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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Thought For The Day: Don't Be Discouraged

ISKCON-Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

When difficulties come, as they often do in this material world, the thing to remember is to not become discouraged. The all-merciful Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna is always behind the scene as the ultimate orchestrator of everything, either directly or indirectly through His deputed agents. So the key is to always see everything in relation to Krishna and always try to do your best to please Him in every situation. In this way you are sure to come out victorious in your endeavor to get free from the clutches of the Lord's illusory energy and return to your original, all-blissful identity in that most sublime Spiritual Sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


All Merciful Krishna Wants You Back in Your Original Home

Devotees Prioritize at Least 16 Rounds of Japa


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: What Higher Position Job Should I Seek?

Thanks for sending these beautiful messages. I really want to progress in devotional service. I do four rounds of Hare Krishna chanting every day. I have been follower of ISKCON for many years. I am right now doing a clerical job, but as a B.Tech graduate I want to do a job of higher position, and I not able to decide for which particular job that I should prepare. So kindly advise me regarding this.

Hare Krishna.

Varun Jindal

Answer: First Properly Situate Yourself Spiritually

From: ISKCON Vrindavana, India

My Dear Varun,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The most important thing is that come to the proper standard of chanting at least 16 rounds of japa mala daily along the strict avoidance of illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling.

When you reach this standard Krishna will facilitate your getting whatever position of employment that will best facilitate your spiritual life. So now you kindly come to the proper standard.

Hoping this meets you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Thought For The Day: When Stress Becomes Delightful

ISKCON-Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Normally we hate stress. We can't stand it. It makes us miserable. However when one masters the art of engaging all stressful situations in the service of the Lord, one will experience his most stressful days as his most delightful days. So what is the art of how to do this? This is described by Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 9, Text 27 as follows:

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

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

In other words, we simply have to give our love to Krishna. In this connection it is sometimes said, "The trouble that you take, is equal to the love that you make." This act of loving transforms even the most distressful situation into pure transcendental bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Intiation Ceremony--23 October 2019
Sri Vrindavana Dhama

"What Goes Around Come Around"
The Butcher Gets Butchered


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Worst Jobs?

Which are the jobs that a person shouldn't do because of the bad karma attached to it?

Aby Reji Varghese

Answer: Butcher

Butcher is the worst job because after his death he will butchered again and again, lifetime after lifetime after lifetime for every cow that he has butchered. So, butchers, beware.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Thought For The Day: Our Declaration of War

ISKCON Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

In his purport to Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya Lila, Chapter 22, Text 9 Srila Prabhupada very nicely writes as follows:

"Due to a poor fund of knowledge, living entities conditioned in this material world claim to be God. They are thus illusioned. A living entity cannot be on the level of a vishnu-tattva, or the Personality of Godhead, at any stage; therefore it is ludicrous for a living entity to claim to be God. Advanced spiritualists would never accept such a thing. Such claims are made to cheat ordinary, foolish people. The Krishna consciousness movement declares war against such bogus incarnations. The bogus propaganda put out by people claiming to be God has killed God consciousness all over the world. Members of the Krishna consciousness movement must be very alert to defy these rascals, who are presently misleading the whole world. One such rascal, known as Paundraka, appeared before Lord Krishna, and the Lord immediately killed him. Of course, those who are Krishna’s servants cannot kill such imitation gods, but they should try their best to defeat them through the evidence of sastra, authentic knowledge received through the disciplic succession."

We must now make vigorous propaganda all over the world to educate the people in general how to recognize who is a bona fide incarnation of God and who is a bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Krishna Uses His Disc to Kill Paundraka

Incarnation of God with an Old Man's Body?


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Kalki Avatara?

What are some interesting facts about Vijay Kumar Naidu who claims to be the Kalki incarnation?

Fir Rakesh Ghanshala

Answer: He is Simply a Rascal

He’s a liar and a cheater. According to authorized scripture Kalki avatara is not due to come for another 427,000 years. It amazes me how people can be so gullible. It’s really sad. Because they want something cheap instead of genuine self-realization they are very easily cheated. They ignore the bona fide spiritual master and flock instead to the cheaters and rascals.

Another obvious giveaway to his fraud is the fact that he has an old man's body. The incarnations of God always maintain ever youthful bodies.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Thought For The Day: Celebrating the Spiritual Master's Appearance

ISKCON-Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

It is the duty of the disciples of the spiritual master to worship him every year on his appearance day, his birthday as the representative of the great Vaisnava acharya, the compiler of the Vedic wisdom, Srila Vyasadeva. For this purpose many of my disciples have gathered here in Sri Vrindavana Dhama to observe this function on the tenth day of the holy month of Kartika, which this year comes on 23 October. To help you understand the great importance of this day I have given below the Vyasa Puja address given by Srila Prabhupada on 2 September 1972 in New Vrindavana, USA:

Prabhupada: Ladies and gentlemen, this ceremony... Of course, those who are my students, they know what is this ceremony. Those who are visitors, for their information, I may inform you something about this ceremony. Otherwise, it may not be misunderstood. A outsider may see it that "Why a person is being worshiped like God?" There may be some doubt. So this is the etiquette. This ceremony is called Vyasa-puja. Vyasa. Vyasa means the original author of Vedic literature. He is incarnation of Narayana. He gave us all Vedic knowledge. He received the knowledge from Narada. Narada received the knowledge from Brahma. Brahma received the knowledge from Krishna. So in this way, by disciplic succession, we get transcendental knowledge.

So Vyasadeva... Formerly, before Vyasadeva, say, five thousand years ago, before that time there was no need of written literature. People were so sharp in their memory that whatever they would hear from the spiritual master they would remember for life. The memory was so sharp. But in this age—it is called Kali-yuga—we are reducing our bodily strength, our memory, power of memorizing, our feelings of sympathy for others, compassion, age, duration of life, religious propensities. In this way, in this age we are reducing everything. Every one of you can understand very easily. Formerly if somebody is attacked by another man, many persons will come to help him: "Why this man is attacked?" But at the present moment if one man is attacked, the passersby will not care for it because they have lost their sympathy or mercifulness for others. Our neighbor may starve, but we don't care for it. But formerly the sympathy for other living entities, even for an ant... Just like Maharaja Pariksit, while he was touring on his kingdom, he saw that one man was trying to kill a cow. Pariksit Maharaja saw. Immediately he took his sword that, "Who are you? You are killing a cow in my kingdom?" Because the king is supposed, or the government is supposed to give everyone protection, not that the government is meant for giving protection to the human being and not to the animals. Because it is Kali-yuga, the government discriminates between two nationals. National means one who has taken birth in the land. That is called national. That is... You know, everyone. So the trees, they are also born in the land, the aquatics also born in the land. The flies, the reptiles, the snakes, the birds, the beasts, human beings—everyone is born in that land. Suppose your land, America, United States... Why the government should give protection to one class of living entities, rejecting others? This means they have lost their sympathy for others. This is Kali-yuga. Formerly, before Kali-yuga, unnecessarily even an ant would not be killed. Even an ant. There are many instances that a hunter who was taking advantage of killing animals, but when he became a devotee he was not prepared to kill even an ant.

So the Krishna consciousness movement is so nice that it makes a person perfect in everything: perfect in knowledge, perfect in strength, perfect in age, everything. We need so many things. So this perfection of life, the process how to make life perfect, is coming down from Krishna. Krishna, He is the origin of everything. Therefore the knowledge of perfection is also coming from Him, and periodically-periodically means after millions and millions of years—Krishna comes. He comes once in a day of Brahma. So Brahma’s days, even one day, the span of one day, it is very difficult to calculate. Sahasra-yuga-paryantam arhad yad brahmano viduh [Bg. 8.17]. The Brahma one day means about 433,000,000's of years. So in each day of Brahma, Krishna comes, once in a day. That means after a period of 433,000,000's of years He comes. Why? To give perfect knowledge of life, how a human being should live to make his life perfect. So the Bhagavad-gita is there, spoken by Krishna in this millennium, in this day. Now Brahma’s one day we are passing through the twenty-eighth millennium. No, twenty-eighth... In Brahma’s day there are seventy-one Manus, and one Manu lives for... That is also many millions of years, seventy-two millenniums.

So we are not interested now about calculation the perfect knowledge. This perfect knowledge comes from God, or Krishna, and it is distributed by parampara system, by disciplic succession. The example is just there, a mango tree. On the top of the mango tree there is a very ripened fruit, and that fruit has to be tasted. So if I drop the fruit from up, it will be lost. Therefore it is handed over, after one, after one, after... Then it comes down. So all Vedic process of knowledge is taking from the authority. And it comes down through disciplic succession. Just like I have already explained, Krishna gives the knowledge, perfect knowledge, to Brahma, and Brahma gives the knowledge to Narada. Narada gives the knowledge to Vyasa. Vyasa gives the knowledge to Madhvacarya. Madhvacarya gives the knowledge to his disciplic succession, later on, to Madhavendra Puri. Madhavendra Puri gives that knowledge to Isvara Puri. Isvara Puri gives that knowledge to Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Lord Caitanya. He delivers that knowledge to His immediate disciples, six Gosvamis. The six Gosvamis delivers the knowledge to Srinivasa Acarya, Jiva Gosvami. Then Kaviraja Gosvami, then Visvanatha Cakravarti, then Jagannatha dasa Babaji, then Bhaktivinoda Thakura, then Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji Maharaja, then my spiritual master, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati. Then we are distributing the same knowledge.

Devotees: Jaya Prabhupada! Haribol!

Prabhupada: We don't manufacture knowledge, because how we can manufacture? Perfect knowledge means I must be perfect. But I am not perfect. Every one of us, when I was speaking, because... We are not perfect because in our conditional life we have got four defects. The first defect is that we commit mistake. Any one of us who are sitting here, nobody can vouchsafe that he has not committed any mistake in life. No, that is natural. "To err is human." In our country, even a personality like Mahatma Gandhi, he committed so many mistakes. So to commit mistake is not unusual. It is usual for any man. Then again, one is illusioned. Illusioned means accepting something for something. Just like every one of us, we accept this body as ourself, but actually we are not, everyone. On this bodily concept of life the whole trouble is there in the world. I am thinking "Indian"; you are thinking "American"; he is thinking "dog"; he is thinking "cat"; because on this bodily concept of life. So this is illusion because I am not this body, you are not this body. Because at the time of death we can understand the body is there, but my relative is crying, "Oh, my son is gone." "My father is gone." Where he is gone? The body is there. Where is your father gone? No. Then we can... After death we can understand that, "My father or my son was not this body. He was something else." So this is called illusion.

So mistake, illusion, and cheating. Everyone wants to cheat others. This is the dealing. Suppose we are businessman, making some agreement. So I am trying to make the agreement in my favor; you are trying to make the agreement in your favor. I am thinking, "I have cheated this person. I am so clever." You see? So the cheating propensity is there, even we hide something. Even husband and wife, we cheat one another, what to speak of man... Even sometimes father and son, what to speak of other relation. So cheating propensity is... First that we commit mistake, we are illusioned, we cheat, and at the end, all our senses are imperfect. Just like we are very much proud of seeing. Everyone says, "Can you show me? I want to see." And what can you see? What is the power of seeing? At night, if there is no sunshine, you cannot see, so what is the use of your seeing? If there is wall, you cannot see what is beyond the wall. You are seeing every day the sun, but we are seeing just like a small disc. But actually it is fourteen hundred thousand times bigger than this earth. Similarly, we cannot see which is situated a very long distance. We cannot see even the eyelid which is actually with the eyes. But we cannot see it. In this way, if you study, every one of your senses you will find imperfect.

So your senses are imperfect, you are cheating, you are illusioned, and you commit mistake. How you can give perfect knowledge? Therefore we don't accept any knowledge from an imperfect personality. Because that is imperfect knowledge, what is the use of that knowledge? Theorizing. No theory. We want to know fact. That is perfect knowledge. So that perfect knowledge can come from God. And one who distributes that knowledge exactly as God has said, he is perfect. Just like a post peon comes and delivers you, say, one hundred dollars. So he is not delivering that one hundred dollars. Your friend has sent you one hundred dollars, and his business is to hand over that one hundred dollars as it is, without any change, without taking one dollar from it, no, or adding. No addition, no subtraction. His honesty, his perfection, is that he delivers you that hundred dollars which is sent by your friend. That is his honest..., perfection. He may be imperfect in so many others ways, but when he does his business perfectly, he is perfect. Similarly, our, this Vyasa-puja means we receive perfect knowledge from Krishna through the agency of spiritual master.

So this Vyasa-puja means one day in a year, on the birthday of the spiritual master, because he is representative of Vyasa, he is delivering the same knowledge which has come down by disciplic succession without any change, he is offered the respect. This is called Vyasa-puja. And the spiritual master receives all honor, all contribution, on behalf of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, not for his person. Just like in our country when there was British rule, there was a viceroy, a king's representative. So naturally, when viceroy used to go to some meeting, many people used to present valuable jewels, valuable, because just to honor him. But the law was that not a single of the jewels or contribution the viceroy could touch. It was going to the royal treasury. The viceroy could accept on behalf of the king all contribution, but it goes to the king. Similarly, this day, Vyasa-puja day, whatever honor, contribution and feelings is being offered to the spiritual master, it is... Again, as we have received the knowledge from upwards, similarly, this respect also goes from downward to the upward. This is the process. So as the spiritual master is teacher of the student, he has to teach the disciple how to send back his respect and contribution to God. This is called Vyasa-puja.

So spiritual master is respected as good as God. Why? Saksad-dharitvena samasta-sastraih. They have already chanted this song. Samasta-sastraih, in all Vedic literatures. Samasta, all. Samasta means all. Sastra means Vedic literature. The all the sastras in Vedic literature, they have declared that spiritual master is as good as God. Not God, but as good as God. The Mayavadi, they think that the spiritual master is also God. No. We Vaisnava, we don't accept that theory. But actually how a man can become God? No. But because he is God's representative, he is honored as God, not that he has become God. Kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya. Just like you have got a dear son. If somebody pats your son, even pats your dog, you become pleased. So the spiritual master is very confidential servant, dog of God. Therefore if you can please him, yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah. If you can please the spiritual master, then God is pleased. Just like your small child. If somebody pleases that child, you become automatically pleased. You can please that child with a two-cent-worth lozenges. But to please you, it may require thousands of dollars. So you can finish the business by offering a lozenges.

So this is the position of a spiritual master. Don't misunderstand that "This person is sitting very comfortably and taking all honors and contribution." It is needed just to teach them how to respect the representative of God. This is the sum and substance of Vyasa-puja.

Thank you very much.

=========End of Lecture=========

I was blessed with the unlimited good fortune of standing near Srila Prabhupada as he gave this most wonderful lecture.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Vyasadeva, Compiler of the Vedic Wisdom

Worshipping Srila Prabhupada- 2 September 1972


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Your Spiritual Awakening?

Can you tell me about your experience in spiritual awakening?

Fir Perdus

Answer: Awaken Yourself, Awaken the World

After many years of struggling for spiritual enlightenment in 1971, I was finally blessed with genuine spiritual awakening. I realized that I am the eternal servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, the source of all existence. I and my Godbrothers were blessed by our spiritual master, ISKCON Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, with the mission of awakening the entire world to spiritual perfection. If we can be successful in our mission, the entire world will be blessed with the most amazing era of peace and happiness that has not been known on this planet for thousands of years. If you would like to help us in pulling off the greatest paradigm shift in universal history, kindly let me know at: tastenectar@gmail.com

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Thought For The Day: Transforming Lust into Love

ISKCON-Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

On 20 October 2019 at the ISKCON Krishna Balarama Temple in Vrindavana I was blessed with the most auspicious opportunity to give a lecture on how to transform lust into pure love. This is the real essence of Krishna consciousness. It is lust that has brought us into this material nightmare and lust that keeps us here. When we can transform that lust into pure love we become liberated from the pangs of this material existence.

Click here to hear my lecture.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lecture at Krishna Balarama Temple

Become Enlightened by Following
the Bona Fide Spiritual Master


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Attain Enlightenment?

Has anyone achieved spiritual enlightenment and can speak on how they attained it?

Brett Van Vort

Answer: Surrender to Krishna

Attaining spiritual enlightenment is very simple. All you have to do is follow the instruction of Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, which is to fully surrender unto Him under the guidance of His representative, the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Thought For The Day: Double Purification Bliss

ISKCON Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

On 19 October 2019 we were blessed with the most auspicious opportunity to become doubly purified. By boat we traveled to a pristine area on the bank of the River Yamuna where Gurumata blessed us all with wonderful Srimad Bhagavatam class. And then after class before heading back, we were doubly purified by getting to take bath in the sacred river. These are the wonderful experiences of being in the most holy Sri Vrindavana Dhama that will hold a special place in our hearts. This is a sample of how wonderful it is to be a devotee of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


The Site of Our Bhagavatam Class

How We Got There (One of Several Boats)

The Ecstatic Bhagavatam Class

Kalki Avatara Comes at the End of Kali Yuga
When the World is Full of Demons to Start Another Satya Yuga


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Longer Life Span in the Satya Yuga?

Did the people in the Satya Yuga live longer? If so, what was their secret?

Gourav Athnere

Answer: All-Pervading Virtue

In the Satya Yuga, which lasted for 1,728,000 years, the standard lifespan was 100,00 years. The reason people could live so long was that the atmosphere of the entire earth planet was virtuous. Everyone was saintly. There was practically no sin at all anywhere in the world. Because in our present age of Kali, the entire planet is drowning in sinfulness our average lifespan at the present time is only a meager 71 years. At the beginning of the Kali yuga 5,000 years ago the life span was 100. And by the end of the Kali yuga, when our entire planet will be turned into a jungle of cannibals, the life span will be 20 to 30 years old.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, October 20 , 2019

Thought For The Day: Can I Divorce if My Marriage is Incompatible?

ISKCON-Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

If someone does not like their wife, if they feel that they and their spouse are incompatible, is that a legitimate grounds for divorce? In this connection kindly note the following excerpt from a Srimad Bhagavatam lecture that Srila Prabhupada gave in Los Angeles on 22 September 1972:

'So I think I have spoken about my own life. You know that I was a married man. So after being married, I did not like my wife. (laughter) Somehow or other, I did not like. I must say she is very faithful, very everything... Everyone praised. But I did not like, somehow or other. So I was preparing for next marriage. Next marriage. Because in India, at that time it was allowed, a man can marry more than one wife. Now the law is there. So my father, he was a saintly person. So he called me one day and said, 'My dear boy, you are trying to marry again. I request you don't do that. You do not like your wife. That is a great fortune for you.' (laughter) So I gave up that idea of marrying. Yes. So now I am realizing my father's blessing, yes, that if I would have been too much attached to my wife, then I could not have come to this position. That's a fact. So by ethical point of view, from spiritual point of view, to become too much attached to wife is an impediment for spiritual advancement."

When Srila Prabhupada was a young man in India divorce was not the system if one did not like his wife. One would simply marry another wife and keep the first one as a maidservant. Nowadays people resort to divorce instead. But either course of action is not proper. One should accept whatever arrangement Krishna has made for one's life and happily engage in His loving service. This is the only real solution for all problems.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Srila Prabhupada Conducts Marriage
Ceremony for Three Grihastha Couples
May 6, 1969 in Boston, USA

Dvarakanath Prabhu's Happy Family


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Arranged Marriage or Love Marriage?

Which is better: an arranged marriage or a love marriage?

Anonymous

Answer: Arranged Marriage. Here's Why:

Our original nature and actual identity is that we are all the eternal servants of God, residents of His spiritual world. We are here now in the material world because we foolishly wanted to enjoy separately from God instead of serving Him. Since love cannot be forced, God allowed us to come to this material world where everybody can forget about God and is trying to enjoy separately from Him. Since this is an artificial position, eventually after many lifetimes everyone here will sooner or laster come to their senses and realize what a big mistake they made by coming here in their foolish attempt to try to enjoy separately from God. They will thus voluntarily want to return to their original natural position of serving God in the spiritual world. What binds us to stay here in this artificial situation more than anything else is sex attraction, which is based on our false identification with our material bodies. Factually we are not these bodies. We are instead eternal spiritual beings who are simply residing temporarily in the prison of these male and female bodies. Since marriage is necessary for the proper propagation of the species and to satisfy a psychological need which most of us have, it is better for marriages to be arranged than to be based on sex attraction, which we falsely call love. Arranged marriages put us in a better position for regaining our original identities in the spiritual world as soon as possible. Personally, I am the happy participant in an arranged marriage that has been flourishing now for 35 years. I recommend arranged marriages based on serving God for everyone who wants to get married. Divorce and domestic violence will disappear, and the world will become filled up with saintly children born of god-centered marriages, who will turn this planet into an inconceivably sublime paradise.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday, October 19 , 2019

Thought For The Day: Association with My Glorious Godbrothers

ISKCON-Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Being here in the holy land of Krishna is wonderful opportunity to get the association of so many of my Godbrothers. Such association is very important as explained by Srila Prabhupada in the initiation lecture for Jayapataka Das, who later became the world famous Jayapataka Swami. On 24 July 1968 Srila Prabhupada spoke the following words at his initiation ceremony:

"Some are trying to merge into the spiritual existence only, and we devotees, we want to keep individuality and want to become associate with the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna. So gradually you can learn it from the lectures and the books and with association with your Godbrothers and sisters. So this is your initiation. Take it very seriously. Chant Hare Krishna very faithfully and your life will be successful."

We should take these instructions of Srila Prabhupada very seriously.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Relishing the Company of My Glorious Godbrother His Holiness Janananda Maharaja in Vrindavana

Karma: Cow is Now Killing Farmer Who Killed Him


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Have You Ever Experienced Karma?

Have you ever experienced karma in real life?

Nishant Dubey

Answer: At Every Minute

Everyone is experiencing their karma at every minute. This means that whatever happiness you experience is the karmic reaction of your previous pious activities and whatever misery you experience is the karmic reaction of your previous impious activities. Those who are self-realized have mastered the art of how to always think, speak, and act in a mood of devotion of God in all times, places, and circumstances. Such devotion is transcendental to both pious and impious activities and qualifies one to enter the spiritual world at the time of death instead of taking birth again in this material world to enjoy and suffer the results of his previous pious and impious activities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, October 18 , 2019

Thought For The Day: The Supreme Experience

ISKCON-Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

There is no experience anywhere throughout the entire universe that can surpass the pure spiritual bliss of attending the mangala arati ceremony at Srila Prabhupada's samadhi at 4:10am at the Krishna Balarama Mandira in Sri Vrindavana Dhama. This is held every morning throughout the year. Srila Prabhupada left his body in Vrindavana on 14 November 1977 and his body was buried here in this sacred shrine. Attending this sacred ceremony enables the devotee to feel that he is in Srila Prabhupada's presence and being showered with his inconceivable, unlimited most merciful blessings. What can my words describe? If you want to truly know what this is like, you have to come to Vrindavana and experience it personally. Then you will get some idea of what I am writing about.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Pujari Offers Ghee Lamp to Srila Prabhupada
at Mangala Arati at Srila Prabhupada's Samadhi in Vrindavana, India
17 October 2019

Devotees Sing in the Sweetest Ecstasy of
Feeling Separation from Srila Prabhupada
at Mangala Arati at Srila Prabhupada's Samadhi

Fixing the Life Air Between the Eyebrows


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Can You Help Me Open My Third Eye?

My name is Michael. I live in USA. I love your programs, and I wish I can learn more. Can you help me open my third eye? That is the only thing I want to learn more about and know. Thank you.

Regards,
Michael

Answer: We Can Take You Higher Than the Third Eye

From: ISKCON Vrindavan, India

My Dear Micheal,

Please accept my blessings.

Third eye meditation takes about 60,000 years to perfect. Thus it would take you many lifetimes. But we are teaching a method that in one lifetime can take you to the highest perfection even beyond the third eye. That method is bhakti, loving devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday, October 17 , 2019

Thought For The Day: The Ultimate Exciting Adventure

ISKCON-Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

The greatest of all adventures is to successfully pull off a global spiritual revolution for the respiritualization of our entire earthly society. This spiritual revolution was started 500 years ago by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in the holy land of India and was expanded all over the world in the 60's and 70's by my most beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in the form of ISKCON, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Now it is up to the members of ISKCON to carry on with the momentum established by Prabhupada to expand this movement more and more and more until it totally engulfs our entire earthly global society. To dedicate our lives fully to this Krishna consciousness global spiritual revolution is most certainly the ultimate exciting adventure. And to do so guarantees that we will attain our original spiritual identities in the spiritual world upon quitting our present material bodies. Some who have embraced this supreme adventure find it so exciting that they aspire to take birth after birth until Lord Caitanya's movement has totally engulfed our entire earth planet. (And some are even thinking of the next step, the entire universe.)

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lord Caitanya Inaugurates His Sankirtana Movement

Srila Prabhupada Expands It World Wide

 

Wednesday, October 16 , 2019

Thought For the Day: Back to Home, Back to Vrindavana-Dhama

Sri Vrindavana-Dhama, India

15 October 2019 was a most auspicious day for us. Because it is on this day that we arrived in Sri Vrindavan-dhama, the most holy abode of Lord Sri Krishna. This is the holiest of all holy places. In this connection Srila Prabhupada stated on 17 September 1975:

"This is tattva, truth, that Krishna, the Supreme Person, His holy name, His form, His attributes, His pastimes, His paraphernalia, His dhama... Just like we are in Vrindavana-dhama. So why Vrindavana-dhama is worshiped? Because the Vrindavana-dhama is not different from Krishna. When you take a little dust of Vrindavana-dhama you are taking the dust of Krishna's lotus feet. Vrindavana-dhama, so important."

Whenever I arrive in Vrindavana, my practice is to immediately get down in the holy dirt of Vrindavana begging for Krishna's mercy. On this arrival as soon as I got out of the vehicle I placed myself in the holy dirt of Vrindavana offering my obeisances to Lord Sri Krishna begging Him to make me His pure devotee and for His blessings that I can now make the whole world Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Bowing Down in the Sacred Dirt of Vrindavana

Greeted by Enthusiastic Disciples

One Who Knows Krishna is the Greatest Scientist


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Reconcile Scientific and Spiritual Knowledge?

How can we reconcile scientific and spiritual knowledge?

Gaurav Oberoi

Answer: Real Scientific Knowledge is Spiritual

That science which posits that matter is the basis of reality can never be rectified with spiritual knowledge because it simply is not true. Therefore such science is more correctly described as nescience or ignorance. And that science which describes spirit as the foundation of reality is already fully rectified with spiritual knowledge because it is spiritual knowledge. In other words real scientific knowledge is spiritual knowledge. Thus the greatest scientist is he who sees that the Supreme Spirit, Krishna, or God is the source of everything.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, October 15 , 2019

Thought For The Day: Ecstatic Kirtana in Pune

Kirtana is the life and soul of the Vaisnavas. The more they can do kirtana the more they become blissful. On 12 October 2019 in Pune, India I was blessed with the opportunity to lead over a hundred Indian youth in an ecstatic kirtana after singing them some of the Krishna conscious songs that I have written. Here is short excerpt from that kirtana:

Click Here for Pune Mahakirtana.

Relish the nectar of kirtana and turn on the whole world to kirtana. This is our life!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Explaining What is Krishna Consciousness
to Super Enlivened Hearers in Pune, India

Bhagavad-gita As It Is


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Read Bhagavad-gita?

Why should I read the holy Bhagavad-gita? How has the Bhagavad-gita changed your life? What is the best source to read and understand it?

Bharath

Answer: Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Gita explains the meaning and purpose of our existence. It is the one book that everybody in the world should read in order to know who they really are and how to be who they are really are. If it becomes widely read all over the world, we will have the greatest era of peace and happiness that the world has known for thousands and thousands of years. It has transformed my miserable life into the most ecstatic celebration of transcendental bliss. The edition you need to read is Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada because the other editions distort and twist the meaning. You can read it here:

Bhagavad-gita As It Is

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Thought For The Day: Engaging Muslims in Chanting Hare Krishna

ISKCON Pune, India

Today we are going back to many years ago when I engaged a hall full of our Muslim brothers and sisters in chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. You can see in the video which be accessed below how much their hearts were melted by Lord Sri Krishna's holy names.

Click here for Video

If we can attract the whole world to join us like this in Hare Krishna kirtana, all of the world's problems will be immediately solved.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Muslims Relish Chanting Hare Krishna

Lord Jesus Christ


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Is Jesus God Himself?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

My question is, is Jesus God Himself in the same way that Lord Caitanya is God but playing the role of a pure devotee? Or is he simply an empowered mahabhagavat like Srila Prabhupada and other great devotees throughout history?

Sincerely,
Joe

Answer: He is an Empowered Vaisnava Acharya

From: ISKCON Pune, India

My Dear Joe,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Lord Jesus Christ is not an incarnation of God. He is an empowered acharya, spiritual master, mahabhagavat like Srila Prabhupada. Such personalities, although not God, are as good as God because they are pure representatives of God.

Consider this example. Is a policeman the government? No. He is a citizen, just as you are a citizen. But when he is on duty he is as good as the government, and he must be obeyed just as if he were the government itself.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, October 13 , 2019

Thought For The Day: The Only Real Pollution Solution

ISKCON Pune, India

At the present moment the human society is polluting the air and water more and more making them more and more unbreathable and undrinkable. There are many environmental organizations trying to put a stop to this. But in spite of their efforts our global atmosphere remains polluted. The reason they are not successful is that they are failing to understand the underlying cause for the pollution, which is the pollution with the minds of the entire human society. Everyone is polluted with the desire to enjoy what is actually only meant to be enjoyed by the Lord. It is this underlying internal pollution which is the root cause of all the external pollution. Unless this internal pollution is cleaned up it will never be possible to get rid of the external pollution. Therefore it is the mission of Krishna's pure devotees and the Krishna consciousness movement to train the entire human society in the art of getting rid of this internal pollution by the awakening of pure love of God within their hearts. This will automatically solve the external pollution problem. Unless and until this internal pollution is cleansed, it will never possible to get rid of the external pollution which is so much poisoning our air and water at the present time.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


We Are Killing Ourselves with Air Pollution

Great Turmoil is Tormenting Ecuador


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Take the Turmoil in Ecuador?

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva.

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

Srila Gurudeva, my question is, how should devotees take armed conflicts that occur within the country where one lives?

Srila Gurudeva, currently my country is experiencing great chaos, the president has raised fuel prices which causes all products to raise their price, has taken economic measures that make the worker a slave.

Students and indigenous groups have come out to protest and the armed forces repress them with bombs, projectiles, shots. The news does not show what is really happening and speaks in favor of the government. Now the natives are coming to my city and the mayor of my city tells the people that the natives are criminals and that they come to destroy the city, He has called for a march not to let them in and has given a hate speech towards them. How should a devotee take all this?

Srila Gurudeva, I am your insignificant servant,
Govinda devi dasi

Answer: Krishna's Blessing For You to Be Leaders

From: ISKCON Pune, India

My Dear Govinda Dasi,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Take this as a message from Krishna that you must make you country, Ecuador, Krishna conscious to save the people from all of this hell that they are going through. It is only when a country has Krishna conscious leaders can its citizens become truly happy.

For this purpose you must make yourself very pure in your practice of Krishna consciousness and educate everyone you meet in the beautiful, liberating teachings of the Bhagavad-gita. This is why mass distribution of Srila Prabhupada's books is most important and essential for the benefit of the suffering people of this world.

The devotees in Ecuador should take advantage of this auspicious opportunity given by Lord Sri Krishna to become recognized by the Ecuadorians as the factual leaders of their nation.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday, October 12 , 2019

Thought For The Day: Beyond All Problems

ISKCON Pune, India

This material world is simply a world of problems, and there is not much more to be said in this connection. It is simply one problem after another problem after another problem. This is why those who are intelligent transcend this material existence by situating themselves on the spiritual platform beyond this material existence. This is the only place where one can find genuine peace of mind.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Transcending the Material World in Pune

Hare Krishna Mantra is Chanted by God Himself


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Which Mantra is Most Important?

Gurudeva, I have a doubt that in ISKCON the chanting of the Hare Krishna is emphasized as the most important mantra, while other gurus from Vrindavana say that "om namo bhagavate vasudevaya" is the main mantra and other sampradayas say other things. Therefore I am confused what is true knowledge regarding what we should chant to attain love for Krishna.

Thanks,

Yashlakh

Answer: Hare Krishna Mantra Cited in Scripture

From: ISKCON Pune, India

My Dear Yashlakh,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

In such matters we must accept the authority of the scriptures. In this regard it is stated as follows in the Kali Santarana Upanisad:

hare krsna hare krsna
krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama
rama rama hare hare

iti sodasakam namnam
kali-kalmasa-nasana
natah parataropayah
sarva-vedesu drsyate

“After searching through all the Vedic literature, one cannot find a method of religion more sublime for this age than the chanting of Hare Krishna.”

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, October 11 , 2019

Thought For The Day: We Must Stop Being So Foolish

It is sheer idiocy not to surrender to Krishna, like a fish trying to be happy by enjoying on the land. We should take full advantage of the mercy of Krishna and His representative, the bona fide spiritual master, by fully surrendering ourselves now at Lord Sri Krishna's lotus feet. This is will give us unlimited peace and happiness. To not do so will simply keep us in a miserable situation. So why should unnecessarily punish ourselves? That would indeed be a most stupid thing.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


There is No Need to Punish Ourselves

Krishna Gives Us a Sublime, Most Glorious Future


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: I Am Shattered. What is My Future?

Everything is shattered. How about my future?

Imit Singh

Answer: Give Your Love to Krishna

From: Greater Noida, India

My Dear Imit,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Give your love to Krishna. Your future will be unlimitedly beautiful.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday, October 10 , 2019

Thought For The Day: Turning Misery into Bliss

Greater Noida, India

Krishna's devotee knows the art of how to relish bliss in every situation, even the most miserable ones, by always remembering how Krishna's unlimited kindness is always showering upon him at every minute. There is no limit to Krishna's kindness, and the more one gives his love to Krishna the more he will feel how Krishna's kindness is showering upon him. Therefore we should as much as possible give Krishna all of our love at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lord Krishna is Unlimitedly Kind

No Chemical Can Make a Dead Body Conscious


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Material Basis of Consciousness?

What is the material basis of consciousness?

San Zh?

Answer: No Material Basis

Consciousness has no material basis. It is purely spiritual. Its presence marks the difference between a living body and a dead body. When the body is alive it has consciousness. And when the body is dead it has no consciousness. The proof is that there is no material element that we can add to a dead material body to make it conscious. Consciousness is the symptom of the presence of the soul within the body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, October 9 , 2019

Thought For The Day: This World is a Madhouse

Greater Noida, India

Our entire modern civilization is based on the false premise that we are these bodies. So it is no wonder that chaos is breaking loose now more and more all over the world. If we want actual peace and prosperity in the human society, this will only happen when then the people of this planet are educated properly to know what is the actual nature of existence and how to attain the perfection of existence. Until that happens the world situation will continue getting more and more problematic with each passing year. This is why we are trying to educate the entire human society as soon as possible in the actual science of why we exist and how we can perfect our existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


All Hell is Breaking Loose Now in Hong Kong

Krishna Consciousness is Unlimited Bliss


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Is Too Much Krishna Consciousness Bad?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

One of my friends said that excess of anything is always bad, that practicing and preaching beyond the limit about spiritual things is equally bad and harmful. Please reply.

Hare Krishna.

Ashis Paul

Answer: Only in Very Rare Cases

From: Greater Noida, India

My Dear Ashis,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

What he is saying is correct. It is confirmed by Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter Six, Text 16:

naty-asnatas 'tu yogo 'sti
na caikantam anasnatah
na cati-svapna-silasya
jagrato naiva carjuna

"There is no possibility of one's becoming a yogi, O Arjuna, if one eats too much or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough."

If one completely ignores the needs of his body to get six or seven hours a sleep per day and tries to practice Krishna consciousness 24 hours a day without ever sleeping, he will not be successful in his practice. Of course this is possible in the case of great exalted devotees like Haridasa Thakura who practically 24 hours a day engaged in Krishna consciousness. But for the devotees in general it is not possible, and they should not try to artificially imitate Haridasa Thakura.

However, it should be carefully noted that practicing Krishna consciousness too much is generally not a problem at all. The real problem for most devotees is that they do not practice and preach Krishna consciousness enough. And the greatest problem in the human society is that they do not practice Krishna consciousness at all. How much does your friend practice?

The bottom line is that although theoretically his argument is valid, in terms of practicality, it is not applicable.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday, October 8 , 2019

Thought For The Day: Do Not Remain in Illusion

Greater Noida, India

Why punish yourself? To be in illusion is to be in a state of misery, and to be enlightened is to be full of so much bliss that it spills out of your heart and inundates the entire universe in an unlimitedly ecstatic tidal wave of pure love of God. The technique for becoming enlightened is very simple. All you have to do is hear submissively from the bona fide spiritual master and mold your life according to his sublime instructions. In this way everything will become revealed to you, and your life will become perfect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


A Tidal Wave of Bliss Will Inundate the World

Krishna Says, "I am the Light of the Sun."


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: How Can I Support the Movement?

As a very thoughtful young lady, how can I support the movement for you?

Heather Hooten

Answer: Awaken Yourself and Enlighten the World

From: Greater Noida, India

My Dear Heather,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am very happy that you want to help us make the world Krishna conscious. Since you have good intelligence, you should use that good intelligence to develop a deep understanding of the teachings of Lord Sri Krishna as He so mercifully gives us in the Bhagavad-gita. Then you should mold your life according to those teachings under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master and dedicate your entire life for enlightening the world in these teachings. In this way your life will be unlimitedly glorious. You will be rendering the greatest service to the suffering humanity. And your achieving the supreme perfection of going back to home, back to Godhead after quitting your present material body will be absolutely guaranteed.

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

Your ever well-wisher,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday, October 7 , 2019

Thought For The Day: Finding Bliss in a Hellish Nightmare

Greater Noida, India

Since Krishna is everywhere His devotee can be with Him in a state of pure bliss even that devotee finds himself in a hellish, nightmarish condition. At the present time we find ourselves every evening in such as you will see in this video:

Click Here to See Hell on Earth

But still we're having a great time here connecting with Krishna and connecting others with Krishna. This is the super ecstatic purpose of our existence. What could be sweeter than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Krishna's Devotee Can Find Bliss in all Situations

Real Meditation is Chanting Hare Krsihna


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Meditating on Nothing?

Is mediation a state of pure consciousness with no content?

Ramesh Manglani

Answer: Only Fools Try to Meditate on Nothing

Meditation is the state of pure consciousness. But it is not meditating on nothing. It’s impossible to meditate on nothing, because nothing does not exist. You can’t meditate on something that does not exist because there is nothing to fix your mind on. Nor is it possible to turn off your mind. There is no such thing as nothing, except as a concept, and even then it is something. So it is not nothing. Real meditation means to fully absorb your mind in meditation upon God. The Vedic scriptures ultimately describe God as Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and especially recommend the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra as the highest form of meditation in this age:

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

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, October 6 , 2019

Thought For The Day: One Switch that Will Turn On the Whole World

Noida, India

Srila Prabhupada writes as follows in his preface to his book, The Nectar of Devotion:

"When we pour water on the root, the energy thus created is immediately distributed throughout the entirety of even the largest tree. It is not possible to water the tree part by part, nor is it possible to feed the different parts of the body separately. The Nectar of Devotion will teach us how to turn the one switch that will immediately brighten everything, everywhere. One who does not know this method is missing the point of life."

From these wonderful, supremely enlightening words of Srila Prabhupada we can understand how he has blessed us with the one switch that will turn on the whole world. So now all we have to do is flip the switch. What are we waiting for? Let's do it right now!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Krishna Consciousness Will Make the Whole World Happy

Thomas Edison -- the Man of Many Failures


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Purpose of Failure?

Does failure has a purpose?

Subin Anthony John

Answer: Stepping Stone to Success

Yes. Failure is the pillar of success. Those who take failures as stepping stones to success emerge in due course of time as world leaders. An example of this is Thomas Edison. As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."

Now on the order of our spiritual master, ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, I and his other followers are trying to deliver the world from all ignorance and suffering. In this regard, I have been trying and failing for 49 years. But instead of being discouraged and defeated by my millions of failures, I am accepting each failure as another step that is bringing our Hare Krishna movement closer and closer to its ultimate goal of making the entire world Krishna conscious.

Anyone who would to like a part of the greatest paradigm shift that has ever happened in the history of the universe is invited to sign up for my free on-line training program at: www.JoinCourse.com

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday, October 5 , 2019

Thought For The Day: The World Desperately Needs a New Set of Leaders

Arriving in the New Delhi area, which is one of the most polluted places in the world, I am reminded how our planet is becoming more and more polluted every day, not only in the water and in the air, but also in the minds of all the people. This horror is because we are governed by polluted leaders who grab their positions of power simply for their own self-aggrandizement without any genuine concern for what is the purpose of the human life and how they can guide the citizens to attain it. In other words, when the leaders are fools and rascals the people in general will all be fools and rascals. The Krishna consciousness movement is a humble attempt to bring a new enlightened set of leaders to the world. Therefore we are requesting all intelligent and thoughtful people all over the world to join us in this movement for the respiritualization of the entire human society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


A Typical Morning in Sunny New Delhi, India

Our Current Leaders Are Cheaters

Jesus Teaches the Same as Krishna Teaches


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Most Impressive Bible Verse?

Which is that one Bible verse which has left an everlasting impression in your mind?

Parvathy Suraj

Answer: Surrender Fully to God

Christ says, “Father, not my will, but Thy will be done.” This verse has been the theme of my life now for the last 50 years. It convinced me to fully surrender to Christ’s father just as he did. This is why I have become a devotee of Lord Sri Krishna, who is the father of Jesus.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, October 4 , 2019

Thought For The Day: Nothing to Lose and Everything to Gain

ISKCON Helsinki, Finland

By fully surrendering to Krishna right now we have nothing to lose except for all of our anxieties, and an eternal life full of bliss and knowledge to gain. So who is that unfortunate soul who will not fully surrender to Krishna? Let us not be in the category of the fools and rascals. Let us take advantage of the unlimited mercy of Krishna and fully surrender ourselves unto Him right now. This is real intelligence. Is there any other course of action that makes more sense than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Why Not Fully Surrender to Krishna Right Now?

Spiritual Awakening Bestows the Ultimate Purpose


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Loss of Purpose After Spiritual Awakening?

Why is there a sense of loss of purpose post spiritual awakening?

Abhilash Pillai

Answer: Ultimate Purpose After Spiritual Awakening

There is only a loss of purpose after spiritual awakening when it is not genuine spiritual awakening. Those who are actually spiritually awakened are blessed with the ultimate purpose of awakening the entire world to the spiritual platform. Their every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances is fully dedicated to elevating the entire human society to the transcendental plane of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday, October 3 , 2019

Thought For The Day: Is it Better to Increase or Decrease Sex?

ISKCON Helsinki, Finland

On a popular training website, TED.com, there has recently been a seminar to teach people how they can keep having sex as much as possible for their entire lifetime. This means they are taking sex primarily as a means of recreation and only secondarily as a function for procreation. This is symptomatic of the ignorance regarding sex which is now all pervading in the human society. It is commonly thought that the more you can increase your sex life, the more you become happy. But the truth is just the opposite. The more one conquers over sex desire, the more he becomes peaceful and happy. It should also be noted that when sex is engaged in excessively, in other words for purposes other than procreation, it decreases one's duration of life in proportion to how much one engages in it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Give Your Love to Krishna for Unlimited Bliss

Old Age Symptoms Come Earlier Nowadays


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Decreasing Life Span?

Why is the human life span decreasing?

Mutaz Flow

Answer: Increasing Sinfulness

We are all meant to live to be 100. But due to so many sinful activities we are getting the karmic reaction of shorter and shorter lifetimes. It will eventually get so bad that if someone lives to be twenty, he will be considered a grand old man.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, October 2 , 2019

Thought For The Day: We Have to Tolerate the Suffering

Crossing the Gulf of Finland by Ship

This material existence is a hellish nightmare, and there is not much more to be said in this connection. Therefore we have to be very tolerant. We are always being tortured by at least one of the threefold miseries if not two of them, or all three of them. The threefold miseries are as follows: 1. Miseries caused by the mind and body, 2. Miseries caused by other living beings, and 3. Miseries caused by nature such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. In spite of so many centuries of progress by material science these material miseries are still tormenting us with full force. Therefore instead of trying by material means to vanquish all of these miseries, those who are intelligent tolerate these miseries and focus their consciousness on going to that place where all miseries are conspicuous by their absence, i.e. that most wondrous, brilliantly illuminated spiritual sky where no one ever gets sick, gets old, or dies.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Miseries of the Mind

Miseries of the Body

Miseries Inflicted Upon Us By Others

Miseries Caused by Natural Disasters

World Peace Can Be Attained


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Philosophy and World Peace?

What role can philosophy play in attaining world peace?

Shipra Bhatia

Answer: Here is the Peace Formula

By universal acceptance of the philosophy of Lord Sri Krishna, as He so mercifully gives us in Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 5, Text 29, we can have perfect world peace immediately. Here is Lord Sri Krishna’s perfect peace formula:

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

“One who knows Me as enjoyer and owner of everything and as the most intimate well-wishing friend of all living beings attains perfect peace.”

Therefore we now want to educate and enlighten the entire world with Lord Krishna’s most sublime and powerful peace formula. I put His formula into a song I wrote called “The Peace Formula,” which was very much appreciated by former US President Obama when he was in the White House. You can read his letter of appreciation and hear and download the song at: www.ThePeaceFormula.com

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday, October 1 , 2019

Thought For The Day: The First Prabhupada Lecture I Attended

On the road to Tallinn, Estonia

On 27 June 1971 I was absolutely thrilled to see Srila Prabhupada for the first time in my life and to hear his lecture from Subhadra Devi's cart at the Ratha Yatra festival. This lecture was on the subject of how to see God. Srila Prabhupada gave it to about 3,000 hippies and 300 devotees. Click here to hear Srila Prabhupada's lecture. On 29 September 2019 in Kaunas, Lithuania it was my great privilege to be able to give a lecture on Srila Prabhupada's lecture. Click here to hear my lecture.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


A San Francisco Ratha Yatra Festival

Revive Your Krishna Consciousness Now


Answers According to the Vedic Wisdom

Question: Is Life Eternal Suffering?

Is life an eternal cycle of suffering and realization? What is the point of realizing enlightenment when your memory is just wiped in the next incarnation, only having to start from square one all over again?

Mya Hazel

Answer: Not for Those Who Awaken Love of God

As long as we have material desires we must remain suffering endlessly in the cycle of repeated birth, death, old age, disease. But when we revive our loving relationship with God we escape the cycle of birth and death and regain our original, ever-youthful, eternal forms in the spiritual world. Genuine enlightenment is that awakening of love of God within the heart. This liberates us from having to suffer here in this material existence ever again.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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