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Extinguishing the Blazing Forest Fire of Material Existence

To be caught up, as we are at the present moment, in the cycle of birth and death, is to be trapped in the blazing forest fire of material existence. When a forest fire becomes massive what can a tiny fire brigade do to extinguish it? Nothing. But when the Lord sends a merciful downpour of rain extracted from the ocean, that inextinguishable forest fire immediately becomes extinguished. Similarly, it is only by the mercy of Lord Sri Krishna that we can be saved from this hellish material existence. The spiritual master is compared to the cloud which carries that merciful water from the ocean of Krishna to relieve us from our suffering in this material world. Therefore if we want to be delivered from the forest fire of birth and death, we must get the mercy of the bona fide spiritual master.

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Only By Guru's Mercy Can We Be Delivered
from the Blazing Forest Fire of Material Existence


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Which Krishna is More Beautiful?

Who is more beautiful, grown up Krishna or baby Krishna?

De Pa

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Answer: Krishna is Always Astoundingly Beautiful

Krishna is unlimitedly beautiful in all of His pastimes. Therefore it is not that Krishna in one pastime is more beautiful than Krishna in another pastime. In each and every one of His pastimes, Lord Sri Krishna is inconceivably, astoundingly, wondrously beautiful.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 30 May 2013

from the Austin, Texas USA Airport
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Today's Scientists are Mostly Dogmatists

If one presupposes without any open-minded questioning of the nature of existence that there is no God and that nothing that exists beyond gross matter, he is guilty of dogmatism. Unfortunately nowadays such thinkers proudly advertise themselves as scientists. Although they are nicely decorated with PhD degrees and Nobel prizes, they are dogmatists of the worst order. We welcome true scientists who open-mindedly investigate what is the nature of reality. But unfortunately such scientists are rare indeed in today's world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Dogmatists Platitudinize that the Universe
Came From Absolutely Nothing



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is It Sinful to Have Two Abortions?

Is it sinful to have repeated abortions? I have had two abortions in three years of married life. How to overcome this sin? Please guide me, Gurudeva.

A.

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Answer: One is Sinful; Two is Even More Sinful.

It is indeed very sinful to have even one abortion, what to speak of two, because abortion means to murder a human being who has taken shelter of your womb. Therefore abortion is the most heinous sinful act that one can commit. The karma for having an abortion is that you will be aborted in your next life. The only way that you can become relieved from the sinful reactions from these two abortions is to fully surrender yourself unto Lord Sri Krishna as His eternal servant. Krishna assures in the Bhagavad-gita that if we fully surrender unto Him, He will take away the reactions to all of our sinful activities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 29 May 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Keep the Krishna Consciousness Movement Pure

The Krishna consciousness movement has been predicted to go down in history for having saved the world from its darkest hour of despair. But this prediction can only come true if the members of the Krishna consciousness movement keep the movement pure by strict adherence to the divine instructions of our beloved Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. This is not difficult because his instructions are carefully and precisely given in his books. Therefore if Srila Prabhupada's books are scrutinizingly studied and followed, this movement will be the vanguard of the most astoundingly wonderful paradigm shift that has ever happened in the history of the universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Devotees Chanting Hare Krishna in Ecstasy
New York City--1973



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Different Levels of Chanting

What is the difference between namabhasa chanting and suddha nama chanting?

Sincerely,
Mihir

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Answer: Almost Pure Chanting and Pure Chanting

Srila Prabhupada explains the different levels of chanting as follows:

"The namabhasa stage is between that of nama-aparadha, or chanting of the holy name with offenses, and pure chanting. There are three stages in chanting the holy name of the Lord. In the first stage, one commits ten kinds of offenses while chanting. In the next stage, namabhasa, the offenses have almost stopped, and one is coming to the platform of pure chanting. In the third stage, when one chants the Hare Krishna mantra without offenses, his dormant love for Krishna immediately awakens. This is the perfection."
--(from Srila Prabhupada's purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 5.24.20)

So suddha nama is the perfectional stage of pure chanting completely free from all kinds of offenses. And namabhasa is the stage of almost pure chanting.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 28 May 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Getting Back Out on the Road

After a brief hiatus at our base camp here in Austin, Texas USA it's time for us to get out now back on the road for Srila Prabhupada as humble servants of his mission to make the entire world Krishna consciousness. The entire human population is suffering like anything without Krishna consciousness, and it is our duty to try save them from their misery by inducing them to chant Hare Krishna or any name of God according to their own religion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Prophecy Fulfilled -- American, German, French, English and Indian disciples of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada join in chanting Hare Krishna in the holy city of Navadvipa during a pilgrimage in March of 1974.


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should We Follow Our Dreams?

Should we follow our dreams? And how should we do it?

Bhavya

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Answer: Follow Guru and Krishna Instead

It is not advisable to follow one's dreams because they are simply a collage of random images swirling up from one's sub-consciousness, in which is stored memories from one's millions of lifetimes in this material existence. In other words, by following your dreams you will remain caught up in this material existence in the cycle of birth of death.

So instead of following your dreams, you should follow in the footsteps of the acharya, the spiritual master who teaches you by his words and his example, how to surrender to Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 27 May 2013

from Sadhusanga Retreat- Wimberley, Texas USA
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Dive Deep into the Ocean of Nectar

Why needlessly languish in the desert of material existence when we can instead relish unlimited nectar by diving deep into the nectarean ocean of Krishna consciousness? There is nothing to hold us back except for our own stubborn foolishness. So why continue being foolish when we can easily cast off foolishness just as we would throw away an old, worn out, torn garment? By hearing the message of Krishna from the bona fide spiritual master we immediately become enlightened with transcendental knowledge.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



With Guru Prasad Swami--Sadhusanga Retreat
Wimberley, Texas--26 May 2013



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: My Professor Was Blasphemous

Dear Gurudeva,

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

I would like to narrate an incident that took place with me: I was reading the Gita in my college library in the evening hours when one of my professors noticed me and said to me, "People who are frustrated with life or who do not have the guts to face the cut throat competition in today's world, only they go to the temple to beg for someone's mercy. You won't do well in academics if you start doing this stuff at this age."

I was so astonished at his statement that I broke out in tears then and there. I know that the professor is certainly wrong, but his words disturbed me that whole night.

I need your review, Prabhu. Can't we devotee children withstand and excel in today's competitive world? Personally, I desire material gain because after all I am going to offer my results to Krishna. So, will Krishna help me?

I am desperately waiting for your reply.
Your humble and insignificant servant,

Sushant

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Answer: Most Learned and Successful Devotees

This so-called professor is a fool and a rascal. I am shocked to hear that someone who claims to be a teacher could be so ignorant, proud, and offensive. He is not all qualified to teach. It’s better that such people do something useful for the society by taking up farming work and growing some food. Such people should immediately be removed from all teaching positions and be replaced by those intelligent people who understand the science of God.

This rascal is ignorant of the fact that the greatest scholars in history, the six Goswamis of Vrindavan, are devotees of Krishna. He is also ignorant of the fact that most successful man in the whole universe, Lord Brahma, that person who possesses more power, wealth, and influence than anyone else also happens to be a devotee of Krishna.

Non-devotees many temporarily enjoy material success due to past pious activities. But as soon as they exhaust their good karmic stock they will be reduced to being beggars in the street. The devotee’s position is different. Whatever success he achieves by dint of his devotional service is his eternal asset. It will go on increasing forever without any diminution.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 26 May 2013

from Sadhusanga Retreat- Wimberley, Texas USA
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Relishing the Association of Sadhus

ISKCON devotee, Rama Vijaya Das, along with the help of many other sincere, dedicated devotees, has organized the 2nd annual Sadhusanga Retreat in Wimberley, Texas. Last year's inaugural Sadhusanga Retreat was also organized by him. Sadhu means devotee and sanga means association. So sadhusanga means the association of the Lord's devotees. Devotees have come from all over the world to attend this wonderful three day gathering. Just as if one gets close to fire, he becomes hot, in a similar way, the more we associate with sadhus, the devotees of the Lord, the more we awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness within our hearts and consequently become progressively more and more ecstatic.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Devotees Relish Kirtan at the Sadhusanga Retreat
Wimberley, Texas--25 May 2013


BB Govinda Maharaja Leads a Sweet, Meditative Hare Krishna
Kirtan
at the
Sadhusanga
Retreat


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Cause of Untimely, Accidental Death?

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

I would like to know from you about the cause of accidental deaths. One of my neighbors met with a vehicle accident today morning and unluckily succumbed to his injuries. What is the reason of such unnatural and painful death? Is it due to our past karmic reactions or due to our carelessness?

Yours in service,
Sushant

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Answer: Such Deaths Are the Result of Karma

I am very sorry to hear that your neighbor met with such a death. Such deaths are very common in this most inauspicious age of Kali. In previous ages, the atmosphere on this planet was so auspicious that no one met with untimely death.

Even someone who is very careful may sometimes succumb to accidental, untimely death. Therefore accidental, untimely death is due to karma. And it should also be noted that a tendency to be careless is also coming from one’s karma. So whether such deaths are attributed to karma or carelessness, in either case it ultimately boils down to karma.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 25 May 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Balance the Inner Self and the Outer Self

If we walk on the tight rope of human existence in an unbalanced way, we will fall down into the lower species of life. Therefore we must be very careful to always maintain a good balance between our inner self and our outer self. The inner self is our eternal spiritual identify as a fully knowledgeable and blissful transcendental servant of God. Our external self, the material body, is not really us, although we tend to think that it is. The point is that while taking care of our bodily needs for maintaining good health we must not neglect the spiritual upkeep of the true self within. We must therefore always maintain our connection with Krishna or God in all times, places, and circumstances in order to be truly balanced and attain the goal of human existence, deliverance from the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Always Stay Connected With This Supremely Beautiful Person



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Conquer Mental Distractions?

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

Thank you for opening my eyes through your Ultimate Self Realization Course with the daily thoughts and questions and answers. I really need your help to progress in Krishna consciousness, which I am very determined about.

I am chanting about 6 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra every morning, have started offering food to Krishna, reading Srila Prabhupada’s books almost every night, listening to your lectures CD, associating with devotees, thinking of Krishna as much as possible during the day, etc. But still at times (sometimes even during chanting), some really sinful thoughts/unwanted fears or distractions come to my mind which I immediately realize as bad and try to stop and instead focus my mind on the mahamantra or Radha Shyamasundar’s form. Please advise me how I can overcome these miserable mental distractions. Should I just ignore the nonsensical thoughts every time they come up, avoid contemplating them and beg Krishna’s mercy every time that happens? How to get free from them?

I am completely dependent on your mercy. Please help me and bless me.

Your undeserving servant,
M.

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Answer: Ignore Them Like an Unwanted Guest

Don’t be disturbed by the sinful thoughts by thinking and/or feeling that you must act on them. Just as they came flowing into your mind unimpeded, you should allow them to maintain their flowing momentum and unimpededly flow out of your mind, just as by ignoring an unwanted guest he will eventually go away.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 24 May 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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The Absolute Bliss of Krishna Consciousness

Happiness in this material world is relative. It is not absolute. It always depends on one's being in a situation that meets certain criteria for making one happy. But because this a world of duality such favorable situations are only temporary. They never last for long. Thus one can never be completely happy for very long in this world. On the other hand, when one comes to the transcendental platform of basing his happiness upon having a loving relationship with Krishna, he is able to enjoy constant happiness. Love transcends all barriers. And love of the Supreme is the supreme love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



No One More Blissful than Srila Prabhupada


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Soul or Body Punished for Sin?

I have started reading the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, and I have some questions.

Who creates karma, the body or the soul?

In Prabhupada's books I have read the following:

"After death those who are sinful are taken and Yama arranges different kinds of punishment for them." (from purport to Bhagavad-gita 10.29)

"The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon nor burned by fire nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind." (Bhagavad-gita 2.23)

So please guide me. Who is punished after death by Yama, the soul or the body?

Regards

Indu

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Answer: The Soul is Punished and Feels Pain

The body is just a machine, and the soul is the driver. When there is an accident the car does not feel any pain. It is the driver who feels the pain. Similarly, if one engages in karmic activity, it is the soul who is entangled in the cycle of birth and death and experiences the pain.

The sinful soul, who is caught up in karmic activity, misidentifies himself with the gross body and the subtle mind. Thus he suffers immensely when the gross and subtle bodies are put into suffering situations according to the actions of the three modes of material nature. This principle applies both when he is on the gross plane of earthly existence and when he is on the subtle material plane when he is dragged to the court of Yamaraja to be punished for his transgressions of the laws of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 23 May 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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The Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimhadeva

Today in Texas is the appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva, who mercifully appeared to protect His devotee Prahlada from being tortured and killed by his demoniac father, Hiranyakasipu. Just as Lord Nrsimhadeva appeared to protect Prahlada, He will also protect us if we humbly take shelter of Him in the same mood of Prahlada. Since we are in gross ignorance of how to do this, Srila Prabhupada has mercifully taught us how to pray to Lord Nrsimhadeva as follows:

bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimhah

"Let Lord Nrsimhadeva sit in the core of my heart, killing all my bad propensities. Let my mind become clean so that I may peacefully worship the Lord and bring peace to the entire world."

This is a most beautiful and wonderful way of praying because not only is the devotee praying for his own purification. He is also simultaneously praying that all the suffering souls of this world can be relieved from their misery. He wants that Krishna consciousness should flood his own heart and that it should flood the universe as well.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Lord Nrsimhadeva Kills the Demon Hiranyakasipu


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Don't You All Lead the World?

Respected Gurudeva,

My obeisances to Srila Prabhupada!

Thanks for your enlightening quotes every morning. I have one question. In today's quote you had said, "Because today's world leaders are spiritually blind they are for all practical purposes useless, and the world situation is deteriorating more and more with each passing year."

My question is: In that case why don't spiritually enlightened people like you lead from the front and set standards?

Dinesh

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Answer: We're Leading, But They Don't Follow.

The leading devotees of ISKCON are already providing the proper leadership for the world. The difficulty is that practically no one is following them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 22 May 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Our Mission is to Deliver the World

Srila Prabhupada has entrusted us, his followers, with the mission of delivering the entire world from its present day condition of ignorance and misinformation. It is a world of blind leading the blind. Because today's world leaders are spiritually blind they are for all practical purposes useless, and the world situation is deteriorating more and more with each passing year. Therefore there must arise now a class of enlightened men and women who can teach by their example and their words what is the proper standard of human life. The Krishna consciousness movement has been established for this purpose, to create a new class of spiritual leaders for this most spiritually impoverished planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Our Savior, Srila Prabhupada, Arrives


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do the Vedas Allow Meat Eating?

Do the Vedic scriptures allow meat eating? I ask this because one of my academic teachers has read the Vedas but still eats meat and has an intense desire for it. This question arises since when a person has Vedic knowledge he is supposed to behave on Vedic principles.

Vrutant Shah

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Answer: For Those Who Are Willing to Be Eaten

Srila Prabhupada has taught us as follows in the following excerpt from his book The Path of Perfection that there is a concession given for meat eaters in the Vedic literatures:

"In the Vedic literatures there are descriptions of rituals and ceremonies in which a goat may be sacrificed in the presence of the goddess Kali. This is described in the Markandeya Purana, but this Purana is meant for the instruction of those in the mode of ignorance. It is very difficult for one to give up his attachments all at once. If one is addicted to meat-eating and is suddenly told that he must not eat meat, he cannot do so. If one is attached to drinking liquor and is suddenly told that liquor is no good, he cannot accept this advice. Therefore, in the Puranas we find certain instructions that say in essence, "All right, if you want to eat meat, just worship the goddess Kali and sacrifice a goat for her. Only then can you eat meat. You cannot eat meat just by purchasing it from the butcher shop. No, there must be sacrifice or restriction." In order to sacrifice a goat to the goddess Kali, one must make arrangements for a certain date and utilize certain paraphernalia. That type of puja, or worship, is allowed on the night of the dark moon, which means once a month. There are also certain mantras to be chanted when the goat is sacrificed. The goat is told, "Your life is being sacrificed before the goddess Kali; you will therefore be immediately promoted to the human form." Generally, in order to attain the human form, a living entity has to pass through many species of life on the evolutionary scale, but if a goat is sacrificed to the goddess Kali, he is immediately promoted to the human form. The mantra also says, "You have the right to kill this man who is sacrificing you." The word mamsa indicates that in his next birth, the goat will eat the flesh of the man who is presently sacrificing him. This in itself should bring the goat-eater to his senses. He should consider, "Why am I eating this flesh? Why am I doing this? I'll have to repay with my own flesh in another life." The whole idea is to discourage one from eating meat."

Srila Prabhupada has made it very clear how foolish are those persons who take advantage of such Vedic injunctions. Such persons are in the mode of ignorance. You mention that your academic teacher is a meat eater. According to Vedic standards only those who are in the mode of goodness are allowed to be teachers. Therefore if this person wants to eat meat in accordance with Vedic injunctions, he must give up his teaching position and eat goat meat once a month after sacrificing it before the goddess Kali. He then must be prepared to become a goat in his next to be killed and eaten by the very same goat that he killed and ate.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 21 May 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Most Sublime Srila Prabhupada Association

Those who were blessed with the personal association of Srila Prabhupada were indeed the most fortunate persons in the entire universe. Being in his association in the proper mood of bhakti was bathing in a veritable ocean of unlimited spiritual eternity, knowledge and bliss. Because he was fully connected with and surrendered to Lord Sri Krishna within his heart his every word, his every gesture, and his every action were rich with unlimited dimensions of deep spiritual meaning and significance. But there is nothing to lament for those who missed his personal association because they can get exactly the same benefit simply by reading his books, in which he is fully present.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk With Disciples

Golden Gate Park--San Francisco, USA--1966



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is God Only Known Through Scriptures?

According to Vedanta Sutra 2.1.27 : śrutes tu śabda-mūlatvāt : "The Lord can be understood only through the scriptures."

I want to know how you understand this verse. If there is no association of pure devotees, then how can we understand the Lord only through scriptures?

Vinay

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Answer: Yes, But Scriptures Prescribe Guru Also.

It is a fact that only by accepting the authority of the revealed scriptures we can understand God. Those very same scriptures tell us that we also require a guru in order to understand God. And it is only by hearing from the bona fide spiritual master that we can understand which scriptures are bona fide and how to properly understand those bona fide scriptures. Therefore the conclusion is that both scriptures and the pure devotee spiritual master are absolutely required if we want to know and understand God as He is.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 20 May 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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A Blissful Evening of Bhakti

On the evening of 18 May 2013, ISKCON Austin member, Mahasundari Madhavi devi dasi, arranged a special program called "An Evening of Bhakti" at the Austin Center for Spiritual Living. I was invited as the guest speaker. It was a wonderful opportunity to share with many the glories of devoting one's life to Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna in a mood of pure devotion, i.e. not asking for anything from Him in return. After we arrived we had a deep, meditative kirtan, and I spoke for over an hour on the science of bhakti. Based on the authority of the Bhagavad-gita I answered the many wonderful questions that were asked. Several Bhagavad-gitas were purchased, and a healthy, delicious prasadam meal was served to everyone. All in all it was truly a wonderfully enlivening evening of bhakti, the ultimate science of perfection.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Evening of Bhakti--Austin--18 May 2013


Presenting
Bhagavad-gita As It Is


Revealing the Topmost Yoga System


Appreciative Audience


Question from Basantdeep Singh


Rose Ann Purchases a
Bhagavad-gita


Basantdeep Singh Purchases a Gita




Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Impossible to Stop Global Meltdown?

My humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada

I appreciate very much your scientific argument against the dogmatic non-scientific argument of atheists. But I have a doubt regarding your statement about avoiding global melt down.

You have written: “We desperately need to revolutionize this planet before it's too late. We must now introduce this Krishna consciousness everywhere as the only alternative for impending global meltdown.”

Please clarify my understanding if it’s possible to avoid global meltdown when the Vedic scriptures teach us that the material world is subject to continuous transformation from good to bad, from the 100% pious Satya yuga, to the 75% pious Treta yuga, to the 50% pious Dvapara yuga, and to finally the grossly materialistic present age of Kali.

I understand the necessity of spreading Krishna consciousness for rescuing the largest possible number of souls. But the number of those we can deliver seems very small in comparison with total number of conditioned souls in the current age of Kali. Therefore it seems, according to the Vedic literature, that we can’t really stop global melt down.

Maybe your explanation is simply to give us hope and to inspire us to do as much as possible to save the fallen, conditioned souls. Please clarify this for me.

Thank you
Prana-vallabha Devi Dasi from Brazil

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Answer: It Is Possible to Stop Global Meltdown.

Even though by the end of Kali yuga (the age of quarrel and hypocrisy) there will be a total disintegration of the human society resulting in total anarchy, in the scriptures there is predicted a 10,000 years long golden era of Lord Caitanya, which began 500 years ago and will gradually bring a wonderful, happy Krishna conscious atmosphere to this entire planet. This golden era of Lord Caitanya is predicted as follows in the Caitanya Caritamrita:

saj-jana, durjana, pangu, jada, andha-gana
prema-vanyāya dubāila jagatera jana

"The Krishna consciousness movement will inundate the entire world and drown everyone, whether one be a gentleman, a rogue or even lame, invalid or blind."

--Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 7.2

So what I have written is not mere flowery words meant to encourage those who are sincerely trying to spread the Krishna consciousness movement. It is confirmed in the scriptures that this entire planet will indeed be inundated with Krishna bhakti for some time before the full-fledged manifestation of the Kali yuga ensues.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 19 May 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Keep Up With the Real News

In this material world everyone likes to keep up with the news. They want to know what is currently going on all over the world. For this purpose newspapers and the internet are very popular. What these people don't realize is that this planet is just a tiny little speck within a much greater, more significant reality. If they really want to know what's happening, they should give up their provincialism and keep up with the real news by looking beyond the curtain of the material energy to the vast, unlimitedly amazing spiritual reality of which our puny, insignificant little universe is simply a mere miniscule particle.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



The Unlimitedly Vast Spiritual Sky


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is Krishna So Specific?

In Bhagavad-gita Chapter 7 Lord Krishna says that He is the heat in fire, taste of water, sunshine of the sun, etc. However Lord Krishna is actually the entire material energy. This means that He is not only the taste, but He is also the water. He is not only the heat, but He is also the fire. He is not only the sunshine, but also the sun because all this is His material energy. He could have just said that He is everything, but still He is giving more importance to specific things. What is the inner meaning of this?

Sincerely,
Mihir

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Answer: He is Helping Us to Remember Him

Although in the form of His expanded energy Krishna is indeed everything, He names certain things within His expanded energy that are specifically Him. This is His kindness to help us to solidly fix ourselves in remembering Him. In other words, because He mentions that He is the taste of water, the light of the sun, etc. Krishna is especially manifested in the form of these items in order to give us a mental hook by which we can easily connect with Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 18 May 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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We Must Try to Save the World

It's a thankless task. But we must try to save the world. Without love of Krishna the entire world civilization is gradually disintegrating until one day it will reach the state of total anarchy. The difficulty is that when we try to save the people by giving them Krishna consciousness they are not interested. Sometimes they become angry and go so far as to torture or even kill the devotee who is trying to help them. We could just abandon them and allow them to be dragged down to the animal kingdom in their next birth. But how can we knowingly let our brothers and sisters drown when we have the knowledge and the formula to save them? Therefore we must make our best effort to save the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Brings Krishna
Bhakti
to England


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Question: Preach To or Avoid Materialists?

Namaste Gurudeva,

Glad to hear that you have come back from your wonderful world tour. It was nice to read about your trip and all other words of wisdom in your newsletters.

I have a question. I'm trying to practice Krishna consciousness sincerely everyday by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra and also doing my duties sincerely as a wife, mother and a student. I have read Bhagavad-gita As It Is by Swami Prabhupada and am currently reading the Nectar of Devotion. I feel happy and blissful ever since I started praying to Lord Krishna everyday. However, I feel sorry for those around me who are ignorant about God and are driven by greed and sense gratification. They sometimes hurt and cause trouble. As a Krishna devotee, how do I deal with such people? I want to be peaceful, clean and disciplined.

Is it necessary to preach about God, etc. to such people or just stay away from them? Thank you for your help.

Warm wishes,
Ajanta Rao

All glories to Lord Krishna!
All glories to Swami Prabhupada!

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Answer: Tolerance and Compassion are Needed

We should be tolerant of the nonsensical ignorant misbehavior of those who are lacking in knowledge of who they are. At the same time we must be compassionate to try to save them from gliding down to the animal species in their next life by enlightening them in the science of Krishna consciousness according to their capacity to understand.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 17 May 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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How to Escape Inevitable Death

There is no escaping death in this material world because everyone must die. However, one who surrenders to Krishna becomes deathless, free from the clutches of death. In this connection Srila Prabhupada has said:

"Krish means 'repetition of birth' and na means 'one who ends.' The one who ends our repetition of birth is called Krishna. Our repetition of birth can be ended only by God. Otherwise it is not possible. Harim vinā naiva srtim taranti: one cannot stop one's repetition of birth and death without having the causeless mercy of God. Therefore, Krishna is a scientific name of God."

If we take these words of Srila Prabhupada very seriously and fully surrender ourselves unto Lord Sri Krishna, we will escape death. Otherwise there is no escape.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Introduces Deathlessness
9 October 1966-Tompkins Square Park, New York



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Question: Too Much God Consciousness Causes Violence?

My query is about increasing violence in Muslim world. Although they profess Islam, which is built totally around the existence of God and His commands, still there is no peace among them. Is this a symptom of too much involvement of Godhead in one's routine life?

Your insignificant servant,
Bhakta Abasaheb

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Answer: Pseudo Religion Can Cause Violence

It is not that by being more God conscious in one's daily life that one becomes more violent. Those who commit atrocities against other humans and animals in the name of religion are pseudo religious, following irreligion masquerading under the name of religion. They are not following the path of religion. The meaning of religion is to reconnect with God and with all living beings, who are nothing but His expanded energy, in a relationship of pure love. Anyone who loves God and all of His creatures is a true religious person no matter whether they are designated as Christian, Jew, Hindu, Muslim, etc.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 16 May 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Averting Impending Global Meltdown

On our flight from London to Dallas on 14 May I had a very meaningful discussion with a British Airways flight attendant. I explained to her how the entire world is becoming increasingly more and more chaotic due to the increase of godlessness in the world. I pointed out to her the dogmatic, non-scientific nature of the popular atheistic argument that the universe comes out of absolutely nothing. There has never been in the history of science one scientific experiment performed in which something even small and insignificant was derived from nothing, what to speak of an entire universe coming out of nothing. On the other hand, we can scientifically prove that every machine requires an operator and that the universe also operates as a machine. In this way we have solid scientific evidence that there must a God. She was very impressed by my explanations and asked me if I am one of the higher-ups in our organization. I then gave her the information to sign up for our e-course. I hope she joins. We desperately need to revolutionize this planet before it's too late. We must now introduce this Krishna consciousness everywhere as the only alternative for impending global meltdown.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Teaches How to Escape Death


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Question: Impersonal Brahman and Krishnaloka

What is the difference between merging with impersonal brahman and going to Krishna's abode? Who goes to impersonal brahman and who goes to Krishna's abode?

Regards
Ravi k

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Answer: No Real Bliss or Unlimited Bliss

The difference is that there is no spiritual bliss in impersonal brahman while there is unlimited spiritual bliss in Krishna’s abode.

Those who absorb themselves in contemplation on the non-differentiated impersonal brahman merge into it after thousands and millions of years. But after some time they fall back down again into material existence. Those who worship Krishna can achieve His abode in one lifetime, and they never come back again into material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 15 May 2013

from Helsinki, Finland
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Heart Melting Experience in the Baltics

Our lecture tour in Latvia, Lithuania, and Kaliningrad, Russia was truly a heart melting experience. It was diving into an ocean of unlimited loving exchanges with Vaisnavas, the devotees of the Lord. This is the key how to make rapid spiritual advancement. The more we have loving exchanges with devotees, the more our hearts dance in the sweet ecstasy of love of Godhead. Therefore wherever we are in the world we should find out where are the devotees of Krishna and engage in loving relationships with them as much as possible. This will guarantee our rapid spiritual advancement back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Final Lecture at the Vilnius Airport
13 May 2013--Vilnius, Lithuania


Farewell Kirtan at Airport as We Enter Security
13 May 2013--Vilnius, Lithuania



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Question: How Can the Eternal Soul Ever Be Created?

In the Bhagavad-gita Lord Sri Krishna says:

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

But He also says that He is the seed giving father and the source of everything. This does not make sense, because if the souls are ever-existing they would always be there with Him in the spiritual world. How can Krishna be the source of the souls when they are ever-existing? It's inconceivable how the souls could be ever-existing when they were created by Him because if they were ever-existing there could be no time when they could have been created by Him.

Shreyas

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Answer: He's the Eternal Emanation of Krishna

Since Krishna is our source and we are eternally existing, the obvious conclusion is that we are being eternally emanated from Krishna. In fact we are being emanated from Him right now. We do not have an independent existence. We have always been emanating from Him in the past. We are emanating from Him now. And we will always be emanating from Him in the future. In other words, we are eternally dependent upon Him for our existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 14 May 2013

from ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania
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There's Nothing Sweeter than Transcendental Bliss

There's nothing sweeter than transcendental bliss. And if you are looking for it, you've come to right place. By the combined mercy of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu the Krishna consciousness movement is overflowing with unlimited oceans of transcendental bliss sufficient for everyone throughout the entire universe to become immeasurably happy. You simply have to dive into the ocean of Krishna's holy names with a little faith, and you will relish the sweetest transcendental nectar.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Sunday Feast Transcendental Bliss Lecture
12 May 2013--Kaunas, Lithuania


Super Enlivened Audience Relishes the Lecture


Many Purchased Srila Prabhupada's Books After the Lecture


Super Ecstatic Farewell Kirtan as We Departed



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Question: Am I Controlled or Free?

I have a question to ask regarding the introduction to Bhagavad-gita. Srila Prabhupada mentions the five basic truths explained in Bhagavad-gita: Isvara, the jivas, material nature, time and karma. He says that Isvara is the Supreme controller and the jivas are controlled. He then says, "If a living entity says that he is not controlled but that he is free, then he is insane." I think maybe I fall into this category! I am wondering how exactly I am controlled and to what extent. I thought, to be honest, I was free, at least theoretically. He then says, "The living being is controlled in every respect, at least in his conditioned state." I also find this hard to gather as I thought it is explained that we have free will.

Thanks for the clarifications.
Yours sincerely,

N.M.

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Answer: We Can Choose Freedom or Captivity

The living being eternally possesses the free will to either serve Krishna or maya. When he opts for maya he remains stringently under the grip of maya with no freedom until he uses his free will to decide that he wants to no longer be a captive of maya, that he now wants to return to his liberated position as an eternal servitor of the supreme Lord in His divine pastimes in the spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 13 May 2013

from ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania
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Every Soul is Most Dear to Krishna

Every person or soul in all of existence is most dear to Krishna because that soul is an eternal emanation from Krishna manifested specifically for the purpose of having a sweet, loving relationship with Krishna both for Krishna's satisfaction and for that soul's satisfaction. In other words by nature everyone is a lover of God. There's no such thing of anyone being a demon by nature. Those who are demoniac are temporarily manifesting an unnatural temperament, which will eventually be given up when they resume their original, natural consciousness, i.e. their Krishna consciousness

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Some of the Dear Souls Who Attended Our Program
11 May 2013--Kelme, Lithuania



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Question: What Happens When We Become Self-Realized?

Gurudeva!
Please accept my respectful obeisances.

My question is: What happens to us when we attain self-realization? Where does the prakriti stand at that time? I find it difficult to understand. Kindly enlighten me.

Your humble servant.

A. K. Sarma

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Answer: We Surrender to Krishna

Self-realization means to understand that you are the eternal servant of Krishna and to fully engage in His service. For that self-realized person, prakriti (the material nature) becomes fully spiritualized because He engages everything in the service of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 12 May 2013

from ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania
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When Suffering's So Bad That You Just Can't Stand It

When suffering's so bad
That you just cannot stand it,
Remember this clue
To quell the bliss bandit.
That body's not you.
Just a transient covering.
Chant Hare Krishna.
Pure bliss now discovering.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Innermost Meaning of Life

10 May 2013--Sakiai, Lithuania



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Question: Can There Be a Gay Devotee?

What are your thoughts on gays and same sex marriage? In Krishna consciousness is there a rule against gays? And can there be a gay devotee?

A.

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Answer: Gays Become Happy Devotees

A spiritually enlightened person loves everyone equally, seeing everyone as part and parcel of Krishna. Therefore he welcomes everyone regardless of their sexual orientation. He does not discriminate against anyone because of their being gay or straight.

This spiritually awakened person realizes that he is not his body and that therefore his real happiness is on the transcendental platform in a loving relationship with Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, rather than from any form of material sense gratification such as sex. Therefore he views all forms of sexual attraction to be a distraction from his path of spiritual discovery and prefers to only indulge in sex for the purpose of producing saintly children. In other words, apart from procreation he has no interest at all in sex.

Before coming to Krishna consciousness the devotee may have felt sexual impulses towards the opposite sex, or he may felt attraction towards the same sex. Regardless of his sexual orientation he renounces recreational sex and only uses sex for producing saintly children, if he is married.

Since marriage is a license for sex and since the devotee only uses sex for procreation, he has no interest in gay marriage or gay sex. Because a man cannot make another man pregnant, nor can a woman make another woman pregnant, gay marriage has no meaning. If two sexually active gay lovers join the Krishna consciousness together, they will naturally give up gay sex. If they choose to remain together as lifelong intimate friends, they will do so in complete celibacy and have no interest in so-called same sex marriage.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 11 May 2013

from ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania
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Conquer Over Envy for Freedom from Anxiety

It is not easy to conquer over envy because in this material existence envy is deeply ingrained in our psyches. We must therefore purify ourselves by chanting the holy names and disciplining our minds with our intelligence to prevent envious thoughts from overtaking our consciousness. In other words we must exert strenuous mental discipline to conquer envy. This hard work is well worth it because the pay off is phenomenal. We will become completely free from all anxieties.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Introducing the Science of Krishna Bhakti
9 May 2013--Vilnius, Lithuania








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Question: Soul's Identity When Merged into Brahman?

In Bhagavad-gita 2.12 Lord Krishna says clearly that every soul has an ever present and independent identity:

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

How does this statement reconcile with those souls that merge into impersonal Brahman and thus seemingly lose their identity?

Regards,

Vivek

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Answer: Sense of Individuality on Temporary Hold

In your question you have already reconciled the two statements by saying, “seemingly lose their identify.” In other words there is no actual loss of identity for those who merge into impersonal Brahman. Simply their sense of identity is temporarily on hold. It is suspended until they inevitably fall back down again into material existence. It should be noted that those who attain the personal liberation of returning to Krishna’s abode never fall back down again into material existence. Therefore instead of wasting one's time trying to merge into impersonal Brahman, one should focus his energies on developing pure love of Krishna for going back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 10 May 2013

from ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania
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Don't Be Duped by Crackbrained Atheistic Hogwash

The atheists do not have a philosophical leg to stand on. Their views are based on blind faith and dogma, not on logical, scientific thinking. The foundation of their faith is based on the premise that everything comes out of nothing. But there has never been in the history of science even one experiment performed where something was derived from nothing. But yet these simpletons naively expect us to buy their valueless viewpoint. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. If others want to be duped by crackbrained atheistic hogwash, that is their business. But as far as we are concerned, we prefer to use our brains rather than stagnate them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

"Meaning of Life" Lecture at Samosa Restaurant
8 May 2013--Kaunas, Lithuania






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Question: Different Levels of Realization?

What are the differences of the experiences of someone who has realized the Absolute Truth as Krishna versus those who have realized the Paramatma and impersonal Brahman features of the Absolute Truth?

Humbly yours

Vivek

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Answer: Perfect, More Perfect, and Most Perfect

The Absolute Truth has three aspects: eternity, knowledge, and bliss.

Those who have realized the Absolute Truth as impersonal Brahman realize only the eternity feature of the Absolute Truth. Those who have realized the Absolute Truth as Paramatma realize only the eternity and knowledge aspects of the Absolute Truth. But those who realize the Absolute Truth as Krishna or Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, realize the Absolute Truth in full with all aspects: eternity, knowledge, and bliss.

Srila Prabhupada describes those who realize impersonal Brahman as perfect, those who have realized Paramatma as more perfect, and those who have realized Bhagavan as most perfect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 9 May 2013

from ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania
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Another Day Jam Packed with Nectar

Tuesday 7 May 2013 was another Krishna conscious day jam packed with nectar. I rose at 230am to bathe and chant Hare Krishna japa. After attending mangala arati (morning worship) and worshipping the sacred tulasi tree (tulasi puja) I composed, formatted, and uploaded "Thought for the Day" for 8 May. Then at 715am it was time for greeting of the deities and guru puja (worshipping the spiritual master). After that I gave a Srimad Bhagavatam lecture, which was followed by breakfast. The rest of the morning I was interviewed by a wonderful woman named Ingrida Stankeviciene. The interview was recorded for being aired on Ziniu Radio. Following the interview was lunch. Then after lunch I took rest for one hour, took bath, and did some worship of our Radha Krishna deities (Sri Sri Radha Damodar). At this time we drove for one hour from Kaunas to Vilnius where I gave a Bhagavad-gita lecture at the Hare Krishna center. We got back to Kaunas by 930pm and took prasadam and got to rest by 1030pm. May my eternal existence always be absorbed in this way with nothing but Krishna's service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Radio Show Interview--7 May 2013--Kaunas, Lithuania




Bhagavad-gita Lecture--7 May 2013
ISKCON Vilnius, Lithuania


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Question: Is Forgiveness My Weakness?

I have just joined your self-realization online course and find "Thought for the Day" a true guideline. I wanted to ask one thing. Sometimes to avoid fight, I forgive the person. Is this my weakness?

Indu

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Answer: Forgiveness is Your Strength

Forgiveness is one of the strengths of a Vaisnava. I am very happy to hear that you practice forgiveness. In this world of constant turmoil if we want to have peaceful minds and make steady progress on the spiritual path, we must chant Hare Krishna as much as possible, beg forgiveness from those whom we have or may have offended, and forgive all those who commit offenses against us. In this way we can nicely absorb our minds in thoughts of Krishna and sufficiently prepare ourselves for going back to Godhead at the end of this lifetime.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 8 May 2013

from ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania
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Nature's Beauty and Krishna's Smiling Face

As we were leaving Russia early in the morning on 6 May to return to Lithuania we drove for over an hour through a beautiful forest just as the sun was rising. Appreciating that beauty as the smile of Krishna I am drawn to Krishna's original smile as described by Srila Prabhupada in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.11.26 as follows:

"And those who are artists, overtaken by the beautiful creation, should better see to the beautiful face of the Lord for complete satisfaction. The face of the Lord is the embodiment of beauty. What they call beautiful nature is but His smile, and what they call the sweet songs of the birds are but specimens of the whispering voice of the Lord."

While we can derive some temporary satisfaction by seeing the beauty of nature, if we want permanent satisfaction we must look to the beautiful smiling face of Krishna, which surpasses the beauty of nature by millions and billions of times. Since that amazing face is the source of the beauty of all beautiful things, let us try to fathom how unlimitedly beautiful that face must be.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Beautiful Russian Forest on Road to Lithuania

6 May 2013



Gopinatha's Sweet Smiling Face
ISKCON Sydney, Australia



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Question: How to Not Doubt Krishna's Existence?

Whenever I pray for anything to Lord Krishna He always fulfills my wishes. But there is something which opposes me to believe in Him, even though I know that He exists. How can I get rid of this doubt?

Pandey

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Answer: Serve Him. Don't Ask Him to Serve You.

If you always try to serve God instead of asking Him to serve you, you will fully realize His presence everywhere and your doubts will be disappear forever.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 7 May 2013

from Kaliningrad, Russia
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Super Ecstatic Visit to Russia

5 May 2013--We have been coming regularly to Kaliningrad, Russia now for many years. I've been told that it's been for seven years. With each visit the loving feelings between us and these wonderful devotees becomes stronger and stronger. The devotees receive us with so much love that they will always remain with us in a very special place in our hearts. The kirtans were overflowing with nectar and the devotees were very eager to hear the lectures and ask many intelligent questions. Our accommodation hosts, Sriman Gopinatha Prabhu and his wife, Nadia Mataji, were sweeter than the sweetest honey. Lila Avatar Prabhu and his wife Sasa made wonderful arrangements for our preaching. And Lila Avatar Prabhu's parting words of thanks announced at the last lecture were so full of love that they would melt anyone's heart.

As we are preparing now to leave, we are eagerly anticipating our return visit next year. Who could imagine that in the midst of Russia the Hare Krishna devotees could have created such a sublime oasis? It is all going on here by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Final Krishna
Bhakti
Lecture
Kaliningrad, Russia--5 May 2013



Our Wonderful Accommodation Hosts:
Sriman Gopinatha Prabhu



and His Wonderful Wife: Nadia Mataji



Our Wonderful Program Hosts:
Sriman Lila Avatar Prabhu



and His Wonderful Wife: Sasa Mataji



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Question: Spiritual Perfection by Only Bhakti?

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

Thank you very much for your suggestions. I am following them without fail. Please encourage me with your guidelines. It's my humble request.

Somebody told me that if a person has bhakti (devotion) that's all he needs to go to Krishnaloka (the topmost planet in the spiritual world), that it is not necessary for him to have jnana (knowledge). Is this true? Can a person be elevated to Krishnaloka without jnana simply by having bhakti ?

Thank you,
Your servant,

Geetha

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Answer: Yes, But Jnana Helps to Achieve Bhakti

It is fact that the only requirement for entering the spiritual world is to possess pure bhakti, pure devotion for the Supreme Lord. But because we currently do not have such pure devotion we require jnana, knowledge of the science of how we can awaken that pure bhakti within our hearts. In other words if one has bhakti, that's all he needs. But the knowledge of how to attain bhakti as described by Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita is required for those who do not yet possess pure bhakti.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 6 May 2013

from Kaliningrad, Russia
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Simple Formula for World Peace

In a public hall program in Kaliningrad, Russia on 4 May 2013 I explained to the audience how simply through Krishna consciousness all the problems of the world will be solved. It's a fact that the Krishna consciousness movement can immediately bring total, complete peace and happiness to the entire human society. Simply the people must agree to chant the Hare Krishna mantra and taste Krishna prasadam, vegetarian foods offered to Lord Sri Krishna with love and devotion. If they agree, the world will experience the full blossoming of the most revolutionary epoch in world history, the Caitanya Era.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Teaching the Science of Krishna Bhakti
Kaliningrad, Russia--4 May 2013











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Question: How to React When Cheated?

Dear Guru Maharaja

How a Krishna conscious person should behave when he gives some money to others and is finally cheated? How the mind should be controlled without agitation, angry, disappointment and sadness?

Your servant,
TC

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Answer: Act Stringently to Recover the Stolen Money

This material world is a society of the cheaters and cheated. So it is natural that people will always try to cheat us. Because a devotee is engaging all of his wealth in Krishna's service he is very careful not to be cheated by greedy materialists. Just as it was intolerable for Lord Rama when Sitadevi was kidnapped by Ravana, it is also intolerable for a devotee when Krishna's money is stolen to be engaged in material sense gratification. Therefore when a devotee is cheated he takes stringent action to recover the stolen money just as Lord Rama took stringent action to rescue Sitadevi from the evil hands of Ravana. So, a devotee does not tolerate theft. He becomes greatly disturbed when Krishna's money is stolen and does the needful to recover the stolen money.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 5 May 2013

from Kaliningrad, Russia
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Spreading Krishna Bhakti Globally or Locally

There is nothing sweeter than spreading the glories of Lord Sri Krishna all over the world or in your own neighborhood because in either case this service makes one very dear to Krishna and thus a recipient of His special mercy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Revealing the Secret of Eternal Happiness
Kaliningrad, Russia--3 May 2013








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Question: How to Attain Supernatural Powers?

Dear Gurudeva,

Namaste.

I would also like to ask the following questions:

How to become perfected being, to acquire spiritual wisdom, dispassion, renunciation and get endowed with great purity, holiness and enlightenment possessing all siddhis or supernatural powers like Kapila Muni? Is it possible in this life?

Janardan Mali

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Answer: Only Desire to Attain Pure Bhakti

The desire for supernatural powers is a material desire that will stand in the way of one's attaining spiritual perfection. Kapila Muni is an incarnation of God. It is not possible for living beings such as ourselves to attain powers like God. Only God is can do that. Nobody else can. Therefore we should only desire pure devotional service to Lord Sri Krishna. When we reach pure devotional service we will naturally possess all supernatural powers greater than any yogi. But if one desires these powers he will remain imperfect. Therefore my best advice to you is that you should abandon all desires for siddhis or supernatural powers and simply fully surrender yourself at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna. This and this alone will fully satisfy all of your desires.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 4 May 2013

from Klaipeda, Lithuania
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Life of Unlimited Bliss Beyond the Clouds

There is no reason for you to continue being miserable. Just as you will see that the sun is shining even on a cloudy day if you are elevated beyond the clouds by taking off in an airplane, in a similar way if you will elevate your consciousness beyond the clouds of the three modes of material nature, you will experience constant, uninterrupted spiritual bliss. In case you are wondering where is that airplane that will take you beyond the clouds of maya, the material nature, you do not have to look very far. Simply chant these names with love, and you will immediately be elevated to the sweet, ecstatic, transcendental dimension:

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

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Catching Up On Emails--2 May 2013
On the Road to Klaipeda, Lithuania


Arrival Kirtan in Klaipeda--2May 2013


Expounding the Bhakti Science
Klaipeda, Lithuania--2 May 2013


Eager Listeners in Klaipeda--2 May 2013


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Question: Chant Gita Verses or Hare Krishna?

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

I am more attached to recite always Bhagavad-gita slokas repeatedly than the name of Supreme Personality. My question is: If I recite Bhagavad-gita slokas does it purify me? Will it be effective as the mahamantra? I need your suggestions and also blessings. It's my humble request.

Thanking you,
Your servant,

Geetha

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Answer: Chant Both

Chanting Bhagavad-gita verses is certainly purifying. But kindly note that the Kali Santarana Upanisad specifically states that there is no means of attaining spiritual perfection as effective in this age of Kali as chanting:

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


Therefore my best advise to you is that you should chant at least 16 rounds per day of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala and also regularly recite the verses of the Bhagavad-gita. This will make you very strong and powerful in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 3 May 2013

from ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania
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A Life of Incomparable Happiness

There is no happiness like Krishna consciousness anywhere in the three worlds. There is truly no happiness that even comes close to comparing with it. Fabulous wealth, world wide fame, and power even up to the highest level of being Brahmaji, the demigod in charge of our universe, are totally dwarfed by the happiness of Krishna consciousness. So why waste time running after illusory happiness when you can constantly taste the ultimate happiness simply by awakening the natural love of Krishna that is already within your heart?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Ecstatic Departure from Riga, Latvia--1 May 2013



Ecstatic Arrival in Kaunas, Lithuania--1 May 2013



Kedaranath Prabhu Offers a Flower Garland


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Most Important Service to Guru?

Service can be rendered to the spiritual master in several ways. What is the importance of serving spiritual master personally? Is there any order of service from importance standpoint?

Your aspiring servant,

Prashant
Melbourne, Australia

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Answer: Serving His Orders

Service to the spiritual master is of the utmost importance because it is only by serving the spiritual master that one can realize Krishna.

There are two ways we can serve the spiritual master. One is by serving him in his physical presence such as cooking for him, doing his laundry, or by arranging preaching programs for him. This is called vapuh seva. The other way is by following his orders to awaken our Krishna consciousness and spread the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world. This is called vani seva. Of the two types of service vani seva is more important because the spiritual master’s orders are eternally present whereas his physical presence is only temporarily present.

So why bother with vapuh seva? Vapuh seva is a golden opportunity for the disciple because it helps him to fix himself solidly in vani seva. Therefore whenever the disciple gets the chance for vapuh seva, he should capitalize on it to the fullest extent.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 2 May 2013

from ISKCON Riga, Latvia
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Making the Ultimate Journey Within

In this world people are very eager to travel from this place to that place seeking pleasure. Travel is so popular that it generates billions of dollars of revenue every year. What people do not realize is that the ultimate journey is within, the soul's return to the association of his beloved Lord Sri Krishna. One does not have to travel anywhere externally to reconnect with Krishna. Simply one has to awaken the feelings of love of God within his heart. This love will then automatically carry him on the ultimate journey back to Krishna's eternal abode.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Journey Within to Radha and Krishna's Abode


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Everyone Destined to Go Back to Godhead?

Dear Sankarshan Das Adhikari Prabhu,

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

This is Naveen Krishna das, a young man from Alachua, Florida. I, along with a group of other Alachua youth, spoke with you in Vrindavan before Kartik began last year.

During your talk, I asked a question including the words, "All conditioned souls return to Krishna eventually?" And you enthusiastically exclaimed, "Yes, this was revealed by Srila Prabhupada in his Teachings of Lord Caitanya." I have recently searched the Teachings of Lord Caitanya to find this confirmation, and this is the quote I have found:

"Actually every living entity is destined to reach the Supreme Lord. Indeed, it is possible for everyone to understand his relationship with the Supreme."

Reading this in context, I am having some doubt as to whether Srila Prabhupada is actually saying all living entities go back to Krishna eventually, as he says right after "it is possible for everyone to understand his relationship with the Supreme Lord." Can you please remove this doubt if it is ill placed? Do all conditioned souls return to Krishna eventually?

Naveen Krishna das

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Answer: All Are Fated to Return to Krishna

I was very happy to meet with all of you wonderful young Vaisnavas last year in Vrindavan. That meeting was one of the highlights of my visit to Vrindavana.

I am very happy to see how you are using your intelligence to come to a solid understanding of the teachings of Srila Prabhupada. This is very important. We are meant to continue inquiring until our intelligence is fully satisfied. It is not that we are meant to blindly accept the teachings of Lord Sri Krishna.

So what does Srila Prabhupada mean by the word “destined” when he states that every living entity is destined to reach the Supreme Lord?

The word “destined” means “fated.” In other words if one is destined to attain something, it is his fate to attain it. It will definitely happen within due course of time. This standard use of the word “destined” is consistent with how Srila Prabhupada uses it throughout his writings.

So if we are to take Srila Prabhupada’s words as they are directly stated without any interpretation, being destined to reach the Supreme Lord does indeed mean that reaching the Supreme Lord is the ultimate fate of every jiva soul.

How does this understanding of Srila Prabhupada’s statement correlate with the next sentence?

“Indeed, it is possible for everyone to understand his relationship with the Supreme.”

Srila Prabhupada is informing us in this sentence that since everyone is destined to go back to Godhead it is therefore possible for everyone to understand their relationship with Krishna. This is the ultimate good news.

If this is not clear to you, please inquire further.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 1 May 2013

from ISKCON Riga, Latvia
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How to Constantly Associate with Krishna

In a Srimad Bhagavatam lecture given in Los Angeles on 25 December 1973 Srila Prabhupada wonderfully revealed:

"If you become devotee of Krishna, then you can live with Krishna, even in this life. Even in this life. Because Krishna is omnipotent, if you are really devotee of Krishna, He will talk with you, He will dance with you, He will eat with you, everything. Premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena [Bs. 5.38]. Again this bhakti. By bhakti, prema, love. Premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santah sadaiva [Bs. 5.38]. Santah, saintly persons. This word, Sanskrit word, santah, is also I think Latin. "Saint," santah. Santah means saintly persons. So santah, those who are saintly persons, those who have developed love of Krishna, they can see Krishna every moment. Santah sadaiva. Sadaiva means "every moment." They do not see anything except Krishna. That is saintly person. Rascals inquire, "Have you seen God?" "Not seen God, sir. He is seeing every moment." There is no question of seeing God once."

These words of Srila Prabhupada are indeed super inspiring. Just imagine being able to directly associate with Krishna as a personal associate even in this very lifetime at every minute. All we have to do to attain this ultimate privilege of becoming Krishna's associates is to factually become His devotees. So becoming a devotee is not a cheap thing. We have to really, really become Krishna's devotees by awakening our dormant love for Him, and then we will constantly see Him, talk with Him, and dance with Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



The Pure Devotee Associates With Krishna Constantly


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Know Who is My Guru?

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

When choosing a guru this is a very hard activity, as we do not know who our guru is because of our imperfect senses and out inability to make the right choices for ourselves. Bhagavad-gita states that without a guru we won't see the truth or make real progress in devotional life.

tad viddhi praṇipātena
paripraśnena sevayā
upadekṣyanti te jñānam
jñāninas tattva-darśinaḥ


"Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth."


I also read that the guru we choose will be our guru until we go back home even if it takes us many more lives. Is this true, or does the guru change?

Your humble servant,

Clive

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Answer: He Opens Your Eyes to Krishna

When you find that spiritual master who opens your eyes to Krishna, you will know that you have found your spiritual master.

The disciple prays to his spiritual master, “You are my master birth after birth.” So the guru/disciple relationship is eternal. It even continues forever in the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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