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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 18 December 2014

from Sydney, Australia

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Today's Thought:

Krishna Consciousness Under Heavy Stress

Sometimes in this material world you find yourself in extremely stressful situations. How do you maintain your Krishna consciousness under such situations? The first thing is that instead of thinking of how to maintain your Krishna consciousness in such awkward circumstances you should instead be capitalizing on the golden moment as an opportunity for advancing your Krishna consciousness. As soon as you think in this way you have already conquered over the stressful situation. Remember that Krishna will never put his devotee in a situation which is more than he can handle. Krishna very kindly always blesses His devotees with a never-ending stream of experiences which if properly utilized will bring His devote quickly to theperfectional stage of pure devotional service. When heavy stress hits, all you really have to do is chant Hare Krishna with full confidence that Lord Sri Krishna always protects His devotees in all circumstances. In this way you will immediately conquer over the influence of the always stressful material nature and advance yourself further along the wonderful pathway back to the sublime realm of Goloka Vrindavana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blissful Hare Krishna Devotees in London


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Not Possible to Go Back to Godhead in One Lifetime?

Hare Krishna!

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

Today I read in Srila Prabhupada's purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.15.24, "It is not possible to go back to Godhead in one life." But I have also heard that Srila Prabhupada said that it is possible. So I am confused about this topic. Also senior devotees usually preach that if we do everything right we can go in one lifetime.

Thank you very much.
Bhakta Edgar.

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Answer: By Guru Gauranga's Grace Impossible Becomes Possible

It is a fact, as Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport, that it is not possible for one to go back to home, back to Godhead in one lifetime. However, by the extraordinary mercy of Guru and Gauranga, it is possible to attain the impossible. Their mercy is so powerful that not only it is possible; it is guaranteed, if one fully surrenders himself at the lotus feet of the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 17 December 2014

from Pretoria, South Africa

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Today's Thought:

Necessary to Strictly Follow Bhakti Path?

Sometimes when neophyte devotees see persons who claim to follow the path of Krishna consciousness but who do not to follow it strictly they may wonder how important it is to strictly follow this path. To answer this question let's see what Lord Krishna and Srila Prabhupada have to say. First of all here's what Krishna says:

yah sastra-vidhim utsrjya
vartate kama-karatah
na sa siddhim avapnoti
na sukham na param gatim

"He who discards scriptural injunctions and acts according to his own whims attains neither perfection, nor happiness, nor the supreme destination." --Bhagavad-gita 16.23

In reference to this verse Srila Prabhupada writes:

"One who does not strictly follow the terms of the Vedic injunctions never attains success in life or happiness. And what to speak of going home, back to Godhead."

So those who do not strictly follow the path of bhakti are not qualified to go back to Godhead. In the following quote from Srila Prabhupada's purport to Bhagavad-gita 9.14 we see that those who do strictly follow the bhakti path are sure to go back to Godhead:

"All these rules and regulations are offered by the great acaryas for those who are actually interested in getting admission into the association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the transcendental world. The mahatmas, great souls, strictly observe all these rules and regulations, and therefore they are sure to achieve the desired result."

So the conclusion is that if you want true happiness in this life and if you want to attain the spiritual world at the time of death, you must strictly follow the rules and regulations of the bhakti yoga system. There are sixty-four basic items of bhakti to be followed. Of these the first ten given below (as listed in Chapter Six of the Nectar of Devotion) are the most important:

(1) accepting the shelter of the lotus feet of a bona fide spiritual master,

(2) becoming initiated by the spiritual master and learning how to discharge devotional service from him,

(3) obeying the orders of the spiritual master with faith and devotion,

(4) following in the footsteps of great acaryas (teachers) under the direction of the spiritual master,

(5) inquiring from the spiritual master how to advance in Krishna consciousness,

(6) being prepared to give up anything material for the satisfaction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna (this means that when we are engaged in the devotional service of Krishna, we must be prepared to give up something which we may not like to give up, and also we have to accept something which we may not like to accept),

(7) residing in a sacred place of pilgrimage like Dvaraka or Vrindavana (this includes making your home as good as Vrindavana by making Krishna the center of your home),

(8) accepting only what is necessary, or dealing with the material world only as far as necessary,

(9) observing the fasting day on Ekadasi and

(10) worshiping sacred trees like the banyan tree (this includes worshiping the sacred tulasi tree).

Srila Prabhupada says:

"These ten items are preliminary necessities for beginning the discharge of devotional service in regulative principles. In the beginning, if a neophyte devotee observes the above-mentioned ten principles, sure he will quickly make good advancement in Krishna consciousness."

Anyone who wants to become Krishna conscious without following these injunctions is living in a great hallucination.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Ecstatic in Prabhupada's Association


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Is the Soul Called Immovable?

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

Thank you for your most inspiring messages on the Net.
My question is: In Bhagavad-gita 2.24, why is the soul called immovable?

Your servant,
Mohan dasa

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Answer: It Remains Situated in One Place

Krishna calls the soul immovable because it always remains in the same place in your body. For example, in a heart transplant when the old heart is removed and a new one is put in, the soul remains in same place switching its seat from the old heart to the new heart. Therefore it is immovable.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 16 December 2014

from Pretoria, South Africa

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Today's Thought:

How to Solve All of the World's Problems

There are no material solutions for the world's problems because all of the world's problems are stemming from one basic problem: a lack of Krishna consciousness. Therefore if we can simply make the world Krishna conscious, all of its problems will be solved. The difficulty is that the people have no interest in Krishna conscious because they are too much addicted to material sense gratification. Thus sadly they remain tightly and miserably entrapped in the three modes of material nature. This is why compassionate souls dedicate their entire lives for making the world Krishna consciousness. This is the only welfare activity that can be successful for solving the world's problems.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishna Kirtan Will Save the World!


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can I Attain Exclusive Devotion?

I was wondering how will I ever come to the point of exclusive devotion as mentioned in Bhagavad-gita 9.22, wherein Krishna states that if we fully surrender to Him, He will preserve what we have and carry what we lack. You say that I should try for exclusive devotion, but my so-called exclusive devotion itself begins by hearing that Krishna will preserve what I have and carry what I lack. So what kind of exclusive devotion is this? It is actually "exclusive devotion" only for the preservation of my possessions and the fulfillment of my lackings. And then when the material energy bombards me with situations where I fear losing things, which I foolishly consider to be my possessions, my hypocrisy of so-called exclusive devotion becomes apparent to me and turns into excessive disturbance on the mental platform. So how can I come to the point of genuine exclusive devotion?

One more thing I wanted to ask. What is my security in this world? I have heard that Krishna is the only shelter. But then I am in this material body and I see I am at a very wrong place actually. Everyone here wants to just eat me up. It's so much selfishness. And there is not much sense in changing position also because the existence of vacancies itself proves that someone else got disgusted from that place and moved on. So, Gurudeva, what is my security? I need some security in material terms also since I am to live here. The job doesn't offer it actually. They can kick us out anytime. Same for family. So where to find security here? How to feel secure and be secure as long as I am in this body?

Begging your mercy,
Your? foolish? servant,?
?V. Das

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Answer: Live a Pure Life and Regularly Beg Krishna For It

Exclusive devotion means that you must have one desire and one desire only, which is to please Krishna. If you "devote" yourself to Krishna simply to cash in on His insurance policy, that is not devotion. That is business. Even though that comes as a fringe benefit of pure devotion, advanced transcendentalists do not hanker for this. They do not mind if Krishna takes everything away from them. All they desire is pure devotional service, nothing more, nothing less. The trick of how to attain this perfectional stage of consciousness is to always remember that it is the only thing which will give you genuine happiness and to regularly beg Krishna that He will kindly bestow this ultimate benediction upon you. The best way to petition the Lord for this pure bhakti is to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra at least 16 rounds daily while strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication and gambling.

There is no security in this material world. Krishna is our only security. That's a fact. Take whatever Krishna gives you here in this material and use it in His service. Krishna will never let you starve. Rest assured. The only safe position in all of existence is take complete shelter of Lord Sri Krishna's lotus feet. This surrender to pleasing Krishna will keep you always in a secure position. When you master the art of placing yourself totally in Krishna's shelter, you will never be touched by even the slightest tinge of anxiety ever again.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 15 December 2014

from Pretoria, South Africa

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Today's Thought:

Radharani Was Not Fully Satisfied at Kurukshetra

After Krishna left Vrindavana, Radharani and the devotees of Vrindavana were plunged into an ocean of unlimited grief. Finally, after many long painful years of separation they were able to again get Krishna's association. This joyful event took place on the occasion of a solar eclipse when the Dvarakavasis, the devotees from Dvaraka, and the Vrajavasis, the devotee from Vrindavana, came together at Kurukshetra. Now that Radharani was reunited with her beloved Lord Krishna she was greatly satisfied. However, in the following words to one of her gopi friends she revealed that she was not fully satisfied:

priyah so 'yam krsnah saha-cari kuru-ksetra-militas
tathaham sa radha tad idam ubhayoh sangama-sukham
tathapy antah-khelan-madhura-murali-pancama-juse
mano me kalindi-pulina-vipinaya sprhayati

"My dear friend, now I have met My very old and dear friend Krishna on this field of Kurukshetra. I am the same Radharani, and now We are meeting together. It is very pleasant, but still I would like to go to the bank of the Yamuna beneath the trees of the forest there. I wish to hear the vibration of His sweet flute playing the fifth note within that forest of Vrindavana." --Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya 1.76

This above pastime reveals the inner meaning of the Ratha Yatra festival. The devotees want to bring Krishna back to Vrindavana so that Radharani and the Vrajavasis can associate with Krishna in the way that they best know Him and love Him. It is in this mood that the devotees who know the esoteric meaning of the Ratha Yatra festival pull the ropes of Lord Jagannatha's cart to bring Krishna back to Vrindavana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimati Radharani Relishing Krishna in Vrindavana


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can A Devotee Believe in Himself?

Is there in Krishna consciousness practice such a thing as belief in yourself? Should we make plans for the future? Or should we fully depend on Krishna for everything? Or does this depend on our spiritual stage?

Thank you very much.

Bhakta Edgar

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Answer: The Devotee Highly Regards His Eternal Identity

Even though the devotee is perfect in humility thinking himself to be lower than the straw in the street, the devotee simultaneously has the highest regard for himself, better than any non-devotee thinks about himself, because he knows that he is not his body and that he is an eternal associate of Lord Sri Krishna in the spiritual world. Therefore he dedicates his entire life to getting back to his original identity, and does not waste time trying to be a so-called great person in the estimation of the fools and rascals.

No matter what is your stage of spiritual awakening, structure your life in such as way as if you are going to live for many years, while simultaneously being prepared to leave your body at any minute. After all, we do not really know how long a lifespan Krishna is going to allot us. Whether we die soon or after many years from now, in either case we should fully depend on Krishna, our eternal well-wisher and best of all friends.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 14 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

The Supreme Bliss: Getting a Letter from Prabhupada

In addition to writing so many books and giving so many lectures and engaging in so many conversations, Srila Prabhupada also wrote many thousands of letters especially for giving personal guidance to his disciples on how they can become fixed up in Krishna consciousness and on how they can make the Krishna consciousness movement a grand success all over the world.

Those rare souls who were most fortunate to have gotten a personal letter from Srila Prabhupada know what extraordinary mercy this is. Srila Prabhupada is not an ordinary devotee or an ordinary spiritual master. He is the most powerful, influential spiritual master, at least in the present age of Kali, for bringing about a spiritual revolution in the lives of this world's misdirected, suffering human population. Therefore to get a personal letter from him was a very, very special blessing indeed.

I was most fortunate to receive many letters from His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, in which he greatly encouraged me in my Krishna consciousness with his very practical, poignant, and profound guidance. I very much treasure those personal instructions as my greatest asset. They have always been and will always continue to be a great source of inspiration and enlightenment for me.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Pours His Full Mercy Into Another Letter


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can Each Religion Claim to Be the Only Way?

I am a little confused about various religions like the Vedas, Buddhism, and Islam. The worshippers of each religion are so sure that they are on the right path and have their own theories proving the facts of their religion, which ultimately makes me confused whether any one of them is even real or not. I am surely able to believe the concept of soul and karma which should be equally applicable no matter what religion you belong to. I have also heard that Buddha is an avatara of Vishnu, but that Buddha is not Gautama Buddha. Please elaborate.

Shubham G.

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Answer: They Don't Realize What is Real Religion

Sectarian religionists do not understand the science of God. This is why we see that they are often fanatics who commit violence against humans and animals in the name of their misunderstanding of what is religion. Kindly note that followers of the Vedas understand the universal nature of religion and that they are so non-violent that they don't want to hurt a little ant, what to speak of a cow or a human being. And the Vedic followers never say that religion belongs only to a certain sect of religion and not to everyone.

The real fact is that religion is one, to become a pure lover of God. Since God is unlimited, He has unlimited names. One can develop pure love for Him and surrender to Him through the medium of any one of His unlimited millions of names. This is the proper understanding of religion.

According to the authority of the Srimad Bhagavatam, it is a fact that the Lord Buddha who appeared 2600 years ago at Gaya is an incarnation of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 13 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Impervious to the Influence of the Material Energy

The pure devotee of Krishna has a maya proof consciousness, i.e., a consciousness which is completely impervious to and impenetrable by the influence of the material energy. Even if he is offered all the opulence of this material world, he will not be even slightly attracted because he is totally absorbed in the unlimited happiness of serving Lord Sri Krishna at every minute. Just as no sane man has a desire to drink poison, the pure devotee of the Lord has no inclination to try to enjoy separately from the enjoyment of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada is Transcendental to the Material Nature


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do We Forget When We Were In Hell?

It is well-established that sinners face inexplicably horrible torments in hell. So my question is: If life in hell is so horrible, why does the soul forget such insurmountable horror in its next birth?

Avinash G.

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Answer: Krishna's Kindness

If the soul were to remember the hell he went through in his previous birth, he would be suffering from a severe case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and would not be able to function properly in his present life. So the forgetfulness of his previous hellish suffering is Krishna's kindness upon him so that he can live his life peacefully and cultivate Krishna consciousness in a happy mood in preparation for going back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 12 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Is It Possible to Make Whole World Krishna Conscious?

Our goal is to make the entire world Krishna conscious. But is this really possible? Sometimes it is said that it is impossible to make the entire world Krishna conscious. And considering how grossly materialistic is the modern day so-called civilization, this really makes a lot of sense. But then we read the prediction in the Caitanya Caritamrita that the entire world will become Krishna conscious. So what is the proper understanding? Is it possible or impossible to make the entire world Krishna conscious? In this connection we can remember Srila Prabhupada's famous statement, "Impossible is a word in a fool's dictionary."

So what is the conclusion?

By Krishna's special mercy even that which is impossible can become a fact. Therefore we should endeavor like anything to make the entire world Krishna conscious. And then even if it is impossible, Krishna can make it possible. There's one thing for sure if we fully dedicate our lives in this way. Our going back home, back to Godhead will be assured. And anyone who follows us will also go back to Godhead. So there is no loss if we endeavor to completely revolutionize this planet with Krishna consciousness. And, who knows, we might even become successful to see within our present lifetimes that this entire planet has become Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Induced Wild Animals
to Chant and Dance in Ecstasy


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Cultural World Domination a Proper Goal?

Recently you wrote that one goal of our movement is cultural world domination. Some people became very disturbed when they heard about this thinking that this is some sort of fanaticism or some kind of lording-it-over mentality. So what is the proper understanding of this concept?

Y.S.

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Answer: It Is Compassion for the Suffering World Population

Is it an improper lording-it-over mentality to try to convince someone to take up Krishna consciousness, or is it an act compassion to save them from going down to the animal kingdom in their next birth? Similarly, is it an improper lording-it-over mentality to dedicate one's life for making the entire world Krishna conscious, or is it an act of compassion to save the human population from becoming animals in their next life?

Either spiritual culture or material culture will be dominant on this planet. So which one is better for the world population? If material culture is dominant, the people will be engaged in gross sense gratification and will go down to the animal kingdom in their next birth. If spiritual culture is dominant, the people will engage in devotional service and go back to home, back to Godhead. Therefore out of compassion on these poor fellows we are making the humble attempt to spread this Krishna consciousness movement to every town and village to try to make spiritual culture dominant on this planet. Therefore our goal of cultural world domination is not any sort of lording-it-over mentality. Rather it is our compassion to try to save these people from their suffering.

In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.1. as follows:

"Since the beginning of creation, the demons and the demigods, or the Vaisnavas, are always the two classes of living beings to dominate the planets of the universes."

At present, the demons are dominant on the planet earth. Therefore our movement wants to bring about a spiritual revolution on this planet so that Vaisnavism again becomes dominant as it once was before the advent of the Kali yuga 5,000 years ago. This is what Srila Prabhupada describes in his Srimad Bhagavatam purport as, "the respiritualization of the entire human society." If someone is opposed to Vaisnava culture becoming the dominant culture, this means that they are in favor of the demoniac culture remaining the dominant culture on this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 11 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

You've Got Nothing to Lose Except Your Misery

Why not take seriously to the process of Krishna bhakti, devotion to Lord Sri Krishna? You've tried every other conceivable way to be happy in your millions and billions of lifetimes of sojourn here in this material existence. And in each and every case you've always come up short not being fully satisfied and happy. So why not make an experiment and give just one lifetime exclusively to guru and Krishna, and then judge by the result? I personally guarantee you that if you diligently apply the principles of Krishna consciousness to your present life's situation, no matter what it is, you will become one of the happiest and most enlightened people in this entire universe, and this will be your last lifetime in this miserable material world. Upon leaving your present body you will awaken to find yourself to be an unlimitedly happy participant in the transcendental pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna in any one of five primary rasas.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Awaits Your Return to the Spiritual World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Krishna Come From Vishnu?

From my early days, we were given to understand that Krishna is one of the avatars or incarnations of Lord Vishnu. However, ISKCON preaches it exactly in reverse; He is not an avatar of Vishnu, which is contradictory to the popular belief in India that Krishna is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu.

I would like to get more clarity on this as this question was asked by one of the devotees during our Bhakti Vriksha classes.

Your humble servant,
LM

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Answer: Krishna Is The Original Vishnu

We Krishnites, devotees of Lord Krishna, are also known as Vaisnavas, devotees of Lord Vishnu, because Krishna is the original form of Vishnu. There are unlimited Vishnus or forms of the Supreme Lord, not just ten. Ten is just the tip of the iceberg. Out of all of them, Krishna is the original Vishnu because all of the other Vishnus emanate from Him. In other words, they are His expansions. This is confirmed both in the Bhagavad-gita and in the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 10 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Problems, Problems, Problems

The devotee of the Lord is not overwhelmed by problems or even a deluge of problems. Rather he takes problems as the greatest blessing to help him overcome his one and only true problem, which is how to escape the cycle of birth and death. This is why Queen Kunti prays as follows:

vipadah santu tah sasvat
tatra tatra jagad-guro
bhavato darsanam yat syad
apunar bhava-darsanam

"I wish that all those calamities would happen again and again so that we could see You again and again, for seeing You means that we will no longer see repeated births and deaths."--SB 1.8.25

So the next time you are hit by a tidal wave of problems instead of becoming bewildered you should count your blessings and dance in ecstasy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Material Desires Before Krishna Consciousness?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

In one of your questions and answers I have heard not to ask or pray to Krishna to fulfill any material obligations. But if not to Him to whom we can ask? It is only when our material commitments are fulfilled that we can fully concentrate on Krishna consciousness. Isn't' it?

Please clarify

Geetha R.

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Answer: The Devotee Has Only One Desire: To Please Krishna

The birds don't pray for their material needs and they get everything they need. So why do you think that you have to pray for your material needs? As a child growing up in your parent's house did you have to ask your parents to take care of your material needs? No it was all given to you because they love you. So do you think that God is any less loving than your parents and less capable to provide your material needs than your parents?

The devotee of the Lord only prayers to awaken love of God within his heart. This is His only prayer. And the Lord automatically takes care of all his material needs. Once you start praying for material things such prayers will never stop because the fire of material desire burns hotter and hotter, the more you feed fuel to it. If you will simply pray for Krishna bhakti, you will see how easily all of your material needs are met and how peaceful and happy you become.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 9 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Impervious to the Material Nature

The pure devotee of the Lord is impervious to the material nature, which means that his consciousness is impenetrable, it cannot be touched or influenced by the material nature. Just as a lotus leaf is superhydrophobic, i.e., impenetrable by water, the influence of the material nature simply bounces off the consciousness of the pure devotee. The prime example of this is Haridas Thakur, who was tempted by a beautiful prostitute in the dead of night in the solitary place where he was chanting his daily quota of Hare Krishna mahamantra on his japa beads. Haridas Thakur did not fall down under the charms of this beautiful girl. Rather it was she who succumbed to the influence of Haridas Thakur and the Holy Names and became a pure devotee of Krishna. Accepting Haridas Thakur as her spiritual master she gave up her profession of a prostitute and absorbed the rest of her life in chanting 300,000 names of the Lord every day just as Haridas Thakur was doing.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Haridas Thakur Being Tempted by a Beautiful Prostitute



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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Initiation Required?

Do you have to be initiated to become a devotee?

Sanjay

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Answer: Not in the Beginning.

You can begin the process of being a being devotee without initiation. But to attain the perfectional of devotional service, pure love of God, initiation is required because Krishna says that without being the devotee of His devotee He does not accept you as His devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 8 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

I've Been Accused of Being a Fanatic

A foolish neophyte follower of Lord Caitanya has accused me of being a fanatic simply because I stated that our goal is to make the entire world Krishna consciousness. What can I say? Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. This is the mission of Lord Caitanya and the order we have received from Srila Prabhupada. Our beloved spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, told us, his disciples, in Los Angeles on 17 December 1973:

"Just become perfect in the understanding of this science and become guru and deliver the whole world."

And Krishnadas Kaviraja (Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi 7.26) has indeed predicted that our movement will some day be successful in delivering everyone:

saj-jana, durjana, pangu, jada, andha-gana
prema-vanyaya dubaila jagatera jana

"The Krishna consciousness movement will inundate the entire world and drown everyone, whether one be a gentleman, a rogue or even lame, invalid or blind."

So it is my duty, as a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, to pass on to my students, disciples, and readers the instructions that I have received from Srila Prabhupada. This is called disciplic succession. If some are disturbed by this, what can I do? It is my duty to purely present what I have received from my spiritual master in spite of my critics.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Is Delivering the Entire Universe


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Was God Born Out of a Biological Accident?

Pranam Guru Maharaja!

Here I am reproducing an article published in "The Economic Times", one of the leading newspapers in India.

"Some religions are sceptical of the theory of evolution and propound creationism that postulates that it was God who created human beings and everything else.

"All religions are unanimous that this Supreme power is omniscient, that is, it knows everything and has infinite awareness, understanding and insight: omnipresent, that is, it is present in all places at all times and perfect, that is, has no flaws at all and is always correct.

"If God is indeed the creator he must have been supremely alone at some point of time. What could have motivated him to create human beings? Loneliness? An outlet for his creativity? Fame? A desire to be worshiped by his creation? Given his religious definition, God is supremely happy and so can never feel lonely; he cannot have creative urges for that would mean he has unfulfilled desires; he does not have to demonstrate his creativity to anyone; he has no ego and hence has no wish either to be famous or worshiped. Further, God could not have created humans by accident or unknowingly since he knows everything about everything.

"It is impossible to identify a valid reason why the Almighty (given his definition) could have wanted to take up this apparently unnecessary task of creating, controlling and managing millions of humans and other species.

"So, the big question is: should we then accept we must have therefore evolved from an original entity that lived millions of years ago and which itself must have been born out of a biological accident?"

The question seems to be genuine for me. Kindly have Guru Maharaja's opinion on the above.

Sincerely,

Rajamohanan

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Answer: This Article's Arguments Are Born Out of Ignorance

I am answering your question herewith not from my opinion, but from what is taught in the authoritative Vedic knowledge, the millions of years old, original science of the Absolute Truth.

That such an article should appear in an Indian newspaper illustrates how much India has now deviated from its original Vedic culture. The author states that God was born out of a biological accident. What this foolish rascal does not realize is that God is aja or unborn, i.e., He has no origin other than Himself. The author also erroneously states that God is an "it", i.e., that He is not a person. This is line with the foolish modern day so-called scientists who say that we are not persons, that we are mere robots. If I tell you that you are not a person, that you are simply a robot, you will object, because you intuitively know that you are a person, that you are not a mere machine. Just as gold cannot be derived from a goldless gold mine, similarly, persons cannot be derived from an impersonal origin. Therefore since we are persons, the original source of existence must also possess personality and thus be a person. What is the difficulty to understand this simple clear logic? Only those whose brains are polluted by lust, anger, and greed cannot grasp this straightforward concept.

The fact is that the Supreme Person is self-sufficient. He does not need anyone else or anything else to be happy. Since He is all-powerful, it is fully up to Him how He wants to enjoy. We cannot dictate to Him what He is allowed to do and not allowed to do. The Supreme Person, out of His own will to enjoy, is eternally expanding out of Himself an infinite number of living beings with whom He enjoys an infinite number of loving relationships. This is how and why we exist, for the purpose of expanding the happiness of the Supreme Person by engaging ourselves in loving relationships with Him. When we forget Him or neglect Him, He is displeased and we cannot be happy no matter how much we may indulge ourselves in material sense gratification. Therefore in order to be happy we must please Him by engaging ourselves in the loving service of that Supreme Person who is known primarily as Krishna.

Insofar as the article from the Economic Times is concerned, Lord Sri Krishna states as follows in the Bhagavad-gita:

avajananti mam mudha
manusim tanum asritam
param bhavam ajananto
mama bhuta-mahesvaram

"Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be."--Bhagavad-gita 9.11

I hope this clears up this matter for you, and you are not bewildered by the childish, illogical, and unscientific arguments of the fools and rascals.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 7 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Build on Your Failures and Become a Mega Success

A devotee of the Lord is not discouraged in any situation because, seeing every turn of events as the special mercy of Lord Krishna, he uses every circumstance to advance himself further along the pathway of Krishna consciousness and to expedite his pushing forward of the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Therefore he is always progressing in expanding and spreading Krishna consciousness for his own benefit and the benefit of all other living beings. Even though he may sometimes appear to be defeated, he is in reality only taking one step back in order to take ten steps forward. In this way, no matter whatever failures he may appear to undergo, he emerges as a mega success in the end.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatically Spreading Lord Caitanya's Movement--Czech Republic


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get the Association of Pure Devotees?

In so many books Srila Prabhupada tells that association means association of pure devotees of the Lord. Now we see in temple we all are sadhaka devotees (followers of the regulative principles of bhakti who have not yet reached the platform of spontaneous love). Please tell us how is it that we can get purified and go back to Krishna in this one life by associating with sadhaka devotees, those who are not yet completely pure? Also even in the temple, we see that among devotees they sometimes behave like materialistic people and don't treat each other with the love and care which we are hankering after. I feel very bad when I see this among devotees. So what should we do in this situation? Thank you for Your patience in looking and answering this insignificant's mail.

Your humble servant,
Madhura

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Answer: See Who is Strictly Following Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada is a pure devotee, and those who strictly follow him are pure devotees, even if they are still sadhakas, followers of the rules and regulations of bhakti. So there are pure devotees in ISKCON. Simply you must seek out their association, because by their good example, proper instructions, and blessings you can also become a pure devotee.

Sometimes, as you have mentioned, we see that the behavior of the neophyte devotees is not up to the proper standard. But before we become too judgmental we should take a close, honest look at our own behavior. In this connection it should also be noted that Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita that if even the neophyte devotees sometimes, due to their past material conditioning, behave in an improper way, they are still to be considered saintly because they are engaged in devotional service. Whatever irregularities may be found in their behavior will soon be rectified by the purificatory process of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 6 December 2014

from Solferino, Mauritius

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Today's Thought:

Pleasing Krishna Is All That Really Matters

Spiritual happiness is eternal and goes on increasing forever. This divine consciousness is not static or frozen. It is dynamic and ever-expandingly ecstatic. Therefore just as a wealthy businessman is always greedy to squeeze as much profit as possible out of every business transaction, the devotees of the Lord are very greedy to always be advancing themselves along the path of Krishna consciousness. Therefore in all of their activities of hearing, chanting, remembering, and serving they always try to increase their feelings of love for Krishna, knowing fully well that for all of eternity pleasing that amazingly beautiful and stupendously wonderful Krishna is all that really matters.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Give All of Your Love to Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Advance In Krishna Consciousness?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

How to advance in Krishna consciousness??

Your servant,
Visvanatha Das

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Answer: Be Intensely Greedy

The formula for advancement in Krishna consciousness is very easy and sublime. All you have to do is always remember that this material world is nothing more a hellish nightmare, which cannot give you even a pinch of genuine happiness, and then be intensely greedy to awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness within your heart for attaining the only genuine happiness which can be experienced anywhere within this vast existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 5 December 2014

from London, England

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Today's Though:

Mind, Body, and Soul Dovetailed With the Supreme

As long as your consciousness remains entangled on the material plane you will not be able to taste the full nectar of existence. This is why you must get off of the material plane by dovetailing your mind, body, and soul with the Supreme through the ultimate yoga system of pure loving devotional service to the Supreme. The easiest and most effective way of mastering the yoga system is through utilizing the science of mantra, the chanting of transcendental sound vibrations, i.e., chanting any authorized name from God from revealed scriptures. Although there are actually unlimited names of the Supreme that can be chanted, the Kali-Santarana Upanisad prescribes that out of all the mantras, the most potent mantra for self-realization in the present materialistic age of Kali is the Hare Krishna mahamantra:

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

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Super Ecstatic Hare Krishna Japa Meditation


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Prevents the Serious From Attaining Perfection?

You stated in one of your lessons:

"And out of those who are willing to give it a serious try, even fewer are able to become successful."

So what would prevent a person trying seriously to not be successful? Isn't it just a matter of time that God's grace reach a serious seeker? So then success should be guaranteed even if it takes multiple lives based on one's level of seriousness and past karma.

Regards
Vivek N.

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Answer: It Depends On One's Degree of Seriousness

If one is only partially serious, he may not be successful. But if one is fully serious, his success on the pathway of self-realization is guaranteed. God's grace is immediately there without any delay available according to our degree of seriousness. Multiple lifetimes are not required. If one is fully serious, he can attain the topmost perfection of going back home, back to Godhead in this very lifetime.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 4 December 2014

from London, England

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Today's Thought:

The Krishna Consciousness Movement Can Save the World

In this material world everyone wants to be the master. No one wants to be the servant unless they get paid for it. So practically there is no service attitude to be found anywhere in this material world. This is a major psychological quagmire because our nature is that we are constitutionally the servants of God, and through serving Him we are the servants of everyone. This means that we are trained in this material world to try to be the exact opposite of our actual emotional natures. We are being forced through misguided training to try to be something that we are not. So it is not at all astonishing that the people here are so miserable and that there is so much senseless violence and cruelty all over the world. The Krishna consciousness movement can bring peace, happiness, and ecstatic love to everyone in the world by teaching the people how blissful it is to come back to our original intrinsic natures as the servants of God and of all His beloved children.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishna Chanting Party Out to Save the World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can We Keep Two Sets of Chanting Beads?

Can we keep more than one set of chanting beads (japa mala)? My husband keeps two japa malas, one at home, and one at the factory as he forgets to take his beads with him when he goes to work.

Dipti R.

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Answer: Devotees Prefer to Chant on Their Initiation Beads

There is no harm in keeping two different sets of japa mala, chanting beads. But once they are initiated, devotees prefer to chant all of their 16 rounds on their initiation beads, the beads that were chanted on by their spiritual master. This is so because their initiation beads have a special spiritual potency due their having been chanted on by the spiritual master. I still have my initiation beads that were chanted on by Srila Prabhupada in 1971. And for the last 43 years I have always chanted all of my rounds on these initiation beads. I can also add that it is better to complete all 16 rounds before he leaves home for his job because the home atmosphere is more peaceful and conducive for meditation than a factory.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 3 December 2014

en route to Chicago, Illinois USA

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Today's Thought:

How to Attract the Special Mercy of Krishna

There is no one more dear in all of existence than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. But from Krishna's perspective there is no one more dear than that person who loudly broadcasts His glories for the deliverance of the fallen souls from the vicious grip of the wheel of birth and death. In this connection, Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 7.14.42:

"As admitted by Lord Krishna in Bhagavad-gita (18.69), na ca tasman manusyesu kascin me priya-krttamah. ("There is no one more dear to Me than the one who preaches My glories."). The brahmanas preach the cult of Krishna consciousness all around the world, and therefore, although they worship Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Lord also recognizes them as worshipable. The relationship is reciprocal. The brahmanas want to worship Krishna, and similarly Krishna wants to worship the brahmanas. In conclusion, therefore, brahmanas and Vaisnavas who are engaged in preaching the glories of the Lord must be worshiped by religionists, philosophers and people in general. At the Rajasuya-yajna of Maharaja Yudhisthira, many hundreds and thousands of brahmanas were present, yet Krishna was selected to be worshiped first. Therefore, Krishna is always the Supreme Person, but by His causeless mercy He recognizes the brahmanas as dearmost to Him."

The conclusion is that there is no more potent or effective method for attracting the special mercy of Krishna than to spread His glories all over the world. And therefore wherever we are we must always tell everyone we meet about the unlimitedly amazing glories of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada--The Savior of the World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Personal Experience Is Proof of Krishna Consciousness?

I do not understand how one can advocate the use personal experience as the barometer for scientific proof, because many people (even devotees) use that as an excuse to follow their own minds. So, how can we say, "See for yourself." and then say, "Don't believe everything your mind tells you" in the same breath."? This sounds hypocritical. Please help me to understand this better.

Logically speaking, they would say, "Just as an alcoholic is addicted to alcohol and thinks he is sane similarly you people are hallucinating and thinking you are scientifically verifying something".

Ultimately, it seems to come to a choice, a decision, I choose to have faith in this process and keep following it, even though I am not necessarily experiencing ecstasy right now.

Your servant,
M.D.

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Answer: Just Like in Eating, You Know When You Are Full.

When you eat does someone else have to tell you that you are full? Or do you know by yourself that you are full? We know when we are full because eating is a firsthand experience. Just as eating is a firsthand experience, Krishna consciousness is also a firsthand experience. This is confirmed as follows in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, 11th Canto, Chapter 2, Verse 42 as follows:

bhaktih paresanubhavo viraktir
anyatra caisa trika eka-kalah
prapadyamanasya yathasnatah syus
tustih pustih ksud-apayo 'nu-ghasam

"Devotion, direct experience of the Supreme Lord, and detachment from other things--these three occur simultaneously for one who has taken shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in the same way that pleasure, nourishment and relief from hunger come simultaneously and increasingly, with each bite, for a person engaged in eating."

Just as when you are eating, if you haven't eaten enough, you won't fell full. In a similar way, if you have not yet practiced Krishna consciousness sufficiently you will not yet experience the awakening of divine consciousness within your heart. If this is your situation, you simply must continue engaging yourself uninterruptedly in this sublime process until you feel how you are becoming full in Krishna consciousness.

Regarding the arguments of those who affirm they are tasting great happiness in material sense gratification, time will prove them wrong when their castles made of sand are washed into the sea.

You are doing well to trust the Vedic authorities and continue engaging yourself in Krishna's service, even though you are not yet tasting the result. I can assure you that the most sublime, profound, and ecstatic realizations are coming soon to you. By putting your faith in Krishna you will not be disappointed. That glorious day will come when you will rejoin Krishna in His transcendental pastimes and all anxiety and illusion are conspicuous by their absence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 2 December 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Full of the Most Dazzling Splendor

Compared to the Supreme Lord this material world is quite dull even in its most attractive aspects. This is why fully realized transcendentalists, who are constantly directly in contact with Krishna, are never bored or unhappy. They are blessed with the most thrilling association of Lord Sri Krishna at every minute. Lord Brahma describes the amazingly splendorous Lord as follows:

angani yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti
pasyanti panti kalayanti ciram jaganti
ananda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, whose transcendental form is full of bliss, truth, and substantiality, and who is full of the most dazzling splendor. Each limb of that transcendental figure possesses in itself the full-fledged functions of all the other organs, and He eternally sees, maintains, and manifests the infinite universes, both spiritual and mundane." (Brahma-Samhita 5.32)

Therefore who is that fool who would reject the association of Lord Krishna and try to be an imitation Lord in this material world?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Dazzling Krishna Awaits Your Return to His Transcendental Planet


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Not Feel Lonely When I Am Alone?

I feel very lonely sometimes. Although I have a desire to live alone, which is caused by very bad past experiences with people, I still feel alone sometimes. It is very strange and hard to understand. I want to feel complete irrespective of the people coming in and going out of my life. It affects me a lot when people change. I know that change is the law of nature, but it is hard for me to adapt. Can you please help me in handling such situations, that I am presently facing.

Waiting for your valuable guidance.

Your servant,
A.J.

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Answer: Associate With Devotees As Much As Possible

It is natural for you to feel lonely if you are living alone. Actually we are not meant to live alone. We are meant to always be in the association of devotees. So instead of trying to artificially not feel lonely when you are alone, you should seek out the association of Krishna's devotees and associate with them as much as possible.

Sometimes solitude is recommended in the revealed scriptures. But this solitude means that you should avoid the association of non-devotees. It does not mean that you should avoid devotee association. It is sometimes said that man is a social animal. Just as birds fly together in a flock, we human beings have a natural psychological need to be in the association of other humans. Therefore the perfection of solitude is to maximize your association with devotees and to minimize your association with non-devotees. This will make you happy indeed. In this association of devotees you will gradually master the art of how to directly associate with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna at every minute. In this way feelings of loneliness will never ever disturb you again, and you will always be swimming in Krishna's divine loving association.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 1 December 2014

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

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Today's Thought:

Serve Humanity By Becoming Krishna Conscious

If you want to do the highest good for all living beings, you can accomplish this simply by becoming Krishna consciousness. Just as when you water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are nourished, when you give your love to Krishna your love is perfectly distributed to each and every living being throughout the entire universe. So it is due to gross ignorance only that anybody would not want to become Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotee Distributes Bhagavatam to a Most Fortunate Soul


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Strong in Krishna Consciousness?

What does it mean to be strong in Krishna consciousness?

Thank you very much.
Bhakta Edgar

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Answer: Always Remember Krishna

To be strong in Krishna consciousness means to always remember Krishna and never forget Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

 

 

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