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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 31 December 2013

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia
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Materialism: The Dogma of Modern Science

Materialism, the theory that matter is the only reality and that consciousness is therefore nothing but a chemical reaction in the brain, is an assumption that scientists think of as science or the scientific view of reality. They are supposed to accept this without question and are not given a chance to even discuss it. To be considered scientists they are simply supposed to accept it dogmatically. But such an approach to science is not at all scientific. In fact it destroys science at the very root. It turns science into nescience or ignorance, the exact opposite of what science is supposed to be. Instead of a completely open-minded inquiry into the nature of existence, science has sadly become the blind acceptance of the dogma known as materialism.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Teaching the science of the soul
Teaching the Science of the Soul
Tarneit, Australia--29 December 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Does Krishna Say About the Soul?

What does Krishna say about the soul?

Regards,
Parag R. Rane

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Answer: He Tells How to Realize Our Soul Identity

Krishna says many things about the soul. For example:

"For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain."
--Bhagavad-gita 2.20

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

"This individual soul is unbreakable and insoluble, and can be neither burned nor dried. He is everlasting, present everywhere, unchangeable, immovable and eternally the same."
--Bhagavad-gita 2.24

Not only does He tell us about the soul. He also tells us how to fully realize and reawaken our spiritual soul identity by fully surrendering ourselves to Him. If we have good intelligence, we will heed the Lord's perfect advice.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 30 December 2013

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia
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When Suffering is More Than You Can Handle

When you find yourself in a suffering situation which is more than you can handle remember that all the sufferings of this material world are only temporary for one who has accepted the progressive path of Krishna consciousness. Whatever sufferings or anxieties we experience should be accepted as the special mercy of Krishna to help us advance quickly on the pathway back to home, back to Godhead. This material world is after all a place of suffering by its very nature. Therefore to become actually free from all suffering we must return to the spiritual world, that place where all forms of suffering are conspicuous by their absence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Teaching how to become relieved from all suffering
Teaching How to Become Relieved from All Suffering
Melbourne, Australia--28 December 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: When Is One Truly Surrendered to Krishna?

In the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 18, Verse 66 Krishna mentions that one should simply surrender to Him. What is actually the process of surrender? At what stage is one considered to be surrendered to Krishna? Is this only at the stage of bhava (ecstatic love) or prema (pure love of Godhead)?

Best Regards,

Kumar

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Answer: When He Accepts Guru's Orders As His Life and Soul

One is considered surrendered to Krishna as soon as he takes the orders of his spiritual master as his very life and soul. Although the neophyte disciple has a long way to go before he attains the ultimate goal of fully ripened Krishna prema, as a soul fully surrendered unto the orders of his spiritual master he already possesses Krishna prema, pure love of God, albeit in its unripened stage. If he continues faithfully serving his spiritual master without deviation, that unripened love of God will gradually transform into pure ripened love of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 29 December 2013

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia
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Change Yourself and Then Change the World

Does simply the desire to lead the world to a better future make one qualified to do so? No, it does not. If one wants to improve the world making it an ideal place in which for all of us to live, he must first improve himself. He must first make himself ideal. In other words, one must first be the change that he wants to make in the world. He must first revolutionize himself before he thinks about revolutionizing the world. Otherwise whatever change he makes will simply be the same old wine in a new bottle. It will simply be another edition of the same old status quo: namely birth, death, old age, and disease. In other words the real change that the human society needs is that everyone should be educated how to escape the cycle of birth and death. Therefore if one wants to liberate others, he must first of all become liberated himself by taking complete shelter of guru and Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Promoting genuine change in the world
Promoting Genuine Change in the World
Melbourne, Australia--27 December 2013



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Motivated for Constant Chanting?

Kindly advise how to be motivated to chant Hare Krishna all the time. The material world is very, very powerful. I need lots of motivation to do this. I am trying, but kindly guide.

Regards,
Geeta

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Answer: Do You Want Happiness or Misery?

Do you want to be happy or miserable? The more you chant, the more you will be happy. And the less you chant, the more you will be miserable.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 28 December 2013

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia
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When Our Body Dies We Do Not Die

Is death like a switch, that nature simply flips you off, and then you are no more? Or do you continue to live after death? This question has been pondered by thoughtful persons throughout the ages. So what is the answer?

There is one thing that we can scientifically confirm. We have a desire for immortality. This is why we do everything possible to avoid death. What does this tell us?

Just as we would not have a thirst for water if there was no such thing as water, similarly we would not have a desire for immortality if there were no such thing as immortality. Therefore immortality exists. It is as real as water. When our body dies we do not die.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Teaching how to achieve immortality
Teaching How to Achieve Immortality
Canberra, Australia--25 December 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Faith and Belief?

Please tell us what is the difference between faith and belief.

Regards,
Sunil

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Answer: Synonyms, But Krishna Consciousness is Science

According to the dictionary, faith and belief are synonyms. One may have faith or belief in something which is not even true. Therefore faith and belief may not necessarily be scientific or factual. In science we are supposed to have actual facts. For example in science we learn that two parts of hydrogen combined with one part of oxygen makes water. This is not a matter of faith and belief. It is a scientific fact, which can be confirmed in the laboratory.

Krishna consciousness is not a matter of faith or belief. Rather it is science because it gives one the tools to personally confirm by one's own direct experience all the truths that are contained in the Vedas.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 27 December 2013

from ISKCON Canberra, Australia
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Difficulties Are Your Best Friend

In this world of dualities difficulties are something that we regularly experience. Sometimes the difficulties are mild. Sometimes they are very heavy. And sometimes they are in between. Those who are on the progressive path of self-realization know the art of how to utilize these difficulties to strengthen their happiness. In other words, they are not psychologically overwhelmed by these difficulties because they see the merciful, loving hand of Lord Sri Krishna acting in all circumstances, both difficult and not difficult, guiding them back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Revealing the highest truth
Revealing the Highest Truth

Canberra, Australia--24 December 2013



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Advanced Technology: A Curse or a Blessing?

Advanced Technology: Is it a curse or a blessing? Are scientists making fools out of the people? Or are they making fools out of themselves? Are they doing something valuable for the human society, or are they simply wasting their time?

Dev

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Answer: Depending on How It Is Utilized

Modern advanced technology is in itself neither good nor bad. The determining factor for its merit or demerit is how it is utilized. If it is used in the service of Krishna, it is very valuable and wonderful. But if it is used for sense gratification, it does nothing but entangle the people even further in the cycle of repeated birth and death. Unfortunately the modern day scientists are deluded fools and rascals who are promoting a dogmatic, completely unscientific view of reality which denies that we are even persons. They are fools and anyone who accepts their world view that we are nothing but robots is even a bigger fool. If they use their technological expertise for discovering the actual source of our existence their science will be of the greatest value for the human civilization. Otherwise they are simply wasting their time with so much useless hard labor in their laboratories.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 26 December 2013

from ISKCON Canberra, Australia
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Don't Be A Fool Number One

This human life is a rare opportunity indeed to escape the suffering that we have been undergoing for countless millions of lifetimes. Therefore the Vedic wisdom implores us to not be so foolish as to throw another life away in the vain pursuit of material sense gratification, which is available also to the lower animals. Since we do not know our way out of the darkness of ignorance we must take the help of a bona fide spiritual master to show us the correct path that will safely take us to supreme destination, that supreme abode in which Radha and Krishna are engaged in their eternal loving pastimes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Radha and Krishna await our return to Their abode
Radha and Krishna Await Our Return to Their Abode


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can the Vedic Wisdom Be Superfluous?

Srila Gurudeva, can you kindly explain what is meant by Srila Prabhupada's following statement from the Srimad Bhagavatam introduction?

"The Lord said that but for these three items--namely, eternal relation with God, exchange of dealings with Him and the attainment of love for Him--all that is instructed in the Vedas is superfluous and concocted."

Thank you,

Your eternal servant,

Balarama Das

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Answer: If It Is Explained Incorrectly

Srila Prabhupada is quoting Lord Caitanya's statement to Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. You can also read this statement in the Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, Madhya Lila, Chapter 6, Verses 178-179. Lord Caitanya is saying that these three subject matters are the essence of the Vedic wisdom. They are further described in the Caitanya Caritamrita as follows:

Establishing one's original eternal relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead is called sambandha. Acting in accordance with this constitutional relationship is called abhidheya. And attaining pure love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead is called prayojana, the ultimate goal of life.

Lord Caitanya is saying that if one tries to explain the Vedic literature in a way which differs from these three items, he is indulging in imagination and that any interpretation of the self-evident Vedic version is simply imaginary.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 25 December 2013

from ISKCON North Sydney, Australia
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Greatest Revolutionary Impact on the Human Society

It is not the famous scientists, innovators, poets, writers, singers, actors, politicians, etc. who have the greatest impact on the human society. Although they may sometimes inspire big changes in the world, what is the value of such changes if nobody gets liberated from the cycle of birth and death as a result of these changes? With or without the light bulb, with or without the computer, with or without the IPhone, with or without the internet, with or without a change in the political system, we are still caught up in the cycle of birth and death. Therefore all these changes are quite insignificant. The only change of real significance is the change brought about by the devotee of the Lord who mercifully delivers the fallen, conditioned souls from their entanglement in the cycle of repeated birth, death, old age, and disease. His impact and only his impact is truly revolutionary. Everyone else is the just same old wine in a new bottle.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Srila Prabhupada – el revolucionario mundial de más impacto
Srila Prabhupada--The Most Impactful World Revolutionary


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can Envy Be Transcendental?

Gurudeva, it is given in scriptures that Krishna is the source of everything, that all those qualities found in the spiritual world have their perverted reflection in this material world. Regarding the envy in the material world, is there a transcendental counterpart of envy? Can envy occur among devotees which is favorable to devotional service? Kindly enlighten this ignorant soul.

Your eternal servant,
Haripriya devi dasi
Kerala, India

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Answer: Use Envy in the Service of Krishna

Srila Prabhupada personally told me how envy can be used in Krishna's service. Here's what he wrote me on 13 June 1972 from Los Angeles:

"So far your question about jealousy, spiritual jealousy means to think always that the service rendered by such and such devotee is so nice and pleasing to Krishna, so let me try harder to please Krishna than him and then Krishna will notice me also."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 24 December 2013

from ISKCON North Sydney, Australia
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Wake Up, World and Hear from Authorities

Wake up, world. You've gone completely off the track. Misguided for so many centuries by completely unqualified fools and rascals masquerading as leaders and teachers you've gone so far astray from living in harmony with God and nature that there is no hope for the long term survival of your rapidly deteriorating civilization. If you want happiness at all, a new attitude you must call of hearing respectfully from those who have realized what is the Absolute Truth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Presenting the science of Krishna consciousness
Presenting the Science of Krishna Consciousness
Govinda Valley--Otford, Australia--22 December 2013


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Defeat Doubts of Krishna's Existence?

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Kindly pardon my audacity as I write this, but I need to find a solution to this peculiar problem as it is acting as an impediment to my spiritual emancipation. Although I have a strong belief in the Bhagavad-gita, on very rare occasions I get negative thoughts such as:

"What if God is an imaginary entity or that Krishna might be an imaginary personality arising out of the scriptures which might have been created by the ancient wise men/sages in order to satisfy a basic need of humanity to be eternal/immortal, etc?"

Kindly suggest me a solution to this problem as such thoughts occasionally tend to disturb my spiritual peace and progress.

kind regards,
most ignorant soul,

Shahvir

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Answer: Qualify Yourself to Meet Him

The solution for such negative thoughts is that you should qualify yourself to personally meet Krishna. In this way when you personally meet Krishna and experience Him first hand as a real person who is the source of all existence, you will become absolutely free from all doubts. The qualification for such a meeting is that you should fully surrender yourself to Krishna as His completely sold-out eternal servant.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 23 December 2013

from Govinda Valley--Otford, Australia
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The Movement Meant to Lead the World Out of Chaos

The Krishna consciousness movement is meant to lead the entire world out of chaos. Therefore the devotees of the movement, especially it's leaders, should take it as their grave responsibility to become very pure and realized in the science of Krishna consciousness so that they can do their most urgently needed duty of giving proper enlightened guidance to the entire world population how to become happy in this world and liberated from the cycle of birth and death. The Krishna consciousness movement should now become recognized as the leading educational institution on this planet by the wide scale introduction and propagation of the topmost scientific understanding of the self, the Supreme Self, and the total existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Leaders of the Krishna Consciousness Movement
Leaders of the Krishna Consciousness Movement


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Do I Live for Krishna?

How do I live for Krishna? I have lost faith in everything even myself.

Kindly advise please.

Hema

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Answer: Mold Your Life in Accordance with Gita's Teachings

Living for Krishna is very simple. All you have to do is mold your thinking, speaking, and acting 24 hours day in accordance with Lord Sri Krishna's instructions in the Bhagavad-gita.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 22 December 2013

from Govinda Valley--Otford, Australia
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How to Avoid Ruination of the Human Society

What the world needs right now more than ever is a revolution in consciousness. We have to stop thinking in the same old stereotyped ways, because such inane and insane practically brainless thinking is doing nothing but bringing about the complete total disintegration and ruination not only of the entire human society but also the environment which all living beings share. The time has urgently come now more than ever that there must be a radical paradigm shift, a breaking away from the old stereotypes with a new way of looking at reality for the entire human society, based on a new enlightened understanding of what is the self and what is the self’s relationship with the total existence from which he has sprung. Otherwise our future is nothing but ruination, doom, and gloom.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Presenting positive solution for human society
Presenting Positive Solution for Human Society
21 December 2013--Govinda Valley--Otford, Australia



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are Christ and Krishna One and the Same?

Are Christ and Krishna one and the same?

Amit Gupta
New Delhi, India

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Answer: Can the Son Be His Own Father?

Can the son be his own father? How can they be one and same when Jesus declares himself to be the son of God and Krishna declares Himself to be God, the Father? Are you and your father the same person? Are you the son of your mother or the husband of your mother?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 21 December 2013

from North Sydney, Australia
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Be All That You Can Be for Krishna

Be all that you can be for Krishna. When you engage in devotional service strive for excellence in every respect. In other words don't be mediocre. The more you can excel in Krishna consciousness, the more you will experience Krishna at every minute, everywhere, and in everything. And there is nothing more wonderful more ecstatic, more thrilling, more fulfilling, and more truly amazing than this in all of the three worlds.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Devotees relish Krishna bhakti blis in Salvador, Brazil
Devotees Relish Krishna Bhakti Bliss in Salvador, Brazil


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why 16 Rounds Instead of Chanting Once a Day?

I find it very difficult to understand why it is that important to chant 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra on japa mala beads. Why it is not sufficient to chant once a day with full meditation on Krishna? Also, does it have to be a special kind of beads? I know Krishna says in the Gita, "patram pushpam toyam" that "if you offer flower or leaf or water with faith and love, I will accept it." Please help me understand the meaning.

thanks

Poonam

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Answer: We Are Not Yet Capable of Full Absorption in Krishna

Because we are not capable of fully absorbing ourselves in Krishna once a day, therefore we require to chant at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala every day to gradually train ourselves how to fix our minds fully on Lord Shri Krishna. Because the tulasi plant is very, very dear to Krishna, it is recommended to chant Hare Krishna japa on sacred tulasi beads.

Krishna is very pleased to accept our offering of foodstuffs from the category of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and grains if we offer them to Him with love and devotion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 20 December 2013

from North Sydney, Australia
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The Science of Genuine Love

Everyone has a psychological need for love. We are not referring to the so-called love commonly celebrated in this world, which is nothing but selfishness or lust masquerading under the name of love. We are speaking about actual love, the rendering of service from one to another without any condition of receiving something in exchange. Because practically everyone in this world has a self-centered, egotistical nature it is very difficult to find someone with whom you can have a pure, satisfying reciprocal loving relationship. Therefore, bereft of genuine loving relationships, people all over the world are miserable and confused and sometimes become so bewildered that they vent their frustrations by going on mass killing rampages. Thus there is a vital need for educating the mass population in the science of genuine love. That science is based on connecting one's tendency for love with the Supreme Person, who is the source of all love, by directly channeling one's loving tendency towards Him, to those who are also channeling their love to Him, as well as to all the living beings, who are nothing but the manifestations of His desire to enjoy unlimited loving relationships.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Love's perfection: Radha and Krishna's relationship
Love's Perfection: Radha and Krishna's Relationship


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Christians and Muslims Allowed to Eat Meat?

Why Jesus and Mohammed allowed Christians and Muslims to eat meat? Why different instructions for different persons?

Naresh

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Answer: All Scriptures Promote Kindness to Animals

The Christians and Muslims would do well to thoughtfully consider the higher principles of non-violence to animals as taught in their scriptures. While scriptures, even the Vedic scriptures, sometimes give concession to the grossly sinful to allow meat eating under restriction, the ultimate purpose of all scriptures is to bring one to a state of pure sinlessness in which one can fully awaken pure love of God within one's heart. As long as one inflicts cruelty upon God's creatures it is not possible to purely love Him. Therefore non-violence to animals is one of the essential tenets of all religious systems.

For example the Bible clearly states in: "Thou shalt not kill."
Exodus 20:13.

And the Koran clearly states: "There is not an animal on the earth, nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are peoples like unto you."
Koran, surah 6 verse 38

And Prophet Mohammed said: ""Maim not the brute beasts...Whoever is kind to the lesser creatures is kind to himself...He who takes pity (even) on a sparrow and spares its life, Allah will be merciful on him on the day of judgment."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 19 December 2013

from North Sydney, Australia
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The Big Challenge We Face

The challenge faced by the Krishna consciousness movement is how to make the entire world Krishna conscious. We see that there have been many great reformers in material history such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. In spite of the great achievements of these noble, dedicated reformers, the world still remains in a chaotic condition. So what is the ultimate value of the reforms they have brought about? Their reforms are of negligible value because they have liberated no one from the prison of material existence. What is vitally needed is a reform that will liberate the conditioned souls from this imprisonment within the cycle of birth and death. This is the only reform necessary, because when this comes all other reforms on every level will happen automatically, just as when watering the root of a tree its leaves and branches are nourished. It is this reform that is now being offered by the Krishna Consciousness movement to the world society. If they will only adopt it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada's movemente can save the world
Srila Prabhupada's Movement Can Save the World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Proper Mood for Chanting

I have a question regarding the enjoying tendency: How to overcome this especially during chanting? I do chanting because I want to taste bliss, happiness and many other things, where main focus is not to serve Krishna.

Secondly Srila Prabhupada describes we are doing various kinds of services in the material world which proves that our dharma is that of servant, but I am serving because of my financial or material situation where I am forced to serve. If given a choice I would never like to serve nor would anyone. Does this serving attitude comes out of realization as we progress, or is it some logical conclusion?

Vishal

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Answer: Chant for Krishna's Pleasure

Chant in the mood of pleasing Krishna by your mood of devotion, because our chanting becomes unlimitedly sweet and relishable when Krishna is pleased.

To serve is our natural propensity. In this material world our service propensity still exists, not in its original pure form of serving Krishna, but in its perverted form of serving our senses. In servitude to our senses we accept other types of service such as working a job to give us facility for serving our senses. The difference between serving our senses and serving Krishna is this: Service to our senses gives us perpetual repeated miseries in the cycle of birth and death. Service to Krishna gives us an eternal life, full of knowledge, and full of bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 18 December 2013

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Don't Pay Your Bill and Your Utilities Will Be Cut Off.

If you don't pay your water bill and your electricity bill, your utilities will be cut off. Similarly if we do not perform yajna or sacrifice for the pleasure of the Supreme Lord, our supply of necessities will be restricted or unbalanced. Sometimes we will get too much rain and sometimes not enough rain. There will be a shortage of food, an increase of crime, terror, and disease, and a decrease of the duration of life. The congregational chanting of the holy names of God is the only yajna or sacrifice prescribed for our present age of Kali. If the world population will engage regularly in this yajna, all the problems of the world will be solved. All necessities for human happiness will be supplied in full profusion in a perfectly balanced way.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Revealing the Root Cause of All the World's Problems
Pretoria, South Africa--16 December 2013

Revealing the root cause of all the world's problems

Revealing the root cause of all the world's problems

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Surrender or Acting According to My Nature?

Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita to be engaged in our prescribed duty according to our psychophysical nature. But then in the concluding verse He says to surrender unto Him exclusively. Surrender is basically defined as "anukulyasya sankalpah pratikulyasya varjanam" that is, accepting religious principles favorable for Krishna consciousness and rejecting those that are unfavorable. But if I accept the religious principles that are favorable for devotional service, they may not be complying with my psychophysical nature. In such a situation, wouldn't I end up frustrated because of doing things that are not according to my own nature? Also, Arjuna was facing a conflict between kula-dharma and kshatriya-dharma. If we face such a situation, which dharma should we choose? And who will guide us at that time?

Please enlighten me, Gurudeva.

Thanking you.
Your humble servant,
Sushant.

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Answer: Total Surrender is the Ultimate Goal

The disciple takes the position of unconditionally surrendering himself to follow whatever instructions he receives from Krishna's representative, the bona fide spiritual master. And the spiritual master takes into account the psychophysical nature of his disciple so that as far are possible he can engage his disciple in Krishna's service in accordance with the disciple's psychophysical nature. In this way the disciple feels happy and satisfied utilizing his propensities in the service of the Lord.

As long as one is within the material nature there is a consideration of psychophysical nature. But when one becomes completely perfect in Krishna consciousness by 100% surrender at the lotus feet of the Lord, he transcends the psychophysical nature he had when he was a conditioned soul and can naturally, happily act in any capacity according to the desire of the Lord. In short, serving Krishna according to one's psychophysical nature is the beginning stage of bhakti and total surrender to doing whatever the Lord wants one to do is the perfection of bhakti. For those students who want to advance rapidly in Krishna consciousness we advise them to volunteer to do service which may not be according to their nature. In this way they will learn how to relish doing any type of service for Krishna and will quickly advance to the perfectional stage of 100% surrender.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 17 December 2013

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Am I a Machine or a Person?

Modern science tells that there is no actual self inhabiting the human body, that the individual is nothing more than a sophisticated robot with a genetically programmed brain who foolishly thinks that he is a person. While an ignoramus may blindly accept this fanatical dogmatic hogwash, one who is intelligent will challenge: "If there is there is no actual self, who is thinking that he is a person?" A machine does not have cognizance, the power to contemplate its own existence, while a person does. From the Vedic wisdom we gain a much more cogent understanding of the self as a primeval and cognizant particle of indestructible, indivisible, infinitesimal, invisible, inconceivable and immutable anti-material energy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Is this all you are?
Is This All You Are?



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Caste Determined by One's Birth

Does the varnashrama system (the system based on four social orders and four spiritual orders) provide its citizens the element of choice? What if a child born in a sudra (laborer class) family aspires to become something greater other than what his society has intended for him? Doesn't he have a right to raise his social order?

Your humble servant,
Sushant.

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Answer: One's Social Position is Determined by Qualities, Not Birth

India's actual varnashrama system is based on one's qualities and activities, not the family of one's birth. For example, if one develops the qualities of brahmana (intellectual-priestly class), even if he comes from a low class family of dog-eaters, he is accepted as a brahmana. The modern day caste system of India, which is based on birth, is not in accordance with the India's original varnashrama system, described in the Bhagavad-gita based on one's qualities and activities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 16 December 2013

from Pretoria, South Africa
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Don't Space Out

Don't space out. Every moment of your life is unlimitedly precious. Therefore always somehow or other keep your mind fixed on Krishna. Chant Hare Krishna on your japa beads. While you are engaged in various activities you can keep the Hare Krishna mantra going on your lips. In this way always remain absorbed in Krishna. Bow down to Him. Offer foods to Him. (No meat, fish, or eggs.) Read about Him. Write about Him. In this way fill up every second of your 24 hours with Krishna consciousness. You will taste the bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Keep your mind always focused on beautiful Krishna
Keep Your Mind Always Focused on Beautiful Krishna


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Question: My Family Forces Me to Eat Meat

My family is Hindu and follows religious discipline. But the problem is that they don't allow me to stop eating meat. They tell me, "We belong to ksatriya race (warrior caste), and you should not abstain from eating meat." Please guide me how can I follow proper Krishna consciousness without any objection from my family's side, as you know in India family is the most important factor.

S.R.
A 15 year old teenager

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Answer: Eating Slaughterhouse Meat is Most Sinful

In this age of Kali the sastras declare that everyone is a born as a sudra (worker class). So one does not become a ksatriya (warrior class) by birth. If one wants to be actual warrior class he must be trained and act as a warrior for his livelihood. It is a fact that the ksatriyas were allowed to eat the meat of the animals that they killed in the forest when they went hunting to practice the art of killing. Since it was their duty to be successful in battle they would sometimes practice the killing art by hunting in the forest. But they did not eat meat from the slaughterhouse because this is most sinful. So it is not because one's forefathers were actual ksatriyas that one can claim the right to engage in the most sinful activity of eating slaughterhouse meat, something which the real ksatriyas did not do.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 15 December 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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On the Wonderful Road Once Again

14 December 2013--After a super-relishable week of preaching the message of Krishna here on the paradisal island of Mauritius we are flying out today for Pretoria, South Africa to share the wonderful liberating teachings of Krishna there. Krishna consciousness is so sweet and sublime. It is the perfection of existence. It can solve all the problems of the world, if only the people will take to it. That is our desire. We want to turn on the whole world to Krishna consciousness to bring in a new era of peace and prosperity for all. Let everyone become happy by coming to Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Home program - Rose Hill, Mauritius - 7 December 2013
Home Program--Rose Hill, Mauritius--7 December 2013

Radio program - MBC Radio - 7 Decembre 2013
Radio Program--MBC Radio--7 December 2013



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Question: Why is the Soul Called Primeval and Immovable?

Kindly explain why is the soul called primeval and immovable?

Most fallen soul,

Saswata

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Answer: Always Existing and Stationary Within the Body

Regarding immovable:

In the original Sanskrit the word given is acalah, which means "fixed", "immovable", and also means "mountain" because a mountain is fixed in one place, immovable.

Immovable means immovable within that body, just as driver is immovable within the car, always remaining in the drivers seat. The car may be moving at a hundred miles per hour, but within the car the driver is in a fixed, stationary position.

Similarly, throughout the entire life the soul is always situated within that particular body. Therefore it is known as immovable.

And regarding primeval:

This means that the soul has always existed even since the most ancient of times.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 14 December 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Everything is In Krishna

Everything is in Krishna. Nothing exists outside of Krishna. This was practically realized by Mother Yasoda when she looked into Krishna's mouth. It is confirmed by Lord Brahma when he states that Krishna's form is endless. Just consider the inconceivable potency of Krishna. He can be in one place engaged in a transcendental pastime while at the same time He is everywhere with everything existing within Him. This is God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Mother Yasoda saw everything within Krishna's mouth
Mother Yasoda Saw Everything Within Krishna's Mouth



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Question: The Deathless Soul Attains Deathlessness?

You recently wrote, "bestowing deathlessness upon two sincere souls by formally initiating them as my disciples." But the Bhagavad-gita says that the soul has neither death or birth. So how is it that one becomes deathless at the time of initiation even though he is already deathless?

Ravishankar
(Sydney, Australia)
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Answer: Until Initiation His Deathlessness is Not Realized

It is a fact that the soul is already deathless before one takes initiation. So why then is it said by Srila Prabhupada that one's deathlessness begins from the day of one's initiation? The reason is that even though the soul is deathless, he is still identifying himself with his dead material body until he takes complete shelter of the bona fide spiritual master. In other words, before initiation his deathlessness, although there within him, is not realized. It is only after initiation that his true deathless nature becomes realized. Before initiation he still lives within the realm of mortality. And after initiation he lives in the realm of immortality. Before initiation he is like a fish trying to be happy artificially on the land, and after initiation he is like a fish who is re-established in his natural constitutional position as a creature of the water.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 13 December 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Taking Over the World by Cultural Conquest

The entire world is presently being grossly misguided by unqualified fools and rascals who are contaminated by lust, anger, and greed. Therefore everyone throughout the entire world is suffering like anything. The only solution for this ever-increasingly chaotic global nightmare is the wide scale introduction of the Krishna consciousness movement in every town, hamlet, village, and city throughout the world. Therefore our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, has ordered us that we must take over the world for Krishna, not with guns and bombs, but through the means of cultural conquest. By introducing the culture of Krishna consciousness everywhere people will gradually realize more and more that Krishna consciousness is the most wonderful life-invigorating and satisfying culture that has ever been experienced anywhere in any part of the world, and they will take to it in ever-increasing numbers.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Teaching the path of pure Krishna bhakti
Teaching the Path of Pure Krishna
Bhakti

Quatres Bornes, Mauritius--10 December 2013


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Question: How Does Krishna Attract the Demons?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Krishna is all attractive. That means Krishna attracts everyone. How does Krishna attract the demons and atheists?

Most fallen soul,
Saswata

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Answer: Through His Material Energy

He attracts them with His material energy with which they are completely, totally enamored.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 12 December 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Krishna is Insuperable

Krishna is insuperable. This means that He is incapable of being vanquished. He cannot be surpassed. He cannot be defeated. His supremacy was once challenged by the foolish king, Maharaja Paundraka, who declared himself to be the supreme and Krishna to be an imposter with the following challenge:

"Since I alone am the true Personality of Godhead, You should give up Your false claim to this position, as well as my divine symbols, and take shelter of me. If You do not, then prepare for battle."

Krishna met this fool in battle and immediately cut off his head with His sudarshan disc. A similar fate will be met by all those who challenge the authority of God. They will all be defeated by Krishna, who assumes for those who defy Him, the form of all-devouring death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


King Paundraka faces Krishna in battle and is defeated
King Paundraka Faces Krishna in Battle and Is Defeated


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Question: Who is More Dear to Krishna: Householder or Sannyasi?

Who is more dear to Sri Krishna: one who is a family man, working and chanting in his mind Hare Krishna mahamantra all day or one who is a sannyasi chanting Hare Krishna? Or are they equally dear to Him?

Arnab

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Answer: Whoever Is More Krishna Conscious

Because it is not possible for the neophyte devotee to chant Hare Krishna within his mind all day while working his job, he is instructed to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads before he goes to work. If he strictly follows this principle and does not engage in material sense gratification, especially illicit sex (sex other than for procreation), meat eating, intoxication, and gambling and offers his income in the service of the Lord, he can be just as dear to Krishna as any sannyasi (renounced monk). So it is not the clothes that makes the man. It's how much he has given up sense gratification and absorbed himself in Krishna's service that counts.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 11 December 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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When Unbearable Pain Attacks

How to be Krishna conscious when unbearable pain attacks? The first thing to understand is that there is no such thing as unbearable pain. Pain can only sometimes seem to be unbearable when one falsely identifies himself with his material body. As soon as one detaches himself from bodily identification by remembering his actual spiritual identity as Krishna's eternal servant, what seemed to be unbearable pain now becomes bearable. Another thing to remember is that pain and pleasure are dualities. They come and go just like the changes of the seasons. Neither of them will remain forever. When we are in pain, pleasure is coming soon. And when we are in pleasure, pain is coming soon. Therefore the key to uninterrupted happiness is to situate oneself fully on the transcendental platform beyond the constant flux of the pains and pleasures of this material world by completely surrendering oneself to Krishna under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master. This surrender will liberate one's consciousness from the material plane with its constant waves of pain and pleasure.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada frees us from material distress
Srila Prabhupada Frees Us From Material Distress



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Question: Can I Chant "Jaya Sri Krishna" Instead of "Hare Krishna"?

I wanted to ask one question. The Lord says that His name is as powerful as the Lord Himself. So why then can't we do our japa by chanting "Jaya Sri Krishna" instead of chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra?

Regards
Vinit Sharma

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Answer: Take Only the Medicine Your Physician Prescribes

Just as every medicine in the drug store is bona fide, every name of God is potent for delivering us from this material existence. And just as we take only that medicine which has been prescribed for us by our physician, we only accept the Hare Krishna mahamantra because this is the mantra that has been prescribed for us by the scriptures, the great saints, and by God Himself.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 10 December 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Abortion Encourages Murder

Now along with the legalization of abortion in the USA we are seeing that mass murders are becoming more and more common. Regularly we hear reports that someone has taken a gun and shot many people dead at a school, in a movie theatre, or in a shopping mall. What's happening is that once a government lowers the standard of morality in its country by authorizing the regular murder of millions of its unborn children, it is simply a matter of time before this mood of disrespect towards life begins to show up in the practical behavior of its citizens. The conclusion is that if a government wants to curb down the murder rate within its nation, it needs to itself not be guilty of sanctioning and encouraging murder through legalized abortion. The difficulty with this conclusion is that someone who is addicted to sex pleasure will want to continue gratifying his sexual appetite at any cost without any restriction even if it means killing his own children. As long as the world population remains addicted to sense gratification, the world situation will become more and more hellish with each passing generation. The only solution is the awakening of the dormant Krishna consciousness within the hearts of all.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


If you want to stop murder, stop murdering unborn children. Keep your children and raise them in Krishna consciousness
If You Want to Stop Murder, Stop Murdering Unborn Children.
Keep Your Children and Raise Them In Krishna Consciousness


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Question: Can I Pray to Krishna for Death?

My dear Gurudeva,

Anyone who remembers Krishna at the time of death, attains Krishna. So is it fine to ask Krishna to grant us death when we are remembering Him? For example, when one is fully absorbed in chanting shouldn't Krishna grant him death so we can attain Him?

Also in one of your lectures, you told that you are seeing Krishna. So please share your experience with me. How actually Krishna looks? Is He different from the photos that we see in the temple?

Vrutant Shah

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Answer: Let Krishna Decide When You Will Die

Our bodies belong to Krishna. Therefore we should totally leave it up to Him when He wants to put an end to our present material bodies. That decision is up to Him, not to us. From our side we should be enthusiastic to continue engaging our present bodies in the service of the Lord for as many years as He desires for us to do so. We should always remember that death can come at any minute. Therefore we should always remain absorbed in thoughts of Krishna so that when our final moment comes we can easily remember Him and attain His transcendental abode.

I am seeing Krishna in the form of the order I have received from my spiritual master to spread the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world. This is my darshan and connection with Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 9 December 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Bestowing Deathlessness in Mauritius

On 8 December 2013 in Phoenix, Mauritius Srila Prabhupada blessed me with the opportunity to bestow deathlessness upon two sincere souls by formally initiating them as my disciples: Sridama Das and Acyutananda Das. Srila Prabhupada explains that deathlessness begins from the day when one accepts initiation. By surrendering oneself unto the bona fide spiritual master one revives his original deathless identity as the eternal servant of Krishna. As long as one sticks to his initiation vows of chanting at least 16 rounds a day of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa beads along with the strict avoidance of illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling, his deathlessness will remain.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Initiation Ceremony--Phoenix, Mauritius--8 December 2013


Bhakta Sanjya becomes initiated as Sridama Das
Bhakta Sanjay Becomes Initiated as Sridama Das


Bhakta Ashwin becomes initiated as Acyutananda Das
Bhakta Ashwin Becomes Initiated as Acyutananda Das


Initiation fire yajna
Initiation Fire Yajna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do You Say Brahma and Shiva Are Demigods?

Why do you consider Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma to be demigods when actually Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are all the Supreme One?

Anju

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Answer: That is the Conclusion of the Vedic Scriptures

You have stated that Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are the Supreme. But that is not the conclusion of the Vedic scriptures. It is confirmed by Lord Brahma in the Brahma samhita that Vishnu is the supreme origin of everything, that Brahma is His separated expansion, and that Shiva is His transformation for the work of destruction. Therefore according to the authority of Lord Brahma, Vishnu is God and Brahma and Shiva are demigods. They are not God.

Plus your idea is also against the principle of logic. Just as there can only be one supreme court, there can only be one supreme person. There cannot be three supreme persons. If there are three supreme persons, there is no supreme person. Therefore the philosophy that there are many persons who are the Supreme is a form of atheism. If there are many Supremes, there is no Supreme because the Supreme means one without a second.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 8 December 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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Keep Your Balance

The secret of always remaining equipoised or balanced in a perfect state of enlightened consciousness is to always see everything equally as the merciful, beneficent arrangement of Lord Sri Krishna. In this way in all circumstance the devotee joyfully offers himself to Krishna as His eternal servant in each and everything situation he experiences while traversing through this material existence. In such a state of transcendental consciousness the devotee remains unaffected by the dualities of hot and cold, happiness and distress, honor and dishonor, etc. and thus always remains happy by constantly taking shelter of the holy name, fame, pastimes, teachings, entourage etc. of the extraordinarily and unlimitedly kind all-attractive Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Always remembering Krishna is the perfect balance
Always Remembering Krishna is the Perfect Balance


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Question: Whom Should I Accept As My Spiritual Master?

Can you please enlighten me on whom to accept as my spiritual master? I have a great respect and faith in all Srila Prabhupada's disciples. I understand them as great dedicated servants of Guru, Gauranga, and Krishna. Then whose shelter I should seek?

Other than this I have more questions. Who is really eligible to become an initiated disciple? With what service of the disciple is the spiritual master very much pleased? I heard in a lecture that pleasing the spiritual master is also pleasing Krishna. Can you please enlighten me on this?

Please forgive me if my way of inquiry is not proper. Please enlighten and correct me if I my understanding or etiquette is wrong.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,
Aditya

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Answer: Who is Most Available to Answer Your Questions

Since, according to Srila Rupa Goswami, after accepting a guru your next duty is to inquire from the spiritual master about how to advance in Krishna consciousness, you should select as your guru that spiritual master from whom you have the best opportunity to directly inquire from him and get your questions answered.

That person who is serious to go back to Godhead at the conclusion of this lifetime is the most suitable candidate for becoming a disciple.

What pleases the spiritual master the most is if you love Krishna. And what pleases Krishna most is if you love your spiritual master. That love is seen by how much you are dedicated to execute the instructions you have received from your spiritual master.

Your mood of humbly inquiring from the spiritual master is first class. This is the perfection of etiquette.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 7 December 2013

from Solferino, Mauritius
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When Their Suffering Is Less They Call It Enjoyment

The standard of enjoyment in this material world is pitiful. What people call enjoyment is simply when their suffering is less than usual. I was never satisfied with this pittance of happiness, which is nothing more than a shadow of the real thing. Real happiness must be pure, devoid of any kind of suffering. Therefore I embarked upon the ultimate journey, the journey of self discovery to discover genuine happiness. By the combined mercy of the two greatest discoveries of my life: Lord Sri Krishna and my most beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada--I was unlimitedly blessed with the unfathomable bliss of Krishna consciousness. Now I must share my good fortune with the entire world. This is the order I have received from my spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada's compassionate gaze
Srila Prabhupada's Compassionate Gaze
New York City--1966


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Question: How to Perceive Krishna's Presence When I Chant?

If I commit great offences, how do I perceive that Krishna is present when I chant His name?

Bhaktivinoddas Chaitanya

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Answer: Become Free From All Offenses

You cannot feel Krishna's presence when you chant if you commit offenses. If you want to feel Krishna's presence when you chant, you must become free from the following offenses:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So now seriously try to chant avoiding these offenses, and gradually as you advance in Krishna consciousness you will more and more feel the presence of the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 6 December 2013

from London Gatwick Airport
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Unlimited Excitement and Adventure at Every Moment

The other day as we were preparing to head out on our current around-the-world lecture tour a friend in Austin remarked to me, "You must be excited." I explained to him that the real excitement is Krishna consciousness. Whether one is circling the globe or staying in one place if one is Krishna conscious, he feels excitement at every moment. Because Krishna is a reservoir of unlimited excitement and adventure, anyone who purely connects with Him will experience unlimited excitement and adventure at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada chanting on japa beads
Srila Prabhupada Chanting on Japa Beads


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Question: Is It Necessary to Chant on Beads?

I do my chants on my fingers but not always on beads. I use my finger lines to keep the track of 108 chants. Is it okay to do it this way, or I necessarily have to use the beads?

Regards
Vinit S.

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Answer: Srila Prabhupada Gave Us Beads for Chanting

Chanting can be done in any situation with or without beads and must go on as much as possible 24 hours a day. But if we are to be successful in perfecting our chanting we must complete at least 16 rounds of chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra daily while counting on our japa beads. Srila Prabhupada has specifically mentioned in his Bhagavad-gita purport that the Hare Krishna mantra is chanted round the beads. Whenever he initiated anyone as his disciple he would personally hand them their chanting beads. He did not do this for show. He gave us the beads so that we could chant on them. So this is what we are meant to do. At least 16 rounds daily of our chanting must be done on our japa beads.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 5 December 2013

from Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport
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Beyond the Modes of Material Nature

Everyone in this material world is suffering under the grip of the three modes of material nature (goodness, passion, and ignorance) with the exception of those who are Krishna conscious. Those persons who are transcendentally situated in Krishna consciousness are not affected by the influence of these modes of nature. One should therefore always be fixed in Krishna consciousness, busy in the transcendental loving service of the Lord. It is guaranteed that such a devotee will never be affected by the actions and reactions of the three modes of material nature. Therefore everyone should strictly absorb themselves in Krishna consciousness. This will immediately solve all of the world's problems.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


There's tons of nectar beyond the modes
There's Tons of Nectar Beyond the Modes
Vishnu Jana Swami Explains the Bliss of Krishna Bhakti



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Question: Mantra For Offering Our Work Day to Krishna?

Hare Krishna!!!
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!

Dear Gurudeva,

In the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 3, Text 9 Krishna says:

"Work done as a sacrifice for Vishnu has to be performed."

My query is: Is there any way like a prayer or mantra to tell Krishna that today's work will be done for Him?

Raul

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Answer: Hare Krishna Mahamantra

The mantra for offering your day's work to Krishna is:

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


Chant it when you begin your work day and as much possible throughout your work day.

Whenever we are chanting Hare Krishna we are offering ourselves to Krishna, informing Him that "This moment is for You". This is why we should always chant as much as possible 24 hours a day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 4 December 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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The Endless Preaching Tour

Today we are heading out on another super ecstatic around-the-world lecture tour. This one will take us to Mauritius, South Africa, Australia, Chile, Argentina, and Canada. We have been traveling so much in recent years that our home has now become "On the road for Krishna". Even when we are back here at our home base in Austin, it is simply another stop on our endless preaching tour. There is so much sweetness in this traveling and preaching that one could go doing it for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


On the road fo Krishna
On the Road for Krishna


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Question: Is It Necessary to Chant Hare Krishna on Beads?

Is it necessary to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra on beads? We can also recite it in our hearts the entire day doing our normal day to day activities. So what is the need to sit for two hours daily and chant the holy name on beads for chanting sixteen rounds?

Gaurav Chopra

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Answer: It Is Absolutely Necessary

Our being able to chant the Hare Krishna mantra silently within our hearts the entire day while we are doing our normal activities is a dream only. It is not possible for us to do so in our present state of material consciousness. The reality is that presently our
minds are totally engrossed in material thoughts practically the entire day. We hardly think about Krishna at all. Because we are not able to chant the holy names of the Lord constantly within our hearts, therefore it is necessary that we must chant at least 16
rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day on japa beads in order to become sufficiently purified to be able to remember Krishna at the time of death and thus escape the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 3 December 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Krishna Consciousness is Supremely Wonderful

Krishna consciousness is so nice that we can be happy in any and all situations. This material world is a world of dualities in which we are constantly tossed on the waves of happiness and distress, heat and cold, honor and dishonor, etc. But when we come to platform of Krishna consciousness we are situated beyond the waves of these dualities in a state of unbroken, ever-increasing happiness. Because Krishna is the supreme wonderful, the Krishna consciousness process of connecting with Him is also supremely wonderful. It is factually realized by those who awakened their dormant Krishna consciousness that any consciousness other than Krishna consciousness is horrible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Ecstatic Hare Krishna Kirtan Party in Mayapura, India - 1975
Ecstatic Hare Krishna Kirtan Party in Mayapur, India--1975


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Question: Why Krishna in Form of Buddha Taught Nirvana?

My Dear Gurudeva,

Dandavat Pranams!

Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.

Thanks for showing your mercy upon us for answering many of our irrelevant questions and taking us into right path to progress and advance in Krishna Consciousness.

After reading your today's article posted in your website, I have a question.

As per Prabhupada's writing, Buddha is the incarnation of Supreme Lord Sri Krishna Then why Buddha should preach nirvana philosophy to the fallen conditioned souls?

Your servant,

Gurusankar

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Answer: To Save the Animals from Slaughter

Srila Prabhupada explains as follows:

"Lord Buddha, a powerful incarnation of the Personality of Godhead, appeared in the province of Gaya (Bihar) as the son of Anjana, and he preached his own conception of nonviolence and deprecated even the animal sacrifices sanctioned in the Vedas. At the time when Lord Buddha appeared, the people in general were atheistic and preferred animal flesh to anything else. On the plea of Vedic sacrifice, every place was practically turned into a slaughterhouse, and animal-killing was indulged in unrestrictedly. Lord Buddha preached nonviolence, taking pity on the poor animals. He preached that he did not believe in the tenets of the Vedas and stressed the adverse psychological effects incurred by animal-killing. Less intelligent men of the age of Kali, who had no faith in God, followed his principle, and for the time being they were trained in moral discipline and nonviolence, the preliminary steps for proceeding further on the path of God realization. He deluded the atheists because such atheists who followed his principles did not believe in God, but they kept their absolute faith in Lord Buddha, who himself was the incarnation of God. Thus the faithless people were made to believe in God in the form of Lord Buddha. That was the mercy of Lord Buddha: he made the faithless faithful to him."

Lord Buddha taught voidism and nirvana to support His doctrine of non-violence. This was His transcendental mercy for saving the poor animals from being slaughtered.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 2 December 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Spreading the Rays of the Benediction Moon in Austin

On Saturday 30 November the devotees of Krishna in Austin were blessed with the most auspicious opportunity to share the mercy of Krishna with the many people who had gathered in downtown Austin to attend a parade. There is nothing more blissful than being Krishna consciousness. And even more blissful than being Krishna conscious is spreading Krishna consciousness. Lord Caitanya gives special mercy to those who spread the rays of His benediction moon.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Transcendental Bliss in Downtown Austin, Texas--30 November 2013


Ecstatic Hare Krishna kirstan and Prabhupada's books
Ecstatic Hare Krishna
Kirtan and Prabhupada's Books


Bhakta Anil shows the Bhagavad-gitaA
Bhakta Anil Shows the Bhagavad-gita


Happy man receives the seed of bhakti
Happy Man Receives the Seed of Krishna
Bhakti


Mahasundari Madhavi devi dasi shares the mercy of Krishna
Mahasundari Madhavi Devi Dasi Shares the Mercy of Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is There More Than One Eternity?

Is there more than one eternity since nirvana is eternal?

And if we originated from Vrindavana, is this countless times even before we fell down from eternity in the Viraja ocean?

Also if Vrindavana is so unlimited and unfathomable, then even when we reach there for all countless eternities we would never be able to describe a drop of the limitless happiness of the sakhis and Govardhan Hill and Radha Kunda?

Sanjay

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Answer: There Is Only One Eternity

There is only one eternity, not more than one. The Buddhist nirvana of merging into nothingness is temporary. It is not eternal because it is not natural for the living being to be merged into a state of inactivity. It is compared to ordering a naughty child to sit in the corner and not do anything. He cannot sit still for long. But if you give him a nice engagement, he can be nicely engaged for hours with no naughtiness. The nice engagement for the soul is to return home, back to Godhead. This is the highest type of nirvana.

Srila Prabhupada describes that we fell down from Goloka Vrindavana, not from Viraja, the border between the spiritual world and the material world. It is practical. One lives either on one side of the border or on the other side.

It is a fact that even if Lord Ananta with His millions of mouths were to go on describing the glories of even one drop of the unlimited happiness of Goloka Vrindavan for all of eternity, He would hardly be able to begin to do justice to the subject matter.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 1 December 2013

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Don't Cut Off Your Head to Cure a Headache

The Buddhists are interested in attaining nirvana, the complete cessation of the pangs of material existence. They envision nirvana as a sort of spiritual suicide in which the living being merges back into the nothingness from which he came and becomes completely non-existent. This is compared to going to doctor when you have a headache and getting your head cut off to cure the headache.

The reality is that because we did not come out of nothing, it is also not possible to merge back into nothing. Therefore this type of nirvana is mythological, not factual. Since we are the eternal emanations of the Supreme Personality Godhead, real nirvana means to become reconnected with Krishna. By remembering the Lord's super sweet transcendental pastimes one can defy the Buddhistic nirvana and enter into the transcendental abode of the Lord to associate with Him, eternally engaged in His all-blissful loving service. Therefore Krishna consciousness is described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam as nirvana-vilambitani, that which minimizes the value of nirvana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Krishna and the gopis in Goloka Vrindavana
Krishna and the Gopis in Goloka Vrindavana


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Follow the Supersoul?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

It is said in the revealed scriptures that one should follow the dictates of the Supersoul. Can you explain how?

Hasmukh Umaria

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Answer: Follow the Spiritual Master

You can follow the dictates of the Supersoul, the Lord within you heart, by following the instructions of the spiritual master, who is the external manifestation of the Supersoul.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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