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Lessons from the ISKCON Austin Fire

Calamity is a wonderful teacher because it both reminds us and gives us the opportunity to put into the practice the many wonderful lessons that we have been learning from Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita such as:

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


"O son of Kuntī, 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-gītā 2.14

Sometimes we are comfortably situated in a nice place of residence. Sometimes we are not. If we base our happiness on being happily situated in a nice place of residence, we are setting ourselves up for devastating anxiety because everything in this material world is temporary. But if we base our happiness on being securely situated at the lotus feet of Krishna, no matter what happens in this material world, even the inevitable total destruction of this universe, we will always have peace and joy and transcendental vision within our hearts.

Our deepest thanks to the many of you who already stepped forward to help us meet the expenses of the fire at ISKCON Austin. Anyone else who would to contribute can do so at:

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Krishna relieves Arjuna from distress
Krishna Relieves Arjuna from Distress



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should I Chant Rama or Krishna?

I have been chanting Rama, the holy name of Lord Rama for the past 5 years. Can I continue chanting the name of Rama, or should I stop it and start chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra instead? Does chanting the name of Rama give the same effect as that of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra? Also, I've heard many people say that 1 name of Lord Krishna is equivalent to 3 names of Lord Rama. Is it true?
Please enlighten me.

RM

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Answer: In the Mahamantra We Chant Both

The name of Rama is already included in the Hare Krishna mantra. You were informed correctly that uttering Krishna once is the same as uttering Rama three times. This means that every time you utter the Hare Krishna mantra, you are getting the benefit of chanting the name of Lord Rama 16 times.

In the present age of Kali the Hare Krishna is more potent than any other mantra for bringing one the platform of self-realization. This is confirmed as follows in the Kali Santarana Upanisad:

“Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare --these sixteen names composed of thirty-two syllables are the only means to counteract the evil effects of Kali-yuga. In all the Vedas it is seen that to cross the ocean of nescience there is no alternative to the chanting of the holy name."

Therefore I recommend that you should focus your full attention on the Hare Krishna mahamantra as much as possible 24 hours a day without being diverted by any less effective type of chanting.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 30 July 2013

from Austin, Texas USA
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ISKCON Austin Devastated by Fire

It was a normal day in the material world, the world where there is danger at every step. We were on our way back to Austin from the super ecstatic Baltic Summer Festival. We had a overnight stop in London to catch our ongoing flight the next day to Chicago, which connects with a flight to Austin. Upon our arrival in London we discovered that Finnair had lost a piece of my luggage. Lord Krishna says that we have to be tolerant of the dualities. So I took it in stride. Whatever Krishna arranges I am prepared to accept.

Then in the middle of night I kept receiving calls on my mobile phone. Half awake I was thinking that someone was probably calling the wrong number, so I ignored the calls. But when they kept calling I came to my senses and realized that somebody was in fact urgently trying to reach me and I answered the call. It was my disciple, Abhay Charan das, urgently trying to reach me from India. He had been notified by a devotee in Austin that the ISKCON temple in Austin, which also serves as our residence, had been struck by lightning and severely damaged by fire. By Krishna's grace a neighbor called 911 and brought the fire department to extinguish the blaze before it completely engulfed the building. This saved it from total destruction. In the course of saving the house from total destruction the water used to extinguish the fire also caused significant damage to the facilities.

The bottom line is that our place of worship and residence is now unusable for an extended period of time until it can be repaired. The electricity is turned off. Our residential quarters upstairs are in a complete shambles. At the present moment as I write this we are flying from London on our way to Austin, and I do not know where we will stay tonight or for the next several weeks while the repair work is going on. A comforting voice from inside says, "Don't worry. Just be prepared to accept whatever Krishna arranges." Krishna is known as Bhaktavatsala, one who is very affectionate to His devotees. So I know that He has some wonderful surprises in store for us. We simply have to keep our faith fully in Him and enjoy the ride.

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari



ISKCON Austin is now unlivable
ISKCON Austin is Now Unlivable


Where there was a roof, now there is sky
Where There Was A Roof Now There is Sky

There is water damage everywhere
There is Water Damage Everywhere

There is water damage everywhere


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should I Not Marry an Attractive Woman?

One day I would like be a self-realized soul. After reading a verse that warns against the danger of associating with an attractive woman I have a question. Does this mean I should never marry a woman I find attractive, that if I do marry someone, she should be a woman I find wholly unattractive so as to not be the "gateway to hell" for my advancement?

Thank you,

Abhijit B.

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Answer: Marry a Krishna Conscious Woman

While having an unattractive wife is certainly an advantage for one's Krishna consciousness, a woman can be attractive or unattractive. That does not matter. Whether she is attractive or unattractive, if she is serious about Krishna consciousness, she will be a first class wife who will facilitate your going back home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 29 July 2013

from London, United Kingdom
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Our Special Thanks to Kedaranath Prabhu

Two days ago it was reported in Thought for the Day that Doyal Govinda Prabhu was the organizer of the Baltic Summer Festival. We failed to mention that the main organizer of this wonderful festival was Kedaranath Prabhu. So today we want to especially express our deep appreciation to this wonderful devotee Kedaranath Prabhu for his dedicated labor of love to create such an uplifting experience for the nearly one thousand devotees who participated in the 2013 Summer Baltic Festival. This stimulating forest retreat featured six days of wonderful deity worship, super-enlivening kirtans, sumptuous prasadam, and many informative and inspiring classes and seminars on many different transcendental topics. There was even a children's Ratha Yatra! All of us who had the good fortune to attend this festival will cherish many memories of it within our hearts for many years to come. Also not to be forgotten are the hundreds of devotees who volunteered their time and energy in the many, many departments of service, all the way from cutting vegetables to security, to make this festival a most heart melting experience for all those who attended. Now we are simply counting the days until the next festival.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sriman Kedaranath Prabhu
Sriman Kedaranath Prabhu


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Happens When One is Liberated?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my respectful obeisances.

Kindly enlighten me. What happens to the soul when it is fully liberated (final death)? And my second one is: Does the atom exist eternally as it cannot be modified?

Your humble servant


Anil Sarma

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Answer: He Re-Enters Krishna's Pastimes

Real liberation means going back to home, back to Godhead. It means returning to Krishnaloka to serve Krishna forever in His eternal pastimes.

Everything in this material world is temporary. This includes the atoms and the sub-atomic particles also. When Mahavishnu inhales, all of the material universes are completely destroyed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 28 July 2013

from Vilnius, Lithuania
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Turn Your Life into an Eternal Festival

When I was giving a lecture several days ago at the Summer Baltic Festival in Lithuania someone asked me how to keep the same joyful spirit alive in our hearts after the festival is over and we return to our respective places of residence. I explained to them that you simply have to keep the festival going non-stop 365 days a year by always maintaining an atmosphere of loving exchange with the devotees of Krishna. If we always reciprocate in all of our dealings with the Lord's devotees in loving ways, we will always be relishing the mellows 24 hours day of a sweet Hare Krishna festival of bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Giving a Seminar at the Summer Baltic Festival
Giving a Seminar at the Summer Baltic Festival
23 July 2013--Harmony Park, Lithuania



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Chant Only One Mantra?

Dear Master,

Somewhere I have read that one should only chant one mantra. But all the names of Vishnu attract me. Although I do chant the Hare Krishna mantra, also I chant the following:

"Sri Rama Rameti" (from Sahasra naam. This is the ecstatic one which I recite more.)

"Hari Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya" Bhajan

"Hari Sundar Nanda Mukund Hari Narayan Hari Om" Bhajan

"Shreman Narayan Narayan Hari hari" Bhajan

Still many are there to list! Please enlighten me about this. I feel that what I've read about only chanting one mantra is wrong because I love all the names of Vishnu.

With Love

Pandit
Bangalore

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Answer: Patient Follows the Doctor's Prescription

It is a fact that all of the names of Vishnu are lovable and powerful for delivering us from this material existence. It is also a fact that what you have said regarding only chanting one mantra is correct. While this may appear to be contradictory, actually it is not.

In the drug store there are many types of bona fide medicines. But it is not that we take any and all types of medicine. That would not be beneficial for us. We take just that medicine which is prescribed for us by our doctor. In this age of Kali the Vedic wisdom prescribes one particular mantra as the most suitable and powerful for self-realization in this age. That mantra is the Hare Krishna mantra:

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


Due to the heavy materialistic atmosphere in this age we require the most powerful mantra to protect us from the degrading influences of this age. Therefore the great acharyas have advised us to stick to this one mantra and chant it constantly as much as possible 24 hours a day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 27 July 2013

from Baltic Summer Festival-Harmony Park, Lithuania
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Secret Revealed: How to Always Be Blissful

This material world is a world of dualities. We are constantly being tossed in the waves of pain and pleasure, happiness and distress. If we want to experience actual tangible happiness in the real sense of the term, we have to transcend the ups and downs of this material world and enter into the divine world of Krishna consciousness in which one is always associating with Krishna, the all-powerful, supremely beautiful, totally renounced, all-knowing, unlimitedly wealthy, all-famous Supreme Personality of Godhead. Such contact with Krishna reconnects us with our eternal, all-blissful nature, and immediately relieves us from the stress and duress of this material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Our special thanks to Sriman Doyal Govinda Prabhu
Our Special Thanks to Baltic Summer Festival Organizer:

Sriman Doyal Govinda Prabhu

Questions and answers with disciples
Question and Answers with Disciples


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do Lust, Anger, and Greed Come from Krishna?

In the Bhagavad-gita Krishna says that lust, anger, and greed are the door-openers for hell. My question is this: Since everything and whatever we see is coming from Krishna, doesn't that mean that lust, anger, and greed are also coming from Krishna?

Shilpi Baruah
Assam, India

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Answer: Yes, But We Abuse Them

Since everything comes from Krishna it is true that lust, anger, and greed also come from Krishna. When these three things are used in the service of Krishna they purify the devotee’s heart and bring him closer to Krishna. But when they are used for sense gratification, as is the case with everyone nowadays, they contaminate the heart taking one further and further away from Krishna into the hellish regions of existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 26 July 2013

from Baltic Summer Festival-Harmony Park, Lithuania
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Turn On Your Soul, Turn On the World

You are covered by ignorance, and the entire world population is covered by ignorance. Therefore you are suffering, and the entire world is suffering. So what is the solution? By hearing from the bona fide spiritual master you will become free from your ignorance and misery. And by following Lord Caitanya's order that you should become a guru by telling everyone you meet about the teachings of Lord Sri Krishna, you will help the entire world to become delivered from ignorance and misery. In this way by hearing and repeating what you have heard to others you will turn on your soul and turn on the world to the transcendental blissful life of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Sankarshan meets with some of his students
Meeting with Some of My Students
23 July 2013--Summer Baltic Festival--Lithuania


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How To Satisfy My Hunger For Love?

I have realized in my life that I have always been looking for love and expecting to be loved. Whether it is from family, friend, or girlfriend. But I feel that I always failed to get that. And that causes frustration and anger. I have started chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra 16 rounds daily, but my hunger for love is still not fulfilled. I am looking for love here and there. I am at your feet begging you to kindly help me. How can I overcome my delusion and satisfy my hunger for love?

Your servant
NK

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Answer: Give All of Your Love to Krishna

Krishna has kindly come to you in the form of His name. That same Krishna is the source and reservoir of unlimited love. Therefore if you try to find love separately from Krishna such so-called love will always end up in frustration. Therefore instead of looking for love here and there you should give all of your love to Krishna, especially when you are chanting His name. In this way you will fully reconnect with that most amazing Supreme Personality of Godhead, the reservoir of unlimited love and joyfully find yourself always sporting in the waves of the ocean of Krishna's unlimited love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 25 July 2013

from Baltic Summer Festival-Harmony Park, Lithuania
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Love Krishna by Loving His Devotees

Srila Prabhupada often quotes the English saying, "If you love me, love my dog," to illustrate the necessity of loving Krishna's devotee as a prerequisite to loving Krishna. This is a most important point to remember while following the path of Krishna bhakti, because Krishna says that His devotees are more dear to Him than His very self. Krishna will never accept us as His devotees unless we are first of all dedicated to His devotees. How much we truly, not superficially, love Krishna's devotees is the test of how much we have actually awakened the dormant love of Krishna that is sleeping within our hearts.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Loving Relationships With Devotees Seminar
22 July 2013--Summer Baltic Festival--Lithuania

Sankarshan Gurudeva lecturingat the Baltic Summer Festival


Audience at the Baltic Summer Festival

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can You Help Me to Be Ecstatic?

To tell the truth I don't think I am ecstatic. Any help there?

Sincerely
Ray Escobilla
Oaxaca, Mexico

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Answer: Chant Hare Krishna As Much As Possible

If you want to be always ecstatic, chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra as much as possible 24 hours a day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 24 July 2013

from Baltic Summer Festival-Harmony Park, Lithuania
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Doing the Needful for Krishna in Emergency

On the way to the Baltic Summer Festival we hit a snag in our otherwise smooth travel connections. After coming from Austin, Texas to London via a stop in New York, we were landing at Helsinki with an hour and five minutes before our next flight to Vilnius, Lithuania. We had made the same connection for the 2012 Summer Baltic Festival with no problem. This time however things were different, very different. Instead of our plane pulling up to the terminal for an easy exit via the jet bridge, this time our plane parked at great distance from the airport and we took a bus to the terminal. This delayed us by quite a few minutes. By the time we got to passport control it was 3:15pm. Our boarding passes for the next flight said that we would be boarding at 3:45pm for the flight to Vilnius. At passport control I checked the sign for our flight. It said that our gate, 17A, was a 15 minute walk from passport control. I could see that things were getting a little tight. We had only 15 minutes to make it through passport control.

The sad reality was that there was a huge queue with hundreds of people waiting to get through passport control. There was no way we could make it in time. We would miss our flight. Our luggage would be removed from the plane. We would have to spend the night in Helsinki and go the Vilnius the next day. I was scheduled to give a seminar on devotee relationships the next morning at the festival. That seminar would be canceled. It was not a pretty picture.

But then my most practical wife and preaching partner, Vishnupriya devi dasi, boldly did the needful in Krishna's service. She went way up to the front of one of the lines and explained our situation to a gentleman standing in the line asking if we could cut in front of him. He compassionately agreed. Now we were only five or six people away from clearly passport control. But then we noticed there was a major hang up at the front of our particular queue. The border guard and the oriental man trying to clear passport control were locked in a deadlock of incommunication. Neither could speak each other's language. The border guard would not allow him to clear passport control. There was a big delay while they waited for a translator to come. Again we were in a jam.

So my wife then asked someone in another queue if we could cut in there. A man angrily objected declaring that he had to board his plane by 3:55pm. When I told him that our boarding time was 3:45pm he calmed down and withdrew his objection. In this way we finally cleared passport control and after walking as fast as we could to the other side of the terminal we made it to our gate on time.

If we had just done the normal thing that people are supposed to do, patiently wait in line, we would have missed our flight. But because we were willing to do something extraordinary when the need arose and because Krishna and some people were very kind to us we made our connection and we are now here at the Baltic Festival in time for me to give the devotee relationships seminar. The lesson to be derived? Social conventions can be placed aside when there is an urgent need in Krishna's service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Distributing prasadam upon our arrival at the summer baltic festiva
Distributing Prasadam Upon Our Arrival
21 July 2013--Summer Baltic Festival


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Chanting For Others is Effective?

When we chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra or pray for somebody else does this affect that person or not?

Your servant,
Mantreswer Shyam Das

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Answer: Induce Them to Chant for Themselves

Every time we utter Krishna’s name this automatically bestows benefit upon every single living being in the universe, but not as much as when they personally chant. Therefore if you want to give the greatest benefit to others you should dedicate your life for inducing everyone you know and meet to chant Hare Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 23 July 2013

from London, United Kingdom
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Why We Fear and How to Overcome It

This material world is bhayaloka, a world of fear. The pivotal fear around which all other fears rotate is the fear of death. Therefore, if we can conquer the fear of death, all other fears are automatically vanquished. The fear of death is based on misidentification of the self with the material body. Since our actual identity is an eternal, deathless being, death is something which is totally incompatible with our nature and hence fearful. But if we can revive our original spiritual consciousness, our Krishna consciousness, the fear of death is automatically gone and with it all of our other subordinate fears. In this connection it is very aptly stated as follows in Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2.37:

"Fear arises when a living entity misidentifies himself as the material body because of absorption in the external, illusory energy of the Lord. When the living entity thus turns away from the Supreme Lord, he also forgets his own constitutional position as a servant of the Lord. This bewildering, fearful condition is effected by the potency for illusion, called maya. Therefore, an intelligent person should engage unflinchingly in the unalloyed devotional service of the Lord, under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master, whom he should accept as his worshipable deity and as his very life and soul."

How fortunate we are to have such sublime, enlightened guidance. Everyone should follow this Vedic injunction by taking shelter of the bona fide spiritual master accepting his instructions as their very life and soul. In this way fear will be completely defeated.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lord Krishna bestows fearlessness
Krishna Bestows Fearlessness


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Recover My Faith?

Dear Guru Maharaja,
Please accept my humble and respectful obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you for answering my letters. Dear Master, what can I do to recover my faith and enthusiasm in Krishna consciousness. I am unmotivated. Sometimes I think that I am not intelligent and strong enough to follow Krishna, but on the other hand I don’t want to leave Him.

Your fallen and lazy servant,
Daniel

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Answer: Chant These Sweet Names Every Day.

The fact is that on our own we are too weak and incompetent to absorb ourselves in devotional service to the Lord. Therefore we are fully dependent on the mercy of Krishna in order to be properly engaged in His service. Thus we should always be begging for the Lord’s mercy as much as possible 24 hours daily that we can be always fully absorbed in His service. The best prayer for doing this is:

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


Simply by carefully chanting these sweet names every day a natural relish for Krishna consciousness will awaken within your heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 22 July 2013

en route to Harmony Park, Lithuania
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ISKCON Summer Baltic Festival Bliss!

We are currently en route to the 2013 Summer Baltic Festival, a week long bhakti extravaganza held in Lithuania. Last year's festival was absolutely ecstatic, and this year's festival will be even more ecstatic. (This is the nature of Krishna consciousness: ever-increasing bliss!) If you are conveniently located in eastern Europe near or in Lithuania, we hope you will come at least for a day or two. For further information go to:

www.summerfestival.lt

My lecture schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, July 23rd from 10:30am to 11:45am
“Cultivating Loving Relationships with Devotees”

Wednesday, July 24th from 10:30am to 11:45am
“How to Succeed on the Path of Krishna Bhakti

Thursday, July 25th from 10:30am to 11:45am
"Turn On Your Soul, Turn On the World”

Friday, July 26th from 8:00am to 8:50am
Srimad-Bhagavatam Lecture (3.25.27)

I hope to meet you there!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Sankarshan Gurudeva delivers lecture at the Baltic festival
Here's a Shot from Last Summer's Baltic Festival:


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Chant Hare Krishna With Love?

You always recommend to chant Hare Krishna with love, but I am lacking this love for Krishna. What can I do to develop love for Krishna?

De Pa

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Answer: Keep Chanting and Love Will Come.

Love or no love, keep chanting and the love will come.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 21 July 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Devotees Travel Globally to Awaken Others

Srila Prabhupada nicely explains in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.26 that after initiation a sincere devotee travels all over the world to awaken people to Krishna consciousness:

"The life of a sincere devotee of the Lord is thus explained in a nutshell by Narada Muni by his personal example. Such a devotee, after his initiation by the Lord or His bona fide representative, takes very seriously chanting of the glories of the Lord and traveling all over the world so that others may also hear the glories of the Lord. Such devotees have no desire for material gain. They are conducted by one single desire: to go back to Godhead. This awaits them in due course on quitting the material body. Because they have the highest aim of life, going back to Godhead, they are never envious of anyone, nor are they proud of being eligible to go back to Godhead. Their only business is to chant and remember the holy name, fame and pastimes of the Lord and, according to personal capacity, to distribute the message for others' welfare without motive of material gain."

Therefore, even though we consider ourselves incompetent and unfit to spread the Lord's glories all over the world, still because of Srila Prabhupada's order that his followers must deliver the world from nescience, we are making our humble attempt to try to do at least a little something to awaken people to Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Narada Muni, the transcendental spaceman
Srila Narada Muni Travels Through All the Worlds
to Spread the Chanting of Hare Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Accept Guru's Order as My Life?

Hare Krishna, Gurudeva,
Please accept my most respectful obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

How can I begin to take the order of my spiritual master as my life and soul if I am not intelligent enough to understand the urgency and necessity of doing so?

Sincerely,
Your servant
R.D.

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Answer: Follow Him to Get All Revelations.

Whether one understands or does not understand the urgency and necessity of accepting the order of his spiritual master as his very life and soul, if he will do so in any case, all the imports of the Vedic knowledge will be gradually revealed to him. So, in other words, whether one has realization or does not have realization if he carries out the order of his spiritual master, his consciousness will be flooded with transcendental realizations and he will become qualified to some day see Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, face-to-face, eye-to-eye.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 20 July 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Turn On Your Soul, Turn On the World

Why be dead, stuck in samsara (the wheel of birth and death) when you can be vibrantly alive in your eternal existential position? Why be psychologically derailed and disempowered by a messed up, topsy-turvy, cheating world when you can fully absorb your life in revolutionizing it? This is the wonderful facility offered to everyone by the Krishna consciousness movement. You get to turn on your soul and turn on the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Rathayatra in Miami, Florida
Ratha Yatra Festivals Turn On the World

(This one is in Miami, Florida USA.)



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Prophet Mohammad Kalki Avatar?

We have a serious threat to Hinduism by the bigot Dr. Zakir Naik, who keeps repeatedly telling innocent Hindus (millions of them) personally and through Peace TV that Mohammed the Prophet is Kalki avatar. He proves using convoluted logic and lies by omission and uses all sorts of foolish arguments to prove his point. Can you please at least inform our readers not to be carried away by his false propaganda? Many are getting converted to Islam, believing that Kalki avatar is Mohammed and they should follow him (become Muslim).

Servant of your servants,

Amar

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Answer: Kalki Has Not Appeared Yet

The first point is that as spiritual beings we have nothing to do with these various designations such as Hindu, Muslim, Christian, etc. The spirit-soul is not constitutionally the member of any sect. He is simply the servant of God. Therefore the idea of converting from one religion to another is a false concept propagated by people who are devoid of even the most basic spiritual knowledge.

The second point is that Kalki avatar is not due to appear on this earth for another 427,000 years. This means that any claim that Prophet Mohammad is Kalki Avatar is spurious, absolutely laughable, and completely bogus.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 19 July 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Taming Our Mischievous Monkey Minds

Our minds are pretty wild. They are like monkeys jumping from the branch of one material desire to another branch of material desire endlessly one after another after another. These meandering monkey minds have kept us entangled in the cycle of birth and death constantly rotating through the 8,400,000 species of life again and again wherein we continuously suffer birth, death, old age, and disease. If we want out, we must fix our minds on Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The easiest and most effective way to do that is to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra as much as possible 24 hours a day. Such sincere chanting brings immediate relief from all kinds of material distress and attracts the attention and special mercy of the all-attractive Supreme Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada chanting Hare Krishna japa
Srila Prabhupada Chanting Hare Krishna Japa


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Question: What is My Real Duty?

Lord Krishna says to do our prescribed duties. But I'm confused about my duty. I think prescribed duties should not be whimsical in nature. My confusion is that at present I'm a student who studies the mundane books. So one may say that my duty is to work hard and score high in exams. But at one point of time I may leave my studies aside and choose to plan my career by becoming a professional sports player and hence my duty will change. My duty would then be to see that my team is becoming victorious. Isn't this whimsical? As Arjuna humbly requests to Lord Krishna and surrenders himself unto Him by saying, ''Please instruct me.'' I also surrender unto you and humbly request you to instruct me on what is my duty.

V.S.

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Answer: To Fully Surrender to Krishna

Krishna's final instruction is to give up all other duties and fully surrender to Him. So this is what you should do by fully surrendering to His representative, the bona fide spiritual master. When you are fully prepared to become a disciple, your duty will simply be to faithfully carry out the instructions given to you by your spiritual master. So as you have chosen to be my disciple, my instruction is that you should continue your studies very nicely and at the same time prepare for initiation by chanting at least 16 rounds every day of the Hare Krishna mantra, while strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 18 July 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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First Five Steps on the Krishna Bhakti Path

Quoting from Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Prabhupada lists the first five steps on the path of Krishna bhakti in Chapter Six of the Nectar of Devotion:

(1) accepting the shelter of the lotus feet of a bona fide spiritual master, (2) becoming initiated by the spiritual master and learning how to discharge devotional service from him, (3) obeying the orders of the spiritual master with faith and devotion, (4) following in the footsteps of great acaryas (teachers) under the direction of the spiritual master, (5) inquiring from the spiritual master how to advance in Krishna consciousness

Unaware of how the science of bhakti actually works, some neophytes ignorantly think that one does not need a spiritual master in order to advance on the path of Krishna bhakti. Such neophytes are advised to take guidance from the great Vaisnava authorities such as Srila Prabhupada and Srila Rupa Goswami in order to become properly established in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Prabhupada initiates a new disciple
Srila Prabhupada Initiates a New Disciple


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Result of Sinful Karma?

My mind is always filled with sins. I am also connected with physical sins like illicit sex. I always try to chant the mahamantra. Sometimes I am connected with sins and then coming back to spiritual way again. This process is repeated again and again. Please guide me what will be the result of this type of karma?

Regards,
RK

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Answer: Next Birth in the Animal Kingdom

Srila Rupa Goswami recommends that in order to successfully begin the path of bhakti that you should take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master and serve Lord Sri Krishna under his direction. If you do not take shelter of Krishna and Guru, you will remain the helpless slave of your senses and you will be dragged down to the animal kingdom in your next birth in order to have better facility to gratify your senses as a dog, a pig, or a monkey.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 17 July 2013

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Do You Have a Scrambled Brain?

In the modern society our brains are scrambled by an ocean of distractions. Simply for the sake of livelihood we are being pulled by so many different material obligations in so many different directions. This makes it hard for us to always remain focused on the Supreme Personality of Godhead at every minute. So how do we unscramble our brains to get back them in sync with the Supreme? The answer is chanting, quality chanting, of the Hare Krishna mantra and other powerful Vedic mantras, such as the prayers of the Brahma Samhita and the verses of the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. Daily quality chanting unscrambles our brains and gets them back into a wonderful, peaceful state of harmony with Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Information Overload Scrambles the Brain


Quality Chanting Unscrambles the Brain
Chanting Hare Krishna in Mauritius--7 June 2013


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Question: How Will Human Society Be Helped?

How important is it to protect cows?

What will be the benefits to human society if the system of education is used in Krishna's service?

What are positive religious principles that have to be enacted in Krishna consciousness?

Regards,
Parag R. Rane

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Answer: A New Era of Peace and Prosperity

Cow protection is the most important program for bringing compassion back to the human society. The wholesale murder of this dear animal who peacefully eats grass and supplies us with the most amazing miracle food, milk, is the most heinous sinful activity.

The entire human society requires being educated in the science of God. If this is done, it will usher in a new age of peace, happiness, and prosperity the like of which this planet has not seen for thousands of years.

The positive religious principle to be established are mercy, cleanliness, truthfulness, and austerity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Tuesday 16 July 2013

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The Preposterous Fallacy of Modern Science

Modern science is based on the premise that unless something is empirically verifiable its objective reality cannot be confirmed. The difficulty with this premise is that it is not empirically verifiable. This means that according to this premise what we now call science is not science at all. It's dogma. If you base an entire system of knowledge on dogma, that system then washes, like a sand castle, into the sea of unreliability and irrelevancy when it comes to existential matters. This is why modern science is incapable of sufficiently explaining what each of us is personally experiencing at every moment, namely our own consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Castles Made of Sand Are Washed Into the Sea


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Was the Mahamantra Turned Around?

Respected Guru Maharaja,

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

Is it true that the mahamantra was turned around, that originally it was: Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare/ Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare?

And does Rama in the mahamantra refer to Ramacandra or Balarama?

An aspiring devotee from Amsterdam,
Tony

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Answer: We Have It In Its Original Form

The form of the mahamantra has always been:

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

But even if you start off with Hare Rama first, it still ends up being just the same once you get rolling.

Rama in the mahamantra can refer to Lord Krishna, to Lord Balarama, Lord Ramacandra, or Lord Parasurama.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 15 July 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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The Bliss of Cooking for Krishna

Instead of cooking simply for ourselves and remaining entangled in the cycle of birth and death, we can cook for Krishna and go back to home, back to Godhead. Besides that, after cooking for Krishna and offering the food to Krishna it tastes a millions times better than anything we could cook only for ourselves. Why is this? When Krishna tastes the food offered to Him with love and devotion He transforms it from matter into spirit. Such sanctified food is called prasadam, which means mercy, because such sanctified foodstuffs are truly the mercy of the Lord. Devotees of Krishna only partake of the remnants of vegetarian foodstuffs which have been offered with love to Lord Sri Krishna. They never put anything else into their mouths because eating unoffered food is simply eating so many lumps of sin. And there is not much more to be said in this connection.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




There is Truly Nothing that Compares with
Prasadam
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Foodstuffs Offered to Lord Sri Krishna With Love and Devotion


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What to Do For Suffering Animals?

Please tell me how to react if we see that some animal is suffering? How can we help them? Since they can't talk and can't understand Krishna consciousness how we can help them? Should we ignore their suffering seeing it as simply as a karmic reaction?

Rahul

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Answer: Close All of the Slaughterhouses

The way to end animal suffering is very easy. Presently we are murdering 2.5 million animals every day in the slaughterhouses. Simply we must give up this heinous criminal activity and allow the animals to live happily and peacefully. The karma from the regular, violent torture and murder of these millions of innocent animals all over the world on a daily basis is overwhelming. This is why we human beings are presently being so much tortured with natural disasters, bizarre accidents, murders, wars, and terrorism. Because we are terrorizing the animals, our karma is that we must also be terrorized in so many ways. If the rascal government leaders will simply close the slaughterhouses all over the world, an amazing era of peace and prosperity will become manifested on this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 14 July 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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How to Save the World

The world is in dire need of being saved. Of this there is no doubt. Every day it is gradually becoming more and more demoniac, miserable, and hellish. So how to save it? There is only one way to do this, and that is one person at a time. So who do we start with? We obviously have to start with ourselves. "Physician, heal thyself." If we aren't saved, how can we can save others. How do we save ourselves? We have to surrender to Krishna through the medium of His pure devotee, the bona fide spiritual master. In this way we become saved. And how do we save others? We have to share with them the wonderful mercy and teachings of Krishna. If we approach many, many people to give them Krishna consciousness, a few will take interest and out of them even fewer still will take Krishna consciousness seriously by surrendering to Krishna and also taking up the world deliverance mission. In this way, if we keep presenting this sublime science to as many people as possible, eventually the Krishna consciousness movement will be universally recognized as the leading source of education for the entire world, and the world will indeed be saved.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srutidharma Das Presents a Bhagavad-gita As It Is
to the British Prime Minister, David Cameron



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Krishna Doesn't Show His Light?

Krishna is my father. Why doesn't He show me His light?

Ritesh

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Answer: We Have to Open Our Eyes

Krishna is showing us His light. But the difficulty is that our eyes are tightly closed shut. Now we must open our eyes so that we can see Krishna's light. But even more importantly, we must now open our eyes fully so that we can see Krishna Himself in His full splendor. The process for opening our eyes is that we must now fully surrender ourselves to Lord Sri Krishna. Only then will He and His light be revealed to us. We cannot demand to see God. We must instead fully surrender to Him. In this way He will be very pleased with us and will very mercifully reveal Himself to us.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 13 July 2013

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Are You Ready for the Final Exam of Death?

No one wants to die, but yet we have to be always ready for death because this ultimate destroyer of everything can come at any moment. Many will object that you should not think about death, that you should remain oblivious to death and simply go on squeezing as much happiness out of life as you possibly can while you have the chance. But this is their gross ignorance of the science of life and death. They don't realize how to utilize death to elevate themselves to a higher plane of existence in their next life. And thus because, even though in a human body, they ignorantly live an animalistic existence, they degrade themselves down to the animal kingdom in their next life. Not being ready for death is like taking a university course without preparing for the final exam. The result is that you will fail the course and you do not progress to the next level.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Devotees Conquer Death by Chanting


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Krishna an Alien?

How do I know that Krishna is not an alien? How do I know that He is God? Our earth is just a tiny fraction of everything that exists. What is the chance to know the name of God?

Saulius

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Answer: We All Are the Aliens

Since Krishna is from another world, from our material perspective He is certainly an alien. But from the spiritual point of view, this material world is the alien world and we all are the aliens.

Krishna must be God because everything comes from Him. He is the source of all existence.

The chance to know God's name is very rare. You must be very fortunate to know the name of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 12 July 2013

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Capitalize on this Golden Opportunity

Take full advantage of the golden opportunity that the human form of life offers you. You have been rotating endlessly in the cycle of birth and death since time immemorial. Sometimes you were a king. Sometimes you were a pauper. Sometimes you were a demigod. Sometimes you were a germ. If you continue to do what you've always done, namely dedicate your life to sense gratification, you will continue to get what you've always gotten, another material body in the 8,400,000 types of species. Why not try something different for a change and dedicate just one lifetime in the service of the Lord? Then when you regain your original spiritual form, you can judge by the result whether or not you think being a liberated soul is a better lifestyle than being a conditioned soul caught up in the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blissful Devotees of Lord Krishna


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Question: How to Soften a Hard Heart?

Srila Gurudeva, I would humbly like to inquire about the following :

What does it mean to be hard-hearted in the context of Krishna consciousness? What is the significance of softening one's heart? And how does one achieve it?

Hoping this mail finds both Your Grace and Srimati Gurumata in the best of health.

Yours sincerely,
Insignificant servant,
Shyama Priya devi dasi


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Answer: Carefully Chant Hare Krishna Daily

Your nice questions are answered as follows:

tad aśma-sāram hrdayam batedam
yad grhyamānair hari-nāma-dheyaih
na vikriyetātha yadā vikāro
netre jalam gātra-ruhesu harsah

“Certainly that heart is steel-framed which, in spite of one's chanting the holy name of the Lord with concentration, does not change when ecstasy takes place, tears fill the eyes and the hairs stand on end.”--Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.24

So hard-hearted is the heart of someone who does not melt with ecstasy while chanting the holy names, while soft-hearted is the heart which does melt with ecstasy while chanting Hare Krishna. The way to achieve a soft heart is to carefully chant these sweet names every day:

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


In this way the hardened steel heart will gradually become like molten gold as one learn to relish the experience of directly associating with Lord Sri Krishna in pure love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 11 July 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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The Ultimate Surprise

The ultimate surprise is that you are deathless. You live forever. You are the soul situated within the body. You are not the body. As Lord Krishna says, "The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind." So instead of being more interested in making material arrangements for the comfort of the body, you should be more interested in awakening the dormant soul consciousness or Krishna consciousness that is currently sleeping within you. By transcendentalizing your interests you become transcendentalized and liberated from death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Chants Hare Krishna
to Awaken Our Krishna Consciousness
San Francisco, Golden Gate Park--1967


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Did God Create Us?

My simple questions:

1.Why did God create us?

2.Why is one person born intelligent and another is not? Is this due to karma from a previous life?

Alekh

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Answer: For Loving Relationships

God is manifesting us from Himself in order to have loving relationships with us.

If someone is born as very intelligent, this is due to pious activities in their previous lifetime.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 10 July 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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How to Deal with Death?

Like it or not, death is inevitable here in this material world. Death is as sure as death. So how to deal with it? How to deal with the death of others and our own unavoidable death? The first thing to remember is that actually we do not die. It is only the external covering, the material body, which is worn like a garment by the spirit-soul within, which dies. The actual self, the spirit-soul does not die. Why all the anxiety about death then? This is due to our ignorantly misidentifying the body to be the actual self instead of wisely identifying ourselves as the real spiritual self, which dwells only temporarily within the body. If we engage ourselves always in devotional service to Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, this establishes us solidly, fearless, and blissfully in our eternal spiritual identity, which cannot be touched by death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Conquer Death by Chanting Hare Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Good Karma Brings Suffering?

Dear Gurudeva,

Pranams. I am unable to understand your viewpoint when you write about a pious man who opens a charity hospital, "His reward will be that he will take birth again and again until all the people who received free medical care from him will give him free medical care in return."

This seems more like punishment rather than reward to me, i.e. he has to be born sick again and again to receive medical care back from them. So if I give charity to 100 people then should I be born as very poor to receive charity back from those 100?

Request you to kindly provide more clarity on the above.

Thank you,

Subramanian

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Answer: Enjoyment Mixed with Suffering

The point is that even good karma obliges us to take birth again in this material world, which is a suffering condition. The only kind of karma which frees us from all kind of suffering is akarma, the devotional service of the Lord. Being a good person is not good enough to deliver one from all suffering because even a good person is obliged to take birth again to be rewarded for his pious activities. Taking birth again in this material world means suffering, even if by extremely good karma one is able to take birth as Lord Brahma. This is confirmed as follows in the Bhagavad-gita:

ā-brahma-bhuvanāl lokāh
punar āvartino 'rjuna
mām upetya tu kaunteya
punar janma na vidyate

"From the highest planet in the material world, Brahmaloka, down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one who attains to My abode, O son of Kunti, never takes birth again."--Bhagavad-gita 8.16

So the conclusion is that even though good karma brings material enjoyment, because one is still in this material world that enjoyment is mixed with suffering. Therefore those who are intelligent shun mere piety and take instead to the devotional service of the Lord with full enthusiasm and determination and achieve the supreme perfection of going back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 9 July 2013

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You Are What You Read and Listen To.

There are hundreds and thousands of sources for distributing mundane news of the world, and the people of the world are very eagerly receiving it. But such gramya-katha or mundane news is static. It is stationary and lifeless because it does not take you anywhere. It keeps you bound up in the cycle of birth and death. Transcendental news, on the other hand, is dynamic and ecstatic because it carries you like an airplane to the transcendental world where life is eternal, full of knowledge, and full of bliss. You are what you read and listen to. If you are absorbed in mundane news, you remain a mundaner, and if you turn your attention to transcendental news, you become a great transcendentalist.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Absorb Yourself in Transcendental News.
You Will Naturally Become a Great Transcendentalist


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Brahma or Krishna Born First?

I have a doubt. Whether Brahma is born first or Sri Krishna? I have heard that all the avatars of Sri Krishna were created by Brahma only. My knowledge is that all the living beings are created by Brahma and one among them is Sri Krishna who is the seventh avatar after the birth of the fish incarnation (Matsya), the tortoise incarnation (Kurma) etc. If Brahma has created all these living entities, how Sri Krishna could have born first?

Prasanth

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Answer: Krishna is the Source of Lord Brahma

Krishna is not born. He is the unborn source of all existence. Nor are His avatars created by Brahma. Rather it is Brahma who is born from an expansion of an expansion of an expansion of an expansion of an expansion of an expansion of Krishna. In other words from Krishna comes Balarama; from Balarama comes Sankarsana; from Sankarsana comes Narayana; from Narayana, the second Sankarsana; from the second Sankarsana, Maha-Vishnu; from Maha-Vishnu, Garbhodakasayi Vishnu from whom Lord Brahma takes his birth. Although Krishna appears in different forms corresponding to the 8,400,000 species created by Lord Brahma, He does so by His own free will out of His causeless mercy upon the fallen souls of this world, not by the creative power of Lord Brahma.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 8 July 2013

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The Unlimited Mercy of Srila Prabhupada

Were it not for the unlimited compassion and mercy of Srila Prabhupada where would we all be right now? We would be helplessly drifting in the cycle of birth and death, whereabouts unknown. Therefore the extent of our indebtedness to Srila Prabhupada is incalculable. All we can do to try to repay this debt is fully dedicate ourselves to Srila Prabhupada's order that we should become gurus and deliver the entire world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Mercifully Accepted Thousands of Disciples


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Give Up Good Karma?

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

Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita (9.28) "In this way you will be freed from all reactions to good and evil deeds, and by this principle of renunciation you will be liberated and come to Me." My question is: Why do we need to get rid of reactions to our good deeds? Surely we wish to get rid of sinful reactions to end our suffering. But how can one suffer due to his pious deeds? Don't pious deeds serve as stepping stones in our Krishna consciousness advancement? How pious reactions are detrimental for going back to Godhead?

Your humble servant,
Sushant

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Answer: Good Karma Also Binds Us to Rebirth

Bad karma obliges us to take birth again to be punished. And good karma obliges us to take birth again to be rewarded. For example, let’s say that a wealthy man opens a charity hospital to give free medical care to the needy. For every poor person who receives free medical care this philanthropist accumulates good karma. His reward will be that he will take birth again and again until all the people who received free medical care from him will give him free medical care in return. This means that he will have to get sick again and again in order for them to give him the free medical care.

A pious man who is in the mood of giving to others can become serious to know what is the ultimate good for all others. By hearing from a bona fide spiritual master he can realize that the highest good we can do for someone is to awaken their Krishna consciousness. When he comes to this level of understanding and devotes his life to making the world Krishna conscious the pious man now becomes perfect in piety and free from all karmic reactions, both pious and impious. He will become a devotee. In this way his piety can serve as a stepping stone to bhakti. But if he does not take to bhakti, his good karma will keep him bound up in the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 7 July 2013

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What Kind of Body Will You Get Next Life?

There are 8,400,000 species of life: 900,000 aquatics, 2,000,000 types of plants and trees, 1,100,000 types of worms and reptiles, 1,000,000 birds, 3,000,000 beasts, and 400,000 types of human beings. The consciousness that you cultivate in your present lifetime determines what type of body you will get in your next lifetime. People who are attached to sky diving will become birds in their next life. Those who are keen for scuba diving will become fish. In this way nature facilitates everyone according to their desires. Those who are intelligent realize that this material world, no matter what species you are in, is a place of misery. Therefore they cultivate Krishna consciousness so that their next life will be an eternal one with Sri Sri Radha and Krishna in that wondrous spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Choose What Your Next Life Will Be


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Interest Others in this Science?

I have distributed our Back To Godhead Magazine to my office staff on free basis and requested them to return it to me after reading. But a lot of them are not showing their interest. What can I do? I have also invited them to attend the Sunday Festival at Pune's Sri Radha Kunjabihari temple, but they did not want to come.
Please guide me!

Nilesh

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Answer: Throw a Wide Net

While your attempt to enlighten others with transcendental knowledge is certainly laudable, you are going about it in too much of a limited way. Try to understand from the following example: One man spent the entire day fishing and did not catch even one fish, while another man spent half a day fishing and caught 10,000 fish. What was the difference? The man who caught no fish sat with a fishing pole dangling one baited hook in the water. The man who caught 10,000 fish took a boat out to sea and lowered a huge net encompassing a very large area and then pulled back into his boat full of fish. The point is that if you want to be successful in introducing others to the science of self realization, you should not limit yourself to the people in your office. You should go out every evening for at least an hour or two going door to door to introduce people to our enlightening literatures. You should also ask for some contribution to cover the printing cost. If somebody gets something free, they will not think that it has any value. But if they give some money for it, they will definitely read it in order to get their money's worth. If you throw a wide net, you will find that there are many people in your city who are interested in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 6 July 2013

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How to Replace Depression with Confidence

One should always be confident about the process of Krishna consciousness, devotional service to Lord Sri Krishna. Sometimes in the neophyte stage of devotional service one may become unhappy and depressed due to a reverse situation. When such depression comes one should immediately replace it with confidence in attainment of the supreme goal, pure love of Godhead, Krishna prema. If one patiently follows the rules and regulations of devotional service, he can know for sure that the day will come when he will achieve all of a sudden the perfection of devotional service. Therefore there is no reason to ever be depressed by any loss or reverse in his advancement in spiritual life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



The Spiritual World Awaits All Serious Devotees


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: The Supreme is Krishna or Shiva?

I am all of 40 yrs and all these years have strongly believed in Lord Shiva (family God). Recently last 5-6 months I have been associated with Krishna Consciousness and tending towards believing that Lord Krishna is the Supreme Godhead. However at times it becomes difficult as all these years have had the belief that Lord Shiva is supreme. Please guide me towards the right path as I am stuck in a dilemma.

Naresh

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Answer: Lord Shiva Comes From Lord Krishna

In the civilization of the twice-born, those who are factually awakened with spiritual knowledge and realization, truth is accepted and understood according to the principle of Vedic authority as explained in the scriptures and confirmed by great acharyas. In this regard the factual position of Lord Shiva is authoritatively described as follows in the Brahma-samhita 5.45:

ksīram yathā dadhi vikāra-viśesa-yogāt
sañjāyate na hi tatah prthag asti hetoh
yah śambhutām api tathā samupaiti kāryād
govindam ādi-purusam tam aham bhajāmi


"Just as milk is transformed into yogurt (dahi) by the action of acids, but yet the effect yogurt is neither the same as, nor different from, its cause, milk, so I adore the primeval Lord Govinda of whom Lord Shiva (Śambhu) is a transformation for the performance of the work of destruction."

This means that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, manifests from Himself Lord Shiva for the purpose of destruction. From milk we can derive yogurt. But we cannot derive milk from yogurt.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 5 July 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Don't Compromise with Maya

If you hold back from completely surrendering to Krishna and instead hold on to maya or illusion by continuing to indulge in material sense gratification, you will reap your due reward. Krishna will give you another birth in this material world so that you can continue trying to enjoy His material energy, which is nothing but a source of misery. Therefore the intelligent thing to do is to give up material sense gratification by fully surrendering to the orders received from the spiritual master who comes in disciplic succession from Sri Krishna Himself. In this way you will become fully qualified to associate with Lord Sri Krishna at every minute and to enter the spiritual world at the time death when you leave your body behind.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Give Up Material Sense Gratification
and Gain the Constant Association
of the Most Amazing Krishna Forever



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Does Everything Rest on Krishna?

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

In Srila Prabhupada's purport to Bhagavad-gita 9.4 it is stated that everything is resting on Krishna. Please explain how does everything rest on Him?

Regards,
Saswata

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Answer: Everything is His Expanded Energy

Everything rests on Krishna because He is the absolute substantive principle. Just as a string holds together a necklace of pearls, it is Sri Krishna who holds all of existence together. He is the very substance or foundation of all existence because everything that exists is nothing other than His expanded energy. Everything we see, hear, and experience is Krishna’s expanded energy. And when we become His pure devotees we will be able to directly associate with that person, Sri Krishna Himself, who is the very source of all existence, at every minute. If we subtract Krishna from existence, there will be nothing left because everything that exists (besides He Himself) is nothing but His expanded energy only.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 4 July 2013

from ISKCON Los Angeles, USA
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What Happened to "In God We Trust"?

Even though "In God We Trust" is still present on the currency of the USA we wonder where the trust in God has gone. The modern day leaders in the USA and in all the other countries are ignoring the scriptural injunctions and simply promoting economic development and sense gratification. This is not trust in God. This is trust in untrustworthy imperfect senses. No wonder people all over the world are so miserable. It's time that the leaders put God back in the center where He belongs so that everyone can become peaceful, happy, and prosperous once again.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




USA Currency Declares "In God We Trust."


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Faith in God Only Without Chanting?

My sister says it is not necessary to chant, that only we should have faith in God. What can I tell her?

Ankur V.

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Answer: Faith in God Means Chanting

Having faith in God means to have faith in His teachings. To have faith in God, but not His teachings is meaningless. It is not possible. Such a person has no faith in God. God orders us that we should chant. So if we truly have faith in God, we will chant. If we refuse to chant, it means that we have no faith in God. Anyone who truly has faith in God will always be chanting His glories as much as possible in obedience to His orders.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 3 July 2013

from ISKCON Los Angeles, USA
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Relishing Bliss In Wonderful New Dwarka

It's great to be back here in New Dwarka, ISKCON Los Angeles, which was formerly the world headquarters of our movement before our world headquarters was re-established by Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur, West Bengal, India. Still in the USA it is very much of a headquarters because here in Los Angeles we have the headquarters of the BBT, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, in charge of the publication and distribution of Srila Prabhupada's books. Srila Prabhupada spent much time here at ISKCON Los Angeles, and his presence is still very strongly felt in this transcendental abode. Also this is the place where I first had personal association with His Divine Grace. So for me it is a very, very holy place.

Another great advantage of being here is that I am getting the association of many of my wonderful Godbrothers: Svavasa Prabhu, Dravida Prabhu, Arcita Prabhu, Sura Prabhu, Naikatma Prabhu, Amala Bhakta Prabhu, and many others. The disciples of Srila Prabhupada are a dying breed on this planet as more and more of them leave their bodies behind for going back to home, back to Godhead. I rarely get to associate with my beloved Godbrothers in my constant travels circling the globe. So when I am with many of them all at one place at the same time it is truly a ecstatic experience of bathing in an ocean of unlimited mercy because they are all the mercy expansions of my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada Gives Lecture in New Dwarka
ISKCON Los Angeles, California USA


With Sriman Dravida Prabhu in New Dwarka
2 July 2013--ISKCON Los Angeles



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How is a Pure Devotee Liberated?

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

It is said that whoever is executing pure devotional service is liberated even within this material world. Can you kindly tell me in what sense are they liberated?

Regards,
Saswata

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Answer: He is Liberated from Death

They are liberated from death because anyone who is purely engaged in devotional service has attained deathlessness. He is deathless because in his spiritual body he will continue serving Krishna without interruption, even at the time of death. Death will not hamper his service. Rather death will be rejuvenation giving him even better facility for serving the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 2 July 2013

from ISKCON Los Angeles, USA
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Sweet Sublime Memories of Melbourne

Our several days stop in Melbourne was truly sublime. I was kept busy every day giving a series of lectures at various venues: the ISKCON temple, the Urban Yoga Center, and at several home programs. Every lecture was well attended. Those attending joined enthusiastically in the kirtans. They carefully and attentively heard my lectures and asked many relevant questions regarding how to advance along the pathway of Krishna consciousness. There were so many cherishable sweet loving exchanges between us, the devotees, and guests. Such is the stuff that fills one's life with transcendental bliss. This is what Krishna consciousness is all about.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Lecture: Happiness in the Modern Age
Melbourne Urban Yoga Center--29 June 2013


Send Off
Kirtan after Home Program
Tarneit, Australia--30 June 2013


Farewell Gathering at Melbourne Airport
1 July 2013



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who Is More Devoted to Prabhupada?

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

Sometimes I wonder how the disciples of Srila Prabhupada have devoted their full lives: all their thoughts, deeds, and belongings in service of Srila Prabhupada. But now most of the grand disciples of Srila Prabhupada are unable to do so. Where are we lacking? What is the difference between Srila Prabhupada's disciples and Srila Prabhupada's grand disciples?

Your servant,
Harish

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Answer: Those Who Are More Intelligent

Disciple or grand disciple is not the issue. There are many grand disciples who are more dedicated than many of Prabhupada’s disciples.

Whether he is a disciple or a grand disciple, it is to up each and every devotee to decide how blissful he would like to be. Those who don’t mind maintaining misery and anxiety in their lives can hold themselves back from full dedication to Srila Prabhupada’s mission. And those who would like to taste unlimited bliss at every minute can fully dedicate their every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances to Srila Prabhupada’s world deliverance mission. Everyone has this choice, and they should make their decision intelligently.

A nice example of those who have chosen intelligently is two very blissful disciples I have in South India who are both medical doctors. After they finish their daily duties as medical doctors this husband and wife team then go door to door as spiritual doctors to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books almost every evening.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 1 July 2013

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia
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Another Ecstatic Initiation Ceremony

For serving our spiritual master's mission of making the entire world Krishna conscious our movement needs many helpers. This is why we always accept it as special mercy when Krishna sends our movement more devotees who accept initiation and fully dedicate their lives for assisting us in our world deliverance mission. On 29 June 2013 here in Melbourne, Australia two Australian young men, Bhakta Craig and Bhakta Adam, fully dedicated their lives to guru and Krishna by accepting initiation. They received the spiritual names of Krishna Das and Balarama Das respectively. All the devotees heartily welcomed them into our spiritual family.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Ecstatic Initiation Ceremony
Melbourne, Australia--29 June 2013



Bhakta Craig Becomes Krishna Das


Bhakta Adam Becomes Balarama Das


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Solve Job Pressure Problem?

Guru Maharaja,

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

I have recently shifted from India to a new country for an international assignment. There is a lot of pressure in the new job with lot of expectations and it is taking time to settle down. My mind always forces me to think of my official issues and challenges while doing my chanting in the morning. Honestly I am not able to concentrate and offenselessly chant the holy name. I am literally struggling within myself. Association of devotees, which I enjoyed in India, is also missing to a large extent. Please help. What should I do in current circumstances?

Your humble servant,

MN

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Answer: Daily Intensive Krishna Meditation

You need to gear yourself up for a first class intensive meditation session every morning before sunrise completing at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna mahamantra chanting on your japa beads without fail. Get up early. Take your bath. Dress in devotional clothing. Decorate your body with Vaisnava tilaka and sit peacefully to go deeply into mahamantra chanting meditation. Distinctly pronounce and hear every syllable of the mantra, and try to feel how Krishna is personally present. This will set your mind properly to see everything in its proper perspective in relationship to Lord Krishna. Your stress will go away, and like Arjuna you will be able to expertly perform your occupational duties as on offering of love to Lord Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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