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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 17 December 2017

Thought for the Day: Don't Be Insane

Out of the 8,400,000 species of life, the human form is the one chance we have to go back to our original home in the spiritual world. Therefore we should not foolishly waste our time in the maddened pursuit of material senses gratification, which will force us to take birth again here in this miserable material world. The only intelligent course of action is to fully surrender ourselves unto Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, under the expert guidance of the bona fide spiritual master. This and only this makes sense. Anything else is complete total insanity.

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Early Morning Bliss

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Question: Can Devotees Play Snooker?

Hare Krsna, Guru Maharaja.

I have just read this morning's “ Thought for the Day“ where you mention that we have nothing to lose and everything to gain by fully surrendering to Lord Krishna. I am so lost and ignorant so kindly explain if there are any steps involved and how do I go about surrendering to the Lord.

Your ever aspiring student,

Rajesh Ramsuchit
Durban, South Africa

Answer: Devotees Do Not Waste Time

Devotees do not waste their time playing frivolous sports because such sporting does nothing at all to advance their Krishna consciousness. Rather it is a diversion from their Krishna consciousness. Life is short. Therefore we must engage every minute of our daily 24 hours fully absorbed in Krishna’s service.

Such sporting also does nothing at all to deliver the fallen souls of this world from their entanglement in the cycle of birth and death. Therefore the devotees of Krishna fully engage themselves 24 hours a day in the ultimate sport of awakening pure of love of God within their own hearts while simultaneously pushing forward a spiritual revolution for the respiritualization of the entire global society to save these poor souls of the present day misdirected civilization from being dragged down to the animal kingdom in their next lives. Instead of wasting their time in frivolous sports the devotees work diligently to defeat the present day demoniac world culture and replace it with Krishna conscious culture.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 16 December 2017

Thought for the Day

Greatest Paradigm Shift in History

If all ISKCON devotees will sincerely follow ISKCON's Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada's divine instructions for removing the dirt from their hearts and replacing it with pure love of God, ISKCON will become so strongly united and infused with pure Krishna bhakti that it will then become fully empowered to lead the entire world out of chaos and thus be able to successfully bring about the greatest paradigm shift that has ever happened in the history of the universe, the deliverance of the entire world from the chaos and misery of godlessness. Therefore, out of compassion upon the suffering, fallen souls of this age we should all become pure devotees of Lord Sri Krishna so that the whole world can become awakened in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Hell or Paradise

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Question: Am I Realized?

Namaste, Gurudeva!

What is realization of Brahman, Paramatma or Bhagavan? I never fully understand when I hear people talking about this. Can these realizations be described in words, or do we lack words in order to explain these phenomena? How do I know if I've had a realization?

Richard Browne

Answer: When Realized You Will Know It

Brahman realization is realization of the oneness of everything. One experiences his identity with the underlying spiritual unity beyond the material variegatedness. This can only be achieved by undergoing great penances and austerities. But since the Brahman realized person does not realize the spiritual variegatedness his realization is imperfect and incomplete. Thus he cannot be fully satisfied and eventually falls down again into material variegatedness.

Paramatma realization is realization of the presence of Krishna’s expanded form, the four-armed Paramatma within the heart of every living being and within every atom. This is achieved only by yogis who perform great penances and austerities being totally cut off from material civilization.

Bhagavan realization is full realization of Lord Sri Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence. To attain Bhagavan realization one must fully surrender to Krishna under the merciful guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

Bhagavan realization automatically includes Paramatma realization and Brahman realization. So this is the easiest type of self-realization. But because of false pride very few souls attain this highest perfection of consciousness.

You don't have to worry about knowing whether or not you have become self-realized. If you don't know, you are not realized. Self-realization means the covering clouds of delusion are gone and you now see things as they are.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 15 December 2017

Thought for the Day

Anxiety Not Due to External Circumstances

Here is powerful quote from Srila Prabhupada to help us understand that whatever anxiety we are experiencing in our present circumstances is not due to those circumstances. Rather it is simply due to our lack of Krishna consciousness.

Srila Prabhupada wrote from Bombay, India as follows to his disciple Madhukara Das on 4 January 1973:

"One mistake of judgment often made by the neophyte devotees is that any time there is some disturbance or some difficulty they are considering that the conditions or the external circumstances under which the difficulty took place are the cause of the difficulty itself. That is not the fact. In this material world there is always some difficulty, no matter in this situation or that situation. Therefore simply by changing my status of occupation or my status of life, that will not help anything. Because the real fact is that if there is any difficulty with others, that is my lack of Krishna consciousness, not theirs. Is this clear?"

There is a great lesson to be derived from this. In all circumstances, both the so-called pleasant and unpleasant, if we will simply always focus on increasing our Krishna consciousness, our hearts will be dancing in ecstasy at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Beyond the Doggish Civilization

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Question: Marriage and Children Required?

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

I joined Krishna consciousness 2 months ago and your course today from a recommendation by a friend. I am very lucky to have such a good friend who sent me your course info and who has finally put me on the right path!

I have been reading Srila Prabhupada's books and listening to lectures of Srila Prabhupada. I find the philosophy perfect and would like to make this current life perfect and go back home. From my understanding, all it requires is taking initiation, following guru's instructions, and strive to be a perfect devotee of Lord Krishna as much as possible.

One thing I have learned from the books is not to get entangled. Sure, I am a college graduate, have a job to pay loans, but why am I forced by others to getting married and get further entangled? So my questions are:

- Is marriage required in Krishna consciousness?
- Is it required for one to have children?

Yes, you can have a Krishna conscious wife and children, but from the material side, there are so many headaches which I simply would like to avoid.

I humbly request your guidance.

Jay D.

Answer: Only Krishna Consciousness is Required

From: Vacoas, Mauritius

My Dear Jay,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Marriage is not required. And even if one is married, children are not required. We have only requirement in life. And that is to fully surrender to Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead under the expert guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 14 December 2017

Today's Thought

Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain

You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain by fully surrendering to Krishna right now. So why not do it? Why hesitate? It sometimes said, "He who hesitates is lost." And it is also said, "If something is auspicious, do it immediately. And if something is not auspicious, postpone it." Surrendering to Krishna is the most auspicious thing we could ever do in millions and billions of lifetimes. Therefore the only intelligent thing to do is to fully surrender ourselves unto Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personalty of Godhead right here and right now. There is absolutely no reason at all that we should hesitate or postpone this. But yet we do, again and again. This is our foolishness. It is time to give up our foolishness and become truly wise.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Question: Can Devotees Play Snooker?

Srila Gurudeva, can devotees play snooker?

Arie
Malaysia

Answer: Devotees Do Not Waste Time

Devotees do not waste their time playing frivolous sports because such sporting does nothing at all to advance their Krishna consciousness. Rather it is a diversion from their Krishna consciousness. Life is short. Therefore we must engage every minute of our daily 24 hours fully absorbed in Krishna’s service.

Such sporting also does nothing at all to deliver the fallen souls of this world from their entanglement in the cycle of birth and death. Therefore the devotees of Krishna fully engage themselves 24 hours a day in the ultimate sport of awakening pure of love of God within their own hearts while simultaneously pushing forward a spiritual revolution for the respiritualization of the entire global society to save these poor souls of the present day misdirected civilization from being dragged down to the animal kingdom in their next lives. Instead of wasting their time in frivolous sports the devotees work diligently to defeat the present day demoniac world culture and replace it with Krishna conscious culture.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Krishna is the Origin of Everything

Everything that exists is the energy of Krishna because everything is emanating from Him. Even Krishna emanates from Himself because He is the absolute origin of everything including Himself. Therefore nothing exists except that what is emanating from Krishna, and those who perfect their relationship with Krishna have a perfect relationship with everything and everyone all over the universe. What could be more amazing or wonderful than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Pure Bhakti - The Daily Goal

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Question: Why Lifespan is Reducing?

What is the reason behind the successive reduction in lifespan from Satya Yuga to Kali Yuga?. What has caused the gradual reduction in life span over the span of the yugas. Please enlighten me on this.

Your servant,
Avinash G.

Answer: Ever-increasing Sinfulness

It is due to ever-increasing sinfulness. In other words, the more one becomes sinful, he suffers more sinful reactions such as a shorter life span, disease, distress, etc.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday12 December 2017

Steadiness in Happiness and Distress

Krishna's devotee possesses the wonderful quality of steadiness because he is in a steady state of mind by always taking complete shelter of his most beloved Lord Sri Krishna. For the devotee it is does not matter what may be happening out there in the material energy because he sees and tastes how Lord Sri Krishna is showering His causeless mercy upon him in all times, places, and circumstances. What could be sweeter than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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The Krishna sunrise within the heart

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Question: How to Associate with Devotees?

Hare Krishna! We generally hear about the importance of association of devotees. In fact in your yesterday's 'Thought for the Day' this is what you have quoted the Lord as saying “Those who are My direct devotees are actually not My devotees, but those who are the devotees of My servant are factually My devotees." I feel confused on this aspect. Does this mean spiritual master, acaryas or everyone?

If we see now in ISKCON there are so many people/devotees and everyone has their nature and I may not want to serve or associate with each and everyone and this is my special case which I want to put forth. There is also a kind of fanaticism of 'My Guru / Your Guru'. Also 'My Zone and Your Zone', so many things and this does not make me comfortable to associate with each and everyone.

If we look at the great saints even in our parampara, we see that they had very closed limited association. Even if we take His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, how much association did he have during his grihasta life? Of course maybe later he had. The same applied to the predecessors. They did not have a wholesale association that we see today in ISKCON. It's bewildering and confusing when everyone speaks about association and association.

I feel at time fearful maybe I didn't associate with this devotee properly or I did not speak to this devotee properly. This is troubling me too much. Yes, I have my dealings with my Guru Maharaja and some other devotees too. But I am a very introvert person. I am trying to do my sadhana properly. I hope you got my point. Kindly throw some light.

Your servant from Vrindavana

Answer: According to Their Level of Awakening

We associate with devotees according to their level of spiritual awakening. For example we read in the purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.29.8 as follows:

"One who approaches the Supreme Lord to render devotional service, but who is proud of his personality, envious of others or vengeful, is in the mode of anger. He thinks that he is the best devotee. Devotional service executed in this way is not pure; it is mixed and is of the lowest grade, tamasah. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura advises that a Vaisnava who is not of good character should be avoided. A Vaisnava is one who has taken the Supreme Personality of Godhead as the ultimate goal of life, but if one is not pure and still has motives, then he is not a Vaisnava of the first order of good character. One may offer his respects to such a Vaisnava because he has accepted the Supreme Lord as the ultimate goal of life, but one should not keep company with a Vaisnava who is in the mode of ignorance."

Those devotees who are sincerely trying to become free from their anarthas, the material contamination in their hearts, should be associated with. But those devotees are not sincerely trying to purify themselves should be respected from a distance only. We should not mix intimately with such materialistic devotees.

Narottama Das Thakura sings that he always hankers for the association of Ramacandra Chakravarti. This is sweet mood of association amongst devotees who are fixed in Krishna consciousness or sincerely trying to become fixed in Krishna consciousness. This is the standard of association that we should try to have.

By writing to me and opening your heart you are associating with devotees. So you should simply find those devotees with whom you can associate and open your heart in ways that will help you to achieve the perfection of pure love of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 11 December 2017

Vacoas, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Nothing to Lose

We've got nothing to lose by fully surrendering ourselves to Krishna right now except for our anxiety. So why not do it right now? We have to kick out all hesitations and do what is actually intelligent right here, right now. Any other course of action is sheer madness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada Wants Us to Fully Surrender For Our Own Benefit.


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Question: How to Fully Surrender to Krishna?

How can I fully surrender to Krishna?

Karigouda

Answer: Become a Disciple of the Bona Fide Spiritual Master

On the order of Lord Sri Krishna we fully surrender to Him by taking shelter of the bona fide spiritual master, becoming initiated by the bona fide spiritual master, and then being fully surrendered to following the spiritual master's orders, accepting them as our very life and soul for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 10 December 2017

Vacoas, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Love Krishna's Devotees

Sometimes neophyte devotees think that one should not love devotees, that one should only love Krishna. But this is not what Krishna says. Krishna clearly describes to Arjuna as follows as quoted in the Adi Purana:

ye me bhakta-janah partha
na me bhaktas ca te janah
mad-bhaktanam ca ye bhaktas
te me bhakta-tama matah

“Those who are My direct devotees are actually not My devotees, but those who are the devotees of My servant are factually My devotees."

This verse is so important that it was quoted by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in His conversation with Ramananda Raya. Krishna is telling us that unless we have love and devotion for His devotees we have no love and devotion for Him. Therefore anyone who wants to awaken in their heart pure love for Lord Sri Krishna must necessarily master the art of purely loving Krishna's devotees. For without loving Krishna's devotees there is no question of loving Krishna. This is simply impossible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Enlightens Ramananda Raya


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Perfect Your Existence. Harmonize with Krishna

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Question: How to Control the Mind?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Hare Krishna!

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

I want to know how the method of beating the mind one hundred times with a shoe is applied. How to reject the mind's constant proposals?

Seeking your advise,
Your student
Ruta

Answer: Ask Krishna to Help

Every time you see that your mind is getting off the track pray to Krishna, “My dear Lord Sri Krishna, please bless me that my mind will always remain absorbed in thoughts of You." If you will sincerely pray this way whenever your mind is deviated, you will quickly master the art of controlling your mind.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 9 December 2017

Vacoas, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

The Peace Formula in London

On Wednesday 6 December on our brief stopover in London I was asked to play and sing my song "The Peace Formula" at the Bhaktivedanta Manor, the estate donated to ISKCON George Harrison, who was famous as a member of the Beatles. The song, which was very much appreciated by former US President Barack Obama when he was in office, poetically presents Krishna's peace formula as presented by Lord Krishna in Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 5, Text 29. Below is a short video clip presenting verse three of the song.

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Reveals His Peace Formula to Arjuna


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The Peace Formula In London

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Question: How to Become a Pure Devotee

I want to help other people by spreading the divine teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and I also want to become fully surrendered soul in helping you to deliver whole world from the clutches of material energy. At the same time I feel not qualified to become a pure devotee because I'm to much holding to my material attachments, and I simply can't give up them. I don't know what to do. I'm of this material world! It's too much nonsense things happening now in this world.

Please, Srila Gurudeva, make me your fully surrendered servant. Can you see what's stopping me from becoming a pure devotee? How I can give up all anarthas from my heart that I am attached to, and dive deeply into the ocean of Lord Caitanya's movement? What should I do to help people, and make a spiritual revolution here in Kaunas, Lithuania, or anywhere else?

Please kindly guide me.

Your aspiring disciple,
Dhruvanath das

Answer: Regularly Beg For It

All of us are afflicted by material desires. This is why we have taken material bodies. Just as it takes time to recover from any disease, it also takes time to recover from our material disease. The key is that we have to genuinely desire to become pure and regularly beg for that purity by sincerely chanting t least sixteen rounds every day of the Hare Krishna mantra on japa mala beads. You can also regularly beg Krishna in your own language, “My dear Lord Krishna, please make me Your pure devotee.” By regularly praying this way throughout the day, Krishna will bless you with spiritual strength to overcome your material desires. The key is that you just have to keep begging Him like this as much possible, and at the same time do a first class job of all your services.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 8 December 2017

London, England

Today's Thought:

In God We Trust

We trust God and those who purely represent Him. Everyone else is self-motivated and cannot be trusted. This is the reality of this material world. In this connection Shakespeare has written:

One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.

Therefore we must always be careful in this dangerous place that we are not cheated and exploited by others, even those who pose themselves as our friends.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




We Have Full Faith in Krishna


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Question: Engage Talent in Krishna's Service

Hare Krishna Gurudeva,

I offer my humble obeisances.

In today's Thought for the Day (7 December 2017) you have mentioned about utilizing your talent for Krishna consciousness. I have been thinking for a while now, how I could use my skills of project management and a business systems analyst, for Krishna consciousness. I work in the IT section of a logistic company and my projects are related to client implementations or enhancements. How does one make this mundane material work Krishna conscious? I don't understand, Gurudeva. My work is not related to Krishna consciousness at all.

Hare Krishna.

Preeti

Answer: Result of Work Offered to Krishna

By spending all of your earnings in a Krishna conscious way you will be engaging your talent in Krishna’ service. In other words spend your earnings to create a temple atmosphere in your home and also to give financial support to the Krishna consciousness movement. In this way when you go to work you will be going to work for Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 7 December 2017

London, England

Today's Thought:

Utilize Your Talent for Krishna

Srila Prabhupada very nicely explains that perfection is to utilize one's talent in the service of Krishna:

"Krsna consciousness is so nice, if you apply it in any field of activities you will see it is perfect. Either you apply it in industry or in politics or in sociology or in philosophy or in science. Therefore Bhagavata says that whatever capacity you may have, either you are a scientist or a lawyer or an engineer or a rich man, a capitalist, whatever you may be. Your duty is to utilize your talent for Krsna consciousness. That's all. That is perfection."--From a lecture on Bhagavad-gita 4.19-25 -- given in Los Angeles on January 9, 1969.

Therefore instead of denying our talents we use them in Krishna's service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Engaged
George Harrison's Talent in Krishna's Service


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Question: Perfection of My Life?

Respected Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

The perfection of my life would be to become a pure devotee. Is that correct?

Visvanath Das

Answer: Become Krishna's Pure Devotee

Yes, the perfection of your life will to become a pure devotee of Krishna. This will deliver you from the cycle of death and allow you entrance into the spiritual world, the world of unlimited bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 6 December 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Disappearance Day of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati

Today is the disappearance day His Divine Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaja. Srila Prabhupada told us many things about his beloved Guru Maharaja. Here are two pastimes that he described in Los Angeles on December 9, 1968:

"When he was a child two, three years old, he ate one mango fruit which was kept for offering to the Deity. So his father mildly rebuked him, 'Oh, you have done a very wrong thing. It was meant for Deity, and you have taken it. You should not have done it.' The child was two or three years old. He took it so seriously that never after that he took mango. Whenever we offered him mango he said, 'No, I am offender. I cannot take mango.' He was thinking like that, you see. Never in his life he took a mango. He was thinking that 'I offended in my childhood by taking the mango of the Deity.' This is the characteristic of acarya. They teach by their life's action that one should be so much determined, that one should not be... A child took the mango, there was no offense. But he took that vow.

"Another instance, in my presence. At that time, we were also young men, and one of my Godbrothers, his name is Dr. Oul Bihari Kapoor... He's now retired in Vrindavana, last time I saw him. He was also young man, and his wife was also young. So we were sitting together, talking with Guru Maharaja, and the girl proposed, 'My dear master, I want to speak with you.' So Guru Maharaja said, 'Yes, you can talk whatever you like.' So she said, 'I want to talk with you secretly, not in the presence of everyone.' Guru Maharaja said, 'No. I cannot talk with you secretly. You can talk in the presence of my all other disciples.' So even that girl was just like his granddaughter by age calculation, he refused to talk with a young woman in a secret place. These are the instances."

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We are eternally indebted to these great acaryas for delivering us from this material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami


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Question: How to Experience Krishna?

How can I practically experience in my life that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead? The very creation is behind Krishna. So who is there behind Krishna?

Hare Krishna,
Karigouda

Answer: Give Yourself to Him

By fully surrendering to Krishna you will experience Him everywhere as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There is no one behind Krishna because He is original source of everything.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 5 January 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Bringing the Most Sublime Bliss to the World

Today Gurumata and I are heading out on another around-the-world lecture tour for spreading the most sublime bliss of Krishna consciousness. We will be traveling to the UK, to Mauritius, to South Africa, to Australia, to Argentina, to Chile, to Canada, and to Los Angeles. Something has to be done. The present world situation is intolerable. 66 thousand innocent babies and 156 million innocent animals are cruelly murdered every day. How can the world's leaders allow this to be going on? Just see how unqualified they are to lead the world! Therefore we want to educate the people in general to demand Krishna conscious leadership for all nations across the globe. This will bring about the restoration of the happy days of bhagavat-dharma all over the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Whole World Can Live in Peace


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Question: How May I Serve You?

Respected Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Is there some service I may render to Your Divine Grace?

Please forgive me for any offence committed knowingly or unknowingly and kindly keep me as an object of your causeless mercy.

Begging your mercy.

Your insignificant servant,
Visvanath das

Answer: Awaken Yourself and Awaken the World

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Visvanath,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The service that I request of you is that you should sincerely endeavor to awaken pure love of God within your heart and that you should dedicate your life fully for assisting me in making the whole world Krishna conscious.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 4 December 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas

Today's Thought:

Course Promotion Initiative

Starting today we are launching a course promotion initiative to dynamically expand the number of subscribers for this e-course. At the present moment we have 25,962 enrolled. We want to expand this initially to one hundred thousand, then to one million, and at last to at least 100 million. If this can be accomplished, this will have a highly significant uplifting impact on the present deluded state of the global consciousness. For this purpose we are now producing a series of promotional videos, one of which you will be seeing every day for a few days. And we have hired an internet promotions company to flood the social media with our Krishna conscious message. So let's see happens and hope for the very best.

Kindly click every day on the YouTube and FaceBook links below and help promote our course through these social media.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Can Make Whole World Peaceful


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: When I Cannot Serve Expertly?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Kindly help me understand that if I am not good at any service then how will I execute the instruction to do that service when others are much better than me in those services?

Also every living entity has a different unique relationship with Krishna. So the stage of 100% pure devotional service that all will reach is same or it has different levels of saturation. Is it a common point destination or how to understand?

Thank you.

Your insignificant servant
Lila Manjari devi dasi

Answer: Sincerity Pleases Krishna

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Lila Manjari,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Even if you are not expert at doing a particular service, if you will sincerely try your best to do that service, Krishna will be very pleased with you.

It does not matter what kind of relationship one has with Krishna. When he achieves pure bhakti he is equally situated with all the other devotees, no matter what kind of relationship they have Krishna.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 3 December 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas

Today's Thought:

Get Back to Your Original Identity

We are actually pure devotees of Krishna. But those of us who are in this material world have forgotten this, and, covered by the three modes of material nature, we are foolishly trying enjoy in that place where no genuine happiness exists. However by engaging ourselves in sadhana-bhakti (devotional service in practice), we can revive our original, natural consciousness of pure love of God. Thus it can be clearly understood that becoming Krishna consciousness is not artificially imposing something upon our minds. Rather it is the reawakening of our original natural consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Awaits Your Return to His Kingdom


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The Most Amazing Person in All of Existence

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Prepare for a Specific Planet?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

Can we also prepare ourselves for going to a specific planet of the spiritual world OR do we simply have to learn to serve God and we will automatically be placed in some particular planet of the spiritual world?

Begging your mercy,

Your insignificant servant,
Visvanatha das

Answer: Joyfully Accept Wherever Krishna Sends Us

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Visvanatha,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We simply fully surrender to Guru and Krishna and joyfully accept wherever Krishna sends us when we leave our bodies, because our only motive and desire is to please Him.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 2 December 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas

Today's Thought:

On a Mission to Save the World

On the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, we are on a mission to save the world. It is very painful for us to see a world in which 156 million innocent animals are murdered every day so that people can satisfy their lusty desires to relish the taste of flesh and blood. And it is even more painful to see a world in which 66 thousand innocent babies are murdered every day with the sanction of our present day world's governments so that people can enjoy having sex without being bothered with having to raise and protect the children that they produce. The bottom line is that we are not living in a human society. We are living in animal society. Therefore our mission is to turn the animals into human beings.

We do not know whether or not we will be successful in carrying out this order that we have received to save the world. But whether we are successful or not in saving the world, it is our most sacred duty to try to do so. At least by our making this endeavor our lives will be perfect and anyone who follows us will also be perfect. And if by the special mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu we are successful in our mission, it will be the greatest and most glorious paradigm shift that has ever transpired in the history of our universe. So let's try for it and see what happens. What could be a more ecstatic life than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishna Kirtana Can Save the World


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do I Deserve to Be Here?

Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble pranamas!

If I am put into this material world due to my mistake at the feet of the Lord, am I not deservingly placed here? How can I ask for getting out of this place, back to home, when I deserve all the punishment?

Seeking Your guidance,
Your aspiring servant,
Bhargavi

Answer: You Foolishly Wanted to Be Here

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Bhargavi,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Because you desired to try to enjoy independently from Krishna, as your loving father He reciprocated with your desire by allowing you to come to this material world.

Krishna does not punish you. You are punishing yourself by holding onto your stupid material attachments. As your loving father He is ready to welcome you to back to your original home in the spiritual world as soon as you are ready to stop being such a stupid idiot by trying to enjoy independently from Him.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 1 December 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas

Today's Thought:

Make a Mess or a Difference in the World

Would you rather make a mess of this world or make a difference in this world? The choice is up to you. You are either going to be part of the solution or part of the problem. So now you decide what you want to be: an asset or a detriment.

If you want to be an asset, you need to awaken your relationship with Krishna or God and then share that with everyone you meet as much as possible. In this e-course I am teaching you how. Kindly study our lessons well and apply them with full sincerity, enthusiasm, and patience. Your life will be unlimitedly sublime, and you will be doing the highest good for all living beings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada's Peace Formula Can Save the World


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Message for All the World's Leaders

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Offer Results of Ekadasi Fast?

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva,

My obeisances to you.

Can I offer the results of an Ekadasi fast to someone?

If yes, how and when?

Your insignificant servant,

Bhakta Sunil

Answer: Offer Them Krishna

No. Offer them Krishna instead by making them Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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