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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 27 May 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Satisfied With Gain That Comes Of Its Own Accord

Lord Sri Krishna wonderfully enlightens us in Bhagavad-gita 4.22 as follows:

"He who is satisfied with gain which comes of its own accord, who is free from duality and does not envy, who is steady in both success and failure, is never entangled, although performing actions."

So instead of being mad after and over-endeavoring for material arrangements the devotee peacefully accepts his material circumstances as the special mercy of Lord Sri Krishna and centers his life around the principle of spiritual advancement.

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Devotees Derive Their Happiness From Krishna Consciousness


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Question: Ego and Death of Ego?

Can you tell me about ego and death of ego?

Saulius

Answer: Ego Never Dies

Ego means identity, and you have an eternal identity as Krishna’s servant. Therefore your ego never dies. Your false ego is considering yourself to be the center of all existence. This false ego dies when you realize that you are not the center of all existence, that you are instead the servant of He who is the actual center of all existence, Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 26 May 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Bring Bhakti Candidates to Your Spiritual Master

When one is training people in Krishna conscious he naturally and very joyfully brings them to his spiritual master for further training. In this regard Srila Prabhupada instructed us in a lecture given on 6 April 1975 in Mayapura that it is the duty of the disciple to bring the people that he is training in Krishna consciousness to his spiritual master. He cautioned that to not do so is a violation of etiquette, an insult to the spiritual master, which will destroy one's spiritual life. So the disciple must be always very careful to observe this etiquette.

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Devotees Bring Guests to Srila Prabhupada


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Become Devotee of the Devotee

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Question: What Happens When a Person Dies?

When a person dies what happens to the soul? Where does it go? The soul can't be created and destroyed? If it's transferred to another body, do karmic reactions get transferred? Since a person has a soul, do his karmic reactions of having done good or bad affect him?

Gaurav Soni

Answer: He Gets Another Body According to His Karma

Upon leaving his present body at the time of the death, the eternal soul, which has always existed and is never destroyed, is transferred into another body. His karmic reactions go with him. For example, if he was sinful, his karma will be that he becomes an animal in his next birth.

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Thursday 25 May 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Offend a Vaisnava

The greatest mistake that one can make on the pathway of spiritual advancement is to offend a Vaisnava. In this connection Srila Prabhupada states:

"While instructing Srila Rupa Gosvami about the many restrictive rules and regulations for Vaisnavas, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has very vividly described the effects of offenses at the lotus feet of a Vaisnava. Yadi vaisnava-aparadha uthe hati mata (Madhya-lila 19.156). Offending or blaspheming a Vaisnava has been described as the greatest offense, and it has been compared to a mad elephant. When a mad elephant enters a garden, it ruins all the creepers, flowers and trees. Similarly, if a devotee properly executing his devotional service becomes an offender at the lotus feet of his spiritual master or a Vaisnava, his devotional service is spoiled."

So we must always be very careful not to be offensive toward any Vaisnava.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotee is Always in the Mood of Offering Obeisances


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Never Offend a Devotee

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Question: How to Preach Properly?

I would like to be a great reformer as Srila Prabhupada describes the preacher of Krishna consciousness in Light of the Bhagavat. How can we train ourselves so that we know when is the proper time to speak to correct others or not to do so?

Thank you for Your guidance.

Your insignificant servant

Answer: Study Advanced Preachers and Rely on Krishna's Help

Mastering the art of preaching is a lifetime endeavor. Study how Prabhupada preaches and how advanced devotees preach and model yourself after them. Then try your best and judge by the results. Sincerely try to preach in such a way to deliver the fallen souls of this world and Krishna from within your heart will help you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 24 May 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Always Keep a Cool Head

Both in preaching and in our ordinary daily dealings we naturally often have to face reverse situations. When this happens we must be tolerant and not get carried away by anger. We must keep a cool head by always thinking, speaking, and acting in a way that is in accordance with the instructions of the scriptures and the spiritual master. In this way, every day we will make steady advancement on the pathway back to home, back to Godhead, and we will have a positive, uplifting impact on the the crazy world that surrounds us.

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Cool Headed Srila Prabhupada


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Question: How to Convince a Christian Not to Eat Meat?

Hare Krishna Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Your Divine Grace and Srimati Gurumata ji.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I was preaching to one of my Christian friends. When I asked him if he follows the commandment "Thou shall not kill," he said, "yes" that he does not kill any man. He said that God made meat so that human beings can satisfy their hunger. He said that just as one can eat trees similarly one can eat meat. He mentioned that even vegetable has souls. How to convince him that by eating meat he is not following the 6th commandment?

Your servant,
Sacinandana Das

Answer: Dull-Headed Meat Eaters Cannot Understand

Those who eat meat have dull brains. This is why we sometimes call them "meat heads." Their brains are so dull they cannot understand that whether you kill a man or you kill an animal you are still killing. We eat the fruit of the tree without killing the tree. We agree that eating vegetables is also killing. Since we have to eat something, Krishna has given us sanction that we can eat vegetables on the condition that we first offer them to Him with love and devotion. Krishna has made this concession for vegetables, but He has not given this concession for meat. We have to eat in accordance with the laws of God, not in accordance with our lusty desires. If the Christians want to eat meat, they should let the animals die naturally. Then they can satisfy their lust for rotting flesh without incurring the sin of murdering an innocent animal. They do not realize that the karma of meat eating is that they will have to take birth as animals again and again and again to be eaten by the very same animals that they ate.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 23 May 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Krishna Has Blessed Us With a Temple Building

After decades of operating the ISKCON Austin temple out of apartments and houses in residential neighborhoods, Krishna has blessed us that we now have a proper temple building. He made this arrangement by inspiring many donors to come forward to donate sufficient funds for purchasing this nice building. It is strategically located on the main highway I35, which goes through central Austin. Thus for advertising the temple we can put up a sign, which will eventually be seen by the millions of people who are driving up and down I35. The next step is remodeling what is now an office building to turn it into a temple. Plus we are now considering how we should name the temple to make it as attractive as possible for the Westerners to come and learn about Krishna consciousness. We are open to your suggestions in this regard. You can send your suggestions to me at: sda@backtohome.com

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New ISKCON Temple in Austin, Texas USA


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Difficulty: I Am Very Worried About My Future

Respected Sir,

I am very worried regarding my future.

Aman K.

Answer: Surrender to Krishna For a Super Ecstatic Future

This means that you do not trust God. Krishna or God has an amazingly wonderful future for you. All you have to do is surrender fully unto Him. By doing so you will experience for all of eternity the most astonishingly sublime, wonderful full-of-bliss existence. The only reason you are in anxiety is that you have not surrendered to Krishna. So now surrender unto Him fully and relish the sweetest, happiest eternal existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 22 May 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

We Want to Take Over the World Right Now

We want to take over the world as soon as possible, not politically or militarily. Our goal is an educational takeover, a brahminical takeover, in which the entire world accepts the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita as gospel. Whether this is possible or impossible to attain is not an issue for us, because by the mercy of Lord Sri Krishna even the impossible becomes possible. This, our desire, is not egotistical that simply we want everyone to be like us. No. It is a compassionate desire, because without Krishna consciousness these poor souls are going down to the animal kingdom in their next lives. This is simply our desire that everyone can attain genuine happiness by escaping the vicious cycle of birth and death through getting back to their original identities as associate-servants of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His eternal pastimes in that most wondrous paravyoma, the spiritual sky.

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May Whole World Now Become Attracted to Krishna's Name


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Request: Please Give Me Blessings

Hare Krishna, Guruji,

Please give me more and more blessings.

Tushar Sharma

Answer: The More You Chant, the More You're Blessed

The more you chant Hare Krishna, the more you will be blessed. So now you should chant Hare Krishna as much as possible every day. In this way you will become unlimitedly blessed.

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Sunday 21 May 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Become a Sage of Steady Mind

In this material world we are being constantly bombarded by the dualities of pain and pleasure, honor and dishonor, heat and cold, happiness and distress, etc. The simple trick how to remain steady in one's mind while being hit with all these dualities is to see them all as Krishna's special mercy upon us to help us get back to His transcendental abode as soon as possible.

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Krishna Invites Us to Come Home As Soon As Possible


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Question: Liberation Just By Seeing Lord Jagannatha?

My dear respected Gurudeva,

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

Recently in one of our localities, there was a Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannatha and I attended that. There, in the banner I found one statement which states as follows.

"One who sees Jagannatha once is relieved from all sins and enters Vaikuntha."

The above statement is from the Brahmanda Purana. Like that it was mentioned. I may not remember the exact words of the above statement. So is it stated in Brahmanda Purana as above? If so, then why we need to do regular chanting everyday and our regular sadhana everyday?

Always an insignificant servant

Hare Krishna
Vasudevan K.

Answer: Possible, But Not Necessarily In All Cases

I do not know about this particular statement, but there are many such statements in the revealed scriptures. In regards to such statements, Srila Prabhupada describes as follows in Chapter 13 of the Nectar of Devotion:

"In these statements about devotional service, sometimes it may appear that the results have been overestimated, but actually there is no overestimation. Some devotees, as revealed scriptures give evidence, have had immediate results by such association, although this is not possible for all. For example, the Kumaras immediately became devotees simply by smelling the incense in the temple. Bilvamangala Thakura simply heard about Krishna and then immediately gave up his beautiful girl friend and started out for Mathura and Vrindavana, where he became a perfect Vaisnava. So these statements are not overestimations, nor are they stories. They are actual facts, but are true for certain devotees and do not necessarily apply to all. These descriptions, even if considered overestimations, must be taken as they are, in order to divert our attention from the fleeting material beauty to the eternal beauty of Krishna consciousness. And for a person who is already in contact with Krishna consciousness, the described results are not unusual."

Therefore, we must continue with our routine work of following the principles of bhakti. In this way we will become fully qualified for such amazing benedictions to powerfully transform us. Sometimes such powerful benedictions can even transform someone who is not engaged in the routine work of bhakti. After such an astounding transformation they will naturally fully take up a life of bhakti. However, if after having gotten such an amazing benediction they again engage in sinful activities, it is compared to the elephant who takes bath and then rolls in the dirt to dry himself off. This means that they deprive themselves of the result of that amazing benediction by resuming their usual sinful activities.

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Saturday 20 May 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Praying to Make the Whole World Krishna Conscious

Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 4.12.36:

"A Krishna conscious being is always engaged in planning how to take all of suffering humanity back home, back to Godhead. Even if one is not successful in reclaiming all the fallen souls back to Godhead, still, because he is Krishna conscious, his path to Vaikunthaloka is open. He personally becomes qualified to enter the Vaikunthalokas, and if anyone follows such a devotee, he also enters into Vaikunthaloka."

This is why the sincere, dedicated devotee of Krishna is always praying to Lord Sri Krishna that he can overcome all of his faults to become a pure devotee and that as soon as possible he may be able to make the whole world Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna's Devotee Wants Everyone to Be Krishna Conscious


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Question: What Are the Three Worlds?

I wish to know which are the three worlds. As far as I know, there are two worlds: spiritual and material.

Anchel

Answer: Lower, Middle, and Upper Planetary Systems

Within the material world there are three divisions: the lower planetary system, the middle planetary system, and the upper planetary system. These are the three worlds.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 19 May 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Unlimited Mercy of Devotee Association

Because familiarity breeds contempt, we tend to take the association of devotees for granted and do not respect and honor the devotees as much as we should. The fact is that there is no greater fortune to be had anywhere within all of existence than the association of the Lord's devotee. Indeed it is so incalculably valuable that its worth far exceeds by millions, billions, and even trillions of times the value of all the wealth of this entire material existence. In this connection Lord Sri Krishna states as follows in the Adi-Purana:

ye me bhakta-janah partha
na me bhaktas ca te janah
mad-bhaktanam ca ye bhaktas
te me bhakta-tama matah

“Those are my devotee are actually not My devotees. It is only those who are the devotees of my devotees who are factually My devotees."

Even half a moment's association with pure devotees within this world of birth and death is a priceless treasure for any man. The value of a moment's association with the devotee of the Lord cannot even be compared to the attainment of heavenly planets or liberation from matter, and what to speak of worldly benedictions in the form of material prosperity, which are for those who are meant for death. So let us never, ever again take for granted the association of Lord Sri Krishna's devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blessed by Devotee Association, 15 May 2017


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Question: Why Are People Having Less Sex?

Why are people having less sex? If sex is the cornerstone of material life, how can people refrain from it for a very long time?

Aditya K.

Answer: More People Are Becoming Attracted by Spirituality

It is a fact that sex is the cornerstone of material life as observed by Dr. Sigmund Freud. But since we are not these material bodies, but are actually instead spiritual beings who do not require any sex, it is natural that with the increasing popularity of spirituality, inspired by the Krishna consciousness movement, that there will be a proportionate disinterest in sex.

Actually other than for procreation, sex is not required at all. More and more people are realizing this nowadays as confirmed by Dr Rajiv Anand, a psychiatrist and marriage counselor, who runs a sex and marriage counseling clinic in Mumbai, India, who has observed, “Sex is losing its significance. It is being seen as an activity meant solely for procreation.”

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Thursday 18 May 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Dear Lord Krishna, Please Empower Us to Deliver the World

Dear Lord Krishna, our most beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, has given us the order, "Become guru and deliver the whole world." In this regard we can objectively analyze that we are most unqualified and incompetent to be able to successfully carry out such an inconceivably sublime order. So what we can do? Even though we are absolutely obliged to do this, it is completely impossible for us to do this. So just as the little sparrow was able to force the ocean to return her stolen eggs with the help of Garuda, we are begging you, our most beloved Lord Sri Krishna, to empower us to accomplish the impossible. We are begging you to bless us that we can truly become gurus and that as soon as possible we can make the entire world Krishna conscious because it is only in this way that the people here can become happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Answering Emails While Crossing the Atlantic, 16 May 2017


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Appeal: Help Needed to Concentrate on My Service

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

I have been sad. This world is a mess. I have so much service to do: the Jala Yatra festival and many things. But I can not concentrate. I have so many thoughts in my mind, and I feel without help. I feel anxiety. I need something to help me concentrate on my service.

Your eternal servant.
Draupadi devi dasi

Answer: May Krishna Give You His Special Mercy

From: While Crossing the Atlantic Ocean

My Dear Daughter Draupadi,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am also very sad that the world is a mess. This is why I have fully dedicated my life for making a spiritual revolution on this planet. I made this decision when I was 21 years old. Now I am 69, the same age that Srila Prabhupada was when he departed India for America. For the last 48 years I have unflinchingly dedicated myself to this world deliverance mission. Somehow or other, out of His infinite kindness, Lord Sri Krishna has blessed me with spiritual sons and daughters like you to assist me in this world deliverance mission.

I understand that you are going through hell. Great spiritual reformers often have to face hellish, nightmarish situations while they serve the Lord’s mission in this world. The more they tolerate difficulties in the Lord’s service, they more they become appreciated and admired by the Lord. So kindly take consolation that you are not alone in your struggle. All these great saints are seeing you and blessing you as you continue in your struggle to establish religion in this place where irreligion is predominant.

I know that you are going through difficulty preaching there in Mexico, where all the people are going crazy after material sense gratification and whatever religion they practice is only for the purpose of increasing their material sense gratification. Therefore I am praying to Lord Sri Krishna that He may give you His special mercy that you can always remain jolly and fully absorbed in remembering and serving Him in spite of whatever external difficulties you may be facing.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Helsinki, Finland Airport

Today's Thought:

Free From Pain in a World of Pain

This material world is a world of pain, and there is not much more to be said in this connection. Here we are afflicted by these three types of pain:

1. Pain of the mind and body
2. Pain caused by other living beings
3. Pain caused by natural disasters

At every moment we are being tortured by at least one of these pains. However, if we transfer our consciousness to the spiritual plane refusing to identity with our material bodies, these pains will no long torture us, even when they are present. This is the great contribution of the Krishna consciousness movement to the human society. We are teaching everyone how to become free from pain in a world which is full of pain. Our only pain is that they don't listen, and thus they continue unnecessarily suffering birth and after birth.

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Promoting Spiritual Revolution Within and Without
14 May 2017, Vilnius, Lithuania


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Question: Can I Forgive Myself for My Past Transgressions?

Can I forgive myself for my past transgressions?

Asked in a lecture in Helsinki on 15 May 2017

Answer: Krishna is the Supreme Forgiver

The devotee always regrets his past sinful activities. Forgiveness for those sins comes from Krishna when we fully surrender to Him. It's not that we can simply forgive ourselves and be free from the karmic reactions. That freedom from reactions comes only when we fully surrender ourselves to the Supreme Forgiver, Lord Sri Krishna.

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Tuesday 16 May 2017

ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Bless the World with Bliss

Now that the members of the members of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, have been blessed with unlimited bliss by ISKCON's Founder-Acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, it is now their duty to share this amazingly wondrous bliss with the entire human society. If they can do so effectively, this will usher in a new age of unparalleled peace, prosperity, and happiness for every man, woman, and child in every nook and corner of this entire planet. Indeed the entire universe will become wonderfully blessed with bliss.

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Devotees Share The Bliss of Krishna Consciousness


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Question: Okay to Be Spiritually Upset?

Hare Krishna, Dear Srila Gurudeva ,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All Glories to your Divine Grace.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Is it ok to be spiritually upset while doing our devotional service?

Your insignificant servant,
Vasundhara Devi Dasi

Answer: A True Saint Is Disturbed to See Suffering

Srila Prabhupada has given us the service of blessing the entire world with the bliss of Krishna consciousness. In this connection Srila Prabhupada explained in a room conversation on 18 January 1972 in Jaipur, India that if a saintly person is not disturbed by people’s unhappiness, he is not actually a saintly person. In other words, one of the symptoms of a genuine saintly person is that he is very disturbed to behold the suffering of those who have not yet awakened their dormant Krishna consciousness This is why he fully dedicates himself, even birth after birth, to awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness in the hearts of all the fallen, conditioned souls of this material world.

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Monday 15 May 2017

ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

The Perfection of Religion

I've taken seriously to the essence of all spiritual paths (both Eastern and Western). Religion is actually one because there is only one source for all of existence. Therefore, the perfection of religion is to live in a state of perfect harmony with that one source of all existence. By careful analysis it can be concluded that the one source of existence must indeed be a person and must necessarily be the Supreme Person. So to come into a state of pure loving relationship with that Supreme Person is the perfection of religion. This is the science of religion and it applies equally to Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, etc.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Secret of Unlimited Happiness
Kaunas, Lithuania--12 May 2017


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Question: Qualification for Initiation?

Thank you very very much, Gurudeva, for your kind words.

May I know what is the qualification to get initiated?

Thanks again for blessing me. I'm thrilled.

Your servant,
Prahlada

Answer: Sixteen Rounds of Japa and Avoiding Sin

I am very happy that you want to become initiated. According to the great authoritative text on Krishna bhakti, the Nectar of Devotion, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapda, initiation is a prerequisite for one to be fully accepted by Krishna as His devotee and to thus become qualified to regain one’s original position in the spiritual world at the time of leaving his present material body.

The qualifications for being initiated are that one must be solidly fixed in chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra every day on japa beads along with the strict avoidance of illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. I will initiate as my disciple anyone who meets these qualifications, and by so doing will accept the full responsibility for delivering that disciple back to home, back to Godhead by properly training them in the science of bhakti.

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Sunday 14 May 2017

ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

What Could Be Sweeter or More Wonderful Than This?

We've been caught up in material sense gratification for thousands and millions of lifetimes suffering like anything in the cycle of repeated birth and death. Now in this human form of life we have the golden opportunity to get out of this hellish nightmare and get back to our original position which is eternal, full of knowledge, and full of bliss. If we will take proper advantage of the bona fide spiritual master by fully surrendering ourselves unto following his instructions, this will be our last lifetime in this nightmarish material existence. Upon leaving our present material bodies we will wake up with Krishna in the spiritual world as one His eternal associates. What could be sweeter or more wonderful than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching the Ultimate Science
Kaunas, Lithuania, 11 May 2017


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Question: What is Humility?

Dear Gurudeva,

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

I like the way you answer complex questions. I want to understand how would you define humility? How does one become humble?

Your insignificant servant,
Sanjay Gupta

Answer: Not Being Anxious to Be Honored

Humility means that one should not be anxious to have the satisfaction of being honored by others.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 13 May 2017

ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Trying to Spark Off a Global Spiritual Revolution

Our mission given to us by Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya is to spark off a global spiritual revolution. Therefore our lives are fully dedicated to bringing about this complete transformation of the human society as soon as possible. This is why we are trying to keep our every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances 100% aligned with this ultimate spiritual mission. Therefore we are praying that we can fully overcome whatever imperfections we may have so that we can be fully empowered to liberate all of the fallen souls of this universe back to home, back to Godhead as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching the Ultimate Science
Kaunas, Lithuania, 11 May 2017


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Question: Can I Buy a Leather Bag?

I need to buy a leather bag, but most of them are made of cow skin. Is it good for me to buy this?

Please guide me.

Thanks a million.

Hare Krishna

Rishi

Answer: Get a Non-Leather Bag Instead

Get a non-leather bag. Leather is not required.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 12 May 2017

ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Tossed by the Waves of Material Nature

This material world is a very difficult place to live. Residing here we are mercilessly tossed by the waves of the material nature like being tossed by the ocean's waves during a horrendous storm. In one moment we are feeling peaceful and happy in the mode of goodness, and in the next moment we become agitated by the mode of passion, or depressed by the mode of ignorance. In this way we are constantly being bounced from one mode to another mode to another mode. The only way out of this madness, this "modeness," is to take completer shelter of Lord Sri Krishna under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master. This will situate us permanently in the mode of pure goodness beyond the three modes of material nature, in which we constantly relish pure transcendental ever-increasing bliss for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Transcendental Hare Krishna Kirtana Bliss


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Question: How to Always Feel Your Presence?

Dear Srila Gurudeva, after spending so much time in Vrindavana and Pune, having there the divine association of Your Divine Grace and Srimati Gurumataji, I was wondering how can I always feel the presence of both of Your Graces with me all the time, not getting away even for a moment.

Your insignificant servant,
Lila Manjari devi dasi

Answer: Always Remember Our Teachings

Srila Prabhupada has answered your question as follows:

"You write to say, 'I really miss Prabhupada and my Godbrothers' association so much.' But I may remind you that I am always with you. Wherever I am, you and your Godbrothers are there. Please remember always the humble teachings that you have received from me, and that will keep you always associated with me and with your Godbrothers also." — from a letter to Shivananda Sen Das

So if you will always remember Srila Prabhupada’s teachings as well as the instructions you have received from me and Gurumata, you will always have Srila Prabhupada's association and our association also.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 11 May 2017

ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

When You Are Totally Depressed

What should you do if you become totally, completely depressed, emotionally bankrupt, feeling that your spiritual life is nowhere, that you have no hope for happiness either in spiritual life or in material life? This is called an Arjuna experience because this is the state of mind that Arjuna was going through at the beginning of the Bhagavad-gita. This is the most opportune time for you to humbly bow down before the Lord begging Him for His special mercy to save you from your delusion. So if you ever find yourself in this position of having an Arjuna experience, instead of punishing yourself you should reward yourself by taking advantage of your psychological devastation to intensify your feelings of total dependency on the special mercy of the Lord. You'll have a most beautiful, wondrous day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing the Ultimate Spiritual Perfection Path
Kaunas, Lithuania, 9 May 2017


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Request: I Desperately Need US$30,000

Dear Sir,

I am a struggling internet marketing consultant, took the responsibility of developing the world through my skills and capabilities, thus resigned my job and now as the world is not ready I am on my financial death bed, you can understand my desperation to continue to live for six more months. Can you please help with some investors, who can invest in my business to keep me alive for a while. Even my $100,000 valued property is not getting any buyers. So I am on my death bed with both intellectual and property assets, which is not fair.

I am in desperate need of around $30,000 for the next six months, where I can bring the world a massive change with my abilities and digital assets. Can you do whatever is possible to keep me alive? It is not fair for the world to kill an able man this way.

Prasad

Answer: $30,000 Will Not Save You From the Clutches of Death

If I were to give you $30,000, it would not liberate you from the cycle of birth and death. Therefore I am giving you something millions of times more valuable than all of the wealth of Kuvera, the treasurer of the demigods. I am giving you the key of how to achieve the unlimited wealth of pure love of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Reply from Prasad:

So nice of you, Sir. Maybe this is guidance from the Lord Himself. I am relieved of my pain and looking forward for bright and deep spiritually rooted future on my way to the abode of God.

Prasad

Reply to His Reply:

If you will read the Bhagavad-gita as it is every day and every day chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra as much as possible, your life will have a miraculous turnaround. The Hare Krishna mantra is as follows:

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

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 10 May 2017

ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

You Owe It to Yourself

Don't cheat yourself out of eternal, ever-increasing happiness. You owe it to yourself to revive your dormant loving relationship with that Supreme Person, who is the source of all existence. By doing so, you will enter into a liberated state of consciousness, completely free from all the miseries of material existence such as birth, death, old age, and disease.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Consciousness is Pure Bliss,
Kaunas, Lithuania, 8 May 2017


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Question: Marijuana is a Healing Herb?

Thank you for very kindly answering my doubts and helping me in my devotional service. I would like to ask another query that I had. I told you previously that one of my friends is pseudo-devotee who likes kirtana but indulges in all other kinds of activities. I recently found out that he smokes marijuana, and when I caught him doing so secretly in my house, I confronted him to not desecrate the sanctity of the house because I have a small altar to which I render service. When I confronted him, he started to give me excuses like Krishna supports the use of marijuana in the BG by quoting this verse (BG 9:16):

aham kratur aham yajnah
svadhaham aham ausadham
mantro 'ham aham evajyam
aham agnir aham hutam

"But it is I who am the ritual, I the sacrifice, the offering to the ancestors, the healing herb, the transcendental chant. I am the butter and the fire and the offering."

He said that the healing herb that Krishna is referring to is marijuana. He even was saying that it's a medicinal herb that can be used and that ancient people used it as a sacrament. I told him that he is addicted, but he got into an unnecessary verbal argument with me. What do I do in such a situation? Shall I argue back? If so, what do I say? If not, then shall I just ignore him? Please let me know!

Thank you so much,
Rounak

Answer: Marijuana Smoking Calls Death Very Near

Healing herb does not refer to marijuana. One who smokes marijuana is calling death very near. Srila Prabhupada says in his purport to BG 3.24:

"There are many pseudo devotees of Lord Siva who want to indulge in smoking ganja (marijuana) and similar intoxicating drugs, forgetting that by so imitating the acts of Lord Siva they are calling death very near.”

Tell him that he is wrong, and tell him what Prabhupada says.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 9 May 2017

ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Put Krishna First

In this material world God is very much neglected. Even religious people who believe in God and who regularly worship Him take Him as their order-supplier, not as that Supreme Person to whom they should surrender themselves utterly. How much pathetic it is when even the religious people do not approach God properly. This actually encourages atheism. If the religionists were to approach God properly, their example would inspire the atheistic class to also pursue the science of God. So let's make a revolution in the world of religion to always put God first, instead of ourselves.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Krishna Bhakti,
Klaipeda, Lithuania, 6 May 2017



Wedding Ceremony,
Kaunas, Lithuania, 7 May 2017


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Question: How to Deal With Exploitative People?

Gurudeva,

Practically speaking, how is a devotee expected to behave, when in the material world people keep abusing each other?

Thanks,
Your servant,
Sanjay

Answer: Show Your Hoods, But Don't Bite

Here’s an example of how devotees deal with exploitative people:

In Mayapura, dacoits would attack the temple. They would take some explosive, roll it into a ball along with scraps of iron, and wrap it up with jute twine. The completed bomb was the size of a baseball and could remove a limb or kill someone.

One night while Prabhupada was staying in the Mayapura temple, the dacoits attacked, throwing many homemade bombs. No one was hurt, but the next day Prabhupada wanted a report. Jayapataka Swami told Prabhupada that some shrapnel had been left by the bombs, and he explained the situation. Prabhupada told him to get some guns and he told a story about Narada Muni.

"Narada Muni once had a cobra as his disciple. After the snake became Narada's disciple, he gave up his dangerous habits. Knowing this, the village children would harass him with sticks. The snake became distraught. Narada asked the snake what was wrong and the cobra explained his difficulty. Narada then told the snake that whenever the children came to harass him, he should expand his hood and raise his head up as if prepared to strike. He said the sight of this would scare the children away. "

Prabhupada then instructed Jayapataka Swami to take guns and frequently fire them into the air to scare off the dacoits.

The devotees acquired two guns and they divided themselves up into crews to stand guard at night. Sometimes Prabhupada would be up late at night translating, and he would go out with a flashlight to inspect the guards. One time Prabhupada shined his flashlight into Satadhanya Swami's face. Satadhanya Swami had been eating capatis with gur. Prabhupada asked him what he was doing and Satadhanya Swami explained that he had gone out all day and that the devotees had saved him something to eat. Prabhupada told him to be alert.

Later that night, Satadhanya Swami was patrolling with his flashlight. He somehow sensed that there was someone hiding under a stairway. He crouched down and shined his flashlight under the steps and there was Prabhupada. "Prabhupada!" Satadhanya Swami exclaimed, and offered his obeisances. "I was just checking on you," Prabhupada said.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 8 May 2017

ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

The Necessity of Initiation

Srila Prabhupada states as follows in his book, The Nectar of Devotion:

"This relationship with Krishna is established by connecting oneself with the bona fide spiritual master who is the direct representative of Krishna in disciplic succession. The connection with the spiritual master is called initiation. From the date of initiation by the spiritual master, the connection between Krishna and a person cultivating Krishna consciousness is established. Without initiation by a bona fide spiritual master, the actual connection with Krishna consciousness is never performed."

Therefore it gives us great happiness when we see sincere souls coming forward to accept initiation as took place here in Kaunas on Saturday 6 May 2017.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Initiation Ceremony, Kaunas, Lithuania, 6 May 2017



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Question: Feeling Very Lost. What to Do?

Dear Spiritual Master,

Thank you for your videos without which I can see no more light. I am presently unsure about the next step. I am in so much in anxiety because I just lost my job. I am 54 now with no job. I am feeling very lost. Pleasure guide me. What should I do?

Regards,
Peter M.

Answer: Awaken Your Pure Love for God

Do not be in anxiety about your livelihood. Krishna will not let you starve. Something will manifest to cover your material necessities. If you will instead focus your life on reviving the pure love of God, which is presently sleeping within your heart, you will enter into a world of unlimited peace and happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 7 May 2017

ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

From Spark to Flame to Blazing Fire

At the present moment the Krishna consciousness movement is but a tiny spark in the midst of a humongous, monstrous material society. But that little spark will in due course of time become a flame. Then it will gradually expand into a blazing fire that will bring about a complete respiritualization of the human society. In a similar vein, Srila Prabhupada wrote me as follows on 4 February 1972:

"Actually, that is our policy, once we enter a place, to sit down, then gradually to lay down and occupy everything! So because there is such good possibility there for preaching, especially in the university, then I am recommending that some men must remain there and work very hard to get a permanent center. If the preaching work is sincere, then there will be no lack either of temple or of devotees to fill it. Now you have sat down, and although you are squeezed a little tightly, if you push a bit harder there will be enough space, and very soon you will find yourselves laying down and occupying the big space!"

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Sparks Off a Global Spiritual Revolution


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Question: Difficult to Face This World

I am finding it difficult to face this world full of hypocrites. I lost my brother a few years back, and I have been taking care of the family, but at times I don't understand why this is happening.

Dr. Sharma

Answer: Surrender to Krishna

I am very sorry to hear about your difficulties, and I hope that you will soon be free from all of them. Kindly understand in this connection that we are all suffering and enjoying the results of our previous sinful and pious activities. This is called karma. To get free from this karma, there is only solution. We must fully surrender ourselves unto Lord Sri Krishna. If we do so, that most merciful Lord will free us from all of our karmic reactions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 6 May 2017

ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

No One to Blame But Yourself

You have no one to blame but yourself for whatever miseries or difficulties you are going through at the present moment. Although this may sound like bad news, actually it is the greatest good news. Because now by learning the art of proper action, you can perfect your existence and attain that state of consciousness completely beyond all the miseries of material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching the Science of Perfection of Consciousness
Kaunas, Lithuania, 4 May 2017


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Question: Criticism Against ISKCON

Thank you so much for taking up your time to answer the queries that were bugging me since a long time. This is so amazing. And I am still working out to understand this beautiful philosophy.

As I am trying to understand more from your movement, I come across many articles and videos criticizing the devotees and guru's. And, this is distracting me a lot and dragging me into the ocean of doubts. This must be a serious concern for this generation of your followers in this movement. The articles on one website have so many criticism about most of the disciples of Srila Prabhupada.

Why there are so many criticism within this movement? Please give a practical message for this generation of devotees as to what they should do to not get distracted.

And, another question: Sometimes, it looks like we are all going thru tremendous punishment for leaving Krishna though we chose this situation. But why Lord has made the creation so complex that it looks very difficult for us to spiritualize our consciousness due to unsteady mind and material allurements?

Thank you,

Karthick

Answer: The Dogs Will Bark, But the Caravan Will Pass

Narottama Dasa Thakura teaches us that we should always be in the mood of worshipping the devotees. Thus those who adopt the mood of criticizing the devotees are not part of our movement. In this regard Srila Prabhupada quotes a Bengali saying, “The dogs will bark, but the caravan will pass.” Those foolish souls who criticize instead of worshipping the devotees are like barking dogs. They will go on barking and barking. But in spite of their barking, Srila Prabhupada’s most glorious movement will continue growing, becoming more and more prominent, until that glorious day when it leads the entire world out of chaos.

This material creation is Krishna’s perfect arrangement to heal us from our twisted mentality of trying to be the Lords of all we survey and bring us back to our original consciousness of pure love for Him as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 5 May 2017

ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Determined to Enlighten the World's Leaders

Since we have perfect knowledge of how to bring peace and harmony to this planet, we naturally want to enlighten all the world's leaders with this knowledge. This is our fixed determination that somehow or other we must awaken all of the world's leaders to Krishna consciousness. In this regard we are greatly inspired by these words of our Founder-Acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

"This Krishna consciousness movement is determined to open wide the eyes of the so-called leaders, who are full of ignorance, and thus save them from the many pitfalls and dangerous conditions of life."

Kindly fully dedicate your life to assist us in our world deliverance mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Says:
"Our Movement is the Greatest Gift to the Human Race."


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Question: Hearing is Also Reading?

If we don't read Srila Prabhupada's purports, but hear recordings of the translations and purports, is that also reading?

Tom

Answer: More Important than Reading

In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.6 as follows:

"To hear and explain them (the Vedas) is more important than reading them. One can assimilate the knowledge of the revealed scriptures only by hearing and explaining. Hearing is called sravana, and explaining is called kirtana. The two processes of sravana and kirtana are of primary importance to progressive spiritual life. Only one who has properly grasped the transcendental knowledge from the right source by submissive hearing can properly explain the subject."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 4 May 2017

ISKCON Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

The Perfection of Sense Gratification

Even though one may fully absorb himself in material sense gratification his senses will still never become fully satisfied. Krishna declares in the Bhagavad-gita that the senses are never satisfied and they burn like fire. However, if one will engage his senses in the service of the master of the senses, Hrisikesha, Krishna, his senses will become fully satisfied. So why waste time engaging oneself in material sense gratification? It is better to engage the senses fully in Krishna's service and thus become fully peaceful and satisfied. This is real intelligence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Serve Krishna and Taste Unlimited Bliss


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Question: How to Get Taste from Chanting Hare Krishna?

I wrote to you some time back regarding how to read Srila Prabhupada books, and you recommended me to read in a systematic manner and make a summary of chapter, and it was really helpful, at least I could get the main message.

Can you also please help me with the chanting? I find it really difficult to chant even 2 rounds, and experience nothing after chanting. So how to experience taste and reach a level of 16 rounds quickly?

Please help.

Hare Krishna.

Vishal

Answer: Follow Lord Caitanya's Instruction

One trick for getting to 16 rounds quickly is to not take prasadam every day until your rounds are finished.

Lord Caitanya has revealed the secret for getting taste from chanting in the following prayer:

"One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 3 May 2017

ISKCON Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

The Whole World is Sleeping

Completely enwrapped in ignorance, the world is sound asleep in the lap of the witch known as Maya or illusion. We try to wake them up. But they are so illusioned, they prefer to remain asleep. What to do? At least we can wake up and get out of the madhouse of material existence. And on our way out of here we will try wake up as many as souls as possible to save them from their suffering. This is real love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Teaching Krishna Consciousness in Riga, Latvia, 1 May 2017


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Question: One True Religion

If there is one God and one religion, what happens to the rest of the people who do not belong to that religion? Do they go to hell? Why should they suffer if they were raised in an area which did not expose them to the “one true religion”?

Sankarshan Prasad

Answer: Love God

There are not many religions. There is only religion, to become a lover of God. Those who don’t love Him are not suited to live in His kingdom because they would be miserable to live in a place where everyone loves God. This is why by God’s grace they remain in this material world, that place which is in accordance with their desires.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 2 May 2017

ISKCON Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Material Happiness Does Not Exist

There's no such thing as material happiness. It does not really exist at all. But because our actual nature is to enjoy at every minute, if we find ourselves in a place where there is no enjoyment, we imagine that we are enjoying. We do this because to be in a place where there is only suffering would too psychologically devastating for us. It would be absolutely intolerable.

So instead of trying to enjoy in that place where there is no real happiness, the intelligent thing to do is to go to that abode of unlimited enjoyment, the spiritual world. The bona fide spiritual master will take us there. If we are intelligent we will take full advantage of the mercy of such a great personality and return to our original position in that transcendental realm of unlimited bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Is Calling Us to Come Back Home


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Question: Happiness?

What is happiness and who is happy?

Deepak Kumar

Answer: Krishna Consciousness

The only real happiness is to surrender to Krishna. Therefore the only person who is truly happy is that person who has fully surrendered himself unto Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 1 May 2017

ISKCON Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

You Owe It to Yourself To Be Who Are

You owe it to yourself to be who you are. Why would you want to waste your precious time and energy trying to be what you are not? If your actual identity was worthless garbage, trying to be something else would perhaps make some sense. But the situation is just the opposite of that. Your actual identify is the rarest, most valuable gem. Therefore you should focus all of your energy on awakening your natural, original state of divine consciousness, qualitatively one with God and quantitatively subordinate to Him. This will fill your heart with unlimited bliss at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Krishna Bhakti Science, Riga, Latvia, 29 April 2017


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Question: How to Take Shelter of Guru?

Dear Srila Gurudeva, I pray that someday I can always please You in all times, places and circumstances. Apart from following the instruction of the spiritual master, how can one assess how much he has taken shelter of one's spiritual master? How can I truly take complete shelter of you? Please enlighten me.

Your worthless servant,
Ajita Devi Dasi

Answer: Follow Strictly the Teachings of Bhagavad-gita

If you always remember Krishna, and always think, speak, and act in accordance with the instructions that He gives in the Bhagavad-gita, you will always be perfectly sheltered by your spiritual master, the pure representative of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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