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Sunday 30 September 2012

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The Amazing Appearance of Govardhan Hill

29 September 2012--Today we were blessed with the most auspicious opportunity to do a parikrama of Govardhan Hill. As soon as Govardhan became visible we stopped at a suitable spot along the way and I explained to the devotees in my own words this history of how Govardhan appeared in this world:

While in Goloka Vrindavana Krishna informed Srimati Radharani that She should now appear on earth as it was time for Them to perform Their different pastimes within the material world. Srimati Radharani replied that unless Vraja Dhama, the Yamuna and Govardhan Hill were present there, She would not be very happy. Krishna told Radharani that She need not worry, and informed Srimati Radharani that Vraja Dhama, the Yamuna and Govardhan Hill had already made Their appearance on the earth planet.

In the Satya Yuga, in the land of Salmali dvipa, the wife of the great mountain Dronacal gave birth to a son named Govardhan. At the time of Govardhana's birth all the demigods appeared in the sky and showered flowers upon him. Great mountains, led by the Himalayas and Sumeru, came there to offer their respects. They performed parikrama of Govardhan and accepted him as their king. They offered prayers praising Govardhan for having descended from Goloka Vrindavana, describing him as the 'crown jewel of Vraja'.

Some years later, at the beginning of Satya yuga, Pulastya Muni went to Salmali dvipa. Seeing the beautiful Govardhan Hill covered with many lovely creepers, flowers, rivers, caves and chirping birds, Pulastya Muni felt that that Govardhan hill was capable of giving liberation, so he went to King Dronacal, who immediately offered his respects and inquired from the sage what service he could render. Pulastya Muni informed Dronacal that he was from Kasi and was on pilgrimage to all the holy places. He explained that even though the sacred river Ganges flowed through Kasi, there is no beautiful hill within the city. He asked King Dronacal to give his son, Govardhan, to him so that he could perform his tapasya while sitting on top of the hill.

Hearing Pulastya Muni's request, Dronacal, who was not willing to part with his son, started to shed tears in thought of separation from his beloved Govardhan. Not wanting to see Pulastya Muni become angry and curse his father, Govardhan asked the sage how he would carry him all the way to Kasi. The sage replied that he would carry him in his right hand. Govardhan then agreed to go with the sage on one condition: If Pulastya Muni put him down anywhere during the course of the journey, he would not be able to lift him again. Pulastya Muni agreed. Carrying Govardhan in his right hand he left for Kasi.

Pulastya Muni passed through Vraja on his way to Kasi. On arriving in Vraja, Govardhan decided that he should remain in Vrindavan. By his mystic power he was able to influence Pulastya Muni to attend to the call of nature. Pulastya Muni then put Govardhan down and went off to attend to his needs. In returning, he found he was unable to lift Govardhan again despite all of his efforts.

In great anger Pulastya Muni cursed Govardhan to sink into the ground by the measurement of one mustard seed every day, Govardhana's originally being 64 miles long, 40 miles wide, and 16 miles high when he first came to Vraja in the beginning of Satya yuga. It's explained that after 10,000 years of the Kali yuga, Govardhan will have completely disappeared."

After narrating this story of Giriraj Govardhan's appearance, Upananda explained to Nanda Maharaja, that as long as Govardhan Hill and the river Yamuna remained manifest, Kali yuga would not take its full effect. He also explained that anyone who is fortunate enough to hear the description of the appearance of Govardhan Hill would be freed from all sins.

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After I finished narrating this sublime history we continued our parikrama tasting the sweetest bliss of association with our beloved Lord Krishna by our parikrama of His dearmost Govardhan Hill.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



On Govardhan Parikrama--29 September 2012


Telling the History of Govardhan's Appearance



Cow Seva--Feeding One of Krishna's Cows



Proceeding Around Divine Govardhan Hill



At Govinda Kund--the Sacred Pond Creating when Indra, the King of Heaven Bathed Lord Krishna



Beautiful Cows on Govardhan Hill


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can a Non-Initiate Attain Krishna Prema?

Could His Holiness please answer the following question?

What is the difference between two devotees who both practice Krishna consciousness seriously but one of them is not an initiate? Can both of them attain the highest perfection of life (Krishna prema)?

With deep gratitude, thank you very much.

Your servant,
Mohish

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Answer: Can a Non-Enrollee Get a University Degree?

What is the difference between these two students? One is studying independently, and the other is enrolled in the university. One will get a university degree, and the other won’t.

Practicing Krishna consciousness seriously means that one must take initiation because this is the order of the spiritual master. If one refuses to accept the order of the spiritual master, he is not practicing Krishna consciousness seriously and thus will not attain Krishna prema. This is confirmed by Lord Krishna in the Adi-Purana, in which he states that unless one is the devotee of His devotee he is not a devotee of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 29 September 2012

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Begging for Incredible Mercy from Yamuna River

27 September 2012--When it was suggested that we return to the Yamuna River for taking bath again I could not resist the offer. There is truly nothing more sublime than bathing in the Yamuna. Simply thinking about Yamuna frees one from all sin--what to speaking of seeing her, feeling the breeze blowing across her, or bathing in her sacred waters. Before entering Yamuna I offered full dandavats to her lying prostate on her sandy bank. I begged Krishna's pure devotee, Goddess Yamuna, to bless me that I can successfully execute the instruction that Srila Prabhupada gave his disciples, "Become guru and deliver the entire world." For such an impossible feat we certainly require incredible mercy from Lord Sri Krishna and all of His pure devotees. Then after begging for this benediction I bathed in the divine Yamuna feeling the most sublime happiness within my heart.

As we were returning to our ashram it was so wonderful to see the cows grazing on the Yamuna's bank, reminding us of Krishna pastimes with the cows here on Yamuna's sacred banks 5,000 years ago. It is indeed the quintessence of sweetness to be residing at least for few days here in Vrindavana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Cows Grazing on the Bank of the Yamuna River

27 September 2012



Krishna and Balarama Milk Cows on Yamuna Bank
5,000 Years Ago



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Krishna's Pure Devotee?

Hare Krishna, Maharaja,

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

How can I become a pure devotees of Lord Krishna?

D.A.

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Answer: Follow these Five Steps to Become Pure

To become a pure devotee the first five steps, as given by Srila Rupa Goswami, are as follows:

(1) Accept the shelter of the lotus feet of a bona fide spiritual master.
(2) Becoming initiated by the spiritual master and learn how to discharge devotional service from him.
(3) Obey the orders of the spiritual master with faith and devotion.
(4) Follow in the footsteps of great acharyas (teachers) under the direction of the spiritual master.
(5) Inquire from the spiritual master how to advance in Krishna consciousness.

If you will sincerely adopt these five steps, you will certainly become a pure devotee of Lord Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 28 September 2012

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Today's Thought (sent to over 13,000 subscribers worldwide):

First Step on the Path of Krishna Consciousness

According to Srila Rupa Goswami, the first step on the path of Krishna consciousness is to take shelter of the lotus feet of a bona fide spiritual master. Why is this so important?

If you were to set sail on a ship across the ocean, would you do so without a rudder? Of course you wouldn't because you would have no way to control the direction of the ship. Becoming Krishna conscious is also crossing the ocean. Instead of the Atlantic or the Pacific, in this case it is the most formidable ocean of birth and death.

This is why having a spiritual master is essential. Without a guru you are simply lost being tossed in the waves the material ocean. But with a bona fide spiritual master you are perfectly guided how to cross this most dangerous of all oceans. This is why it is essential to take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master, not a charlatan so-called guru who is himself lost in the ocean of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Expertly Guides His Disciples



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Early Morning Chanting More Potent?

Dear spiritual master,

I would like to know why chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra in the morning before sunrise is more potent than any time else?

Thank you,
N.J.

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Answer: Most Peaceful Time of the Day

Because the early morning hours before sunrise are the most peaceful time of the day it is easier to fix the mind on the Lord’s names at that time. This can be practically experienced by anyone who has tried it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 27 September 2012

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Today's Thought (sent to over 13,000 subscribers worldwide):

Tasting the Bliss on Vrindavana Parikrama

Today, 26 September 2012, Krishna blessed us with his special mercy. We were allowed the mercy of visiting Vrindavana's original temple, the Madan Mohan Mandir, situated prominently upon the Dvadasaditya Hill, the hill on which Lord Krishna was dried off by twelve suns after subduing the Kaliya serpent in the waters of the Yamuna River. We took darshan of Madan Mohan and then I gave a lecture on the Srimad Bhagavatam. It was very sublime and peaceful place for a class by the temple on the top of the hill. While we were singing kirtan a cow was grazing besides us on the temple lawn reminding us of Krishna and His cows.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Bhagavatam
Class at Madan Mohan Temple
Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India--26 September 2012



Cow Grazed on Temple Lawn During Our
Kirtan


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Guru a Manifestation of Krishna?

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

In a letter that Srila Prabhupada wrote to Jagadisha das dated 29 September, 1970 Prabhupada has said "You know that Krishna is Spiritual Master from within and Spiritual Master is manifestation of Krishna without. That is the position; both ways a sincere student is instructed, which is called Guru-Krishna kripa."

I am not able to understand this quote. Can you please explain this to me.

Your eternal servant,

Prashant

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Answer: Spiritual Master is Krishna's Deputed Agent

Just as a government agent is fully empowered to act as the government, the spiritual master, although not Krishna Himself, is as good as God because he is fully empowered to speak and act on behalf of Krishna. Therefore, whether one hears directly from Krishna or from his empowered representative in disciplic succession, the result is the same. Just as a king deputes his servant to deliver a message on his behalf, Krishna empowers His devotee to deliver His teachings and mercy to the fallen souls of this age to save them from their suffering condition.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 26 September 2012

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Today's Thought (sent to over 13,000 subscribers worldwide):

Back to Home, Back to Vrindavana

Srila Rupa Goswami describes that one of the ten most important items in the practice of Krishna consciousness is to reside in a sacred place of pilgrimage such as Dvaraka or Vrindavana. Therefore I consider myself greatly fortunate to have been provided by the Lord with a place of residence here in Vrindavana. Even though we only spend about one and half months here every year, it is still the greatest blessing to be allowed to spend some time in Vrindavana. Srila Prabhupada said that Vrindavana is his home. And it also feels very much like home to us as well.

Even if one cannot come to Vrindavana or cannot live in Vrindavana, they can still live in Vrindavana by making their home as good as Vrindavana. This is accomplished by setting up their home as an ashram, a place of spiritual cultivation. They can prohibit meat eating, intoxication, and gambling in their home and hold regular kirtans there. They can establish an altar in their home and offer all of their food to the Lord on their altar. They can adorn the walls throughout their residence with beautiful posters of Krishna and Krishna's pure devotees. In this way, in any part of the world one can connect solidly with Krishna by living in Vrindavana or a place as good as Vrindavana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Writing for Making a Spiritual Revolution

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India--25 September 2012



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why With Quiet Mind No Self Realization?

I understand that the mind produces all that is false, that reality is beyond words description, so these words are only for communication purposes.

I desire nothing but truth, so searching revealed that I know nothing, and that the only thing I can be sure of is that I know nothing, so I desire nothing, yet consciously aware the a desire still remained. So I asked myself, "What is it that I truly desire? To know who I am?".

So Who am I? Now, aware, I am. I am nothing, I am everything, I am both, I am neither, and I am beyond both.

I understand that to know anything, I must first know my self by eliminating all that is false so only truth can remain, to not grasp, to not hold, to be the supreme reality, and from searching within this void a desire awoke; shift all conscious awareness inwards, focus simultaneously together, on one, as one, for one, and STOP, be one's true self, the unconditional love all, pure bliss, for the solution to all problems that, and could possibly exist, is being aware of ones self.

So a question to the realized.

Why is it that when I quiet the mind, focus and go deep within the silence, the totality of the void compels not to realize my self, yet unite all self?

GJR

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Answer: Mind Cannot be Quieted. Purify it Instead.

According to your philosophy, words cannot describe reality. Therefore if you abide by your own philosophy, it is meaningless for you try to communicate anything. But yet you have so written so many words. This is hypocritical.

Our philosophy is different. It is logical. There is an Absolute Truth which can be fully realized by a person with a purified mind and senses. According to your philosophy, you cannot have a philosophy. You can only remain silent. Our philosophy is that one can fully realize the Absolute Truth, not by silencing the mind, but by purifying the mind to bring it back to its original state of pure love for God.

You are not successful in your attempt to make your mind silent because the mind is active by nature. It can never be silenced. Therefore instead of fruitlessly trying to make your mind silent, you should fix your mind on transcendental sound vibration. This will liberate your mind from all material thoughts and bring you quickly to the transcendental platform completely beyond this material existence.

The Vedas recommended that the best transcendental sound vibration upon which to fix the mind in this age is the Hare Krishna mahamantra:

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


If you will chant this mantra devotedly, especially in the early morning hours, you will be able to fully dovetail your consciousness with the Supreme Consciousness and realize the highest truth and highest happiness, the supreme nirvana that abides in Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 25 September 2012

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Today's Thought (sent to over 13,000 subscribers worldwide):

Failure of World's Modern Religious Leaders

Because the modern day religious leaders have failed to understand the inner essence of religion they have not been able to properly guide their followers towards the common goal of a peaceful, unified God-centered world society. As we have many times stated before, religion is one, to become a pure lover of God. But as soon as we politicize it by dividing into this religion and that religion we are missing the point and descending into various degrees of material consciousness. Therefore we are now calling upon all the world's religious leaders to carefully read Srila Prabhupada's books so that they can understand how to properly guide their followers for bringing the desired goal of a global God-centered society to today's fractured world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Radhastami Lecture--ISKCON Klang, Malaysia

23 September 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: I Am Confused. Am I on the Right Track?

I am trying to get involved in Krishna Consciousness. It happened two years back when i came in contact with some devotees. Initially I stopped eating eggs. Then I started fasting on Ekadasi. And then slowly I started doing japa. I try a lot. But I am not able to fix my chanting rounds daily. Sometimes I am able to do 12 rounds, sometimes 10, sometimes 8, sometimes 4, and on some days none. I go to a nearby ISKCON kirtan every Sunday and pray that Krishna gives me strength to do my fixed rounds of japa daily. I am confused. Am I on the right track or not? Please guide me.

M.S.

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Answer: Congratulations for Beginning this Path

After thousands and millions of lifetimes of wandering in the cycle of birth and death, by beginning the path of bhakti you are definitely on the right track. We congratulate you for coming to your senses that you must awaken your dormant Krishna consciousness.

To become fixed in your japa you I suggest that you make a vow that before you take your first meal of the day you will chant a certain number of rounds and then stick to your vow no matter what. If you will rise every day before sunrise, you will easily be able to chant at 16 rounds every day.

May Krishna bless you on your path. Keep me posted how you are progressing.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 24 September 2012

from Shah Alam, Malaysia
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Today's Thought (sent to over 13,000 subscribers worldwide):

Stay Fixed in Krishna Consciousness

Even though originally our nature is purely spiritual, due to our being associated with matter since time immemorial we have developed the tendency to always remain in material consciousness. Therefore we have to work very hard to stay fixed in Krishna consciousness. We must make an all-out concerted effort to conquer over laziness of the mind and body and keep ourselves fixed always in remembering and serving Krishna. It is well worth the effort because even the slightest amount of energy expended to revive our Krishna consciousness is handsomely rewarded by the supremely benevolent Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Radhastami Lecture at ISKCON Jagannatha Mandir
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia--23 September 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Hitler Was Vegetarian But Still Evil?

Respected Gurudeva,

According to the principle of "You are what you eat," if someone is non-veg (a meat eater) they develop a tamasic, demoniac nature. In this regard I have a doubt. If by eating non-veg one becomes sinful, and by being a pure vegetarian he is pious, how could Hitler, a vegetarian, have been the killer of twelve million people?

Your humble servant,

Ramakrishna
India

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Answer: Vegetarianism is Also Killing

Because plants have life, just as the animals have life, the pure vegetarian is also guilty of the sin of killing. But if he will offer his vegetarian food to Lord Krishna before eating it, his eating will be sinless and his consciousness will become purified. I don't think Adolph Hitler was offering his food to Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 23 September 2012

from Shah Alam, Malaysia
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Today's Thought (sent to over 13,000 subscribers worldwide):

Desperate Need of the World Society

Life is miserable in the present day world society in which the words of great saintly teachers are neglected, where "might makes right" is the governing principle, and lust and greed are the motivating factors. Such a misguided world where nobody is truly happy is in desperate need of the enlightened guidance of the bona fide spiritual master for bringing peace, stability, happiness, and prosperity back to the people. But the trouble is that the people are so misguided that they refuse to hear from the bona fide spiritual master. So what is their hope for finding genuine happiness? Somehow they must be induced to hear transcendental knowledge and the chanting of the holy names of God because this alone will save them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Delivering Krishna's Message at a Home Program
Subang Jaya, Malaysia--21 September 2012







Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Meaning of Life?

What is the meaning of life?

I am practicing Krishna consciousness from the past two years. I chant 16 rounds daily, do puja and offerings to Krishna, and study scripture, but still I am not satisfied. Sometimes I feel that I am doing nothing and I will get the above question so many times. Please clarify my doubt and tell me what should I do to progress in Krishna consciousness and be enthusiastic in Krishna consciousness.

Your servant,
Geetha

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Answer: To Enjoy Unlimited Happiness

The meaning of life is to enjoy unlimited happiness. If you are practicing Krishna consciousness but are still not happy, there is a defect in your practice. Instead of always advancing in Krishna consciousness tasting ever-increasing happiness, you have become stagnant. Rupa Goswami advises us that to properly practice Krishna consciousness we must take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master and take initiation from him. Without becoming the devotee of Krishna’s devotee we may chant, read, and worship, but we will still not be satisfied. So my best advice to you is that you should fully surrender yourself to the bona fide spiritual master by accepting initiation from him. In this way, under his expert guidance you will make steady progress in Krishna consciousness and attain the platform of unlimited happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 22 September 2012

from Shah Alam, Malaysia
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Today's Thought (sent to over 13,000 subscribers worldwide):

Devotee's Two Track Transcendental Adventure

The devotee's life is a two track transcendental adventure. While externally tasting the excitement of traveling and preaching all over the world for igniting a global spiritual revolution, he internally relishes the sweet mellows of Krishna bhakti from his connection with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. These external and internal rasas are not in conflict with each other. Rather they enhance each other, just like the two separate rhythms that amalgamate into one attractive rhythmical pattern when one simultaneously plays the two heads of a mridanga drum.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Relishing Krishna's Name



Srila Prabhupada Spreading the Mercy


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Muslims and Christians Get Purified?

Dear Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances!

By chanting we become purified from our sins. What about the Christians and Muslims? How are they supposed to become purified from the reactions of their sins?

Thank you,

Sri Nair

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Answer: By Chanting or Singing God's Name

The process of purification is one: chanting the holy names of God. By chanting or singing the glories of God according to their own religion all religionists will neutralize their sins. But if they continue sinning while chanting, they will spoil the purifying effect of the chanting. This is why all of the world's scriptures instruct us to stop sinning. If we chant but continue sinning, there will be no awakening of the love of God within our hearts, just as we will not be successful in lighting a fire if we pour water on it while we are trying to light it. Therefore all religionists should abstain from illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling while they chant the glories of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 21 September 2012

from Shah Alam, Malaysia
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Today's Thought (sent to over 13,000 subscribers worldwide):

Is a Devotee of Krishna a Muslim?

Presently on our around-the-world lecture tour we are staying in Shah Alam, a city in the Muslim country of Malaysia. Naturally while here in a country full of Mosques and Muslims I consider the relationship between Islam and Krishna consciousness. According to Wikipedia, "Islam" means voluntary submission to the will of God and the one who does so is a Muslim. If we strictly accept these definitions, a Krishna conscious person or for that matter anyone else who voluntarily surrenders to God's will would also be considered to be a Muslim.

So why is there so much strife in the world over religious designations? The difficulty is that we have divided religion into this ism and that ism. Religion is one, to fully surrender to the will of God. Whether we describe religion in Arabic as Islam or in Sanskrit as Dharma, the same principle of complete surrender to the will of God remains the same. Quarreling over whether one should practice Dharma or Islam is meaningless because in essence they are the same thing. Instead of fighting and killing each other over these designations we should get serious about developing the saintly qualities recommended in all of the scriptures. We should stop killing innocent creatures and start loving all living beings as God's children.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





The Blue Mosque--Shah Alam, Malaysia



Muslims Praying in Malaysia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Each of Us Important to the Lord?

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

Is each and everyone of us important to the Lord?
How do I control the mind?
I feel as if I fail everyday in pleasing the Lord. Will he forgive me?
When we feel pain, does the Lord care?
What is the purpose of my being here?

Thank you
S.C.

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Answer: Every Soul is a Dear Child of God

Here are the answers to your questions:

Just as every child is very dear to the parents, every living being is very, very dear to the Lord.

Control your mind by always remembering Krishna.

Krishna will forgive millions of years of sinful activities if we fully surrender to Him. But it's not that we can go on knowingly committing sinful activities and expect to be forgiven. One who sincerely desires forgiveness will strictly follow the instructions of the Lord as He gives in the Bhagavad-gita.

Krishna is very unhappy that we are suffering so much here in this material world. This is why He personally comes to deliver us and sends His representatives also to deliver us.

There is no reason to be here. It was your foolish mistake to give up the Lord's service. Now your only thought should be how to qualify yourself to return to His kingdom as soon as possible by complete surrender at His lotus feet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 20 September 2012

from Shah Alam, Malaysia
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Today's Thought (sent to over 13,000 subscribers worldwide):

No One Is More Wonderful than Krishna

In Goloka Vrindavana everyone is astonished by Krishna. Even though He is the cynosure of all eyes and all minds and is seen doing the most amazing transcendental pastimes every day, no one can understand that He is God. The cowherd men tell Nanda Maharaja, "Your Krishna is wonderful." And Nanda Maharaja replies, "Yes, He is wonderful. Maybe He is some demigod." Even that is not sure. Nanda Maharaja says, "Maybe He is some demigod." This is the power of Krishna's transcendental deluding power, yoga-maya. Since even the energy of Krishna is so inconceivably amazing, what can we understand of the unlimitedly wonderful Krishna Himself, the source of all wonderful things? We can only understand and realize what He allows us to understand by His loving mercy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





The Most Amazing Simply Wonderful Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Homosexuality & Krishna Consciousness

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Some religions present their views on homosexuality to the public in a homophobic manner and it makes people resentful to their religion. How can we present our views in a better way so that people understand and accept our views?

Your insignificant servant,
Alexis

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Answer: Krishna Consciousness is Better Than Sex

We have nothing against homosexual people. We love everyone equally seeing everyone as Krishna's parts and parcels. Whether one is addicted to homosex or heterosex, in either case they are in the illusion of the bodily concept. So everybody in the modern day society, both homosexual and heterosexual, is in the same category. Our program is asexuality, abstaining from sex except for producing saintly children. People take to sex because it is the most enjoyable pleasure in this world. But the result of such sex for recreation is troublesome. Therefore it is better to take to the supreme pleasure of Krishna consciousness, which is millions and billions of time more enjoyable than sex enjoyment and which has absolutely no troublesome side effects. Since pleasure is the ultimate goal, the intelligent person gives up the tenth class pleasure of heterosex and homosex for the first class pleasure of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Wednesday 19 September 2012

from Bali, Indonesia
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Are You Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? If so, you need to revive your eternal spiritual body, which never gets sick and never gets tired. All you have to do to revive it is to reawaken your eternal loving relationship with Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, by engaging in His loving service under the expert guidance of the bona fide spiritual master. You can start right now, if you haven't already done so.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Teaching Transcendental Existence

Denpasar, Bali--16 September 2012


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Question: Are We in the Kali Yuga?

My Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
Glory to Your Grace.
Glory to Srila Prabhupada.

Last week during the lecture it was said that we are not yet in Kali Yuga. Are we not, Srila Gurudeva? Please elaborate. I really thought we were.

Your Grace's eternal servant,

Jessica

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Answer: We Are Deeply Immersed in Kali Yuga

Either the lecturer was wrong or you misunderstood what was said. At the present moment we are deeply immersed in the Kali yuga. We have so far passed 5,000 years of it with another 427,000 years yet to go.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 18 September 2012

from Bali, Indonesia
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Conquering Inevitable Death

Death is coming to each and every one of us, and we can't avoid it by any means. It does not matter how much wealth, power, and fame we may have. It does not matter if we are surrounded by loving friends and relatives. When our time has come to leave the body, we must do so. But if one can awaken his identity as Krishna's eternal servant, he has already defeated death. He has already entered into immortality. For such an enlightened soul death is nothing more than serving Krishna in one room and then moving into another room to have even better facility to serve Him there.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Teaching How to Conquer Death

Radharasesvar Ashram in Bali--16 September 2012


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Question: How Can a Devotee Survive at His Job?

My humble obeisances to Guru and Gurumata.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Dear Gurudeva,

Srila Prabhupada's purport to Bhagavad-gita:18.26 says:

"A person in Krishna consciousness is always transcendental to the material modes of nature. He has no expectations for the result of the work entrusted to him, because he is above false ego and pride. Still, he is always enthusiastic till the completion of such work. He does not worry about the distress undertaken; he is always enthusiastic. He does not care for success or failure; he is equal in both distress and happiness. Such a worker is situated in the mode of goodness."

Then, in the context of employment, as an employee, how does a person in mode of goodness, if he is not concerned for success or failure, satisfy an employer? How will an employed person in mode of goodness survive in any job?

Krishna Kumar
Mumbai

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Answer: A Devotee Not Only Survives; He Thrives

While a devotee being situated in goodness is transcendental to his own personal success and failure seeing either of them as the mercy of the Lord, at the same time he is completely dedicated to making the Krishna consciousness movement a grand success on this planet as soon as possible. A fully Krishna conscious devotee therefore offers the results of his employment in the service of the Lord’ mission and thus is the most competitive and aggressive person for the sake of the Lord’s mission. This is why the devotee not only survives, but instead thrives in his material dealings for the sake of spreading the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world, like Hanuman and Arjuna.

One of our members, who was applying for a job, put down on his resume that he was a member of the Krishna consciousness movement, which has the goal of world domination. The employer liked this sort of aggressive attitude and immediately gave him a high paying job.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 17 September 2012

from Bali, Indonesia
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How to Always Be Blissful in a Hellish World

It is not difficult to always be blissful, even in this most hellish modern civilization. One simply has to always remember Krishna, that's all. It is Krishna who is holding everything together. Without His potency nothing at all would exist. He is the foundation upon which everything rests. Without His support the entire universe would collapse within a second. So it does not make sense at all to not be connected with such a all-powerful, influential person. Any sane man will naturally fix himself in Krishna consciousness. Thus resituated in his natural position he will experience unlimited happiness at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Grihastha Seminar Kirtan and Lecture
ISKCON Denpasar, Bali--16 September 2012












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Question: Are We God's Children or His Servants?

I read somewhere that this whole universe came into existence because of God's feeling alone and desiring that there should be others around besides Him. Since we are created by the God, we are His children. Then why do you say we are His servants? Why the Almighty God would need servants? It is said God desires unconditional love from us. Servants always work for some remuneration. How a servant can be expected to love his master, that too unconditionally, whereas a son can surely love his father unconditionally?

Kindly clear my confusion.

P. Agrawal

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Answer: Both

It's not that I say we are God's servants. God Himself states that we are His servants:

jīvera ‘svarūpa’ haya—krsnera ‘nitya-dāsa’
krsnera ‘tatasthā-śakti’ ‘bhedābheda-prakāśa’

“It is the living entity’s constitutional position to be an eternal servant of Krishna because he is the marginal energy of Krishna and a manifestation simultaneously one with and different from the Lord.” -- Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya 20.108

It is our unwillingness to serve God that got us here in the first place, suffering in this material world in the cycle of repeated birth and death. It is also true that we are God's children. Formally in society it was accepted that it was the duty of the children to serve the parents. Now with the modernization of society and the breakdown of moral values they have changed this principle. So if we choose to be immoral children of God who don't serve Him as is the modern tendency, that is our choice. But such rebellious children of God who refuse to serve will not be allowed back into the spiritual world until they rectify their rebellious attitude.

One who works for remuneration is an employee. He is not a servant. The real meaning of servant is one who serves the master out of love without any thought of remuneration. This is the real meaning of servant.

If the son loves and serves His father with the thought of getting something in return, that is not service. That is business. But if he serves the father simply to please the father, this is the proper son. This is how we children of God must now approach our father, as His humble servants.

God doesn't need our service. He has servants in the spiritual world who can serve Him millions and billions times better than we crude earth beings. It is we who need to serve Him in order to revive our original divine consciousness.

God is serving us in unlimited ways. Any decent gentleman will certainly be more than willing to reciprocate the loving service that God is giving us by serving Him in return. A child who does not serve his parents is an ingrate, an ungrateful rascal. We should not put ourselves into this category in our relationship with God.

Love means service. If one is not willing to serve their beloved, this means that their love is not genuine. It is on the lips only.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 16 September 2012

from Bali, Indonesia
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How to See Krishna Everywhere

Krishna is actually present everywhere. But because our eyes are presently covered by lust, greed, anger, madness, illusion, and envy we cannot see Him. We instead see the covering curtain of His material energy. Since His energy is also Him we are in fact seeing Him when we perceive His material energy. But this is not His pleasing form. This can be compared to a small child who always enjoys a sweet, affectionate relationship with his father. One day his father, who happens to be a soldier, comes home wearing his full battle gear. This causes the child fear and anxiety. Our situation is like that. Instead of seeing the original form of the Lord, which is so sweet and beautiful, we are seeing His fearsome aspect as the all-devouring material energy. If we chant the Lord's holy names regularly with love and devotion and give up our sinfulness, the above-mentioned coverings which are completely clouding our consciousness will gradually be washed away, and we will once again perceive our most merciful Lord Sri Krishna in His original all-attractive form.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



"How to See Krishna Everywhere" Lecture
Nitai-Gauranga Ashram--14 September 2012
Baha, Bali Indonesia







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Objection: The Soul Has Formless Form

The soul cannot have a human form. The soul has a formless form-one of infinite beauty, purity and love. The human form is made of atoms and molecules. The soul is not made of atoms and molecules. I know this by experience- yoga samadhi.

Please forgive me if I misinterpreted you. I am ready to be corrected.

Divya P.

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Answer: There's No Such Thing as a Formless Form

Thank you very much for your humble mood of being willing to be corrected. Although I see that you are very sincere, there is a mistake in your understanding, which I humbly beg to be allowed to point out to you.

There is no such thing as a formless form. Everything that exists has a form. You have mentioned that the soul has infinite beauty. Beauty means a beautiful form. If I tried you to sell you a painting called "The Form of Infinite Beauty" as illustrated below, would you purchase it?




The Form of Infinite Beauty





The above so-called beautiful painting is nothing but an empty canvas. If you accepted it as a great work of art and paid handsomely for it, you would certainly be grossly cheated. It is very clear from the above example that for beauty to exist, there must be form. Just as it is foolish to say that the empty canvas is beautiful, it is also foolish to say that a formless soul has infinite beauty.

The human form that you are referring to, composed of atoms and molecules, is not the real form of the living being. It is simply a covering, just like a glove that covers a hand. The glove has a form to match the hand's form. Similarly the human body is a covering of the actual form that lies within. The human body has a form which matches or replicates the actual form of the living being who dwells within. At the present moment in our conditioned state of consciousness the human-like form of the soul is in a dormant state like a seed, with the size of one ten thousandth the tip of a hair, seated within the heart of the body. When the living being becomes fully spiritually awakened from within that seed the full spiritual form of the living being will come out.

There is a type of yoga samadhi in which one realizes the formless nature of the Supreme. But this formlessness is only a conception for the neophyte transcendentalists to help them become free from their attachment to the temporary forms of this world. When the transcendentalist become mature in his realization he understands and experiences personally the transcendental form of the God and he also realizes that all living being have eternal spiritual forms.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 15 September 2012

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Ten Million Acharyas for Saving the World

While lecturing on the Caitanya Caritamrita in Mayapur on 6 April 1975 Srila Prabhupada told us that in the future ISKCON would have ten million acharyas. So where are we going to get these ten million acharyas? We have to become those acharyas and then train others how to also become acharyas. In this way Srila Prabhupada's prediction of ten million acharyas will come true, and there will be an inundation of peace, happiness, and prosperity all over the world.

On 13 September 2012 I was blessed by Radhakanta Prabhu, a teacher at ISKCON's Vrindavan Gurukula, with the opportunity to speak to the young gurukula students about how to become spiritually perfect by chanting and hearing the holy names of God. This was a most auspicious opportunity for me to pass on to the next generation whatever I have realized about the sublime, liberating process of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Training the Next Generation of Vaisnavas
at the ISKCON Vrindavana Gurukula
12 September 2012--Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India






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Plea for Help: Anxiety is Eating Me Alive

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

For the last few days I have been in anxiety about my future especially in terms of material life. I feel a lack of confidence and am worried what my future holds for me. Please help me and instruct me as for what will be beneficial for me.

Your Servant,

Vishal

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Answer: How to Remain Blissful for All of Eternity

Sincerely pray to Lord Krishna, "My Dear Lord, whatever you want to do with me is okay. I am your eternal servant. You can punish or reward me as You like. But my dear beloved Lord I have one request that I humbly beg you to grant. Kindly bless me that I will never forget You."

If you will pray like and hold this mood always in your heart, you will never be in fear or anxiety ever again for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 14 September 2012

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Teaching the Highest Truth in Vrindavan Dhama

Krishna has blessed me with the opportunity to give many different lectures on Krishna bhakti here in His most sacred abode, Sri Vrindavana Dhama. This is my unlimited good fortune. Anyone who hears or speaks about Krishna is unlimitedly benefitted, especially here in Sri Vrindavana Dhama, where we get 1,000 times the benefit from any kind of devotional activities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Teaching the Science of Bhakti

10 September 2012--Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Original Form of the Soul?

In many lectures Srila Prabhupada says that just as our shirt has two hands and our pants have two legs because our body has two legs and two hands, in a similar way our material body has got two hands and two legs because our original spiritual body has got two legs and two hands. Since the plants and animals also are souls with forms, what then is the original form of soul?

Yours servant.
Geetha

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Answer: The Soul Originally Has a Human Form

The original form of the soul is a human form. Plants and animals are human beings who are being punished for their past sins by being confined to a plant or animal body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 13 September 2012

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Indescribably Sweet Bath in the River Yamuna

On 8 September 2012 we were blessed with the most nectarean visit to the River Yamuna. Sadly nowadays the real Yamuna is practically absent from Vrindavan. Eighty-five per cent of Yamuna is captured by a dam upstream for irrigation purposes and all that Vrindavan gets is toxic sewage water flowing down the Yamuna bed from New Delhi.

(for more information: http://news.iskcon.com/node/3695)

During Krishna's manifest pastimes here 5,000 years ago Yamuna was similarly polluted by the presence of the poisonous snake Kaliya. At that time Yamuna was so polluted that nothing could live along its banks. Even a bird flying over it would drop dead from its poisonous fumes.

But right now due the recent monsoon season a huge quantity of Yamuna water was released and now Yamuna is broad and clean. We hired a boat and sang Hare Krishna kirtan while we enjoyed a ride across the Yamuna. We began our boat ride from Kesi Ghat, a sacred place of Lord Sri Krishna's transcendental pastimes. And then on Yamuna's pristine opposite bank we all took our baths. It was the most indescribably sweet bath I have ever had in the Yamuna. It was astoundingly refreshing, purifying, and invigorating.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Transcendental Kirtan Boat Ride on Yamuna River
8 September 2012--Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India








Kesi Ghat on the Yamuna River



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Capital Punishment Benefits Murderers?

Dear Gurudeva,

I was reading the 2nd chapter in the Bhagavad-gita. My questions are:
-Just as the body has cells, is the soul made of spirit molecules or is the soul a single spirit molecule?
-What is the relationship between the Supersoul, the soul, and Krishna?
-How is it beneficial to sentence a person who has committed a great crime like murder to death row, rather than to just to punish him?

Rosie

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Answer: It Gives Speedy Karmic Relief

The soul is a single particle, but its consciousness is spread throughout the entire body.

An individual soul is present in each and every body. The Supersoul is an expansion of Krishna. He is present in the heart of all living beings. Krishna, in His original form, is enjoying His eternal pastimes with His intimate associates in Goloka Vrindavana, the topmost planet in the spiritual sky.

If one commits a murder, his karma is that he must be murdered. If he is given a life sentence instead of capital punishment, he will have to take birth again to be murdered in his next life. This is why in Vedic culture out of kindness the poor fellow is put to death by capital punishment so that he can get his karma from that murder over with as soon as possible and start off with a clean karmic slate in his next life. Otherwise he will live his entire life in a miserable consciousness with the specter of the murder he committed always haunting his heart. And in his next life he will still have to be murdered as a karmic reaction. So instead of the poor soul tortured by his karma, the Vedic culture helps him to get free from his karma as soon as possible by capital punishment.

Just like a naughty child is in the anxiety of being detected but when discovered and punished feels relief from the guilt of his or her misbehavior, in a similar way capital punishment is beneficial for the murderer.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 12 September 2012

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Nothing to Fear Except for Forgetting Krishna

There is absolutely nothing to be afraid of except for one thing: forgetting Lord Krishna. One who always remembers Krishna sees His loving hand in all circumstances and is never overpowered by fear, lamentation, or illusion. The purely Krishna conscious person is in a fully enlightened state of awareness perfectly dovetailed with the Supreme Personality of Godhead in all times, places, and circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srimad Bhagavatam
Lecture
11 September 2012--Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India


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Question: If I Don't Become Perfect in this Lifetime?

Dear Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances! Hare Krishna!

There is no certainty that we will reach the abode of the Lord. What will be the fate of our soul if we had done all we can as far as devotional service is concerned and fall down with one little mistake? Will we need to start all over again?.

Regards,

Veena

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Answer: Continue Where You Left Off in Next Life

The good news is that whatever progress you make on the pathway of bhakti, that progress is your eternal asset. For example if you only become 60% perfect in this lifetime, you will only have 40% more to complete in your next life in order to become perfect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 11 September 2012

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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I Was Going Through Hell, But Now I'm in Bliss

Before I surrendered myself at the lotus feet of my eternal spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, I was going through a most miserable hell. But now since August 12, 1971 that I have gotten Srila Prabhupada's shelter, my life has been transformed into a constant celebration of unlimited bliss. So I know from my own personal experience how potent it is to be initiated by a bona fide spiritual master.

Srila Prabhupada instructed his disciples that after his departure that they should also become gurus and initiate disciples. So as one of his disciples it is my duty as a service to him to accept disciples. It's not that I think myself to be qualified for such an exalted position. It is simply a service that I must render because Srila Prabhupada has ordered us to do so.

On 9 September 2012 here in Sri Vrindavana Dhama I accepted four new disciples and gave brahminical initiation to two of my already initiated disciples. It was a most joyful experience both for me and for the new disciples. It is most joyful for the disciple because from the very moment of initiation he is liberated from the cycle of birth and death, awakened into his eternal identity as Krishna's servant. And it also most joyful for the spiritual master because he gets to act as Krishna's agent for bestowing deathlessness upon the disciple.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Initiation Lecture

9 September 2012--Vrindavan, India


Devotees to Be Initiated
9 September 2012--Vrindavan, India


Trivikrama Das Receives His New Name and Beads
9 September 2012--Vrindavan, India


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If Krishna Loves Us, Why Do We Suffer?

If Krishna is our biggest well-wisher, then why we are in so much pain even after being dedicated to Him?

Sunny Bhardwaj

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Answer: We Are Rejecting His Love

There is no question of "if" Krishna is our best well-wisher. He is absolutely our best friend as He confirms in Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 5, Text 29. Therefore our suffering is not His fault. It is our fault. He is showering us with His unlimited love at every minute, but we are not reciprocating with Him from our side. We are rejecting His love. This is the difficulty.

Just as a fish is naturally in pain if he is out of the water, we are currently in great pain because we foolishly gave up our natural residence in the spiritual world to try to enjoy separately from the Lord here in this material world. Even though we think that we are very dedicated to Krishna, the fact is that we are just beginning to awaken from the illusion of material sense gratification. That state completely beyond all material miseries is attainable for the sincere devotee who takes complete shelter of the bona fide spiritual master. But it takes time and serious dedication. You must be determined, enthusiastic, and patient if you want to attain a state beyond all material miseries.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 10 September 2012

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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In Tough Times Put Yourself in Krishna's Hands

When times get really tough and you just feel like you can't handle it anymore, there is no need to despair. This is the most advantageous and opportune moment for you to take complete shelter of Krishna and once and for all solve all the problems of your existence. Why suffer any longer? Put yourself completely in the hands of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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Question: Did We Fall from an In-Between World?

If I originally came from the spiritual world then why did I fall? I thought once you are in the spiritual world you are guaranteed not to fall again. I can't see how you could have "misbehaved" in the spiritual world to have fallen again.

Some Krishna followers don't believe we were ever in the spiritual world. They say that we were "somewhere in between" and that we fell from there and not from the spiritual world. Please comment.

your humble servant
Prav.

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Answer: There is No In-Between World

The principle is that once you return to the spiritual world after having fallen into this material world, you will not fall a second time. A foolish child may stick his hand in the fire one time. But he will certainly not do it again.

The idea that we came from a third place besides the spiritual world and the material world is a misguided conception because there is no such place. Although there is a borderline between those two worlds, that borderline does not have any spatial dimensions that could facilitate one with a place of residence. Everyone is either on one side of the border or on the other side. They are either in the spiritual world or the material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 9 September 2012

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Connect with Krishna and Taste Unlimited Bliss

Unlimited bliss is there right now for you to taste. You simply have to open up your heart to Krishna. Surrender unto Him fully accepting Him as your eternal lord and master. Why suffer a moment longer? Immediately give up your false sense of independence and enter into the amazing dimension of transcendental existence. You've got nothing to lose, except for your anxiety, and an eternal existence full of love, bliss, and knowledge to gain.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna is the Original Source of Everything



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Question: Better to Serve Here or in Spiritual World?

My dear Maharaja!

Please accept my respectful obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

When you started this preaching tour you are presently on, you said that it was a very auspicious trip, but you also said that even more auspicious was the trip back to home, back to Godhead. Well, I have a question: Is it more important to serve the Lord in the spiritual world or to serve Him in this world rescuing the fallen souls?

I am asking this question based on two verses from the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 18 where the Lord says that there never was nor ever will be anyone dearer to Him than the person who explains to the devotees this transcendental science. And also in the eight prayers left by Lord Caitanya where He says that as long as He has devotional service, He doesn't even desire liberation.

Thank you very much, and please forgive me for stealing your valuable time!!!

Your aspiring servant,
Kesavarama Das

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Answer: Service in Both Worlds is First Class

Serving the Lord in the spiritual world and serving His mission here in this material world of delivering the fallen souls back to home, back to Godhead are equally important. Therefore the pure devotee simply fully surrenders to the will of the Lord and is happy to serve Krishna either in the material world as a preacher or in the spiritual world in his original spiritual form. He does not experience any difference between these two types of service because even while in this material world the pure devotee is situated in his original relationship with Krishna. It is possible to serve in both worlds simultaneously as we read in the Srimad Bhagavatam that Prahlada Maharaja is simultaneously in the material world and the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
Saturday 8 September 2012

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Searching for Krishna in Vrindavana Dhama

The most amazing place in this entire universe is Sri Vrindavana Dhama, the tract of land in which Lord Sri Krishna displayed His unlimitedly splendorous pastimes 5,000 years ago. In his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.1.24 Srila Prabhupada has lucidly described this topmost of all holy places as follows:

The tract of land comprising about one hundred square miles from modern Delhi to the Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh, including a portion of the Gurgaon district in Punjab (East India), is considered to be the topmost place of pilgrimage in all of India. This land is sacred because Lord Krishna traveled through it many times. From the very beginning of His appearance, He was at Mathura in the house of His maternal uncle Kamsa, and He was reared by His foster father Maharaja Nanda at Vrindavana. There are still many devotees of the Lord lingering there in ecstasy in search of Krishna and His childhood associates, the gopis. It is not that such devotees meet Krishna face to face in that tract of land, but a devotee's eagerly searching after Krishna is as good as his seeing Him personally. How this is so cannot be explained, but it is factually realized by those who are pure devotees of the Lord. Philosophically, one can understand that Lord Krishna and His remembrance are on the absolute plane and that the very idea of searching for Him at Vrindavana in pure God consciousness gives more pleasure to the devotee than seeing Him face to face. Such devotees of the Lord see Him face to face at every moment, as confirmed in the Brahma-samhita (5.38):

premāńjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena
santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti
yām śyāmasundaram acintya-guna-svarūpam
govindam ādi-purusam tam aham bhajāmi


"Those who are in ecstasy of love with
the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Shyamasundar [Krishna],
see Him always in their hearts due to love
and devotional service rendered to the Lord."


--(end of quote)--

This is a wonderful meditation for the devotees when they visit Vrindavan, to search for Krishna through intense eagerness to see Him while they are engaged in devotional service. This very same mood can be practiced anywhere because wherever one serves the Lord purely, that place becomes Vrindavana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Sri Vrindavana Dhama, the Sublime Land of Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Are You Doing?

Hare Krishna! Bhakta Albert here, from Delaware. how are you doing? I'm so happy you are a part of my life, thank you for all you do!

Bhakta Albert

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Answer: My Life is Simply Wonderful

Because of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada my life is simply wonderful. And now that you have become a part of my life, it is even more wonderful.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 7 September 2012

from London, England
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Without Water World Civilization is Finished

The planet earth is now experiencing an ever-worsening water shortage crisis. Without sufficient water there will not be sufficient food, and the world civilization will be finished. It is simply a matter of time before the social structure completely collapses and civilization as we now know it vanishes into oblivion. Shortage of water is due to a lack of rain. And, according to the authoritative words of Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, lack of rain is due to neglecting the congregational chanting of the holy names of God. By this neglect the world society is now moving more and more day by day to into the dark abyss of atheism and is thus committing gradual global suicide.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Water Shortage Will Soon Reach Epidemic Proportions



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can Chanting Save the World?

Dear Gurudeva,

Kindly accept my obeisances.

The world is not at peace all over. Can our chanting bring peace to all humanity or just to oneself alone?

Timmy

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Answer: It Will Create a Spiritual Revolution

By this chanting of Sri Krishna's unlimitedly beautiful, nectarean name the whole world can become peaceful and happy. This chanting of Hare Krishna will create a spiritual revolution.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 6 September 2012

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

You've Got Nothing to Lose Except Your Anxiety

Why not fully surrender to Lord Krishna right now? You've nothing to lose except for your anxiety, and an entire spiritual world of happiness to gain. Enter into the wonderful world of Krishna consciousness right now by chanting Hare Krishna with love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Teaches Full Surrender to Krishna

at Rupa Goswami's Samadhi in Vrindavana


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Am I in Ignorance?

Dear Gurudeva:

Why am I in ignorance?
Why am I in trouble?
Why am I suffering?
Why am I not serious for self realization in Krishna-consciousness?
What is my position?
Who am I?
Why am I in a difficult position?
Why am I suffering?
Where do I come from?
Where do I go?

René Waisvisz

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Answer: Because You Were Not Properly Trained

You are in ignorance because you were not trained properly by your teachers.

You are in trouble because in ignorance you have done so many things that are not beneficial for you.

Because of this ignorance and sinful activities you are now suffering in many ways.

You are not serious because you have not yet realized that the only way you can be happy is to surrender to Krishna.

Your position is most fortunate because you have now come into contact with the Krishna consciousness movement.

You are the eternal servant of Krishna.

Your only difficulty is when you forget that you are Krishna’s eternal servant.

You came originally from the spiritual world.

Your ultimate destiny to return to your original home. You will achieve this destiny only when you fully surrender yourself to Lord Sri Krishna.

So now take full advantage of your human life by fully surrendering yourself as the eternal servant of Lord Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 5 September 2012

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

Awaken Your Love for Krishna

Love for Krishna is already there within your heart. You simply have to stimulate it by regularly hearing and chanting His glories along with tasting the foodstuffs which have been offered to Him. If you adopt this simple process, your original enlightened consciousness of pure love of God, pure love for Krishna, will be revived, and you will taste the sweetest nectar at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





The Supremely Beautiful Lovable Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Don't We Need an Explosion of Intensity?

Hare Krishna.

You mention the science of God realization and the process of bhakti yoga. Science and yoga have a beginning and an end. If the spiritual soul is completely spiritual, why would we call it eternal when that implies some thing that is on going eternally? Maharaja, don't we need an explosion of intensity within that spiritual context rather than a goal involving a process?

Yours in the Dharma
Prema

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Answer: We Need the Bhakti Yoga Love Explosion

The bhakti yoga science is eternal with no beginning and no end. The spiritual soul does go on for all of eternity with no beginning and no end. There is a process for achieving an explosion of intense love of God within the heart. That process is called bhakti yoga.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 4 September 2012

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

It's Time We Give Up our War of Independence

We have been rebelling against the authority of the Supreme Lord for countless eons of lifetimes. This is why we are still here suffering in the cycle of birth and death. Why should we foolishly continue with this insanity? It is high time that we give up our silly war of so-called independence and fully surrender ourselves at the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This and this alone will give us the peace and happiness that we so much desire at every moment within our hearts.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Teaching the Power of the Mahamantra
1 September 2012--Timisoara, Romania









Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Jiva and Atma

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I do not clearly understand what is the difference between jiva and atma? Both mean soul, so what is the difference?

Vaidas

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Answer: Usually They are Synonymous

The word “atma” denotes body, mind and soul—depending upon different circumstances. When it is used to refer to soul it is synonymous with the word “jiva.” When it refers to the body or the mind it not a synonym of jiva. That is the difference.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 3 September 2012

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

God Gave Us Two Ears and One Mouth

Since God gave us two ears and one mouth, we should be twice as eager to hear as we are to speak. The problem is that we have got it backwards. We are twice as eager to speak as we are to hear. Therefore there is so much misunderstanding and confusion in the world. When we learn how to shut our mouths and hear submissively from the supreme authority, Lord Sri Krishna, and His representative, the bona fide spiritual master, all the problems of the world will be solved. This chaotic madhouse will be transformed into a paradise.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Disciples Become Enlightened

by Hearing from Srila Prabhupada


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Krishna a Manifestation of His Energy?

Please accept my humble obeisances!
All Glories To Srila Prabhupada!

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, Tenth Canto, Chapter 14, Text 18 it sounds like Krishna is manifested from or by His energy. I have always understood that Krishna is the saktiman, the source of all energy, not that He is the product of His energy. What is the catch?

Your eternal servant,

Pundarika Vidyanidhi das

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Answer: Krishna is Self-Manifested

In this verse Lord Brahma prays to Krishna stating that Krishna is a manifestation of His own inconceivable potency. This simply means that Krishna is self-manifested. It does not mean that there is some potency separate from Him from which He is manifested. Krishna is the source of everything including Himself. Everything is a product of Krishna, including Krishna Himself. He does not lose His position as the source of everything by being the product of Himself. I hope this is clear.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 2 September 2012

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

Don't Hold Grudges. Forgive Offenders.

If we want to peacefully chant the holy names of Lord Sri Krishna, we must learn to forgive those who have cheated or abused us. Holding grudges against those who have offended or mistreated us means that we are inflicting mistreatment upon ourselves also. It is matter of intelligent analysis. Two wrongs don't make a right. Since it is not nice to be mistreated, why should we continue inflicting mistreatment upon ourselves due to the mistreatment of others? In conclusion, we should be kind upon ourselves by being kind to those who have been cruel to us. In this way we can uninterruptedly taste the sublime bliss of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Lord Jesus is a Great Vaisnava
Acharya

Because He Asked Krishna to Forgive
Those Who Were Crucifying Him


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: The Body or the Self Commits Sins?

Dearest Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I am really confused about explanations of the theory of reincarnation. I came across a statement that the self (atma) is immortal. He cannot be slaughtered or burned by fire. He does not die, and he is not born. I have also heard that when the atma is sinful in the present life he will take birth as animal in his next life.

I have learned that atma is a part of Paramatma, the Supreme Self, and is therefore pure and sinless by nature. So who or what is doing the bad deeds, the self or the body? And is it true that the atma, the self, may be reborn?

Nyoman

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Answer: The Self is Guilty, not the Body

The first thing you must clearly understand is that the self and body are different, just as a hand and a glove it wears are different. If someone murders someone with a hand gun and pulls the trigger on the gun while wearing a glove, is the person guilty of murder or is the glove guilty of murder? The glove is not punished for the murder. It is the person who wears the glove that is guilty of murder. So, it is the atma, the person who is situated within the body, who is guilty of sinful activities, not the body. The atma is doing the bad deeds. That is why he is punished by taking birth as a animal in his next life. The body is not punished. It is simply discarded as a useless, worn out old garment at the time of death.

Of course the atma is never killed. But as long as he misidentifies himself with the material body, he will continue suffering the illusion of birth, death, old age, and disease lifetime after lifetime. He is also pure by nature. But when he enters the material atmosphere he becomes polluted just as pure rain water becomes muddied when falling down to the earth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 1 September 2012

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

Our Duty is to Deliver the Entire World

On December 17, 1973 in Los Angeles, Srila Prabhupada gave us, his disciples, the order, "Become guru and deliver the whole world." So no matter what happens we must stick to our duty. We may go through good times, and we may go through difficult times. But in all circumstances we must stick to our duty of rescuing the lost, bewildered souls of this age from the cycle of birth and death. Even if we are criticized or persecuted and punished for this attempt, we must stick unflinchingly to our duty. This will save us and will also save those who take advantage of this sublime, topmost knowledge that we are giving them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Answering Emails in Between Flights

Bucharest, Romania Airport--30 August 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Krishna Really Exist?

Sometimes I think, "Does Krishna really exist?" Please clear my doubts.

Your servant,

S.S.

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Answer: Without Krishna How Could Anything Exist?

If Krishna did not exist, how could anything else exist? Therefore, since everything else exists, Krishna must exist also. Nothing exists separately from Krishna. Everything depends upon Him for its existence. He is the substance of our being.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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