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Sunday 22 July 2018

Thought For The Day: The World Religion

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

On 4 January 1972, when he was in Bombay, India, Srila Prabhupada wrote as follows to his disciple Krishna Bhamini devi dasi:

"If we introduce these books in all the bookstores, schools, colleges, libraries and everyone's home our religion will be the only religion in the world very soon. This prediction has been made publicly here in one newspaper, by a Japanese philosopher, that within ten years Krishna Consciousness will be the world religion. If you all keep preaching in such a pure way this will undoubtedly prove true."

Although it did not happen that by 1982 Krishna became the world religion, it is still possible that we can make Krishna consciousness the world religion. This can be accomplished if we purely follow Srila Prabhupada, purely preach his mission, and introduce his books everywhere. So let's do it. Let us now work co-operatively and bring the entire society to the platform of the world religion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Establishes the World Religion


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Try to Make the World Krishna Conscious?

Namaste,

The teachings of Sri Prabhupada are very profound and enlightening. But why the urge to change entire world to Krishna consciousness? Many people are already following God in other names like Shiva, Jesus, Allah and all religions want the entire world to follow their path. Because of this we see so many conflicts.

I don't think a day will come when entire world will follow one religion.

Can I use a neutral name like God or use the mantra we are using in our home "om namah shivaya" instead of Krishna and get same results?

Regards,
Shivanand

Answer: So That People Will Be Happy

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Shivanand,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

There is already only one religion: to surrender to that Supreme Person with unlimited names (Krishna, Allah, Jehovah, Rama, etc.) who is the source of all existence. This one religion can be called Krishna consciousness, Allah consciousness, Jehovah consciousness, etc. The more that the world population can embrace this one religion, the more the whole world will be peaceful and happy. Therefore out of compassion on the suffering souls of this world, those who are saintly dedicate their lives for awakening the entire human society to this one religion.

Kindly note that Shiva and Jesus are not names for the Supreme Person. Lord Shiva and Lord Jesus are both pure devotees of that Supreme Person. We worship them, not as God, but as pure devotees of Krishna or God.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 21 July 2018

Thought For The Day: The Art of Dying Joyously

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

There is one thing that we all have to experience sooner or later, and that is death. We prefer to block it out of our minds and pretend that it will never happen. But this is not very intelligent because we all know that it IS going to happen. It is not a matter of "if." It is a matter of "when." If one understands that this human form of life is meant for one purpose only, to attain spiritual perfection and thus enter into the spiritual world, he can accept death joyously as life's final exam, which if passed guarantees one's entrance into the spiritual world, where life is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge. So how do you pass this final exam? It's very simple. You simply have to remember God at the time of death. So how do you prepare yourself? It's very simple. You simply have to remember God always. In this way when death comes you are automatically covered. Krishna consciousness is the art of always remembering God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Destination of the Pure Devotees


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Function of the Tongue in Meditation?

What is the function of tongue in meditation?

Rohit Bains

Answer: To Vibrate the Holy Names of God

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Rohit,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The tongue is very important because it is used to vibrate the holy names of God. The ear is used to hear the vibration created by the tongue. One then absorbs his mind in Krishna and enters into a state of pure transcendental bliss.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 20 July 2018

Thought For The Day: Please Support Our World Deliverance Mission

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

The entire human population is suffering like anything without Krishna consciousness. Therefore to relieve them from their current misery and save them from going down to the animal kingdom in their next births we want to attract the whole world to join our Ultimate Self Realization Course to train them how to awaken their dormant Krishna consciousness. My disciple, Amala Purana Das, who is advertising our course on Google, has found an effective way of advertising that is bringing in hundreds of new subscribers every day. Because of his noble efforts we have recently added over 2,000 new subscribers to our e-course. The advertising is billed on a pay-per-click basis, so there is substantial expense required for this dynamic growth. Thus I am requesting you, my students, disciples, and followers to kindly pitch in and contribute something to help fund this highly successful advertising campaign. Those who assist our world deliverance mission will be greatly blessed by Lord Sri Krishna. Thus we encourage everyone to take advantage of this most auspicious opportunity by going to:

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Chanting Hare Krishna in New York City


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Guide My Wife?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

I have a serious problem in my life. I beg for your blessings and mercy. I am married and have two children. My wife was chanting for 10 years and suddenly she has stopped chanting. My heart is breaking by seeing this. What should I do? Please help me, I beg at your lotus feet.

I want to help her, but I don't know how. I beg for your blessings and mercy.

Your aspiring servant

Answer: Tell Her That She Must Chant

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Student,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

You must be strong in your own daily chanting of at least 16 rounds and then preach to her strongly that without surrendering to Krishna she will go down to animal kingdom in her next birth. She will not go back to home, back to Godhead. Tell her that if she desires genuine happiness, she must chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day on her japa mala beads. Also if she does not chant, she will set a very bad example for the children.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 19 July 2018

Thought For The Day: You Can Attain Unlimited Bliss

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

There is no need for you to continue to suffer in this material existence when instead you can attain the state of unlimited bliss. My most beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada instructed one of his disciples very nicely how one can attain the state of unlimited bliss. Here is what he wrote:

"I have noted your unbounded enthusiasm to carry out this great mission of spreading the light of love of Godhead in this hellish material world. That is the only requirement for successfully completing the perfection of the living condition, that you should always be enthusiastic to perform services unto the lotus feet of the Lord despite all obstacles, and then you can be assured that all of the other qualities or necessities for pure devotional service will be met, such as patience, determination, etc. and then without doubt you shall be delivered to the realm of unlimited bliss, freed from all anxieties."

From this we understand that if we are always enthusiastic to engage ourselves 24 hours daily in the service of Lord Sri Krishna we will enter into the most sublime state of unlimited bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Why Suffer When You Can Relish Unlimited Bliss?


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Krishna Conscious During Misfortune?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

We keep Lord Krishna at the center of everything. When something bad or unfortunate occurs around us, how to justify it? How to think and keep Krishna at the core then?

Thank you,
Rashmi

Answer: Misfortune is Also Krishna's Mercy

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Rashmi,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

When one is Krishna conscious he sees that nothing bad ever happens to him. He sees that the loving hand of Krishna is blessing him at every moment by bringing him closer and closer to Krishna in each and every situation, even the so-called bad situations. He sees that everything that happens to him is Krishna’s mercy for bringing him back as soon as possible to his original, pure loving relationship with Krishna.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Thought For The Day: Let Me Take You Home

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

I want to take you home, back to your original identity that you once had in the spiritual world before you fell down into this miserable material existence. All you have to do is follow my simple instructions. Are you ready to enter into the spiritual sky, that abode where there is no birth, no death, no old age, and no disease? If so, I am ready to take you there.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Come With Me Back to the Spiritual Sky


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Question: True Meaning of Love?

I have a question to you, Sir. Please help me. I want to know what is the true meaning of love.

Ananya Dey Sikder

Answer: Give Yourself to Krishna

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Ananya,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The true meaning of love is to fully give yourself to Lord Sri Krishna, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence. Just as when you water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are nourished, when you give your love to Krishna, you become the perfect lover of every living being throughout all of existence, including even the plants, animals, and microbial germs.

This art of giving your loving service to Krishna is learned by becoming a disciple of the bona fide spiritual master, who then trains you how to become absolutely perfect in the art of love.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Thought For The Day: Every Moment is Unlimitedly Valuable

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Every moment of your life is more valuable than all of the wealth of this entire material existence multiplied millions and billions and trillions of times. This is why your should never waste a single moment by not being Krishna conscious. In other words, there is nothing more essential or important than being Krishna conscious at every moment for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Don't Waste a Single Moment


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Most Magical Thing?

What's the most magical thing about life?

Shubham Singh

Answer: Krishna

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Shubham,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Krishna is the most magical because He is the source of all existence. Everything comes from Him. What could be more magical than this?

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 16 July 2018

Thought For The Day: What Could Be More Sublime than This?

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Why be miserable when you can instead relish unlimited bless within your heart by being Krishna conscious? How does this work? Why does being conscious of Krishna catapult us into a state of ever-increasing, unlimited bliss?

The answer is that we are already pure devotees of Krishna, His eternal associates who participate in His unlimitedly blissful divine pastimes in the spiritual world. The only reason we are suffering now in the repetition of birth, death, old age, and disease is that we have forgotten that Krishna is our eternal lord and that we are His eternal servants. So simply by remembering Him and engaging ourselves in His devotional service once again we will gradually wake up and realize our actual eternal identities that we have in the spiritual world and then factually regain or re-enter into them. What could be more sublime than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Unlimited Bliss in the Spiritual World


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Request: Help Me to Be Krishna Conscious

Dear Sir,

Before two years ago I was in depression/identity crisis. I was searching for my identity, and I did meditation regularly. But when I joined ISKCON, (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness), I had a sudden spiritual awakening experience. After that my life has changed a lot. Before this I was an atheist. Now that I am inclined towards spirituality I need the blessings and guidance of a guru. So kindly help me.

Nirmalaya S.

Answer: Follow These Guidelines

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Nirmalaya,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I will be most happy to guide you how to attain spiritual perfection. Kindly follow the guidelines contained in this article:

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

And feel free to inquire from me to your full satisfaction.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 15 July 2018

Thought For The Day: My Life's Two Most Important Goals

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

The two most important goals of my life are:

1. Become a completely pure devotee who is qualified to see Krishna face-to-face at every moment. I desire this because is Srila Prabhupada personally instructed me to do this in a letter dated 18 December 1972 from Bombay, India: "Now you just apply yourself for becoming qualified to see Krishna face-to-face."

2. Delivering all of the suffering humanity back to home, back to Godhead. I desire this because my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada has ordered me to be Krishna conscious and has defined a person who is Krishna conscious in the following way in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, 4th Canto, Chapter 12, Text 36 as follows: "A Krishna conscious being is always engaged in planning how to take all of suffering humanity back home, back to Godhead."

Thus on the order of my spiritual master I am praying to Lord Sri Krishna that I can now see Him face-to-face and that I can now spark off a global spiritual revolution for delivering the entire suffering humanity back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Life Without Krishna Consciousness is Hell


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Stop Masturbation?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

I have very sensitive questions to ask you. I hope that you wouldn't mind answering as they are based on Krishna Consciousness.

1) How stop Masturbation? How to stop this urge, how to control it?

2) Is masturbation considered as illicit sex?

Now I follow only three of the four regulative principles: No meat eating, no intoxication, and no gambling. But this "no illicit sex" I am not able to follow. It always disturbs me. Please save me!! I am suffering here. Please teach me how to stop these lustful activities. I want to concentrate on my Krishna consciousness. I am seeking your advice. Thank you so much, Srila Gurudeva.
Your Servant.

H.

Answer: Pray to Krishna For Happiness in Remembering Him

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear H.,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The way to stop masturbation is that you do not touch your genitals. You must stop it because it deprives you of your duration of life. It spoils your power of memory and it forces you to take birth in the animal kingdom in your next birth. Semina is only meant to be discharged for making one’s wife pregnant. Any other discharge of semina is illicit sex. When your mind becomes too much disturbed pray to Krishna that you can experience perfect happiness simply by remembering Him with no need of genital stimulation.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 14 July 2018

Thought For The Day: The Unlimited Compassion of Vasudeva Datta

New Orleans, USA

There is truly no greater devotee than Vasudeva Datta. He is one of the intimate associates of Lord Caitanya and he prays as follows:

jivera papa laña muñi karon naraka bhoga
sakala jivera, prabhu, ghucaha bhava-roga

“My dear Lord, let me suffer perpetually in a hellish condition, accepting all the sinful reactions of all living entities. Please finish their diseased material life.”

Just see the unlimited depth of his compassion. He is praying for the deliverance of all the poor souls who are caught up in the cycle of birth and death. He is willing to take all of their sinful reactions upon himself and suffer perpetually in hell so that they can be delivered back to home, back to Godhead.

Because of his intense devotion he was very, very dear to Lord Caitanya as described here by Srila Prabhupada:

"Vasudeva Datta was such a powerful devotee that Krishna was purchased by him. Vasudeva Datta stayed at Srivasa Pandita’s house, and in the Caitanya-bhagavata it is described that Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu was so pleased with Vasudeva Datta and so affectionate toward him that He used to say, 'I am only Vasudeva Datta’s man. My body is only meant to please Vasudeva Datta, and he can sell Me anywhere.' Thrice He vowed that this was a fact and that no one should disbelieve these statements. 'All My dear devotees,' He said, 'I tell you the truth. My body is especially meant for Vasudeva Datta.'"

So just see how much Lord Caitanya reciprocates with those who are fully dedicated to His world deliverance. This is a hint for us on we also can become intimate associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, if we are intelligent enough to desire this.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Bestows Special Mercy on Those Who Are Fully Dedicated to His World Deliverance Mission


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Mind Disturbed by Chanting

Guru Maharaja,

Dandvats

My mind gets disturbed after chanting, and this is happening from 2004. I chant and get frustrated leave chanting for a day or two, do again, again get disturbed.

Please help.

V

Answer: Perseverance Furthers

From: En route to Austin, Texas USA

My Dear V,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Mayadevi is trying to divert you from chanting so that she can keep you in her clutches. Ignore her distractions and go on chanting without any concern about disturbance or non-disturbance. In this way in due course of time you will completely transcend the realm of disturbance and non-disturbance and reside happily for all of eternity in the realm of pure transcendental bliss. Be patient. Be determined. It takes time to awaken your original transcendental identity. Persevere and you will be successful, as it is stated in Chinese wisdom: ”Perseverance furthers."

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 13 July 2018

Thought For The Day: Twenty-Seven Thousand Subscribers

London, England

Today we crossed a new threshold. We have now have over 27,000 subscribers in our e-course. Most of the credit for the ever-expanding number of subscribers goes to my disciple, Amala Purana Das, who is funding an aggressive advertising campaign on the Internet. Of course we must also give credit to Damodar Das who produced a new video of my invitation which everyone sees after they respond to the advertising. And everyone else who has spread the word about the Ultimate Self Realization course also deserves credit.

I am now requesting all of my 27,000 subscribers to do everything possible to promote this course so that we will have millions and then billions of sincere souls enrolled in this course getting the guidance they need how to go back to Godhead and thus escape their endless suffering in the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vilnius, Lithuania Airport Farewell--11 July 2018
(Gurumata does not like to be photographed so she stood aside.)


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Question: Vegetable Milk Substitute?

Hare Krishna!

My name is Radhika Gupta and I am currently a college student at the University of Maryland. I have been a member of the ISKCON DC temple for my entire life, and I wanted to reach out to other ISKCON temples about the possibility of using plant based milks/ghee substitutes and what the process was to make this happen. Our beliefs stand for the ethical treatment of animals but unfortunately, the buying and consumption of dairy milk supports the dairy system which is very unethical and cruel. In the past, cows were treated with respect, but unfortunately, it is not the same situation at all and indirectly our temples are supporting the process, whether we are making it in prasadam or using milk to wash deities. I am including the link that reveals the current state of dairy farms in case its not known. If there is someone I can talk to about this, please let me know, as I want to make sure we are all following the correct path and making the correct decisions.

Thank you,
Radhika Gupta

Answer: No Substitute for Cow's Milk

From: London

My Dear Radhika,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It is laudable that you want to protect the cows. However, plant based milk substitutes will not give us longevity like milk. Nor will they give us the finer brain tissues for understanding transcendental knowledge.

Our mission is to stop all cow slaughter and introduce cow protection all over the world. But before that is accomplished Srila Prabhupada has authorized is to take milk from the karmi farms as is evidenced in the following letter to Makhanlal Das:

"I am so glad to hear that, because the sales manager of Darigold dairy is sympathetic to our Krishna Consciousness movement, you are being supplied 20 gallons of fresh milk weekly and free of charge." from at letter to Makhanlal -- Los Angeles 14 July, 1971

There is no such thing as a vegetable substitute for milk. Milk is essential for developing finer brain tissues for Vedic understanding. Here’s more of what Srila Prabhupada says regarding milk:

"Milk is an animal product. It is the blood of the cow changed only. But the milk is not drunk by the cow. She is delivering the milk, but she's not taking, because it is not allotted for it. By nature's way. So you have to take. Milk is made for man, so you take the milk. Let her live and supply you milk continually." from a lecture on Sri Brahma-samhita, Verse 32 -- New York, July 26, 1971

"Milk is compared to nectar, which one can drink to become immortal. Of course, simply drinking milk will not make one immortal, but it can increase the duration of one's life. In modern civilization, men do not think milk to be important, and therefore they do not live very long. Although in this age men can live up to one hundred years, their duration of life is reduced because they do not drink large quantities of milk. This is a sign of Kali-yuga.” from Srila Prabhupada's purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 8.6.12

I agree that the cruel treatment of cows is wrong. But by drinking the milk of these cows we will get sufficient intelligence how to make the world Krishna conscious and give protection to all the world’s cows. This is called “Using a thorn to remove a thorn."

In conclusion, I appreciate very much your desire to protect the cows.The real solution is to establish cow protection dairies all over the world so that the whole world can drink large quantities of milk from protected cows.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 12 July 2018

Thought For The Day: Why Suffer?

Vilnius, Lithuania

Why suffer when instead you can be tasting unlimited spiritual bliss within your heart at every moment? It does not take being a brilliant Phd to understand the difference between bliss and misery. Therefore those who are actually intelligent take to the path of Krishna consciousness with determination, enthusiasm and patience. How about you? What kind of life do you want to live?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Bliss or Misery? It's Your Choice.


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Question: Brain Melting?

Once a light entered through ajna chakra and my brain melted, and I experienced extreme peace for a few moments. What is this experience?

Harish T.

Answer: Mental Concoction

My Dear Harish,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It was a mental concoction like a dream state. If it were real, it would not go away. If you will chant the Hare Krishna mantra with love, you will have a genuine spiritual awakening, which will never go away.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Thought For The Day: You Owe It to Yourself

Kaunas, Lithuania

You owe it to yourself to awaken your dormant Krishna consciousness. Otherwise you are cheating yourself out of an ever-expandingly blissful, unlimitedly adventurous existence in the association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence. So why cheat yourself for a moment longer? Immediately surrender yourself to Lord Sri Krishna and enter into the perfection of existence!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Super Blissful Devotees of Krishna


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Question: How to Become Steady?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Some days we are very eager in our chanting and service. Other days we are less enthusiastic. In this regard my questions are two:

Why does this happen? How to overcome this?

Thank you,
Rashmi

Answer: Take Shelter of Guru and Krishna

My Dear Rashmi,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

As long as we are under the influence of the three modes of material nature our consciousness will naturally be bounced up and down. However if you will dive deeply into the mood of total surrender to Guru and Krishna, you will transcend the influence of the modes of nature and become steadily situated in ever-expandinly blissful Krishna consciousness.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 10 July 2018

Thought For The Day: The Peace Formula Will Make this World a Paradise

Kaunas, Lithuania

Even though the present world civilization has been caught in turmoil and war for the last 5,000 years since the advent of the age of Kali, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy, it does not have to be this way. If we can convince the people of this world to follow Lord Sri Krishna's peace formula as given in Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 5, Text 29, the immediate result will be that we will have the most amazing era of peace and prosperity throughout the entire world. Therefore our burning desire is to educate the entire global society in how to understand and perfectly follow Lord Sri Krishna's peace formula, which He states as follows:

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

"The sages, knowing Me as the ultimate purpose of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attain peace from the pangs of material miseries." BG 5.29

In this connection Srila Prabhupada has written as follows:

"Everyone wants peace in the world. The peace marchers do not know how to obtain peace, but they want peace. I read a speech of the Archbishop of Canterbury in which he said, 'You want the kingdom of God without God.' This is our defect. If you want peace at all, then accept that peace means to understand God. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita. Unless you are in touch with the Supreme Lord, Krishna, you cannot have peace. Therefore, we have a different peace formula. The real peace formula is that one must know that God is the proprietor of all this universe, including the United States of America. He is the proprietor of Russia, He is the proprietor of China, He is the proprietor of India, of everything. But because we claim that we are the proprietors, there is fighting, there is discord, there is disagreement, and how can there be peace?"

So let everyone now all over the world be educated to understand and implement Lord Sri Krishna's peace formula. This world will then become a paradise.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Putting Krishna in the Center Brings True Peace


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Question: How to See in the Spiritual World?

I want to know more about what is spiritual. Spirit we cannot see, but in the spiritual world everything is spiritual. So can you elaborate on this matter?

Your humble servant,

Brhat Caitanya Das

Answer: With Spiritual Eyes

From: Kaunas, Lithuania

My Dear Brhat Caitanya,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

When one is blessed by Lord Sri Krishna to enter the spiritual world he is also blessed with spiritual senses: spiritual eyes, spiritual ears, etc. to be able to fully appreciate and relish the most sublime spiritual atmosphere in the association of Krishna and His pure devotees.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 9 July 2018

Thought For The Day: As Good As Seeing God at Every Moment

Goloka Party Festival, Lithuania

There is no reason to remain miserable in the darkness of illusion separated from God when one can directly be in the presence of God at every moment. If one fully embraces the orders he has received from his spiritual master accepting them as his very life and soul, such embracing of his guru's orders is as good as directly seeing the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, at every minute. This is confirmed by Bilvamangala Thakura as follows:

bhaktis tvayi sthiratara bhagavan yadi syad
daivena nah phalati divya-kisora-murtih
muktih svayam mukulitañjali sevate 'sman
dharmartha-kama-gatayah samaya-pratiksah

"If I am engaged in devotional service unto You, my dear Lord, then very easily can I perceive Your presence everywhere. And as far as liberation is concerned, I think that liberation stands at my door with folded hands, waiting to serve me—and all material conveniences of dharma [religiosity], artha [economic development] and kama [sense gratification] stand with her." (Krishna-karnamrta 107)

So let us all now take advantage of this by doing just that. This is real intelligence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Concert at Goloka, Lithuania


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Question: How Old Are You?

How old are you? (a question asked of me in by one gentleman in a recent class.)

Answer: I Am an Eternal Youth

Although my body is 70 years old, I, the spirit-soul who is presently and temporarily living within this body, am an eternal youth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 8 July 2018

Thought For The Day: Amazing Maha-Kirtana at the Goloka Party

Goloka Party Festival, Lithuania

My disciple, Yasodamayi devi dasi, (Ieva Zasimauskaite) who is a very famous pop singer in Lithuania, led an amazing kirtana on 6 July 2018 at ISKCON's Goloka Party in Lithuania. She engaged a huge crowd of hundreds consisting of mostly non-devotees in the congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. The entire crowd was dancing and chanting in ecstasy in a huge kirtana circle. You can see excerpts from this amazing kirtana in today's Video for the Day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Yasodamayi's Amazing Kirtana


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Question: What's Wrong with Material Pleasure?

Respected Gurudeva,

With due respect and humble submission I would like to put up some questions and they are as follows;

What is happiness?

Why do the religious texts condemn pleasures when they can give us happiness? What's wrong in indulging with pleasures?

With regards,
Mohan Sharma

Answer: It's Not Real Pleasure

From: Goloka, Lithuania

My Dear Mohan,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you very much for your sincere inquiry.

Real happiness is to be re-situated in our natural constitutional position of being absorbed in the loving service of Lord Sri Krishna 24 hours a day. Just as a fish can only be happy in the water and cannot be happy on the land, our only real happiness is to be fully absorbed in the loving service of Lord Sri Krishna. We cannot be happy in the so-called happiness of material sense gratification.

Bona fide religious texts teach us how to enjoy unlimited pleasure at the every minute because they teach us how to become fully absorbed in the Lord’s service. They carefully steer us away from the false pleasures of material sense, which although appearing to be pleasures are actually all various types of suffering conditions. In Sanskrit this is known as maya-sukhaya, illusory happiness.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 7 July 2018

Thought For The Day: Begging for Pure Devotional Service

Goloka Party Festival, Lithuania

In this material world those who are religious pray to God to give them material sense gratification. Such praying does not make any sense. Does a child have to beg his parents to feed him? Of course not, because the parents will naturally feed the child out of parental affection. So in a similar way it does not any sense for us to approach God as our order-supplier. Such praying or begging will never satisfy us because our natural healthy state is to fully absorb ourselves in rendering loving service to God. Asking God to serve us is actually a diseased state of mind which will always leave us feeling miserable.

Therefore those who are actually intelligent absorb their lives in serving Krishna or God while they continually beg Him to bless them with absolute purity in their service. There is a special prayer for this, a special powerful prayer that quickly frees the suffering soul in this material world from the contamination of selfishness by bringing him back to his original, natural pure state of being fully absorbed in serving Krishna or God. It is thus recommended to recite this prayer as much as possible every day. It goes like this:

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

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Pure Bhakti Takes Us Back to Our Original Home


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Goloka Party

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Question: Pain of Unrequited Love

What is Krishna consciousness? And how to get rid of the pain of unrequited love? I gave my love to someone and they did not reciprocate.

Regards,
Jhimli

Answer: Give Your Love to Krishna

My Dear Jhimli,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Krishna consciousness is the original pure perfect state of love. In this world our love is not pure. It is actually lust masquerading under the name of love. Therefore love in this material world never satisfies us. It always leaves us frustrated. The solution of our love-starved miserable situation is to give our love to Krishna because this and only this is the way that we can ever become fully satisfied. So do that. Give your love fully to Krishna, and you will enter into the world of unlimited bliss. Krishna and Krishna's pure devotees are the only ones who can genuinely reciprocate with your love because everyone else is tinged with selfishness.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 6 July 2018

Thought For The Day: What is the Meaning of No Meat Eating?

Kaunas, Lithuania

Srila Prabhupada often taught us the principle of no meat eating. We find in the Vedabase, the archives of his teachings, that 541 times he told us, "No meat eating." In that same archives we find that only on 35 occasions did he give a more strict definition of "No meat, fish, and eggs." So are there two different definitions of "No meat eating," the strict definition and the lenient definition? Would it be proper that if a devotee was thinking that Srila Prabhupada mercifully also gives a more lenient definition that he could then legitimately opt to offer fish and eggs to Krishna and take them as prasadam? Krishna says that we can offer Him fruit. So can we then accept that fish are the fruit of the river and that eggs are the fruit of the chicken as a grounds for offering them to Krishna and eating them?

The answer is that Srila Prabhupada did not give two different definitions. Whenever he said simply, "No meat eating" that automatically included the prohibition against eating fish and eggs. During Srila Prabhupada's presence on this planet this was universally understood and practiced throughout all of ISKCON. Not on any occasion did Srila Prabhupada allow us to offer fish and eggs to Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Are Fish and Eggs in the Category of Meat?


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Question: Mastering the Mind?

How to control thoughts?

Deepak Kohli

Answer: Always Remember Krishna

My Dear Deepak,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Always remember Krishna’s transcendental name, fame, form, pastimes, entourage,and paraphernalia.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 5 July 2018

Thought For The Day: Beyond Sex Pleasure

Helsinki, Finland

In this material world everyone is going crazy over sex desire. Even though sex is only meant for procreation, people take it as their number one form of recreation. The reason by nature's way that it is so enjoyable is for counteracting the great difficulty of having children. In other words, if it were not for the intense pleasure of sex, people would not be inclined to have children.

So long as we utilize sex only for producing saintly children it is divine.It is non-different from Krishna Himself. But when it used simply for sense pleasure it is demoniac. The transcendental pleasure of Krishna consciousness is so much more satisfying than sex that one can easily give up sex pleasure, with the exception being if wants to have Krishna conscious children. Krishna consciousness is that most sublime of all pleasures. It takes one far beyond sex pleasure because it is a much, much, much higher taste.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Uncontrolled Lusty Desires


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The Ultimate Travel Experience

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Question: Meaning of Life?

What is the meaning of life if we are all going to die at some point?

Pradipto SenSama

Answer: Serve the Supreme Self

From: En route to Lithuania

My Dear Pradipto,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Only the body dies. The self within is eternal. The meaning of life is for the individual eternal self to engage in the loving service of the Supreme Eternal Self, who is the source of all existence. Just as when we water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are nourished, similarly when we render loving service to the Supreme Self, who is the root of all existence and who is knows as"Krishna", we give loving service and satisfaction to all living beings.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Thought For The Day: No Gaps for Maya

London, England

His Holiness Visnujana Swami told us about one of the times he was with Srila Prabhupada in his quarters. Srila Prabhupada made a practical point that one should never waste a moment, that one should always remain engaged in Krishna's service never leaving any gaps for maya. Then he gave his own example mentioning the harmonium that was sitting there in his quarters, saying if there was nothing to do he could play his harmonium and sing devotional songs. By his example Srila Prabhupada is teaching us never to leave any gaps for maya, to always stay absorbed 24 hours a day in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Never Wasted a Single Moment


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Question: How to Become Enlightened?

Greetings,

I want to understand the steps of how to become enlightened. Is it possible for you to introduce me to a genuine guru who can initiate me to have enlightenment?

I no longer believe in any religious scripture. I am a Christian by birth, but I do not understand the Bible. Tell me if Jesus and Krishna were the same?

Please help me.

Regards
Thomas Mfune.

Answer: Surrender to Guru and Krishna

My Dear Thomas,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am that genuine guru. If you will take shelter and fully dedicate your life to following my instructions, you will attain the supreme perfection of pure love of God, and upon leaving your present body you will regain your original, eternal identity as a associate of the Supreme Lord in the spiritual world.

Krishna is God, the Father, and Jesus is the son of God. Although they are two separate persons they are both teaching the same: total surrender to the will of God.

The essence of the Bible is Christ praying to His Father: “Father, not my will, but Thy will be done.” This is also the teaching of the Bhagavad-gita. Krishna says to give up doing what you want and simply do what He wants.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikar

 

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Thought For The Day: The Supreme Adventure

New York City, USA

The supreme adventure is to be Krishna conscious and to try to make the whole world Krishna conscious. The fact is that the whole world is suffering like anything simply due to a lack of Krishna consciousness. Krishna consciousness is not something artificial. It is the original, natural energy of every living being. So the attempt to make the world Krishna conscious is simply an endeavor to bring everybody back to their natural selves. Why suffer like anything trying to be something that you are not, when simply by being who you actually are you can relish the sweetest happiness at every moment? It is simply a matter of being intelligent. So our endeavor is to give people their missing intelligence back.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Super Ecstatic Devotees of Krishna


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Question: Why is the Name "Krishna" So Special?

Dear Prabhu,

Why do we give the most importance to the name "Krishna" of the Supreme Lord ?

Thank You,

Chandrapaul Das

Answer: "Krishna" Includes All of God's Names

From: En route to New York

My Dear Chandrapaul,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The “Krishna" name is especially glorified because it contains within it all of the unlimited names of God. When one chants the name “Krishna” he has chanted all of the unlimited billions and trillions of names of God.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 2 July 2018

Thought For The Day: One Moment's Association with Pure Devotee

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

We should never take for granted the association of those who have fully dedicated their lives to the service of Lord Sri Krishna. Their association is the greatest boon that we can achieve even after millions and billions of lifetimes. This is confirmed by one of the most sublime statements in all the revealed scriptures, which enlightens us regarding the unlimited value of even one moment's association with Lord Sri Krishna's pure devotee. This is found in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya Lila, Chapter 22. Text 54:

’sadhu-sanga’, ‘sadhu-sanga’—sarva-sastre kaya
lava-matra sadhu-sange sarva-siddhi haya

“The verdict of all revealed scriptures is that by even a moment’s association with a pure devotee, one can attain all success."

So when we find ourselves in the association of Krishna’s pure devotee or pure devotees we should always be most careful to be in the mood of serving them and pleasing them by our every thought, word, and deed. This will bestow upon us the highest possible benediction of liberation from this material existence and entrance into the eternal kingdom of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Supremely Blessed by Srila Prabhupada's Association


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Question: How to Revive Our Relationship with Krishna?

My humble obeisances unto your lotus feet, Guru Maharaja.

How do we revive our original lost relationship with Lord Sri Krishna?

Rasikananda Das

Answer: By Full Surrender to the Spiritual Master

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Rasikanada,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

By fully surrendering unto the bona fide spiritual master, one revives his original lost relationship with Lord Sri Krishna.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 1 July 2018

Thought For The Day: Krishna is My Best Friend

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

I never have any problems in my life because Lord Sri Krishna, who is the owner of everything and the ultimate controller of everything that is going on, just happens to be my best friend. If I sometimes think that I have problems, that is simply my forgetfulness, my ignorance. The real fact is that as long as I stay in touch with my best friend by doing everything for His pleasure and satisfaction I will be always be aware how His inconceivable, unlimited mercy is fully manifested in my life at every moment. This exact same facility is available to every living being throughout all of existence because Krishna is indeed the best friend of everyone. This material existence is full of poor unfortunate souls who have forgotten that Krishna is their best friend and are therefore suffering like anything unnecessarily. Our mission given to us by Lord Sri Krishna is to awaken and educate all of these unfortunate souls into knowing who is their actual best friend and into fully re-establishing their eternal, loving relationship with Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




My Best Friend, Krishna


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Awaken Your Dormant Krishna Consciousness

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Question: How to Deal With Ups and Downs in Bhakti?

Dear Bona Fide Guru, Sankarshan das Adhikari,

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am experiencing the power of maya, material things, more strongly when I make more effort on practicing bhakti (16 rounds or more japa and 4 regulative principles). It is like ups and downs - few days of feeling stronger on spiritual activities, then more stronger material problems/obstacles (from duties at work and family with 3 small children). And I understand that there is a huge amount of mud and garbage in me, but why? Why is material energy so strong, and fights like a tiger? And me feeling like rabbit against that tiger... better like bird, which sometimes flies out of the problem, but usually it is envy, lust and ego is boiling in me. What to do with this and how to realize and practice with more service for Krishna?

I know that you are coming to Lithuania, Kaunas next week. And I read this news with such bliss :) I am eager to meet and bow down to you. Hoping to become your initiated disciple as soon as possible.

Robertas Šunokas

Answer: Practice Patiently and They Will Level Out.

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Robertas,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We all have a huge amount of spiritual garbage in our hearts because since time immemorial we have rebelled against the supremacy of Krishna. For countless eons we have been holding tightly onto maya or illusion, and this has become our habit. To break an old bad habit is not always easy. So it is natural that in the beginning there will be some ups and downs. However, if we persist in our endeavor to awaken our dormant Krishna consciousness, the ups and downs will gradually level out, and we will become solidly fixed in Krishna consciousness 24 hours daily. Therefore we must patiently endure the difficulties we experience in the neophyte stage of Krishna consciousness and keep intensifying more and more our determination to become Krishna’s pure devotees. The rewards and the bliss we will taste will be unlimited, far, far beyond what we could ever expect even with our wildest imagination.

I will be very happy to accept you as my initiated disciple when you are recommended for initiation by your local ISKCON authority.

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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