that brought you here to material world in the first place, Mayavadi philosophy keeps you entrapped eternally in this material world until you give up the idea of being God and agree to become the surrendered servant of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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