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Saturday 23 June 2018

Thought For The Day: The Song of the Broker

Melbourne, Australia

In 1893 Bhaktivinoda Thakura wrote a song called "Dalaler Gita" (The Song of the Broker). This song written in Bengali verse describes how Lord Nityananda has opened up the Marketplace of the Holy Name at Surabhi-kunja, which was Bhaktivinoda's headquarters on the island of Godruma in Navadvipa. He says that Lord Nityananda is selling the Lord's name for the mere price of one's faith, and, taking the position of a transcendental 'broker' for the sale of the name, Bhaktivinoda urges us to purchase and relish this transcendental product.

Here it is:

boro sukher khabor gai
surabhi-kuñjete namer hat khule'che / khoda nitai

I am singing news of the greatest happiness! At the place known as Surabhi Kuñja in Sri Navadvipa, the Marketplace of the Holy Name has now been opened-and Lord Nityananda Himself is the Proprietor.

boro mojar katha tay
sraddha-mulye suddha-nama sei hatete bikay

Such wonderful things are going on in that blissful marketplace! Sri Nityananda Prabhu is selling the pure Holy Name wholesale, merely for the price of one's faith.

jata bhakta-brnda basi'
adhikari dekhe' nama becche daro kasi'

Seeing the assembly of devotees eagerly waiting to purchase the Name, Lord Nityananda first examines each of them to test their qualification; then He sells them the Name by bargaining for His price accordingly.

jadi nama kinbe, bhai
amar sange calo, mahajaner kache jai

O my dear friends! If you really want to buy this pure Holy Name, then just come along with me, for I am now going to meet with this Nityananda Mahajana.

tumi kinbe krsna-nama
dasturi loibo ami, purna ha'be kama

Thus, you will finally be able to acquire the pure Holy Name. I will also take my due commission, and in this way all three of us will fulfill our desires.

boro doyal nityananda
sraddha-matra lo'ye den parama-ananda

Sri Nityananda Prabhu is so extraordinarily merciful-accepting only one's faith in the Holy Name, He bestows the topmost divine bliss.

ek-bar dekhle cakse jal
'gaura' bole' nitai den sakala sambal

When Nitai sees a tear welling in someone's eye upon chanting the name of "Gaura!" He instantly gives His support to that person; indeed, He bestows all divine opulences.

den suddha krsna-siksa
jati, dhana, vidya, bala na kore apeksa

He gives that person genuine realization of the pure teachings of Sri Krishna as found in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. While displaying all this inconceivable mercy, He pays no attention to one's caste, material wealth, mundane knowledge, or physical ability.

amani chade maya-jal
grhe thako, bane thako, na thake jañjal

Now, dear friends, please reject all of maya's entangling snares. If you are a householder, then just remain at your home; if you are renounced, then just live in the forest. Either way, nothing more will trouble you.

ar naiko kalir bhoy
acandale den nama nitai doyamoy

We no longer need to fear the terrible Age of Quarrel, for the most merciful Lord Nityananda gives the Holy Name to anyone and everyone-even to the lowest among men.

bhaktivinoda daki' koy
nitai-carana bina ar nahi asroy

Bhaktivinoda loudly calls out and proclaims to all, "OTHER THAN THE LOTUS FEET OF LORD NITYANANDA, THERE IS NO SHELTER!"


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Lord Nityananda


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Faultlessly We Were Sent to this World?

I have a question, Sir. All the preachers tell us that our sole goal in this life is to do detachment karmas to unite with the supreme God. It is ok. But initially we were definitely with God. So why did God disown us and send to this world to again try and reach to Him for no fault of us?

Regards
Goel

Answer: There Was a Fault in Us

From: Melbourne, Australia

My Dear Goel,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Detachment for becoming one with God is not our real duty. Our real duty is to engage in the devotional service of the Lord for the purpose of reawakening our pure love for Him. This and this only will qualify us for regaining our original positions in the spiritual world.

There was a fault on our part. We wanted to try to enjoy separately from the Lord. Our real enjoyment is to enjoy by giving pleasure to the Lord. But we foolishly wanted to enjoy separately from the Lord not caring about His satisfaction. So now by again living for His satisfaction we will go back to home, back to Godhead.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 22 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Krishna's Devotee Dares the Impossible

Melbourne, Australia

In his purport to Bhagavad-gita 2.56 Srila Prabhupada writes as follows:

“… a fully Krishna conscious person is not at all disturbed by the onslaughts of the threefold miseries, for he accepts all miseries as the mercy of the Lord, thinking himself only worthy of more trouble due to his past misdeeds; and he sees that his miseries, by the grace of the Lord, are minimized to the lowest. Similarly, when he is happy he gives credit to the Lord, thinking himself unworthy of the happiness; he realizes that it is due only to the Lord's grace that he is in such a comfortable condition and able to render better service to the Lord. And, for the service of the Lord, he is always daring and active and is not influenced by attachment or aversion. Attachment means accepting things for one's own sense gratification, and detachment is the absence of such sensual attachment. But one fixed in Krishna consciousness has neither attachment nor detachment because his life is dedicated in the service of the Lord. Consequently he is not at all angry even when his attempts are unsuccessful. Success or no success, a Krishna conscious person is always steady in his determination."

Krishna's devotee dares the impossible. He wants to make the entire materialistic world population Krishna conscious. And by Krishna's grace, by the devotee's sincere attempt, so many miracles of spiritual awakening happen.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada On a Mission to Krishnize the Whole World


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How Did We Fall Down into Material World?

My obeisances, Maharaja,

All we souls that are on this material plane, at one time were we ever in Vaikuntha? If so, how did we fall to this material plane?

And I would also like some suggestions how to make this my last incarnation so that I will be able to return to Krishna.

Dulal Candra Das

Answer: Misuse of Independence

From: Melbourne, Australia

My Dear Dulal Candra,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Everyone here in this material world was originally a resident of the spiritual world. We fell into this material world due a misuse of our independence. We wanted to try to enjoy separately from the Lord.

Krishna says that if we fully surrender to Him, He will take us back to His eternal abode. He tells us that the way to do this is by accepting His representative, the bona fide spiritual master, as our guiding authority.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 21 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Lord Caitanya's Most Sublime Order

Melbourne, Australia

Srila Prabhupada writes as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 7, Chapter 9, Text 41:

"The Lord is always ready to help the fallen souls, but because they are fools and rascals, they do not take to Krishna consciousness and abide by the instructions of Krishna. Therefore although Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is personally the Supreme Lord, Krishna, He comes as a devotee to preach the Krishna consciousness movement. Yare dekha, tare kaha 'krsna'-upadesa. One must therefore become a sincere servant of Krishna. Amara ajñaya guru haña tara' ei desa (Cc. Madhya 7.128). One should become a guru and spread Krishna consciousness all over the world, simply by preaching the teachings of Bhagavad-gita."

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Lord Caitanya--The Golden Avatara


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Question: What Happens to the Soul When We Die?

I would like to know what happens to the soul when we die.

Monalisa P.

Answer: Rebirth or Back to Home

From: Hong Kong

My Dear Monalisa,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If you remember Krishna at the time of death you will enter as an eternal resident in His transcendental abode. Otherwise, you will take birth again here in this miserable material world according to your karma.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Krishna Rescued Us Twice

From the Hong Kong Airport

On 19 June when we went to the Kuala Lumpur airport to check in for our flight to Melbourne, Australia, the Cathay Pacific agent would not check us in because we did not have an Australian visa for Gurumata. I immediately went online to get one. It was 7:30am and we had until 9:00am for the electronic visa to come through so we could make our flight. But the reply came back that there would be at least 24 hours before we would get the visa. So we were stuck in a real dilemma as I was scheduled to do a concert in Australia just after my arrival. We were hoping that maybe by Krishna's grace the visa would come by 9am anyway. But it did not. When we spoke with an airline agent he informed us that when one applies for a visa through a re-seller, which is unknowingly what I did, it takes 24 hours. But if one applies directly with the Australian government it is instant. So then and there I applied with the Australian government directly and immediately got her visa. But by this time it was too late. We had missed our flight. But by Krishna's grace the agent was able to rebook us on the next flight, which would still make it in time to catch our connecting flight to Melbourne in Hong Kong.

But then after that ordeal in the Kuala Lumpur airport our flight to Hong Kong was late and we missed the connection with our flight to Melbourne. Fortunately, by Krishna's grace there was space still available on the next flight. So Cathay Pacific rebooked us on that flight. What an amazing day it was for us to feel totally dependent on Lord Krishna!

This reminds us of how Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita 9.22 that for those who always worship Him with exclusive devotion, meditating on HIs transcendental form -- to them He carries what they lack, and preserves what they have. We experienced first hand how true this is indeed.

Lord Sri Krishna ki jaya! All glories to Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Most Amazingly Merciful Krishna


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Question: Meaning of My Dream?

I have a question. I dreamt that I was born to talk to people. Can you tell me what this means please?

Rushane S.

Answer: Tell Whole World About Krishna

From: Malaysia

My Dear Rushane,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

This means that you should tell the whole world that Krishna is 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

 

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Heading Out for Melbourne, Australia

Shah Alam, Malaysia

After an ecstatic week of teaching the science of Krishna here in Malaysia, we are heading out today to share this most amazing knowledge in the whole universe in Melbourne, Australia. This is the great mercy of my beloved spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, that he has blessed me with such an auspicious and blissful life. Previously I was suffering like anything in material consciousness. But now for the last 47 years since I joined the Hare Krishna movement my life as been a festival of ever-increasing spiritual bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Harinama Festival in Melbourne


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Question: Recreational Sex is Okay?

Guru Maharaj!

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

While preaching I came across a person who asked if sex is completely prohibited in the movement for devotees. If yes, what does our movement have to say about mutual agreement for sex between members of the same gender.

Also is it allowed between husband and wife to be physical other than having a child?

Regards!
Sudama Vipra Dasa

Answer: Sex Only for Procreation

From: Shah Alam, Malaysia

My Dear Sudama Vipra,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Since in order to become spiritually awakened sex is only for procreation, there is no question of same gender sex for those who want spiritual perfection.

And a truly Krishna conscious husband and wife do not want to come down to the miserable bodily platform for so-called recreational sexual activities because they are tasting much more pleasure on the spiritual plane.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 18 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Beyond Sex Attraction

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Sex attraction is the binding force of this material world. Everyone here is enslaved by sex desire. In this regard Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 3, Text 37:

"When a living entity comes in contact with the material creation, his eternal love for Krishna is transformed into lust, in association with the mode of passion. Or, in other words, the sense of love of God becomes transformed into lust, as milk in contact with sour tamarind is transformed into yogurt. Then again, when lust is unsatisfied, it turns into wrath; wrath is transformed into illusion, and illusion continues the material existence. Therefore, lust is the greatest enemy of the living entity, and it is lust only which induces the pure living entity to remain entangled in the material world."

We will get completely free from the trap of lust or sex desire only when we become enchanted by the beauty of Krishna and awaken our feelings of love of Him. Therefore we should take advantage of the teachings of the bona fide spiritual master, who will take us step-by-step from the realm of material attraction to the realm of spiritual attraction.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lust: Our All-Devouring Enemy


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Question: How to Awaken Pure Love of God?

Hare Krishna Guru Maharajji.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

How do we awaken pure Love of Krishna within our heart? And how will we know that that pure love has been awakened?

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

Jaya Srila Prabhupada !
Jaya Guru Maharaja!

Answer: Surrender Fully to Bona Fide Guru

From: Shah Alam, Malaysia

My Dear Seema,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

You awaken pure love of God within your heart by fully surrendering to His empowered representative, the bona fide spiritual master. When that love of Krishna is awakened you will lose all attraction for material sense gratification.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 17 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Joining a Spiritual Family

Shah Alam, Malaysia

One of the most wonderful and enlivening items of surrendering to Krishna is to join a spiritual family. The reason for this is that we develop our consciousness according to the company that we keep. If we associate with non-devotees we remain non-devotees. But if we associate with devotees we become devotees and become liberated from the cycle of repeated birth and death.

In this regard Lord Sri Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita 2.62: sangat sañjayate--"One develops his consciousness according to his association." Therefore we should always associate with devotees as much as possible by engaging ourselves along with them in the different aspects of bhakti such as hearing about the Lord, chanting His glories, and remembering Him. If in the course of our occupational duties or for preaching work we find ourselves in the association of non-devotees, we should always endeavor to save them by turning them into devotees. By this endeavor instead of our becoming polluted by their association, they will become elevated and purified due to our association.

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Super Blissful Family of Devotees


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Question: How to Get Rid of Bad Thoughts?

How can we stop our negative thoughts for guru, Gauranga and His devotees? We know such thinking will never give us Krishna consciousness. But what to do if we’re trying to eliminate those bad thoughts but they keep surpassing our abillity to suppress them? Please help!!

Dipesh

Answer: Think of Krishna

From: Shah Alam, Malaysia

My Dear Dipesh,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The way to get over negative thoughts is by replacing them with positive thoughts. Srila Prabhupada very nicely explains this in the following conversation with a man named Dr. Frazier:

Dr. Frazer: What do you do when someone preoccupied with bad thoughts comes to you?

Srila Prabhupada: When someone is absorbed in thoughts of Krishna, there is no scope for bad thoughts. You can think of only one subject matter at a time, so if you are absorbed twenty-four hours a day in thoughts of Krishna, then there is no question of bad thoughts.

Dr. Frazer: If I understand you correctly, Krishna conscious people are cured of bad thoughts just by getting away from them -- not by expressing the thoughts and getting away from them, but by not expressing the thoughts and getting away from them.

Srila Prabhupada: The process is like this: a man comes to our society with bad thoughts, but by chanting, chanting, chanting, he becomes relieved of these bad thoughts.

Dr. Frazer: He doesn't talk about the bad thoughts to anyone?

Srila Prabhupada: He may talk or not talk; it doesn't matter. But the bad thoughts go away.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 16 June 2018

Thought For The Day: The Real Pleasure of the Tongue

Shah Alam, Malaysia

The tongue has two functions: to taste and to vibrate. It is a great source of so-called pleasure for materialists, who like to eat anything and everything, even raw oysters, and talk all nonsense all day and night. Their feverish so-called happiness is not real happiness. It is only a shadow of the real happiness, which is unlimitedly relished by those who engage the tongue properly in honoring Krishna prasadam (foodstuffs offered to Lord Sri Krishna with love and devotion) and in discussing the topics of Krishna as presented in revealed scriptures such as the Bhagavad-gita and the Srimad Bhagavatam. In this connection Lord Sri Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita 10.9 as follows:

mac-citta mad-gata-prana
bodhayantah parasparam
kathayantas ca mam nityam
tusyanti ca ramanti ca

"The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are fully devoted to My service, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss from always enlightening one another and conversing about Me."

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Srila Prabhupada Honors Prasadam



Srila Prabhupada Presents the Science of Krishna


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Question: I Am Already Immortal?

How is that, as you say, I am already immortal?

Iwuoha Leonard

Answer: Yes, and Here's How to Revive It.

From: Shah Alam, Malaysia

My Dear Iwuoha,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

You are not your temporary material body. You are instead the eternal spirit-soul presently residing within your temporary material body. Realization of your actual identity can be easily accomplished if you will give up sinful activities such as illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling and regularly chant the holy names of God:

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

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 15 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Relishing the Supreme Adventure

Shah Alam, Malaysia

For adventure some people climb Mount Everest and others engage in scuba diving or in sky diving. But the supreme adventure is to embrace the world deliverance mission of Lord Caitanya as one's only business. This adventure is so exciting that one could continue doing it lifetime after lifetime tasting ever-increasing ecstasy for the next 9,500 years.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Relish the Bliss of
Sharing Krishna with the World


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Question: Forgetting Krishna at the Time of Death?

What happens to a person if he or she is a surrendered devotee of the Lord but somehow or other does not remember Krishna at the time of death? Can he or she enter into the kingdom of God?

Ramesh R.

Answer: Those Who Fully Give Life are Protected

From: Shah Alam, Malaysia

My Dear Ramesh,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If anyone sacrifices sense gratification by giving his life for spreading Krishna consciousness, at the time of his death Lord Caitanya will personally come and cover any of his inadequacies and take him back to Godhead.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 14 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Wake Up Sleeping Souls!

Hong Kong

Wake up, sleeping souls! How long will you sleep in the lap of witch called Maya? Since time immemorial you've been caught up in the vicious cycle of birth and death unnecessarily suffering like anything. You could be enjoying like anything at every moment, but instead you are being tortured, maddened indeed by endless unfulfilled material desires. Take advantage of this mercy that is being offered to you now by Lord Caitanya and make your lives perfect. Do not neglect this opportunity. It may be millions of lifetimes before you get this opportunity again.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Why Torture Yourself When You
Could Be Tasting Unlimited Bliss Instead?



There Is Unlimited Nectar to Be
Tasted in Krishna Consciousness


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Question: How to Get Money and Power?

Please, how to be powerful, Sir, and to get money?

Mensah Bedzra

Answer: You Are Asking the Wrong Question

From: Hong Kong

My dear Mensah,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

You are foolishly thinking that money and power will make you happy. At no time in the history of the world has anyone ever become happy by getting power and money. What you should be asking is how to to awaken love of God within your heart because this is the only thing that can make you truly happy.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Onwards to Malaysia for a Golden Opportunity

Pretoria, South Africa

On 13 June 2018 we are arriving in Malaysia for another adventure of pushing forward the Krishna consciousness movement here in this material world. There is a very special unique feature of this material world. In the spiritual world everyone is already Krishna conscious. But here in the material world everyone is suffering because they are lacking Krishna consciousness. Therefore this material world provides a golden opportunity for the devotees to become especially recognized by Lord Krishna by taking up the missionary activity of delivering the souls who are entangled here greatly suffering in the cycle of birth and death back to their original, most sublime home in that wondrous spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Devotees in Malaysia


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Present Krishna Consciousness?

Hare Krishna Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obesiences. All Glories to Your Divine Grace and Srimati Gurumata. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Dear Srila Gurudeva, in what mood or thought process should we present the science of Krishna consciousness to others? How can we be just a representative of the spiritual master in this connection?

Kindly explain.

Please engage me in Your service always,

Bhargavi

Answer: Compassionately and Purely

From: Pretoria, South Africa

My Dear Bhargavi,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We should always present Krishna consciousness in the mood of compassion, purely presenting what we have learned from the spiritual master and the scriptures without any addition or subtraction.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Be True to Your Initiation Vows

Pretoria, South Africa

Sometimes neophyte devotees become neglectful in regard to strictly following their initiation vows. For example, they may become so overwhelmed by their material duties that they neglect to fulfill their initiation vow of chanting at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna mantra japa mala every day. This is a most foolish mistake because when one focuses on executing his spiritual duties very nicely his material duties fall into place automatically. This is another one of the unlimited good reasons why the disciple should always stick nicely to keeping his or her initiation vows.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Initiating Disciples (Japa Beads Given to Disciples)


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Question: Why Do Some Souls Fall from the Spiritual World?

Hare Krishna! All glories to you and Srila Prabhupada!

In the very beginning when Krishna created every soul, why it happened that though all the souls who were parts and parcel of Krishna, some of them loved Krishna and stayed with Him, and others became envious of Him and were sent to hellish and lower planets?

Sherry Toulson

Answer: Misuse of Free Will

From: Pretoria, South Africa

My Dear Sherry,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The souls are eternally manifested from Krishna so that He can enjoy unlimitedly sweet loving relationships with each of them. But love cannot be forced. It has to be voluntary. Therefore each living being has to have the choice of loving Krishna or leaving Him. What would be the odds of someone wanting to leave Krishna? It would have to be the lowest mathematical number of 1 divided by infinity (1/∞). If it were zero, the living beings would have no free will and would just be machines. But you cannot have a loving relationship with a machine. Therefore there has to be some degree of possibility or probability for a living being to want to leave Krishna. Since there is an infinite number of living beings we multiply infinity times one divided by infinity (∞ x 1/∞). When we do this we end with an infinite number of living beings who fell down into material existence.

But now by the combined grace of Krishna and the great Vaisnava acaryas we have to opportunity to go back home, back to Godhead so that we regain our original lost relationship we once had with Lord Sri Krishna.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 11 June 2018

Thought For The Day: The Unlimited Mercy of Traveling with Radha Damodara

Pretoria, South Africa

Gurumata (my wife) and I are unlimitedly blessed by Lord Sri Krishna and His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani, because They are allowing us to travel with them in Their twice-a-year-circle-the-globe journeys to bless the fallen souls of this world with prema bhakti, pure love of God. These particular Deities are named Sri Sri Radha Damodara in memory of the Radha Damodara Deities which presided the over the famous Radha Damodara Traveling Sankirtana party, which I was privileged to be a member of in my younger days when I was a brahmacari.

Every day, no matter where we are (as long as we are not on an airplane), we wake Them, offer Them milk sweets, offer Them mangala arati, and bathe and dress Them in one of the many outfits we carry with us all over the world. They then are decorated very nicely with jewelry and offered fresh flower garlands. After this They are fed a sumptuous breakfast. In the mid-day They get full lunch prasadam. And then in evening we give Them evening prasad, evening arati, change Them into Their night clothes and put Them to rest. This is all going on simultaneously with a full lecture schedule and a full writing schedule. And of course we also chant our 16 rounds and do our personal study of Srila Prabhupada's books as well. Such a life of full absorption in Krishna consciousness is greater than the samadhi of the mystic yogis because it is as good as being in the spiritual world.

We are thus very, very grateful that They have blessed us with Their service. It is indeed the rarest of all privileges to be able to offer personal service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His eternal consort. We cannot even begin to understand the extent of our most auspicious good fortune in this regard.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Most Beautiful Sri Sri Radha and Damodara


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Question: How to Become Your Disciple?

Hare Krishna dear Sankarshan das Adhikari! :)

My humble obeisances to Srila Prabhupada and all the gurus in parampara, including you Sri Guru and Sri Krishna Govinda!

My name is Göran Holm and I come from Sweden. I want to be your disciple.

Do you have any recommendations as to what I should do?

Best wishes and love and happiness,

Yours sincerly

Göran

Answer: Follow These Insructions

From: Pretoria, South Africa

My Dear Göran,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am very happy to learn that you want to be my disciple. Here are some guidelines on how you can nicely practice Krishna consciousness at home:

http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/kc_at_home.htm

Once your are solidly fixed in chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads and strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, and intoxication I will accept you as my disciple and accept the full responsibility for delivering you back to Home, back to Godhead.

Kindly send me your photograph for our records and describe for me in detail what are your current devotional practices and how much association you are getting with devotees.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 10 June 2018

Thought For The Day: On the Road Again--Destination: South Africa

Solferino, Mauritius

As I write these words we are here in Solferino, Mauritius getting ready to depart for Pretoria, South Africa. Why do we take such time and trouble and expense when my wife and I are both 70 years old? The answer is very simple: We have a mission given to us by Srila Prabhupada to make the world Krishna conscious, and there is no question of retirement from this mission even up to the very moment of our deaths. Srila Prabhupada taught us this by his example. When he was lying on his death bed in Vrindavana he told us, "They say the old man is dying in Vrindavana. But I am beating on my mridanga, and it can be heard all over the world." So we want to always keep the world deliverance moods burning our hearts to please our most beloved ISKCON Founder-Acarya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Hare Krishna Chanting in South Africa


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Appreciation: Thank You Very Much for Your Course

Dear Prabhu Sankarshan Das Adhikari,

Thank you very much for your course about spiritual enlightenment and ''blissful life'' connected with the Supreme One. I appreciate so much your teaching of the Monday 4 June of this year. I hope to take soon the good choice, but I'm meeting difficulties on the path and it will take some time.

But I think I'm in good way, and I feel well inspired by this new relationship with Krishna's devotees. I'm 33, and that's a real beginning anew I'm starting now. Actually I'm going to read the introduction of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is (in French : telle qu'elle est) and for sure it's a good support for the Krishna's Consciousness Movement.

You are a precious and rare person, I think, who are giving the opportunity to thousands to work on their own spirituality. You can give a great help to everyone who wants, in the care of the company of devotees, to fly on their own wings back to home, back to God, Krishna.

With all my gratitude and encouragement,and with regards. Hope to hear and see and read you soon!

Roland Pierre

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

Answer: May You Be Blessed with Krishna Bhakti

From: Solferino, Mauritius

My Dear Roland,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Even though I am lacking in so many ways, I have taken the order of my spiritual master to make the world Krishna conscious as my very life and soul. And because of this I am blessed with the association of so many wonderful, sincere souls such as yourself.

Thank you for being here. May you be blessed with the full awakening of Krishna consciousness within your heart.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 9 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Make the Whole World Krishna Conscious

Solferino, Mauritius

Srila Prabhupada most wonderfully explains in a lecture he gave on the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-Lila 1.8 in Mayapura on 1 April 1975 the following most amazing fact:

"But you can make this maya-loka also Vaikuntha-loka by spreading Krishna consciousness, the same quality. Just like iron is iron, but you can make it fire. How? Simply putting it into the fire. Gradually, warm, warmer, then it becomes red hot. At that time, the iron is no longer iron; it is fire. Similarly, if you can propagate Krishna consciousness constantly, then, by spreading this Krishna consciousness movement, you can make the whole world Krishna conscious, and then it will be Vaikuntha. The same example. You put the iron rod with the fire, and it becomes hot, hotter and then red-hot. When it is red-hot then it is no more iron rod. It is fire. Anywhere you touch, it will burn. So our Krishna consciousness movement is for that purpose. Increase Krishna consciousness and there will be no more kuntha, no more anxiety. People are trying to be anxiety-less, and that is only possible by this movement. Put always in touch with Krishna. And the method is very simple -- Hare Krishna. That all. If you keep yourself in touch with Hare Krishna... We have already been known as Hare Krishna people all over the world, Hare Krishna people. So increase this population, Hare Krishna people, and it will be Vaikuntha."

In London in 1973 Srila Prabhupada told his disciple, Guru Das, "One day scholars will note how this Krishna consciousness movement saved the world in its darkest hour." Therefore we know that our preaching endeavors will not go in vain. So let us now fully surrender to Srila Prabhupada's order and make the whole world Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Hare Krishna Movement Will Save the World


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Question: How to Always Be Blissful?

Dear Prabhu,

Please teach me how to be blissful always. I am ready to learn as I can't live like this stressing out always for something. How will I become free from these things?

Waiting for your reaponse.

Regards,
Soumya

Answer: Fully Surrender to Guru and Krishna

From: Solferino, Mauritius

My Dear Soumya,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Fully surrender to Guru and Krishna. This will give you the vision to see how Krishna is blessing you with His unlimited mercy at every minute. In this way, you will be tasting unlimited bliss at every minute.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 8 June 2018

Thought For The Day: The Awakening of Pure Love of God Within Our Hearts

Solferino, Mauritius

There is only one thing that is truly worthy of striving for and attaining in this human form of life. And that is the awakening of pure love of God within our hearts. Everything else is basically a distraction, a diversion from what the real goal of our lives should be. Unfortunately we live in a modern day so-called civilization which diverts our minds to so many other thousands and millions of things which are ultimately not at all important or significant. This is why we need a bona fide spiritual master to bless us and guide us how to remain totally fixed on achieving life's ultimate goal.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prime Necessity of Human Life:
Having a Bona Fide Spiritual Master


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Question: How to Explain "No Meat Eating"?

Many times new friends and colleagues ask why I don't eat meat. I try to explain them that since it is obtained from violence by eating it that fear and violence comes in our body. So why to take another's life to maintain my life? But, many can't understand. They are ignorant. What should I do?

To these ignorant people, should I just say, I am allergic to meat to get away from them?

Will it be considered a lie if I say this ?

Dandvat pranama,
Saaransh Nagpal

Answer: We Do Not Want to Hurt Others

From: Solferino, Mauritius

My Dear Saaransh,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

You should simply honestly tell them that you do not want to commit violence upon innocent creatures. If these animalistic characters have even a slight of tinge of human consciousness left in them, your honest words will help them come to a proper understanding. And if they do not understand, this simply means that they have become lower than animals.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 7 June 2018

Thought For The Day: What the World Needs Now is a World Religion

Solferino, Mauritius

What the world needs now more than ever before is one religion which includes within it all religions, to unify the entire human society for bringing peace, prosperity, and happiness to absolutely everyone in every part of the world. There is a great burning need now for such a world religion to exist. The good news is that there is already such a genuine world religion, Krishna consciousness, which can in fact bring unity, peace, and prosperity to every town, village, and hamlet on this planet and indeed throughout this entire universe and throughout the multi-universes which constitute the entire material world. We are all children of the same original father who has unlimited names, unlimited qualities, and unlimited activities. By reviving our lost loving relationships with that Supreme Father our lives will become perfect, and this world will become paradisal. This is the basic principle of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Krishna Bhakti in a Demigod Temple
New Grove, Mauritius--5 June 2018


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Question: How to Conquer the Mind?

Respected Guru,

May I ask you questions regarding to Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 2, Text 15 as follows?

"O best among men [Arjuna], the person who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation."

The Supreme Lord Krishna is advising Arjuna to be steady / stable minded when it comes to face happiness or distress, bad or comfortable experiences on the path of life.

Is it possible for a common man who is a devotee of the Lord and not as perfect in mind and self control as a person in the renounced order of life to be stable-minded in such cases?

Lord Buddha also taught us that the person who has conquered his mind is the real victorious person in life. But how to balance and conquer the mind in such situations?

Kindly forgive my asking long questions and free me from my ignorance in this regard. Thank you for giving us valuable gems of divine knowledge.

My prayers to the Lord for you to be in good health and for the success of your mission to make world peaceful forever.

Hope that with the Lord's grace you are in good health.

Humbly,

Ramesh Raman

Answer: See Everything as the Special Mercy of Krishna

From: Solferino, Mauritius

My Dear Ramesh Raman,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Your questions are very nice. Thank you for making such sincere inquiries.

Arjuna was not in the renounced order of life. He was a family man. But yet these instructions from Krishna were perfect for him. It is very simple to develop steadiness of mind. Simply train yourself to see everything as the special mercy of Krishna to help you become more and more surrendered to Him. In this way, if you will always keep this in mind, you will always be perfectly peaceful and happy in all situations of so-called happiness and distress.

Thank you very much for your well-wishes in regards to our preaching mission. I am eternally indebted to you for praying to Krishna for my success in my endeavor to make the whole world peaceful by enlightening the people in the science of Krishna consciousness.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Be Kind to Yourself

Solferino, Mauritius

Do not torture yourself by stubbornly continuing to misidentify yourself with your material body. That body is not you. It is just a vehicle that you are using for a certain amount of time according to the law of karma until you get another body. In the cycle of birth and death you have rotated endlessly again and again through 8,400,000 different species. Now you are blessed with a human form. This is the greatest opportunity, a golden opportunity, because now you have the option of conducting your life in such a way that you can become liberated from the endless cycle of birth and death and return to your original all-blissful, all-cognizant position that you once relished like anything in the spiritual world before you fell down into this often hellish material existence.

Realize now that you are an eternal spiritual being qualitatively one with that Supreme Person, whom many people call "God", who is the absolute source of all existence and the loving well-wisher of everyone in all of existence. Be kind to yourself by reinstating yourself in His eternal service in His transcendental pastimes in that most all-wondrous spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Awaits Your Return to His Abode


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Question: Japa and Scripture at the Same Time?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Is it good if I chant rounds of Hare Krishna Mahamantra loudly and read the Bhagavad-gita or the Srimad Bhagavatam at the same time? This helps to keep my mind from wandering to material thoughts.

Pankaj Patel

Answer: Do Not Mix. Do One or the Other Perfectly.

From: Solferino, Mauritius

My Dear Pankaj,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Do not mix them. Do one or the other with full undivided attention.

If your mind wanders away during japa, pause for a moment and intensely beg Krishna to help you keep you mind focused on His holy names. Then go back to your japa with renewed determination and concentration. Every time your mind goes off repeat this technique. In this way gradually you will master the art of keeping your mind solidly fixed on Krishna’s unlimitedly sweet holy names.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 5 June 2018

Thought For The Day: The Whole World is Waiting

Solferino, Mauritius

The whole world is simply waiting to be awakened to Krishna consciousness. Everyone is hankering for the greatest pleasure at every moment, and that greatest pleasure is Krishna. Because the world population does not know this they are suffering unnecessarily. So our mission is to guide the human society how to come out of ignorance and revive its original, all natural, all blissful state of Krishna consciousness. We are begging Lord Sri Krishna that we can be successful in our mission of reviving the original, natural Krishna consciousness, which is lying dormant within the hearts of the countless living beings who are caught up here in the cycle of birth and death within this rotten material existence. If by Krishna's grace we are successful in our mission, it will be the greatest paradigm shift that has ever occurred in the history of our universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




There's One Thing Our World is Missing


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Question: How to Awaken Pure Love of God?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I have the following four questions:

1 ) How to awaken pure love of God within my heart?
2) What does Lord Krishna expect from the non-devotees and the devotees?
3) How to always make Lord Krishna happy?
4) How to make life happy all the time inspite of so many difficulites?

With regards,
Vanga Mahendra

Answer: Fully Surrender to Lord Krishna's Pure Devotee

From: Solferino, Mauritius

My Dear Vanga,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Here are the answers to your most wonderful questions:

Awaken pure love of God within your heart by fully surrendering to Krishna’s pure devotee, the bona fide spiritual master.

Krishna wants full surrender from everyone, the devotees and non-devotees, because, whether they know it or not, everyone is Krishna’s devotee.

You make Krishna happy when you engage your mind always in thinking of Him, your tongue always in talking of Him and tasting the remnants of foods offered to Him, and your body always in bowing down and rendering service unto Him.

To make your life fully happy in spite of all difficulties fully surrender to Krishna and see everything that happens to you as the special mercy of Krishna.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 4 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Stressed Out or Blissed Out. It's Your Choice.

Solferino, Mauritius

Do you want to be stressed out or blissed out? It's your choice. If you choose to misidentify yourself with your temporary material body, you are sure and certain to sooner or later become a completely stressed out, miserable, ignorant mess. However, if you take hint from the enlightened sages and learn how to fully reconnect yourself with your eternal, all-blissful, fully cognizant nature, you will be always be ever-increasingly blissing out relishing your eternal loving relationship with that Supreme Person, who is the source of all existence and with the infinite number of living beings that He is eternally manifesting from Himself for the purpose of enjoying loving relationships with them.

So now you decide what you want. If you want bliss instead of stress, I will teach you how. (The only persons who go for the stress are the ones who don't realize they have a choice or those who are completely devoid of intelligence.)

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Stressed Out



Blissed Out


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Question: Chanting with Counter Instead of Japa Beads?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Hare Krishna!

Please accept my dandavat Pranam at your lotus feet.

I would like to know whether using counter instead of japa mala for chanting is acceptable. Or can we just use counter when we wish to chant when we are in public? Or when walking? Can the chanting of rounds with the counter be counted as extra rounds or can we add or include it in our fixed daily rounds?

I feel that using a japa bag unnecessarily attracts public attention sometimes, and I feel that I am trying to act like an elevated devotee by this.

Kindly clarify,

With humble obeisances,

Your aspiring disciple,

Jayakrishna

Answer: Chant Your 16 Rounds on Japa Beads

From: Solferino, Mauritius

My Dear Raman,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Srila Prabhupada instructs us that our 16 rounds should be chanted on japa beads. There is no harm chanting with your hand in your bead bag when you are in the public. In fact, this can open up preaching opportunities for you if someone is curious to know why you have your hand in a bag. You can than explain the great benefit of chanting Hare Krishna. This may inspire them to also chant Hare Krishna.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 3 June 2018

Thought For The Day: I Want to Lead the World Out of Chaos

Solferino, Mauritius

My dream is that I want to lead the entire world out of chaos. My spiritual master Srila Prabhupada personally told me in a letter dated 31 December 1972 from Bombay that it is all right for me to desire for Krishna in this way. So this is my heart's burning yearning. I very much desire to make this entire world Krishna conscious before I leave my present body. My entire life is dedicated to this purpose.

In this connection, on Friday 1 June 2018, shortly after my arrival in Mauritius I met with a member of the Mauritius parliament, and I immediately encouraged him to become a Krishna conscious leader, which he very much appreciated. If we can induce the leading men of the world society in all fields of activity - religious, political, educational, business, entertainment, health care, etc. - to accept the supremacy of Lord Sri Krishna as Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and enact legislation that facilitates everyone engaging in His devotional service, our planet earth will transformed into a wondrous paradise as good as the spiritual world.

So kindly now everyone who hears this message, accept the supremacy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead who is known variously as Krishna, Rama, Jehovah, Allah, etc. and make your life perfect in His service. It will be a new wondrously joyful rebirth for you, and the whole world will become transformed into a heaven.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Meeting with a Member of Mauritius Parliament


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Question: How to Get the Full Mercy of Krishna?

I am facing problems from the last 6 years. How can I get the full mercy of Lord Sri Krishna.

Mayank Jajodia

Answer: Fully Surrender to Guru and Krishna

From: Solferino, Mauritius

My Dear Mayank,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If you will you fully surrender yourself unto Guru and Krishna accepting all of their instructions as your very life and soul, you will be the most fortunate recipient of Lord Sri Krishna’s full mercy at every minute.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 2 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Do All Paths Lead to the Same Goal?

Solferino, Mauritius

On 31 May 2018 when at London Gatwick airport we checked into our flight to Mauritius we were blessed with a very friendly British Airways representative named Raj to process our check-in. He was very interested in our Krishna consciousness movement and was amazed that I am 70 years old. He said that I look like I am 50. When it came to a discussion of spiritual paths, he said that all paths lead to the same goal, which is completely untrue. When I asked him, in my attempt to enlighten him, if instead of British Airways I could fly Ryan Air to Mauritius (where it does not fly) he could not answer and his argument was defeated. I do hope that he now has the proper understanding.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




British Airways Flies to Mauritius



Ryan Air Does Not Fly to Mauritius


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Question: Can a Sinful Person Become Pure Devotee?

Dear Sir,

I feel that, even after being a non-vegetarian, I can become Krishna consciousness that I can feel, understand, and follow the principles taught by Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita.

Is my understanding correct?

Ajith

Answer: No Material Impediment

From: En route to Mauritius

My Dear Ajith,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It does not matter how sinful you were in the past. If you desire it, by the grace of Sri Guru and Sri Krishna, you can become Krishna’s pure devotee because there is no material impediment for achieving the highest goal, if one's desire is strong.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 1 June 2018

Thought For The Day: Deep Sea Diving in the Ocean of Bliss

London, England

The ocean of devotion to Krishna is an ocean of unlimited bliss. And you can relish that most wondrous ocean at every minute by deep sea diving in it, which is accomplished by sincerely chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra. While deep sea diving in the material ocean will keep you caught up in the cycle of birth and death, deep sea diving in the ocean of Krishna consciousness will liberate you from all miseries. So now you decide in which ocean you would like to deep sea dive.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Deep Sea Diving in the Ocean of Birth and Death



Deep Sea Diving in the Ocean of Krishna Bhakti


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Question: How to Drive Out Bad Thoughts?

When I chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra on my chanting beads some bad thoughts come in my mind. How can I concentrate on holy names fully and properly?

Neeraj

Answer: Pray to Krishna

From: London, UK

My Dear Neeraj,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

You should pray to Krishna to help you kick out the dirty thoughts and fully absorb yourself in His most sublime holy names. Pray sincerely and you will be successful.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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