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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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Today's Thought (sent to over 13,000 subscribers worldwide):

When Punishment Becomes a Reward

For a pure devotee of the Lord even punishment is experienced as a great reward. One of the twelve great authorities of devotional service, Yamaraja--the god of death, made a mistake in his dealing with Manduka Muni and was cursed by him to become a sudra. However, the apparent punishment turned out to a wonderful blessing when Yamaraja took birth as Vidura for 100 years and got a very good opportunity for preaching Krishna consciousness. Normally in his service as the god of death he does not get any opportunity for preaching. But being blessed by curse of Manduka Muni he got the most wonderful opportunity to serve Lord Krishna by preaching.

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Prabhupada Teaches the Sublime, Ultimate Science



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Appreciation: I Feel Your Prayers

Regarding 29 August's lesson about hatred and persecution I want to share my feedback. I grew up as a Roman Catholic, and only recently I subscribed for your lessons and newsletter. I want to thank you for your work and prayers because I feel your prayers and presence in my life and thus know that you pray for your group. I am also very inspired by your "living", strong faith and spiritual discipline and urgency/seriousness (that we need to do our work now and 100% -not in 1000 years.)

Thank you
Tom

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Answer: We Pray for the Benefit of all Beings

Our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, has taught us to pray constantly for the welfare of living beings. I am very happy to hear that you are feeling the benefit of our prayers. This is all happening by the mercy of the Supreme Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Thursday 30 August 2012

from Sliven, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought (sent to over 13,000 subscribers):

More Ratha Yatra Bliss

One Tuesday 28 August 2012, we tasted even more bliss by celebrating another Ratha Yatra festival this time in Sliven, Bulgaria. At the end of the parade I was asked by the festival organizer, Vraja Krishna Prabhu, to give a short speech to the festival crowd. It was a wonderful opportunity to describe the glories of the Hare Krishna mahamantra, teach it to the people, and then engage everyone in chanting it along with us, which they did with great gusto. It was an experience of great ecstasy to connect so many people with their beloved Lord Sri Krishna, who they have separated from for unlimited millions and billions of lifetimes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Singing and Dancing for Krishna in Sliven, Bulgaria

Ratha Yatra Festival--28 August 2012


The Spinning Chakra Attracted Many People
Who Then Got to Hear the Holy Names
Ratha Yatra Festival--28 August 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Srila Prabhupada a Parampara Satguru?

What is a sat guru? Is there an order of excellence between the following four types of gurus?

1. Nitya Anadi Satguru - He is the eternal satguru and has been addressed as Sukrit Deo, Atri, Jyoti, Aj and Sanatan in the Vedas. He has also been mentioned in the Upanishads as Amanava Purusha (Superhuman being). He can take a human form at his will.
2. Swayamsiddha Satguru - Existent through himself (resting in oneself, happy in oneself, creating oneself)
3. Abhayassiddha Satguru - With the quality of fearlessness.
4. Parampara Satguru - With a guru lineage.

Is Srila Prabhupadaji considered as a Parampara Satguru?

Humbly Yours,
Vivek

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Answer: He is the Perfection of all Types of Gurus

Satguru means the spiritual master who is eternally your guru. Srila Prabhupada is the topmost satguru, the perfection of all four of these categories. He is truly the most powerful guru in history for spreading the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world. These guru types are not higher or lower. They simply describe the different qualities of great spiritual masters like Srila Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
Wednesday 29 August 2012

from Aheloy, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Sticking to Duty in Spite of All Opposition

The devotee of the Lord sometimes meets with very vicious opposition in his attempt the bless the world with the sublime mercy of the Krishna. Even though he selflessly and unceasingly acts for the welfare of all living beings, he is sometimes tortured and sometimes even killed because of his attempt to enlighten the world with Krishna consciousness. But still because of the unlimited compassion which resides in the core of his heart he never stops giving love to others even though they repay his love with hate.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





The Most Merciful Srila Prabhupada



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Where Were We Before the Creation?

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

In the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krishna says that there was never a time when we did not exit, and He further informs us that in future also we will be present. We also know from the Vedic literature that before the creation there was only Narayana and that after the annihilation of this material world only Narayana will be present.

My question is: Where were we before the creation and where will be the conditioned and liberated souls after the annihilation of this material world?

Regards
Saswata Adhikari

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Answer: In Vaikuntha or the Body of Mahavishnu

There is no creation of the spiritual world because it is eternally existing. Similarly there is no creation of the spirit-souls because they are also eternal. This eternal existence is joyfully experienced by the liberated souls who have always and will always live with the Lord in His most amazing transcendental abode associating with Him in unlimited varieties of loving relationships.

On the other hand, this material world. in which we are currently situated, has eternally gone through cycles of creation and destruction, just as every 24 hours we experience day and night. The conditioned spirit-souls are former liberated souls who rejected the supremacy of the Lord and were thus obliged to enter into this material existence.

Before the beginning of each creation, only Lord Narayana exists here in His form known as Mahavishnu. All the conditioned spirit-souls are at that time existing in a dormant state within the body of Mahavishnu. When He creates the material universes by the mere act of exhaling, all the conditioned spirit-souls come out and take different forms according to their karma left over from the previous creation. At the time of universal destruction Mahavishnu destroys everything simply by one inhalation sucking all of the conditioned spirit-souls back into His transcendental body putting them back into a dormant state where they remain until the next creation. Again, at that time only Narayana or Mahavishnu exists in the material world until the next period of manifestation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 28 August 2012

from Aheloy, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Jagannath Ratha Yatra Bliss

On Sunday 26 August 2012, the city of Burgas, Bulgaria was greatly blessed with the Lord's transcendental mercy in the form of a Ratha Yatra festival. What can be sweeter than strolling down the street with Lord Jagannath, singing and dancing in ecstasy? I noticed one gentleman who in a jovial festive mood bowed down to Lord Jagannath four times from the waist. He did not appear to know anything about our movement, but yet he was inspired to bow down four times to Lord Jagannath in a spirit of fun. In this and many thousands and thousands of other ways, Lord Jagannath's Ratha Yatra festival bestowed unlimited mercy upon the people of Burgas, Bulgaria.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Singing and Dancing in the Street



Lord Jagannath, Subhadra devi, and Lord Balarama


Vraja Krishna Prabhu Leads Hare Krishna Kirtan




Our Kirtan Challenges McDonald's Consciousness
(note the double Mc Donald's arches)



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Proper Mood While Chanting?

Dear Gurudeva,

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

I have the following question relating to the mood while chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra:

If one genuinely realizes in his heart that the material energy has given him a lot of suffering and chants Hare Krishna in the mood of, "O lord please help release me from this material bondage, please take me near to you in to the spiritual world," is this a right mood while chanting?

Your Servant
Ashok

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Answer: Praying for Release is Very Nice

Lord Caitanya has prayed:

"O son of Maharaja Nanda [Krishna], I am Your eternal servitor, yet somehow or other I have fallen into the ocean of birth and death. please pick me up from this ocean of death and place me as one of the atoms of Your lotus feet."

So in this mood you can pray to be released from this world of birth and death and brought to a subordinate position at the lotus feet of the Lord in His transcendental abode. Such of chanting is very nice and will enable you to rapidly advance in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 27 August 2012

from Aheloy, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Global Flood of Mercy

An amazing flood of transcendental mercy is now inundating the earth. Lord Caitanya's tidal wave of mercy is giving all the fallen souls of this material world the opportunity to escape their suffering condition in the repetition of birth and death and return to their original transcendental position in the wondrous spiritual sky, that stupendous abode where there is no more birth, no more death, no more old age, and no more disease.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya's Ocean of Mercy



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do We Say, "Love and Devotion"?

Gurudeva, I am receiving great nectar by daily listening to Your audio lectures. Many of my questions get their answers by listening to Your lectures themselves. However I have one question that I ask you to kindly answer: Why do we say that offer food to Krishna with "love and devotion" or chant with "love and devotion"? Doesn't devotion include love? Or we can just say offer food with love because love includes devotion and vice- versa? So why do we use both the words "love" and "devotion"?

Shivani
Pune, India

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Answer: To Clarify the Real Meaning of Love

It is a fact that devotion means love and love means devotion. So one may wonder why then is it necessary to say, “love and devotion.” Isn't it sufficient to merely say, "love"? The answer is that since love in this world is oftentimes not really love, but is instead lust disguised as love, the term love and devotion is used to clarify to distinction between real selfless love and the selfish so-called love of this world, which is nothing but covered lust.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 26 August 2012

from Varna, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Upgrade Your Consciousness

The world will be a much better place if you become Krishna conscious. Right now the atmosphere is completely materialistic and people are going crazy with anxiety in such a godless atmosphere. If you will upgrade your consciousness by dovetailing it with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, this will have a revolutionary, uplifting effect on the global consciousness and thus make the world a better place for everyone. So if you care for yourself and you care for others, kindly take seriously to the path of Krishna consciousness today.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Teaching the Yoga of Sound
Varna, Bulgaria--24 August 2012







Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Give Up Bad Habits Before Chanting?

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

If one is newly introduced to Krishna Consciousness and hasn't yet started to follow the four regulative principles, may he/she start chanting or does one have to wait till they strictly follow the 4 regulative principles and have given up all un-spiritual habits i.e. drinking caffeinated drinks or eating foods like onion etc. in order to chant?

Thank you,
Shivanie

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Answer: Chant and Bad Habits Will Disappear

Even if one is not following any religious principles and is completely absorbed in sinful activities, if he or she will in earnest take up the regular chanting of the holy names, he or she will naturally lose the taste for material sense gratification and become naturally purely fixed in following all of the religious principles. This is the unlimited power of the holy names of God. Simply by this wonderful chanting process all bad habits will automatically disappear.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 25 August 2012

from Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Today's Thought:

Spreading Krishna Bhakti in Tarnovo, Bulgaria

After traveling all the way from the USA to Sofia, Bulgaria we were greeted by many of my disciples at the airport and we were driven by automobile for another three hour journey to Tarnovo, Bulgaria. Immediately upon arrival in this town, which is famous for being the city of the Tsars, even before unpacking my bags, I was taken to a hall when I led Hare Krishna kirtan and gave a lecture to an audience of non-devotees about the amazing process of Krishna consciousness. When many intelligent and sincere questions were asked during the question and answer session at the conclusion of the lecture, I knew that my lecture had been well received. And then after the questions and answers when I invited everyone to look at our books and quite a few purchased them, I knew that by Srila Prabhupada's mercy our program, although small, had been a grand success.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Inspired Guests Purchased Srila Prabhupada's Books

Tarnovo, Bulgaria--23 August 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do We Need a Spiritual Master?

Dear Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to ask this constantly confusing following question:

For self realization it is imperative to listen and understand words of the Bhagavad-gita and the Upanishads through an appropriate teacher. We must realize whoever or whatever is the form of that teacher. There is only one teacher and that is Krishna, the Isvara or Supreme Controller, who is already in oneself as highest and the best. This is accomplished through reverential contemplations on Krishna. If so, why do we need qualified Teacher /Guru for self realization?

Yours in Yoga
Janardan Mali

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Answer: Krishna Orders Us to Accept a Guru

My Dear Janardana,

It is a fact that Krishna is our only teacher. Therefore it is our duty to fully surrender unto Him by doing whatever He says. Since he orders us to accept a spiritual master who is coming in disciplic succession from Him, we must accept this order of Krishna. Because the bona fide spiritual master perfectly represents God he must be accepted as non-different from God. If one disobeys Krishna by not accepting a spiritual master, there is no possibility of being absorbed in reverential contemplation upon Krishna. One may contemplate Him, but it will not be reverential. The only way that one can get reverential contemplation upon the Lord is through complete surrender to His instruction to accept His representative as one's spiritual master.

This is confirmed as follows in the Adi Purana where Krishna instructs Arjuna as follows:

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

"The person who claims to be My devotee is not My devotee.
Rather it is the devotee of My devotee who is My actual devotee."


Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 24 August 2012

from London, England
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Today's Thought:

Should I Follow Charles Darwin or Sri Krishna?

Here in England one of the biggest heroes is Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution. He is so popular here that his picture can be found on British money as pictured below. Mr. Darwin is famous for explaining how we came into being without being created by God. Even though his theory has never been scientifically proven, it has come to be accepted as gospel truth by modern day men who want to deny God so that they can enjoy their senses unrestrictedly without having to worry about answering to any higher authority. Such a carefree life with no worry about the consequences may seem very nice. But when death comes and one has to accept an animal or plant body in their next life because of their sinful activities in this life he will not be glorifying Charles Darwin.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Charles Darwin on British Money


Lord Sri Krishna in His Transcendental Abode


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Lord Buddha and the Vedas

Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisance. Today I was discussing with a friend about the incarnations of Krishna and Vedic predictions about avatars. He asked me, "Where is the Vedic proof that Lord Buddha is an incarnation of Lord Krishna?" What should I tell him?

Ashutosh

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Answer: Lord Buddha Predicted in Bhagavatam

Tell you friend to read Srimad Bhagavatam, 1st Canto, Chapter 3, where a list is given of the incarnations of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 23 August 2012

from London, England
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Today's Thought:

The Ultimate Perfection of Happiness

There is no greater joy in this world than serving one's spiritual master because such service is based on pure devotional service, not material sense gratification. In this material world everyone is very actively engaged in so many varieties of service: service to nation, to family, to friends, to dogs and cats, etc. But because such service is based either on concentrated or extended sense gratification it does not satisfy the self. In other words, because the more we are selfish, the more we are unhappy and because the more we are selfless, the more we are happy--completely abandoning selfishness and selflessly devoting our lives in the service of guru and Krishna is the ultimate perfection of happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Most Merciful Gopal Krishna, Friend of the Fallen



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are All Sins Forgiven?

Are all sins forgiven when you engage fully in Bhakti-yoga: sins such as abortion, intoxication, illicit sex, untruthfulness, etc.?

Bev

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Answer: Krishna Delivers His Devotees from All Sins

Krishna clearly states in the Bhagavad-gita that when one surrenders unto Him, He will free that person from the reactions to all of his previous sinful activities. Therefore we are humbly requesting you to take full advantage of the mercy of Krishna and completely surrender yourself at His divine lotus feet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 22 August 2012

from Austin, Texas USA Airport
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Today's Thought:

When Detachment Becomes Sweet

Detachment from the material energy is automatically manifested to the degree that one becomes attached to Krishna. Therefore it does not need to be cultivated separately. If one will simply focus his energies exclusively on awakening his loving feelings for the Lord and for serving his world deliverance mission purely without any personal motivation, he will naturally become perfectly detached from this material world and relish unlimited happiness within his heart at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Teaches Perfect Detachment



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Matter and Spirit?

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

I want to know what is meant by spiritual and matter? In other words, why is the soul spiritual? Also, what is the difference between the spiritual body and the material body?

Regards,
Saswata Adhikari

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Answer: Spirit is Eternal. Matter is Temporary.

Matter has a beginning and an end, while spirit has no beginning and no end. The soul is spiritual because it has no birth and no death. The spiritual body is eternal, full of knowledge, and full of bliss, while the material body is temporary, full of ignorance and misery.

So now you should kindly revive your eternal spiritual identify by engaging yourself in the liberating process of bhakti yoga.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 21 August 2012

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

Going Back to Godhead is the Ultimate Journey

Today we are heading out on the road once again, this time for my giving lectures in England, Bulgaria, Romania, India, Bali, Malaysia, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Traveling all over the world for spreading Krishna consciousness is a most auspicious journey, but going back to Godhead is even more auspicious. Indeed, it is the ultimate journey.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Reveals Pathway Back to Godhead

at Rupa Goswami's Samadhi in Vrindavan


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Measure One's Spiritual Progress?

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

How would a person know that he or she is rapidly progressing in devotional service?

Regards,
Sunil

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Answer: Disinterest in Material Sense Gratification

One can understand that he is rapidly advancing in Krishna consciousness if he is no longer interested in material sense gratification.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 20 August 2012

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

Roaring Lion Without and Meek Lamb Within

Although a Vaisnava may speak very powerfully and boldly roaring like a lion against the demoniac men who are so much misguiding the modern day civilization, he does not do so out of pride or false egotism. Rather, his vehement protests arise from a the genuine feeling of compassion to save the people of the world from their suffering condition. Even though out of duty and compassion he sometimes speaks very forcefully, the Vaisnava always feels very meek and humble in regards to his own reputation, considering himself to be lower than the garbage in the street.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Powerful and Meek Srila Prabhupada



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to do Something Good?

I'm looking for the possibility to do something good. What it can be ?

Rytis

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Answer: Awaken Yourself, Awaken the World

The greatest good is to first awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness in your heart and then to awaken it in the hearts of all.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 19 August 2012

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

Cow Killing is Wreaking Global Havoc

I just received an invitation via email to enter a contest for winning what is supposed to be a very wonderful thing: a year's supply of beef, specifically $5,550 worth of 100% pure beef. This is a graphic indication of the gross ignorance of the society in which we presently live. The karmic reaction for cow killing is currently wreaking havoc on the entire world population. As long as we continue with our merciless, brutal murder of these innocent animals who eat grass, which we cannot eat, turning it into the most miraculous nourishing food, milk, we cannot expect anything on this planet other than an ever-more hellish, intolerable global nightmare. With each bite the beefeaters are driving nails into the coffin of the world society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Krishna Loves the Cows. He Does Not Eat Them.



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Achieve Immortal Happiness?

Dear Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to ask the following question:

I want to be happy but I do not know the source of immortal happiness. How to realize our own eternal consciousness and all-blissful nature?

Yours in Yoga,

Janardan Mali

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Answer: Follow the Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

The only way to realized your original all-blissful eternal natures is to surrender to Krishna by strictly his obeying His instructions as given in the Bhagavad-gita as it is.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 18 August 2012

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

Global Catastrophe: the Cause and the Solution

It is being widely predicted that we are heading into a global catastrophe the likes of which the human society has not seen or even dreamed of before. Global warming is cited as the cause of the impeding global breakdown, but this is not a fact. Global warming is simply a symptom of much more powerful negative energy which is driving the human civilization to the brink of destruction. The actual negative influence is the materialistic age of Kali, which began 5,000 years ago. The only antidote for the poison of Kali is the wide scale introduction of the congregational chanting of the holy names of God. If this can now be adopted world-wide, we will see a tremendous positive impact on the climate, the water supply, the food supply, and the consciousness of the people. There will an amazing revolution of peace, prosperity, love, and happiness all over the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Beautiful Blue Complexioned Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Krishna is Depicted as Blue Skinned?

One of my friends asked me why is Krishna depicted as dark or blue skinned.

Your humble servant,
Shailesh M.

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Answer: Because that is His Color

Because that is His color.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 17 August 2012

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

Become Perfect in Love and Free from Lust

Lust is when we want to enjoy separately from Krishna, and love is when we want to do nothing except please Krishna with our every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances. Lust does nothing but agitate our minds making us more and more miserable. And love fully satisfies us bringing perfect peace and happiness to the soul. Therefore, why are we so foolish that we continue trying to enjoy on the false platform of lust? This is simply due to our lack of realization of Krishna. Therefore we must dive deeper and deeper into the sweet nectarean ocean of Krishna's holy names. This will fully satisfy us.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Give All of Your Love to Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Isn't It Futile to Try to Save the People?

Dear Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to ask the following question:

Most of the people in the world are suffering from their entanglement in the cycle of birth and death because they are acting against tenets of ISKCON mission. Is it not futile to devote your time and energy and try to deliver them from devils?

Yours in Yoga

Janardan Mali

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Answer: Even One Soul Saved is a Great Victory

It is not correct to say that people are suffering because they do not follow the tenets of the ISKCON mission. It is correct to say that people are suffering because they do not follow the instructions of Krishna as revealed in the Bhagavad-gita.

If a building is on fire, is it futile to try to save as many people as possible from being consumed in its flames? It may not be possible to save everyone, but still we must try to save as many as possible. This is our duty. This is compassion. This is love. Similarly, this material world is compared to a blazing fire with its entire population presently being devoured in the flames of lust, anger, greed, etc. So is it not duty, compassion, and love to try to save as many people as possible?

Therefore Lord Caitanya has ordered every Indian:

bhārata-bhūmite haila manusya janma yāra
janma sārthaka kari’ kara para-upakāra

“One who has taken his birth as a human being in the land of India
should make his life successful by becoming fully Krishna conscious
and work for the benefit of all other people by giving them Krishna consciousness."
-- Caitanya Caritamrita Ādi 9.41

So especially because you are from India, the land of Krishna, we are humbly requesting you to fully surrender to Krishna and assist us in spreading the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 16 August 2012

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

The Extraordinarily Wonderful Krishna

Krishna is wondrous beyond compare. Indeed, everything wonderful within all of existence is simply a ultra-miniscule infinitesimally fragmental portion of His inconceivably unlimited wonderfulness. He cannot be grasped by any amount of mental speculation. But He can be personally experienced at every second by those who serve Him with love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




No One Is More Amazingly Wonderful than Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Self Realization by No Thoughts/No Mind?

I was searching for self realization concepts on the internet, and I found the quote cited below. I was impressed by it, feeling that it would help me to achieve self realization. Can we practice this along with chanting the Hare Krishna mantra?

"If you inquire and observe where this I-thought arises from, the mind gets absorbed in it. That is tapas. While performing mantra japa if you inquire and observe where the sound of the mantra arises from, the mind gets absorbed in it. That is tapas. In the no thoughts or no mind state, you will realize the Self."
-- Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

Your servant,
Chandra

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Answer: Just Think About Krishna

The sound of the Hare Krishna mantra springs from Krishna Himself. Since the mantra is also Krishna Himself, there is no need to meditate on anything except for the mantra. Simply by meditating on the sound of the Hare Krishna mantra one will quickly achieve spiritual perfection.

There is no such thing as a state of no thoughts and no mind. This concept is a concoction of the Mayavadis. The Srimad Bhagavatam describes this state of liberation as imaginary. The aspiring transcendentalist is thinking that he must free his mind from thoughts. This means that his mind is still active and that he is still thinking. This is like saying that the only thing you are allowed to think about is not thinking. How long can the mind be satisfied by thinking about not thinking? This is artificial, and it gets very boring, very fast. Such so-called transcendentalists therefore fall back down to the material platform because they get no taste in transcendence.

But if you will absorb your mind in Krishna, you will find that He has unlimited attractive aspects that will nourish you with the sweetest brain food for all of eternity with no satiation. Therefore give up thinking about not thinking. Just think about Krishna. That is sufficient.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 15 August 2012

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

Trust Krishna's Inexplicable Plan

We have no idea what the Lord has planned for us. Thus we should be fully prepared for whatever arrangement he makes for our lives. We may have a long life, or we may die early in our years. We may become super rich, or we may be poverty stricken. A devotee is transcendental to all of the dualities of the material nature fully trusting his beloved Lord Sri Krishna to always arrange things for him in the way that is the most conducive for his ultimate happiness of going back home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Airport Arrival



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: A Devotee Enjoys More than Krishna?

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

It has been very enlightening to read your Thought for the Day.

You had mentioned on 11 August 2012 that the devotees enjoy more than the Lord, that the devotees' position is of greater enjoyment than God himself. I had read and understood that Krishna is the supreme enjoyer. I very humbly request you to clarify this contradictory statement that devotees enjoy more than the Lord.

Seek your mercy to understand this.

Your servant,
Bhandiravan Bihari das

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Answer: Krishna Becomes His Own Devotee

Krishna is the supreme enjoyer as He confirms in the Bhagavad-gita. But when Krishna sees that Radharani is enjoying serving Him more than He enjoys being served by her, to experience even more enjoyment, He becomes His own devotee as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in order to enjoy that greater enjoyment of being a devotee of Krishna. In this way, by becoming His own devotee, He remains the supreme enjoyer.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 Tuesday 14 August 2012

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

Attitude, Not Aptitude, Determines Your Altitude

For one who wants to achieve the topmost perfection of going back to home, back to Godhead the most important quality to possess is sincerity. One need not be highly qualified or highly skilled in various talents. Simply one must be very sincere about being a fully surrendered devotee of the Lord. It is this attitude of sincerity, not one's talents, that enables one to achieve the highly elevated plateau of consciousness known as Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sunday Feast Kirtan--Bhaktivedanta Ashram

Austin, Texas--12 August 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Understand Krishna is a Person?

I'd like to ask how to test and understand that Krishna or God is a sophisticated personality.

My closest understanding of a personality is the same as his intelligence. I accept there is some force regulating the universe, but it has to be infinitively primitive, because I can easily communicate with other people and easily receive responses. A bit harder is with animals, and more hard is with plants. And more hard is with minerals, wind, sun, clouds etc. But these primitive intelligences constitute almost everything in the universe.

Please explain to me how you and other pure devotees can understand and accept Krishna as a sophisticated personality. Since I cannot receive a similar response from Krishna as from another human, I can't understand how He can be infinitely more supreme.

I'm very sorry if any of my opinions are offensive to you or other devotees - I inquire only with puzzlement.

Janis

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Answer: Meet Him

To understand Krishna as a person is not difficult. Simply you have to meet Him. Krishna will talk with you. Krishna will walk with you. In so many ways Krishna will interact with you as a person. So now you must qualify yourself to get His association. Do not think that He is ordinary man whose association you can get very easily. Even in this material world if you want to associate with a big man like the President of the United States, you must qualify yourself to get that association. So how much more you will have to qualify yourself to get the association of the topmost big man, God Himself, Lord Sri Krishna? If you will qualify yourself by taking complete shelter of Him, He will personally reveal Himself to you face to face, eye to eye and allow you to associate with Him eternally in His unlimited inconceivable pastimes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 13 August 2012

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

Make Your Welfare Work Perfect

In this material world there are many types of welfare activities that are regularly going on. This is certainly appreciable. However, any welfare activity which does not deliver the suffering people from their entanglement in the cycle of birth and death is imperfect and incomplete. Therefore if one wants to render the best possible service to the suffering humanity, he should fully dedicate his life for delivering everyone from birth and death. This is the mission of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada, the Topmost Welfare Worker



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Chanting Impotent While Facing South?

I have been chanting the mahamantra in front of the deity of Lord Sri Krishna. I do my daily chanting in front of Him. The deity is facing the north and I sit or stand before Him, facing the south, and do the chanting.

However, recently, I heard a Swamiji (a Krishna Bhakta himself) speaking on the television channel that chanting the name of God facing the southern direction will bring no benefit whatsoever, because Yama is the demigod of the south . From then onwards, my mind has been disturbed because I would like to see Lord Sri Krishna face to face and do the japa. Sitting or standing facing any other direction is inconvenient to me as I have to turn my head sideways to look at Krishna.

My doubt, highly venerable Gurudeva, is it really not right to do the chanting, facing Krishna (towards the south direction)? Is there any restriction like that according to Vaisnava principles? Please clarify so that I can accordingly change the position of my sitting.

Ram

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Answer: Chanting in All Directions is Fully Potent

Krishna is omnipresent. Therefore there is no direction you can turn where you are not facing Krishna. Also Lord Caitanya teaches that there are no hard and fast rules for chanting the holy names. The idea that one cannot chant while facing south is not proper. Therefore we encourage you to go on chanting as much as possible no matter which direction you are facing because all such chanting is fully potent to deliver you from this material world. Also, don't believe everything you hear on television.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 12 August 2012

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

Liberation from the Land of the Dead

This material world is the land of the dead. Even though it may appear that everyone is alive here, the fact is that this is a place where everyone is dead because everyone is captivated by the bodily concept of life, misidentifying themselves with dead matter. Such misidentification forces the illusioned soul to remain perpetually in the cycle of birth, death, old age, and disease until he is fortunate enough to be enlightened with transcendental knowledge and thus become liberated from his imprisonment within the land of the dead and enter into an eternal youthful existence, full of bliss, and full of knowledge.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Deeply Connects with Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Oppose Mayavadis?

Dear Gurudeva,

Namaste.

Your Thought for the Day on Saturday 11 August 2012, in which you mentioned your rejection of Mayavadi philosophy, prompted me to ask the following questions:

In what way Mayavadis affect your mission?
Are they not human beings desiring to lead their own life the way they decide?
What is the authority you have to oppose Mayavadis?
Why not concentrate on your mission and solve all the problems of the world ?

Yours in Yoga

Janardan

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Answer: We Only Oppose Untruth

We have nothing against anyone including the Mayavadis. We love everyone as our brothers and sisters. Because we love everyone we want everyone to be happy. This is why we naturally speak out against Mayavadi philosophy, the erroneous concept that the living being is Himself God. It is this false conception that brought us into the world of birth and death in the first place. And it is this false concept that will keep us suffering in the wheel of birth and death until we realize that we are God's eternal servants and fully surrender ourselves at His lotus feet. When people throughout the world realize that they are not after all the center of the universe, that they are instead the eternal servants of Krishna or God, all the world's problems with be solved. This is our mission. On the order of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and for the benefit of all living beings it is our duty to oppose all philosophical conclusions which negate the teachings of the Lord. Therefore because we love everyone including the Mayavadis, we are against Mayavadi philosophy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 11 August 2012

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

The Unlimited Bliss of Krishna Consciousness

Being a devotee of Krishna is so ecstatic that even Krishna Himself becomes His own devotee to taste the sweetest nectar of being a devotee of God. The Mayavadis want to become God. But why should one want to become God when being a devotee of God is more ecstatic than being God Himself? In other words, why settle for a position of less enjoyment when you can get a position of greater enjoyment?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Teaches How to Be a Devotee



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is God Both Near and Far?

Dearest Gurudeva ,

It is said that the kingdom of God is within us. If so, where is the abode of the atma as an integral part of God? Since God is the All Merciful and the All Forgiver, why many of us as human beings are so greedy and even making crime or even slaughtering other human beings in spite of God's being very near to us? Why doesn't He remind us not to act contrary to His teaching? Thank you for enlightening me.

Nyoman S.

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Answer: That is His Omnipotency

Even though Krishna or God is very near to us seated right within our hearts, He is also very far away from us because we are not tuned into Him. The radio waves are very near to you. In fact you are being enveloped by the radio waves. But you cannot hear the radio broadcast because you have not turned on your radio. As long as your radio is turned off the radio show is very far away from you. But as soon as you turn on your radio, immediately the radio show becomes present within your room. Krishna is reminding us at every moment in the Bhagavad-gita and through the teachings of the bona fide spiritual master. But yet we are so stubborn that we refused to take advantage of his sublime mercy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 10 August 2012

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

Srila Prabhupada's Most Blessed Appearance Day

Today in Austin, Texas USA is the most auspicious day, Sri Vyasa Puja, the appearance day of our most beloved spiritual master, ISKCON Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Even if I were to write a million books to describe his glories, because his glories are unlimited, even a million books would only be scratching the surface of the unlimited glories of this greatest of all spiritual masters.

Celebrate Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja by fasting until noon. During the morning cook Srila Prabhupada an elaborate feast to be offered to him at noon. After offering the feast, offer him a full arati. Share your appreciation of Srila Prabhupada will everyone present and also read out loud selections from Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja Homage books. The link is below:
http://files.krishna.com/en/pdf/vyasapuja/2012/

Check http://www.krishnadays.com to find out when Vyasa Puja is in your area.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Arrives with Danda in Hand




Close Up of Srila Prabhupada



Srila Prabhupada at Bury Place
ISKCON's First Temple in London



Srila Prabhupada with Sankarshan Das Behind



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Try to Change Unalterable Destiny?

I have a question which has bugged me for a while. If my destiny is decided from my past karma, then why should I bother to pray or do anything to avoid the result of my karmas?

Thanking you in advance,

Pravin

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Answer: Choose to Be a Slave or Master of Destiny

You can either accept your karmic destiny by living a life centered around material sense gratification, or you can change it by centering your life around service to Lord Krishna. The choice is up to you. Do you want to be the slave of destiny or the master of your destiny?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 9 August 2012

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

Krishna Janmastami--Krishna's Appearancc Day

Today in Austin, Texas USA is the most auspicious day, Sri Krishna Janmastami, the appearance of our most beloved Lord Sri Krishna in this world. 5,000 years ago Krishna appeared in this world to save us from our suffering in the cycle of birth and death. This is His causeless mercy upon us. Today we are thus celebrating His mercy by chanting, reading, serving, and fasting all day and honoring the Lord with a midnight arati after which we can break our fast. Those who cannot fast all day may take some fruits. Check http://www.krishnadays.com to find out when Janmastami is in your area.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Appears in Kamsa's Prison 5,000 Years Ago



Krishna's First Bathing Ceremony


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Happens to Karma at Initiation?

What happens to our karma at the moment of initiation? Is there any difference before and after spiritually or materially?

Thank You.

Sri

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Answer: A Chance to Become Free from Karma

Regarding karma and initiation, Srila Prabhupada has answered your question as follows in a letter he wrote from Los Angeles to Jaya Gopala das dated 11 January 1970:

"An initiated devotee is given the chance for becoming free from the entanglement of karma wheel. Initiated means beginning, not perfection. The Spiritual Master's business is to guide him to the perfectional point. But if one does not strictly follow the guidance of a bona fide Spiritual Master his initiation does not bear any meaning. The initiation performance is an agreement by the disciples to abide by the order of the Spiritual Master. Therefore, if the Spiritual Master is bona fide and the disciple is serious to abide by His order, then the success is sure. But if a disciple follows strictly the devotional way of life, he is no longer a karmi and all his activities which may appear to be like ordinary work, or it may be activity according to Scriptural injunction, are counted as devotional service. And devotional service in all circumstances is free from the actions and reactions of karma."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 8 August 2012

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

The Early Bird Catches the Nectar

There is a common saying in English: The early bird catches the worm. The same principle applies in Krishna consciousness. Those who rise early for chanting and hearing get to taste the sweetest, most sublime flavor of Krishna consciousness. Here at Bhaktivedanta Ashram in Austin, Texas USA, we are doing that. Our program begins at 4:30am with mangala arati. And then have a series of nectarean transcendental adventures all the way up until 9:00am.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Morning
Kirtan
at Bhaktivedanta Ashram
7 August 2012



Srimad-Bhagavatam Class
Bhaktivedanta Ashram--7 August 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Have You Seen Krishna?

Have you seen, touched Krishna? Krishna gives us so many miracles and blessings, but it is Him I want to see. Forgive me if there is any mistake.

My Pranams
Abilasha

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Answer: In the Form of My Spiritual Master's Orders

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur said, "Don't try to see God. Instead act in such a way that God will see you." So this should be our desire: to serve Lord Krishna in a mood of complete surrender. This is more important than seeing God. If we serve so sincerely that He would like to see us, then we will automatically see Him. Desiring to see Him without surrender to Him is another form of selfishness.

Regarding my seeing and touching of Krishna, I am seeing Krishna in the form of the orders I have received from my spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. For me, this is the sweetest, most wonderful manifestation of Krishna. Srila Prabhupada has profoundly touched my heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 7 August 2012

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

Going to Mars will Not Bring Happiness

Krishna confirms in the Bhagavad-gita that from the highest planet in this universe, Brahmaloka, down to lowest, all are places of misery. So what is the use of spending so many billions of dollars to explore Mars? It is better to spend billions of dollars on spreading the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world so people can learn how to attain the all-blissful Krishnaloka planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Does This Look Like a Place of Enjoyment?



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Where is the Spiritual World?

Dear Gurudeva,

It is mentioned in the scriptures that the spiritual world is far beyond the material creation on the other side of Viraja and travelling even at the speed of light for millions of years will not take us there. Only total surrender to the Lord in unalloyed devotional service can take us there.

Is the spiritual world far away in terms of distance or is the spiritual world in a different dimension occupying a larger area within the same space as the material world?

Your humble servant,

Krishna Kumar
Mumbai, India

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Answer: We Are Already in the Spiritual World

We are already in the spiritual world. Simply we are in a covered portion of it. Srila Prabhupada describes it as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.1:

"The mahat-tattva is assembled in some corner of the vast, unlimited spiritual sky, and the part which is thus covered by the mahat-tattva is called the material sky. This part of the spiritual sky, called the mahat-tattva, is only an insignificant portion of the whole spiritual sky, and within this mahat-tattva there are innumerable universes."

Now we have to get out of the covered portion of the spiritual world into the uncovered portion. This is the real purpose of the human form of life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 6 August 2012

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

Transcend Hell. Tap into the Supreme Nirvana.

When all hell is breaking loose all around us what are we supposed to do for relief? That's the time we need to turn on transcendental vision and see things the way they really are beyond the temporary nightmarish conditions of this material existence. We gain this transcendental vision by studying the Vedic scriptures and by hearing from enlightened sages. With their help we can perceive and enter into the beautiful, harmonious reality that underlies all the chaos we are experiencing here on this material plane. We simply have to tap into the wonderful world of Krishna. This is the supreme nirvana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Connect with Krishna Right Now and Taste the Bliss



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Accept Sannyasa in Spirit?

How to accept sannyasa in spirit?

Shashank.

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Answer: Surrender to Krishna Guided by Sri Guru

Fully surrender to Krishna under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 5 August 2012

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

Is God Politically Correct?

In these days of political correctness we are not supposed to offend anybody, and we are meant to give honor and respect to everyone. These are certainly laudable, noble goals. However, since some people are offended by talk of God, out of politeness we are not supposed to mention God. God is considered to be politically incorrect. But if everyone is to be honored and respected, why God should not be honored and respected? To not honor and respect Him is politically incorrect.

Someone who discriminates against a person because of their race is called a racist. Someone who discriminates against a person because of their gender is called a sexist. What then should we call someone who discriminates against a person because He happens to be God? A Godist? Krishna does not care what is this so-called political correctness. He is known as Bhaktavatsala, the one who simply wants to please His devotees whether it's politically correct or not. Therefore pleasing Him is the real standard of political correctness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Supreme Politically Correct Person



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Enlightenment?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Can you please define what is enlightenment? How long does it take to become enlightened? Does it happen in an instant, or does it take time? Also, how does one know that they are enlightened? How did you know?

Kuvera

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Answer: Understanding Who You Are

Enlightenment means to understand who you really are, that you are the eternal servant of Lord Sri Krishna. You can be enlightened within a moment by hearing submissively from the bona fide spiritual master. The enlightened person is no longer interested in material sense gratification. His only pleasure is to give pleasure to the Lord by constantly being engaged in the Lord's service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 4 August 2012

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

The Krishna Consciousness Movement Can Save the World

By removing Krishna or God from the its center the entire world civilization is now downwardly spiraling out of control. Selfishness, self indulgence, and a lack of shame over increasingly more and more abominable and disgusting activities is becoming the accepted standard all over the world. Therefore there is no greater or more pressing need than the awakening of the dormant Krishna consciousness or God consciousness in the hearts of all.

The Krishna consciousness movement has been started to save the world from all of this madness. Kindly join with us and help us in our mission to save the grossly deluded suffering society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Ecstatic Arrival of Srila Prabhupada



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who is Right, Krishna or Jesus?

The other day I was having a conversation with one of my colleagues on the topic of religion. He was arguing that although the spiritual master is leading us towards God, he too is a human being who can make mistakes. He was also arguing that although guru gives us transcendental knowledge, what are we to think if his disciples engage in sinful activities?

He was saying that in the Bible Lord Jesus never proclaims that he is God. He simply presents himself as a servant of God. He was finding fault with Krishna's declaration in the Bhagavad-gita that He is God. So, who is right Krishna or Jesus?

How should I advise him?

Amritha

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Answer: They Are Both Right

If the guru does not properly represent God, he is not a bona fide spiritual master. The bona fide spiritual master is that person who properly represents God. Such a bona fide spiritual master will never tolerate disciples who misrepresent him. He will rectify them of their sinful ways.

Jesus never proclaims that he is God because he is not God. He is the servant of God. And Krishna proclaims that He is God because it is a fact that He is God. How can we think that someone is wrong when they speak the truth? If we do so, this is our ignorance.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 3 August 2012

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

Karma: How to Start It and Stop It

Being under the law of karma is like being a criminal incarcerated in a prison. When one defies the authority of the government by not following its laws he is captured and placed into the prison. But then if he agrees to reform himself and abide by the laws of the state, he can be released from the prison and become a free citizen once again. In a similar way, when we defy the authority of God we immediately begin our imprisonment within the stringent grip of karma. And when we surrender to the Lord agreeing to abide by His instructions our karma stops and we return to our liberated position in the spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Stop Your Karma and Return to Krishna's Abode



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Krishna and Narayana

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

I read Lesson C9: Transcending the Dualities of Material Existence, which I received on Sunday 29th July 2012. Well, it is so beautifully explained and full of knowledge.

I have some questions where even devotees are quite confused at times. I have read that Krishna resides in Goloka as a cowherd boy while Narayana resides in Vaikuntha.

My questions:
1. Is Krishna different from Maha-Vishnu? How?
2. Who is Narayana? Is Narayana and Maha-Vishnu same?
3. Is Maha-Vishnu an incarnation or expansion of Krishna?

I understand that they are all one and the same, i.e. the Supreme Personality of Godhead. But, can you please tell how they (Krishna, Narayana, Maha-Vishnu) are different and at the same time the same Supreme Personality of Godhead?

Thanking you.
Yours humbly

Kesaven

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Answer: God at Home and God at the Office

The answer is very simple. In His original form the Supreme Lord is two-handed and is called Krishna. In His expanded four-armed forms, of which there are many, He is known as Narayana. All the forms are Krishna Himself. Simply He is acting in different capacities. When God is at home enjoying life with His intimate associates He is known as Krishna. When He is at the office engaged in managing cosmic affairs He manifests form arms and is known as Narayana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 2 August 2012

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

It's Time to Wake Up by Hearing

We've been sleeping in the lap of maya since time immemorial. That sleep has been a nightmare. We have tried in so many ways to be happy while transmigrating again and again through 8,400,000 different varieties of species of life. But in each and every lifetime we were not satisfied. The process of waking up is to hear the transcendental glories of Krishna from Krishna's pure devotee. This injection of transcendental sound through the ear will reawaken us to our real eternal identities as Krishna' servants in His transcendental pastimes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Disciples Hearing from Srila Prabhupada


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Krishna the Origin of Lord Shiva?

I request you to kindly cite scriptural reference for your statement that Lord Shiva is born from the forehead of Brahma. I have a few friends who are from the Smarta subsect of Brahmanas. They believe that Shiva is causeless and eternally present, on the same level as Vishnu. How do I convince them? Could you please give me as many relevant references as possible?

Thank you.
Srinath.

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Answer: Yes. Confirmed in Gita and Brahma-samhita

You cannot convince someone who refuses to be convinced. If they are open minded and willing to accept sastric evidence from the Bhagavad-gita, you can tell them that Krishna clearly states in the Bhagavad-gita 10:8 that everything emanates from Him. Also, it is confirmed in the Brahma-samhita 5:1 that Krishna is the origin of everything. When Shiva appears in this world he does so by coming out from the forehead of Lord Brahma. This is confirmed in the 3rd Canto, Chapter 12 of the Srimad Bhagavatam.

If you want more references, kindly study the Brahma-samhita.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 1 August 2012

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

The Ultimate Adventure

There are many types of adventurous activities available in this world. One can try to climb Mt. Everest or he can try sky diving or scuba diving. But the ultimate adventure is to awaken one's dormant Krishna consciousness because by doing so one comes into direct personal contact with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, the source of all existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Reconnect with the Eternal Pastimes of Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do Young Devotees Take Sannyasa?

Why do young devotees like 24-25 years old take sannyasa?

Shashank.

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Answer: We Can Die at Any Moment

Sannyasa, the renounced order of life, is for those who are just about to die. So who can say that even a 20 year old man is not just about to die? Therefore sannyasa can be accepted at any age. Narada Muni accepted sannyasa even when he was just a small boy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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