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Sunday January 20, 2019

Thought For The Day: Help Us Make "The Peace Formula" Go Viral

Austin, Texas USA

In the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 5, Text 29 Lord Sri Krishna blesses us with His peace formula, which is destined to bring in a new age of peace and prosperity to our troubled planet. To introduce Krishna's peace formula to the wide non-devotee audience which is the billions of lost souls on this planet I have put Krishna's peace formula into a popular song style of format called "The Peace Formula". When I sent the lyrics of this song to former US President Obama, he very much appreciated them. Today I have two videos for you. One is "The Peace Formula" music video expertly produced by my disciple, Sankirtan Das. The other is a video asking you to help me make the "The Peace Formula" video go viral. Please leave comments after you watch "The Peace Formula" video. Write as a non-devotee who likes the video would write them. Comments that say such things as "Hari Bol" or "Jaya Gurudeva" will not be posted. And please do every thing you can to promote "The Peace Formula" on YouTube, Facebook, and the other social media. The more the song can spread, the more the world will blessed.

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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The Peace Formula

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YouTube Comment: Consciousness Raiser!!

Incredible music/lyrics and video, definitely a consciousness raiser !! Excellent work !!

Bobby Taylor

Reply: Whole World Consciousness Raiser!

Bobby, thanks for appreciation. You are right about this song being a consciousness raiser. It can indeed raise the consciousness of the entire world!

Sankarshan Das

 

Saturday January 19, 2019

Thought For The Day: How to Attain Perfect Peace of Mind

Austin, Texas USA

Even though our minds are very distraught and disturbed by our daily interactions with the current day super debilitating global situation, it is not all difficult to have perfect peace of mind. This is because perfect peace of mind is our constitutional birthright, our factual eternal nature. Just as a fish is naturally a creature of the water, we are, by our very nature, always peaceful. And just as a fish will naturally be in a very disturbed situation if he is swept up on the dry beach by the influence of the ocean waves, if we are swept by the three modes of material nature into a state of material consciousness, we will naturally be very, very disturbed. To regain our natural peace of mind all we have to do is, so to speak, get back in the water of our original, natural consciousness. This is the where the regular daily chanting of the holy names of God comes to our rescue. Any bona fide name for God is powerful and effective. But in this age the most absolutely powerful method of reconnecting with God to regain our original pure consciousness of perfect peace is the regular daily chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra:

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

If you are not already doing so, try it. Chant it with faith and intense concentration, and you will absolutely relish it like anything!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Attain the Supreme Nectar by Chanting Hare Krishna


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The Greatest Treasure in All of Existence

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Question: Why Is the Mind So Restless?

How to bring peace of mind? Why is the mind so restless?

Shyamal Kumar Paul

Answer: Because We Have Forgotten Krishna

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Shyamal,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Chant the Hare Krishna mantra as much as possible every day:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

By begging Krishna for bhakti, your mind will become totally peaceful.

When we forget Krishna our minds are naturally restless because there is no happiness in this material world. The mind only finds true happiness when we reconnect in love with Lord Sri Krishna, the source of our existence.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday January 18, 2019

Thought For The Day: Please Help Us Solve the World's Problems

Austin, Texas USA

We have been blessed with the formula of how to solve all of the world's problems. But we have a problem. The world population is so much caught up in illusion that they have no interest to implement or even hear about this solution. So somehow or other we have to present our message in such a way that the whole world will listen. Kindly help us in whatever way you can to achieve this most important of all goals. Your helpful suggestions are welcome as well as financial contributions to help us expand our advertising are also welcome. For ideas/suggestions write me at sda@backtohome.com. For contributions click here.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


World in Turmoil


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Help Us Deliver the World

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Question: What is Liberation?

Does liberation mean only merging into the brahmajyoti (the divine light) or is there more to it than just merging? Are there any scriptural references for it?

Gaurav Oberoi

Answer: Developing Pure Love of God

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, Tenth Canto, Chapter 2, Text 32 we read:

ye 'nye 'ravindaksa vimukta-maninas
tvayy asta-bhavad avisuddha-buddhayah
aruhya krcchrena param padam tatah
patanty adho 'nadrta-yusmad-anghrayah

“O lotus-eyed Lord, although nondevotees who accept severe austerities and penances to achieve the highest position may think themselves liberated, their intelligence is impure. They fall down from their position of imagined superiority because they have no regard for Your lotus feet.”

This is describing the liberation of merging into the brahmajyoti. Actually it is not real liberation. It is an imaginary liberation only because after some time such so-called liberated persons fall back down again into material existence. It is compared to an airplane that can fly for some time in the sky, but then has to eventually come down. The real liberation is developing pure love for God. That is on the pure spiritual platform from which one never falls back again into material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday January 17, 2019

Thought For The Day: World Tour Wrap Up

En route to Austin, Texas

I am writing this morning from Los Angeles on 16 January 2019. Today we are returning to our home base in Austin, Texas. This is the last leg of our latest around-the-world lecture tour, which took us to London, Mauritius, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Canada and here to Los Angeles. We do not travel as sightseers. Our travels are business trips. Our business is to do everything possible from our side to serve the great world deliverance mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Avatara. He is the most merciful incarnation of Lord Sri Krishna. He descends in this degraded age of Kali to bestow the greatest benediction of pure love of God upon all. Those who are the most fortunate souls in the entire universe will take advantage of His sankirtana movement and thus qualify themselves to go back to home, back to Godhead upon leaving their present material bodies.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lord Caitanya Bestows Unlimited Mercy

With Disciples in Canada


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Question: If a Christian or Muslim Remembers God at the Time of Death?

Guru Maharaja, if somebody from another religion like Islam, Christianity, etc. remembers Allah or Jehovah at the time of death, what will be their destination? Will they go to Krishnaloka or will they take birth again to accept Krishna consciousness? Please clarify it.

Your menial servant,

Ranacora Krishna Das

Answer: Training is Required

From: Los Angeles, USA

My Dear Ranacora,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If anyone remembers God at the time of death in a mood of complete, total surrender to Him, they will achieve the spiritual world. However, due to our bodily attachment such pure remembrance can indeed be very difficult. This is why the scriptures advise us to become disciples of the bona fide spiritual master, who trains us how to perfectly enter into this mood of full surrender.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday January 16, 2019

Thought For The Day: You Owe It to Yourself

Los Angeles, USA

You owe it to yourself to awaken that divine consciousness that has been sleeping within you for thousands and millions of lifetimes. To not do so would be like someone living piteously on the street suffering from amnesia, forgetting that they are actually a multibillionaire. So take advantage of the Vedic wisdom and the bona fide spiritual master to regain your original, enlightened consciousness. Do it now without delay always remembering that he who hesitates is lost.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Reconnect With God Today


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How I attained spiritual bliss

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Question: Negating Other Religions?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Is it good to prove that Krishna is supreme by negotiating the other religions as nothing?

Anu

Answer: Religion is One

From: Los Angeles, USA

My Dear Anu,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

"Other religions" is a material conception. There are no other religions to negate because religion is one, to become fully surrendered to God. It doesn't matter whether one does it as a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, or a Jew. If one fully surrenders unto God, he has attained the perfection of religion. This full surrender to the will of God is called Krishna consciousness.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday January 15, 201

Thought For The Day: Conquering All Difficulties

Toronto, Canada

Kuntidevi and her sons were put into one difficulty after another for years and years together. They were put into trouble by Duryodhana and his party due to the kingdom, and each and every time the sons of Kunti were saved by the Lord. Once Bhima was administered poison in a cake, once they were put into a house made of lac that was set afire, and once Draupadi was dragged into the vicious assembly of the Kurus and attempts were made to insult her by stripping her naked. The Lord saved Draupadi by supplying an immeasurable length of cloth, and Duryodhana's party failed to see her naked. Similarly, when they were exiled in the forest, Bhima had to fight with the man-eater demon Hidimba Raksasa, but the Lord saved him. So it was not finished there. After all these tribulations, there was the great Battle of Kuruksetra, and Arjuna had to meet such great generals as Drona, Bhisma and Karna, all powerful fighters. And at last, even when everything was done, there was the brahmastra released by the son of Dronacarya to kill the child within the womb of Uttara, and so the Lord saved the only surviving descendant of the Kurus, Maharaja Pariksit.

Finally when the period of danger was over and Kunti and her sons were safely in Hastinapura as the ruling family of the world, Krishna was leaving to go to Dwarka. At the time Kunti, feeling that it was better that they should always be in difficulty so that Krishna would be always be them, prayed as follows as mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam, First Canto, Chapter 8, Text 25:

vipadah santu tah sasvat
tatra tatra jagad-guro
bhavato darsanam yat syad
apunar bhava-darsanam

"I wish that all those calamities would happen again and again so that we could see You again and again, for seeing You means that we will no longer see repeated births and deaths."

When Srila Prabhupada's disciple, Himavati Devi Dasi, wrote Srila Prabhupada that she was praying that she would always be in difficulty Srila Prabhupada replied to her as follows in a letter dated 17 November 1971 from Delhi:

"Your prayer that you may be put always in difficulty is just like Queen Kunti Devi. She prayed to Krishna in the same way, because whenever there was trouble Krishna felt the suffering of His devotees and stayed by them to help them. And as soon as the trouble ended, Krishna went away! So let us always pray that Krishna may put us into difficulty so that we may expect that He will also remain by us and not go away."

So if we always pray to Krishna to keep us always in difficulty, we will never feel ourselves to ever be in difficulty. Instead we will feel that we are always in the loving hands of Lord Sri Krishna, Who is so kindly protecting us and blessing us in every situation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Queen Kunti Prays to Always Be In Difficulty


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How I Found You

Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

This morning during japa I thought how you are appeared in my life. Last year I was searching on Google for a shirt, with the writing "Spiritual Revolutionary". The first thing that appeared to me was not what I was searching but your site and your image while meditating. From that moment I started to follow you. What has happened was really mind-blowing because at that time I remember I was struggling with a lot of doubts about which spiritual master I had to choose. I was praying to Krishna to help me in my search and just by typing those two simple words you arrived in my life. How merciful is God! You ask for help sincerely and He arranges something.

I was searching for that shirt because I saw it worn by the singer of the hardcore band Cro-Mags. I spent my life in the local anarchy punk hardcore scene, trying to open the eyes of people about all the injustices of this world and hoping for a "revolution". The word "punk" can be misleading...I was not interested in heavy music, drugs or alcohol. Thank to that scene in 2010 I abandoned alcohol and I became straight edge (that faction punks free of alcohol/drugs/sex enjoyment) and vegan. And thanks to Shelter, a punk band of devotees, I discovered Krsna Consciousness. I also played in a band (To Ashes) with lyrics focused on animal and Earth liberation, about revolution from oppressors, about the importance to live a sober and clean lifestyle, etc.

Now I'm not in that scene (neither in that band) anymore but I feel the same need for a revolution, like the one you preach. As I wrote for an old, unreleased song: the real revolution is the spiritual evolution. Srila Prabhupada is the biggest revolutionary I know, as the same as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. What they did for humanity is totally amazing and is undoubtely fantastic that there are people like you that is still chanting and preaching after all those years, raising our souls again.

I'm really happy to be a part of this revolution lead by you and your Godbrothers, forever in the front line to bring the Holy Name to all needful people. Count on me for any help and please, continue to inspire us through your words and your example.

ajanu-lambita-bhujau kanakavadatau
sankirtanaika-pitarau kamalayataksau
visvambharau dvija-varau yuga-dharma-palau
vande jagat priya-karau karunavatarau

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda Prabhu, whose long arms extend to Their knees. They have splendid golden complexions, and They inaugurated the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord. Their eyes resemble the petals of lotus flowers. They are the maintainers of all the worlds, the best of the brahmanas, the protectors of the religious principles for this age. They bring happiness to the people of the world and are the most merciful of all incarnations."

Cheers from Italy!

Your servant,
Andrea

Reply: Let's Make a Revolution

From: Toronto, Canada

My Dear Andrea,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It's a fact that if we chant Hare Krishna purely, we can pull off the greatest paradigm shift in world history.

The Scriptures predict that this will happen. It is stated in the Brahma-vaivarta Purana (4.129.59) that the whole world will become Krishna conscious:

kaler dasa-sahasrani
mabhaktah samti bhu-tale
ekavarna bhavisyamti
madbhaktesu gatesu ca

"For 10,000 years of Kali such devotees of Mine will fill the whole planet. After the departure of My devotees there will be only one varna [outcaste]."

The 10,000 year period began with the advent of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. His movement will continue expanding until the whole world becomes Krishna conscious.

So let's try to make it happen during our lifetimes, and if not let us be determined to take birth after birth until it happens.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday January 14, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Goal of Human Life: Perfect Balance

Toronto, Canada

The goal of human life is to become perfectly balanced. Unfortunately in our modern day completely imbalanced age due to imbalanced association, it is practically impossible to become balanced. This is because, as stated in the Bhagavad-gita "sangat sanjayate kamah," our consciousness develops according to our association. However if one is fortunate enough to get the association and tutelage of someone who is perfectly balanced and if one takes full advantage of that balanced association by learning the art of balance from him, even the most imbalanced person can become perfectly balanced.

This was my greatest good fortune, to become the disciple of the most perfectly balanced person, my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Simply by following his expert instructions for now almost 50 years I am reaping the greatest benefit of being able to live a perfectly balanced, super ecstatic life.

As he has ordered me to teach the whole world the art of balance, I have fully dedicated my life until my last dying breath for this mission of helping as many people as possible to achieve perfect balance. And if Lord Krishna so desires, I am prepared to continue with this mission birth after birth until the entire global society becomes perfectly balanced.

Sankarshan Das Adhika


Perfect Balance by Chanting Hare Krishna


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How to Become Free From All Difficulty

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Question: Vedic Age Advanced as Modern Age?

Do the Vedas describe a time in the past when humanity was as advanced as it is now?

Troy Marcotte

Answer: Even Materially More Advanced

Troy, the Vedas describe a time when society was many times more advanced than it is now. There were castles bedecked with jewels that produced illumination so that there was no need of electricity to light the castles at night. Even there were castle airplanes in which one could fly in style all over the universe without using fossil fuel. Such castles were created by yogic power. They did not need a polluting factory to be manufactured.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday January 13, 2019

Thought For The Day: Don't Cheat Yourself

Toronto, Canada

Don't cheat yourself out of the unlimited bliss, which is your constitutional birthright, by foolishly continuing to misidentify yourself with your material body, which is just a covering of your real, unlimitedly blissful, eternally youthful actual self. Take to the perfectional yogic path of bhakti yoga under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master and become perfectly situated permanently in your original position of eternity, full of knowledge, and full of bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Open Your Heart to Supreme Person
and You'll Find that He is Unlimitedly Loving


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Put God back in the center

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Question: What Attracts You to Bhakti?

What attracts you to bhakti (loving devotion to God)?

Deepak Oberoi

Answer: Like a Fish in the Water

From: Toronto, Canada

My Dear Deepak,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The reason I am attracted to Bhakti (devotion to Krishna or God) is that this is the natural position of the soul. Just as a fish is naturally happily situated when in the water and in a very difficult, precarious position when outside of the water, similarly the living beings, who are constitutionally the loving servants of the Supreme Lord, become naturally joyful when they give their love of God, and are very frustrated and miserable when they do not do so.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday January 12, 2019

Thought For The Day: He Will Lead the World Out of Chaos

Toronto, Canada

Srila Prabhupada describes as follows in his purport to Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi Lila, Chapter 7, Text 83:

"When one is completely fit to chant the holy name in this way (pure chanting), he is eligible to make disciples all over the world, and he actually becomes jagad-guru. Then the entire world, under his influence, begins to chant the holy names of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra."

So now we pray that such a Vaisnava, who can lead the world out of chaos, will now become manifest on this planet to expand upon the work of the previous acharyas and make the entire world Krishna conscious so that the horrible chaos, which is presently torturing the human society, will be finished.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Since the Pure Devotee Has Come,
the Evil Has to End.


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Question: Can You Accept Her as Your Disciple?

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

Presently I am in Peru. I trained a lady in Colima, Mexico for 6 years. She has a beautiful, well cared for altar of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna, Jagannatha-Baladeva-Subhadra, Nitai-Gauranga. She is serving Tulasi and she follows the regulative principles as best she can. She helped Guruprasada Swami put on two Festivals of India in Colima (2013 and 2018). She hosts in her home the sankirtana devotees led by Aravinda Prabhu when they need it. She has rendered various services in the Guadalajara Yatra under the management of Mother Radhika. She is 59 years old and she has a great attitude and affection for the devotees and devotional service. She owns a store where she still sells alcohol, meat, eggs, fish and cigarettes. She chants rounds but she still doesn’t reach 16. Otherwise she is a good devotee.

My question: What possibilities does she have to depend on your mercy to accept her as your disciple?

I admire your liberal disposition to preach and accept disciples. I don’t recommend anyone if I am not sure that the person has the devotional aptitude and attitude. She has them.

I wait for your reply.

Your servant,
Sarva Deva Das

Answer: She Can Take Shelter of Me

From: Toronto, Canada

My Dear Sarva Deva Prabhu,

Please accept my obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

She can now take shelter of me as an aspiring disciple. I will guide her how to strictly follow our regulative principles and chant at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala every day without fail. Plus I will guide her how to turn her business into a successful health food store. After these items are accomplished I can then formally initiate her as my eternal disciple.

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

Your servant,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday January 11, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Best Friend of Everyone

Toronto, Canada

Srila Prabhupada describes as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam Eighth Canto, Chapter 3, Text 7:

"Devotees are always equal to everyone, seeing no distinction between lower and higher classes. Panditah sama-darsinah [Bg. 5.18]. They look upon everyone as a spirit soul who is part and parcel of the Supreme Lord. Thus they are competent to search for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Understanding that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the friend of everyone (suhrdam sarva-bhutanam [Bg. 5.29]), they act as friends of everyone on behalf of the Supreme Lord. Making no distinction between one nation and another or one community and another, they preach Krishna consciousness, the teachings of Bhagavad-gita, everywhere. Thus they are competent to see the lotus feet of the Lord. Such preachers in Krishna consciousness are called paramahamsas. As indicated by the word vimukta-sanga, they have nothing to do with material conditions. One must take shelter of such a devotee in order to see the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

Thus we are blessed by having Lord Krishna, the spiritual master, and the Lord's devotees all as our best friends.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Our Best Friends


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Question: How to Find My Guru?

I want to know that after following all the 4 regulative principles (no illicit sex, no meat eating, no intoxication, and no gambling) and chanting at least16 rounds every day of Hare Krishna japa mala on beads: How can I find my guru whom I can serve who will take me back to Krishna?

Bharat

Answer: You Have Already Found Guru

From: Toronto, Canada

My Dear Bharat,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

By finding me you have already found a guru whom you can serve and who can take you back to Krishna.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday January 10, 2019

Thought For The Day: Why Lord Buddha Appeared

Toronto, Canada

Lord Buddha is a very amazing incarnation of God because He taught atheism. The reason He did this is that after the beginning of the Kali Yuga, the most materialistic of all ages, which began 5,000 years ago, people were using the descriptions of animal sacrifices from the Vedas to justify cow slaughter. These sacrifices were not for cow killing. By the power of mantra the old cow was given the body of a young calf. The cows were not killed. They were rejuvenated. But people were using these descriptions in the Vedic scriptures to falsely legitimatize cow killing. Since the world population at that time was very low class they would be unable to understand higher spiritual knowledge. So out of kindness upon the poor animals Lord Buddha denied the Vedas, teaching instead a philosophy of non-violence to stop the cow killing and that everything is void.

In this way He paved the way for an incarnation of Lord Shiva who taught a compromise between atheism and theism, who was followed by the incarnation of God Himself, Lord Sri Krishna, known as Lord Caitanya, who re-established full blown theism attained by ecstatic chanting and dancing of the holy names of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lord Buddha Taught Non-Violence


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Question: How to Give Up Eating Meat?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I would like to discuss something important as follows:

As I admitted to you some days ago that I have been eating meat for the last 35-40 years on a daily basis, I would like to say further in this regard that I have tried my best to abstain from eating meat for the last one or two months.

But still sometimes I feel that I have not been able to conquer over my inner attraction towards meat completely until now. So I need your advice in this regard how I can put a complete stop of my addictive tendency to consume meat in my life forever.

Please help me, Srila Gurudeva. I need your guidance

Thank you,
Amit Gupta
Dwarka, New Delhi, India

Answer: Here's How

From: Santiago, Chile

My Dear Amit,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If you will offer all of your fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products to Lord Krishna before eating, you can easily give up your bad habit of eating rotten flesh, which condemns you to being an animal in your next birth to be eaten by one of the same animals that you ate.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday January 9, 2019


Thought For The Day: Tolerating the Demoniac Civilization

Toronto, Canada

For a saintly person or for a person who is endeavoring to be a saint, to live in and have to deal every day with this modern day global demoniac civilization requires a lot or tolerance. There is so much nonsense going on in every sphere that we easily describe it as a hellish nightmare. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati very succinctly stated in this connection that this material world is no fit place for a gentleman's living. On the positive side it is golden opportunity to cultivate the saintly quality of tolerance by taking shelter of Krishna's holy name as recommended by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu:

"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."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Hellish Traffic Quagmire

Lord Caitanya Teaches Us How to Transcend the Madness


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Question: Qualification to Take Initiation?

My name is Nagarjuna. Thanks for your course to elevate people like me. What are the qualifications I need to maintain apart from 4 regulative principles and chanting 16 rounds minimum to take initiation from the spiritual master? Could you please tell me what is the qualification to take initiation? In what conditions will the guru accept me as his disciple and give chance to serve him?

Nagarjun Cherukuri

Answer: Willingness to Serve

From: Santiago, Chile

My Dear Nagarjun,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If you are committed to chanting at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa on chanting beads every day without fail for the rest of your life while simultaneously avoiding illicit sex (non-procreational, recreational sex), meat eating, intoxication, and gambling and are willing to serve the spiritual master to the best of your ability, you are qualified to be initiated.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday January 8, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Necessity of Initiation

Santiago, Chile

To become delivered from the cycle of birth and death here in this miserable material world one must fully surrender himself unto Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And to do so must take shelter of Lord Krishna's representative, the bona fide spiritual master, by initiation. The necessity is confirmed by the great Vaisnava spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, as follows in his book, "The Nectar of Devotion":

"Similarly, we can offer many services with our bodily activities. But all such activities must be in relationship with Krishna. This relationship is established by connecting oneself with the bona fide spiritual master, who is the direct representative of Krishna in disciplic succession. Therefore, the execution of Krishna conscious activities with the body should be directed by the spiritual master and then performed with faith. The connection with the spiritual master is called initiation. From the date of initiation by the spiritual master, the connection between Krishna and a person cultivating Krishna consciousness is established. Without initiation by a bona fide spiritual master, the actual connection with Krishna consciousness is never performed."

Therefore I was very pleased on my recent visit to Santiago, Chile to accept Hari Bhakti devi dasi as my duly initiated disciple.

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Initiating Hari Bhakti Devi Dasi
Santiago, Chile--6 January 2019


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Question: Why Does ISKCON Twist Tradition?

Why does ISKCON twist the tradition and name of Sukadeva, the son of Srila Vyasadeva, by adding "Goswami" to it? It is wrong information as there is no such use of "'Goswami" in any texts like the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Carolyn Barratt

Answer: You Are Mistaken

Anyone who is a perfect master of his senses can be called “Goswami” which means “master of the senses.” So there is nothing wrong in addressing him in this way. Rather it is your fault to say that it is incorrect. You have made this mistake because you are not a goswami, a master of your senses.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday January 7, 2019

Thought For The Day: Global Spiritual Revolution Now

Santiago, Chile

Let there now be a vast, all-encompassing global spiritual revolution to completely transform and uplift our global human society. Let us all now abandon our false egos of considering ourselves to be the centers of existence and acknowledge that it is rather God who is the center of all existence. Whether we call Him Allah, Jehovah, Krishna, or Rama, still God is one. Whether we worship Him as a Christian, a Muslim, a Sikh, a Jain, a Buddhist, a Hindu, or a Jew, still God is one. Therefore hidden within all the religions of the world there is actually the same one world religion, that we should all become the pure lovers of God, that we should all be His completely sold-out dedicated servants. So let us all now fully embrace, support, and propagate this global spiritual revolution by putting God back in the center of our lives.

Henceforward may all the thoughts, words, and deeds of all human beings on this planet in all times, places, and circumstances be fully pleasing to God. If this proposal is accepted by our global society, this will bring about the greatest era of global peace, happiness, and prosperity that our world has ever known for thousands and thousands of years. So please now accept this and spread this concept of global spiritual revolution now to everyone you meet. Those who do so will experience the most unlimitedly glorious exciting thrilling adventures at every moment.

Is that going to be you or not? The choice is up to you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Spiritual Revolution in Santiago, Chile


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Question: Krishna's Area Code?

Yesterday you gave us Krishna's intergalactic "phone number:"

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

Please let me know: Do I need to dial this "area code"?

Sri Krishna Caitanya Prabhu Nityananda
Sri Advaita Gadadhara Sri Vasadi Gaura bhakta Vrinda

Pankaj Patel

Answer: Yes

Yes, before we begin chanting the Hare Krishna mantra we first chant the wonderful mantra you have mentioned. This enables us, by the mercy of Lord Caitanya and His associates, to chant the Hare Krishna mantra in the proper mood and thus receive unlimited benefit.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday January 6, 2019

Thought For The Day: Real Intelligence

Santiago, Chile

Why torture yourself unnecessarily by misidentifying yourself with an aging, rotting, dying body? Is that intelligence?

Those who are blessed with real intelligence identify themselves with their eternally youthful, all-blissful, full of knowledge selves and blissfully absorb themselves in serving Krishna or God 24 hours daily.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Chant Hare Krishna.
Don't Stick Your Head in the Sand


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Question: Krishna's Phone Number?

What is Krishna's real phone number?

Answer: Hare Krishna

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

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday January 5, 2019

Thought For The Day: My Life's Mission

Mendoza, Argentina

My life's mission given to me by my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, is to deliver the world. Thus my desire is that before I leave my present body I want to see that the whole world has become Krishna conscious. I desire this because this is the only way that the whole world can become peaceful and happy. Specifically I want to see that the entire human population on this planet earth has fully embraced Krishna consciousness as its life and soul. If this does not happen before I leave my present body, I want to take birth after birth on this planet until Krishna consciousness is fully embraced by the entire human society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada Brings Happiness to All


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Question: If One Cannot Find a Guru?

Dear Guruji,

If a person is not successful in finding a guru, can he continue his journey of spirituality by watching videos of some ISKCON devotees and by following their instructions?

Thank you,
Snigdha

Answer: Tell Them That I Am Here

From: Mendoza, Argentina

My Dear Snigdha,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If someone is looking for a guru and cannot find one, you can tell them that I am here. I am willing to be their spiritual master and take them out of this rotten material world back to their original home with Lord Sri Krishna in that most wondrous spiritual sky, where there is no birth, no death, no old age, and no disease.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday January 4, 2019

Thought For the Day: May All Now Be Delivered

Mendoza, Argentina

May all now imprisoned
in material existence
Realize now their true subsistence.
And enter that world free from resistance.
They will all achieve unlimited bliss.
When will they awaken to this?
This is mission of all great teachers
To reveal the Absolute Truth's
Most glorious features.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada Brings Happiness to All


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Transcendental Bliss in Mendoza, Argentina

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Question: ISKCON Mission?

What is the mission of the Krishna Consciousness Movement?

Vichal Gajapersad

Answer: To Deliver All

To deliver all the souls who are suffering here in this material world in the cycle of repeated birth and death back to their original home in the all-blissful, eternal spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday January 3, 2019

Thought For The Day: Super Inspiring Visit

Auckland, New Zealand

Our weeklong stopover in Melbourne, Australia was super inspiring. There is truly nothing more wonderful than to be in the association of saintly devotees engaged 24 hours daily in hearing and chanting the glories of the Supreme Lord and serving the Supreme Lord. The atheists, of course, will say that we are a bunch of nuts worshipping a God that does not exist. But when we ask them to give even one example in all of history when something came out of nothing, they are totally defeated. We know that that there is a cause for existence and that the cause is the most beautiful, loving, powerful, and intelligent person in all of existence. That person has unlimited names, unlimited qualities, and unlimited pastimes. And to reconnect with Him in love is the perfection of our existence. We know this is a fact because we are tasting it at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


My Wonderful Disciples In Melbourne, Australia


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Question: Symptom of Being on the Right Path?

Dear Gurudeva,

How do we know that a person is evolving spiritually? Is there anything a person experiences when he is on the right path of spirituality?

Deepest Regards,
Sonali S. Shinde

Answer: Heart Melts in Love of God

From: Auckland, New Zealand

My Dear Sonali,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

When a person is becoming more and more attracted to Krishna and less and less attracted to the material world he is making solid spiritual advancement.

Such a person's heart melts in feelings of love of God when he chants the Lord's holy names:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday January 2, 2019

Thought For The Day: The Perfection of Love

Melbourne, Australia

On 30 December 2018 I gave a lecture based on the profoundest teachings in all of existence, the Vedas, entitled "The Perfection of Love" in a public hall in Wyndham, Australia. The lecture was well received by the large audience, and many nice, thoughtful questions were asked. A group of enthusiastic listeners approached me after the lecture for further questions and answers. You can hear the lecture now by pressing the button below.

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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"Ask and It Shall Be Answered."


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Question: Is Spiritual Happiness Permanent or Temporary?

Dear Gurudeva,

It is said that nothing is permanent in this life. Each phase in a person's life is temporary. Therefore, when a person tries to find solace in spirituality is it a temporary journey or perpetual happiness?

It appears to me that everyone has some sort of lamentation in his life and that this is the reason a person tries to derive some steadiness through spirituality. When that phase is over does he goes back again where he was?

Deepest Regards,
Sonali S. Shinde

Answer: Ever-Increasing Eternal Bliss

From: Melbourne, Australia

My Dear Sonali,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Spirituality means entering into the realm of permanency, a perpetual journey of ever-increasing bliss and knowledge. The perfection of spirituality is to regain your original lost loving relationship with Lord Sri Krishna in His eternal transcendental pastimes in the spiritual world. Once you regain that original eternal identity you will never fall back again into this uncertain world of temporality.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday January 1, 2019

Though For The Day: New Year at Every Moment

Melbourne, Australia

Why wait for a whole year to have the excitement of welcoming in a new year? By reviving our dormant Krishna consciousness we will experience the thrill of a new exciting adventure at every moment. If the people on this planet can simply wake up to their original spiritual natures, we will have the greatest era of peace and prosperity that the modern world has ever known. The beautiful heavenly atmosphere on this planet that was previously experienced by the ancients can again be tasted by us simply through the process of spiritual awakening. So this should be our new year's resolution, that in the year 2019 the entire world will become Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


May the Whole World Now
Become Krishna Conscious


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Request: I Want Power

I need spiritual power. I want to be very powerful with the ability read people's minds and the power to control.

Thanks,
Israel Ezeanka

Answer: How to Become Most Powerful

From: Melbourne, Australia

My Dear Israel

Please accept my blessings.

The more one becomes meek and humble before the Lord, the more he becomes powerful. In this regard Lord Jesus says in the Bible, "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth." The person who is perfect in humility can lead the entire world out of chaos.

So now, to become powerful, you must master the art of humility considering yourself to be lower than the straw in the street, offering all respect to others without expecting any respect for yourself. In this way you will become the world's most powerful person.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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