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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 30 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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The Happiest Days of My Life

When I was in high school my father many times told me, "Son, your college days are going to be the happiest days of your life." But when I finally got there my experience was just the opposite. My college days were the most miserable days of my life. But it worked out for the best because at that point I began a sincere search for spiritual enlightenment, which I finally attained after many years of intense struggle when I met my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Now by his grace I know who I am and what is the purpose of my existence. And now since I have gotten the shelter of his divine lotus feet over four decades ago, I am truly living the happiest days of my life. And they keep getting happier day after day after day. What could be more blissful than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Happy days in Riga, Latvia - 3 November 2013
Happy Days in Riga, Latvia--3 November 2013



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Relationship Between Men and Women

Since Srila Prabhupada mentioned that women are to be addressed Mataji and men are to be addressed as Prabhu, I want to know is there any relationship of brother and sister in our ISKCON society.

Sonam

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Answer: All Initiated Devotees Are Our Prabhus (Masters)

The first point for your clarification of understanding is that Srila Prabhupada never said that Prabhu, which means master, is a term exclusively for males. In this connection he states in his purport to Caitanya Caritamrita 10.23:

"the initiated Vaisnavas are addressed as Prabhu"

Since he also many times said that according to Vedic culture every woman except one's wife should be addressed as Mataji or mother, in ISKCON we address women as Mataji. But among the matajis, those who are initiated are also understood to be prabhus. This is very easy to understand. Just like a child growing up has two masters to guide him, his mother and his father, in a similar way we understand that all initiated devotees in good standing, both male and female, are our prabhus or masters.

The second point, in direct answer to your question, is that amongst the disciples of a particular spiritual master, the male and female disciples are all brothers and sisters. (But still the above etiquette is observed.) Disciples of other spiritual masters then are taken as spiritual cousins. The second generation disciples accept Srila Prabhupada's disciples (with the exception of their diksha guru) as aunts and uncles.

I hope this clears up your confusion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 29 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Are We Nothing But Robots?

According to what is now called science we are nothing but robots. Our human consciousness is said to be an illusion produced by chemical reactions in our genetically programmed brains. In other words, we are really not persons at all and thus have no inner life or subjectivity or point of view. This is the bleak conclusion of modern day science.

But we challenge these rascal scientists that if our consciousness is nothing but an illusion, who is experiencing the illusion? We experience first hand at every minute that there is a conscious person sitting inside the machine called the body. These atheistic scientists, in spite of their big, big titles and fatty salaries are lacking in common sense. Therefore their so-called science is nothing but nescience, and by it the entire modern global civilization is being grossly misguided. So it's time to educate everyone in the actual science of the self, the conscious being sitting inside the body. When the human population rejects this scientific, delirium madness and understands what is the actual self, there will be a new age of happiness for the entire world population.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


This is not us! We are conscious beings, not robots.
This is Not Us! We are Conscious Beings, Not Robots.


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Measure Spiritual Progress?

Please let me offer a million thanks for the wonderful opportunity to have your association so easily available and for your making the knowledge shared through questions and answers accessible to everyone in the easiest way possible.

I have this confusion about different standards / levels achieved in self realization, devotional service and liberation. As a neophyte, is there a way to measure our progress in rendering devotional service or liberation achieved?

The most fallen servant,

Navin Sharma

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Answer: The Sign of Real Advancement

It is not difficult to gauge one's own progress in Krishna consciousness. All one has to do is see how detached he is from material sense gratification. This detachment automatically increases the more that one becomes attached to Krishna. The more you become enamored by Krishna, the less you are enamored by His external energy. One who has tasted the beauty of the Supreme Lord Krishna, in the course of his advancement in Krishna consciousness, no longer has a taste for dead, material things. This is the sign of real advancement.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 28 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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The Ultimate Cool Smart Tool

Since the introduction of the IPhone in 2007 the world has become enamored by smartphones, which are something like electronic Swiss Army knives. There are currently 1.4 billion smartphones being used all over the world by 22% of the global population. What all of these smartphone users do not realize is that there is a much cooler tool than the smartphone. The ultimate cool smart tool can do what no smartphone will ever be able to do. It can solve all of your problems of life and can even bestow upon you immortality. We are introducing it now to the entire world:

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

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Hare Krishna Kirtan in Russia
Hare Krishna Kirtan in Russia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is It Possible to Give Up Masturbation?

Please accept my humble obeisances

How does masturbation factor into illicit sex? Is masturbation according to the scriptures something we should avoid? Is it possible to avoid?

Thanks

S.G.

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Answer: Yes, By Becoming Krishna Conscious

Masturbation is illicit sex and must be strictly avoided because it weakens the body and destroys one's Krishna consciousness. One who is addicted to the nasty masturbation habit can give it up simply by taking complete shelter of Krishna. This can be easily done because the pleasure of Krishna consciousness is far superior to the so-called pleasure of masturbation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 27 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Always Keep Cool. You'll Be Ecstatic!

In this material world things often go wrong. This can be very disturbing to the brain. If we allow ourselves to be disturbed by the misfortune we often experience here, we will not be able to peacefully keep our minds fixed on the Supreme Lord. Therefore we are advised by the great acaryas to always keep a cool head in all circumstances of happiness and distress. Such equanimity will allow us to always judge things properly and not be carried away by our emotions. In this way by understanding everything with transcendental vision we will find an ocean of unlimited ecstasy."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Beholding Krishna cools the brain
Beholding Krishna Cools the Brain



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Effect of Inattentive Chanting

Does inattentive chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra have any effect on our consciousness?

Thanks
Bharat

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Answer: Misery

How you chant will make you or break you. To the extent that your chanting is attentive, to that extent you will taste transcendental bliss. And to the extent that your chanting is inattentive, to that extent you will remain entangled in the miseries of material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 26 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Leading the World Out of Chaos

Srila Prabhupada has given us the mission of leading the entire world civilization out of chaos. This mission has come down to us in disciplic succession having originated from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself. Until the entire world becomes Krishna consciousness we cannot rest easy that our work is finished. Until then we must endeavor like anything with great determination to save the poor souls of this world from their entanglement in the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



The all-merciful Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
The All-Merciful Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are Astrology and Vāstu Required?

How does a devotee in Krishna Consciousness view astrology and vāstu? If a devotee does not practice astrology and vāstu, will there be impediments in his devotional life?

Best Regards,

Kumar

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Answer: Krishna Consciousness is a Higher Principle

When one surrenders to Krishna he is no longer under the influence of the stars. Therefore for him, astrology is not very important.

Vāstu (Vedic architectural principles) such as constructing a building on land that has ample room for trees and greenery, while not absolutely required, are favorable for Krishna consciousness and can be accepted. But vāstu is only a secondary consideration. For example, many of our ISKCON temples which provide excellent service for the devotees in their community are in the middle of cities and have no greenery at all. This clearly violates vāstu but it is okay. Higher than the principle of vāstu is to do whatever is favorable for Krishna consciousness. This principle overrides all other considerations.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 25 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Curbing Down the Demon Within Your Heart

Everyone of us is actually a pure devotee of Krishna. But at the present moment we are covered by a demoniac mentality, which has hijacked our original pure nature as devotees of Krishna. Therefore to regain our constitutional position as pure devotees we must conquer over the demoniac nature which has invaded our hearts. We can do this by chanting the holy names of God as much as possible. So we should begin our day auspiciously every morning by making the chanting of the Lord's holy names our first activity immediately upon rising. This will set our mood for the entire day and help us greatly to curb down the demon within so that the devotee within can nicely manifest instead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Devotees chanting in ecstasy in New York City
Devotees Chanting in Ecstasy in New York City


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Does "Merging into Impersonal Brahman" Mean?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

In the book "Nectar of Devotion", it is said that the happiness coming from becoming one with the impersonal Brahman is temporary. My questions are as follows:
(i) What does it mean that a soul becomes one with the impersonal Brahman?
(ii) Does that soul again come back into this material world?
(iii) What kind of happiness the soul gets there and why is that temporary?

Most fallen soul,
Saswata

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Answer: An Imaginary State of Non-Existence

Becoming one with the impersonal Brahman is an imaginary state of non-existence in which one thinks that he has merged into the impersonal Brahman even though he still has his individual existence. After some time of imagining himself to be one with impersonal Brahman he falls back down again into material existence.

The only happiness he experiences in impersonal Brahman is a temporary sense of relief from the pains of material existence. He does not taste any real transcendental bliss. Therefore being deprived of spiritual happiness, he comes back down again into material existence to try to experience happiness in the material world. In other words, he becomes a materially conditioned soul once again.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 24 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Eighty-Eight New Lectures Are Now Online

With the help of my disciples, Guru Das and Damodar Das (both from Riga, Latvia), eighty-eight lectures, which I gave between 23 July 2013 and 7 November 2013, are now enhanced and uploaded for your enlivenment and enlightenment. (Of course it is the message which is enlightening and enlivening, not the messenger.) To have had this opportunity to speak about the glories of Lord Krishna to so many wonderful audiences is Krishna's unlimited mercy upon this undeserving soul. This is His kindness upon me to keep me fully absorbed in His service and to give me a wonderful facility for giving Krishna consciousness to others. I am especially indebted to my wife and constant traveling companion, Her Grace Srimati Vishnupriya Devi Dasi, who helps me in many, many ways and to all the devotees who are assisting me in my humble endeavor to give Krishna consciousness to as many people as possible before I leave this world.

You will find the eighty-eight lectures  here:

Lectures from 2013

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Ecstatic Bhagavad-gita Lecture - Kaunas, Lithuania, 25 Octobres 2013
Ecstatic Bhagavad-Gita Lecture
Kaunas Lithuania--25 October 2013



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Save the Cows?

Hare Krishna.

Please accept my humble obeisance at your Lotus feet.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Just one day back I have seen a horrible video in which some people are killing innocent cows and other animals for getting meat. Seriously it was a horrible video and tears started coming out from my eyes. So my question is that why Krishna is not doing anything to save his cows and other animals from these people? For the sake to satisfy their tongue these rascals are brutally killing so many animals daily. Can't we take any initiative to save those animals from these heartless people?

Gaurav Chopra

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Answer: Fully Dedicate Your Life to Krishna

Since Krishna does not want us to be robots, He gives us the choice to love Him or leave Him. Unfortunately some foolish souls such as ourselves leave Him, trying to enjoy independently from Him here in this material world. It is something like a fish who tries to be happy by enjoying on the land. It is not possible. Such souls who rebelled against the Lord can do any sinful thing for the purpose of gratifying their senses. And often they become so degraded as to kill cows and to kill human babies within the wombs of their mothers by abortion. Therefore Krishna makes every attempt to convince these rebellious souls to abandon their rascaldom and return to His service. He comes to this world again and again to try to save them and also sends His representatives here for the same purpose. So Krishna IS doing something to try to put a stop to the violence. He is now present in the form of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, to bring the fallen, degraded souls back to His service. Now that He has done His part, it is our duty to do our part as well. We must now completely give up our material sense gratification and fully dedicate our every thought, word, and deed for the rest of our lives for pushing forward this Krishna consciousness movement for the deliverance of the suffering world population from the clutches of birth and death. Are you prepared to fully dedicate your life for this purpose?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 23 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Beware of Bad Association

Our consciousness is developed by the company that we keep. If we associate with non-devotees, we will become non-devotees. And if we associate with devotees, we will become devotees. Therefore we should only associate with non-devotees to whatever extent is required to execute our duties and not beyond that. However, when it comes to preaching, we can associate with non-devotees unlimitedly because by our preaching to them they will also become devotees of the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Devotees deeply relish each other's association
Devotees Deeply Relish Each Other's Association
Svavasa Prabhu (on right) Shares the Bliss with Another Devotee


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Self Realization?

Dear Respected Sir

What is self-realization? Is it only chanting Hare Krishna?

Thanks
Kalyaan Banerjee

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Answer: Full Surrender Unto Krishna

Self-realization means to fully realize that you are the eternal servant of Krishna by fully surrendering yourself at His lotus feet under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

Since Krishna orders us to chant His names as much as possible 24 hours daily, if we are truly surrendered unto Him we will obey this order. And the Vedic scriptures prescribe that the most effective mantra for chanting the names of God in this age is the Hare Krishna mantra:

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


हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे ||
हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे||

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 22 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Don't Postpone Your Krishna Consciousness

It is sometimes said that when you postpone an easy thing it becomes difficult and that when you postpone a difficult thing it becomes impossible. Therefore we should never postpone our Krishna consciousness. It should always be number one on our list of priorities. If in this way we always put Krishna first, the Lord will surely reciprocate with us and bless us with pure love of God. We will have not have to take birth again in this realm known as Martyaloka in which everyone is forced to die.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


"Always begin your day with Krishna consciousness"
"Always Begin Your Day With Krishna Consciousness."
George Harrison Chanting
Japa in Vrindavan, India


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Bad Things Are Krishna's Mercy or Past Karma?

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

I have a follow-up question to Ravishankar's (Sydney) question. The Krishna Book and Srimad Bhagavatam both say that bad things happening to a person should be taken as mercy of Krishna because it is Krishna's way of getting us closer to him.

In view of this, should we consider bad things happening as Krishna's mercy or bad past karma?

Your servant,
Harkesh
(Wellington)

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Answer: Both

Since even the law of karma is Lord Krishna's merciful arrangement to purify us and bring us back to Him, both concepts are true. So in the highest sense even the bad things have a good result.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 21 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Krishna is Inconceivably Gorgeous!

The most amazing thing about Krishna is His unparalleled, inconceivably amazing, unlimited gorgeousness. He is one without a second because nobody can compete with His beauty. All beautiful things in this world are beautiful only because they are endowed with a infinitesimally fragmental portion of the beauty of Lord Sri Krishna. Indeed Sri Krishna is the epitome of gorgeousness. Anyone who has tasted the beauty of the Supreme Lord Krishna, in the course of his advancement in Krishna consciousness, naturally no longer has a taste for dead, material things.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Krishna's beauty defeats the beauty of millions of cupids
Krishna's Beauty Defeats the Beauty of Millions of Cupids


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Some Mornings Happy, Some Mornings Sad?

An aspiring devotee said on some mornings when he wakes up, he feels happy, and on some days he feels otherwise. He asked for the reason. Can we blame it on his karma? On a personal note, do you feel happy when you wake up in the morning, or do you also feel sad sometimes? If happy/sad, what makes you so?

This brings to the next question.

How should one (again a devotee - let him/her be a beginner) understand karma/providence/time/free will, especially when good things happen to bad people vice-versa ?

Ravishankar.
(Sydney, Australia)

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Answer: He's Still Within the Modes of Nature

If someone is sometimes happy and sometimes not happy, it means that they are still situated on the material plane being tossed this way and that by the modes of material nature because on the spiritual plane there is nothing but uninterrupted, ever-increasing happiness.

I wake up enlivened every day knowing that Lord Sri Krishna has blessed me with another day to increase my Krishna consciousness and the Krishna consciousness of others.

The law of karma gives out good and bad reactions precisely according to our previous good and bad activities from this life and previous lives. Therefore if bad things happen to good people, it means that they are not as good as they appear to be. They had some bad karma lurking in their karmic closet, and now it has finally come out and caught up with them. In a similar way, a bad person may have some previous good karma from past pious activities that he is now enjoying and consequently exhausting.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 20 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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When You Have Krishna, You Have Everything

There is nothing that compares with Krishna consciousness anywhere within the three worlds--the upper, middle, and lower planetary systems--because when you are connected with Krishna you are connected with absolutely everything. This means that when you are fully dovetailed with Krishna there is no way you can miss out on anything worthwhile. Whatever wonderful things you could ever hope to experience during the vast span of eternity are all there within Krishna. So when you have Krishna you truly have everything. You cannot be lacking in any way. There is truly nothing more sublime than this!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Somehow or other just connect yourself with Krishna
Somehow Or Other Just Connect Yourself With Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can a Grihastha Be a Guru?

Can a grihastha (a married man) become a guru?

Sanjay Sahni

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Answer: Krishna's Guru Was A Grihastha.

Krishna's guru, Sandipani Muni, was a grihastha.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 19 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Krishna Conscious and Lovin' It

Krishna consciousness is so wonderful that it empowers you to handle anything and everything that the material energy can throw at you. Even the heaviest trial of all, death, is a piece of cake for one who is fixed in Krishna consciousness. Every day is an exciting opportunity to dive deeper and deeper into the sublime mellows of Krishna bhakti. Once people wake up and realize what they are missing by not being Krishna conscious the whole world will take to this Krishna consciousness movement. Until then they will just keep suffering on, the poor souls!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Blissful devotee - His Holiness Jayadvaita Swami
Blissful Devotee--His Holiness Jayadvaita Swami


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Krishna Conscious at Work?

I have a question. To do everything in loving service to God for His pleasure, what does this mean? How to implement it in daily lives? For example I'm an accountant, so how can I work in loving service to God? What should I think whole day?

Thanks a million for your kind guidance.

Regards,
Geeta

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Answer: Just As Arjuna Fought the Battle of Kurukshetra

To fix yourself in the proper state of mind for offering your day to Krishna, you should begin your day by chanting at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala before you go to work. You should only eat Krishna prasadam (foods offered with love and devotion to Lord Sri Krishna). And you should strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. If possible, at your work place you should post a beautiful picture of Krishna at your desk and also keep a copy of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is at your desk so that during your break time you can read some words of wisdom from Lord Sri Krishna and His pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada. And then whatever money is earned from your job you should not think that it is your money. You should understand that it is Krishna's money and only spend it for His service, not for any kind of material sense gratification. In this way, just as Arjuna was able to remain fully immersed in Krishna consciousness even while fighting in the battle of Kurukshetra, you will also be able to remain fully absorbed in Krishna consciousness even while fighting your own personal daily battle of Kurukshetra at your accounting office.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 18 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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The Universal Revolution in Consciousness

The Krishna consciousness movement is a revolution in consciousness which begins in the heart of the pure devotee and then expands outward to engulf the entire universe in a tidal wave of love of God. It's understanding is encapsulated in these four words which emanated from the mouth of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu when He took darshan of the deity of Lord Nrsimhadeva:

bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimhah

Srila Prabhupada has wonderfully translated these four words in the following way in his Srimad Bhagavatam purport:

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

Srila Prabhupada is the perfect example of this principle. Because he has fully taken shelter of the Lord, his heart is 100% clean, and now by his pure and most powerful influence the Krishna consciousness movement will gradually inundate the entire universe drowning everyone in an ocean of love of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada blesses the universe with Krishna bhakti
Srila Prabhupada Blesses the Universe with Krishna Bhakti


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do All of Us Together Comprise Krishna?

I am confused about the relation of the individual soul and the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We are all individual souls and are conscious of ourselves only, while the Supreme Person is conscious of all beings. We are the same quality but not the same in quantity as God. So do all of our individual souls lumped together comprise God thus making God nothing more than the sum total of all the individual souls? The transcendental person is all of us? Or is God in each person and we individual souls are separate from Him and all of us don't comprise Him?

Thanks

Sameer

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Answer: Krishna Is Much More Than Sum Total of His Energies

Just as the sun expands out from itself sunlight all over the universe, in a similar way Krishna expands out from Himself innumerable living beings. And just as there is a distinction between the sun globe and the sunlight, in a similar way there is a distinction between Lord Krishna and His expanded energy, the living beings. And just as if we collect all the sun rays scattered throughout the universe, we still do not have the sun globe, in the same way if we lump together all of the living beings, we still do not have Krishna. In conclusion, there is always a distinction between Krishna, the energetic source of all energies, and the living beings who are part of the energy emanating from Krishna. There is always a distinction between powerhouse and the energy it produces.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sunday 17 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Properly Understanding the Atma, the Real Self

We are programmed in this material world to consider the temporary material body to be the self. But nothing could be further from the truth. This body is a mere covering of the self, a garment worn by the self. It is not the actual self. The real self is a particle of infinitesimal, indivisible, indestructible, anti-material energy, which is qualitatively one with the Supreme Source of all existence. In Sanskrit language this is called the atma. Recently in Tallinn, Estonia at Tallinn University I gave a seminar on this topic. At the conclusion of the seminar I was interviewed for television regarding my seminar. Here is what was broadcast from the seminar and the interview:

http://tudeng.tv/uudised/201346/index.html#3

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada teaches us who we really are
Srila Prabhupada Teaches Us Who We Really Are


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Excel and Satisfy Everyone?

If I am grateful to those who have helped me or those who are helping me in my sadhana or in my studies, how can I excel in everything so that I come up to their expectations? Without Lord's grace and the help of so many people in some way or the other, I might not have come to this stage.

Thank you.

Lipsa

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Answer: Excellently Serve Lord Sri Krishna

Just as when we water the root of a tree, all it's leaves and branches are nourished, if you can just satisfy Lord Sri Krishna, who is the source of all existence, by excellent service, you will naturally excel in everything you do and satisfy everyone.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 16 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Sun Performs His Journey Mounting the Wheel of Time

Just after taking off from Helsinki on 12 November 2013 on a flight across the Gulf of Finland en route to London we beheld one of the most spectacular sunrises I have ever seen. This immediately reminded me of this verse from the Brahma-samhitā:

yac-caksur esa savitā sakala-grahānām
rājā samasta-sura-mūrtir aśesa-tejāh
yasyāj˝ayā bhramati sambhrta-kāla-cakro
govindam ādi-purusam tam aham bhajāmi

"The sun who is the king of all the planets, full of infinite effulgence, the image of the good soul, is as the eye of this world. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, in pursuance of whose order the sun performs his journey mounting the wheel of time."
Brahma-samhitā Text 5.52

By carefully studying the Vedic wisdom and seeing everything through its eyes we can learn how to see everything in Krishna and Krishna in everyone and thus achieve unbounded happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sunrise on the Gulf of Finland
Sunrise on Gulf of Finland--12 November 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Material World Does Not Seem Miserable?

As you have mentioned in many of your mails, and so does Krishna in Bhagavad-gita, that this material world is full of miseries. Why is it that we fail to understand and realize this? In other words, we aren't always sad or distressed. Why is it so?

Please enlighten me with your wisdom
Your servant,

Hitesh Khanna

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Answer: We Imagine That Our Misery Is Happiness

You are wondering why the material world is described as a place of misery when we are only sad or distressed some of the time, not all of the time. Actually we are miserable all the time, but we don't realize it. That's because we've been suffering so much misery for so many millions of lifetimes in contradiction to our all-blissful natures that we have compensated by imagining that our suffering is enjoyment. It is like the novel by Richard Fari˝a entitled, "I've Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me." In other words the only reason we think that there is enjoyment in this material world is that we have forgotten what real enjoyment actually is. This may be very difficult to understand. But it can be practically realized by someone who has awakened their dormant Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 15 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Our Mission: To Deliver the World

Just prior to Bhaktivinode Thakur's passing away in 1914, he entrusted the world deliverance mission of Lord Caitanya to his son, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur stating, "I am going, with my work for Caitanya Mahaprabhu's movement unfinished. So you take charge of it."

In Los Angeles on June 20, 1975 when Vishnujana Swami asked Srila Prabhupada about the meaning of this, Srila Prabhupada said," Then let us finish. We are descendant of Bhaktivinode Thakur. So he kept unfinished so that we shall get the chance to finish it. That is his mercy. He could have finished immediately. He is Vaisnava, he is all-powerful. But he gave us chance."

So now that this world deliverance mission has been passed down to our hands we must take it very seriously begging Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, and Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur that by their combined mercy we may be able to finish this work of delivering the entire world from the stringent clutches of this material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur
Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur
September 2, 1838--June 23, 1914



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Question: Everyone Suffers, So Why Take Shelter of Krishna?

My question is that in this world everybody is suffering. In fact both devotees and non devotees are suffering. Then why we should take shelter of Krishna?

Regards
Gaurav

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Answer: Two People Living in a War Zone

Just imagine two people who are living in a hellish war zone. One of them is scheduled to leave tomorrow to become a permanent resident in a peaceful, safe country, and the other one is stuck for the rest of his life in the hellish war zone. Who is suffering more? Who is miserable, and who is happy?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 14 November 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Transcendental Warrior Lecture in Helsinki

Our last stop on our recent preaching tour in Europe was in Helsinki on 11 November. The temple president, Tapodivyam Prabhu, requested me to give a lecture on the topic "Transcendental Warrior." He procured a public hall and advertised my lecture. There was a turn out of about 25 people. I could immediately see the difference between eastern Europe, where we can easily attract 100 people to a lecture, and western Europe, where people are more deluded by the conception of material enjoyment. I explained to the audience that each of us must become transcendental warriors waging war on two fronts. We must battle the ignorance within our own hearts and also wage war against the ignorance which has completely captured the entire world society turning this planet into a hell.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



How to be a trascendental warrior
How to be Transcendental Warrior

Helsinki, Finland--11 November 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Personality and Supreme Personality of Godhead?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

What does Personality of Godhead and Supreme Personality of Godhead mean? Is there any difference between the two terms? If yes, what is that?

Most fallen soul
Saswata

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Answer: Synonyms

They are synonymous because the Personality of Godhead is naturally supreme.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 13 November 2013

from Helsinki, Finland
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Sweet Memories of Another Ecstatic Baltic Tour

11 November 2013--Now that we have arrived by boat in Helsinki I am reflecting back on the ecstatic preaching tour we had in the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia). The loving reciprocations we had with so many devotees in so many different situations was absolutely invigorating. The kirtans were often magical as we deeply, deeply absorbed ourselves in kirtan rasa. And so many new lights of wisdom came flowing out of Srila Prabhupada's purports as we studied his amazingly transformational writings. There is truly no sweeter life than a life of Krishna consciousness to be had anywhere within the three worlds!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Diving deep into bhagavat philosophy
Diving Deep into Bhagavat Philosophy

Kaunas, Lithuania--25 October 2013



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do We Need to Fear Krishna?

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I have two queries.

1. Is Bhagavad-gita for all living beings of all the planets of the universe, or is it only for humans of earth?

2. Is it necessary to fear God (Krishna) along with loving him, as claimed by a religious community.


Joydeep Karmakar
Scientist New Delhi

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Answer: Love is All You Need

Bhagavad-gita applies to everybody on every planet. For example, before being spoken to Arjuna on the earth, it was spoken by Lord Krishna on the sun planet to the sun god.

A criminal is afraid of the police, and the law abiding citizen appreciates the police because he is being protected by them. In a similar way, those who are not obeying the laws of God are afraid of God because they know that their punishment is coming, while those who are obeying the laws of God naturally feel love for Him appreciating very much His qualities, His pastimes, His names, and His teachings. They are not at all afraid of Him being fully absorbed in loving Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 12 November 2013

from Tallinn, Estonia
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May Krishna Prema Now Flood the Universe

Our mission is to flood the entire universe with an ocean of Krishna prema, pure love of Godhead. We want to do this because everyone here in this material world is suffering like anything being disconnected from their home and their actual identity. It's a horrible situation here. This place is a disaster area because nobody knows who they are. And without knowing who they are there is no question of their actually being who they are. Everyone here lives in a false dream of trying to be something that they are not. Therefore everyone in this place is miserable. So may the flood of pure love of God immediately inundate the entire universe to free these poor souls from their misery.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Sunday Feast Lecture--Tallinn, Estonia--10 November 2013

Sunday Feast lecture


Sunday Feast lecture


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Question: Krishna in Everything and Everything in Krishna?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Can you kindly explain how everything is in Krishna and Krishna is in everything?

Most fallen soul,
Saswata

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Answer: Here's How

Everything is in Krishna because everything that exists is nothing but His expanded form coming out from Himself. Krishna is in everything because in His expanded form as the Supersoul, He is present within every atom and even between the atoms. In other words, there is nowhere that Krishna is not present.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 11 November 2013

from Tallinn, Estonia
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If You Feel Bad, You Are Doing Something Wrong.

Since your natural healthy state is to be deeply relishing the unlimited transcendental bliss of Krishna consciousness at every moment, if you feel bad, if your consciousness is not up to par, this simply means that there is a defect in your practice of Krishna consciousness. You are doing something wrong. This is one of the reasons why everyone needs a guru, someone who is perfect Krishna consciousness, to guide them how to always be diving deeply in the ocean of transcendental bliss at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Devotees Bliss Out In Kirtan--Riga, Latvia 7 November 2013

Devotees bliss out in kirtan - Riga, Latvia 7 November 2013

Devotees bliss out in kirtan - Riga, Latvia 7 November 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be More Dedicated to Jesus Christ and God?

I want to thank you that you have given me so pure and sweet Krishna consciousness! I am Christian, but sometimes I hesitate, because of the circumstances and when I realized that this situation has been created of my own false conception, I became happy. How can I be more and more dedicated to Jesus Christ and God Himself? How can I develop that spiritual vision, which I can see in Christians and also you.

Thank you very much!
Sincerely yours, Vladimir!
Bulgaria

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Answer: Strictly Follow Their Teachings

The way to be a perfect Christian and perfect devotee of Krishna or God is to fully embrace the mood of Lord Jesus, which is to do only what God wants you to do, not what you want to do. Jesus prays this way in the Bible: "Father, not my will, but Your will be done." This is exactly the same teaching that Krishna gives us in the Bhagavad-gita when He tells Arjuna to abandon everything else and fully surrender unto Him. So there is no difference between the teachings of Krishna and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Spiritual perfection is simply a matter of fully surrendering to both of these teachings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 10 November 2013

from Tallinn, Estonia
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Laser Beam Intense Krishna Consciousness

To get free from all material desires and thus be qualified to return home back to Godhead one must develop intense love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Otherwise it will not be possible to break free from the material entanglement. Just as an intensely focused ray of light, a laser beam, can burn through metal, if one makes one's Krishna consciousness intense like a laser beam, he will burn through the steel frame of his material desires and meet Krishna on the other side.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sharing the sheer bliss of Krishna consciousness
Sharing the Sheer Bliss of Krishna Consciousness
On 8 November 2013 in Kohtla-Jńrve, Estonia



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Question: How to Be Krishna Conscious 24 Hours Daily?

If one spends 24 hours a day chanting and reading scriptures, when does one work/socialize/spend time with family etc?

Rajesh

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Answer: No Gaps for Maya

When you have time to socialize go to a place with the glories of the Lord are being constantly vibrated and socialize there. When you get together with your family you can sing the glories of the Lord and then read and discuss with them from the revealed scriptures. You can utilize the fruit of your work in the service of the Lord. In this way, even while working, socializing, and spending time with your family there will be no gaps for maya and you will be a fully liberated soul.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 9 November 2013

from Tallinn, Estonia
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Anti-Material Particle Lecture at Tallinn University

The actual self is not material. It is a particle of indivisible, indestructible, infinitesimal anti-material energy. The modern day scientists have discovered anti-matter. But their knowledge of it is imperfect and incomplete. Their conception is that when matter and anti-matter come together they cancel each other out. They do not realize the indestructible nature of anti-matter. Therefore to try to help alleviate this knowledge gap in modern day science I gave a lecture on the anti-material particle on 7 November 2013 at Tallinn University in Tallinn, Estonia. My lecture was well received by an auditorium full of students. They asked many nice questions, and many purchased our books also. At the conclusion of the program I was interviewed for television regarding the anti-material particle.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Tallinn University - Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn University--Tallinn, Estonia


Explaining the marvels of the anti-material particle
Explaining the Marvels of the Anti-Material Particle
Tallinn University--7 November 2013


Students attentively listening
Students Attentively Listening


Answering a Question with Help of Translator, Lilasuka Das
Answering a Question with Help of Translator, Lilasuka Das


The Book Table Was Popular at the End of the Lecture
The Book Table Was Popular at the End of the Lecture


TV Interview at Tallinn University--7 November 2013
TV Interview at Tallinn University--7 November 2013




Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Krishna Incomplete Without Us?

My dear Gurudeva,

Srila Prabhupada states in his book "Perfect Questions and Perfect Answers" that a screw which has fallen from the machine is useless. The screw refers to us. We are not attached to Krishna and are therefore useless. But at the same time from another angle, the machine is also of no use even if a single screw is not attached to it. Does this mean that Krishna is also incomplete without us?

Vrutant Shah

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Answer: No, But Yet He Feels Incomplete

It is we, not Krishna, who experience incompleteness when we abandon His service. Krishna's position of completeness is confirmed as follows in the Sri Isopanisad invocation mantra:

om pūrnam adah pūnam idam
pūrnāt pūrnam udacyate
pūrnasya pūrnam ādāya
pūrnam evāvaśisyate

"The Personality of Godhead is perfect and complete, and because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes. Whatever is produced of the Complete Whole is also complete in itself. Because He is the Complete Whole, even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete balance."


But yet, He also feels incomplete when we are separated from Him just like a father whose children have run away from home. Therefore He comes regularly to this world of the runways to induce us to return back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 8 November 2013

from Riga, Latvia
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On the Road to Estonia

7 November 2013--After a ecstatic week of Krishna consciousness with the devotees here in Riga we are moving on today to Tallinn, Estonia, a 300 kilometers, four hour due north drive. This Krishna conscious life is so wonderful. The only reason the entire world is not Krishna conscious is ignorance. Only a stupid fool would agree to suffer unending misery in exchange for an eternal life of pure, unadulterated spiritual bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Remembering Srila Prabhupada on his disappearance day
Remembering Srila Prabhupada on His Disappearance Day

Riga, Latvia--6 November 2013



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Much Time To Spend Chanting and Reading?

What is the ideal percentage of time to be spent chanting and for reading Srila Prabhupada's books?

De Pa

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Answer: Twenty-Four Hours Daily

The ideal percentage is 100%. In other words, the ideal amount of time to be spent chanting and reading Srila Prabhupada's books is 24 hours day. If this is not practical, you should be thus engaged 23 hours a day. If this is not practical, 22 hours a day, etc, etc. In this way, you should be chanting and reading Srila Prabhupada's books as much as possible 24 hours a day. This is the perfection of time management.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 7 November 2013

from Riga, Latvia
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Mundane Logic Will Not Reveal the Absolute Truth

It you want to realize the Absolute Truth, you are not going to be able to figure it out by mundane logic or by hearing from big, big poets, scientists, and philosophers. The Absolute Truth can only be realized by following the pathway of the great unadulterated, self-realized souls who have the Absolute Truth hidden with their hearts. This is confirmed in the Mahabharata (Vana-parva 313.117) as follows:

tarko 'pratistham śrutayo vibhinnā
nāsāv rsir yasya matam na bhinnam
dharmasya tattvam nihitam guhāyām
mahājano yena gatah sa panthāh

"Dry arguments are inconclusive. A great personality whose opinion does not differ from others is not considered a great sage. Simply by studying the Vedas, which are variegated, one cannot come to the right path by which religious principles are understood. The solid truth of religious principles is hidden in the heart of an unadulterated, self-realized person. Consequently, as the sastras (scriptures) confirm, one should accept whatever progressive path the mahājanas advocate."


This authoritative verse was spoken by Yudhisthira Maharaja and quoted by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Therefore we should carefully heed and follow it's lesson with all seriousness and determination. By doing so we are guaranteed to also realize the Absolute Truth. In other words, we should take shelter of Krishna's pure devotee and fully dedicate ourselves to the pathway he chalks out.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada instructs his disciples
Srila Prabhupada Instructs His Disciples
Los Angeles, USA--1974



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Dedicate Every Success to Krishna?

How can one offer every small success unto the Lord? For instance, if a student gets good marks or is praised, this may give shelter to ego or selfish attitude in his heart; what should this student do to remain Krishna Conscious all the time?

Thank you.
your unworthy servant,
Lipsa

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Answer: Always Give the Credit to Krishna

Always give all credit to Krishna. Don't accept any credit for yourself. If you did well on the exam, you should think that it was only by Krishna's grace that you could do so. The only credit that Srila Prabhupada ever took for anything was that he obeyed the orders of his spiritual master. This is proper mood of full humility.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 6 November 2013

from Riga, Latvia
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Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance Day

Today here in Riga we are celebrating the disappearance day of our beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. This day commemorates that most painful but yet most glorious day, 14 November 1977, when Srila Prabhupada re-entered the transcendental pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna, which are going on eternally in the most wondrous spiritual sky. He was in his quarters at the Krishna Balarama Mandir in Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India surrounded by a room full of his loving disciples who were intensely chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra. Srila Prabhupada departed for Lord's abode while uttering the name "Krishna." For his disciples it was the most painful and devastating blow to no longer have our beloved Srila Prabhupada here with us to personally bless, guide, and inspire us. Things in ISKCON are just not the same now as they were when he was here. Now our only shelter is the wonderful wealth of his divine instructions contained in his books, letters, recorded lectures and conversations, and in his divine disciples that he has left behind to guide us and the entire world out of our miserable entanglement in the cycle of birth and death. By holding tightly to his divine instructions without deviation our feelings of separation are relieved, because in his divine instructions we feel how we are being blessed unlimitedly with his divine association.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Germany 1974


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why All Spiritual Leaders Don't Teach Krishna Consciousness?

If Krishna consciousness is the surest way of reaching God, why all the spiritual leaders and holy scriptures in the world are not spreading this message to common man through their thoughts, words, and deeds? Is it due to Lord's will?

Motwani

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Answer: Because They Are Grossly Ignorant

Pure love and devotion for God is indeed the only way to reach God because all other forms of spiritual elevation are self-serving instead of God-serving and thus necessarily keep one away from God. Pure love and devotion for God can be called Krishna consciousness, Christ consciousness, or Allah consciousness, etc. The name does not matter. What is essential is that one is fully surrendered to the will of God. Unfortunately the modern day religious leaders have lost touch with the pure science of God and are thus teaching people to approach God to fulfill their material desires. Such an approach to God is better than atheism because it at least acknowledges God's existence, but because it teaches one to remain attached to material sense gratification it does not qualify the practitioner to enter the spiritual world at the time of death. The world's religious leaders are not teaching pure devotion because they do not have it themselves and they do not even understand what it is. Therefore they are not qualified to be religious leaders. Therefore it is better that they take up some honest position of labor within the society instead of posing as religious leaders and keeping their followers bound up in the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 5 November 2013

from Riga, Latvia
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Have a Happy Eternity

"Have a good day" is nowadays a common saying. But why should we only wish someone a good day? Why not wish people a happy eternity instead? Wishing them a happy eternity stands out as something unusual and unique. It automatically reminds them that they are not their bodies, that they are eternal spiritual beings, and that there is such a thing as eternal happiness. Being happy eternally is our constitutional position. It is only because we are presently stuck in an unnatural state of mind that we are experiencing any sort of unhappiness. So wishing people a happy eternity is an expression of your sincere desire that they may be reinstated in their original, natural all-blissful state of consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Sharing the eternal bliss of Krishna consciousness
Sharing the Eternal Bliss of Krishna Consciousness

3 November 2013--Riga, Latvia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between God and the Absolute Truth?

Please kindly enlighten me by clearing the difference between God and Absolute Truth. How they related to each other?

Your insignificant servant,
Nand Priya Devi Dasi

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Answer: One and the Same With a Distinction

There is no difference between God and the Absolute Truth. Since they both indicate the Supreme Person, they are one and the same. The only difference is that the two terms describe the same Supreme Person from two different angles of vision. This distinction is made by Srila Prabhupada as follows in his introduction to the Srimad Bhagavatam:

"The conception of God indicates the controller, whereas the conception of the Absolute Truth indicates the summum bonum or the ultimate source of all energies."

Since Krishna is both the Supreme Controller and the ultimate source of all energies the terms "God" and "the Absolute Truth" both apply to Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 4 November 2013

from Riga, Latvia
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You Can Live With Krishna Even in this Life

On 25 December 1973 in Los Angeles, USA Srila Prabhupada shared with us the most amazingly profound and wonderfully startling truth. He said, "If you become devotee of Krishna, then you can live with Krishna, even in this life. Even in this life. Because Krishna is omnipotent, if you are really devotee of Krishna, He will talk with you, He will dance with you, He will eat with you, everything."

Just imagine being able to personally associate with Krishna even in this world in your present lifetime! This is what we can achieve by this sublime process known as Krishna consciousness, which has been so mercifully revealed to us by Srila Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Your best friend is awaiting your return to His company
Your Best Friend is Awaiting Your Return to His Company


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Question: Did Prabhupada Deliver Millions of People?

You've quoted below in your Thought for Day, "One Krishna conscious person can deliver many millions of people." Did Srila Prabhupada deliver millions of people?

Should the statement of yours be reframed as we need hundreds and thousands of Krishna conscious persons to deliver millions of people?

Ravishankar.
Sydney, Australia

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Answer: He's Doing It Right Now

The statement as it stands is correct and does not need to be reframed, because through his books and through his followers Srila Prabhupada is currently delivering millions and millions of people from the cycle of birth and death. In other words, just as it is by the potency of Srila Prabhupada that hundreds and thousands of people are now seriously devoted to Lord Sri Krishna, in a similar way by that same potency these hundreds and thousands of Krishna devotees are gradually expanding to millions and eventually billions and will thus gloriously transcendentalize the history of the human civilization. This is all happening by the divine potency of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the great deliverer of the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 3 November 2013

from Riga, Latvia
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Giving Krishna Consciousness to the Children

Krishna consciousness is the most important type of education because when one is Krishna conscious all ignorance is destroyed. While other types of education merely increase one's ignorance, Krishna consciousness destroys all ignorance. Therefore it is the first thing that should be taught to a young child.

Here in Riga on 1 November 2013 I was blessed with the opportunity to meet with a group of children for furthering their Krishna conscious education. I spent a delightful hour with them discussing the science of Krishna consciousness. I asked them various questions to fathom the depth of their knowledge and gave explanations to help them deepen their understanding of the science of Krishna consciousness. And then at the end I distributed prasadam to them, which they eagerly accepted.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Educating Devotee Children - 1 November 2013 - Riga, Latvia
Educating Devotee Children--1 November 2013--Riga, Latvia


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Question: Help Me Overcome My Pride and Ignorance

I humbly beg you to help me overcome this ignorant nature of mine. Sometimes my mind due to pride starts comparing me with other devotees. It tries to prove by false comparisons how I am better than the other devotees. How to control this nonsensical thinking of my mind? This is leading to nothing but Vaisnava aparadha (offenses against devotees).

Your servant
R.M.

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Answer: See How They Are Better Than You

There is no harm in comparing yourself with other devotees, if you will see in what ways each devotee is better than you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 2 November 2013

from Riga, Latvia
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One Krishna Conscious Man Can Deliver Millions

Lord Sri Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-gita 3.21:

yad yad ācarati śresthas
tat tad evetaro janah
sa yat pramānam kurute
lokas tad anuvartate

"Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues."

In this connection Srila Prabhupada says that if one man becomes Krishna conscious, he can deliver many millions of people. So just as the great Vaisnava acaryas who are now departed were very powerful for influencing millions of people to take up Krishna consciousness, it is now our duty that we should also become powerful Vaisnava acaryas to carry on with our family business of delivering the entire world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada out to save the world
Srila Prabhupada Out to Save the World



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Question: Is Liberation Doing What You Don't Want to Do?

Dear Guruji,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

It is said that lord Krishna is the enjoyer, but if that is the case, isn't he the one who also suffers, i.e. the sufferer?

Also I have read from other gurus that liberation is not doing what we want but doing what we don't want. Is that correct? Does that mean that we shouldn't have any choices and just do what others tell us?

Thanks

Sameer

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Answer: Liberation: Your Desires Are One With Krishna's Desires

Krishna does not suffer, He only enjoys His transcendental pastimes. But yet at the same time He is in great anxiety to see how much we are suffering here in this material world. Therefore He appears as Lord Caitanya to inaugurate the sankirtana movement for the deliverance of all the suffering souls back to home, back to Godhead.

Liberation does not means doing what you don't want to do. Liberation means doing what you really want to do. When one realizes that he is suffering in the material world birth after birth because he is not doing what Krishna wants him to do, he naturally wants to give up doing what he wants to do replacing it with what Krishna wants him to do. This is what he truly wants to do, and consequently he adopts the disciplined process of sadhana bhakti, regulated devotional service. Then as he progresses on the path of bhakti by always doing what Krishna wants him to do, his desires become so much purified that he finds himself spontaneously wanting to do exactly the same things that Krishna wants him to do. This transformation gradually unfolds because his desires are now becoming one with the Lord's desires as he attains the platform of spontaneous love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 1 November 2013

from Riga, Latvia
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Perfect Your Love

Take your tendency to love and channel it to the only person who can reciprocate love with you unlimitedly, Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Otherwise if you repose it somewhere else, you are sure to be frustrated sooner or later because there is no one else who can perfectly reciprocate love with you. Only Krishna and His pure devotees, those who perfectly represent Him, have the ability to perfectly love you. So perfect your love by offering it fully to Krishna and His representatives with ever-increasing sincerity and intensity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Just give your love to Krishna!
Just Give Your Love to Krishna!



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Sadhu and Guru?

Is there any difference between a sadhu and a guru? Also, if Lord Brahma chants without offense does he feel four times the nectar from chanting since he has four heads?

De Pa

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Answer: Sadhu and Guru Are the Same

Sadhu means that person who cuts through the hard knot in the heart with the sword of transcendental knowledge. And guru means that person who is heavy with transcendental knowledge. Unless one is a guru, or heavy with transcendental knowledge, he will not have to potency to cut the hard knot of material attachment within the heart of his disciple. So a sadhu must necessarily be a guru, and a guru must necessarily be a sadhu.

There is no question of a pure devotee Brahma tasting only four times the nectar when chanting. He tastes unlimited nectar when chanting.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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