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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Thought For The Day: Blessed by the Association of a Great Devotee

Kaunas, Lithuania

For more than thirty years I have been blessed by the association a great devotee/preacher, my wife, Her Grace Srimati Vishnupriya Devi Dasi, who is affectionately called "Gurumata" (which means Guru Mother) by my disciples and followers all over the world. She is my constant compassion on my twice-a-year around the world lecture tours and is always purely absorbed in Krishna consciousness. Her association has been the greatest boon to help me be Krishna conscious and for attracting and training disciples all over the world. It is not possible by any means of material calculation to estimate the unlimited value of her association and her blessings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Gurumata Preaching Srimad Bhagavatam


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Peaceful Chanting to Empower a Spiritual Revolution

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Who Says that God is a He?

Whoever stated that God is a he? Why do people assume that God is a he?

Anonymous

Answer: God

God says that He is a he. Since He knows everything, He must also know what is His gender. He clearly states in the Bhagavad-gita that He is the seed-giving father of all living beings. He impregnates the living beings into the womb of mother nature.

Sankarshan Das

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Life You Save May Be Your Own

Kaliningrad, Russia

Did you know that you are currently drowning in the clutches of the material energy being dragged into another material body in your next birth? This is why you need to take the process of self-realization very seriously to at least guarantee that you will get a human body in your next birth so that you can continue the path of spiritual awakening, or at best to take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master by initiation so that you can become liberated from the cycle of birth and death by regaining your original eternal identity that you once had in the spiritual world before your fell in the cycle of birth and death here in this difficult, dangerous material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Krishna Says, "I Am the Light of the Sun."
So Learn How to Experience God Everywhere.


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Your life Will Become Unlimitedly Sublime!

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Krishna is a Failure?

Can Krishna avatara be considered a failure as the avatara’s aim of establishing dharma (religion) is not fulfilled and adharma (irreligion) is prevalent in the present materialistic age, Kali Yuga?

Ram Kumar Krishnan

Answer: Krishna's mission is always successful

From: Kaliningrad, Russia

Dear Ram,

Please accept my blessings.

Lord Krishna was completely successful in establishing dharma (religious principles) during His presence on the earth 5,000 years ago. This is why the Pandavas won the Battle of Kurukshetra and thus became the most pious, saintly rulers of the entire world.

In this demonic age of Kali Lord Sri Krishna has again appeared, this time in the form of Lord Caitanya, the Golden Avatara, in 1486 in Bengal to inaugurate the Hare Krishna movement, which will in due course of time re-establish dharma (religious principles) all over the world, driving the cancer adharma (irreligion) into a state of remission.

Please join us in the Hare Krishna movement to push forward Lord Caitanya’s mission in every town and village all over the world. Kindly join my free e-course at: Ultimate Self Realization to be trained how you can be a powerful agent on the behalf of the Lord for re-establishing dharma all over the world.

Hoping this meets you well,

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan D Adhikari

 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Thought For The Day: Krishna's Perfect Peace Formula

Kaliningrad, Russia

Lord Sri Krishna very mercifully reveals in the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 5, Verse 29 the formula for perfect peace. Anyone who applies this formula will find perfect peace and happiness within his heart, and if this formula can be widely propagated, a wonderful new global era of unprecedented, unparalleled peace and prosperity will dawn on our greatly troubled planet transforming it into a paradise. Here is how Lord Krishna presents His formula in His famous conversation with Arjuna 5,000 years ago on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra:

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

"One who knows Me as the supreme owner, the supreme enjoyer, and as the most intimate well-wishing friend of all living beings attains a perfect state of peace from the pangs of all material miseries."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Super Ecstatic Kirtana
Kaliningrad, Russia--18 May 2019

Peace Formula Lecture
Kaliningrad, Russia--18 May 2019


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Blessed by Krishna's Peace Formula

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Does Everything Exist?

Everything has a reason. So what is the reason for the existence of everything?

Aaryam Dev

Answer: God's Pleasure Pastime

From: Kaliningrad, Russia

Dear Aaryam,

Please accept my blessngs.

It’s God’s pleasure pastime. Like everyone else, God likes to have a good time. So for fun He manifests Himself and everyone else so that He can have wonderful loving relationships with everyone. Since love cannot be forced, it must be voluntary. Therefore we always have the choice whether to love Him or leave Him. He is so kind that for the those who leave Him He gives so many inducements and ways that they can be inspired to make the choice to come back to Him.

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Thought For The Day: Departure of a Great Soul

I just received the sad news that my dear Godsister, Srimati Parvati Devi Dasi, has just left her body in Vrindavana, India. She was the devotee who was in charge of who gives the Bhagavad-gita classes in Srila Prabhupada's quarters every afternoon in Vrindavana. For many years every time my wife and I have come to Vrindavana she would always give me the wonderful opportunity to give a Bhagavad-gita lecture in Srila Prabhupada's quarters. What was especially nice was that she would always visit us in our apartment in a very joyful and jubilant mood. Her joyful, super enthusiastic association has always been a great blessing for us every time we visit Vrindavana. Now that she has departed back to Krishna's transcendental abode we will be missing her very much and looking forward to that day when we can again meet her in Goloka Vrindavana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srimati Parvati Devi Dasi, a Truly Great Soul


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Don't Be Lower than an Animal

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Krishna Creates So Many Souls?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

I pay my humble obeisances unto your lotus feet.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If someone is criticizing me/ scolding me badly/ finding my flaws, at that moment what should be going on inside my mind? Should I think of it as Krishna's mercy?

Also on one hand, I know that Krishna is self-satisfied, full of six opulences. Then why does He create so many souls to serve Him in different ways?

Your insignificant servant,

Saloni

Answer: To Expand His Happiness Unlimitedly

From: Kaliningrad, Russia

My Dear Saloni,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Take the criticism as Krishna's special mercy to help you become humble.

Krishna loves to have loving relationships with His devotees. Therefore He expands from Himself an infinite number of devotees to expand His happiness unlimitedly.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Thought For The Day: Embrace Lord Caitanya's Mission As Your Very Life and Soul

Kaliningrad, Russia

Lord Caitanya's mission is to deliver all the fallen souls of this world back to home, back to Godhead by the spreading of the Krishna consciousness movement to every town and village all over the world. Lord Caitanya is feeling great pain to see the conditioned souls who are entangled here in this material world in the cycle of birth, death, old age, and disease. This is placing a great burden upon Him. Therefore those devotees who fully embrace Lord Caitanya's mission as their very life and soul are sharing this burden with Lord Caitanya, giving Him some relief from the great anxiety that He feels. Therefore those devotees who are dedicated to Lord Caitanya in this way are very, very dear to Lord Caitanya and are thus the recipients of His special mercy, which showers upon them like torrents of rain in India's monsoon season.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


The Most Merciful Golden Avatara:
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu


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Peaceful and Happy by Seeing Everything as God's Property

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Importance of Spiritual Awakening?

How important is a spiritual awakening for humanity?

Roni Rowe

Answer: It Is Absolutely Necessary

My dear Roni,

Please accept my blessings.

Thank you for asking such an important question. The answer is that it is absolutely necessary. Without it the human society is doomed. Without it there will be a gradual complete total breakdown of the human society into a jungle existence of cannibals. I will eat you or you will eat me. Whoever is the strongest will win. When their parents get old, their children will eat them. Therefore I am calling upon all the leaders of the world to now work together co-operatively for promoting a global spiritual awakening. For more information please check out my training program at: Ultimate Self Realization

Thank you again.

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Thought For The Day

Klaipeda, Lithuania

Sometimes I am asked if one can pray for the spiritual benefit of another person. This, of course, is the mood of Krishna's devotee. He strongly desires that others should be liberated from their suffering in material existence. The best way to pray for others is this prayer mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam, Fifth Canto, Chapter 18, Text 9. Prahlada Maharaja very wonderfully and mercifully prays as follows for the deliverance of all living beings from the multitudinous sufferings of this material existence:

svasty astu visvasya khalah prasidatam
dhyayantu bhutani sivam mitho dhiya
manas ca bhadram bhajatad adhoksaje
avesyatam no matir apy ahaituki

"May there be good fortune throughout the universe, and may all envious persons be pacified. May all living entities become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other's welfare. Therefore let us all engage in the service of the supreme transcendence, Lord Sri Krishna, and always remain absorbed in thought of Him."

The question of praying for others was asked of me in the following lecture:

Lecture Given in Klaipeda, Lithuania on 15 May 2019

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Prahlada Maharaja Instructs His Playmates


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Blessed with the Supreme Mission

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Is It Sinful to Reject a Bogus Guru?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my obeisances.

I want to ask you if I got initiation from a fake guru, am I able to change that? And is this a sinful activity? Please, Guru Maharaja, please give me the scriptural reference where it is written down that it’s not a sinful activity.

Mona

Answer: Not Sinful. It's Your Duty to Reject Him

From: Kaunas, Lithuania

My Dear Mona,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Yes, you must give him up. I also rejected a bogus guru who initiated me.

Here is the sastric evidence:

Hari-bhakti-vilasa 1.62

yo vyaktir nyaya-rahitam anyayena srnoti yah
tav ubhau narakam ghoram vrajatah kalam aksayam

“He who poses as an acarya, but gives false instructions that are opposed to the sattvata-sastras, will reside in a terrible hell for an unlimited period of time, and so will the misguided disciple who mistakenly listens to such a false guru.”

Mahabharata Udyoga-parva (179.25)
Narada-pañcaratra (1.10.20)

guror apy avaliptasya
karyakaryam ajanatah
utpatha-pratipannasya
parityago vidhiyate

“It is one’s duty to give up a guru who cannot teach the disciple what he should do and what he should not do, and who takes the wrong path, either because of bad association or because he is opposed to Vaisnavas.”

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thought For The Day: Beware of the Arrows of Cupid

Kaunas, Lithuania

Since time immemorial we have remained captivated by our attraction for the opposite sex. Instead of becoming attracted to Krishna and thus qualifying ourselves to return to our original home in the spiritual world, we have been captivated by Cupid's arrows having more interest in sex pleasure than in a life of devotion. Now we have joined the Krishna consciousness movement to get free from this lusty tendency by awakening the real happiness of love of Krishna (God) within our hearts. Since Lord Sri Krishna has sent many beautiful women to join our Krishna consciousness movement we must be very careful to see them as Krishna's property and engage them in Krishna's service rather than trying to enjoy sex pleasure with them. This is why our founder-acarya, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, has given us the following very important instruction:

"A devotee's duty is to try to engage all beautiful women in the service of Krishna, not to try to enjoy them. A devotee is not pierced by the arrows of Cupid, because he sees everything in relationship with Krishna. That is real renunciation. He does not accept anything for his own sense gratification but engages everything and everyone in the service of Krishna. This is the process of Krishna consciousness."

If we will sincerely and carefully follow this instruction of Srila Prabhupada, our movement will be successful in inundating the entire world with love of God. But if we are carried away by the arrows of Cupid, our movement will be a useless disgrace and will become another useless bogus spiritual organization incapable of delivering anyone back to home, back to Godhead. So we must be always very careful in this connection.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Keep Your Mind Always Like a Lotus Flower
Situated Beyond the Material Energy


Video for the Day

Thank You, Lord Caitanya

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Duties Other Than Devotional Service?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

All glories to you & Srila Prabhupada!

I pay my humble obeisances unto your lotus feet.

I read in Srimad Bhagavatam that the main or supreme occupational duty of every individual is to render devotional service unto Krishna. Arjuna was a pure devotee of the Lord who served Krishna with love. But Krishna asked him to perform his religious duty of fighting as he was a ksatriya (a warrior), otherwise he would incur sins for neglecting his duty. So in this context, I want to know, do we also have duties other than devotional service, that we must perform or otherwise we would incur sin?

Your insignificant servant,
Saloni Sharma

Answer: Our Only Duty is Devotional Service

From: Kaunas, Lithuania

My Dear Saloni,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We do not have duties other than devotional service. Because Krishna ordered Arjuna to fight, for Arjuna that fighting was devotional service.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Thought For The Day: Super Ecstatic Program in Alytus, Lithuania

Kaunas, Lithuania

Super Ecstatic Lecture given by Sankarshan Das Adhikari and Vishnupriya Devi Dasi in the Alytus, Lithuania public library on 13 May 2019. The audience was so inspired that many of them purchased Srila Prabhupada's books.

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lecture in Alytus Public Library--13 May 2019


Video for the Day

How to Become Self-Realized

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How Do You Connect with God?

Do you connect with God through a book or through nature?

Nick Se

Answer: Both

The Bhagavad-gita, which is directly spoken by Lord Sri Krishna, God Himself, teaches us how to find God in nature. Krishna says, “I am the light of the sun and moon.” So the answer to your question is “both.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Benefit of Serving Krishna With Love

Kaunas, Lithuania

Lord Sri Krishna very wonderfully instructs as follows in Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 10, Verse 10:

tesam satata-yuktanam
bhajatam priti-purvakam
dadami buddhi-yogam tam
yena mam upayanti te

TRANSLATION

"To those who are constantly devoted to serving Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me."

The key is that by serving Krishna with love He gives us all intelligence how to attain spiritual perfection. On Sunday 12 May 2019 in Kaunas, Lithuania I gave a lecture on this verse followed by a very lively question and answer session, which can be heard by clicking on the link below:

Sunday Feast Lecture--Kaunas, Lithuania--12 May 2019

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sunday Feast Lecture--Kaunas, Lithuania--12 May 2019


Video for the Day

Don't Be Stressed by Distress

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Keep from Falling?

How can I keep from falling off of my spiritual path?

Sara Viloa

Answer: Take Shelter of the Spiritual Master

Take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master. He will give you all protection.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Supreme Lifestyle

Kaunas, Lithuania

Don't cheat yourself by living a miserable life of bodily consciousness. Embrace instead the supreme lifestyle of Krishna consciousness, being fully aware of your actual identity as an eternal spiritual being, who is qualitatively one with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence. In this way you will be living the most exciting life possible on the cutting edge of the greatest paradigm shift in the history of the universe. So why torture yourself with mediocrity for even one moment longer? Fully embrace the supreme lifestyle right now!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Giving Spiritual Guidance


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Be Your True Self and Flood the Universe with Bliss

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Chant for the Benefit of Others?

Can I chant for some other person's spiritual advancement? Will it help him to develop love for Krishna if I chant at least one round for them?

Thank you for your love, blessings, and guidance.

Sankalp

Answer: Preach to Them and Give them Prasadam

From: Kaunas, Lithuania

My Dear Sankalp,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Chant for your benefit and then preach to them and feed them Krishna prasadam for their benefit.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Thought For The Day: Spiritual Revolution Now

Kaunas, Lithuania

The whole world is suffering due to a lack of Krishna consciousness, and we have the formula that will save the entire world from its ever-increasingly perilous condition. Therefore we are regularly circling the globe to try to awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness in the hearts of all so that our planet earth will become a happy, peaceful place in which everyone can live in state of perfect harmony. For this purpose on 10 May 2019 we planted the seeds of spiritual revolution in Vilnius, Lithuania. Here is the lecture I gave:

Bhagavad-gita Lecture given in Vilnius, Lithuania on 10 May 2019

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Bhagavad-gita Lecture in Vilnius, Lithuania


Video for the Day

Blessed With Bliss

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Good People Suffer?

If God is so loving, then why does He let good and innocent people suffer, while He allows evil people to have everything they want, those who are not interested in spirituality?

Phil Smith

Answer: God is Fair

God is fair. As the Bible states “As you sow, so shall you reap.” This is the law of karma, which is also confirmed in physics: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So everyone is getting exactly what they deserve according to their previous pious and impious actions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Thought For The Day: Be More Tolerant Than a Tree

Kaunas, Lithuania

Lord Caitanya has very wonderfully taught us:

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

By maintaining this humble mood of always calling out to Krishna with love, we will feel how He is always with us at every moment and blessing us unlimitedly.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lord Caitanya, the Golden Avatara


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Feel Krishna's Blessings at Every Minute

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Question: Spirituality in a Material Atmosphere?

What is it like for you, being spiritually aware and spiritually active, in a setting where most are not as interested in spirituality?

Jennifer Earnest

Answer: It Inspires Spiritual Revolution

Dear Jennifer,

Please accept my greetings.
Thank you very much for such a wonderful question.

It inspires me with a sense of mission to try to spark off a spiritual revolution for the total respiritualization of the entire human society. I have the knowledge that will solve all the problems of the world both for each individual and for the entire collective global society. Therefore my every day and my every moment is dedicated to delivering the world from ignorance by enlightening everyone in the supreme science, the science of the self. Those who are interested to learn more can enroll in my free self-realization course at: Ultimate Self Realization

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thought For The Day: Awaken Your Original Identity

Kaunas, Lithuania

I would like to now introduce you to yourself. You are actually an enlightened spiritual being from a stupendously amazing eternal dimension of unlimited bliss and knowledge. Somehow or other due to a consciousness blip you have ended up here in this chaotic world of birth and death. But you now have within you the most profound power to return to your original enlightened consciousness. I have been blessed by a great spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, with the unlocking of my divine consciousness. Now if you are ready, willing, and able, I will teach you how to unlock your divine consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


The Time Has Come for Your Spiritual Awakening


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Get Back to Your Original Identity

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Question: How to Become Spiritually Strong?

How can I become spiritually strong, and how long will it take me? Also, as a beginner what will I need to do this?

Richard Akuuku

From: Kaunas, Lithuania

My Dear Richard,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Become strong by taking shelter of the bona fide spiritual master. You can become strong immediately. All you need is sincerity.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thought For The Day: Be True to Your Guru

Kaunas, Lithuania

The secret of success on the path of spiritual awakening is to be true to one's guru. Of course the guru has to be bona fide, otherwise both the guru and the disciple are going to hell. But when the guru is bona fide and the disciple is genuine, the most wonderful transmission of transcendental knowledge and realization takes place. The student becomes blessed with the same perfection of consciousness that the spiritual master has been blessed with by his spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


My Most Beloved Spiritual Master:
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


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Turn Yourself On--And Let's Turn On the Whole World!

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Question: Life's Meaning for a Nihilist?

How do you find new meaning in life when you are a low key nihilist?

David Aaron

Answer: Reject Nihilism and Embrace Meaning

Dear David,

A nihilist is a person who believes that life is meaningless and thus rejects all religious and moral principles. If he is looking for meaning, this means he is not truly a nihilist. If one is looking for the meaning of life, he should approach the bona fide spiritual master, that person who has perfectly realized the meaning of life. The spiritual master will then fully enlighten him in the purpose and perfection of his existence.

Hoping this meets you well,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Thought For The Day: How Mahabhagavata Das Came to Krishna Consciousness

Kaunas, Lithuania

My disciple, Mahabhagavata Das has written the very interesting story of how he became a devotee. Here it is:

From Sneering Passer by to Initiated Disciple
by Mahabhagavata Dasa

One afternoon, as I walked out of a bustling Mumbai train station, I saw a shaven-headed monk standing close to a big pile of books. I approached him with a sneer on my face, fully intending not to engage with him. The book he held out caught my attention, and something made me stop for a brief moment. It was the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. I briefly gazed upon Krishna holding the reins of the chariot and Arjuna getting ready to shoot an arrow.

When I first saw the monk from a distance, all sorts of thoughts raced through my mind. "What a loser," I thought, and wondered if he'd flunked out of school, or if he'd graduated from university but had such low marks that he couldn't get a job. I thought of myself as the epitome of what every young man should be, or if they were not, then at least they should aspire to be. I was very proud of my excellent marks in school and my prestigious job, for which I had beaten thousands of other qualified engineers. I was proud of the money I had in my pocket and my stylish briefcase, and felt deep loathing and pity for the person I considered as a fool on the street. A small part of me, however, was also intrigued. Some months ago, having visited Tirupati with some friends, unexpected emotions had confused me. It was meant to be a vacation, to see some sights including this temple, but the hours and hours of waiting in line made me want to chant some mantras I'd been taught during my childhood. When I reached the inner sanctum of the temple, I'd become very emotional. Of course, I was hastily pushed out of the temple by the attendants and the crowds, and I dismissed the feeling as just some kind of fatigue and sentimental emotion.

I looked at the monk, threw my head back proudly and asked "How much?"

"Someone has donated, you can take", the monk humbly answered.

"Really? Free?" I asked, puzzled by the fact that he wasn't out to make any money.

"Yes," he answered, looking me up and down, "For you, free."

I felt insulted that he didn't want my money. I grabbed the book from his hand, threw the book in my briefcase, and walked away quickly, without even so much as a look to say thank you. I'll read that book, I thought, to find all the faults, and show any shaven-headed fellows next time I met them, that they are just wasting their time with all this religious mumbo jumbo. That if they really want to succeed in life, I could show them how.

For several days I barely even touched the book. I'd leafed through the pages a bit, but was disappointed that I didn't immediately find any flaws. Many weeks later, I started off, but couldn't keep pace with the barrage of names, thoughts, ideas, and concepts that emerged on the pages. I decided to read only the translations first, then the Sanskrit word-by-word, hoping that surely I'd find faults in the translation, being proud of the little Sanskrit I had studied. Frustrated in my fault-finding endeavor, I resigned myself to reading the lengthy purports. I thought I had found a fault, but with no shaven-headed monks to argue against, I lost track of the "fault" and kept reading, thinking I should simply read the entire book and reserve judgment until the author had a proper chance to say what he wanted to say. All in all, I thought I had found 3-4 faults, some minor spelling errors, maybe some grammar, but nothing like I'd hoped, nothing by which I could turn the entire philosophy on its head and beat another one of those monks heads down in an argument. Disappointed, I quit.

Many months later, I thought I should read that book again, as it wasn't so bad. In fact even though I wasn't admitting it, I felt some kind of attraction to the book. Then I read it a third time, fourth time, fifth time, went on reading it over and over again, and my fascination continued to grow. But I didn't do anything much to act on what I had read. I continued my job, stuck with my friends and my materialistic life, switching jobs, changing cities, hopping continents, but almost everywhere I went, my Bhagavad-gita came along. Little did I know that I had been tricked by the most masterful trickster imaginable, Krishna!

A few years later, when I visited my close penpal of six years in Durban, South Africa, thinking that perhaps I wanted to marry her, visiting her parents to seek their permission and so on, one of the first places she took me to was the Durban ISKCON temple on Bhaktivedanta Swami Circle. As we entered the temple, some strange emotion came over me once more, some kind of very comfortable feeling, as if I'd stepped home, and wasn't sure if it was due to the place I was visiting or who I was visiting with. But the intense emotions of meeting the girl I was to marry soon overshadowed all that, and later I spoke to her very passionately about the downfalls of organized religions.

Some years later, as we continued our life journey together, we happened to land in Toronto, Canada, and the apartment we rented was walking distance from the Hare Krishna temple. We went a few times on Sundays, standing awkwardly at the back of the temple as the regulars mingled, sang, danced. One afternoon, as we were walking down Yonge Street, we saw some strange red shapes down the street with crowds of people. I don't know why we were so excited, but we recognized the chariots as Ratha Yatra carts, and hurried to catch up with the procession. I recalled that one is supposed to pull on the ropes, so we both pulled for quite a distance. Then we learned that the procession was on its way to Center Island, a park setting. We hadn't been there before, so it was a pleasure to go to the island, see the colorful tents, get a delicious lunch, witness the cultural shows, take in the atmosphere and get in line for another plate of that tasty food. Over time, I began to make the connection between what I'd read in the book over the years, and what these people were doing.

"Yes," I thought, these people are really honest followers of Krishna, As the regulars began to see me more and more at the temple, some of them began to insist that I start chanting Hare Krishna but I didn't listen to them. Around that time, Bhakti Marga Swami began to call upon me to act in his plays, and I did many odd roles: a servant, a rishi, one of Ravana' s ten heads, a demon in Ravana's army, a tree, a river, a horse, and so on. Also around that time, at a Sunday feast I met the speaker, a visitor who spoke about chanting, and said he had an Internet e-course and that anyone could ask questions and he'd answer personally. As a software entrepreneur, I was in front of a computer almost all day. I began by reading, and asking questions. Some questions were quite offensive actually, but the kind teacher didn't seem to take offense and had great patience with me.

He said that to realize the knowledge myself I'd have to chant Hare Krishna, but it was too hard and I thought I couldn't do it properly anyway. He said to chant on beads, and I happened to have some sandalwood beads, 108 in number on a string. So I began on those, one round, weekdays only, taking break on the weekends. In time, I thought I was missing out on the weekends, so I chanted then too. After some time I switched to tulasi beads. Slowly, I began to dislike eating out, and wanted to offer all food to Krishna before eating, and the food tasted better for it.

There was a long period of great turmoil, when our lifestyle went against what the Bhagavad-gita said, what my Internet guru said, what the speakers at the Sunday feasts said. Sometimes I'd follow, sometimes not, sometimes because I was addicted, sometimes to keep up with social norms, sometimes because I was too timid to tell people my preferences, and at other times to keep up with my "image".

Then, without warning, hard times hit, and all of a sudden there wasn't enough money. Business partners fled, colleagues began to disrespect me, and we couldn't afford to do everything that we did before. Through all of this, the words in the Bhagavad-gita seemed to take on new and urgent meaning, our chanting progressively increased, and the devotees at the temple treated us with ever-increasing kindness and compassion. It felt like the only thing we could afford to do was go to the temple, so we did. Once again Krishna was drawing us closer.

My questions to my Internet guru, Sankarshan Das Adhikari, got more and more personal, and one day I asked a particularly offensive question to which he replied very tersely that I could choose to be a discredit, or be a credit, now the choice was mine. Then I realized I had a choice, to truly accept what was in the Bhagavad-gita, or follow my old materialistic ways.

As we got firmer in Krishna consciousness, amazing things started to happen, and it stopped mattering that we didn't have so much money. Even when the money started to flow back in, we weren't attracted to all those old ways of spending it! In fact, in following my guru's instructions I was beginning to develop a keen interest in distributing Srila Prabhupada's books, the very same activity that the brahmachari on the street in Mumbai was doing, over 12 years ago. While on the street, I still sometimes give away books for little or no money, recalling the great favor the brahmachari had done to me. I began taking a more active role in temple services, joined a kirtana band as a musician, participated in festivals, learned to wear a dhoti, attended many more festivals all over the world … our lives became full of activities we wouldn't have dreamed of just five years earlier!

Then, after deep reflection, I sought spiritual initiation from my Internet guru, Sriman Sankarsana Dasa Adhikari, And in May 2011, about 12-13 years after that fateful encounter with the kind brahmachari on the streets of Mumbai, I received initiation from my spiritual master in Austin, Texas.

I often look back upon that kind soul, unknown to me, my great benefactor, to whom I owe such an immense debt of gratitude, for having the compassion to distribute a Bhagavad-gita to me, even though I was so offensive toward him. I now know that he was the wealthy person on the street, and I was the beggar. That boy had chosen the right way, and I had fallen into material life, and every young man should emulate that great and humble devotee, not me. If I see him ever again, I don't know how I would express my gratitude. I would fall flat on the ground, grab his feet and beg for forgiveness for my arrogant, offensive thoughts and words. But I realize that the humble soul will never let me do something like that. Instead, I think I can please him by passing on what he gave me, and inundate this planet with Krishna' s message in every way imaginable. From sneering passerby to initiated disciple, what a long journey, and how wonderful has it been!

Mahabhagavata Dasa lives with his wife in Toronto, Canada, where he is a computer software industry entrepreneur and a Vice President at a leading high-growth software company. He is an active member of ISKCON's Toronto congregation and is trying very hard to take kirtana (www.gaura-shakti.com) and Srila Prabhupada’s books to everyone he comes across.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Mahabhagavata Das


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Complaint: Your Approach is Unrealistic!!

The reason why your approach has failed to convert the world to your liking is that it is totally unrealistic and unbelievable. Furthermore, it is totally unrealistic and too simplistic!!!

Richard Schachter

Answer: It is Idealistic

From: Kaunas, Lithuania

Richard,

Thank you for revealing your mind to me. I like people who openly reveal their minds.

Every living being is originally from the spiritual world. And thus the only real solution for his suffering condition in material existence is to get back to his original spiritual identity. This is not at all unrealistic, nor is it too simplistic. It is the actual fact. It is of course unbelievable for those who are totally engrossed with misidentification with their material bodies. On this point you and I are in complete agreement.

As an act of love to relieve people's miseries, my life is fully dedicated for educating the entire human society in this actual science of the self. I am well aware of the fact that practically no one is interested and that probably only a small handful of the most fortunate souls will take to it. But still, because this will relieve everyone from all their miseries, my life is fully dedicated to awakening the entire world to this liberating knowledge up until my last dying breath. I have nothing to lose by trying to awaken the entire world. And anyone who takes advantage of it will be unlimitedly benefitted. So why not try for it?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Thought For The Day: Delivering the Suffering Humanity

Riga, Latvia

Srila Prabhupada so wonderfully and mercifully explains as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Fourth Canto, Chapter 12, Text 36 as follows:

"A Krishna conscious being is always engaged in planning how to take all of suffering humanity back home, back to Godhead. Even if one is not successful in reclaiming all the fallen souls back to Godhead, still, because he is Krishna conscious, his path to Vaikunthaloka is open. He personally becomes qualified to enter the Vaikunthalokas, and if anyone follows such a devotee, he also enters into Vaikunthaloka."

By taking this instruction seriously and tightly embracing it within one's heart one enters a state of great transcendental bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Teaching Bhakti Science, Riga, Latvia, 5 May 2019


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Question: When Am I Properly Led?

How do you know when you are being "spiritually led" to something right and good for you?

Richard Teter

Answer: When You Are Taught Pure Devotion

Dear Richard,

Please accept my blessings.

Thank you for such a wonderful question which reveals your sincerity regarding the perfection of spirituality.

You will know that you being properly guided when you are becoming free from all material desires, i.e. your only desire is to lovingly serve God for His pleasure without asking for anything in return. The person who is competent to flawlessly guide you in this way is known as a bona fide spiritual master.

Hoping this meets you well.

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Great Glories of Krishna Prasadam

Riga, Latvia

There is nothing more wonderful than Krishna prasadam. In this regard on July 20, 1971 at the ISKCON temple in Los Angeles my Godbrother, Nanda-Kisora Prabhu asked Srila Prabhupada the following question. And Srila Prabhupada very wonderfully answered:

Nanda-Kisora: What happens to a person if we just give him out on the street one Simply Wonderful or some prasadam, one piece of prasadam?

Prabhupada: That is wonderful, simply wonderful. (laughter) He has not tasted such wonderful sweet in his life. Therefore you give him wonderful, and because he's eating that wonderful sweet, one day he'll come to your temple and become wonderful.

Devotees: Jaya!

Prabhupada: Therefore it is simply wonderful. So go on distributing this Simply Wonderful. Your philosophy is simply wonderful. Your prasadam is simply wonderful. You are simply wonderful. And your Krishna is simply wonderful. The whole process of simply wonderful. And He acts wonderfully, and it is acting wonderfully. Who can deny it?

Devotee: Prabhupada is simply wonderful.

Prabhupada: That's all right. You can become... Everyone. All right, have kirtana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Question: Happiest Time of Life?

What was the happiest moment/period of time in your life?

Anonymous

Answer: Right Now

The happiest moment in my entire life is right now because I realize that I am the eternal servant of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead - the Source of all existence, and I am engaging myself in His service. There is truly nothing more sublime, more wonderful more thrilling, and more fulfilling than this. The atheists will of course laugh at me saying that I am a stupid fool. But upon leaving their present bodies at the time of their death they will go down to animal species in their next lifetime, and when I leave my present body I will enter into the kingdom of God to enjoy an eternal life full of knowledge and bliss. This reminds me of the old saying, “He who laughs last laughs best.” Although we could certainly have the last laugh, our mood is to cry out their pitiable, foolish suffering.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Unlimited Glories of Krishna Prasadam

Riga, Latvia

In this world we are very fond of serving dog. So many people are keeping dogs and serving them very nicely. By such service they become qualified by the law of karma to become dogs in their next birth, and thus remain entangled in the cycle of birth, death, old age, and disease. However, if one will take his tendency to serve dog and apply it to God, he will return to the spiritual world to enjoy an eternal life full of bliss and knowledge, never to take birth again in this most miserable material world. So now it’s your choice: Serve God or serve dog.

Of course, it is not that by serving God that our dogs are neglected or that anyone or anything is neglected. Just as when you water the root of the tree all the leaves and branches are nourished, when you serve God, the root of all existence, you automatically render the best service to all living beings.

So what you are waiting for? Do it today. Fully dedicate your every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances to the loving service of Krishna or God. You will be living in paradise and you will turn the whole world into paradise.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Question: Which Gita Verse?

Which Bhagavad-gita verse do you read at your tough time?

Sharad Gupta

Answer: Whole Gita

My Dear Sharad,

Please accept my blessings.

Because I am a strict follower of the Bhagavad-gita I do not have any tough times. If you would like to be able to do the same as I am doing, check out my free e-course at: www.JoinCourse.com

Hoping this meets you well,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Thought For The Day: Become Self Realized

Riga, Latvia

The most essential thing you have to do in this human form of life is to become self-realized. Everything else is more or less a waste of valuable time. And the most powerful and effective means, and indeed the only practical means for this age, is the bhakti yoga system. The most complete and perfect presentation of the bhakti yoga system is taught by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, designated by him as the science of Krishna consciousness. Therefore anyone who wants to attain the perfection of consciousness should seriously take up the practice of Krishna consciousness according to Prabhupada's most sublime presentation of the teachings of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Question: What is Karma?

What is karma? Is it daily mundane work? Or is it something else?

Ashish Tiwary

Answer: Our Actions

From: Riga, Latvia

My Dear Ashish,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Karma is our actions. They bring a material reaction. Everything we do creates a karmic reaction, even our breathing. For example, when we breathe we kill so many microbial germs. The karmic reaction for this is that in a future lifetime we will become microbial germs to be killed by the very same microbial germ, who is now in a human form, that we killed.

The only escape from this powerful wheel of karma is to fully surrender to Krishna, who then mercifully frees us from all of our karmic reactions and takes us back to His eternal abode where there is no birth, no death, no old age, and no disease. There we will enjoy an eternal life, full of bliss, and full of knowledge.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Thought For The Day: How You Can Conquer Your Mind and Lead the Whole World Out of Chaos

Helsinki, Finland

You have lying dormant within you the power to bring your mind completely under control and lead the entire world, by your perfect example and sublime instructions, out of its ever-increasingly chaotic, nightmarish condition. It is simply a matter of re-synchronizing yourself with that Supreme Person who is the source of all existence. By achieving this state, which is the perfection of your consciousness, you will become an empowered agent, of that Supreme Person, that Supreme Being, who is commonly called "God," and is known in different languages and traditions by such designations as Krishna, Allah, Jehovah, Rama, etc. So what are you waiting for? Begin the process today of awakening your divine consciousness and become one of the great reformers of the human society. We will train you how.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Question: Science or God?

What should I believe in: science or God?

Anonymous

Answer: The Science of the Absolute Truth

Dear Enquirer,

Believing either in God or what you call science is not being scientific. So I don't recommend either of them. You must go beyond belief and understand things as they factually are if you want to be actually learned and not a complete fool and rascal. The first thing you should understand is that nothing comes from nothing, everything comes from something. This can be confirmed by scientific observation. And then by going back, back, back when you can trace out that original something from which everything has come, you have discovered the Absolute Truth or God.

Sincerely,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Thought For The Day: Another Astoundingly Blissful Visit to the Holy Land of India

From Govardhan Eco Village

After a more than super ecstatic visit to Sri Vrindavana Dhama and an incredibly nectarean visit to ISKCON Pune, where I gave a lecture series which was very enthusiastically received by many hundreds of devotees, we have now capped off our visit to holy land of India with a visit to the Govardhan Eco Village, a preaching project in the beautiful Indian countryside. Here the devotees have amazingly built a replica of Sri Vrindavana Dhama. They have a replica of Govardhan hill and replicas of many of the ancient temples that are so important in Gaudiya Vaisnavism. They even have an exact replica of Srila Prabhupada's quarters at the Sri Sri Radha Damodara temple in Vrindavana. Just sitting in that room one can feel the divine presence of Srila Prabhupada, a most sublime experience indeed.

So we carry these sweet, sweet memories with us as we travel to Europe to push forward Srila Prabhupada's unlimitedly merciful and super ecstatic spiritual revolution there in that land that used to be part of the Vedic civilization and will again be part of the Vedic civilization.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Question: How to Accept the Spiritual Master?

Respected Gurudeva

Please accept my humble obeisances.

It is said in the Bhagavad-gita, 4th Chapter, Verse 34 that one has to follow three principles to accept the spiritual master. They are:

Submission
Service
Inquiries

I can't figure out how can I render service. And what does submission mean in this context? Please help a bewildered soul like me to understand the concept.

Your obedient disciple,
Srishti Singh

Answer: Follow These Guidelines

From: Govardhan Eco Village, India

My Dear Srishti,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Submission means to serve the spiritual master in the humble mood of being his servant. The first service he wants you to do is to become fixed up in Krishna consciousness by following these guidelines:

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

And then you may inquire as needed in order to become successful in doing the above.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Thought For The Day: Krishna Consciousness, The World Religion

Krishna consciousness, the universal science of devotion, is the world religion and the perfection of religion. When this science is universally understood and practiced this entire planet will enjoy the most sublime era of global peace and happiness that it has known for thousands of years. Through Krishna consciousness Christians will be perfect Christians, Muslims will be perfect Muslims, Hindus will be perfect Hindus, etc. Therefore the greatest necessity of the human society is to educate everyone, all over the world, in the science of Krishna consciousness as soon as possible. Please dedicate your life as far as possible to assist us in our world deliverance mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Questions and Answers

Question:

First of all I would like to thank you for your guidance. Every day I read the Bhagavad-gita. It seems like I understand it, but when it comes to practical applications I'm not getting clarity. Please let me know how to apply the Bhagavad-gita in my daily routine. Once again, thank you very much for your support.

Roja Bestha

Answer:

From: ISKCON Pune
My Dear Roja,

Please accept my blessings.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Lord Sri Krishna states in Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 9, Text 27 as follows:

yat karosi yad asnasi
yaj juhosi dadasi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya
tat kurusva mad-arpanam

"Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you perform — do that, O son of Kunti, as an offering to Me."

You should rise early every morning no later than 4am, take your bath, and chant at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala. You should regularly study the Bhagavad-gita as it is, the Srimad Bhagavatam, and the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita. You should also strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling and only eat foods that have been offered to Lord Sri Krishna with love and devotion. You should also regularly associate with the devotees at your nearest ISKCON center. By doing these things you will make rapid advancement on the path of spiritual realization. Your life will become wonderfully blessed with knowledge and bliss, and you will realize your eternal identity as the servant of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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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