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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Don't Be an Idiot

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Don't be an idiot who spends his whole life only serving his temporary material body and the temporary material bodies of others, who has nothing left at the end of his life except for complete anxiety about where he is going. Instead take of advantage of the enlightened teachers, not the fools and rascals, and make your life unlimitedly sublime. This is real intelligence, a much better option than idiocy. Don't you think?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Blind Leading the Blind


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You are not that body

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Report: Chanting More or Less

Dear Gurudeva,

Chanting has been more or less.

Göran

Reply: Chant More and More

My Dear Göran,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Now instead of chanting more or less, making it chanting more and more and more. This will be the secret of your success.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 24 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Fifty Year's Desire to Revolutionize this Planet

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

For the last fifty years, this means since 1968, I have been desiring to be instrumental for bringing about a total global spiritual revolution on this planet. As a 21 years old youth who was supposed to choose his career, I was frustrated with life in the material world. I just could not find any niche in which to fit. Therefore I decided that my career would be to renounce the world and become a holy beggar in India.

So I was in a philosophical process of denying everything material. But one night before I headed out for India I came to the realization that if I am denying everything I must also deny denial itself, at which point I must accept something transcendental to this material world. That's when I realized that my mission in life was to make a spiritual revolution on this planet. I tried on my own to do this for a two-and-half years with no success.

But then I saw that His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder/Acarya of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness had already successfully launched a spiritual revolution with the full potency to completely transform and purify the entire universe. So instead of going it my own I decided to join forces with Swami Prabhupada and become his initiated disciple. He very much appreciated my mood of spiritual revolution and wrote me as follows in a letter from London on 7 September 1971:

"I can see also that you are a very sincere and enthusiastic boy and are anxious for spreading this movement. Those are first class qualifications for making advancement in Krishna Consciousness. So continue enthusiastically as you are doing and Krishna will surely bless you."

So I have been blessed by Lord Sri Krishna's pure devotee to continue with my desire to spiritualize this entire planet. I know that by continuing in this mood that Lord Sri Krishna's blessings will continually shower upon me like torrents of rain during India's monsoon season.

At this point my special prayer to Lord Sri Krishna is this: “My dear Lord, for 50 years now I have been desiring that there should a total, complete spiritual revolution on this planet. Please, my dear Lord, for the sake of the suffering souls in all of the species on this planet and indeed for all of the suffering souls throughout all of material existence, please bless us that this entire world can be drowned in a tidal wave of pure love of God. Please fully absorb me in Your world deliverance mission, no matter how many births it may take for the entire world to become Krishna conscious.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Original Devotees of ISKCON Austin in 1971
at 2906 Dancy Street (where I surrendered to Srila Prabhupada)


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Relishing unlimited nectar in Sri Vrindavana Dhama

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Achieve Spiritual Perfection?

My Dear Srila Gurudeva.

Please accept my humble obesciences. All glories to Your Divine Grace and Srimati Gurumataji. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I'm chanting at least 16 rounds on the mala everyday, and strictly abiding by the four regulative principles of no meat eating, no gambling, no illicit sex life and no intoxication.

But I fail to stay connected with Krishna throughout the day. Situations teach me about the impurities in my heart, and I'm consciously trying to curb them down, but they superimpose themselves upon me. How can I follow the process completely in order to achieve the highest gift the human life has to offer? Please guide me.

Thank you, Srila Gurudeva.

Indebted to you eternally,
Your insignificant servant,

Bhargavi

Answer: Keep Begging Lord Sri Krishna For It

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear Bhargavi,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Keep begging Krishna as much as possible throughout the day, “My Dear Lord Sri Krishna, please bless me that I can always remain fully absorbed in serving You with my every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances for all of eternity." By praying as much as possible in this way magic will happen, and you will find that by Krishna's mercy you will gradually develop the art of always being deeply absorbed in Him, which is the perfection of your existence.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 23 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Relishing Sri Vrindavana Dhama

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Now we are back in Lord Sri Krishna's transcendental abode here in this material world. What could be more ecstatic than this? This transcendental abode is non-different from Lord Sri Krishna. So to be here in Sri Vrindavana-dhama is to be in direct contact with Lord Sri Krishna at every minute. In this connection Srila Prabhupada has written as follows:

"Akrura's journey to Vrindavana is exemplary. One who intends to visit Vrindavana should follow the ideal footsteps of Akrura and always think of the pastimes and activities of the Lord. As soon as one reaches the boundary of Vrindavana, he should immediately smear the dust of Vrindavana over his body without thinking of his material position and prestige. Srila Narottama dasa Thakura has sung in a celebrated song, visaya chadiya kabe suddha habe mana: 'When my mind will be purified after leaving the contamination of material sense enjoyment, I shall be able to visit Vrindavana.' Actually, one cannot go to Vrindavana by purchasing a ticket. The process of going to Vrindavana is shown by Akrura."

While lecturing in Vrindavana Srila Prabhupada explained:

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

By taking advantage of this most auspicious holy dhama we can make great spiritual advancement.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Reveals the Glories of Vrindavana


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Worshiping Vrindavana Dhama

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Solution for Always Having Problems?

I am always having problems. How to get rid of them?

R.N. Unni

Answer: Return to that Most Wondrous Spiritual Sky

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear R.N.,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Presently we are living in the material world, which is the world of problems. In this world the problems of birth, death, old age, disease, etc. will always be going on and torturing us in so many ways. Thus the only way to get free from this myriad of problems is to go back to our original home in the spiritual world, where life is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge. To qualify yourself to go back to your original home in the spiritual world you have to fully surrender yourself to God, to the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna. The art of how to surrender to Krishna is taught by the bona fide spiritual master. So now you should become the fully dedicated student of the bona fide spiritual master because he will train you in the art of how to become free from all problems for all of eternity by regaining your original identity in that most wondrous Spiritual Sky.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 22 September 2018

Thought For The Day: The Whole World is Waiting

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Since all living beings are pleasure seekers, everyone is looking for Krishna, whether they know it or not, because Krishna is the greatest pleasure. This is why connecting with Him is the perfection of happiness. The actual fact is that deep within their hearts everyone only desires Krishna and nothing else. But due to the influence of Maya they are looking for Krishna or the greatest pleasure in all the wrong places, and thus nobody here in this material world is satisfied. This is why Krishna's devotee, that person who is trying to awaken everyone to Krishna consciousness, is the best friend of all living beings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Chanting with Hippies


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Interview with Amala Purana Das

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: When Did this Course Begin?

Thank you for enriching me with your invaluable emails from the Ultimate Self Realization Course. Could you please share when (the year and month) that you started the Ultimate Self Realization Course for blessing the suffering souls of this world with Krishna consciousness?

I need this for my compilation.

Pranam

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Dr R K Mahajan
Professor & Coordinator
Department of Statistics, University School of Open Learning
Panjab University

Answer: Fifteen Years Ago in July of 2003

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear Dr. Mahajan,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Our online program for enlightening the suffering souls of this world to enable them to escape the cycle of birth and regain their origin eternal identities in the pastimes of the Supreme Lord in the spiritual sky began 15 years ago in July of 2003.

We now have over 30,000 subscribers. Our goal is that in the next ten years we will have 3 billion subscribers. If this goal can be reached, this planet will be transformed into a paradise. So kindly help us reach this goal.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.
Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 21 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Back to Sri Vrindavana Dhama

London Heathrow Airport--England

On Thursday 20 September 2018 we will be returning to the abode of Lord Sri Krishna here in this material world, Sri Vrindavana Dhama. What could be more ecstatic than this? To be in that place where Lord Sri Krishna displayed so many of His most intimate pastimes is the greatest blessing. By meditating upon and worshipping those pastimes the devotee of the Lord becomes qualified to enter into those divine pastimes as one of Lord Sri Krishna's intimate associates upon leaving his or her present material body. There is truly nothing more sublime than this!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blissing Out in the Land of Krishna


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How Rabindra Das Came to Krishna Consciousness

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Question: Worshipping the Demigods?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I understand that the demigods are working for Lord Krishna as heads of various departments and are part of the material world. But since they are devotees of Lord Krishna we pay obeisances to them if their deity appears before us, seeking their blessings to progress on the path of Krishna bhakti, devotion to Lord Krishna.

But should one take special endeavor to visit temples of the demigods, especially if we are at one of Lord Krishna's holy places? Also, if a demigod temple is in very close vicinity is it okay that we don't take special endeavor to visit it?

My devotee sister has this confusion. Please help us.

Your servant,
Paurnamasi Seva Devi Dasi

Answer: Krishna Worship Benefits Everyone

From: London

My Dear Paurnamasi Seva,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Although we have respect for all the demigods because they are all great devotees of Krishna, it is not necessary to worship them or go to their temples. This is so because simply by channeling all of our loving devotion to Krishna we offer even better respect to demigods than if we worshipped them separately. Just as when we eat, we give all of the food to our stomach, which then distributes the nutritional benefit to every part of the body, when we channel all of our love and devotion to Lord Sri Krishna it is then distributed in the best possible way to all of the gods and goddesses and to every living being throughout all of existence.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 20 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Blissing Out in Bhakti

Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, England

By tuning into the bhakti channel (devotion to God) you will always be blissing out in all times, places, and circumstances. So why punish yourself by not tuning into bhakti? The choice is yours: suffer or enjoy. I hope you make the right choice because I can't stand seeing anybody in a state of misery.

What do you think of my advice? Do you think it is worthy of being followed? Or is it simply for going in one ear and coming out of the other ear?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blissing Out Under the Double Arches


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The most sublime Krishna consciousness movement

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Thinking that Guru is Only for Oneself?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All Glories to Sri Sri Guru & Gauranga.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

What if a disciple thinks that the spiritual master is for him/her only, not caring for how to engage the other disciples?

Your servant
Krishna Katha Das

Answer: Guru is for the Whole World

From: London, UK

My Dear Krishna Katha,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Train them that the spiritual master’s mission is to deliver the whole world and that the best service to the spiritual master is to assist him in delivering the whole world.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Going Through Hell for Krishna

Munich, Germany

Sometimes, in the course of traveling for spreading the teachings of Krishna all over the world, we face difficult, hellish situations. But we do not let this stop us from pushing on with our mission. When one is fixed up in Krishna consciousness, even when he has to undergo hellish situations he experiences them as the sweetest nectar. Of course in our neophyte stage we do not always experience our difficulties like that. But in due course of time, if we persevere in our practice of Krishna consciousness, we will reach this stage of unlimited ecstasy, experiencing everything as the unlimited mercy of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Traveling is Sometimes Difficult


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Consciousness and Soul?

What's the difference between consciousness and soul? Buddhists believe in consciousness, and on the other hand all other religions believe in soul. So, Gurudeva, what is the difference between the two and how can we understand the difference?

I would be very grateful if you could remove my ignorance.

Thank you and looking forward to your reply.

Your student,
Apurva Gupta

Answer: Like Sunshine and the Sun

From: Munich, Germany

My Dear Apurva,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Just as sunshine is a manifestation of the sun, consciousness is the manifested energy of the soul. Srila Prabhupada very nicely explains this as follows in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 13.34:

"As the sun is situated in one place, but is illuminating the whole universe, so a small particle of spirit soul, although situated in the heart of this body, is illuminating the whole body by consciousness. Thus consciousness is the proof of the presence of the soul, as sunshine or light is the proof of the presence of the sun."

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Enthusiastic for Spreading Krishna Consciousness

Timisoara, Romania

In 1971 when I was a young 22 year old newly initiated disciple my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada immediately recognized me as follows in a letter he wrote me from London on 7 September 1971:

"I can see also that you are a very sincere and enthusiastic boy and are anxious for spreading this movement. Those are first class qualifications for making advancement in Krishna Consciousness. So continue enthusiastically as you are doing and Krishna will surely bless you."

Srila Prabhupada blessed me with the order to always be enthusiastic for spreading this Krishna consciousness movement. By his causeless mercy I have been able to maintain this enthusiasm without any gaps for 47 years. Now as a 70 year old man I am enthusiastic more than ever. I was preaching to a gentleman the other day at the Austin airport as I was waiting for our flight to London. When I mentioned to him that I am 70 he said that I don't look like I am 70. This youthful demeanor I am maintaining is the mercy of my spiritual master that I am maintaining the idealistic enthusiasm of a youth. I am now thinking that by my 80th birthday I want to see that the whole world has become fully Krishna conscious, that we have Krishna conscious governments in every country on this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Enthusiastically Sharing Krishna Consciousness
New Vrindavana, West Virginia USA--1973



Enthusiastically Sharing Krishna Consciousness
Timisoara, Romania--2018


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Properly Channel Your Enthusiasm

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Question: How to Purge Mistakes and Offenses?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisance.
All glories to Your Divine Grace and Srimati Gurumataji!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to all devotees!

Please, kindly illuminate me how to, in a best way, accept and purge mistakes and offences made by my own arrogance?

Thank you.
Ugne

Answer: Beg Forgiveness and Surrender to Guru and Krishna

From: ISKCON Timisoara, Romania

My Dear Ugne,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If we offend devotees, we must beg forgiveness from the devotees that we have offended. To get free from mistakes we must fully surrender ourselves to the expert guidance of Guru and Krishna.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 17 September 2018

Thought For The Day: The Appearance Day of Srimati Radharani

Timisoara, Romania

Today is the transcendental appearance day of Srimati Radharani. Those who are serious about awakening pure love of God within their hearts need to understand perfectly what is the mood of Srimati Radharani. Radharani’s mood is that if Krishna is pleased when She is suffering, She desires to always remain in a suffering condition and that will be Her greatest happiness. We can learn about Radharani’s mood by studying Lord Caitanya's mood because Lord Caitanya is Krishna Himself in the mood of Srimati Radharani. The Lord prays as follows in His prayer Siksastaka [8]:

aslisya va pada-ratam pinastu mam
marma-hatam karotu va
yatha tatha va vidadhatu lampato
mat-prana-nathas tu sa eva naparah

Radharani: “My dear Lord, You trample me down as You like, or You embrace me as You like, or You make me broken-hearted, not being present before me, because I want to see You. I don't mind.”

In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains as follows:

Just like a debauched husband treats his wife very neglectfully. So He’s using this very word: lampato. Lampato means debauched. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu offering this prayer, in the role of Radharani. There were sometimes spoils between Krishna and Radha, as that is possible in love affair. So in the position of Radharani He is requesting Krishna, “My dear Krishna, You can treat Me in any way You like, either You love Me or You trample Me, You kick Me, but I cannot forget You. You are my always unconditionally the Lord.” This is pure love, not that “Krishna, give me such and such things and I shall love You,” condition. No. No condition: “I love you.” That is love. So that is required.

In the above quote, Srila Prabhupada is teaching us that Radharani’s mood is unconditional love. So let us try to follow in the footsteps of Srimati Radharani by embracing Her mood of unconditional love for Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




No One Loves Krishna As Much as Srimati Radharani


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Question: How to Activate Kundalini Chakra?

Namaskaram,

How to activate the kundalini chakra? Can you guide me?

Regards,
Murali

Answer: Just Try to Awaken Pure Love of God

From: ISKCON Timisoara, Romania

My Dear Bala Murali,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Don’t waste your time. It is not possible in this age to activate kundalini, and even if it were, it is not desirable. The only thing desirable in all ages is to awaken pure love of God within the heart. This is what you should be endeavoring for, not for this kundalini.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 16 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Do Not Be Cheated

Timisoara, Romania

Do not be cheated by the materialistic propaganda mongers, who constantly encouraging you to drink this, eat this, smoke this, and sex with this. They have a motive up their sleeves. They want to use you to provide them with more and more of their own material sense gratification. Instead of being under their influence, you should be under the influence of the great acaryas, the great saintly teachers, the spiritual masters who want to deliver you from all of your material suffering and take you back to home, back to Godhead, back to your original home in that most sublime and divine spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Modern Day Advertising Promotes Sinful Activities


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Question: How to Avoid Husband's Pride?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.
All glories to You and Gurumata.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I hope this mail finds you well and in an ecstatic mood.

I was reading SB 2.4.20 and I want to make sure if I understood correctly the following sentences in Srila Prabhupada's purport: “The conditioned soul is very proud of becoming the husband of even one wife, but the Lord laughs at this; the intelligent man can know who is the real husband. Factually, the Lord is the husband of all the women in His creation, but a conditioned soul under the control of the Lord feels proud to be the husband of one or two wives.”

Do we as conditional souls feel proud to be the husband of one or two wives because we think we are the proprietor of the wife? If the Lord is husband of all women, than what is our role as a husband. Are we like a Krishna's "buttler" and our main duty is to please His wife? To render a service to wife to please Krishna?

If my understanding has any shortcomings or is defective please correct me and please explain it to me, so I could become a Krishna conscious husband some day, if this is Krishna's will.

Kind regards.

Your servant,
Danilo

Answer: See Everyone as Krishna's Property

From: ISKCON Timisoara, Romania

My Dear Danilo,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Our problem is that we still see and feel ourselves to be the proprietor. Our duty is to see everything and everyone as belonging to Krishna, including ourselves, and thus to engage everything and everyone, including ourselves, in the service of Krishna.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 15 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Message #1 to the World's Leaders

Munich, Germany

You world leaders have got it all wrong. Due to your mismanagement you have created a nightmarish atmosphere on this planet. Under your so-called leadership 156 million innocent animals are being murdered every day and 66 thousand innocent babies are being murdered every day. The karmic reactions for this horrendous quantity of heinous murders is inconceivably staggering. Therefore, because of you all, all hell is breaking loose on this planet right now. And therefore it's time now more than ever for you all to become humble and become sober and take guidance on how to rule the world from those persons who are fully enlightened with Vedic knowledge, that knowledge which formerly guided the whole world how to live in perfect happiness for thousands and thousands of years. When are you all going to wake up and start doing your job correctly? When are you all going to wake up and take your guidance from the enlightened sages? When are you going to wake up and become actual human beings? This we want to know.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Save the Cows. Go Vegetarian.



Is It Moral to Kill Innocent Babies?


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Solution for the world problem

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Question: How to Become Prideless?

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Your Divine Grace and Srimati Gurumataji.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
All glories to all Devotees.

Srila Gurudeva, kindly clarify a few queries on pridelessness.

I was reading in Nectar of Devotion 18, on pridelessness, how when King Bhagiratha became Vaisnava, he lived like mendicant and used to beg door to door even to their enemies. And it was written that insult will be there, but he tolerated it. How do he do that?

One may tolerate but may be disturbed in mind, but how does one tolerate without getting agitated?

When one lives that way, is he recognised by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu more because of his meek and humble nature?

By this attitude how can one glorify one's Spiritual Master, how can one represent one's Spiritual Master?

Thank you.

Your insignificant servant,
Lila Manjari devi dasi

Answer: Always Feel You Deserve Much Worse

From: Munich, Germany

My Dear Lila Manjari,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If one is truly humble, he will see that whatever insults or chastisements he receives is only a slight token, an infinitesimal minimization of what he actually deserves.

Lord Caitanya bestows unlimited mercy at every minute on such genuinely humble devotees.

Such humble devotees perfectly represent and glorify their spiritual master by their every thought, word, and deed in all times, places and circumstances.

Such pure souls are also fully empowered to point out the faults in others and therefore, out of compassion upon the fallen souls of this Kali yuga, they perform the austerity of preaching work to save the fallen souls of this age from their ever-increasing degradation. Such humble souls are qualified to lead the entire world out of chaos.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 14 September 2018

Thought For The Day: This Material World is Hell

Munich, Germany

The title of today's Thought for the Day is indeed appropriate because this material world is factually a hell. There's no doubt about it, and there is not much more to be said in this connection. Because our nature is to enjoy we cannot tolerate living in a place where there is no enjoyment. Therefore in order to be able to psychologically survive, we imagine ourselves to be enjoying at those times when our suffering is not as bad. This is why our happiness here in this material world is called maya-sukhaya or illusory happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Why Live in Hell When You Can Go Back to Godhead?


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Question: How to Overcome My Fault-Finding Propensity?

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

I have a humble question though I am not humble at all... I am wondering how does one let go of the propensity to criticize others and to find fault?

It is almost second nature and comes so easily to find fault in others... How do we give this up as it is an impediment on the path of bhakti?

Your aspiring servant,
Taravali Devi Dasi

Answer: Become Expert at Overcoming Your Faults

From: Munich, Germany

My Dear Taravali devi dasi,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

When you become expert at conquering over all of your faults, you will then be qualified to help others overcome their faults. So focus now on intensely on becoming Krishna's pure devotee. In this way you will become qualified to point out the faults of everyone.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 13 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Leaving the Kingdom of God

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

We were originally situated in a state of pure bliss and knowledge in that most wondrous spiritual sky where no one gets sick, no one gets old, and no one ever dies. But due to a foolish desire to be the Supreme we were facilitated by Lord Sri Krishna with a residence in a world where everyone thinks himself to be the Supreme. Now if we are at all intelligent, even slightly intelligent, we will take advantage of Krishna's offer to qualify ourselves to go back to His most sublime kingdom by taking shelter of the bona fide spiritual master to be properly trained in the mood of devotion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




What Fool Would Want to Leave this Place?


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Question: Why the Supreme Lord Put Us In This World?

Salutations,

I will like to know our purpose on this earth as humans. If we are to be with the Supreme Lord, then why did He put us in this world? Also what's our true purpose in this world? I believe God should have just left us with Himself where He is.

Thank you,
Regards

Mary-ann Attoh

Answer: We Came Here Out of Our Desire

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Mary-Ann,

Please accept my blessings.

Thank you very much for your sincere inquiry.

We are in this material world because we decided that we did not want to serve God. We came here to satisfy our own foolish desire to try to enjoy separately from God.

God does not keep anyone as prisoners in His world. Everyone is free to stay there or leave according to their own desire.

Once we realize our foolish mistake of leaving God’s kingdom, He mercifully gives us full facility to return to our original home. Unfortunately most people in this material world make the foolish mistake of wanting to stay here in his land of birth and death because they are attached to illusory so-called enjoyments of this world such as illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Heading Out on a Lecture Tour

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

It has never been so painful for me to head out on another one of our international lecture tours. I usually look forward to them with great relish.

Why the difference? Things are developing so wonderfully now in our Austin center that it is practically unthinkable for me to leave. But duty calls. Lord Sri Krishna has blessed me with disciples all over the world, and it is my sacred duty to take good care of them. Therefore we are traveling. Not only has Srila Prabhupada ordered me to make our Austin center a grand success. He has also ordered us to lead the whole world out of chaos by bringing the whole world to Krishna consciousness. So somehow or other both duties must go on side by side. I am begging for Lord Sri Krishna's help in this regard.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Whole World Is Waiting to Be Awakened


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Question: Mantra Chanted by Shiva, Brahma, and Narada?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

What mantra does Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Narada Muni chant while meditating?

Your servant,
Ravi

Answer: They All Chant the Hare Krishna Mantra

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Ravi,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

They all chant the Hare Krishna mantra as explained below in the following bhajana by Bhaktivinoda Thakura:

1) Oh, what a wonderful name Lord Nityananda has brought! Nitai has brought the divine name to the Marketplace of the Holy Name, and He is giving away that name for the mere price of your faith! Oh!

2) Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare - Oh!
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare - Oh!

3) Oh, seeing the miserable condition of the fallen souls of this world, Nitai has personally brought the holy name from the transcendental realm of Vraja! Oh, Lord Siva chants this holy name with his five mouths! This holy name is so sweet! Oh, Lord Brahma chants this holy name with his four mouths! This holy name is so sweet! Oh, Narada Muni chants this holy name while playing on his vina! This holy name is so sweet! Oh, just by the dim reflection of this holy name, the sinful Ajamila went to Vaikuntha! Bhaktivinoda therefore says, "Oh, continuously chanting this holy name, go at once to the divine realm of Vraja! This holy name is so sweet!"

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Thought For The Day: The Meaning of Life

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

As a college youth I was totally bewildered because I did not know what is the meaning of life. I was supposed to choose what would be my career, what I wanted to be in life, a doctor, a lawyer, an electrical engineer, or whatever. But how could I decide what I wanted to be if I didn't even know who I am? This was my perplexity. In my coursework I was studying all the great philosophers of our western culture, but not one of them could answer the most basic question of why do I exist. It was not until I was blessed by hearing the teachings of Krishna, that I exist for the purpose of giving pleasure to Krishna or God by having loving relationship with Him, that my life made sense and I could enter into a state of genuine happiness. I am eternally grateful and indebted to my spiritual master, ISKCON Founder/Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Tridandi Goswami Maharaja Prabhupada, and to His Holiness Vishnujana Swami, who brought me to the point of becoming Srila Prabhupada's disciple, for liberating me from my ignorance and misery by bringing me into the most sublime realm of Krishna consciousness, the abode of eternity, perfect knowledge, and unlimited bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Depressed College Student


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Question: Highest Purpose of Life?

My dear Gurudeva,

At first take my heartily pranam.

I am in a very problematic situation right now. I cannot find the path of my life. I want to know what is the highest purpose of our life? I will very glad if you can quench my thirst for knowledge.

Subhasis Das

Answer: Revive Your Dormant Love of God

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Subhasis,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Your life has one purpose and one purpose only, to revive the dormant love of Krishna, which is currently sleeping with your heart. When you do so you will be qualified to return to your original home in the spiritual world where you will have an eternal existence, full of bliss, and full of knowledge.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 10 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Do Everything With Love

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

The secret of advancing rapidly on the path of Krishna bhakti is to do everything with love. Never should something be done in an angry, frustrated mood. This means that you should always serve the guru and the Vaisnavas with love and chant Hare Krishna with love. Everything you do should be a loving offering to Krishna and His devotees. By doing so your life will be unlimitedly ecstatic. So why not adopt this as your modus operandi right now? It will be the smartest thing you ever did in millions and billions of lifetimes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Serving Devotees With Love


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Question: How to Know that I Am Advancing?

I have two questions:

How can I know that I am advancing in Krishna consciousness?

What are the methods of identifying a pure devotee?

Saumya Bhattacharya

Answer: When You Accept a Guru

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Saumya,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

You will know that you are advancing in Krishna consciousness when you accept a pure devotee of Krishna as your spiritual master. Pure devotee means one who is strictly obeying his spiritual master to do the following as taught by Lord Sri Krishna in Bhagavad-gita 9.27:

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

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

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 9 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Does God Have Form?

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Some philosophers, who are known as impersonalists, say that God has no form and no personality. While giving a lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.18–19 on June 22, 1969 in New Vrindavana, West Virginia, USA Srila Prabhupada wonderfully explained the fallacy of impersonal philosophy. Here is an excerpt from that lecture:

The impersonalists' view is that if everything is Krishna... That is the... That is their material way of thinking. Just like if you take a big paper and, I mean to say, cut into pieces, and the pieces are distributed, strewn over, then the original paper is lost. So their theory is, "If Krishna is everything—Krishna has expanded in this world, in cosmic manifestation—then Krishna has no form, separate form." That is their theory.

But the Vedic injunction is: "No. It is not like that." Purnasya purnam adaya purnam evavasisyate [Isopanisad Invocation]. [The Personality of Godhead is perfect and complete, and because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes. Whatever is produced of the Complete Whole is also complete in itself. Because He is the Complete Whole, even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete balance.]

Krishna is so full that even Krishna expands million times, still, He's the same thing, Krishna. That is Krishna. Krishna is person. And even He expands, Krishna, in many ways... Parasya saktir vividhaiva sruyate [Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.8]. This is the fine philosophy. One has to understand how Krishna, in spite of His being a person—He's person, without any doubt—He has expanded in so many universes, so many manifestations. Yes.

So I was... While this morning I was walking, I was talking with Devananda that how Krishna expands. It is commonsense affair. Just like a small seed in a fruit—that seed you sow, it becomes a big tree. And from that big tree, again millions of fruits come out. And again from that, each fruit, there are millions of trees. We can see the potencies. Even in our material existence we see so much potencies in everything.

Why not Krishna’s potencies? We see the sunshine, the potency of the sun. The sunshine is spread all over, and everything is existing on the sunshine. Even the sunshine has got the so much potency. That we can experience. And how much potential is Krishna, who is the creator of the sun also. Yac caksur esa savita sakala-grahanam raja samasta-sura-murtir asesa-tejah [Bs. 5.52]. [The sun who is the king of all the planets, full of infinite effulgence, the image of the good soul, is as the eye of this world. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda in pursuance of whose order the sun performs his journey mounting the wheel of time.]

So we have to study like that everything. Everything is Krishna’s expansion. Just like the fire: fire is situated in one place, but here... Just like here there is a fireplace. But if there is fire, the heat will be experienced up, up, upstair, and here and that other side. Similarly, Krishna, although He's person, He's situated... goloka eva nivasati. He's enjoying there in Goloka Vrindavana. By His energy, He is expanded. This is simple truth. Anyone, any man with common sense, he can experience.
__end of quote__

The conclusion is that even though Krishna has expanded Himself as everything He has not lost His original form. His expanding Himself unlimitedly has not in any way put a limit on Him because He is omnipotent. In other words, He has unlimited potencies.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




God Is a Person Named Krishna With a Beautiful Form


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Question: Is God Formless?

Our obeisances to you.

Is my understanding correct if I say that God has no form?

Chandar

Answer: God is Unlimited

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Chandar,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

No. God does have a form. To say that He does not have a form is putting a limit on Him. Since God is unlimited it is wrong to try to put a limit on Him.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 8 September 2018

Thought For The Day: The Whole World is Waiting

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

The whole world is waiting to be awakened to Krishna consciousness because Krishna consciousness is the real inner nature of everyone and the only real pleasure that one can experience. All other types of pleasure are an illusion only, like a mirage in the desert. Thus they can only give an illusion of pleasure. They cannot give real pleasure. But the foolish people struggle like anything for their entire lives trying to squeeze pleasure out of that place where real pleasure does not exist. It is indeed a most pitiable situation. Therefore we must try to save them by bringing them to real pleasure of Krishna consciousness because deep within their hearts this is what they are all hankering for.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




A Mirage in the Desert Has No Real Water


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Question: Knowledge of Other Worlds?

Dear Sir,

I have so many questions /doubts in the spiritual environment, which were not answered from anywhere.

We are quoting stories and incidents from our old Purana's, and all these stories which end in the very old age itself. Now from where we get the information of further incidents which happened in the worlds like Vaikuntha, etc? And why we are still in darkness about these incidents or happenings?

Please reply.

Thanks and regards
Nandakumar

Answer: In the Srimad Bhagavatam

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Nandakumar,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The Vedic scriptures also enlighten us about these other incidents. We simply must carefully study them and follow them. Especially the Srimad Bhagavatam is recommended in this regard:

https://www.vedabase.com/en/sb

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 7 September 2018

Thought For The Day: How to Love Perfectly

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Srila Prabhupada wonderfully describes the perfection of love in his book, The Teachings of Lord Caitanya, in Chapter 11 as follows:

"If one somehow or other gets in touch with a pure devotee and thus develops a desire to render devotional service to Krishna, he gradually rises to the platform of love of Godhead and is thus freed from the clutches of the material energy. This is confirmed in Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.20.8) where the Lord says, 'For one who, out of his own accord, becomes attracted to topics of My activities -- being neither allured nor repelled by material activities -- following the path of devotional service leading to the perfection of love of God becomes possible.' However, it is not possible to achieve the stage of perfection without being favored by a pure devotee, or a mahatma, a great soul. Without the mercy of a great soul, one cannot even be liberated from the material clutches, and what to speak of rising to the platform of love of Godhead."

Therefore if we are actually intelligent, we will follow Srila Prabhupada's advice and take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master in order to attain the perfection of our existence, the perfection of love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Question: Pay to Get Krishna's Blessings?

If I pay, will I get the blessings of Lord Krishna?

Govindarajan

Answer: Pay With Your Love

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Govindarajan,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The payment for getting Krishna’s blessings is your love.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.
Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 6 September 2018

Thought For The Day: How to Make the World Happy

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Srila Prabhupada has to kindly taught us how to make the world happy. Here is how he revealed this to us in a lecture he gave in Mayapura, India on 1 April 1975:

Prabhupada: So Vaikuntha-loka is there. There is no problem. 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.

Devotees: Hare Krishna!

Prabhupada: That's 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. Thank you very much.

Thank you, Srila Prabhupada, for so kindly giving us the formula how the whole world can be happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




It's Time to Put a Stop to All Anxiety


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Question: Do You Have Any Jobs?

Hi,

Is there any job in there?

Nitish

Answer: We Have the Ultimate Job

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Nitish,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We offer the job of dedicating your entire life to make everyone in the world happy by making them Krishna conscious. We do not pay a salary for those who accept this job. But the reward is truly unlimited because by doing so you will become very, very dear to Lord Krishna as the Lord Himself confirms in the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 18, Texts 68 and 69:

ya idam paramam guhyam
mad-bhaktesv abhidhasyati
bhaktim mayi param krtva
mam evaisyaty asamsayah

na ca tasman manusyesu
kascin me priya-krttamah
bhavita na ca me tasmad
anyah priyataro bhuvi

"For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.”

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Thought For The Day: “This Movement is in Your Hands"

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Srila Prabhupada instructed as follows:

"This Krishna consciousness movement is in your hands, and it is up to you to utilize it and become the factual leaders of the world."

Therefore, although we feel and know ourselves to be most incompetent, deficient in so many ways, we are begging His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada to bless us that in spite of our ocean of faults we can successfully carry out his order to be the world's leaders. This is urgently required because our modern day highly materialistic world is suffering like anything due its lack of Krishna conscious leadership. Therefore it is our sacred responsibility to rise to the occasion by factually become the leaders in all ways of our modern day world society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Question: How to Stop Blasphemy Against Krishna?

Sai Ram Gurudeva,

I'm a devotee of Lord Krishna from my childhood, and I get angry when someone comments badly about the Supreme Lord. These days I find many people in Facebook and Whatsapp, commenting badly about Lord Krishna and the Bhagavad-gita. I know I can not fight alone against these people, but I get anger on Lord Krishna for He is seeing all these offenses, and He is still quiet. Every day while praying Him, I ask only one thing i.e to stop these people from all these offenses. Is there anything that we can do to stop all of these offenses?

Regards,
Vaisnavi Ramya

Answer: Avoid Such Bad Association

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Ramya,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

You should avoid such persons so that you do not hear their blasphemy. If you try to correct them, they will only become more blasphemous. Focus on awakening the pure Krishna bhakti within your own heart. Then as you become more and more awakened, you will become empowered to awaken others. In other words, when you become more advanced in Krishna consciousness you will become empowered to train these rascals how to stop their blasphemy and become devotees.

If you get angry at Krishna, you are also offensive. Because Krishna is the loving father of all, He does not force His will upon anyone. Rather He personally comes to give good instructions, and He sends His empowered representatives, the bona fide spiritual masters, to train the people on His behalf how to become His humble devotees.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 4 September 2018

The Most Auspicious Appearance Day of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Lord Sri Krishna so kindly sent Srila Prabhupada here to this material to deliver us from our suffering. By his mercy we can get out of this rotten material world and return to our original home in the spiritual world.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada appeared in this world in 1896 in Calcutta, India. He first met his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, in Calcutta in 1922. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, a prominent religious scholar and the founder of sixty-four Gaudiya Mathas (Vedic institutes), liked this educated young man and convinced him to dedicate his life to teaching Vedic knowledge. Srila Prabhupada became his student, and eleven years later (1933) at Allahabad he became his formally initiated disciple.

At their first meeting, in 1922, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura requested Srila Prabhupada to broadcast Vedic knowledge through the English language. In the years that followed, Srila Prabhupada wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad-gita, assisted the Gaudiya Matha in its work and, in 1944, started Back to Godhead, an English fortnightly magazine. Maintaining the publication was a struggle. Single-handedly, Srila Prabhupada edited it, typed the manuscripts, checked the galley proofs, and even distributed the individual copies. Once begun, the magazine never stopped; it is now being continued by his disciples in the West and is published in over thirty languages.

Recognizing Srila Prabhupada's philosophical learning and devotion, the Gaudiya Vaisnava Society honored him in 1947 with the title "Bhaktivedanta." In 1950, at the age of fifty-four, Srila Prabhupada retired from married life, adopting the vanaprastha (retired) order to devote more time to his studies and writing. Srila Prabhupada traveled to the holy city of Vrndavana, where he lived in very humble circumstances in the historic medieval temple of Radha-Damodara. There he engaged for several years in deep study and writing. He accepted the renounced order of life (sannyasa) in 1959. At Radha-Damodara, Srila Prabhupada began work on his life's masterpiece: a multivolume annotated translation of the eighteen-thousand-verse Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana). He also wrote Easy Journey to Other Planets.

After publishing three volumes of the Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada came to the United States of America, in September 1965, to fulfill the mission of his spiritual master. Subsequently, His Divine Grace wrote more than sixty volumes of authoritative annotated translations and summary studies of the philosophical and religious classics of India.

When he first arrived by freighter in New York City, Srila Prabhupada was practically penniless. Only after almost a year of great difficulty did he establish the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, in July of 1966. Before his passing away on November 14, 1977, he guided the Society and saw it grow to a worldwide confederation of more than one hundred asramas, schools, temples, institutes and farm communities.

In 1968, Srila Prabhupada created New Vrindavana, an experimental Vedic community in the hills of West Virginia. Inspired by the success of New Vrindavana, which became a thriving farm community of more than two thousand acres, his students have since founded several similar communities in the United States and abroad.

In 1972, His Divine Grace introduced the Vedic system of primary and secondary education in the West by founding the Gurukula school in Dallas, Texas. Since then, under his supervision, his disciples have established children's schools throughout the United States and the rest of the world, with the principal educational center now located in Vrindavana, India.

Srila Prabhupada also inspired the construction of several large international cultural centers in India. The center at Sri Dhama Mayapura in West Bengal is the site for a planned spiritual city, an ambitious project for which construction will extend over many years to come. In Vrindavana, India, are the magnificent Krsna-Balarama Temple and International Guesthouse, and Srila Prabhupada Memorial and Museum. There is also a major cultural and educational center in Bombay. Other centers are planned in a dozen important locations on the Indian subcontinent.

Srila Prabhupada's most significant contribution, however, is his books. Highly respected by the academic community for their authority, depth and clarity, they are used as standard textbooks in numerous college courses. His writings have been translated into over fifty languages. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, established in 1972 to publish the works of His Divine Grace, has thus become the world's largest publisher of books in the field of Indian religion and philosophy.

In just twelve years, in spite of his advanced age, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe fourteen times on lecture tours that took him to six continents. In spite of such a vigorous schedule, Srila Prabhupada continued to write prolifically. His writings constitute a veritable library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature and culture.

By taking full advantage of Srila Prabhupada's unlimited mercy we will become free of all anxiety and will enter into a state of eternal bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
--ISKCON Founder-Acharya


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Question: If I Dream of Srila Prabhupada?

Guru Maharaja,

Hare Krishna!
Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

What does it mean if I dream of Srila Prabhupada? I’ve never seen him other than in a still photo, but I’ve heard recordings. In the dream I was attending him as he died.

Jane Harper, PhD, RN

Answer: You Are Getting Special Mercy

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Jane,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

This means that Lord Sri Krishna is blessing you with His special mercy.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 3 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Janmastami, the Most Auspicious Appearance Day of Lord Sri Krishna

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today we are unlimitedly blessed because today is the most auspicious Janmastami day, the day that Lord Sri Krishna appeared in this world to save us from our suffering condition, to rescue us by taking us back to our original home in the spiritual world. Of course, He does not force us to come back. He is not going to drag us back to home, back to Godhead as prisoners. It is up to us to realize for our own benefit and happiness the necessity of returning to our original home, not to remain perpetually suffering birth, death, old age, and disease lifetime after lifetime after lifetime. Such realization be can solidified if one accepts a bona fide spiritual master and dedicates his life to be fully obedient to his spiritual master. This is what Krishna instructs us to do in the Bhagavad-gita 4.34.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Sri Krishna's Appearance


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Question: Who Are the Surrendered Souls?

My dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

All glories to you and Srimati Gurumataji.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Srila Gurudeva, while reading the Srimad Bhagavatam purport I came across this verse from the Bhagavad-gita, "After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare." (Bg. 7.19)

What surrendered and rare souls is Krishna talking about here? Is it that those in our movement who ever taken up Krishna consciousness and gotten initiated are these surrendered and rare souls?

As ISKCON is like a hospital, not every devotee is of same level. As we see there are kanistha, madhyama, and uttama adhikari devotees. Is it that all of them are surrendered and rare souls?

Please help understand its essence, Srila Gurudeva.

Thank you so much for your kind mercy and blessings.

Your unworthy servant,
Nandapriya Devi Dasi

Answer: Dovetailing everything in the service of Guru and Krishna

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Nandapriya,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Initiation means that someone has begun the process of surrender. It does not mean that they have completed it. Those who are perfectly dovetailing all of their thoughts, words, and deeds in the service of guru and Krishna 24 hours daily are the surrendered souls.

Of course, even those who have begun the process of surrender are very rare and dear souls. But rarer and dearer still are those who have perfected the process of surrender.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 2 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Is Divorce Vedic?

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

We have recently heard a report that a so-called Vedic astrologer advised someone that they could get a divorce. This reminds us that we are now deeply entrenched in the Kali Yuga, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy because this is indeed the height of hypocrisy. Divorce does not exist at all in Vedic culture. In Vedic culture there is no such thing as divorce.

In this connection Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Fourth Canto, Chapter 23, Text 25 as follows:

"In Vedic civilization the husband and wife were not separated by such man-made laws as divorce. We should understand the necessity for maintaining family life in human society and should thus abolish this artificial law known as divorce. The husband and wife should live in Krishna consciousness and follow in the footsteps of Laksmi-Narayana or Krishna-Rukmini. In this way peace and harmony can be possible within this world."

Therefore someone who is posing himself as a Vedic astrologer and advocating divorce is simply a cheater and a rascal, and there is not much more to be said in this connection. So even though we are the friends of all, we must expose these rascals so that in the name of Krishna consciousness or Vedic culture people will not be misled.

Dear Lord Sri Krishna, please save us from this insanity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Question: Verse Describing the Glories of Krishna's Name?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada,

In one of your lectures you spoke a verse which describes the glories of Krishna's name, I could not catch it properly but I remember a few of the lines from the translation, which goes like this, “every time I hear the name of Krishna I desire to have many mouths and many ears.”

Could you please share with me that verse and translation? I want to memorize that verse because it seems to be very profound.

Your servant,
Sadhu Bhushan Das

Answer: Most Wonderful Super Nectarean Verse

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Sadhu Bhusana,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Here is that most wonderful super nectarean verse that you are looking for:

tunde tandavini ratim vitanute tundavali-labdhaye
karna-kroda-kadambini ghatayate karnarbudebhyah sprham
cetah-prangana-sangini vijayate sarvendriyanam krtim
no jane janita kiyadbhir amrtaih krsneti varna-dvayi

Synonyms:

tunde — in the mouth; tandavini — dancing; ratim — the inspiration; vitanute — expands; tunda-avali-labdhaye — to achieve many mouths; karna — of the ear; kroda — in the hole; kadambini — sprouting; ghatayate — causes to appear; karna-arbudebhyah sprham — the desire for millions of ears; cetah-prangana — in the courtyard of the heart; sangini — being a companion; vijayate — conquers; sarva-indriyanam — of all the senses; krtim — the activity; na u — not; jane — I know; janita — produced; kiyadbhih — of what measure; amrtaih — by nectar; krsna — the name of Krsna; iti — thus; varna-dvayi — the two syllables.

Translation:

“I do not know how much nectar the two syllables ‘Krs-na’ have produced. When the holy name of Krsna is chanted, it appears to dance within the mouth. We then desire many, many mouths. When that name enters the holes of the ears, we desire many millions of ears. And when the holy name dances in the courtyard of the heart, it conquers the activities of the mind, and therefore all the senses become inert.”

In his purport to this verse Srila Prabhupada describes as follows:

This verse is included in the Vidagdha-madhava (1.15), a seven-act play written by Srila Rupa Gosvami describing the pastimes of Sri Krsna in Vrindavana.

So now taking this verse as your guide you should dive unlimitedly deep into the sweet, sweet mellow of Lord Sri Krishna's transcendental name.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood.
Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 1 September 2018

Thought For The Day: Make the Whole World Krishna Conscious

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Our mission is to make the whole world Krishna conscious as soon as possible. This is the duty given to us by ISKCON Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In this regard Srila Prabhupada told us in a lecture he gave in Mayapur, India on 1 April 1975, "If you can propagate Krishna consciousness constantly, then, by spreading this Krsna consciousness movement, you can make the whole world Krishna conscious, and then it will be Vaikuntha." Vaikuntha means a world which is completely free from all anxiety. Therefore let us now take advantage of this most merciful guidance of Srila Prabhupada and absorb ourselves constantly in spreading the Krishna consciousness movement. In this way the entire world will become delivered from ignorance and misery. Everyone in the world will become completely, totally happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Question: Supreme Personality of Godhead?

My Spiritual Master,

What is the meaning of the term ''Supreme Personality of Godhead"?

Hare Krishna

Anila Charan Das

Answer: Possessor of All Opulences

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Anila Charan,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead” is the English translation of the Sanskrit word “Bhagavan”, which means “he who is full in all opulences.” The opulences are power, beauty, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, and fame. One who infinitely possesses all six of these opulences is Bhagavan. Therefore according to this definition we can understand that Lord Sri Krishna is the original Bhagavan, the original Supreme Personality of Godhead because He possesses more power, more beauty, more renunciation, more knowledge, more wealth, and more fame than anyone else in all of existence, even more so than everyone else all combined because He is the original source of all these opulences.

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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