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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 23 September 2017

Mayapura Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Volcanic Eruption of Bhakti

From this most sacred holy place, which is non-different from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, Lord Caitanya is flooding this entire universe with His causeless mercy like a humongous volcano spewing out its lava everywhere. There is truly no greater good fortune than to be here diving deep into Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mercy, which fully satisfies all of one's desires.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sri Panca Tattva in Mayapura


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Question: Is the Soul Truly Acting?

My Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my most humble and respectful obeisances!

It is said that the soul is not acting; it is the modes of nature that are acting. The soul can choose either material energy or spiritual energy. These energies are actually acting. Then on the other side, it is said the soul should engage the body, mind and speech in service of Guru and Krishna. So does this mean that the soul is acting? How could I properly understand this?

Your eternal servant,
Hare Krishna Das

Answer: Yes, Because He Chooses Which Energy to Serve

By using our free will to choose serving spirit and instead of matter, we naturally engage our body, mind, and speech in the service of the Lord. In other words our action is to choose whether we want to serve the material energy or the spiritual energy. Then when we make that choice we get the credit for everything we do while acting under the material energy or the spiritual energy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 22 September 2017

Mayapura Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Relishable Existence

If you are fully attuned to your actual identity, existence even by itself is unlimitedly relishable. It does not need to be enhanced with anything else. In this connection Lord Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-gita:

"But for one who takes pleasure in the self, whose human life is one of self-realization, and who is satisfied in the self only, fully satiated - for him there is no duty." - Bhagavad-gita 3.17

Therefore we simply need to getting back to who we really are, the eternal servants of Krishna. Although we are transcendental to all duties in this material world, we have the one duty to be always fully surrendered to our most wonderful Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Radha Madhava and the Eight Gopis in Mayapura


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Question: Why We Have So Much Reproduction Facility?

If we had broken away from the spiritual world to enjoy separately, why is it that we are endowed with tremendous power to reproduce? (A baby girl has half a million eggs in dormant stage it is confirmed.) All living things have this capacity and invest lot of their time and energy in this. Is it in anticipation of millions of souls who will also fall down?

Please can I have your views on this.

Thanks.

Your humble servant of your servants
Amar

Answer: A Body for Every Fallen Soul

Since there are so many souls that have fallen and are falling from the spiritual world, we therefore have a very good facility for reproduction here so that every fallen soul will have a material body to occupy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 21 September 2017

Helsinki, Finland

Today's Thought:

Come Back to the Greatest Pleasure

Krishna consciousness is dormant in the heart of all living beings, and it is the greatest pleasure. Therefore everyone is very much hankering for it. But they are looking for it in the wrong places. This is the difficulty. This is why they are so frustrated and bewildered. Therefore it is our duty to straighten them out and thus bring them back to their constitutional position of unlimited happiness. Unfortunately the people do not recognize or realize this, and thus they remain in misery birth after birth. And they misunderstand our sincere attempts to help them out of their misery.

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Hare Krishna Kirtana Bliss--New York


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Question: How to Balance Spiritual and Academic Life?

Hare Krishna Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my sincerest of humble obeisances.

I humbly like to understand that how one can maintain a good balance between one's academic life and spiritual life, without making compromise in either case. How to keep up the spirit of studying for the pleasure of the Lord, without falling prey to the material frustration despite apparent failures.

Seeking your guidance.

Your servant,

Daya Lakshmi

Answer: Put Spiritual Life First

If you will every day complete your 16 rounds of japa mala before you begin your academic studies, you will be able to maintain the proper consciousness of always putting Krishna first. So you will have to rise early and chant your 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala before you go to your classes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Helsinki, Finland

Today's Thought:

Crossing the Ocean of Birth and Death

Why suffer like anything in the cycle of birth and death when you can relish unlimited transcendental bliss in the loving association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, and His pure devotees for all of eternity completely liberated from all the material miseries, namely birth, death, old age, and disease? To become liberated all you have to do is take shelter Krishna's lotus feet because they are the boat which carry your beyond the world of miseries to the land of unlimited, ever-increasing bliss.

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Hare Krishna Kirtana Carries Us Beyond Material Existence


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Question: What to Do While Chanting Japa?

Srila Gurudeva, I am eagerly want to know what we can do while chanting Hare Krishna japa mala and what we cannot do while chanting Hare Krishna japa mala.

Please clarify me this doubt, Srila Gurudeva.

Thank you and Hare Krishna.

Your student,
Hari

Answer: Hear Each Syllable Carefully

The most important activity you can do while chanting japa is to carefully hear each syllable. Chanting japa can be done while sitting down, standing up or while pacing back and forth. Other activities will distract one from fully focusing on one’s japa and should therefore be avoided.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Tallinn, Estonia

Today's Thought:

Always Trust Krishna

Krishna or God is our origin. He is the source of our existence because everything emanates from Him. He is our affectionate father who always cares for our welfare and happiness in all times, places and circumstances. Therefore we can always trust Him that He is making the best possible arrangements for each of us to come out of illusion and come back to our original all-blissful, eternal home with Him in His most wondrous spiritual sky as soon as possible.

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Krishna, the Emanator of Everything


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Question: Where Does God Come From?

I am writing to you in response to your Thought for the Day of September 16th, 2017, where you had mentioned that God must be existing because everything must come out from something and that something is God. Then the question that might be asked is: "From where is God Himself coming?" Since nothing comes out from nothing, there must be something from which God also comes out from, and so on. And it goes on and on.

How to respond to such queries?

Hari bol,

Yours insignificant servant,
Lal Mohan.

Answer: He Comes From Himself

Since God is the original source of all existence, and since He is also existing, God therefore must necessarily emanate from Himself. In other words, He is self-manifesting. He is the origin of everything, and He has no other origin other than Himself.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 18 September 2017


Tallinn, Estonia

Today's Thought:

It's Time to Become Humble

Our tendency that we all have here in this material world is to always be extremely puffed up. We proudly consider ourselves to be very great and super intelligent when actually we are the greatest fools, having given up our place of residence in the spiritual world in a most idiotic and vain attempt to try to enjoy separately from Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, here in this hellish material world. Now it's high time we come to our senses; we should now become at least a little bit reasonable to recognize our foolishness and take advantage of the golden opportunity in this human form of life to humbly take shelter of Lord Sri Krishna and His devotees bowing down at their feet and begging for their mercy that we can now be restored to our original constitutional consciousness of being engaged 24 hours daily in pure loving service to our most beloved Lord Sri Krishna. Let's do it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Humbly Offering Obeisances


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Question: Chanting Hare Krishna, But Still Eating Meat

Srila Gurudeva, what will happen to someone who is fixed up in chanting 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala daily but it still engaged in eating meat?

Please give me solution for this, Srila Gurudeva.

Hare Krishna.
Your student

Answer: Birth Again in this Material World

Since there is no meat eating in the spiritual world, if one is chanting 16 rounds daily of Hare Krishna japa mala but is still eating meat, he will take birth again here in the material world to full his desire to relish the flavor of rotting blood and flesh.

However, if he keeps chanting Hare Krishna he will eventually lose his taste for eating meat and will completely give it up. In this way he will become fully qualified for going back to home, back to Godhead even at the end of his present life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 17 September 2017

Tallinn, Estonia

Today's Thought:

How Long Will We Sleep?

How long will we sleep in the lap of maya or illusion failing to acknowledge the truth that is so obvious, that we are not these bodies and that we are instead eternal spiritual beings, servants of the Supreme Lord? Why should we punish ourselves any longer? We could be enjoying eternal lives, full of bliss and full of knowledge. But instead we are foolishly and continually lifetime after lifetime, suffering the pangs of birth, death, old age and disease. It's time now to end this madness once and for all!

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Lord Caitanya Says, "Wake Up Sleeping Souls!"


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Question: Religion and Philosophy?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

What do the words religion and philosophy separately signify? Or in other words, what is religion and what is philosophy?

Daya Laksmi

Answer: The Science of God

Religion is faith in God and the perfection of philosophy is knowledge of God. When religion and philosophy are combined we have the perfection of both religion and philosophy, namely the science of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 16 September 2017

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Relishing the Road

On 15 September 2017 we are heading out to Tallinn, Estonia. There is truly nothing more ecstatic than traveling and preaching all over the world to distribute knowledge of Krishna and love of Krishna to as many people as possible. This is really the only way that anybody can be truly happy, to be Krishna conscious. We have an unlimited volume of work to bring the suffering, delusional people of this planet to Krishna consciousness. Every moment we spend trying to enlighten them is unlimitedly precious and absolutely ecstatic because it perfectly resonates with the dearmost desire of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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We Must Connect Everyone with Krishna


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Enlighten Yourself, Enlighten the World

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Question: Proof of God?

What is the proof that God exists?

Your student

Answer: Nothing Comes From Nothing

Since there is not even one shred of philosophical or practical evidence to establish that anything can come from nothing, the theory of the modern day scientists that everything comes from nothing is the ultimate in absurdity. Any sane man can reason that since nothing comes from nothing, everything must come from something. That original substance is the source of all existence and is called the Absolute Truth in the philosophical text, the Vedanta Sutra. In this connection the great spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada writes, "The Absolute Truth is substance, and the relative truth depends upon its relationship with the Absolute for its existence." Furthermore, just as gold cannot come from a gold mine which has no gold, persons cannot come from an impersonal existential mine, an impersonal substance or source of existence. Therefore we can accurately reason that there is God, an original person who is the source of all existence.

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Friday 15 September 2017

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Seeing Everything as Krishna's Mercy

The devotee sees how everything is acting and moving under the direction of Krishna. Therefore he is never disturbed in any situation because he experiences the loving mercy of Lord Sri Krishna at every minute. This is why Krishna's devotee is never disturbed and is always happy. While this is not always true for the neophyte devotee, it is very much true for the advanced devotee.

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The Most Merciful Lord Sri Krishna


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Question: Anger

Hare Krishna Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisance.
All glories to Sri guru and Gauranga.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Have you ever become angry? In that time, how did you behave ?

Your servant,
Saswata

Answer: How to Use Anger for Krishna

One day when I was a young brahmacari (a celibate monk) I was carrying a basket full of Simply Wonderfuls (very tasty sweetballs) down University Avenue in Gainesville, Florida USA handing out one to everyone who came along the sidewalk. One smart aleck hippy approached me with big grin on his face and knocked the basket over with his hands throwing all of the Simply Wonderfuls out into the street. I became as angry as fire. I yelled very loudly at him pointing my finger right in his face. At the top of my lungs manifesting my full might of anger I ordered him, "You better get out there and pick up all of those sweets right now!" The amazing thing is that by Krishna's grace my anger purified him of his puffed up attitude, and he immediately ran out into the street and picked up all the sweets. This anger saved the foolish boy from the very heavy sinful reaction of committing a great offenses against Krishna prasadam.

Although normally a devotee does not get angry because he sees that everything which happens to him is all the special mercy of Krishna to help him come back to Krishna as soon as possible, anger is proper when it is used to chastise those who dare to commit blasphemy against Lord Sri Krishna and His devotees. This spiritual anger purifies them of their offense.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 14 September 2017

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Be True to Your Guru

The spiritual master mercifully absorbs the karma of his disciples at the time of initiation and fully commits himself to delivering all of them back to home, back to Godhead, even if he has to take birth after birth to do so. Therefore the disciple who remembers how unlimitedly compassionate is his spiritual master should always reciprocate with his spiritual master's unlimited kindness by always remaining dedicated to him for all of eternity.

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The Most Merciful Srila Prabhupada


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Beyond this Material World

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Question: Krishna is God?

How do we know that Krishna is God?

Your student

Answer: He is the Source

Because He is the source of all existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 13 September 2017

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Why Suffer?

Suffering is the pastime of fools. There is no need to suffer at all. Suffering is unnatural. It is only due to ignorance that we suffer. In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains as follows:

"And why this suffering? Due to ignorance. I do not know. I am committing sinful life, I am committing mistakes; therefore I am suffering. Therefore guru's business is first to rescue his disciple from ignorance."

When the spiritual master enlightens us with transcendental knowledge we are elevated from the realm of suffering to the realm of unlimited transcendental bliss. Therefore those who are intelligent or most fortunate take advantage of the bona fide spiritual master's instructions to become free forever from all the miseries of material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishnaloka--The Realm of Unlimited Eternal Bliss


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Question: Music During Japa?

Hare Krishna.

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

Is it okay to chant rounds while listening to devotional music?

Dear Gurudeva, I wanted to ask if it is okay to chant my rounds while listening to devotional music, because when I do this I feel more pleasure and imagine what the spiritual world would be like. But I am not sure that this is right because I may not be concentrating on the pronunciation of the mantra.

Always at your service,
Bhaktin Gilma

Answer: Music for Kirtana, Not Japa

Music is for kirtana, not for japa. Krishna’s holy name alone is so sweet that it does require to be heard or chanted with any melody.

When chanting japa with full concentration on Krishna’s holy names we are already situated in the spiritual world beyond birth and death. So there is no need of music to help us think about the spiritual world.

Your understanding that we should focus on carefully pronouncing Krishna’s holy names is correct. We should carefully pronounce Krishna’s holy names calling out to Him for His mercy like a child crying for its mother. This type of chanting will give us unlimited peace and happiness.

When in kirtana we can make it musically beautiful, but in japa music should not be there.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Engage Yourself Fully in Devotional Service

Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita:

"One who engages in full devotional service, unfailing in all circumstances, at once transcends the modes of material nature and thus comes to the level of Brahman." (Bhagavad-gita 14.26)

Therefore we should engage ourselves, not partially, but fully in devotional service so we can reap the full benefits of all-blissful transcendental existence. Why cheat ourselves by only engaging ourselves partially in devotional service? That would not make any sense.

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Tastes the Bliss of Full Devotion to Krishna


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Question: Who Should Government Protect?

All respects to you.

Is the government or in particular the police responsible to protect the beggars? My friend is a police inspector and generally the police department does not care for the crimes that are committed to the beggars (especially the women and child beggars). Are the police duty bound to protect the beggars or they are only supposed to protect those who are taxpayers?

Aditya

Answer: All Who Take Birth in the State

Everyone within a country must be given full protection, even the cows, plants, and unborn children in the womb. This is the real meaning of government. Otherwise it is a so-called government, which is nothing more than a disgrace. In this connection Srila Prabhupada writes:

"Praja means one who has taken birth in the state, and this includes both men and animals. Any living being who takes birth in a state has the primary right to live under the protection of the king."

So the government has the duty to give full protection to all who taken birth in the state. A government which does not do this should be replaced with a government which does do this.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 11 September 2017

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Creating A World Free of Suffering

In the Ninth Canto, Chapter 10, Verse 53 the Srimad Bhagavatam states:

"When Lord Ramacandra, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, was the King of this world, all bodily and mental suffering, disease, old age, bereavement, lamentation, distress, fear and fatigue were completely absent. There was even no death for those who did not want it."

Srila Prabhupada writes as follows in his purport to this verse:

"All these facilities existed because of Lord Ramacandra's presence as the King of the entire world. A similar situation could be introduced immediately, even in this age called Kali, the worst of all ages. It is said, kali-kale nama-rupe krsna-avatara: Krishna descends in this Kali-yuga in the form of His holy name -- Hare Krishna, Hare Rama. If we chant offenselessly, Rama and Krishna are still present in this age. The kingdom of Rama was immensely popular and beneficial, and the spreading of this Hare Krishna movement can immediately introduce a similar situation, even in this Kali-yuga."

This above verse and purport is indeed truly amazing. Simply by spreading this Hare Krishna movement we can create a world completely free from suffering. So let's do it. Let's try to make the whole world Krishna conscious as soon as possible, indeed the sooner the better!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Ramacandra and His Associates


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Question: Is Strict Following Fanaticism?

I've heard that strictly following the regulated principles of bhakti is fanaticism. Is this true?

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Answer: Criticizing Strict Following is Fanaticism

Fanaticism means to blindly, sentimentally follow something without any philosophical or scientific understanding. Srila Prabhupada taught us to strictly follow the principles of Krishna consciousness, not blindly, but with proper philosophical understanding. Therefore one who understands the teachings of Krishna and acts accordingly is not in any way a fanatic. Rather the real fanatics are those who label the strict followers of Krishna consciousness as fanatics because these foolish critics make such unsubstantiated criticisms without any legitimate philosophical or scientific basis. I hope that this makes this matter clear for you. If you understand the teachings of Krishna and strictly follow them, you are perfectly situated in transcendental knowledge far, far beyond the foolish, sentimental, idiotic realm of fanaticism.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 10 September 2017

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Be True to Your Spiritual Master

In his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam Seventh Canto, Chapter 7, Text 30-31 Srila Prabhupada explains how the disciple should be dedicated to his spiritual master:

"A disciple should serve the spiritual master as a menial servant, and whatever he has in his possession should be dedicated to the spiritual master. pranair arthair dhiya vaca. Everyone has his life, his wealth, his intelligence and his words, and all of them should be offered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead through the via medium of the spiritual master. Everything should be offered to the spiritual master as a matter of duty, but the offering should be made to the spiritual master with heart and soul, not artificially to gain material prestige."

Such a mood of dedication to one's spiritual master is essential if one wants to awaken one's dormant Krishna consciousness. If one thinks that he can awaken his Krishna consciousness without being dedicated to his spiritual master, he is living in great hallucination, and he will not be successful in his spiritual life.

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Srila Prabhupada Teaches Us to Be Dedicated to Our Spiritual Master


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Question: What is Diksha?

What is diksha?

Tanmoy Biswas

Answer: Initiation

Diksa means initiation. Di means divya jñanam (transcedental knowledge), and ksa means ksapayati (explaining). So from the day of initiation, you simply get spiritual knowledge, transcendental knowledge, by hearing from and serving your spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 9 September 2017

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Living Ecstatically

There is absolutely no reason for anyone, anywhere to be unhappy because the natural consciousness of every living being is to be full of bliss. Just as a fish cannot be happy on the land, when a living being tries to be artificially happy in a material atmosphere he cannot do so. The simple formula for being able to experience an ocean of bliss at every minute is to revive one's original spiritual consciousness. This is easily accomplished under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

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Srila Prabhupada Delivers Us From All Miseries


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Question: How to Serve Krishna Out of Love?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my most humble obeisances in the dust of your lotus feet.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to You and Srimati Gurumataji!

Srila Gurudeva, I want to ask a question, which is bothering me for a long time.

I am ashamed to admit it, but often I am doing service not out of love and devotion, but out of fear. I am afraid of Krishna. Consciously or unconsciously I am making many mistakes, and I know that there are so many offenses, and that we don't get taste for the holy names only due to our offenses. So I am just being afraid of punishment, that I will suffer even more than now, if I will do something wrong. That Krishna won't accept me. I heard that "Where there is fear, there is no place for love."

So what can I do? How to stop fearing Krishna and start serving Him and His devotees with love?

Bowing down to your divine lotus feet,
Your eternal unworthy servant,
A.

Answer: Duty Transforms to Love

Due to our past material conditioning it is natural that in the beginning we do not do devotional service out of love. The important thing is that we continue doing devotional service because by doing it dutifully under the order and direction of the spiritual master it become mystically transformed into pure love of God in due course of time. Since we have been totally entangled in material sense gratification for millions and billions of lifetimes, naturally it will take some time for us to overcome our past conditioning and become fully situated in pure love of God. So while the cleansing process of Krishna consciousness is gradually transforming us, we have to be patient. Kindly know for certain that no matter what you motive is now, if you continue serving Krishna under the order of your spiritual master you will achieve the supreme perfection of pure love of Krishna and thus become eternally situated in pure transcendental bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 8 September 2017

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Is Strict Obedience Fanaticism?

I am often criticized for being a fanatic by neophyte devotees who do not strictly follow the teachings of Srila Prabhupada. They find me to a be threat to their comfort zone of loose devotional service. So is it proper me to preach that we should strictly follow Srila Prabhupada's teachings? Or should I just preach that it doesn't matter whether you follow strictly Srila Prabhupada's teachings as long as you are Krishna conscious? The answer is that you cannot be properly situated in Krishna consciousness unless you strictly follow the teachings of Srila Prabhupada. Pseudo Krishna consciousness, i.e. Krishna consciousness mixed with material desires, will not save you at the time of death. You will have to take birth again to fulfill those material desires. The purpose of my preaching is to purely represent Srila Prabhupada, not to mix Srila Prabhupada's teachings with material sense gratification. My aim is to preach in such a way that anyone who follows my instructions will be guaranteed to go back to home, back to Godhead at the time of the demise of their present material bodies. How can that be wrong?

In this connection kindly note what Srila Prabhupada says about strictly following this process of Krishna consciousness. This is from his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Fourth Canto, Chapter 22, Text 24:

"To hear about Krishna from Srimad-Bhagavatam or Bhagavad-gita or similar authentic literature is to live in Krishna consciousness. Such concentration in Krishna consciousness can be achieved by persons who are strictly following the rules and regulative principles. We have recommended in our Krishna consciousness movement that a devotee chant sixteen rounds on beads daily and follow the regulative principles. That will help the devotee be fixed in his spiritual advancement in life."

I hope this makes everything clear for you, my readers, regarding this issue.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Send Off Kirtana
Kaunas, Lithuania--6 September 2017


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Question: Meditating on My Guru?

Hare Krishna, dear Gurudeva and Gurumataji.

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

I hope everyone is well!

Sometimes my japa chanting is poor, and I find it difficult to meditate on Sri Krishna. So my question is: Is meditating on the Spiritual Master the same as meditating on Sri Krishna when one chants japa? When I chant japa I like to remember your words and instructions.

Thank you very much!

Your happy servant,
Javiera

Answer: He Takes You to Krishna

Remembering the spiritual master is as good as remembering Krishna. So whenever you remember your spiritual master and his instructions you become strongly fixed in Krishna consciousness. Then with this renewed strength you can remember that your spiritual master wants you to deeply absorb yourself in transcendental meditation on Krishna's holy names. This will empower you to dive deeply into the most sublime ocean of our beloved Lord's names.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 7 September 2017

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Be True to Your Guru

You should always be true to your spiritual master by always remaining his dedicated servant. Your spiritual master, the one who has initiated you as his disciple, has taken the full responsibility to deliver you back to home, back to Godhead, even if he has to take birth after birth to do so. Therefore, as a simple matter of loving reciprocation, just as he has fully dedicated himself to you, you should also fully dedicate yourself to him. It is this pure, total, complete dedication to your spiritual master which qualifies you to go back to Godhead at the time of your passing out of your present material body. So why not take advantage of this process and regain your original position in the spiritual world?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Send Off Kirtana
Kaunas, Lithuania--5 September 2017


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Question: Why Call God Krishna?

You're are big inspiration to me and I really admire your devotion.

I have a question about Vedas. For a few years I have been blindly believing the knowledge of Vedas. However, recently I asked myself how do I know, how do any of us know whether what's written in Vedas is really true? I know that there is God, I can feel Him, but is His name really Krishna? How can God have a name to begin with? Who named Him? Vedas were written a few thousands of years ago. The era was so much different from now. How do we know that those people didn't make up Vedas, or if they didn't add their subjective opinion into those scripts? How do we know Vedas were written objectively purely by the influence of God?

Best regards,
Victoria K.

Answer: Because He is All-Attractive

God has no one particular name because He is unlimited. Since He has unlimited qualities, activities, and relationships He has unlimited names which describe these qualifies, activities, and relationships. If there is one particular name which includes all of these qualities, activities, and relationships that name would be "Krishna" because "Krishna" mean "all-attractive." In other words, every quality, activity, and relationship connected with God is very attractive. If you combine them all into one, there is someone who is all-attractive. This is why we call God “Krishna.”

Krishna directly states in the Bhagavad-gita:

vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyo
vedanta-krd veda-vid eva caham

"By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas."

This is why we know that the Vedic wisdom is absolute, beyond time and space. And we know that the Bhagavad-gita is bona fide because it delivers us back to the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 6 September 2017

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Relish Unlimited Bliss

In this world everyone gets some degree of enjoyment. According to their karma, some get more enjoyment and some get less enjoyment. But that enjoyment is not real enjoyment. It is only the illusion of enjoyment. If one wants real enjoyment, he must come to the actual platform, the platform on which one swims forever in an ocean of unlimited nectarean bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Teaching the Ultimate Science
Vilnius, Lithuania--4 September 2017


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Question: Why We Came to Material World?

Hare Krishna to you Sankarshan Das Adhikari ,

I understand that we need to go back home, to Krishna in the spiritual world. I don’t need convincing that this material world is a place of misery and suffering. It’s the same over and over again...birth...little happiness....lots of suffering...and death.

But I don’t understand why/how we ended up here in this material world in the first place. Why are we here?

Did we have a choice to come here? Or not?

Thank You

Shaun

Answer: Foolish Attempt to Enjoy Separately

We came here because of a foolish desire to try to enjoy separately from the Lord. Krishna is supremely independent, and we, being part of Him, share His quality of independence to a minute degree. Therefore we possess the choice to love Him or leave Him. Sometimes the living beings make the foolish choice to try to imitate Him and thus enter into this world where one can foolishly think that He is God. But then, if by good fortune, he comes into contact with a bona fide spiritual master, he can realize his mistake and return to his original home in the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

You've Got Nothing to Lose

You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain by surrendering to Krishna, so why not do it immediately. He who hesitates is lost, so why take the risk of not fully surrendering to Krishna right now? This simple adjustment of your consciousness will awaken your eternal, all-blissful, all-knowing identity, which is currently sleeping within you and has been doing so for countless millions and billions of lifetimes. So why cheat yourself any longer? Come out of the realm of madness into the most sublime realm of pure sanity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching the Ultimate Science
Kaunas, Lithuania--3 September 2017


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Question: How to See Krishna in this World?

Hare Krishna

The great saint Uddhava said in Sri Bhagavatam that he was very sad and depressed when Krishna left the world. So how to realize Krishna's presence in this world and enjoy and celebrate Krishna consciousness in such a miserable world?

Your servant
Aditya

Answer: Taste of Water and Sunlight

From: Kaunas, Lithuania

My Dear Aditya,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

In this connection Lord Sri Krishna very nicely explains as follows in the Bhagavad-gita:

yo mam pasyati sarvatra
sarvam ca mayi pasyati
tasyaham na pranasyami
sa ca me na pranasyati

"For one who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me, I am never lost, nor is he ever lost to Me.”

And He also explains:

raso 'ham apsu kaunteya
prabhasmi sasi-suryayoh
pranavah sarva-vedesu
sabdah khe paurusam nrsu

"O son of Kunti, I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man.”

So it is not difficult to experience Krishna in this world. During the daytime the sunlight lights up everything. That sunlight is Krishna. You are drinking water, once, twice, thrice, more than that every day. So if every time you drink water you remember that Krishna is the taste of the water, you will be immediately flooded with Krishna consciousness.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 4 September 2017

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Let's Take Over the World

Let's take over the world. I do not mean this in a political sense. I mean it in a cultural sense. Let's introduce Vaisnava culture in every city, town, village, hamlet, and home throughout the entire world so that everyone can become happy. This is our mission because we do not like to see anyone in a suffering condition..

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Vilnius, Lithuania--2 September 2017

 


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Difficulty: I Am Totally Frustrated

Hare Krishna.

I am totally frustrated in my life because I have failed to get a job. I am always dead minded and without money and am unable to meditate nicely on japa, the chanting of the Lord's names. Please help me to recover from failure, to fix my mind in devotion and also to be successful in my career.

Aditya

Answer: Just See Your Great Fortune

A devotee of the Krishna does not become discouraged even if his material life is a complete failure because he understands and realizes that Krishna’s unlimited loving mercy for His devotees can never be blocked by even the most devastating of material catastrophes. He takes material reverses as special blessing because they help him to take complete shelter of his most beloved Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 3 September 2017

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Another Week of Pure Bliss

It is indeed wonderful to be back here in Lithuania, where we will be fully engaged in Krishna conscious activities in the association of sincere, enthusiastic devotees of Lord Sri Krishna. Such association takes us beyond this material world into the sublime atmosphere of the spiritual sky. Who would want to be anywhere else?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Difficulty: I Am Depressed

I am affected with depression and am hoping for your immense help and prayers for me.

Thanking you
Mahesh

Answer: Follow These Guidelines

I am sorry to hear that you are depressed. This means that you are still identifying with this miserable material world accepting this place as your actual home. You can immediately kick out all depression from your heart by remembering your actual, all-blissful eternal existence in the spiritual world. So don’t remain depressed. Chant Hare Krishna as much as possible every day and all of your depression will go away.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 2 September 2017

Helsinki, Finland

Today's Thought:

The Unlimited Mercy of Vaisnava Association

After being tossed helplessly in the cycle of birth and death for millions and billions of lifetimes a soul who is greatly fortunate is blessed with the association of a Vaisnava who plants within his heart the seed of love of God. And then if he is even more fortunate that soul will then cultivate that seed by regularly hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord and thus qualify himself fully for going back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Most Merciful Srila Prabhupada


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Question: How to Be Spiritual in Material Life

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

Dear sir, I am a academic researcher at the university level. I am a regular reader of Bhagavad-gita. My doubt is: If we are living in a material life, how can we live better in material life? And is it possible to acquire spirituality in material life? Sometimes it is very tough to fully surrender to God because I am not living alone. Many family members are depending on me on for food and shelter and for better life. So please guide me. I am in a very troubled situation.

Keshav Bairagi
Nagpur India

Answer: Follow These Guidelines

As long as we have material bodies material necessities will always be there. So we should minimize our material necessities as much as possible so that we have as much time and energy as possible to cultivate our Krishna consciousness. If you will chant at least sixteen rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala every day and strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling, and accept initiation from the bona fide spiritual master, you can become spiritually perfect even while simultaneously very nicely executing your material duties.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 1 September 2017

London, England

Today's Thought:

Death Can Come at Any Time

Especially in this materialistic Age of Kali death can come at any time. One can be killed even while engaged in the simple act of driving to the grocery store to pick up some groceries. Therefore we must always be prepared for death by taking complete shelter of Lord Sri Krishna at every minute. In this way we will always live in the unlimitedly amazing, all-blissful spiritual existence never to be touched by any anxiety. The choice is yours. You can live in hell, or you can live in a world millions of times better than heaven. I hope you make the right decision.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Loving Send Off
Sofia, Bulgaria, 31 August 2017


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Question: Benefit of Hearing Hare Krishna?

You said if the a man on the street hears the Hare Krishna mantra he is blessed. Is he going to Lord's kingdom, or what happens next?

Your student

Answer: Purification

He is definitely purified. It's possible that he could hear the holy names and become inspired to become a devotee who becomes qualified to go back to Godhead, although this is rare. Even if this does not happen, he is surely purified and more qualified to become a devotee in the future.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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