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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 30 June 2014

from ISKCON--Melbourne, Australia

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Today's Thought:

The Secret of Success on the Spiritual Pathway

Srila Prabhupada explains that the secret of success on the pathway of self-realization is to follow the order of the bona fide spiritual master. He teaches this not only by words, but also by his unflinching dedication to carrying out the order of his spiritual master to spread the Krishna consciousness movement to the English-speaking world. If we will dedicate ourselves fully to carrying out the order of Srila Prabhupada to make the entire world Krishna conscious, we will already be liberated souls even while we maintain our material bodies here in this material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Home program, Mill Park, Australia
Home Program--Mill Park, Australia--28 June 2014


Lecture at Urban Yoga Center
Lecture at Urban Yoga Center--28 June 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can An Endless Krishna Have Arms and Legs?

You mentioned that Krishna is eternal, and endless. So then isn't Krishna shapeless if he's eternal, endless, and without a beginning and without an end? I've always thought that Krishna is a man who also has arms and legs.

Please clarify my confusion.
Karthik

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Answer: By His Inconceivable Potency

You are correct in understanding that Krishna has a form with hands and legs. It is also a fact as you mentioned that His form is endless. This is the inconceivable potency of the Lord that He can be in one place doing something like playing on His flute while at the same time His form is all encompassing and contains everything within it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 29 June 2014

from ISKCON--Melbourne, Australia

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Today's Thought:

One Must Become a Paramahamsa

In a Srimad-Bhagavatam class given in Mayapur, India on September 30, 1974 Srila Prabhupada stated:

"Paramahamsa, one must be only spiritually interested like the swan. He is interested only to drink the milk, not the water. Similarly, one must become paramahamsa. One must be interested with spiritual advancement of life, not material."

A paramahamsa is a pure devotee of the Lord, who has no interest at all in this material world. Even while in this material world by his divine consciousness he extracts Krishna from it leaving aside the material energy, just as a swan can with his beak extract milk from a mixture of milk and water leaving aside the water.

How does one know when he has reached the paramahamsa stage? Srila Prabhupada answers:

"The symptom is that he cannot waste a moment without glorifying Krishna. That is paramahamsa. At that time, you can know, that when you cannot remain even for a single moment without describing Krishna, then you can know that you are on the paramahamsa stage."

Srila Prabhupada cautions us that it takes time to become a paramahamsa that we should not foolishly think that all of a sudden we have become paramahamsas.

On July 30, 1973 in London, in a Bhagavad-gita lecture, Srila Prabhupada taught us:

"So everyone should think that 'What is my value?' That is really learned, humble and meek. Nobody should think that 'Now I have learned everything. I can surpass everyone. I have become above all rules and regulation. Now I have become paramahamsa.' This is rascaldom. Everyone should always think, 'I am fool number one.' Therefore the endeavor will go on, to become perfect. If we think that 'Now I have become perfect, paramahamsa,' then the spiritual regulative principles will never be followed, and you will fall down."

So let us always remember these sublime instructions of Srila Prabhupada and all endeavor to become paramahamsas as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Home Program--Werribee, Australia--27 June 2014

Home program, Werribee, Australia

Home program, Werribee, Australia

Home program, Werribee, Australia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Make Krishna Conscious Decisions?

How can we make sure that our decisions will keep us connected with Krishna?

Regards,
Karthik

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Answer: Only Do What Is Favorable for Krishna Consciousness

When making a decision we simply see what is favorable for our Krishna consciousness. If something is favorable for our Krishna consciousness, we should accept it. And if it is not favorable for our Krishna consciousness, we should reject it. We should not make decisions on the basis of sentiment. We should always intelligently make all of our decisions based on this principle of seeing whether something is favorable or unfavorable for our Krishna consciousness and the Krishna consciousness of others.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 28 June 2014

from ISKCON--Melbourne, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Srimad Bhagavatam Answers All Questions

The Srimad Bhagavatam, the spotless Purana, answers all questions because it is Krishna Himself, and when you know Krishna, you know everything. Therefore there is nothing more sublime in all the three worlds than to carefully study the Srimad Bhagavatam and realize in full the Supreme Personality of Godhead by following the Bhagavatam's teachings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Questions and answers in Melbourne, Australia
Question/Answer Session--Melbourne, Australia 26 June 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: My Sister Wants Me to Go to Movies. What to Do?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Could you please advise me as to how to move forward with my life? My elder sister keeps pressuring me to become socially active such as going to movies with her friends, etc.

Your devotee,

J.G.

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Answer: If You Follow a Fool, You Become a Fool

If you follow the advice of a fool, you become a fool. Therefore we only follow the mahajanas, the great devotees of the Lord. The only social life a devotee needs is the association of other devotees. However, we do not abandon the non-devotees. Rather we dedicate our lives to saving them from the cycle of repeated birth and death by feeding them Krishna prasadam and telling them about Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 27 June 2014

from ISKCON--Melbourne, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Leadership for a New World Order

The current slate of world leaders cannot help but be cheaters because they do not know that the goal of the human form of life is to qualify oneself for going back to home, back to Godhead. The Srimad Bhagavatam states that all leaders on any level of responsibility must be able deliver their dependents from the cycle of birth and death. Due to their gross misguidance the entire human population is in a suffering condition and will be in even a worse position after leaving their present bodies and finding themselves in the animal kingdom. If we are to have a bright future for the human race, the only hope is that from now on we should only have leaders who are conversant with and who strictly personally follow the Vedic wisdom.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada teaches the university professors
Srila Prabhupada Teaches the University Professors


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Radha and Rukmini?

What is the difference between Srimati Radharani (Krishna's eternal consort in Goloka Vrindavana) and Srimati Rukmini (His principal queen in Dvaraka)? Both are eternal associates of Lord Krishna. So how should we understand the position of both of them?

Your servant,

Gagan

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Answer: Radharani Expands Herself as Rukmini

Srimati Radharani is the original goddess of fortune and Rukmini is Her expansion. Radharani is the principal head of all goddesses of fortune, the pleasure counterpart of the Lord and is thus non-different from Krishna. Rukmini is a sakti-tattva form of Srimati Radharani, who expands Herself by Her internal potency into multiforms of the goddess of fortune.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 26 June 2014

from Hong Kong, China

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Today's Thought:

The Proof that Krishna Exists

Sometimes when a person says they doubt that Krishna exists we remind him that since Krishna is the cause of all causes if Krishna did not exist, he would not exist either to doubt His existence. Krishna is the very source and substance of reality itself. Were it not for Krishna, nothing at all would exist. So the fact that we are here proves that Krishna exists.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Home program, Botanic Klang, Malaysia
Home Program--Botanic Klang, Malaysia--24 June 2014


Devotees give us a heart melting ecstatic send off
Devotees Give Us Heart Melting Ecstatic Send Off
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Airport--25 June 2014

 


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Krishna Eat Meat?

I have three questions:

1. Which is correct: "I am the soul," or "I have a soul."?"

2. If I am the soul, why is that we are attached to the body? Why do we feel that we are the body?

3. Is Krishna a non-vegetarian?

Kindly enlighten me on these.

Karthik K.

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Answer: Meat Is Not On His Menu

It's not that I have a soul because the "I" is the soul itself. In other words, I am the soul. It's not that I possess a soul. Rather it is the I, the soul, who am presently situated within a particular material body according to my karma.

When the gasoline gauge goes to empty the driver of the car laments, "Oh no, I'm out of gas." But it is not that he is out of gas. It is the car that is out of gas. In a similar way, because we are fully engaged 24 hours as the driver of our bodies we have fallen into the similar illusion of thinking that these bodies are us, when the real fact is that they just vehicles; they are not us.

Krishna lists His diet in Bhagavad-gita. Meat is not on the menu.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 25 June 2014

from Shah Alam, Malaysia

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Today's Thought:

The Only Solution for the Pollution

The air, water, and noise pollution that we are currently ever-increasingly plagued with here on planet earth are simply the manifestations of the even greater pollution that is there within us, the tons of psychological gook that is clouding up our minds. We keep thinking that we are the lords of all we survey when in fact we are simply the humble servants of God. As within, so without. Since our minds are so clogged up with lust, anger, greed, madness, illusion, and envy it is natural that the landscape before us is becoming more and more dreadful with each passing year. If we want to live in a clean external environment, we must first clean up the environment within. Otherwise all our attempts at cleaning up the external environment will be artificial and a complete, total waste of time and money. They will fall flat on their face in utter failure.

The successful program for cleaning up the environment begins by fixing our minds on God, which is most easily achieved by chanting His holy names regularly as much as possible. If the population in general can be trained in this art, their minds will become pure and the environment will naturally become pristine once again like it was back in the days when people were more God conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Preaching program in the home of Rumesh Sharma
Preaching Program in Home of Rumesh Sharma
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia--23 June 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Chanting Have to Be Out Loud?

Is it okay to chant the Hare Krishna mantra in your mind or does it have to be out loud?

Kartik P.

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Answer: Audible Chanting Required for Spiritual Perfection

Since we cannot fully absorb our minds silently every day in the Hare Krishna mantra for enough time or intensity to sufficiently purify our consciousness for escaping the cycle of birth and death, we need to chant it for at least 16 rounds audibly on our japa mala beads every day in order to get sufficient power to free our minds from the influence of the three modes of material nature and thus clear our pathway for spiritual perfection.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 24 June 2014

from Shah Alam, Malaysia

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Today's Thought:

Solution for a World in Chaos

Have you noticed? The world is in chaos, and it is getting worse and worse every day. And our current slate of world leaders is completely, totally incompetent to do anything to bring about a solution to this maniacal madness. Because they themselves are in a state of chaos they can do nothing except bring more and more chaos to the world table.

Do you want to see this global mayhem rectified with peace, happiness, and prosperity for all? This will only happen when the people of the world recognize the leadership of those who are not in chaos, the leadership of those who have fully harmonized themselves with Krishna or God. Then this planet will be a decent place for a sane person's residence. Until then the global affairs will continue deteriorating more and more into eventual total anarchy.

So do you think it's bad now? You haven't seen anything yet. If the world does not accept the leadership of the Krishna consciousness movement, you will see all unbelievable hell break loose all over this planet. It's not too late. There is still great hope for the future of the human race if they will simply accept Bhagavad-gita As It Is as the guidebook for the human form of life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Lakshmi Narayana Temple Lecture, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Lakshmi Narayana Temple Lecture--Kuala Lumpur--22 June 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How is God Omniscient and Present Everywhere?

How is God omniscient and present everywhere?

Amit G.

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Answer: By His Spiritual and Material Energies

God is present everywhere by His spiritual and material energies, and because He is present everywhere He is naturally omniscient.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 23 June 2014

from Shah Alam Malaysia

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Today's Thought:

Palatable or Unpalatable, Truth Must Be Spoken

If you want to be happy, you must love Krishna. There is no two ways about it. Some people object when we speak so strongly, but what can we do? We are obliged to speak the truth. Just as a doctor has to honestly tell you what is the condition of your health, we are also duty bound to speak the truth, even if people find it to be unpalatable. Of course, we always endeavor to make it as palatable as possible. But sometimes in spite of all our best efforts to present the truth in the most palatable way, people will find it to be unpalatable.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



No one is more beautiful or wonderful than Krishna
No One Is More Beautiful or Wonderful Than Krishna

 


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What's Wrong With Material Sense Gratification?

Dear Gurudeva,

I'm having problems/doubts about instructions regarding sense gratification and why this is necessarily wrong and to be avoided. I almost feel it is a slap in the face to the Creator. I hope you can help me with these doubts. Thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,
Anonymous

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Answer: Put Ice Cream In Your Mouth, Not In Your Pocket

Unless one has gotten the higher taste of transcendental pleasure the instructions regarding giving up material sense gratification will undoubtedly be very hard to understand and accept. For example, I may give you a million dollars, and you may be very happy with the million dollars. And then when I tell you to give up the million dollars you will become very disappointed. But when I tell that if you give up the million dollars, I will give you one billion dollars, you will be delighted like anything to give up your million dollars. Sense gratification is the million dollars, and Krishna consciousness is the billion dollars.

How else can you understand this?

By accepting the higher pleasure and giving up the lower pleasure, we are embracing the Creator not slapping Him in the face. Why? Because we are meant by the very constitution of our divine natures to relish transcendental bliss, not the cheap thrills of momentary, fleeting sense pleasure. Sense pleasure does not stimulate the soul. It simply titillates the covering of the self, the material body. If I give you a bowl full of delightful homemade organic strawberry ice cream, will you put it in your shirt pocket, or will you put it in your mouth? Sense gratification is putting the ice cream in your pocket and Krishna consciousness is putting the ice cream in your mouth. The shirt pocket is compared to the covering of the self, namely the material body, and the mouth is compared to the actual self, the eternal spiritual body who never gets sick, gets old, or dies.

Please continue to flood me with your doubts. I can help you kill all of them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 22 June 2014

from Shah Alam, Malaysia

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Today's Thought:

Krishna Consciousness in the Muslim World

Now we are in Shah Alam, Malaysia in the Muslim world. Outside the window of our residence I see a restaurant which advertises itself as 100% Islam and also there is an Institute of Quranic sciences. Here in the Muslim world we can appreciate how much religion is emphasized in the daily lives of the people. Everywhere we see people expressing their religious faith even by the way they dress. This emphasis on religion is something which is lacking elsewhere in the world. It is on this basis that we can very much appreciate the Muslim countries.

However, here and everywhere else there is something sorely lacking, which is the conception of pure bhakti. Everywhere people of all religions are mixing sense gratification with devotion to God, and they say that their sect of religion is the only religion. They do not realize that religion cannot by its very nature be sectarian and that by sectarianizing it they are bastardizing it, turning it into irreligion masquerading as religion. This is the great tragedy of religion in the world and one of the reasons why more and more people are rejecting religion.

Therefore we very much appreciate the pure bhakti taught by ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and are happy that we got the chance to be liberated from this hellish material world by the opportunity to join his most glorious Hare Krishna movement. And we sincerely hope that people all over the world will very soon realize the value of the Krishna consciousness movement and take full of advantage of Srila Prabhupada's teachings to become perfect in their practice of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, etc.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Blue Mosque in Shah Alam, Malaysia
Blue Mosque in Shah Alam, Malaysia


Muslim men praying in the Kuala Lumpur Airport
Muslim Men Praying in the Kuala Lumpur Airport


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can I Surrender to Guru Without Loving Him?

Srila Gurudeva,

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

When I see other devotees full of love and sincere feelings for the spiritual master, I am thinking is it possible to surrender to the spiritual master without this love? Is it possible to become qualified for this love, or does it depend on mercy?

G.Z.

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Answer: By Surrender You Will Awaken Your Love for Him

Even if you have no love for the spiritual master, you can surrender to him for the purpose of awakening your feelings of love for him. It is very important to love the spiritual master because to whatever extent we awaken our feelings of love for the spiritual master is the extent that our love for Krishna becomes awakened, and loving Krishna is the only purpose of our eternal existence. Without it we are worse that dead. By sincerely serving the spiritual master through full obedience to his instructions and the instructions of his representatives your pure love for him and for Lord Sri Krishna will be awakened, and your life will become perfect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 21 June 2014

from Hong Kong

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Today's Thought:

An Oasis in the Glittery Hong Kong Phantasmagoria

Of all the places I see as I travel the globe, Hong Kong stands out as one of the most glittery places on earth. Here materialism has peaked out. Traveling the globe I rarely see the world's ultimate luxury car, the Rolls Royce. But here in Hong Kong they are not that uncommon. The streets of Hong Kong are lit up like anything. Walking or driving down practically any Hong Kong street one is bombarded with an overwhelming phantasmagoria of slick advertising from all sides urging you to enjoy this and enjoy that. But what is the use of all this material advancement when is one is going to become an animal in one's next birth? Tucked away in the middle of all this Hong Kong glitter on the 6th floor at 27 Chatham South in the Tsim Sha Tsui district is ISKCON's Sri Sri Gaura Nitai Temple, a true oasis in the middle of the desert.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Hong Kong Skyline
Hong Kong Skyline


Hong Kong Street Scene
Hong Kong Street Scene


Three Rolls Royces parked side by side in Honk Kong
Three Rolls Royces Parked Side by Side in Hong Kong


Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, an oasis in the Hong Kong desert
Sri Sri Gaura Nitai--An Oasis in the Hong Kong Desert


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is Transcendental Literature Ever-Fresh?

Why is it said that transcendental literature, although the same book, remains ever-fresh despite repeated readings?

Your servant,
Sushant

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Answer: Because It Is Krishna Himself

Because transcendental literature is Krishna Himself, who is ever-fresh, it has a mystical ever-fresh potency which gives the devoted reader newer and newer lights of transcendental wisdom and realization with each repeated reading. The nature of transcendental reading is such that with each repeated reading the subject matter becomes more and more relishable.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 20 June 2014

from Hong Kong

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Today's Thought:

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) said, "If you work cooperatively, you'll get more strength." Since we are fighting an inconceivably tremendous uphill battle against the ignorance of this age of Kali, it is imperative that we all work together co-operatively in order to have sufficient strength to carry out our duty of delivering the world from suffering and illusion. United we stand, divided we fall. Those who obey Srila Prabhupada's instruction will be successful, and those who disobey his instruction will be a failure.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Spiritual Perfection in Householder Life Seminar
Spiritual Perfection in Household Life Seminar
Hong Kong, 18 June 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Deliverer of Karma Is Karmically Implicated?

I wrote you as follows on 18 June 2014:

"Lord Krishna said that He has already made arrangements for everyone's death, and death is predestined for everyone. So if everyone's death already is predestined to happen at a specific time, then isn't the death of all those people who die by the hands of terrorists also predestined?"

To which you replied:

"Yes, it is predestined according to their karma."

So now my question is:

"Then, how do those terrorists commit sin and get bad karma if the death of every being they kill is predestined due to their karma?"

Kartik P.

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Answer: Woe Be To He Who Is the Deliverer of Karma

Woe be to he who is the deliverer on one's karma because karma's nature is entangling, stringent and cruel. Even though it is someone's karma to be murdered, the person who murders him must also suffer the karma of being a murderer. In other words, he must also be murdered, and the person who murders him must then also be murdered, etc. In this way everyone is eternally imprisoned within the wheel of karma, getting misery and giving misery in an endlessly ongoing cycle. This is why, if one wants relief from this hell, he must surrender to Krishna, because that is the only way to get out of the karmic labyrinth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 19 June 2014

from Hong Kong

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Today's Thought:

Are You Prepared for Dying?

Death is no joke. There is one thing of absolute surety for everyone in this material world: death is coming at any time, your death, my death, and everyone's death. Therefore the most important thing that we can do is to be prepared for death. However, the sad reality is that everybody lives their life in the pursuit of material sense gratification as if death will never come. Thus they are not at all prepared for death. The preparation for death is to always be absorbed in thoughts of the Lord seeing everything in relation to Him and in always rendering Him tangible service. Such God consciousness or Krishna consciousness qualifies one to enter into Krishna's transcendental abode at the time of death instead of continuing on within the endless cycle of birth and death here in this material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Distributing transcendental literature in Hong Kong
Distributing Transcendental Literature in Hong Kong


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Everyone is Attracted to Krishna?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

I understand that the name Krishna means 'all-attractive'. However, how is it possible that some people do not feel any attraction towards Krishna or the practices of the Krishna consciousness movement? Some people also persist that chanting is a waste of time and meaningless. How do we intelligently counter this?

Sincerely, a most fallen soul. Haribol!

Kuvera
Vancouver, BC Canada

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Answer: Either His Spiritual or Material Energy

Because Krishna is all-attractive, everyone is attracted to Him either directly through His spiritual energy or indirectly through His material energy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 18 June 2014

from Pretoria, South Africa

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Today's Thought:

Don't Be A Victim of this Fool's Paradise

This material world is a fool's paradise because here everyone is programmed to think that they are their bodies and that therefore their happiness revolves around satisfying the senses of their body. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that we are not these bodies. These bodies are just temporary coverings of the self. We are instead pure spiritual beings constituted to have a sweet loving relationship with the Supreme Person, the source of all existence. That person has unlimited names, the chief of which is the name Krishna. To connect with that Supreme Person in a loving relationship is not being dogmatic as the foolish atheists claim. It is simply a matter of knowing who you are and being who you are.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Teaching the Science of Krishna Bhakti at a Home Program
Teaching the Science of Krishna Bhakti at a Home Program
Equestria, South Africa--16 June 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Impossible to Make Whole World Krishna Conscious?

In this age of Kali, isn't it impossible to make the whole world God conscious since Kali Yuga is the age of darkness and ignorance?

Kartik P.

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Answer: Yes, But the Impossible Can Become Possible

Yes, it is certainly impossible to make the entire world Krishna conscious in the midst of this dark, ignorant age of Kali. But yet by the inconceivable mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, even the impossible can become possible. And indeed it is predicted in the Caitanya Caritamrita that the entire world will become Krishna conscious:

saj-jana, durjana, pangu, jada, andha-gana
prema-vanyaya dubaila jagatera jana

"The Krishna consciousness movement will inundate the entire world and drown everyone, whether one be a gentleman, a rogue or even lame, invalid or blind."
Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi Lila, 7.26

Of course we don’t expect to see such a transformation in our lifetimes. Reasonably we expect that it will take many thousands of years before this prediction can come true. But then again, Krishna can work any miracle according to His choosing. If we, the devotees of the Krishna consciousness movement, become fully competent in a mood of pure bhakti to lead the entire world out of chaos by exemplary behavior and faithful presentation of the Vedic conclusion, Krishna can surely make the entire world Krishna conscious within a minute. So let’s try for this most ideal of all scenarios by cultivating pure bhakti within our hearts at every minute and endeavoring like anything to make the entire world Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 17 June 2014

from Pretoria, South Africa

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Today's Thought:

Will You Vanish In Oblivion?

Where are the great heroes whose glories we sing
Reformers, politicians, scientists and grand kings?
We're awed by celebrities who sport mega fame
Stars of music, athletics, and cinematic acclaim.

But where have they gone now?
Of a trace there is none.
We cannot find them
For they're vanished in oblivion.

We worship these heroes as our life's model
Repeating their words as if they were gospel.
But here's a fact that we just do not see:
They get old and die just like you and me.

So where have they gone now?
Of a trace we find none.
We cannot find them
For they're vanished in oblivion.

Destiny spins out everyone's karma.
Making you dance in the puppeteer's drama.
Sometimes you're famous, sometimes you're unknown
From the pious or sinful karma you've sown.

So hanker not for karma's rigged game.
Make personalistic nirvana your exclusivistic aim.
Reunite with that luminary of unlimited fame.
Shun atheistic madness or go wildly insane.

So where will you go now?
Send your love to that Supreme One
And return to His wondrous abode
Instead of vanishing in oblivion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Teaching the Science of Krishna Bhakti
Teaching the Science of Krishna Bhakti
Lenasia, South Africa--15 June 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How is Krishna the God of Love?

Lord Sri Krishna is called the god of love. Please explain how He is the god of love.

Amit G.
New Delhi, India

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Answer: He is the Origin of Pure Selfless Giving

Krishna is naturally the god of love because love itself exists only because of His unlimited all munificent kindness. What in this material world we call love is nothing but lust masquerading as love. Krishna's love is not at all like that lust of this world. His love is pure and selfless giving, free from even the most infinitesimal tinge of the polluted tendency for material sense gratification.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 16 June 2014

from Pretoria, South Africa

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Today's Thought:

Thank God It's Only a Dream

Sometimes we are suffering like anything in a nightmare trapped in a hellish predicament with no escape until finally with great relief we realize that the hell we find ourselves trapped in is only a dream, from which we can wake up and become completely relieved. In a similar way, the devotee of the Lord feels great relief gratefully realizing that all the hell we go through in this material world is nothing but a dream from which we can wake up by fully absorbing ourselves in the devotional service of the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Devotees in Melbourne, Australia Relish the Nectar of Kirtan
Devotees in Melbourne, Australia Relish the Nectar of Kirtan


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Kirtan and a Mundane Rock Song?

What is the difference between the ecstasy one experiences by chanting and dancing Hare Krishna in kirtan and the ecstasy experienced by a drunkard when dancing to a mundane rock song, since both of them forget themselves at that time?

Shrishall M.

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Answer: Attain Your Eternal Form or an Animal Form

By relishing the nectar of kirtan one becomes purified of all the contamination within one's heart and becomes qualified to become reinstated in his original spiritual form, which is eternal, full of knowledge, and full of bliss. And by drunkenly relishing a mundane song one increases the contamination of his heart and becomes qualified to become an animal in his next birth. Therefore those who are intelligent absorb themselves in music that glorifies the Supreme Lord instead of music which glorifies sex.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 15 June 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Suffering Like Hell in this Material World

We are suffering like hell in this material world, but since we do not like to admit this we imagine that we are enjoying here by inventing so many varieties of so-called enjoyment, which are nothing more than smoke screens to keep us from seeing the truth. Because our happiness here is only imaginary it is described in the Sanskrit language as maya-sukhaya, illusory happiness. The fact is that our actual position is unlimited enjoyment, but due to our foolish misidentification with this material body we are now experiencing otherwise. This is why we need the help of a bona fide spiritual master to snap us out of this spell of illusion, to bring us out of our confusion, to give us a consciousness transfusion back to our original state of pure, unadulterated spiritual bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Revealing the truth in the Bhagavad-gita
Revealing the Truth of the Bhagavad-gita
Glen Park, Mauritius--13 June 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Choose the Bona Fide Spiritual Master?

Respected Gurudeva,

Would you please clarify me how can I choose the bona fide spiritual master or perfect guru. What are the qualities of a bona fide spiritual master?

Mr. Biplab

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Answer: Criterion Given in the Bhagavatam Is Your Guide

The criterion for choosing a bona fide spiritual master is given as follows in the Srimad Bhagavatam (11.3.21):

tasmad gurum prapadyeta
jijñasuh sreya uttamam
sabde pare ca nisnatam
brahmany upasamasrayam

"Therefore any person who seriously desires real happiness must seek a bona fide spiritual master and take shelter of him by initiation. The qualification of the bona fide guru is that he has realized the conclusions of the scriptures by deliberation and is able to convince others of these conclusions. Such great personalities, who have taken shelter of the Supreme Godhead, leaving aside all material considerations, should be understood to be bona fide spiritual masters."

So to choose the bona fide spiritual master, you must see who is that teacher who has realized the conclusions of the scriptures and is able to convince you of those conclusions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 14 June 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

When Governments Take Guidance from Bona Fide Guru

When the governments of the world take guidance from the bona fide spiritual master there will be a new dawn of peace and prosperity for the entire human society. So I was very happy when I was invited to speak to an agency of the Mauritius government on how one can be happy while working his job. I explained to the government employees how important it is to realize one's spiritual identity and to reconnect with it every day before coming to work by chanting the holy names of God. As long as one misidentifies himself with his temporary material body, he must necessarily suffer from so many material miseries. But when one connects with God, he realizes his eternal, all blissful, fully cognizant identity, which is never affected by any material miseries. I pray for that day when all the governments all over the world will be eager to take training from the bona fide spiritual master on how everyone can become genuinely happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Guiding an Agency of the Mauritius Government
Port Louis, Mauritius--12 June 2014


Speaking to Enterprise Agency of Mauritius Government


Speaking to Enterprise Agency of Mauritius Government


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are Material Relationships Real?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

In society man has created language and given names for the relationships for social conventions. Words like someone is my mother, father, brother, uncle, aunt, etc. are just being created by human beings. In actuality, no one is my mother, father, brother, etc. From Krishna consciousness perspective, it is only Krishna and His energy that exists. So when we love and serve Krishna purely then as a natural offshoot of that our real love and service goes for every living entity. Is this understanding correct?

Your aspiring Servant
Ashok
India

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Answer: Yes, But They Do Not Endure

Although our relationships in this world such as father mother, brother, son, etc. are factual or not false, they do not have an enduring reality since they are all finished when one transmigrates to another body at the time of death. The eternal, permanent relationship we do have is that we are all part and parcel of Krishna, the Supreme Person, the source of all existence. So your understanding is correct. Just as when we water the root of a tree, all the leaves and branches are nourished, when we give our love to Krishna, who is the root of all existence, our love is naturally, easily, sublimely, and purely distributed to all living beings everywhere. As long as we focus our love on these temporary relationships, we are bound to be frustrated. But when we learn how to love Krishna, we will become perfect in loving everyone, and we will taste unlimited bliss at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 13 June 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

There's No One More Wonderful Than Krishna

Even if you were to search everywhere, examining every single person in all of existence, you would never be able to find anyone who is more wonderful than Krishna or even equally wonderful with Krishna. There is no one who is even remotely close. Krishna surpasses all in excellence. Everything wonderful and sublime that you can find anywhere is simply a manifestation of Him. If you would like to relish His most marvelous association at every minute, all you have to do is become His devotee. He will then eternally bless you with His inconceivably glorious association in unlimited flavors or rasas.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Absolutely amazing Krishna
Absolutely Amazing Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How To Be Steady on the Bhakti Path?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please solve my query as follows:

On the path of devotion, there arise many hurdles. So how should a sincere devotee handle these obstacles and be steady on the path of bhakti for Lord Sri Krishna?

Thanks and kind regards,
Hare Krishna,
Amit G.
New Delhi, India

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Answer: Follow These Ten Guidelines

To become steady on the path of bhakti, follow these guidelines from the Nectar of Devotion, Chapter Six:

Srila Rupa Goswami mentions the basic principles of devotional service as follows:

(1) accepting the shelter of the lotus feet of a bona fide spiritual master,

(2) becoming initiated by the spiritual master and learning how to discharge devotional service from him,

(3) obeying the orders of the spiritual master with faith and devotion,

(4) following in the footsteps of great acaryas (teachers) under the direction of the spiritual master,

(5) inquiring from the spiritual master how to advance in Krishna consciousness,

(6) being prepared to give up anything material for the satisfaction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna (this means that when we are engaged in the devotional service of Krishna, we must be prepared to give up something which we may not like to give up, and also we have to accept something which we may not like to accept),

(7) residing in a sacred place of pilgrimage like Dvaraka or Vrindavana (this includes making your home as good as Vrindavana by making Krishna the center of your home),

(8) accepting only what is necessary, or dealing with the material world only as far as necessary,

(9) observing the fasting day on Ekadasi and

(10) worshiping sacred trees like the banyan tree (this includes worshiping the sacred tulasi tree).

These ten items are preliminary necessities for beginning the discharge of devotional service in regulative principles. In the beginning, if a neophyte devotee observes the above-mentioned ten principles, sure he will quickly make good advancement in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 12 June 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

If You're Not Busy Being Born, You're Busy Dying

There are two ways that you can go in life. You can go into the light or you can go into the darkness. If you go into the light, as you continue along the way your life will become brighter and more illuminated. On the other hand, if you go into the darkness, as you traverse that trail you will find that things become darker, more miserable and more illusioned. The path of light is the golden road of being reborn into your eternal all-blissful, all-cognizant spiritual identity. And the path of darkness means that you are dying, killing or deeply burying your actual identity by covering it with so many false identities in relationship to your temporary body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Teaching Krishna consciousness, the pathway of light
Teaching Krishna Consciousness--The Pathway of Light
Roches Brunes, Mauritius--10 June 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How To Get Free From Karma?

How will we be able to know whether or not we are suffering our previous karma and creating new karma? Although I try to follow Krishna consciousness very seriously, being a very insignificant entity, I don't know whether or not I am harvesting my previous karmas and creating new karma. Please guide me. I will be obliged to you.

Alka

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Answer: Surrender to Krishna

Until you surrender to Krishna you will continue to suffer from the reactions to your previous karma while you continue creating new karma, which binds you even tighter in this material existence. Therefore it is essential that as soon as possible you surrender to Krishna by taking shelter through initiation of his representative, the bona fide spiritual master. In this way you will become liberated from the reactions of your past karma and will no longer create any more karmic reactions for yourself.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 11 June 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Become the Devotee of Krishna's Devotee

According to Krishna's statement in the Adi-Purana, unless we are devoted to Krishna's devotee, He does not accept that we have any devotion to Him. Therefore the first step on the path of bhakti is take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master by initiation. This is confirmed by Srila Rupa Goswami as follows:

adau gurv-asrayam sad-dharma-prccha
sadhu-marganugamanam

"In the beginning one should accept the shelter of a bona fide spiritual master and inquire submissively about religious principles. He should then desire to follow in the footsteps of the great devotees of the Lord."--Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu 1.1.74

So do yourself a favor. If you have not already done so, become the devotee of Krishna's devotee so that Krishna will recognize you as His devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada gives initiation in Los Angeles, USA
Srila Prabhupada Gives Initiation in Los Angeles, USA



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should We Love Worldly People?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

In this material world, it is generally seen that the people whom we love the most never stay associated with us forever. Sooner or later, we definitely lose them. So my questions are:

"Should we stop getting emotionally attached to worldly people? And to whom should we love the most?

Hare Krishna,
Amit Gupta,
New Delhi, India

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Answer: Love Everyone Through Loving Krishna

You should give all of your love to Krishna because He will never disappoint you by not fully reciprocating love with you. In this material world everyone is selfish and thus can never fully reciprocate love with you. Even if someone were able to perfectly reciprocate love with you, by the influence of time they will be taken away from you. But Krishna will personally remain with you for all eternity. And besides that, because Krishna is the root of all existence when you give your love to Krishna it automatically goes to all living beings. Show me anyone besides Krishna who can distribute your love to all livings beings. Only Krishna has this power. Therefore all of your love should be given to Krishna and in this way you will perfectly love all living beings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 10 June 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Without Krishna What Then Would This Life Be?

Without Krishna what then would this life be?
What would this life be?
What kind of reality?
We'd be drowning in an ocean of bitter sorrow
With no hope at all of better brighter tomorrow.
Without Krishna bitter life.
Without Krishna only strife.

Without Krishna how then could we survive?
What meaning to derive?
How could we be alive
When stranded in existential crazy voidness
With no escape from this deadly prison madness?
Without Krishna how would we be?
In only painful misery.

Without Krishna nothing at all would be.
There'd be no you or me
Or any reality.
So we thank Him for giving us our existence
And the means of our very subsistence.
Now with Krishna we'll be free
In ecstatic eternity.
Now with Krishna blissfully
In nectarean eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Sunday feast lecture, Phoenix, Mauritius
Sunday Feast Lecture--8 June 2014--Phoenix, Mauritius



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Catholic and Vaisnava Philosophy

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

We have a question and answer section in the Krishna.lv web site. Sometimes people ask hard questions for me to answer. Could you please help to answer those questions?

Elizabeth asks these questions:

What is the difference between Vaishnava philosophy and Catholic philosophy? And why exactly are you right? If we live only one time, why should I do all what you do (or what you are preaching: about karma, life after death in God's kingdom, about eternal devotional service)?

Thank you very much!

Jaimini-pati Das

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Answer: Essentially the Same

Vaisnava philosophy and Catholic philosophy are essentially the same because Jesus is a Vaisnava, a devotee of the Supreme Lord. I am right because it is confirmed in the Bible.

We don't live only once. This is confirmed in the Bible which describes how John the Baptist is a reincarnation of the prophet Elijah. Reincarnation is also confirmed in John 9:1-2 as follows:

"As he went along he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

The disciples are asking Jesus if the man was born blind because he was sinful in his previous lifetime or because his parents were sinful. This proves that original Christians accepted the existence of reincarnation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 9 June 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

When Life Becomes Intolerable

Sometimes things become so difficult in this material world that we find it completely intolerable and wonder how we can continue to function in such an atmosphere. When we hit such a psychological rock bottom this is the ideal time to remember that this temporary material world is not our actual home, that we are instead residents of the eternal spiritual world who somehow or other foolishly relegated ourselves to this rotten place by our improper envy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We must now cast aside our ridiculous envy and rechannel our loving energy back to where it came from, back to where it belongs, to the beautiful, all-merciful Lord Sri Krishna. The fact is that we cannot live without love. We need to somebody to love who can perfectly and eternally reciprocate love with us. Krishna is that person. Therefore Krishna is that person whom we need to love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Vishnujana Maharaja says, "Give your love to Krishna"
Vishnujana Maharaja Says, "Give Your Love to Krishna."


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Did Prabhupada Sin By Crossing the Ocean?

Some of my illusioned friends question, "Didn't Srila Prabhupada commit a sin by crossing the ocean to go to America?" They mention that the Vedas say somewhere that crossing the ocean from India is a sin. So is it a sin? If so, did the great Acharya commit a sin?

Many thanks,
Dasanu dasa
Amar

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Answer: It's Sinful to Think He Was Sinful

The offense of crossing the sea is also known as "Samudrolanghana" or "Sagarollanghana". The Dharma Sutra of Baudhayana (II.1.2.2) lists sea voyages as first of the offences that cause the loss of varna. It's ironic that these very same people who dare to question Srila Prabhupada's crossing the ocean to deliver the world from chaos would not hesitate to cross the ocean to make money for their personal sense gratification. Such Vedic injunctions are for the benefit of such weak-minded men to protect them from being carried by material sense gratification. They don't apply to great acharyas like Srila Prabhupada who traverse the earth for delivering the suffering conditioned souls from the repetition of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 8 June 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

We're Out to Save the World. Please Help Us!

The entire world is drowning in an ocean of godlessness, selfishness, hate and greed. The politicians, scholars, and scientists are powerless to do anything to rectify the situation because they themselves are polluted by the same disease. The only solution is to put God back in the center, not as the order-supplier whom we use to satisfy our own desires, but as that person whose desires we fully submit ourselves to. The Krishna consciousness movement has been started for the purpose of educating the entire human society in the science of pure loving service to God and has successfully spread all over the world. Now in each and every nation the people must be educated in the principles of pure loving service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead in order to bring the much desired peace, prosperity and deliverance from the cycle of birth and death to all. Please help us by dedicating your life fully for doing whatever you can to make the Krishna consciousness movement a success in your country.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Hare Krishna kirtan in Russia
Hare Krishna Kirtan in Russia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Devotee Association Required?

Dearest Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Will Krishna accept my worship if due to extenuating circumstances I am just worshipping on my own without associating with other devotees? Is it more important to give my heart to Krishna, or to belong to spiritual organization such as ISKCON?

Dawn

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Answer: Without It You Cannot Be A Devotee

The goal of life is to give your heart to Krishna. Belonging to a society of those who have given their hearts to Krishna is favorable for developing love for Krishna. Krishna says that if you are not devoted to His devotees, you have no devotion for Him. Therefore devotee association is absolutely essential for one who wants to awaken pure love of God within their heart, and one should associate with devotees as much as possible. If due to extenuating circumstances it is not physically possible for you to associate with the devotees, you may practice Krishna consciousness on your own, but in your heart you must be always hankering to have the association of Krishna's devotees. By this intense hankering you will be connected with the devotees and strengthened by their association at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 7 June 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

This is Krishna. Now Take Him!

Just image a person who manifests everything that exists out of His transcendental body, Who is so powerful that not even a blade of grass can move without His sanction, who is so kind that no matter how much you neglect Him, He still has unlimited love for you, Who is so attractive that anyone who comes into His contact cannot help but fall madly in love with Him, Who is so sweet that anything else besides Him is by comparison unbearably bitter, Who is so funny that He can make everyone laugh uproariously, Who is so serious that He can make everyone very sober even the most frivolous buffoons, Who plays His flute so artistically with such unlimited depth of beautiful emotions that He can make everyone cry pools of tears in ecstasy, Who is so accessible that even though He is the supreme superstar you can have Him exclusively as your personal companion, and Who has so many unlimited wondrous qualities that I could go on writing this sentence infinitely for all of eternity. (Do I need to stop?) This is Krishna. Now take Him!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Amazingly beautiful Krishna
Amazingly Beautiful Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Chant Meditatively?

I am a regular reader of your wonderful messages for the past two years. Recently you mentioned to chant meditatively. Please explain this. Another question: How to get rid of Vaisnava aparadha (offenses towards devotees) or other offences? It is prescribed by our acaryas to chant constantly, but my level is very low. Attentive chanting is very difficult because of my inability to stay focused on the Krishna's holy names. How then devotees like me can attain the platform of constant chanting?

Thanks,
Your servant,

Sundeepgour

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Answer: Like Sucking a Tasty Piece of Candy

Meditatively chanting means that just as one sucks on a piece of candy relishing its sweet flavor within one's mouth, in a similar way one savors the sweet flavor of offering one's heart to Krishna when He so mercifully appears in the form of His holy names.

To be free from Vaisnava aparadha (offenses toward devotees), you should always respectfully and lovingly serve the devotees and worship them within you heart. The other offenses are listed in the Nectar of Devotion. Simply study the lists and carefully avoid these offenses. If you are always respectful to the devotees, the other offenses are easy to avoid.

If you chant meditatively as described above, you will get so much taste from the name that your chanting will automatically be attentive.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 6 June 2014

from London, England

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Today's Thought:

Love is Contagious. Let's Start a Global Epidemic

The planet earth is currently devastated by selfishness and greed. The result is that everyone is miserable. Because everyone is self-centered there are constant conflicts and clashes going on all over the world. So instead of being selfish. Do something revolutionary for your own benefit and the benefit of all living beings everywhere. Be proactively loving, friendly, and kind to everyone you meet. If you are kind to someone, they will inspired to be kind to someone else, who will then become inspired to be kind to someone else, etc. In this way the entire human society will gradually be elevated to a loving, happy place. As you practice kindness, don't forget your four-legged friends, and your winged and finned friends. Be kind to them by not eating them. And most importantly of all, don't forget to reciprocate with the loving kindness of that Supreme Person who is the source of love and indeed the very source our existence and who is flooding us with unlimited love at every minute. That Supreme Person is known by hundreds and millions of different names. If there is one name that best describes Him in all His unlimited pastimes, qualities, relationships and attributes, that name is Krishna, which literally means the all-attractive one, because Krishna attracts everyone. When you give your love to Krishna, who is the root of everything, your love automatically goes to everyone, just as when you water the root of a tree, all its leaves and branches are nourished.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada is an ocean of loving mercy
Srila Prabhupada is an Ocean of Loving Mercy


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Understand that Jesus is a Bona Fide Guru?

Srila Gurudeva,

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

How do we understand that Jesus is not a bogus guru? Does the Vedic sastra support his teachings?

Hare Krishna
Abhay

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Answer: Because He Convinces People to Love God

Our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, has informed us that Jesus Christ is a bona spiritual master. This is all the evidence we need. In an interview with the London Times Srila Prabhupada explains how it is that we accept Jesus Christ as a bona fide spiritual master:

"Christian, Muhammadan, Hindu -- it doesn't matter. If he is simply speaking on behalf of God, he is a guru. Lord Jesus Christ, for instance. He canvassed people, saying, 'Just try to love God.' Anyone -- it doesn't matter who -- be he Hindu, Muslim, or Christian, is a guru if he convinces people to love God. That is the test."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 5 June 2014

flying to London, England

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Today's Thought:

"Blazing Sadhus or Never Trust a Holy Man Who Can't Dance"

I just finished reading an incredibly enlivening book, that I could hardly put down until I finished it, called "Blazing Sadhus or Never Trust a Holy Man Who Can't Dance." My beloved friend and Godbrother, Acyutananda Prabhu, takes us back to a time when he was a young musician-spiritual seeker in New York City in 1966. He learned about a swami with a small storefront at 26 2nd Avenue who was teaching the Hare Krishna mahamantra and lecturing on the Bhagavad-gita. Even though the swami's new movement only had a handful of members, the boy Chuck decided to devote his life to Swami Bhaktivedanta as his disciple. Just try to understand the unlimited good fortune of this young man to have joined our Srila Prabhupada as one of his original disciples back in the time when everyone in the movement shared the same bath towel. I cannot even begin to try to comprehend the unlimited extent of his good fortune!

I encourage you all to read this book for yourself. You can get an electronic version at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=blazing+sadhus

And/or you can buy a paperback version at:

http://store.krishna.com/Search.bok?keyword=blazing+sadhus&Submit3.x=-1033&Submit3.y=-6

Happy reading. Your heart will explode in ecstasy!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Amazing memories of the earliest days of ISKCON
Amazing Memories of the Earliest Days of ISKCON


My beloved friend and Godbrother, Acyutananda Prabhu
My Beloved Friend and Godbrother--Acyutananda Prabhu


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can I Be Steady in Krishna Consciousness?

How can I be steady in Krishna consciousness? Please tell me the significance of "om tat sat" as I have read in Chapter 17 of the Bhagavad-gita.

Nishima P.

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Answer: Take Shelter of Spiritual Master by Initiation

The way to become steady in Krishna consciousness is to take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master by initiation. These three words, om tat sat, particularly indicate the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 4 June 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Religious People of the World Unite!

The time has come now for all religious people of the world to unite in the common cause of driving away godlessness from this planet. Although God, being multilingual, can be addressed by us by many different names, this does not mean that He becomes divided into different people. God, although many named, is only one person, the supreme father of us all. Therefore we should also not be divided. We should all fully embrace the common cause of our world mission to awaken pure love of God within the hearts of all. Otherwise the world society will continue spiraling downward into ever increasing degradation, disunity and immorality.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada arrives to bring religious unity
Srila Prabhupada Arrives to Bring Religious Unity



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Prabhupada's Use of the Word "Childish"

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

In his purport to Bhagavad-gita 13.25, Srila Prabhupada writes: "Similarly, there are others who also try to understand the Supreme Soul by cultivation of knowledge, and there are others who cultivate the hatha-yoga system and who try to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead by childish activities."

Why does Srila Prabhupada use the word "childish" in this context?

Thank you so much.

Your servant

Madhavananda Das

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Answer: It Means "Immature"

Childish in this context means immature.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 3 June 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Buried Alive in an Avalanche of Anxieties

What to do if you find yourself buried alive in an avalanche of anxieties? How to escape it to become completely free and happy? Is there a way out? Or do you just have to keep on suffering for an unknown period of time until your sinful karma is burned away and you can finally get a little relief? The answer is that you can immediately escape if you have unflinching faith in the words of the spiritual master and in the words of Krishna as spoken in the Bhagavad-gita. If out of pride you choose to not put your faith in the words of guru and Krishna, then you remain entangled in the miserable cycle of birth, death, old age, and disease for countless lifetimes. So don't be a fool. Do yourself a favor. Hear from the spiritual master submissively and inquire from him until all of your doubts are dissipated. This will liberate you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Devotees faithfully hearing from Srila Prabhupada
Devotees Faithfully Hearing From Srila Prabhupada



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How is Jesus the Absolute Truth?

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

On 30th May 2014, you wrote, "We have no problem accepting that Jesus and Allah are the Absolute Truth". In other time you told that Jesus is the son of God. Then how Jesus is the name of the Absolute Truth?

Regards,
Saswata

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Answer: Because He Purely Represents God

Because the bona fide spiritual master purely represents the Absolute Truth he is considered to be the personification of the Absolute Truth. In other words, the son of God is as good as God because he always purely represents his father. The one who purely teaches the message of God is as good as God because when you come into contact with him, through him you come directly in contact with God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 2 June 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Another Chapter in Your Eternal Existence Book

There is no reason at all to be depressed or elated over your present situation in this material world because your present life is simply another chapter in your eternal existence book. You had many previous chapters and now you are in this chapter. After this chapter you will go on to a new chapter, which will be determined by what was your consciousness at the time of your leaving your present material body. It you are smart, you will fully absorb yourself in Krishna consciousness in this chapter so that your next chapter will be unlimitedly glorious in that astonishing spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Inconceivably sublime pastime of Krishna with the gopis
Inconceivably Sublime Pastime of Krishna with the Gopis

 


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: In What Ways Does One Serve the Spiritual Master?

Dear Gurudeva,

In what ways does a person render service to a spiritual master (both when the spiritual master is physically present and when he is not)?.

R.T.

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Answer: Personally and Through His Instructions and Mission

I am very happy that you are inquiring about how to serve the spiritual master. Srila Prabhupada has very much emphasized how absolutely important this is for our spiritual advancement. In his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.32.42 he states:

"One should give personal service and all kinds of comforts to the spiritual master. A devotee who does so is also a bona fide candidate for taking this instruction."

This means taking care of his physical needs such as his laundry, his meals, his travel expenses, his living facilities, etc.

Serving the spiritual master is the secret of success in spiritual perfection. This his now Narada Muni got his perfection. He served the sages in the forest and took the remnants of their food. Srila Prabhupada further explains in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 4.28.34:

"A disciple should always remember that by serving the spiritual master he can easily advance in Krishna consciousness. All the scriptures recommend that it is by pleasing the spiritual master and serving him directly that one can attain the highest perfectional stage of devotional service."

In addition to personal service, serving the spiritual master means to follow the instructions of the spiritual master and to serve the mission of the spiritual master by getting him speaking engagements, distributing his books, and assisting him in every way possible in making the entire world Krishna conscious.

If one does not have very much of a chance to personally serve the spiritual master, he or she is not at a loss as pointed out by Srila Prabhupada in his purport to Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi 1.35:

"If there is no chance to serve the spiritual master directly, a devotee should serve him by remembering his instructions. There is no difference between the spiritual master's instructions and the spiritual master himself. In his absence, therefore, his words of direction should be the pride of the disciple."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 1 June 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Be Detached from Your Body

Since your body is not you, being only a garment that you, the actual self, are temporarily wearing, you need to philosophically detach yourself from it by always remembering that you are not your body. After all, that moment called death will come at any time when you permanently leave your body behind. So instead of foolishly centering your life around your material body and thus setting yourself up for a devastating disappointment at your present life's end, you should center your life around that which is the actual center of all existence, namely the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. This proper centering will elevate your consciousness into the dimension of pure transcendental bliss and enable you to get your next body as a fully spiritual body, which never gets sick, gets old, or dies, in the wondrous spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Amazing pastime of Krishna with the gopis
Amazing Pastime of Krishna with the Gopis



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Is Our Origin and Destination?

From where we have come and where we will go?

Madhavji D.

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Answer: From and Back to the Spiritual World

We were all originally servants of Krishna in the spiritual world. Due to misuse of our independence we have fallen into this material existence and are suffering unendingly in the cycle of birth and death. However, if we will surrender to Krishna under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master, we will return to our original position of unlimited happiness in the Lord's service in the spiritual world when we leave our present material body behind at the time of death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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