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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 31 December 2014

from ISKCON Sydney, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Who Absorbs the Disciple's Sinful Reactions?

Sometimes the question is raised, "Who absorbs the sinful reactions of the disciple, the diksha guru (initiating guru) or the siksha guru (instructing guru)?" In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in a letter he wrote to Sacisuta das on 19 September, 1969:

"Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita that He takes charge of a surrendered soul; so much so that Lord Krishna protects His devotee from all his sinful activities in the past. Similarly, the Spiritual Master, when He accepts a disciple and the disciple surrenders unto Him, He has got the responsibility of absorbing the sinful reaction of His disciple's life. This is a great responsibility of the Spiritual Master. We should therefore be very careful not to overburden our Spiritual Master by further repetition of sinful activities."

When Srila Prabhupada says, "accepts a disciple" he is referring to initiation. So it is very clear that the diksha guru, the initiating spiritual master, absorbs the sinful reactions of his disciples. It should also be noted in this connection as explained by Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Sri Galim written on 20 November 1971:

"Actually, you have only one Spiritual Master, who initiates you, just as you have only one father. But every Vaisnava should be treated as prabhu, master, higher than me, and in this sense, if I learn from him, he may be regarded as guru. It is not that I disobey my real Spiritual Master and call someone else as Spiritual Master. That is wrong. It is only that I can call Spiritual Master someone who is teaching me purely what my initiating Spiritual Master has taught."

It is very important for the disciple to remember the above instructions from Srila Prabhupada because sometimes those who are not well read in the teachings of Srila Prabhupada try to minimize the position of the initiating spiritual master, that he does not absorb the sinful reactions of his disciples. According to the Svetasvatara Upanisad it is absolutely required for the disciple to have complete faith in the words of his spiritual master, because it is only by this faith that he can realize the truth of the Vedic wisdom.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Giving Initiation to Atma Medha Das
18 October 2014--Kaunas, Lithuania


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Long to Wait for Initiation?

During your live lectures and in your daily mails I have heard many times about the great importance of the "tripod" - taking shelter, diksha and obedience to the spiritual master's instructions; and I see that these aspects are absolutely essential for progress in one's spiritual life. I have been torn by this topic as there are many devotees that say one must wait a few years before taking initiation and first become acquainted with numerous spiritual masters. Thus I am humbly asking for your definitive solution to this dilemma.

Your insignificant servant,
S.N.

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Answer: First Find Bona Fide Guru, Then Get Initiated Immediately

Because at the present moment the world is full of bogus gurus, unscrupulous cheaters who falsely pose themselves as spiritual masters even though they totally lack any real qualifications for such an exalted position, it is of the utmost importance that one should take some time to make sure that the prospective guru is indeed a bona fide spiritual master according the descriptions given in the Vedic literature. Then once having found the bona fide spiritual master Srila Prabhupada instructs us in his purport to CC Madhya 24.331 that we should get initiated immediately:

"As soon as a bona fide guru is received by chance or by a program, one should immediately take the opportunity to receive initiation."

If a devotee is saying that one must wait a few years before getting initiated, he is obviously not aware of the above instruction from Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada has also instructed us that we should read all of his books. Unfortunately very few devotees in ISKCON have done so, and thus they sometimes concoct ideas that are not in accordance with the teachings of Srila Prabhupada.

Since there are many initiating gurus in ISKCON one has the freedom to accept any one of them as his spiritual master. He will naturally like to hear various gurus and choose the guru which inspires him the most and should be encouraged to do so. However, if one is serious to go back to Godhead, he will select his guru as soon as possible in accordance with Srila Prabhupada's instruction and will not postpone getting initiated on the plea of not being able to make up his mind as to which guru to accept. In other words, when one is truly serious that now I must surrender fully to Krishna, Krishna will reveal to him who is his guru. One who continues to postpone his initiation is not yet serious about surrendering to Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 30 December 2014

from the Melbourne, Australia Airport

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Today's Thought:

You Need to Be Trained How to Be a Disciple

For anyone who is serious to attain the ultimate goal of going back to home, back to Godhead it is a must to master the art of discipleship. In other words, one must learn the art of how to a be perfect disciple of his spiritual master. This is a Vedic injunction coming from the Supreme Lord Himself. Krishna says that unless you are the devotee of His devotee you are not His devotee. There is a golden opportunity for all initiated disciples and those who would like to become initiated disciples to take an expertly managed online course on how to be disciple. The course is being administered by Bhaktivedanta College and is being conducted from 5 January through 23 February 2015. Here's where you can learn more and sign up for the course:

http://bhaktivedantacollege.com/events/disciples-course/

I am requesting all of my readers who would like to become my initiated disciples now or in the future that this course is a must.

If this course is offered at your local ISKCON temple, I recommend that you take it there instead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Initiates a Disciple in Los Angeles


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Continually Connect With Sri Guru's Mercy?

Dear Guru-Maharaja,

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

This morning's lecture on S.B. 3.5.42, here in Melbourne, has allowed for profound meditation. The importance of sincerity and association with those devotees who have no propensity to fault-find in others (so as to eradicate the tendency to offend) was brought up. Could you please elaborate on this?

This verse, in particular, has brought my meditation upon your presence. You have been so kind to allow us to hear of Prabhupada's instructions & pastimes, and the Lord's transcendental name, form, qualities and pastimes from your mouth. I feel a great urge ?to take full advantage of the mercy you've imparted.

Dear Guru Maharaja, how can I continuously take full advantage of such mercy, so as to sincerely advance in Krishna consciousness and be a more reformed & fine-tuned instrument?

Your eternal servant,
B.D.

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Answer: Always Remember this Beautiful Devotional Song

Devotees who always appreciate the good in others in spite of whatever faults they may possess are true saints. By hearing from and serving such advanced devotees we are empowered to overcome the defects in our hearts, which inhibit our advancement on the path of Krishna bhakti. Therefore whenever we get the opportunity to associate with such great transcendentalists, we should take full advantage of it by hearing from them, inquiring from them, and serving them as much as possible.

I have personally instructed you to become a pure devotee and to dedicate your life fully to giving Krishna consciousness to others. By embracing this instruction within your heart and always worshipping it as your dearmost treasure you will always feel how the spiritual master is with you, blessing you, and guiding you how to expertly engage in the service of Lord Sri Krishna. To continuously connect with your spiritual master and become his perfect instrument through which he can powerfully spread the Krishna consciousness movement, sing or recite daily this beautiful devotional song by Bhaktivinoda Thakura and remember it often throughout the day:

gurudev!
krpa-bindu diya, koro' ei dase,
trnapekha ati hina
sakala sahane, bala diya koro',
nija-mane sprha-hina

"Gurudeva, give to this servant just one drop of mercy. I am lower than a blade of grass. Give me all help. Give me strength. Let me be as you are, without desires or aspirations."

sakale sammana korite sakati,
deho' natha! jathajatha
tabe to' gaibo, hari-nama-sukhe,
aparadha ha 'be hata

"I offer you all respects, for thus I may have the energy to know you correctly. Then, by chanting the holy name in great ecstasy, all my offenses will cease."

kabe heno krpa, labhiya e jana,
krtartha hoibe, natha!
sakti-buddhi-hina, ami ati dina,
koro' more atma-satha

"O Lord and Master! When will such mercy fall to this one who is weak and devoid of intelligence? Allow me to be with you."

jogyata-vicare, kichu nahi pai,
tomara karuna-sara
karuna na hoile, kandiya kandiya,
prana na rakhibo ara

"If you examine me, you will find no qualities. Your mercy is all that I am made of. If you are not merciful unto me, I can only weep, and I will not be able to maintain my life."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 29 December 2014

from ISKCON Adelaide, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Always Be Respectful to the Lord's Devotees

Whenever we are associating with the devotees of Lord Sri Krishna we must do so with the utmost respect because there is no one more dear to Krishna than His devotees. This is confirmed in the Srimad Bhagavatam as follows:

sadhavo hrdayam mahyam
sadhunam hrdayam tv aham
mad anyat te na jananti
naham tebhyo manag api

"The devotees are My heart,
and I am the heart of My devotees.
My devotees do not know anyone but Me;
and I do not know anyone else but them."
--SB 9.4.68

Therefore we should never take the devotees for granted. We must always remember that there is nothing and no one more dear to the Lord than His devotees, and we must always value as our greatest treasure the association of Lord Krishna's devotees.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bhagavad-gita Lecture--Adelaide, Australia
27 December 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can I Be A Conjugal Lover of Krishna?

I offer my obeisances unto you, Gurudeva.

This self-realization course has been a great help to me. Your teachings are a blessing to me. Since months I've become a devotee of Lord Krishna. I don't know how I've fallen in love with Him. Today I've become sixteen years old. From the 16th year of my life I want to dedicate my life to Krishna. I want to take tips from you how can I be His devotee as a conjugal lover.

A.C.

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Answer: Fully Surrender and Accept Whatever Rasa Krishna Prefers

I am very happy to hear that at the young age of 16 you have realized that you must give yourself fully to Lord Krishna in devotion. This is indeed the very purpose of our lives, to develop pure unalloyed love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. Regarding the gopis' conjugal love for Krishna, there is no one more surrendered to Krishna than the cowherd damsels of Vrindavana. There are five types of loving rasas or relationships experienced by the devotees in the spiritual world: neutrality, servitude, friendship, parenthood, and conjugal love. Everyone has their particular relationship with Krishna, which will be revived when they become pure devotees and return to their original home in the spiritual world. In our present conditioned state we cannot yet know what kind of relationship we will have with the Lord when we reach the perfectional stage. Therefore with the same mood of total surrender exhibited by the gopis we give ourselves fully to Krishna, being willing to serve Him in any rasa according to what will please Him the most. If He wants us to be a gopi, we will accept that. Or if He wants us to be a cowherd boy, a flute, or a blade of grass, we will accept that also. If I say that I will not surrender to Krishna unless I can a be gopi, that is not surrender, and we will not be qualified to return to the spiritual world. Therefore you should submissively offer yourself fully to the Lord, being willing to accept whatever rasa He wants you to serve Him in. This will give you unlimited happiness and solve all of your problems.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 28 December 2014

from ISKCON Adelaide, Australia

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Today's Thought:

A Festival of Bliss at the Melbourne Airport

After an ecstatic week with the Hare Krishna devotees of Melbourne, Australia engaging in chanting, lecturing and counseling we headed out on 26 December to the airport to fly to Adelaide, to give guidance to the devotees there. A large of assembly of devotees accompanied us to the airport. It's really nice in Australia that non-passengers can also go through security, going right up to the gate to see you off on your flight. It's been many long years since that could be done in the USA. So we took a large entourage of the devotees with us to Gate #2, where we would be catching our flight to Adelaide. Since we had arrived early and the waiting area was totally ours, we turned it into a classroom and had a great question and answer session that went on for over an hour. Krishna consciousness is so nice that you can turn any occasion into a festival of bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


 

Ecstatic Final Questions and Answers
Melbourne, Australia Airport--26 December 2014

 


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Meaning of Simple Living and High Thinking?

My Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Yesterday while discussing with friends the meaning of what Srila Prabhupada calls "simple living and high thinking", they said we can make a lot of money and serve Krishna because there is no harm in that. I pointed out to them that if we make money more than is needed to maintain our body, it may disturb our devotional life by making us greedy. Since I am in business and desire to serve your and Srila Prabhupada's mission to spread Krishna's glories and to give the teachings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to one and all freely, please help me to understand how shall I understand the meaning of "simple living and high thinking."

Your servant forever,

Premal

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Answer: Engage Everything in Krishna's Service

Simple living and high thinking means that one should not over-endeavor to achieve so-called material success. In this way one can remain always focused on life's ultimate goal, to awaken one's dormant Krishna consciousness. Material success is only a perverted reflection of the real success, which is to go back home, back to Godhead.

However, if one is blessed with a talent for making a lot of money, one may certainly do so on behalf of Guru and Krishna. Our preaching mission requires money, so if one can earn money to support our preaching mission, that is a first class utilization of one's talents and abilities.

Earning money to support the Krishna consciousness movement is another type of devotional service for Krishna. If one is thinking of how to make more and more money for spreading the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world, that is high thinking. Such devotion facilitates one's living a simple, happy existence of total devotion to Lord Sri Krishna. However, if one endeavors to make a lot of money for material sense gratification, that will certainly spoil one's spiritual life and qualify one to remain birth after birth in this miserable material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 27 December 2014

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Never Neglect the Mercy of Krishna

Krishna's mercy is inconceivably wonderful and sublime. His mercy is fully available at every minute for everyone. Unfortunately, hardly anyone is aware of this. Those who take full advantage of it are called devotees. And those who foolishly do not take advantage of it are called non-devotees. His mercy is delivered to us through the transparent via medium of the bona fide spiritual master. Therefore for anyone who is serious about coming to platform of spiritual realization taking shelter of a bona fide spiritual master is essential.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Disciples Take Shelter of Srila Prabhupada
New Vrindavana, West Virginia USA--2 September 1972


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can the Devotee Pray for Death?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Hare Krishna,

Is it possible for the devotee to pray to Krishna for wanting to leave his material body sooner than his allotted lifespan and for Krishna to let it happen?

Your devotee,

J.G.

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Answer: The Devotee Gladly Accepts Krishna's Arrangement

This is selfishness. Abandoning all selfishness, the devotee leaves it up to Krishna when he will leave his body. He is prepared to leave his body immediately, if this is what Krishna wants. Or he is prepared to live for hundreds of years, if this is what Krishna wants.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 26 December 2014

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Coming Into Direct Contact with Krishna or God

Just imagine if you could come into direct with God and remain always in that direct contact with Him, how wonderful that would be. Well, the good news is this. You can do it. You can be in direct with God twenty-four hours a day in all places and circumstances. You must simply learn the art of how to do it. This constant connection with Him is achieved by regularly chanting His holy names every day with love. This is the secret of how to always be in the presence of God and always feel His presence with you. If you will do this under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master, you will taste the sublime results.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Connecting with Krishna Through Ecstatic Chanting
In Mayapur, West Bengal, India


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How is Krishna All-Merciful?

My dear Gurudeva,

Once you wrote that whatever is happening in our life is arranged by the Lord. Everything happens in such a way that finally we will engage eternally in Lord's pastimes. You also mentioned that Krishna is doing all of this only out of pure love for us. But then I find in Bhagavad-gita 16.19 that the Lord eternally puts demons in the ocean of material existence. How then Lord is all-merciful to the demons?

V.S.

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Answer: He Even Facilitates the Demons

Krishna is also merciful to the demons. Because they desire to try enjoy a demoniac life he fulfills their desire by allowing them to do so. In this way they get what they want and at the same they gradually realize how miserable their situation is and they come back by their own desire to the devotional service of the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 25 December 2014

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Questions and Answers on the Absolute Truth

In this world there are many types of questions and answers going on constantly. The birds are chirping, "Where is the worm?" The businessmen are chirping, "Where can I make a profit?" And the students are chirping, "How can I pass the exam?" All such inquiries are more or less a waste of time because they do not liberate one from the vicious cycle of repeated birth and death. The only questions and answers that are truly worthy of our time are questions and answers regarding what is the Absolute Truth, because such questions and answers empower us to regain our original identities as associates of the Supreme Lord in His eternal pastimes in the spiritual world. While other types of relative questions and answers may be accepted in order to take care of our temporary material needs, they should never be understood to be as important as questions and answers regarding the Absolute Truth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Questions and Answers Session
ISKCON Melbourne--23 December 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Follow the Caste System?

Gurudeva,

Kindly accept my obeisances

Why is Krishna asking us to live as per our caste within the varnashrama system? Because of these classifications (four varnas or castes) the brahmanas feel that they are near to God while others are not. In India we are all suffering because of this. Why Krishna instruct us in the Bhagavad-gita to follow this system of varnashrama dharma (four social orders and four spiritual orders)?

What is the purpose behind these classifications when all souls are equal and we should therefore respect all the other souls?

Gurudeva, kindly clarify so I can explain to my friends what is the significance of the varnashrama system.

Thanks and Regards
G.C.

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Answer: Do Not Follow the Demoniac Caste System

What we see in India going on under the name of the caste system is not the original divine varnashrama system given in the Vedas. It is a perversion known as the demoniac varnashrama system. The original pure varnashrama system is a natural division of labor based on one's qualities and activities, not on his birth. So one does not become a brahmana by birth and thus get the automatic status of someone who is closer to God. To be a real brahmana, one must earn that qualification by his qualities and activities. The only person who can truly considered to be a brahmana is that person who is actually closer to God by his strictly following the teachings of Krishna as given in the Bhagavad-gita.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 24 December 2014

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Degradation of the Human Race

We have been informed by one of our students about his sister-in-law who has already given birth to two daughters and is now pregnant for the third time. Since she wanted to have a son this time and since she has been informed that this third child is also a daughter, she has decided to kill this third child by abortion. Such gross sinfulness is not at all an isolated incident in today's world society. Indeed such depravity has now even become legal and socially acceptable in many nations. One can murder their own child and think that there is nothing at all wrong in doing this. Abortion is being promoted as "reproduction rights" when in fact it is nothing but the falsely conceived right to murder another human being.

Considering this ever-increasingly lower standard of what is thought to be proper human behavior, it is not all astonishing that people nowadays are so miserable. The more that people drift away from God consciousness and morality, the more they will unavoidingly become frustrated and bewildered. This is a law of nature. The only solution for this insanity is Krishna consciousness, to reconnect with God. Of out of compassion on these poor fellows the Krishna consciousness movement has been started to educate the world population how to come back to sanity. Therefore we are praying to Krishna that this movement can become successful as soon as possible in enlightening the grossly ignorant human society how to properly protect and nurture its young in God consciousness, because this will save the people from the karma of becoming murdered by abortion in their next birth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Loving Hare Krishna Parents Don't Kill Their Children


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If Christians and Muslims Eat Meat?

As long as you eat meat, you will not be able to progress in your devotional life. Does this mean that if a Muslim or Christian follows the Bible or Quran but eats meat they will take a lower birth?

K.G.

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Answer: They Become Animals And Are Eaten in Their Next Birth

The law of karma applies equally to all. It does not matter what religion you belong to. Anyone who eats meat will take birth in the species of the animal they have eaten in order to be killed and eaten in their next life. This is why the Bible says not to kill. But how many Christians follow this commandment? They are practically all eating meat and going down to the animall kingdom in their next birth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 23 December 2014

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Always Remain Steady in Krishna Consciousness

If in all circumstances you will remain steady in your practice of Krishna consciousness, you will advance rapidly along the pathway of spiritual perfection. Therefore never allow any situation to divert your mind from your duty to take complete shelter of guru and Krishna. If you will thus always remain steadfast in your devotion to Krishna and submissive to following the orders of your spiritual master, your attaining the ultimate destination of Lord Sri Krishna's abode is guaranteed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


 



Krishna Awaits Your Return to His Transcendental Kingdom


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is the Time of Death Predetermined?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Hare Krishna.

Could you please tell if a living entity's exact time of death has been fixed when they are born in a material body, or is it changeable according to one's lifestyle, health care, etc.?

Your devotee,

J.G.?

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Answer: Only for Materialists; Not for Devotees.

When one is born his exact moment of death is already fixed by his past karma. So he cannot add or subtract from his span of life. But if he takes to Krishna consciousness seriously by fully surrendering to Guru and Krishna, he becomes free from his past karma and can thus live far beyond his allotted lifespan.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 22 December 2014

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

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Today's Thought:

How to Cope with Suffering?

In this material world all of us have to undergo various types of suffering situations: some slight, some moderate, and some severe. So how we do cope with all these undesirable situations? The answer is that instead of identifying with our minds and bodies and being bewildered by these difficulties, we should see them like warning lights alerting us to the reality that this material world is not our real home and that the material body is not our actual self. In this way instead of being disturbed by the sufferings, we will experience them with sense of gratitude. Instead of pinching us they will assist us in entering into the realm of eternal transcendental bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


 



Suffering Like Car Warning Lights Is a Helpful Indicator

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Choose My Spiritual Master?

Gurudeva, it took lot of time to find you, my spiritual master. I was wandering earlier here and there, thinking I want to be a disciple of one guru and then of another guru until finally by Krishna's mercy I found you. So, Gurudeva, as I took so much time and was so confused about who is my spiritual master before I got your mercy, I am wondering that if someone ever asks me how to choose their guru how should I properly guide them.

Begging your mercy,
Forever your daughter and servant,

Y.N.

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Answer: Become Serious About Surrendering to Krishna

It is not at all difficult to find or choose your spiritual master. Srila Prabhupada explains this as follows:

"So if you are actually serious about Krishna, then Krishna will send you one of His representatives. and he will take charge of you. That is the process. If you do not find a guru, that means Krishna is not yet pleased, either you are not serious."

So all one really has to do is to be serious about surrendering to Krishna. When one comes to this stage, Krishna reveals who is his guru to him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 21 December 2014

from Hare Krishna Valley, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Always Have a Humble Learning Mood

Due to our false egos, when we are corrected we tend to have an argumentative, self-defensive mood rather than a humble, learning mood. This inhibits our spiritual advancement and keeps us stuck on the material platform. Therefore we should consciously cultivate a humble learning mood of always being willing to be corrected for our mistakes. In this way we will make rapid, steady advancement on the path of spiritual awakening.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

P.S. This weekend we are holding a Krishna consciousness retreat at serene Hare Krishna Valley, a country ashram with a cow protection program connected with our ISKCON temple in Melbourne, Australia. Unfortunately due to a low band-width internet connection we are not able to live broadcast our lectures from here on the internet.


 



Serene Hare Krishna Valley



Cow With Baby Calf in Hare Krishna Valley



Ideal Household Life Seminar in Hare Krishna Valley


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Should I Learn From Sudama's Pastimes?

My dear Gurudeva,

You have written that we should not pray to Lord for any material desires because such desires will simply keep on increasing. So then what message should I take from Sudama's pastimes? This great devotee went to the Lord for asking wealth. So should we pray or not pray for any material desires?

Trying to be your servant,
V. Shah

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Answer: Never Pray for Fulfillment of Material Desires

Sudama Brahmana did not go to Krishna to request any wealth from Him. On the request of his wife He simply went to see his old friend Krishna with whom he had served when they were brahmacaris together in the ashram of Sandipani Muni. He approached Krishna purely in a mood of loving service without even a pinch of material desire, and he got the result of being lovingly received by Lord Krishna. On his way home he was relishing within his heart how wonderfully Krishna had received him. He was grateful that Krishna had not given him any wealth thinking that if he been given wealth that he would become proud and forget the Lord.

But when he reached home he was amazed that he could not find his simple cottage. Instead there were big palaces made of valuable stones and jewels, glittering like the sun, moon, and rays of fire. Not only were there big palaces, but at intervals there were beautifully decorated parks, in which many beautiful men and women were strolling. In those parks there were nice lakes full of lotus flowers and beautiful lilies, and there were flocks of multicolored birds. Seeing the wonderful conversion of his native place, the brahmana began to think to himself, "How am I seeing all these changes? Does this place belong to me or to someone else? If it is the same place where I used to live, then how has it so wonderfully changed?"

While the learned brahmana was considering this, a group of beautiful men and women with features resembling those of the demigods, accompanied by musical chanters, approached to welcome him. All were singing auspicious songs. The wife of the brahmana was very glad on hearing the tidings of her husband's arrival, and with great haste she came out of the palace. The brahmana's wife appeared so beautiful that it seemed as if the goddess of fortune herself had come to receive him. As soon as she saw her husband present before her, tears of joy fell from her eyes, and her voice became so choked up that she could not even address her husband. She simply closed her eyes in ecstasy. But with great love and affection she bowed down before her husband, and within herself she thought of embracing him. She was fully decorated with a gold necklace and ornaments, and while standing among the maidservants she appeared like a demigod's wife just alighting from an airplane. The brahmana was surprised to see his wife so beautiful, and in great affection and without saying a word he entered the palace with her.

When the brahmana entered his personal apartment in the palace, he saw that it was not an apartment but the residence of the King of heaven. The palace was surrounded by many columns of jewels. The couches and the bedsteads were made of ivory and bedecked with gold and jewels, and the bedding was as white as the foam of milk and as soft as a lotus. There were many whisks hanging from golden rods, and many golden thrones with sitting cushions as soft as lotus flowers. In various places there were velvet and silken canopies with laces of pearls hanging all around. The structure of the building stood on excellent transparent marble, with engravings made of emerald stones. All the women in the palace carried lamps made of valuable jewels. The flames and the jewels combined to produce a wonderfully brilliant light. When the brahmana saw his position suddenly changed to one of opulence, and when he could not determine the cause for such a sudden change, he began to consider very gravely how it had happened.

From this amazing pastime we see that Sudama approached Krishna free from any material desires, and by Krishna’s grace he received opulence like the King of heaven. Therefore we should never pray for the fulfillment of material desires. Rather we should only pray to be eternally engaged in the Lord’s service accepting that whatever Krishna gives us or takes away from us is His unlimited mercy to engage ourselves even more deeply in His eternal service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 20 December 2014

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Why Even Have a Hare Krishna Movement?

Last night after my lecture here in the suburbs of Melbourne I was asked if being a follower of our Hare Krishna movement (ISKCON) is the only way to realize God. So what is the proper understanding in this regard?

We never say ISKCON is the only way to realize God because anyone from any religious tradition who develops pure love of God is a first class religionist qualified to attain the kingdom of God. One could then wonder why then do we even have a separate movement, the Hare Krishna movement, if by any religious process one can realize God. The answer is that at present the followers of the world's religious traditions have lost the essence of what religion actually is. They have degraded religion into a self-centered process of begging God to fulfill their material desires. They have forgotten what is the real essence of religion, namely to become a selfless pure lover of God by fully surrendering oneself unto following His will.

Our ISKCON Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, has presented God consciousness in the most profound and scientific way, defeating all atheistic, impersonalistic, and so-called scientific arguments giving the world the most, authoritative, profound, practical, simple and ecstatic way to develop pure love of God for anyone from any religion from any part of our planet. And Srila Prabhupada has also established our Hare Krishna movement, which is practically based on these unique teachings. Therefore anyone from any religion who is serious to attain spiritual perfection is advised to take advantage of Prabhupada's books and this Hare Krishna movement for becoming perfect in their loving relationship with God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada and His Blissful Disciples

 


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: When in Adversity Should I Act or Depend on Krishna?

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.
All glories unto you and Srimati Gurumataji.

Thank you very much for your Thought for the Day dated Dec 18, 2014 on the topic of maintaining Krishna consciousness under heavy stress. It is very much applicable to me.

You have mentioned that Krishna will never put His devotee in a situation that he cannot handle and that every stressful situation should be taken as an opportunity to not just maintain our Krishna consciousness. but to actually intensify and advance it. However, how to learn the art of reposing my faith to Krishna?

I have the habit of getting anxious for every single happening, and I notice that I never trust Krishna. Even though I am doing my sadhana, when it comes to a practical situation, however small the situation may be, I get very confused and think that I definitely have to act to rectify the situation. I completely think I am the doer and that Krishna can only do anything if I put in my endeavor. Is that correct or wrong? Does Krishna expect us to act or will he protect his devotee even if his devotee is not trying hard (meaning, out of personal effort) to save himself from his situation? This puts me into anxiety and tension in my everyday life. Kindly requesting your guidance on this matter.

Thanking you,
Your servant,
D.M.

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Answer: Act Decisively Fully Depending on Krishna

Just as Arjuna acted on the battlefield with great determination and strength, the Lord’s devotees when faced with adversities act with great determination and strength fully depending on their most merciful Lord Sri Krishna’s divine empowerment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 19 December 2014

from ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

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Today's Thought:

The Only Solution for Terrorism

On 17 December 2014 on our way to Melbourne from South Africa we passed through Sydney, Australia where a lone terrorist had just on 15-16 December held 17 customers and employees hostage for 16 hours in a downtown Sydney café. At least one hostage was shot dead by the terrorist before police stormed the café and shot him dead.

Why do such things take place? In the jungle there are always certain animals who are ferocious and terrorize the other animals. Human life is especially meant for self-realization. When a human being gives up the pathway of self-realization and takes instead to sense gratification he descends to the animal platform. Srila Prabhupada explains that in a world where all people are animals it is natural that just as in the jungle some of the animals will be ferocious, in an animalistic human society it is natural that some of the humans will be terrorists. This means that the only way to defeat terrorism is to elevate everyone to the platform of Krishna consciousness. Until this happens we will continue to suffer more and more from terrorism in the human society. Therefore each and every devotee in the Krishna consciousness movement should aggressively take up the activity of preaching Krishna consciousness to the world at large for creating a sane, peaceful, and friendly Krishna conscious non-terroristic atmosphere throughout the entire world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Terrorist Holds 17 Hostages in Downtown Sydney


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Real Meaning of Bhakti or Pure Love

Bhakti or pure love means selfless love and not selfish love. I am still unable to comprehend the deeper meaning of bhakti or pure love in my attitude and behavior with others. Srila Gurudeva, could you please explain me the deeper meaning of bhakti in life regarding behavior with other people ?

Your servant eternally,
Premal

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Answer: Connect Everyone With Krishna

See everyone as Krishna's eternal servants and try to always connect them with Krishna. This is real bhakti love. This is pure love. This is the kind of love that will save the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 18 December 2014

from Sydney, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Krishna Consciousness Under Heavy Stress

Sometimes in this material world you find yourself in extremely stressful situations. How do you maintain your Krishna consciousness under such situations? The first thing is that instead of thinking of how to maintain your Krishna consciousness in such awkward circumstances you should instead be capitalizing on the golden moment as an opportunity for advancing your Krishna consciousness. As soon as you think in this way you have already conquered over the stressful situation. Remember that Krishna will never put his devotee in a situation which is more than he can handle. Krishna very kindly always blesses His devotees with a never-ending stream of experiences which if properly utilized will bring His devote quickly to theperfectional stage of pure devotional service. When heavy stress hits, all you really have to do is chant Hare Krishna with full confidence that Lord Sri Krishna always protects His devotees in all circumstances. In this way you will immediately conquer over the influence of the always stressful material nature and advance yourself further along the wonderful pathway back to the sublime realm of Goloka Vrindavana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blissful Hare Krishna Devotees in London


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Not Possible to Go Back to Godhead in One Lifetime?

Hare Krishna!

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

Today I read in Srila Prabhupada's purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.15.24, "It is not possible to go back to Godhead in one life." But I have also heard that Srila Prabhupada said that it is possible. So I am confused about this topic. Also senior devotees usually preach that if we do everything right we can go in one lifetime.

Thank you very much.
Bhakta Edgar.

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Answer: By Guru Gauranga's Grace Impossible Becomes Possible

It is a fact, as Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport, that it is not possible for one to go back to home, back to Godhead in one lifetime. However, by the extraordinary mercy of Guru and Gauranga, it is possible to attain the impossible. Their mercy is so powerful that not only it is possible; it is guaranteed, if one fully surrenders himself at the lotus feet of the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 17 December 2014

from Pretoria, South Africa

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Today's Thought:

Necessary to Strictly Follow Bhakti Path?

Sometimes when neophyte devotees see persons who claim to follow the path of Krishna consciousness but who do not to follow it strictly they may wonder how important it is to strictly follow this path. To answer this question let's see what Lord Krishna and Srila Prabhupada have to say. First of all here's what Krishna says:

yah sastra-vidhim utsrjya
vartate kama-karatah
na sa siddhim avapnoti
na sukham na param gatim

"He who discards scriptural injunctions and acts according to his own whims attains neither perfection, nor happiness, nor the supreme destination." --Bhagavad-gita 16.23

In reference to this verse Srila Prabhupada writes:

"One who does not strictly follow the terms of the Vedic injunctions never attains success in life or happiness. And what to speak of going home, back to Godhead."

So those who do not strictly follow the path of bhakti are not qualified to go back to Godhead. In the following quote from Srila Prabhupada's purport to Bhagavad-gita 9.14 we see that those who do strictly follow the bhakti path are sure to go back to Godhead:

"All these rules and regulations are offered by the great acaryas for those who are actually interested in getting admission into the association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the transcendental world. The mahatmas, great souls, strictly observe all these rules and regulations, and therefore they are sure to achieve the desired result."

So the conclusion is that if you want true happiness in this life and if you want to attain the spiritual world at the time of death, you must strictly follow the rules and regulations of the bhakti yoga system. There are sixty-four basic items of bhakti to be followed. Of these the first ten given below (as listed in Chapter Six of the Nectar of Devotion) are the most important:

(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).

Srila Prabhupada says:

"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."

Anyone who wants to become Krishna conscious without following these injunctions is living in a great hallucination.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Ecstatic in Prabhupada's Association


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Is the Soul Called Immovable?

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

Thank you for your most inspiring messages on the Net.
My question is: In Bhagavad-gita 2.24, why is the soul called immovable?

Your servant,
Mohan dasa

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Answer: It Remains Situated in One Place

Krishna calls the soul immovable because it always remains in the same place in your body. For example, in a heart transplant when the old heart is removed and a new one is put in, the soul remains in same place switching its seat from the old heart to the new heart. Therefore it is immovable.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 16 December 2014

from Pretoria, South Africa

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Today's Thought:

How to Solve All of the World's Problems

There are no material solutions for the world's problems because all of the world's problems are stemming from one basic problem: a lack of Krishna consciousness. Therefore if we can simply make the world Krishna conscious, all of its problems will be solved. The difficulty is that the people have no interest in Krishna conscious because they are too much addicted to material sense gratification. Thus sadly they remain tightly and miserably entrapped in the three modes of material nature. This is why compassionate souls dedicate their entire lives for making the world Krishna consciousness. This is the only welfare activity that can be successful for solving the world's problems.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishna Kirtan Will Save the World!


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can I Attain Exclusive Devotion?

I was wondering how will I ever come to the point of exclusive devotion as mentioned in Bhagavad-gita 9.22, wherein Krishna states that if we fully surrender to Him, He will preserve what we have and carry what we lack. You say that I should try for exclusive devotion, but my so-called exclusive devotion itself begins by hearing that Krishna will preserve what I have and carry what I lack. So what kind of exclusive devotion is this? It is actually "exclusive devotion" only for the preservation of my possessions and the fulfillment of my lackings. And then when the material energy bombards me with situations where I fear losing things, which I foolishly consider to be my possessions, my hypocrisy of so-called exclusive devotion becomes apparent to me and turns into excessive disturbance on the mental platform. So how can I come to the point of genuine exclusive devotion?

One more thing I wanted to ask. What is my security in this world? I have heard that Krishna is the only shelter. But then I am in this material body and I see I am at a very wrong place actually. Everyone here wants to just eat me up. It's so much selfishness. And there is not much sense in changing position also because the existence of vacancies itself proves that someone else got disgusted from that place and moved on. So, Gurudeva, what is my security? I need some security in material terms also since I am to live here. The job doesn't offer it actually. They can kick us out anytime. Same for family. So where to find security here? How to feel secure and be secure as long as I am in this body?

Begging your mercy,
Your? foolish? servant,?
?V. Das

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Answer: Live a Pure Life and Regularly Beg Krishna For It

Exclusive devotion means that you must have one desire and one desire only, which is to please Krishna. If you "devote" yourself to Krishna simply to cash in on His insurance policy, that is not devotion. That is business. Even though that comes as a fringe benefit of pure devotion, advanced transcendentalists do not hanker for this. They do not mind if Krishna takes everything away from them. All they desire is pure devotional service, nothing more, nothing less. The trick of how to attain this perfectional stage of consciousness is to always remember that it is the only thing which will give you genuine happiness and to regularly beg Krishna that He will kindly bestow this ultimate benediction upon you. The best way to petition the Lord for this pure bhakti is to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra at least 16 rounds daily while strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication and gambling.

There is no security in this material world. Krishna is our only security. That's a fact. Take whatever Krishna gives you here in this material and use it in His service. Krishna will never let you starve. Rest assured. The only safe position in all of existence is take complete shelter of Lord Sri Krishna's lotus feet. This surrender to pleasing Krishna will keep you always in a secure position. When you master the art of placing yourself totally in Krishna's shelter, you will never be touched by even the slightest tinge of anxiety ever again.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 15 December 2014

from Pretoria, South Africa

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Today's Thought:

Radharani Was Not Fully Satisfied at Kurukshetra

After Krishna left Vrindavana, Radharani and the devotees of Vrindavana were plunged into an ocean of unlimited grief. Finally, after many long painful years of separation they were able to again get Krishna's association. This joyful event took place on the occasion of a solar eclipse when the Dvarakavasis, the devotees from Dvaraka, and the Vrajavasis, the devotee from Vrindavana, came together at Kurukshetra. Now that Radharani was reunited with her beloved Lord Krishna she was greatly satisfied. However, in the following words to one of her gopi friends she revealed that she was not fully satisfied:

priyah so 'yam krsnah saha-cari kuru-ksetra-militas
tathaham sa radha tad idam ubhayoh sangama-sukham
tathapy antah-khelan-madhura-murali-pancama-juse
mano me kalindi-pulina-vipinaya sprhayati

"My dear friend, now I have met My very old and dear friend Krishna on this field of Kurukshetra. I am the same Radharani, and now We are meeting together. It is very pleasant, but still I would like to go to the bank of the Yamuna beneath the trees of the forest there. I wish to hear the vibration of His sweet flute playing the fifth note within that forest of Vrindavana." --Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya 1.76

This above pastime reveals the inner meaning of the Ratha Yatra festival. The devotees want to bring Krishna back to Vrindavana so that Radharani and the Vrajavasis can associate with Krishna in the way that they best know Him and love Him. It is in this mood that the devotees who know the esoteric meaning of the Ratha Yatra festival pull the ropes of Lord Jagannatha's cart to bring Krishna back to Vrindavana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimati Radharani Relishing Krishna in Vrindavana


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can A Devotee Believe in Himself?

Is there in Krishna consciousness practice such a thing as belief in yourself? Should we make plans for the future? Or should we fully depend on Krishna for everything? Or does this depend on our spiritual stage?

Thank you very much.

Bhakta Edgar

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Answer: The Devotee Highly Regards His Eternal Identity

Even though the devotee is perfect in humility thinking himself to be lower than the straw in the street, the devotee simultaneously has the highest regard for himself, better than any non-devotee thinks about himself, because he knows that he is not his body and that he is an eternal associate of Lord Sri Krishna in the spiritual world. Therefore he dedicates his entire life to getting back to his original identity, and does not waste time trying to be a so-called great person in the estimation of the fools and rascals.

No matter what is your stage of spiritual awakening, structure your life in such as way as if you are going to live for many years, while simultaneously being prepared to leave your body at any minute. After all, we do not really know how long a lifespan Krishna is going to allot us. Whether we die soon or after many years from now, in either case we should fully depend on Krishna, our eternal well-wisher and best of all friends.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 14 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

The Supreme Bliss: Getting a Letter from Prabhupada

In addition to writing so many books and giving so many lectures and engaging in so many conversations, Srila Prabhupada also wrote many thousands of letters especially for giving personal guidance to his disciples on how they can become fixed up in Krishna consciousness and on how they can make the Krishna consciousness movement a grand success all over the world.

Those rare souls who were most fortunate to have gotten a personal letter from Srila Prabhupada know what extraordinary mercy this is. Srila Prabhupada is not an ordinary devotee or an ordinary spiritual master. He is the most powerful, influential spiritual master, at least in the present age of Kali, for bringing about a spiritual revolution in the lives of this world's misdirected, suffering human population. Therefore to get a personal letter from him was a very, very special blessing indeed.

I was most fortunate to receive many letters from His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, in which he greatly encouraged me in my Krishna consciousness with his very practical, poignant, and profound guidance. I very much treasure those personal instructions as my greatest asset. They have always been and will always continue to be a great source of inspiration and enlightenment for me.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Pours His Full Mercy Into Another Letter


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can Each Religion Claim to Be the Only Way?

I am a little confused about various religions like the Vedas, Buddhism, and Islam. The worshippers of each religion are so sure that they are on the right path and have their own theories proving the facts of their religion, which ultimately makes me confused whether any one of them is even real or not. I am surely able to believe the concept of soul and karma which should be equally applicable no matter what religion you belong to. I have also heard that Buddha is an avatara of Vishnu, but that Buddha is not Gautama Buddha. Please elaborate.

Shubham G.

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Answer: They Don't Realize What is Real Religion

Sectarian religionists do not understand the science of God. This is why we see that they are often fanatics who commit violence against humans and animals in the name of their misunderstanding of what is religion. Kindly note that followers of the Vedas understand the universal nature of religion and that they are so non-violent that they don't want to hurt a little ant, what to speak of a cow or a human being. And the Vedic followers never say that religion belongs only to a certain sect of religion and not to everyone.

The real fact is that religion is one, to become a pure lover of God. Since God is unlimited, He has unlimited names. One can develop pure love for Him and surrender to Him through the medium of any one of His unlimited millions of names. This is the proper understanding of religion.

According to the authority of the Srimad Bhagavatam, it is a fact that the Lord Buddha who appeared 2600 years ago at Gaya is an incarnation of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 13 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Impervious to the Influence of the Material Energy

The pure devotee of Krishna has a maya proof consciousness, i.e., a consciousness which is completely impervious to and impenetrable by the influence of the material energy. Even if he is offered all the opulence of this material world, he will not be even slightly attracted because he is totally absorbed in the unlimited happiness of serving Lord Sri Krishna at every minute. Just as no sane man has a desire to drink poison, the pure devotee of the Lord has no inclination to try to enjoy separately from the enjoyment of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada is Transcendental to the Material Nature


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do We Forget When We Were In Hell?

It is well-established that sinners face inexplicably horrible torments in hell. So my question is: If life in hell is so horrible, why does the soul forget such insurmountable horror in its next birth?

Avinash G.

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Answer: Krishna's Kindness

If the soul were to remember the hell he went through in his previous birth, he would be suffering from a severe case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and would not be able to function properly in his present life. So the forgetfulness of his previous hellish suffering is Krishna's kindness upon him so that he can live his life peacefully and cultivate Krishna consciousness in a happy mood in preparation for going back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 12 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Is It Possible to Make Whole World Krishna Conscious?

Our goal is to make the entire world Krishna conscious. But is this really possible? Sometimes it is said that it is impossible to make the entire world Krishna conscious. And considering how grossly materialistic is the modern day so-called civilization, this really makes a lot of sense. But then we read the prediction in the Caitanya Caritamrita that the entire world will become Krishna conscious. So what is the proper understanding? Is it possible or impossible to make the entire world Krishna conscious? In this connection we can remember Srila Prabhupada's famous statement, "Impossible is a word in a fool's dictionary."

So what is the conclusion?

By Krishna's special mercy even that which is impossible can become a fact. Therefore we should endeavor like anything to make the entire world Krishna conscious. And then even if it is impossible, Krishna can make it possible. There's one thing for sure if we fully dedicate our lives in this way. Our going back home, back to Godhead will be assured. And anyone who follows us will also go back to Godhead. So there is no loss if we endeavor to completely revolutionize this planet with Krishna consciousness. And, who knows, we might even become successful to see within our present lifetimes that this entire planet has become Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Induced Wild Animals
to Chant and Dance in Ecstasy


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Cultural World Domination a Proper Goal?

Recently you wrote that one goal of our movement is cultural world domination. Some people became very disturbed when they heard about this thinking that this is some sort of fanaticism or some kind of lording-it-over mentality. So what is the proper understanding of this concept?

Y.S.

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Answer: It Is Compassion for the Suffering World Population

Is it an improper lording-it-over mentality to try to convince someone to take up Krishna consciousness, or is it an act compassion to save them from going down to the animal kingdom in their next birth? Similarly, is it an improper lording-it-over mentality to dedicate one's life for making the entire world Krishna conscious, or is it an act of compassion to save the human population from becoming animals in their next life?

Either spiritual culture or material culture will be dominant on this planet. So which one is better for the world population? If material culture is dominant, the people will be engaged in gross sense gratification and will go down to the animal kingdom in their next birth. If spiritual culture is dominant, the people will engage in devotional service and go back to home, back to Godhead. Therefore out of compassion on these poor fellows we are making the humble attempt to spread this Krishna consciousness movement to every town and village to try to make spiritual culture dominant on this planet. Therefore our goal of cultural world domination is not any sort of lording-it-over mentality. Rather it is our compassion to try to save these people from their suffering.

In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.1. as follows:

"Since the beginning of creation, the demons and the demigods, or the Vaisnavas, are always the two classes of living beings to dominate the planets of the universes."

At present, the demons are dominant on the planet earth. Therefore our movement wants to bring about a spiritual revolution on this planet so that Vaisnavism again becomes dominant as it once was before the advent of the Kali yuga 5,000 years ago. This is what Srila Prabhupada describes in his Srimad Bhagavatam purport as, "the respiritualization of the entire human society." If someone is opposed to Vaisnava culture becoming the dominant culture, this means that they are in favor of the demoniac culture remaining the dominant culture on this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 11 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

You've Got Nothing to Lose Except Your Misery

Why not take seriously to the process of Krishna bhakti, devotion to Lord Sri Krishna? You've tried every other conceivable way to be happy in your millions and billions of lifetimes of sojourn here in this material existence. And in each and every case you've always come up short not being fully satisfied and happy. So why not make an experiment and give just one lifetime exclusively to guru and Krishna, and then judge by the result? I personally guarantee you that if you diligently apply the principles of Krishna consciousness to your present life's situation, no matter what it is, you will become one of the happiest and most enlightened people in this entire universe, and this will be your last lifetime in this miserable material world. Upon leaving your present body you will awaken to find yourself to be an unlimitedly happy participant in the transcendental pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna in any one of five primary rasas.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Awaits Your Return to the Spiritual World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Krishna Come From Vishnu?

From my early days, we were given to understand that Krishna is one of the avatars or incarnations of Lord Vishnu. However, ISKCON preaches it exactly in reverse; He is not an avatar of Vishnu, which is contradictory to the popular belief in India that Krishna is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu.

I would like to get more clarity on this as this question was asked by one of the devotees during our Bhakti Vriksha classes.

Your humble servant,
LM

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Answer: Krishna Is The Original Vishnu

We Krishnites, devotees of Lord Krishna, are also known as Vaisnavas, devotees of Lord Vishnu, because Krishna is the original form of Vishnu. There are unlimited Vishnus or forms of the Supreme Lord, not just ten. Ten is just the tip of the iceberg. Out of all of them, Krishna is the original Vishnu because all of the other Vishnus emanate from Him. In other words, they are His expansions. This is confirmed both in the Bhagavad-gita and in the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 10 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Problems, Problems, Problems

The devotee of the Lord is not overwhelmed by problems or even a deluge of problems. Rather he takes problems as the greatest blessing to help him overcome his one and only true problem, which is how to escape the cycle of birth and death. This is why Queen Kunti prays as follows:

vipadah santu tah sasvat
tatra tatra jagad-guro
bhavato darsanam yat syad
apunar bhava-darsanam

"I wish that all those calamities would happen again and again so that we could see You again and again, for seeing You means that we will no longer see repeated births and deaths."--SB 1.8.25

So the next time you are hit by a tidal wave of problems instead of becoming bewildered you should count your blessings and dance in ecstasy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Material Desires Before Krishna Consciousness?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

In one of your questions and answers I have heard not to ask or pray to Krishna to fulfill any material obligations. But if not to Him to whom we can ask? It is only when our material commitments are fulfilled that we can fully concentrate on Krishna consciousness. Isn't' it?

Please clarify

Geetha R.

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Answer: The Devotee Has Only One Desire: To Please Krishna

The birds don't pray for their material needs and they get everything they need. So why do you think that you have to pray for your material needs? As a child growing up in your parent's house did you have to ask your parents to take care of your material needs? No it was all given to you because they love you. So do you think that God is any less loving than your parents and less capable to provide your material needs than your parents?

The devotee of the Lord only prayers to awaken love of God within his heart. This is His only prayer. And the Lord automatically takes care of all his material needs. Once you start praying for material things such prayers will never stop because the fire of material desire burns hotter and hotter, the more you feed fuel to it. If you will simply pray for Krishna bhakti, you will see how easily all of your material needs are met and how peaceful and happy you become.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 9 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Impervious to the Material Nature

The pure devotee of the Lord is impervious to the material nature, which means that his consciousness is impenetrable, it cannot be touched or influenced by the material nature. Just as a lotus leaf is superhydrophobic, i.e., impenetrable by water, the influence of the material nature simply bounces off the consciousness of the pure devotee. The prime example of this is Haridas Thakur, who was tempted by a beautiful prostitute in the dead of night in the solitary place where he was chanting his daily quota of Hare Krishna mahamantra on his japa beads. Haridas Thakur did not fall down under the charms of this beautiful girl. Rather it was she who succumbed to the influence of Haridas Thakur and the Holy Names and became a pure devotee of Krishna. Accepting Haridas Thakur as her spiritual master she gave up her profession of a prostitute and absorbed the rest of her life in chanting 300,000 names of the Lord every day just as Haridas Thakur was doing.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Haridas Thakur Being Tempted by a Beautiful Prostitute



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Krishna Balarama Temple--Mauritius


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Initiation Required?

Do you have to be initiated to become a devotee?

Sanjay

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Answer: Not in the Beginning.

You can begin the process of being a being devotee without initiation. But to attain the perfectional of devotional service, pure love of God, initiation is required because Krishna says that without being the devotee of His devotee He does not accept you as His devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 8 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

I've Been Accused of Being a Fanatic

A foolish neophyte follower of Lord Caitanya has accused me of being a fanatic simply because I stated that our goal is to make the entire world Krishna consciousness. What can I say? Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. This is the mission of Lord Caitanya and the order we have received from Srila Prabhupada. Our beloved spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, told us, his disciples, in Los Angeles on 17 December 1973:

"Just become perfect in the understanding of this science and become guru and deliver the whole world."

And Krishnadas Kaviraja (Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi 7.26) has indeed predicted that our movement will some day be successful in delivering everyone:

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."

So it is my duty, as a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, to pass on to my students, disciples, and readers the instructions that I have received from Srila Prabhupada. This is called disciplic succession. If some are disturbed by this, what can I do? It is my duty to purely present what I have received from my spiritual master in spite of my critics.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Is Delivering the Entire Universe


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Was God Born Out of a Biological Accident?

Pranam Guru Maharaja!

Here I am reproducing an article published in "The Economic Times", one of the leading newspapers in India.

"Some religions are sceptical of the theory of evolution and propound creationism that postulates that it was God who created human beings and everything else.

"All religions are unanimous that this Supreme power is omniscient, that is, it knows everything and has infinite awareness, understanding and insight: omnipresent, that is, it is present in all places at all times and perfect, that is, has no flaws at all and is always correct.

"If God is indeed the creator he must have been supremely alone at some point of time. What could have motivated him to create human beings? Loneliness? An outlet for his creativity? Fame? A desire to be worshiped by his creation? Given his religious definition, God is supremely happy and so can never feel lonely; he cannot have creative urges for that would mean he has unfulfilled desires; he does not have to demonstrate his creativity to anyone; he has no ego and hence has no wish either to be famous or worshiped. Further, God could not have created humans by accident or unknowingly since he knows everything about everything.

"It is impossible to identify a valid reason why the Almighty (given his definition) could have wanted to take up this apparently unnecessary task of creating, controlling and managing millions of humans and other species.

"So, the big question is: should we then accept we must have therefore evolved from an original entity that lived millions of years ago and which itself must have been born out of a biological accident?"

The question seems to be genuine for me. Kindly have Guru Maharaja's opinion on the above.

Sincerely,

Rajamohanan

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Answer: This Article's Arguments Are Born Out of Ignorance

I am answering your question herewith not from my opinion, but from what is taught in the authoritative Vedic knowledge, the millions of years old, original science of the Absolute Truth.

That such an article should appear in an Indian newspaper illustrates how much India has now deviated from its original Vedic culture. The author states that God was born out of a biological accident. What this foolish rascal does not realize is that God is aja or unborn, i.e., He has no origin other than Himself. The author also erroneously states that God is an "it", i.e., that He is not a person. This is line with the foolish modern day so-called scientists who say that we are not persons, that we are mere robots. If I tell you that you are not a person, that you are simply a robot, you will object, because you intuitively know that you are a person, that you are not a mere machine. Just as gold cannot be derived from a goldless gold mine, similarly, persons cannot be derived from an impersonal origin. Therefore since we are persons, the original source of existence must also possess personality and thus be a person. What is the difficulty to understand this simple clear logic? Only those whose brains are polluted by lust, anger, and greed cannot grasp this straightforward concept.

The fact is that the Supreme Person is self-sufficient. He does not need anyone else or anything else to be happy. Since He is all-powerful, it is fully up to Him how He wants to enjoy. We cannot dictate to Him what He is allowed to do and not allowed to do. The Supreme Person, out of His own will to enjoy, is eternally expanding out of Himself an infinite number of living beings with whom He enjoys an infinite number of loving relationships. This is how and why we exist, for the purpose of expanding the happiness of the Supreme Person by engaging ourselves in loving relationships with Him. When we forget Him or neglect Him, He is displeased and we cannot be happy no matter how much we may indulge ourselves in material sense gratification. Therefore in order to be happy we must please Him by engaging ourselves in the loving service of that Supreme Person who is known primarily as Krishna.

Insofar as the article from the Economic Times is concerned, Lord Sri Krishna states as follows in the Bhagavad-gita:

avajananti mam mudha
manusim tanum asritam
param bhavam ajananto
mama bhuta-mahesvaram

"Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be."--Bhagavad-gita 9.11

I hope this clears up this matter for you, and you are not bewildered by the childish, illogical, and unscientific arguments of the fools and rascals.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 7 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Build on Your Failures and Become a Mega Success

A devotee of the Lord is not discouraged in any situation because, seeing every turn of events as the special mercy of Lord Krishna, he uses every circumstance to advance himself further along the pathway of Krishna consciousness and to expedite his pushing forward of the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Therefore he is always progressing in expanding and spreading Krishna consciousness for his own benefit and the benefit of all other living beings. Even though he may sometimes appear to be defeated, he is in reality only taking one step back in order to take ten steps forward. In this way, no matter whatever failures he may appear to undergo, he emerges as a mega success in the end.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatically Spreading Lord Caitanya's Movement--Czech Republic


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get the Association of Pure Devotees?

In so many books Srila Prabhupada tells that association means association of pure devotees of the Lord. Now we see in temple we all are sadhaka devotees (followers of the regulative principles of bhakti who have not yet reached the platform of spontaneous love). Please tell us how is it that we can get purified and go back to Krishna in this one life by associating with sadhaka devotees, those who are not yet completely pure? Also even in the temple, we see that among devotees they sometimes behave like materialistic people and don't treat each other with the love and care which we are hankering after. I feel very bad when I see this among devotees. So what should we do in this situation? Thank you for Your patience in looking and answering this insignificant's mail.

Your humble servant,
Madhura

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Answer: See Who is Strictly Following Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada is a pure devotee, and those who strictly follow him are pure devotees, even if they are still sadhakas, followers of the rules and regulations of bhakti. So there are pure devotees in ISKCON. Simply you must seek out their association, because by their good example, proper instructions, and blessings you can also become a pure devotee.

Sometimes, as you have mentioned, we see that the behavior of the neophyte devotees is not up to the proper standard. But before we become too judgmental we should take a close, honest look at our own behavior. In this connection it should also be noted that Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita that if even the neophyte devotees sometimes, due to their past material conditioning, behave in an improper way, they are still to be considered saintly because they are engaged in devotional service. Whatever irregularities may be found in their behavior will soon be rectified by the purificatory process of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 6 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Pleasing Krishna Is All That Really Matters

Spiritual happiness is eternal and goes on increasing forever. This divine consciousness is not static or frozen. It is dynamic and ever-expandingly ecstatic. Therefore just as a wealthy businessman is always greedy to squeeze as much profit as possible out of every business transaction, the devotees of the Lord are very greedy to always be advancing themselves along the path of Krishna consciousness. Therefore in all of their activities of hearing, chanting, remembering, and serving they always try to increase their feelings of love for Krishna, knowing fully well that for all of eternity pleasing that amazingly beautiful and stupendously wonderful Krishna is all that really matters.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Give All of Your Love to Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Advance In Krishna Consciousness?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

How to advance in Krishna consciousness??

Your servant,
Visvanatha Das

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Answer: Be Intensely Greedy

The formula for advancement in Krishna consciousness is very easy and sublime. All you have to do is always remember that this material world is nothing more a hellish nightmare, which cannot give you even a pinch of genuine happiness, and then be intensely greedy to awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness within your heart for attaining the only genuine happiness which can be experienced anywhere within this vast existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 5 December 2014

from London, England

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Today's Though:

Mind, Body, and Soul Dovetailed With the Supreme

As long as your consciousness remains entangled on the material plane you will not be able to taste the full nectar of existence. This is why you must get off of the material plane by dovetailing your mind, body, and soul with the Supreme through the ultimate yoga system of pure loving devotional service to the Supreme. The easiest and most effective way of mastering the yoga system is through utilizing the science of mantra, the chanting of transcendental sound vibrations, i.e., chanting any authorized name from God from revealed scriptures. Although there are actually unlimited names of the Supreme that can be chanted, the Kali-Santarana Upanisad prescribes that out of all the mantras, the most potent mantra for self-realization in the present materialistic age of Kali is the Hare Krishna mahamantra:

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

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Super Ecstatic Hare Krishna Japa Meditation


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Prevents the Serious From Attaining Perfection?

You stated in one of your lessons:

"And out of those who are willing to give it a serious try, even fewer are able to become successful."

So what would prevent a person trying seriously to not be successful? Isn't it just a matter of time that God's grace reach a serious seeker? So then success should be guaranteed even if it takes multiple lives based on one's level of seriousness and past karma.

Regards
Vivek N.

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Answer: It Depends On One's Degree of Seriousness

If one is only partially serious, he may not be successful. But if one is fully serious, his success on the pathway of self-realization is guaranteed. God's grace is immediately there without any delay available according to our degree of seriousness. Multiple lifetimes are not required. If one is fully serious, he can attain the topmost perfection of going back home, back to Godhead in this very lifetime.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 4 December 2014

from London, England

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Today's Thought:

The Krishna Consciousness Movement Can Save the World

In this material world everyone wants to be the master. No one wants to be the servant unless they get paid for it. So practically there is no service attitude to be found anywhere in this material world. This is a major psychological quagmire because our nature is that we are constitutionally the servants of God, and through serving Him we are the servants of everyone. This means that we are trained in this material world to try to be the exact opposite of our actual emotional natures. We are being forced through misguided training to try to be something that we are not. So it is not at all astonishing that the people here are so miserable and that there is so much senseless violence and cruelty all over the world. The Krishna consciousness movement can bring peace, happiness, and ecstatic love to everyone in the world by teaching the people how blissful it is to come back to our original intrinsic natures as the servants of God and of all His beloved children.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishna Chanting Party Out to Save the World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can We Keep Two Sets of Chanting Beads?

Can we keep more than one set of chanting beads (japa mala)? My husband keeps two japa malas, one at home, and one at the factory as he forgets to take his beads with him when he goes to work.

Dipti R.

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Answer: Devotees Prefer to Chant on Their Initiation Beads

There is no harm in keeping two different sets of japa mala, chanting beads. But once they are initiated, devotees prefer to chant all of their 16 rounds on their initiation beads, the beads that were chanted on by their spiritual master. This is so because their initiation beads have a special spiritual potency due their having been chanted on by the spiritual master. I still have my initiation beads that were chanted on by Srila Prabhupada in 1971. And for the last 43 years I have always chanted all of my rounds on these initiation beads. I can also add that it is better to complete all 16 rounds before he leaves home for his job because the home atmosphere is more peaceful and conducive for meditation than a factory.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 3 December 2014

en route to Chicago, Illinois USA

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Today's Thought:

How to Attract the Special Mercy of Krishna

There is no one more dear in all of existence than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. But from Krishna's perspective there is no one more dear than that person who loudly broadcasts His glories for the deliverance of the fallen souls from the vicious grip of the wheel of birth and death. In this connection, Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 7.14.42:

"As admitted by Lord Krishna in Bhagavad-gita (18.69), na ca tasman manusyesu kascin me priya-krttamah. ("There is no one more dear to Me than the one who preaches My glories."). The brahmanas preach the cult of Krishna consciousness all around the world, and therefore, although they worship Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Lord also recognizes them as worshipable. The relationship is reciprocal. The brahmanas want to worship Krishna, and similarly Krishna wants to worship the brahmanas. In conclusion, therefore, brahmanas and Vaisnavas who are engaged in preaching the glories of the Lord must be worshiped by religionists, philosophers and people in general. At the Rajasuya-yajna of Maharaja Yudhisthira, many hundreds and thousands of brahmanas were present, yet Krishna was selected to be worshiped first. Therefore, Krishna is always the Supreme Person, but by His causeless mercy He recognizes the brahmanas as dearmost to Him."

The conclusion is that there is no more potent or effective method for attracting the special mercy of Krishna than to spread His glories all over the world. And therefore wherever we are we must always tell everyone we meet about the unlimitedly amazing glories of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada--The Savior of the World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Personal Experience Is Proof of Krishna Consciousness?

I do not understand how one can advocate the use personal experience as the barometer for scientific proof, because many people (even devotees) use that as an excuse to follow their own minds. So, how can we say, "See for yourself." and then say, "Don't believe everything your mind tells you" in the same breath."? This sounds hypocritical. Please help me to understand this better.

Logically speaking, they would say, "Just as an alcoholic is addicted to alcohol and thinks he is sane similarly you people are hallucinating and thinking you are scientifically verifying something".

Ultimately, it seems to come to a choice, a decision, I choose to have faith in this process and keep following it, even though I am not necessarily experiencing ecstasy right now.

Your servant,
M.D.

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Answer: Just Like in Eating, You Know When You Are Full.

When you eat does someone else have to tell you that you are full? Or do you know by yourself that you are full? We know when we are full because eating is a firsthand experience. Just as eating is a firsthand experience, Krishna consciousness is also a firsthand experience. This is confirmed as follows in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, 11th Canto, Chapter 2, Verse 42 as follows:

bhaktih paresanubhavo viraktir
anyatra caisa trika eka-kalah
prapadyamanasya yathasnatah syus
tustih pustih ksud-apayo 'nu-ghasam

"Devotion, direct experience of the Supreme Lord, and detachment from other things--these three occur simultaneously for one who has taken shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in the same way that pleasure, nourishment and relief from hunger come simultaneously and increasingly, with each bite, for a person engaged in eating."

Just as when you are eating, if you haven't eaten enough, you won't fell full. In a similar way, if you have not yet practiced Krishna consciousness sufficiently you will not yet experience the awakening of divine consciousness within your heart. If this is your situation, you simply must continue engaging yourself uninterruptedly in this sublime process until you feel how you are becoming full in Krishna consciousness.

Regarding the arguments of those who affirm they are tasting great happiness in material sense gratification, time will prove them wrong when their castles made of sand are washed into the sea.

You are doing well to trust the Vedic authorities and continue engaging yourself in Krishna's service, even though you are not yet tasting the result. I can assure you that the most sublime, profound, and ecstatic realizations are coming soon to you. By putting your faith in Krishna you will not be disappointed. That glorious day will come when you will rejoin Krishna in His transcendental pastimes and all anxiety and illusion are conspicuous by their absence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 2 December 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Full of the Most Dazzling Splendor

Compared to the Supreme Lord this material world is quite dull even in its most attractive aspects. This is why fully realized transcendentalists, who are constantly directly in contact with Krishna, are never bored or unhappy. They are blessed with the most thrilling association of Lord Sri Krishna at every minute. Lord Brahma describes the amazingly splendorous Lord as follows:

angani yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti
pasyanti panti kalayanti ciram jaganti
ananda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, whose transcendental form is full of bliss, truth, and substantiality, and who is full of the most dazzling splendor. Each limb of that transcendental figure possesses in itself the full-fledged functions of all the other organs, and He eternally sees, maintains, and manifests the infinite universes, both spiritual and mundane." (Brahma-Samhita 5.32)

Therefore who is that fool who would reject the association of Lord Krishna and try to be an imitation Lord in this material world?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Dazzling Krishna Awaits Your Return to His Transcendental Planet


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Not Feel Lonely When I Am Alone?

I feel very lonely sometimes. Although I have a desire to live alone, which is caused by very bad past experiences with people, I still feel alone sometimes. It is very strange and hard to understand. I want to feel complete irrespective of the people coming in and going out of my life. It affects me a lot when people change. I know that change is the law of nature, but it is hard for me to adapt. Can you please help me in handling such situations, that I am presently facing.

Waiting for your valuable guidance.

Your servant,
A.J.

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Answer: Associate With Devotees As Much As Possible

It is natural for you to feel lonely if you are living alone. Actually we are not meant to live alone. We are meant to always be in the association of devotees. So instead of trying to artificially not feel lonely when you are alone, you should seek out the association of Krishna's devotees and associate with them as much as possible.

Sometimes solitude is recommended in the revealed scriptures. But this solitude means that you should avoid the association of non-devotees. It does not mean that you should avoid devotee association. It is sometimes said that man is a social animal. Just as birds fly together in a flock, we human beings have a natural psychological need to be in the association of other humans. Therefore the perfection of solitude is to maximize your association with devotees and to minimize your association with non-devotees. This will make you happy indeed. In this association of devotees you will gradually master the art of how to directly associate with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna at every minute. In this way feelings of loneliness will never ever disturb you again, and you will always be swimming in Krishna's divine loving association.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 1 December 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Serve Humanity By Becoming Krishna Conscious

If you want to do the highest good for all living beings, you can accomplish this simply by becoming Krishna consciousness. Just as when you water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are nourished, when you give your love to Krishna your love is perfectly distributed to each and every living being throughout the entire universe. So it is due to gross ignorance only that anybody would not want to become Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotee Distributes Bhagavatam to a Most Fortunate Soul


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Strong in Krishna Consciousness?

What does it mean to be strong in Krishna consciousness?

Thank you very much.
Bhakta Edgar

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Answer: Always Remember Krishna

To be strong in Krishna consciousness means to always remember Krishna and never forget Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

 

 

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