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Tuesday 30 April 2013

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Incompetent World Leaders

Presently the entire world is suffering greatly under the misguidance of incompetent leaders. While good government means a government based on the God-centered conception of existence, today's present day governments are based on nationalism and economic development for ever-increasing sense gratification. Instead of promoting God, they are promoting godlessness. Any government which does not put God in the center needs to be reformed. Since these are the days of democracy the people in general need to be educated to only vote those who are purely God conscious into office.

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Exposing the Incompetent World Leaders
28 April 2013--Riga, Latvia


Calling for God Conscious Leaders
28 April 2013--Riga, Latvia



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Defeat the Argument that God is Formless?

Please accept my humble obeisances

How to defeat the argument when some one says that God is formless and quotes the Vedic mantra:

na tasya pratima asti
(Yajur Veda 32-3)

Your humble student.

Supreet

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Answer: Forms Do Not Arise from Formlessness

We have no experience of forms arising from formlessness. Rather everywhere around us we see that forms arise from forms. Just like you have form and your father also has a form. Forms arising from formlessness is a dogmatic concept which does not tally with reason and logic.

The Vedas do not state that God is formless. What they do state is that God does not have a material form. This verse does not say that God is formless. Rather it describes that God's form has no duplicate or likeness (pratima) in this world. In other words, there is no form in this world which is equal to the transcendental form of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 29 April 2013

from ISKCON Riga, Latvia
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Better Tune In and Turn On Your Soul

Why remain in a suffering condition when all you have to do is tune in and turn on your soul? I wrote a song to introduce this concept to the music listeners of the world:

Turn On Your Soul

Do you know who you really are?
Do you know where you’re coming from?
Do you know for sure where you’re goin’
Or what you will become?

You’re eternal, full of knowledge and bliss
So remember and celebrate this.
You’re not of this world, dear friend.
Better tune in and turn on your soul.

Do you know what happens when you die?
Do you know what’s beyond the sky?
Do you think that body is you?
It’s just something that you’re passing through.

You’re eternal, full of knowledge and bliss
So remember and celebrate this.
You’re not of this world, dear friend.
Better tune in and turn on your soul.

We’re told that everything happens by chance.
That the universe has no person in control.
But I see that every machine has got an operator.
So the universe also has one.
This I know.

Do you know who you really are?
Do you know where you’re coming from?
Do you know for sure where you’re goin’
Or what you will become?

You’re eternal, full of knowledge and bliss
So remember and celebrate this.
You’re not of this world, dear friend.
Better tune in and turn on your soul.

Yea, you’re not of this world, dear friend.
Better tune in and turn on your soul.

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Tune In to Krishna and Turn On Your Soul


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: God is Formless or He Has a Form?

In spite of reading scriptures, I have one single doubt. Through all Vaishnava scriptures Krishna is described as Supreme, All Blissful and glorified. It is said that everything comes from Krishna and He is the source of everything.

Krishna has His own paraphernalia, devotees, and abode. If He has all these things, how are they separate from Him? Why are they not all one?

That means God has a separate form and His abode is separate. His devotees have separate form. His paraphernalia is separate. Is it the energy that is one in all features, whether it may be a form or formless? Please clear my confusion.

Sorry if I am illogical but I have to act in a logical way to understand the Supersoul.

Parag R. Rane

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Answer: He's Expanded As Everything But Maintains His Form

God's energy is one because the entire creation is God's energy. And there is also a oneness between Him and His energy because His energy is nothing but Him in an expanded form. It is not that He loses His form when He expands everything from Himself. It is confirmed in the Sri Isopanisad that even though unlimited complete units emanate from Him, He remains perfect and complete in Himself, and He remains the perfect balance of everything.

To understand logically how God and His energy can be simultaneously one and different consider this simple example: Even though the sun and the sunshine are one, there is still a difference. In the morning the sun enters your room in his expanded form of the sunshine. But it is not that the sun globe enters your room. If that were to happen, you would be immediately burned to death.

So just as the sun and the sunshine are one and different simultaneously, Krishna and His energy are simultaneously one and different. Everything that exists is Krishna in the form of His expanded energy. But still there is a difference between the Energetic, the source of the energy, and the energy, which is emanating from the Energetic.

Is this clear to you?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 28 April 2013

from ISKCON Riga, Latvia
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It's Time to Free the Slaves

It's time to free the slaves. And who are those slaves? In case you do not know, I will inform you. Those slaves are us.

At the present moment we, the members of the human civilization, are enslaved by our senses. Being compelled by lust, greed, and anger we are forced to succumb to the impulses of our senses, even if such sense indulgence is detrimental for our well-being. So instead of remaining the dogs of our uncontrolled desires we should take advantage of the special mercy of Lord Sri Krishna by fully surrendering ourselves at His lotus feet. This will free us slaves from all suffering for all of eternity. We will become eternally liberated. There is no alternative to this way for anybody who has even half a brain. The complete morons will foolishly remain enslaved forever until that day comes when they wake up from their madness and take advantage of Krishna's unparalleled mercy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Escape Slavery Forever.
Enter into Krishna's Amazing Pastimes in the Spiritual World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is Krishna Blue?

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

Why is Krishna blue?

Thank you
Your humble servant,

J.D.

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Answer: Because He's All-Attractive

Srila Prabhupada told us that Krishna is blue because He is all-attractive. Who could know and understand why Krishna is blue better than Srila Prabhupada?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 27 April 2013

from ISKCON Riga, Latvia
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Persevere Through All Circumstances

This material world is a dark, foggy place filled up with unlimited oceans of lethargy and ignorance. Therefore sometimes it takes a lot of determination to get something done here for Krishna. When facing insurmountable obstacles we should always remember that there is no obstacle so great that Krishna cannot easily empower His devotee to overcome it. Therefore, with complete faith and trust in Krishna we should persevere in all circumstances to remain absorbed in Krishna consciousness and dedicated to blessing the entire world with Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Enlightens His Disciples


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Material Nature Directed by Krishna?

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

My question is: Is the material nature working under the direction of Krishna or is it working independently? Where is it given in the Bhagavad Gita As It Is?

Sushant

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Answer: It is Under His Direction

It is confirmed in Bhagavad-gita 9.10 that that material nature is working under Krishna’s direction:

mayādhyaksena prakrtih
sūyate sa-carācaram
hetunānena kaunteya
jagad viparivartate

“This material nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son of Kuntī, producing all moving and nonmoving beings. Under its rule this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 26 April 2013

from ISKCON Riga, Latvia
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Please Save this Fallen Soul

Srila Prabhupada wrote a beautiful poem to celebrate the appearance day of his spiritual master. In that poem he prayed to his spiritual master, "Save me, a fallen, Your Divine Grace." With Srila Prabhupada praying to his spiritual master presenting himself as a fallen soul begging his spiritual master to save him, what is our position? We must always consider ourselves to be fallen souls begging humbly presenting ourselves to our spiritual master begging for his mercy that we can be saved. This is the proper mood for a Vaisnava, a devotee of the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada's Humble Mood of Prayer


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Serve If I Have Nothing?

Srila Gurudeva,

Everything belongs to Krishna, and He is always blissful; Could you please advice me how could I please Him when I have nothing.

Veena

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Answer: Chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra

It's not that you don't have anything. You are gifted with the ability to speak. Therefore you should take that ability and chant the Hare Krishna mantra as much as possible 24 hours day. This will bring unlimited pleasure to you and to Lord Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 25 April 2013

from ISKCON Riga, Latvia
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Should I Be Alive or Dead?

The life and soul of the disciple is to serve the order of his spiritual master. Anything other than serving one's guru is death. Our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, instructed us as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 4.30.37:

"There are two kinds of devotees. One is called gosthānandī and the other bhajanānandī. The word bhajanānandī refers to the devotee who does not move, but remains in one place. Such a devotee is always engaged in the devotional service of the Lord. He chants the mahā-mantra as taught by many ācāryas and sometimes goes out for preaching work. The gosthānandī is one who desires to increase the number of devotees all over the world. He travels all over the world just to purify the world and the people residing in it. Caitanya Mahāprabhu advised:

prthivīte āche yata nagarādi grāma
sarvatra pracāra haibe mora nāma

Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu wanted His followers to move all over the world to preach in every town and village. In the Caitanya-sampradāya those who strictly follow the principles of Lord Caitanya must travel all over the world to preach the message of Lord Caitanya, which is the same as preaching the words of Krishna—Bhagavad-gītā—and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. The more the devotees preach the principles of krishna-kathā, the more people throughout the world will benefit."

Sometimes I am criticized that I travel too much, that since I am married I should stay in one place as a bhajanānandī. But Srila Prabhupada clearly states that Lord Caitanya wants all of His followers to be gosthānandīs by traveling all over the world to preach the science of Krishna consciousness. So I am sorry if my critics are disturbed by my traveling and preaching. But what can I do? I must obey the order of my spiritual master. Otherwise I am a dead man.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Science of God

Riga, Latvia--23 April 2013



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Love is Only for Krishna?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Srila Prabhupada has written in his books: Love is only for Krishna. Sometimes he has also written that a mother loves her child. These two statements seems to be contradictory. Please explain.

Your eternal servant,
Shashank

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Answer: Love Everyone by Loving Krishna

It is true that we should give all of our love to Krishna. This is the secret of how to immediately love all living beings because when you water the root of a tree, you automatically water the entire tree. Krishna is the root of all existence, so when you give your love to Krishna you automatically love everyone. If you channel your love otherwise, it always remains imperfect and incomplete.

The mother’s love for the child is a mundane example given by Srila Prabhupada of the closest thing in this material world to pure selfless, love of God, because the mother faithfully serves the child 24 hours a day even though the child is torturing her in so many ways. But even that love is not completely pure because she is thinking that when the child grows up she will derive some benefit from him. Real love means with no thought of ever receiving anything in return. Therefore even though the mother's love is the best example of love in this world, it is not on the level of pure love of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 24 April 2013

from Helsinki, Finland
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How to Discover God

Srila Prabhupada wonderfully describes how to discover God:

"Just try to understand. For instance, I am caused by my father; my father is caused by his father; he is caused by his father, who is caused by his father. In this way, if you go on searching, then you'll ultimately come to someone who is the cause that has no cause. Anadir adir govindah: [Brahma samhita 5.1] The cause that has no cause is Govinda-Krishna. I may be the cause of my son, but at the same time I am the result of another cause (my father). But the Vedic literatures say that Krishna is the original person; He has no cause. That is Krishna."

So when someone claims that there is no God, ask them, "But do you have a father?" If they say, "Yes", then ask them if their father has a father. In this way explain to them that when you go back, back, back until find a father who has no father you have discovered God.

If someone, atheist or otherwise, is a sincere seeker of truth, this explanation will appeal to them. Those who reject this argument are not open minded. They have a prejudicial agenda to maintain their own position as the so-called center of the universe. In other words, they are asuras, demoniac men.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Reveals God



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Kind of Religion Are We?

Very often during book distribution people ask what kind of religion are we. I would tell them we are not a religious sect but a movement dedicating to awaken the love of God and make everybody happy, etc. Then usually some people will still ask something like, "So after all what kind of religion is that?" I do not know how to deal with this situation. Some devotees will say, "If you want, you can regard it as Hinduism", but it seems to me not the best way to deal with this situation. How to explain to people clearly on this? Especially for those whose minds are deeply affected by concepts of sects and divisions?

Your insignificant servant,

Alexis

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Answer: The Essence of All Religion

Tell them that we are teaching the essence of all religions, to become a pure lover of God. Tell them that just as there is only one sun in the sky, although it has many different names in many different languages, there is also only religion, to be a pure lover of God, although that one religion has many names such as Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, etc.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 23 April 2013

from New Delhi, India
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Streamlined Brahmacari Consciousness

Srila Prabhupada defines a brahmacari as one who only engages in sex for producing Krishna conscious children, not otherwise. This principle is practiced both by celibate monks as well as Krishna conscious married couples. By thus minimizing or completely eliminating sexual indulgence from their lifestyles, those who are truly serious about self-realization can channel all of the energies to the reawakening of their eternal loving relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead and thus quickly attain the supreme peace, the supreme nirvana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Describing the Virtues of Brahmacari Life
21 April 2013--ISKCON Vrindavana Brahmacari Ashram


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are We Heading Towards Our End?

With rising rape cases in India and vulgarity in the TV channels are we heading towards our end?

Ankur

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Answer: Impending Disintegration

It is a fact that the increased sinfulness is a symptom of the impending disintegration of the human society. If we want to maintain and strengthen the social order, we must bring back piety and God consciousness to the human society. The Krishna consciousness movement has been started for this purpose. Please work with us and help us bring back sanity to the human civilization and save it from total collapse.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 22 April 2013

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Back Out into the Jungle

21 April 2013--Today we are leaving Sri Vrindavana Dhama and heading out for eastern Europe. Staying here in Lord Sri Krishna's most sacred abode was certainly a cooling, most refreshing respite from the vicious, dog-eat-dog atmosphere of the material world. We could stay here in Vrindavan peacefully for the rest of our lives. But our duty is not to live comfortably. Our duty is to do whatever austerities are required to wake up the world population to the underlying spiritual reality that they are currently completely oblivious of. Therefore we are heading back out into the jungle of this material world to continue executing our world deliverance mission given to us by Srila Prabhupada. Krishna kindly keeps us comfortable even in the midst of the jungle-like chaos, just as it is always calm and peaceful in the eye of even the most devastating, destructive hurricane.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Emanates a Cool Tranquility
in the Midst of the Material Jungle



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Emptiness When I Chant?

Please accept my humble obeisances!

Guru Maharaja, in your text this 20th day of April it is said that only by chanting the holy name I can be free from all sinful activities and become happy. But why even if I'm chanting the holy name I still felt empty?

Can we say that when we do an impious act it is due to the sinful atmosphere in the present age of Kali?

Mary Jane D.

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Answer: Lord Caitanya's Transcendental Emptiness

Lord Caitanya said He felt completely empty in the absence of Krishna. This was His ecstatic, anguished expression of love in separation from Krishna. So if in your chanting you will cry out to Krishna as someone who is feeling all vacant and empty in His absence, your heart will be filled with transcendental bliss and the sentiment of love of God will be awakened within your heart.

It is a fact that we are influenced to be sinful by the extremely impious nature of this vicious age of Kali, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy. This is why we must chant the holy names of the Lord as much as possible to counteract the impious influence of this age upon our consciousness.

So try your best to be Krishna conscious and Lord Sri Krishna who is seated within your heart will personally help you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 21 April 2013

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Be the Revolution You Want to Make

It is very easy to point out faults about the world situation and the deficiencies which sometimes are manifest within a spiritual society which is dedicated to solving the problems of the world. But as long as we are not letting go of the contamination that is sitting within our own hearts we will not be successful in rectifying anybody else's faults. Therefore if we want to make a revolution for the respiritualization of the human society, we must first of all revolutionize our own hearts by attaining the stage of anartha nirvritti, cessation of all material contamination. Only to the extent that we have revolutionized our own hearts can we be successful in revolutionizing this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Teaching the Liberating Science of Bhagavad-Gita
Sri Vrindavana Dhama--15 April 2013



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Distinction Between Self Confidence and False Ego?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

What is the borderline between self confidence and false ego?

Timir

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Answer: Krishna Consciousness is Real Confidence

False ego is false confidence that will eventually leave one defeated. Krishna consciousness gives one real, lasting confidence because it is based on truth, not illusion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 20 April 2013

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Rama Navami--Appearance Day of Lord Rama

Today, Saturday 20 April 2013, is Rama Navami, the appearance day of Lord Ramacandra, here in India. It is a national holiday and is being celebrated here with great joy and enthusiasm by millions of people. The Ramayana by Valmiki Muni is the authoritative history of the pastimes of Lord Rama, which are also mentioned in brief in the 9th Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Verse 9.10.51 of the Bhagavatam very nicely describes:

tretāyām vartamānāyām
kālah krta-samo 'bhavat
rāme rājani dharma-jñe
sarva-bhūta-sukhāvahe

"Lord Rāmacandra became King during Tretā-yuga, but because of His good government, the age was like Satya-yuga. Everyone was religious and completely happy."


Srila Prabhupada gives his purport as follows to this verse:

Among the four yugas - Satya, Tretā, Dvāpara and Kali - the Kali-yuga is the worst, but if the process of varnashrama-dharma is introduced, even in this age of Kali, the situation of Satya-yuga can be invoked. The Hare Krishna movement, or Krishna consciousness movement, is meant for this purpose.

kaler dosa-nidhe rājann
asti hy eko mahān gunah
kīrtanād eva krsnasya
mukta-sangah param vrajet

"My dear King, although Kali-yuga is full of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mahā-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom."
(SB 12.3.51)

If people take to this sankīrtana movement of chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Rāma, they will certainly be freed from the contamination of Kali-yuga, and the people of this age will be happy, as people were in Satya-yuga, the golden age. Anyone, anywhere, can easily take to this Hare Krishna movement; one need only chant the Hare Krishna mahā-mantra, observe the rules and regulations, and stay free from the contamination of sinful life. Even if one is sinful and cannot give up sinful life immediately, if he chants the Hare Krishna mahā-mantra with devotion and faith he will certainly be freed from all sinful activities, and his life will be successful. Param vijayate śrī-krsna-sankīrtanam. This is the blessing of Lord Rāmacandra, who has appeared in this age of Kali as Lord Gaurasundara."

From this wonderful verse and purport we can understand that if the human society will take full advantage of the Hare Krishna mantra, this entire planet will become just like the Satya yuga, like the atmosphere manifested during the presence of Lord Rama. Therefore let now the entire world chant Hare Krishna in bliss and put an end to the viciousness of this degraded age of Kali.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Lord Rama Kills the Demon Ravana



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can a Muslim Become Krishna Conscious?

Can a Muslim develop Krishna consciousness? If so, considering their culture, how?

In all humbleness, I would like to ask how to develop simple faith in God/Krishna?

What are the symptoms of a self realized soul? How does he talk, walk, behave?

Regards,
Parag R. Rane

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Answer: They'll Be Eaten by the Animals They Ate

Anyone, Muslim or otherwise, can become Krishna conscious if they will dedicate their lives to chanting the Hare Krishna mantra on a regular daily basis. The greatest chanter of the Holy Names, Haridas Thakur, was a Muslim. He was such perfect chanter that he was designated by Lord Caitanya as Namacharya, the acharya (the one who teaches by example) of the chanting of the holy names.

Since faith is a "contagious disease", to develop faith one simply has to associate with, serve, and learn from those who have faith.

The self-realized soul always talks about Krishna, and he always walks his talk by being fully engaged in Krishna's service 24 hours a day. One of his symptoms is that he is a touchstone. Simply by coming into contact with him or with his writings people experience the reawakening of their dormant Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 19 April 2013

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Enthusiastically Embrace the Struggle

For a neophyte devotee it is a struggle to keep himself always engaged in Krishna consciousness with his every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances. It takes time, patience, determination, and enthusiasm to attain the stage of anartha nivṛtti when the dirt in the heart is practically all cleansed away. Srila Prabhupada quotes Bhaktivinoda Thakur's definition of anartha nivṛtti as follows in his Caitanya Caritamrita purport:

"Liberation from material contamination is called anartha-nivṛ̣tti, indicating a diminishing of all unwanted things."

The intelligent devotee enthusiastically embraces the struggle to attain anartha nivṛtti because he knows that once reaching this stage after an intense uphill struggle his continued advancement through the stages of nishta (firm faith), ruci (taste), asakti (attachment), bhava (purified emotion), to the perfection of Krishna prema (pure love of Godhead) comes automatically as confirmed by Srila Prabhupada in a garden conversation in New Vrindavan on 23 June 1976 as follows:

"Up to anartha-nivṛtti, you have to struggle very hard with determination, and then automatically everything will come."

Therefore never discouraged by the dualities experienced on the neophyte stage, the determined devotee diligently pursues the path of spiritual perfection by chanting at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala daily while simultaneously strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication and gambling. In this way he makes steady progress every day to the stage of anartha-nivṛtti and from there to Krishna prema.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Pure Krishna
Prema
is the Ultimate Goal



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Convince Muslims to Be Vegetarian?

Thank you so much for the wonderful thoughts that you upload everyday. They are really heart transforming.

I have a question. I have many Muslims in my class, and they all practice halal (a way of slaughtering the innocent animals). Whenever I tell them that one should give up meat eating they tell me that its is approved by the Koran and I am not able to say anything. How can I convince them about being vegetarian? Why is it so that in their religion halal is practiced? They say that it purifies the animal. How can it be so? For them meat eating is not merely the gratification of the tongue but it is something religious, something they should do. I am not able to understand this. Kindly enlighten me in this regard if you feel so. Please forgive me if I asked something inappropriate.
Thank You.

Your servant,

Nalin

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Answer: They'll Be Eaten by the Animals They Ate

We cannot convince anyone to do anything that they don't want to do. If someone is addicted to eating flesh and blood, they will justify this sinful habit by any means. For those who are sinful the Bible, the Koran, and the Vedas give some allowance for meat eating under restriction. This is for minimizing meat eating, not for encouraging it.

But in the spite of the fact that meat eating is allowed for low class men under restriction in the scriptures, this does not free the meat eaters from the karma of taking birth as an animal and being eaten by the same animal that they ate. They may laugh when we tell them this. But they won’t laugh when they are being slaughtered by the butcher’s knife. Whether the animals are slaughtered and eaten in the name of religion or for mere sense gratification, the karma of being killed and eaten by the same animal that you ate is still there.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 18 April 2013

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Bring the Senses Under Control

Sense gratification and self realization go ill together. We cannot become self-realized as long as we over-indulgence in material sense gratification. Therefore if we want to become truly happy by tasting the genuine bliss of Krishna consciousness, we must bring our senses under control by only giving them what is necessary for a healthy life and nothing beyond that. In this way the senses can nicely be engaged 24 hours a day in Krishna's service, and we will quickly advance along the pathway of pure devotional service to attain the supreme perfection of pure love of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada is Perfect in Sense Control



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Respect Junior Vaisnavas?

Hare Krishna,

Please accept my obeisances.

My questions are: Whether we should respect juniors (who are new to the Krishna consciousness movement), and if so, then how?

Vishnu Kavach Das

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Answer: Compassionately Guide Them

Because a Vaisnava sees everyone as being part and parcel (an inseparable part) of Krishna, and because he sees that Krishna is present within the heart of every living being, he is therefore respectful to all living beings, even the little ant or a tiny plant. Therefore junior Vaisnavas are very much respected. Srila Prabhupada explains that they should be given the respectful title “Bhakta” if they are male or “Bhaktin” if they are female. We should show our love and respect for them by compassionately guiding them how to become fixed up in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 17 April 2013

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Getting Older or Getting Younger?

If we indentify with our material bodies thinking that this lump of blood and flesh is me, this means that at every second we are getting older and moving one step closer to death. What a morbid existence! But if on the other hand we identify ourselves as eternal spiritual-being servitors of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, this means that with our every repetition of the Hare Krishna mahamantra we are becoming younger, moving another step closer to entering the eternal pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, in that wondrous spiritual sky millions of light years beyond the miserable realm of birth, death, old age, and disease.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Milkman Reminds Us of Krishna's Pastimes
ISKCON Vrindavan Goshalla--15 April 2013


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Question: How to Be Protected from Black Magic?

We fear that some black magic is being used against us. Gurudeva, please guide us

S.U.

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Answer: Take Complete Shelter of Krishna

A devotee has nothing to fear from black magic because Krishna is the supreme magician who can counteract even the most powerful black magic. Regarding Krishna’s power over black magic Srila Prabhupada relates the following history of how Krishna overpowered black magic:

“When Krishna beheaded Kasiraja, the King's head flew into his city, and when his queens, sons and other relatives saw it, they all began to lament. At that time a son of Kasiraja's named Sudaksina, wanting to avenge his father' s death, began worshiping Lord Siva with the intention of destroying his father's killer. Gratified by Sudaksina's worship, Lord Siva offered him a choice of benedictions, and Sudaksina asked for a means to kill the one who had slain his father. Lord Siva advised him to worship the Daksinagni fire with black magic rituals. This Sudaksina did, with the result that a fearsome demon with a body of flames appeared from the pit of the sacrificial fire. The demon rose up carrying a fiery trident and at once set off for Dvaraka.
The residents of Lord Krishna's capital became terrified as the demon approached the city, but Lord Krishna assured them of protection and dispatched His Sudarshan chakra to oppose the magic creation of Lord Siva. The Sudarshan overpowered the demon, who then returned to Varanasi and burned Sudaksina to ashes, together with his priests. The Sudarshan disc, following the demon, entered Varanasi and burned the entire city to the ground. Then the Lord's disc returned to His side in Dvaraka.”

So don’t be afraid of black magic. Simply continue chanting the Hare Krishna mantra as much as possible 24 hours a day and even the most powerful black magic will not be able to harm you or harass you. Have complete faith in Krishna's protection. The black magic will bounce back on those who are attempting to use it against you just like it bounced back on the Sudaksina and his priests.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 16 April 2013

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An Intense Jam-Packed-Full Day of Mercy

On Saturday 14 April Lord Sri Krishna showered upon me unlimited oceans of mercy here in Sri Vrindavana Dhama. I rose at 2am and chanted sixteen rounds of Hare Krishna japa. Then at 4:10am I lead the mangala arati kirtan in Srila Prabhupada's samadhi. Next I offered mangala arati to Sri Sri Radha Damodar. After this I prepared their breakfast. At 7:15am I attended the greeting of the deities in the Krishna Balarama temple room. Next at 8am I gave the English Srimad Bhagavatam class in the Krishna Balarama temple. Then I had a meeting with one of the temple managers and took a quick prasadam breakfast consisting mostly of fruits. Following this I was the sole speaker at a three part seminar called Transcendental Engineering. This was a series of three lectures each lasting for one hour and twenty minutes. By the time all the lectures were finished it was time for a late afternoon lunch. Then after taking some rest it was time to offer the evening arati to Sri Sri Radha Damodar, change them into their night clothes, and put them to rest. Such full absorption in the devotional service of the Lord is the perfection of our existence. I pray that I can always be fully absorbed like this in Krishna consciousness for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Leading Mangala Arati in Prabhupada's Samadhi
Sri Vrindavana Dhama--14 April 2013


Giving the English Srimad Bhagavatam Class
Sri Vrindavana Dhama--14 April 2013


Transcendental Engineering Seminar
Sri Vrindavana Dhama--14 April 2013


Blissful Participants in Seminar
Sri Vrindavana Dhama--14 April 2013


Meeting With Some of the Seminar Participants
Sri Vrindavana Dhama--14 April 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Develop Humbleness?

Please accept my humble obeisances,

Lord Caitanya stated we should be more humble than a grass and more tolerant than a tree, and in that mood we should chant the holy name. How do we develop such a state of humbleness? I mean, we can artificially understand that statement, but how do we actually feel that emotion in order to chant properly?

Best Regards,

Kumar

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Answer: Unconditionally Give Respect to Others

If you will always practice the art of being respectful to others whether they respect you or not, you will gradually perfect the art of humbleness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 15 April 2013

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You Become What You Eat

13 April 2013--At the crack of dawn I walked from our residence in the MVT Bhaktivedanta Ashram to the ISKCON Goshalla, the place for keeping the cows. It was so wonderful to see so many cows being very nicely cared for with love and devotion. Because the cow is very dear to Krishna, lovingly taking care of them helps us to awaken our love for Krishna.

I pity the poor materialists, who ignorantly kill the cows and eat their flesh. They are unaware of the future that awaits them. Just as they are mercilessly killing and eating the animals, they will also be mercilessly killed and eaten by the same animals that they have tortured. In this connection is stated in the Vedic wisdom:

mām sah khadati iti māmsah.

"I am now eating the flesh of an animal
who will some day in the future be eating my flesh."


This means that you become what you eat. Therefore the devotees only eat Krishna prasadam and nothing else. In this way they regain their original spiritual identities in the spiritual world upon leaving their present bodies.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Beautiful Cows and Bulls at ISKCON Goshalla
Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India--13 April 2013





Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Cure for Painful First Love Memories?

Somebody is suffering from painful memories of his first love. What he can do?

Ankur

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Answer: Give Your Love to Krishna

It is sometimes said that only love can break a heart and only love can mend it again. Therefore if one's heart has been broken by disappointed love in this world, he should give his love to Krishna. In this way his heart will mend, and it will never be broken again because Krishna is the perfect lover, who will never cheat or abandon us for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 14 April 2013

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Who Are the Two Gurus?

Sometimes it is stated that we have two gurus. So who are these two gurus? This is very nicely described by Srila Prabhupada in a letter he wrote to Kancanbala devi dasi on 14 January 1968 from Los Angeles, in which he states:

"There are two gurus -- one internal and the other external. The internal Guru is Krishna Himself seated in everyone's heart, and the external Guru is the Spiritual Master. So a sincere devotee is helped both externally and internally. To the sincere devotee the internal Guru Krishna dictates, but the thing has to be confirmed by the external Guru then it is all right. "

If we sincerely engage in Krishna consciousness under the guidance of these two gurus, our lives will be successful. We will go back to home, back to Godhead, back to our original identities in the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Sri Krishna and the Cowherd Boys in Vrindavan



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: When Should I Seek a Guru?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

When is the right time to seek out a guru?

What does it mean to aspire for a certain guru?

How do we know who we should take shelter of when we feel we have more than one siksha (instructing) guru?

How important is external etiquette to bhakti? For example, the way we behave in temple, towards other, etc. and for women especially, things like tying up hair, dressing modestly and speaking softly, not mingling unnecessarily with males, etc.

What should I do when I sense doubt coming into my heart?

Thank you so much for your guidance,

S.

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Answer: When You Are Serious About Krishna Consciousness

Here are your questions with answers:

Question: When is the right time to seek out a guru?

Answer: When you are serious about becoming Krishna conscious.

Question: What does it mean to aspire for a certain guru?

Answer: It means when you are ready to accept a particular guru's instructions as your life and soul forever.

Question: How do we know who we should take shelter of when we feel we have more than one siksha (instructing) gurus?

Answer: You can have many siksha gurus who inspire you to surrender to Krishna. But out of them you must accept one guru whose instructions are absolute and final. In other words, you must accept one guru to whom you can fully surrender yourself.

Question: How important is external etiquette to bhakti? For example, the way we behave in temple, towards other, etc. and for women especially, things like tying up hair, dressing modestly and speaking softly, not mingling unnecessarily with males, etc.

Answer: External etiquette is a manifestation of your internal Krishna consciousness. It reflects your inner consciousness and reveals whether you are Krishna conscious or not. Men and women both are enjoined not to act in such a way as to sexually stimulate the opposite sex.

Question: What should I do when I sense doubt coming into my heart?

Answer: Write me.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 13 April 2013

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Training Up the Future World Leaders

Today's world leaders are nothing but a pack of fools and rascals, and there is not much more to be said in this connection. And without spiritually enlightened leaders the future of the world is nothing but the deepest, darkest despair. Today's youth are tomorrow's world leaders. Therefore the world's only hope is the proper training of the youth in Krishna consciousness. The young people must be carefully trained in the science of Krishna consciousness so that there will be a bright future for this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Training the Youth in the Krishna Bhakti Science
Vrindavan Gurukula--11 April 2013







Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Take Insult?

How to take insult? How to react or how to feel when somebody insults you?

Rahul P.

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Answer: Karma for Your Having Insulted Others

Because you insulted someone in the past now you are getting your due karmic reaction of also being insulted. So you should not be angry at the person who has insulted you. He is simply the courier for your own past karma. So when you are insulted take it as a special blessing to help you become more humble and as a reminder that you should not insult others.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 12 April 2013

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Seeing Material World as the Spiritual World

Srila Prabhupada's purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 4.28.42 is absolutely amazing. Therein he describes how the advanced devotee sees no distinction between the material world and the spiritual world because he sees everything within the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the Supreme Personality of Godhead within everything. He achieves this state of consciousness because he does not act for his own separate interest. Whatever he does, he does it simply for the satisfaction of Krishna. For such a truly advanced devotee the so-called material world becomes the spiritual world. He fully realizes the purport of the Vedic mantra:

sarvam khalv idam brahma

"Everything is indeed an expansion of the Supreme Brahman."
(Chāndogya Upanisad 3.14.1)

If we will 24 hours a day follow this principle of engaging everything in Krishna's service, we will achieve this exalted state of consciousness, pure Krishna bhakti.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Uses Everything for Krishna
Arrival in Geneva, Switzerland--30 May 1974



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Self-Realized?

What is the way to become self realized, bluntly as well as sharply?

Regards,
Parag R.

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Answer: Take Complete Shelter of the Spiritual Master

The teachings of Krishna may appear to be blunt, but actually they are sharper than the sharpest razor because they cut away all of our material attachments. To become self-realized you must take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master, inquire from him submissively, render service to him, and lovingly follow his instructions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 11 April 2013

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Worshipping the Spiritual Master as Good as God

People may find it odd that we are worshipping a human being as good as God. In fact some people consider this to be downright demoniac. So why do we worship the spiritual master as good as God? Is there something wrong with this?

The answer is a resounding, "No!" To worship the spiritual master as good as God is authorized, quite proper and necessary according to the supreme authority, Lord Sri Krishna, who instructs as follows in the Srimad Bhagavatam 11.17.27:

ācāryam mām vijānīyān
nāvamanyeta karhicit
na martya-buddhyāsūyeta
sarva-deva-mayo guruh

"One should understand the spiritual master to be as good as I am.
Nobody should be jealous of the spiritual master
or think of him as an ordinary man, because the spiritual master
is the sum total of all the demigods."


It is also confirmed by the great Vaisnava acharya, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur:

sāksād-dharitvena samasta-śāstrair
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]."


Of course, it is not that the spiritual master is God. It's just that because he purely represents God he is given the same honor and respect that is given to God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Offering Arati to Srila Prabhupada

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India--7 April 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Prerequisites for Initiation?

Dear Gurudeva,

I am confused with your statement that every person aspiring for Krishna consciousness should get initiated from an authorized guru. But on the other hand you say initiation is subject to fulfilling certain conditions. I personally feel that there should be no prerequisites to get initiation in order to attract many people to this movement and to inundate this planet earth with Krishna bhakti.

Your servant,

Rajendra

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Answer: Meaningless Ritual If Without Commitment

Just as a sick man requires to take the doctor's prescription in order to become cured, in a similar way one who is suffering from the disease of material consciousness requires to follow the spiritual master's prescription in order to become cured. Would it make any sense for people to go see a doctor if they refused to take the medicine he prescribes? Initiation is a commitment to accept the spiritual master's prescription. Without this commitment there is no meaning to initiation. It would just be an empty, meaningless, impotent ritual. One cannot become Krishna conscious without accepting the prescription given by the spiritual master. Therefore initiation is mandatory.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 10 April 2013

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Don't Be Carried Away by Sense Gratification

Overindulgence in material sense gratification is our greatest enemy because it pulls us away from our real identities as eternal spiritual beings into the hellish illusory consciousness of dreaming that we are these bodies. As long as we remain misidentified with a rotting bag of stool, blood, flesh, bones, mucus, and urine there is no way that we can experience the transcendental bliss of our eternal existence. Therefore those who are genuinely wise only indulge in sense gratification insofar as is necessary to keep their bodies strong and fit for nicely serving Lord Sri Krishna 24 hours a day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Overindulgence in Sense Gratification: the Royal Road to Hell



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Questions: How Can Everything Happen for Good?

Please do accept my humble obeisances.

I would like to clear this doubt.

Many people say that everything happens for good. They say that whatever happened in the past was for good, whatever is happening now is for good and whatever is going to happen in the future is also for good. How can this be true when there are so many bad things happening to people all around the world almost every day.

Thank you.

Hare Krishna.

Arvind.

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Answer: Everything for Bringing Us Back to Krishna

It is a fact that everything that happens is for good because everything that happens to us is ultimately for the purpose of bringing us back to Krishna or God. Even when so-called bad things happens to us it is good because in this way we are burning off and getting free from the reactions to our previous sinful activities. The trick is to stop committing any further sinful activities and to surrender fully to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In this way we become permanently released from the wheel of karma, and we enter into Lord Krishna's eternal realm of unlimited knowledge and bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 9 April 2013

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Don't Cheat Yourself

When we think or do anything outside of the realm of purely serving Krishna with love and devotion we are only cheating ourselves by denying ourselves the highest happiness of being intimately connected with the Supreme All-Attractive One, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. So it's up to us whether we want to cheat ourselves or not. No one can force us to be Krishna conscious. It's a decision that we make completely on our own.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Gopis Enjoy Rasa Lila With Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Questions: How to Converse With the Supersoul?

Please explain how to connect to and converse with the Supersoul who is within sitting by my soul?

Your humble servant,

Mallapureddi

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Answer: First Sharpen Your Consciousness

Srila Prabhupada has very nicely answered your question as follows:

"By serving the guru and inquiring from him, we can come to the point where Krishna will enlighten us from within. Krishna, the supreme guru, first imparted knowledge into the heart of Brahma, the original person in the universe (tene brahma hrdā ādi-kavaye [SB 1.1.1]). Krishna is situated in everyone's heart as the Supersoul, and as you become purified He speaks to you from within. Actually, He is always speaking to us, but in our impure condition we cannot hear Him. In the Bhagavad-gita (15.15) Krishna confirms that He is the source of our knowledge: sarvasya cāham hrdi sannivisto mattah smrtir jńānam apohanam ca. "I am situated within the heart of everyone, and from Me come all remembrance, knowledge, and forgetfulness." So as Paramatma, the Supersoul, Krishna is always prepared to help every one of us, provided we serve Him and take His instruction. He says in the Bhagavad-gita (10.10):

tesām satata-yuktānām bhajatām prīti-pūrvakam
dadāmi buddhi-yogam tam yena mām upayānti te

"To those who are always engaged in serving Me with great love and devotion,
I give the understanding by which they can come to Me."

If we want to know the Absolute Truth, we have to follow the proper process, and that process is simply to engage oneself in the loving service of the Lord. That will enable us one day to directly perceive the Absolute Truth. With our present blunt material senses we cannot perceive the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. For example, with a blunt knife you cannot cut anything. You must sharpen it first; then it cuts very nicely. Similarly, to understand the Absolute Truth you must sharpen and purify your senses by engaging them in the service of the Lord. Now you cannot see God, or Krishna. But if you purify your eyes and your other senses, you will be able to see God, to hear God, to talk with God—everything. That is possible by the process of bhakti. "

From this wonderful answer of Srila Prabhupada we can understand that in order to converse with the Supersoul we must first sharpen our blunt consciousness through the purificatory process of devotional service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 8 April 2013

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Back to Home, Back to Sri Vrindavana Dhama

It is indeed glorious to be back in Krishna's eternal abode so mercifully manifested on this material plane. Simply for the price of faith one can enter into this sublime atmosphere and be directly in the presence of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the absolute source of everything which exists. Krishna's eternal pastimes are still going on for those who have the eyes to see. Srila Prabhupada explains that the intense desire to see the Lord here in Vrindavana is a good as directly seeing Him face to face.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Balarama Deities--7 April 2013

Krishna Balarama Mandir--Vrindavana Dhama, India


Krishna and Balarama Herd the Cows in Vrindavana



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Questions: Why Krishna Balarama Deities in Vrindavana?

Respected Sir,

Why did Srila Prabhupada choose to have Krishna-Balarama as the main deities of the ISKCON temple in Vrindavan when Vrindavan is so very famous for the pastimes Krishna and gopis especially Srimati Radharani.

Saurabh M.

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Answer: Krishna Balarama Lila in Raman Reti

The area of Vrindavan where the Krishna Balarama temple is located is known as Raman Reti, which means "pleasurable sands." This is the place of where Krishna and Balarama had their pastimes with the cowherd boys. Therefore it is most appropriate to have Krishna and Balarama as the main deities in this location. Besides that, this temple has become famous as the only Krishna Balarama temple in Vrindavan, where there are thousands of Radha Krishna temples. In this way it has gained special prominence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 7 April 2013

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Make a Revolution Against the Godless Society

Srila Prabhupada said to his disciples, "My ambition is that you make a revolution against this godless society. That is my mission. That is why I continue on, even at this advanced age. We want to guide everyone. So you have to know my books. Read and preach--both things must be there--then you will have potency. Preaching means fighting." So his followers have inherited the duty from him of making a revolution on this planet for the re-spiritualization of the entire human society. This is their duty. What a glorious duty, to devote one's entire life to the highest welfare of all living beings! What could be more glorious than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Instructs His Disciples

Sridham Mayapur, India


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Questions: Why Krishna is Not Controlling Us?

It is said that Krishna is situated in the heart of all living beings and is thus fully aware of all their innermost thoughts and desires. But why he is not controlling the human being from doing rape, murder cheating etc?

Girish

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Answer: Would You Like to Be Ruled by a Dictatorship?

Would you rather live under a dictatorship, a totalitarian government which gives you no freedom, and fully controls your every thought, word, and deed? Or would you prefer to live under a liberal government that gives you freedom of thought, speech, and action?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 6 April 2013

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Transforming the World into Paradise

5 April 2013--After a wonderful opportunity to increase our Krishna consciousness by a visit to ISKCON's UK headquarters, the Bhaktivedanta Manor, where I gave an evening seminar "Sraddha to Prema" and the morning Srimad Bhagavatam class, we are now heading out today to stay at ISKCON's center in the ultimate abode, Sri Vrindavana Dhama. By the mercy of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada this Krishna consciousness movement is providing wonderful facility for people all over the world to become Krishna consciousness and become liberated from the cycle of birth and death. If everyone will take advantage of this most sublime movement the entire world will be transformed into paradise.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Devotees Spread Transcendental Bliss



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Questions: Significance of Sacred Syllable Om?

In traditional Hinduism OM \ AUM is regarded very highly. Literally all prayers, meditations, verses, and mantras contain this term. In fact, people even outside Hinduism recite it while doing meditation.

Please advise what is its significance in light of Krishna consciousness.

Regards
Vivek

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Answer: Only For Those Fixed in the Mode of Goodness

Srila Prabhupada has very nicely described the significance of the syllable om in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 9.14.48 as follows:

"In Satya-yuga there was only one Veda, not four. Later, before the beginning of Kali-yuga, this one Veda, the Atharva Veda (or, some say, the Yajur Veda), was divided into four -- Sama, Yajur, Rg and Atharva -- for the facility of human society. In Satya-yuga the only mantra was omkara (om tat sat). The same name omkara is manifest in the mantra Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Unless one is a brahmana, one cannot utter omkara and get the desired result. But in Kali-yuga almost everyone is a sudra, unfit for pronouncing the pranava, omkara. Therefore the sastras have recommended the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Omkara is a mantra, or maha-mantra, and Hare Krishna is also a maha-mantra. The purpose of pronouncing omkara is to address the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva (om namo bhagavate vasudevaya). And the purpose of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra is the same. Hare: "O energy of the Lord!" Krishna: "O Lord Krishna!" Hare: "O energy of the Lord!" Rama: "O Supreme Lord, O supreme enjoyer!" The only worshipable Lord is Hari, who is the goal of the Vedas (vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyah [Bg. 15.15]). By worshiping the demigods, one worships the different parts of the Lord, just as one might water the branches and twigs of a tree. But worshiping Narayana, the all-inclusive Supreme Personality of Godhead, is like pouring water on the root of the tree, thus supplying water to the trunk, branches, twigs, leaves and so on. In Satya-yuga people knew how to fulfill the necessities of life simply by worshiping Narayana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The same purpose can be served in this age of Kali by the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, as recommended in the Bhagavatam. Kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet [SB 12.3.51]. Simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, one becomes free from the bondage of material existence and thus becomes eligible to return home, back to Godhead."

From this purport of Srila Prabhupada we can understand that the chanting of Om is only effective for qualified brahmanas, those who are purely fixed in the mode of goodness. Since in this age of Kali we are all influenced to various degrees by the modes of passion and ignorance, the chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra instead of Om is essential for our deliverance from the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 5 April 2013

from the Bhaktivedanta Manor, United Kingdom
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Krishna is Really Cool

As we were boarding our flight to the UK from Dallas on 3 April 2013, the British Airways gate agent joyfully told us, "I saw you here recently. You must travel a lot." I told her, "We do travel a lot. We circle the world twice a year telling people about Krishna." To which she responded, "Cool!" I replied, "Yes, Krishna is really cool."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Spreading the Cooling Rays of the Caitanya Moon
Chanting & Dancing Devotees--New York City, 1974


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Questions: Does Krishna Understand Lithuanian?

Does Krishna understand my language? (Lithuanian)

Saulius

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Answer: Krishna is the Supreme Linguist

Krishna is the supreme linguist because He understands and can speak in all the languages of everyone. He can speak Sanskrit with the demigods and can even nicely speak the languages of the birds and animals. This is not difficult for Him because as the Supersoul He is situated in the heart of all living beings and is thus fully aware of all their innermost thoughts and desires.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 4 April 2013

from ISKCON--Austin, Texas USA
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The Whole World is Simply Waiting

By the time you receive this we will be traveling from Austin, Texas USA to Vrindavan, India with a stopover in London at the famous Bhaktivedanta Manor. There I will be giving a Sraddha to Prema seminar based on Srila Prabhupada's purport in the Narada Bhakti Sutra. There is truly nothing more wonderful than Krishna consciousness. The whole world is simply waiting for that day when it will be fully awakened in Krishna consciousness. Our mission is to bring that day of universal joy and celebration as quickly as possible to this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Devotees Relish the Bliss of Krishna Consciousness



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Questions: Meditation Through Perfection

How can I constantly meditate on the Supersoul within?

How can I develop my intelligence and help those in need of real spiritual life?

How can I feel the presence of God?

Regards,
Parag R. Rane

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Answer: Chant Hare Krishna with Love and Devotion

To connect with the Supersoul, the Supreme Lord within your heart and to feel the presence of God, chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra as much as possible every day with love and devotion. In this way you will gain intelligence how to take care of your spiritual needs and the spiritual needs of others also.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 3 April 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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The Atheistic Presumptuous Presumption

The atheists are presumptuously presuming that there is no God, no ultimate source of existence, that existence manifested itself out of nothing. But where is the example of anything ever coming out of nothing? There is no such example in the history of the
universe. Therefore their presumption is dogmatic, not scientific, and we do not buy it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





The Origin of Existence According to the Scientists




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Questions: How to Chant With Love for Krishna?

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

How to chant with love for Krishna not mechanically?

Your eternal servant,
Shashank

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Answer: Always Keep this Verse Around Your Neck

If you will string the following verse on the thread of the holy name and wear it on your neck for continuous remembrance, you will be able to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra with love without being mechanical.

trnad api su-nicena
taror iva sahisnuna
amanina mana-dena
kirtaniyah sada harih

"One who thinks himself lower than the grass, who is more tolerant
than a tree, and who does not expect personal honor yet is always
prepared to give all respect to others can very easily always
chant the holy name of the Lord."


Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 2 April 2013

from ISKCON--Austin, Texas USA
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Turning Hate into Love

Lord Krishna states in Bhagavad-gita 7.27 that all living entities are born into delusion, bewildered by dualities arisen from desire and hate. Therefore to come out delusion we must come out of these tendencies of desire and hate. Instead of desiring for our own sense gratification we should always desire to please Krishna. This is the purification of desire. And instead of being hateful we must learn how to love God and His devotees. It is by this awakening of love of God that we will regain our constitutional position, which is eternal, full of knowledge, and full of unlimited bliss and completely free from all material desires.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Krishna, the Supreme Lovable Personality



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Questions: Can We Eat Canteen Food?

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

It is said that one should not accept any kind of foodstuffs save and except Krishna prasadam (vegetarian food offered with love and devotion to Lord Krishna). But what if prasadam is not available easily? People go to their offices everyday and take their meal at the canteen, as prasadam may not be available locally. Is it okay to eat other foodstuffs in such situations to satisfy one's hunger?

Sushant

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Answer: Bring Your Own Prasadam

It is better to bring your prasadam from home. Many people throughout the world carry their lunch to school or work from home. My wife and I are regularly flying all over the world, but we do not eat the airplane food. We eat prasadam cooked by devotees that we bring onto the plane with us.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 1 April 2013

from ISKCON--Austin, Texas USA
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Don't Remain a Fool

All of us here in this material world are the biggest fools because we traded our most wonderful eternal, all blissful existence in the spiritual sky for a miserable, ignorant semi-existence here in the cycle of birth and death in this material world. Krishna has come to save us from our foolishness by delivering the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita. So let us not remain fools. Let us take His teachings seriously and get out of this ridiculous place.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Krishna Enlightens Arjuna in the Supreme Science



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Questions: How Can I Constantly Chant Hare Krishna?

I love to hear all about Krishna, and to listen to the Hare Krishna mantra. I find that is very important to chant and understand the Supreme Lord Krishna. I would like to ask a question. Sometimes I sincerely chant Hare Krishna, but sometimes I stop my chanting for and feel very down. How can I constantly chant Hare Krishna?

Anusha
Malaysia

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Answer: 16 Rounds and 4 Regulative Principles

If you will chant a regulated number of at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala every day without fail, no matter what your mood is, along with the strict avoidance of illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling--this will gradually bring you to the purified state of consciousness in which you can chant the holy names of the Lord constantly with great relish.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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