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Thursday 28 February 2013

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Our Only Safe Position in a World of Dangers

What to do in a world of calamities where there is danger at every step? Our only shelter is the boat of the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna. Nothing else can save us. Therefore let us give up all the false shelters and place ourselves securely at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Merciful Krishna Gives His Devotees All Protection



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Most Powerful Krishna Mantra?

Dear Sir,

Pranam.

Please advise what is the most powerful mantra of Lord Krishna, which can be chanted daily, at all times and at all places.

Regards

Padmakumar

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Answer: The Hare Krishna Mahamantra

The most powerful of all mantras (Krishna or otherwise) is the Hare Krishna mahamantra. This mantra can deliver the entire world:

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


Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 27 February 2013

from Sridham Mayapur, West Bengal, India
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Going Through Hell for Krishna

The more that we are willing to go through hell for Krishna, the more Krishna sees that we truly love Him and the more we become blessed with transcendental happiness. This is very nicely illustrated by one of Krishna's pastimes.

One time Krishna pretended that He had a headache. Many physicians came to cure Him, but still His "headache" persisted. Finally He said, "No physician has been able to cure me. But if my devotee can give me the dust of his feet on my head, then I can be cured." So a messenger began approaching all of the devotees asking that them to give their foot dust to cure Krishna's headache. But nobody wanted to give. They were thinking, "If I give the dust of my feet for Krishna's head, I will go to hell." Even when Narada Muni was approached he said, "How it is possible that I shall give the dust of my feet to Krishna? No, no, no, it is not possible."

Then Krishna asked His messenger "Go to Vrindavana and ask the gopis if they can give their foot dust. They are My best friends. See if they are prepared to give some foot dust. I am very much suffering from headache." Even though nobody else was prepared to give, as soon as the gopis were approached they thought, "Oh no, my beloved Krishna is sick! Foot dust is needed to cure His headache?" They immediately told the messenger, "Please take. Please take." In amazement the messenger asked them, "Aren't you afraid that by giving your foot dust to Krishna that you will go to hell?" The gopis replied, "We do not care if we go to hell by offering our dust of feet on the head of Krishna. Never mind if we shall go to hell. Let Krishna be happy. That's all. Krishna will be happy." This is the mood of the gopis. It doesn't matter to the gopis if they have to go to hell or even the whole world has to go to hell. For them Krishna's satisfaction is all that matters. This mood of service to Krishna is called uttama bhakti, the topmost level of spiritual perfection known as pure devotional service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





The Most Merciful Panca Tattva Deities

ISKCON Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir
Sridham Mayapur, West Bengal, India


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Vaishnavism Instead of Krishnaism?

Thank you so much, Sri Gurudeva, for helping me through the miseries of life.

I have a question about the popular term "Vaishnavism", which means devotion to Lord Vishnu. Since the scriptures reveal that the original form of the Supreme Person is Lord Sri Krishna, shouldn't the path of devotion to Him be called Krishnaism instead of Vaishnavism?

Your humble servant
Akshay

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Answer: Krishna is the Original Form of Vishnu

Because Krishna is the original form of Vishnu, Krishnaism can also be called Vaishnavism.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 26 February 2013

from Bhaktivedanta Research Centre--Kolkata, India
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Last Leg of Journey to Mayapur

25 February 2013--We are now finally just one step away from arriving in the Lord's holy dhama. We are stopping at the Bhaktivedanta Research Centre in Kolkata to see this important ISKCON project which is dedicated to preserving the Vaisnava literatures. Currently they have 3,500 titles in their library and are actively in the process of acquiring as many as possible. These literatures are the most important literatures for the deliverance of the human society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Bhaktivedanta Research Centre

Kolkata, India


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Am I Insulting the Demigods?

Dear Sir,

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am daily chanting Hare Krishna and I love to read the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. I always like to engage myself in reading the transcendental activities of Krishna. But at the same time I do not like worshipping the other demigods such as Ganesh and Shiva because I know that only Krishna is worshipable. Am I insulting the demigods? Please guide me about this. This is my humble request to you.

Sushant

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Answer: You Are Doing the Best Demigod Service

When you water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are nourished. Similarly, when you serve Lord Krishna, who is the root of everything, all the demigods are automatically satisfied. When you serve Krishna you are the doing the best service to demigods, better than serving them directly.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 25 February 2013

from London en route to Sridham Mayapur, India
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Brief But Ecstatic Stopover in the UK

We had a good chunk of hours between our arrival in London from the USA and our departure to India. So we took advantage of the stopover to visit ISKCON's wonderful Bhaktivedanta Manor for the celebration of Lord Nityananda's appearance day. The devotees scheduled for me to give a song class in Srila Prabhupada's quarters on "Nitai Pada Kamala", a song by Narottama Das Thakur, which describes the wonderful glories of Lord Nityananda. It was a wonderful relief from all the mundane association on the airplanes and at the airport. I met with devotees to answer their questions about devotional service, gave class, honored the feast, and headed back to the airport feeling uplifted and spiritually surcharged. It is indeed sublime how Srila Prabhupada has created such a wonderful world wide spiritual society. There are now so many transcendental oases in this vast desert of material existence where one can be surcharged with transcendental bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Song Class on "
Nitai Pada Kamala
"
Bhaktivedanta Manor--23 February 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should One Maintain Good Bodily Physique?

Dear Sir,

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

My question is: Should one make efforts to maintain a good body physique? Unless one has good health he cannot perform his prescribed duties perfectly. Does maintaining good health makes one identify himself with the temporary body?

Sushant

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Answer: Yes, For Krishna's Service

One should not serve his body taking it as the all in all. But since the body is to be used in Krishna’s service, one should keep it in a strong, healthy condition for rendering nice service to the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 24 February 2013

from London en route to Sridham Mayapur, India
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Which is Better: Spirituality or Religion?

Secularism or materialism will never bring the desired peace and happiness in the world because by nature everyone has their own separate self interest, which will inevitably conflict with someone else's self interest. Therefore for genuine world peace, there must a common center for all, a God-centered conception, to which everyone can subordinate themselves. This will bring everyone together on a common platform. In this way everyone can act for God's interest instead of their own interest and be fully happy and peaceful.

But if religion is introduced in a sectarian way, problems will still persist. Sectarian religion is very divisive. It pits those of one religion against those of different religions to such an extent that they sometimes even kill and torture each other. Therefore non-sectarian religion, i.e. spirituality, is what is needed in the world today in order to bring in the much desired peace. In other words we must approach God scientifically and not sentimentally. One who is learned in the science of God will not find fault with someone for calling out to the Lord with a different name from the name that he uses to address the Lord. Just as the sun has many different names in many different languages, but is still only one sun, in a similar way God is one, although He has many different names according to the many different world languages.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Harinam Sankirtana, the Universal Religion

In Downtown London, United Kingdom


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Detach from Friends and Family?

Please accept my respectful obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I have been chanting for almost four years now but I'm still attached to people in my surroundings (family, friends, my boyfriend, etc). I feel I can't live without those around me. It's very hard to deal with knowing that to progress in Krishna consciousness, one should be completely detached. I thought by chanting, everything will come naturally and one day I will be able to master my emotions. But it's not happening. Is there anything I can do?

Thanking you in advance for your reply.

Your humble servant

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Answer: Attach Yourself and Them to Krishna

Those around you will only be there temporarily. So you should not base your happiness on them. Instead you should base your happiness on your eternal relationship with Krishna as His servant because only this relationship will give you genuine happiness.

Regarding those who are near and dear to you, emotions can’t be denied. Therefore you should manifest compassion for them by as much as possible facilitating the awakening of their dormant Krishna consciousness. In this way you will be simultaneously detached and emotionally satisfied.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 23 February 2013

from en route to Sridham Mayapur, India
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We All Need Lord Nityananda's Mercy

Today is the most auspicious appearance day of Lord Nityananda. In observance of this momentous occasion devotees all over the world are fasting until noon. Narottama Das Thakur has very nicely sung regarding Lord Nityananda:

nitāi-pada-kamala, koti-candra-suśītala
je chāyāy jagata jurāy
heno nitāi bine bhāi, rādhā-krsna pāite nāi
drdha kori' dharo nitāir pāy

"The lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are a shelter where one will get the soothing moonlight not only of one, but of millions of moons. If the world wants to have real peace, it should take shelter of Lord Nityananda. Unless one takes shelter under the shade of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, it will be very difficult for him to approach Radha-Krishna. If one actually wants to enter into the dancing party of Radha-Krishna, he must firmly catch hold of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda."

If we take advantage of the unlimited kindness of Lord Nityananda and sincerely beg for His mercy, especially today on His most sacred appearance day, surely He will kindly bestow His causeless mercy upon us so that we can become happily situated in pure devotional service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





The Moonlike Lord Nityananda



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Does Krishna Consciousness Mean?

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

What does it mean for a person to be situated in Krishna consciousness? Is a person who is chanting 16 rounds regularly Krishna conscious? Or is following the regulative principles without fail the symptom of someone who is in Krishna consciousness? Or is it something more than that?

Gurudeva, please clarify my doubt. It is my humble request.

Thank you,
Your servant,

Geetha

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Answer: Always Remember and Never Forget Krishna

To be in Krishna consciousness means to always remember Krishna and never forget Him. It is as simple as that. Such a person who is always remembering Krishna will naturally chant at least 16 rounds a day of the Hare Krishna mantra on prayer beads while simultaneously avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. Such a Krishna conscious person will also naturally lovingly serve the Lord 24 hours day and dedicate his entire life for broadcasting the glories of the Lord to an ignorant world, which so desperately needs to hear them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 22 February 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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En Route to Sridham Mayapur

Today we heading out via London to the most holy abode, Sridham Mayapur, located in West Bengal on the bank of the sacred Ganges river. Because this is the place where Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared 500 years ago it is imbued with great spiritual potency. Anyone who spends even a few minutes in Mayapur is unlimitedly blessed for all of eternity by the divine influence of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is personally present in Sridham Mayapur to this very day, even though He is not physically manifest.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Sridham Mayapur on the Bank of the Ganges


Srila Prabhupada's Puspa Samadhi in Mayapur


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Language in the Spiritual World?

Dear Gurudeva,

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

What is the language spoken in the spiritual world?

Thanking you.

Yours humbly,
Kesaven

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Answer: The Most Perfect Language, Sanskrit

Srila Prabhupada has very nicely answered your question as follows in a letter to Madhusudana Das written in Los Angeles on 1 February 1968:

“Yes, Sanskrit is spoken not only on Krishna Loka but also in higher planets, of the demigods. It is called the language of God and the demigods. It was spoken also on this planet, when people were all godly, they used to speak in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is the origin of all languages of the civilized peoples. It is most perfect, not only descriptive; the word 'Sanskrit'' means 'the most perfect'. Because not a single word you can pronounce without having a bona fide principle. It is not like the English language, 'but, put' with irrational difference in pronunciation, no principles. Sanskrit isn't like that. Therefore it is perfect. It isn't whimsical. English poetry has one line one inch long, next line 600 inches long. Sanskrit is not like that. There are strict principles, and it is so beautiful. Therefore in Sanskrit language not an ordinary man can become a poet. No other language of the world can be compared with it. No other language of the world is so perfect as Sanskrit. Any language near to Sanskrit language (like Bengali) is nearer to perfection. Sanskrit is pronounced same way here or there, it is standard.”

It's really amazing that we can quote the Supreme Lord speaking in exactly in the same language that He speaks.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 21 February 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Fly High in the Friendly, Beautiful Spiritual Sky

You are the pilot of the airplane of your mind. So, it is your choice at what altitude you will fly. You can fly at a low altitude and be tossed hither and thither, buffeted by the stormy winds of the three modes of material nature. Or you can fly at a high altitude in the transcendental dimension where all the miseries of material existence are conspicuous by their absence. Therefore it is completely up to you whether you will suffer or enjoy. If you will give up sinful activities and regularly and devotedly chant the holy names of God, you will experience the unlimited happiness of always flying smoothly in the friendly and most beautiful spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Reside With Krishna and the Gopis Forever



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Attachment to Devotees is Bad?

I am getting attached to the devotees at the ISKCON temple. Is that a bad thing?

Humble obeisances,
Amar

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Answer: Become Liberated by Such Attachment

When Narada Muni was a young boy in his previous lifetime he became liberated from material existence because of his attachment to the sages who were staying in the forest nearby his home. He describes this in the Srimad Bhagavatam, 1st Canto, Chapter 5, Text 29 as follows:

“I was very much attached to those sages. I was gentle in behavior, and all my sins were eradicated in their service. In my heart I had strong faith in them. I had subjugated the senses, and I was strictly following them with body and mind.”

Therefore my humble suggestion to you is that you should be very attached to the ISKCON devotees. With gentle behavior and strong faith you should serve them with love, subjugating your senses and strictly following them with your body and your mind. In this way you will awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness within your heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 20 February 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Always Maintain an Attitude of Gratitude

We should not blame Krishna for whatever difficulties and hardships that we face. Instead we should always gratefully see how Krishna is bestowing His kindness upon us in so many ways at every minute. By always maintaining this attitude of gratitude, we will always be happy and peaceful in all varieties of circumstances, even in the most trying and taxing situations.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Always Bestows Sweet Kindness Upon Us


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Qualification for Preaching?

What is the qualification for preaching? Is the number of rounds which we chant the qualification, or is it simply the desire to preach? What does Srila Prabhupada want us to do? Should we first chant 16 rounds and then preach, or should we become completely pure devotees and then preach?

Your servant
Praveen

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Answer: Conviction

The qualification is conviction, that you must be completely convinced that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If you have this conviction you will naturally surrender to Krishna and chant the prescribed number of rounds every day, and you naturally tell everyone you meet about Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 19 February 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Get Out of Maya and Become All-Blissful

At the present moment we are captivated by the material energy and have thus forgotten our eternal identities as the Lord's servants in His amazing transcendental abode. Thus we are unnecessarily suffering in so many ways the pangs of birth, death, old age, and disease. Instead of prolonging our suffering by stubbornly holding onto our sense-gratification-hungry false egos, we should take shelter of Krishna by regularly chanting His holy names and thus regain our eternal, all-blissful transcendental identities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Awaits Our Return to His Kingdom



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Nothing to Do Beyond Knowing Krishna?

In Bhagavad-gita 4.9 Lord Krishna states:

"One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna."

If one knows as stated in this verse, does it mean that he has no thing further to do?

Mukesh Doshi

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Answer: If One Knows Krishna, He Surrenders

One who actually knows the transcendental nature of the appearance and activities of Krishna will naturally follow the instruction of Lord Krishna in Chapter 18, Text 66 of the Bhagavad-gita and fully surrender himself unto Lord Krishna. Such a surrendered devotee cannot remain idle even for a second. He fully absorbs himself in Krishna conscious activities as much as possible 24 hours a day. If a person has not surrendered to Krishna and is thus not always absorbed in serving Him, this is a clear indication that he has not yet understood the transcendental nature of Krishna’s appearance and activities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 18 February 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Krishna's Mercy Flows Like Niagara Falls in Austin

Once again on 16 February 2013 the magical potency of Lord Sri Krishna's name manifested on Austin's South Congress Avenue. This time there were twelve of us singing and dancing in ecstasy to awaken ourselves in self-realization and to bestow self-realization upon the sleeping souls of this world. It is sometimes said that there is strength in numbers. In the case of our holy name chanting party this principle is quite appropriate. The spiritual energy was flowing through us like Niagara Falls bestowing unlimited tons of mercy upon everyone who came within earshot of the chanting, even the many dogs who came by walking their masters.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Ecstatic
Kirtan
Attracts the Attention of Passersby
Austin, Texas USA--16 February 2013


Nothing is More Ecstatic than Hare Krishna Kirtan


Four Young Women Sing and Dance With Us


A Family Stops to Sing and Buy One of Our Books



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Taste the Nectar of Krishna's Name?

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

I am chanting 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra regularly on japa mala beads since 2010. But I am still not able to taste the nectar which is hidden in the word Krishna. How I should chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra so that I can taste the nectar? The other question is: What is sincere chanting?

Renu G.

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Answer: Follow Rupa Goswami's Instructions

Sincere chanting is the chanting that will enable you to taste the nectar of Lord Sri Krishna's holy name. Srila Rupa describes the stages that one has to go through in order to get to the stage of ruci or taste. To get to that stage you must have faith in Krishna and you must associate with devotees. Then you must be initiated by the bona fide spiritual master and cleanse the dirt from your heart by faithfully serving and following your spiritual master's instructions. Thus you will becomes solidly fixed in Krishna consciousness and reach the ruci stage where you will derive unlimited nectar by combining these two syllables: "krish" and " na."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 17 February 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Unflinching Faith in Spiritual Master or Doom

If one wants to be properly situated in Krishna consciousness and make steady advancement on the path of bhakti, he must have complete faith in the guru, who helps the disciple make progress in spiritual life. As soon as the disciple thinks independently, not caring for the instructions of the spiritual master, his spiritual life is doomed. This is confirmed as follows in the Śvetāśvatara Upanisad 6.23:

yasya deve parā bhaktir
yathā-deve tathā gurau
tasyaite kathitā hy arthāh
prakāsante mahāt
manah

“Only unto those great souls who have unflinching, implicit faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge automatically revealed.”

Therefore it should be clearly understood that one who is unflinchingly devoted to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, and similarly devoted to the spiritual master, with no ulterior motive, becomes a perfect knower of the Absolute Truth as revealed in the Vedic wisdom.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Reveals the Absolute Truth



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: No Time for Japa

If time is not available to chant 16 rounds with beads, due to grihastha ashram duties, but one is always hearing the glories and bhajans of Srimati Radharani and Krishna and is very much hungry to proceed in Krishna consciousness, what is the solution?

Servant of Servant
Bharathi

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Answer: Reduce Sense Gratification

In such a situation one must spend less time on material sense gratification so that they will have sufficient time to chant at least 16 rounds daily of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 16 February 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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I Want the Entire World to Be Krishna Conscious

I can't stand seeing the entire world in such a unnecessarily miserable condition. If the world's people would simply add Krishna consciousness to their lives, this place would become heaven on earth. So somehow or other we must find the ways and means to induce them all to read Srila Prabhupada's books and thus receive the knowledge of how they can constantly live in the realm of pure transcendental happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Vaisesika Prabhu Distributing Prabhupada's Books



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Stop Seeing Others' Faults?

How can I stop looking at the faults of others?

Regards,
Parag R. Rane

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Answer: See Your Faults and Krishna's Glories

Look at your own faults and always glorify Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 15 February 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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When Greed Becomes the Best Available Path

Greed for wealth, women, and power destroys one's ability to become a spiritually awakened being. However if one is very greedy to advance in his Krishna consciousness, this is a great boon. In fact, Srila Prabhupada describes that this greed for bhakti is the best path available. In this regard it is stated by Srila Rupa Goswami:

krsna-bhakti-rasa-bhāvitā matih
krīyatām yadi kuto 'pi labhyate
tatra laulyam api mūlyam ekalam
janma-koti-sukrtair na labhyate


"Pure devotional service in Krishna consciousness
cannot be had even by pious activity in hundreds and thousands of lives.
It can be attained only by paying one price - that is, intense greed to obtain it.
If it is available somewhere, one must purchase it without delay."

--Padyāvalī 14

Therefore greed should not be given up. It should be purified by engaging it in the service of Krishna. We should be greedy to awaken our dormant Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Beautiful Krishna is Calling You Back to His Abode


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should We Pray for Material Benefit?

If we want some material benefit, since we are living in the material world, should we ask Lord Krishna for it, or will Krishna automatically provide for His devotee? Someone said that even if we are sincerely cultivating bhakti, we still have to ask for material things. Is this true?

As a normal ordinary person I have desire, anger, etc. Through Krishna consciousness I am slowly getting rid of these and maintaining calmness, coolness, and composure. But in spite of chanting with beads and without beads, the material energy pulls me to ask the Lord for some material benefits. Is it right? I am 57 years old.

How to get rid of this? Your answer would be highly appreciated.

Sincerely Yours

Dr. R.

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Answer: Only Pray for Pure Krishna Bhakti

As a child growing up did you ever have to ask your parents to feed you? The child does not have to ask. Since the parents love the child they naturally supply him with sufficient foodstuffs without his having to ask. Simply the child should inquire from the parents how he can serve.

Similarly, since God loves us He has already made arrangements for our material necessities. Begging him for these things is not very pleasing to Him because it indicates that we do not trust Him. Therefore instead of praying for material necessities we should only pray to the Lord begging us to engage us in His devotional service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 14 February 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Planet Earth Is Being Turned into a Toxic Waste Dump

At the present moment due to godless leaders the entire planet earth is gradually being transformed into an uninhabitable toxic waste dump. Everywhere things are becoming more and more polluted: the rivers, the oceans, the underground water table, the forests, the cities, the countryside, the air, etc. In spite of so much rhetoric about cleaning up the environment, the world's leaders are not able to do anything tangible about it because they are simply puppets in the hands of the greedy few who possess massive economic power. These vested interests care naught for the welfare of the human population. They are simply driven by their lust for more and more sense gratification, especially in the form of wealth and power. The people in general are forced for their livelihoods to work long hours in tedious jobs that they don't like. To do so they are crammed into congested, hellish, crime-ridden, dangerous, dirty cities. This is not the way that human life is supposed to be. In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains very nicely what is the proper standard of human life in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.11.12 as follows:

"Human energy should be properly utilized in developing the finer senses for spiritual understanding, in which lies the solution of life. Fruits, flowers, beautiful gardens, parks and reservoirs of water with ducks and swans playing in the midst of lotus flowers, and cows giving sufficient milk and butter are essential for developing the finer tissues of the human body. As against this, the dungeons of mines, factories and workshops develop demoniac propensities in the working class. The vested interests flourish at the cost of the working class, and consequently there are severe clashes between them in so many ways. "

If the world's leaders are not willing to act for the true welfare of the people, it's time now that they step down and allow the enlightened well-wishers of the human society to lead the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Toxic Atmosphere Degrades Human Consciousness


Sublime Atmosphere Helps Higher Consciousness



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Perform Mangala-Arati?

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

How can I perform mangala-arati at home? What do I need to perform mangala-arati? I don't have the facilities to go to the temple in the morning. Which mantras should I recite for mangala-arati?

Shewtahal

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Answer: Follow These Procedures

It’s not difficult. In fact it’s quite ecstatic. I am starting you off with a very simple standard as follows:

Set up an altar with pictures of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, Panca Tattva, and Radha-Krishna. Offer arati to them with incense, ghee lamp, flower and camara whisk. While offering the arati sing Prabhupada’s pranam mantras, the Gurvastakam prayers, the Panca Tattva mantra, the Hare Krishna mantra, and conclude with, “haraye namah, krishna yadavaya namah gopala govinda rama sri-madhusudana.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 13 February 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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The Magic of Attending Mangala-Arati

A Godbrother of mine very wisely said that if you attend mangala-arati, magic will happen in your day. Mangala-arati means "auspicious welcoming ceremony for the Lord." It is to be conducted no later than one-and-a-half hours before sunrise. In ISKCON temples around the world it is celebrated every day at 4:30 A.M. It is our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, who taught us to perform mangala-arati. He writes in his purport to Nectar of Instruction, verse 3:

"In this Krishna consciousness movement we require everyone to rise early in the morning, by four A.M., and attend mangala-arati, or morning worship."

So whether one lives in a temple or lives at home, those who are following the principles of Krishna consciousness rise every day no later than four A.M. and celebrate mangala-arati. Mangala-arati is such an important part of our Krishna conscious life that we can judge our level of advancement in Krishna consciousness simply by how we experience mangala-arati. In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains in a Bhagavad-gita lecture he gave in London on 26 August 1973:

"So the test is within our hand. If during mangala-arati we feel laziness, that means I'm not yet spiritually advanced. And if one feels enthused, 'Now it is time for mangala-arati, let me stand up, let me do this,' then it is spiritual. Anyone can test."

So everyone who is serious to awaken the dormant love of God within their hearts should rise no later than 4 A.M. and exuberantly celebrate mangala-arati.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Mangala-Arati at ISKCON Austin--9 February 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who is My Real Friend and Real Enemy?

In this material world, who is my real friend, and who is my real enemy?

Amit Gupta

Delhi, India

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Answer: Who Helps You Remember or Forget Krishna

Your real friend is the person who helps you remember Krishna, and your real enemy is that person who helps you forget Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 12 February 2013

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Great Joy to See Sincere Souls Take to Bhakti

On 10 February 2013 at ISKCON Austin I initiated two new disciples into our disciplic succession, Bhaktavatsala Das and Sulaksana Devi Dasi. It brings great joy to the heart to see sincere souls realizing the illusory nature of material happiness and thus taking to the path of unlimited happiness in the devotional service of the Lord. This material world is a nasty, dangerous place. But if one takes to Krishna consciousness seriously, all of his problems will be solved.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Ecstatic Initiation Ceremony
10 February 2013 at ISKCON Austin:



Initiation of Bhaktavatsala Das



Initiation of Sulaksana Devi Dasi



Fire Sacrifice Ceremony



Ecstatic Hare Krishna
Kirtan


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is this a Contradiction?

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

Your Grace mentioned recently in one of your answers that Krishna is emanating innumerable living entities from Himself every moment. I do not understand how this agrees with Krishna's statement in the Bhagavad-gita (2.12):

na tv evaham jatu nasam
na tvam neme janadhipah

"Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings."

If Your Grace says that at every moment Krishna is emanating living entities, does it not appear to mean that some living entities have come into existence just at this particular moment and did not exist before this moment? I mean to say, Your Grace, that time seems to enter when you say Krishna is emanating living entities at this moment, which appears to contradict the spiritual conclusion that the living entity is eternal, without beginning or end. So I became a little confused. I would be very happy to receive clarification on this subject, if Your Grace could spend some time.

Thank you for spending time and I'm very happy to see the Sankirtana movement being spread all over the world. I wish I could soon join Caitanya Mahaprabhu's sublime mission.

Your servant,
Suresh

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Answer: Here is the Simple Understanding

It is very simple to understand. All of the living entities are eternal emanations of Krishna. They have always been emanated by Him in the past. They are all being emanated by Him now. And they will always be emanated from Him in the future as well.

Kindly use whatever spare time you have to render service at your nearest ISKCON temple. In this way you have already joined Lord Caitanya's mission. And if there is no ISKCON temple or center in your area, you can join His mission simply by telling everyone you meet about Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 11 February 2013

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Exuberantly Sing and Dance

We have the greatest cause for celebration. The sweet water ocean of Lord Caitanya's mercy is inundating the universe and drowning everyone. Therefore do not remain on the shore of birth, death, old age, and disease. Instead you should dive into this ocean of mercy and immediately become liberated from all material miseries. Diving into this most sublime ocean is not all difficult. It can be immediately be done. All you have to is exuberantly sing and dance:

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


Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Exuberant Song and Dance on a Cold, Rainy Day
Austin, Texas USA--9 February 2013













Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Was Mira Bai a Pure Devotee of Krishna?

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

Was Mira Bai a pure devotee of Krishna according to Srila Prabhupada? Is she a great authority? Was she one of the eight main gopis in Vrindavana?

Regards,
Saswata

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Answer: Staunch Devotee of Giridhari

Srila Prabhupada has written in his purport to SB 2.3.15:

“The celebrated Mira Bai was a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna as the great lifter of Govardhana Hill.”

As we have no record of him saying anything else in regards to Mira Bai, we should not speculate as to what is her identity in the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 10 February 2013

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The Krishna Consciousness Movement is Authorized

The Krishna Consciousness movement is not a sentimental concocted movement. It is fully authorized by Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, to guide the entire human society in the principles of what is a proper life for going back home, back to Godhead. This authority has been carefully handed down through an unbroken chain of disciplic succession beginning with Krishna Himself. This authorized disciplic line is as follows:

1. Krishna
2. Brahma
3. Narada
4. Vyasa
5. Madhva
6. Padmanabha
7. Nrhari
8. Madhava
9. Aksobhya
10. Jaya Tirtha
11. Jnanasindhu
12. Dayanidhi
13. Vidyanidhi
14. Rajendra
15. Jayadharma
16. Purusottama
17. Brahmanya Tirtha
18. Vyasa Tirtha
19. Laksmipati
20. Madhavendra Puri
21. Isvara Puri, (Nityananda, Advaita)
22. Lord Caitanya
23. Rupa, (Svarupa, Sanatana)
24. Raghunatha, Jiva
25. Krishnadasa
26. Narottama
27. Visvanatha
28. (Baladeva) Jagannatha
29. Bhaktivinoda
30. Gaurakisora
31. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
32. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
33. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's Disciples

When one surrenders to a current link in this disciplic succession he or she also becomes an authorized member of this disciplic succession, fully qualified to go back to Godhead and to train others how to go back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna, the Supreme All-Attractive Personality


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Is It So Hard to Be Detached?

Please accept my humble obeisances

Why is it so difficult to get detached with someone who is very dear and close to us? Is it an offence if we want our dear ones to be always with us? We feel the pain in our heart in spite of knowing that everything is temporary.

Thank you,

Shewtahal

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Answer: You are Misidentifying With Your Body

Detachment is very difficult as long as one clings to the false bodily conception of existence. One who sees through the eyes of the scriptures feels an affinity with every single living entity throughout the entire universe, seeing the Supreme Lord situated within the hearts of all.

If one sees dear ones only in relationship to his body, he is in the darkness of ignorance. The Vaisnava sees all living beings as dear and therefore dedicates himself fully for delivering all living beings back to home, back to Godhead. This is called transcendental attachment and is a much better consciousness than so called detachment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 9 February 2013

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Persistence Furthers

In Chinese wisdom it is very succinctly and profoundly stated, "Persistence furthers." This principle is very much applicable in the practice of Krishna consciousness. The devotee who persists in spite of all the ups and downs experienced in the neophyte stage of Krishna consciousness will in due course of time become a highly advanced devotee transcendentally situated beyond the dualities of material existence. Simply one must persist in his practice. He must never give it up. By doing so he will eventually attain the perfectional stage of prema bhakti.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Baby Krishna, the Supreme Mischief Maker



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Krishna is Mischievous?

You may not know this, but the stories tell that Krishna as a child was mischievous. If He is God, shouldn't He be perfect? Or is this just a portrayal of innocent child play?

Bhavishya

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Answer: His Supreme Naughtiness is not Naughty

By the mercy of our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, we are very highly educated about Krishna and His pastimes. So it is not that we are unaware of something regarding Krishna's childhood naughtiness.

It is a fact that in His childhood Krishna was the most mischievous child. Since Krishna is the Supreme Perfect, even in his naughty stealing of butter He remains the Supreme Perfect. Actually there is nothing mischievous about His butter stealing pastimes because He is the source of everything and thus the owner of everything including all the butter in the entire universe. So His stealing of butter is a show only, like a drama, simply to entertain the inhabitants of Gokula with His amazingly cute childhood antics.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 8 February 2013

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Two Syllables That Produce Unlimited Nectar

Srila Rupa Goswami has written in the Vidagha Madhava 1.15 that he does not know how much nectar the two syllables, "Krish" and "na" have produced because when he utters them Krishna literally dances in his mouth emanating so much nectar that his one mouth is not capable of containing it. Therefore Rupa Goswami desires many, many mouths. Then he describes that when the sacred name Krishna enters the holes of his ears there is so much nectar that he requires billions of ears to capture it. He concludes his wonderful glorification of the Lord's holy name by saying that when Krishna dances in the courtyard of his heart, his mind becomes completely conquered and all of his senses become inert.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Rupa Goswami Chants the Hare Krishna Mantra


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Krishna Consciousness is Strict?

I am a teenage girl living in Canada but I was born and raised as a Hindu. My question to you is that Hinduism has always been about pluralism but Krishna consciousness has strict practices. Please explain why this so. Also, would it matter who you are chanting to? What if one were to chant the name of Shiva instead? Will this change the result?

Bhavishya

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Answer: Success in Any Path Requires Strictness

Pluralism does not negate strict practice. Whether we choose to follow Krishna, Jesus, or Buddha, if we want spiritual success, we must strictly follow the rules and regulations. Otherwise we will never make any spiritual progress and will remain entangled in the cycle of birth and death.

Even though there are many names for God, God is still one. How to understand this? Consider the example of the sun. There are hundreds of different names for the sun according to the different languages of this world. But yet there is still only one sun. So whether we call the Supreme Person Buddha, Krishna, Allah, or Jehovah, there is still only one Supreme Person.

Lord Shiva is described in the revealed scriptures as being the topmost devotee of that Supreme Person. He personally declares:

"Any person who is surrendered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, the controller of everything -- material nature as well as the living entity -- is actually very dear to me." --Srimad Bhagavatam 4.24.28

Therefore if we are truly devoted to Lord Shiva we will follow his instruction to accept Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead and surrender ourselves fully at Lord Sri Krishna's lotus feet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 7 February 2013

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Thank You, Vishnujana Maharaja

I recently corresponded with my Godbrother, Indradyumna Maharaja. I feel a close affinity with him because we were both inspired by Vishnujana Maharaja to join this most sublime Hare Krishna movement. Indradyumna Maharaja very wonderfully wrote me, "Let us try to follow in the footsteps of Vishnujana Maharaja and inspire the devotees like he inspired you and me."

This reminds me of what Srila Prabhupada once wrote about Vishnujana Maharaja, "Vishnujana Maharaja is personally a nice devotee so he has created nice devotees."

Even though I had previously associated with other devotees of the Hare Krishna movement, I was not inspired to join. But after associating with Vishnujana Maharaja and feeling the bliss of Krishna consciousness in his divine association, I realized that to surrender to Krishna under the guidance of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada would be the perfection of my existence. And now after 42 years of serving Srila Prabhupada I can see how correct my realization was. Thank you, Vishnujana Maharaja, for bringing me to Srila Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




His Holiness Vishnujana Swami Maharaja
Pease Park, Austin, Texas USA 1971


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are Men and Women Equal?

Do you believe in equality of men and women?

Bhavishya

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Answer: Spiritually, Yes. Materially, No.

"Men and women" refers to the material covering only. Sometimes according to karma the spirit soul takes a male body and sometimes a female body. So, spiritually we are all the same. However, on the material plane men and women are certainly not equal. They are quite different in many ways. In some ways women are superior to men, and in some ways men are superior to women. So, while spiritually men and women are equal, materially they are not.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 6 February 2013

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The Spiritual Master is Our Spiritual Father

By the potency invested in him by his spiritual master, the spiritual master saves his disciples from the cycle of birth and death and delivers them back to home, back to Godhead. The Vedic wisdom is our mother. And the spiritual master who initiates us is our spiritual father. Srila Prabhupada explains that even though just as we have only one father, we have only one spiritual master, the spiritual master who initiates us, other Vaisnavas who teach us purely what our initiating spiritual master has taught us can also be accepted as gurus. They are called instructing gurus. While we can have only one initiating guru, we can have unlimited instructing gurus. If we take full advantage of the initiating guru and the instructing gurus, our lives will be successful.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada in His New Dvaraka Garden

ISKCON Los Angeles, USA



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Question: When Will I Be Able to See Krishna?

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

It has always been enlivening to see Your Grace - the bliss and joy that you always exhibit.

I personally have been practicing for over 7 years the path of self-realization that you are so boldly teaching with such amazing conviction. As Srila Prabhupada asks in his introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is that one should at least theoretically accept Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, I have been doing so. While I did get some realizations and while chanting Hare Krishna is a wonderful experience, still the whole philosophy of Krishna consciousness remains a mystery to me. Therefore I feel like asking Your Grace the following questions:

1. Will there ever come a day (in this life) when I will directly meet face to face with Krishna to make this theory a black & white reality? How long will it take? It seems like a post-dated check.
2. Did Your Grace ever have such a direct meeting?
3. Do you know of someone else who has achieved this?

Thank you for taking out your valuable time to read this mail, Prabhu. Kindly give your blessings this ever-doubting soul.

Your servant,

Premamaya Nitai Das

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Answer: When Your Heart Become Totally Pure

Dear Premamaya Nitai,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am very happy to receive your wonderful questions.

As soon as your heart becomes completely free from the dirt of material existence you will directly perceive Krishna face-to-face, eye-to-eye. It can happen within a second, or it can take millions of lifetimes depending on how greedy you are to attain pure Krishna bhakti. It is you who chooses what date will be on the check that when cashed gives you Krishna with all of His unlimited splendor.

As far as my own position is concerned, I do not claim to be in any kind of exalted consciousness. My only claim is that I am fully dedicated to carrying out the order I have received from my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, to spread the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world, flooding this planet in a tidal wave of Krishna bhakti. It is in the form of this order that I am seeing Krishna at every minute.

Srila Prabhupada and the great predecessor acharyas are in direct contact with Krishna at every minute. By following in their footsteps we will attain the same exalted consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 5 February 2013

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The Mantra that Keeps Us Sane

In this crazy, chaotic world we have one thing which keeps us sane:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare


By always taking shelter of this Hare Krishna mahamantra we will never become fearful, bewildered, or confused in any situation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Snehal Asmin Purchases an Entire Case of Gitas
3 February 2013--Round Rock, Texas


Respecting the World's Most Profound Scripture



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Have We Forgotten God?

I have a question. If everything is created by Krishna and everyone is part and parcel of Krishna, then how come we have forgotten our real identity? Why Krishna has created this very complex duality nature in the material world that somebody loves Him and somebody hates Him? Why have these different mentalities come even when Krishna is present in the material world?

There are so many confusions about God. Somebody says that God has form and others say that God has no form. Is this confusion created by scriptures, or is it created by gurus?

Thanks,

Satish

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Answer: We Chose to Forget God

Krishna is eternally emanating us from Himself for the purpose of enjoying special, individualized loving relationships with each and every one of us. Love cannot be forced. It must be voluntary. Therefore in order for love to exist we must have a choice between loving Krishna and leaving Krishna. If we misuse our free will by choosing to leave Krishna, the Lord facilitates this by helping us to forget that He is the Supreme. If one chooses to deny the supremacy of the Supreme Lord and leave His divine association, he will naturally develop a negative, hateful attitude towards the Lord.

The revealed scriptures clearly establish that God has form. All bona fide spiritual masters therefore also teach this principle. The confusion is created by mala fide gurus, the bogus gurus, who teach a false doctrine that God has no form. God is the greatest. He cannot be surpassed in any way. So how could it be possible that you can have a form while God does not have one? This would not make any sense.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 4 February 2013

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Transcendental Bliss Again Hits Austin Streets

Transcendental bliss has once again hit the streets of Austin, Texas USA. On Saturday 3 February 2013 an ecstatic group of devotees from ISKCON Austin brought the unlimited mercy of Lord Caitanya once again to the streets of Austin. We set up a bhakti oasis on South Congress Avenue, a popular spot for Austinites on the weekend. For uplifting the local and global consciousness we loudly sang the Hare Krishna mantra and distributed the liberating transcendental literatures of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

I'll let you in on an insider's secret. The more you distribute transcendental bliss, the more you will taste transcendental bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Bliss on South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 2 February 2013:


Loudly Broadcasting the Holy Names


Those Passing By Get the Supreme Blessing


Mahasundari Madhavi Devi Dasi Convinces a Young Man
to Purchase the Topmost Literature



He Feels Great Bliss with His New Books


Guruvani Devi Dasi Blesses a Receptive Family with Prabhupada's Books


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can One Become Guru of His Spouse?

Is it permitted that a husband becomes guru of his wife and vice-versa?

Kuber

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Answer: Duty to Deliver Spouse from Samsara

The husband is duty bound to act as guru for his wife by training her in Krishna consciousness so that she becomes delivered from the cycle of birth and death. However, if the wife is Krishna conscious and the husband is not, it is then the duty of the wife to take the role of guru and train her husband how to become Krishna conscious.

This does not mean that one can initiate one’s spouse as a disciple. For initiation one should seek a spiritual master outside of the marriage relationship.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 3 February 2013

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Always Remain Humble and Never Fall Down

It has been wisely stated, "Pride comes before the fall." Therefore if we want to remain solidly situated on the path of spiritual awakening, we must always remain humble, thinking ourselves lower than the straw in the street, being more tolerant than a tree, and offering all respect to others without demanding any respect for ourselves. Lord Caitanya taught us this principle by His words and by His personal example. I have been a member of the Krishna consciousness movement for last 42 years. In this course of time I have seen many, many devotees come and go from this movement. Even many big, big leaders have come and gone. What I have learned it is that if one always remains humble in all circumstances, he will never fall down. This is the secret of longevity and ultimate success on the pathway of awakening one's Krishna bhakti.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Lord Caitanya Humbly Presents Himself

to the Mayavadi Sannyasis


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Surrender to Krishna Make Us Lazy?

What does surrendering yourself to Krishna mean? How is it possible? Does it not make us lazy?

Anju

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Answer: We Become the Hardest Working Persons

Surrendering to Krishna means to do just what Arjuna did, to follow the orders of Krishna given in the Bhagavad-gita. One who surrenders to Krishna does not become a lazy fellow. Rather, giving up material sense gratification, he ardently endeavors 24 hours a day for the pleasure of the Lord. Instead of wasting his time working as a beast of burden for some temporary material gain, he works harder than any materialist for spreading the glories of Krishna all over the word. So he is not lazy, he is the world's hardest working person.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 2 February 2013

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If You Love Me, Love My Dog

Srila Prabhupada explains in his Srimad Bhagavatam lecture given on 4 August 1974 in Vrindavan, India:

"This is the business of the disciple, how to glorify the spiritual master, parampara. I glorify my spiritual master, you glorify your spiritual master. If we simply do that, glorify, then Krishna is glorified."

This is a very important principle for the disciple to always remember and practice, to always be glorifying his spiritual master. This is how to please Krishna. In this connection Srila Prabhupada often quotes the saying, "If you love me, love my dog." He explains that the spiritual master is the dog of God. So one's love of God is seen by how much he loves and glorifies his spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Devotees Lovingly Greet Srila Prabhupada

Arriving in Sydney, Australia in 1971


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Forget the Past?

It is very difficult to forget all the hard times I have gone through, especially the pain given by relatives and friends. I know this is deserved karma from my own previous sinful activities. But, Guru Maharaja, could you please tell me how to forget the past? It keeps on coming in my mind.

S.N.

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Answer: See It With Transcendental Knowledge

The past contains many valuable lessons to help you become more strong in your Krishna consciousness. Therefore there is no need to forget the past. Simply you should always analyze it from the standpoint of the Vedic teachings. In this way you will not repeat your previous mistakes, and your live will be successful. As it is said, "Failure is the pillar of success."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 1 February 2013

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Clutter-Cleared Consciousness

Just as a house with an ever-increasing clutter of junk becomes more and more unlivable, in a similar way if the house of one's mind is cluttered with the junk of material attachments, one's life becomes more and more miserable. Therefore one should always keep his mind clean and one-pointed instead of cluttered by always keeping it fixed on Krishna. The unlimited bliss of remembering Krishna will automatically keep the mind free from the clutterific jungle of material attachments.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




A Materialistic Mind is Like a Clutter-Filled House


The Mind of a Pure Devotee is Clean and Serene
Srila Prabhupada on the Bank of the Yamuna River


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Change of Rasas in the Spiritual World?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I have heard that in the spiritual world everything is conscious, even the grass, the rocks, etc., etc. Does this therefore mean that when we return to the spiritual world we do not necessarily receive a ‘humanoid’ body such as that of a cowherd boy/girl, but may instead take the form of, say, a tree? If so, do we then remain fixed in that one body eternally, or is there a system similar to here on Earth whereby a soul transmigrates from lower orders to higher forms (and vice versa)?

Thank you

Your insignificant servant

Coral

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Answer: Everyone is Satisfied in Their Rasa

Everyone in the spiritual world is a human being with human consciousness. According to their taste or rasa, each devotee takes up different roles in the pastimes of the Lord, such as cowherd boys, cowherd girls, cows, calves, peacocks, flowers, etc. Everyone stays in their particular role because they find that role to be the most satisfying role for them to play. However, as confirmed by Srila Prabhupada, because there is full freedom in the spiritual world, if someone desires to change their rasa or role, they can do so.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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