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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 18 January 2018

Thought For The Day: Make Your Best Effort Every Day

Flying from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas USA

Since any day could be the last day in our life in this present physical incarnation, those who are factually intelligent pour everything they have and are into each day. In other words, they never postpone their spiritual advancement. They utilize every day to fully absorb their thoughts, words, and deeds in Krishna's service and to broadcast the message of Krishna to the sleeping souls of this world. In this way they live ecstatic, fully fulfilling lives, and they are fully engaged in doing the highest level welfare work for the lost, bewildered souls of this age.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Revolution Within--Revolution Without

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Question: Being Responsible and Non-Attached?

Haribol, Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances unto your lotus feet.

I have heard many times that we should not grow our attachment for anything or anybody since everything is temporary in this material world. But if we are not attached to anything, how can we properly do our duty with those for whom we are responsible?

Always seek your blessings, guidance and shelter!

Your servant,
Your spiritual daughter!
Anamika Roy

Answer: Use Attachment for Krishna's Service

Here’s an example: It is natural that a wife will be attached to her husband. But if she utilizes that attachment to always facilitate her husband’s Krishna consciousness, such spiritualized attachment will liberate her from this material existence. In other words spiritualized attachment is detachment, or non-attachment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Thought For the Day: Why Torture Yourself by Remaining Covered?

Los Angeles, California USA

Why torture yourself when you could be tasting unlimited bliss at every minute? This is simply a matter of common sense. Your actual nature is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge, while your covered nature is temporary, full of ignorance, and misery. Instead of being covered by ignorance and misery you can uncover your actual nature and be swimming in an ocean of unlimited bliss at every minute. You don't need to be a rocket scientist or a Phd to figure out which is better: your covered nature or your uncovered nature.

So if you are ready to uncover your consciousness and be who you actually are, you've come to the right place. In this course I will teach you how to fully situate yourself in your eternal all-blissful, all-knowing nature. All you have to do is hear me and follow my instructions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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The Real Fountain of Youth

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Question: Save a Drowning Man?

I know we should think of Krishna at every moment. Does this mean we should chant rather than help someone in need? My thoughts are that the two are not mutually exclusive. Take this example: If a devotee sees a man in the river drowning, should he simply chant and be happy, should he preach to the man until he dies or, should he save the man's life?

Your servant,
Bhakta Russell

Answer: Save Him From Both of His Drownings

If someone is drowning, first rescue him from the water and then because he is also drowning in the ocean of birth and death, you should then rescue from drowning in that ocean by making him Krishna conscious. Until you have done both rescues, you have not actually saved him from drowning. In other words, what good is saving his body only, if he is going to be a worm in stool in his next birth?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Thought For the Day: Back to the USA

Los Angeles, California USA

After being out the USA for the last six weeks on an around-the-world global respiritualization tour we are now back. Srila Prabhupada was very fond of the United States because it was from here that he has able to successfully launch his world deliverance mission.

In this regard he stated when he was in Washington D.C.: "I take America as my fatherland. India is motherland, and here is fatherland." His face softened with a gentle smile, and he spoke with fondness. "So many fathers. My father was very affectionate to me. He would do everything for me. I lost one father, but now I have so many fathers."

I take it as a special blessing that Srila Prabhupada so much appreciated the land of my birth. Now I want to see that all of my American countrymen will take to Krishna consciousness and assist us in making the world Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Video for the Day:

World Deliverance Mission

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Question: Woman in a Man's Body

I have emailed you before, I am 26 years old male, but I identify myself instead as a woman. Since childhood I wanted to be a woman. This is not a mental problem. I don't know what to do.

Which asrama do I belong to? I can't get married because I don't want to start a relationship with a lie, and also I don't have any attraction for women. I can't join brahmacari asrama, because I'll be trying to suppress my feelings and pretend something what I'm not. I'm not very advanced in bhakti where I can avoid my mind's need. Please help me, Maharaja. I'm sick of being fake in front of everyone. Nobody knows what I'm or what do I feel inside. Seeking your help.

Your servant.
(Name withheld for confidentiality)

Answer: Go Beyond Male and Female

Either way, whether you identity as a male or a female, you are wrong because your actual identity is beyond this material existence. You are factually an eternal spiritual being qualitatively one with the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Therefore for the actual solution for your identity frustration is to revive your lost loving relationship with Krishna. This will bring you unlimited peace, satisfaction, and happiness.

I recommend that you practice brahmacari life because this will give you the best facility to situate yourself beyond the bodily platform on the spiritual platform where you can taste unlimited spiritual bliss 24 hours a day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 15 January 2018

Thought For the Day: Everything Comes From Something

Toronto, Ontario Canada

Sometimes the rascal so-called atheistic scientists dogmaticallly declare that everything comes from nothing. Although they cannot scientifically prove this, they want us to simply accept this as gospel truth simply on the basis of blind faith in them because they are PhDs. But in this regard it is stated very wisely that fools rush in where angels fear to tread. If these so-called scientists want us to accept their theories, they must back them up with genuine scientific evidence.

From our side we are making the counter proposal that everything comes from something. We can provide thousands and millions of examples of this as our scientific evidence. For example, butterflies come from caterpillars and flowers come from seeds. The list goes on endlessly. Therefore we can scientifically conclude with ample evidence that since everything comes from something, nothing comes from nothing.

The perfection of science then is to trace the multitudinous chains of causality back to that original something which does not come from anything except itself. This is what theologians describe by word "God." Therefore we can scientifically conclude that highest evolution of the scientific process is the science of theology, the foundational study of the very source of our existence.

As a final word, we extend to our atheistic scientists friends that if you all want to be respected as scientists it is time now for you all to start being scientific instead of dogmatic.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Video for the Day:

Be Who You Are

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Question: Percentage of Devotees in the World?

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva,

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

In this world how many percent of humans are in Krishna Consciousness?

Your servant,
Hari

Answer: Less Than 1 Percent

Out of a world population of 7.6 billion less than 1% are serious about spiritual life. This means that only a few thousand persons are seriously taking up the process of Krishna bhakti. Now we have to try increase it. Our mission is to make the entire world Krishna conscious as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 14 January 2018

Thought For the Day: Our World Peace Mission

Toronto, Ontario Canada

We want to bring peace to the world so that all living beings can be happy here. In this regard Srila Prabhupada has stated on 14 February 1977 when he was in Mayapura, West Bengal, India:

"So if they want actually world peace, world unity, they must take the formula given by Krishna. That is our duty. Because we are preaching Krishna consciousness, so our duty is to convince that 'You are uselessly wasting your time for unity, for benefit of the humanity. You take this. You'll be happy.'"

So somehow or other we must now make the entire world Krishna conscious. This s the only solution to solve the multitudinous problems that are presently very much plaguing and perplexing the modern day humanity. My life is fully dedicated to this.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Peace in Adversity

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Question: Daughter Can Deliver Her Family?

Hare Krishna Guru Maharaja ,

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I have a question in regards to this. You say that the son (putra) delivers his father from hellish conditions. So what about a daughter? If I am observing all the ekadasis and practicing Krishna consciousness, would this give the same effect to my father and forefathers? Or what about any other family members?

Your humble servant,
Sarva Mangala Devi Dasi

Answer: Pure Devotion Blesses Everyone

From: Toronto, Ontario Canada

My Dear Sarva Mangala,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Pure devotion is beyond any conception of male or female. If the daughter is a pure devotee of Krishna, her presence in a particular family will also greatly bless that family. So now you need to seriously cultivate suddha-bhakti, spotlessly pure devotional service to bestow the greatest benediction upon your family members and all the suffering souls of this material world.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 13 January 2018

Thought for the Day: You Owe It to Yourself

Toronto, Ontario Canada

You owe it to yourself to be yourself, to not cheat yourself by trying to be something that you are not. Therefore wake up and be who you actually are, the eternal servant of the most amazingly, dazzlingly astounding person in all of existence, who is indeed the very source of existence and existence itself. I am speaking of my most beloved Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality fo Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Be Who You Really Are

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Question: If Husband Wants Sex?

Hare Krishna Maharaja and Guru Mata.

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

I hope you are well and thank you so much for your preaching service and your time to answer questions.

Please tell me what stops one from surrending completely.
How can one give up sense enjoyment like watching TV?
How to stop bad qualities like anger?
Can a lady take initiation even if her husband still wants sex life with her?

Thanks so much,
Your servant

Answer: Train Him to Give It Up

It is only our stupid mental concoctions that keep us from fully surrendering to Krishna.

Instead of watching the nonsense TV which keeps you entangled in the cycle of birth and death, turn on the mystic TV within your heart in which you can personally witness Lord Sri Krishna’s pastimes and even enter into them as a participant. By chanting Hare Krishna and serving Krishna under the expert guidance of the bona fide spiritual master you will be able in due course of time to turn on that most amazing mystic television within your heart. In the meantime don’t waste your time playing around in misery watching the stupid nonsense television. Spend all of your free time engaging in devotional service such as chanting Hare Krishna and studying the Bhagavad-gita.

Conquer anger by cultivating the art of tolerance. Use anger only for chastising those who defy God.

The lady whose husband desires sex other than for procreation should become the guru of her husband and train him to stop wasting his valuable semen by abstaining from unnecessary sexual activities. If semen is kept within the male body it enhances the man’s brain power, his health, and his duration of life. And if it is wasted, he will gradually become senile and sickly and will shorten his duration of life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 12 January 2018

Thought for the Day: 22 More Radio Stations Will Be Playing My Songs

Toronto, Ontario Canada

After my song, "The Peace Formula" got a favorable review and airplay on The Source FM (96.1) a radio station in the UK, and was very much appreciated by former US President Obama, it was also very auspicious when I was informed that 22 more radio stations will be playing songs from my CD, "Our Sweet Lord." Here is a list of the stations:

1. Radio Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona (radiophoenix.org)
2. KAOS in Olympia, Washington. (kaosradio.org)
3. WVYC in York, Pennsylvania. (ycp.edu)
4. WAWM in West Allis, Wisconsin (wawmsdradio.com)
5. WNYO in Oswego, New York (wnyo889.org)
6. WPNR in Utica, New York. (pioneerradio.org)
7. WWUH in West Hartford, Connecticut (wwuh.org)
8. KRUX in Las Cruces, New Mexico (kruxradio.com)
9. WLCA in Godfrey, Illinois (wlcafm.com)
10. WGLS in Glassboro, New Jersey (hwgls.rowan.edu)
11. KRUA in Anchorage, Alaska (kruaradio.org)
12. WIDR in Kalamazoo, Michigan (widrfm.org)
13. KGLT in Bozeman, Montana (kglt.net)
14. KMSC in Moorhead, Minnesota (dragonradio.org)
15. KUOI in Moscow, Idaho (kuoi.org)
16. WARY in Valhalla, New York. (WARY881FM)
17. KRSC in Claremore, Oklahoma (rsuradio.com)
18. WEGL in Auburn University, Alabama (wegl.streamon.fm)
19. KWCR in Ogden, Utah. (KWCRWildcatRadio)
20. NVWR in Reno, New Jersey (wolfpackradio.org)
21. WERA in Arlington, Virginia (wera.fm)
22. WFDU in Teaneck, New Jersey (WFDURADIO)

This is very good news indeed because my songs are presenting the teachings of Lord Sri Krishna, the message that can bring true peace and happiness to all living beings throughout our universe and deliver everyone back to their original identities in that unlimitedly blissful eternal spiritual existence, the Spiritual Sky. So please contact these stations expressing your appreciation for their playing my songs. If these songs can become highly popular, this will greatly help to bring about a complete respiritualization of our entire planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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Video for the Day:

Awaken Your Dormant Enlightened Consciousness

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Answers According to Vedic Knowledge

Question: Saudi Arabian Citizenship for a Robot

Sophia, the robot, has been given Saudi Arabian citizenship. Humans have invented new life without any soul. So we are not souls but robots?

Vrusti Kanojia

Answer: This is Sheer Lunacy

The robot, Sophia, is just a machine. There is no person inside the machine. That the Saudi Arabian government granted citizenship to Sophia is sheer lunacy. It shows that they are not much more intelligent than robots. Sophia is not alive. The inventors of this robot have simply programmed it to mimic life.

(See the robot, Sophia, here: https://youtu.be/S5t6K9iwcdw)

We, the actual human beings, are eternal spirit-souls temporarily residing within the material bodies, that act just like sophisticated machines. We have the power to engage our bodies in any number of ways according to our choices. But a robot cannot do what it is not programmed to do. It cannot make any independent choices because there is no soul inside a robot. Simply it is programmed by humans to mimic what we humans say and do. Thus a robot cannot think on it’s own. While a robot can only do what it is programmed to do, a human being can act freely to change his course of action anytime according to his own desires. A robot cannot feel any desires because there is no person in there to feel anything or change its course of action according to changing perceptions and realizations.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 11 January 2018

Thought for the Day: The Whole World Can Become Peaceful and Happy

Toronto, Ontario Canada

Srila Prabhupada has so mercifully given us the perfect formula, surrender to Krishna, by which the entire world can become peaceful and happy. Therefore on his order and out of compassion upon the poor suffering souls of this age, it is our duty to enlighten the world population in the science of Krishna consciousness. Somehow or other we must induce them to give serious attention to understanding and then to fully implement the teachings of Lord Krishna. If they can do so, a wondrous golden age of peace, prosperity, truthfulness, and unparalleled happiness will dawn upon this greatly beleaguered and troubled planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Blissing Out in the Snow

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Questions and Answers by the Sacred Yamuna River
7 November 2015


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Question: How to Satisfy Krishna's Senses?

Srila Gurudeva, how to satisfy Krishna's senses?

Thank you, and "Hare Krishna."

Arie from Malaysia

Answer: Engage Your Senses in Krishna's Service

How to satisfy Krishna is described in the following verse from the Narada-pañcaratra:

hrsikena hrsikesa-sevanam bhaktir ucyate

"Bhakti, or devotional service, means engaging all our senses in the service of the Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of all the senses.”

So you should engage you tongue in tasting prasadam and as much as possible in always chanting Hare Krishna and glorifying His transcendental name, form, pastimes, teachings, entourage, and paraphernalia. You should engage you ears in always hearing His glories. Engage your body in practical devotional activities such as going to the temple and engaging in preaching activities for the Krishnaization of our present totally lost material society. Engage your mind in always thinking about Krishna. Engage your eyes in seeing the deity of the Lord and in reading the scriptures such as the Bhagavad-gita and the Srimad Bhagavatam.

In this way, by fully engaging your senses in Krishna's service, you will become fully pleasing to the Lord and fully qualified to enter into His unlimitedly ecstatic transcendental abode at the time of death when you leave your present material body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 10 January 2018

Thought for the Day: Nothing to Lose Except Your Anxiety

Santiago, Chile

By taking to Krishna consciousness, one has nothing to lose except his anxiety. So who, in their right mind, having heard about Krishna consciousness, would not want to take up this most wonderful enlightening and liberating path? Only the foolish masochist, that person who would rather punish himself rather than reward himself, or that person who mistakenly thinks that being trapped in a rotting, dying body is great fun.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Video for the Day:

Spiritual Revolution Now

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Question: Thinking of Dead Relatives at the Time of Death?

What happens to a person if he thinks of his dead relatives at the moment of death? If his relatives have got liberation, will he also get liberation because he was thinking of them while dying?

Please enlighten me on this. Looking forward to your enlightening response.

Your Servant,
Avinash G.

Answer: He Goes to Where They Are

He goes to wherever they are. If they are liberated souls in the spiritual world, he will go to the spiritual world. If they are somewhere else, such as in a lower species of life like dogs or cats, he will become a dog or a cat. So the safest bet is to think of Krishna. Then you know for sure that you are alright.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 9 January 2018



Lord Sri Krishna and the Gopis


Thought for the Day:"Become Guru and Deliver the World"

Santiago, Chile

My most dear Lord Sri Krishna, my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, has ordered his disciples, "Become guru and deliver the world." So my dearest and most merciful Lord Sri Krishna, I am humbly begging that in spite of my innumerable disqualifications I can successfully execute this instruction of my beloved spiritual master, even if I have to take birth after birth here in this material world to be able to do so. My dear Lord, I am willing to go anywhere to any world to do whatever You want me to do. But since my spiritual master has ordered to become guru and deliver the world, I am duty bound to successfully carry out this order, even if it takes many lifetimes to do so. So, my dear Lord Krishna, I am begging your special mercy that as soon as possible I can successful carry out of the order of my beloved spiritual master to deliver the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture

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Super Ecstatic Kirtana

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Question: Can We Reason Faith in God?

Dear Guru,

I have faith in God but how do I reason it? Is it possible to reason our faith?

Shreyansh Barodia

Answer: Every Machine Has an Operator

Every machine has an operator. No machine can function without an operator. Therefore the gigantic universal machine must also necessarily have an operator. This operator is the person we call “God.” He is the Supreme Operator. He must necessarily exist. Otherwise, nothing can happen.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 8 January 2018

Thought for the Day: Southern Hemisphere to Northern Hemisphere

Santiago, Chile

After some inconceivably blissful several days of teaching the science of Krishna bhakti in Santiago, Chile we are heading out from the hot Chilean summer to the very cold winter in Toronto, Canada. As I write this, the temperature in Toronto is 2 degrees while Santiago is going to be 90 degrees today. This an 88 degree drop. This is a great opportunity to remember and follow Krishna's teaching in the Bhagavad-gita that one must be transcendental to the dualities of material existence. In this world we are always being bounced around by the dualities: heat and cold, happiness and distress, honor and dishonor, birth and death, youth and old age, poverty and wealth, praise and blame, etc. Krishna therefore teaches us to be even-minded in the the midst of the all these dualities. The secret of being even-minded in all times, places, and circumstances is to see that at every moment everything is being arranged/orchestrated by Lord Sri Krishna to bring us back to our original constitutional position of pure devotional service to Him as soon as possible. If we always keep this transcendental vision, we will naturally always be even-minded and never disturbed by the constant onslaught of the dualities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Make the World Happy

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Question: Best Friends With a Devotee?

This is a question that confuses me everytime while having devotees as my friends. I can understand that Lord Krishna is the only enjoyer of this entire creation but what happens when neophyte devotees on Earth become best friends of each other? Is it okay? In the Nectar of Instruction it is mentioned regarding the exchanges between devotees but still what kind of relationship there should be is not mentioned so far as I know. Making devotee friends, there will be Krishna in center always, but physically attachments would be there, like if one is not present then another may miss him or like that. So should it be there or not? Or we have to see every soul equally without being in any kind of attachment?

Thank you.

At your service,
Rishi

Answer: Absolutely!

As quoted in the Adi-Purana Lord Sri Krishna tells Arjuna:

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 devotees are factually My devotees.”

Therefore the more you become attached to and devoted to Krishna’s devotees, the more your Krishna consciousness becomes awakened.

We see this mood of attachment to devotees in the great Vaisnava acaryas. For example Narottama dasa Thakura's friend was Ramacandra Cakravarti and Narottama dasa prays "ramacandra-sanga mage narottama-dasa -I always desire the company of Ramacandra Cakravarti." Just see. He always desires a devotee's company. The whole process of Krishna consciousness is that we should always pray for the mercy of the superior acaryas and keep company with pure devotees. Then it will be easier for us to advance in Krsna consciousness and receive the mercy of Lord Caitanya and Lord Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 7 January 2018

Thought for the Day: Do You Know Who You Really Are?

Santiago, Chile

Here are the lyrics for my song "Turn On Your Soul." This song will be released on my next CD. It carries a very important message that can benefit the entire world. Plus it contains a powerful argument used by Srila Prabhupada to logically defeat atheism. Below you can see and hear a live performance from my recent visit to Australia. It was an ecstatic day by the side of a river.

Turn OnYour Soul

Do you know who you really are?
Do you know where you’re coming from?
Do you know for sure where you’re goin’
Or what you will become?

You’re eternal, full of knowledge and bliss.
So remember and celebrate this.
You’re not of this world, dear friend.
Better tune in and turn on your soul.

Do you know what happens when you die?
Do you know what’s beyond the sky?
Do you think that body is you?
It’s just something that you’re passing through.

You’re eternal, full of knowledge and bliss.
So remember and celebrate this.
You’re not of this world, dear friend.
Better tune in and turn on your soul.

We’re told that everything happens by chance.
That the universe has no person in control.
But I see that every machine has got an operator.
So the universe also has one. This I know!

Do you know who you really are?
Do you know where you’re coming from?
Do you know for sure where you’re goin’
Or what you will become?

You’re eternal, full of knowledge and bliss.
So remember and celebrate this.
You’re not of this world, dear friend.
Better tune in and turn on your soul.????

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Turn On Your Soul

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Question: Krishna Conscious Relationships?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Your Divine Grace, and to Gurumataji.
All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

I beg your help in understanding the following point. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita 6.8-9:

"A person is said to be established in self-realization and is called a yogi [or mystic] when he is fully satisfied by virtue of acquired knowledge and realization. Such a person is situated in transcendence and is self-controlled. He sees everything — whether it be pebbles, stones or gold — as the same. A person is said to be still further advanced when he regards all — the honest well-wisher, friends and enemies, the envious, the pious, the sinner and those who are indifferent and impartial—with an equal mind."

How does the self-realized person develop relationships if he sees everyone equally? Does he think, "This person is acting as my honest well-wisher only due to a particular combination of the modes of nature", or "This one is envious because of the gunas controlling him."? It seems like he will only see the action of maya and, remaining impartial, not deal with the soul. Since the soul in all these different bodies is simply sleeping, with whom does he interact and relate?

I'm also not yet awake. So how does one sleeping soul develop meaningful relationships with other sleeping souls? Is the only really satisfying relationship with Krishna? Are loving dealings with devotees only a practice for eventually being with Krishna? Isn't it selfish to think, "I'll develop a good connection with this devotee so that I can finally be with Krishna?" The relationship with the devotee appears as a means, not an end.

Your servant,
Dvijamani Gaura dasa

Answer: They Are All For Krishna's Service

From: Santiago, Chile

My Dear Dvijamani Gaura,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The mahabhagavata sees everything in relation to the Supreme Lord. Such a devotee does not discriminate between an atheist and a theist but sees everyone as part and parcel of God and sees everyone as a pure devotee of Krishna. This is his equal vision. But since in this state of consciousness he cannot preach, out of compassion upon the fallen souls he comes down to the platform of a madhyama adhikari to observe the distinctions between four categories of beings: (1) the Supreme Lord; (2) the devotees of the Lord; (3) the innocent, who have no knowledge of the Lord; and (4) the atheists, who have no faith in the Lord and hate those in devotional service. The madhyama adhikari behaves differently toward these four classes of person. He adores the Lord, considering Him the object of love; he makes friends with those who are in devotional service; he tries to awaken the dormant love of God in the hearts of the innocent; and he avoids the atheists, who deride the very name of the Lord.

It is not selfish to think, "I'll develop a good connection with this devotee so that I can finally be with Krishna.” This is so because Lord Krishna has ordered us that unless we are the devotees of His devotees we are not His devotees. Thus developing loving relationships with devotees is non-different from awakening pure love of Krishna within our hearts.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 6 January 2018

Thought for the Day:

He's A Real Nowhere Man

Santiago, Chile

Today here in Santiago, Chile I was visited by a foolish young man who was formerly practicing Krishna consciousness but has now given it up. The reason he gave me for stopping his chanting of 16 rounds is that he wants to become an important person in this world. What this poor soul does not realize is that even if one becomes the most important person in this world, he is nowhere if he is not Krishna conscious, and if one is Krishna conscious, he is automatically the most important person in this world. So I am now begging Lord Krishna to be kind upon this poor soul that he may understand and fully realize how he can properly achieve his desired position of being important.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Answers According to Vedic Knowledge

Question: How Does the Spiritual Master Empower His Disciple?

Dear Srila Gurudeva!

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

Srila Gurudeva! Happy New Year! I wish you to conquer even more hearts this year with Krishna Consciousness! Good health to you! Help me eliminate doubts and gain faith in this statement:

mukam karoti vachalam
pangum langhayate girim
yat-kripa tam aham vande
sri-gurum dina-taranam

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, the deliverer of the fallen souls. His mercy turns the dumb into eloquent speakers and enables the lame to cross mountains."

How does the Spiritual Master give such power? Help me surrender to your will, not to my mind. Help me understand how I can call out to Krishna like a child who is crying for his lost mother. I understand this condition, but I do not feel it.

With respect,

Your servant,

Arjuna das

Answer: He is Empowered by Krishna

My Dear Arjuna Das,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The spiritual master is empowered by Lord Krishna and the predecessor acaryas. Thus his words become surcharged with the potency to deliver everyone in this world back to home, back to Godhead.

If you will as much as possible every day, throughout the day beg Lord Krishna to make you His pure devotee, He will reciprocate with your prayers and bless you with pure devotional service.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 5 January 2018

Thought for the Day:

We Request Your Help for Saving the World

Mendoza, Argentina

Our largest monthly donor, who was contributing US$1,400 a month for many years to support our preaching mission, due to some difficulty is now having to drop out of our donor program. In order for our mission to keep going forward without diminishing it, for the deliverance of the fallen souls of this world, we require now to have more of you, our faithful readers, to join our monthly donor program. If you are able to commit to a regular monthly donation of any amount, kindly write me at sda@backtohome.com and let know how much you can contribute. By working together co-operatively, Srila Prabhupada confirms that we can save the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Answers According to Vedic Knowledge

Question: Do We Really Have Free Will?

Dear Guru,

Do we really have free will? Once knowing that the material world gives us suffering, no one would choose to stay over here. So Krishna actually sent us here to suffer. And when we say that factually we are Krishna's eternal servants, that means those qualities were programmed in us by Krishna. So there is no other way than loving Krishna. He wanted us to love and surrender to him. So then we don't have any free will.

Kindly enlighten me on this topic.

Hare krishna,
Shreyansh

Answer: We Have Free Will

Yes, we have free will. We are not robots. We decide on our own whether we want to serve Krishna or Maya (illusion). Krishna did not send us here. We came here because we wanted to live in a world in which we consider ourselves to be God. Thus we came here out of our own foolish desire.

The present day world population is so carried away by illusion that even when we tell them that this material world is a place of suffering, due to their being very materially attached, they still most foolishly desire to stay here.

Just as the hand is naturally meant to serve the entire body, we, being part of Krishna, are naturally meant to serve Him. Just as there is nothing wrong when the hand serves the whole body, similarly there is nothing wrong when we serve Krishna. If the hand tries to get nourishment by squeezing the food in his fingers without giving it to the stomach, he will get no nourishment. Similarly, if we try to enjoy separately from Krishna, we will find that it is impossible, even though sometimes we may foolishly imagine that we are happy here in this material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 4 January 2018

Thought for the Day:

Embrace the Struggle With Great Determination

Mendoza, Argentina

Even though it is sometimes a struggle to follow the ultimate pathway of spiritual awakening, Krishna consciousness, if you will persevere, embrace the struggle, with great enthusiasm, patience, and determination, you are guaranteed to come out successful in the end. So why not perservere and achieve the greatest success that can ever be achieved by anybody in this world or in any other world?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Answers According to Vedic Knowledge

Question: How Do You Know that Krishna is God?

Hare Krishna,

Sir, all holy books say that one who is called God has no name, no shape, and no address. So how are you so sure the Krishna is God?

Is Krishna a path or a destination?

Rohit Bains

Answer: He Reveals That He Is God

In the Bhagavad-gita, which is the essence of all scriptures, Krishna reveals Himself as the Supreme God. This is accepted by all great acaryas of India. When the scriptures say that God has no name, no form, and no address this means that He has no material name, no material form, and no material address. In other words, His name, form, and address are all fully spiritual with no tinge of material contamination. His name is Absolute. His form is Absolute. And His address is in the spiritual world, beyond this world of birth and death.

Krishna’s transcendental abode is the destination of all fully self-realized souls. Krishna bhakti or devotion to Lord Krishna, as He teaches us in the Bhagavad-gita, is the path to Krishna’s abode, where His devotees serve Him eternally in a state of unlimited happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 3 January 2018

Thought for the Day: Whole World is Waiting to Be Delivered

North Sydney, Australia

The whole world is simply waiting to be awakened to Krishna consciousness because Krishna consciousness is the original natural energy of every single living being throughout all of existence. Therefore those who embrace the world deliverance mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu are the greatest welfare agents in the history of this universe. I met one such empowered agent in the form of my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who gave us this mission of delivering the world. So, even though we have no qualification, we are begging his mercy and empowerment that we can now become successful in delivering the world by awakening everyone to their original, natural state of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Answers According to Vedic Knowledge

Question: Stop Overthinking?

How can we stop overthinking?

Shanu Kumar

Answer: Always Remember Krishna

If you will always remember Krishna, your thinking will always be perfectly balanced in all times, places, and circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Thought for the Day: The Perfection of your Existence

North Sydney, Australia

Go deep, deep within your consciousness and you will discover your all-blissful, incredibly wise natural self. Unfortunately the modern day misguided civilization does not train us how to do this. This is why we need a bona fide spiritual master to guide us how to be our real selves. Sincerely desire to get the shelter and guidance of a bona fide spiritual master and Krishna will bring into contact with him. Learn from him and serve him faithfully. This will be the perfection of your existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Question: Overcoming Distractions and Laziness?

Hare Krishna.

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

While reading Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Chapter 2, Verse 44 I was asking myself about my connections with the material enjoyment. I found that in past examples how distractions led me to rather enjoy myself than instead of doing some devotional service. Because of it I was prone to postpone or sometimes even not to complete the tasks I set up for my sadhana activities. Sometimes I even had problems with consistency chanting 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra every day on my japa mala beads. How to prevent distractions and how to stop myself from getting involved in enjoyment when distractions or laziness arrive.

I am begging for Your guidance.

Your student

Answer: Beg Krishna to Help You

If you will regularly every day sincerely beg Lord Krishna to protect you from distractions and laziness, He will reciprocate with your sincere prayers and bless you to always be enthusiastically absorbed in His pure devotional service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 1 January 2018

Thought for the Day: Ecstatic Picnic Lecture in Burndap Park

North Sydney, Australia

Todays Thought for the Day is the lecture I gave in Burndap Park in Maribyrnong, Australia on 30 December 2017 just before we left the Melbourne, Australia area to fly to Sydney, Australia for another lecture series. It was a very wonderful and inspiring gathering of devotees.

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Super Bliss in Burndap Park


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Answers By Citing the Vedic Version

Question: Accept Everything or Fight?

Am I wrong thinking that God consciousness may differ from Krishna consciousness according to the "final destination" of the chosen path?

Are there any situations or circumstances when we should "fight against" our karma (for example in the face of violence) or we should rather humbly accept all that comes in our way? How should we act ?

Sincerely,

Lakshmipriya devi dasi

Answer: We Fight Against Evil

Since Krishna is God, God consciousness and Krishna consciousness is the same. Even Christ consciousness is the same thing as confirmed as follows by Srila Prabhupada in a conversation with Ms. Nixon:

Ms. Nixon: What is the difference between Krishna consciousness and Christ consciousness?

Srila Prabhupada: Christ consciousness is also Krishna consciousness, but because at present people do not follow the rules and regulations of Christianity -- the commandments of Jesus Christ -- they do not come to the standard of God consciousness.

If someone comes to rob us or kill us, we can fight. One time when I was a devotee in our Miami, USA temple some armed robbers came to steal the temple’s money. Instead of humbly co-operating with them I loudly yelled Lord Nrsimhadeva’s name and after that their plans were foiled. They were not able to rob us.

In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna did not want Duryodhana to rule the world. He wanted Yudhisthira and his brothers to rule the world. Therefore he ordered Arjuna to fight. In a similar way we are fighting now against the godlessness in this world by preaching the message of Krishna vigorously in an attempt to lead the entire world out of chaos.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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