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His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Thought For The Day:The Magical Evening When I Received the Mahamantra

Kaunas, Lithuania

I was a miserable, always depressed college student who wanted more than anything to know what is the meaning of life. But my professors and my text books did not and could not answer this question. Then in my third year of college I heard that there was something called "self-realization" which solved all of life's riddles. So in pursuit of self-realization I followed the teachings of a "guru" who had me staring at a candle in a darkened room to become self-realized. After a prolonged endeavor when his teachings didn't work I finally got a little bit of bliss by burning all of his home study lessons to ashes. Another "guru," who made money off of me by charging me an initiation fee, had me silently meditating twice a day on the syllable "Aing." When my repeating "aing" did not work, I abandoned that scam also. But then one fateful evening in the fall of 1968 in Denver, Colorado USA in my apartment at 1271 Lafayette Street a friend named Patrick Dolan turned me on to this chanting:

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

When I tried this self-realization technique it was truly phenomenal. I felt that I was verily being carried away on a spiritual airplane into the higher realms of existence. This chanting of Hare Krishna truly changed my life and brought me eventually to becoming a disciple of one of the greatest spiritual masters in the history of the universe, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whom I have now been serving faithfully as his disciple for half a century finding ever-increasing happiness, love, and spiritual realization in his service.

So now when I remember that fateful evening way back in 1968 at 1271 Lafayette Street my heart melts a little bit and I feel so grateful to my friend Patrick Dolan for sharing Krishna with me. Wherever you are, Patrick Dolan, my sincere thanks to you! May you now have the unlimited blessings of Lord Sri Krishna showering upon you at every moment!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Where I Received the Hare Krishna Mahamantra:
1271 Lafayette Street in Denver, Colorado

The Atheistic Philosophers Are Bogus


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Correct Philosophers?

Which philosophers are the most objectively correct?

Christine Liao

Answer: Those Who Represent the Supreme Philosopher

The correct philosophers are the ones who explain and expound upon the philosophy given by the supreme philosopher, God Himself, not the ones who speculate and erroneously come up with the conclusion that everything is impersonal or void.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Thought For The Day: Don't Let Anxiety Get You Down

Kaunas, Lithuania

There is no reason to let anxiety get you down because anxiety here in this material world is the special blessing of Krishna to help us remember that this anxiety-ridden material world is not actual home. Our real home is in the spiritual world, which is completely free from anxiety. If we accept anxiety as a blessing instead of a curse, it will not bring us down. Rather than disturbing our mind it will be an impetus for increasing our transcendental bliss. So now it is our choice how we decide to deal with anxiety.

I hope you make the right choice because I do not like for anybody to be miserable.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Don't Be Crippled by Anxiety

Nothing is Not the Origin of Everything


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Is Nothing the Origin of Everything?


Do you agree that in the beginning there was nothing, which then exploded?

Matt Swedlow

Answer: Nothing Comes from Nothing

If in the beginning there was nothing, there would be nothing to be exploded and nothing to cause the explosion. Therefore the philosophy that in the beginning there was nothing is completely bogus. Nothing comes from nothing. Everything comes from something. And that original something is the source of all existence. This proper understanding is the philosophy known as “substance,” which means that there is substance to our existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Thought For The Day: Sex in Krishna Consciousness

Kaunas, Lithuania

One of the four regulative principles for initiated devotees of Krishna is "No illicit sex." So what does that mean? Does it mean that one can only have sex with one's wife? Or does it mean something more than that?

In this connection Srila Prabhupada has written n his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Fifth Canto, Chapter 13, Text 4 as follows: "Those who strictly follow the rules and regulations of householder life engage in sex only once a month, at the end of the menstrual period." In this connection he also explained in a morning walk conversation on 17 February 1974 in Bombay: "You cannot have sexual intercourse with wife as you like, no. That is also illicit sex. Then... When the woman is in menstrual period, after five days, you can have once. As soon as she is pregnant, no more sexual intercourse. This is human being. Not that like animal."

In the Vedic culture the act of begetting of a child is not done whimsically but is only done in conjunction with a ceremony known as Garbhadhana-samskara, which Srila Prabhupada describes as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 3, Chapter 20, Text 28:

"The mental condition of a child depends upon the mental status of his parents at the time he is conceived. According to the Vedic system, therefore, the garbhadhana-samskara, or the ceremony for giving birth to a child, is observed. Before begetting a child, one has to sanctify his perplexed mind. When the parents engage their minds in the lotus feet of the Lord and in such a state the child is born, naturally good devotee children come; when the society is full of such good population, there is no trouble from demoniac mentalities."

Since elaborate Vedic rituals are not very practical at the present time in the Kali Yuga, Srila Prabhupada has given us a simplified version of the garbhadhana-samskara in his order that before having sex, once in a month the husband and wife must both chant at least 50 rounds of japa. In this regard he wrote to his disciple Syama Dasi as follows in a letter dated 18 January 1969 from Los Angeles:

"You have asked me some questions about the functions of sex life in Krishna Consciousness, and the basic principle is that it should be avoided as far as possible. However, if it is unavoidable, then it should be utilized only for begetting Krishna Conscious children. In that case, the husband and wife should chant at least fifty rounds before going to sex. The recommended period is six days after the menstruation period."

In 1977 when he was asked if we should observe the garbhadhana-samskara before attempting to conceive children he said, "We do not want all these rituals. Chanting Hare Krishna is our only business." And he repeated the same instruction he gave in 1969 regarding 50 rounds of japa.

So considering the above instructions it is clearly understood that it is better to completely avoid sex and, if that is not possible, then our married couples should have sex no more than once a month five or six days after the wife's menstrual cycle and after the husband and wife have both chanted at least 50 rounds of japa. By strictly following these instructions of Srila Prabhupada children who are very spiritually qualified will take birth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Happy Krishna Conscious Family Life

ISKCON Founder/Acharya--His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Head of ISKCON?

Who is the head of ISKCON?

Mike Castrova

Answer: Srila Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in the form of his perfect divine instructions always remains the head of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In this regard he has a title which will never be given to anyone else. His title is “ISKCON Founder-Acharya.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Whole World is Waiting to Be Awakened

Kaunas, Lithuania

In Mumbai, India on 7 January 1973, Srila Prabhupada confirmed that the whole world is now waiting to be awakened in Krishna consciousness. So let us perform our sacred duty of doing just that, awakening them to the transcendental world of Krishna consciousness, so that everyone can be restored to their original identities as the eternal servants of Krishna. This will bring a wondrous new era of peace and happiness to the entire earth, which will then amazingly become in many ways like a spiritual planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Holy Names Tidal Wave Flooding Germany

Lord Caitanya's Movement Will Completely Transform Our Planet


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Is There Hope for the Future?

Is there hope for the future despite the ever-increasing spiritual and moral decline in mankind?

Mike Castrova

Answer: There is Great Hope!

There is great hope of a spiritual revival on this planet. This is why I have dedicated the last half a century of my life for this purpose. In fact, it is predicted in the Vedic scriptures that in the midst of this wicked materialistic age of Kali there will be a vast, all encompassing spiritual revolution that will completely transform our entire planet into a spiritual paradise.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Thought For The Day: Krishna Consciousness in a Remote Village

Vilnius, Lithuania

On 24 September 2019, we traveled through dense forests to the remote village of Antakalne in Lithuania, which has a population of only one hundred. It was very enlivening to experience Hare Krishna kirtana in such a remote place with such an enthusiastic group of chanters. I am praying to Krishna that that day will come soon when the whole world falls in love with chanting Hare Krishna. If such a day can come, it will be the dawning of one of the most amazingly wondrous eras in human history. May that day come soon! May that day come soon!

On the return drive to Vilnius our driver, my disciple Damodar Das, had to be very careful because there were so many deer on the two lane highway.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Kirtana in Antakalne, Lithuania


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Are You a Pure Devotee? Have You Seen God?

Dear Guru Maharaj,

Please accept my obeisances.

We are told that we should believe in the scriptures and do bhakti (devotional service) accordingly. But when will we realize the truth of the scriptures and be able to see Krishna face to face? How many years will it take to fully realize the truths described in scripture and see Krishna directly face to face?

Plus I want to ask one more thing very humbly to you. Are you are a pure devotee of God? Have you seen Krishna face to face?

Your servant,
Rishabh Gupta

Answer: See If I Am Strictly Following Srila Prabhupada

From: ISKCON Vilnius, Lithuania

My Dear Rishabh,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. As soon as you begin to sincerely follow the directions given in the scriptures you will immediately experience how the brilliant sun of Krishna is rising within your heart. And when you become fully mature in your practice of Krishna consciousness you will be able to see Krishna directly at every minute both within your heart and everywhere wherever you go.

You have asked me if I have seen Krishna face to face. If I told you, "yes," how would you know that I am not lying. So the real thing you need to see is if I am strictly following and repeating the teachings given in Srila Prabhupada's books. If I am, then you can know that I am fully qualified to guide you to spiritual perfection. This is the proper way to test my legitimacy as a teacher of the science of bhakti because this is something you can actually verify by careful investigation.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Thought For The Day: If 1% Become Devotees, the World Will Change

From Vilnius, Lithuania

On 2 May 1972 when Srila Prabhupada was in Tokyo he wrote to his disciple Karandhara Das stating, "If only 1% become devotees, that will change the world." This is a great encouragement for those who are preaching the Krishna consciousness movement. Right now the world population is 7.7 billion. So all we need to do to change the world is to convince 77 million people to take up Krishna consciousness. If we can do so, a wonderful new atmosphere will be manifested on this planet. Just see the power and potency of the Lord's devotee on affecting the atmosphere around him. So let us now work diligently to get that one person out of every hundred people properly situated in Krishna consciousness. If we can do so, this will be truly revolutionary. The Caitanya Era will become fully manifested on this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


The Most Merciful Lord Caitanya

This is God


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Knowledge and Belief?

What is the difference between knowledge and belief?

Anonymous

Answer: I Know God

Knowledge never changes because it absolute. Belief can change at any time because it is relative. Therefore I do not believe in God. I know God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Thought For The Day: Vaisnavas Desire to Deliver the World

from Riga, Latvia

The Vaisnavas, the devotees of the Supreme Lord, fully embrace Lord Caitanya's world deliverance mission accepting it as their very life and soul. Their hearts are full of anxiety for the deliverance of all living entities from the so-called enjoyment of this material world, which is nothing more than disguised misery. They are always anxious to give the real happiness of spiritual bliss to all the bewildered materialists. They do not want to be liberated alone leaving the fools and rascals stuck in the cycle of birth and death. They know that unless the people of this world take shelter of Krishna's lotus feet they cannot be happy. Therefore they desire to bring all the fallen souls of this material world back to Krishna, even if they have to take birth after birth to do so. The spiritual world or the material world does not matter to the Lord's devotees because, having taken complete shelter of the lotus feet of Krishna, they always feel happy and protected in any and all situations. The devotees personally have no problems. Their only problem is how to deliver all the fallen souls of this material world back to their original home in the spiritual world. Thus the devotees are very, very dear to Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Prahlada Maharaja Wants to Deliver All the Fallen Souls Back to Godhead


Krishna Unconditionally Loves Everyone


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why God is Cruel to My Dad?

Can you please answer my question which has been bothering me? My father is 89. He is a well-known writer, a very selfless character. He has helped many people in many ways. Now he has been diagnosed with throat cancer. Many people who are very selfish and arrogant are leading a healthy life. Why God is very partial and cruel towards my dad?

Please answer.

Anuradha Kushelakumaran

Answer: God is Fair and Also Very Kind

From: ISKCON Riga, Latvia

My Dear Anuradha,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

God is not cruel to anyone. Everyone is getting exactly what they have earned according to their karma accumulated in this lifetime and in previous lifetimes. Karma means the reactions from their previous pious and impious activities.

God is so kind that He takes away the karma of all those who fully surrender unto Him. This is what He teaches us in the Bhagavad-gita.

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Thought For The Day: Why Suffer?

from Riga, Latvia

Suffering is the pastime of fools. Those who are enriched with transcendental knowledge relish within their hearts at every minute the greatest happiness of pure love of God and for all living beings. This art of pure love is learned from the bona fide spiritual master, not one of the cheating so-called gurus who is simply after your money. In the beginning of my self-realization path, I was cheated and misled by such so-called gurus who had a material agenda behind their so-called spiritual teachings. But a half a century ago after I was fortunate to find a bona fide spiritual master and was blessed by God with the intelligence to fully surrender unto him, my life has been transformed into the most exciting, exhilarating adventure at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Don't Be Misguided by a Bogus Guru
Even If He Can Display Mystic Power


Today's Depressed Youth


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why 90% of Youngsters are Depressed?

Today about 90% of youngsters are in depression. What is the reason behind this?

Arshia Azmat

Answer: They Don't Know Why They Exist

They are depressed because they do not know why they exist. In the mid 60’s I was also such a depressed youth. But through a most amazing series of fortunate events starting in 1968 and culminating in 1971, I was led to an understanding of the art of how to enter into the highest level of spiritual realization known as Bhagavan realization in which one perfectly understands and is able to fully fulfill the purpose of his existence. This has completely transformed my life turning it into the sweetest, most relishable adventure that can possibly be lived. Hence I am on a mission to introduce this science to the entire world. Those who interested can enroll in my absolutely free training program at: www.JoinCourse.com .

Kindly note that there is someone on www.quora.com whose agenda is to negate everything that I say. My advice is that you ignore him completely and that you take full advantage of this most amazing knowledge and realization that I have been blessed with to make your life unlimitedly sublime. If you do so, you will also be blessed with the knowledge of how guide all of today’s troubled, depressed youth, and indeed everyone else, into living the most exciting, thrilling, and fulfilling lives that they can possibly live.

Always wishing you the very best,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Thought For The Day: Why Should I Become Krishna Conscious?

from Riga, Latvia

Why in the world would somebody want to become Krishna conscious when they could instead focus their lives on enjoying the things of this world as much as possible? The answer is that since we are not actually creatures of this material world all of our attempts to enjoy here are artificial. This is compared to a fish trying to enjoy himself on the land. No matter what facilities you give Mr. Fish on the land he can never be satisfied because this is not his natural environment. So instead of futilely try to satisfy himself on the land, Mr. Fish should ask someone to toss him back into the water. Then and only then will he be happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


A Fish Out of the Water...

Is Miserable In Spite of All Facilities on the Land.

But Back in the Water He is Happy


Remembering Krishna or God is Pure Ecstasy


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Rule for All Humans?

Is there any rule you think should be followed by all the humans, but that is not part of the mainstream?

Samyak Soni

Answer: Always Remember and Never Forget God

Yes, there is a such rule, and if this rule is universally followed our entire planetary culture will be transformed into an amazing paradise: Always remember God and never forget Him. Anyone who follows this rule will be a spiritually enlightened being who is directly associating with God at every moment. What could be more sublime and divinely wonderful than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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

from Riga, Latvia

Our mission given to us by Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada is to now make the whole world Krishna conscious. Of course, seeing how materialistic the whole world is at the present time, this seems to be completely impossible, a mere utopian dream. But by the grace of Lord Sri Krishna even the most highly impossible things can become possible. It is very encouraging to read in this connection what ISKCON's Founder-Acharya HIs Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has written in this connection. In his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, First Canto, Chapter 5, Text 23 he states:

"The expert spiritual master knows the art of utilizing everything to glorify the Lord, and therefore under his guidance the whole world can be turned into the spiritual abode by the divine grace of the Lord's servant."

This is why we must now flood this planet with Srila Prabhupada's books so that everyone can come to understand the great benefit of following Srila Prabhupada's guidance and mold their lives accordingly.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


 

Srila Prabhupada Brings Spiritual Revolution to the USA


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Is This a Concoction?

My dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you, Srila Gurudeva, and Srimati Gurumata.

You have written me: "Let us work together co-operatively to make the whole world Krishna conscious as soon as possible!"

But, Srila Gurudeva, I need to save myself first before I even try to save somebody else, as per your teachings. This is a heavy responsibility, Srila Gurudeva. I strongly feel you are overestimating me. No offense, but that's what I feel. I am not trying to save anybody but just trying to serve you. I don't know whether it is concoction or not. Please let me know.

Your servant,
Srivatsa Das

Answer: Here is the Proper Understanding

From: Riga, Latvia

My Dear Srivatsa,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I appreciate very much how you are keeping yourself in a humble position. This is always the proper mood for a disciple, that my spiritual master is the one who is doing the real work of deliverance and I am simply serving him. But at the same time you should know that by assisting your spiritual master in his world deliverance mission you are also recognized by Lord Caitanya for your work for the deliverance of the fallen souls.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Thought For The Day: Spirituality or Materiality?

from Kaunas, Lithuania

Spirituality or materiality, which is your choice? Everyone has this choice. They can choose between a life dedicated to matter or a life dedicated to spirit. An intelligent person will open-mindedly consider the pros and cons of each lifestyle in order to carefully discriminate which is the best choice. Materiality has the benefit of giving instant gratification and the deficit of total defeat at the time of death with transmigration into the animal or plant species in one's next birth. Spirituality has the deficiency of delayed benefit and the reward of an eternal life, full of knowledge and bliss. This can be compared with the decision of whether one should immediately get a job after graduating from high school or whether one should sacrifice earning money for a few more years in order to get a college education. In the long run who makes more money, the high school graduate or the college graduate? In the long run who gets greater happiness, the spiritualist or the materialist? Now you decide and do the needful. May you make the right choice!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Spirituality is Now Becoming Very Popular


Nobody Likes to Be Depressed


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Spirituality and Life?

What do spirituality and life have in common?

Chris Franco

Answer: Spirituality Means Life; Materiality Means Death

We are not these temporary bodies but are factually instead eternal spiritual beings who are temporarily seated within these material bodies like a driver sitting temporarily in the driver seat of a car. Therefore spirituality or identifying ourselves as eternal spiritual beings means life and materiality or misidentifying with our temporary material bodies means death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thought For The Day: Make the Whole World Pregnant

from Kaunas, Lithuania

In this material world everyone is running after lusty pleasures thinking them to be the greatest enjoyment of life. The real fact is that all of these lusty dealings are simply making people more and more miserable and turning this planet into more and more of a hell. Instead of being lusty to enjoy sex life, Krishna's devotee transforms his lust into love by his intense desire to make the whole world Krishna conscious as soon as possible. Why make one woman pregnant when you can make the whole pregnant by planting the seed of love of God with their hearts, enlightening everyone in the science of Krishna consciousness? This is the greater sex life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lust is the Doorway to Misery

Under Krishna's Order Evil Was Destroyed


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: How Evil Could Come Back?

In the Bhagavad-gita 4.7, Lord Krishna says, “Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion -- at that time I descend Myself." If that was so, and if He had indeed wiped all the evils off of the Earth, how is it that the Kali yuga, an era of the greatest evil, was able to manifest after Lord Sri Krishna went back to the spiritual world? How am I to understand this?

Kumar Shivam

Answer: To Set the Stage for Gaura Lila

My Dear Kumar,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Lord Sri Krishna.

Lord Krishna wiped out all evil when He was present on this planet 5,000 years ago and arranged that the entire planet earth was under the rule of a pure devotee king. Our planet was indeed a paradise in those days. But in order to display an even more amazing pastime, He allowed the normal changes of the ages to take place. He allowed the winter age, the most materialistic age of Kali, to manifest so that He could appear again in His most merciful form of Lord Caitanya 500 years ago. When Lord Krishna appeared 5,000 years ago, the program was to kill all of the demons. But in this age of Kali everyone is a demon. Therefore instead of killing the demons in this age, Lord Sri Krishna takes on the form of His own devotee, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He appears to annihilate the demoniac mentality in the hearts of all men by the Sankirtana Movement, the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. This Sankirtana Movement is now spreading like wildfire all over the world. Soon it will engulf the entire human society putting an end to all the evil in this world. Thus Lord Sri Krishna’s words will come true once again in an even more amazing way.

Hoping this meets you well,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Thought For The Day: My Burning Anxiety

from London, England

My burning anxiety is to see a world around me in which everyone is totally engrossed in material sense gratification and thus according to their karma is going down to the animal kingdom in their next births. We try to enlighten them in the science of Krishna consciousness to save them from this fate but sadly they are not interested. Somehow or other we must find the ways and means to attract the entire global society to regularly chant the Hare Krishna mantra and to mold their lives according to the most sublime teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada because his teachings, if followed sincerely, will usher in a new age of unparalleled peace and prosperity all over the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada's Teachings Will Transform Our World into a Paradise


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Attaining Inner Peace?

How tough was it for you to achieve inner peace?

Abhay Gupta

Answer: Surrender to the Bona Fide Spiritual Master

I went through many years of difficult struggle to attain inner peace. I abandoned all material career plans and fully dedicated myself to pursuing spiritual enlightenment as my only career. I was on my way from my home in America to go to India to totally renounce the world by living the life of a sadhu. But then one night before heading out to India, I had a brilliant realization that if I want to truly renounce everything I must also renounce renunciation and then find something transcendental to this material existence to accept. So I prayed to God in the mood of Lord Jesus Christ to guide me how to become His perfect servant. This prayer led me eventually to the lotus feet of one of the greatest spiritual masters in the history of the universe, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness). By surrendering to him as his initiated disciple I immediately achieved perfect peace.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Thought For The Day: Don't Be Carried Away by Maya

from Aheloy, Bulgaria

Maya's job is to keep us entangled in the cycle of birth and death drowning in the ocean of birth, death, old age, and disease. To attract us to remain in her clutches she gives us the allurements of material sex pleasure, intoxication, gambling, money, fame, and power, etc. Those who are foolish are duped by her tricks and remain prisoners of the material energy. And those who are intelligent and philosophically inclined take shelter of Lord Sri Krishna in order to return to their original home in the spiritual world far, far, far beyond all the sufferings of this material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


The Spiritual World is the Land of Unlimited Bliss


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Spirituality for Overcoming Bad Habits?

Is spirituality the only way to overcome bad habits?

Gaurav Oberoi

Answer: Spirituality Means No Bad Habits

Since materiality is the root cause of all bad habits, as long as one is in material consciousness his bad habits will never go away. He must fully spiritualize himself in order throw off all the bad habits which have polluted his life since time immemorial. Spirituality is the plane of pure consciousness, and materiality is the plane of polluted consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Thought For The Day: You've Got Nothing to Lose Except for Your Anxiety

from Sofia, Bulgaria

Taking to Krishna consciousness is the perfection of our existence. It is unlimitedly sweet and sublime. By taking seriously to this most enlightening process we have nothing to lose except for all of our anxieties and we have absolutely everything to gain. When the world population finally realizes how marvelously splendid is this ecstatic process of Krishna consciousness the whole world will join this movement. May that day come soon. May that day come very soon!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Our Modern Day World is an Anxiety-Filled World


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Feeling Pity is Good or Bad?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Is it good or bad for one's Krishna consciousness to pity the suffering of others?

Sincerely,
Joe from Austin

Answer: It is the Highest Good

From: Sofia, Bulgaria

My Dear Bhakta Joe,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Your question is very nice.

Lord Caitanya is in great anxiety to see how the conditioned souls are suffering unlimitedly because of being entangled in the cycle of repeated birth and death. This anxiety is a great burden, which is very heavily weighing Him down. Thus when His devotee is also in a state of anxiety to see the unlimited sufferings of the fallen, conditioned souls of this material world, that devotee is very, very dear to Lord Caitanya. This is because that devotee is giving partial relief to Lord Caitanya by helping Him to shoulder this burden. This means that the more the devotee feels pity in his heart to see the suffering souls of this material world, the more he is dear to Lord Caitanya.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Thought For The Day: Be MoreTolerant than a Tree

From Sofia, Bulgaria

Lord Caitanya is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna appearing in the form of His own devotee. He has very wonderfully taught us as follows the art of how to be always fully absorbed in pure love of God:

trnad api sunicena
taror iva sahisnuna
amanina manadena
kirtaniyah sada harih

"One can chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking himself lower than the straw in the street. One should be more tolerant than the tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige and ready to offer all respects to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly." (Siksastaka 3)

If we take Lord Caitanya's advice seriously, we will easily attain spiritual perfection.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lord Caitanya, the Golden Avatara


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: If Everything is an Illusion?

If everything is Maya or illusion, then how about enlightenment?

Bhadra Parekh

Answer: Then That Concept is Also an Illusion

Bhadra, if everything is Maya or illusion then the concept that everything is Maya or illusion, which is also part of everything, is also Maya or illusion and thus cancels itself out. The perfection of spiritual enlightenment is to realize the source from which everything is coming, to realize what is the nature of that source, and then to perfectly harmonize or dovetail all one’s thoughts, words, and deeds with that source in all times, places, and circumstances. This is the art or science that I teach.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Thought For The Day: Do Not Be a Stupid Idiot

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

It has been many times said that today's materialistic society is nothing more than a society of the cheaters and the cheated. Nothing could be truer than this. Everywhere we go, we are being misguided and misled to embrace a life of material sense gratification in order to find the so-called true happiness of life. Those who are fortunate realize that this is simply a big sham and that there is no real happiness in sense gratification. And those who are most fortunate are blessed by the teachings of a bona fide spiritual master, who enlightens them how to quickly and easily awaken the state of pure transcendental happiness within their hearts by fully absorbing themselves in loving service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada Enlightens His Disciples


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: What is the Reason for Happiness?

What is the reason for happiness?

Zevi Weinberg

Answer: Our Natural State of Consciousness

Just as a fish is happy when he is within the water and miserable if he is washed up onto the beach and stuck on the land, we living beings are naturally happy when we are in loving relationship with God and more and more miserable the more that we become godless. The atheists will of course vehemently argue against this. But at the time of death they will be defeated when they are forced to go down to the animal kingdom in their next births.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Thought For The Day: Is Krishna Consciousness Dangerous?

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Sometimes we hear the philosophy that it is dangerous to get too much into Krishna consciousness because it will make you a failure in your material life. Krishna instructs us in the Bhagavad-gita to give up all other duties and simply fully surrender to Him. By doing so, will one become neglectful and irresponsible in his family and occupational duties? One may think that anyone who gets too much into Krishna consciousness will not be materially successful, therefore it is better not to get too much into Krishna consciousness, it is best not to bring my children to any Hare Krishna programs so that it does not spoil their future careers.

In this connection it should be carefully noted that one of the qualities of a devotee is daksha, expert. This means that the devotee becomes expert in every aspect of life, including his family and occupational duties. Just like Arjuna, for example, even though a great pure devotee was as a ksatriya, a warrior, by occupation. When it came to executing his occupational duties, in the battle of Kurukshetra, in which 640 millions warriors were killed, only Arjuna and his four devotee brothers survived. Everyone else was killed.

Of course, one may argue that Arjuna and his brothers were an exception, that generally devotees are failures in their material duties. But the Bhagavad-gita in its final verse clearly states:

yatra yogesvarah krsno
yatra partho dhanur-dharah
tatra srir vijayo bhutir
dhruva nitir matir mama

"Wherever there is Krishna, the master of all mystics, and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power, and morality. That is my opinion."

This means that anyone who becomes fully Krishna conscious becomes highly moral, powerful, opulent, and victorious. So who is that fool who would not want to become totally absorbed in Krishna consciousness?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Arjuna is the Most Expert Warrior,
and Krishna Drives His Chariot.


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Do We Desire Liberation?

What is behind the desire for liberation from earthly existence?

Kathy R. England

Answer: Because We Intuitively Know That We Are Eternal

The desire for liberation from this earthly existence, which forces us to be dragged into the all-devouring jaws of death, is the deep-seated intuitive understanding within us that our actual nature is eternal, not temporary.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thought For The Day: On the Road Again

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Things are developing so nicely now here in our Austin center that we feel that we should remain here full time to help things move forward even more. But I also have an obligation to nurture and strengthen my disciples all over the world. Hence we will continue with our program of traveling and preaching with the adjustment of spending more time in Austin. Neophyte devotees often go through various kinds of struggle and thus require the guidance of more experienced devotees to help them overcome the hurdles. This is I why I make myself fully available by email for anyone who needs help and encouragement in their spiritual life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Super Ecstatic Program at ISKCON Austin


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Best Example of Success?

What is the best example of success when no one believed in it?

Suhaib Bin Younis

Answer: Srila Prabhupada

The best example of success when no one could have believed that it could be possible is the example of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. He was a 70 year man who had suffered two heart attacks on the boat coming to America from India in 1965. He had only 40 rupees, which was worth only $10 at that time. Who could have thought that this elderly swami could launch a huge spiritual movement, the Hare Krishna movement, with followers and temples all over the world and which is now worth millions of dollars? It is unthinkable and is surely one of God’s miracles.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Thought For The Day: Please Promote this Video

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Please help us promote this video on Facebook. We want it to go super viral so that the entire world can become Krishna conscious. You can find the video by clicking on this link:

Take me to the Video.

If we can awaken people to Krishna consciousness, their lives will become free from all anxiety. And if this goes viral we can turn the entire earth planet into a heavenly planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Let's Make the Video Go Viral Right Now


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: ISKCON Scam?

What is the ISKCON Scam?

Anonymous

Answer: We Cheat People Out of Their Suffering

We cheat everyone out of their false material identity, which is the cause of unlimited suffering, so that they can realize their factual eternal, all-blissful, fully cognizant spiritual identity. If this is cheating, may the whole world now be cheated.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Thought For The Day: Don't Kill Your Mother

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Early this morning, I made a run to the grocery store to buy a half-gallon of milk for Gurumata's making some milk burfi for Sri Sri Radha Damodar. The milk department was stocked with a huge supply of milk as are millions of grocery stores all over the world. This milk is coming from the cow, who is considered to be our second mother according to the Vedic wisdom. Why our second mother? Just as we take breast milk from our first mother, we also take the breast milk from our second mother, who produces far more milk than her calf can drink. But we are so cruel that when our second mother's breast milk dries up, we kill her and eat her flesh. What type of civilization is this? It's a mother-killing civilization. The karmic reaction from the mother-killing is wreaking tremendous havoc upon the human civilization in so many ways, such as the recent hurricane which recently devastated the Bahamas, and thousands and millions of other difficulties.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


How Could Anyone Want to Kill Their Mother?


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Chanting Mentioned in Bhagavad-gita?

Is chanting mentioned in the Bhagavad-gita?

Manthan Badava

Answer: Yes, Indeed

Dear Manthan,

Please accept my blessings.

Yes, chanting is indeed mentioned in the Bhagavad-gita. Lord Sri Krishna instructs us in Chapter 9, Verse 14 as follows:

satatam kirtayanto mam
yatantas ca drdha-vratah
namasyantas ca mam bhaktya
nitya-yukta upasate

“Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.”

The great souls are those who are always chanting the glories of Lord Sri Krishna. This same Lord Krishna has reappeared only 500 years ago as Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Who teaches us by His example to always chant: “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare” as much as possible 24 hours daily in order to quickly and easily attain the topmost level of spiritual perfection.

If we are intelligent, we will take advantage of His instruction and thus make our lives unlimitedly sublime.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Thought For The Day: How to Conquer Laziness?

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

As young brahmacari monk back in the early 70's at a Krishna conscious festival in the question and answer session at the end of the lecture I asked the speaker, "How to overcome laziness?" I was afraid he was going to say, "By hard work." Still I was prepared to accept this answer, even though for me who had formerly been a lazy hippy who was still dealing with a tendency towards laziness it would surely be a bitter pill. However, the answer he gave me was so profound and so wonderful that I still remember it even though almost a half a century has passed. Instead of giving a long winded answer, he simply said, "By love."

This makes a lot of sense. When you truly love someone there is no question of hard work. Ask a mother why she is working so hard to take care of her baby, and she will say that she is not working, that she is simply taking care of her baby. So if we love for Krishna, guru, and Vaisnavas we can spend our entire lives working hard to serve them even though we will never feel that we are working at all. This is called a labor of love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Devotees Ecstatically Serve Srila Prabhupada


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Human Beings?

Why did God create human beings?

Wricheek Adhikari

Answer: Loving Relationships

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Wricheek,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

God is expanding us from Himself in order to have a personal loving relationship with each and every one of us.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Thought For The Day: Hell or Paradise?

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

If we put Krishna or God back in the center of our global civilization, it will be transformed into a paradise. Unfortunately our modern day leaders have no such desire. Therefore they have turned this planet into a hell. It's time that we have a new slate of Krishna conscious world leaders. When will the people wake up and demand such leaders?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Our Modern Day Leaders Have Ruined the World


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: What Turned You Around?

When did you stop looking for satisfaction in materialism and what turned you around?

Tim Halloran

Answer: Jesus Christ

Dear Tim,

Thank you very much for your nice question. I fully embraced the life of spirituality in 1971. I wanted to become a fully self-realized soul like Jesus Christ. I was trying to understand what made him spiritually perfect. One day I found it in the Bible. Christ says, “Father, not my will, but Thy will be done.” So I was praying every day to God, “Please guide me how to become Your perfect servant.” Then a great saint named Vishnujana Swami came to my town, and I attended his lectures. He gave a practical system on how one could become fully surrendered to the will of God called Krishna consciousness. So I adopted it. And now a half a century later I am still fully absorbed in loving service to God. My spiritual master ordered me to make the whole world God conscious. Although I am not very capable or talented in this regard I am making a humble attempt to serve his order.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Thought For The Day: Our Duty: Lead the World Out of Chaos

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Our duty in the Krishna consciousness movement is to the lead the entire world out of chaos. It is not difficult. If the people of the world will simply agree to hear the message of Krishna as revealed in Bhagavad-gita as it is, this can easily be accomplished. However, the difficulty is that they do not want to hear this. They are simply hearing so much rubbish and nonsense. So this is our big challenge: how to attract the people of the world to hear the message of Krishna, which He so mercifully reveals.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Our Modern Day World Is In Great Chaos


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Feeling Alone?

Why do I feel alone?

Uma Sharma

Answer: Because You Are Forgetting Krishna

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Uma,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

You are feeling alone because you are forgetting Krishna. If you always remember Krishna, you will never feel alone because Lord Krishna will be with you at every minute bestowing His unlimited blessings upon you.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Appearance Day of Srimati Radharani

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Here in Austin, Texas today is the appearance of Srimati Radharani. What can be more wonderful than this? Here is an excerpt of a lecture given by Srila Prabhupada in London on 5 September 1972 on Radhastami, Srimati Radharani’s Appearance Day

Today is Radhastami. You perform. Our yajña is sankirtana, and Srimati Radharani is the pleasure potency of Krishna.

Radha-krsna-pranaya-vikrtir hladini saktir asmad ekatmanav api bhuvi pura deha-bhedam gatau tau, sri-caitanyakhyam prakatam adhuna tad-dvayam caikyam aptam [Cc. Adi 1.5].

When Krishna… Krishna is one. Ekam advitiyam. But eko bahu syat. He can expand Himself. So when He wants to enjoy, so the pleasure potency is manifested from His personal body. That pleasure potency is Radharani. Radharani is not ordinary living entity. Radharani is Krishna’s personal pleasure potency. Hladini-sakti.

So just today is the appearance day of Hladini-sakti. So if you want to please Krishna… Because our business is to please Krishna. Hari-tosanam. Our this movement is hari-tosanam.

Samsiddhir hari-tosanam. Atah pumbhir dvija-srestha varnasrama-vibhagasah. Varnasrama-vibhagasah. Svanusthitasya dharmasya sassiddhir hari-tosanam [SB 1.2.13].

Not only our. This is the aim. In the Bhagavad-gita it is also said, vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyah [Bg. 15.15]. The whole Vedic literature is meant for searching out Krishna and to satisfy. So Krishna personally comes to give you the information. Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam: [Bg. 18.66] "You rascal, you give up all these engagements. Simply you surrender unto Me."

And what about other demigods? There are so many demigods. What we have to do? Kamais tais tair hrta-jñanah [Bg. 7.20]. "This demigod is worshiped by persons who have lost all intelligence." Hrta-jñana. Hrta-jñana means nasta-buddhayah, one who has lost of the intelligence. There is no need. Simply mam ekam. That is the instruction of Bhagavad... That is the sastra instruction.

Visnur aradhyate pantha nanyat tat-tosa-karanam. Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum [SB 7.5.31].

Om tad visnoh paramam padam sada pasyanti. This is Rig Veda mantra. Actual aim of life is to satisfy Lord Visnu, and Krishna is the origin of visnu-tattva. And He is pleased through Radharani. Therefore we don't keep Krishna alone. No. Radha-Krishna. First Radharani. So that day is today. First you have to worship Radharani. If you go through Radharani...

Therefore in Vrindavana you will see all devotees, they will address one another, "Jaya Radhe." Still. Because they know that "If Radharani is pleased, if I can please Radharani..." Radharani is presented, the original pleasure potency, always absorbed in thought of Krishna. So anyone who comes before Radharani to serve Krishna, oh, She becomes so pleased, "Oh, here is a devotee of Krishna." She immediately recommends, "Krishna, oh, here is a devotee. He is better than Me." This is Radharani. I may be a not devotee. I may be most fallen rascal. But if I try to reach Krishna through Radharani, then my business is successful. Therefore we should worship Radharani first. That is our business. Instead of offering directly one flower to Krishna, you just put it in the hands of Radharani: "My mother Radharani, Jagan-mata, if you kindly take this flower and offer it to Krishna." "Oh," Radharani says, "Oh, you have brought a flower?" Krishna said, patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati [Bg. 9.26], but don't try to offer Krishna directly. Just offer through Radharani. It will be very much appreciated by Radharani.

So this is our philosophy, to please Krishna through Radharani, and just today is the auspicious day of Radharani’s appearance. So we should offer puspañjali and pray to Radharani that "Radharani, kindly be merciful and tell about me to Your Krishna. To Your Krishna. Krishna is Yours." Krishna, Radha-Krishna. Krishna is not independent. Krishna is Radharani's property. So you have to approach Krishna through Radharani. That is, today is the auspicious day. Worship Radharani very nicely and be happy.

Thank you very much. Hare Krishna.


Srimati Radharani


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Spirituality?

How does spirituality come?

Rajesh Dohrey

Answer: Association with a Sadhu

Spirituality comes by association with a great saint, a sadhu. In my life I was blessed by the association of the greatest of all sadhus, ISKCON Founder/Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. His association was the magical touchstone which completely transformed my life. And by the massive distribution of his books, this entire planet will be transformed into a spiritual paradise.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Blazing Forest Fire of Material Existence

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Material life is like a blazing forest fire destroying everything in its path because material life, especially in this most degraded age of Kali in which are now deeply enveloped, destroys all the good qualities of the human being. This is why we pray every day with this following prayer by the great Vaisnava acharya Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura to our spiritual master to extinguish this forest fire that is blazing within our hearts and in the world all around us:

samsara-davanala-lidha-loka-
tranaya karunya-ghanaghanatvam
praptasya kalyana-gunarnavasya
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

"The spiritual master is receiving benediction from the ocean of mercy. Just as a cloud pours water on a forest fire to extinguish it, so the spiritual master delivers the materially afflicted world by extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is an ocean of auspicious qualities."

This is sung every morning at 4:30am in our first worship of the day, which is called mangala arati.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


This is What Material Life is Like


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Convince My Parents?

How can I convince my parents about ISKCON and Krishna consciousness?

Ritika Koli

Answer: Become a Pure Devotee

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Ritika,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If you become Krishna's pure devotee, you will be able to convince the entire world to become Krishna conscious.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Last Day of My Life?

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

As someone residing in the state of Texas, I am aware of how dangerous this place can be. President Kennedy was assassinated here in 1963. Then there was the famous tower sniper at the University of Texas who killed eighteen people in 1966 perched high above the campus in the Tower building. Over the decades there have been many more shootings. Just recently one month ago, 22 people were shot dead at a Walmart store here in Texas. And then four days ago there was the highway killer who got angry for getting fired from his job and drove down the highway shooting everywhere and killing seven people. Who knows? Today I could be the victim of another one of the Texas killers. This is a good reminder that I should live every day as if it could be my last day by fully absorbing myself in loving devotion to Lord Sri Krishna with my every thought, word, and deed. In this way, I am on the safe side if today happens to be the last day of my life in this body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Tower Building at the University of Texas


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How Much Mercy is Needed?

My Dear Respected Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Sr?la Prabhup?da.

I wonder how much Lord Caitanya's mercy do we actually need just to survive, not even really to live, but to survive.

Kaspars Gulbis

Answer: One Infinitesimal Drop is Sufficient

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Kaspars,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Even one infinitesimal drop of Lord Caitanya's unlimitedly sweet and infinitely powerful mercy is sufficient to empower us to survive and thrive in spiritual life for all of eternity.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Thought For The Day: Devastating Hurricane Dorian

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

With winds of up to 185 miles per hour Hurricane Dorian has been wreaking tremendous damage in the Bahamas and is also threatening Florida and other east coast states in the US. According to the US National Weather Service it is the most powerful storm to make landfall in the Atlantic since the 1935 Labor Day hurricane. The damage is estimated to be between 25 to 40 billion dollars. Regarding such things Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Third Canto, Chapter Seventeen, Text 5 as follows:

"When there are natural disturbances like blowing cyclones, too much heat or snowfall, and uprooting of trees by hurricanes, it is to be understood that the demoniac population is increasing and so the natural disturbance is also taking place. There are many countries on the globe, even at the present moment, where all these disturbances are current. This is true all over the world."

These natural disturbances are karmic reactions for the sinful activities taking place on this planet such as cow killing and abuse of women and children. If we can somehow or other make the whole world Krishna conscious, these disturbances will not torment us any more. Therefore we are inviting everyone all over the world to join us in this Krishna consciousness movement as soon as possible. If they will accept our invitation, this planet Earth will become a heavenly planet free of such devastating disasters.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Hurricane Dorian is Causing Massive Destruction


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Please Srila Prabhupada?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

My question is how to please Srila Prabhupada?

Radhe Krishna

Answer: Be Pure Devotee and Deliver the World

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Devotee,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Your question is most glorious. You must become the completely dedicated initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupada's disciple fully dedicated to being Krishna's pure devotee and delivering the entire world from chaos. In this way you will please Srila Prabhupada unlimitedly and become qualified to Lord Sri Krishna face to face, eye to eye.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Futility of Catching a Dog's Tail

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Srila Prabhupada very wonderfully explains as follows:

"A dog can swim in the water, but if a dog dives in the ocean and someone wants to cross the ocean by holding the dog's tail, he is certainly fool number one. A dog cannot cross the ocean, nor can a person cross the ocean by catching a dog's tail. Similarly, one who desires to cross the ocean of nescience should not seek the shelter of any demigod or anyone else but the fearless shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

So let us all now take Srila Prabhupada's advice very seriously and fully take shelter of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


A Dog Cannot Swim Across the Ocean


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Your Experiences With Chanting?

Can you share your experiences with mantra chanting?

Anonymous

Answer: From Misery to Transcendental Bliss

I have been chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra for more than a half a century.

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

It has totally transformed my boring, depressing mundane existence into the most exciting adventure, like living in the greatest adventure movie of all times. The objective now of my existence is to spark off the greatest paradigm shift in the history of our universe by educating the whole world in the science of mantra chanting and attracting them all to chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, the Great Chanting for Deliverance.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Thought For The Day: It's Time Now for a Global Spiritual Revolution

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

The world situation has become completely deteriorated. The present day world leaders are not qualified to lead us. They are simply interested in their own selfish aggrandizement, how much they can take advantage of their so called leadership positions to maximize their own personal sense gratification. Thus, if there is going to be any hope for genuine peace and happiness on this planet, we must have now a new calibre of enlightened leaders who are fully dedicated to Krishna or God. The Krishna consciousness movement is now offering this training all over the world how one can be a pure devotee of God and utilize his leadership propensity for rendering the highest service to all the living beings on this planet, even to the plants and animals. Let everyone take advantage of this movement right now and make their lives successful.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


We Are Training Enlightened Leaders


Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Everyone Only Wants Money?

Is the world all about attaining money and material objects?

B. Inductivo

Answer: That is the Sad Reality

Yes, that is the sad reality of today’s world. Because of this all-pervading material consciousness, this planet has been transformed into a hell. But it does not have to be this way. The Krishna Consciousness Movement is fully dedicated to bringing about a spiritual revolution on this planet to bring God back to the center of everyone’s lives. If our movement is successful, we will have on this planet the greatest era of peace, prosperity, love, and happiness that our global society has experienced for many thousands of years. B. Inductivo, kindly join with us in this Krishna consciousness movement for making the whole world peaceful and happy. You can get started by joining our free e-course at: Ultimate Self Realization

Thank you for being here. I do sincerely hope that you will accept my invitation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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