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On the order of his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, Sankarshan Prabhu has dedicated his life for the most urgent work of spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world. The more that Krishna consciousness spreads, the more that the suffering, scarcity, and hate on this planet will be replaced with bliss, abundance and love. This is a golden opportunity for us to do the highest good for all living beings and receive the special blessings of the Lord. Therefore we should, as much as possible, sacrifice our time, energy, and resources to assist Sankarshan Prabhu in his most important work. If you would like to help out to any extent, little or big, kindly inform Sankarshan Prabhu of your desire.

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Elevation to the 27th Floor and Beyond

29 June 2013--Last night I was invited to do kirtan and give a lecture at the home of Amit in a high rise 27th floor apartment in downtown Melbourne, Australia. After a brief smooth ride on the elevator from the ground floor to the 27th floor we then hopped into another elevator to carry us far, far beyond the stratosphere into the transcendental spiritual sky, situated far, far beyond the world of birth and death. This is the amazing power of kirtan and Krishna katha. It transports us out of this world into the inconceivably sweet transcendental realm of the Supreme Personality or Godhead where birth, death, old age, and disease and all other forms of misery are conspicuous by their absence.

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Transcendental Bliss on the 27th Floor
Melbourne, Australia--28 June 2013






Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Simply Chanting Will Save Us?

I read your daily thoughts and answers. Thank you so much for your enlightenment. Your faith and conviction in Guru and Krishna is ultimate. Please bless me also to develop the same one day in my life time. It is a coincidence that you are here in Melbourne to distribute the unlimited mercy of Srila Prabhupada.

You keep repeating that one can go back to Godhead in this lifetime by chanting and following the four regulative principles. Is it true that simply by this process our heart will be cleansed and develop love for Krishna? But I see many times in myself and other devotees the material character does not go away. I always think that unless we are purified there is no way of going back to Godhead as there is no tinge of impurity in spiritual world. How to develop that purity in my self? How do we understand that the purification which is happening in our heart is true?

J.P.

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Answer: You Must Chant Without Offense.

You are leaving out one other point that we repeatedly make. That is that one must also master the art of chanting Hare Krishna without any offense. Whenever I initiate new disciples in the initiation lecture I always make it emphatically clear that not only must one chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra on japa mala beads every day. He must also be careful to avoid the ten different kinds of offenses while chanting. These ten offenses are as follows:

(1) To blaspheme the devotees who have dedicated their lives for propagating the holy name of the Lord.

(2) To consider the names of demigods like Lord Siva or Lord Brahma to be equal to, or independent of, the name of Lord Vishnu. (Sometimes the atheistic class of men take it that any demigod is as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vishnu. But one who is a devotee knows that no demigod, however great he may be, is independently as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, if someone thinks that he can chant "Kali, Kali!" or "Durga, Durga!"and it is the same as Hare Krishna, that is the greatest offense.)

(3) To disobey the orders of the spiritual master. (This means one must be fully surrendered to the spiritual master.)

(4) To blaspheme the Vedic literature or literature in pursuance of the Vedic version.

(5) To consider the glories of chanting Hare Krishna to be imagination.

(6) To give some interpretation on the holy name of the Lord.

(7) To commit sinful activities on the strength of the holy name of the Lord. (It should not be taken that because by chanting the holy name of the Lord one can be freed from all kinds of sinful reaction, one may continue to act sinfully and after that chant Hare Krishna to neutralize his sins. Such a dangerous mentality is very offensive and should be avoided.)

(8) To consider the chanting of Hare Krishna one of the auspicious ritualistic activities offered in the Vedas as fruitive activities (karma-kanda).

(9) To instruct a faithless person about the glories of the holy name. (Anyone can take part in chanting the holy name of the Lord, but in the beginning one should not be instructed about the transcendental potency of the Lord. Those who are too sinful cannot appreciate the transcendental glories of the Lord, and therefore it is better not to instruct them in this matter.)

(10) To not have complete faith in the chanting of the holy names and to maintain material attachments, even after understanding so many instructions on this matter. It's also offensive to be inattentive while chanting.

By chanting Hare Krishna and avoiding these offenses one becomes a spotlessly pure devotee of the Lord who is fully qualified to go back to home, back to Godhead at the time of death.

You can understand that your heart is becoming purified when you become completely disinterested in all forms of material sense gratification.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 29 June 2013

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia
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Mindless Idiot Leaders Spoiling the World

Now more than ever we see how much the world leaders have become mindless idiots who are completely spoiling the human civilization taking it down to a level that is lower than the animal kingdom. They are polluting the air, rivers and oceans and also polluting our brains by promoting the disgraceful degradation of the human society as progress. Yes, it is certainly progress. But progress towards what? Progress towards hell. Someone may object that such criticism of the world leaders is not Krishna consciousness. But the Srimad Bhagavatam is making such criticism.

tesām kupatha-destrnām
patatām tamasi hy adhah
ye śraddadhyur vacas te vai
majjanty aśma-plavā iva

"Leaders who have fallen into ignorance and who mislead people by directing them to the path of destruction are, in effect, boarding a stone boat, and so too are those who blindly follow them. A stone boat would be unable to float and would sink in the water with its passengers. Similarly, those who mislead people go to hell, and their followers go with them." (SB 6.7.14)


How do such verses help our Krishna consciousness? They help us to protect ourselves from the deluding influence of the world's so-called leaders and remain instead under the guidance and inspiration of the bona fide spiritual masters, who are the real, qualified leaders of the human society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Beijing, China Regularly Blanketed by Heavy Air Pollution


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Conquer Lack of Enthusiasm?

I'd like to know how to increase my interest in Krishna. When I am trying to remember available options I have heard and make plans to increase my enthusiasm, my mind always answers that it all has been tried (attending Mangala Arati, listening to lectures of devotees, reading Prabhupada's books etc). Moreover it has strong arguments that if I am going to follow any of those options in spite of my mind not liking them, the mind will only increase its resistance, so that next time will be even harder. Is there any option that You would suggest in such case?

Sincerely,
J.D.

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Answer: The Best Mental Ice Breaker

The best mental ice breaker is to chant at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala every day without fail before sunrise. The mind will naturally resist because it is your worst enemy. But once you become habituated to chanting like this every day before sunrise your mind will become your best friend and resist anything that threatens to diminish or destroy your Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 28 June 2013

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia
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Fighting the Decadence of the Kali Yuga

The personality of Kali (not to be confused with the Goddess Kāli, who is a pure devotee of Krishna) is having a field day as his influence becomes more and more prominent on this planet. Seeing the ascendency of the Kali-inspired moral decadence, saintly persons mourn within their hearts as the population in general becomes more and more and helplessly ensnared in sense gratification. Angered by the gross abuses of the so-called leaders, the saintly teachers become even more determined in their endeavor to counteract the influence of the age of Kali by the wide scale introduction of Vedic knowledge and its practical manifestation, the congregational chanting of the holy names of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Fighting the Influence of Kali Yuga
26 June 2013--Melbourne, Australia







Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Niskāma Karma?

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

Recently I have been asked by one of my colleague this question: "What is niskāma karma, and how to follow it practically?". Although I gave her an answer based on my ability, may I kindly request you to shed some light on this, for my better understanding?

Thank you.
Your servant,
Yogesh

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Answer: Non-Fruitive Work

Niskāma karma means to work without accepting the fruits of one’s work. For example one can work a job and instead of keeping the income for himself he can donate his income for the propagation of Krishna consciousness all over the world for the upliftment of the human society. Such niskāma karma liberates one from all past, present and future karma and enables one to become a fully liberated soul qualified to enter the spiritual world at the time of death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 27 June 2013

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia
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Tolerance While Hopping the Equator

Our current trip began in the pleasant spring in Texas, USA. From there we went to a mild winter in Mauritius, a cold winter in South Africa, a hot summer in Malaysia and China, and now a cold winter in Melbourne, Australia. One day we are in the summer heat and the next day we are in the winter cold. Sometimes our living facilities are nice, and sometimes they are not so nice. This is a good opportunity to cultivate tolerance as described by Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita:

mātrā-sparśās tu kaunteya
śītosna-sukha-duhkha-dāh
āgamāpāyino 'nityās
tāms titiksasva bhārata

"O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed."
--Bhagavad-gita 2.14

What keeps us steady in all circumstances is chanting Hare Krishna and remembering Krishna. This the source of our real happiness, not the ever-changing externalities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Reveals the Truth of Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Out of the Body Experiences

I would like to inquire about out of the body experiences. How can one experience this? Why can some experience this and some cannot?

Lorraine

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Answer: Everybody Has Them

Everyone has an out of the body experience every night when they sleep. So it is not a very important or significant thing. The important thing is how to become qualified to not take another material body again at the time of death. This is done by full awakening of the dormant love for God that is sleeping at every minute within one's heart. The ultimate out of the body experience is at the time of death. If one can somehow or other remember Krishna at this most important juncture, he will not take another material body. He or she will regain their eternal spiritual form in the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 26 June 2013

from Hong Kong
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Krishna Consciousness is Practical

One of our readers objected when we mentioned how Krishna consciousness can have an uplifting impact on the world political situation. This reader was thinking that such concepts are mundane. It should be understood in this connection that the Vedic teachings are fully practical and applicable in all spheres of human activity both on the personal level and the societal level. Krishna consciousness can remedy all difficulties of humanity both individually and collectively. We read in the Vedic literatures how auspicious the world atmosphere was for everyone when there were Krishna conscious rulers such as Parikshit Maharaja and Yudhisithira Maharaja. Therefore it is certainly not mundane to advocate the return to God consciousness for the USA or any other country on this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Enlightens Arjuna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Too Much Reading Has Made Me Stiff

I have a serious query. Too much reading of books has made me a stiff person. I feel that doing material things is wrong. We should leave everything and just take God's name. Doing this is causing me problems to live on day to day basis.

Kindly advise what is our duty.

Regards,
G.V.

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Answer: Read Prabhupada's Books Instead

The more we read mundane literature, the more we become bewildered and confused. But the more we read Srila Prabhupada's books, the more we become enlightened with transcendental knowledge and delivered from all illusion and confusion.

Krishna did not advise Arjuna to leave everything, nor does He advise us to leave everything. Rather He teaches that we should chant His name as much as possible while simultaneously engaging everything in His service.

Your duty is to chant at least 16 rounds a day of Hare Krishna japa mala along with the strict avoidance of illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. Associate as much as possible with the devotees at your nearest ISKCON temple for hearing the classes, joining the kirtans, and rendering service. In this way your life will become fully joyful, and you will go back to home, back to Godhead at the end of your present life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 25 June 2013

from Khasadesh
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Finding Unlimited Happiness Within

The external world, the material world, in which we find ourselves situated at the present, is a world of misery. Even if one has the topmost position in this material world of being Brahma, the predominating demigod of this universe, he will find that he is still trapped in the miserable world of birth and death. Therefore if one is looking for genuine happiness, he must look within himself to the unlimitedly wonderful spiritual existence of devotional service to the Supreme Lord. In this way he will discover unlimited peace and happiness as confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita 5.24:

yo 'ntah-sukho 'ntar-ārāmas
tathāntar-jyotir eva yah
sa yogī brahma-nirvānam
brahma-bhūto 'dhigacchati

"One whose happiness is within, who is active and rejoices within, and whose aim is inward is actually the perfect mystic. He is liberated in the Supreme, and ultimately he attains the Supreme."

The easiest and most effective of entering and remain in the sublime internal world even while engaged successfully in the external world is to chant the Hare Krishna mantra faithfully every day with love and devotion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Alexis from Hong Kong Becomes Ajita Devi Dasi



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Guide A Meat Eating Child?

Previously I was a non-veg (a meat eater) but coming to Krishna consciousness, we (husband and wife), are now vegetarians. We have two children, the elder is not interested in eating non-veg right from his birth, but I'm getting difficulties for the younger one. He likes to eat non-veg. What should I do to discourage him?

S.S.

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Answer: Make Meat Unavailable in Your Home

There is no need to discourage him from eating meat. Simply arrange from now on that absolutely no meat is available anywhere in your house. Instead cook nice sumptuous vegetarian meals offered to Lord Sri Krishna with love and devotion. In this way his desire for meat will go away. If you can fry chunks of home-made milk cheese (panir) in ghee it will resemble meat in texture, flavor, and protein and help him to get free from the taste of eating the rotting, bloody flesh of his little brothers and sisters.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 24 June 2013

from Khasadesh
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Relief for a World in Turmoil

It's natural that today's godless world should be in such a state of turmoil. This is to be expected for any society which does not put God in the center. The world's Ravana-like population wants to have the kingdom of God without God, but they cannot have it. Any society which wants to flourish without God is doomed to eventual disintegration as soon as whatever pious assets it possesses are exhausted. Formerly the entire planet earth was united under the enlightened guidance of great saintly kings such as Parikshit Maharaja and Yudhisithira Maharaja. Under such auspicious rulers everybody was happy and the material miseries became reduced almost to nil. The world desperately needs such enlightened leadership again today.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Unprecedented Turmoil in Brazil


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Understand Guru's Illness?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you! All glories to your unimpeded preaching!

What should be a disciple's take when he sees his spiritual master suffering physically? How should he react to this pastime. Is it one of those pastimes which a disciple never wants to see happening. And although in the true sense of terms it is just a pastime, it is most heart-breaking also. How should he understand it? How should he react? And what should he do?

What is the responsibility of a disciple when his spiritual master physically leaves?

Begging your mercy,
Virendra

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Answer: See Everything Related with Krishna

Material body means suffering. Therefore even if one is highly advanced in Krishna consciousness it is still expected that his body will have to endure the fourfold miseries of birth, death, old age, and disease. Even a great liberated soul like Srila Prabhupada endured heart attacks, a stroke, and a complete breakdown of his material body.

The difference between the experience of a liberated soul and a conditioned soul is that the liberated soul no longer identifies with his body and thus does not experience that he is in pain. Rather he sees that his body is in a painful condition not he himself. Therefore even though his body may be tortured with great pain, he tolerates the pain without being disturbed while continuing to execute his routine duties in Krishna consciousness as far as possible.

For him the pains and pleasures of this world are something happening out there in the external energy while he is internally situated in a sweet and happy loving relationship with his spiritual master and Lord Sri Krishna within his heart.

Srila Prabhupada told us in his last days when he was dying in Vrindavan that we could pray to Krishna to save our spiritual master if He so desires. So we can pray to Krishna to save our spiritual master, but we have to ultimately leave it up to Krishna what He desires to do in regards to our spiritual master's health and life span.

When the spiritual master's body is diseased or is in pain we should do whatever we can to help him regain his health. This is part of the loving relationship between the spiritual master and the disciple.

Srila Prabhupada explains that the duty of the disciple upon the departure of his spiritual master is to cry and to then remain fixed in executing the orders that he has received from his spiritual master accepting them as his very life and soul.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 23 June 2013

from Khasadesh
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Will America Rise Again?

The United States of America was founded on the basis of religious freedom. Its motto as described by Francis Scott Key, the author the national anthem, was "In God We Trust." The first Europeans who settled in America were called pilgrims because they came to the new land as on a pilgrimage seeking to practice religion free from the persecution they had been experiencing in England. The early days in America were so much surcharged with God consciousness that all the literature from that period was spiritual. It was this solid God consciousness foundation which empowered the USA to become the most powerful, wealthy, and prestigious nation in the world. Now, however, the USA is turning away from its spiritual roots and is becoming more and more secular. Running parallel with the secularization of America is its gradual withdrawal from being the world's leading power. If the American people want to keep their leadership in the world, they need to put God back in the center of their lives as did the founding fathers of their nation. Otherwise some other nation will gradually come to forefront pushing the USA aside.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Religion in Early America



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Meaning of "Unborn Within Krishna"?

Dear Gurudeva,

Srila Prabhupada writes as follows in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 2.7:

''And yet foolish mundane scholars explain that one need not submit to Krishna as a person, but to the unborn within Krishna."

What does he mean by, "the unborn within Krishna"?

Vrutant Shah

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Answer: The Impersonal Brahman

When the rascal scholars refer to the unborn within Krishna as being the supreme instead of Krishna, they are referring to the impersonal Brahman, the undifferentiated oneness. They take the person Krishna to be illusory manifestation of this impersonal Brahman. This is their backwards thinking because actually it is just the opposite. The impersonal Brahman is manifested by the person Krishna as confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 22 June 2013

from Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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On the Road Again with Improved Health

21 June 2013--After I reported the setback I experienced with my hearing due to my already damaged ears being within several feet of a super loud blast of feedback from a sound amplifier, I received a tremendous outpouring of love from so many disciples and well-wishers all over the world. My thanks to all of you who were concerned, especially for your sweet words of compassion.

By Krishna's grace after many days my hearing is gradually improving. Just as one when gets cut, in course of time the wound slowly heals, in a similar way gradually my ears are gaining strength. By the Lord's sweet mercy I will be able to continue travelling and spreading the message of Krishna around the globe. Tonight we are heading out after midnight on a red-eye overnight flight for several days of lecturing in an undisclosed location before we head on to Melbourne, Australia. The bliss of Krishna consciousness remains the same through all the ups and downs of material existence. There is nothing so wonderful and extraordinary as Krishna consciousness

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



"Haze Was So Thick I Could Smell the Smoke."
From Intentional Burn-Down-the-Forest-for-Agriculture Fires in Indonesia
Subang Jaya, Malaysia--21 June 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Am I Qualified to Distribute Books?

I have a large box full of booklets called "Krishna Reservoir of Pleasure." I had intended on distributing them, but I got to thinking that I am not qualified. Then I begin to wonder if that was really true or if I was just being lazy. So I thought I would ask someone who knows these types of things: you.

I am 56 years old, never been initiated, live a few hundred miles from a temple, can't relocate, am a householder etc. I keep to the four principles and read Srila Prabhupada's books every day. I started chanting when I was 12 years old, and have off and on for most of my life since that time.

What should I do?

Thank You
Matthew

PS: I love the daily articles, I have a little more trouble keeping up with the lessons but I do read them.

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Answer: You Are More Than Qualified

Since you know that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, you are more than qualified to represent Him. Therefore you should distribute Prabhupada’s books as much as possible in your town to save the people from going down to the animal kingdom in their next birth.

Approach everyone and offer them a book. Ask everyone who accepts a book if they would like to give an optional donation to help you give out more books to others. Many people will give. In this way you can fund an unending program of distributing Prabhupada’s books.

For more tips on book distribution kindly consult:

http://iskconbookdistribution.com/

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 21 June 2013

from Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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Stay Connected with Krishna Always

There is no permanent shelter here in this material world. Even those things which give us a sense of exhilaration and upliftment can only do so temporarily and can provide no long lasting or permanent relief from the gnawing anxieties of life in the material world, namely birth, death, old age, and disease. There is indeed only one permanent solution for the tribulations that vex the soul of man: to stay connected with Krishna always. And there is no better way to do that than chanting Hare Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Connects with Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can We Pray for Health?

Hare Krishna, Gurudeva,
Please accept my humble obeisances

In this material world there are dangers everywhere. One of the difficulties we have to face is disease. When the body is suffering from any type of illness we should go to the doctor. Can I read the Nrsimha Kavacha to ask the Lord for his protection? To be able to carry out our daily sadhana bhakti we need to be physically and mentally fit. If not, we cannot concentrate fully.

Secondly I wanted to know how to deal with the different types of obstacles which come forward on the path of devotional service. Sometimes we lose hope, we feel tired of the wandering mind and cannot concentrate on sadhana bhakti. How to make ourselves strong to be able to deal with the adversities of this material world?

Lastly how to deal with criticism from non devotees?

From a fallen soul,
N.S.

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Answer: Go to Doctor and Pray for Love of God

When you get sick go to a doctor. Chanting Vedic mantras is for awakening love of God within the heart, not for material benefits.

See every so-called obstacle as a stepping stone to help you advance further along the path of bhakti.

Regarding criticism from non-devotees there is an appropriate Bengali proverb: The dogs will bark, but the caravan will pass. In other words you should be callous to the criticisms of the non-devotees and carry on with your service to Krishna and guru with uninterrupted enthusiasm in all circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 20 June 2013

from Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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How to Feel Good When You Feel Bad

Here in Malaysia my health has suffered one of its greatest setbacks since my ears were seriously damaged when I was a boy. At a preaching program on 16 June 2013 there was a devastatingly loud blast of feedback from a speaker that was very near to me. I have experienced days of nonstop earaches and even worse, substantial loss of clarity from ears that were already partially deaf. I am hoping that after some days my ears will come back to the condition they were in before this shock. But I am not sure that they ever will. From the material point of view it is a most depressing and unhappy situation to be in. But I have been practically experiencing what I have been preaching for years that just by absorbing oneself in Krishna consciousness one can be situated beyond the miseries of material existence. Especially by preaching Krishna consciousness to others I am tasting the sweet bliss of reviving my eternal, unlimitedly ecstatic loving relationship with Lord Sri Krishna in spite of a bodily shell that is hopelessly doomed to be a source of misery until it is finally finished at the time of death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Giving Joy to Others Teaching Krishna
Bhakti

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia--18 June 2013



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do You Believe in Everything Bhaktivedanta Swami Said?

Dear Guru,

Do you believe in everything that His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami has said?

Thank you.

Dec Np

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Answer: Disciple's Unflinching Faith in Guru's Words

Disciple means one who takes the words of his spiritual master as his very life and soul. He does not do so blindly but with full intelligence. Without such unflinching faith in the words of one's spiritual master one cannot claim to be his disciple. A disciple who lacks such unflinching faith is a disciple of his rascal mind only, not of his spiritual master. The expert disciple appreciates how his spiritual master does not speak blindly like a robot. Rather he deeply admires how his spiritual master is the most expert judge of time, place, and circumstance and can always make the most appropriate, relevant, authoritative, and profound statements in all situations according to the sacred teachings of Lord Sri Krishna, which have been passed down through the ages by the great fully self-realized acharyas.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 19 June 2013

from Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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Spiritual Perfection in Householder Life

Here in Malaysia I am doing a two day seminar on how grihasthas, householders, can utilize their situation as married devotees to become perfect in Krishna consciousness. This seminar is based on research I did from the teachings of Srila Prabhupada regarding household life. The result of that research is an article I wrote for ISKCON Pune entitled "Spiritual Perfection in Householder Life." If you would like to read and/or save yourself a copy of this article, you can do so at:

www.iskconstandards.com/grihastha

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Spiritual Perfection in Householder Life Seminar
Jagannatha Mandir--Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17 June 2013






Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Experience Krishna in His Name?

Krishna and His name are non-different from each other. How can we can experience this?

Your Servant,

Santosh Kenjale

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Answer: Chant His Name with Love

You can experience this by chanting Krishna’s names with love. Doing so is tantamount to personally meeting Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 18 June 2013

from Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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How to Always Remain Very Inspired

It is not easy to always remain inspired in Krishna consciousness when one is living in the midst of a non-Krishna conscious society. But if one will take advantage of the Krishna consciousness movement by always associating with the devotees of Krishna as much as possible, it becomes very easy to always remain enthused and inspired for advancing in Krishna consciousness. Currently we are here in Malaysia where Islam is the state religion. But still the Hare Krishna devotees remain inspired and enthused because of the strong loving relationships they have with each other.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Bhagavad-gita
Lecture at Jagannatha Mandir

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia--16 June 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Help Me to Get a Government Job

Dear Sir,

I have attained the age of 35 and am not able to get a government job till date. I am working in a private organization. Help me to get a government job.

R. Sharma

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Answer: This is Not the Guru's Business

This is not the spiritual master's business. One should take help from the spiritual master for escaping the cycle of birth and death, not for getting a government job. A government job will not save you at the time of death, but the instructions of the bona fide spiritual master will.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 17 June 2013

from Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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Is Suicide a Viable Option?

In today's overly stressed society suicide, taking one's own life, is very common. When people become completely devastated by too much misery they foolishly think they can free themselves from misery by committing suicide. They do not realize that the karma for suicide is to take birth as a ghost and become even more miserable than they were in this lifetime. Therefore instead of killing one's body to get free from suffering it is advised that one should kill one's false conception of being the body by awakening one's spiritual consciousness within. It is a fact that on the bodily plane we are tortured by the miseries of birth, death, old age, and disease. But when you realize that you are not your body, that you are instead the eternal, spirit-soul, servant of Krishna you will become completely ecstatic regardless of what your body is going through. Therefore when the Krishna consciousness movement completely inundates this planet there will be no more suicides here because everyone will be happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Three New Disciples Get Initiated

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia--16 June 2013


Suwindren Becomes Subal Das


Selvaraj Becomes Satyavrata Das


Sutha Becomes Suddha Bhakti Devi Dasi


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Question: How to Deal With Severe Pain?

Two weeks ago I fell down from my bike and fractured my left hand. Due to the complexity of the fracture, I had to undergo an operation and get fixed with some wires after some holes were drilled in my bone. The wires and pain will be there for minimum six weeks according to the physician.

I know it's Krishna's mercy, but I am not much determined. Due to the pain and too many tablets, I am unable to do my sadhana (devotional practices) properly and serve devotees. I have become more bodily conscious and badly disturbed due to pain. My mind is not fully trained to focus on hearing and glorifying the Supreme Lord at all the times, but I would like to train it. Although I am begging for Krishna prema (love of Krishna) now from many devotees I am failing to be situated in Krishna consciousness due to bodily pain.

Please advise me on how should I go on further. Please guide me with a practical solution that would help me to love Krishna more and more at this stage.

Seeking your blessings and prayers,
Your insignificant servant

J.R.K.

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Answer: Springboard for Increased Krishna Consciousness

I am very sorry to learn that you have met with an unfortunate accident and are in great pain. And I hope that soon you will recover to normal health.

Sometimes according to our karma we are obliged to suffer severe pain. When this happens we must tolerate it and continue dutifully with our regulated devotional activities. By absorbing ourselves fully in Krishna consciousness even when we are in severe pain we can situate ourselves beyond our bodily pain in the sweet, ecstatic realm of Lord Sri Krishna’s transcendental association.

In this connection there is very nice verse
in the Srimad Bhagavatam (10.14.8):

tat te 'nukampām su-samīksamāno
bhuñjāna evātma-krtam vipākam
hrd-vāg-vapurbhir vidadhan namas te
jīveta yo mukti-pade sa dāya-bhāk

"My dear Lord, any person who is constantly awaiting Your causeless mercy to be bestowed upon him, and who goes on suffering the resultant actions of his past misdeeds, offering You respectful obeisances from the core of his heart, is surely eligible to become liberated, for it has become his rightful claim."

So instead of feeling defeated spiritually by your intense physical pain, use it as a springboard to increase your Krishna consciousness by seeing it as Krishna's special blessing to free you from the reactions to your past misdeeds.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 16 June 2013

from Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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Another Day, Another Adventure

In the Bhagavad-gita Lord Sri Krishna declares that He is adventure. What this means for his devotee is that his every day is another thrilling adventure. There is no question of hum drum or boredom for the devotee because He is associating with Lord Sri Krishna at every minute. He wakes up with great excitement each morning knowing that a wonderfully new and unique adventurous day awaits him. And he is not at all fearful at the time of death. For him the time of death is simply another day, another adventure as he dives ever deeper into the unlimitedly sweet mellows of the ocean of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Revealing the Goal of Life-Laksmi Narayana Temple
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia--14 June 2013


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Question: How to Get Free From Lust?

I have noticed that how much ever I try to get free from my lusty desire at moments I seem to fail. I am practicing Krishna consciousness and yet sometimes I have lusty urges. Probably due to my past karma of watching certain movies, reading certain magazines etc. My question is: How to react to such urges and finally get free from them? How should I act?

A.D.

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Answer: Fill Your Heart With Krishna

If you will practice filling your mind with the superior quality thoughts of Krishna, gradually the inferior quality thoughts of sex pleasure will go away. So as much as possible chant Hare Krishna, read Krishna conscious literature, hear Hare Krishna kirtans and lectures, and tell others about Krishna. In this way your heart will become so full of Krishna that there won't be room for any nonsense lusty thoughts. 'Then when Mr. Lust comes to check in at the hotel of your heart he will see of big sign, "No Vacancy", and move on somewhere else to look for a place to stay.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 15 June 2013

from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Sometimes in traveling the globe for spreading the wonderful message of Krishna we face what appears to be great difficulties. In such circumstances one may wonder how it will be possible to carry on with this mission. But we are consoled by Srila Prabhupada's words in this regard,

"The practice of yoga, especially bhakti-yoga in Krishna consciousness, may appear to be a very difficult job. But if anyone follows the principles with great determination, the Lord will surely help, for God helps those who help themselves."

Therefore in all circumstances, both the apparently easy and the apparently difficult we should always push on with great determination with full confidence that the Lord will give us all help to remain fully absorbed in serving His mission in spite of all varieties of circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Traveling the Globe



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Question: How to Develop Love for Guru?

Thank you for your wonderful daily spiritually enlivening thoughts. You seem to have answers to all questions. Many of my doubts were clarified by your answers to various questions.

I have a question which I humbly request you to provide an answer. I understand that one should develop pure love for one's guru. But how can one develop love for guru as by and large we cannot have personal exchanges with our guru?

I have this question as I am struggling to decide as whom to approach for initiation. I find all of Srila Prabhupada's disciples very inspiring. Moreover, I feel that initiation would strengthen the love towards guru. But there should be a bond with the spiritual master even before initiation. If I don't have that love for guru, how can I serve Him properly? How did You develop love towards Srila Prabhupada?

I don't know if I phrased the question properly. Please forgive me if I have asked something foolish.

Please guide me.

Your servant,
Vikram

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Answer: Serve Him and Feel His Presence

Simply by serving your spiritual master with love you can always feel his presence and reciprocation from within your heart. You can 24 hours a day have personal loving exchanges with your guru. If you will dutifully always follow his instructions, he will constantly, uninterruptedly shower his blessings upon you from within your heart. Srila Prabhupada is the perfect example of this. He fully surrendered his life to his spiritual master's order to spread Krishna consciousness to the English speaking world. By doing so his spiritual master was always reciprocating with him from within. This is confirmed by Srila Prabhupada who wrote in his concluding words to the Sri Caitanya Caritamrita:

"I think that His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura is always seeing my activities and guiding me within my heart by his words."

Your desire to feel a bond with your spiritual master before initiation is proper. Therefore you should choose a spiritual master whose instructions you will embrace fully as your heart and soul. By following his words you will feel how he is reciprocating with you from within. And then after at least six months of experiencing this reciprocation you may accept initiation.

Love for Srila Prabhupada, Prabhupada prema, awakened within my heart when I heard how lovingly his disciples were singing the Gurvastakam prayers to him. I realized that they were experiencing a love that was more sweet and wonderful than anything I had ever known. I wanted to also taste that sweet love. Therefore I decided to give my life to Srila Prabhupada so that I could also taste that sweet love, that Prabhupada prema, that they were tasting.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 14 June 2013

from Hong Kong, China
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Standard Procedures at the Time of Death

13 June 2013--This morning after we woke up from an overnight flight from Johannesburg, South Africa to Hong Kong the flight attendants were serving breakfast as usual. (We did not accept the breakfast because it was not Krishna prasadam. After landing we will take the prasadam breakfast that we brought with us.) Surprisingly when a flight attendant was serving a nearby gentleman she dropped his breakfast plate on the floor breaking it into many pieces and scattering food everywhere. She was not even slightly flustered. After assuring the gentleman not to worry she immediately began cleaning up the mess as if nothing at all went wrong. She was just acting according to the standard procedures she learned in flight attendant's school. Another flight attendant showed up on the scene to assist her, the gentleman was served his breakfast, and everything went on as normal.

I was thinking that for a devotee death is like that. When the catastrophe of death comes it is not a big deal. The devotee simply acts according to standard procedures taught to him by his spiritual master. He fixes his mind on Krishna and ecstatically enters into the wondrous topmost transcendental abode, Goloka Vrindavana, to live an eternal life full of bliss and knowledge in the intimate personal association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So for a devotee death is not at all calamitous. It's simply a matter of being transferred from one department to another department as he continues engaging in his blissful duty of offering devotional service to Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Krishna and Balarama in Goloka Vrindavana


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Vikarma, Capricious Work?

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

What exactly is vikarma or whimsical/capricious work? Please explain by giving a practical example. Why can't we offer the results of whimsical work to the Supreme?

Your humble servant,
Sushant

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Answer: Sinful Activity Such As Meat Eating

Vikarma means sinful activities, such as meat eating, which are forbidden in the scriptures. Krishna will not accept an offering of meat because the animals are very dear to Him. Krishna knows the languages of the animals and birds and speaks to them in their own languages. He loves them as His beloved children. Do you know of any father who would be happy to accept it, if you killed his children, cooked them, and then offered him the flesh of his children to eat?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 13 June 2013

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Our Mission is to Save the World

Our mission given to us by our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, is to save the world from the ignorance which is compelling everyone to remain caught up in the miserable cycle of birth and death. Somehow or other we must induce everyone to take up the process of self-realization. Even if we are not successful in saving the world, by fully dedicating ourselves to this mission of compassion our own personal salvation is guaranteed. Therefore we remain staunchly, enthusiastically dedicated to this global deliverance mission no matter whether we succeed or fail in our mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Teaching the Science of Self Realization
Pretoria, South Africa--11 June 2013


Absorbed Listeners




Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Lustfully Looking at Women is Illicit?

I'd like to know: Is it a violation of the illicit sex regulative principle if I look at women with lust?

Sincerely,
Janis

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Answer: Yes, So See All Women as Mother.

Yes, it is illicit sex to look at women lustfully. This principle is also confirmed as follows in the Christian Bible (Matthew 5:28):

“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Therefore in Vedic culture the men are taught to see all women except for their own wives as mother. No civilized human being would even dream of having sex with his mother. Therefore the training is to see all women with the exception of one’s wife as mother.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 12 June 2013

from Pretoria, South Africa
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You Can Personally Meet God

Just imagine if you could personally meet God, how absolutely ecstatic that would be, how you would become completely free from all kinds of fears and anxieties. But how to meet Him? The answer is very simple. The Supreme Lord, the source of all existence, has fully manifested Himself in the form of the Hare Krishna mahamantra:

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


Especially when this mantra is sung in the company of Krishna's pure devotees the Lord becomes easily accessible and showers sweet mercy on all who participate in the kirtan, the ecstatic transcendental chanting session. So make your appointment to meet God today. Participate in a Hare Krishna kirtan at your first available opportunity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Leads Kirtan in Vrindavan


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Radhe Shyama Kirtan Bona Fide?

In a kirtan at a recent festival in South Africa a devotee who sings very sweet, appreciable Hare Krishna kirtans was also singing, "Radhe Radhe Shyama, Shyama." Is it bona fide to sing this in a kirtan?

Padasevana Das

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Answer: Don't Chant Concocted Mantras

Srila Prabhupada specifically ordered us to only sing in kirtan the mantras that have come to us from our Vaisnava acaryas. In fact he was so strong on this point that he would sometimes stop the kirtan when concoctions were being sung by his disciples. The mantra you have mentioned is not an authorized mantra coming to us from our Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya and thus should not be sung in our kirtans. In connection with such kirtan concoctions Srila Prabhupada has written as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.18:

"One should chant the bona fide songs received from the disciplic succession. In Bhagavad-gita it is said that the chanting is powerful when one follows the disciplic succession (evam paramparā-prāptam imam rājarsayo viduh [Bg. 4.2]). Manufacturing many ways of chanting will never be effective. However, chanting the song or the narration left by the previous acaryas (mahājano yena gathah sa panthāh [Cc. Madhya 17.186]) is extremely effective, and this process is very easy."

And he also stated in a lecture in Vrindavana on November 3rd, 1976:

"There are so many they have invented. Just like Hare Krishna mantra is prescribed in the sastras, and they have invented so many. Although there is the name of the Supreme Lord, still you have to follow the sastra. If you say Rama Rama Rama, Radhe Radhe Radhe, Krishna, there are so many mentioned. That is also name, but you have to follow the sastra. Sastra says: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. You have to take that. Not that you can say, nitāi-gaura rādhe-śyāma, hare krishna hare rāma, no. Why? Is there any in the sastra? No, you have invented. What is the value of your invention? You are not perfect."

As the followers of Srila Prabhupada we are meant to stick to his instructions and not introduce any invented or concocted kirtans.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 11 June 2013

from Pretoria, South Africa
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You Are Changing Bodies at Every Moment

We foolishly identity ourselves with these material bodies even though they are changing at every moment. Just as there is a constant flow of water molecules through the river bed, in a similar way there is a constant flow of chemicals through the lump of matter which is clustered around the spirit-soul, the conscious being who has awareness that he exists and is empowered as the driver-controller of the ever-changing material body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Describing the Constant Change of Bodies

Pretoria, South Africa--9 June 2013



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How the Existence of "I" Proves Soul?

How does the existence of "I" prove that the soul exists? I do understand that we need a driver for our bodily vehicle. But how can we say that it exists? How can we see it for ourselves? How can we see it in every other living entity?

Hitesh

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Answer: The "I" is the Soul

The "I" is the soul. It is a simple understanding. Why are you trying to make it so complicated? The existence of "I" is the existence of the soul. So your question is like asking, "How can I say that I exist?" The obvious answer is that you can say that you exist because you exist. If you did not exist, you could not say that you exist.

By interacting with others you can experience that they are not machines, that they are conscious beings just like you. They have feelings and emotions just like you do. This distinguishes them from soulless, emotionless, feelingless robots.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 10 June 2013

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Whatever Srila Prabhupada Wants

I have fully surrendered my eternal existence to my most beloved spiritual master, His Divine A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. This means that I am prepared to do whatever he wants to do for all of eternity. If he wants me to come back to Krishnaloka, Lord Krishna's planet in the spiritual world, after I leave my present body, I am ready. And if he wants me to take birth after birth in this material world for giving Krishna consciousness to the suffering souls here who are painfully caught up in the cycle of birth and death, I am ready. This is my ecstatic eternal existence to go on forever serving my spiritual master's mission whether I am heaven or I am in hell. My only desire is that I may never forget that I am the eternal disciple/servant of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Revealing the Bliss of Transcendental Knowledge

Lenasia, South Africa--9 June 2013


The Devotees Were in Bliss to Hear the Nectar





Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Devotee's Duty Life after Life?

How to understand that Lord Mahavishnu is maintaining the entire universe by His magnificent power and taking energy from Goloka?

What is compassion for living entities?

What is the real duty of a devotee in this life and after this life?

Thank you always.

Regards,
Parag R. Rane

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Answer: Serve His Spiritual Master's Order

Lord Maha-Vishnu's position can be understood from Brahma-samhitā Text 5.48 as follows:

yasyaika-niśvasita-kālam athāvalambya
jīvanti loma-vilajā jagad-anda-nāthāh
visnur mahān sa iha yasya kalā-viśeso
govindam ādi-purusam tam aham bhajāmi

"Brahma and other lords of the mundane worlds, appearing from the pores of hair of Maha-Vishnu, remain alive as long as the duration of one exhalation of Maha-Vishnu. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda of whose subjective personality Maha-Vishnu is the portion of portion."


Compassion for all living entities is to give them Krishna consciousness.

The real duty of the devotee lifetime after lifetime is to do whatever his spiritual master instructs him to do.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 9 June 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Nothing More Wonderful and Nectarean

There is no person more wonderful than Krishna and no experience more nectarean than connecting with Krishna. Connecting with Krishna is very sublime and easy. Anyone can do it anywhere, whether on a beautiful mountain top or in a hellish city. All you have to do is to chant the holy names of the Lord with love and devotion:

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


Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Connecting with Krishna in Mauritius
By Chanting Hare Krishna Japa



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Question: Avoid Succumbing to Material Desires?

How should one approach the desires of the mind and avoid succumbing to them?

Your servant
Srikanth

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Answer: Fill Your Mind With Spiritual Desires

Fill your mind with the desire to please Krishna. This will automatically drive out all material desires.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 8 June 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Stresslessness at Enterprise Mauritius

On 6 June 2013, I was invited to give a seminar on stresslessness to an agency of the Mauritian government known as Enterprise Mauritius. This is the governmental agency charged with the responsibility to promote a strong export industry for Mauritian goods. I explained to them that stresslessness is automatically achieved when we put God back in the center of our lives, back where He belongs. As long as we try to keep ourselves in the center, which is an artificial position, no matter how successful we may be, we will ultimately find ourselves in a distressful situation. It is only when we fully dovetail all of our thoughts, words, and deeds with the pleasure of the Lord that we can regain our original natural consciousness of pure unadulterated blissfulness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Introduction by Mr. Dev Chamroo
Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Mauritius


Enterprise Mauritius Staff


Revealing the Secret of Stresslessness
at Enterprise Mauritius



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can I Read While Chanting Japa?

Dear Gurudeva,

Accept my pranam to you. I have a question for you. Is it possible to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra while reading spiritual or general books? if yes, how should I practice it, and if not, then why?

With Regards
Prasenjit S.

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Answer: Chant First. Read Later.

Chanting the Hare Krishna mantra on japa beads is a time of intense meditation exclusively on the sound vibration of the mantra. It is not a time for reading books. If you read while you are chanting, you will not be able to give your full attention to the mantra. Thus your chanting will be inattentive and improper. Therefore you should read books only after you have completed your daily Hare Krishna mahamantra japa mala meditation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 7 June 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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The Passing of a Great Vaishnava Hero

Today, 6 June 2013, I received the sad news from my Godbrother, Indradyumna Swami, that the great stalwart Vaishnava hero, Sriman Ananta Shanti Prabhu, has just left his body. This is a moment of great mourning for me. This amazingly brave hero who risked everything for pushing forward this movement has been very nicely eulogized by Indradyumna Swami as follows in the form of a letter he addressed to Ananta Shanti Prabhu:

Dear Ananta-Shanti Prabhu,

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

It was with great sadness that I learned of your recent departure. I rarely, if ever, express any deep emotion, but upon hearing of your demise I broke down and cried, for you have always been a true hero to me. By the Lord’s arrangement, you met our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, on his first visit to the former Soviet Union in June, 1971. Knowing your heart, he initiated you after only a few days and instructed you to spread Lord Caitanya’s movement throughout your country. Srila Prabhupada’s confidence in you was revealed when he said of you, “Just as you can judge whether rice is properly cooked by picking out one small grain, so you can know an entire nation by observing one of its handpicked youths.”

With Srila Prabhupada’s blessings you fearlessly proceeded to spread the holy names around the Soviet Union, often at great risk. Your effort was initially single-handed, but you made devotees and soon their preaching was causing great alarm amongst the communist leaders of the time. In a 1981 issue of Kommunist, the official journal of the Communist Party, Semyon Tsvigun, the Deputy Chairman of the KGB secret police, wrote that “the three greatest threats to the Soviet way of life are Western culture, rock-and-roll music, and Hare Krishna.”

Such warnings did not deter you, however, and you continued preaching Krishna consciousness with great vigor. After 11 years, your efforts finally attracted the attention of the KGB who arrested you in 1982.

While awaiting trial, you were confined to the Butyrskaya Investigations Prison. In June, 1983, you were tried and found guilty of “infringement of person and rights of citizens under appearance of performing religious ceremonies.” As punishment you were committed to the dreaded Smolensk Special Psychiatric Hospital rather than being put into prison. This enabled the authorities to keep you for an indefinite period of time. In the psychiatric hospital, you were continuously administered haloperidol, a neuroleptic drug that caused convulsions in your facial muscles and deterioration of your mental condition. In April, 1986, you were transferred to the Special Psychiatric Hospital in Oryol where you received the same severe treatment.

By that time, you and the other imprisoned devotees in the Soviet Union had attracted worldwide attention from human-rights organizations and devotees from within our movement. When numerous parcels and letters began arriving at the psychiatric hospital, the staff responded by strapping you to your bed and administering large doses of the drug sulfazine. This caused you to suffer high fevers, pain, and hallucinations. When your wife visited the hospital and asked the doctors when you would be released they replied, “One’s understanding of life and reality are not so quickly cured."

Years later you were freed, but being acutely affected by the inhumane treatment you received in prison, you drifted away from devotional service and the association of devotees for some time. No one should hold this against you, however, for it was clearly the result of the hideous drugs administered to you during your confinement. In recent years, you re-established loving relationships with many devotees and took up the practice of Krishna consciousness again.

My dear Godbrother, Ananta-Shanti, I have no doubt that upon leaving your body you were delivered straight to the spiritual world where Srila Prabhupada personally received you and engaged you in service. Surely the residents of that transcendental abode must have arranged a magnificent festival to honor you on that day. Certainly you deserved it. The sacrifices you made in spreading Krishna consciousness, the suffering you underwent in executing that mission, and the determination you displayed to serve the order of our spiritual master are rare even amongst Gaudiya Vaisnavas.

May all Vaisnavas know of your exploits. May they honor the pain you endured and the faith you regained despite all efforts by communist authorities to destroy it. Lest we forget, may we constantly remember your unique contribution to Lord Caitanya’s sankirtan movement. From your transcendental position please look down upon this humble soul and grant me the same courage that you had to spread the glories of the holy names far and wide despite the greatest opposition.

With the deepest respect and admiration,

Your servant,

Indradyumna Swami


I am very grateful to Indradyumna Swami for so nicely glorifying this amazingly brave hero of Srila Prabhupada's movement. May the courageous spirit of Ananta Shanti Prabhu live on forever in our movement. And may we always remember his exemplary, undying bravery in pushing forward the Krishna consciousness movement in the former Soviet Union.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



His Grace Sriman Ananta Shanti Prabhu



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difficulties of Being Childless

Please advise how to face the difficulties of not having a child. Facing relatives, near and dear ones and, all the more to accept that I am not able bear the child is killing me daily. Wherever I go whatever, I do still I come back to the same suffering of not having a child.

L.

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Answer: Take Whatever Comes as Krishna's Mercy

Your only way for getting happiness is to become peaceful by accepting whatever happens to you as the Lord’s arrangement. It is totally within His power whether you will get pregnant or not. So my best advice to you is that instead of being stressed out by not being able to have a child you should surrender fully unto Lord accepting whatever happens to you as His mercy, for only in this way will you become fully peaceful and happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 6 June 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Do You Want Unlimited Happiness?

Do you want to be happy, fully happy, unlimitedly happy? Do want to have a heart that is completely free from lust, anger, greed, madness, illusion, and envy? If so, you should try chanting Hare Krishna because this is the ultimate mantra for awakening the divine, unlimitedly blissful consciousness within you. All you have to do is chant this sublime mantra every day with faith, and you will then witness the most amazing transcendental metamorphosis of your consciousness as it becomes gradually more and more Krishnized:

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


Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Super Ecstatic Home Program
Rose-Hill, Mauritius--4 June 2013










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Question: Doubt About Selfishness

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories unto you and Guru Mataji.

I was just reading Lesson C131 when I got this doubt. Though I understand that pure bhakti means selfless service to Krishna, but at least in the initial stages like that of mine, it doesn't seem so.

For example, when I chant or read, I do it more because I find myself peaceful when I do it or I like doing it. Actually, for every mahamantra I chant, or for any service I do, I do not think that Krishna will be pleased; rather I feel this lifestyle is far more peaceful and enjoyable than a materialistic life and hence I'm practicing Krishna consciousness. (Sometimes I have felt Krishna will be pleased, but that's very rare). Also, I'm following it to prevent myself from taking birth in the animal kingdom in subsequent births. So, this is also selfishness? How to change my attitude?

Your aspiring servant,
D.

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Answer: Accelerated Krishna Consciousness

Such selfishness is good. You are practicing Krishna consciousness because it gives you peace of mind and because you know that it will save you from gliding down to the animal kingdom in your next birth. Practicing Krishna bhakti in this way will lead you gradually to pure devotional service. But if you will pray to Krishna, regularly begging Him to help you perform devotional service simply for pleasing Him, you will become much stronger and happier in your service to Lord Krishna. If you pray in this way, your advancement along the path of bhakti will become greatly accelerated.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 5 June 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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When Topics of God Become Taboo

Human life means that God must be in the center. When topics of God become taboo in a society, that society is finished. It is an animal society, not a human society. This is the status of our modern day godless global civilization. Therefore the only hope for peace and prosperity for our planet is to put God back in the center, not in a sectarian way, but in a scientific, philosophically sound way, which satisfies both the hearts and the intellects of the people.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Revealing the Path of Pure Krishna
Bhakti

Glenpark, Mauritius--3 June 2013


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Question: Best Way to Become Self-Realized?

As per your own practical spiritual experience as a human being what is the best away to become self-realized, i.e. to attain the Brahman platform? Is is possible to become self-realized when one is attached to satisfying his bodily demands?

Your servant,

V.Kumaran

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Answer: Take Shelter of Bona fide Spiritual Master

There is no harm in satisfying bodily demands as long as one does not do it excessively. One is allotted the quota of satisfying these demands only as far as is necessary for keeping good health. Any sense gratification beyond that is suicidal for one who wants to attain the Brahman platform, the platform of self-realization. In order to gain the necessary strength and intelligence to be able to accomplish this one must take shelter of the loving guidance of the bona fide spiritual master. Otherwise he will helplessly drown in the ocean of material sense gratification never to become self-realized.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 4 June 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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He Who Hesitates is Lost

He who hesitates is lost. So when you get the opportunity to surrender to Krishna you should take advantage of it immediately. You may not get such an opportunity again for millions and millions of lifetimes. So do not waste the valuable opportunity of having come into contact with a bona fide spiritual master and a bona fide spiritual movement by continuing a life of sense gratification madness, which will do nothing except drag you down into the animal kingdom in your next birth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Stressing the Necessity of Krishna Consciousness
Phoenix, Mauritius--2 June 2013



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Question: Difference Between Ego and False Ego?

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

What is the difference between ego and false ego?

Your servant

Noopur

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Answer: The Actual Self and the Pseudo Self

The ego is the actual self: the eternal, spirit-soul, servant of Krishna. The false ego or pseudo self is the mistaken conception that one is his material body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 3 June 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Do You Want to Be Animal or Human Being?

Human life begins when we inquire about the Absolute Truth. As long as we remain on the platform of sense gratification, eating, sleeping, mating, and defending, we are no better than animals. Such a position will never satisfy us because constitutionally we are all the eternal servants of Krishna. Therefore to come to the platform of true happiness one must seek out the Absolute Truth and learn how to live in that truth from the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Warning Against Animalism
Surinam, Mauritius--1 June 2013


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Question: Why Sometimes I've No Taste for Chanting?

Respected Sir,

Some of the days I do not get the mood to chant. Why it happens? How to improve my Krishna consciousness and develop love for Krishna?

Geetha Rao

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Answer: Your Heart is Still Polluted

The reason a neophyte devotee does not always have a taste for chanting is that his heart is still polluted with material desires. If he will keep chanting steadily in all circumstances of taste and no taste, gradually these material desires will be cleansed from his heart and he will always experience unlimited taste in every syllable of the mahamantra. In other words, he will awaken the feeling of pure love of God within his heart.

Just like a person who has a job does not feel like going to work every day but goes anyway because he needs the income, a devotee chants every day even though he does not always feel like it because he knows that this is his only hope for getting out of the cycle of birth and death and going back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 2 June 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Is Hare Krishna Chanting Boring?

It would seem from a material point of view that to chant the same sixteen word mantra over and over again for many hours a day, day after day, week after week, year after year, decade after decade would become unbearably boring. But actually that is not the fact. Why is this so? The reality is that by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra with devotional love one is directly associating with Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has inconceivable innumerable attributes. Even if we were to connect with just one attribute of Krishna, we could go deeper and deeper into that one attribute with ever-increasing taste and bliss for all of eternity, what to speak of innumerable attributes! Therefore there is absolutely no question of boredom in Krishna consciousness. Rather, it is material sense gratification which is indescribably, intolerably boring.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Relishing the Bliss of Hare Krishna Kirtan
Solferino, Mauritius--31 May 2013







Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Can't We Say God Krishna?

What is the difference between God and Lord? Why can't we say God Krishna just as we say in India Bhagavan Krishna and it is said Lord Krishna in the western world?

Mintu

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Answer: Bhagavan is the Best Descriptor for the Lord

Lord and God both mean controller. Since Krishna is the supreme controller He can be called Lord or God. Either term is acceptable. The term Bhagavan is the most accurate descriptor for Lord Sri Krishna because it refers to that person who possesses unlimited power, beauty, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, and fame. The term Bhagavan has been translated into English as the Supreme Personality of Godhead by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 1 June 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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A Most Auspicious Arrival in Mauritius

After a one hour flight from Austin to Dallas, an eight hour flight from Dallas to London, and an eleven hour flight from London to Mauritius we finally arrived on this paradisial island in the Indian Ocean. We landed at 5:45am during the most auspicious time of the day just before sunrise. We were greeted by an ecstatic band of about ten devotees, and we immediately headed out across the island to the ISKCON temple in Phoenix. While relishing the clean air and open spaces we also beheld a typical magnificent Mauritius sunrise. The sweetest thing of all was that we arrived at the temple just in time for the greeting of the deities, Sri Sri Radha Golokananda, at 7:00am. Seeing them was the perfection of the eyes because as soon as you see Krishna you are immediately resituated in your eternal constitutional position as a fully blissful, full cognizant servitor of the most amazing Supreme Personality of Godhead, Who is full of unlimited opulences.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



We Beheld a Splendorous Mauritius Sunrise


Even More Splendorous Darshan of
Sri Sri Radha Golokananda--ISKCON Phoenix



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Okay to Have a Test Tube Baby?

In the case of someone who has a medical issue and cannot acquire a baby through normal sex intercourse, is it allowed according to Vedic teachings to have a test tube baby?

Your servant,

V. Kumaran

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Answer: If You Make the Child a Devotee

There is no harm if one has a child by the process of in-vitro fertilization, a process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body, as long as the child is raised in Krishna consciousness. Making him a devotee is the important thing, not whether he was conceived inside the womb or outside of the womb.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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