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Monday 31 December 2012

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The Truth Must Be Spoken

Srila Prabhupada defines truthfulness as follows in his purport to Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 10, Verse 4 and 5:

"Satyam, truthfulness, means that facts should be presented as they are, for the benefit of others. Facts should not be misrepresented. According to social conventions, it is said that one can speak the truth only when it is palatable to others. But that is not truthfulness. The truth should be spoken in a straightforward way, so that others will understand actually what the facts are. If a man is a thief and if people are warned that he is a thief, that is truth. Although sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain from speaking it. Truthfulness demands that the facts be presented as they are for the benefit of others. That is the definition of truth."

If we can fearlessly present to the world population, especially its leaders, the truth of Srila Prabhupada's teachings, it will create a new era of peace and prosperity for the entire human race.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Ecstatic Home Program
Home of Dinavatsala Das and Tungavidya Devi Dasi
Roxburgh Park, Australia--29 December 2012













Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: No Mahabhagavats on the Planet?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Hare Krishna. Please accept my most humble obeisances at your feet.
All glories to you, to Sri Gurumata, and to Srila Prabhupada.

One devotee has firmly proposed that no one in the world can be classified as a Mahabhagavat. In other words, he says, all devotees currently on the planet are not above making mistakes. Is it important to consider this? What are the implications if it is true, or if it isn't true?

Your lowly servant,
Dwijamani Gaura Das


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Answer: Only a Mahabhagavat Could Know For Sure

If someone has vision powerful enough to accurately read the hearts of every single devotee on this planet to see whether or not each devotee is on the highest Mahabhagavat level, that person would have to himself be a Mahabhagavat. In other words, if no one is a Mahabhagavat, the person who is making this judgment would also not be a Mahabhagavat and would thus not be qualified to judge whether anybody else is a Mahabhagavat or not.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 30 December 2012

from Melbourne, Australia Mahaprabhu Mandir
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The Ultimate Challenge: Krishnize the Planet

In this world people are inspired by trying to accomplish the impossible. They relish the greatest satisfaction in trying to conquer over that which is impossible and making it possible. This kills boredom and makes life exciting. In the Krishna consciousness movement we are blessed with the greatest seemingly impossible challenge of all: to make the entire world Krishna conscious. We joyfully accept this ultimate challenge and live the most exciting life on the cutting edge of world history trying awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness in the hearts of all.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Question and Answer Session

Melbourne Mahaprabhu Mandir--27 December 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Does Each Yuga Degenerate?

My beloved master,

Hare Krishna!

Please accept my humble obeisances.

My question to you today is: Why does each yuga degenerate? Satya yuga is the most pious and God conscious period, and all other yugas gradually experience a decrease in the level of piety and God consciousness, Kali yuga being the most devoid of piety. Also the cycle of these yugas is continuous and eternal, and the same thing happens every time, i.e. God consciousness decreases in each yuga. I just wanted to know why this degeneration happens?

Looking forward to your enlightening response soon.
Yours Devotedly,
Avinash G.

Jai Sree Krishna!

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Answer: Material Energy is a Powerful Whirlpool

The degeneration of the yugas is natural because one who is under the influence of the Lord's external potency, Maya, which sucks the living down like a powerful whirlpool, naturally becomes more and more materialistic over the course of time. The combined total effect of millions and billions of people who are becoming more and more materialistic is the degeneration of the yugas.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 29 December 2012

from Melbourne, Australia Mahaprabhu Mandir
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Always Trusting in Krishna's Protection

One who has fully dedicated his life in the service of the Lord has nothing to fear in any circumstance. Because he has fully surrendered himself unto the Lord, the Lord will protect him in all situations. This is confirmed as follows by Srila Prabhupada in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, 6th Canto, Chapter 3, Text 18 as follows:

"Material danger is not meant for devotees. This is also confirmed in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Padam padam yad vipadām na tesām: [SB 10.14.58] in this material world there are dangers at every step, but they are not meant for devotees who have fully surrendered unto the lotus feet of the Lord. The pure devotees of Lord Vishnu may rest assured of the Lord's protection, and as long as they are in this material world they should fully engage in devotional service by preaching the cult of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Lord Krishna, namely the Hare Krishna movement of Krishna consciousness."

Therefore in all circumstances the Lord's devotee should go on peacefully, happily executing his service fully confident that his beloved Lord Sri Krishna will always fully protect him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Modern Civilization or Model Civilization Lecture
Melbourne Mahaprabhu Mandir--26 December 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Scholarship Alone Brings No Peace?

Dear Gurudeva,

Namaste.

I would like to ask the following questions:

Is it true that one with an uncontrolled mind can never possess spiritual intelligence even if he is well versed in the Vedic scriptures and the teachings of the bona-fide preceptor in the line of Vedic disciplic succession in Vaisnava sampradayas? Why he is not able to acquire peace of mind and happiness?

Yours in Yoga,

Janardan Mali

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Answer: Like Licking the Outside of the Honey Bottle

It is a fact that even if one is a big, big scholar of Vedic wisdom, if his mind is not brought under control by submission unto the instructions of Guru and Krishna, he will never attain enlightened spiritual vision nor will he find genuine peace and happiness. Such scholarship without surrender is like the licking the outside of a bottle of honey without tasting the honey which is there on the inside of the bottle. Without reviving one's original loving relationship with Lord Sri Krishna through the authorized system of surrendering to His representative, it is not possible to taste genuine spiritual bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 28 December 2012

from Radha Gopinatha Temple—North Sydney, Australia
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Release from Sexual Bondage

Srila Prabhupada describes that a brahmacari is someone who has sex only for producing Krishna conscious children. Therefore whether one is single or married in either case one can be a brahmacari. The life of a brahmacari is a life of liberation because one is no longer a slave of lust. Lust is a cruel master because no matter how much one gratifies it, it is never satisfied and one becomes more and more miserable in his bondage to lust. Brahmacari life comes naturally for one who is absorbed in Krishna consciousness because contact with Krishna is thousands and millions of times more relishable than sex enjoyment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Special Class for Brahmacaris
ISKCON Sydney Australia--26 December 2012











Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is Krishna Called Supreme Enjoyer?

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

Why is Krishna called the supreme enjoyer?

Regards,
Saswata

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Answer: Because Everything is For His Enjoyment

Krishna is called the Supreme Enjoyer because everything exists for no other purpose than to give Him enjoyment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 27 December 2012

from Radha Gopinatha Temple—North Sydney, Australia
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Deeply Relish Krishna's Nectarean Holy Names

If you want to transcend the miseries of material existence, you simply must deeply absorb yourself in the meditation of hearing and chanting the holy names of the Lord. For this purpose the Hare Krishna mahamantra is especially powerful and potent:

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

Rise early in the morning before sunrise. Take your bath and dive deeply into the ocean of Krishna's unlimitedly nectarean holy names. All the miseries of this material world will disappear from your heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Deeply Chanting Japa


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Pure Devotees of Christ and Allah

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to you and Srimati Gurumata. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Gurudeva, my questions are: Does a pure devotee of Jesus or Allah obtain the same result of their pure devotional service as obtained by the pure devotee of Lord Krishna? As the pure devotee of Krishna goes back to Godhead, is it the same for the pure devotee of Jesus or Allah?

Your insignificant servant,
Neelam

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Answer: All Pure Devotees Attain Spiritual World

The key is pure devotional service. Anyone who approaches Krishna, Christ, or Allah to fulfill their lusty, greedy material desires will not attain spiritual perfection. But those who approach Christ, Krishna, or Allah in a mood of complete humble submission giving up the four pillars of sinful life (illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling), sincerely chanting the names of the Lord with love, and fully absorbing themselves in pure devotional service to the Lord will go back to the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 26 December 2012

from Radha Gopinatha Temple—North Sydney, Australia
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Embracing the Anxieties of the World

The great Vaisnava acharyas are not aloof from the sufferings of the conditioned souls of this material world. To the contrary, their hearts bleed to see how miserable the conditioned souls are in this one fourth portion of the Lord's creation. Therefore they fully dedicate their lives for awakening the dormant Krishna consciousness in the hearts of all living beings.

In this connection Srila Prabhupada has written wonderfully in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 6, Chapter 1, Verse 6 as follows:

"A Vaisnava is para-duhkha-duhkhi; in other words, he has no personal troubles, but he is very unhappy to see others in trouble. Prahlada Maharaja said, 'My Lord, I have no personal problems, for I have learned how to glorify Your transcendental qualities and thus enter a trance of ecstasy. I do have a problem, however, for I am simply thinking of these rascals and fools who are busy with maya-sukha, temporary happiness, without knowledge of devotional service unto You.' This is the problem faced by a Vaisnava. Because a Vaisnava fully takes shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he personally has no problems, but because he is compassionate toward the fallen, conditioned souls, he is always thinking of plans to save them from their hellish life in this body and the next."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vaisnava Qualities Seminar
ISKCON Radha Gopinatha Temple
North Sydney, Australia--25 December 2012






Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Sense Control is Said to Be So Hard?

Dear Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to ask the following question:

Why it is said that it may be easier to drink the entire sea, to uproot Meru Mountain, or to swallow red hot fire than to get hold of one's senses?

Yours in Yoga

Janardan Mali

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Answer: By Our Own Power We Can't Control Senses

This gives us some idea of how difficult it is to control our senses. Actually, on our own it is impossible to control our voracious senses. Only by the unlimited mercy and power of Krishna can our wild senses be fully brought under control. Even the greatly powerful yogi Visvamrita, who had attained the samadhi stage of astanga yoga, failed to keep his senses under the control when he was approached by the heavenly damsel Menaka. But the stalwart devotee Haridas Thakur, who took complete shelter of Krishna's holy names, did not fall victim to the beautiful naked girl who propositioned him for sex in the dead of night. This is the power of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 25 December 2012

from Radha Gopinatha Temple--North Sydney, Australia
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How to Be Victorious in a World of Defeat

In this material world everyone is sooner or later defeated by the cruel laws of the material nature except for those fortunate souls who have taken complete shelter of the Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore those who want to always be victorious accept Lord Sri Krishna are their only shelter remembering the wonderful final verse of the Bhagavad-gita:

yatra yogeśvarah krsno
yatra pārtho dhanur-dharah
tatra śrīr vijayo bhūtir
dhruvā nītir matir mama

"Wherever there is Krishna, the master of all mystics, and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power, and morality. That is my opinion."--Bhagavad-gita 18.78

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Gita Jayanti Kirtan and Lecture
ISKCON Radha Gopinatha Temple
North Sydney, Australia--24 December 2012









Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Deterioration of Society is God's Will?

Dear Sir,

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

It is said in the scriptures that everything in the world happens according to the supreme will of Krishna. Is it that today the world is deteriorating by the will of the Supreme Lord?

Sushant

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Answer: Caused by Disobedience to God's Will

In the state, because the government has absolute power everyone has to act under the laws of the state. At the same time everyone is given the freedom to decide whether they want to obey the state laws or not. Those who voluntarily act according to the state laws are the free citizens. And those who refuse to follow the state laws are the criminals. The criminals are apprehended by the police and are forced to follow even more stringent state laws within the prison.

Similarly God has control over everything and at the same time gives everyone the choice of whether they want to obey Him or not. Those who choose to obey Him are elevated to His eternal kingdom where they enjoy an eternal life full of bliss and knowledge. Those who choose to disobey Him are compelled by the stringent laws of the material nature to suffer repeatedly in the cycle of birth and death.

Therefore the answer to your question is that the deterioration of the human society is due to widespread disobedience of the will of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 24 December 2012

from Govinda Valley Retreat Center--Otford, Australia
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Pushing for a Global Spiritual Renaissance

On the order of Srila Prabhupada we are dedicated to bringing about a spiritual renaissance, a reawakening of pure spirituality on this planet. At the present moment the world society is completely lost in the dense, deep forest of sense gratification delusion with no understanding of the transcendental nature of the self. Therefore in spite of so much material advancement people are more miserable than ever. It is only when people realize the true non-material nature of the self that they will begin to experience genuine peace, happiness, and love. And it is only then that the world society will experience lasting harmony and prosperity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Pure Bhakti Seminar Afternoon Session
Govinda Valley, Australia--22 December 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Measure of Success in Preaching?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you! All glories to your perfect replies!

What is the measure of one's success in preaching?

Begging your mercy
Virendra

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Answer: Delivering Others from Birth and Death

One can measure his success in pushing forward Krishna consciousness by how much he has been successful in delivering others from the ocean of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 23 December 2012

from Govinda Valley Retreat Center--Otford, Australia
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A Culture Where the Mother is Most Sacred

In the Vedic culture the mother is most sacred. The original mother is Srimati Radharani, the hladini shakti or ecstatic potency of Krishna. Mother Radharani is so worshipable that before we chant Krishna's name we call out first to Mother Radharani by uttering "Hare." Not only is Radharani sacred. All women are considered sacred and are thus given the highest respect by being addressed as "Mataji" or "Mother." Nowadays in the material society women are encouraged to go half-naked on the streets so that men can lust over their bodies. But in the Vedic culture all women except one's wife are addressed as mother, thus placing them off limits as objects of sense gratification. After all, no decent human being would even entertain the thought of having sex with his mother. Such a practice may be considered archaic or draconian by a society where woman are treated as prostitutes and killing babies is considered as inconsequential as blowing mucus out of one's nose.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Arriving in Govinda Valley--21 December 2012


Govinda Valley Srimad Bhagavatam Class
22 December 2012


Exotic Govinda Valley Bird



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is Krishna Called Absolute?

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

What is meant by the statement that Krishna is absolute?

Regards,
Saswata

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Answer: Things Related to Him are Nondifferent

Absolute means that Krishna's name, form, place, dress, pastimes and everything else related to him are all nondifferent from Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 22 December 2012

from ISKCON Temple--North Sydney, Australia
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Give Up All Prejudices and Stereotypes

When we approach the teachings of Srila Prabhupada, if we want to fully understand and comprehend them, we must lay aside all prejudices and stereotypes. The modern day society is now legitimatizing more and more sinful activities which are against the progress of the human being towards self-realization and thus rejected by the Vedic culture. With these sinful activities becoming more and more accepted as proper human behavior it is natural that it will be harder for people to accept Srila Prabhupada's teachings in full. Therefore as Srila Prabhupada's representatives we must be prepared to defend the authenticity of his teachings against all the attacks of the materialists.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Gopinath--the Master of the
Gopis
ISKCON North Sydney, Australia



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Shiva Purana Says Shiva is Supreme?

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

I have not read any Puranas but I do hear from questions being asked that in the Puranas, the presiding deity of that Purana is mentioned as being the Supreme. For example, why is Shiva mentioned as the Supreme in the Shiva Purana?

Thanking you.

Yours humbly,
Kesaven

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Answer: Facilitating Those in Lower Modes of Nature

These descriptions are there for those who are in the lower modes of nature so that they can focus on a particular deity and gradually make advancement to the point where they can understand that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Just as the beginning student of arithmetic is taught the rule that you cannot subtract a number from number smaller than itself, but is later on taught that it is possible with the result being a negative number—in a similar way those who are in the lower modes of nature are taught that a particular demigod is the supreme to help them advance on their level even though in the final analysis that demigod is not the supreme person.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 21 December 2012

from International Airport--Johannesburg, South Africa
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Traveling to Spread Krishna Consciousness

19 December 2012--After eight days of lecturing on the sublime science of Krishna consciousness in Mauritius and four days of the same in South Africa, now we are on the road again, this time to Australia for a series of lectures in Sydney, Govinda Valley, and Melbourne. It is such a sweet, wonderful life to share the wonderful teachings and mercy of Srila Prabhupada with so many souls around the world who are very eager to get it. Tasting this bliss of traveling for spreading Krishna consciousness reminds me of the great sage Sri Narada Muni, who constantly travels in the spiritual world and the material world to teach the sublime process of Krishna bhakti. Narada Muni has full facility for traveling to spread the Lord's glories. He does not need airline tickets, a passport, or visas. He just appears wherever he wants to bestow mercy upon the souls who have forgotten the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Narada Muni, the Liberated Space Man


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Good Karma Required to Get Bhakti?

I have a question that has been bothering me for some time now. I have often been told that my coming into contact with Krishna consciousness is due to my past good karma or sukriti. Am I to then conclude that there is nothing I can do through my personal effort to progress in Krishna consciousness if my sukriti is not there to support me? If I can do something using my personal endeavor, then where has that good intention come about to personally endeavor to progress in Krishna consciousness? Is the answer my sukriti, my past pious deeds?

The above dilemma leads to the question: Can someone who has no good karma at all ever come into Krishna consciousness?

your servant

Bhakta Jay

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Answer: Only Greed is Required

Rupa Goswami clearly states that one cannot come to Krishna consciousness because of pious deeds, even if he has executed them for hundreds and thousands of years. One can only come to Krishna consciousness when he is greedy to attain it. Therefore if it is available somewhere he must purchase it without delay.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 20 December 2012

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Transform Tribulations into Benedictions

In this material world we are being regularly bombarded by many varieties of tribulations. These multifarious tribulations can be sub-divided into three categories: those caused by the mind and body, those caused by other living beings, and those caused by natural disasters. But we do not have to continue being tortured by these tribulations when we can gain relief simply by purifying or transcendentalizing our vision. When one comes to plane of Krishna consciousness he sees the loving hand of Krishna at every step both in happiness and distress. He realizes that everything which he previously considered to be a tribulation is actually a special benediction from the Lord to help him re-establish his lost loving relationship with the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Teaching the Pure Bhakti Science
Laudium, Pretoria, South Africa--18 December 2012







Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do Enlightened Souls See Krishna?

Respected Gurudeva,
Dandvat pranam,

While doing Hare Krishna chanting on japa beads, I feel immersed in the name of Lord Krishna and become oblivious to my surroundings. However I feel incomplete that I am only chanting the name of Krishna but not seeing Him. My question as a very low level soul is, "Do enlightened souls see Krishna?" Can you please tell me your experience?

Thanks And Pranam
Sanjeev Kapoor

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Answer: They See Krishna at Every Minute

Hearing with your ears is another form of seeing. And it is more important than seeing with your eyes. When you see the sun with your eyes it looks like a small disk that you can cover with your thumb. But when you see the sun with your ears by hearing from an authority you can know that it is much, much bigger than the earth.

Therefore by hearing the name Krishna you are already seeing Krishna. Simply you must go deeper and deeper now into meditating on the Hare Krishna mantra with love. The more you develop love for the holy names, the more you will see Krishna, like the enlightened souls who see Krishna at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 19 December 2012

from Pretoria, South Africa
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How to Offset Your Karmic Footprint

By our pious and impious deeds we create for ourselves a karmic footprint, which binds us perpetually to the cycle of birth of death. For our impious deeds we take birth again to be punished. And for our pious deeds we take birth again to be rewarded. However, by engaging in the liberating process of Krishna consciousness that karmic footprint is offset 100%. It is completely eliminated. We then become free from the cycle of birth and death and enter into the transcendental kingdom of God to enjoy an eternal life, full of bliss and knowledge in the intimate association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Eating only Krishna Prasadam Offsets Your Karmic Footprint


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Vegetarians Also Kill?

Hare Krishna Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I would like to have a proper answer to counteract this argument by non-vegetarians. I tell them that you kill innocent souls to satisfy your senses, though your scriptures mention “Though shalt not kill”. They say that even vegetarians kill innocent souls, since the soul is also present in plants and trees. How can I counteract this argument?

Hari bol,
Your humble servant!
Mohan

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Answer: Only Krishnatarians Are Free from Karma

We accept their argument that vegetarians also kill. Just as the soul is present in an animal, it is also present within a carrot. This is why simply being a vegetarian is not karmically acceptable. To be properly situated karmically one has to become a Krishnatarian, one who only eats Krishna prasadam. When we offer our vegetarian foods to Krishna we are relieved from the karma of killing, and that vegetable which has died to offer his body to Krishna is given fast track status for elevation to the human form of life. One might argue that in the same way we can offer meat to Krishna and be free from sin, but Krishna will only accept offerings from the vegetarian category, not the flesh and blood category.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 18 December 2012

from Pretoria, South Africa
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We Abhor the Senseless Massacre of Children

The whole world is in shock at the senseless massacre of 20 young children several days ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut USA. To cruelly end a young child's life is an act of the most heinous brutality. How has human society stooped so low that such things can occur? It staggers the imagination to consider how degraded we have become. What is even more shocking is that 1.4 million innocent children are murdered every year by abortion in the USA and that most people, the US government, and the US president think it is okay. It's time that all citizens receive the equal protection of the law, including those who are still living within their mother's womb.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Blesses a Child in Dallas, Texas


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Krishna Will that Children Be Killed?

You are currently travelling so I am not sure if You have heard of the sad news of the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting that killed 26 people (mainly children). I was posed with a question from a friend at my college about this. He asked, "Why would Krishna let this happen?" I really could not answer because I thought the idea of karma might be too harsh to say. So I just said everything is Krishna's will and we should remember not to get upset with Krishna.

How should I have answered this question, Srila Gurudeva?

Your eternal servant,
Bhakta David

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Answer: Krishna Wills that Everyone is Happy

Senseless killing of innocent children is not Krishna’s will either in the elementary schools or in the abortion clinics. The entire world has plunged into a chaotic condition because people are not living in accordance with Krishna’s will. Therefore we are trying to educate the entire world to understand the Bhagavad-gita as it is. If people would live according to Krishna’s will, this planet would become a paradise.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 17 December 2012

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Always Be Prepared for Death at Every Moment

Always be prepared for death because it can come at any moment, even when you least expect it. The preparation for death is to always be absorbed in loving remembrance of the most beautiful, powerful, renounced, wealthy, famous, and wise all-attractive Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna. There is factually nothing in this material world that we need. All we need is Krishna. This conviction is called Krishna consciousness. If we can always maintain this conviction, we will never be bewildered, and we will be perfectly situated at the time of death to enter into Krishna's transcendental kingdom.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Initiation of Dridhavrata Das
16 December 2012--Lenasia, South Africa



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Question: If God is Everywhere, Why Go to Temple?

As you told us that God is in one place but is present everywhere in the form of His expanded energy. With reference to your above statement, why do we need to go temple if God is everywhere?

Thanks and Regards,

Your humble servant,

Rohan

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Answer: Because We Cannot See Him Everywhere

Although it is a fact that God is everywhere, we are not pure enough to experience Him everywhere. Therefore we need to go the temple where we can perceive Him in a form that is visible to our blunt material eyes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 16 December 2012

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Memories of Mauritius

This was a wonderful 8 days in Mauritius: super clean air off of the ocean, open spaces, sunshine, a healthy Krishna prasadam diet, and lots of hearing and chanting the glories of Krishna. It was very uplifting for my consciousness and my health. This country was very much appreciated by Srila Prabhupada who wrote in a letter to one of his disciples:

"Here in Mauritius there is a very good potency for introducing Krishna consciousness on a wide scale. The government is not opposed to our movement. Yesterday we had one meeting and all big government officers, ministers, ambassadors came to hear me speak. And they appreciated."

My disciples kept me busy giving two or three lectures every day. The audiences were very receptive and many purchased Bhagavad-gitas after hearing my lectures. There is nothing sweeter than sharing the mercy of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Photo Memories of Mauritius:



Spectacular Sunsets



Chanting Gayatri at Sunset



Beautiful Mountains



Refreshing Forests and Lakes



Home Program Bhagavad-gita Lecture
Sodnac, Mauritius--14 December 2012



Answering Questions
Sodnac, Mauritius--14 December 2012


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Question: A Verse for Times of Distress?

Thank you for your email. Is there any verse I can refer to from the Bhagavad-gita or any scriptures in times of distress?

Thank you
Hari bol
Hema

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Answer: Bhagavad-gita 5.20-21

These following two verses are great when one is distressed:

na prahrisyet priyam prāpya
nodvijet prāpya cāpriyam
sthira-buddhir asammūdho
brahma-vid brahmani sthitah

bāhya-sparśesv asaktātmā
vindaty ātmani yat sukham
sa brahma-yoga-yuktātmā
sukham aksayam aśnute

"A person who neither rejoices upon achieving something pleasant nor laments upon obtaining something unpleasant, who is self-intelligent, who is unbewildered, and who knows the science of God, is already situated in transcendence. Such a liberated person is not attracted to material sense pleasure but is always in trance, enjoying the pleasure within. In this way the self-realized person enjoys unlimited happiness, for he concentrates on the Supreme."
--Bhagavad-gita 5.20-21

The idea is that you find your happiness within in your devotional relationship with guru and Krishna, without letting the external ups and downs affect your consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 15 December 2012

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Training an Agency of the Mauritius Government

On 13 December 2012 I was the guest speaker at Enterprise Mauritius, a Mauritius government agency responsible for facilitating and increasing the nation's export business. I was received very nicely with a first class flower garland as an honored speaker who could provide valuable insights on individual and departmental improvement. This is quite auspicious if any representative of the Krishna consciousness movement can be received in this way because this is our actual role as brahmanas, to guide everyone in every facet of the society how to be peaceful, prosperous, and make their lives perfect. In a non-sectarian way I explained how serving the Supreme Person bestows the highest benefit upon everyone. I quoted the concluding verse of the Bhagavad-gita to point out how by putting God in the center everything comes out wonderfully:
yatra yogeśvarah krsno
yatra pārtho dhanur-dharah
tatra śrīr vijayo bhūtir
dhruvā nītir matir mama

"Wherever there is Krishna, the master of all mystics, and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power, and morality. That is my opinion."
--Bhagavad-gita 18.78

It's a fact that if we put Krishna or God in the center our lives will become most auspicious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Training Session at Enterprise Mauritius:
an Agency of the Mauritius Government
Port Louis, Mauritius--13 December 2012



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Question: How Can God Be Everywhere at Once?

Dear Sir,

I study in standard 7th.

I have a question, which is: Everyone says that God is everywhere, but how can God be everywhere at once?

Siddhi Kamble

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Answer: Just as the Sun is Everywhere

Just as the sun is one place but yet is spread everywhere in the form of the sunshine, God is in one place but is present everywhere in the form of His expanded energy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 14 December 2012

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Complete Freedom from Anxiety

Anxiety is caused by a false sense of proprietorship. Factually, nothing is mine because everything is the property of Krishna. If I try to claim proprietorship over the property of the Lord I must necessarily be in anxiety because this is an artificial, dishonest position. So the secret to complete freedom from anxiety is to see everything as the property of the Lord and engage everything in His service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Training People How to Be Krishna Conscious
St. Paul Shivala, Mauritius--12 December 2012



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Question: How Krishna's Aspects Are Non-Different

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

What is the meaning of that Krishna's name, His form, His body, His pastimes and He Himself are non different ?

Regards,
Saswata Adhikari

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Answer: They All Connect Us With Krishna

Srila Prabhupada has very nicely answered your question when he was speaking on the Nectar of Devotion in Vrindavana, India on 18 October 1972 as follows:

"Anything about Krishna is non-different. Krishna and Krishna's name, it is the same. There is no difference. In the materialistic view, there is difference between the substance and the name. Just like water. If you are thirsty, simply if I chant, 'Water, water, water,' it will not quench your thirst. You require the substance, water. So similarly,  a person's photograph or a statue is different from the person. If there is a photograph of a certain gentleman and if you want to do business with the photograph, it is not possible. You'll have to seek for the actual person. But in case of Krishna, it is not like that. Krishna, the person, and Krishna's name, Hare Krishna, the same thing. It is not that we are chanting 'Krishna, Krishna' and this Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is different. No. Nāma rūpe krsna avatāra. The name of Krishna and Krishna, the person, identical."

From Srila Prabhupada's wonderful explanation we can understand that meditating on any aspect of the Lord brings us directly into contact with Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 13 December 2012

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Krishna Fully Protects His Devotees

Those who are fully surrendered unto Krishna have nothing to fear in this material world because the Lord will always protect them in all circumstances. When one dedicates his life for spreading the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world it is natural that he will face so many opposing elements. But he has nothing to fear from these opposing elements because he is under Krishna's full protection at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Teaching the Science of the
Bhagavad-gita

Candos, Mauritius--11 December 2012


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Question: Are You God?

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

In the Nectar of Devotion Srila Prabhupada quotes from the Srimad Bhagavatam as follows:

Sage Prabuddha continued to speak to the King as follows: "My dear King, a disciple has to accept the spiritual master not only as spiritual master, but also as the representative of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the Supersoul. In other words, the disciple should accept the spiritual master as God, because he is the external manifestation of Krishna. This is confirmed in every scripture, and a disciple should accept the spiritual master as such."

You are my Guru Maharaja and the representative of God, so I shall accept You as God Himself. Correct? If I am wrong, please correct me.

Your servant
Bhakta David

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Answer: Guru is as Good as God, but He is Not God

Although the spiritual master is to be accepted as good as God, he is not God Himself. God and the spiritual master are two separate persons. Although the spiritual master is not God Himself, because he purely represents God, coming in contact with him is as good as coming in contact with God Himself. We accept his authority and surrender fully unto him just as we accept the authority and surrender unto Krishna Himself. This is described as follows in the Gurvastakam prayers, which we sing every morning:

sāksād-dharitvena samasta-śāśtrair
uktas tathā bhāvyata eva sadbhih
kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya
vande guroh śrī-caranāravindam

"The spiritual master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord, because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is a bona fide representative of Śrī Hari [Krishna]." --Śrī Śrī Gurv-astaka 7

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 12 December 2012

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Our Movement Can Truly Save the World

We cannot stand to see a world which is degrading more and more every day into a condition which is lower than the animals. It breaks our hearts to see how much the people have become confused and misguided. The current world situation is a poignant reconfirmation of the famous saying of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur: "This material world is a not fit place for a gentleman's residence." We are not content to sit idly by while the entire human society becomes more and more corrupted and exploited. Therefore we have dedicated our lives to the non-sectarian mission of reviving the dormant love of Godhead that is currently sleeping in the hearts of all living beings. It is only through this spiritual awakening that people can become truly happy and the world situation can be turned around for the better. The lying, cheating politicians can do nothing to help the people. This Krishna consciousness movement can truly save the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Explaining the Importance of
Srimad Bhagavatam

Phoenix, Mauritius--10 December 2012



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Question: Can You Come to New York?

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

I live in New York City, and I am very eager to see you here. Please let me know if there is any possibility to come here.

Thank you.
Your servant,
Adriana

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Answer: If There is a Strong Enough Interest

Several years ago I was very happy to give an evening lecture in New York at 26 2nd Ave, the sacred place where ISKCON was born in 1966. If there is a strong enough interest from the devotees in New York to nicely promote my lecture and to cover my airfare and accommodations, I would definitely like to come back to lecture and lead kirtan again at 26 2nd Ave, the most sacred place in the entire universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 11 December 2012

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Pure Bhakti Can Arise in the Heart of Anyone

Today one of our readers dropped out of our e-course because she thought that it is something sectarian. This was her misunderstanding. Our philosophy is purely non-sectarian because we acknowledge that pure devotional service can arise with the heart of anyone. It does not matter whether one is a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, a Sikh, a Buddhist, or a Krishnite. If one develops pure love of God within their heart, they are accepted as a first class transcendentalist. The symptom of such self-realized souls is that because they are pure lovers of God they manifest pure love for all of God's creatures in all species of life. Therefore, they do not kill and eat innocent animals; nor do they murder innocent babies within the womb.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Initiation of Visakha devi dasi

Phoenix, Mauritius--9 December 2012



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Question: What is Devotional Dress?

Please accept my obeisances.

I have been studying the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness for a while now and have even begun to practice it in the form of gradually following the principles and chanting the rounds But, as I contemplate a future progression on this path I find myself always stuck on the perceived obligation to wear "devotional dress". I somehow find that this requirement to wear Indian clothing does not have the same philosophical strength as the explanation for the four principles, the obligation to find a spiritual master and the chanting of the mantras. Is it impersonal of me to think like this?

At the same time, on visiting some ISKCON temples I see some devotees that are initiated sometimes wearing, sometimes not wearing the Indian clothes. Are they falling from their duties or is it optional? Does it depend on the instructions of one's spiritual master? Is there a discussion forum on this matter within the movement because I have not been able to find it?

I must say I am a bit confused and would be grateful if you could explain the matter further.

Gratefully,

Ciprian

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Answer: An Ecstatic Celebration of One's Eternal Identity

Although Srila Prabhupada instructed the men to wear tilaka and sikhas, he never ordered them to wear dhotis. However when they spontaneously starting wearing dhotis out of their enthusiasm to become more Krishna conscious, he encouraged it. He even personally taught Hayagriva das how to put on a dhoti correctly.

Even though one can be Krishna conscious in any attire, Srila Prabhupada confirmed that saris and dhotis are standard dress for Vaisnavas. Srila Prabhupada calls them “Vaisnava dress.” Even though saris and dhotis are part of India's fashion history, they are not originally Indian fashions. They are fashions of the spiritual world, as confirmed by Srila Prabhupada.

If it is sometimes necessary to dress as an ordinary gentleman, such as for preaching or for one’s job, one can do so because Krishna consciousness is transcendental to what kind of clothes you are wearing. But because dressing as a Vaisnava helps us to remember our transcendental identity as Vaisnavas, it is always better to dress as a Vaisnava as much as possible, both at home and at the temple. Our principle is to accept whatever is favorable for Krishna consciousness and to reject whatever is unfavorable for our Krishna consciousness. Therefore since wearing Vaisnava dress facilitates our Krishna consciousness, it is recommended and preferred whenever it is possible to dress in this way.

Everyone is welcome to come to our temples, chant Hare Krishna, take prasadam, and worship Krishna with us whether they wear ordinary dress or Vaisnava dress. But one who is serious to awaken his dormant Krishna consciousness will naturally do everything possible to maximize his Krishna consciousness. Such persons naturally adopt Vaisnava dress without any negative feeling of being compelled to do so. In short, dressing as a Vaisnava is an ecstatic celebration of one's eternal identity as a citizen of the spiritual world. This is our culture! We lovingly embrace it!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 
Monday 10 December 2012

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Change World to Suit Prabhupada's Teachings

The spiritual potency of the guru parampara system, the age old system of disciplic succession, only remains intact as long as the teachings of the previous acharyas, the predecessor spiritual masters, are passed on without any addition or subtraction. If the teachings are changed to make them more acceptable to the materialists, those teachings become cut off from the disciplic succession and become completely useless. Therefore we must keep Prabhupada's teachings as they are. So, it is not that we should change Prabhupada's teachings to suit the world. Rather we should change the world to suit Prabhupada's teachings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Home Program--Bhagavad-gita Lecture
Triolet, Mauritius--8 December 2012


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Question: What Does Krishna Mean by Surrender?

Dear Sir,
Please accept my respectful obeisances!

In the 18th chapter of the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krishna says, "Abandon all varieties of religion and simply surrender unto me. I shall save you from all sinful reactions. Do not worry." This verse has been declared as the essence of the Bhagavad-gita. What is religion as mentioned in this verse, and what is the process of surrendering? Does Krishna ask us to leave our occupational duty and surrender unto Him?

Sushant

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Answer: Only Do What Pleases Him

In this verse religion refers to the various types of processes for elevating the consciousness which have been described in the Bhagavad-gita. Now Arjuna is being advised to give up all other systems of spiritual elevation and simply fully surrender himself unto Krishna.

Surrendering to Krishna means to do what Krishna says you should do and to not do what Krishna says you should not do.

Krishna did not ask Arjuna to give up his occupational duty as a warrior. Rather He ordered Arjuna to engage in his occupational duty and offer the results to Krishna. Krishna is not asking you to give up your occupational duty either. He wants you to engage in your occupational duty and offer the results to Him. In other words, whatever money you earn from your job should all be seen as Krishna’s money and should only be spent in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 9 December 2012

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Srila Prabhupada's Non-Sectarian Movement

Even though Srila Prabhupada's Krishna consciousness movement is non-sectarian, sometimes those with incomplete understanding describe it as being sectarian. They think that we are introducing another sect of religion to a world that is already grossly overloaded with hundreds and thousands of religious sects, which conflict with and fight with each other. Just as the sun is one but has hundreds of different names according to the different languages of the world, in the same way God is one but has different names according to the different languages and traditions of the world. To love that one Supreme Person is the one world religion. This is what is being introduced by the non-sectarian Krishna consciousness movement.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Gita Lecture at Temple of Goddess Kali

Solferino, Mauritius--7 December 2012


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Question: Can We Know Our Past Births?

Dear Gurudeva

Is it possible to know about our past births?

Balaji

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Answer: Why Look Back to Countless Lives of Hell?

You have had millions of past births. Why look back to all of the countless hellish situations that you had to suffer through in millions of lifetimes, when you can instead look forward to an eternal life, full of knowledge and bliss by fully surrendering yourself to Krishna?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 8 December 2012

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Grateful to be Awake in Mauritius

Today is the 7th of December 2012. We are flying over Africa on a 6,000 miles, twelve hours overnight flight from London to Mauritius. We will be in this island nation for eight days to speak in various locations on the science of Krishna consciousness. After catching some sleep I decide to get up and do some writing. Around me everyone else is still sleeping. I am feeling very grateful to my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, for enlightening me in this most sublime science of Krishna consciousness. Even after everyone else wakes up they will still be sleeping, caught up in the lower dimensional dream of material consciousness. How fortunate I am that by the grace of my spiritual master I can be awake, living in the higher dimensional realm of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada in Mauritius


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Question: Does the Soul Ever Lost Its Existence?

Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for your genuine reply. I am truly availing the benefits of your self realization course and I am reading the Bhagavad-gita As It Is regularly. I have one more doubt that whether the spirit soul lives eternally even after death or does it merges into the Supreme and loses its existence?

Thanking you, Sir.
Sushant

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Answer: The Soul Remains Eternally as an Individual

Krishna confirms in the Bhagavad-gita that they soul never merges into the Supreme and loses his existence:

na tv evāham jātu nāsam
na tvam neme janādhipāh
na caiva na bhavisyāmah
sarve vayam atah param

"Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings;
nor in the future shall any of us cease to be."
--Bhagavad-gita 2.12

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 7 December 2012

from London, England
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Relief from So-Called Christmas in London

On 5 December 2012 we transited through London on the way to Mauritius where I am give a series of lectures. I was also booked to do an evening lecture at ISKCON's downtown London temple. Travelling between the temple and the airport, we got a huge dose of how London celebrates Christmas. It was, to put it mildly, quite disappointing. One tavern's tribute to Lord Jesus was the words "Ho! Ho! Ho!" painted on its window. Everywhere we saw a fabulous display of lights and glitter, but nowhere did we see Lord Jesus Christ being glorified. Christmas is simply taken as a time for sense gratification. Gone is the mood of worshipping this great pure devotee of the Lord. In all of this glaring garishness there was one place of respite, the Hare Krishna temple on Soho street, a true oasis in the desert.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Downtown London--5 December 2012:



Harrods Department Store


Shiny New Sports Car Under the Christmas Tree


Street Adorned with Christmas Lights


An Oasis in the Desert


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Question: What is Mayavadi Philosophy?

Dear Sir,

What is Mayavadi philosophy? What does it suggest? Is the philosophy correct? Please clear my doubts.

Thanking you!
Sushant

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Answer: Mayavadis Consider God's Form to Be Maya

Mayavadi philosophy is the false doctrine that the form of the Lord is maya or illusion. The Mayavadis say that God is impersonal and formless. They say that we are all God, but that simply we have forgotten it. They say that Krishna does not truly exist as a person and that we do not truly exist as persons. The only thing that truly exists is the formless, impersonal oneness, the Brahman. This is their definition of God.

Their existential view is a reality where love cannot exist. It is dry and unsatisfying. It is denies the personality of the individual and the also the personality of God. How would you like to not exist?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 6 December 2012

from London, England
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Transported into Higher Dimensional Reality

Those who are actually intelligent do not remain slaves of their senses and thus continue as prisoners of the lower dimensional reality, which obliges one to repeatedly, unendingly suffer birth, death, old age, and disease. Those with higher intelligence take advantage of the most amazing technology that can found anywhere in the universe, the Hare Krishna mahamantra. When one faithfully chants this most potent of all mantras, one is transported immediately into the higher dimensional reality where life is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada Chants on Hippy Hill
San Francisco, USA--1967


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Question: How to Master Our Senses?

Dear Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to ask the following questions:
How to master our senses? Is it by abstaining them from feeding? Why is abstinence from sense enjoyment alone not enough to bring one to spiritual perfection? Why is that even while abstaining from the sense of enjoyment, attachment continues to grow?

Yours in Yoga

Janardan Mali
Woodbridge, New Jersey, USA

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Answer: Engage Them 24 Hours in Krishna's Service

Restricting or denying the senses does not free them from their desire for material sense enjoyment, just as denying a thirsty man water does not free him from the thirst for water.

Krishna explains in Bhagavad-gita 2.59:

visayā vinivartante
nirāhārasya dehinah
rasa-varjam raso 'py asya
param drstvā nivartate

"The embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, though the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness."

So, the way to master the senses is to engage them fully 24 hours a day in the service of Lord Krishna beginning with the tongue. By this engagement the senses will enjoy a higher taste than they obtained by material sense enjoyment, and thus the senses will be automatically conquered and fully satisfied.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 5 December 2012

from Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport, USA
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Living in the Greatest Moment in History

No one wants to live a drab, boring existence. Everyone would prefer an exciting, thrilling life which is an adventure at every moment. In this regard the fantastic news is that one who awakens his dormant Krishna consciousness lives at every second in the greatest moment in history. This is so because each of Krishna's unlimited, eternally-happening pastimes is truly the greatest moment in history, and Krishna's pure devotees are participating along with Him in these amazingly sublime pastimes. How this is so cannot be understood by mundane logic, even if one goes on speculating or performing mystic yoga for thousands and millions of years. But it is deeply experienced and relished at every nanosecond by those who have become fully realized in their eternal identities as Krishna's servants.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna's Lila: Eternally History's Greatest Moment


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Question: Is it Wrong to Work for Results?

In one of the most famous verses of the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 2--verse 47; Bhagavan Sri Krishna is asking, "Do your work, but do not expect results or get motivated to do work for the results." What is wrong in expecting a result? I being a chemist, all the time look for my product, that should form as a result of the chemical reaction I did. If the product forms, the next step is to send it to a customer and then again I expect customer will like it and buy it. There is no end to such expectations for good result. I see that obtaining good result is my motivation for doing the hard work. One book, while explaining this verse, even says "those who work for result belong to the lower level of humans." Please help me in understanding the meaning of this sloka (verse).

Arnab Dasgupta.

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Answer: Not if You are Doing it For Krishna

The correct translation of that verse is as follows:

“You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty.”—Bhagavad-gita 2.47

The Krishna conscious devotee is far more results-oriented than the ordinary materialist. The difference is that while the materialist wants to selfishly enjoy the fruits of his work for himself, the devotees selflessly enjoy working and offering the fruit of their work to the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna. Both are eager for the results. The difference is that the non-devotee wants the results for himself (or the expansions of himself in the form of wife and family), while the devotee wants even better results for Krishna. The example is Arjuna. By becoming a devotee he did not give up working for results. After surrendering to Krishna he become very eager for victory on the battlefield for the pleasure of Krishna, and did in fact achieve it in grand style.

Kindly note that if you want to get a clear understanding the Bhagavad-gita, you should only read Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Other editions often give an unclear or even distorted presentation of the verses and their meanings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 4 December 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Sankirtana Bliss in Austin

On Saturday 1 December 2012 devotees from ISKCON Austin took the holy names and holy books of Srila Prabhupada out to the Austin public. They set up a book display rack and sang Hare Krishna kirtan at the downtown Austin famer's market. Their kirtan attracted the people to come and see the display of Srila Prabhupada's beautifully books displayed in a very first class way. And then the devotees would convince them to take a book and give a donation. Many books were distributed. There is no greater bliss than giving Krishna consciousness to others because the more you give Krishna, the more you get Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Devotee Boy, Kirtan, Leads Kirtan



Devotees Distribute Srila Prabhupada's Books


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Question: How to Attain Equanimity?

Dear Gurudeva,
Namaste.

I would like to ask the following questions:

Why does our mind get caught between the dichotomy of dualities? Why do we hear throughout our lives conflicting conclusions and adhere to false conceptions? How to make the mind steadfast when one has little or no knowledge of the ultimate truth? How to achieve state of equanimity?

Janardan Mali

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Answer: See All Through the Eyes of Bhagavad-gita

By forgetting that we are eternal spirit-souls, servants of Lord Krishna we are immediately plunged into the ocean of dualities. This material world is a place of conflicting viewpoints. This is so because everyone here considers themselves to be the Lord of all they survey. If many rocks are thrown into a pond, the waves generated by each rock will naturally conflict and collide with each other. But if all the rocks are thrown into the same place, there will be no conflicting waves.

The way to make the mind steadfast, to bring it to a state of equanimity, is to see that Krishna is the supreme enjoyer, the owner of everything, and the best friend of all living beings. Krishna declares in the Bhagavad-gita that only a person who sees in this way can attain true peace.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 3 December 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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For a Devotee Death Means Rejuvenation

In this material world everyone is afraid of death. But for a person who dedicates his life fully to Krishna there is nothing at all to be feared from death. For the devotee death is rejuvenation. Even if he has a slight tinge of material desire, he will get a brand new material body to serve Krishna with better facility in this world in his next life, or if he has become 100% pure, he will get an eternally youthful spiritual body with unlimited facility for serving Krishna in the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Prabhupada Bestows Deathlessness by Initiation



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Prabhupada Criticize Gay Marriage?

You recently addressed the question of why do we not support gay marriage by answering that gay marriage promotes illicit sex. You have routinely said that as a "bona fide spiritual master" you neither embellish nor add to nor subtract from the Vedic teachings as you were guided through them by your guru. You have routinely said that your opinion does not matter. So please explain where in Prabhupada's books or the Vedic teachings that it says anything about gay marriage and how such a marriage differs from a heterosexual marriage.

If my wife and I find out that we're incapable of having children does this mean our marriage is worthless? Do we have the option of staying married provided we become celibate? I know that you are married. Are you currently trying to have children? What gives your marriage such validity?

T.S.

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Answer: Yes, Many Times

Thank you very much for openly expressing your thoughts to me. I really appreciate that.

I don't say that I am a bona fide spiritual master. I am simply the humble servant of my spiritual master entrusted with the duty of making his teachings known to the world. I am purely representing Srila Prabhupada's position on gay marriage. You may agree or disagree, but you should understand that I am purely representing my spiritual master. Srila Prabhupada many times criticized gay marriage. Here are three examples:

"The homosexual appetite of a man for another man is demoniac and is not for any sane male in the ordinary course of life."
--from Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 3.20.26

"They are encouraging homosex, giving man-to-man marriage. You know that? This is going on. Doing everything nonsense."
--from a conversation in Mumbai, India-- April 28, 1977, Bombay

"The priests are sermonizing on this idea of man-to-man marriage. Just see how degraded they have become. Previously was there any conception like this, at least outside America? Nobody thought that a man could be married to another man. What is this? And the priests are supporting it."
--from a conversation--June 11, 1974, Paris

Regarding a married man and woman, Prabhupada taught us that a married couple is not obliged to have children. So there is nothing wrong for a married couple to stay together even if they are celibate. Instead of producing children they can expand the family of Vaisnavas by preaching.

The bottom line is the gay marriage legitimatizes gay sex, which is illegitimate because it cannot produce children. Therefore we are opposed to gay marriage. By taking this position are purely representing our spiritual master's position.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 2 December 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Serve the Vaisnavas with Love

The more that one becomes absorbed in serving the Vaisnavas, the more he makes advancement in Krishna consciousness. A devotee who does not serve Vaisnavas is called a kanistha adhikari or a materialistic devotee. Loving and serving Vaisnavas is the quickest and easiest way to make advancement on the golden road of unlimited devotion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotee Serving Prasadam to Other Devotees


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Not Gay Marriage?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Another question I have is about gay marriage. One of the struggles I have with most major religions is that they teach that gay people are demonic. I know many gay people and they are people just like us. Many of them hurt a great deal by the oppression and discrimination they face in society. I understand that any illicit sex is wrong, but does this not also apply to a heterosexual couple not trying to have children? Why should we limit marriage to straight couples? God makes all creatures, so he makes gay people too. I can understand preaching against illicit sex, but I don't understand why we preach against gay marriage. In this case we should also preach against heterosexual marriage for couples who are incapable of having children.

Thank you so much for your time and guidance.

Kayton Parekh

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Answer: It Encourages Illicit Sex

In this material world we are all demoniac because we have all come here due to our rebellion against the supremacy of the Lord. In spite of that because the spark of divinity is there in all living beings everyone should be honored and respected. Therefore our Vaisnava philosophy is that even the little ant must be respected, what to speak of the human beings. By nature's way sex is only for procreation. Therefore both forms of non-procreational sex are wrong: heterosexual and homosexual. We have no objection if two men or two women want to their spend their lives together as intimate associates, but because gay marriage encourages illicit sex, therefore it is not good and should not be allowed. Can you show me an example of a celibate gay married couple?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 1 December 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA
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Flood the World with Prabhupada's Books

The knowledge in Srila Prabhupada's books is exactly what everyone needs in order to become happy. Therefore the wide scale distribution of Srila Prabhupada's books is the most important welfare work for the deliverance of the human society from the miseries of material existence. Thus, if we truly care about our friends, neighbors, family members, and fellow citizens of planet earth, we must induce them read and follow Srila Prabhupada's books. These sublime spiritual masterpiece books of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada will bring in a new age of peace, prosperity, and happiness for the entire world population, but only if we massively distribute them.

Every year at this time the ISKCON devotees all over the world engage in a book distribution marathon for distributing as many of Srila Prabhupada's books as possible. Contact your nearest ISKCON center to see what you can do to participate in this wonderful act of mercy for saving the lost souls of this age.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Distributing Prabhupada's Books is Ultimate Bliss



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Free Will and Predetermination

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Another question I have is about the paradox of free will and predetermination. If we are given free will, how is it that everything is written. How can we choose what our path is if we don't have control on the outcome. I asked this question to an aspiring devotee, and the answer I got was that if we pursue material advancement, then all is predetermined, but if we pursue spiritual advancement then we are at free will. I was not satisfied with this answer. So I hoped you might be able to explain better.

Thank you so much for your time and guidance.

Kayton Parekh

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Answer: Use Free Will Properly. Get Total Freedom.

Regarding this question: The devotee has answered you correctly. But perhaps if I elaborate a little further, it will become clear to you. Consider this example: One's activities must be conducted under the laws of the government while at the same time one has a free will. He can choose to be either a law abiding citizen or a criminal. In either case he will regulated by the government. As a free citizen who obeys the state laws he enjoys so many freedoms. Or as a criminal he will be forced to live the completely regimented life of a prison inmate.

So we have a free will. We can choose which of the Lord's energies we would like to serve. We can serve His material energy in the cycle of birth and death and be carried along on the predetermined conveyor belt of repeated birth and death. Or we can choose to serve His spiritual energy in an eternal life of full freedom. The choice is totally ours how we want to live. If we use free will properly, we will enjoy an eternal life of unlimited freedom. Or if we abuse free will, we will experience ongoing suffering being beaten by the whips of the material energy. Of course, there is no eternal damnation. One who has misused his free will can rectify himself at any time and return to his original position of unlimited freedom.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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