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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 31 March 2014

from Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Praying for the Mercy of Krishna

In spite of my innumerable disqualifications, Krishna has very kindly blessed me with the most auspicious opportunity, honor, and privilege of teaching the science of Krishna consciousness here in Denmark. Like every other country in the world Denmark is desperately in need of Krishna consciousness to solve the problems of its population and make everyone here happy. I am praying to Krishna that my words may be effective in helping the people here to awaken their dormant Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Teaching the science of Krishna consciousness
Teaching the Science of Krishna Consciousness
29 March 2014--Copenhagen, Denmark



 

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Objection: What You Have Said Is Incorrect

Revered Sankarshan das ji,

With due respect to the bhakti cult I have a question regarding the 2nd offense against the holy name that you mentioned in Lesson 18 of this course that one should not consider the names of demigods like Lord Siva or Lord Brahma to be equal to, or independent of, the name of Lord Vishnu. You also said that if someone thinks that he can chant "Kali, Kali!" or "Durga, Durga!" and it is the same as Hare Krishna, that it is the greatest offense.

But my question is: Why not chanting "Durga Durga", "Shiva Shiva", "Kali Kali"? They are the same thing as when a devotee chants "Hare Krishna." How you can say that Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are different when they are one. This is certainly not an offense as you narrated.

My name is Debasis. But this is certainly not my real identity. It is my name, ID number plate, just like that. The Supreme Divine is my self, not my name. I can change my number plate at any moment I would like. That does not mean My Supreme identity is changed. So by whatever name I call the Supreme communication will be in order. Lord Vishnu's devotees always have access to Supreme whether they chant Shiva, Kali, Durga or whatever they like.

In the Bhagavad-gita I did not find any interpretation in support of the precaution that you have stated.

Hare Krishna
Yours obediently,

Debasis S.

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Answer: I Only Repeat What Is In the Scriptures

You have objected to what I have stated about offenses while chanting the Lord's holy names. But you should know that what I have written is not my statement. I have simply repeated the version of the Vedic scriptures and the great Vedic authorities. I understand that there is some confusion in your mind regarding the 2nd offense against the chanting of the Lord's holy name, which is stated as follows:

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.)

You question why this is wrong because you consider that all the gods are the same. You have concluded that chanting the names of various gods is as good chanting the name of Krishna because all the gods are the Supreme.

Such a philosophy may be very popular in these days of egalitarianism. But is it not in accord with logic and scripture. How many supreme courts are there in a nation? There is only one because if there were more than one, there would be no supreme court. In the same way if everyone is the Supreme, there is no Supreme. In other words, the philosophy that everyone is the Supreme is a roundabout way of saying that there is no God. Plus is it confirmed again and again throughout the Vedic literatures that there is one Supreme Person who is the source of all the gods. For example it is stated in the Brahma-samhita by Lord Brahma:

isvarah paramah krsnah
sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah
anadir adir govindah
sarva-karana-karanam

"Krishna is the supreme controller of everything. He has an eternal form of bliss and knowledge. He has not origin because He is the origin of everything, and He is the cause of all causes." Brahma-samhita 5.1

And Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita:

aham adir hi devanam

"I am the source of the demigods." Bhagavad-gita 10.2

You also mention that there is nothing in the Bhagavad-gita that one should not consider the demigods to be equal to Krishna. Apparently you have missed these verses spoken by Lord Krishna in your study of the Gita:

kamais tais tair hrta-jñanah
prapadyante 'nya-devatah
tam tam niyamam asthaya
prakrtya niyatah svaya

"Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures." Bhagavad-gita 7.20

antavat tu phalam tesam
tad bhavaty alpa-medhasam
devan deva-yajo yanti
mad-bhakta yanti mam api

"Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately reach My supreme planet." Bhagavad-gita 7.23

The conclusion is that by worshipping the demigods you attain the planets of the demigods, which are temporary abodes here in this material world. At the time of the universal devastation the planets of the demigods are destroyed. So why should one go there? The intelligent person worships Krishna so that he can attain of Krishna where life is eternal. Although we do not worship the demigods as the Supreme, we still greatly respect them for they are all great devotees of Lord Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 30 March 2014

from Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Remembering Srila Prabhupada

Even more nectarean than remembering Krishna is remembering Srila Prabhupada, the topmost pure devotee of Lord Krishna. It is my unlimited good fortune that I had the opportunity to accept Srila Prabhupada as my spiritual master and to associate and communicate with him on numerous occasions. And now even in the pain of his separation since his departure from this planet in 1977, it is the greatest benediction of Lord Krishna that simply by remembering Srila Prabhupada I can still directly experience his divine presence which purifies my heart, uplifts my consciousness, and helps me to understanding how I can properly serve him and Lord Sri Krishna in all circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Remembering Srila Prabhupada
Remembering Srila Prabhupada
28 March 2014--Copenhagen, Denmark


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Fear of Being Killed by Terrorists

Hare Krishna Gurudeva,

My humble obeisances,
All glories to Srila Prabhupada,

I am getting really worried to see how thousands of people are getting killed by the Islam terrorism. Recently on 16th March 2014 about 200 Christian people in Nigeria are killed by armed Muslims. Now these incidences are creating fear amongst our heart that this may happen to us too. How to understand this? Being a beginner devotee, a sadhaka, how can I get relieved of these anxieties? Is it proper way to understand nothing happens without Krishna's will and by all these all experiences in this world Krishna is asking us to get aware and take devotional life seriously and go back home? Or is there anything more we need to understand.?

Yours in service,
Vishnu

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Answer: Death Only When Sanctioned by Krishna

It is said:

rakhe krsna mare ke, mare krsna rakhe ke

"He whom Krishna protects, no one can kill,
but if Krishna wants to kill someone, no one can give him protection."

So why be in any anxiety about dying? Just depend on Krishna with full faith that you will only die when He wants you to die, not before that. Use the anxiety you feel as an impetus to take complete shelter of Lord Krishna, which will free you completely from all the anxieties that we experience in this material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 29 March 2014

from Copenhagen, Denmark

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Today's Thought:

Science is Defeated. A New Paradigm is Taking Over.

It is becoming more and more widely known now that the scientists are off the track. Even some of the scientists themselves are realizing what we, the followers of Vedic culture, have known all along, that the conclusions of modern day science are often wrong and are therefore unreliable. For example in a recent article entitled, "Scientific Pride and Prejudice" published in the 31 January 2014 edition of the New York Times we find this startling information:

"Two years ago, C. Glenn Begley and Lee M. Ellis reported in Nature that they were able to replicate only six out of 53 'landmark' cancer studies. Scientists now worry that many published scientific results are simply not true. The natural sciences often offer themselves as a model to other disciplines. But this time science might look for help to the humanities, and to literary criticism in particular.

"A major root of the crisis is selective use of data. Scientists, eager to make striking new claims, focus only on evidence that supports their preconceptions. Psychologists call this 'confirmation bias': We seek out information that confirms what we already believe. 'We each begin probably with a little bias,' as Jane Austen writes in 'Persuasion,' 'and upon that bias build every circumstance in favor of it.'"

So the point is that the current methodology used by scientists to understand reality is wrong. They are using their imperfect senses to try to come up with perfect knowledge. This is simply not possible. There is now a new paradigm of how to see reality. Actually this paradigm is not new. It is coming to us from the ancient sages of India who were able with purified senses to transfer their consciousness to that dimension beyond time and space. This new paradigm will completely revolutionize the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Program in Home of Lalitanath Prabhu
27 March 2014--Copenhagen, Denmark


Program in the home of Lalitanath Prabhu

Program in the home of Lalitanath Prabhu

Program in the home of Lalitanath Prabhu


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should We Love Only Krishna?

Is it true that only God, Sri Krishna, is the ever-companion in this whole universe and all other human associations do not last forever? So should we love only the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna as our permanent companion and not anyone else?

Amit G.
New Delhi, India

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Answer: By Loving Krishna You Perfectly Love Everyone

Yes, it is a fact that we have only one constant companion, Lord Sri Krishna. He travels us with in this world perpetually as the Supersoul and in the spiritual world, He is always present in His original form. Regarding others, it is confirmed as follows in the Srimad Bhagavatam that we do not stay with together with our friends and family members:

naikatra priya-samvasah
suhrdamcitra-karmanam
oghena vyuhyamananam
plavanam srotaso yatha

"Many planks and sticks, unable to stay together, are carried away by the force of a river's waves. Similarly, although we are intimately related with friends and family members, we are unable to stay together because of our varied past deeds and the waves of time." - Srimad Bhagavatam 10.5.25

And it is also a fact that we should give all of our love exclusively to Krishna. This is how one becomes perfect in love. This is perfect because just as when you the water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches become nourished, in a similar way when you give your love to Krishna, who is the root of all existence, your love is then perfectly distributed to all living beings in all planets and universes. By giving all of your love to Krishna you thus become the perfect lover of all living beings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 28 March 2014

from Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Don't Be a Guru Exploiter

If we continue taking from someone more and more without showing our love by giving them anything in return, this is called exploitation. It is not love. This is what we are guilty of here in this material world. We are taking from God, the supplier of all our necessities, at every moment. But we are such ingrates that we are not reciprocating with Him, appreciating Him for all the kindness He is bestowing on us at every minute. Instead of loving God we are exploiting God. The same principle applies to our diksha guru and siksha gurus who instruct us how to become Krishna conscious. If we take instructions from them without serving them, we are guru exploiters, and Krishna will not accept us as his devotees.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



The perfection of love is chanting God's Holy Names
The Perfection of Love is Chanting God's Holy Names
Congregational Chanting in Rome, Italy

 


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Krishna Hiding Behind Maya?

When maya is there, is Krishna hiding behind that? What is the purpose of maya?

Danny B.

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Answer: It's We Who Are Hiding

Just as on a cloudy day, it is not the sun which is covered by clouds, it is we who are covered by the clouds. In a similar way it is not that Krishna is hiding behind maya. It is we who are hiding.

Maya is there to serve us. When we want to forget Krishna, she helps us in our forgetfulness by giving us so many convincing arguments that there is no God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 27 March 2014

from the Brussels Airport

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Today's Thought:

Onward to Copenhagen

26 March 2014--After an intense but extremely exhilarating and uplifting two-day stop in Radhadesh, where I taught a six hour mini-course on prema bhakti, pure devotional service to Krishna, this morning we are now heading on to Copenhagen for several ecstatic days of sharing the science of Krishna consciousness with the Danish devotees. There is truly nothing sweeter than being absorbed 24 hours a day in hearing about Krishna, glorifying Krishna, and serving Krishna. May my life go on like this for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha, Radhadesh, Belgium
Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha---Radhadesh, Belgium



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Did Krishna Allow the Kali Yuga to Come?

Gurudeva,

The supreme personality (Lord Krishna) knew that in the age of Kali people will forget their relationship with God and they will not have any God consciousness. He knew that people will be attached to temporary material happiness. So why did Lord Krishna allow such a situation to arise? Why did he program the minds of the people to get them attached to the material world?

Your humble servant,
Lakshmi N.

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Answer: He Gives Us Freedom to Be What We Want to Be

Krishna does not program anyone's mind. He freely allows everyone to be what they want to be. The age of Kali is not forced upon humanity by Krishna. It is simply a manifestation of the combined desire of so many millions and billions of people throughout the world to forget God. This is their desire, not God's desire.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 26 March 2014

from Radhadesh--Petit Somme, Belgium

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Today's Thought:

Don't Cheat Yourself

The worst thing you can possibly do in this human form is to not realize who you are. After transmigrating through 8,400,000 species in the cycle of birth and death you finally now have the opportunity to realize who you actually are and thus become liberated once and for all from all the sufferings of material existence. Therefore to not wholeheartedly take up the path of self realization is the greatest mistake you could ever make. Instead of cheating yourself by not becoming self-realized, you should reward yourself by awakening your divine enlightened consciousness under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada teaches self-realization to the entire world
Srila Prabhupada Teaches Self-Realization to the Entire World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Indifferent to Success and Failure?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

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

Krishna says in the Gita to become indifferent to success and failure. My question is: How do we develop and maintain this mentality?

Your humble servant,
Sushant

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Answer: See Them Both as the Mercy of Krishna

If you will see success and failure both as the special mercy of Krishna to help you come back to Him, you will be properly situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge and you will never be overwhelmed by the constantly tossing wavers of the material ocean.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 25 March 2014

from the Chicago, USA Airport

Today's Thought:

The Perfection of My Existence

The perfection of my existence is to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra because chanting Krishna's name immediately brings me into direct contact with Krishna. It's such a simple thing that one may easily disregard its importance. But actually there is nothing more important than chanting Hare Krishna. This is why we should chant Hare Krishna as much as possible 24 hours a day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada connects with Krishna by chanting japa
Srila Prabhupada Connects with Krishna By Chanting Japa


 

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Non-Devotees Are Peaceful?

My dear Gurudeva,

In Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 2, Text 66 it is said that one who is without Krishna consciousness can never attain peace. But I see so many people who are non-devotees very much peaceful. Please explain this contradiction.

Your humble servant.

Vrutant S.

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Answer: Actual Peace and Apparent Peace

Apparent peace and actual peace are two entirely different things.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 24 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Greedy for Krishna

Just as a businessman is very greedy to make as much money as possible and is constantly thinking and scheming how to become more and more wealthy, in a similar way the Lord's devotee is always intensely absorbed in thinking and scheming how he can become more and more Krishna conscious. This is confirmed by Srila Rupa Goswami who states that the only way to become Krishna conscious is by being very greedy to attain it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



The gopis are mad after Krishna
The Gopis Are Mad After Krishna

 



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Escape Karma and Bodily Limitations?

Gurudeva,

Kindly remove my following ignorance.

How can karmic reactions cease as long as we are bound hand and foot through this body in terms of space, time and objectivity?

Secondly, how can one raise his soul beyond the limitations of this body without attaching oneself to anything that is in space and time?

Your humble servant.

Anil S.

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Answer: Fully Surrender at Krishna's Lotus Feet

To only way to escape from karma and from the limitations of the material body is to fully surrender oneself at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna, who is eternally situated beyond the confines of time and space.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 23 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

On the Road to Radhadesh

Today we head from Austin via Chicago and Brussels to Radhadesh in Petit Somme, Belgium, the home of ISKCON's Bhaktivedanta College where I will be teaching a mini-course, "Pure Devotional Service: What Is It and How to Attain It?" Bhaktivedanta College offers fully accredited bachelors degrees in Theology and Religious Studies as well as in Education Studies: Theology and Religion. Here's where you can get more information: http://bhaktivedantacollege.com

There is an exciting spiritual renaissance taking place on this planet right now spearheaded by the Krishna consciousness movement. We are most fortunate to be a part of it. Future historians will note this as one of the most significant times in world history when the Krishna consciousness movement was introduced and become solidly established throughout the world and gradually absorbed the entire human society into its sublime transcendental culture.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Bhaktivedanta College - Petit Somme, Belgium
Bhaktivedanta College--Petit Somme, Belgium

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Much to Chant?

How much is it my duty to connect with the person Krishna by chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra?

Begging your mercy,
Visvanatha Das

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Answer: As Much As Possible 24 Hours Daily

It is your duty to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra every day as much as possible 24 hours daily along with your other duties.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 22 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Conflict Resolution

This material world is tumultuous because in our interpersonal relationships we experience so many conlicts. This happens because we all position ourselves as the center of the universe. If think that I am the center and you think that you are the center, conflicts are inevitable. So how to resolve this? The only solution is to always put Krishna in the center. In other words, all of our thoughts, words, and deeds should be pleasing to Krishna in accordance with the teachings of the spiritual master, the scriptures, and the saintly teachers. This means that we have to be very introspective to see that we are always putting Krishna in the center, instead of ourselves. This will transform our planet from hell into heaven.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada puts and end to all conflicts
Srila Prabhupada Puts an End to All Conflicts



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Focus on Devotion When I Lose My Job?

Hare Krishna Srila Gurudeva,

All glories to Srila Prabhupada,

I learned that I may lose my job in the coming month. How do I prepare myself so that this incident does not affect my devotion to Sri Krishna, and I could still constantly be devoted to Him without wanting any form of material gains such as job security?

S.P.

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Answer: Keep Chanting and Transition to Your Next Job

A devotee always feels secure because he is completely confident that Krishna will protect him in all circumstances. If you lose your job, you should immediately begin another job without any gap. In order to do this you should have another job already lined up. Or if not, you still have another job awaiting you, to work very hard full time at finding a job until you get a job. In this way you should always be engaged in working to avoid debt so that you can peacefully worship the Lord without any distraction in order to qualify yourself for going back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 21 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Life Beyond the Shadow World


This material world is but a shadow of our actual original home in the spiritual world. Just as we cannot derive nourishment or taste from a shadow of food, we cannot derive real satisfaction from this shadow world. If we want real happiness and satisfaction, we must come out of this shadow world into the original world, that dimension where life is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Come back to your original home - Goloka Vrindavana
Come Back to Your Original Home--Goloka Vrindavan



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Hearing About Krishna As Good As Chanting?

Is chanting Hare Krishna as good as hearing Srimad Bhagavatam, especially Krishna's pastimes, from a fully Krishna conscious devotee?

D.P.

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Answer: Yes, But Chanting Is Especially Important

Chanting Hare Krishna and hearing Krishna's pastimes from a realized soul are both absolute because they are both situated on the transcendental platform. However, since it is described by the acharyas that the process of awakening our dormant Krishna consciousness begins from the tongue by engaging it in chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra, therefore chanting Hare Krishna is especially important and emphasized.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 20 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Cure for Loneliness

In this material world everyone is lonely, even those who are in the constant association of others. This is so because everyone is more or less self-centered and thus unable to fully open up their hearts to give themselves to others. The solution for this widespread loneliness is Krishna consciousness. Krishna, the supreme lovable and loving person, gives His constant intimate unlimitedly loving association to anyone who fully gives themselves to Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Krishna's association is the sweetest nectar
Krishna's Association is the Sweetest Nectar


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get Out of Permanent Anxiety?

All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I am addressing you, master, to ask you what I must do to get out of this state of permanent anxiety in which I presently find myself. My maximum respects to you.

Jorge B.

Answer: Always Remember and Never Forget Krishna

If you want to attain your original natural state of permanent bliss, you must train yourself to always remember Krishna and never forget Him, not even for a single moment. This will be easily accomplished by absorbing yourself as much as possible every day in reading Prabhupada's books, chanting Hare Krishna, eating only vegetarian foodstuffs offered to Krishna, and serving Srila Prabhupada's mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Wednesday 19 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

How to Survive the Attack of Maya

When maya, the material energy, attacks, what to do? We have to be prepared. When a country is attacked by an enemy, is that the time it should start thinking about putting together a defense force? No. A well managed country will have its defenses in place long before the enemy attacks. Therefore we must be well protected ahead of time behind a strong fortress of purified consciousness. This is achieved by regularly hearing about Krishna. Disciplined regular hearing over a period of time builds up our resistance to maya so much so that when maya, attacks her influence will simply bounce off of us without having any impact upon us at all.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Hear more and more about wonderful Krishna
Hear More and More About Wonderful Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Desire to Attain the Supreme is Selfish?

Gurudeva,

Once we attain the Supreme we will not come back to this material world. In that case who will give lessons to ignorant people to bring them closer to God? So is the desire to attain the Supreme a selfish desire?.

Your humble servant.

Anil S.

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Answer: Devotee is Perfect in Selflessness

The Lord's devotee is perfect in selflessness because he is willing to do whatever the Lord desires. If the Lord wants him to stay in this material world to deliver the fallen, conditioned souls, he gladly does that. If the Lord wants him to return to the spiritual world to participate in the Lord's transcendental pastimes, he is happy to do that. And if the Lord wants him to do both simultaneously, he is also delighted to do that.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 18 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

When Your Stress Goes Flying Out the Window

Stress is so all-pervading in this material world that everyone is tortured by it. Stress takes many forms. We are stressed by health problems, financial problems, interpersonal problems and many more. The solution for all varieties of stress is to understand that its underlying cause is bodily consciousness, the false identification of the self with the body. As soon as one realizes that he is not his body and that his real happiness is based on harmonizing his consciousness with the supreme consciousness, and he then learns the art of doing this, his stress goes flying out the window to be replaced with profoundly sweet transcendental bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Chanting Hare Krishna drives away all distress
Chanting Hare Krishna Drives Away All Distress



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why and How Does Krishna Love Me?

Can you help me understand why and how Krishna loves me?

Danny B.

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Answer: He Brings You, His Son, Back to Home

Krishna loves you because you are His son. In spite of the fact that you foolishly ran away from the home He has for you in the spiritual sky, He is still offering to bring you back to His abode to enjoy along with Him an eternal life, full of knowledge, and bliss. This is His unconditional kindness upon you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Monday 17 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

When All Appears Hopeless

In this material world it is natural that sometimes we will feel that everything is hopeless. By our very natures we hanker for eternal bliss and knowledge, and when we find ourselves stuck in a temporary body full of ignorance and misery it is natural that sometimes we will feel that life is hopeless. This is indeed unavoidable because the all-devouring time factor eventually destroys all those things which give us a false sense of hope. No matter how successful we may be, due the influence of inexorable time we will naturally ultimately experience hopelessness, despair, and defeat unless we are situated on the transcendental platform beyond this material existence. Simply negating the material existence seeing it as the false shelter that it really is, is not sufficient to liberate us. We must solidly situate ourselves on the platform of transcendental variegatedness in the divine association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead if we want to taste the true sweetness of immortality and thus become unlimitedly hopeful about our future happiness and success.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Ecstatic public chanting on Lord Caitanya's appearance day
Ecstatic Public Chanting on Lord Caitanya's Appearance Day
Downtown Austin, Texas USA--Congress Avenue



Answers by Citing the Vedic VersionQuestion:

What Does Caitanya Mean?

As the word Krishna means all-attractive, what is the meaning of word Caitanya?

Gaurav

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Answer: Living Force

The word caitanya means living force. So God is not dead. He is the living force, the ultimate powerhouse behind everything in all of existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Sunday 16 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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The Appearance of the Undercover Incarnation

Lord Caitanya is the hidden incarnation of Godhead described by the term channah, which means covered, in the Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.38 as follows:

ittham nr-tiryag-rsi-deva-jhasavatarair
lokan vibhavayasi hamsi jagat pratipan
dharmam maha-purusa pasi yuganuvrttam
channah kalau yad abhavas tri-yugo 'tha sa tvam

"In this way, my Lord, You appear in various incarnations as a human being, an animal, a great saint, a demigod, a fish or a tortoise, thus maintaining the entire creation in different planetary systems and killing the demoniac principles. According to the age, O my Lord, You protect the principles of religion. In the age of Kali, however, You do not assert Yourself as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and therefore You are known as Triyuga, or the Lord who appears in three yugas."

Srila Prabhupada wonderfully explains the appearance of Lord Caitanya in his purport to this verse as follows:

"As the Lord appeared just to maintain Lord Brahma from the attack of Madhu and Kaitabha, He also appeared to protect the great devotee Prahlada Maharaja. Similarly, Lord Caitanya appeared in order to protect the fallen souls of Kali-yuga. There are four yugas, or millenniums--Satya, Treta, Dvapara and Kali. In all the yugas but Kali-yuga, the Lord appears in various incarnations and asserts Himself as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but although Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who appears in Kali-yuga, is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He never asserted Himself as such. On the contrary, whenever Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was addressed as being as good as Krishna, He blocked His ears with His hands, denying His identity with Krishna, because He was playing the part of a devotee. Lord Caitanya knew that in Kali-yuga there would be many bogus incarnations pretending to be God, and therefore He avoided asserting Himself as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is accepted as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, however, in many Vedic literatures, especially in Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.5.32):

krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam
sangopangastra-parsadam
yajñaih sankirtana-prayair
yajanti hi sumedhasah

In Kali-yuga, intelligent men worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is always accompanied by His associates such as Nityananda, Advaita, Gadadhara and Srivasa. The entire Krishna consciousness movement is based on the principles of the sankirtana movement inaugurated by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Therefore one who tries to understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead through the medium of the sankirtana movement knows everything perfectly. He is sumedhas, a person with substantial intelligence."

So if we are intelligent, we will take advantage of the most sublime process of self-realization given in this age by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the congregational chanting of the holy names of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Lord Caitanya leads congregational chanting
Lord Caitanya Leads Congregational Chanting


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: An Atheist Who Chants Hare Krishna Once

My dear Gurudeva,

In BG 2.40 it is said that there is no loss in this endeavor. My questions are:

1) I've learned many slokas of Bhagavad-gita. So, if unfortunately I am not able to go back to Godhead, then in my next life will I be able to remember the slokas which I have learnt in this life without any endeavor to learn them again?

2) Does this verse mean that if an atheist chants the name Krishna only once in his entire lifetime he will be delivered? Please explain.

Your servant,
Vrutant

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Answer: He is Eternally Blessed

No loss in this endeavor means that whatever spiritual advancement you make in this lifetime will be your eternal asset. In other words if you make 1% spiritual advancement in this life, in your next life you will pick up where you left off at 1%. You will not have to go back to 0%. Regarding remembering verses, even in this life it is possible to forget verses that we have previously learned. So there is no guarantee that you will remember every verse in your next life.

Any person, atheist or otherwise, who even once utters the name of Krishna for any reason knowingly or unknowingly is eternally blessed. However, to be delivered back to Godhead requires being fully absorbed in Krishna consciousness at the moment of death. The devotees strive every day to absorb themselves as fully as possible in Krishna consciousness as a matter of habit so that they will naturally absorb their minds in Krishna at the time of death and become liberated from the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 15 March 2014

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Big Somebodies Are Disappointed

If I consider myself to be a big somebody, greater than everyone else, I will be very disappointed when others do not recognize my so-called supremacy; and this will be almost all of the time. On the other hand, if I always feel very meek and humble considering myself to be very insignificant, I will never be disappointed, and I can always happily take shelter of Krishna 24 hours a day. So which is better: to think I am a big somebody or a humble nobody? The more I think I am somebody, the more I become a nobody. And the more I think I am a nobody, the more I truly become a somebody.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Happy Hare Krishnas distribute the bliss
Happy Hare Krishnas Distribute the Bliss



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Eternal Being Is Emanated from Krishna?

Firstly, I want to thank you for enlightening me every day. A question arose whether the jivas emanate from the transcendental body of Krishna (as you stated "the living beings are also emanating from His transcendental body" on 14th of March) or not. The reason for my doubt is that the living entities and Krishna are eternal without beginning and an end as Krishna confirms that in Bhagavad-gita, "Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be" (BG 2.12) and in the very purport Srila Prabhupada states "It is not that they did not exist as individuals in the past". How at the same time we existed and emanated from the body of the Lord. I thought that when you say that the living entities emanate you mean that they emanate in the material world from the body of Maha Vishnu. Please explain this misunderstanding.

Thank you!

Your servant,
Bhakta Kris

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Answer: He is Eternally Emanated

Thank you very much for your sincere inquiry. You are wondering that since we have always existed how Krishna could have emanated us from Himself. The answer is that He is eternally emanating us from Himself. In other words, it is not that we were created out of non-existence at a certain point in time. We are eternally manifested from Krishna's transcendental body. We exist eternally, but not independently. We always exist because Krishna is always emanating us.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 14 March 2014

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There's No One Like Krishna

You can search through all the persons who have existed within the vast span of history to find the most wonderful and amazing person. But you will never find anyone who is equal to or greater than Krishna. He excels everyone in every conceivable and inconceivable way. This is why Lord Brahma says that He is without a second. In other words there is only one person in all of existence of the caliber of Krishna and that is Krishna, no one else.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Krishna attracts everyone with His amazing pastimes
Krishna Attracts Everyone With His Amazing Pastimes


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Question: How Can We Be Brahman When Brahman is Impersonal?

First let me thank you for this guidance of yours. It is of great value.

Brahman is explained by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to be the universal impersonal spirit and the impersonal effulgence of the personal Lord. It is also explained that the jiva, the individual soul is Brahman: "aham brahmasmi." So how is it that we are persons when we are the impersonal Brahman? I would be very thankful if you could clear up this confusion.

Jimi W.

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Answer: Only the Impersonal Brahman is Impersonal

We, the living beings, are Brahman. That is a fact. But it is not that we are the impersonal Brahman. Brahman has two aspects: personal and impersonal. The Supreme Lord Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna is the Supreme Brahman, and the impersonal Brahman is a subordinate aspect of Him, the effulgence emanating from His transcendental body. We, the living beings are also emanating from His transcendental body, the difference being that we are persons while the impersonal Brahman is impersonal.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 13 March 2014

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How to Handle Frustration

It's natural that sometimes due to the up and down nature of this material world under the influence of the three modes of material nature that sometimes we will feel great and sometimes we will feel exasperated and frustrated. How do we conquer over these dualities and come to platform of steady transcendental bliss? The key is that when frustration comes we must not give in to the demands of the senses. We must continue to act dutifully under the instructions of the spiritual master. This dutiful steadiness will enable us to gradually attain the platform of uninterrupted, ever-increasing pure transcendental bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada teaches Krishna bhakti in Stockholm, Sweden
Srila Prabhupada Teaches Krishna Bhakti in Stockholm, Sweden


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Constant Remembrance of My Real Identity?

How to be in constant consciousness that I am the servant of Krishna?

Geeta Sarma

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Answer: Surrender to the Spiritual Master

In order to constantly be conscious of your identity as Krishna's servant you need to fully surrender yourself at the lotus feet of the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 12 March 2014

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Finding True Happiness in a World of Misery

The greatest challenge in today's world is how to be truly happy in a world of misery. How can we say that it is a world of misery when so many people are happy? We can state this because the so-called happiness of those who feel they are happy will come to an end when they are faced with inevitable, unavoidable old age, disease and death. In other words, if we want true happiness, we must transcend the bodily conception of self. We must come to realize the spiritual identity of the self, the self which is immune to old age, disease, and death because it is only on this platform that one can experience true happiness. This platform is described by Lord Sri Krishna as follows in the Bhagavad-gita 18.54:

brahma-bhūtah prasannātmā
na śocati na kānksati
samah sarvesu bhūtesu
mad-bhaktim labhate parām


"One who is thus transcendentally situated at once realizes the Supreme Brahman and becomes fully joyful. He never laments or desires to have anything. He is equally disposed toward every living entity. In that state he attains pure devotional service unto Me."

Take advantage of this knowledge and make your life perfect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Krishna instructs Arjuna how to be happy
Krishna Instructs Arjuna How to Be Happy


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Finite Being Can Contact the Infinite?

The individual is not a complete reality in himself. He is finite. So how will this finite being contact the infinite?

Your humble servant,
Anil Sarma

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Answer: By the Divine Power and Mercy of the Infinite

By the grace of the infinite (Lord Sri Krishna), the finite living being can contact Him. In this age the most effective means of doing this is by chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra:

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

By chanting this amazingly powerful mantra, the infinite is contacted and you become fully connected with Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 11 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Deathlessness in the Face of Inevitable Death

On 22nd June, 2013 my wife and I flew on Malaysia Airlines Flight #370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. On 8 March 2014 that same flight 370 that we were on disappeared without a trace with all 227 passengers and 12 crew members presumed dead. This reminds us of the dangerous nature of this material world where death can come at any minute even when you least expect it. Therefore if we want true peace of mind in such a dangerous atmosphere, we must solidly situate ourselves on the platform of deathlessness and by taking complete shelter of Lord Sri Krishna and thus regaining our eternal spiritual identities as His servants.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Boeing 777-236ER Used for MH370 During Take Off In Paris
Boeing 777-236ER Used for MH370 During Take Off In Paris


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Defeat this Atheistic Argument?

A question was raised after I repeated a quote Your Grace recently sent to all of our class via e-mail. I loved your Thought for the Day so much, I posted it on my Facebook. Unfortunately, an atheist decided to challenge your great wisdom. Your quote was:

"Atheism means asininity (excessive stupidity), and there is not much more to be said in this connection. Anyone who accepts the atheistic contention that something can come out nothing has not used their brain to carefully analyze reality. Those who are sober and wise use their intelligence to understand actuality instead of being blinded by the sophisticated word jugglery of dogmatists."

The atheist replied:

"You say that being an atheist and believing that something can come out of nothing, yet you believe in a higher power, which obviously could not create itself, thus you contradict your own statement by believing in a higher power because something would have had to create it, thus making that higher power a lesser power."

How would you respond to this statement?

Chelsey R.

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Answer: We Do Not Come Out of Nothing

I am very happy to see your determination to defeat the epidemic disease known as atheism that is ravaging the human society and turning human beings into animals. In this life atheists develop the consciousness of animals. And in their next life they will literally become animals. To save these poor souls it is of the utmost importance that atheistic philosophy is completely and thoroughly ripped to shreds so that no intelligent person will ever again give it any credibility.

Our atheist friend said, "You believe in a higher power which obviously could not create itself."

Our response is that the principle that something does not come out of nothing does not negate the conception of a higher power which can manifest Himself. That higher power is not nothing. He is something. Our atheist companion is trying to establish this point when says "obviously." But this is not at all obvious because it is simply not true. What he does not understand is that God must indeed be self-manifested. Otherwise He cannot be God. He cannot come from any other source other than Himself. If He did, His source would be God, not Him.

The whole point that there must a source for our existence because we cannot come out of nothing. And just as a goldless gold mine cannot produce gold, an impersonal existential mine cannot produce persons. Therefore since we exist as persons our original source must necessarily also possess personality. Some people have called that person God. There are many other names for that person as well. In Sanskrit He is also called Adi, which means the source. Only a fool would deny that we have a source and affirm that we came out of nothing.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 10 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Take Advantage of Lord Caitanya's Inconceivable Mercy

The most merciful Lord, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is Krishna Himself manifesting the mood of Srimati Radharani, has appeared in this age of Kali to freely bestow what no other incarnation of God has ever given, pure love of God. If we take advantage of His mercy by chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra, we will attain the supreme happiness, beyond even the pleasure experienced by the demigods who preside over the heavenly planets in the topmost region of our universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


The unlimitedly magnanimous Lord Caitanya
The Unlimitedly Magnanimous Lord Caitanya


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Surrender?

What is surrender and how one can surrender to Krishna and His devotee?

Your servant,
Mayapurchandra das

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Answer: Obedience to Krishna and Guru

Surrender to Krishna means to always follow His instructions with your mind, body, and words in all circumstances. In other words instead of serving your material senses and your material mind, you should instead always think, speak, and act in accordance with the instructions of Krishna as given in the Bhagavad-gita.

Surrendering to Krishna's devotee means to accept His devotee as your spiritual master and always serve Krishna according to the instructions that you receive from your spiritual master. If one wants to surrender to Krishna, it is mandatory that he accepts a spiritual master because this is the order of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 9 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Nothing More Unifying than Hare Krishna Kirtan

If we can get everyone to chant Hare Krishna, there will be immediate peace and prosperity throughout the entire world because as soon as we chant Hare Krishna calling out for the mercy of the Lord we are immediately elevated to the spiritual platform, which is eternal, full of bliss and full of knowledge. Unfortunately the government leaders do not have the proper intelligence to understand this, and therefore the world population continues to suffer more and more. Someday they will wake up and realize the importance of chanting. May that day come soon.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Devotees relish great happiness in chanting Hare Krishna
Devotees Relish Great Happiness in Chanting Hare Krishna.
Beatle George Harrison Joins the
Kirtan


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Choose a Guru?

I am new to ISKCON, and I would like to know how I can go about choosing a spiritual master. Where can I find information directly? My respects, and thank you for your time.

J. Bueala

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Answer: Where You Get the Best Facility for Inquiry

The scriptures say that one should inquire from the spiritual master how to advance in Krishna consciousness. Therefore we recommend that you should take initiation from whichever spiritual master you get the best facility for asking questions and getting answers.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 8 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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How to Attain the Perfection of Happiness

Everyone has the experience of feeling good by doing something to help somebody else. This is a fact. By expanding this principle it is understood that the more you can help others, the more you will feel satisfied. The perfection of happiness then is to act for the ultimate benefit of all living beings, which is to help everyone achieve the supreme perfection of going back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada gives happiness to everyone
Srila Prabhupada Gives Happiness to Everyone
New Delhi
Pandal Program 1971


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can Gambling Be Spiritual?

The recent question and answer about gambling was wonderful. I began to think how Srila Prabhupada said that a materialistic thing like a microphone can be transformed into spiritual by engaging it in Krishna's service.

So my question is if someone gambles on the lotto and wins, if they give the earnings to the devotees who will engage it in service of Krishna, won't this make the gambling spiritual?

Your servant,
Bhakta David

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Answer: The Odds Are Against It

If one wins in gambling and offers his earnings to Krishna, that gambling is certainly spiritual. But what are the odds of being able to do this? For example, the odds of winning America's popular Powerball lottery are only 1 out of 175 million. If that same money is offered directly to Krishna, the odds of making spiritual advancement is 100%. So what is a safer bet, offering the money to Krishna or buying a lottery ticket?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 7 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Atheism Means Asininity

Atheism means asininity (excessive stupidity), and there is not much more to be said in this connection. Anyone who accepts the atheistic contention that something can come out nothing has not used their brain to carefully analyze reality. Those who are sober and wise use their intelligence to understand actuality instead of being blinded by the sophisticated word jugglery of dogmatists.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lord Brahma submits to Lord Krishna
Lord Brahma Submits to Lord Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who is the Authority?

Srila Prabhupada writes in his books, "capricious work means action without the sanction of authority." My question is: Who is the authority in the above statement?

Kindly guide me.

your insignificant servant,
Sushant Kulkarni
Pune, India

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Answer: Krishna is the Supreme Authority

Krishna is the ultimate authority. Any time we act in disobedience of Krishna's instructions we are acting whimsically and irresponsibly, and we will suffer the karmic reactions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 6 March 2014

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Hare Krishna is Number One

Last Sunday evening (2 March 2014) local Austin musicians gathered here at a music venue to do a tribute program for Beatle George Harrison. The festival organizer contacted me and invited us to participate in the program. When I suggested that we could do a Hare Krishna kirtan, he loved the idea. We were the opening number of the program, and when he introduced us to the audience he mentioned that George was very fond of kirtan and often participated in it. When at the end of the kirtan I gave thanks to George for making the Hare Krishna mantra a number one hit, the entire audience delightfully roared with approval. We distributed many copies of the book Chant and Be Happy, which features a conversation with George Harrison about Krishna consciousness, as well as delicious prasadam cookies. It was so wonderful to see a completely materialistic atmosphere so wonderfully transformed by the power of the Hare Krishna mahamantra. When the chanting of this topmost of all mantras becomes a standard practice in every town, village, and home throughout the world, it will be a new era of unparalleled happiness for all.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Hare Krishna kirtan at George Harrison Tribute Concert
Hare Krishna Kirtan at George Harrison Tribute Concert
Austin, Texas--2 March 2014



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Anyone Gambling?

Yesterday when I was telling my office colleague that gambling is prohibited for those who are on the pathway of self-realization he said, "Nowadays who is gambling? I don't think anyone is gambling." Then I thought that he was right. I also practically do not see anyone gambling. So why is this a regulative principle?

Thanks & Regards,
Radha Ramana

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Answer: 51% of the World Population is Gambling

If you don't see that anyone is gambling, hear these statistics:

Currently about 51% of the world population takes part in some form of gambling every year. Gambling via the Internet is becoming increasingly popular. The national Lotto in the UK is played by over 32 million people every week. During fiscal year 2012 U.S. lottery sales totaled $78 billion ($US) and Canadian sales reached $9.3 billion ($Can). So gambling is currently is extremely popular with the present day world population.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 5 March 2014

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This Material World is a Dead End Street

This material world is a dead end street that simply takes you to the graveyard. Is this what you want? Or would you like something better? If you would rather not end up in a graveyard, there is something you can do to conquer over death. All you have to do is revive your original spiritual identity as a servant of the Supreme Person, who is known by the name of Krishna and millions of other names. Simply by reviving your long forgotten loving relationship with Lord Krishna you will become deathless, impervious to the inevitable deterioration of your temporary material body, which is nothing but a fragile garment being temporarily worn by the eternal self, the atma, who resides within the body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Material life takes you to the graveyard
Material Life Takes You to the Graveyard


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Preach Without Associating With Non-Devotees?

In the 4 March 2014 "Thought For the Day" you have mentioned that we should not associate much with non-devotees. My question is if we will not associate with non devotees, how will we preach?

Your most unfortunate servant,
Bhakta Shashank

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Answer: Give Association to Non-Devotees

Not associating with non-devotees means that we do not take shelter of their association. Rather we give them the shelter of Krishna conscious association. Those non-devotees who are intelligent and most fortunate will take advantage of the transcendental association that we offer them and become devotees also
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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 4 March 2014

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Surmounting the Existential Challenge

The greatest challenge of human life is to understand and fulfill the purpose of our existence. Great philosophers in the West have grappled with this existential challenge throughout the ages with no definitive conclusion. However, for the great sages of India, the followers of the Vedic wisdom, this is not an issue at all. It is clearly stated in the Vedanta Sutra, "athato brahma jijnasa: Now that you have achieved the human form of life you must inquire to understand the nature of the Absolute Truth." And then the Bhagavad-gita proceeds to described the Absolute Truth in full and how one can fully realize it. By studying the Bhagavad-gita and following its simple instructions one will easily surmount the existential challenge and achieve the highest enlightenment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Devotee shares knowledge of the Bhagavad-gita
Devotee Shares Knowledge of the Bhagavad-gita


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: When to Advance in Material Activities?

I am wondering, great guru, how does one know when to advance in material activities, and which kinds of activities to partake in? What if a person is not able to attend a temple but tries very hard to abide by the Bhagavad-gita and its lessons? Is that still service?

I fully and happily appreciate your great messages everyday, and thank you, beautiful guru, for your constant mercy upon all of us, for I'm a very lowly soul. Also, thank you for taking the time out to answer our questions and providing the most truthful, transparent answers to our most perplexing questions.

Hare Krishna!

C.R.

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Answer: Accept Only What is Necessary

A devotee accepts whatever material advancement is necessary to accommodate his material comforts, but not beyond that, because he much prefers spiritual advancement to material advancement. Therefore he keeps his association with non-devotees minimized as much as possible and maximizes as much as possible his association with devotees, his reading of transcendental literatures, his chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, and his outreach of giving Krishna consciousness to others.

If you are not able to attend a temple, you can still become perfect in Krishna consciousness by turning your home into a temple, a Krishna-centered atmosphere. But whenever you can get some facility to visit an ISKCON temple, even if you have to travel out of town, you should take full advantage of this greatest of all opportunities for strengthening your Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 3 March 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA
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Krishna Contains Everything

Everything that exists is within Krishna. Nothing exists outside of Krishna. Therefore Krishna's form is endless. He contains everything. Awareness of this most amazing person is called Krishna consciousness. To awaken love for Him is the highest state of spiritual awakening that can be attained. To attain it is not difficult. Simply one has to chant the Hare Krishna mantra every day under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master. In this way one will gradually awaken to his original pure state of unmotivated, uninterrupted love for Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Krishna kills de Kesi demom
Krishna Kills the Kesi Demon


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Realization of Our Spiritual Progress

How can we realize our spiritual progress?

Jagannathan

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Answer: By Pleasing Your Guru

When you please your spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 2 March 2014

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Satisfy Krishna by Satisfying the Spiritual Master

Success in spiritual life is based on pleasing Lord Krishna. And in order to please Krishna we must first please his representative, the bona fide spiritual master. Otherwise there is no question of spiritual advancement. This is confirmed as follows in mantra 8 of the Gurvastakam prayers:

yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādo
yasyāprasādān na gatih kuto 'pi
dhyāyan stuvams tasya yaśas tri-sandhya
vande guroh śrī-caranāravindam

"By satisfaction of the spiritual master, the Supreme Personality of Godhead becomes satisfied. And by not satisfying the spiritual master, there is no chance of being promoted to the plane of Krishna consciousness. I should therefore meditate and pray for his mercy three times a day, and offer my respectful obeisances unto him, my spiritual master."


Therefore it is imperative that all those who are serious about becoming spiritually awakened should seek out and take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master and then please him by sincere service and inquiries.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Disciples please Srila Prabhupada by ecstatic chanting and dancing
Disciples Please Srila Prabhupada by Ecstatic Chanting and Dancing


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Fate and Free Will?

I daily read your messages. I want to know: What is the difference between fate and free will?

Alka

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Answer: Fate Determined By How You Utilize Your Free Will

Your fate is determined by how you utilize your free will. If you misuse your free will and give up Krishna's service, you will be the slave of fate, destined to rot perpetually in the cycle of birth and death. On the other hand, if you properly use your free will to serve Krishna, you will become the master of your fate, destined to remain forever as a liberated soul in the wondrous spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 1 March 2014

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Embrace the Ultimate Challenge

The path of ultimate self-realization, Krishna consciousness, is not always easy. Due to our conditioned natures there are times when it can become exceedingly difficult. The key to successfully passing through the difficult times is to embrace the struggle, accepting it as the greatest, most exciting adventure that one could ever undergo. Just as many people with great excitement and enthusiasm embrace the struggle of climbing Mt. Everest, the devotee of the Lord embraces the ultimate challenge of becoming qualified to go back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay approach the South East Ridge on Mount Everest
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay
Approach the South East Ridge on Mount Everest


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Question: Why Are You Initiating Disciples?

First of all I want to thank you for giving me your great time and reply. I want to ask you: Why are you initiating disciples? Are you thinking that you are able to absorb the sins of your disciples in the present age of Kali when people are so much reduced in life span, intelligence, fortune and powers? How can you take responsibility for so many people if they will go down to hell? How can you save them? If they become your disciples you are karmically responsible for their works. If necessary you will have to take another birth to deliver them back to Godhead. I don't think with this material body that you can give your attention to all of them.

Thanking you,
हरे कृष्ण

Your servant,
Praveen Yadav

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Answer: On the Order of My Spiritual Master

Thank you very much for interest in our training. If one's understanding of the bhakti process is not clear, one must inquire from the spiritual master in order to gain a clear understanding so that his progress on this pathway is free from all impediments.

In regards to your inquiry, I am giving initiation because I have been instructed to do so by my spiritual master. I am simply acting as his humble servant to connect my disciples with him, the previous acharyas, and with Lord Sri Krishna. I personally have no qualification. If I have any qualification at all, it is that I am acting according to my spiritual master's orders.

I give ongoing guidance to all of my students through my daily e-course, my spoken and recorded lectures, through personal one-on-one consultations, and through personal correspondence just as I am writing you. Plus I connect all of my disciples with ISKCON, the world's leading spiritual educational institution, which gives complete guidance to all of its members how to go back to home, back to Godhead.

If necessary I am prepared to take birth after birth in this material world for as many lifetimes as necessary to personally make sure that each of my disciples has gone back to Godhead. The sincere student on the pathway of self-realization is helped from within by the Supersoul, Krishna within the heart, and he is helped externally by the spiritual master and the Lord's devotees. There is full facility for anyone who is serious to go back to Godhead to get the proper training and guidance they need. If one is genuine in their desire to attain spiritual perfection, Krishna will personally see that they are properly taken care of.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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