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Tuesday 30 June 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Platform of Ever-Increasing Happiness

Material happiness can only satisfy us temporarily. It does not any bring permanently existing happiness. Therefore it is called capala sukha, flickering happiness. It comes into being for a short period of time appearing very nice, and then it fades away. If you want to permanent happiness, you need to come to the platform of your eternal spiritual being. You need to reconnect with your eternal identity as a servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It's there and only there that you will discover an relish ever-lasting, ever-increasing happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Opens the Door to Unlimited Bliss


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Consciousness in Full?

What is consciousness in full?

Rotimi O.

Answer: Full Consciousness Means Krishna Consciousness

Self consciousness, family consciousness, and national consciousness are various degrees of consciousness, but they are all still only partial consciousness. In other words, they are all incomplete. When your consciousness expands fully to the point of the Supreme Person, who is the source of everything and who contains everything within Himself, that is called Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 29 June 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Swim in an Ocean of Inconceivable Nectar

After suffering for countless eons of rotating through the 8,400,000 species of life in this material world, a most fortunate soul who is blessed by the special mercy of guru and Krishna is blessed by being rescued from his suffering by being engaged in the unlimitedly blissful service of Lord Sri Krishna. If you would like to also be so fortunate, it is not at all difficult. Simply chant Krishna's name with faith and engage yourself in Krishna's service under the guidance of the expert spiritual master. You will happily wake up the find yourself swimming in an ocean of inconceivable nectar.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vishnujana Swami Describes the Inconceivable Nectar of Krishna Consciousness


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Consciousness?

Is consciousness the characteristic of the soul or of the mind?

Goloka Das

Answer: Characteristic of the Soul

Consciousness is a characteristic of the soul.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 28 June 2015

from Los Angeles, California USA

Today's Thought:

Heart Melting Reunion with Amarendra and Gayatri

On Friday 26 June 2015 I was blessed with the greatest good fortune of meeting with two of the dearest devotees of my entire life, His Grace Amarendra Prabhu and his good wife, Srimati Gayatri devi dasi. I am eternally indebted to these great souls for how much they helped me in my spiritual life when I was a young devotee. When I was young brahmacari monk in 1973 I joined with the two of them in Gainesville, Florida. We were a three person preaching center, and they were just like a mother and father to me. I had so many wonderful Krishna conscious experiences in their association that I can hardly begin to describe them here. But at least may it suffice for me to say for now that Gayatri taught me what it means to be a soft-hearted devotee of the Lord and she gave me my first cooking lesson, teaching me how to make cauliflower pakoras, and Amarendra taught me the art of how to preach strongly, intelligently, and coolly to defeat opposing arguments.

Recently Gayatri almost died. But by Krishna's inconceivable mercy she made a miraculous recovery, and she is still with us. The three of us spent a good two or three hours blissfully remembering our times together and reflecting on what we have learned from those magic days when, by the three of us working co-operatively together, we transitioned from a group of three to a thriving Krishna conscious center of 30 devotees living and working together to push forward the Krishna consciousness movement for the salvation of the suffering souls of this world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Amarendra and Gayatri on Harinama Sankirtana
Early 1970's--Gainesville, Florida
(in the center of photo)



Amarendra Das Preaches to a Group of Students
University of Florida Campus--January 1974
(Sankarshan Das is Seated Behind Him and Listening)



Super Ecstatic Reunion with Amarendra and Gayatri
26 June 2015--ISKCON New Dwarka--Los Angeles, USA


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Can I Do For You?

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

I am Sivarooban here. I met you in Malaysia, in Shah Alam. I am already back to my work place in Sabah. With my utmost sincerity and humbleness, I would like to ask you if there is anything that I can do for you. Since I came back to Sabah, I have been continuously thinking about our meeting in Shah Alam. But sometimes my mind wanders here and there thinking about material things. At those times it is rather difficult to control my own mind. I hope you can advise me on this. Hope to meet you again, Srila Gurudeva. Hare Krishna!

Trying to be your servant,

Sivarooban

Answer: Be Krishna Conscious and Help Deliver the World

The best service you can do for me is to intensely focus your consciousness on Krishna at every moment offering all of your thoughts, words, and deeds in His service and to fully dedicate your life for assisting me in expanding the Krishna consciousness movement.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 27 June 2015

from Los Angeles, California USA

Today's Thought:

Our Gargantuan Challenge

We, the Hare Krishna people, are on a mission to save the world. Not only are we out to save the world, which is truly the most noble sentiment; we are the most fortunate souls who have been blessed by the greatest spiritual master in history, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, with the precise formula of how exactly this entire planet can factually be saved as soon as possible. This can be achieved by the wide scale dissemination of the science of Krishna consciousness. Now the only trick that remains for us is how to convince the entire world to take up the process of Krishna consciousness as soon as possible. This is the gargantuan challenge that we face.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Gathered to See Us Off at the Airport
Melbourne, Australia--25 June 2015


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Not Spiritual Bodies in the Material World?

Why does Krishna gives us material bodies when we desire to come to this world? I mean He can allow us to come to this world in our original spiritual bodies. Every conditioned soul desires to enjoy, so why Krishna gives a material body (which is full of suffering) to every conditioned soul?

Trying to be your servant,
Vrutant Shah

Answer: Because We Have Lusty, Greedy Desires

Because when we come to this world our hearts have lusty, greedy desires, we require material bodies to satisfy those lusty desires.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 26 June 2015

from Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Living For the Welfare of All Living Beings

The Krishna conscious lifestyle is the most satisfying of all lifestyles because one who in is engaged fully in Krishna consciousness is purely acting 24 hours daily for the welfare of all living being. What could be a greater feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment? Krishna consciousness is the ultimate perfection of existence. To be fully absorbed for one's entire life in giving it to others is the perfection of compassion. The ideal example of a life of compassion is Srila Prabhupada seen below ministering to the troubled youths of the sixties in America.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Lives for the Welfare of All
Tompkins Square Park--New York City-1966


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What's Wrong With Desiring to Be Supreme Enjoyer?

You said the following,

''We begin our sojourn here in this material existence because of our lusty, selfish desire to be the Supreme."

A question may be raised that when Krishna has a desire to be supreme, we glorify Him and on the other hand when a living entity wants to become supreme we say that he is blinded by lust and selfish desire. So having a desire to become supreme is selfishness, doesn't this imply that Krishna is also selfish because Krishna also has a desire to be supreme?

Trying to be your servant,
Vrutant Shah

Answer: It's Not Your Quota

Krishna can legitimately desire to be the Supreme because He happens to be the Supreme. The position of being God is within His quota because He is in fact God. In this connection the Sri Isopanisad states, "One should accept only those things which are his quota, and one should not accept other things.” Just like you have a right to wear your shoes. But if someone else steals your shoes, he is a thief. And you do not have a right to steal someone else's shoes. Everyone has a right to be themselves, but no one as right to be something that they are not. Therefore Krishna has the right to be God and you do not.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 25 June 2015

from Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Exhilarating Journey to Your Inner Self

Leave behind your anxiety, fear, hate, delusion, temporality, and illusion. Come on a fantastic, most exhilarating journey to your inner self situated far, far beyond the constrictive, debilitating confines of time and space. Your inner self is who you really are. You are not the external covering, your temporary material body. You are an eternal, youthful, spiritual being qualitatively one with God. So come out of foolish misidentification with your outer shell and emerge as a liberated soul overflowing with eternity, knowledge, and bliss. You owe it to yourself. Don't cheat yourself.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Journey to the Inner Self Lecture--Urban Yoga Center
Melbourne, Australia--23 June 2015


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Origin of Krishna?

What is the origin of Krishna?

Your servant

Answer: Krishna is the Origin of Krishna

Since Krishna is the source everything and everything includes Krishna, Krishna is the origin of Krishna. In other words, He is self-manifested.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 24 June 2015

from Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Reverse Engineer Your Lust into Pure Love

Real love does not exist in this material world. Real love is pure love devoid of any tinges of selfishness or greed. We began our sojourn here in this material existence because of our lusty, selfish desire to be the Supreme. What we call love is only lust masquerading as love. And when our selfish desires are not satisfied, our lust is transformed into anger. This is described as follows in the Bhagavad-gita:

kama esa krodha esa
rajo-guna-samudbhavah
mahasano maha-papma
viddhy enam iha vairinam

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: It is lust only, Arjuna, which is born of contact with the material mode of passion and later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring sinful enemy of this world."--Bhagavad-gita 3.37

Srila Prabhupada describes in his purport to this verse that wrath is then transformed into illusion, which keeps us bound up tightly in this material existence. Since it is lust that causes us to fall down into this material world, lust is our greatest enemy. The essence of lust is the desire to enjoy separately from the Lord.

The key to getting out of our entanglement in the cycle of birth and death is to reverse engineer our perverted desire to be the Supreme Enjoyer by doing everything for the enjoyment of Krishna. This is called Krishna consciousness or devotional service. This one simple stroke of engaging in the service of Krishna drives away illusion and completely frees us from lust, anger, and greed and brings us back to our original liberated position as the eternal associates of Lord Krishna serving Him forever in His divine pastimes in that wondrous spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vishnujana Swami Leads Super Bhakti-Charged Kirtan
San Francisco, Golden Gate Park--7 July 1974


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: At What Stage of Bhakti Is Brahma-Bhuta Attained?

At which stage of bhakti (sraddha, sadhu-sanga, bhajana kriya, anartha nirvritti, nista, ruci, bhava, and prema) does one attain the stage known as self-realization, the brahma-bhuta stage?

Your servant

Answer: Brahma-Bhuta is the Foundation of Bhakti

The serious practitioner of bhakti yoga or Krishna consciousness is already situated on the stage of self-realization (brahma-bhuta) because brahma-bhuta is the foundation of devotional service. He is firmly convinced that he is not his body and therefore fully engages himself unflinchingly in the devotional service of Lord Sri Krishna with great, undying patience, determination, and enthusiasm. Thus he attains the supreme perfection of pure devotional service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 23 June 2015

from Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Why Should I Be Krishna Conscious?

Why should I be Krishna conscious? What's in it for me? The answer is very simple. There's nothing more fun. Actually there is nothing anywhere in all existence that is any fun except for Krishna consciousness. So if you want to have a good time, if you don't want to be miserable, you've got no choice except to surrender yourself fully at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna via the transcendental medium of the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vishnujana Swami Ecstatically Chants Hare Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Only Chapter Five in the Brahma Samhita?

Why only Chapter Five is mentioned in the Brahma Samhita book?

I am confused why other chapters are not included in Brahma Samhita book.

Sunil

Answer: The Other Chapters Were Lost

Chapter Five is the only chapter that is currently known because the other chapters have been lost. Chapter Five was discovered 500 years ago by Lord Caitanya when He was touring South India. He found it in the Adi-Kesava temple.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 22 June 2015

from Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Questions and Answers on the Absolute Science

Here in Melbourne each time I give a lecture, I am blessed with a mountain of questions regarding the absolute science of Krishna consciousness. Answering these questions is an exciting challenge as I try to answer them in such a way that the audience will be guided properly and also inspired to seriously take up the pathway of Krishna consciousness. Regarding questions and answers, Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.5:

"The whole world is full of questions and answers. The birds, beasts and men are all busy in the matter of perpetual questions and answers. In the morning the birds in the nest become busy with questions and answers, and in the evening also the same birds come back and again become busy with questions and answers. The human being, unless he is fast asleep at night, is busy with questions and answers. The businessmen in the market are busy with questions and answers, and so also the lawyers in the court and the students in the schools and colleges. The legislators in the parliament are also busy with questions and answers, and the politicians and the press representatives are all busy with questions and answers. Although they go on making such questions and answers for their whole lives, they are not at all satisfied. Satisfaction of the soul can only be obtained by questions and answers on the subject of Krishna.

"Krishna is our most intimate master, friend, father or son and object of conjugal love. Forgetting Krishna, we have created so many objects of questions and answers, but none of them are able to give us complete satisfaction. All things -- but Krishna -- give temporary satisfaction only, so if we are to have complete satisfaction we must take to the questions and answers about Krishna."

The more we engage in questions and answers about the science of Krishna consciousness the more we make advancement on the path of unlimited spiritual happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Questions and Answers at Public Hall Program
Point Cook, Australia--21 June 2015


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Preaching to the Faithless?

Gurudeva, please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The ninth offense against the chanting of the holy names is to instruct a faithless person about the glories of Krishna. So how to preach him on a one-to-one basis? Even if we want to take him to the temple for Lord Krishna s darshan, and congregation chanting he may not come. So how to do that?

Your humble servant
Makarand.

Answer: Teach Them According to Their Level

If you were teaching math to a group of first graders, would you teach them advanced calculus, or would you teach them one plus one equals two? This means that when you are teaching a newcomer about the science of Krishna consciousness, if he does not already have faith in the glories of Krishna or God, you need to gradually educate him instead of immediately jumping to the high level topic of the transcendental glories of Krishna. You should first convince him that he is not his body, and then later on teach him the glories of Krishna when he is able to understand and appreciate them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 21 June 2015

from Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Tasting Unlimited Bliss Wherever You Are

Melbourne is one of the ultra-sweet spots on our around-the-world lecture tours. It never fails to deliver the nectar. Why? Because there are so many devotees here eager to hear about and chant Krishna's glories. Such an atmosphere is not in the material world. It is in the spiritual world.

You can create this same atmosphere wherever you are all over the world. All you have to do is to become very eager to hear and chant the glories of that most amazing person who has unlimited power, beauty, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, and fame. That person who is within everything and at the same time has all of existence within Him. His name is Krishna because there is no one more attractive than Him. He defeats all other beautiful things by His absolutely unparaleled beauty.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lecture: How to Be Always Enthusiastic in Krishna Consciousness
Melbourne, Australia--18 June 2015



Ecstatic Home Program Lecture
Melbourne, Australia--19 June 2015


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Don't I Have Any Attraction For Krishna?

I was taking darshan of Sri Sri Radha Krishna in the darshan arati today. Why don't I have any attraction for Krishna? I also do not have any attraction for Krishna's holy names. I am just chanting because Your Grace has asked me to chant, having realized that I am not a devotee at all. I am simply a rascal.

Your servant.

Answer: You Have It, But It Is Deeply Buried

I am very happy that you have realized that you are a not at all a devotee. This is one of the most important realizations to have when one takes up the path of devotional service. Lord Caitanya concluded that He is not a devotee. So what is our position? This realization brings you to point of humility so that you can begin now to cultivate genuine love of God within your heart.

Actually you have attraction for Krishna, but it is simply covered at the present moment by so many layers of lust, anger, and greed that you have accumulated over thousands and millions of lifetimes in this material existence. Through the purificatory process of Krishna consciousness, if you will follow it faithfully and steadily with determination, patience, and enthusiasm under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master, you will gradually unearth the sublime treasure of pure love of God, which is presently sleeping soundly within your heart. And you will wake up one day to joyfully discover that you are now unlimitedly attracted to Krishna relishing the sweetest mellows of pure love of God within your heart at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 20 June 2015

from Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Always Remain Enthused in Krishna Consciousness

It is not difficult to remain always enthusiastic about the process of Krishna consciousness if you remember that Krishna is there simply waiting for you to give Him your love so that He can reciprocate with you. Srila Prabhupada personally told me, "Continue enthusiastically as you are doing and surely Krishna will bless you." It is not difficult to give Krishna your love. Even a child can do it. Krishna confirms this in the Bhagavad-gita 9.26:

patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhakta prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
asnami prayatatmanah

"If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, I will accept it.""

Anyone in any part of the world can do this. Before eating, offer your food (no meat, fish, egg, onions or garlic) to Krishna with love, and you will then experience Krishna's wonderful mercy when you eat those thus transcendentalized, sanctified foods.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Prepares an Offering for Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Krishna Does Not Talk to Me?

I feel I keep remembering Lord Krishna, but Lord Krishna has not interacted with me. I feel it's a one sided relation where I am trying to hold a forced conversation and Lord Krishna just doesn't seem to be interested in me.

Why does Lord Krishna not reciprocate to me? Why do I feel it is a one sided relation? He just doesn't bother to talk to me.

Could you please explain this to me and provide with a solution?

I am a fallen and a degraded soul but you are a saintly soul. I feel Lord Krishna must definitely be interacting with you. Could you please pass my message to Him that I am awaiting some response from Him? Please tell Him that liberated souls like you need Him but fallen souls like me need Him more.

In the above mail if I have offended you or Lord Krishna, then please forgive me. My sincere apologies. I am just trying to revive my relation with Lord Krishna which seems to be dying.

Regards,
D.H.

Answer: Because Your Heart Is Not Completely Pure

In this connection Srila Prabhupada spoke in a lecture given on 5 September 1972 in New Vrindavan, West Virginia USA as follows:

"And Krishna talks. It is not that it is fictitious, no. Krishna -- I have already said -- that Krishna is sitting in everyone's heart and He talks with the bona fide person. Just like a big man, he talks with some bona fide person, he doesn't waste his time talking with nonsense. He talks, that's a fact, but he does not talk with nonsense, he talks with the bona fide representative.

From this you should understand that Krishna is not talking to you because your heart is not yet completely pure. You are not yet His fully surrendered devotee. Your heart is still filled up with material desires. It is only when you become His completely pure devotee, free of any material motivations, that He will reveal Himself to you and talk to you. Therefore you should concentrate on improving the quality of your Krishna consciousness by regularly chanting at least 16 rounds every day of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa beads; strictly avoiding meat-eating, intoxication, illicit sex, and gambling; and taking complete shelter of the bona fide spiritual master in total submission to his instructions. In this way you will eventually become a completely pure devotee. You will be able to see Krishna, and He will talk personally with you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 19 June 2015

from Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Offering Obeisances to the Guru Mother

In Bhagavad-gita 17.14 Lord Sri Krishna instructs that austerity of the body consists in worship of the Supreme Lord, the brahmanas, the spiritual master, and superiors like the father and mother. In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains that the wife of the spiritual master who is not a sannyasi is to be accepted as one's mother. Therefore just as one follows the instructions of his guru and offers respectful obeisances bowing down at his feet, if his guru has a wife, she should be accepted is his guru mother or guru mataji, and he should also take her instructions and offer respectful obeisances to her also bowing down at her feet. This is Vedic etiquette and will facilitate one's rapid advancement on the path of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sudama and Krishna Went to the Forest to Gather
Firewood on the Order of Their Guru Mataji


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Always Taste Nectar in Krishna Katha?

I've read that we should keep listening to same stories and pastimes of Krishna again and again. But we feel so bored, and also that same enthusiasm won't be there to listen when we are listening to the same lecture second time. What can be done?

Your servant,
Madhura

Answer: Become Like a Honey Bee Always Going After the Nectar

They are not at all boring. Every pastime of Krishna and lecture on the science of Krishna is full with unlimited nectar. It is only due to material contamination that one may find them to be boring. There so many different pastimes of Krishna and Lord Caitanya that you have not even heard yet. So you should seek out those you have not heard yet by reading the entire Krishna Book and Caitanya-caritamrita. There are also thousands of recorded lectures by Srila Prabhupada and his disciples that you have not heard yet. You can listen to them. So what is question of boredom? Become like a honey bee always going after the nectar.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 18 June 2015

from Hong Kong, China

Today's Thought:

The Simple Formula for Spiritual Success

One becomes perfect in Krishna consciousness by taking shelter of the bona fide spiritual master through the process of initiation and by always being obedient to his instructions. So the formula is quite simple. But this simple process becomes difficult if we complicate it by our mental concoctions, imagining the way that we think this process should be instead of accepting it the way it actually is. This is like instead of following the perfect recipe in the cook book we want to concoct our own recipe. Such a tendency is a manifestation of our false pride. To avoid this tendency we must hear faithfully from the spiritual master and neglect the foolish ramblings of our minds.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada at New Vrindavana, West Virginia USA


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Preaching or Chanting More Important?

Is preaching what realizations of the science of Krishna you have more important than chanting?

D.P.

Answer: Without Chanting Preaching is Imperfect

Telling others what you have realized about Krishna is also chanting. But unless you are duly chanting your prescribed rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala each day you will not have proper realizations to share with others. So the first thing is that you should complete at least 16 rounds daily of Hare Krishna japa mala. Then you should enlighten everyone you meet in the transcendental science of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 17 June 2015

from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

Take Shelter of Advanced Devotees

The key to making rapid advancement on the path of Krishna bhakti is to take shelter of those devotees who are more advanced in Krishna consciousness than we are, because simply by their blessings, their well-wishes, one can become solidly fixed in Krishna consciousness. In this connection we should always remember this verse (Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya Lila 22.54):

'sadhu-sanga’, ‘sadhu-sanga’—sarva-sastre kaya
lava-matra sadhu-sange sarva-siddhi haya

“The verdict of all revealed scriptures is that by even a moment’s association with a pure devotee, one can attain the topmost perfection of Krishna consciousness".

It is sometimes said, "Man is a social animal." Because our nature is to always want to be in the association of others , if we properly utilize this nature by always associating with advanced devotees as much as possible, we naturally rapidly advance on the ultimate pathway of self-realization, the pathway of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Take Advantage of Prabhupada's Association
San Francisco, Golden Gate Park--1967


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What to Eat in a Meat-eater's Home?

It was really nice to meet you and Gurumataji in Pretoria. Thank you for your kind association. I have read bits of your book, Truth Works. It is a very nice practical guide to Krishna consciousness..

If we visit families who eat meat, can we still use their utensils? How to behave with them without insulting them and without compromising our principles?

Thank You.

Your servant,
Charlene

Answer: Only Accept Some Uncut Fruits

Only accept some uncut fruits such as a banana, an apple, or some grapes. In such a home all of their utensils are contaminated by having come in contact with meat.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 16 June 2015

from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

Ignorance of Krishna is the Greatest Scarcity

There are many types of scarcity, which are presently plaguing the world society. For example, there is an acute water shortage in an ever-growing number of places in the world and also in numerous locations an inadequate food supply. But the greatest shortage of all is the lack of Krishna consciousness. The ramifications of this shortage is far more devastating than the combined effects of all the other shortages. This is why Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati said that the only real scarcity in the world is the lack of Krishna consciousness. In this connection it should be noted that in Bhagavad-gita 9.22 the supreme supplier of all necessities, Lord Krishna, guarantees no scarcity for His devotees:

ananyas cintayanto mam
ye janah paryupasate
tesam nityabhiyuktanam
yoga-ksemam vahamy aham

"Those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form—to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have."

So if we can simply awaken the world to Krishna consciousness, all other scarcities will automatically disappear by the sweet mercy of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Speaking Out Against Lack of Krishna Consciousness
14 June 2015--Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If I Have Realized Everything in the Universe?

If I have realized everything in the universe, what would be the next thing I can do for mankind?

Bharaty

Answer: First Become Krishna Conscious

You have not yet realized everything in the universe. So your first step is to become Krishna conscious. Then once you have become Krishna conscious you can fully dedicate your life for giving Krishna consciousness to others.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 15 June 2015

from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

Krishna Consciousness Means No Problems

For one who is Krishna conscious there is no such thing as a problem because for him every moment, no matter what is happening, is a golden opportunity to go closer and closer to Krishna. For him the dualities of good and bad, happiness and distress, poverty and wealth, sickness and health, etc. are appearances only on the bodily platform because by seeing the constant loving influence of Krishna in every situation he experiences the ultimate beauty at every moment. For such a genuinely spiritually enlightened person there is only one problem: how to deliver all the suffering souls of this material world back to home, back to Godhead. Because he accepts this problem as his life and soul he becomes a most dear associate of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna, the Bestower of Unlimited Grace


Testimonial From Acharya Das


Acharya Das

I have been a subscriber to this course since September 2003 and have seen the number of subscribers grow from a few hundred to now over 16,000 subscribers. Also I have seen so many souls being guided by Srila Gurudeva through this course and traveling to meet Gurudeva when he is visiting the nearest city to meet him personally and inquire from him for hours at a time. Coming from a family which has a keen interest in philosophy and spiritual practices, I have read many books on different philosophies since my teenager days and have been exposed to them. But this process is the most direct, dynamic and practical to follow while being engaged in the material world, especially the yukta vairagya principle to use everything in service of the Lord for the benefit of mankind.

The "Thought for the Day” Srila Gurudeva is a offering in the service of Srila Prabhupada and the previous Vaisnava acharyas is a source of daily inspiration and realization. It teaches how to handle various situations and gives insightful information and practical solutions to all the sincere seekers who want to go beyond the realm of material existence and enquire into the deeper truths in life.

Srila Gurudeva answers some of the most complex questions in simple ways. The warmth and depth of the answers makes one inspired to tread the path of self-realization and clear the doubts which one encounters on this path. Also his website, www.ultimateselfrealization.com, contains hundreds of lectures and seminars which one can explore to dive deeper into this subject matter, which I appeal to everyone to explore.

My humble appeal to all the new subscribers is to actually try this course for a few months, applyit in their daily lives, observe and introspect the changes that come in their lives to make their life successful and glorious.

Acharya Das


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Guru Required After Initiation?

Thanks for your daily newsletter with its inspirational message and questions and answers. In one of the answers, you mentioned, "Access to the full nectar of holy name is attained by taking shelter the bona fide spiritual master because it is only by the grace of the spiritual master that one can advance to the stage of experiencing the full taste of Krishna's most glorious holy name."

I had an understanding that the spiritual master gives us the seed of devotional service at the time of initiation and then it is solely up to us to cultivate our devotional service by hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord. Thus there is no more need for the spiritual master in our life. The spiritual master gives us the books and knowledge and the holy name at the time initiation and then we are on our own in developing and cultivating Krishna consciousness. Is this right?

Thanks for your time and making yourself available to us.

Thank you
Nimit

Answer: We Must Eternally Serve and Please Our Spiritual Master

If the books, knowledge, and the holy name are sufficient, why are you writing to me for clarification? The sastras tell us that after initiation we must continue developing and perfecting our relationship as the humble servants of our spiritual master. If we fail to please our guru by not remaining obedient to his instructions, we fall down from the path of devotional service back into material existence. Therefore it is enjoined that at least three times a day we must offer our respectful obeisances to our spiritual master. Constant devotion to the spiritual master is so essential that Krishna instructs Arjuna in the Adi Purana that unless one is the devotee of His devotee he is not Krishna's devotee. Therefore loving devotional service to the spiritual master cannot be abandoned at any stage. Our relationship with Krishna is absolutely dependent on it. Even in the spiritual world the disciple remains the eternal servant of his spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 14 June 2015

from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

How Many Names Does God Have?

Here in Shah Alam, Malaysia we are staying in an apartment which overlooks a Muslim mosque. It's quite a contrast to be worshipping Sri Sri Radha Damodar in our apartment in the ecstatic way that was taught to us by Srila Prabhupada and then to notice the Muslim mosque outside of our window. We appreciate that the Muslims have built so many magnificent mosques in glorification of God. Both types of worship are approaching the Supreme Lord because there is only one God. Just as within a nation there can only be one supreme court, similarly there can only be one Supreme Being, even though He may be known by many different names. The difference between our worship and their worship is while they recognize that God can be addressed by ninety-nine different names, we know that because God is unlimited He therefore has unlimited names. While we recognize their ninety-nines as legitimate, we are still awaiting that happy day when Muslims all over the world will accept that Krishna is a bona fide name for God. That day will mark the beginning of new age of peace and prosperity for this entire planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The All-Merciful Sri Sri Radha Damodar



Muslim Mosque Outside of Our Window


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is the Holy Name a Person?

Is the Holy Name a person? Can one address as the person the Holy Name, that sound that comes from one's mouth while chanting?

Reda

Answer: Absolutely Yes

Yes. Absolutely yes. Prabhupada calls Him Nama Prabhu in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita. The Holy Name is Krishna Himself. There is no difference between Krishna and His name. When you utter the syllables Krish-na, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead is personally present with you in His full splendor, magnificence, intimacy, magnanimity, and glory.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 13 June 2015

from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

All That Glitters is Not God

According to the theory of pantheism everything is God. There is no separate God who is the source and proprietor of everything. The pantheists simply take the universe to be God. Those of a pantheistic mindset are dazzled by the glitter of this material world taking it to be the all-in-all. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Hong Kong.

On 10 June 2015 while en route from South Africa to Malaysia I stopped in Hong Kong to give a lecture, "ISKCON, A Loving Family to Unite the Entire World," at the ISKCON temple there. While walking to the temple I snapped a photo (shown below) as I was witnessing the Hong Kong glitter and feeling sorry for the billions of souls who are lost in this material world completely razzle dazzled by its bewildering spell. The lecture was very well received. At the end of my lecture we completely sold out of every copy of my new book, "Truth Works", that I had brought to the lecture.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lost Souls Razzle Dazzled by the Glitter of Hong Kong
10 June 2015--Kowloon, Hong Kong



Chinese Poster Advertising My Lecture



English Version of Lecture Poster


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Give Up Smoking and Overeating?

Hare Krishna! Please accept my obeisances. I am chanting Mahamantra since 1985. I am 51. How to drop tobacco smoking and lose weight?

Thank you.
A.S.

Answer: Go Deeper Into Chanting

I am delighted to learn that you have been chanting Hare Krishna for the last 30 years. This has been for the entirety of your adult life.

In order to give up the over-indulgence of the tongue such as over-eating and smoking tobacco you need to dive deeply into the sweetness of Krishna’s name. In this way your tongue will taste a pleasure so sublime that you immediately lose interest in all of the so-called pleasures of the tongue. Access to the full nectar of holy name is attained by taking shelter the bona fide spiritual master because it is only by grace of the spiritual master that one can advance to the stage of experiencing the full taste of Krishna's most glorious holy name.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 12 June 2015

from Hong Kong, China

Today's Thought:

The Road Map to Eternal Freedom

In this material world, all are lost souls wandering aimlessly birth after birth through the 8,400,000 different species of life. Sometimes they are demigods. Sometimes they are ordinary humans. Sometimes they are plants. Sometimes they are animals. In all cases they are out of touch with the actual meaning of their existence. Thus they must continue suffering in so many ways. Therefore the greatest necessity is that they should get the road map to eternal freedom, i.e. they should be taught the art of how to fully surrender themselves to Lord Sri Krishna. This and only this will liberate them from their suffering and enable to regain their original all-blissful consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Giving the Road Map to Eternal Freedom
Pretoria, South Africa--Monday 8 June 2015


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Problems in this World?

Why are there so many problems in the material world?

Your servant,
Bhakta Shashank.

Answer: Because We Are Forgetting Krishna

There are so many problems because we are forgetting Krishna. For one who always remembers Krishna there are no problems. Therefore our only problem is that we are forgetting Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 11 June 2015

from Hong Kong, China

Today's Thought:

The Departure of Sriman Brahmananda Prabhu

I have sad, heart breaking news to report. Sriman Brahmananda Prabhu, one of the very first devotees who surrendered to Srila Prabhupada in 1966 in New York has now passed from this world in the holy land of Vrindavana a few days ago. This news brought tears to my eyes as I remembered this great Vaisnava. Before the Srimad Bhagavatam class, we sang the song "Ye Anilo Prema Dhana" to lament our separation from this great Vaisnava.

Brahmananda Prabhu was chosen to be the first temple president soon after Prabhupada started ISKCON in New York and was subsequently given other positions of authority in Prabhupada's movement. Very personal exchanges, both while in proximity and through correspondence, testify to the fact that Srila Prabhupada and Brahmananda Prabhu were close. This is a matter of public record: Prabhupada’s faith in Brahmananda as a highly capable assistant and the love shared between the two manifested early in the movement’s history.

Here are Brahmananda Prabhu's own words describing how he first experienced the Hare Krishna mantra:

"I had brief contact with the Hare Krishna mantra before meeting Srila Prabhupada, or Swamiji as he was called at the time. I went into a book shop in the West Village and there were these little leaflets. They advertised the kirtan and Swamiji’s program at 26 Second Avenue. And it gave the mantra, but it said that one should 'Practice Transcendental Sound Vibration.' And then it said, 'Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.' It interested me because I was studying the Bhagavad-gita at NYU, so I knew it had something to do with that. But I couldn’t understand: What did it mean by 'Practice' Transcendental Sound Vibration? How does one practice a sound vibration? It was totally alien to me, that is, until I went down to Swamiji’s storefront. But the kirtan really impressed me. I didn’t intellectualize it; I just got into the feeling of it. The intensity of the emotion. I really loved it right from the beginning."

To tell the full extent of the great sacrifices that he made to assist Srila Prabhupada, in Krishnizing the world, such as pioneering our movement in Pakistan and Africa, would fill volumes. I am thankful that I was blessed with the association of this great Vaisnava, Sriman Brahmananda Prabhu. I look forward to his eternal association in the most wondrous spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




His Grace Sriman Brahmanda Prabhu--1943-2015


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Tension of Losing My Job

There is extreme tension at my workplace and I am either going to be demoted or will eventually lose my job to another one who has been transferred in.

I realize I should not be stressed and leave it to Krishna.

I pray to you to please help me stay peaceful and calm in this situation.

Thank you, Gurudeva,
Your humble servant

Answer: You Are Protected by Krishna, Not Your Job.

No need to worry. You are protected by Krishna, not your job. When one is Krishna conscious even the greatest loss is the greatest gain. Simply continue happily with the process of awakening your dormant Krishna consciousness and sincerely, enthusiastically engaging your occupational duties in His service. You’ll be okay.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 10 June 2015

from Pretoria, South Africa

Today's Thought:

We've Got to Turn the World Upside Down

This planet is progressing rapidly into an ever more and more chaotic situation. Therefore it is of the utmost urgency that we have to aggressively promote this Krishna consciousness movement as the only practical solution for this world's ocean of difficulties. In the days of Vedic culture the entire global family was prosperous, peaceful, healthy, and happy. It is intolerable to see to what depths of depravity and despair the world has presently sunk. Therefore as a matter of compassion we must now turn this world upside down by full steam ahead bringing back the happy days of Vedic culture.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Super Ecstatic Hare Krishna Kirtan Will Deliver the Universe


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Service to Krishna?

Gurudeva,

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

May I humbly request you to elaborate on meaning of seva, service to Lord Krishna?

Thank you,

Your servant,
Makarand

Answer: Hearing and Chanting His Glories, Etc.

Service to Krishna is executed by hearing and chanting His glories, remembering Him, worshipping the Deity in the temple, offering Him prayers, serving Him in various ways under the order of the spiritual master, and by worshipping His lotus feet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 9 June 2015

from Pretoria, South Africa

Today's Thought:

Initiation Ceremony in South Africa

By Krishna's grace three devotees accepted initiation on Sunday 7 June 2015 in Lenasia, South Africa. Bhakta Shailen accepted first initiation and has thus now become Syamakunda Das. And my disciples, Padasevana das and his wife Premabhakti devi dasi, took a big step forward in their spiritual lives by accepting brahminical initiation. The formal commitment of initiation is one of the most essential items on the path of Krishna consciousness because without taking shelter of a bona fide spiritual master with the solemn vow of initiation, nobody can become solidly fixed in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Chanting on the Beads of a New Initiate



Bhakta Shailen Becomes Syamakunda Das



Performing a Fire Sacrifice Ceremony for the Initiation



Initiates Place Bananas in the Sacrificial Fire


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Anger Blocks the Ecstasy of Chanting

While chanting sometimes I get into a zone of rage or fretful irritation/ anger, especially for a very close female relative of mine. This feeling stops me to relish the nectar of chanting. What to do?

Your insignificant student

Answer: Get Angry At Your Anger

Instead of being angry at her and thus ruining your ability to relish the holy names, you should be angry at yourself for being angry at her. In this way, by conquering your anger, you will be able to dive deeply in the ocean of transcendental bliss found in Krishna's holy name.

When Lord Vishnu was kicked on the chest by Bhrigu Muni, instead of being angry with Bhrigu Muni, He begged forgiveness from Bhrigu Muni being afraid that because His chest was so hard Bhrigu Muni may have hurt his foot by kicking the Lord’s chest. In this way Lord Vishnu is teaching us how to be tolerant of the offenses of others. So you should learn from this lesson taught by Lord Vishnu and become more tolerant than a tree.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 8 June 2015

from Pretoria, South Africa

Today's Thought:

Dance on the Head of Your Trials and Tribulations

In this material world quite often things go wrong and sometimes really, really wrong, especially in this most materialistic of all ages, the age of Kali. How you deal with these trials and tribulation will either make or break you in your Krishna consciousness. The key thing to remember is to always see them as the special blessing of Krishna to remind you that this material world is not your actual home and that you have no other shelter except for Him. So the next time you get exasperated, do not fret and fume. Remember Krishna, and thank Him for His reminder. Then you will see how easily the problem will be solved. Instead of being overwhelmed by your difficulties, dance on them like Krishna dances on the head of the Kaliya serpent having a great time and you'll have a great time too, even during periods of great difficulty.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Dances on the Head of the Kaliya Serpent


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Meaning of Meditating on Krishna's Lotus Feet

Dear Srila Gurudeva, what does it mean to meditate on lotus feet of Krishna? How to understand and do it correctly?

Sincerely,
Your eternal servant
Lakshmipriya devi dasi

Answer: Surrender Fully to Krishna's Instructions

Because you are my beloved disciple I am very happy to hear from you. Thank you for asking me such a nice transcendental question.

Meditating on the lotus feet of Krishna means to literally think of Krishna's most beautiful feet, which are the only shelter for all those who desire to escape from this material world by going back home, back to Godhead. And it also means to always keep yourself humbly bowed down within your heart at the lotus of Lord Sri Krishna accepting all of His instructions as your very life and soul, the guiding principles of your life from now on for all of eternity.

Those instructions are given by the most merciful Lord Sri Krishna in the Gita. He tells you to become His devotee, accept a spiritual master, always chant His holy names, accept only Krishna prasadam as your food, and to always remember Him. So if you will follow His instructions very devotedly, your going back to Home, back to Godhead will be assured.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 7 June 2015

from Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Bhakti Tidal Wave Will Soon Inundate the Whole Universe

There is nothing sweeter than being a devotee of Krishna. It's so wonderful that even Lord Sri Krishna Himself becomes His own devotee so that He can increase His own happiness ten million times. This is why Krishna came again as Lord Caitanya 500 years ago in Navadvipa, India to taste the sweetness of devotion to Krishna and to simultaneously flood the universe in a tidal wave of love of God, pure Krishna consciousness. That tidal wave of pure love began 500 years ago with an amazing kirtan of Lord Caitanya and His associates. (This kirtan is described in Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi Lila, Chapter 13, Text 32.) It's ripple effect is now picking up more and more momentum due to the unparalleled mercy of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his followers, the devotees of ISKCON. Soon that tidal wave will sweep the entire universe bringing about the greatest paradigm shift in universal history.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Kirtan That Is Delivering the Entire Universe


Testimonial from Amol Lad


Amol Lad

Hare Krishna, dear subscribers of this wonderful course,

In 2009 I started chanting and reading Srila Prabhupada books in association with devotees of the Hare Krishna temple in Wellington, New Zealand. Then somehow or other by Lord Krishna's mercy, I subscribed to this course and was amazed at the clarity with which the doubts were getting dispelled by the daily Thought for the Day and the Questions and Answers. In this course, I found a bona fide guru who can dispel our ignorance with same clarity and authority as Srila Prabhupada. This course has ended my long search for a spiritual master. Like all of you, reading this daily email has become an important part of my daily schedule - without fail.

The most important lesson I have learned in this course is the importance of a bona fide spiritual master in our spiritual life. Advancement in Krishna consciousness without help of a bona fide spiritual master is phantasmagoria. A sincere aspirant MUST take shelter and initiation from a bona fide spiritual master and consider his guru's instructions as his very life and soul.

This course and association of His Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari Prabhu and his wife, Her Grace Vishnupriya Devi Dasi, has changed the course of my life. I'm now more peaceful, happy and determined in my devotional service. I sincerely request all subscribers to:

1) Please never miss this daily email. You already know the benefits of this course.

2) Please attend live conference classes. The benefits are immense: https://startmeeting.com/wall/759-247-223

3) If Sankarshan Prabhu and his wife are visiting your country, then please meet and serve them. The benefit is immeasurable!

Your servant,
Amol


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Freedom from My Many Sins?

I am 23 years old. Now when I look back I can recollect many sins which I have done. The reason that I was not aware until now that this was sinful is due to my own karma from my previous birth. So even though I did not have the knowledge of right and wrong, I am solely responsible for this because it was my choice to be in ignorance. If, in this birth, I do good, is it possible that I may get spiritual knowledge in my next birth?

What is initiation? What is the complete process for getting initiated?

Can we live a grihastha (married) life after getting initiated?

Your reader

Answer: Surrender to Krishna Frees You from All Karma

There is no need to wait until your next birth to get spiritual knowledge and live a pure life. You can be born again right through the process known as initiation. In this way you will qualify to enter the eternal abode of Lord Sri Krishna at the time of death.

Initiation is when you take a vow to strictly follow the principles of Krishna consciousness for your entire life. This means that you agree to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day on japa mala beads and that you also agree to strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling for your entire life. At the time of initiation you also accept a highly advanced devotee who is fixed in Krishna consciousness as your spiritual master and you agree to always abide by whatever instructions he gives you. By becoming initiated and keeping your vow, you are a fully surrendered devotee of Krishna. The spiritual master and Krishna free you from the reactions from all of your previous sinful activities for millions of lifetimes in this material world. Initiation is essential for one who wants to attain genuine happiness.

Srila Prabhupada emphasizes the importance of initiation in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 10.2.18:

"Unless one is initiated by the right person, who always carries within his heart the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one cannot acquire the power to carry the Supreme Godhead within the core of one's own heart.”

He also writes in his purport to Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya Lila, 24. 331:

"As far as the time of diksha (initiation) is concerned, everything depends on the position of the guru. As soon as a bona fide guru is received by chance or by a program, one should immediately take the opportunity to receive initiation.”

Regarding your question about married (grihastha) life, many of our disciples are married and are progressing very nicely in Krishna consciousness. This option remains open to you. If you like, you can marry a nice Krishna conscious girl who is already a dedicated member our Krishna consciousness movement and raise children in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 6 June 2015

from Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Base the World Society on Love not Law

The current slate of world leaders do not have even the slightest idea of how to govern the world properly so that people all over the world can be happy. They try to govern on the basis of law, not on the basis of love. This is their big mistake.

On 11 September 1975, Srila Prabhupada was personally invited by the prime minister of Mauritius to visit his country. Srila Prabhupada accepted his invitation and arrived on 30 September 1975. Upon his arrival he was received by several leading gentlemen of this country and spoke the following words:

"Vedic society is based on the principle of love -- between husband and wife, father and son, the king and the citizens, and so on. Civilization must be founded on love, not law. By law you cannot make a person love you. First he must love you, then he will gladly follow your law. Modern civilization lacks this basis of love, so everything is superficial and false. But if devotion to Krishna is made the basic principle, then people will be happy."

This is the message that we must broadcast to the people of the world because it is only by this formula that the people of this world can be happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Arrival Reception for Srila Prabhupada
Mauritius Airport--September 30, 1975


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Did Radha Feel When Krishna Left Vrindavana?

I was reading in the Nectar of Devotion that real devotion manifests when Krishna is there on the receiving end. I was thinking how can Krishna be at the receiving end? Krishna is giving me everything. How can I give anything to Him? If I am offering some food to Krishna, the food is also provided by Him. I am not in a position or never will be to give anything to Krishna. Then how can Krishna come on the receiving end ever? Does that mean real devotion won't manifest in me anytime? My second question is how to understand the mood of Srimati Radharani in separation when Krishna left Vrindavana? Please clear my doubts.

Thank you.

Your most unqualified servant,
Bhakta Shashank.

Answer: 10 Million Times the Agony of Missing One's Beloved

Krishna is already on the receiving end. The challenge is now to get yourself situated on the giving end. Devotion means to get yourself in the mood of offering everything to Krishna. In the beginning the feeling may not be there, so you can simply do it out of duty. If you continue in this way out of duty under the order of the spiritual master, the natural feelings of loving service will gradually arise within your heart.

Just as you miss someone who is dear to you when they are absent, multiply that by ten million times and that is how Radharani felt when Krishna left Vrindavan.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 5 June 2015

from Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Fully Open Your Heart to Krishna

Do not remain a stone-hearted impersonalist. Come out of the shell of impersonalism and fully, completely, totally give your heart to Krishna. He's so beautiful. He's so wonderful. He's so unbelievably amazing that He will entirely, wholly, thoroughly, utterly, absolutely, perfectly, and unreservedly dazzle your brain at every second. Of all persons He is the topmost, and He is incomparably sweet. There is no one who can love your better. Therefore the only sane thing to do is to unconditionally absorb yourself in loving service to Krishna for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Beckons You to Return to Him in Goloka Vrindavan


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Does Krishna Feel If We Love Him?

Lord Krishna is not so pleased when a person connects with Him out of awe and fear. So what is His feeling when a person connects with Him out of love and devotion?

Sunil

Answer: He Feels the Greatest Heart-Melting Happiness

Krishna has been waiting for millions of your lifetimes in this material world for that glorious day when you will approach Him in a mood of love and devotion. So He is naturally unlimitedly pleased when you connect with Him with love and devotion. Love and devotion means simply to serve Him, that you do not have anything to ask from Him except for the opportunity to serve Him for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 4 June 2015

from Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Street Dog or Dog with a Master?

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami explains that a person who does not have a spiritual master is like a dog without a master and that a person who does have a spiritual master is like a dog with a master. I have personally witnessed the graphic contrast between the pitiful, lean and thin, diseased, under-nourished street dogs in Vrindavan and the jolly, healthy, stout and strong well-fed, well-cared for dogs who walk with their masters on Mumbai's Juhu beach. It is indeed quite a striking contrast. When you have a bona fide spiritual master you have the guidance and the blessings you need for a wonderful, blissful eternal existence. But when you don't have a bona fide spiritual master you are lost in the cycle of repeated birth and death with no hope of ever escaping the miseries of material existence. Therefore all those who are seeking real happiness in life must take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Instructs His Disciples


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can the Pure Soul Fall Down?

I am confused about when and where we have taken birth as a soul. We are minute parts of the Supreme, so is it possible that we may have taken birth in Lord's abode? Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita that whoever comes to His abode never comes back to the material world. So then how did we come here?

A pure soul never aspires for anything material. So how can we, who must have been pure in our initial birth stage, aspire for material enjoyment? Why did we want material enjoyment and get completely entangled here even though we are pure souls? Why is it difficult to cultivate Krishna consciousness into our hearts or love Krishna even though emotions with human relations are automatic?

Please help me and enlighten me with your grace.

Your servant
A. Sharma

Answer: Misuse of Minute Independence

The soul never takes birth. He is unborn. He is an eternal emanation from Krishna. Krishna eternally manifests the living beings from His very self to enjoy loving relationships with them.

Because Krishna is supremely independent and because we are part of Him we share a minute degree of His absolute independence. When we misuse that independence we fall into this material existence. And when we properly use that independence we go back to home, back to Godhead and remain there eternally to serve Him. We can fall once, but having learned our lesson, we will never fall again.

At the present time because we are contaminated by this material nature, our natural tendency to serve Krishna is covered by a tendency for material sense gratification. But when we rid ourselves of this contamination by the purificatory process of Krishna consciousness our original natural automatic tendency will be revived to serve Lord Krishna twenty four hours daily with love and devotion, and we will remain with Him forever in a state of unlimited transcendental bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 3 June 2015

from Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

When Will the Whole World Become Free?

It is simply too painful to see how miserable the entire world society is at the present time. The entire human population has gone insane having been totally carried away by the bodily conception of life. Due to their gross violation of the laws of nature they are going to be dragged down to the animal kingdom in their next lives. Therefore I am hankering like anything for that the glorious day when the entire world will awaken to the liberating message of Lord Sri Krishna. My life is dedicated to doing whatever I can do to help bring about this direly needed global awakening of Krishna consciousness. Please, my dear readers, you also fully dedicate your lives to this Krishna consciousness world deliverance mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Home Program--Vacoas, Mauritius--1 June 2015


Testimonial From Anjana Gopika Devi Dasi


Anjana Gopika devi dasi

Since 2013 I have been reading "Thought for the Day", an important component of the Ultimate Self Realization Course. My Gurudeva, His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaja, requested in the Facebook page to all his disciples to subscribe this course. As per the request of my Guru Maharaja I subscribed this course. After that I started reading Thought for the Day and the Questions and Answers every day. It is very helpful for me especially to dedicate myself in the service of Srila Prabhupada and my Guru Maharaja. When I read the daily thoughts and answers by His Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari Prabhu, I feel very much enlightened. From the very beginning of Krishna Consciousness I have been hearing Srila Prabhupada's lectures, and I am so much overwhelmed by his lectures. When I subscribed His Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari Prabhu's course I found the contents non different from Prabhupada's lectures. His Grace's dedication to Srila Prabhupada has really impressed me. By his grace may I be able to dedicate my life in the service of my Guru Maharaja in the same way. I am really impressed by His Grace's authentic answers. And I have started listening to his lectures. It encourages me to wake up early and finish my sadhana early in the morning. By his mercy my daughter and I started reading Srimad Bhagavatam every day. His Grace always encourages every devotee to become a pure devotee and spread Krishna consciousness all over the world. His preaching is so bold and based on scripture. My husband and I suggested to so many of our friends that they should to subscribe this course. We will always encourage whoever we meet to subscribe this course.

Please accept us as your siksha disciples and keep us in your prayers so that we can be advanced in Krishna consciousness. I already informed our Guru Maharaja that I am hearing your lectures.

Your insignificant servant
Anjana Gopika Devi Dasi


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Correctly Pray to Krishna?

Please accept my humble obeisances

If we ask Krishna to help us, does this mean that we are asking Him to serve us? But isn't it we who are supposed to serve Him rather than asking Him to serve us? So how to formulate our prayers correctly?

Trying to become a pure devotee

Vitaliy
Baltiysk, Russia

Answer: Beg Him for Service

Thank you very much for your nice question. I am most pleased to learn that you are trying to become a pure devotee because this is the only thing which can satisfy the self. The answer to your question is that we do not ask Krishna to serve us. Rather, we ask Him to engage us in His service. This mood is the perfection of spiritual life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 2 June 2015

from Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

The Only Reason to Be in this Material World

The only reason to be in this material world is to spiritualize it. Otherwise what is the use of being in this nasty place, which is not fit for a gentleman's living? If it were not for the world deliverance mission of saving the lost souls who are helplessly entangled in the cycle of birth and death, all of Krishna's devotees would be much better situated back in the spiritual world blissfully engaged in the transcendental pastimes of Krishna in unlimited varieties of inconceivably sweet loving relationships.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna and the Gopis


Testimonial From Padmamalini Devi Dasi



Padmamalini Devi Dasi

I got into ISKCON after I received Srila Prabhupada's Krishna Book back in 2007 and after reading the introduction page, I was convinced that I need a guru for myself. Accepting Srila Prabhupada as my guru I started learning the rules and regulations under the guidance of His Grace Jitamitra Prabhu in ISKCON Temple Delhi, and in due course of time I got convinced that I need to have a spiritual master who can initiate me in this lifetime only. So the search begin in 2008 for a spiritual master.

As advised by senior devotees, I started reading and hearing different people and it was so convenient and convincing to read His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari’s daily Thought for the Day. I was not registered for the E-course so I used to get the question and answer section from one of my friends. Sometimes he used to forget or delay the mail, and I used to call him to remind that he has not sent the e-mail today.

While reading the answers to so many different questions I used to feel all my questions are being answered by the author why can’t I accept him as guru. But I was not aware that His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari Prabhu is an Initiating Guru from ISKCON and the moment I got to know this fact from one of my god brother His Grace Haladhar Prabhu in June 2013, I did not take even two minutes to draft a personal e-mail to Srila Gurudeva, and I was completely sold out to him when I got a reply from him.

During my busy office/family days the daily Thought for the Day remains my only hope for reading and hearing. I would say it’s the best medicine for the conditioned souls like me, who are so entangled that they can opt for no other mean of staying connected than reading an enlightening e-mail in their mobile anywhere anytime.

So if you are not taking the full advantage of reading the daily thought you are seriously missing something that I cannot describe in words. My humble request to all the human society please make the full use of this opportunity of getting personal association of His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari through his Thought for the Day and other online preaching practices.

Your servant,
Padmamalini devi dasi


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Feel Krishna's Presence?

When I read about Krishna I feel more nectar than chanting. You said in a discourse that one should feel that Krishna is visiting you and hearing you chant, and I am trying to feel the same. However my chanting is sounding more mechanical and humdrum what to do?

Thanks in anticipation !

Your fallen student,
S.S.

Answer: Carefully Chant Hare Krishna Every Day

Simply carefully chant these sweet names every day. A natural relish will awaken within your tongue, and your material disease will be destroyed at the root.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 1 June 2015

from Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Secret of Success: Shelter, Initiation, and Obedience

The secret of success on the path of self realization is simply to follow this three step process:

1. Take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master.
2. Get initiated by the bona fide spiritual master.
3. Be fully obedient to the bona fide spiritual master, accepting his orders as your very life and soul.

If you will sincerely follow these three steps, very soon you will become qualified to see Krishna face to face, eye to eye.

"S" "I" "O" (Shelter, initiation, and obedience) is the way to go.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Initiation Ceremony--Phoenix, Mauritius---31 May 2015



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Prakash Becomes Pandava Das



Vidya Becomes Vaidarbhi Devi Dasi



Indira Becomes Ilavati Devi Dasi


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Plea For Help: Relief from Frustration

I am very frustrated. Please help me.

Your servant

Answer: Chant With Love

Chant Hare Krishna with love and feel the presence of Krishna. Your frustration will melt away into ecstasy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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