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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 22 April 2018

Thought For The Day: We've Got to Revolutionize this Planet Right Now

Kaunas, Lithuania

The world is in desperate need of a spiritual revolution. There is no other solution for planetary dissolution than to re-spiritualize this planet right now. This was one of the main themes of the concert I did in Vilnius, Lithuania on 20 April, 2018. The audience was very appreciative. Many of my books were sold after the concert. We are praying that the whole world will now awaken to Krishna consciousness so that people all over the world can peaceful and happy.

(Note: A video is coming soon of the concert. I can do such concerts anywhere in the world. Simply my students have to organize them.)

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Music Concert in Vilnius, Lithuania--20 April 2018



Television Interview Before Concert



Singing "The Peace Formula"



Attentive, Appreciative Audience


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Unable to Live According to Scriptures

Guruji,I am 52 years old. I have gone through Bhagavad-gita, Ramayana, Mahabharata, and other books. I read all these granthas carefully, but when it comes to my own life I feel strongly that I cannot adopt them into my practical life. Hence I find myself unsuccessful in my life and always in a bewildered mind. I trust God, but God doesn't find any spark within me.

Guruji kindly guide me what I should do in this situation?

Regards,
P.W.

Answer: Follow These Guidelines

Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita you must serve Him under the guidance of the bona-fide spiritual master. Here are the practical guidelines we instruct our students to follow in order for them to become properly situated in spiritual life:

The Vedic wisdom states emphatically “athato brahma jijñasa” “The goal of the human form of life is to become fully self-realized.” There is nothing more important than this. Indeed this should be the one goal of everyone’s life. Without it there is no question of genuine happiness. As long as our happiness is based on a false bodily conception of who we are we can never fully be satisfied. Self-realization means to realize the eternal spiritually being who you really are, who is the Supreme Self, and what is your relationship with the Supreme Self. By careful research of the vast treasure house of India’s Vedic wisdom supported by thoughtful philosophical analysis we can see very clearly that the Supreme Self is Lord Krishna and that we are His eternal servants. So self-realization ultimately means to perfect the art of being the fully surrendered devotee of Lord Sri Krishna. Self-realization is therefore the art or science of becoming fully Krishna conscious.

How does Krishna instruct us to master the art of fully surrendering unto Him? He tells us to take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master through the process of submissive inquiry and service. The bona fide spiritual master carefully and lovingly guides the disciple at every step along the pathway to perfection. Krishna also advises us to associate with and lovingly serve His devotees because they are His representatives. Through our loving relationship with the bonafide spiritual master and Lord Krishna’s devotees we can solidly fix ourselves in Krishna consciousness and be always happy in spiritual bliss under all circumstances.

Krishna consciousness is the easiest to practice when one lives in or near one of the centers of ISKCON, the Hare Krishna Movement. You will find a list of these centers at: http://www.iskcon.com

These are places where the residents are diligently striving in all of their activities at every minute to perfect their Krishna consciousness. But since this may not be practical for everyone it is possible that one can perfect the science of Krishna consciousness at home in the same way as someone living in a Hare Krishna center. Taking help from the scriptures and the spiritual master you can convert your home into a Krishna temple, an asrama (a place of spiritual cultivation.)

Spiritual life, like material life, means practical activity. The difference is that whereas we perform material activities for the benefit of our material body and the material bodies of others, we perform spiritual activities for the benefit of Lord Krishna, under the guidance of the scriptures and the spiritual master. This is compared to watering the root of a tree. When you water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches automatically become nourished. Krishna is the root of the creation. When you serve Lord Krishna you automatically render the best service to all living entities.

Krishna declares in the Bhagavad-gita that a person can achieve neither happiness nor the supreme destination of life -- going back to Godhead, back to Lord Krishna -- if he or she does not follow the injunctions of the scriptures. And how to follow the scriptural rules by engaging in practical service to the Lord? That is explained by a bona fide spiritual master.

Without following the instructions of a spiritual master who is in an authorized chain of disciplic succession coming from Krishna Himself, we cannot make spiritual progress. The practices outlined here are the timeless practices of bhakti-yoga as given by one of the greatest exponents of bhakti-yoga in the history of the world, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Through his teachings Srila Prabhupada is the instructing spiritual master for the entire world. Representing him is the spiritual master known as the “initiating guru.” He is your personal mentor and guide, a spiritual father who will help you step by step as you progress along the pathway back to Godhead.

The purpose of spiritual knowledge is to bring us closer to God, or Krishna. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita (18.55), bhaktya mam abhijanati: "I can be known only by devotional service." Knowledge guides us in proper action. Spiritual knowledge directs us to satisfy the desires of Krishna through practical engagements in His loving service. Without practical application, theoretical knowledge is of little value.

Spiritual knowledge is meant to direct us in all aspects of life. We should endeavor, therefore, to organize our lives in such a way as to follow Krishna's teachings as far as possible. We should try to do our best, to do more than is simply convenient. Then it will be possible for us to rise to the transcendental plane of Krishna consciousness, even while living far from a Hare Krishna center.

Chanting the Hare Krishna Mantra

The first principle in devotional service is to chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra (maha means "great"; mantra means “sound that liberates the mind from ignorance"):

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

You can chant these holy names of the Lord anywhere and at any time, but it is best to set a specific time of the day to regularly chant. Early morning hours are ideal. The chanting can be done in two ways: singing the mantra, called kirtana (usually done in a group), and saying the mantra to oneself, called japa (which literally means "to speak softly"). Concentrate on hearing the sound of the holy names. As you chant, pronounce the names clearly and distinctly, addressing Krishna in a prayerful mood.

When your mind wanders, bring it back to the sound of the Lord's names. Chanting is a prayer to Krishna that means "O energy of the Lord [Hare], O all-attractive Lord [Krishna], O Supreme Enjoyer [Rama], please engage me in Your service." The more attentively and sincerely you chant these names of God, the more spiritual progress you will make.

Since God is all-powerful and all-merciful, He has kindly made it very easy for us to chant His names, and He has also invested all His powers in them. Therefore the names of God and God Himself are identical. This means that when we chant the holy names of Krishna and Rama we are directly associating with God and being purified. Therefore we should always try to chant with devotion and reverence. The Vedic literature states that Lord Krishna is personally dancing on your tongue when you chant His holy name.

When you chant alone, it is best to chant on japa beads. These are available at your nearest Hare Krishna center or from: http://store.krishna.com/

This not only helps you fix your attention on the holy name, but it also helps you count the number of times you chant the mantra daily. Each strand of japa beads contains 108 small beads and one large bead, the head bead. Begin on a bead next to the head bead and gently roll it between the thumb and middle finger of your right hand as you chant the full Hare Krishna mantra. Then move to the next bead and repeat the process. In this way, chant on each of the 108 beads until you reach the head bead again. This is one round of japa. Then, without chanting on the head bead, reverse the beads and start your second round on the last bead you chanted on.

Initiated devotees vow before the spiritual master to chant at least sixteen rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily. But even if you can chant only one round a day, the principle is that once you commit yourself to chanting that round, you should try complete it every day without fail. When you feel you can chant more, then increase the minimum number of rounds you chant each day -- but don't fall below that number. You can chant more than your fixed number, but you should maintain a set minimum each day.

Once you become steady in chanting at least 16 rounds every day, along with following the four regulative principles mentioned later in this article, you may request the spiritual master to formally initiate you as his disciple. This is a most auspicious turning point in one’s eternal existence. At the time of initiation the spiritual master will relieve you from all your karma accrued over millions of lifetimes in the cycle of birth and death. You will agree to always follow his instructions and he will commit himself to personally taking you back to the spiritual world.

Please note that the beads are sacred and therefore should never touch the ground or be put in an unclean place. To keep your beads clean, it's best to carry them in a special bead bag, which comes along with your beads when you acquire them from: http://store.krishna.com/

Aside from chanting japa, you can also sing the Lord's holy names in kirtana. While you can perform kirtana individually, it is generally performed with others. A melodious kirtana with family or friends is sure to enliven everyone. ISKCON devotees use traditional melodies and instruments, especially in the temple, but you can chant to any melody and use any musical instruments to accompany your chanting. As Lord Caitanya said, "There are no hard and fast rules for chanting Hare Krishna." One thing you might want to do, however, is purchase a japa and/or kirtana CD from your nearest Hare Krishna center or from: http://store.krishna.com/

Setting Up Your Altar

You will likely find that your japa and kirtana are especially effective when done before an altar. Lord Krishna and His pure devotees are so kind that they allow us to worship them even through their pictures. It is something like mailing a letter: You cannot mail a letter by placing it in just any box; you must use the mailbox authorized by the government. Similarly, we cannot imagine a picture of God and worship that, but we can worship the authorized picture of God, and Krishna accepts our worship through that picture.

Setting up an altar at home means receiving the Lord and His pure devotees as your most honored guests. Where should you set up the altar? Well, how would you seat a guest? An ideal place would be clean, well lit, and free from drafts and household disturbances. Your guest, of course, would need a comfortable chair, but for the picture of Krishna's form a wall shelf, a mantelpiece, a corner table, or the top shelf of a bookcase will do.

You wouldn't seat a guest in your home and then ignore him; you'd provide a place where you can sit, too, where you could comfortably face him and enjoy his company. So don't make your altar inaccessible.

What do you need for an altar? Here are the essentials when you first begin:

1. A picture of Srila Prabhupada.

2. A picture of Lord Caitanya and His associates. (Panca Tattva)

3. A picture of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna.

You may order the above photographs from: http://store.krishna.com/

In addition, you may want an altar cloth, water cups (one for each picture), candles with holders, a special plate for offering food, a small bell, incense, an incense holder, and fresh flowers, which you may offer in vases or simply place before each picture.

The first person we worship on the altar is our spiritual master. He is not God. Only God is God. But because the spiritual master is His dearmost servant, Krishna or God has empowered him as a representative. Therefore he deserves the same respect as that given to God. He links us with God and teaches us the process of bhakti-yoga. He is God's ambassador to the material world. When a president sends an ambassador to a foreign country, the ambassador receives the same respect as that accorded the president, and the ambassador's words are as authoritative as the president's. Similarly, we should respect the spiritual master as we would God, and revere his words as we would His.

First we worship the founder of the Hare Krishna Movement, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada was a specially empowered guru who accomplished what no other person in the history of the world was able to do. In the short time span of eleven years he spread Krishna consciousness all over the world and made “Hare Krishna” a household word. He is the most famous and glorified of all the ISKCON spiritual masters as the Founder-Acarya

Srila Prabhupada is the instructing spiritual master for every member of the Hare Krishna movement throughout the world. His books are the philosophical basis of the movement. They will stand as spiritual law books for generation after generation of devotees going on for thousands and thousands of years. Within the worldwide Hare Krishna Movement there are many initiating gurus for the many, many thousands of devotees throughout the world. But there is one guru who unites us all into one family. That is His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

The second picture on your altar should be one of the panca-tattva, Lord Caitanya and His four leading associates. Lord Caitanya is the incarnation of God for this age. He is Krishna Himself, descended in the form of His own devotee to teach us how to surrender to Him, specifically by chanting His holy names and performing other activities of bhakti-yoga. Lord Caitanya is the most merciful incarnation, for He makes it easy for anyone to attain love of God through the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra.

And of course your altar should have a picture of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, with His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani. Srimati Radharani is Krishna's spiritual potency. She is devotional service personified, and devotees always take shelter of Her to learn how to serve Krishna.

You can arrange the pictures in this manner. In the center and to the back place the picture of Radha and Krishna. On the front left place Srila Prabhuada’s picture. On the far right place Panca Tattva. You should purchase the nicest quality picture frames you can afford as a way of expressing your devotion to Guru and Krishna.

Aerial view:

Radha Krishna

Srila Prabhupada . . . . . . . Panca Tattva

Carefully clean the altar each morning. Cleanliness is essential in Deity worship. Remember, you wouldn't neglect to clean the room of an important guest, and when you establish an altar you invite Krishna and His pure devotees to reside as the most exalted guests in your home. If you have water cups, rinse them out and fill them with fresh water daily. Then place them conveniently close to the pictures. You should remove flowers in vases as soon as they're slightly wilted, or daily if you've offered them at the base of the pictures. You should offer fresh incense at least once a day, and, if possible, light candles and place them near the pictures when you're chanting before the altar.

Please try the things we've suggested so far. It's very simple, really: If you try to love God, you'll gradually realize how much He loves you. That's the essence of bhakti-yoga.

Prasadam: How to Eat Spiritually

By His immense transcendental energies, Krishna can actually convert matter into spirit. If we place an iron rod in a fire, before long the rod becomes red hot and acts just like fire. In the same way, food prepared for and offered to Krishna with love and devotion becomes completely spiritualized. Such food is called Krishna prasadam, which means "the mercy of Lord Krishna."

Eating prasadam is a fundamental practice of bhakti-yoga. In other forms of yoga one must artificially repress the senses, but the bhakti-yogi can engage his or her senses in a variety of pleasing spiritual activities, such as tasting delicious food offered to Lord Krishna. In this way the senses gradually become spiritualized and bring the devotee more and more transcendental pleasure by being engaged in devotional service. Such spiritual pleasure far surpasses any material experience.

Lord Caitanya said of prasadam, "Everyone has tasted these foods before. However, now that they have been prepared for Krishna and offered to Him with devotion, these foods have acquired extraordinary tastes and uncommon fragrances. Just taste them and see the difference in the experience! Apart from the taste, even the fragrance pleases the mind and makes one forget any other fragrance. Therefore, it should be understood that the spiritual nectar of Krishna's lips must have touched these ordinary foods and imparted to them all their transcendental qualities."

Eating only food offered to Krishna is the perfection of vegetarianism. In itself, being a vegetarian is not enough; after all, even pigeons and monkeys are vegetarians. But when we go beyond vegetarianism to a diet of prasadam, our eating becomes helpful in achieving the goal of human life -- reawakening the soul's original relationship with God. In the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krishna says that unless one eats only food that has been offered to Him in sacrifice, one will suffer the reactions of karma.

How to Prepare and Offer Prasadam

As you walk down the supermarket aisles selecting the foods you will offer to Krishna, you need to know what is offerable and what is not. In the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna states, "If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or water, I will accept it." From this verse it is understood that we can offer Krishna foods prepared from milk products, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains. (Write to Temple Services for one of the many Hare Krishna cookbooks.) Meat, fish, and eggs are not offerable. And a few vegetarian items are also forbidden -- garlic and onions, for example, which are in the mode of darkness. (Hing, or asafetida, is a tasty substitute for them in cooking and is available at most Indian groceries or from Temple Services.) Nor can you offer to Krishna coffee or tea that contain caffeine. If you like these beverages, purchase caffeine-free coffee and herbal teas.

While shopping, be aware that you may find meat, fish, and egg products mixed with other foods; so be sure to read labels carefully. For instance, some brands of yogurt and sour cream contain gelatin, a substance made from the horns, hooves, and bones of slaughtered animals. Also, make sure the cheese you buy contains no rennet, an enzyme extracted from the stomach tissues of slaughtered calves. Most hard cheese sold in America contains rennet, so be careful about any cheese you can't verify as rennetless.

Also avoid foods cooked by non-devotees. According to the subtle laws of nature, the cook acts upon the food not only physically but mentally as well. Food thus becomes an agent for subtle influences on your consciousness. The principle is the same as that at work with a painting: a painting is not simply a collection of strokes on a canvas but an expression of the artist's state of mind, which affects the viewer. So if you eat food cooked by non-devotees -- employees working in a factory, for example -- then you're sure to absorb a dose of materialism and karma. So as far as possible use only fresh, natural ingredients.

In preparing food, cleanliness is the most important principle. Nothing impure should be offered to God; so keep your kitchen very clean. Always wash your hands thoroughly before entering the kitchen. While preparing food, do not taste it, for you are cooking the meal not for yourself but for the pleasure of Krishna. Arrange portions of the food on dinnerware kept especially for this purpose; no one but the Lord should eat from these dishes. The way to offer your food is to chant each of the following prayers three times while ringing a bell in your left hand. You need only recite the Sanskrit. The English translation is given for your information.

1. Prayer to Srila Prabhupada:

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine

namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet. Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism."

2. Prayer to Lord Caitanya:

namo maha-vadanyaya krsna-prema-pradaya te
krsnaya krsna-caitanya-namne gaura-tvise namah

"O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You." [Cc. Madhya 19.53]

3. Prayer to Lord Krishna:

namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca
jagad-dhitaya krsnaya govindaya namo namah

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Krishna, who is the worshipable Deity for all brahmanas, the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas, and the benefactor of the whole world. I offer my repeated obeisances to the Personality of Godhead, known as Krishna and Govinda."

Remember that the real purpose of preparing and offering food to the Lord is to show your devotion and gratitude to Him. Krishna accepts your devotion, not the physical offering itself. God is complete in Himself -- He doesn't need anything -- but out of His immense kindness He allows us to offer food to Him so that we can develop our love for Him.

After offering the food to the Lord, wait at least five minutes for Him to partake of the preparations. Then you should transfer the food from the special dinnerware and wash the dishes and utensils you used for the offering. Now you and any guests may eat the prasadam. While you eat, try to appreciate the spiritual value of the food. Remember that because Krishna has accepted it, it is nondifferent from Him, and therefore by eating it you will become purified.

Everything you offer on your altar becomes prasadam, the mercy of the Lord. Flowers, incense, the water, the food -- everything you offer for the Lord's pleasure becomes spiritualized. The Lord enters into the offerings, and thus the remnants are nondifferent from Him. So you should not only deeply respect the things you've offered, but you should distribute them to others as well. Distribution of prasadam is an essential part of everyday life.

The Four Regulative Principles

Anyone serious about progressing in Krishna consciousness must try to avoid the following four sinful activities:

1. Eating meat, fish, or eggs. These foods are saturated with the modes of passion and ignorance and therefore cannot be offered to the Lord. A person who eats these foods participates in a conspiracy of violence against helpless animals and thus stops his spiritual progress dead in its tracks.

2. Gambling. Gambling invariably puts one into anxiety and fuels greed, envy, and anger.

3. The use of intoxicants. Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as any drinks or foods containing caffeine, cloud the mind, overstimulate the senses, and make it impossible to understand or follow the principles of bhakti-yoga.

4. Illicit sex. This is sex outside of marriage or sex in marriage for any purpose other than procreation. Sex for pleasure compels one to identify with the body and takes one far from Krishna consciousness. The scriptures teach that sex is the most powerful force binding us to the material world. Anyone serious about advancing in Krishna consciousness should minimize sex or eliminate it entirely.

Engagement in Practical Devotional Service

Everyone must do some kind of work, but if you work only for yourself you must accept the karmic reactions of that work. As Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita (3.9), "Work done as a sacrifice for Vishnu [Krishna] has to be performed. Otherwise work binds one to the material world."

You needn't change your occupation, except if you're now engaged in a sinful job such as working as a butcher or bartender. If you're a writer, write for Krishna; if you're an artist, create for Krishna; if you're a secretary, type for Krishna. You may also directly serve the spiritual master in your spare time, and you should sacrifice some of the fruits of your work by contributing a portion of your earnings to help support your local ISKCON center or the spiritual master’s preaching work of spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world. Some devotees living outside the temple buy Hare Krishna literature and distribute it to their friends and associates, or they engage in a variety of services at the temple. There is also a wide network of devotees who gather in each other's homes for chanting, worship, and study. Write to your local temple or the Society's secretary to learn of any such programs near you.

Additional Devotional Principles

There are many more devotional practices that can help you become Krishna conscious. Here are two vital ones:

Studying Hare Krishna literature

Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, dedicated much of his time to writing books such as the Bhagavad-gita, the Srimad-Bhagavatam, and many others. Hearing the words -- or reading the writings -- of a realized spiritual master is an essential spiritual practice. So try to set aside some time every day to read Srila Prabhupada's books. You can order them from: http://store.krishna.com/

Associating with devotees

Srila Prabhupada established the Hare Krishna movement to give people in general the chance to associate with devotees of the Lord. This is the best way to gain faith in the process of Krishna consciousness and become enthusiastic in devotional service. Conversely, maintaining intimate connections with nondevotees slows one's spiritual progress. So try to visit the Hare Krishna center nearest you as often as possible.

Preparing for Initiation

Once you have been able to steadily maintain chanting 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna daily on your japa beads along with strictly following the four regulative principles you may firmly commit your heart to a disciple of Srila Prabhupada from whom you will accept formal spiritual initiation. Notify the spiritual master of your desire to be his disciple and then notify your local ISKCON leader who will then administer a written or oral exam to make sure you have a basic understanding of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings. Once you have notified the spiritual master and have passed the exam you may then formally worship your spiritual master by placing his photograph on your altar as follows:

Aerial view:

Radha Krishna

Your Guru ---- Srila Prabhupada ----Panca Tattva

You can arrange the pictures in this manner. In the center and to the back place the picture of Radha and Krishna. On the front left place your guru’s picture. To your guru’s right place Srila Prabhupada. On the far right place Panca Tattva. You should purchase the nicest quality picture frames you can afford as a way of expressing your devotion to Guru and Krishna.

And when offering prasadam you should also chant your guru’s pranam mantra before the other three prayers given above.

nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-tale
srimate –(insert your guru’s name here)--iti namine

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto (insert your guru’s name here), who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet."

Initiation

After another six months of steadily being engaged in chanting at least 16 rounds a day and following the regulative principles, and with the approval of the appropriate ISKCON authority, the disciple can then request the spiritual master to formally initiate him/her as a disciple. This marks the beginning of one’s rapid progress on the pathway back to home, back to Godhead.

In Closing

The beauty of Krishna consciousness is that you can take as much as you're ready for. Krishna Himself promises in the Bhagavad-gita (2.40), "There is no loss or diminution in this endeavor, and even a little advancement on this path protects one from the most fearful type of danger." So bring Krishna into your daily life, and we guarantee you'll feel the benefit.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 21 April 2018

Thought For The Day: The Unparalleled Compassion of Vasudeva Datta

Kaunas, Lithuania

Krishna's pure devotees are very sad to see that so many living beings are suffering in the cycle of birth and death. Therefore they desire that all the fallen, conditioned souls can now be delivered back to home, back to Godhead. Especially Vasudeva Datta is famous for this. He was so compassionate upon the fallen souls of this material existence that he wanted to suffer for the sinful activities of all the people of the world so that Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu might deliver them. In other words, he was willing to take all of their sinful reactions upon himself so that they could become delivered from this material existence. All glories to this greatest of Vaisnavas!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching the Science of Krishna Consciousness in Kaunas, Lithuania


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Global Spiritual Revolution

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Highest Goal is Achievable?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

Is it even possible to achieve the highest goal of self realization with this body susceptible to lust and in this atmosphere surcharged with playfulness?

This is my humble question and I beg your divine grace to kindly answer it.

Begging your mercy,
Your servant,
Visvanath das

Answer: Yes

By the grace of Guru and Gauranga it is possible within one lifetime to attain the supreme perfection of pure love of Godhead in spite of our being in an age which is so much disturbed by lust and frivolousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 20 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Always Absolutely, Totally Dependent Upon Krishna

Kaunas, Lithuania

Our position is that we are totally dependent upon Krishna for everything. Even our very existence depends upon Him. We are not self-manifested. We are Krishna-manifested. We exist only because Krishna is manifesting us from Himself at every minute. Our every breath depends upon Krishna. Our power of digestion depends on Krishna. Our power of speech and hearing depend on Krishna. Even our ability to think depends on Krishna. The list is endless. So there is no question of deciding whether we should depend on Krishna or not. By the very nature of reality we are absolutely, totally dependent upon Krishna in all times, places, and circumstances.

This reminds me of the old saying, "If you can't beat him, join him." So this the only intelligent thing to do. Since we are always completely dependent upon Krishna, we should acknowledge this and always think, speak, and act in accordance with this reality. This is called Krishna consciousness. And this is the only sane attitude or mentality to have because every other viewpoint is sheer madness, total insanity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching the Science of Krishna Consciousness in Kaunas, Lithuania


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Bhagavad-gita 5.16

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Question: Back to Godhead is a Type of Liberation?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I'd like to ask a question. I am confused to understand what is the difference between a person who is aspiring for liberation (which are of 5 types as mentioned in Srila Prabhupada's books) and a devotee who is aspiring to go back home, back to Godhead. Aren't both the same? If not, then what is the fine line which make both of them different from each other?

Kindly guide.

Your servant,
Dayalakshmi Devi Dasi

Answer: Yes

In the Nectar of Devotion Srila Prabhupada describes the five types of liberation as follows:

"There are five kinds of liberation, namely to become one with the Lord, to live with the Supreme Lord on the same planet, to have the same features as the Lord, to enjoy the same opulences as the Lord and to live as a companion of the Lord. A devotee, what to speak of rejecting material sense gratification, does not even want any of the five kinds of liberation. He is satisfied simply by discharging loving service to the Lord. That is the characteristic of pure devotion.”

Aspiring to go back to Godhead is the desire to live with the Supreme Lord on the same planet. So it is one of the five types of liberation. Such a desire is favorable for helping one to achieve the perfectional stage of pure devotional service. However, when one achieves that perfectional stage he is situated beyond desiring any of the five kinds of liberation because he is completely satisfied by rendering loving service to his beloved Lord Krishna whether in this material world or in the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 19 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Worshipping Srila Prabhupada

Kaunas, Lithuania

We do not keep our spiritual master, our most beloved ISKCON Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Astottara Sata Sri Srimad A.C. Bhaktivedanta Tridandi Goswami Maharaja Prabhupada, a secret. Every day in ISKCON temples all over the world we offer him worship in a super joyous public ceremony. We do this out of gratitude because we are unlimitedly indebted to him for his unfathomable kindness upon us. In this way we try to show our appreciation to him for how much he has sacrificed so that we can be delivered from this most hellish material existence.

Here is the beautiful song by Narottama dasa Thakura that we sing every day when we worship Srila Prabhupada:

sri-guru-carana-padma, kevala-bhakati-sadma,
bando mui savadhana mate
jahara prasade bhai, e bhava toriya jai,
krsna-prapti hoy jaha ha'te

The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the only way by which we can attain pure devotional service. I bow to his lotus feet with great awe and reverence. By his grace one can cross the ocean of material suffering and obtain the mercy of Krishna.

guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya,
ar na koriho mane asa
sri-guru-carane rati, ei se uttama-gati,
je prasade pure sarva asa

My only wish is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from his lotus mouth. Attachment to his lotus feet is the perfection that fulfills all desires.

cakhu-dan dilo jei, janme janme prabhu sei,
divya jñan hrde prokasito
prema-bhakti jaha hoite, avidya vinasa jate,
vede gay jahara carito

He opens my darkened eyes and fills my heart with transcendental knowledge. He is my Lord birth after birth. From him ecstatic prema emanates; by him ignorance is destroyed. The Vedic scriptures sing of his character.

sri-guru karuna-sindhu, adhama janara bandhu,
lokanath lokera jivana
ha ha prabhu koro doya, deho more pada-chaya,
ebe jasa ghusuk tribhuvana

Our spiritual master is the ocean of mercy, the friend of the poor, and the lord and master of the devotees. O master! Be merciful unto me. Give me the shade of your lotus feet. Your fame is spread all over the three worlds.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Guru Puja
to Srila Prabhupada in Vrindavana


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Question: Why Kalki Doesn't Use Modern Weapons?

I've seen a photo of Kalki avatara in Bhagavatam where it is depicted that the Lord is killing the demon with a sword. My question is: If there are so many modern weapons which are more lethal and destructive, why would the Lord uses a sword to kill the demons?

Vrusti Kanojia

Answer: Kalki's Sword More Powerful

Lord Kalki’s sword is more lethal and destructive than even the most powerful nuclear weapons.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Should You Hide Your Guru?

Kaunas, Lithuania

Sometimes in ISKCON we hear the idea that you are supposed to hide your guru. But this is not what Srila Prabhupada taught us by his example. If we study the writings, conversations, and lectures of Srila Prabhupada, we will see that he many times publicly mentioned his spiritual master by name. He did not keep his guru a secret. He taught us that the spiritual master's fame is spread all over the three worlds, and he publicly broadcast the glories of his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, many times. For example, here is his famous prayer to his spiritual master, which was written in 1936:

ONE
Adore adore ye all,
The happy day.
Blessed than Heaven,
Sweeter than May.
When He appeared at Puri,
The holy place,
My Lord and Master
His Divine Grace.

TWO
Oh! my Master
The evangelic angel.
Give us thy light,
Light up thy candle.
Struggle for existence
A Human race,
The only hope
His Divine Grace.

THREE
Misled we are
All going astray,
Save us Lord
Our fervent pray,
Wonder thy ways
To turn our face
Adore thy feet
Your Divine Grace.

FOUR
Forgotten Krishna
We fallen souls.
Paying most heavy
The illusion's toll.
Darkness around
All untrace,
The only hope
His Divine Grace.

FIVE
Message of service
Thou has brought.
A healthful life
As Chaitanya wrought.
Unknown to all
It's full of brace.
That's your gift
Your Divine Grace.

SIX
Absolute is sentient
Thou hast proved.
Impersonal calamity
Thou hast moved.
This gives us a life
Anew and fresh.
Worship thy feet
Your Divine Grace.

SEVEN
Had you not come
Who had told,
The message of Krishna
Forceful and bold?
That's your right
You have the mace.
Save me a fallen
Your Divine Grace.

EIGHT
The line of service
As drawn by you,
Is pleasing and healthy
Like morning dew.
The oldest of all
But in new dress
Miracle done
Your Divine Grace.

(His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada delivered this poem at a public gathering in 1936 as a Vyasa Puja homage for his spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati.)

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Appreciation: Unlimited Thanks to You for Being Bhurida (The Most Munificent)

Dear Sankarshan Das Adhikari Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga.

I am extremely sorry for the delay in sending out this mail to you. I am now at Bangladesh and heard about your Pune visit from devotees there. I lamented the loss of missing your association due to my travels to Kolkata and Bangladesh for my outreach services planned a year ago. Nevertheless I received a summary notes points from Pune devotees, which gave me a glimpse into your lectures and your great transcendental enthusiasm. I am very thankful to you for blessing us, Pune devotees, with your twice yearly visits to Pune and showering such Krishna conscious nectar, which leaves deep spiritual impression in all of us!

I love your pure sound vibration for the following reasons :

* You smash sex life to dust, although in our society in modern times some so-called devotees are hovering on a mental plane and not speaking the Truth in a straight-forward manner as Srila Prabhupada did; thus I consider you a genuine follower of Srila Prabhupada in that respect. When you speak like that, even upcoming devotees understand what is to be aspired for.

* Your enthusiasm to surrender to Krishna and vigorously preach gives all of us great hope and strength in our Krishna consciousness, to aspire for the right thing in life. Such examples like you from the generation of Srila Prabhupada's disciples is a great blessing for the next generation, since our faith in your generation is rightly directed, causing us to use all our senses and mind in Lord's service without distraction.

* You never beat around the bush, but you speak honestly as Srila Prabhupada spoke. That is something that makes truth shine like an amalaki fruit in one's hand or like the shining sun in the sky dissipating all darkness! Because of this, your lectures pour out like Ganga's gushing flow without any impediments, causing everyone to delight in the nectar.

I could go on saying many more points to exactly express my heart, but even volumes of pages would only convey a tiny fraction of your glories.

After July 2018, I am cutting down my outstation travels to be more in Pune so that I'll not miss such golden association as yours in future. I'll note your dates of future visits to Pune and not miss them, as I had to do because of previous commitments to Bhaktivedanta Vidyapeetham in Kanpur, Kolkata and other places.

All of us in Pune are eternally indebted to you for your kindness upon us and I beg you to keep showering this grace without fail every year. Thank you so much.

With my sincere prayers at your lotus feet to bless me with sublime qualities of humility, tolerance, respect for all and freedom from false prestige as well as the taste for chanting the Holy Names of Lord offenselessly, I remain. Hare Krishna.

Your servant.
Radheshyam das
President, ISKCON-NVCC, Pune

Reply: Your Kind Appreciation Encourages Me Greatly

My Dear Radheshyam Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances_/\ò_.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Thank you very much for your wonderfully kind words of appreciation of my humble attempt to push forward this Krishna consciousness movement for the deliverance of the suffering souls of this material world. Your appreciation encourages me greatly to continue pushing forward this most glorious movement until my last dying breath. Although I am personally lacking and deficient in so many ways, I am simply trying to obey Srila Prabhupada’s order to make a spiritual revolution on this planet by awakening the dormant Krishna consciousness within the hearts of all.

Hoping this meets you in good health,
Always your humble servant,

Sankarshan Das

 

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Thought For The Day: How to Be Fearless

Riga, Latvia

In his purport to the Bhagavad-gita (Chapter Ten, Verse 4-5) Srila Prabhupada reveals the secret of how to be fearless:

"Fear is due to worrying about the future. A person in Krishna consciousness has no fear because by his activities he is sure to go back to the spiritual sky, back home, back to Godhead. Therefore his future is very bright. Others, however, do not know what their future holds; they have no knowledge of what the next life holds. So they are therefore in constant anxiety. If we want to get free from anxiety, then the best course is to understand Krishna and be situated always in Krishna consciousness. In that way we will be free from all fear."

Let us all take advantage of Srila Prabhupada's most sublime teachings and become absolutely fearless.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna's Pure Devotee Is Unlimitedly Blissful


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Question: How to Be Always Energized in Krishna Consciousness?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

How to always be energized in Krishna consciousness?

When I am on traveling sankirtana I can eat and preach. There is always plenty of energy. When I am in temple I eat and and always sleep. No energy. I just want to know how can I perfectly regulate my eating and sleeping. Because after all these years I want to come to a balanced life.

Your servant,

L. Das

Answer: Regularly Beg Krishna For It

The way to stay always energized in Krishna consciousness is to continuously beg as much as possible every day to Guru and Krishna that your thoughts, words, and deeds in all times, places and circumstances may be fully pleasing to them.

For regulating your eating and sleeping in the temple, go out every day for preaching activities such as harinama sankirtana and book distribution. The temple is not a place for eating and sleeping. It is place to charge your spiritual batteries for going out every day to save the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 16 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Krishna's Amazing Pastimes

Riga, Latvia

Krishna is very powerful as described in the Brahma-samhita 5.32:

"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, whose transcendental form is full of bliss, truth, substantiality and is thus full of the most dazzling splendor. Each of the limbs of that transcendental figure possesses in Himself, the full-fledged functions of all the organs, and eternally sees, maintains and manifests the infinite universes, both spiritual and mundane."

But He appears in this world as an ordinary child to attract all the living beings in this material world with His amazing pastimes. This is His great pleasure and also His great kindness upon us.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Mother Yasoda Binds Krishna With Rope


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Question: Why Yasoda Bound Krishna With Rope?

For a long time I have been following you via the Internet. Recently I was very, very much delighted to have your personal association. My question to you is: Why did Mother Yasoda bind Krishna with rope?

Your servant,
Chandan

Answer: Because He Was a Naughty Boy

Mother Yasoda tied up Krishna with rope because He was a naughty boy. When Mother Yasoda was out the room He broke the butter pot in which Mother Yasoda had been churning butter. Then He was eating the butter and also feeding it to the monkeys.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 15 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Love Krishna's Devotees

Riga, Latvia

Krishna says that unless we are the devotees of His devotees we are not His devotees. Therefore, if we want to be Krishna conscious we must love Krishna's devotees, not theoretically, but in the actual quality of our dealings with them. In other words, our tone of voice, our attitude, our body language, our behavior, everything about how we relate with Krishna's devotees should be pleasing to them. When we master this art of always having loving dealings with Krishna's devotees, our spiritual life will become solid, we will be unlimitedly happy, and the whole world will join this movement so that they can experience the genuine pure love they have never ever experienced before in this world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Question: Krishna Conscious Vegans?

Hare Krishna.

Can a person follow Krishna Consciousness if he/she is a vegan?

Thank you.

Hare Krishna

James

Answer: Vegans Are Most Welcome

Vegans are most welcome to follow the principles of Krishna consciousness. In fact they are many steps ahead of most others, who are still habituated to eating meat, fish, and eggs. We appreciate also that vegans are very disturbed at the ways the cows are being exploited for their milk and then sent to slaughterhouse when they stop giving milk.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 14 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Happiness When in Distress

Riga, Latvia

The process of Krishna consciousness is so wonderful that one can experience genuine happiness even when one is in great distress. How is that possible? It can be done simply by seeing how Krishna is blessing you with His causeless mercy at every moment giving full facility for you to remember that this material world is not your real home, that your real home is to be back with Him as a participant in His transcendental pastimes in that most wondrous spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead


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Question: How to Have Deep Deity Darsana?

Hare Krishna!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Srimati Gurumata!

nama om visnu padaya krsna prestaya bhutale
srimate sankarsana dasa adhikariti namine
namo prabhupadanuga prema-murti krpatmane
gauradesa-vikasartha-uttama bhakti varsine

My Dear Srila Gurudeva,

In one of the lectures in Pune recently, you instructed to take deep darsana of the Deities. So when I went for the last darsana of Sri Sri Radha Vrindavana Candra for this trip before leaving for Delhi, I remembered this instruction but could not understand how to do it. I simply had darsana from His lotus feet to face. I humbly request to enlighten how to have deep darsana of the Deities.

Your insignificant servant in the dust of your lotus feet,
Guru Vandana devi dasi

Answer: Beg Them for Eyes of Love

When taking darsana of the Deities you can pray to Them, begging that They give you eyes of love so that you can behold Them in Their full splendor.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 13 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Avoid Charlatan So-Called Gurus

Riga, Latvia

Nowadays many so-called gurus teach bogus watered-down versions of the science of Krishna consciousness, the science of self-realization. Many of them earn quite a good living by doing so. They teach that you can continue to indulge in sex and at the same time achieve spiritual perfection. But the real fact is that spiritual realization and sex pleasure go ill together. A Krishna conscious person, even if he is married, avoids sex completely. But if he is not able to do so, he will have sex with his wife only for producing saintly children. And that he will do only according to the regulative principles of having sex only once in month sex on the fifth or sixth day after the woman's menstrual cycle and after the husband and wife have both chanted at least 50 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Question: How to Cultivate Chanting?

I have taste for sravanam (hearing) and am able to hear about Krishna from lectures by devotees on Youtube for hours together also at the temple sometimes. I also can keep listening to Krishna music and bhajans while I am working, However I am simply unable to complete more than 2 rounds of chanting per day even though I have been associated with ISKCON for at least 20 years now.

My daily worship includes: Worshipping a Radha-Krishna photo every morning and evening by offering them flowers, a lamp, and incense; offering water and fruits; reading Prabhupada's books; and chanting 2 rounds daily. I spend about 1-2 hours daily on worship.in this manner.

Also try to adhere to regulative principles with exception of onions, garlic, tea, and coffee.

Please guide me how to cultivate chanting.

Hare Krishna,
Vivek

Answer: Fast Until Your Rounds Are Done

If you have difficulty in chanting the prescribed minimum of at least sixteen rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala every day, you should fast every day until you have completed your daily quota of rounds. Start gradually by first going to four rounds, then when you are steady at four go to eight rounds, then twelve rounds, and then finally at least sixteen rounds. In this way you will get such a sweet taste from chanting that you will forget your nasty habits of onions, garlic, tea, and coffee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 12 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Become a Moon and Enlighten the World

Helsinki, Finland

Srila Prabhupada explains in a Srimad Bhagavatam lecture that he gave in New York on 29 November 1973 as follows:

"So try to preach this cult. But not that everyone will accept, but even a few percent, one percent of the whole population accept. Just like in the sky, there is one moon only and there are millions of stars. They're useless. What is the value of the millions of stars? But one moon, oh, dissipate the whole darkness of night. Similarly, at least those who have taken to Krishna consciousness, you become, each of you become a moon and enlighten the world. These so-called glow-worms, they'll not be able to do anything. That's a fact. Don't remain a glow-worm. Just become a sun and moon. Then you will..., people will be happy, you will be happy."

The example of the moon is given here by Srila Prabhupada because even though millions of stars cannot do much to brighten the night, one moon can light up the whole night sky. Those who are serious about Krishna consciousness will take it as their personal responsibility to become moonlike devotees who can enlighten the entire world with Krishna consciousness. And they will beg Krishna to bless them with the divine empowerment to do so.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Speaks


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Question: Attentive Chanting Reduces All Offenses?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

I heard one lecture by you about the 10 offenses while chanting, and you said that the 11th offense (inattentive chanting ) encapsulates the other ten.

So if one really tries hard for being attentive, would this make the other ten offenses fall away or far easier to avoid?

Since you accepted me, I have seen that a lot more taste comes for chanting, and it’s even easy to chant in my mind while at work. It’s like I’m tuned into radio Krishna automatically!

Obviously I need to ensure I keep this up. Hence the question.

Sincerely,
Uddhava Das

Answer: Absolutely!

My Dear Uddhava Das,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Absolutely! Yes, this is a fact. The more you intensify your focus/concentration on the holy names, the more, by Their grace, all offenses will fall away. But this does not mean you should ignore the other offenses. By carefully avoiding the other offenses, your focus/concentration on the holy names will naturally increase. Factually, the more you can carefully avoid any one of the offenses, the more you will naturally avoid the other offenses. In this way, by carefully avoiding all of the offenses, while simultaneously intensifying your focus on the holy names you will snowball your spiritual advancement, and you will quickly enter into the mood of pure devotional service.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 11 April 2018

Back to Europe

Pune, India

After an inconceivably sublime visit of several weeks to the holy land of India we are now going to the next destination on our life-long world-deliverance mission.

We are heading out to Europe. I have many wonderful disciples there, and we are going to be having many exciting adventures there chanting Hare Krishna and relishing the sublime person Krishna and the process of fully absorbing ourselves in Krishna. What could more sublime than dedicating our lives to both awakening our own Krishna consciousness and the Krishna consciousness sleeping in the hearts of all the conditioned souls of this material world? I cannot imagine anything more relishable than this!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sharing Bhakti Bliss in Pune


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Problem: I Don't Know What To Do

Hare Krishna Gurudeva,

My humble obeisance and pranams to you!
Thank you very much for responding to my mail.

My wife is not working and she and my children are dependent on me. My elder son is 19 years old and younger one 14 years.

She is not however against Krishna consciousness, but she herself is somehow unable to take it up. I have asked (rather requested) her to chant at least one round along with children, as they learn from their mother. But now my sons are grown-up and may be little more difficult to mold them.

I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to be very strict with them as it may give opposite results. Maybe it is the result of our past karma.

Yours unworthy servant,
L.M.

Solution: Give Your Life to Krishna

Srila Prabhupada’s wife was also not into Krishna consciousness. He did not let this stop him from fully surrendering to carrying out the order of his Guru Maharaja to spread the Krishna consciousness movement.

So you should fully take up Krishna consciousness giving your life fully to Krishna as an initiated devotee, even if your family has zero interest in Krishna consciousness. They will benefit unlimitedly from your example.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Krishna's Childhood Fun

Pune, India

Srila Prabhupada wonderfully describes in his Krishna Book one of the funniest childhood pastimes of Krishna:

"Both Balarama and Krishna began to crawl on Their hands and knees. When They were crawling like that, They pleased Their mothers. The bells tied to Their waist and ankles sounded fascinating, and They would move around very pleasingly. Sometimes, just like ordinary children, They would be frightened by others and would immediately hurry to Their mothers for protection. Sometimes They would fall into the clay and mud of Vrindavana and would approach Their mothers smeared with clay and saffron. They were actually smeared with saffron and sandalwood pulp by Their mothers, but due to crawling over muddy clay, They would simultaneously smear Their bodies with clay. As soon as They would come crawling to Their mothers, Yasoda and Rohini would take Them on their laps and, covering Them with the lower portion of their saris, allow Them to suck their breasts. When the babies were sucking their breasts, the mothers would see small teeth coming in. Thus their joy would be intensified to see their children grow. Sometimes the naughty babies would crawl up to the cowshed, catch the tail of a calf and stand up. The calves, being disturbed, would immediately begin running here and there, and the children would be dragged over clay and cow dung. To see this fun, Yasoda and Rohini would call all their neighborhood friends, the gopis. Upon seeing these childhood pastimes of Lord Krishna, the gopis would be merged in transcendental bliss. In their enjoyment they would laugh very loudly."

The pastimes of Krishna are so wonderful that simply by remembering them and relishing them our lives becomes perfect. What could be more amazing than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Dragged by a Calf


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Question: Why Am I Missing Krishna?

Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaja,

I need your help. When I am feeling deeply attached to my Gopala (Krishna) I have feelings of missing Him very much, and I start crying. Please tell me why is this happening to me?

Your servant,
Nikke

Answer: This Is Love

You are being blessed with feelings of love of God. So now you must surrender yourself to Him accepting Him as your eternal master. This is done under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 9 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Divine Sex Life

Pune, India

In order to be properly situated in Krishna consciousness householders must restrict their sex life to no more than once a month when they are trying to have a child. When they are not trying to have a child there should no be sex life. That once a month sex is to be done five days after the woman's menstrual cycle because she is most likely to conceive a child on that day. Also, both the husband and wife should chant at least 50 rounds of japa mala before having sex on that day and they should also have their Guru Maharaja's blessings for trying to have a Krishna conscious child. Any sex life beyond this is illicit and must be avoided by those who are serious about getting out of the cycle of birth and death and going back to Godhead. Sex life executed according these principles is divine and will attract a great saint to take birth in the mother's womb.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Question: How Do You Like My Prayer?

My Dear Respected Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances to your lotus feet.
All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyuttanam adharmasya
tadatmanam srjamyaham

[ "Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion, at that time I descend Myself."Bg 4.7]

I made a prayer inspired from this verse of Bhagavad-gita as follows. Please tell how you like it.

"Dear Lord Sri Krishna, I pray to You that since my life has become more and more ungodly and sinful, I begging my dear Lord, that You please come into my life and make it a life of true religion."

Sincerely,
Kaspars

Answer: I Love It!

From: ISKCON Pune, India

My Dear Kaspars,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am very happy that you are lamenting your fallen position and praying for Krishna's mercy that you may become uplifted into pure spiritual life. If you will pray like this every day as much possible and chant 16 rounds of Hare Krishna daily in this mood, your spiritual life will bloom like a a sublimely beautiful lotus flower.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 8 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Transforming this World into a Paradise

Pune, India

Even though our present day world leaders have turned this planet into a hellish nightmare, if they will now take guidance from the expert spiritual master, this entire world can be transformed into a spiritual paradise. This is confirmed by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who writes as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, First Canto, Chapter 5, Text 23: "The expert spiritual master knows the art of utilizing everything to glorify the Lord, and therefore under his guidance the whole world can be turned into the spiritual abode by the divine grace of the Lord's servant." Therefore may all the leaders of the global society now agree to take guidance from the expert spiritual master so that all living beings on this planet can now become peaceful and happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Question: How to Conquer Depression?

Hare Krishna Maharaja,

I need your guidance on the below subject, please help me. I have been suffering from mild chronic depression for the last 21 years. Can chanting cure my depression? And what does scripture say about depression?

Please help.

Your servant,
V

Answer: Be Krishna Conscious, Not Me Conscious

As confirmed in Srimad Bhagavatam 11.25.18, depression is a symptom of someone who is in the mode of ignorance. You are depressed because you are meditating on your own happiness or lack of happiness. If you will instead think of Krishna's happiness by always endeavoring to make Krishna happy by your every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances, your heart will immediately be filled with transcendental bliss, and the bliss ocean of your heart will go on increasing unlimitedly forever. In short, instead of being me conscious, you must now become Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 7 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Leaving Vrindavana

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

The hardest part of coming to Vrindavana is leaving Vrindavana. To be residing in that place where Lord Sri Krishna had and is still having His most intimate pastimes is certainly a most thrilling and exhilarating experience. So one could easily become depressed when it comes time to leave Vrindavana. But if we will embrace Lord Caitanya's world deliverance by creating a Vrindavana atmosphere all over the world, we will be living in Vrindavana at every moment and we will never be separated from Lord Krishna and His transcendental abode.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Tasting the Sweetest Nectar In Vrindavana


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Friday 6 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Help Us Deliver the World

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today we are heading out from Sri Vrindavana Dhama to spread the science of bhakti to the fallen, conditioned souls of this world. Our goal given to us by Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada is to spark off a global spiritual revolution. Kindly assist us in our world deliverance mission. Your life will be glorious and the entire global society will become truly glorious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Always Be Happy in Krishna Consciousness




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Question: How to Become Your Disciple?

Respected Gurudeva,

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

I want to know what is the process to become your disciple.

Your insignificant servant,
Rudra Prakash Trivedi
from Hardoi Uttarpradesh, India

Answer: Chant 16 Rounds and Follow these Principles

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama

My Dear Rudra,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am very happy that you want to know how to become a disciple. This is most important because Krishna says that unless you are the devotee of His devotee you are not His devotee. What this means is that unless you become a disciple of a bona fide guru you cannot go back to home, back to Godhead. You will remain caught up perpetually in the most miserable cycle of birth, death, old age, and disease.

To become a disciple you must become fixed in the vow of chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads every day along with the strict avoidance of illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication,and gambling.

Once you are fixed in these vows, I will accept you as my duly initiated disciple and I will guide you how to go back to home, back to Godhead after leaving your present material body.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 5 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Krishna Consciousness is Better Than Sex

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

In material life sex is the number one attraction. Indeed it is sometimes said that whole world spins on sex desire. That's how prominent it is. So how is it that a Krishna conscious person can completely give up sex without being agitated by a suppressed desire for it?

The answer is quite simple. Krishna consciousness is better than sex, and there is not much more to be said in this connection. One simply has to be trained how to be properly situated in Krishna consciousness. Then he will able to relish at every moment a pleasure much greater than the so-called pleasure of sex. Thus sex pleasure will no longer appeal to him because he will see it as something that lowers his consciousness rather than elevating it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Krishna Consciousness: The Supreme Pleasure


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Question: Why Can't We Offer Meat to Krishna?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances onto your lotus feet.

I was preaching to one of my material friends about Krishna consciousness and how wrong and devastating it is to eat non-vegetarian food. His reply was that plants also have life. And I said that when we offer the plants to Krishna He forgives us of all sin. His reply was that if Krishna can take away the sin of killing the plants, which have life, then we can also offer the flesh of animals (which also have life) to Krishna and He can forgive us of that sin also! I couldn't reply to his point. I need your guidance in this regard!

Always seek your blessings and guidance!

Your servant!
Your spiritual daughter!

Anamika

Answer: Krishna Decides What He Will Accept

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama

My Dear Anamika,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Krishna is the supreme authority. He has agreed to take away the sins of killing the plants if they are offered to Him with love and devotion. But He has not agreed to do the same if we kill animals. This is up to Krishna to decide what He will do and not to. It is not up to your friend what Krishna will do and not do.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Gratify Your Real Self

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Material sense gratification is death because it destroys your spiritual consciousness. Serving Krishna, on the other hand, is gratification of your self because when Krishna is satisfied you become unlimitedly satisfied. So who is that fool who would not give up material sense gratification and become a pure devotee of Krishna?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Material Sense Gratification Destroys
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Question: How to Attain Pure Attachment?

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 wonderful devotees.

Dear Srila Gurudeva, I was reading Caitanya-caritamrita Adi Lila, Chapter 4, Texts 164-180, and I was thinking, "What is this love of the gopis which is called firm attachment?" Even my thoughts have no access to understand it. It means that at every moment one's thoughts, words, and deeds are simply for the pleasure of Krishna's senses. That is what I hear in Your Divine Grace's lectures. But I can't understand it, it's like a great treasure which is inaccessible. How to access this attachment?

Thank you.

Your insignificant servant,
Lila Manjari Devi dasi

Answer: Intensely Beg For It

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama

My Dear Lila Manjari,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Firm attachment means to only think of the pleasure of one’s beloved without even the slightest tinge of a desire for one’s own personal pleasure.

To access this unlimited treasure is not difficult. You simply have to beg for it with great intensity again and again and again until you finally get it. Even if you have to go on begging for millions of lifetimes, you will never stop begging. This is the price you must pay to gain the ultimate perfection of firm attachment.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 3 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Don't Waste Your Life

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

The human form of life is only achieved after undergoing millions of changes of body in the lower species. Therefore we should not waste this rare opportunity by running after material sense gratification like the animals. Rather we should use it for one purpose and one purpose only, to awaken our dormant Krishna consciousness and go back home, back to Godhead. There is not much more to be said in this connection. Simply we have to be intelligent and do the needful. Otherwise our lives will be catastrophic, a royal nightmare.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Question: Why Should I Believe in God?

Respected Maharaja, when your God can do nothing for me then why should I believe in Him? Man gets nothing in this world except what he earns for himself. When everything is karma then why should I fear God? If your Krishna is real then tell Him to show His grace and mercy.

Vijay

Answer: Your Very Existence Depends on Him

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama

My Dear Vijay,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Your very existence depends on Him at very moment. By His grace your heart is beating. He is the one who supplies you with air, sunshine, food, clothing, and water. He has established the law of karma to punish and reward you for sinful and pious deeds if you choose to remain away from Him. But He also gives you the path of liberation how you can transcend the law of karma and attain your original eternal youthful life full of knowledge and full of bliss as one of His intimate associates in the spiritual world.

Fear of God is for the fools. Those who are wise enter into a sweet, loving relationship with that all-beautiful, all-powerful, all-merciful, all-knowing, all-wealthy, all-renounced, and all-famous person who is the source of all existence. They regain their original, eternal identity in His transcendental pastimes in the spiritual sky as one of His dearmost associates.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 2 April 2018

Thought For The Day: Sex Won't Take You Back to Godhead

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Sex pleasure binds us to misidentify ourselves with our gross material body and thus remain entangled in the cycle of repeated birth and death. Therefore those who aspire for self-realization completely give up having sex. Or if they want to have children to raise them in Krishna consciousness (a truly noble and beautiful spiritual desire), they only engage in sex for procreation, strictly avoiding recreational sex. Since the most likely time to impregnate one's wife is just after her monthly menstrual cycle, aspiring transcendalists who want to have children will have sex only once a month just after their wife's menstrual cycle. And to purify the act of conception for bringing a highly advanced spiritualist into the world, the husband and wife will both chant at least 50 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala before they engage in sex. Such sex is glorious and is described by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita to be Krishna Himself. Any sex besides this will bind one to take birth again in the material world in order to satisfy his sexual propensities. Therefore such illicit sex is strictly avoided by those who are serious about being Krishna conscious. They consider it to a useless waste of time and worse than death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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"Sex Won't Take You Back to Godhead"

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Question: How to Stop Sex Desire?

I happened to see you giving a Srimad Bhagavatam class on Vrindavan.tv just now. You mentioned you can help anyone relieve themselves of sexual desire if they email you. I need help.

My background: I have been very interested in Prabhupada’s teachings for the last 3 years - reading Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Nectar of Devotion, and now starting the Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1.

I am not even to the level of being a neophyte devotee yet. So I have much to learn. I would love to talk more with you especially on stopping my sex and lust desires. I truly believe the only way to follow this path is to remain celibate but I find it impossible.

Thank you and Hare Krishna

(name withheld for confidentiality)

Answer: Develop a Higher Taste

Unless one gets a higher taste it is impossible to give up a lower taste. But if you will regularly chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra early every morning with deep attention, you will gradually develop a taste that is so sublime that you will forget about all material pleasures. I know this from the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and from my own personal experience.

I will be most likely giving the morning lecture at our Los Angeles temple on June 27 and 28, and I hope to meet you personally at that time.

Feel free to write me further to get more detailed advice.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 1 April 2018

Awaken Your Dormant Krishna Consciousness

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Don't cheat yourself, punish yourself by remaining in illusion and confusion. Come back to your original identity, which is indeed you eternal identity. Come back to being who you really are, the eternal servant of Krishna. You will taste unlimited bliss and experience unlimited love. Do it today. It will be the greatest decision you ever made in all of eternity. Do right now!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna is Inviting Us to Come Home


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Question: How to Meditate on Krishna?

My Dear Respected Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances to your lotus feet.
All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

How should I accept and meditate on Lord Sri Krishna: as the Supreme Personality of Godhead Bhagavan full of oppulence, power and glory? As the source and cause of all that exists? Or maybe as Krishna Who is my friend, brother? Or like my child, a cowherd boy who plays His flute and is within my heart?

Sincerely,
Kaspars

Answer: As Your Best Friend With Unlimited Opulences

From: Sri Vrindavan Dhama

My Dear Kaspars,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Meditate on Him as your best friend, Who is sitting within your heart, Who happens to possess unlimited power, beauty, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, and fame, Who is the source of all existence, and Who is playing the role of being a cowherd boy in Vrindavana, Who is always afraid of His mother’s whipping stick and Who is the most beloved of all the cowherd girls, especially Srimati Radharani.

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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