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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 30 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Krishna's Stupendously Enchanting Flute Playing

Lord Sri Krishna is the supreme flute player because nobody can surpass Him in His enchanting ability. In the Krishna Book, a gopi girl describes Krishna's flute playing as follows:

"When He plays His flute, all the cows and other animals of Vrindavana, although engaged in eating, simply take a morsel of food in their mouths and stop chewing. Their ears raise up and they become stunned. They do not appear alive but like painted animals. Krishna's flute-playing is so attractive that even the animals become enchanted, and what to speak of ourselves."

And in the Srimad Bhagavatam we find the following verses:

"O pious mother Yasoda, your son, who is expert in all the arts of herding cows, has invented many new styles of flute-playing. When He takes His flute to His bimba-red lips and sends forth the tones of the harmonic scale in variegated melodies, Brahma, Siva, Indra and other chief demigods become confused upon hearing the sound. Although they are the most learned authorities, they cannot ascertain the essence of that music, and thus they bow down their heads and hearts."--SB 10.35.14-15

What about poor conditioned souls like us whose ears are not yet purified sufficiently so that we can relish hearing the sound of Krishna's flute. What can we do to get satisfied? The answer is that the sound of Krishna's flute is fully present within the Hare Krishna mahamantra. We simply have to go deep, deep into the chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra where will find the unlimitedly sweet, unlimitedly ambrosial, enchantingly divine sound of Krishna's flute fully manifested.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Enchants the Gopis With His Flute Playing


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Benefit of Chanting Is Scientifically Verifiable?

Gurudeva, while explaining to someone why we are chanting Hare Krishna, we say it's not because we are Hare Krishnas, that it's because we are following the injunction of the Kali Santarana Upanisad, which states that this is the most potent mantra for self-realization in the present age of Kali. If they then say that you Hare Krishnas are foolish sentimentalists, who blindly follow the scriptures even though they are not scientifically verifiable, what should we say in response?

Thank you!

Your insignificant servant,
Nandapriya Devi Dasi

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Answer: Scientifically Verified By Our Experience

We chant Hare Krishna because it is the most potent means of attaining self-realization in this age of Kali. This truth is practically experienced, scientifically verified, by anyone who seriously takes up this sublime chanting process.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 29 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Our World Deliverance Mission

Srila Prabhupada has ordered his disciples that they must deliver the world from ignorance and suffering by the wide scale dissemination of transcendental knowledge and the chanting of the holy names of God. Therefore it is our duty to obey Srila Prabhupada and be compassionate upon all the fallen, suffering souls of this age by bringing them to Krishna consciousness. It is not that we want to impose Krishna consciousness upon them. This is not required because everyone already has Krishna consciousness within them. Therefore our mission is to liberate the people from all the unnatural, artificial mentalities which are clogging their ability to be who they actually are, the eternal servants of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada is Saving the World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Is Guru Indebted to His Disciples?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

You wrote me that you are eternally indebted to me for my helping you to serve Srila Prabhupada's world deliverance mission. How can it be that you are eternally indebted to me, when it is I who is eternally indebted to you?

Your servant
Rupa Manjari devi dasi

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Answer: Because They Assist Him In World Deliverance Mission

This feeling of indebtedness between the guru and the disciple is a two way street. This is the bond of love which eternally ties together the spiritual master with his disciples. The disciples are eternally indebted to their spiritual master for delivering them from the cycle of birth and death, and the spiritual master is eternally indebted to his disciples because they have fully dedicated their lives to assist him in serving Srila Prabhupada's world deliverance mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 28 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Who is the Real Fanatic?

Sometimes people criticize the bona fide spiritual master for being a fanatic. So is he a fanatic or is he not a fanatic? To answer this question we must first see what is the dictionary definition of the word "fanatic." The dictionary says that a fanatic is a person filled with excessive zeal. So the test of whether the spiritual master is a fanatic or not is whether his being totally dedicated to Krishna is something excessive or not. In this connection we have to ask if there is any such thing as being too devoted or excessively devoted to Krishna. While a materialist may think so, the correct answer is that no matter how much we are devoted to Krishna we are never devoted enough. Therefore it is impossible to be excessively devoted to Krishna, and therefore the bona fide spiritual master is not a fanatic. He is not excessively devoted to Krishna. He is properly devoted to Krishna, and his proper devotion is manifested in all of his thoughts, words, and deeds in all times, places, and circumstances.

Fanatic is also defined by Srila Prabhupada. Our Srila Prabhupada defines a fanatic as someone who practices religion without any philosophical understanding. So according to Srila Prabhupada's definition a religionist devoid of philosophical understanding who falsely labels the bona fide spiritual master as a fanatic is himself the actual fanatic. So when we ask, "Who is the real fanatic?", the answer is that the person who falsely labels the spiritual master as a fanatic is the real fanatic, not the bona fide spiritual master.

Kindly note that if a fanatic criticizes your spiritual master, you should immediately philosophically defeat his argument. Or if you are not able to do so, you should immediately leave that place or instruct him to leave that place rather than be polluted by hearing blasphemy against your spiritual master. Hearing blasphemy against your guru can break your faith in him and cause you to fall down from the path of Krishna consciousness back into hellish material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Defeats All Opposing Arguments
On a Morning Walk in Sri Vrindavana Dhama

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should I Do Service or Hear the Lectures?

Gurudeva, I visit the ISKCON Temple in Chennai on every Sunday and attend the temple programs like Srimad-Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita discourses regularly. For the last two weeks, I was busy with some service in the Sankirtan department and could not attend the Bhagavad-gita lecture, though I was in the temple. I was worried about this matter and I want to listen from Your Grace as for what will be beneficial for me. Please instruct me on what should be done during such situation.

Hare Krishna!!!

Your insignificant servant,
Govindamohini Devi Dasi

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Answer: Do Both As Much As Possible

Service is the practical application of what you are hearing in the lectures. Therefore you must do as much service as possible and also hear as many lectures as possible. Do not stop doing service in the name of attending lectures. And do not stop attending lectures in the name of doing service. Try to arrange your schedule in such a way that you can attend as many lectures as possible and do as much service as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 27 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Leaders Must Deliver Dependents from Birth and Death

The Srimad Bhagavatam states that one should not become a leader unless he can deliver his dependents from the cycle of birth and death. Sadly, the modern day governments do just the opposite. Instead of delivering their citizens from the clutches of birth and death, they guide them in such a way that they become even more tightly bound up in this material existence. Therefore the greatest necessity of the modern day world society is that there should now emerge a new class of saintly, enlightened leaders in all spheres of human activity who can do the greatest good for the suffering humanity by guiding everyone both by words and example how to utilize the human form of life for going back to home, back to Godhead. The mission of the Krishna consciousness movement is to train up such a new enlightened class of leaders.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Gives Training at a University


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Request: Seeking Blessings to Distribute More Books

I am a Christian staying in Kerala, India. Prabhupada's books greatly inspired me. So I thought of sharing the knowledge, and I distributed 51 Bhagavad-gitas in my office. Seeking your blessings to distribute more books

Your servant,
Raju J.

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Answer: Flood Your Country With Prabhupada's Books

What you are doing is unimaginably wonderful. By distributing the Bhagavad-gita you are doing the greatest service for your countrymen. Please continue as you are doing taxing your brain more and more how you can flood your country with Prabhupada's books to save your brothers and sisters from the impending clutches of birth and death. You are proof of the non-sectarian nature of Krishna consciousness. You are the best of all the Christians. Srila Prabhupada's books teach their readers how to become perfect in love of God no matter what is their religion. They teach the science of God, not a sect of religion. By distributing the Bhagavad-gita you are doing the real work of Lord Jesus Christ, to teach the people how to return to the kingdom of God. Thank you very much. May you be unlimitedly blessed in your heroic endeavor.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 26 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Don't Remain a Fool

The highest perfectional stage of Krishna consciousness is easily attainable in the human form of life if one is fully surrendered to the bona fide spiritual master. However, if one holds himself back from full surrender due to material attachment, he will have great difficulty on the path of spiritual awakening. Therefore, while the unfortunate fools wallow in ignorance, those who are actually intelligent take full advantage of the mercy of the bona fide spiritual master and thus quickly and easily attain the topmost spiritual perfection of pure Krishna bhakti.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada With a Small Child


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Long to Work Until Retirement?

Respected Sir,

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

Can you please let me know till how long a person is allowed to earn money for his living according to Vedic culture? Is there any age limit after which a person should stop earning and take his full time in Krishna bhakti? Thanks a lot for the clarifications Your Grace has provided me. Always at your feet.

Hare Krishna.

Thanks and regards,
Vasudevan K.

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Answer: Up to the Age of 50 or As Soon As Possible Thereafter

The standard in Vedic culture is that the householder should earn money up until the age of 50 and then retire to take up full time devotional activities for the duration of his life. In the modern day "work until you drop dead" materialistic culture it will be difficult for most people to do this. For example in the USA, retirement benefits are not given by the government until the age of 65, and even then many find they still require to continue working to make ends meet. In conclusion, the best thing is to manage one's finances in such a way that one can retire at the age of 50 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 25 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Celebrate Your Existence at Every Minute

Existence or being itself is the most wonderful, exciting, thrilling, adventurous experience. One simply has to know the art of how to do it properly. This art is learned from the bona fide spiritual master, who has mastered the art of being connected with Krishna or God at every minute. Because the spiritual master is fully connected with Krishna, he can train you how to also be fully connected with Krishna and taste the highest bliss in all times, places, and circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Connecting With Krishna in Mauritius By Chanting His Holy Names


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get Out of Depression?

Hare Krishna.

In this world sometimes we forget the unreal nature of things. I find myself caught up in day to day sadness of the news, my partnership, frustration in all things I am seeing and hearing. Depression surrounds me, and I'm seemingly gone. How can I see what is real? Feel what is real, be real? Depression is engulfing and I want to be real and happy.

All love to you,

G.

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Answer: Develop Sastric Vision

You are feeling depressed because you are seeing things with mundane vision. If you will immerse yourself in chanting Hare Krishna and reading Vedic literature as much as possible, you will develop sastric vision, seeing everything through the eyes of the scriptures. In this way, illusion and anxiety will never be able to touch you again.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 24 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

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

This human form of life is especially meant for spiritual awakening. In human life you are meant to re-establish your lost loving relationship with Krishna or God. If you don't do this, you will be forced by the material modes of nature to pursue the hellish pathway of material sense gratification, which will drag you down into the animal kingdom in your next birth. In other words, if you do not busy yourself with being born spiritually, you are killing yourself. And there is not much more to be said in this connection.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Freedom From Stress Through Spirituality Seminar
Round Rock, Texas--22 November 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Happens in the Spiritual World?

Hare Krishna!

I have a some questions regarding the spiritual world:

What is Krishna like in the spiritual world? Is He like a young cowherd boy, or is He like an adult who is a king or something else?

Also, in the spiritual world, what kinds of activities do you get to do along with Krishna? Is it like playing outdoor games along with Krishna like He did when He was a young cowherd boy when He appeared about 5000 years ago? Or is it something else?

Kartik P.

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Answer: Eternal Youthful Pastimes

In Goloka Vrindavana Lord Sri Krishna eternally manifests Himself as a young cowherd boy. The devotees there are also eternal youths who blissfully participate with Him perpetually in His sublime youthful pastimes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 23 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Prasadam: Krishna's Wonderful Gift to Us

Of the all the senses the tongue is the most voracious and uncontrollable. It is very difficult to conquer over the tongue in this world. While an uncontrolled tongue is our worst enemy because it drags us down to the animal platform, the properly controlled tongue, which takes only Krishna prasadam, is our best friend because by taking only Krishna prasadam as our food we become elevated to the transcendental platform and delivered from the cycle of birth and death.

Out of His unlimited compassion upon us Krishna has given us prasadam to help us conquer over our tongues. Prasadam means those foods which have been offered to Krishna with love and devotion. The only foods that Krishna accepts are from the category of fruits, vegetables, daily products, and grains. Meat, fish, eggs, onions, and garlic are not accepted by the Lord. By taking prasadam we become purified, and by eating foods, even vegetarian foods, which have not been offered to Krishna we become contaminated. Therefore we must be very careful that we only accept Krishna prasadam as our food. It is also important that we do not in the name of prasadam overeat. We should only take as much prasadam as we can easily digest and thus not overtax our digestive system and divert our consciousness away from the sweetest ecstasy of always remembering Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Taking Krishna Prasadam

 


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Submissive?

Can you please tell me how can I become submissive. Is it only by chanting, that I can achieve submissiveness?

Sanchita

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Answer: Faithfully Obey the Spiritual Master

To become submissive simply carefully carry out whatever instructions the spiritual master gives you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 22 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Boldly Push Forward the Krishna Consciousness Movement

In Krishna's service we should always be bold. Since our mission is to achieve cultural world domination, to enlighten the entire world in the science of Krishna consciousness, we must always be the boldest people on this planet while we are facing and challenging the myriad of nonsense misguided philosophies, which are so prominent now all over the world and completely ruining people's lives. Our mission is to firmly establish in the conviction of all that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and that we are all His eternal servants. Since this and only this will bring true and lasting happiness to everyone, this is the highest welfare work, and we must always be boldly undeterred when we present the sublime teachings of the Bhagavad-gita to the people of this world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



An Elephant Taking a Bath
An Elephant Taking a Bath


An Elephant Dries Himself
An Elephant Dries Himself

 


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Instant Liberation from Material Existence?

I have heard from devotees that one can get liberation by:

a. One glimpse of Lord Jagannatha during the Ratha Yatra festival.
b. One dip in the sacred Radha Kunda pond.
c. One Govardhana Parikrama (circumambulation of Govardhana Hill)

My question is:

Is liberation so easy and simple? Or there are other parameters which are to be considered? Or is it the prevailing level of consciousness?

Santosh S.

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Answer: That Depends on Your Level of Krishna Consciousness

Yes, it depends on one's level of Krishna consciousness. There is no doubt that these items of bhakti certainly have the potency to give one instant liberation from this material existence. However just as the elephant who, after bathing in the river, dries himself off by throwing dirt over his body, after engaging in one of these activities, if one again thinks himself to be the enjoyer, he remains entangled in this material existence. So even though these practices can liberate one from samsara, the wheel of birth of death, that liberation depends on in what state of consciousness one has executed these activities. So just focus on chanting at least 16 good rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra japa mala every day along with the strict avoidance of illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. This is how you will become quickly and easily qualified to be liberated from this material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 21 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Krishna Will Never Let You Down

Always depend on Krishna because He will never let you down. He is the one and only person you can always trust to always be acting purely for your welfare. He is your ever well-wishing best of all friends. Therefore if you will put your faith totally in Him, you will never ever be bewildered or unhappy in any situation. Indeed this will be the absolute perfection of your consciousness. This highest stage of self-realization is called Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Krishna Embraces Gopa Kumar
Krishna Embraces Gopa Kumar

 


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can A Devotee Be Greater Than Krishna?

Hare Krishna!

I was watching one of your videos on YouTube when you were in Estonia. You mentioned that a devotee can be greater than Krishna. Aren't we part of Krishna? Isn't Krishna the primeval Lord? I always thought of myself as under Krishna. What do you mean by that a devotee can be greater than Krishna?

Kartik P.

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Answer: By Fully Surrendering to Krishna

It is a fact that because Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He is always greater than us, and we are always subordinate to Him. But it is also a fact that Krishna, out of love for His completely pure devotees, will often put Himself in a position where He is subordinate to those pure devotees, where His devotees are greater than Him. For example, Krishna subordinated Himself to Arjuna by becoming his chariot driver and He also subordinated Himself to Mother Yasoda by becoming her chastised son. This extremely rare position -where Krishna subordinates Himself fully to His devotees - is only given to those devotees who are completely pure in heart, who have cleansed their hearts completely of the tendency to enjoy separately from Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 20 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Song to Prabhupada

Here are the lyrics to a song I wrote to Srila Prabhupada on 16 September, 1983 in Norman, Oklahoma, USA:

My dear Srila Prabhupada
Won't you please set me free.
Give your loving mercy to me
I'm so blind I cannot see
Drowning in this ocean of hopelessness.
Please pick me up, put me on the path
I've veered out of the way
I've gone so far astray
That there's no telling of my whereabouts.

My dear Srila Prabhupada
Please put me back on my feet
Get me back out on the street
Telling everyone I meet
That here's the way we can go back to Godhead.
Yes, I'm ready to go anywhere
I'm ready now to preach
Bhagavad-gita I will teach
To anyone who has the ears to hear.

My dear Srila Prabhupada
You've been so kind to me
You've come and set me free
Now I'm ready to do the same for others.
I don't need anything except your order
That's my life and soul
Your pleasure is my goal
Eternally let me remain as your servant.

My dear Srila Prabhupada
Your love has pulled me through
Given me a life anew
Yes, you've turned my life into a blissful celebration.
And now as I face the future
Your loving smile I see
Bestowing grace on me
I'm walking bravely forward following your footsteps.

My dear Srila Prabhupada
I sing this song to you
For you've taught me what is true
You've shown me Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
So now with renewed determination
I pledge my life to you
Your order is my cue
To enter the stage of eternity, bliss, and knowledge.

Oh, my dear Srila Prabhupada
I can't stop singing your song
Praising you for eternity long
May my tongue be always decorated with your glories.
So now I turn and challenge the night
With the weapon of your light
Giving blind men back their sight
Driving wrong away with right
Turning sadness to delight
Freeing people from their fright
As your teachings I recite
Oh, Srila Prabhupada,
My life is to love you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada With His Supremely Marvelous Books
Srila Prabhupada With His Supremely Marvelous Books


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are Homosexuals Accepted in Your Movement?

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

Do ISKCON spiritual masters accept homosexuals into the Hare Krishna movement if they agree to follow the four regulative principles and chant 16 rounds? What was Prabhupada opinion on this?

Your humble servant,
Anonymous

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Answer: All Are Welcome To Join Our Most Glorious Movement

Srila Prabhupada has unlimited kindness upon all the fallen souls in this material world. Therefore without any discrimination everybody is welcome to be a part of our most glorious Hare Krishna movement by joining with us in our celebration of love of God through chanting, dancing, and feasting. And regardless of their sexual orientation, everyone is also welcome to become an initiated disciple, provided they are willing to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads daily and strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. Any sex life not for the purpose of procreation is detrimental for the living being because it blocks his ability to realize that he is not his body. It locks him into a false bodily conception of the self, which keeps him bound up in the ignorant, miserable cycle of repeated birth and death. Therefore all forms of illicit sex must be strictly avoided. This principle is equally applicable both to homosexuals and heterosexuals.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 19 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Representatives of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

Srila Prabhupada once told a group of his disciples in London that they were all brahmanas in their previous lives and that they had been ordered by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura to take birth to help Srila Prabhupada to spread the Krishna consciousness movement. He said that was why they were able to take to Krishna consciousness so quickly. Srila Prabhupada looked at each devotee in the room and said, "Now we are all together again," with a beaming smile. It was such a powerful moment that some of the devotees began to cry.

On 26 August 1972 Srila Prabhupada wrote a letter to all of his disciples in which he stated:

"My Spiritual Master knew it that alone I could not do this great work. Therefore He has very kindly sent you all to help me in this task. I accept you therefore as representatives of my Guru Maharaja playing as my affectionate disciples."

Considering Srila Prabhupada's words I sometimes wonder where I was in my previous birth and how it was that I took birth in America in a pious Christian family. I distinctly remember how when I went to India for the first time in 1980 that I had a very powerful emotional experience of feeling that now I have returned to my home.

So now without considering myself to belong to any particular nation here in this material world, I understand myself to a be citizen of the spiritual world who has been deputized or deputed by my spiritual master to serve the mission of the great Vaisnava acharyas, which is to bring about the complete respiritualization of the human society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada in New Vrindavana Ś1969
Srila Prabhupada in New Vrindavana —1969


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Does Krishna's Opinion Mean?

In the Bhagavad-gita verses Lord Krishna sometimes uses the phrase, "That is my opinion." For example, in Chapter 6 of the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna says, "And of all yogis, the one with great faith who always abides in Me, thinks of Me within himself, and renders transcendental loving service to Me -- he is the most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all. That is My opinion."

Another example is in Chapter 6 when Krishna says, "For one whose mind is unbridled, self-realization is difficult work. But he whose mind is controlled and who strives by appropriate means is assured of success. That is My opinion."

So when He uses the phrase, "That is my opinion", what does it exactly mean? This phrase causes doubt and uncertainty in my mind. Could you help my clarify this and remove my foolish doubts?

Kartik P.

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Answer: Krishna's Opinion is Law

Thank you for your intelligent question. When you or I give our opinion it is of relative value because our opinion could be wrong or it could be right. It does not hold much weight. But when Krishna gives His opinion, it is absolute. His opinion is law. It is final, just as when the supreme court gives an opinion that opinion becomes the law of the land.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 18 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

ISKCON Helsinki Needs Your Help

For many years I have been nicely received at ISKCON Helsinki and have given many lectures there. I also have initiated disciples from ISKCON Helsinki. After losing their lease on a very nice downtown Helsinki location for their temple they went through great endeavor to find a new location. Now by Krishna's grace the city of Helsinki, in appreciation for the valuable contribution they are making to Finnish society, has offered to sell them a wonderful facility at a mere fraction of what it is actually worth. But they do not have sufficient funds to purchase it. If all the devotees all over the world will chip in and give whatever they can, ISKCON can easily purchase this wonderful facility for spreading the mercy of Lord Caitanya in Finland. So we are requesting all of our 16,000+ readers to give whatever they can for this very important project.

There is a beautiful video which tells more at the following website. Your contributions should be made through the following website.

www.igg.me/at/spiritualplace

Thank you for your mood of loving service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Beautiful Facility Available Now for ISKCON Helsinki


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can Matter Be Destroyed?

Hare Krishna.

According to the law of conservation of matter, which I learned about in my biology class, matter is neither created nor destroyed, it's reused and goes through different cycles. I always thought that matter could be destroyed and can be created according to Krishna, and that the spiritual things are what is actually eternal and forever existing.

Could you please clarify this doubt for me?

Also, I want to thank you for all the answers that you've been giving me, and for guiding me in the right path. Actually, I got interested in learning about spiritual things when I was learning about Hinduism in my 9th grade history class. In that class we read a short excerpt from the Bhagavad-gita and I was immediately attached to it. I found it so really interesting that I wanted to know more. Prior to that I had absolutely no knowledge of God, and I didn't even believe in God. But reading that one short excerpt from the Bhagavad-gita was so truly amazing that it made me want to learn more. Now that I look back and reflect upon my past, I couldn't possibly imagine my life if I hadn't gotten introduced to the Bhagavad-gita. Although I still have LOTS, LOTS, LOTS to learn and improve on, I'm still very glad I at least got to learn a little bit about the Gita and Lord Krishna.

Kartik P.

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Answer: Krishna's Material Energy is Eternal

According to the authoritative ancient Vedic science, which is the original and only genuine science in the world, because Krishna is eternal, all of His energies are eternal. So not only is the spiritual nature eternal, the material nature is also eternal. Although it goes through phases of manifestation and non-manifestation, it exists eternally either in a dormant or active state. This means that reality is bi-dimensional. It is not the uni-dimensional reality, which is all that we can perceive with our gross material senses. The material nature and the spiritual nature both exist eternally. The material nature is the inferior nature and the spiritual nature is the superior nature. The material nature is not independent. It depends upon the spiritual nature for its existence.

That you were immediately attracted to Krishna consciousness simply by reading a short excerpt from the Bhagavad-gita means that you were a devotee in your previous lifetime and that you are now reviving your Krishna consciousness picking up where you left off in your past life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 17 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

How to Be Perfectly Fixed in Krishna Consciousness

In his purport to Bhagavad-gita 2.56 Srila Prabhupada wonderfully describes the mentality of someone who is fixed in Krishna consciousness. You will find his sublime description quoted below. Kindly carefully study this and make this the guiding principle of your life.

"The sthita-dhir muni is always in Krishna consciousness, for he has exhausted all his business of creative speculation. He is called prasanta-nihsesa-mano-rathantara (Stotra-ratna 43), or one who has surpassed the stage of mental speculations and has come to the conclusion that Lord Sri Krishna, or Vasudeva, is everything(vasudevah sarvam iti sa mahatma su-durlabhah). He is called a muni fixed in mind. Such a fully Krishna conscious person is not at all disturbed by the onslaughts of the threefold miseries, for he accepts all miseries as the mercy of the Lord, thinking himself only worthy of more trouble due to his past misdeeds; and he sees that his miseries, by the grace of the Lord, are minimized to the lowest. Similarly, when he is happy he gives credit to the Lord, thinking himself unworthy of the happiness; he realizes that it is due only to the Lord's grace that he is in such a comfortable condition and able to render better service to the Lord. And, for the service of the Lord, he is always daring and active and is not influenced by attachment or aversion. Attachment means accepting things for one's own sense gratification, and detachment is the absence of such sensual attachment. But one fixed in Krishna consciousness has neither attachment nor detachment because his life is dedicated in the service of the Lord. Consequently he is not at all angry even when his attempts are unsuccessful. Success or no success, a Krishna conscious person is always steady in his determination."

If you will follow what Srila Prabhupada has stated above, the material energy will never be able to pollute your mind in any circumstance. You will be full of bliss at every minute, and you will rejoin Lord Sri Krishna in His transcendental pastimes. Who could ask for more?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada Mercifully Instructs Yadubara Das
Srila Prabhupada Mercifully Instructs Yadubara Das


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who Is an Uttama-Adhikari, a First-Class Devotee?

Srila Prabhupada has stated that unless one has attained the platform of uttama-adhikari (first class devotee) he should not become a spiritual master. So what are the qualifications of the first-class devotee, the uttama-adhikari?

A.S.

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Answer: Srila Prabhupada's Definition

In the Nectar of Devotion Srila Prabhupada describes the uttama-adhikari, the first-class devotee as follows:

"The devotee in the first or uppermost class is described as follows. He is very expert in the study of relevant scriptures, and he is also expert in putting forward arguments in terms of those scriptures. He can very nicely present conclusions with perfect discretion and can consider the ways of devotional service in a decisive way. He understands perfectly that the ultimate goal of life is to attain to the transcendental loving service of Krishna, and he knows that Krishna is the only object of worship and love. This first-class devotee is one who has strictly followed the rules and regulations under the training of a bona fide spiritual master and has sincerely obeyed him in accord with revealed scriptures. Thus, being fully trained to preach and become a spiritual master himself, he is considered first class. The first-class devotee never deviates from the principles of higher authority, and he attains firm faith in the scriptures by understanding with all reason and arguments. When we speak of arguments and reason, it means arguments and reason on the basis of revealed scriptures. The first-class devotee is not interested in dry speculative methods meant for wasting time. In other words, one who has attained a mature determination in the matter of devotional service can be accepted as the first-class devotee."

Therefore, when one is fortunate enough to come into contact with such an exalted personality as described above by Srila Prabhupada, one should accept him as his spiritual master and under his expert guidance qualify himself for going back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 16 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Don't Bite the Hand that Feeds You

Sometimes we see that neophyte devotees do not appreciate the older devotees who are mercifully training them how to become fixed up in Krishna consciousness. Instead of dutifully serving and learning from their seniors with love and respect, which is what the scriptures instruct them to do, the foolish neophytes sometimes find fault and criticize their seniors, especially when their seniors correct them. This is known as hati mata, the mad elephant offense. Just as when a mad elephant enters into your garden he destroys all of your plants, such an offense can completely destroy one's Krishna consciousness. This is confirmed as follows in the Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya 19.156:

yadi vaisnava-aparadha uthe hati mata
upade va chinde, tara sukhi' yaya pata

"As a mad elephant may trample all the plants in a garden, so by committing one offense at the lotus feet of a Vaisnava one may spoil all the devotional service he has accumulated in his life."

Therefore the neophyte should always be very careful to have a proper respectful attitude towards those devotees who are training him how to advance in Krishna consciousness. Whether he is being glorified or corrected, he should take both with appreciation, not that he is appreciative only when he is glorified and becomes disturbed when he is corrected. In this way he should always be on his guard not to be offensive in his thoughts, words, or deeds to those devotees who are mercifully taking the time and trouble to guide him how to advance on the path of bhakti, just as it is said, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Devotees Respectfully Hear and Learn from Senior Devotees
Devotees Respectfully Hear and Learn from Senior Devotees


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Cope With a Distracted Mind?

Hare Krishna, Gurudeva,

Please accept my obeisances.

While chanting my mind always thinks negatively and always thinks of the people who are no way part of my life right now. I always wants to forget those difficult days but unable to come out of it. How to cope up with the situation? Please guide me.

Sunitha R.

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Answer: Keep Chanting and All Dirt Will Vanish.

Our minds are the storehouses of so much garbage accumulated over thousands and millions of years. Therefore it takes some time to clear out all of this garbage and make the mind completely pure. Therefore we have to go on carefully chanting the sweet names of Krishna every day. In this way little by little we will eventually reach the stage of complete purity of mind when all the garbage is gone.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 15 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Secret of Success: Always Please Your Guru

If you would like to know the secret of success on the path of Krishna consciousness, kindly note that your spiritual master is your connection with Krishna. By pleasing him you are pleasing Krishna. Therefore you must always please him by a humble and sincere service attitude never considering him to be an ordinary man. To displease him causes great havoc on your path of spiritual awakening. Therefore you should carefully monitor your thoughts, words, and deeds in all times, places, and circumstances to make sure that you are always in harmony with your guru, which brings you into perfect harmony with Krishna and the revealed scriptures.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Srila Prabhupada in the Airport
Srila Prabhupada in the Airport


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Forces Jiva to Desire Separate Enjoyment?

Please accept my humble obeisances

All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Guru Maharaja,

Thank you for sharing a very nice explanation by Srila Prabhupada on why the jiva falls down from spiritual world. I have a query. The jiva in the spiritual word has no contact with the material modes of nature, is always surrounded by devotees of the Lord, is free of all anarthas, is enjoying direct company of the Supreme Lord, but still he develops a desire to enjoy separately from the Lord. What forces him to have that desire ?

Your humble servant,

Madan Govind Das
Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Answer: Nothing Forces Him to Make the Stupidest Mistake

Nothing forces him to make this stupidest of all mistakes. It is simply his own voluntary misuse of his free will that brings him from the spiritual world into the material world. He foolishly becomes envious of Krishna's position as the supreme enjoyer and wants to try to imitate Him. Krishna then gives him a world in which he can imagine that he is God, the center of enjoyment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 14 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Eternally Indebted to His Holiness Vishnujana Swami

When I was a young spiritual seeker back in 1971 here in Austin, Texas USA, I received the most valuable lesson from His Holiness Vishnu Jana Swami Maharaja. He taught me that I must please my spiritual master and surrender unto him fully. I am eternally indebted to Vishnujana Swami for this lesson, because he helped me more than anyone else to take shelter of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, my eternal spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Vishnujana Swami in the Ecstasy of Hare Krishna Kirtan
Vishnujana Swami in the Ecstasy of Hare Krishna Kirtan


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Know If I Have the Right Guru?

Your Grace, how do I know if I have the right guru for me?

Russell P.

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Answer: Find the Guru Who Teaches Bhagavad-gita As It Is

If you have found a guru who purely teaches the Bhagavad-gita exactly as it was spoken by Lord Krishna without the adulteration of additions or subtractions, then you can know that you found the proper guru who can deliver you from the cycle of birth and death and take you back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 13 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Always Be Respectful to the Lord's Devotees

Krishna says that unless we are devotees of His devotees that we are not His devotees. Therefore we must always be respectful towards His devotees without deviation. The more we become mature in respectfulness towards Krishna's devotees, the more the ultimate perfection of pure love of Godhead becomes awakened within our hearts.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Krishna's Devotees Are the Most Wonderful People in the Universe
Krishna's Devotees Are the Most Wonderful People in the Universe


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difficult to Become Krishna Conscious?

Why is it so difficult to become Krishna Conscious?

Your servant,
Bhakta Shashank

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Answer: Only Difficulty Is That We Think It Is Difficult

It is not at all difficult to become Krishna conscious. It is actually the easiest thing in the world. The only difficulty is that we think that it is difficult.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 12 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

In Spite of Criticism Should I Follow My Guru?

Sometimes I am criticized as being weird, fanatical, or a bad person for following the orders of my spiritual master. So should I try to please my critics by disobeying my spiritual master? Or should I choose to please my spiritual master even at the expense of displeasing my critics? By pleasing my spiritual master I am pleasing Krishna and achieving the topmost perfection of going back home, back to Godhead. By disobeying and thus displeasing my spiritual master I am an ignorant, miserable fool and rascal who will remain perpetually bound up in the cycle of birth and death. To anybody with even half a brain the answer is obvious that I must always please my spiritual master even at the expense of being criticized.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Loyalty to Srila Prabhupada Brings Great Joy to the Heart
Loyalty to Srila Prabhupada Brings Great Joy to the Heart

 


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do You Have Mystic Power?

Do you have mystic power?

R.T.

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Answer: Our Mystic Power Is Purely Repeating Krishna's Words

Our mystic power is that we simply repeat the words of Krishna without any adulteration. This mystic power will have the greatest impact on world history relegating to oblivion the so-called gurus who show various types of cheap magic.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 11 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

You Must Please Your Spiritual Master

The most essential requirement to be happy and make progress in spiritual life is to please your spiritual master. In this connection Srila Prabhupada has written:

"The spiritual master is described in the scriptures as good as Krishna because he is the most confidential servitor of Krishna. To please the spiritual master is to please Krishna. On this principle we must advance our Krishna Consciousness, and there is no danger."

"The key to success in spiritual life is to always endeavor to please the spiritual master, and follow his instructions. One who is determined in this effort will advance very quickly in Krishna consciousness."

"Presently our consciousness is clouded just like a mirror becomes covered with dust. So the cleansing process is this chanting and hearing and doing some service and trying to please the spiritual master. By this process our consciousness becomes clear and we are able to understand everything."

"One should always be sincere to please the spiritual master by following his instructions, then life is very easy."

From these above quotes from Srila Prabhupada we can understand that if we do not please our spiritual master, we will be in spiritual difficulty, we will not be happy, and we will not make any progress of the pathway of spiritual awakening. The bottom line is that without pleasing our spiritual master we are nowhere. Therefore we should always try to please our spiritual master with our every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances. In this way our steady advancement in Krishna consciousness is sure and certain. Otherwise, we are doomed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Disciples Become Happy By Pleasing Their Spiritual Master
Disciples Become Happy By Pleasing Their Spiritual Master


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why I Am Endlessly Suffering?

Respected Sir,

I offer my respects to you. Even though I am trying my level best to chant daily and I also pray to Krishna to give me strength to overcome my material obstacles so that I can fully concentrate on my chanting, I have not gotten any relief from my material suffering. I am really worried what will happen to me in due course of time because I am unable to bear the suffering.

Thanks,

G. Rao

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Answer: We Suffer Due to Our Offenses Against the Holy Names

If in spite of chanting we are still in a state of suffering, this means that our chanting is not pure, that we are committing offenses. Therefore we have to carefully and thoughtfully study the ten offenses to see how we can avoid them. The offenses against the holy names of the Lord are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is understood from the third offense that one must accept a spiritual master and be fully obedient to his instructions. Under the expert guidance of the spiritual master one's chanting will become in due course of time completely free from all offenses and one will fully realize God. Even in the intermediate stage in which one's offenses are being gradually cleared away one becomes filled with transcendental happiness. So, this is what you need to do now to make your chanting perfect and bring yourself out of your suffering. You need to fully surrender yourself to the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 10 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

The Offenseless Chanter Lives in God's Kingdom

We read in Srila Prabhupada's purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 2.2.30:

"There are three stages in chanting the holy name of the Lord. The first stage is the offensive chanting of the holy name, and the second is the reflective stage of chanting the holy name. The third stage is the offenseless chanting of the holy name of the Lord. In the second stage only, the stage of reflection, between the offensive and offenseless stages, one automatically attains the stage of emancipation. And in the offenseless stage, one actually enters into the kingdom of God, although physically he may apparently be within the material world."

This is truly amazing! Even while apparently being situated in his material body the offenseless chanter of Krishna's holy names is actually situated in Krishna's pastimes in the spiritual world. What this means is that the devotee does not have to wait for the demise of his material body to go back to Godhead. He can gradually attain the perfection of going back to Godhead even while he is in his present body simply by becoming an offenseless chanter of the Hare Krishna mahamantra. At this perfectional stage while associating within his heart with Krishna, he will be externally engaged on this planet for bringing about a spiritual revolution and thus the influence of the age of Kali to go into remission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada deeply absorbed in meditation
Srila Prabhupada Deeply Absorbed in Meditation


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Having Online Guru Sufficient?

I offer my respects to you. You have cleared many of my doubts, and I love doing your assignments. Please accept me as your disciple.

Please clear my doubt :

Should I personally approach a spiritual master or is this online approach sufficient? I am wondering this because I am a college student and it is difficult for me to go to an ISKCON temple as there are no nearby temples, but I read Srila Prabhupada's books, and I chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra daily.

If I have some questions, can I ask you?

Ashish B.

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Answer: Accepting Guru's Orders As Your Life and Soul is Essential

If you would like to be my disciple and inquire from me, you are welcome. The essence of the guru-disciple relationship is simply to be fully dedicated to carrying out the orders received from the spiritual with or without his physical presence. But still the disciple should take every available opportunity to get the physical association of his spiritual master because to personally hear from him, inquire from him, and serve him will help the disciple to strengthen his connection with his spiritual master's instructions. This does not mean that the disciple must always be with his spiritual master. Actually physical separation is also good because it helps the disciple to maintain a mood of awe and reverence for the spiritual master. Too much physical association with the spiritual master can sometimes degrade the disciple, because a neophyte disciple may commit the offense of considering his spiritual master to be an ordinary man.

Kindly note that even though Srila Prabhupada got the physical association of his spiritual master not more than ten times in his entire life, he was in his constant association within his heart by accepting his spiritual master's instructions as his very life and soul. I also had scant personal association with my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada. But ever since that glorious day in the spring of 1971 in Austin, Texas when I accepted him into my heart as my eternal spiritual master even before I had physically even met him, I have been blessed with his constant association. I have maintained and continue strengthening more and more my connection with him by remembering and following the many instructions I have personally received from him in the letters he wrote me, as well as in the most merciful teachings given in his books, lectures, general letters, and conversations.

So I encourage you to sometimes travel to meet me during my twice-a-year visits to your country, the holy land of India. And even more importantly I encourage you to always remain tightly packed up in the association of Guru and Krishna by chanting Hare Krishna and reading Srila Prabhupada's books as much as possible. Please feel free to inquire from me as much as is required to situate yourself solidly on the path of Krishna consciousness. And if you like, in the future, if you are solid in your practice, I will initiate you as my disciple.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 9 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

My Life's Mission

Srila Prabhupada has taught us that we should take the order of our spiritual master as our very life and soul. In this connection he has stated in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.24.13 as follows:

"Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura has stated that the order of the spiritual master is the life and soul of the disciples. As a man cannot separate his life from his body, a disciple cannot separate the order of the spiritual master from his life. If a disciple follows the instruction of the spiritual master in that way, he is sure to become perfect."

So what is Srila Prabhupada's order? Just as Srila Prabhupada received in 1922 the order from his spiritual master to give Krishna consciousness to the English speaking world, he gave to his disciples on 17 December 1973 this instruction, "Just become perfect in the understanding of this science and become guru and deliver the whole world."

Therefore as his disciple it is my duty to embrace this instruction as my very life and soul. I must fully dedicate my entire life for delivering the suffering humanity from the vicious cycle of repeated birth and death. By absorbing myself fully in this way my becoming perfect is guaranteed.

Whether the disciple is successful or not in carrying out the order of his spiritual master is not an issue. The point is that he becomes perfect in spiritual life simply by his complete absorption in the attempt to carry out his guru's order. In this connection Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 4.12.36 as follows:

"A Krishna conscious being is always engaged in planning how to take all of suffering humanity back home, back to Godhead. Even if one is not successful in reclaiming all the fallen souls back to Godhead, still, because he is Krishna conscious, his path to Vaikunthaloka is open. He personally becomes qualified to enter the Vaikunthalokas, and if anyone follows such a devotee, he also enters into Vaikunthaloka."

Therefore I must continue in my full time endeavor to save the suffering humanity until my last dying breath and be also willing to take birth after birth in this material world if that is what Krishna desires for me to do in order to successfully carry out this mission given to me by my spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





My Most Beloved Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada
My Most Beloved Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Stop Thinking About Women?

How to stop thinking about women?

Your servant,
Bhakta Shashank

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Answer: Think About All-Attractive Krishna Instead

If you will simply absorb your mind in the most beautiful, all-attractive Krishna, you will no longer be absorbed in thoughts of women. The only reason women appear attractive is that they are endowed with a tiny portion of Krishna's all-attractive potency. On their own they are not at all attractive. Why should you be attracted to a drop of water, which cannot satisfy your thirst, when you can instead be attracted to an unlimited reservoir of water that will fully satisfy your thirst forever and fully satisfy the thirst of everyone throughout the entire universe? In this way try to use your intelligence and focus your mind where you will derive unlimited satisfaction instead of agitation and frustration.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 8 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

The Cure for Depression: Inquire and Do Your Duty

On the battlefield of Kurukshetra Arjuna became depressed due to his bewilderment as to what was his duty. Thus he spoke to Krishna the following words:

karpanya-dosopahata-svabhavah
prcchami tvam dharma-sammudha-cetah
yac chreyah syan niscitam bruhi tan me
sisyas te 'ham sadhi mam tvam prapannam

"Now I am confused about my duty and have lost all composure because of miserly weakness. In this condition I am asking You to tell me for certain what is best for me. Now I am Your disciple, and a soul surrendered unto You. Please instruct me."
--Bhagavad-gita 2.7

Then he patiently and submissively heard from Sri Krishna the teaching of the Bhagavad-gita and thus gained the understanding that his duty was simply to follow the instructions of Krishna. In this way he became completely relieved from his bewilderment, confusion, and depression, ecstatically situated in loving service to His most beloved Lord.

From Arjuna's profoundly shining example of taking help from his spiritual master to become free from his confusion we learn the most valuable lesson that whenever we are bewildered as to what is our actual duty we should simply inquire from our spiritual master and follow his clear unequivocal instructions. In this way by hearing from our spiritual master and then following his instructions our depression will disappear and we will be happily energized by potent, dynamic devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Lord Sri Krishna Enlightens the Bewildered Arjuna
Lord Sri Krishna Enlightens the Bewildered Arjuna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why So Much Suffering in the Material World?

Why is there so much suffering in this material world?

Your servant,
Bhakta Shashank

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Answer: This Is Not Our Natural Habitat

Just as a fish will naturally suffer if he is on the land because it is not his natural habitat, similarly we naturally suffer in this material world because it is not our natural habitat.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 7 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

The Bidimensional Nature of Reality

The present world population, due to gross miseducation, is locked into a unidimensional view of reality when in fact reality is actually bidimensional. In other words instead of seeing the two dimensions, the material world and the spiritual world, they see only one dimension, the material world. Because everyone originates in the spiritual world, deep down within their heart they all desire the eternal, all-blissful, fully cognizant existence found in the spiritual world. Therefore this temporary, miserable, full of ignorance material world, which is just the opposite of their original, natural habitat can never satisfy them just as a fish can never be happy while out of the water. This is why everyone is more or less frustrated in this material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Krishna is Waiting for You to Return to Goloka Vrindavana
Krishna is Waiting for You to Return to Goloka Vrindavana


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Could a Human Being Devolve to Animal Birth?

I notice that in several of your answers you state that a person will come back as an animal if they do or do not do such-and-such. My question is: Obviously that person has been born a human in this life, so they have thus far evolved to the point of earning a human birth. Why, then, would they be born as an animal in the next, moving backwards spiritually?

R.T.

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Answer: Animalistic Consciousness Carries One to Animal Body

Thank you very much for inquiring. This is how one advances steadily on the path of self-realization, by putting forward their questions to the bona fide spiritual master for clarification. Regarding your question about one's next birth, Lord Krishna states as follows in the Bhagavad-gita:

yam yam vapi smaran bhavam
tyajaty ante kalevaram
tam tam evaiti kaunteya
sada tad-bhava-bhavitah

"Whatever state of being one remembers
when he quits his body, O son of Kunti,
that state he will attain without fail."

Bhagavad-gita 8.6

According to the explanation of the great Vaisnava Acharyas this verse means that if one lives his life in an animalistic way, he will have animalistic thoughts at the time of death and thus attain an animal body in his next life.

Thus it is of the utmost importance to cultivate remembrance of God as a regular daily affair so that thoughts of God will naturally come to one's mind at the time of death and qualify him to enter the kingdom of God upon leaving behind his present material body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 6 November 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

You Are Indeed My Very Life and Soul

On the evening of 4 November 2014 we arrived back in Austin after two super ecstatic months of traveling and preaching in India and Europe. My aspiring disciple, Bhakta Anil, picked up my wife, Vishnupriya Mataji, and I at the airport. I was riding in the back seat on the way from the airport to the ISKCON Austin center remembering Srila Prabhupada's instruction that at every spare moment we should read his books. So I immediately without any hesitation grabbed my iPad and began reading the Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya Lila, Chapter 1. When I got to verse 29 I was awed.

'caitanya' seva, 'caitanya' gao, lao 'caitanya'-nama
'caitanye' ye bhakti kare, sei mora prana

"Nityananda Prabhu requested everyone to serve Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, chant His glories and utter His name. Nityananda Prabhu claimed that person to be His life and soul who rendered devotional service unto Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu."

I strikingly realized that all those who have at any time in their lives rendered service to my beloved spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, and his mission are my very life and soul. This was a wonderful heart melting realization that will bless my eternal existence.

So my humble thanks and respectful obeisances to all of you whoever you may be and wherever you be in all of existence who have ever at any time rendered service to Srila Prabhupada and his mission. You are indeed my very life and soul.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada With His Loving Disciples
Srila Prabhupada With His Loving Disciples


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Control Sex Desire?

How to control our mind on attraction towards sex? Please, it is my heartiest request to you, explain this to me. From the last few weeks I am feeling very bad because in the time of chanting these thoughts are coming in my mind and frustrating my meditation of Lord Krishna's holy names. How to control our sex desires? Please, dear Guru Maharaja, help me out of these thoughts.

D.K.

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Answer: Find Your Pleasure in Loving Krishna

As long as you remain on the bodily plane it is natural that you will be sexually inclined because sex is the topmost pleasure of this material world. To get free from this hard knot of sex desire within your heart you have to remember that you are not the body and that your real pleasure is in your loving relationship with Krishna or God. Chant Hare Krishna with feeling as an offering of love to Lord Sri Krishna and your lusty feelings will gradually evaporate. They will go away, and you will be able to peacefully chant Hare Krishna in great ecstasy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 5 November 2014

en route to the USA

Today's Thought:

Prasadam: Krishna's Most Merciful Manifestation

There is no more merciful manifestation of Krishna that Krishna prasadam, vegetarian foods which have been offered to Krishna with love and devotion. Any person who takes even one bite of Krishna prasadam during his life will be eternally blessed by this contact with Krishna. In the following conversation recorded in Los Angeles on July 20, 1971 Srila Prabhupada stresses the great potency of Krishna prasadam:

Nanda-Kisora: What happens to a person if we just give him out on the street one Simply Wonderful or some prasadam, one piece of prasadam?

Prabhupada: That is wonderful, simply wonderful. He has not tasted such wonderful sweet in his life. Therefore you give him wonderful, and because he's eating that wonderful sweet, one day he'll come to your temple and become wonderful.

Devotees: Jaya!

Prabhupada: Therefore it is simply wonderful. So go on distributing this Simply Wonderful. Your philosophy is simply wonderful. Your prasadam is simply wonderful. You are simply wonderful. And your Krishna is simply wonderful. The whole process is simply wonderful. And He acts wonderfully, and it is acting wonderfully. Who can deny it?

Devotee: Prabhupada is simply wonderful.

Prabhupada: That's all right. You can become... Everyone. All right, have kirtana.

This link will let you directly hear Srila Prabhupada speaking the above simply wonderful words:

http://www.backtohome.com/SimplyWonderful.mp3

Since anyone who knowingly or even unknowingly partakes of Krishna prasadam immediately has their destiny transformed, Krishna prasadam should be profusely distributed to the entire world population as much as possible. This is one of the merciful goals of the Krishna consciousness movement.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Devotees Distributing Krishna Prasadam
Devotees Distributing Krishna Prasadam


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Control the Urge to Speak?

How to control the urge to speak?

Your servant,
Bhakta Shashank

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Answer: Only Talk About Krishna

Don't talk nonsense. Only talk about Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 4 November 2014

from ISKCON Tallinn, Estonia

Today's Thought:

And the Bliss Just Keeps On Coming

There is nothing more ecstatic, enlivening, and fulfilling than a life of Krishna consciousness. It does not require any great austerities. All you really have to do is just be who you are. Recognize that you are not your body, that you are instead the eternal spirit-soul servant of Krishna, and then mold your life accordingly in harmony with this principle. It's just as simple as that. Sincerely try this, and you will experience a fully satisfying eternal lifestyle of ever-increasing, unadulterated happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Sunday Feast Lecture
Sunday Feast Lecture
Tallinn, Estonia--2 November 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: When A Family Member Dies?

Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaja,

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

I would like to know why, when a family member has just deceased, for first few weeks we are not allowed to even pray at home, that is not lighting of incense sticks and oil lamps. Also within a year why we are not allowed to celebrate any major festival like Diwali and others?

Thank you for your continuous devoted time to ordinary people like us.

Your servant,
NJH

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Answer: Chanting Hare Krishna Fulfills All Obligations

Devotees do not follow such rules because simply by chanting Hare Krishna they fulfill all obligations.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 3 November 2014

from ISKCON Tallinn, Estonia

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Today's Thought:

Traveling to the Russian Border for Krishna

On Saturday 1 November after an ecstatic morning program at Tallinn's Hare Krishna temple, capped off by my giving a lecture on the Srimad Bhagavatam, we drove 210 kilometers east from Tallinn to Estonia's border with Russia, to the border city of Narva to do a home program for the local Hare Krishna community. The cold weather was more than offset by the wonderful, warm welcome we received from the devotees upon our arrival. The living room of Anton's small Soviet era apartment could hardly accommodate the many guests. So everyone squeezed in as tightly as possible utilizing every square inch of space. In this way we were able to get almost everyone into the room leaving only a few to join the kirtan and hear the lecture from outside in the hall. After a rousing Hare Krishna kirtan I explained to the assembled devotees how the Krishna consciousness movement must now take the leadership role on this planet to guide the human society in all spheres of activity since the current world leaders are completely unqualified and incompetent to give peace, happiness, and prosperity to the earth's people. Following my lecture there was a wonderful and enlivening question and answer session as well. We had to make the program brief so that we could get back to Tallinn in time for my evening lecture at the Hare Krishna temple there. In this way our day was super charged with nectar and we could feel the sublime satisfaction of knowing that we had fully engaged our day in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya. This is the perfection of the human form of life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Warm Arrival Welcome on a Cold Day
Warm Arrival Welcome on a Cold Day
Narva, Estonia--1 November 2014


Super Ecstatic Home Program
Super Ecstatic Home Program
Narva, Estonia--1 November 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do I Have to Reject My Buddhism?

I am so sorry that I am sending another question to such a busy person like you. But please clear my confusion. I am a Buddhist, but recently I have started chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra. The quality of my life has gradually improved. I am feeling very attracted to Krishna and once when I was about to eat I was brought to tears. (I still am not a vegetarian so my meal contained meat, onions, and garlic.) I felt very bad that I was enjoying separately from my eternal well-wisher. I am totally shaken by this. But still by converting I am worried that I would upset my family who are Buddhists. My Buddhist beliefs are still clinging to me. I am totally torn. Please guide me! Please explain also how a Vaishnava would view a Buddhist. I live in Burma, and I have no ISKCON center near me. There are two but they are out of my reach. Please guide me.

Kuang Zaw Han

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Answer: Just Become a Real Buddhist

I am most pleased to hear that you now taking to Krishna consciousness. I understand that you are feeling disturbed about abandoning your family tradition of Buddhism. But I can assure you that there is absolutely nothing for you to be concerned about. Lord Buddha is Krishna Himself appearing at a time when the animals were being slaughtered by a misapplication of the Vedic injunctions. Therefore to stop the animal slaughter he denied the Vedas and taught the principles of karma and non-violence. This was a temporary stopgap solution to save the poor animals. Therefore even though Buddha - as an emergency measure - taught atheism, we Krishnites have the highest regard for Lord Buddha. He is celebrated in the famous song by Jayadeva Goswami "Sri Dasavatara-stotra" as follows:

nindasi yajña-vidher ahaha sruti-jatam
sadaya-hrdaya darsita-pasu-ghatam
kesava dhrta-buddha-sarira jaya jagadisa hare

"O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Buddha! All glories to You! O Buddha of compassionate heart, you decry the slaughtering of poor animals performed according to the rules of Vedic sacrifice."

When one understands that Lord Buddha is Krishna Himself on an undercover mission, he will not experience any conflict between Buddha and Krishna. The difficulty is that the modern day Buddhists are not really Buddhists because they eat meat and thus do not follow Buddha. If they would actually follow Lord Buddha, we would appreciate them very much. In this connection our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, stated in Columbus, Ohio on 10 May, 1969 in a conversation with a guest:

"Either you follow Lord Jesus Christ or Lord Buddha or Krishna, it doesn't matter much. But do it perfectly. That is our request."

Therefore to be a true Buddhist one must adopt a vegetarian diet. One cannot continue eating meat and be a Buddhist or a devotee of Krishna. By your taking now to Krishna consciousness you will become a perfect Buddhist. So please continue chanting Hare Krishna and give up the sinful habit of meat eating. In this way Lord Buddha and Lord Krishna will be very pleased with you, and they will shower their mercy upon you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 2 November 2014

from ISKCON Tallinn, Estonia

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Today's Thought:

It's Time to Take Over the World for Krishna

The current world leaders are completely incompetent to bring peace and happiness to this planet because they are personally bereft of their own peace and happiness due to their mistaken identification of the self with the body. Therefore for the sake of the suffering human population it's time now for the self-realized persons, those who are actually Krishna conscious, to step forward and become the leaders of this planet within every sphere of society: political, economic, educational, cultural, etc. Unless the Krishna conscious men take the leadership on this planet it is not possible for the human society to be happy. A society bereft of Krishna conscious leadership is like a decapitated body, a body with its head cut off. There is a burning need now for the modern day decapitated society to get its head back, the head it once had during the Vedic age when spiritually enlightened men were the leaders of the world society. This will solve all the problems of the world and bring everyone to the stage of perfect happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Super Ecstatic Send Off from ISKCON Riga, Latvia
Super Ecstatic Send Off from ISKCON Riga, Latvia--31 October 2014


Inner Peace/World Peace Lecture
Inner Peace/World Peace Lecture--31 October 2014
Tallinn Jewish School--Tallinn, Estonia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Keep Our Realizations Firmly in Our Hearts?

Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaja,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Many times we realize so many things: that this world is temporary, full of dangers, sense gratification is dangerous and miserable, etc. Why these realizations do not stay permanently in our hearts? I know that maya or illusion overtakes us. But how to keep these realizations fixed firmly in our hearts for eternity so that we never get illusioned again?

Your servant
Vidura das

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Answer: Plug All of Your Consciousness Gaps

The consciousness of a neophyte devotee is like a leaky roof on a rainy day. To keep your realizations always solidly fixed within your heart you need to patch up all the holes in the roof of consciousness by increasing the quality and quantity of your chanting, hearing, remembering, praying, and serving until all the gaps are closed. Then you will be solidly, undeviatingly situated on the transcendental liberated platform for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 1 November 2014

from ISKCON Riga, Latvia

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Today's Thought:

Residing in the Best of All Possible Worlds

Please bless me, Srila Prabhupada, that I may be eternally engaged in your service. I was a lost soul drowning in the cycle of birth suffering like anything in the crazy madness of material sense gratification. But with the help of your very dear disciple in the spring of 1971 in Austin, Texas USA, His Holiness Vishnujana Swami Maharaja, you picked me up from the nightmarish ocean of birth and death and gave me shelter at your lotus feet. Srila Prabhupada, please engage me in any way you like for all of eternity wherever I can be of the best possible service to you. Whether this is the spiritual world or the material world does not matter to me. Wherever I am, if I can simply please you, then I am always in the best of all possible worlds. That is where I want to remain perpetually, in this transcendental realm of pleasing you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



His Holiness Vishnujana Swami Maharaja
His Holiness Vishnujana Swami Maharaja
Pease Park, Austin, Texas USA--Spring of 1971


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Give Up My Envious Mentality?

Hare Krishna Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Your Divine Grace and Srimati Guru Mata.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

How to give up my envious mentality?

Your servant,
Bhakta Shashank

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Answer: Fill Your Heart With Krishna

Srila Prabhupada has very nicely answered your question in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Ninth Canto, Chapter 11, Verse 23:

"A devotee must therefore be completely free from envy, especially of other devotees. To envy other devotees is a great offense, a vaisnava-aparadha. A devotee who constantly engages in hearing and chanting (sravana-kirtana) is certainly freed from the disease of envy, and thus he becomes eligible to go back home, back to Godhead."

So the formula is very simple. You must always be engaged as much as possible 24 hours a day in hearing and chanting the glories of Lord. By filling your heart completely with Krishna there will no room left for envy to reside in your heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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