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Friday 31 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Accept Your Guru's Order as Your Very Life and Soul

The disciple accepts the order of his spiritual master as his very life and soul and always thinks, speaks, and acts in accordance with his spiritual master's instructions. This is confirmed in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi Lila, Chapter 12, Text 10 as follows:

acaryera mata yei, sei mata sara
tanra ajña langhi’ cale, sei ta’ asara

"The order of the spiritual master is the active principle in spiritual life. Anyone who disobeys the order of the spiritual master immediately becomes useless."

In his purport to this verse Srila Prabhupada states:

"Here is the opinion of Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami. Persons who strictly follow the orders of the spiritual master are useful in executing the will of the Supreme, whereas persons who deviate from the strict order of the spiritual master are useless."

Therefore anyone who wants to be successful in spiritual life and attain the ultimate goal of going back home, back to Godhead must obey this principle.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Disciples Obey Srila Prabhupada Because They Love Him


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Attached to Krishna?

How to become attached to Krishna?

Shashank

Answer: Become Attached to His Representative

One becomes attached to Krishna by becoming attached to Krishna’s representative, the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 30 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

See Everything as the Mercy of Krishna

A devotee sees everything as the mercy of Krishna. Therefore he is never disturbed in any situation. Srila Prabhupada elaborates on this as follows in a lecture he gave in Vrindavana on 13 September 1976:

"Not that because one is Krishna conscious there will be no material suffering. Actually, those who are Krishna conscious, they have no material suffering. Although it appears that they are suffering, they are not suffering. They can accept any so-called suffering and accept it as mercy of Krishna. They never take it as suffering. Tat te 'nukampam su-samiksamano bhuñjana evatma-krtam vipakam [SB 10.14.8]. A devotee, when he's in suffering, so-called suffering, he accepts it as the mercy of Krishna. Tat te 'nukampam . And he rather thanks Krishna, that "I had to suffer many more times, but You have minimized it, giving me little suffering. So it is Your mercy." And if anyone lives on that attitude, everything taken as Krishna's mercy, then he is guaranteed to go back home, back to Godhead. Mukti-pade sa daya-bhak. Daya-bhak means his going back to home, back to Godhead, is exactly like the inheritance of property by the son. Mukti-pade sa daya-bhak . So we should learn from the Pandavas that Krishna was always present with them, still they had to suffer so much material tribulations. So they were never unhappy, neither they requested Krishna that "My dear friend Krishna, You were always with us. Still we had to suffer." Never expressed that. That is pure devotion. Never try to take any benefit from Krishna. Simply try to give benefit to Krishna. Do not take any benefit from Krishna. This is pure devotion."

So the next time you find yourself in distress try to see your distress in the above light, and your distress will melt away. You will discover a great treasure of transcendental happiness within your so-called unhappiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Pandavas and Kunti Devi in the Forest


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is There Sex in the Spiritual World?

I have two important questions: 1) is there any sex life in the spiritual world? Since sex is a big thing in the material world. And 2) can one have sex and still be in the quality of goodness?

Best wishes,
Göran Holm in Sweden

Answer: They Have a Better Standard of Pleasure

Regarding your question about whether there is sex in the spiritual world, Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 3, Chapter 15, Text 20:

"They have ample opulences for enjoyment, but they need not labor to achieve them. It is also stated that in the Vaikuntha world the consorts of the residents are many, many times more beautiful than we can find in this material world, even in the higher planets. It is specifically mentioned here that a woman's large hips are very attractive and they stimulate man's passion, but the wonderful feature of Vaikuntha is that although the women have large hips and beautiful faces and are decorated with ornaments of emeralds and jewels, the men are so absorbed in Krishna consciousness that the beautiful bodies of the women cannot attract them. In other words, there is enjoyment of the association of the opposite sex, but there is no sexual relationship. The residents of Vaikuntha have a better standard of pleasure, so there is no need of sex pleasure."

The answer to your second question is that sex is spiritual when it used to produce saintly children under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master. In the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krishna states that such sex is He Himself. But if one engages in sex unrestrictedly ignoring the Vedic injunctions he comes down to a platform lower than animals and remains entangled in the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 29 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Peace Formula

In Bhagavad-gita 5:29 Krishna gives the perfect formula for individual and global peace:

bhoktaram yajña-tapasam
sarva-loka-mahesvaram
suhrdam sarva-bhutanam
jñatva mam santim rcchati

"A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries."

In regards to this verse Srila Prabhupada states, "When people know that the Supreme Lord, Krishna, is the supreme enjoyer, the supreme proprietor and the most intimate well-wishing friend of all living entities, peace and prosperity will ensue all over the world."

So this knowledge must be distributed all the other world so that everyone can be happy. The best means of spreading this knowledge is the wide scale distribution of Srila Prabhupada's books. Other means can be adopted as well to reach as many people as possible with this liberated message. To this end I have written a song called "The Peace Formula" which is now available for hearing and downloading from the Internet through the following link:

http://turnontheworld.com/track/859210/the-peace-formula-live-concert?autostart=true

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna and the Cowherd Boys


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Only Indian Looking Kids in the Spiritual World?

Are there only "Indian" looking kids in the spiritual world, no African Americans, Chinese, whites, Asian, etc.?

Tom

Answer: Go There and Find Out

In the spiritual world there is no racial consciousness. Every devotee takes a form in accordance with their innermost desire of how they want to serve Krishna. It's not true that everyone in the spiritual world looks like an Indian. For that matter all Indians do not look the same. Some are white complexioned like Americans and Europeans. And some are practically as dark as blacks. Krishna has a bluish-blackish complexion and doesn't look like an Indian. His unique bluish-blackish complexion resembles a dark rain cloud. And one of His associates, Uddhava, also has a similar complexion. The final conclusion is that if you really want to know what people look like in the spiritual world, you should go there and find out.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 28 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Be True to Your Guru

The secret of success on the path of spiritual awakening is to take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master by initiation and then to be fully obedient to his instructions. One's every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances should then be fully dedicated to pleasing his spiritual master. One who follows this simple formula, becomes very solidly situated in Krishna consciousness. Those who act independently of their spiritual master, thinking that they can be Krishna conscious on their own, are deluded and will not attain the perfectional stage of pure Krishna bhakti until they have rectified their mistaken mentality.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada With His Disciples
in the Early Days of the Mayapura Project


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can We Be Eternally Conditioned?

Hare Krishna!
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!
My respectful obeisances unto you, Gurudeva.

What exactly does it mean being eternally conditioned? By definition eternal means lasting or existing forever, without end or beginning. So, there is no point that we were envious of Krishna if we’ve been eternally conditioned, without beginning or end? I respectfully request to illuminate me with your Krishna katha. This is to reference at Bhagavad-gita 7:14 purport.

Hari Bol, Hare Krishna.

J. Raul C.

Answer: Bad Dream of the Eternally Liberated

It is very subtle philosophy. So lay aside for a moment all preconceived notions of reality and try to understand.

There are two dimensions of reality: the material realm and the spiritual realm. The material realm is situated within time, and the spiritual realm is situated beyond time. Since there is no time in the spiritual world, our departure from the Lord’s abode occurred within timelessness. In other words, there is no moment within time that it occurred. This means that we have always been here in this material world and are thus eternally conditioned. And conversely when we return to the spiritual world, that realm where time does not exist, there will be no time that we reentered there. Therefore, when we return there, we will have always been there and hence will be known as eternally liberated.

It is no doubt very tricky to understand this. But if you consider the international date line, which exits on this planet in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it becomes a little easier to understand.

On my recent flight from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles, I departed from Melbourne at 9:50am on 25 June and arrived in Los Angeles at 7:10am on 25 June. This means that I arrived in Los Angeles before I even departed from Melbourne. If such an amazing thing can happen by crossing the international date line here in this material world, just imagine the even more amazing thing that happens when you cross the Viraja River that divides the material world from the spiritual world. When you go back to Godhead you will return there before you ever left it. Therefore for all practical purposes you never left it. Your endless eternally conditioned situation in the material world was ultimately nothing more than just a bad dream. So now just try to wake up from this dream by fully surrendering yourself to Lord Krishna. When you do this your understanding will be crystal clear.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 27 July 2015

from Chicago, USA

Today's Thought:

The Most Valuable Lesson: I Am a Rascal

When I joined this Krishna consciousness movement in 1971 in Austin, Texas, USA, I was most fortunate to be personally trained by one of the greatest preachers in ISKCON history, His Holiness Vishnujana Swami Maharaja. The most valuable lesson he taught me is that I am a rascal. One day when I was driving him in the temple vehicle I was backing out of a driveway, and I did not steer the car properly. When with one tire we ran over the curb, he told me, "That is rascal driving." From this one instruction I could understand that this is my position. I am indeed a rascal. It is from this platform of knowing that I am a rascal that I have been able understand the necessity of fully surrendering myself to the bona fide spiritual master to get out of this rascaldom and become a pure devotee of Krishna. Thank you, Vishnujana Swami, for teaching me that I am rascal.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vishnujana Swami Chanting in Pease Park--Austin, Texas 1971


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can You Stop the Kentucky Fried Chicken Outlets?

Can you stop all the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets and other similar outlets on this planet? Is it possible to destroy all such outlets on this planet?

Why in this material world do we have the law, "jivo jivasya jivanam" that one living being is food for another? The logic is very painful. Are there any higher laws ?

Regards,
Parag R. Rane

Answer: We Want to Deliver the Entire Universe

Why only the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets? Our mission is to completely spiritualize the entire universe, to bring everyone on all planets to the platform of pure devotional service. If Krishna blesses us in our endeavor, the impossible can be made possible, and we can put a stop to all of this nonsense and liberate everyone from their entanglement in the cycle of birth and death. Even though we are most unfit and unqualified, our lives are fully dedicated for this highest purpose. We want to flood this universe with Krishna consciousness. You kindly dedicate your life completely to assisting us in our mission. This will be the perfection of your existence.

This material world where every living being is food for another living being is naturally painful. This is why we follow the higher law of surrendering to Krishna so that we can get out of this nonsense world and go back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 26 July 2015

from Helsinki, Finland

Today's Thought:

You've Got Nothing to Lose Except for Your Anxiety

The entire world is suffering due to a lack of Krishna consciousness. Everyone is entangled in the clutches of bodily consciousness. Therefore Krishna consciousness must be introduced into all spheres of the human society so that everyone will get the opportunity to be exposed to the sublime teachings of Krishna and the unlimited mercy of His holy name. To this end, having formerly been a popular singer/songwriter, I have launched a new preaching initiative in an attempt to introduce Krishna consciousness into the world of popular music. If you are interested in this preaching initiative, you can check it out at: www.turnontheworld.com. There you can hear and download some of the music. Our aim is the relieve the people of the world from the misery that they are suffering by finding a way to introduce to the teachings of Krishna in a way that will attract and capture their attention.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Meditating on Krishna in the Mountains of Mauritius


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Is Material Sense Gratification?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

What is material sense gratification? Could you please elaborate?

Thank you,
Hare Krishna,
Radha Ramana

Answer: Gratifying the Covering of the Self

Material sense gratification means to gratify the desires of the material senses, which are nothing but a covering of the actual self within. It is compared to sitting down to take your meal and simply dipping your shirt sleeve into the bowl of cereal instead of actually eating the cereal. In other words, material sense gratification does not satisfy the actual self, who is situated within the body. It is simply some of kind of external titillation, which gives no real satisfaction to the actual self.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 25 July 2015

from Palanga, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Bona Fide Spiritual Master Is Necessary

Anyone who is serious about going back to Godhead must take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master by initiation and then remain true to his initiation vows. If he does this, the spiritual master will take full responsibility to do whatever is required to get the disciple out of the material world back to the spiritual world, even if the spiritual master has to take birth again to do so. One should take advantage of the kindness the bona fide spiritual master and become his disciple because without the shelter of a bona fide spiritual master it is not possible to awaken your dormant Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Meeting With Disciples at the Baltic Festival
24 July 2015--Palanga, Lithuania


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna Consciousness and a High Pressure Job

I am doing a very very high pressure job in my office. I keep thinking only about my job all the time. How can I become Krishna conscious instead of job conscious?

Your servant,
Shashank

Answer: Chant, Keep a Gita, and Donate

The key is to chant 16 good rounds of japa every day before you start working and to keep a Bhagavad-gita lying on your desk while you work. Plus you need to donate a portion of your earnings for the service Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 24 July 2015

from Palanga, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Love the Devotees of Krishna

Our love for Krishna is manifested only to the degree that we love His devotees. Therefore if we want to love Krishna, we must learn how to love His devotees. If we harbor even the slightest amount of ill well towards the devotees, we will not be able to awaken the pure love of God which is currently sleeping within our hearts. Therefore the secret of advancement on the path of pure love is to never think, speak, or act in a negative way against even one of the Lord's devotees.

You cannot avoid this negativity simply by avoiding the association of the devotees. The only way to effectively protect yourself from being offensive towards devotees is to cultivate positive loving relationships with all of them within your heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatically Diving Into Kirtan at the Summer Baltic Festival
Palanga, Lithuania--22 July 2015


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Deity Worship Allowed in the Vedas?

Is there any verse in the Vedas which says that God has a form or that worshipping the deity in the temple is allowed? There is a lot of propagation and sermons by Islamic groups telling that it is not there and hence Hindu temples are against the Vedas.

Your ever humble servant

Amar

Answer: Deity Worship Is Not Only Allowed; It Is Required

Not only do the Vedas allow the worship of the Deity in the temple. The Vedic wisdom states that we must worship the Deity of the temple until we realize the presence of the Lord everywhere.

arcadav arcayet tavad
isvaram mam sva-karma-krt
yavan na veda sva-hrdi
sarva-bhutesv avasthitam

"Performing his prescribed duties, one should worship the Deity of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the temple until one realizes My presence in his own heart and in the hearts of other living entities as well." - SB 3.29.25

Some people argue that since God is everywhere we should not worship the Deity in the temple. But if God is everywhere, He must also be present within the Deity in temple. Worshipping Him in the temple purifies our hearts so that eventually we will be able to see God everywhere at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 23 July 2015

from Palanga, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

You Can Change the World

Are you fed up with a world that is full of so much sinfulness and nonsense? Would you like to do something to change it? Well, now you can. Now you can become a fully empowered spiritual revolutionary. Lord Krishna has a mission to deliver the entire world from chaos. If you will fully surrender unto Him, He will empower you to assist Him in His mission. There is no life more thrilling than this, to be living on the cutting edge of world history bringing in a new era of spiritual enlightenment to a world which is currently deeply drowning in ignorance.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Krishna Consciousness at Summer Baltic Festival
Palanga, Lithuania--22 July 2015



The Krsihna Consciousness Movement Will Save the World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Verse to Remind Us We're Krishna's Servants?

Respected Gurudeva,

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

In his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam (10.9.1-2), Srila Prabhupada states as follows:

"It was formerly a custom that if one wanted to remember something constantly, he would transform it into poetry or have this done by a professional poet."

My question is: Is there any bhajan or prayer etc. in ISKCON literature, which one can say/sing so that one remembers that he/she is an eternal servant of Bhagwan Krishna? If so, can you please let me know.

Your (trying to be) humble follower,
Shriram

Answer: Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya 20.108

Yes. It is stated very nicely in the Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya 20.108-109:

jivera 'svarupa' haya—krsnera 'nitya-dasa'

“The constitutional position of the living entity
is that he is the eternal servant of Krishna.”

Memorize this simple verse and repeat it often.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 22 July 2015

from Palanga, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Our Mission: Deliver the World from Chaos

The mission of the Krishna consciousness movement is to deliver the entire world civilization from its ever-increasing chaos, which is gradually dragging it down to a position lower than the animals. The modern day political, educational, cultural and business leaders do not even have the slightest clue of how to solve the world's problems. To the contrary they are instead leading the world into rapidly accelerating degradation. So we are intensely praying and working for that day when they will recognize and accept the enlightened leadership of the Krishna consciousness movement and thus bring actual sanity, hope, happiness, and prosperity to the world population.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Krishna Consciousness Movement Will Save the World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Seeing the Bad In Myself and the Good in Others?

Is seeing the bad qualities in yourself and seeing the good qualities in others very good for your Krishna consciousness?

Your student

Answer: This Will Indeed Help You

Lord Caitanya advises us to consider ourselves lower than the straw in the street because this humility enables us to be able chant the holy names of the Lord constantly. And Lord Krishna advises us to become the devotee of His devotees as a mandatory requirement for becoming His devotees. Therefore it will be very beneficial for you to see the bad in yourself and the good in others.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 21 July 2015

from Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Krishna Consciousness--Hindu Cult or Divine Culture?

On Sunday 19 July 2015 I was requested to give a lecture at ISKCON London's Bhaktivedanta Manor on the topic "Krishna Consciousness: Hindu cult or Divine Culture?". It was an interesting opportunity to dive deeply into our philosophy, especially because the audience was composed mostly of Hindus. Strictly speaking according to scripture, the word Hindu is practically meaningless. It is a term coined by the Muslims to describe those persons living east of the Sindhu River. So there is no such one thing as Hindu religion. The term Hindu, in a sociological sense, can be applied to any of the various type of practitioners of different aspects of Vedic culture, of which there are many. There is Vaisnavism, devotion to Krishna or Vishnu. There are also yogis, devotees of Lord Shiva, devotees of Durga, Sankarites, and so many other sects, all with their different philosophies and practices. These are all lumped together under the term Hinduism, even though their teachings and practices often vary greatly.

So how does Krishna consciousness relate to all of this? When we come to the pure essence of religion, Krishna instructs us to give up all of these other practices and simply fully surrender ourselves unto Him. The conclusion is that just as God is one, religion is also one, to become a pure lover of that Supreme Person who is the source of all existence. So while from the sociological viewpoint the Krishna consciousness movement can be described as a Hindu cult, strictly speaking from the scriptural and philosophical viewpoint, Krishna consciousness is the very essence of existence itself and those who follow it purely are transcending all the designations of this material world such as black, white, male, female, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, etc. Krishna consciousness has nothing to do with any one particular sect or religion, and it has everything to do with all sects, religions, and philosophies because all living beings are already inherently Krishna conscious. It is simply a matter of them waking up and realizing who they are. This is the mission of our Krishna consciousness movement. We are not trying to convert people to Hinduism. That would be ridiculously just the opposite of what we are trying to do. We want to teach everyone how to become free from all material designations and come the position of pure love of God. This is the real meaning of the divine culture of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hindu Cult or Divine Culture Lecture
Bhaktivedanta Manor--London, England--19 July 2015


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Quantity of Krishna's Expression Can I Absorb?

What quantity of Krishna's unlimited transcendental expression could I be able to absorb in the next moment?

Your servant,
Gabriele

Answer: That Depends on Your Degree of Surrender

That depends of how much you are surrendered to Him. The more you are surrendered, the more you will realize Krishna and thus be qualified to absorb his unlimited transcendental expansion, manifested at every moment as His unlimited qualities, teachings, and pastimes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 20 July 2015

from London, UK

Today's Thought:

Krishna is Missing You

You are one of the Lord's eternal associates in the spiritual sky. Even though for an uncountable amount of time you have been caught up here in the cycle of birth and death in this material world, Krishna has not forgotten you. He is more eager to get you back to His eternal abode than you can ever even begin to imagine. Therefore you should not disappoint Him any longer by remaining a slave of the material nature captured in the network of action and reaction. You should cast aside your shackles right now and fully surrender yourself to your most beloved Lord Sri Krishna. You will awaken into the most amazing transcendental ever-increasingly illuminated reality.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna and Balarama in the Spiritual World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Love Krishna?

What should I do to love Krishna?

Shubha

Answer: Rise Early and Chant Sixteen Rounds of Japa

Srila Prabhupada explains nicely what to do in order to develop love for Krishna:

You must practice how to love Krishna. First you have to rise early in the morning. You don't like to, but you think, "I will rise early to satisfy Krishna." This is the beginning. Then, "I have to chant sixteen rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra on my beads." You may be lazy, you may not want to do it, but if you want to love Krishna you must do it. You must do it. In the beginning you have to learn how to love Krishna, but when you actually come to the state of love of God there is no question of "have to." You will spontaneously follow the regulative principles, because love is there.

If you will follow this above instruction of Srila Prabhupada to rise early and chant sixteen rounds of japa, the pure love of Krishna that is currently buried within your heart will gradually come out and be fully reawakened.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 19 July 2015

from New York City, USA

Today's Thought:

Spreading the Rays of Benediction Moon in New York

The most amazing thing is happening every day in Union Square Park in New York City's Manhattan Island. For three years straight without consideration of heat, cold, rain, or snow, the Union Square Park harinama party has been going out every day to bless the suffering souls of New York City with the liberating vibration of Krishna's unlimitedly sweet holy name. This park is located only a mile away from 26 2nd Avenue and Tompkins Square Park where Srila Prabhupada began the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in the summer of 1966. It is a super prime location for the public chanting because beneath it is a subway station through which 100,000 people pass every day. When the people come up from the subway into the park the first thing they see and hear is the devotees chanting Hare Krishna in ecstasy. You can see in the 2nd photograph below the devotees are situated only a few feet away from the subway entrance.

Here is a wonderful video of only one of the thousands of super ecstatic Union Square Park kirtans: https://youtu.be/hPe8qRgLfoM

The following describes in the detail how this wonderful manifestation of Lord Caitanya's mercy came into being:

http://iskconnews.org/nycs-new-harinama-ashram-brings-maha-mantra-to-the-streets,4493/#gsc.tab=0

This is a most wonderful preaching program going on steadily every day without fail in one of the most important cities in the entire world. If you get a chance to go out with them one day, you should definitely take advantage of it.

For more information contact Abhirama Prabhu at:
abhiram.acbsp@gmail.com

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Rayarama Prabhu Leads Kirtan While Playing Harmonium
Friday 17 July 2015 in Union Square Park in New York



Hare Krishna Kirtan Attracts and Blesses the People



Nothing Sweeter than Joining the Sankirtan Party


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Satisfied?

How to be satisfied in Krishna Consciousness?

Your servant,
Shashank

Answer: Simply Sincerely Try to Satisfy Krishna

The simple formula for being satisfied is to sincerely try to always satisfy Krishna, because when Krishna is satisfied you will automatically be satisfied.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 18 July 2015

from New York City, USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Be a Dittohead

A dittohead is someone who thoughtlessly goes along with vox populi, the popular trends, without any consideration of whether such trends are beneficial or non-beneficial for his ultimate well-being. In short, a dittohead is a mindless robot who says "ditto" or "me too" to what everybody else around him is thinking, saying, and doing. Human life is mean for thoughtfulness, not dittoheadness. One should try to find out who he is and what is the ultimate purpose of his existence whether or not such thoughtfulness is popular or not. Only when one is truly thoughtful regarding these existential matters is he actually a human being. Until then he is simply an animalistic dittohead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Chant in Ecstasy at Union Square Park in New York


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Explain Religion and Science to My Daughter?

How to explain to my daughter that religion explains more than science thru proofs and points from scriptures?

Your servant,
Geetha

Answer: Religion is the Perfection of Science

Explain to your daughter that science means to know what is actually true. It means to know things precisely as they are. What is being presented to the modern day world as science is not real science. It is rather nescience or dogma. The so-called scientists dogmatically cling to the principle that everything comes out of nothing, even though there is not one shred of scientific evidence to support this dogma. To the contrary there is an ocean of scientific evidence which tells us loudly and clearly that there is an original something, an original substance from which everything is coming. So real science means to trace out and know perfectly what is that original source of existence, and religion is the perfection of that science. Religion means to live in a state of perfect harmony with that original source of all existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Testimonial from Nithin Gukhool

Gurudeva, please know that your unswerving dedication is hugely appreciated. It is truly wonderful to see you overcome all odds despite all the challenges and stay on this path, on the singular strength of unwavering dedication to your spiritual master, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami who brought Krishna consciousness to the western world. He lit up my heart with the Hare Krishna mantra more than 15 years ago, and gave me the taste of bhakti, the gladdening of the heart one feels when one is under the guidance of a pure devotee and his representatives and set the "bliss barometer" through the roof. Ever since, no material pleasure or feeling has been able to come half close to the ecstasy of those early days of self-discovery in pure Krishna consciousness. And I know that, although staying on the path is a struggle, I wouldn't want to have it another way since the greatest struggle is the greatest teacher.

I have realized that indeed the "higher taste" does remain with the sincere aspirant. I have also come to appreciate the basics of this process of awakening pure love, prema, and I have also come to understand that a lot hinges on our relationship with devotees and devotee care. While it is certainly a challenge to increase our faith and keep steady, the fact that it is a spiritual journey makes it feel like it will keep getting better with time as the self matures in devotion and the creeper of bhakti starts producing its fruits. I can't wait for the day when I will be free from my spiritual weaknesses, foibles and sometimes offensive attitudes because I know that this will be a day that heralds a new beginning, a real cause for jubilation and celebration.

Looking forwards to years of spiritual enlightenment, growth and bliss,

Nithin P. Gukhool
Sodnac, Mauritius

 

Friday 17 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Whole World is Waiting

The whole world is waiting for the universal revival of Krishna consciousness because Krishna consciousness is the original, natural energy of every living being. In one stroke Krishna consciousness will immediately solve all the problems of the world because factually there are no problems at all in the world except for the one problem, which is the lack of Krishna consciousness. Therefore we are petitioning everyone, especially the world's leaders, to now turn their attention to the awakening of Krishna consciousness within their hearts. This will bring about the greatest paradigm shift in the history of the universe. This is what everyone is actually hankering for with their heart of hearts.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Chant and Dance in Ecstasy in New York


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become a Devotee?

How to become a devotee?

Your servant,
Shashank.

Answer: Be Who You Are

You do not have to become a devotee because you are already a devotee. Now all you have to do is to be who you are, the eternal servant of Krishna, by fully synchronizing all or your thoughts, words, and deeds in all times, places, and circumstances with the instructions of Krishna’s representative, the bona fide spiritual master. In other words, always think, speak, and act in a way that will be fully pleasing to your spiritual master. This will be the perfection of your consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 16 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

How to Become Appreciated by Krishna

The method for becoming appreciated by Krishna is very simple. There is no one more to dear to Him than His devotees. So the more that you appreciate His devotees, naturally the more you will be appreciated by Him. So, how to become expert in appreciating Krishna's devotees? In this regard Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport to Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi Lila, Chapter 8, Text 62 as follows:

"It is a qualification of a Vaisnava that he is adosa-darsi: he never sees others' faults. Of course, every human being has both good qualities and faults. Therefore it is said, saj-jana gunam icchanti dosam icchanti pamarah: everyone has a combination of faults and glories. But a Vaisnava, a sober man, accepts only a man's glories and not his faults, for flies seek sores whereas honeybees seek honey. Haridasa Pandita never found fault with a Vaisnava but considered only his good qualities."

If you will take lesson and follow the wonderful example of Haridasa Pandita, you will learn how to deeply appreciate each and every devotee, and Lord Sri Krishna will very deeply appreciate you. This will be the perfection of your existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Nothing More Wonderful than Association of Krishna's Devotees


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do Religions Fight?

If there is one God, why do religions fight?

J.S. Rao

Answer: Because They Think That There Are Many Religions

Just as there is only God, there is only one religion, to become a pure lover of God. If due to ignorance someone thinks there are many religions, they will naturally fight with other so-called religions to establish their religion as superior to the others. Such immaturity is not at all pleasing to God. In fact, it gives Him great pain. So instead of fighting over which religion is superior we should understand that just as God is one, religion is also one, and we should fully surrender ourselves unto that one Supreme Person in pure loving devotion. Peace and prosperity will be the immediate world wide result. But because people's brains are too dull, due to too much sinfulness, they cannot fathom this simple truth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 15 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Two Plus Two Does Not Equal Five

Two plus two equals four. Because this is science, it is true everywhere. It does not matter what country you go to. Two plus two is always equal to four everywhere. You cannot make two plus two equal to five. Just as there is the science of mathematics, there is also the science of God. It is not that you can imagine your God, and that I can imagine my God. Just as two plus two always equals four, in a similar way, God is one. Is it that each religion has a different God? No. God can be only one, and the method for approaching Him is by love. This is the ultimate science known as the science of God, bhagavat-tattva vijnanam.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Teaches the Science of God


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Give Up Sense Gratification?

How to give up sense gratification?

Your servant,
Shashank

Answer: Engage Your Senses in the Service of Krishna

By engaging your senses in the service of Krishna they will become millions of times more satisfied than by engaging them in sense gratification. Hence by this process of Krishna consciousness one automatically gives up material sense gratification.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 14 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

How to Always Be Happy in Krishna Consciousness

The key to always being happy, i.e. Krishna conscious, is to always understand, acknowledge, and visualize everything that is happening to you as the special mercy of Krishna to help you come back to your original identity in His transcendental pastimes as soon as possible. It's really just as simple as that. But the difficulty is that due to our false ego, our tendency is to blame others for our unhappiness, i.e. our lack of Krishna consciousness. So, if you are at all serious about becoming self-realized as soon as possible, you must always be mindful of the fact that such foolish thinking is counter productive. It is detrimental for your well-being. You must instead always accept the full burden of responsibility on your own shoulders for whatever you are lacking and obediently carry out the instructions given to you by your spiritual master. In this way you will gain full control over your mind and quickly attain the position of samadhi, ecstatic absorption in Krishna consciousness at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blissful Hare Krishna Devotees in Seattle, USA


Testimonial from Nandapriya Devi Dasi

All glories to Srila Prabhupada

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On a daily basis, I am reading the 'Thought for the Day' and it is helping me a lot to progress in my spiritual journey. I got to know about this e-course in 2012 through my dear friend. At that time I was very new to Krishna consciousness and did not know much about this sublime process and was having lots of questions and doubts in mind. All my doubts and questions got cleared by him. It's Gurudeva's very special mercy that anyone can write to him their questions, doubts, seeking his guidance. He personally replies to all of our questions. He is personally available to guide us. What else does one need? Here is a teacher that is personally available to teach and guide. It's only his kindness and his compassion for all the suffering souls. His teachings through this e-course help me a lot.

This suffering world requires sincere and dedicated souls to help humanity to come out of this worldly hellish conditions. And this e-course is one effort from him in that direction to help people to awaken their dormant Krishna consciousness and helping them to live a happy and blissful life. So, if you are not enrolled, please don't miss the golden chance get yourself enrolled today at www.backtohome.com and get your daily 'Thought for the Day' and weekly Bhagavad-gita lesson in your inbox. Start your day with sublime teachings. And you can listen to all his audio lectures and can see videos also at www.ultimateselfrealization.com. You all can personally meet him; his travelling schedule is always available on the page, www.ultimateselfrealization.com/schedule and much more is there for you all, for your help.

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Your unworthy servant,
Nandapriya Devi Dasi


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Develop Attachment?

Gurudeva, How to develop one's attachment to Sri Guru and Sri Krishna?

Thank you!

Your unworthy servant,
Nandapriya Devi Dasi

Answer: Serve the Ones You Love

The more you serve the ones you love, the more your attachment to them will become strong.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 13 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." Srila Prabhupada appreciated this saying and referred to it when he was lecturing in England in September of 1969:

Prabhupada: In Vrindavana you'll find just early in the morning before, exactly one and a half hours before sunrise all temples will ding-dong, ding-dong, like this. And people will automatically rise up and go to see the first ceremony. It is very nice. So that you'll be forced to rise early in the morning. If you practice you'll be practiced to, "Early to rise, early to, early to bed, early to rise"?

Devotee : "makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

Prabhupada: Yes. You become automatically healthy, wealthy and wise. Yes. But here you are accustomed to sleep up to twelve o'clock.

So the conclusion is that anyone who is serious about advancing in Krishna consciousness must develop the habit of rising every day before the sunrise to take bath, attend mangala arati (either at the home or at the temple), chant Hare Krishna japa, and read the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Rising Early at ISKCON Boston


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Can't We Have Mystic Powers?

If bhakti yoga is on the top of the yoga ladder, it should include all other rungs. But we do not see devotees displaying mystic powers (real powers with transfer of energy) like other yogis. Sometimes these powers would come in handy for the service of the Lord. Please comment why these powers aren't displayed.

Thank you.

Tom

Answer: They Would Divert Our Minds from Krishna

You are right. One who attains the perfectional stage of bhakti automatically possesses all mystic powers. In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, First Canto, Chapter 5, Text 39:

"The Lord reveals His identity gradually to one who has unflinching faith, both in the spiritual master and in the Lord. After this, the devotee is endowed with mystic opulences, which are eight in number. And above all, the devotee is accepted in the confidential entourage of the Lord and is entrusted with specific service of the Lord through the agency of the spiritual master. A pure devotee is more interested in serving the Lord than in showing an exhibition of the mystic powers dormant in him."

The neophyte devotees are not given such mystic powers because if they had them, they would become so enamored by them that they would forget Krishna consciousness. They do not require these mystic powers to engage in devotional service because they are always under the protection of Yogesvara, the master of all mystic powers, Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 12 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Should I Hide My Spiritual Master?

Recently I read where someone had written that one is supposed to keep their spiritual master a hidden secret. I was quite surprised by this idea because it is so contrary to what we have been taught by Srila Prabhupada, who teaches that it is the duty of the disciple to widely publicize the glories of his spiritual master and his teachings to the fallen souls of this world to attract them to surrender to Krishna. In this connection Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura writes, "One should loudly glorify the guru," and Srila Prabhupada has stated on 4 August 1974 when he was giving a lecture in Vrindavana, India:

“This is the business of the disciple, how to glorify the spiritual master, parampara. I glorify my spiritual master, you glorify your spiritual master. If we simply do that, glorify, then Krishna is glorified.”

Srila Prabhupada taught us to publicly worship our spiritual master as a regular daily affair. He gave us a song to sing every day which states that the fame of the spiritual master is spread all over the three worlds. So if his disciples are not allowed to spread his fame, then who is going to spread it? It is very clear from Srila Prabhupada's instructions that is the duty of the disciples to broadcast the glories of their spiritual master all over the world. Therefore we should always glorify our spiritual master as much as possible. The more we glorify him, the more we glorify Krishna, and the more we glorify Krishna, the more we make advancement on the pathway back to home, back to Godhead.

In the photograph below we see a ceremony in which hundreds of devotees came from all over the world to glorify and worship their spiritual master. I personally attended this wonderful festival. This was not a hidden or secret event. Representatives from the New York Times and many other leading media outlets were there to witness it and report it to the world. Had Srila Prabhupada wanted the glorification of the spiritual master to remain secret, he would not have allowed the media to witness and report on this Vyasa Puja ceremony in which he was being worshipped as representative of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja--New Vrindavana--1972


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Chanting Effects the Soul or the Mind?

Where is the impact/effect of chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra manifested? Is it on the soul or the mind?

Goloka Das

Answer: Cleanses Mind to Reconnect You With Soul

The soul is already pure, but presently it is covered by a materialistic mind. By chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra, the mental blocks are gradually washed away and you regain your original pure soul consciousness, your original pure state known as Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 11 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Purifying the Rubbish Mind

At the present moment our minds are completely contaminated due to our having been fully engrossed and entangled in material sense gratification for thousands and millions of lifetimes. Due to this contamination we often misjudge the difference between right and wrong and thus make so many mistakes. Our biggest mistake of all is to misidentify ourselves with our material bodies. This impels us to foolishly throw away another lifetime in material sense gratification and thus remain a prisoner of material existence. If we are fortunate enough to come into the contact of a bona fide devotee of Lord Krishna who mercifully points out the defects of our mentality and guides us how to engage in the devotional service of the Lord, we will have the opportunity to get out of our slavery to our senses and go back to home, back to Godhead to resume our eternal pastimes with the Supreme Lord in His transcendental abode. Therefore we must always hanker for the association of those devotees who can correct us for our faults and clearly show us the pathway out of this rotten material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vishnujana Swami Leads Harinam Sankirtan Party in New York


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga?

Please explain us about karma yoga and bhakti yoga and the difference between them. Please help us understand that if a householder is doing non-devotional service / job viz. Accounting, Insurance, any business activity, and if he accepts Krishna as Supreme and offers/contributes some from the fruits of results for devotional service, would he be a karma yogi or bhakti yogi?

Your fallen servant,
Navin Sharma

Answer: Partially or Fully Surrendered to Krishna

The difference is either being partially or fully surrendered to Krishna. If you are still conditional that you must be engaged in certain activities, but are offering some or all of the result of your work to Krishna, that is karma yoga. And when you are fully surrendered to doing whatever Krishna wants you to do, that is pure bhakti yoga. Even if you are working a job, that can be pure bhakti yoga, if you are fully surrendered to doing whatever your spiritual master asks you to do. In pure bhakti yoga, one completely gives up the sense of false ownership. He sees that whatever he has is all the property of Krishna, and he therefore engages everything he has fully in the service of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 10 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Begging for Krishna's Mercy

On 18 September 1965 when Srila Prabhupada arrived in America he wrote these wonderful words in his arrival prayers:

"How will I make them understand this message of Krishna consciousness? I am very unfortunate, unqualified, and the most fallen. Therefore I am seeking Your benediction so that I can convince them, for I am powerless to do so on my own. Somehow or other, O Lord, You have brought me here to speak about You. Now, my Lord, it is up to You to make me a success or failure as You like. O spiritual master of all the worlds! I can simply repeat Your message, so if You like You can make my power of speaking suitable for their understanding. Only by Your causeless mercy will my words become pure. I am sure that when this transcendental message penetrates their hearts they will certainly feel engladdened and thus become liberated from all unhappy conditions of life."

Now here we are in 2015, fifty years after Srila Prabhupada's arrival in America. It is a great struggle to try to attract the people to Krishna consciousness. Indeed, it is a most herculean task. We know that we are lacking the power and potency to do this. Therefore we are simply humbly bowing down at the feet of Lord Sri Krishna begging Him:

Lord Sri Krishna, please bless us that our preaching mission, which Srila Prabhupada has so kindly given us, may be successful. We know that without your causeless mercy it is not possible to turn the hearts of materialistic persons away from their entanglement in maya or illusion for taking shelter of You. We know that we have no potency to lure them away from Maya. Therefore kindly bless us that our message may penetrate their hearts and awaken their divine consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada in New York City


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become a Brahmana and a Pure Vaisnava?

What is a brahmana, and what are qualifications required to become a brahmana? Is there a gradual process by which a devotee becomes a brahmana and then further qualifies himself to become a pure Vaisnava?

Your eternal servant

Premal

Answer: Just Focus On These Twenty-Six Qualities

The nine qualities of a brahmana are:

(1) Peacefulness
(2) Self-control
(3) Austerity
(4) Purity
(5) Tolerance
(6) Honesty
(7) Knowledge
(8) Wisdom
(9) Religiousness

The twenty-six qualities of a Vaisnava are:

(1) He is very kind to everyone.
(2) He does not make anyone his enemy.
(3) He is truthful.
(4) He is equal to everyone.
(5) No one can find any fault in him.
(6) He is magnanimous.
(7) He is mild.
(8) He is always clean.
(9) He is without possessions.
(10) He works for everyone's benefit.
(11) He is very peaceful.
(12) He is always surrendered to Krishna.
(13) He has no material desires.
(14) He is very meek.
(15) He is steady.
(16) He controls his senses.
(17) He does not eat more than required.
(18) He is not influenced by the Lord's illusory energy.
(19) He offers respect to everyone.
(20) He does not desire any respect for himself.
(21) He is very grave.
(22) He is merciful.
(23) He is friendly.
(24) He is poetic.
(25) He is expert.
(26) He is silent.

Just focus on developing the qualities of a Vaisnava and you will automatically become the best of the brahmanas as you progress along the path of becoming a Vaisnava.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 9 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Experiencing the Pure Love of a Vaisnava

In this love-starved world, in which everyone is trying to use others for their personal sense gratification, there is nothing more wonderful than to experience the sweet loving kindness of a Vaisnava, a devotee of Lord Sri Krishna. Because Lord Krishna is all-merciful, His devotees are also all-merciful, because they purely represent Him in all of their dealings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Bestows His Mercy on a Small Child


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Goal of Life for Christians?

What is the goal of the life for Christians? As we know, in Krishna consciousness the goal is pure love to Krishna, pure devotional service. But what is that goal in Christianity? My father is going the Christian way. He wants to make spiritual progress, and he is also interested in Srila Prabhupada's books. What advice can you give him to make spiritual advancement?

Thank you,
Hare Krishna!

Eldaras

Answer: To Awaken Pure Love of God

The goal of life for every human being is to develop pure love of God. Since Jesus is a pure devotee of the Supreme Lord, anyone who purely follows the example of Jesus, who prayed, "Father not my will, but Thy will be done," will also become a pure devotee of the Supreme Lord. But they must give up their material sense gratification and become fully absorbed 24 hours daily in hearing about, glorifying, and serving the Supreme Lord. The Bible teaches not to kill. Therefore a true Christian will not eat meat.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 8 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Turn On the Whole World to Krishna Consciousness

At the present moment the entire world is sound asleep in the clutches of maya or illusion and suffering greatly because of it. We were also thus soundly sleeping until by the extraordinary mercy of guru and Krishna we were blessed by having the seed of spiritual awakening planted with our hearts. Now just as we were made fortunate by the inconceivable mercy of guru and Krishna, it is our sacred duty to make the entire world fortunate by turning it on to Krishna consciousness throughout every nook and corner of today's deeply troubled planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Plants the Seeds of Bhakti
San Francisco, Golden Gate Park--1967


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Free From Attraction to Women?

Please save me from Maya in the form of women.

Your servant

Answer: Become Attracted to Krishna

There is no doubt that women are attractive. But why are they so attractive? They are attractive because of the potency of Krishna. So just imagine how attractive is Krishna by whose potency millions and billions of women are very attractive. But kindly remember that the attraction of a woman is temporary. When she becomes an old, withered-up senior citizen she will no longer be beautiful. So why should you be so enamored by the temporary, fragmental beauty of a young attractive woman, when you can instead by enamored by the eternal, unlimited beauty of that person who is the source of all beauty? Being overwhelmed by attraction to women will not give you permanent happiness, even if you were to get the woman of your dreams as your lover. Such womanly attraction will keep you caught up in the cycle of birth and death. But being attracted to Krishna will give you unlimited happiness and liberate you from all the pangs of material existence, including old age, disease and death. Show me any woman who can do that!

So now you can decide to whom you would like to be most attracted and focus your energies there.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 7 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Humility is the Key to Greatness

Although the duty of a Krishna conscious preacher is the most revolutionary mission of making the entire world Krishna conscious, he considers himself completely unfit to do so. This humility is the key to his greatness. He does not consider himself to be great. In fact, as far as he is concerned he is unqualified to give Krishna consciousness to anyone because he does not possess it himself. He sees that his only qualification for spreading Krishna consciousness is to act as the fully obedient messenger of his spiritual master because he knows that his spiritual master's message has the power to deliver every conditioned soul in the entire universe back to their original position in the spiritual sky. It is because of this humility that he is so effective in transforming the miserable conditioned souls of this world into fully enlightened, all-blissful, liberated souls.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Arrives to Deliver Krishna's Message


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If Nothing Is Mine, Should I Let People Steal from Me?

In the Bhagavad-gita there is the word "nirmamah," which means that one should be free from the sense of proprietorship. What does it mean in a practical sense? I understand one aspect, that we should consider that whatever we have is given by the Lord only and we should use it only in His service. But what does it mean in the following cases?

If someone has illegally occupied some property for which we have paid, should we endeavor to get it back even to the point of going to court, or should we let them keep it?

Another example: I lent my relative 100,000 Rupees ($1,580 US Dollars) when he needed it. He has not returned it even after a couple of years. So I should ask him to give it back or not?

Your servant,
Neelam

Answer: Recover Krishna's Stolen Property

That property is Krishna's property and is meant to be engaged in Krishna's service, especially since it has been purchased by Krishna's devotee. If someone is interfering with this, it is your duty to take all necessary steps, even to the point of going to court, to secure that property for Krishna's service. This principle, that applies to property, also applies to money. When Sita was kidnapped by Ravana, Hanuman took it as his duty to return her to Rama. In a similar way it is your duty to return that property and that money to the service of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 6 July 2015

from ISKCON Kansas City, Missouri USA

Today's Thought:

Flip the Switch that Will Turn on the Whole World

At the present moment the entire world society is tightly enwrapped in debilitating darkness. Misguided by foolish, unenlightened leaders the whole global society is suffering like anything plunging into ever-increasing chaos. But things do not have to be like this. There is one switch which, if flipped, will immediately brighten and enlighten the entire human population. That switch is Krishna consciousness. Therefore there is no greater welfare work than the wide scale propagation of the Krishna consciousness movement.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Krishna Consciousness Movement Will Save the World
Harinam Sankirtan Party--Vilnius, Lithuania


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Desire Will Purify All Desires?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

For a conditioned soul, who is full with all kinds of sinful desires, it's not uncommon for these desires to surface via offences to Vaisnavas and Vaisnavis in moments of weakness. Please, kindly clarify for me what is the desire I can have that will purify all other desires.

Your eternal servant,
Bhaktin Diana

Answer: Desire Only to Please Guru and Krishna

Desire must always be there in the heart of the living being. Desirelessness cannot be there. Even those who seek desirelessness are desiring it and hence contradicting their own philosophy. Therefore your question is especially appropriate and nice.

You should always desire to please guru and Krishna by your every thought, word, and deed in all times, places and circumstances. This desire will enable you to experience the sweetest happiness at every minute and will automatically drive all inauspicious desires out of your heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 5 July 2015

from ISKCON Kansas City, Missouri USA

Today's Thought:

Attitude of One Who is Trying the Save the World

Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his introduction to the Nectar of Devotion:

"The author of Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu, Srila Rupa Gosvami, very humbly submits that he is just trying to spread Krishna consciousness all over the world, although he humbly thinks himself unfit for this work. That should be the attitude of all preachers of the Krishna consciousness movement, following in the footsteps of Srila Rupa Gosvami. We should never think of ourselves as great preachers, but should always consider that we are simply instrumental to the previous acaryas, and simply by following in their footsteps we may be able to do something for the benefit of suffering humanity."

Therefore while engaged in the ultimate welfare activity of trying to deliver all the fallen souls of this world back to home, back to Godhead, the Krishna conscious preacher understands that he has no potency to do so. It is only the pure message of Krishna's teachings, which was purely given to him by his spiritual master, that has the potency to deliver every conditioned soul in the entire universe back to his original position in the pastimes of the Supreme Lord in His eternal abode in the spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Shares the Bliss of Krishna Bhakti


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Am I Being Brainwashed?

Am I being brainwashed?

Your servant,
Shashank.

Answer: We Certainly Hope So

We certainly hope that you are being brainwashed. Because at the present moment your mind is full of such much dirt in the forms of lust, greed, anger, madness, illusion, and envy, you urgently require a complete mind cleanse in order to be restored to your original pure nature. Of course it is not that we are brainwashing you. Rather is that we are training you how brainwash yourself through the sublime bhakti yoga science.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 4 July 2015

from Kansas City, Missouri USA

Today's Thought:

Solution for Religious Extremism

The solution for religious extremism is the wide scale dissemination of the science of God. Despite so many divergences of opinion, there is only one source of existence. We are all coming from the same place, that original source. When you reconnect with that original source, who must necessarily be a person, in love, you've attained the perfection of consciousness. Whether you call this reconnection Krishna consciousness, Christ consciousness, Buddha consciousness, or Allah consciousness, the aim is one, to become a pure lover of the Supreme Person. This is the real understanding of religion. Real religion unifies everyone. It breaks down all walls. Pseudo religion builds prison-like walls.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Come to the Universal Religion of Pure Love
for the Supreme Person


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Will I Be Your Disciple or Srila Prabhupada's Disciple?

Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaja,

I was recently listening to the lectures of a disciple of another spiritual master. He states that his guru is only his siksha (instructing) guru and that Srila Prabhupada is his diksha (initiating) guru, his main guru. He says that he is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, although he has never met Srila Prabhupada. He also said that Srila Prabhupada has appointed representatives who initiate on his behalf and that according to the "ritvik" system all the devotees who join ISKCON will be directly the disciples of Srila Prabhupada instead of the disciples of his disciples.

So, if I take initiation from you, will I be your disciple or Srila Prabhupada's disciple.

I am totally confused? What is this ritvik system?

Regards
Vishal P.

Answer: My Disciple and Srila Prabhupada's Grand-Disciple

Srila Prabhupada did not create a so-called ritvik system for initiating disciples after his disappearance, that all the new devotees who join ISKCON would become his direct disciples. This is not the disciple succession system that has gone on since time immemorial, in which the one who is now the disciple becomes the next spiritual master. In keeping with Vaisnava tradition, on 18 October 1977, just days before his departure from this world, Srila Prabhupada informed us that he would not be taking any more disciples and that his disciples should start taking disciples. This they began doing on his order after he departed from this world. He had previously instructed us in May of 1977 that after his disappearance these new devotees would be his grand-disciples, not his immediate disciples. The devotees have simply dutifully carried out Srila Prabhupada's instructions.

Envious persons who are not qualified to be spiritual masters have concocted this so-called ritvik system, which was not instituted by Srila Prabhupada to be the system after his departure. This ritvik philosophy is 'sour grapes' philosophy. Because the fox could not reach the grapes, he concluded that they must be sour. Because these ritvik proponents are envious, they have concluded that because Srila Prabhupada did not instruct them to become gurus, he did not instruct anyone to become a guru. This is nothing but pure fabrication.

In conclusion, as per Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, if you take initiation from me, you will my disciple and Srila Prabhupada’s grand-disciple. Just as you have a father and grandfather, after initiation I will be your spiritual father, your spiritual master, and Srila Prabhupada will be your spiritual grandfather, the spiritual master of your spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 3 July 2015

from Austin, Texas USA Airport

Today's Thought:

Are You Prepared for Death?

Death can come at any moment. Especially in this grossly sinful age of Kali, sudden unexpected death is quite common. If one is fixed in Krishna consciousness, he has nothing to fear from death. For him death is actually a blessing. He gets promoted to a better situation in which to serve the Lord. This can be compared to an employee of a company who gets promoted to a much better position by his employer. The trick is to always be prepared for death at every moment by always keeping yourself engaged 24 hours daily in the service of the Lord. This art is learned from the bona fide spiritual master and is successfully practiced in the association of devotees.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Beautiful Krishna Is Waiting for Your Return to Goloka


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why So Difficult to Give Up Egocentrism?

Dear Master,

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

Why is it so hard to decrease our tendency to be in the center ?

Your eternal servant,
Gabriele

Answer: Deeply Ingrained Since Time Immemorial

Since we are habituated since time immemorial to place ourselves in the center instead of Krishna, it is not easy to all of a sudden give up this now deeply ingrained tendency. But since originally we are pure devotees of Krishna, if we adopt the proper remedial measures under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master, it becomes easy to come back to our original, naturally pure nature.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 2 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Always Count Your Blessings

In this world of dualities, in which things are going wrong so much of the time, it is very easy to become confused, bewildered, and depressed. So how to avoid this? The simple trick is to always count your blessings. From the viewpoint of scriptural knowledge you should always thoughtfully analyze the many ways that you are being blessed. In this way by always meditating on your good fortune, even in the midst of the greatest calamities, you will never be overwhelmed by them, and you will always remain happy in Krishna consciousness. Try this technique. You'll love it!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Chanting and Dancing in Ecstasy Beneath the Eiffel Tower


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If You Haven't Seen Krishna, What is Our Hope?

You've got the instruction from Srila Prabhupada to qualify yourself to see Krishna. But you've also admitted that you're still trying on this path. It's clear that you're a very sincere devotee, who has been practicing for over 40 years, traveling the world and preaching the Lord's glories. You've also been in contact with a mahabhagavata like Srila Prabhupada. If you still haven't seen Krishna face to face, what hope do we have?

Tom

Answer: I Am Seeing Krishna at Every Moment

I am seeing Krishna at every moment in the form of the order of my spiritual master to make the whole world Krishna conscious. To see Krishna in this way, being separated from him but intensely absorbed in serving His mission, is as good as or even better than seeing Him face to face. It is called vipralambha seva, service in separation, and it is the highest ecstasy, even more ecstatic that meeting Krishna. The intensity of love that one feels for his beloved is stronger when he is separated from her. This same principle applies in one’s relationship with Krishna and with his spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 1 July 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Breaking Through to the Other Side of Reality

At the present moment we are in a dream state in which we consider our body to be our very self and this present world in which we live to be the all in all. Although to our present material senses it appears that our present situation is the only reality, the fact is that it is not. Just as in a dream one considers his dream to be real, in our present state of consciousness we accept this material world to be the only real existence. But nothing could be further from the truth. There is another much better reality on the other side of this ocean of birth and death. Chanting Hare Krishna under the expert guidance of the bona fide spiritual master takes us there, back to our original identities in the unlimitedly amazing and nectarean pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishna Chanting Carries You to the Other Side of Reality


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Special Instructions for the Purushottam Month?

We are presently in the most auspicious month of Purushottam. What can we do to increase our devotional service this month?

Your servant

Answer: Become Guru and Deliver the World

Srila Prabhupada gave us the order, "Become a guru and deliver the world." This is the best service you can do this month. Fully absorb your every thought, word, and deed in the mood of someone who is trying to give Krishna to all of the suffering souls of this world. In this way embrace your mission given to you by Srila Prabhupada of living for the purpose of delivering all the suffering souls of this entire universe back to home, back to Godhead. Use the extra potency of the Purushottam month to activate and lock in this higher state of consciousness within your heart and then maintain it for your entire life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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