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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 20 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

You Owe It to Yourself

You owe it to yourself to awaken your dormant Krishna consciousness and thus enter into the dimension of eternity, knowledge, and pure transcendental bliss. If you do not, you are simply cheating yourself out of unlimited happiness and relegating yourself to a life of permanent misery. So the choice is up you. You can either awaken your dormant Krishna consciousness or remain in illusion spellbound by the Lord's illusory energy.

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Come Back to Your Original Home


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Escape the Nightmare

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Question: How to Live Away From Devotees?

Thank you so much for this course. I'm doing robotics in my college where there is no place for spirituality, but I'm a devotee of Krishna. How can I live in such a condition?

Ashuthosh

Answer: We Will Connect You With Krishna

Stay connected with us, and we will connect you with Krishna.

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Wednesday 19 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Greatest of All Gains

We should not hesitate to fully surrender ourselves to Lord Krishna mistakenly thinking that by doing so we will lose something, because the real fact is that by surrendering to Krishna we will gain everything. How is this so? When we fully give ourselves to Krishna, Krishna fully gives Himself to us. And since all of existence is contained within Krishna, by fully surrendering ourselves to Krishna He becomes our personal property and we become the virtual owners of everything. Therefore when we fully surrender ourselves to Krishna we can never be lacking in any way. We will experience Krishna's shelter as the greatest of all gains.

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Loving Krishna is the Perfection of Our Existence


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Message for Earth Citizens

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Question: What is the Life After Death?

Dear Prabhu,

I have always a question in my mind. That is, what is the life after death? What will happen to my soul? Am I doing the right thing every day? Is my every action correct? If not, how I will come to know whether it is wrong or right? Please clarify.

CA Prasanta Kumar Behera

Answer: It Depends on Your Consciousness at the Time of Death

At the time of death the soul will pass into another material body according to his consciousness at the time of death. If he is absorbed in loving devotion to Krishna, he will enter into the spiritual world and remain there eternally as a blissful youth in a beautiful loving relationship with Krishna. If, on the other hand, he is absorbed in some material thoughts, he will take another material body to suffer again birth, death, old age, and disease here within this material world in any one the 8,400,000 different species. Therefore, since death can come at any time, even when we least expect it, we should be careful to always be in a mood of loving service to Krishna in all times, places, and circumstances to guarantee that we will return to His abode after departing from our present bodies.

The art of how to always be absorbed in the mood of loving Krishna or God is learned from the bona fide spiritual master. Therefore you should become the disciple of the bona fide spiritual master and mold your life according to his instructions. In this way at the time of death your entrance into the spiritual world is guaranteed. And you will never take birth again here in this material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Everyone is Hankering for Krishna

Everyone is hankering for love. In other words, everyone is hankering to be in a perfect loving relationship. Perfect loving relationship means a relationship which is completely devoid of any kind of cheating, duplicity or selfishness. Even though everyone is hankering for such perfect loving relationship, no one is able to find or achieve such a relationship in this world. Therefore everyone here is frustrated. Such an ideal perfect loving relationship can only be achieved by reviving our lost loving relationship with Krishna or God. Therefore to achieve genuine happiness everyone in the world should become Krishna conscious.

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There's Nothing More Wonderful or Perfect than Loving Krishna


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Become Dear to Lord Krishna

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Question: How to Not Fall Down?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

I will pray to Krishna according to your guidance and execute my duty as a disciple as best as I can.

Dear Gurudeva, I am very much inspired and touched by your message. Despite the physical pain, you remain super enthusiastic in sparking off a spiritual revolution. How can we follow your footstep and become enthusiastic like you all the time?

Your insignificant servant
Ajita devi dasi

Answer: Making Myself and the World Krishna Conscious

I personally do not see any meaning or purpose for my existence here and now in this world other than to follow these instructions of Srila Prabhupada to make myself fully Krishna conscious and to make the world Krishna conscious.

Srila Prabhupada did not abandon his revolutionary, deliver-the-world consciousness even when he was on his deathbed. In fact, in his final days in Vrindavana he stated:

"People are wondering if this old man is still alive. But they can know that I am still here beating on this big mridanga, and it is being heard all over the world."

So as his disciple it is my duty to have the same revolutionary spirit as exemplified by my most beloved Guru Maharaja, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. To faithfully follow in his footsteps I must always be enthusiastic to embrace the mood of pure bhakti within my heart and I must also always be enthusiastic to flood this darkened world with the brilliant light of Krishna consciousness. When I was a young brahmacari I was appreciated by Srila Prabhupada for my enthusiasm to make the world Krishna conscious. So now in my old age it is my duty to maintain this same mood up until my last dying breath, or even birth-after-birth if that is what the Lord desires for me.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 17 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Ultimate Pain Relief System

How to be blissful when you are overwhelmed by misery? This is when it really pays off to be Krishna conscious, the ultimate pain relief system. Since we are always pestered by one misery or another at every minute, Krishna consciousness is the most valuable treasure to be gained anywhere in all of existence. So how does one then become totally fixed in Krishna consciousness and thus always remain blissful? The secret is that in all times, places, circumstances engage all of your thoughts, words and deeds in a manner which is completely pleasing to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. How to do this is learned by carefully studying and following the teachings of Krishna as He speaks them in the Bhagavad-gita. This is done under the loving guidance and supervision of Krishna's authorized representative, the bona fide spiritual master.

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Krishna's Pure Devotee is Always Full of Bliss


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Free From All Miseries

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Question: How to Not Fall Down?

Hare Krishna Dear Gurudeva,

How to not fall down after I start chanting 16 rounds daily? That's a big question!

Your servant
Romanas

Answer: Tke Complete Shelter of the Bona Fide Spiritual Master

If you take complete shelter of the bona fide spiritual master, you will never fall down.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 16 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Vaisnava is an Ocean of Compassion

We can easily analyze ourselves to see how much we are awakened in Krishna consciousness by seeing how much we feel compassion for those living beings who are presently suffering like anything in the ocean of birth death. They are factually in the most pitiable situation sometimes incarnating as human beings, sometimes taking birth as animal or plants, and sometimes even taking birth as germs. What could be more pitiable than this? So we have to feel compassion upon them and try to save them from the hell that they are going through. This is our most sacred duty.

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Srila Prabhupada Bestows Mercy Upon His Disciple


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Krishna Holds Everything Together

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Question: Being Fully Renounced Required to Attain Goloka?

Can anyone attain Goloka Vrindavan without taking sannyasa?

Your servant,
Hari
Malaysia

Answer: No

One does not have to be a sannyasi (a fully renounced monk) to achieve the spiritual world. A married person can also go to Goloka Vrindavan if he is fully absorbed in Krishna’s service under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 15 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

How to Have a Perfect Life

Lord Caitanya has so wonderfully stated:

"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."

If we can embrace this teaching tightly within our hearts, always following it in all times, places, and circumstances, our lives will be absolutely perfect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Unlimitedly Merciful Lord Caitanya


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How to See Krishna Everywhere

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Question: How to Bring the Mind Under Control?

Dear Srila Gurudeva!

Please accept my humble obeisances in the dust of Your lotus feet.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Thank you for your support and guidance. Explain, please, how to give yourself to the Guru and Krishna, when there is no power to make the mind obedient to the instructions of the spiritual teacher and Krishna.

With respect,

Your servant,
Arjuna das

Answer: Beg Krishna to Help You

When you are feeling a lack of power to bring your mind under control beg Krishna, “My Dear Lord Krishna, please be merciful upon and bless me with the power to keep my mind always engaged 24 hours a day in Your service and the service of my spiritual master." Krishna will hear your prayer, and He will lovingly reciprocate with you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 14 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

World Whole Ecstatic Prema Dance

Lord Caitanya says, "I shall personally inaugurate the religion of the age - nama-sankirtana, the congregational chanting of the holy name. I shall make the world dance in ecstasy, realizing the four mellows of loving devotional service." (CC Adi 3.19)

So this is our mission and our philosophy as confirmed by Srila Prabhupada:

"We are trying to introduce this Krishna consciousness in order to make the world into Vaikuntha, into a place where there is no anxiety."

This is the secret of how anyone can experience unlimited happiness in their life. They simply must fully dedicate their life to giving Krishna consciousness to all the suffering, illusioned souls of this world. In this way they will taste unlimited bliss at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Chanting Hare Krishna in Ecstasy in Paris, France


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How to Get the Greatest Pleasure

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Question: Established in the Self?

In Bhagavad-gita, 2.45, Lord Krishna says to be established in the "self". What does this "self" mean? how to be established in the self? Again, in 2.55, Lord Krishna says a transcendental person is satisfied in the "self", how to be satisfied in the "self"?

Your servant,
Shadbhuj Gaur Das

Answer: Be Krishna's Pure Devotee

Since the actual self is the eternal spirit-soul servant of God, to be established in the self means to be fully absorbed in pure devotional service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 13 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Living For the Deliverance of All

Our Krishna consciousness movement is dedicated to the deliverance of living beings who are currently suffering in the cycle of repeated birth and death. There is no cause which is nobler or greater than this. This world deliverance mission is our family business. Therefore all the members of the Krishna consciousness movement should tightly embrace this goal within their heart of hearts and thus always think, speak, and act in all times, places, and circumstances in a way which is favorable for bringing about the deliverance of all those who are suffering in karma cakra.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Chanting Hare Krishna in Moscow, Russia


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Think Sastrically

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Question: Afraid of Non-Existence

Dear Respected Gurudeva,

Please accept my respectful obeisances. I wish that your lotus feet may always be in my mind. All glories to our beloved Srila Prabhupada.

In my bewildered mind once appeared a horrible demoniac thought. What would be if nothing would be here. Complete darkness and void space. I was very scared of this thought and again wished that Lord Sri Krishna save me from this deadly demon of darkness.

My question is: Is there a place in the whole existence where nothing exists. I understand that we all exist and Krishna and his holy Name exists eternally. But what about nonexistence? Maybe its just a state of mind in somebody's illusioned diseased consciousness.

Hare Krishna.
Kaspars

Answer: Non-Existence is Non-Existent

If nothing were here, you wouldn’t have to worry because you wouldn’t be here either. But rest assured that the "nothing exists" philosophy is not true. Nonexistence exists as a concept only, even though faulty. So even the concept of non-existence defeats itself by existing. The factual reality is that existence does exist. The proof is that you can ponder it. Self-realization means to attain the perfection of existence. Our philosophy is substance.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

When Maya Attacks You

When maya, the Lord's illusory energy, attacks you, do not surrender to maya. Rather you should fight maya, defeat her by taking complete shelter of Krishna. If you give into maya and follow her dictates, you will remain entangled in the miserable cycle of repeated birth and death. However, if you will defy maya, by taking complete shelter of Krishna, you will regain your original, eternal identity in the unlimitedly sweet pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna in that most wondrous spiritual sky. So now what you do is up to you. It's your choice. Surrender to maya or surrender to Krishna, and reap the corresponding result.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Haridasa Thakura Was Not Allured by the Prostitute


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Krishna's Glory Dominates the World

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Question: How to Resolve Apparent Contradiction in Scriptures?

My dear respected Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada .
All glories to you and Guru Mataji .

I encountered a verse that seemingly contradicts a verse in the Bhagavad-gita, and I was wondering if you could help me to understand how to reconcile these two verses.

Srimad Bhagavatam (Canto 2, chapter 2, text 27):

“In that planet of Satyaloka, there is neither bereavement, nor old age nor death. There is no pain of any kind, and therefore there are no anxieties, save that sometimes, due to consciousness, there is a feeling of compassion for those unaware of the process of devotional service, who are subjected to unsurpassable miseries in the material world.”

Bhagavad-gita (Chapter 8, verse 16):

“From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one who attains to My abode, O son of Kunti, never takes birth again.”

Srila Prabhupada’s translation indicates that “a-brahma-bhuvanal – up to the Brahmaloka plane”

The Bhagavatam seems to say that Satyaloka is not subject to birth, death, old age and disease. The Bhagavad-gita seems to say that it is subject to these four states. Can you shed on light on this seeming contradiction?

Always an insignificant servant,

Hare Krishna,
Vasudevan K.

Answer: Two Different Satyalokas

In this connection, Srila Prabhupada explains as follows:

"Regarding Satyaloka, one is in the material world and one is in the spiritual world. The spiritual Satyaloka is eternal; the material Satyaloka is not, although it is so-called. Satyaloka is another name for Vaikuntha."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 11 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

You Owe it to Yourself

You owe it to yourself to awaken your dormant Krishna consciousness. Why should you cheat yourself by remaining a slave of the material energy caught up in the all-entangling cycle of repeated birth, death, old age, and disease for countless eons of lifetimes? Do yourself the highest good by reviving your actual identity as the servant of Krishna. You will unlimitedly glad that you did.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Your Eternal Worshipable Lord Sri Krishna


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Tolerating Misery & Attaining Unlimited Bliss

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Question: How Can I Help You?

Dear Srila Gurudeva:

I read your E-Course today, I got surprised and felt sad about your health.

I do not know what reason causes Srila Gurudeva to suffer like this. As your disciple/ spiritual daughter, what I can do to help you?

Your servant
Hladini devi dasi

Answer: Faithfully Abide by Your Initiation Vows

The best help the disciples can render to the spiritual master is to faithfully follow their initiation vows. This means that they must carefully chant their japa every day and strictly follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no intoxication, and no gambling. If the disciples deviate from their initiation vows this may sometimes cause the spiritual master to suffer. In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains as follows:

"So Krishna is so powerful that He can immediately take up all the sins of others and immediately make them right. But when a living entity plays the part on behalf of Krishna, he also takes the responsibility for the sinful activities of his devotees. Therefore to become a guru is not an easy task. You see? He has to take all the poisons and absorb them. So sometimes -- because he is not Krishna -- sometimes there is some trouble. Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu has forbidden, "Don't make many sisyas, many disciples." But for preaching work we have to accept many disciples -- for expanding preaching -- even if we suffer. That's a fact. The spiritual master has to take the responsibility for all the sinful activities of his disciples. Therefore to make many disciples is a risky job unless one is able to assimilate all the sins."

Therefore, my disciples should take very seriously what Srila Prabhupada has described above and always faithfully abide by their initiation vows. Otherwise they may be causing me to suffer.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 10 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Remembering When

I am remembering back in the most glorious 60's how Srila Prabhupada so mercifully came to America on the order of his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, to introduce the Krishna consciousness movement here in the West. This was truly one of most splendorous moments in all of world history. Srila Prabhupada said that the day his movement began was the day he sat down to sing kirtana in New York City's Tompkins Square Park and was joined in the kirtana by hundreds of people on 9 October 1966.

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Srila Prabhupada in Tompkins Square Park--New York--1966


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Regain Your Original Identity

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Question: How is Your Health?

Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

How are you? How is your health?

Anamika

Answer: Happiness During My Life's Worst Health Crisis

I am going through the worst health crisis of my entire life with a pinched nerve in my back causing severe pain in my left leg. Therefore I am getting expert medical care, undergoing a very thorough therapy regimen to gradually bring my body back to normal functionality. In the meantime I am regularly experiencing intense pain in my left leg and cannot move or situate my body normally.

In spite of this, I am tasting transcendental happiness by maintaining my regular routine. I am rising early to chant japa mala and attend mangala arati at 430am, as well as cooking the Lord’s morning breakfast offering, producing Video for the Day, writing Thought for the Day, answering emails, putting the Lord to rest at night, and my other routine duties. Plus I am now planning our next around-the-world lecture tour and in the process of releasing a unique music CD called “Our Sweet Lord” of Krishna conscious songs in English.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 9 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Shining Light in the Dark Night

We are presently in the dark night of the age of Kali. It's a horrible age of unspeakable abuse. There is a light which can illuminate this dark night and bring peace and happiness to all. That light is the Bhagavat Purana, the Srimad Bhagavatam, which states in Canto 1, Chapter 3, Text 43 as follows:

"This Bhagavata Purana is as brilliant as the sun, and it has arisen just after the departure of Lord Krishna to His own abode, accompanied by religion, knowledge, etc. Persons who have lost their vision due to the dense darkness of ignorance in the age of Kali shall get light from this Purana."

Take advantage of this light, and make your life perfect. You'll attain unlimited happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Light of the Bhagavatam Relieves All From Misery


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Mangala Arati at 430am

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Question: How to Be Expert Without Being Proud

How can one be expert in an occupation such as computer programming without being attached and proud? I am afraid that if I become expert in occupational duties that I will become proud and fall down.

You insignificant servant,

Karan Mishra

Answer: Recite and Meditate on this Verse Often

To curb down false pride memorize this verse in Sanskrit and English and recite it often:

trnad api sunicena
taror api sahisnuna
amanina manadena
kirtaniyah sada harih

"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 should be ready to offer all respect to others.
In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly."

Plus remember that whatever ability you have is the Lord’s kindness upon you. It is not to your credit.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 8 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Make All World's Leaders Krishna Conscious

In Los Angeles on 29 December 1973 Srila Prabhuapda explained as follows:

"My Guru Maharaja used to say that when we shall see that the high-court judges are devotees of Krishna, then our preaching will be somewhat forward. So that is the aim of Krishna consciousness movement, that everyone, at least those who are ruling, those who are on the executive function, they must be all maha-bhagavatas (pure devotees). Under them everything should be ruled. Then people will be happy. Because they will never do anything unjustly."

So this is our aim. We want to make all the world's leaders pure devotees of Krishna. If we can do this, we will experience globally once the happy days of Bhagavat Dharma (Vedic culture) as in ancient times when it flourished all over the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Teaches Bhagavat Dharma
New Vrindavan, 1972


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Beyond All Suffering

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Question: How to Pray for Others?

I still don't understand about praying for others.

It is OK to pray for the others - devotees and non devotees or not? I mean personally. Gurumataji told, if I correctly understood, that when we are chanting we are already praying. But when I am chanting Hare Krishna I don't feel I am praying for others and I also don't feel that I am chanting because I want to save the world.

It is OK to pray for each other if there is a need? Because now I see that I am egoistic and I don't want to pray for others. So if I try to chant at least one round for the others it will give benefit not only for the others but also for me. I'll become less egoistic.

Devotees are practicing praying for each other, for example, when they are sick. Spiritual masters are praying for their disciples. It is said that prayers of devotees are very powerful. So I make the conclusion that it's good to pray for each other.

Please, help me to figure out all this.

Your servant,
Aurinta
Vilnius, Lithuania

Answer: Chant Hare Krishna Without Offense

The most important prayer is the Hare Krishna mantra. In this prayer we are begging the Lord and His energy to please engage us their pure devotional service. When we chant Hare Krishna we are chanting for our own deliverance and also automatically we are chanting for the deliverance of all living beings who are entangled in the cycle of birth and death in this rotten material world. It is not that you should dedicate a particular round for a particular purpose. Every round that we chant bestows the highest good both upon us and all living beings throughout all of existence.

Neophyte devotees tend to concoct prayers that are tinged with material sense gratification and are therefore advised to only pray by chanting Hare Krishna and the authorized prayers of the great Vaisnava acaryas, such as the Gurvastakam prayers that we sing at mangala arati, and the Siksastakam prayers composed by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. If we pray improperly for material sense gratification, such praying will keep us entangled in the cycle of birth and death. This is why the neophyte devotee should only pray via the authorized prayers of the great Vaisnava acaryas.

If a devotee is sick, we should personally take care of him to nurse him back to health. This is real love. It is not that we should simply utter some prayer and go away.

Bona fide spiritual masters fully dedicate their every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances for the deliverance of all living beings who are suffering in the cycle of birth, not just their disciples.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 7 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Preacher's Visualization

The preacher of Krishna consciousness visualizes a world in which everyone is Krishna conscious, a world in which 66 thousand babies are not murdered every day in the abortion clinics, and a world in which 156 millions innocent animals are not cruelly murdered every day in the slaughterhouses. He lives at every moment for this purpose begging Krishna that soon the madness of Kali yuga will go into remission and the golden era of Lord Caitanya, which began 531 years ago in a seedlike state can now expand exponentially for the complete, total respiritualization of the entire human society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya's Movement Will Inundate the Universe


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Spreading Lord Caitanya's Message

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Steady in Krishna Consciousness?

Hare Krishna,

Please accept my humble obeisances. I have question. How to become steady in Krishna consciousness? Many times I fall prey to lusty desires, which are there in my mind, and I fall down. I then lose all my enthusiasm for devotional service. How to really be joyfully executing devotional service ? Kindly help. Thank you .

Your aspiring servant
S.A.

Answer: Everything for Pleasure of Guru and Krishna

The secret for being steady in Krishna is to always think, speak, and act in all times, places, and circumstances in a way that is pleasing to Guru and Krishna. Whenever you are in difficulty pray to your spiritual master and Krishna to help you. In this way, magic will happen and you will find yourself happily, steadily absorbed once again in Krishna consciousness. If you don't have a spiritual master, you need to get one, not one of these rascal so-called gurus who are nothing more than imposters and who are a dime a dozen. You need to fully surrender yourself to a bona fide spiritual master, the spiritual master who purely represents Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 6 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Nuclear War Cannot Stop the Sankirtana Movement

Sometimes it is questioned if nuclear war can stop the sankirtana movement. Here is what Srila Prabhupada says regarding this issue:

"You have asked about whether nuclear devastation on this planet would effect the Sankirtana Movement. No, there is nothing that can stop the Sankirtana Movement because it is the will of God Himself, Lord Caitanya, that His Holy Name be heard in every town and village. Neither can the demons devastate this planet independent of the will of Krishna. Nothing happens without His sanction. If Krishna wants to kill someone no one can save Him, and if Krishna wants to save someone no one can kill him. For our parts we should just be determined to carry out our mission against all opposition, demons, nuclear war, whatever. The whole universe is finally subject to certain annihilation by the will of Krishna, but devotional service is eternal and is the only certain way one can save himself from devastation. We can preach all over the world that the only way to be saved from collective and individual devastation is to take to the chanting of Hare Krishna. In short, this material world is a very precarious place therefore we should always chant Hare Krishna and seek Krishna's protection."

This is a from a letter from Srila Prabhuapda to Makhanlala Das written on 22 June 1973 while Srila Prabhupada was in Mayapur.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Sankirtan Movement Will Not Be Stopped


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Prevent Nuclear Holocaust

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Suffer When We Love God When We Are Happy?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Gurudeva.

Dear Srila Gurudeva. Why suffering is so good in spiritual life? What about happiness? Can devotees of the God be happy? Why for example some Christian saints purposefully caused themselves suffering? In Krishna stories there is also some this kind of stories? Why is that? Why can't we love God when we are healthy and happy?

I feel that if I get too much suffering, I easily give up life. So, if I get too much suffering, I will give up living. Is life opposite to spiritual life? Can one live healthily and happily and be spiritual?

Much spiritual happiness, sincerely,
Your sincere servant

Answer: Material Suffering Helps Us to Surrender to Krishna

When we are materially happy we tend to forget God, feeling that we do not need Him. But when a pious person is distressed he naturally turns to God for help. This is why great spiritualists appreciate the great benefit of suffering. Or course, it is not that such great spiritualists are actually suffering. Rather they are relishing the unlimited bliss of purely loving God in all conditions of so-called happiness and distress. For them both material happiness and distress are coverings of the unlimited bliss of fully surrendering oneself to Krishna or God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Krishna Will Never Abandon You

Each and every living being is unlimitedly dear to Krishna. Therefore even if they reject Him, coming to this material world to try to enjoy separately from Him, He remains with them traveling with them as the Supersoul, the Paramatma. This is confirmed as follows in the Katha Upanisad:

"Both the Supersoul [Paramatma] and the atomic soul [jivatma] are situated on the same tree of the body within the same heart of the living being."

Therefore there is no reason to ever feel lonely or abandoned. Krishna in the form of the Supersoul always remains with us as our constant companion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Supersoul is Seated in the Hearts of All


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See Everything as Krishna's Mercy

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Concern: I Wish There Was Something I Could Do For You.

My Dearest Srila Gurudeva,

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

I just watched your Video for the Day. It was very difficult for me to see you in such pain. Only you, with your strength of mind and character, could turn it around and make it something positive for becoming Krishna Conscious. I wish there is something I could do for you! I am only a meaningless, worthless, humble devotee but I will pray for you and my thoughts will be with you.

Your servant, Bhakta Das

Answer: Always Live in Accordance with Your Initiation Vows

My Dear Bhakta Das,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you very much for your concern about my present condition of body. It is our unlimited good fortune to know that we are not our bodies. Since our bodies have been given to us by Lord Sri Krishna to engage in His devotional service, it is our duty to always make our best effort to keep them in good operating condition. But in any condition of sick or healthy, we must do our best to always remain twenty-four hours a day in Krishna consciousness

The best thing that the disciples can do for their spiritual master is to always engage themselves nicely in Krishna consciousness by undeviatingly living in accordance with the vows that they took at the time of initiation.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

True Independence

Today, the fourth of July, is a big national holiday in the USA in celebration of the original 13 American colonies adopting the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776 separating themselves from membership in the British Empire. But this is not real independence. Real independence means to become free from birth, death, old age, and disease by fully surrendering oneself unto Lord Sri Krishna under the direction of the bona fide spiritual master. We therefore pray for that day when all the people of the world can celebrate their true independence after fully surrendering themselves unto Lord Sri Krishna. Then they can truly celebrate their independency by having a humongous, super ecstatic Hare Krishna kirtana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Celebrate Independence from Maya--Mayapur, India


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Using Suffering to Increase Your Krishna Consciousness

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Question: How to Become Free From Porn

Please accept my humble obeisances,

I want to ask for your help. I have very big problem. For many years before coming to Krishna Consciousness I was totally addicted to pornography. But after I joined the temple I gave it up. Up until my initiation I was strictly following my vows and thus totally avoiding porn. But seven months ago I fell down, and again I have come back to this disgusting habit. It's really a big problem now, and I don't know how to stop it. I do not want to fall back to my previous sinful life, but I just do not have any strength to kill this nasty habit. Please kindly help me to somehow solve this problem. Giving this up is the most important thing in my life, but I don't know how to become free from this.

Aspiring to be your insignificant servant,
(Name withheld for confidentiality)

Answer: Beg Guru and Krishna to Help You

Every time your mind is disturbed by the desire to see pornography intensely beg Guru and Krishna to save you from this. Beg Guru and Krishna to help you to absorb your mind in Krishna, who is millions of times more attractive than a woman’s body. In this way, you can actually use your attraction to porno as a springboard to strengthen your relationship with Guru and Krishna.

Don’t worry. Many devotees have had this problem and conquered over it. The method I teach is very powerful and effective. You must simply intensely beg Guru and Krishna to save you every time Maya attacks. Train yourself to do this automatically every time you get disturbed by lusty thoughts. In this way very soon you will be a fixed up gosvami, a devotee whose mind never deviates from Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 3 July 2017

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The World's Greatest Movie

On 29 June 2017 shortly after we landed in Los Angeles from a 20 hour flight from Australia, my disciple Bhaktavatsala Das drove my wife and I to a nearby movie theatre to watch a showing of "Hare Krishna, the Film." It was a truly a super exhilarating experience. Srila Prabhupada is truly present in that amazing film. One can feel a very strong connection with Srila Prabhupada when seeing that film. And the more we feel connected with Srila Prabhupada, the more we become Krishna conscious and qualified to go back to home, back to Godhead. What could be sweeter than this? Therefore we encourage everyone to see this movie when it comes available in your part of the world.

Here's where you can find out more:

http://harekrishnathefilm.com

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishna, the Film


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Hare Krishna, the Film--Trailer

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Can't We Be God?

Why can't we be God?

Questions asked by a child in Melbourne, Australia

Answer: We Cannot Manifest All Existence from Ourselves

God is that person who is the source of all existence. He is the fully independent cause of all causes. We exist only because He is manifesting us from Himself. We cannot exist independently from His manifesting us. Since we are all fully dependent upon Him for our very existence it is not possible for us to be God, the source of all existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 2 July 2017

Los Angeles, California USA

Today's Thought:

Begging Krishna for World Deliverance

For many years my wife and I, in addition to keeping our Hare Krishna center going in Austin, Texas, have been circling the globe to teach the science of Krishna in many different countries. Now we are just about to complete another around-the-world lecture tour. The world is in dire straits, desperately needing to be awakened to Krishna consciousness to prevent a gradual total meltdown of the social order into total anarchy. Our lives are fully dedicated to bringing sanity back to the human society. I am every day begging the most merciful Lord Sri Krishna that we can be successful in our world deliverance mission.|

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




29 June 2017
Upon arriving in Los Angeles we were welcomed by Prahladananda Das and his son, Kirtan Patel. We gave garlands.

 


Video For the Day:

Home Kirtana

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Question: How to Ignore the Mind?

How we can ignore what our mind says? Does this means that our heart guides us as to whether we should follow to our mind or not?

Hare Krishna

Rishi

Answer: Hear Guru and Krishna

If you will always fully absorb yourself in following the instructions of Lord Sri Krishna and the bona fide spiritual master, you will be immediately become free from slavery to your mind.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 1 July 2017

Los Angeles, California USA

Today's Thought:

Be Natural

Be natural. Don't be artificial. This the smart thing to do because your natural self is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge. It is only your artificial self which is temporary, full of ignorance, and full of misery. The difficulty at the present moment is that we are all living in a world society which teaches us from the very moment of birth that the artificial self, the material body, is the actual self. In this way we are programmed to unnecessarily suffer a life of ignorance and misery. By proper training and guidance we can be free from the influence of this false propaganda and come back to our original, natural position: Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Farewell at Melbourne, Australia Airport--29 June 2017


Video For the Day:

Unlimited Eternal Bliss

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Question: How to Overcome Dryness?

How to overcome dryness in spiritual life?

Question from Srimad Bhagavatam class in Melbourne, Australia.

Answer: Come to the Spiritual Platform

There is no such things as dryness in spiritual life. It is only material life that is dry. If you are experiencing dryness, this means that you are not yet on the spiritual platform. To come to the spiritual platform you simply must dedicate all of your thoughts, words, and deeds to Lord Sri Krishna in all times, places, and circumstances. By doing this you will be swimming in an ocean of unlimited nectar at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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