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Friday 31 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Inspired Listener

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

I was so much encouraged by the following words of appreciation from a woman named Laya Lavender, who heard my songs on my music website, (www.TurnOnTheWorld.com) that I wanted to share what she wrote with all of you. Here's what she said:

I pray that this greets you in health and bliss. I came across your music online and it felt like some divine providence ---that I was meant to hear it. Your songs have a simple delightfulness. Upon listening additional times--a true potency is discovered. Yes! Peace is possible and worthy of pursuing. Your music is the sweet soundtrack of looking inward, loving outward and humanity progressing forward and upward. So beautiful.

Your vocals have the warmth and sincerity of a home-coming. Your lyrics resonates as ocean deep.

Laya Lavender

Thanks to Laya for her encouraging words. Our mission is to somehow or other attract the whole world to Krishna consciousness. We are begging Sri Sri Radha and Krishna that we can be successful in our mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Revolutionize Yourself, Revolutionize the World

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Change the World?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

A local hippie artist asked this question:

"Let's just assume that we're supposed to make this world better than we found it. What's the best way to go about that?"

Sincerely,

Joe

Answer: Be the Revolution You Want to Make

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Joe,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

His question is very nice.

Our first business is to save ourselves. Those of us here in this material world are here because we were against the supremacy of God. Our desire was that we should be God rather than someone else being God. The fact of the matter is that we are not God. Our real position is that we are all the servants of God. When we acknowledge this and embrace the mood of devotion to God doing everything for His pleasure, our lives completely change and our hearts become full with unlimited bliss. Once we have transformed ourselves we become empowered by the grace of God to make a spiritual revolution on this planet for bringing everyone back to their original pure state of having a loving relationship with God. In other words, be the revolution you want to make.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 30 August 2018

Thought For The Day: New Temple for ISKCON Austin

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

By Lord Sri Krishna's grace we have a new temple building now here in Austin to worship Him and to educate the world how to achieve the ultimate perfection of consciousness, a loving, serving relationship with Him, that Supreme Person Who is the source of all existence. In that loving mental state one achieves boundless transcendental happiness and realizes practically that there is no happiness in this material world that can compete with even an insignificant fragment of the happiness derived by reviving one's original loving relationship with Krishna or God. Our mission is to enlighten the entire human population of this planet in this topmost of all sciences and thus bless them with the supreme happiness which never diminishes but goes on increasing unlimitedly forever.

If you are in the Austin area, our temple is at 12012 North Interstate Highway 35, at the corner of Wren and North Interstate Highway 35. The temple is open every Sunday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm for kirtana, arati, lecture, and prasadam. If you any questions, call 1-512-835-2121.

If you would like to do some devotional service to help make the building fully ready for serving Krishna, for items such as a marble altar and proper wiring for our electric stove, and many other items, you can contribute below.

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari




New Temple for ISKCON Austin


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New Temple for ISKCON Austin

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Fate of One Who Offends a Devotee?

I want to know about the fate of a person who has committed Vaisnava offense. Will his devotion be destroyed? How to rectify that mistake?

Your useless servant,
Bhageshvari Devi Dasi

Answer: His Spiritual Life is Spoiled

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Bhageshvari,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Regarding Vaisnava aparadha, offending a Vaisnava, Srila Prabhupada describes as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, 4th Canto, Chapter 21, Text 37:

"While describing the system of protection for the creeper of devotional service, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has especially stressed protection from offenses unto the lotus feet of Vaisnavas. Such offenses are called vaisnava-aparadha. Aparadha means 'offense.' If one commits vaisnava-aparadhas, all of his progress in devotional service will be checked. Even though one is very much advanced in devotional service, if he commits offenses at the feet of a Vaisnava, his advancement is all spoiled. In the sastras it is found that a very great yogi, Durvasa Muni, committed a vaisnava-aparadha and thus for one full year had to travel all over the universe, even to Vaikunthaloka, to defend himself from the offense. At last, even when he approached the Supreme Personality of Godhead in Vaikuntha, he was refused protection. Therefore one should be very careful about committing offenses at the feet of a Vaisnava."

Srila Prabhupada describes in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, 4th Canto,Chapter 26, Text 24 how to become relieved from the reaction to offending a Vaisnava:

“..if one pollutes his Krishna consciousness by offending a brahmana or a Vaisnava, one cannot revive it until one properly atones for the sin by pleasing the offended Vaisnava or brahmana.”

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Greatest Adventure in the History of the Universe

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Lord Caitanya's movement is truly the greatest adventure in the history of the universe, and we are the most fortunate people in the whole world because we have been blessed with the most inconceivably sublime opportunity to participate in it. Srila Prabhupada has taught us that one who is totally fixed in Krishna consciousness can attract the whole world to Krishna. So this is our mission. We want to take this Krishna consciousness movement to next level and factually establish it as the world religion recognized by everyone in the world. This requires that we must now become pure devotees, which means that we must now become completely free from any material motivations. Our only desire must now to become pure devotees and save the suffering people of this world from their delusion. When that day comes when we can manifest such intense devotion, the whole world will be attracted to join Lord Caitanya's movement.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lord Caitanya's Movement Blesses the Universe

 


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Do the Needful

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Love Everyone?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

How do I love everything and everyone in this world, and how do I improve patience?

Bindu Suresh

Answer: Give Your Love to Krishna

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Bindu,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

To love everything, you must love Krishna. Just as when you water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are watered, similarly, since Krishna is the root of everything, when you give your love to Krishna your love goes everywhere. In such a state of pure love your quality of patience will naturally become perfect.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 28 August 2018

Thought for The Day: Now is the Most Ecstatic Moment

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

For one who is properly attuned to reality as it is, now is the most ecstatic moment of his entire eternal existence, and it remains so ever-increasingly moment after moment after moment into never-ending eternity. What could be more ecstatic than this? This is the perfection of existence. It is called Krishna consciousness. We simply have to understand that at every moment there is nothing more important than being the totally sold-out servant of Lord Sri Krishna and intensely begging Him to help us to be perfectly situated both theoretically and practically in this realization.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Relish the Bliss of Every Moment


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The Supra-Cosmogonal Nature of Krishna

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: When Encountering Demoniac People?

My dear Srila Gurudeva,

What to do when encountering demoniac people?

Your servant,
Göran

Answer: Turn Them Into Devotees

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Göran,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

A devotee is not proud. He knows that if it had not been for the mercy of Guru and Vaisnavas that he would also be a non-devotee, a demon. Therefore just as he became transformed by the mercy of Guru and Vaisnavas, he is very loving and merciful to non-devotees. He very kindly introduces them to Krishna so that they can also be happy in Krishna consciousness.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 27 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Conquer Your Mind/ Conquer the World

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Srila Prabhupada explained in a lecture as follows:

"My Guru Maharaja used to say that 'When you get up, your first business is to beat the mind with shoes. And when you go to bed, you have to beat the mind with broomstick.' [laughter] Then you will be able to control the mind. So all catastrophes are happening on account of this rascal mind. Mind is not rascal; I am rascal. I am using my mind in a different way. So this can be stopped. You can control the mind if you place your mind always at the lotus feet of Krishna. Then it is possible."

The uncontrolled mind is our worst enemy. But when we fix our minds on Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, they become our best friend. And if, then with our minds fixed on Krishna, we will simply repeat this philosophy exactly as it is, without any misrepresentation or adulteration, this Krishna consciousness movement will never be checked, and we will conquer the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Whole World is Waiting for Krishna Consciousness


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Krishna's Unlimited Glories

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How is Liberation Possible?

I don't want reincarnation. I want liberation. How is it possible?

Bindu Suresh

Answer: Beg Radha and Krishna to Help You

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Bindu,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If you fully surrender to Lord Sri Krishna accepting His instructions as your very life and soul, you will not take birth again here in this material world. You will go back to home, back to Godhead.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 26 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Hare Krishna Was the Hippie Religion

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Back in the beginning days of ISKCON, it was the hippies who joined ISKCON en masse to help Srila Prabhupada get his movement started. In fact, in those days it was practically only the hippies (with a a few exceptions) who joined. In this regard on 29 April 1969 in Boston, Srila Prabhupada was talking with a reporter and his disciple Hansaduta. Here's what Srila Prabhupada said:

Prabhupada: And also it is a fact that many of our students have come from the hippies. [chuckling]
Hansaduta: Almost all of them. [laughter]
Prabhupada: [laughs] So they are our best candidates. So you can advertise that "We are not hippies, but we are converting many hippies to the sane condition of life." That's a fact. They are searching after something better, but they have no leader.

I was also one of the most fortunate hippies who became a "happy" by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and his followers. I've a written a song that tells about my most fortunate transition. That song can be heard through this link. Here is a photograph from 1970 when I was a popular hippie singer on the University of Texas at Austin campus and was trying to bring a spiritual revolution to planet Earth. When in 1971 I realized that I could not do this but that Srila Prabhupada was actually doing this, I surrendered unto him and became his disciple, Sankarshan Das.

Just as when I was a hippie I was keen for making a spiritual revolution, now I am even more keen, because by the grace of Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada we now in ISKCON have the means for actually spiritualizing the whole world. Therefore we are requesting everyone to please assist us in making the whole world Krishna conscious as soon as possible. Your life will be glorious.

In this regard Srila Prabhupada said, "You are always saying, 'All glories to Srila Prabhupada.' So why don't you become glorious?"

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Chants on Hippie Hill, San Francisco


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Hare Krishna--The Hippie Religion

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Chant Without Offense?

Hare Krishna.

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

I am a grihastha aged above 60. I lose my concentration when chanting after mangala arati.

Please advise on how to chant without offence.

Yours humbly,
Mohan dasa

Answer: Beg Radha and Krishna to Help You

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Mohan,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If you will simply sincerely and regularly beg Sri Sri Radha and Krishna to help you keep your mind fixed on chanting, you will experience truly miraculous results.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 25 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Lord Balarama's Appearance Day

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today is the most auspicious appearance of Lord Balarama, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Krishna expands Balarama from Himself for the purpose of enjoying a loving relationship with Him. When Krishna appears, all His plenary expansions appear with Him. Krishna appeared along with Balarama, who is known as His elder brother. Balarama is the origin of Sankarshan, of the quadruple expansion. Balarama is also the plenary expansion of Krishna.

Here is one of the pastimes of Krishna along with Balarama:

"After the two wrestlers were killed, a wrestler named Kuta came forward. Lord Balarama immediately caught him with His left hand and killed him nonchalantly. A wrestler of the name Sala came forward, and Krishna immediately cracked his head with a kick. A wrestler named Tosala came forward and was killed in the same way. Thus all the great wrestlers were killed by Krishna and Balarama, and the remaining wrestlers fled from the assembly out of fear for their lives. All the cowherd boyfriends of Krishna and Balarama approached Them and congratulated Them with great pleasure. While trumpets resounded and drums were beaten, the leg bells on the feet of Krishna and Balarama tinkled."

If you are in Austin come to our center at 10700 Jonwood Way from 11:00am until 1:30pm on Saturday 25 August to celebrate with us the appearance day of Lord Balarama. In other cities check with your local Hare Krishna center for the timings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Balarama



Lord Balarama's Rasa Dance



Lord Balarama Chastises Yamuna Devi


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Suffering is Only a Dream

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Will You Accept Me As Your Disciple?

My Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Please accept me as your disciple. Please guide me. I need your guidance. Please take me back home, back to Godhead. Will you accept me as your disciple? I will strictly follow your instructions. Please teach me, Srila Gurudeva.

Hari Haran
Arieharan, Malaysia.

Answer: Yes

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Hari,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am happy to accept anyone as my disciple for taking them back to home, back to Godhead if they will make the lifetime commitment to chant at least sixteen rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala daily along with the strict avoidance of illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 24 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Jhulan Yatra Bliss

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

This is the time of year when ISKCON temples all over the world celebrate Jhulan Yatra, which is an ecstatic festival in which everyone gets the most auspicious opportunity to swing the deities of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. It goes on for several evenings. Friday 24 August is the last night of this glorious festival. So make sure to go to your nearest ISKCON temple tonight to catch at least the last day of this super ecstatic celebration. While swinging Radha and Krishna we can remember Their most delightful swinging pastimes that go on eternally in that most extraordinarily wondrous Spiritual Sky.

(If you are in or near Austin, Texas USA, the festival is from 6pm to 7pm at 10700 Jonwood Way.)

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Radha and Krishna Enjoy Swinging Pastimes


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Sri Krishna So Mercifully Enlightens Us

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Is Negative Energy Bothering Me?

Does Bhagavan Krishna know to speak all languages?

Why is Bhagavan Krishna a wonderful linguist that knows all spoken languages around the world?

And how can I go back to Bhagavan Krishna's abode, Goloka Vrindavana?

How can I let go of negative thoughts that are bothering me?

Why is negative energy bothering me. I need help please.

Thank you,
Sheetal Baijal

Answer: Bodily Misindentification

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Sheetal,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Yes, since He knows everything Bhagavan Krishna must be multi-lingual. By full surrender to Krishna through the medium of the bona fide spiritual master you become qualified to go to Goloka Vrindavan.

By always remembering Krishna your negative thoughts will vanish.

Negative energy is bothering you because you are mistakenly thinking that your body is you.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 23 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Deliver the World From Ignorance

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Srila Prabhupada instructed, "I simply want to present this great philosophy to serious students who will understand it and deliver the world from the present-day ignorance of misinformation, so if you can help me in this way I shall very much appreciate." So this is my prayer, that I can successfully fulfill this desire of Srila Prabhupada to be his serious student who can understand properly his philosophy and preach it sincerely and expertly to deliver the suffering people of the modern day world from their misery.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Our World Is In Chaos


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Global Spiritual Revolution Now

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Stop Smoking

How to stop smoking?

Goran Holm

Answer: Smoke One Less Cigarette Each Day

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Goram,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Smoke one less cigarette each day until your reach the point of zero.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Remembering His Holiness Vishnujana Swami

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

I was unlimitedly blessed in 1971 to get the association of His Holiness Vishnujana Swami, who convinced me to give my life to Srila Prabhupada. His kirtana was so attractive that Srila Prabhupada said, "My Vishnujana Maharaja can get the whole world to chant Hare Krishna.”

He challenged me to become a serious devotee. When I first told him that I wanted to become a devotee, he said, "What I am afraid of is ‘easy come, easy go’.” So I had to prove it to him that I was serious. By Krishna's grace I was able to do that. Vishnujana Swami then recommended me to Srila Prabhupada for initiation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vishnujana Swami Brings
Krishna Consciousness to Austin--1971


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Question: Why God Created Pain?

I practice chanting. I read the Bhagavad-gita every day. I follow Gour Gopal Prabhu (ISKCON Mumbai, India). But I cannot understand what is the cause of birth? If we feel pain at every movement, why God created pain?

Priyatosh Mondal

Answer: We Created Our Pain

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Priyatosh,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Just like a fish will feel pain if he jumps out of the water, we have created our own pain by turning away from God. So now if we return to devoting ourselves fully to Lord Krishna, we will no longer feel any pain. Are you ready to do that?

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Radha and Krishna's Swinging Pastimes

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

One of the unlimited pleasure pastimes of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna is to swing together. The devotees of the Lord take great pleasure in serving the swinging pastimes of Radha and Krishna by every year swinging the deities of their beloved Radha and Krishna at the Jhulan Yatra festival. Here in Austin we are celebrating Jhulan Yatra every evening from Tuesday 21 August through Friday 24 August from 6pm to 7pm at our center at 10700 Jonwood Way. Everyone is invited. Check with your local ISKCON center to find out the timings for Jhulan Yatra at your location. This is a great opportunity for everyone to swing Sri Sri Radha and Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Radha and Krishna Enjoy Swinging Together


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Awaken Your Divine Consciousness

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Get Spiritualism?

How can I get spiritualism, Sir?

Kamran Kami

Answer: Follow These Guidelines

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Kamran,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Follow these guidelines:

http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/kc_at_home.htm

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 20 August 2018

Thought For The Day: The Most Powerful Meditation

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

This present age of Kali, which began 5,000 years ago, is the most materialistic of all the ages. In this age we are short-lived and we have very meager intelligence. Although this is the most degraded of all ages, it is also the most auspicious of all ages beause in this age one can achieve the topmost level of spiritual perfection simply by chanting the holy names of God. This chanting is the most powerful means of meditation. Any name of God from the revealed scriptures can be chanted. But especially these names from the Vedic scripture are very powerful and effective:

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

Anyone who gives up sinful activities and regularly chants these names with love and devotion every day will quickly achieve the supreme perfection of awakening pure love of God within their heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Ecstasy of Chanting Hare Krishna Japa


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We Will Change the World

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Question: How to Achieve Spiritual Perfection?

Jai Shri Krishna

I do my regular puja (archana), but meditate as and when I get time or I feel like meditating even at odd hours say during night. But the moment I sit and try to meditate within fraction of a minute lot of thoughts good/bad come to my mind. I again try to concentrate, but the same thing happens again. I can sit for not more than 30-40 minutes due to my age factor also as I am over 60 years of age.

I request you to please guide me how I can concentrate to achieve the desired goal.

Jai Shri Krishna

Tej Koul

Answer: Hare Krishna Japa Mala

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Tej,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

You need to be doing Hare Krishna japa mala at least 16 rounds daily as your meditation. This is the most powerful meditation in this age. It will empower you to bring your mind completely under control.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 19 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Why You Need a Guru

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

I tried for some time to become self-realized on my own without taking shelter of a bona fide spiritual master, but I could not do so.

Why is that?

Krishna, Who is God, the Supreme Source of all existence and thus the Supreme Authority, tells us clearly that if we want to become self-realized, we absolutely must take guidance and shelter from the bona fide spiritual master and become his initiated disciple.

Therefore if you are at all serious about getting out of the vicious cycle of birth and death and returning to your original position in that most wondrous spiritual sky, you need to follow Lord Sri Krishna's order and accept a bona fide spiritual master, not a charlatan who will simply bluff you and cheat you. Then you must fully surrender to the bona fide spiritual master. This will be the perfection of your existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Initiates a Disciple


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Question: How May I Serve You?

Sri Guru Maharaja,

Hare Krishna! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I have been reading that the essence of the relationship between master and disciple is service. How may I serve you?

In devotion,
Jane Harper

Answer: Follow These Guidelines

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Jane,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The first service is that you should chant at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala every day while strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. Your diet should consist only of Krishna prasadam, and you should regularly study the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Are you currently doing these on a regular daily basis? Once you are fixed in doing these the next step is to see how you can assist us in our world deliverance mission.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 18 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Kick Out All Anxieties Except One

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Anxiety is mental disease. Someone who is actually sane has no anxiety. This means that the entire world population which at the present time is completely entangled in the anxieties of birth, death, old age, and disease, it quite insane. There is a saying:

'Tis folly to be wise in that place where ignorance is bliss.

Although being a wise man, a spiritually realized person, in today's totally materialistic society is quite a hefty challenge because of having to deal constantly with those whose mentality is completely the opposite, it is truly unlimitedly rewarding to see the underlying problem of the human society and how to solve it. By keeping this vision always burning brightly in his heart the Lord's devotee is able to easily kick out all anxiety from within his heart. However, he keeps one anxiety. And that is the anxiety of how to make the entire world Krishna conscious as soon as possible. This anxiety is transcendental because it pleases Lord Krishna unlimitedly and fills the devotee's heart with transcendental bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Man Suffering in Anxiety


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Question: Please Help Me Surrender

Please help me to leave the land of idiocy. I can't stand it anymore. An idiot president with idiot supporters in a country full of idiots. I love Krishna, God. I am so ready to surrender everything and devote my life to God.

Love,
Jere Hoover

Answer: Follow These Guidelines

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Jere,

Please accept my blessing
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am very, very pleased to hear this. Follow these guidelines carefully and sincerely and your life will be unlimitedly sublime:

http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/kc_at_home.htm

And feel free to inquire from me every step of the way.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 17 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Stick to Your Guns

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

In today's modern day totally materialistic society practically the whole world is opposed to our movement of pure bhakti. Therefore when we accept the duty given to us by Lord Caitanya to make the whole world Krishna conscious we are in for a humongous uphill battle. This means that we must always boldly stick to our guns. In other words, we have to stick unflinching to presenting the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita as they are to a world population which is completely against them.

Of course, one who is expert knows the art of when to speak and when not to speak. But within his heart he is always unflinchingly convinced that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and that all living beings are His eternal servants. And when he does speak, he speaks with such great authority and conviction for the deliverance of these poor fallen souls who are trapped in the cycle of birth and death that he is able to successfully rescue many of them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Presenting Krishna Consciousness at an Interfaith Meeting


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Is God With Me?

I am confused whether God is with me or not . Really I am in dilemma.

Henok Abebe

Answer: Chant Hare Krishna and Feel His Presence

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Henok,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

God is with you at every moment. Feelingly call out to Him with love by chanting:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

By doing so you will feel how He is present with you.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 16 August 2018

Leaving the Land of Idiocy

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Material pleasure is an illusion because it does not satisfy the actual self, the soul within. Just as polishing his cage does not satisfy the bird within the cage, when we simply gratify our material senses we do not become satisfied. But, just as the hand only becomes satisfied or nourished when it gives food to the belly, our real satisfaction is to give loving service to Krishna or God. It is this devotional service to the Supreme Person that facilitates our entering into a state of unlimited bliss because the more we satisfy God, the more we become satisfied. Therefore those who actually intelligent fully surrender themselves unto God right now. They do not continue living in the land of idiocy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Material Pleasure is an Illusion


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Question: What is Determination?

What is determination? Thank you, our dear master.

Reynus Frimpong

Answer: Absolute Conviction to Fully Surrender to God

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Reynus,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Determination is the absolute conviction that you must fully surrender yourself to the will of God right now with no looking back. God reveals His will to you through the transparent via medium of the bona fide spiritual master. Therefore those who are actually intelligent fully surrender themselves unto the loving guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Krishna Consciousness is the World Religion

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

There can be only one God, the source of all existence. There cannot be many. However, since that one God is unlimited, He has unlimited names such as Allah, Jehovah, Krishna, and Rama. To fully surrender unto that Supreme Person is the universal religion for all. Indeed it is the world religion. The Krishna consciousness movement teaches this principle of the universality of religion and is thus establishing in a real, practical sense the world religion. In this regard Srila Prabhupada wrote in a letter to his disciple, Vamanadeva:

"So stick very strictly to these principles and chant regularly daily sixteen rounds and you will always remain the topmost position. Have nice deity program, always have lots of kirtana, serve ample prasadam very sumptuously and speak something from my books. If this is done in every center our movement will very soon become the world religion as has now been predicted by one prominent Japanese philosopher in a newspaper here."

When we can thus fully establish the world religion on this planet it will be one of the most glorious eras in all of human history. So let's endeavor like anything to now establish Krishna consciousness as the world religion as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How Much Should I Chant?

Thanks very much for this insight regarding chanting Hare Krishna. But how much should I chant this mantra i.e 10, 20, 30 minutes or 1 hour.

Hope to hear from soon.

Peace be unto you, great master.

Emmanuel Amankwah

Answer: At Least Sixteen Rounds

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Emmanuel,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The great spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, taught us to chant at least sixteen rounds of japa per day. This takes from 1.5 to 2 hours. Here are the instructions how to do that:

http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/teachings/how-to-chant-on-japa-beads/

If it is not practical for you to start at sixteen rounds, start at four rounds and gradually work your way up to sixteen.

You need to get japa beads, counter beads, and a bead bag. They are available at all ISKCON centers or from:

http://store.krishna.com/search.php?search_query=japa&Search=

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Be Strong in Your Determination

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

If you want to teach God consciousness to the materialistic and pseudo spiritualistic global society in which you find yourself, you must be strong and unflinching in your determination because you will face so many opposing elements. In this connection Srila Prabhupada has stated in a morning walk conversation in Los Angeles on 11 December 1973:

"You must know that everybody will disagree with you, and it is your preaching work that you will make him agree with you. That is your preaching work."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Preaches Strongly


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Other Names?

Dear Guru Maharaj,

Please pardon me for any of my fault.

A question came to my mind that if Krishna is the Supreme, why shouldn't we take only His name in the japa and prayer? Why and what is the necessity of the name of Rama and Hare (Radha) in japa?

Please be kind enough to enlighten me.

Your obedient,
Biswanath Sahoo

Answer: To Get More Spiritual Power

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Biswanath,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We are not liberated souls. We are conditioned souls in the darkness of ignorance. Therefore to be delivered from our suffering, ignorant position we follow the Vedic injunctions such as the following injunction from the Kali Santarana Upanisad:

hare krsna hare krsna
krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama
rama rama hare hare

iti sodasakam namnam
kali-kalmasa-nasanam
natah parataropayah
sarva-vedesu drsyate

”After searching through all the Vedic literature, one cannot find a method of religion more sublime for this age than the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra.”

Chanting the entire Hare Krishna mantra is more powerful than simply chanting the name "Krishna."

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 13 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Using Time to Attain Timelessnes

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Time is the great destroyer. In this material world everyone, no matter how big and powerful they may be, is forced to bow down to time. No one, even the big, big scientists, can escape time's clutches. In world history so many big, big empires have come and gone. Each one of them have been destroyed by time. So what is time? It is the manifested energy of Krishna, who declares in the Bhagavad-gita 11.32, " Time I am, the great destroyer of the worlds." But one who surrenders fully unto Krishna becomes the conquerer of time because he utilizes his time to master the art of how to enter into timelessness, the transcendental existence beyond birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Goloka Vrindavana, the Supreme Timeless Abode


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Question: Secret of Success?

Our dear master, my question is:

What is the secret of success in life?

Thank you.

Reynus

Answer: Surrender to Krishna

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Reynus,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If you will fully surrender yourself as the eternal servant of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, you will achieve the highest level of success, a success even higher than that of the most famous so-called successful people of this world.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 12 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Make the Whole World Krishna Conscious Now

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 5th Canto, Chapter 18, Verse 9 as follows:

"...we should pray to Lord Nrsimhadeva to sit in our hearts. We should pray, bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimhah: 'Let Lord Nrsimhadeva sit in the core of my heart, killing all my bad propensities. Let my mind become clean so that I may peacefully worship the Lord and bring peace to the entire world."

This prayer is so wonderful. In it we are begging Krishna to make us pure devotees and to empower us that we can make the entire world Krishna conscious. Everyone is suffering greatly without Krishna consciousness so now let us do our duty to Krishnize ourselves and the entire world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada's Heart is Full of Love


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Question: Power to Perform Miracles?

Can I receive power to perform miracles?

Prince Shalom

Answer: Chant Hare Krishna

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Prince,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If you will regularly chant the Hare Krishna mantra in a mood of full surrender to the will of Krishna or God, you will be able to perform the greatest of all miracles. You will be able to break through the coverings that entrap us here in the material world and enter in the spiritual world where life is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge.

The Hare Krishna mantra is as follows:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 11 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Make Your Mind Your Best Friend

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

The mind is either our best friend or our worst enemy. If it is filled up with rubbish, it is our worst enemy. And if it is pure, it is our best friend. Therefore we should always be very careful to immediately weed out any thoughts that are based on lust, greed, anger, madness, illusion or envy. This will enable us to live wonderful, happy lives free from all kinds of unnecessary disturbances, allowing us to quickly and easily advance along that most wondrous pathway which takes us back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Consciousness Fills Your Heart With Bliss


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Question: Why No Japa With Index Finger?

Guru Maharaja,

Hare Krishna! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I beg pardon for any offense.

Can you tell me why we do not hold japa beads with the index finger?

Many thanks for your patience.

Jane

Answer: It Should Protrude from the Bead Bag

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Jane,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Since Srila Prabhupada taught us that while chanting japa the index finger (as seen in the photo below) should protrude out of the bead bag, we do not use the index finger for chanting japa. All bead bags are made with a special hole from which to protrude the index finger.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 10 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Celebrate the Most Awesome Reality

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

You owe to yourself to be the unlimitedly compassionate and ecstatic eternal spiritual person who you actually are instead of the greedy, miserable pseudo self that we all tend to be due to our misidentifying ourselves with temporary material bodies for thousands and millions of lifetimes. Come out of your slumber and celebrate the awesome reality of your beautiful relationship that you have with Krishna or God as His eternal servant and with His devotees.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Relish Ecstatic Relationships


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Question: Who is Rama?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

Why do we chant Hare Rama along with Hare Krishna? Who is this Rama?

Thank you for your precious time in answering our questions.

Pooja Seh

Answer: Krishna, Balarama, Ramacandra, or Parasurama

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Pooja,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Rama means "the Supreme Enjoyer.” Since Krishna is the Supreme Enjoyer, "Hare Rama" is another way of calling out to Krishna begging for His mercy.

Rama can also refer to Balarama, Ramacandra or Parasurama. So when you chant "Rama" the specific Lord that you address will depend on which Lord you choose to call out to.

My mood is to call out to Krishna when I chant "Hare Rama."

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 9 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Why Does Love Exist?

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

The simple and profound answer to this question is that love exists because Krishna is so kind. Why is He so kind? He is kind because He relishes unlimited happiness by having sweet loving relationships with each and every one of His devotees. Who are His devotees? That's everyone. Some of us realize that we are His devotees, and some of us have forgotten that we are His devotees. Because of Krishna's love for those of us who have forgotten that we are His devotees, He has come to this material world and spoken the Bhagavad-gita to bring us back to our original loving relationships with Him. If we don't take advantage of His most merciful teachings we are simply fools and rascals.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Relishes Loving Relationships With His Devotees


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Question: Relationship Between Krishna and Shiva?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

What is the relationship between Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva? Who is God and who is the devotee?

Thanks for giving this clarification.

Kind regards,
Amit K.R. Gupta
Dwarka, New Delhi
India

Answer: Like the Difference Between Milk and Yogurt

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Amit,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Lord Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and Lord Shiva is the greatest of His devotees. Lord Shiva is the topmost Vaisnava.

In this connection Lord Brahma states as follows:

ksiram yatha dadhi vikara-visesa-yogat
sañjayate na hi tatah prthag asti hetoh
yah sambhutam api tatha samupaiti karyad
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

"Just as milk is transformed into curd by the action of acids, but yet the effect curd is neither same as, nor different from, its cause, viz., milk, so I adore the primeval Lord Govinda of whom the state of Sambhu, Lord Shiva, is a transformation for the performance of the work of destruction."

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 8 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Srila Prabhupada's Amazing Arrival Prayer

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

On September 18, 1965, as the Indian steamship Jaladuta nears Boston's Commonwealth Pier, Srila Prabhupada prays to Lord Krsna in a moving Bengali poem (rendered below in English prose): "I am simply praying for Your mercy so that I will be able to convince them about Your message."

My dear Lord Krishna, You are so kind upon this useless soul, but I do not know why You have brought me here. Now You can do whatever You like with me. But I guess You have some business here, otherwise why would You bring me to this terrible place? Most of the population here is covered by the material modes of ignorance and passion. Absorbed in material life, they think themselves very happy and satisfied, and therefore they have no taste for the transcendental message of Vasudeva. I do not know how they will be able to understand it.

But I know Your causeless mercy can make everything possible, because You are the most expert mystic. How will they understand the mellows of devotional service?

O Lord, I am simply praying for Your mercy so that I will be able to convince them about Your message.

All living entities have come under the control of the illusory energy by Your will, and therefore, if You like, by Your will they can also be released from the clutches of illusion.

I wish that You may deliver them. Therefore if You so desire their deliverance, then only will they be able to understand Your message.

The words of the Srimad-Bhagavatam are Your incarnation, and if a sober person repeatedly receives them with submissive aural reception, then he will be able to understand Your message.

It is said in the Srimad Bhagavatam (1.2.17-21): "Sri Krishna, the Personality of Godhead, who is the Paramatma [Supersoul] in everyone's heart and the benefactor of the truthful devotee, cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who has developed the urge to hear His messages, which are in themselves virtuous when properly heard and chanted. By regular attendance in classes on the Bhagavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact. As soon as irrevocable loving service is established in the heart, the effects of nature's modes of passion and ignorance, such as lust, desire, and hankering, disappear from the heart. Then the devotee is established in goodness, and he becomes completely happy. Thus established in the mode of unalloyed goodness, the man whose mind has been enlivened by contact with devotional service to the Lord gains positive scientific knowledge of the Personality of Godhead in the stage of liberation from all material association. Thus the knot in the heart is pierced, and all misgivings are cut to pieces. The chain of fruitive actions is terminated when one sees the self as master."

He will become liberated from the influence of the modes of ignorance and passion and thus all inauspicious things accumulated in the core of the heart will disappear.

How will I make them understand this message of Krsna 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.

O Lord, I am just like a puppet in Your hands. So if You have brought me here to dance, then make me dance, make me dance. O Lord, make me dance as You like.

I have no devotion, nor do I have any knowledge, but I have strong faith in the holy name of Krishna. I have been designated as Bhaktivedanta, and now, if You like, You can fulfill the real purport of Bhaktivedanta.

Signed -- the most unfortunate, insignificant beggar
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami,
on board the ship Jaladuta,
Commonwealth Pier,
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
dated 18th of September, 1965

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It is greatly amazing and inspiring to see the sincerity and humility of Srila Prabhupada. We should adopt a similar mood in our own hearts for successfully making the whole world Krishna conscious as per his order to us, his followers.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Arrives in America


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Question: Why Is Shiva Considered to Be a Demigod?

If God is one then why in Hindu society somebody says Shiva is the only God who can give us final liberation of our soul and as per Krishna Consciousness Lord Krisna is the God who give us final liberation? Why there is so much differences in set of beliefs? If all gods, as according to Hinduism (i.e Brahma,Vishnu and Mahadev (Shiva) are equal, then why in the Bhagavad-gita is Shiva is considered to be demigod?

Sushant Langthasa

Answer: Because He Is Subordinate to Krishna

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Sushant,

Please accept my blessings.

In Hindu society people are totally confused about who is God because they are being grossly misguided by so many bogus gurus. Some of these rascals have even gone so far to say everyone is God, even the beggar in the street. To understand things as they are we must not listen to all these cheaters. We must simply hear submissively from the Supreme Authority, Lord Sri Krishna, who is the source of existence including all of the gods or goddesses, because it is only when we hear from Lord Sri Krishna that we can get the proper understanding of reality.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Who is God?

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

According to the great Vedic authority, the great sage Parasara Muni, God is that person who possesses unlimited power, beauty, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, and fame. In this connection Srila Prabhupada states:

"We have seen many rich persons, many powerful persons, many famous persons, many beautiful persons, many learned and scholarly persons, and persons in the renounced order of life unattached to material possessions. But we have never seen any one person who is unlimitedly and simultaneously wealthy, powerful, famous, beautiful, wise and unattached, like Krishna, in the history of humanity. Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is a historical person who appeared on this earth 5,000 years ago. He stayed on this earth for 125 years and played exactly like a human being, but His activities were unparalleled. From the very moment of His appearance to the moment of His disappearance, every one of His activities is unparalleled in the history of the world, and therefore anyone who knows what we mean by Godhead will accept Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. No one is equal to the Godhead, and no one is greater than Him. That is the import of the familiar saying 'God is great.'"

So our acceptance of Krishna as God is not sentimental. It is scientific.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna, the Possessor of Unlimited Opulences


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Question: How to Start on the Path of Self Realization?

Good day and may God continue to bless you. I have many thousand questions to ask, but I am currently so much lost in a dense forest of words that I don't even know which question to start with. Certainly I know that deep within me there is always a particular question that arises which is, "How do I start on this path of self realization?" Please I need your help in regard to this, my one question.

Thanks and God bless,

Usy Life

Answer: Bow Down to Krishna

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Usy,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Your first step is to bow down to Krishna or God accepting Him as the supreme authority.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 6 August 2018

Thought For The Day: More Than 30,000 Subscribers

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The whole world is suffering now due to a lack of Krishna consciousness, which is the original natural energy of every living being. Therefore to relieve everyone from their misery we want to make the entire world Krishna conscious as soon as possible. Thus we are very happy that the number of our subscribers has crossed the 30,000 threshold. We are hoping that our subscriber list will expand exponentially more and more and more to eventually engulf the entire world so that this planet can a happy place completely free from all anxiety.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Our Goal: To Make the Whole World Krishna Conscious


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Question: How to Get Rid of My Problems?

Until now I have only problems. I want each and every problem to go away soon. What to do?

Jaya Sri Krishna

M.J.

Answer: Accept Them All As Blessings

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Mayank,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Accept every problem as a blessing from Krishna and they won’t be problems any more. They will instead be stepping stones on the pathway back home, back to Godhead.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 5 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Celebrate Your Eternal Identity

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Why be morose when you can instead be relishing unlimited bliss within your heart at every moment? Even in the beginning stages of Krishna consciousness when your bliss is only partial because your spiritual life has not yet matured, it is still far, far more thrilling and enlivening than any of the so-called happinesses of this material world, even sex. So if you have not already done, do yourself the ultimate favor of surrendering right now to Krishna, fully accepting Him as your eternal lord and master. Try it. You will be unlimitedly blessed with bliss!!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Celebrating the Reality of Krishna


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Question: What is Sin?

What is sin?

Reynus

Answer: Disobeying God

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Reynus,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Sin means when you disobey God.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 4 August 2018


Thought For The Day: Do Not Cheat Yourself

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Do not cheat yourself by focusing your life on material sense gratification, which is the mentality of an animal. Human consciousness means Krishna consciousness or God consciousness. In other words to truly be a human you must focus your life on self realization, not sense gratification. This is the only way that you can truly be happy. The so-called happiness of material sense gratification is illusory happiness. It is not genuine happiness. It does NOT satisfy the self within. It only titillates the senses, which are a covering of the self.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Do Not Divert Your Mind Away from Krishna


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Question: Can You Help Me Get a Job?

Thanks for your response. I desire financial breakthrough and a good job. I am a graduate and possess a Masters degree but have not been able to get a good job. Kindly help. I will be glad if you can send some financial assistance to me.

Regards;
Aluko

Answer: First Things First

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Aluko,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If we make getting our material needs our first necessity, we will always have great difficulty in getting them. But if we make developing love of God our first priority, by His grace our material necessities will easily be covered. So it is up to us to now become intelligent enough to understand what we should prioritize in life.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 3 August 2018

Thought For The Day:Problems, Problems, Problems

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At the present moment our modern day world is drowning in ocean of problems on all levels: individual, national, global, environmental, etc. Unfortunately none of our modern day leaders have even the slightest clue of how to actually solve this myriad of problems. Therefore every day our world is becoming more and more of a hell. This is why the Krishna consciousness movement is of the utmost importance for every man, woman, and child on this planet. We, the Hare Krishna people, do in fact have the solution for all problems. But in this regard the biggest of all problems is that no one is willing to hear and learn from us. This must now be changed. We must immediately find the ways and means to attract the entire world or at least the world's leaders to hear our message and follow our instructions. If they do so, this will mark the beginning of the most glorious era in all of human history.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Our Modern Day Society is an Ocean of Problems


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Question: Can I Ask Questions?

Dear Scholar,

Good day to you.

I am one of the new subscribers of this group. Kindly let me know if I can ask any questions about what burdens me.

Regards,
Aluko

Answer: Your Questions Are Welcome

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Aluko,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Yes, you are most welcome to bring your problems to us. We have been blessed with the knowledge that solves all problems. Our goal is to solve all the problems of the entire world.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 2 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Krishna is Our Best Friend

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Friends in this material world sometimes neglect us because they have their own separate self-interest. But Krishna is our best friend because He always acts as our well-wisher in all times, places, and circumstances. He never neglects us. And He has been doing this for all of eternity. So it is time now for us to acknowledge and appreciate our best friend. We must now stop neglecting Him and learn how to perfectly reciprocate with His loving friendship. This will be the perfection of our existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




No One Can Be a Better Friend than Krishna


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Question: Can You Give Wealth?

Can you give somebody wealth?

Ushi

Answer: We Give the Ultimate Wealth

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Ushi,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We are offering the rarest treasure of Krishna bhakti to everyone. The difficulty is that people are so much covered by ignorance that they have no interest. They would rather have the cheap trinket of temporary material sense gratification than the rarest gem of awakening pure love of Krishna or God within their hearts. Because of this ignorance the entire material world has been cast into an ocean of suffering.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Thought For The Day: Be Kind to Yourself

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Don't torture yourself by continuing to focus your life on serving your material body. Your material body is simply a costume that you are temporarily wearing. It is not you. Of course, you should not neglect your costume. You should take proper care of it. You should keep it in good health. But you must never think that it is you. Your main focus should on serving the needs of the actual self, the eternal spiritual self who is seated within the temporary material body. And what is that need? The need of the actual self seated within is to have a pure loving relationship with that person who is the Supreme Self, the source of all existence. That Supreme Person has unlimited names, pastimes, and qualities. His name "Krishna" is especially potent because this name includes all of the other millions and billions and trillions of His other names within it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna--The Most Amazing of All Persons


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Question: Faithful and Mechanical Chanting?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Dandavat pranam. Jaya Srila Prabhupada.

What does it mean to chant faithfully? And what does is mean to chant mechanically?

Your servant,

Sanket

Answer: With Love and Without Love

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Sanket,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Faithfully is chanting with love treating Krishna as a person, and mechanically is chanting without love treating Krishna as a machine.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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