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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 31 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

You've Got Nothing to Lose Except For Your Anxiety

Once you clearly understand what Krishna consciousness is, nothing else besides a life of full devotion to Krishna makes any sense. Everything else is stark raving madness. A rough analogy is: Why hold onto a dirty penny when you can instead possess billions of dollars? When you embrace the process of Krishna consciousness wholeheartedly you have nothing to lose except for your anxiety. But still the general population is so much caught up in illusion that they do no accept this all-illuminating perfect path.

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Srila Prabhupada Reveals the Highest Truth


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2016.01.31

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Meaning of Maya?

What is meaning of "maya"?

Amit Gupta
New Delhi, India

Answer: Disharmony

Maya means disharmony between the living entities and the Supreme Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 30 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Your Journey to the Topmost Perfection

Why suffer unnecessarily in this material world when the bona fide spiritual master is willing to guide you how to escape the cycle of death, thus enabling you to regain your original, eternal identity in the pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His unlimitedly blissful transcendental kingdom?

The difficulty is that you have been misguided so many times by so many bogus mentors that you have a natural tendency not to trust anyone anymore. So what to do? You can make an experiment. You can absorb your present lifetime in fully following the instructions of the bona fide spiritual master and then judge by what is the result.

If you are not satisfied with the eternal life full of bliss and knowledge that you achieve by following the guru's guidance, you can always revert to misery and ignorance in the cycle of repeated birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Mercifully Guides His Disciples


Video for the Day 2016.01.30

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Question: How Did Arjuna Become Krishna's Intimate Friend?

Dearest Srila Gurudeva

Please accept my respectful and humble obeisance.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I read in " Setting the Scene" of the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, that Arjuna is a friend and a devotee of Lord Krishna. I read that Lord Krishna, the Supreme Godhead, had descended to earth and played the role as a prince and in His role He was the nephew of Mother Kunti and protected her sons.

Arjuna is Lord Krishna's intimate friend, devotee and associate and above all ignorance but was put into ignorance on the battlefield just to question Lord Krishna about the problem of life so the Lord could explain them for future generations.

How did Arjuna become the intimate friend, devotee and associate of Krishna and be above all ignorance. Arjuna being above all ignorance must have a special meaning. Was he a saint?

Respectfully
Nelita

Answer: He is Eternally in that Position

Arjuna is the greatest of saints. He did not have to become the intimate friend, devotee and associate of Krishna situated beyond all ignorance because that is his eternal constitutional identity and position.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 29 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Always Keep a Cool Head

This material world, that we are currently living in, is the world of dualities. Therefore we are constantly being bounced back and forth between pleasant and unpleasant situations. The key to liberation from this world of dualities is to tolerate them without being disturbed. In other words, we have to be transcendentally situated beyond these dualities by always keeping a cool head in all circumstances. This is achieved by always remembering Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Always Solidly Fixed In Krishna Consciousness


Video for the Day 2016.01.29

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are We In the Material World for Infinite Lifetimes?

I am writing in response to your most recent Thought for the Day dated Thursday 28 January 2016. We are from Vaikuntha, but because of our misuse of independence we are appearing in the material world, as you said, "He is already in the material world." Since Krishna says that there was never a time when any of us didn't exist, what this implies is that we have been here an infinite number of lifetimes. So how to understand this? Is it that time is an illusion and that all my lifetimes are going on in the present, but due to a contaminated consciousness I can't remember any of them? I am a little confused, and I know that some topics are inconceivable, but if you could shed maybe a little more light on this, or maybe just share your thoughts on this, I would be most grateful.

Your lowly student,
Brian

Answer: Conditioned Only for a Brief Second

Just like when one is having a nightmare what is actually only a second seems like an eternity, when we regain our original natural pure state of Krishna consciousness and thus go back to home, back to Godhead, what seemed to be a nightmarish eternity of suffering in the material world will be seen as only a brief second when we momentarily foolishly imagined that we are the center of existence instead of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 28 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

As Within, So Without

As within, so without. In other words, whatever consciousness you cultivate within your heart is the atmosphere that you will create or manifest in the world that surrounds you. So now decide what kind of atmosphere you would like to live in and seriously cultivate that atmosphere within your heart. In other words, if you want to live in a peaceful, God conscious or Krishna conscious environment, you must always hear about, speak about and think about Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The magic of this is that by doing so you will exert an uplifting influence on your surroundings. This practice will transform you into an empowered spiritual revolutionary who is pushing back the materialistic influence of the age of Kali. You will be bringing a new era to the world, a tidal wave of pure love of God.

So if you are not already doing this, do yourself a favor. Try this; you'll love it. You and the entire world will be immeasurably benefited.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Be A Spiritual Revolutionary:
Vaisesika Prabhu Distributes Prabhupada's Books


Video for the Day 2016.01.28

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Material Desire Can Manifest in Spiritual World?

Hare Krishna,

According to sastra (scriptures), Vaikuntha, the spiritual world, is that place where there is no false ego and no effect of maya or illusion. So then how can a living entity in such an atmosphere become envious of Krishna's position as the Supreme and want to act independently in an attempt to dominate nature? It is understandable that one can have such a mentality in the material world because here we are covered by the three modes of material nature. But can how such a mentality be possible in the spiritual world?

Regards,
Jaswant Singh

Answer: Material Desire Can Only Exist in Material World

The question you have asked is often asked. People wonder, "How could someone have an imperfection of consciousness in the all-perfect spiritual world that would cause them to fall down into the material world?"

The answer is that there is no imperfection of consciousness in the spiritual world. If one manifests an imperfection of consciousness due a misuse of his independence, he immediately finds himself in the material world. He is already in the material world.

Srila Prabhupada describes this misuse of independence in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 13.23 as follows:

"The fact is that every individual living entity is eternally part and parcel of the Supreme Lord, and both of them are very intimately related as friends. But the living entity has the tendency to reject the sanction of the Supreme Lord and act independently in an attempt to dominate nature, and because he has this tendency he is called the marginal energy of the Supreme Lord. The living entity can be situated either in the material energy or in the spiritual energy. As long as he is conditioned by the material energy, the Supreme Lord, as his friend, the Supersoul, stays with him just to get him to return to the spiritual energy. The Lord is always eager to take him back to the spiritual energy, but due to his minute independence the individual entity is continually rejecting the association of spiritual light. This misuse of independence is the cause of his material strife in the conditioned nature. The Lord, therefore, is always giving instruction from within and from without. From without He gives instructions as stated in Bhagavad-gita, and from within He tries to convince the living entity that his activities in the material field are not conducive to real happiness. 'Just give it up and turn your faith toward Me. Then you will be happy,' He says. Thus the intelligent person who places his faith in the Paramatma or the Supreme Personality of Godhead begins to advance toward a blissful eternal life of knowledge.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 27 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Do Not Traverse the Royal Road to Hell

Srila Prabhupada states in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 3, Chapter 16, Text 23:

"The Vedic injunction is that one cannot undestand the Absolute Truth simply by mental speculation or logical argument. One has to follow the authorities. Mahajano yena gatah sa panthah. Great authorities should be followed; otherwise, if we simply depend on the scriptures, we are sometimes misled by rascals, or else we cannot understand or follow the different spiritual injunctions. The best path is to follow the authorities."

This is why we must have a bona fide spiritual master and always be fully obedient to him. Otherwise instead of utilizing the human life for attaining the supreme perfection of going back to home, back to Godhead, we will be traversing the royal road to hell and will be unfortunately stuck here in this miserable material existence birth after birth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Instructs His Disciples


Video for the Day

2016.01.27

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Desire for Initiation is Selfishness or Selflessness?

My dear respected Gurudeva,

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

I would like to become your initiated disciple. Please let me know what all I should follow and adapt so that I can fully qualify to become your initiated disciple and hence I can go back to Goloka Vrindavana after this birth.

I do not know whether I should ask you this because I do not know whether this is selfishness or selflessness. But whatever may be the case, please do not forget this fallen soul.

Vasudevan K.

Answer: The Doorway to Selflessness

I am very happy to hear that you are taking so seriously this pathway of pure bhakti that Srila Prabhupada has so mercifully given to us.

I will be happy to accept you as my initiated disciple if you become fixed solidly in chanting at least 16 rounds a day of the Hare Krishna mahamantra along with the strict avoidance of illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication and gambling.

Taking shelter of the bona fide spiritual master through initiation, which means a solid vow to always remain in that shelter, is not selfishness. It is the doorway to pure unalloyed selflessness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 26 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Steer Your Boat Carefully

When one takes up the path of Krishna consciousness it's not that he immediately becomes a pure devotee completely transcendental to the modes of material nature. Even though the beginner is in the boat of Krishna consciousness crossing over the ocean of birth and death, that boat is sometimes rocked by huge waves creating a dangerous situation that might cause him to fall overboard back into the ocean. Therefore to become steady in Krishna consciousness one has to learn how to expertly steer the boat even in times of great turbulence. This art is learned from most expert captain, the bona fide spiritual master. If one proudly ignores the help of the spiritual master thinking that he does not need any good guidance, he runs the danger of falling off the boat when times become very turbulent. Thus it sometimes happens that neophyte devotees give up Krishna consciousness and go back to material sense gratification. But if the disciple always humbly follows the spiritual master, he will learn how to properly steer the boat in all circumstances so he will never fall down, and he will safely cross over the ocean of birth and enter into the eternal spiritual world for a life of perpetual ever-increasing bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Guides His Disciple


Video for the Day

2016.01.26

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Not "Radha Krishna" Instead of "Hare Krishna"?

Since "Hare" is a form of addressing Radharani, why don't we chant "Radha Krishna" instead of "Hare Krishna"?

A.

Answer: Don't Try to Reinvent the Wheel

Because Lord Caitanya did not take your consultation. We follow the path of the scriptures and the great acaryas. Whatever they have given us is the standard for how we are to practice the liberating process of Krishna consciousness. It's not that we should try to invent something new according to our limited, imperfect perceptions. Don't try to reinvent the wheel. It is already invented and working nicely. Just try to learn how to use it properly.

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

Chant and be happy!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 25 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Perseverance Furthers

In Chinese wisdom it is said, "Perseverance furthers." This lucidly and succinctly makes a very profound point and reminds me of what is stated in the Caitanya-caritamrita: "Essential truth spoken concisely is true eloquence." Perseverance means that one sticks to one's duty in all varieties of circumstances: the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly. No matter what happens, one unflinchingly sticks to his duty without neglecting it in any way. This furthers him greatly along his path of personal spiritual emancipation as well as in his mission of delivering the fallen souls of this planet back to home, back to Godhead. "Perseverance furthers" is indeed a rare gem of wisdom that can nicely be engaged in Krishna's service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada Persevered All Alone in New York


Video for the Day

2016.01.25

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Doubts Regarding Lord Jagannatha

I have a few doubts regarding worshipping Lord Jagannatha. I am trying my best to address my doubts in the form of questions. If you can kindly clarify my doubts, it will be very helpful for me.

1. In what way is the mood of Lord Jagannatha different from the mood of Vrajendranandana Krishna (if there is any difference at all)? So should we have the same/different mood and sambandha in worshipping, say Radha Gopinatha and Lord Jagannatha?

2. What was the mood of Lord Caitanya when he saw Lord Jagannatha? Was Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mood in Puri that of vipralambha (separation) or that of sambhoga (meeting)?

3. How is it possible to approach and serve Lord Jagannatha? As I understand it is not possible to directly approach Krishna; we can do so only by serving His servants. Is it the same in the case of Lord Jagannatha? So can we try and develop the manjari bhava towards Lord Jagannatha as well, by serving the gopis of Vrindavana? Or shall it be the residents of Dvaraka in this case?

4. Finally, what is the position of Jagannatha Puri in the spiritual world? Is it at the same level or does it occupy an inferior position to that of Vrindavana and Navadvipa ?

Thank you so much for reading my mail. I tried my best to formulate my doubts as questions. Actually I don't have much knowledge about how to approach and establish my sambandha (relationship) with Lord Jagannatha.

your insignificant servant,
Dwaipayan De
Kolkata, India

Answer: Our Teachings Dispel All Doubts

Lord Jagannatha is Krishna Himself in the ecstasy of remembering His Vrindavana pastimes.

Lord Caitanya was always in the highest ecstasy of separation, vipralambha.

We approach Lord Jagannatha through serving our spiritual master.

Regarding the position of Jagannatha Puri, Srila Prabhupada writes in the Nectar of Devotion:

"In the Brahma Purana it is said, 'The transcendental significance of Purusottama-ksetra, which is the eighty-square-mile field of Lord Jagannatha, cannot be properly described. Even the demigods from higher planetary systems see the inhabitants of this Jagannatha Puri as having exactly the same bodily features possessed by one in Vaikuntha. That is, the demigods see the inhabitants of Jagannatha Puri as being four-handed.'"

Lord Jagannatha is Krishna Himself in the mood of feeling separation from the holy land of Vrindavana.

It is a very simply uncomplicated matter to re-establish your lost relationship with Lord Jagannatha or Lord Krishna. They are one and the same. This method is described by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as follows:

gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah

"I identify Myself only as the servant of the servant of the servant of the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna, the maintainer of the gopis."

So all you have to do is to fully surrender yourself at the lotus feet of the bona fide spiritual master. In this way, by fully surrendering unto your Guru Maharaja, your original rasa or loving relationship with the Lord will be unlocked and regained by you in due course of time when you become absolutely pure in your Krishna consciousness. Until then you should faithfully execute your duties according to your guru's orders with full faith that your day of total awakening is coming soon.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 24 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Parda: The Separation of Men and Women

When I was a youth growing up in America in the early 60's the standard of morality was quite different than it is now. In those days if you got a girl pregnant, you would be a gentleman and marry her. Now in the current days of so-called sexual freedom if someone gets a girl pregnant, they tell her to get an abortion. The result of this new so-called liberal culture is that every year 40 to 50 million children are murdered in the womb on this planet. The karmic result of this ruthless murder of so many millions of children every year is turning this planet into more and more of a hell.

This is one of the reasons why the Vedic culture, which curbs down sex desire as much as possible, is a very practical alternative for the insanity that is going on now. Just as butter is kept away from the fire to keep it from melting, the Vedic culture keeps the men and the women a little separate so that lusty desires are not unnecessarily stimulated. This system of restricted association is called parda and was strictly followed during the time of Lord Krishna. It is described by Srila Prabhupada in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.10.16. For example, when Lord Krishna was departing from Hastinapura for Dvaraka and the citizens were seeing him off, the ladies did not approach Him on the street where the men were situated. They saw Him off from the rooftops.

To bring sanity and peace back to the human society the Krishna consciousness movement is now reintroducing parda, the separation of men and women, to the human society. Those who are ignorant sometimes label this as exploitation of women, when factually it is for the protection of the women and the children. In Vedic culture there is the highest respect for women so much so that every woman except for one's wife is considered to be one's mother and is also addressed as mother.

Sometimes, even in the Krishna consciousness movement there are those who do not understand the importance of parda, the separation of men and women. These uneducated devotees push for so-called equality between men and women. Even though spiritually there is 100% equality between men and women, as long as we are conditioned by these material bodies some arrangement must be there to curb down our tendency to be lusty and exploit the opposite sex. It is our sincere prayer and hope that by our carefully explaining the importance of parda that the world at large and all devotees of the Krishna consciousness movement will recognize, realize, and celebrate its importance.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Ladies Witnessed Krishna's Departure from Rooftops


Video of the Day

2016.01.23

https://youtu.be/HV26dbswL-c


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What To Do When I Feel Hopeless?

Good evening,

Firstly I'd like to thank you for your wonderful course. As a person new to Krishna consciousness, it is truly deepening my understanding.

My question is: I'm finding that if I feel unhappy or hopeless, I feel very far from Krishna. When I feel this, I feel I have no right to chant as I am too lowly to have a purpose in serving Him. Do you have any advice as to what I can do in these situations?

Many thanks.

A.

Answer: That Is the Best Time for Chanting

The best time to chant is when you are feeling hopeless because then you can chant more feelingly to be rescued from your unhappiness. When a drowning person calls for help it is the most intense plea for someone to be merciful to him. Similarly, when you are miserable you can call out to Krishna like a drowning person begging for help. In this way you will attract the mercy of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 23 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Krishna Consciousness is Non-Discriminatory

Sometimes we hear it falsely said that Krishna consciousness discriminates against certain classes of people. For example we hear that our standard of protection of women from exploitation is some kind of discrimination against women. Such claims are a gross misunderstanding of the liberating science of Krishna consciousness. The actual fact is that the science of Krishna consciousness properly engages everyone according to their natural propensities in such a way to fully engage them in the service of Krishna. This enables them to be delivered back to home, back to Godhead as soon as possible. Krishna consciousness upholds the spiritual equality of all living beings, even the insignificant ant, and at the same time engages everyone in such a way, according to their natures, that they are fully protected and happily re-situated in their original state of consciousness as eternal servants of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Krishna Conscious Movement Celebrates Spiritual Unity


Video of the Day 2016.01.23

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can You Be My Guru Even Without Initiation?

Respected Gurudeva,

My humble obeisances to you and Guru Mataji.

In one of the answers recently, you stated that a bona fide spiritual master can either be a diksha guru (initiating spiritual master) or a siksha guru (instructing spiritual master).

I have two questions in this regard:

1) For spiritual progress, it is necessary to take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master. If this can be achieved by having only a siksha guru, then why is there a need to take initiation i.e. diksha and have a diksha guru?

2) I have been subscribed to your e-course since 2006 and have been trying to faithfully follow your instructions to the best of my ability. Can I then consider you as my siksha guru and hence my bona fide spiritual master?

Please forgive any mistakes in my question.
Hare Krishna.

Kind regards,
Shriram

Answer: If You Are My Disciple, You Will Take Initiation

Srila Prabhupada explains in the Nectar of Devotion that formal initiation by a bona fide spiritual master is required to reconnect ourselves with Krishna. So initiation is required, not just siksha or instruction. The initiating spiritual master also acts as an instructing guru to guide you and train you how to become a pure devotee of Krishna.

Since you are following my instructions, I am your siksha guru. So now I am instructing you that you also require to take formal initiation. If you are truly my siksha disciple, you will follow my instruction and prepare yourself now for formal initiation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 22 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Fight for What Is Right

Our present age is known as the Kali Yuga, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy. It began 5,000 years ago when the foolish brahmana boy named Sringi cursed the great pious pure devotee king, Maharaja Pariksit, to die in seven days by a snake bite. Since that time all hell has broken loose on this planet becoming progressively worse and worse. Therefore there is a burning need now more than ever for those who are actually righteous to take up the cause of promoting Krishna consciousness valiantly and bravely to counteract the demoniac influence of this age. We are therefore requesting all thoughtful men and women to join us in this battle again the demoniac influence of this age. Your lives will be absolutely glorious if you choose to do so.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sringi Curses Maharaja Pariksit


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Do Lower Species Become Humans?

How are the species other than humans are elevated to higher species? What is the process?

Your insignificant disciple servant,
Mukunda Das

Answer: It Happens Naturally By Evolution

Through the natural process of evolution those in the lower species gradually transmigrate to higher and higher forms until they are granted the human form of life. They do not have to do anything to get a human birth. It happens automatically in due of course after they become sufficiently cleansed of the karmic reactions they accrued from sinful activities committed when they were previously in the human form of life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 21 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

"Progress in Krishna Consciousness" Seminar

On 9 January 2016 I gave a three hour seminar "Progress in Krishna Consciousness" in Scarborough, Ontario Canada. If you would like to attend that seminar via video, you can do that here because the devotees in Scarborough have very kindly recorded it and uploaded it to YouTube:

https://youtu.be/BV7f2IJayRs

It is of the utmost importance to always be advancing in Krishna consciousness and this seminar will help you to do so.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Seminar in Scarborough, Ontario Canada
9 January 2016


Video of the Day 2016.01.21

https://youtu.be/0rxFTIYT1xw


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Expand Comfort Zone Without Over-Endeavor?

Dear Srila Gurudeva

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to You and Srimati Gurumataji!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

In relation to Your Thought for the Day on 15 January 2016, "How to Expand Your Comfort Zone", I have some questions. How do I draw the line between expanding my comfort zone and taking on too much service? I have been told to be careful not to take on too much service and become "fried" so early in my practice of Krishna Consciousness. So how should I pace myself to ensure that I can be happily situated in devotional service for the rest of this life and eternity?

Your insignificant servant
Syama Kunda das

Answer: Stretch Slightly Beyond Your Comfort Zone Every Day

Try going just a little bit beyond your comfort zone. It you maintain this slight stretch always to go just a little bit beyond your comfort zone, you won’t burn out. And steadily your comfort zone will get larger and larger. Eventually nothing will be outside of your comfort zone and you will see Krishna face to face.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 20 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Dogma is for the Dogs

Nowadays we are being told that to be in tune with the modern day scientific world we must reject the existence of God. They say that only old-fashioned sentimentalists accept the existence of a Supreme Being. Such dogmatic statements are not for sane class of men. They are suited instead for the brainless doggish class of men who do not see that everywhere around them are things that come from things. Show me one thing that comes of nothing. There is no such thing. Everything comes from something. Therefore the universe must necessarily also comes from something. This is the meaning of the word "God." God means the source of all existence. Since existence cannot be sourceless, therefore God must exist.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Enlightens College Professors--Los Angeles


Video of the Day 2016.01.20

https://youtu.be/gCUs9Rl3nT8


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: My Friend Invites Me to Worship Demigods

Right from the beginning of my life I never liked to worship any demigod. I never felt like worshipping anyone other than Lord Krishna. But I know a devotee who is initiated and close to me and who still worships the demigods considering them as devotees of Krishna. The difficulty is that he always asks me or even sometimes forces me to come for that puja. How to handle this situation?

Your servant,
Dinesh

Answer: Politely Decline His Invitation

Tell him that although you do not want to offend him because you consider him to be a dear friend, you must politely decline his invitation because Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita 7.20 that those who worship the demigods have lost their intelligence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 19 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Introducing Video for the Day

Today we are introducing a new exciting add-on to 'Thought for the Day' called 'Video for the Day'. I have been informed that if your system has a pop up blocker that you have will have to disable it. We need feed-back from our readers whether or not you were able to see 'Video for the Day' in your computer, smart phone, IPad, etc. So please let us know whether you could see and hear the video or not.

Thank you,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada on Television
San Francisco USA


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Appreciation: Thought for the Day Touched My Heart

In response to 'Thought for the Day'--18 January 2016:

Beautiful; this touched my heart! Hare Krishna!

Girija Krishnaswamy
BSc Engineering, MBA, MSc (InfSysMgmt), PMP

Answer: I Cannot Take Any Credit

I am so happy to hear this, Girija. In this regard I cannot take any credit. If I have any credit at all it is that I am simply repeating the teachings of Krishna exactly as I have heard them from my spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. This is the amazing potency of Krishna. Our sweet, beautiful, magnificent Lord is so powerful that, even through the words of an insignificant struggling soul such as mysel,f someone so highly qualified as you can become inspired in their Krishna consciousness. Just see how wonderfully amazing is Krishna!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 18 January 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

What Religion Do You Belong To?

Yesterday (Saturday 16 January 2016) when I was checking out from the hotel after attending the North American ISKCON Leaders meeting in Houston, Texas USA, a gentleman in the hotel lobby saw me in my devotional garb and asked me what religion I belong to. I told him that actually there is only one religion, to become a pure lover of God, that whether you address God as Allah, Jehovah, Christ, or Krishna there is actually one God and one religion, to give yourself fully to God. He very much appreciated this. Only at this point after I established the one universal religion did I mention that I am a Hare Krishna follower. I asked him if he was a Christian and he said that he is. Then I enthusiastically said "Amen", which is a Christian way of affirming or approving something which another Christian has just said, just we say "Jaya." He really liked this. Then I told him that just as I have said, "Amen," I am asking you to say, "Hare Krishna," which he joyfully did. He then commented that this is how we can have peace in the world, and he was right.

So the next time someone asks you what religion you belong to use, this opportunity to enlighten them about the one religion that we all belong to, to become pure lovers of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Discusses Chanting with Father Emmanuel
Frankfurt, Germany--1974


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to React to Immoral Things?

Dear Guru,

I'm facing a bit of a dilemma. Problem is, me and my sister's dad have different points of view. For example, he says meat is necessary sustenance, and I don't know how to react. So I guess my question is: How should I react when people tell me things I know to be immoral? I do not want to offend, but I feel it is my duty to do something.

Your insignificant student,

Answer: Respectfully Disagree

You can politely tell them them that you respectfully disagree with them. If they are receptive, you can tell them why. If they start to get belligerent, you can say nothing more.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 17 January 2016

ISKCON Houston, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Relativize or Gloss Over Spiritual Master's Teachings

If we take an absolute statement of the spiritual master and we dismiss it as not being not being applicable in all circumstances this is called relativization. It is also called glossing over, which means try to conceal or disguise (something embarrassing or unfavorable) by treating it briefly or representing it misleadingly. In other words we should not twist the teachings of the spiritual master around our own attachments. This will keep us in the material world birth after birth. Rather we should adapt our thoughts, words, and deeds so that they are fully in line with our spiritual master's teachings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bhakti Marg Swami Leads Super Ecstatic Kirtana
Leader's Meeting--Houston, Texas USA--16 January 2016


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Objection: I Don't Want to Be Involved With ISKCON

I really feel like not being involved with any religion/spiritual organization. I have connection with God, and there does not need to be any mediators between me and God. Jesus is also saying that we do not need any mediators.

Sincerely,
YSS

Answer: Associating With Me Means Associating with ISKCON

You have wrongly understood that Jesus taught that we do not need a mediator to approach God. Jesus himself is a mediator. He teaches that no one can directly connect with God that they can only approach God through the transparent via medium of the bona fide spiritual master. That is why he says to his disciples in John 14.6:

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

In the 8th verse of the Guruvastakam prayers, Visvanatha Cakravarti teaches exactly the same principle that Jesus teaches:

"By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krishna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement."

So my best advice to you is that instead of speculating with your imperfect mind that you accept the authority of the great Vaisnava acharyas such as Jesus Christ and Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura. This is how you will get the proper understanding of how to get out this material world and return to your original home in the spiritual world.

You also mention that you do not want to be involved with any religion or spiritual organization, but you have corresponding with me, a representative of ISKCON, for many years thus involving yourself with a spiritual organization. This is a contradiction. If you truly did not want to be involved, you would not have been writing me again for again for so many years. And if you continue to write, which I hope you will do, this proves that you do have desire to be connected with ISKCON. In conclusion, I am ISKCON. If you associate with me you are associating with ISKCON.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 16 January 2016

ISKCON Houston, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Super Enlivening Leaders Meeting

It is simply wonderful to be here in Houston for the annual North American leader's meeting. We are blessed with the association of many exalted Vaisnavas for two-and-a-half days of seminars on various important transcendental topics such as: book distribution, ISKCON's 50th anniversary, Western outreach, devotee care, and many more. The kirtans are glorious and the prasadam is phenomenal. It's a great way to start the new year with a strong dose of inspiration!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




ISKCON Leader's Meeting
Houston, Texas USA--15 January 2016


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What to Do When I'd Rather Hide?

My name is Antun, and I am writing to you regarding the Thought for the Day, dated 15th January 2016.

There Your Grace said that we need to train ourselves to expand our comfort zone.

Sometimes I am feeling great anxiety, and it seems that there is no possibility to do some task or handle some situation. And I would rather find some "mouse hole" and hide myself there than voluntarily try to expose to discomfort.

So I am asking you if you could kindly explain this to me.

Antun

Answer: Krishna's Shelter is the Ultimate "Mouse Hole"

The ultimate “mouse hole” or hideout into which we can crawl for protection is the shelter of Krishna or God. If you crawl into that "mouse hole," you will find an exciting comfortable world where all anxieties fly away, where discomfort mystically transforms into the greatest comfort.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 15 January 2016

ISKCON Houston, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

How to Expand Your Comfort Zone

We tend to limit ourselves regarding how much we can do or accomplish for Krishna. This limitation we place on ourselves is called our comfort zone. To advance steadily in Krishna consciousness toward the ultimate goal of pure love of God we need to always try to expand our comfort zone. In this way we will become more and more fixed in Krishna consciousness and in our ability to successfully give Krishna to others. Thus we should train ourselves to feel comfortable outside of our comfort zone and uncomfortable in our comfort zone.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Magnificent ISKCON Houston


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Is Pure Bhakti?

What is pure bhakti? Is it only through pure bhakti that we can fully surrender to Lord Krishna?

Your servant,

Rubini

Answer: It's Pure Bliss

Pure bhakti is the only way to attract Krishna. In pure bhakti you fully surrender yourself to follow the instructions that Lord Sri Krishna gives in the Bhagavad-gita. This means that you allow Krishna to guide every aspect of your thoughts, words, and deeds 24 hours daily in all circumstances. It is pure bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 14 January 2016

ISKCON Los Angeles, New Dvaraka

Today's Thought:

Your Choice: Eternal Suffering or Eternal Bliss

I was wandering in the darkness of ignorance for thousands and millions of lifetimes due my mood of defiance of the Supreme Authority, Lord Sri Krishna, until I was fortunate to be blessed by the mercy of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and Lord Sri Krishna with the most sublime seed of pure devotional service. And I was also fortunate enough to realize that I had indeed received something more valuable than anything that can ever be obtained anywhere in this material world. I cashed in on that mercy and thus have been blessed with the most sublime transcendental existence beyond the sufferings of this material world. You too can have this, if you want it badly enough. Thus, it is up to you now to decide whether you want to continue suffering in the cycle of birth and death or you want to enjoy an eternal life full of knowledge and full of bliss. The choice is yours. I hope and pray that you will choose wisely.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Awaits Your Return to His Sublime Abode


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why the BBT Changed Srila Prabhupada's Books?

Dearest Srila Gurudeva,

Thank you very much Srila Gurudeva for a wonderful SB class given today (Jan 12, 2016) in Los Angeles and teaching us the importance of praying and begging Srila Prabhupada for his kind mercy and for what His Divine Grace desires us to do for this movement, followed by a very powerful question-answer session.

I humbly beg Your Divine Grace to allow me to submit few questions at Your lotus feet:

How to understand the changes being made by the BBT in Srila Prabhupada's books?

Wherever Srila Prabhupada mentioned "bona fide spiritual master" or "spiritual master" in the purports of the Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita, Caitanya-caritamrita, etc. does it specifically indicate the initiating Guru or does it mean both Siksha and Diksha gurus?

Srila Gurudeva, why is our process called the "science" of Krishna? What's the significance of the word "science" in the context of transcendental knowledge? Why is it "science" as we see the science of this material world which is based on proofs and experiments is changing, coming up with new conclusions every other day.

Srila Gurudeva, since I feel miserable in this world and do not want to stay here, my performing of devotional service to go back to Godhead feels like a selfish motive. And I am feeling guilty in my heart for this reason. So I humbly fall at the lotus feet of Your Divine Grace and beg You to guide me how to make devotional service unmotivated as heard in Your Divine Grace's lectures and read in Srimad Bhagavatam.

I humbly fall at the lotus feet of Your Divine Grace and thank You for attending my queries.

Yours insignificant servant,

Syamapriya devi dasi

Answer: Books Were Restored, Not Changed

In Srila Prabhupada’s books there were some errors made not by Srila Prabhupada but by persons who were doing the editing under Srila Prabhupada’s order to get the books ready for publication. For example, a karmi boy named Neal who volunteered to do service was transcribing the original dictation tapes by typing out what Srila Prabhupada spoke. On the dictation tape Srila Prabhupada was talking about Pitriloka, the planet of the Pitris, the Pitas. But Neal, being a karmi, had never heard of such a thing. He thought that Srila Prabhupada said, “planet of trees.” So in the original full edition of the Bhagavad-gita published in 1972 we read, "There is also a planet of trees presided over by Rama, who represents Krishna,” even though there is no such thing as the planet of the trees.

This gross error, which is not what Srila Prabhupada said, is now back into line with Srila Prabhupada spoke on the dictation tape:

"There is also a planet of Pitas, ancestors, presided over by Aryama, who represents Krishna."

The idea behind the editing is not to change Srila Prabhupada’s words, but to undo the mistakes the neophyte editors made so that the books are now back in line with what Srila Prabhupada actually said.

Bona fide spiritual master can be either a siksha guru or a diksha guru. In other words, a person can be a bona fide spiritual master without initiating disciples. Just like my wife, Srimati Vishnupriya devi dasi, who is known as Gurumata to my disciples, is certainly a bona fide spiritual master, although she is not initiating disciples. According to Vedic culture and the instructions of Srila Prabhupada, she leaves that service to me and assists me in my service as an initiating spiritual master. This does not mean that she is any less of a guru than I am. She is certainly just as much of a spiritual master as I am, and in many ways she is even better, as it is said that the wife is the better half of the husband.

Science means factual knowledge, not mental speculation. What they call "science" in the modern day world is mostly dogma. It is not science. It is nescience. That's why it is always changing. On the other hand, the teachings of Krishna are actual science because they are absolutely true and never change.

To attain unmotivated devotional service is not at all difficult. You simply must beg for it again and again, and again and again and again, etc. etc. until you finally attain it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 13 January 2016

ISKCON Los Angeles, New Dvaraka

Today's Thought:

Ever-Increasing Nectar at Every Minute

To be actually Krishna conscious means to be tasting ever-increasing nectar at every minute. But on the neophyte level sometimes we are blissfully enlivened in Krishna consciousness and sometimes we are miserably bewildered by material consciousness, as Arjuna was on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. The solution for our unsteady Krishna consciousness is to follow the example of Arjuna by fully surrendering ourselves to Krishna according to the precise instructions given by Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita. Then we will fully awaken in the realm of pure bhakti in which life is ever-increasingly ecstatic at every minute. May that day come real soon!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bewildered Arjuna Approaches Krishna for Guidance


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Free From Sex Desire?

I want to advance in Krishna consciousness, but I have a very strong sex desire due to having had a karmi lover in my teenage years. Please Gurudeva, how can I tear my mind away from this bad desire? I don’t want to degrade myself or use some youth or man.

An aspiring servant

Answer: Krishna's Name is Better Than Sex

If you think that sex is very pleasurable and your mind is tortured by lust, simply remember that the pleasure of one pure utterance of Krishna’s holy name is more satisfying, thrilling, and fulfilling than having sex hundreds and millions of times. So now you must practice and develop the art of diving deeply into the nectarean ocean of Krishna’s holy name. In this way your sex desire will gradually evaporate and go away like a glass of water sitting in a table for some days and becomes completely dry.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 12 January 2016

En route to Los Angeles

Today's Thought:

What Religion Do You Belong To?

When someone asks you, "What religion do you belong to?", you can tell them that you practice the one religion that is the religion for all. You can explain to them that real religion is one, to become a lover of God and that any pathway that brings you to the point of pure love of religion is first class religion. This is the beauty of our Vaisnava philosophy. It is not sectarian. It applauds and upholds the universal nature of religion while at the same time clearly distinguishing between real religion and materially motivated cheating religion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Teaches Pure Religion


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Do We Know What Krishna Wants?

How do we know what Krishna wants us to do?

Kalpana

Answer: He Tells Us in the Bhagavad-gita

Krishna kindly reveals His desires to us in the Bhagavad-gita. All we have to do is mold our lives according to these most profound teachings, and our lives will then become perfect. Krishna tells us to always think of Him, offer Him obeisances, chant His glories, offer all of our food to Him, and accept a spiritual master, who then fills in all the details by teaching us exactly how to think, speak, and act in all times, places, and circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 11 January 2016

Toronto, Canada

Today's Thought:

Tasting and Sharing the Bliss in Canada

Here in Toronto, my disciple Mahabhagavat Das has arranged a whirlwind lecture series for me at several different venues here in the greater Toronto area. I am constantly going from one lecture to the next. The question and answer sessions following the lectures are split equally between me and my wife, Her Grace Srimati Vishnupriya devi dasi. I answer one question, and she answers the next. In this way we go back and forth to answer the many wonderful questions asked by the many who are attending the lectures. It has been a wonderful opportunity to deeply absorb myself in hearing, chanting, and remembering the most glorious name, fame, pastimes, entourage, paraphernalia, and teachings of that most amazingly charming person who is standing on the shore at Kesi Ghat and attracting all the gopi girls by the sweet sound of His flute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

P.S. Here is the Srimad Bhagavatam class from 10 January:
https://iskconaustin.sharefile.com/d-sa0e908129b44375a

 




Diving Deeply into Krishna's Holy Names
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada--9 January 2016

Spiritual Progress Seminar
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada--9 January 2016

Describing the Universality of Krishna Consciousness
Toronto, Ontario, Canada--9 January 2016


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Krishna a Vegan?

Is Sri Krishna a vegan or a non-vegan? As per your daily message on 15.11.2015 you have stated he is not a vegan. Is it correct? Of course He does not like onion or garlic because of their bad smell.

Kindly clarify me.

Your ever loving student,
G. Chandrasekaran

Answer: He is not a vegan

Since Krishna takes all varieties of milk products, He is not a vegan.

Regarding veganism we are happy that the vegans are opposed to cruelty to the cows. But this does not free them from the karma of eating food that has not been offered to Krishna. This eating of non-offered food will oblige them to remain in this material world birth after birth. Therefore we encourage the vegans to offer their food to Krishna before they eat so that they can liberated from the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 10 January 2016

Toronto, Canada

Today's Thought:

The Books That Are Revolutionizing World History

The most remarkable thing that is happening in this universe right now is that His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is revolutionizing world history through his most amazingly uplifting transcendental books. They are so powerful that just by reading one word your life can be totally transformed from a drab, dull miserable drudgery into an ecstatic celebration of ever-increasing transcendental bliss. So do yourself a favor. Go to your nearest ISKCON center and stock up on a full set of Srila Prabhupada's books and immediately inaugurate a program of reading all of them carefully cover to cover as soon as possible. By the time you finish reading them you will no longer be a conditioned soul caught up in the cycle of birth and death. You will be instead a liberated soul who has fully dedicated his life to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. That's how powerful they are.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Ecstatic Home Program--
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada--8 January 2016


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get Free From Material Attraction?

I am chanting eighteen rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra daily on neem beads. I have stopped eating meat and cocoa products. And I have stopped drinking alcohol, tea, and coffee. But still sometimes I am getting attracted by material things. What do I have to do become free from this material attraction?

Eshwar Rao

Answer: Keep Chanting and the Magic Will Happen

Keep chanting and the magic will happen. Gradually all material attractions will go away as you become more and more attracted to Krishna’s unlimitedly sweet holy names.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 9 January 2016

Toronto, Canada

Today's Thought:

Political Correctness or Follow the Bona Fide Guru?

If we become influenced by the material society, we will start to also embrace modern materialistic concepts such as the so-called political correctness doctrine, which totally disregards any material distinctions and is a slap in the face to the Lord Krishna's varnashrama dharma system. Krishna consciousness, of course, is transcendental to varnashrama dharma. But because we are still situated on the material plane, the system of varnashrama dharma, if adopted under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master, will help us become solidly situated on the transcendental plane. Artificially, prematurely renouncing it, will cause us to fall back into material consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Personally Loves Each of His Followers


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Devotee Remains Free From Maya's Spell?

What is maya? How should a devotee prevent himself from being under its spell?

Amit Gupta
New Delhi, India

Answer: A Devotee is Not Under Maya's Spell

Maya means illusion. One who is under the influence of maya misidentifies himself with his material body and foolishly considers himself to be the center of existence. In this state of ignorance he suffers like anything in this material world birth after birth. A devotee of Krishna, however, is not under the influence of maya because he is fully protected by Guru and Krishna by having fully surrendered unto them. He knows that he is not the center of existence, that it is only Krishna Who is the center of existence. Therefore instead of experiencing the temporality, ignorance, and misery which is the plight of the illusioned non-devotees, the devotee experiences eternity, knowledge, and bliss being reinstated in his eternal constitutional position as a servant of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 8 January 2016

Miami, Florida USA

Today's Thought:

Keep Your Temper, Don't Lose It

Temper means equanimity or an equipoised state of mind. When one is equipoised he remains calm, tolerant, and self-controlled in all situations even if he is greatly insulted. A devotee does not loses his temper. He can easily keeps it because he witnesses at every minute the constant display of Krishna's unlimited loving mercy upon him and upon all living beings. However, if Krishna or His devotee is attacked or insulted, the devotee becomes angry like blazing fire to defend his beloved Lord and the His most beloved devotees from being insulted or attacked.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Manifested Divine Anger When
Lord Nityananda was Attacked by Jagai and Madhai


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Surrender to Krishna Mean Quitting My Job?

Lord Krishna says to give up everything and just surrender unto Him. Does it mean that I should give up my job/career in order to surrender to Krishna? How will I then maintain myself?

Is working at office also a form of devotional service to Krishna?

Please throw some light on the above questions and please guide me with your enlightening answers. Thanking you.

Your servant,
Sushant

Answer: Do Your Job For Krishna

Surrendering to Krishna does not mean giving up your job or career. It means to engage the fruit or your work, i.e. your income, in Krishna's service. Therefore there is no need to quit your job. Keep your job and spend your money only for supporting the Krishna consciousness movement and its preachers and for making your own Krishna conscious living arrangements.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 7 January 2016

Mendoza, Argentina

Today's Thought:

Become a Hero Today

What could be more exciting or thrilling than to be on a mission to save the world, to lead the confused and bewildered human society out of its present chaos back its former glorious position when the whole world enjoyed the happy days of Bhagavat-dharma? Srila Prabhupada has indeed blessed us with the most glorious lifestyle. Why live a drab, dull life of gradually fading away illusory happiness based on sense gratification when you can live a life of constant celebration surfing the waves of the greatest paradigm shift that the world has ever known? This is the Krishna consciousness movement. Surrender your life today to this mission and become an instant hero.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Kirtana Attracts the Attention of Hundreds of People
Mendoza, Argentina Airport--6 January 2016


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Your Movement Have Job Opportunities?

Hare Krishna, when will Gurudeva come to India again? And I would like to work for your movement. Are there any job opportunities?

Aditya

Answer: We Need Your Help For Saving the World

We will be returning to the holy land of India on the 6th of April, 2016. We will be landing in Delhi and going straight to Vrindavana.

We welcome your participation in our mission. We need your help for saving the world. Please report for duty as soon as possible at your nearest ISKCON center. Your volunteer services will be most welcome.

If you are looking for paying job, there are millions of paying jobs available in this world. Honestly earn your living and donate all of your free time to serve the Krishna consciousness movement. This will be the perfection of your existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 6 January 2016

Mendoza, Argentina

Today's Thought:

The Spiritual Master Is As Good As God

Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.46 as follows:

"Sometimes there are inquiries as to how one can surrender unto the Supreme Lord. In the Bhagavad-gita (18.66) the Lord asked Arjuna to surrender unto Him, and therefore persons unwilling to do so question where God is and to whom they should surrender. The answer to such questions or inquiries is given herein very properly. The Personality of Godhead may not be present before one's eyes, but if one is sincere in wanting such guidance the Lord will send a bona fide person who can guide one properly back home, back to Godhead.... The bona fide representative of God is as good as God Himself. Or, in other words, the loving representative of the Lord is more kind and more easy to approach. A sinful soul cannot approach the Lord directly, but such a sinful man can very easily approach a pure devotee of the Lord. And if one agrees to put himself under the guidance of such a devotee of the Lord, he can also understand the science of God and can also become like the transcendental pure devotee of the Lord and thus get his liberation back to Godhead, back home for eternal happiness."

Therefore the intelligent person takes advantage of the bona fide spiritual master and fully surrenders unto him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada With Some of His Disciples


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Purify My Sense of Touch?

Sometimes I would like to touch some unnecessary things. So how to control my sense of touch?

Eshwar Rao

Answer: Chant at Least 16 Rounds Daily of Hare Krishna Japa

Purify your sense of touch by every day chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra while fingering japa mala beads in your right hand to keep track of how many rounds you have chanted.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Santiago, Chile

Today's Thought:

Attain Immortality by Initiation

Srila Prabhupada explains that from the very day when one is initiated as a disciple of the bona fide spiritual master he enters into immortality provided that he always remains obedient to his spiritual master. If one disobeys his spiritual master, he falls from his position of immortality back into the mortal world in which he must endlessly suffer repeated birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Initiation Lecture
Santiago, Chile--3 January 2016



Bhaktin Constanza Becomes Citra Devi Dasi


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Remain Calm Amid Chaos?

I am a student. How to be calm when many wrong things are going on?

Eshwar Rao

Answer: Qualify Yourself to Return to the Non-Chaotic World

In this material world things will always go wrong because that is the nature of this material world. But if you will always remember that your real home is in the all-perfect spiritual world with Lord Sri Krishna and His pure devotees and you will qualify yourself for returning there by chanting Krishna’s holy names on a regular daily basis, then you will always remain undisturbed amid all the turmoil and turbulence of this material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 4 January 2016

Santiago, Chile

Today's Thought:

Self Realization Lecture and Janis Joplin

On 2 January 2016 in Santiago, Chile, I gave a well-attended lecture on self-realization at the popular downtown venue, The Alameda Art Center. At the entrance to the center was a large poster of the famous super star female rock-n-roll singer Janis Joplin advertising a documentary film to be shown at the art center glorifying her life. This was a perfect lead in for my self-realization lecture because I personally came in touch Janis on 10 July 1970 in Austin, Texas. She had returned to Austin for a special concert celebrating the birthday of Kenneth Threadgill, the owner of the local music venue where she used to sing before she became famous. I was standing with her as the media people approached to interview her. Not wanting to be interviewed and very disturbed by media attention, in a very miserable, pathetic voice she pleaded with them, "Please have mercy. Please have mercy." I was amazed to see that here is such a rich and famous person who is so completely miserable. Sadly, within 3 months on 4 October 1970 she died due to a drug overdose of heroin at the age of 27.

This intro grabbed my audience's attention. I then explained to them in great detail how real happiness has nothing to do with one's situation in the external world. Rather it is achieved by awakening one's real self within through the chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra. At the conclusion of the lecture many asked questions and quite a few members of the audience came forward to get my card with instructions of how to join our e-course.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Big Poster Everyone Saw While Entering the Alameda Art Center

Describing the Glorious Self-Realization Process
Santiago, Chile--Alameda Art Center--3 January 2016



Attentive Hearing



Enthusiastic Questions



Card Distribution


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Properly Balance My Activities?

I am a 12th standard student. I chant 6 rounds regularly, but in a very inattentive way. In the past few months I have been struggling to control my mind. I have not prepared myself for exams well as I was most of the time engaged in unproductive activities like spending excessive time on cell phone using Internet. Everyday I delayed my studies but as I started chanting seriously I feel a sense of control and am able to do all my activities without distraction. But the problem is that I still don't fully utilize my potential as I lack the enthusiasm or motivation to study hard and do other devotional activities with a serious intent to please Krishna. So how can I become motivated to study for Krishna and at the same time perform my devotion with a deep intent to please Krishna?

Vishal

Answer: Prioritize Krishna

If you will begin every day focusing your attention exclusively on Krishna by carefully chanting His names, you will then be able to do all of your duties throughout the day as an offering of love to Him. In short, you must always prioritize Krishna. Then everything will work out nicely.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 3 January 2016

Santiago, Chile

Today's Thought:

No One and Nothing Is More Attractive than Krishna

There is no one and nothing more attractive than Krishna. Indeed there is nothing attractive in all of existence except for Krishna. It is only due to the presence of a minute portion of Krishna's all-attractive potency that anyone or anything else appears to be attractive. When the world wakes up and understands this simple truth, there will be the dawning of a new enlightened beautiful age of peace, love, joy, and understanding on this planet. Therefore we have fully dedicated our lives for bringing about the awakening of this consciousness known as Krishna consciousness within the human society. Kindly fully dedicate your life to assist us in this most urgent of all missions. Your life will be unlimitedly glorious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada Night in Santiago, Chile--1 January 2016



Beautiful Deity of Srila Prabhupada



Describing the Glories of Srila Prabhupada



Devotees Were Very Enlivened to Hear



Devotees Were Very Enlivened to Hear



Amara Gouranga Prabhu Leads Super Ecstatic Kirtan


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If Someone Claims to Be God

Please accept my humble obeisances.
Deeply obliged to you.

Trying to stay in an ecstatic mood.

As you said that the subtle body remains here in this material world while we go back home back to Godhead. What is the situation in case of impersonalists? I meet many folks and they claim to be Gods during my course of Preaching and says that God is in us and so we are all Gods.

They also say that undoubtedly bhakti marga is supreme, but chanting mantras is not.

Please throw some light as to how I can go about enlightening them, and also please tell me of some quotes that comes from Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita that will enable or encourage a devotee to make spiritual resolution for the new year.

Thanks & Regards !!!
Sunny Gupta

Answer: Why Do They Have to Work a Job?

Impersonal realization takes thousands of millions years to achieve. And even after attaining it one falls back again into material existence because there is still some contamination of the subtle body present in one who has achieved impersonal liberation.

If these persons are actually God as they claim, why do they have to work a job to maintain themselves? God is the maintainer of all living beings. You can ask them that if they are truly the maintainer of all living beings, why do they have to work a job in order to maintain themselves. God does not have to report for work on Monday morning.

Their statement, "Bhakti is supreme, but chanting mantras is not," reveals their gross ignorance of the science of bhakti. The prime source of scriptural knowledge regarding the science of bhakti is the Bhagavad-gita in which is stated that those who practice bhakti are always engaged in chanting mantras glorifying the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna.

Everyone’s resolution for the new year should be full surrender to Krishna as the Lord orders us in Bhagavad-gita 18.66.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 2 January 2016

North Sydney, Australia

Today's Thought:

A Society Without Religion Has Gone to the Dogs

A dog cannot understand what is God and take to religion, while a human being does have the ability to understand God and become religious. Therefore a human being who does not understand God and become religious is a two-legged dog. This is the present status of the human society, which has truly gone to the dogs.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Teaching Krishna Bhakti Science in Sydney, Australia
31 December 2015

 


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: I've Come Late, So How to Tangibly Serve You?

I know that you are my spiritual master. But while feeling ecstatic about this I am also fearful that as I have come to you late in my life, making a tangible contribution to your mission with life's activities is a lost opportunity. I feel that I have missed my chance to substantially serve you. What can I do now, Srila Gurudeva?

Your servant,

Bhakta Russell

Answer: Better Late Than Never

Srila Prabhupada said about himself, “Better late than never.” He told us that he waited for 43 years, all the way to the age of 70, to fully carry out the order of his spiritual master. And just see what amazing things he accomplished beginning from the age of 70! So it’s not at all too late for you. You are not even 70 yet. You are a very talented man with good intelligence. Now simply fully engage all of your talents to assist me in the world deliverance mission that Srila Prabhupada has given us. I am coming to your city, Kansas City, in a few months and would like to meet with you at the time to discuss with you how you can best assist us in our world deliverance mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 1 January 2016

North Sydney, Australia

Bring a New Age to this Suffering Land

Your civilization is now finished
It’s selfish center cannot hold.
The foundation is falling apart,
A crumbling disaster to behold.

It’s time for a new world order
That sees Divinity in all.
Even plants and animals are living beings.
Now heed this propitious call

We don’t come out of nothing
For nothing ever does.
We’ve all come from the same source
The Supreme’s love’s the primal cause.

So what are you going to do
With this love that comes to you?
Will you hoard it, ignore it, or offer it back
To the one to whom it is due?

Unless we thus re-attune ourselves
To the Supreme from whom we’ve come,
The world as we know it now
Will be totally undone.

So now arise, you fortunate ones,
Who have grasped this awakening call.
Endowed you are with the duty
The catastrophe to forestall.

Bring a new age to this suffering land
The Supreme has given His command.
To tell everyone about His teachings
His loving mercy to understand.

Completed in North Sydney, Australia 31 December 2015

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Has Ordered Us to Save the World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Subtle Body Goes to the Spiritual World?

Please enlighten if subtle body also goes with us to the spiritual world.

Thanks and regards!
Sunny Gupta

Answer: Subtle Body is Discarded While Going Home

The same subtle body travels with us birth after birth while we are in this material world. When we go back to home, back to Godhead we leave the subtle body behind because it is material.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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