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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 30 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Offend a Vaisnava

To be offensive towards a Vaisnava is the greatest of all blunders. In this regard Srila Prabhupada writes as follows:

"While describing the system of protection for the creeper of devotional service, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has especially stressed protection from offenses unto the lotus feet of Vaisnavas. Such offenses are called vaisnava-aparadha. Aparadha means 'offense.' If one commits vaisnava-aparadhas, all of his progress in devotional service will be checked. Even though one is very much advanced in devotional service, if he commits offenses at the feet of a Vaisnava, his advancement is all spoiled. In the sastras it is found that a very great yogi, Durvasa Muni, committed a vaisnava-aparadha and thus for one full year had to travel all over the universe, even to Vaikunthaloka, to defend himself from the offense. At last, even when he approached the Supreme Personality of Godhead in Vaikuntha, he was refused protection. Therefore one should be very careful about committing offenses at the feet of a Vaisnava. The most grievous type of vaisnava-aparadha is called gurv-aparadha, which refers to offenses at the lotus feet of the spiritual master. In the chanting of the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, this gurv-aparadha is considered the most grievous offense."

Therefore we must be always careful to never in any way be disrespectful or offensive to any of Lord Sri Krishna's devotees, because they are all most dear to Him.

Here is a very instructive pastime in this connection:

"Durvasa Muni cursed Ambarish Maharaja who was an exalted devotee of the Lord. King Ambarish was fasting, and he had to break his fast at a certain time. Durvasa Muni had appeared with his disciples and he expressed desire to eat only after bathing. To properly honor his guests, King Ambarish would eat only after his guests had been satisfied. However, it was time for the King to break his fast but the Muni and his disciples had not yet returned from their bath. After consulting the brahmanas, the King accepted only a little sip of water to break his fast. The Muni saw this as disrespectful and cursed the King, and he plucked a hair from his own head, and created a demon out of it to attack the King. Krishna then sent His glorious sudarshan chakra to protect His devotee. After vanquishing the demon, the discus began to pursue Durvasa Muni. He was baffled. Why was the sudarshan chakra following the Muni? Krishna couldn’t have possibly wanted the Muni dead, could He? The Muni went to Brahma Loka and Shiva Loka seeking protection from the discus, but no one could help Him. Finally, he went to Lord Narayana, who was displeased with the Muni for having offended His devotee. Like in the case of Jagai and Madai, Narayana told the Muni to seek the forgiveness of King Ambarish. The matter was in his hands, not Vishnu’s. Vishnu tells the Muni that He is not independent – He is completely under the control of His loving devotees, and therefore, He could not save the Muni from the chakra. Only King Ambarish could. Thus the Muni offered obeisances unto the King and begged his forgiveness. King Ambarish of course willingly forgave the Muni and thus, the Muni was saved from the wrath of Krishna’s sudarshan chakra."

The conclusion is that if we ever offend a Vaisnava we must humbly beg forgiveness from that Vaisnava. Otherwise our spiritual life will be ruined. Factually speaking offending a Vaisnava is worse than death because it kills one's devotion. One can be killed and not lose His devotion, but offending a Vaisnava is worse than death because it completely destroys one's devotion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Durvasa Muni Chased by Krishna's Sudarshan Chakra



Durvasa Muni Begs Forgiveness From Ambarish Maharaja


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Love Krishna's Devotees

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: True Goal of Dharma

Kindly advise me what exactly is the true goal of dharma?

Your servant,

Sukumar

Answer: Awaken Pure Love for Krishna

The only true goal of dharma is to awaken pure love for Krishna within your heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 29 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Detoxify Your Consciousness

For countless lifetimes we have been foolishly rebelling against the supremacy of the Lord by our so-called wars of independence, trying to enjoy separately from Him. Thus we have become extremely contaminated with various psychological toxins such as lust, greed, anger, illusion, false pride and envy. Therefore in order to become spiritually healthy and happy we are in urgent need of psychological detoxification. This detox is easily accomplished. All we need do is carefully chant at least 16 rounds daily of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads while simultaneously avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. If this discipline is practiced under the guidance of the most expert detoxification counselor, the bona fide spiritual master, then it is sure to be successful in restoring us to our original pure state of love of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Can Detoxify the Entire Universe


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One Solution for All Problems

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Most People Cannot Surrender to Krishna?

Dear Sir,

It is very clear that everyone should surrender to Sri Krishna. What is that driving force which does not allow the maximum people to do this? Why people are not able to understand the simple teachings of Krishna and have a blissful life?

Rahul Kaul

Answer: The Demoniac Influence of the Age of Kali

It is simply due to the demoniac influence of the age of Kali that the entire world is nowadays very deeply and darkly entangled in illusion. Lord Caitanya, being all merciful upon the fallen souls of this age, has 500 years ago started the Hare Krishna movement in India to counteract the bad influence of this age and give everyone the knowledge of how to fully surrender to Lord Sri Krishna and thus achieve perfect happiness. We are therefore trying to spread Lord Caitanya’s movement to every city, town, village, and hamlet all over the world to save all of these suffering people from their misery. Therefore we are falling down at your feet and begging you to please fully dedicate your life to assist us in our world deliverance mission. Together we can save the world!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 28 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Stay in Tune with the Absolute Truth

The Absolute Truth is that from which everything is emanating. And harmonizing with that Absolute Truth is the balancing principle for attaining perfect existence. The modern day world is totally out of tune with the Absolute Truth. This is the underlying cause of every single problem being faced in the world today. Therefore the ultimate solution for all problems of life, both individually and collectively, is be in tune, to be in a state of perfect harmony with the Absolute Truth. That Absolute Truth, although one, is described differently in the various philosophical and religious traditions of the world. The greatest need of modern day education is to enlighten all peoples in the art and science of how they can live at every moment in perfect harmony with that Absolute Truth. The greatest expression of this perfection of knowledge can be found in the writings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta. Therefore we urge all thoughtful people all over the world to study Prabhupada's books and become expert in the knowledge and practice of the science of the Absolute Truth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The World's Greatest Teacher of the Absolute Truth Science


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Not Afraid of Death

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Only Pure Devotes Enter the Spiritual World?

Are only those jivas (spirit-souls) who have awakened Krishna Prema (pure love God) eligible to enter the spiritual world?

Yamini

Answer: Naturally

Yes, naturally one must be a pure devotee to go back to the spiritual world. This is actually quite natural because even if one has even the slightest tinge of a desire to enjoy separately from Krishna, he would be quite miserable in the spiritual world. That's why Krishna very kindly only allows His pure devotees to come back to Godhead, back to the spiritual world. Of course, because every spirit-soul is Krishna's beloved child and devotee, Krishna is doing everything possible to help everyone become His pure devotees and return to His kingdom as soon as possible. So, if we will simply take full advantage of His mercy and the mercy of His devotees, our spiritual perfection and our going back to Godhead very soon is 100% guaranteed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 27 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Close the Slaughterhouses and Abortion Clinics Today

In today's news three killing sprees were reported. A church in France was attacked during a worship service. The 84 year old Catholic priest who was conducting the mass was murdered. A person with a knife killed 19 people in Japan, and two suicide bombers in Somali killed 13 people. And this is just one day's news. For the sake of brevity we are not the mentioning the other killing sprees earlier this week, this month, or this year.

So what's going on here? Why is all hell breaking loose on this planet right now? While such news reports are certainly shocking, for those who understand the law of karma they are not at all surprising. If you consider that every day 156 million innocent animals are killed on this planet simply to satisfy our lust to taste blood and flesh and that 66,000 thousand innocent children are murdered every day simply because we don't want to give them our loving care, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that humanity is cooking up a very toxic batch of karmic stew. What goes around, comes around. As long as we continue normalizing these millions and billions of heinous murders we can be sure to reap our reward with an ever-increasing proliferation of violent crimes against human beings.

So, political leaders and court judges, wake up! This message is especially for you. Have mercy on your citizens. Close the slaughterhouses and abortion clinics today.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna's Devotees Love Cows. They Don't Eat Them.


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Turn On the World to Krishna

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Not Become Proud?

How to not become proud when one makes spiritual advancement?

Marius

Answer: Give Credit. Don't Take Credit.

Give all credit to Guru, Krishna, and Vaisnavas. The only credit a devotee takes is that he obeys his guru's orders.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 26 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

66,000 Babies are Murdered Every Day

Recently a young college student at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio USA was sentenced to life in prison without any possibility of parole for murdering her newly born baby. The irony of this court decision is that if she had killed the baby by abortion an hour before it was born, in other words while the child was still in her womb, she would be considered guilty of no crime at all. She would have simply done what over 66,000 women do on this planet do every day without being punished, legally murder their babies by abortion. But what is the difference if someone murders you in your mother's house or outside of your mother's house. If someone murders you, no matter where the crime is committed, they are guilty of murder and should be punished. This is another example of how demoniac our modern day governments have become, that they would dare to legalize the murder of innocent children.

Krishna conscious parents, on the other hand, do not murder their babies. They lovingly raise their children in Krishna consciousness to deliver them from the cycle of birth and death. This is the duty of the parents, to see that their children go back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Mother Blesses Her Child With Krishna Consciousness


Video For the Day:

Don't Be Addicted to Sex

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Realize the Absolute Truth?

What is the Absolute Truth and how to realize it?

Narendra

Answer: Loving Service to the Supreme Person

The Absolute Truth is that from which everything is coming, the source of all existence. When one understands that that Absolute Truth is a person and fully dedicates Himself in loving service to that Supreme Person, he gains perfect realization of the Absolute Truth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 25 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

True Religion is Not Sectarian

Religion has gotten a bad name, not because religion is bad, but because what is presented nowadays as religion is not actually religion. Religion nowadays has erroneously come to mean something sectarian. Therefore people commonly ask, "What religion do you belong to?" But there is factually no such thing as this religion or that religion because religion is one, to relink oneself in a loving relationship with the Supreme Person, who is the source of all existence. That Supreme Person has unlimited names in accordance with His unlimited qualities, activities, and relationships. Anyone who has revived their lost loving relationship with that Supreme Person is practicing true religion. Others who present themselves as being members of this religion or that religion without trying to awaken love of God within their hearts are simply cheaters and bluffers.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Chanting Hare Krishna on 6th Street
Austin, Texas--23 July 2016


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Avoid the Void

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Which Religion Do You Follow?

Which religion do you follow?

Eddie

Answer: We Don't Follow Any Particular Religion

Because there is actually no such thing as different religions, we do not follow any particular religion. Religion is only one, to become a pure lover of God. Any attempt to divide it or cut it spoils it. It is then no longer religion. It is only religiosity. The real meaning of religion is to fully surrender oneself unto the will of God. This can be practiced by anyone: Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, etc., provided that they take proper training and guidance from the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 24 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Happy Even When You Are Sick

Krishna consciousness is so transcendental and so wonderful that you can even be happy when you are sick. The first thing is that you understand fully well that you are not your body. This is means that your happiness or lack thereof does not depend on the condition of your body. It simply depends on your consciousness, over which you have complete control and does not have to be influenced by any external situation. If you are thinking of Krishna and being fully dependent on Him, you will be genuinely happy. Otherwise you will not be happy, even if you are in the best of material circumstances. So take complete control of your happiness by always remembering your all-merciful, eternal well-wisher Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna, the Best Friend of All Living Beings


Video For the Day:

Transcendental Bliss on 6th Street

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Comment: How Can Krishna Be the Origin of Himself?

Srila Gurudeva, all your instructions and teachings can be realized as truth upon practicing. Whatever doubt I had due to my faulty mind and little brain is getting cleared eventually by your merciful teachings.

Now I know that the facts you are saying which I was not able to realize is only because of my limitation and its not that what you are presenting based on Vedic knowledge you received through disciplic succession is wrong.

Please dispel my doubt, in your teachings you mention that Krishna is source of everything including Himself. But if He has to be His source, He should already exist right? How am I to understand that Krishna is the source of Himself.

Please be merciful with this fallen soul.

Dandavat pranam,
Chenthil

Answer: Krishna is Not Under the Influence of Time

Yes, Krishna exists eternally, and He has no origin other than Himself. This is not difficult for Him because time is simply one of His energies. It is difficult for you to understand this because you are under the influence time, i.e. past, present, and future. But Krishna being the source of time is not under its influence. Therefore for Him to have always existed with no origin other than Himself is no more difficult for Him than it is difficult to exist while you are reading these words with which I am answering your question.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 23 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Daily Srimad Bhagavatam Class Live Broadcast

Since we are back here in Austin for an extended period of time, we are now doing a live broadcast of Srimad Bhagavatam class every day. 5 September will be the last day, and there will be no Bhagavatam class on 26 August.

You can join the class at https://www.startmeeting.com/join/sda5

Once you are logged in click on the telephone icon to join the class.

Here are the timings for various parts of the world:

02:15am to 03:15am in Honolulu Hawaii
05:15am to 06:15am in Los Angeles
07:15am to 08:15am in USA (Central Time)
08:15am to 09:15am in NYC, Toronto, Santiago (Eastern Time)
09:15am to 10:15am in Mendoza, Argentina
01:15pm to 02:15pm in London
02:15pm to 03:15pm in Copenhagen, S. Africa
03:15pm to 04:15pm in Latvia, Bucharest
04:15pm to 05:15pm in Mauritius
05:45pm to 06:45pm in India
08:15pm to 09:15pm in Malaysia, Hong Kong
10:15pm to 11:15pm in Sydney, Melbourne Australia
12:15am to 01:15am in New Zealand (next day)

And most importantly, if you would like to always be notified when we are having live lectures, you should join our special live lectures notification service at:

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimad Bhagavatam Class
21 July 2016--Austin, Texas USA


Video For the Day:

Take Advantage of the Early Morning

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Comment: You are Krishna

Lord Jagannatha is Krishna Himself, and you also are Krishna.

Andrea

Answer: Servant of the Servant of the Servant of Krishna

While it is true that Lord Jagannatha is Krishna Himself, it absolutely not true that I am Krishna. I am nothing but the tiny servant of the servant of the servant of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 22 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Chanting is Enchanting

Chanting the holy names of God is enchanting because when one chants he is in direct contact with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And because chanting is enchanting, the more one goes on chanting, the more he becomes enchanted until finally he reaches the point where he is no longer enchanted by the material energy and is only enchanted by Krishna. This then is the perfection of his existence. So go on chanting, chanting, chanting. Just go on chanting.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Deeply Absorbed in Japa Meditation


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Always Be Tolerant

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna Has Come?

Dear Sir,

Krishna said: "Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion-at that time I descend Myself."

So don't you think there have been enough decline in religious practice for Krishna to descend? Or has Krishna descended without it being effective?

Kavish

Answer: He's Here Now

Krishna has descended. He is here now in the form of the Krishna consciousness movement. This movement will in due course of time be totally effective in flooding the world in a tidal wave of pure love of God. So now we are requesting you to kindly fully dedicate your life for assisting us in our world deliverance mission. This will be the perfection of your existence. You will be rendering the highest service to the suffering humanity and at the end of your present lifetime your going back home, back to Godhead will be guaranteed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 21 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Pure Consciousness is Bliss

Just as clean, pure water is a pleasure to drink as opposed to dirty, contaminated water, in a similar way when one has pure consciousness existence itself is ecstatic. It does not require any artificial props of material sense pleasure to hold it up, to give it substance. This is why developing pure consciousness is the most important thing that everyone can do. There is truly nothing more important or more essential than this. For one who has achieved this there is no greater gain to be had anywhere within the three worlds.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra


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Fly Hare Krishna

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who is Lord Jagannatha?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

Could you please tell me who is Lord Jagannatha? Is He Vrindavan Krishna or Mathura Krishna or Dvaraka Krishna? Who exactly is he?

Your insignificant servant,
Visvanatha Das

Answer: Krishna Relishing His Vrindavana Lila

Lord Jagannatha is Krishna Himself. Krishna in Mathura and Dvaraka is the same Krishna as the Krishna in Vrindavana. But that same Krishna is in different moods in Vrindavana, Mathura, and Dvaraka. Therefore we sometimes distinguish between Krishna in His different pastimes.

Lord Jagannatha is Dvaraka Krishna going deep into the mood within Himself of Vrindavana Krishna. How He manifested this particular form is described in the Utkala-khanda of the Skanda Purana. (Utkala is the traditional name for Orissa.)

Once, during a solar eclipse, Krishna, Balarama, Subhadra, and other residents of Dvaraka went to bathe in a holy pond at Kurukshetra. Knowing that Krishna would be there, Srimati Radharani, Krishna’s parents Nanda and Yasoda, and other residents of Vrindavana, who were burning in the fire of separation from the Lord, went to meet Him. Inside one of the many tents the pilgrims had set up at Kurukshetra, Rohini, Lord Balarama’s mother, narrated Krishna’s Vrindavana pastimes to the queens of Dvaraka and others.

The residents of Dvaraka are in the mood of opulence (aishvarya), and they worship Krishna as the Supreme Lord. But the residents of Vrindavana are in the mood of sweetness (madhurya), and they have a confidential relationship with Krishna that surpasses awe and reverence because it is based on friendship and love. Rohini’s narration was thus extremely confidential, so she posted Subhadra at the door to prevent anyone from entering.

Krishna and Balarama came to the door and stood on Subhadra’s left and right sides. While listening to Rohini’s narration of Krishna’s intimate Vrindavana pastimes, Krishna and Balarama became ecstatic, and Their internal feelings were exhibited externally. Their eyes became dilated, Their heads compressed into Their bodies, and Their limbs retracted. Seeing these transformations in Krishna and Balarama, Subhadra also became ecstatic and assumed a similar form. Thus, by hearing about Krishna’s pastimes in Vrindavana, Krishna and Balarama, with Subhadra in between, displayed their ecstatic forms of Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 20 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

We Can Bring Peace to the World

There is unbelievable turmoil currently torturing the modern day human society. Practically every day there is another terrorist attack upon innocent people in some corner of the world. The modern day world leaders have no idea how to stop this scourge of terrorism and the ocean of other misfortunes currently drowning this planet. If, however, they will take our guidance, we can solve all the world's problems: political, economic, ecological, etc. So we are humbly begging the world's leaders to kindly open their hearts, open their minds and take our guidance. A new era of peace and prosperity on this this planet will be the immediate result.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Terror Attack in Orlando


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Value of Human Life

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Have an Easy Exit from this World?

Jabalpur, India
19 July 2016

Respected Sir,

I am in an advanced stage of life, in my eighties. Some of my friends are having chronic ailments undergoing prolonged suffering. Modern medical facilities simply are prolonging their life and suffering. Death is termination of their suffering.

My question: Just as there are some preparations ( do's & don'ts) for longer, healthier, and happier life, is there any preparation /method for an easy exit from this world without much suffering?

Thanks. Om Shanti, Jai Shri Krishna.

Som Nath Bhatia

Answer: Follow the Orders of Guru and Krishna

If you will fully surrender to Lord Krishna, under the guidance and blessings of the bona fide spiritual master, accepting Krishna's and Guru's orders as your very life and soul, your death will be very easy and blissful, just like walking from one room to another. You will simply leave behind the greedy world of misery and enter into a pure loving world of unlimited spiritual bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 19 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Join the New Unified World

A new undivided world is dawning, a new unified world based on spirituality, a non-sectarian understanding of God and our relationship with God. Whether you call Him Allah, Jehovah, or Krishna, we all come from the same place. We all have a common origin. Therefore we are all one family and the multifarious divisions that we have evolved over many centuries are all artificial. So instead of maintaining an agenda of jockeying for supremacy we should all learn how to become the humble servants of the one Supreme God, who is addressed by everyone in various ways. By this approach locally and globally, we will experience phenomenal rejuvenation individually and collectively the like of which this planet has not experienced for thousands of years.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bliss at the Austin Sunday Love Feast--17 July 2016
(left to right: Leigh Ann Lynam, Jimmy Lynam, Sankarshan Das, Rod Prothero, Karen Prothero)


Video For the Day:

How to Realize this Knowledge

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Always Be Equipoised?

Srila Gurudeva, how to learn the art of controlling our emotions and feelings? In the Bhagavad-gita it is mentioned that we should remain equipoised in all situations, whatever they may be, that we should always remain neutral in all conditions of happiness and sorrow. How can I practice this?

Your unworthy servant,
Nandapriya devi dasi

Answer: See Everything as Krishna's Mercy

The secret of always being equipoised is to master the art of seeing everything that happens to you as being the special mercy of Krishna to bring you back to Him as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 18 July 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas, USA

Today's Thought:

Srila Prabhupada Answers My Question

On 2 March 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia USA I was doubly blessed with the greatest good fortune of being in the divine presence of Srila Prabhupada along with the special mercy of being able to ask him a question and receive an answer immediately back from him. My question and his answer is given below:

Sankarshan Das: Prabhupada, before this movement came here we were so caught up in sinful activities. How is it that we were so fortunate to be blessed with this great Hare Krishna movement?

Prabhupada: It is Krishna's mercy. Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to give you. Now He has come here. You take advantage of it. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is kind to everyone. He has no discrimination that this cult should be spread only in India or amongst the Hindus or amongst the brahmanas. No. He wanted to spread this movement to all living being. Never mind. Prthivite ache yata nagaradi. That is Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission. So now He has come. If you want, accept Caitanya Mahaprabhu's order, "Simply chant Hare Krishna." That is sufficient. But if you want to know more, further, through philosophy, through science, we have got already thirty or fifty books. Read them. Everything is there. Either you accept directly, or if you want to accept through science, through philosophy, through knowledge, there are books. Both ways, Caitanya Mahaprabhu is ready to help you. Now you take advantage of it. And we are glad that you are taking advantage. Now some of you, they have already joined. And in the educational institution, universities, they are also very much appreciative of our literature. So gradually it will be appreciated. But the sooner you take advantage of it is better.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada in Atlanta---March 1975


Video For the Day:

Back in Austin, Texas, USA

https://youtu.be/pRkkMY3mzkA

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Loving Guru and Vaisnavas

Srila Gurudeva, we know that we should repose our love in Krishna. Does giving love to Krishna mean to love one's spiritual master and the Vaisnavas? And love means to serve them?

Does love for Vaisnavas mean not having any ill feeling for any Vaisnava? We may like someone more than the other, and we may not know many devotees. So our liking from one Vaisnava to the other varies. So how is that reflected in our love for Krishna?

Thank you,

Your insignificant servant
Lila Manjari devi dasi

Answer: Real Meaning of Loving Krishna

Yes, loving Krishna means loving Krishna and His devotees. It does not mean loving Krishna alone because Krishna says that if you don’t love His devotees, you don’t love Him. Therefore the devotee loves his guru and the devotees as a natural part of loving Krishna. It is just like watering the root of a tree. When you water the root of a tree, the leaves and branches are automatically watered. Similarly, when you genuinely love Krishna, you automatically love your guru and the devotees. If your love is genuine for your guru, Krishna, and Vaisnavas, you will naturally take great pleasure in serving them, because a service attitude is the symptom of real love. If there is no service attitude, there is no real love.

Yes, real love means having no ill feelings. While it is natural that you will have stronger feelings for certain devotees with whom you regularly associate, still you must not harbor any ill feelings towards those devotees with whom you are not closely associated. Don’t hold grudges. It will fill your heart with smudges.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 17 July 2016

New Dvaraka, ISKCON Los Angeles, USA

Today's Thought:

Symptoms of a Sadhu

A sadhu, a saintly person, is tolerant, merciful and friendly to all living entities. He has no enemies because he loves everyone. He is peaceful, he abides by the scriptures, and all his characteristics are sublime. He is a devotee of the Lord. His mercy is that he wants to enlighten all people in devotional service. He knows that unless people become devotees their human life will be spoiled, that they will be dragged down to the animal kingdom in their next birth. Therefore he travels all over the world teaching everyone to not spoil their human life in the pursuit of temporary material sense gratification, that they should instead fully absorb their lives in the devotional service of the Lord. He is not satisfied by his own liberation from material existence because he is always thinking of how the fallen souls of this material world can be delivered. If we are fortunate enough to be able to take shelter of such a great saintly person and we carefully and sincerely follow his instructions to the best of our ability, our spiritual perfection is guaranteed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Radha and Krishna Swing Pastime
(painting on wall in Srila Prabhupada's Los Angeles Quarters)


Video For the Day:

Prabhupada's Los Angeles Quarters

https://youtu.be/L8lb5zZSscQ

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do You Talk With Krishna?

Do you talk with Lord Krishna face to face?

Kaspars

Answer: Not Enough

I sometimes pray to Krishna, but not enough. When I do pray to my beloved Lord, I beg Him to save me from my entanglement in material consciousness. I beg Him that somehow by His inconceivable mercy this materialistic rascal named Sankarshan Das can become a pure devotee who can successfully carry out his spiritual master's order to become guru and make the entire world Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 16 July 2016

New Dvaraka, ISKCON Los Angeles, USA

Today's Thought:

Questioned by "USA Today" Newspaper

Today after being on the road for almost two months we are heading back to our home base in Austin, Texas having completely circled the globe. Someone who travels this much is sometimes called a "road warrior." Being recognized as a road warrior by USA Today, I was asked by this leading national US newspaper how the recent terrorist attack in Europe would impact my travel plans. My answers to them are given in the "Answers by Citing the Vedic Version" section below. I pray that USA Today and the world's leaders will take seriously my authorized guidance on how to put a stop to terrorism. If they do so, a new era of unparalleled peace and prosperity will dawn on this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Chants Japa in His Los Angeles Headquarters


Video For the Day:

Govinda's Restaurant

https://youtu.be/i8mqa66nbIA

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Safe Do You Feel Traveling to Europe?

I was recently questioned by USA Today, the widest circulated print newspaper in the United States, with the following questions:

Do you plan on canceling or altering plans to go to Europe because of recent terrorist attacks there? If so, why?

How safe do you feel traveling to Europe now for work or for pleasure?

USA Today

Answer: Not Safe Anywhere in the World

Here is how I answered their questions:

This year I'm traveling to Europe three times as previously planned as an ambassador for global peace. It is my mission to educate the world's leaders and global society in general how to put a complete stop to terrorism. The recent terrorist attacks in Europe have had no absolutely impact on my travel plans. If anything, the dire urgency of the present situation has increased my desire travel to Europe. In this connection it should be clearly understood that in the modern day ever-increasingly animalistic society it is natural that some of the animalistic men will be ferocious, i.e. terrorists. Therefore the only real cure for terrorism to elevate the entire human society beyond the animal platform through spiritual education.

The possibility of being killed at home or on the road by a terrorist always exists as a stark reality, even when you are just going from your house to the grocery store to pick up a loaf of bread. So you can never feel safe anywhere here in this hazardous material world. It is truly a risky place where danger lurks in the shadows at every step. Those who are intelligent find true peace of mind by always remembering that if God wants to kill you, nobody can protect you, and if God wants to protect you, nobody can kill you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 15 July 2016

New Dvaraka, ISKCON Los Angeles, USA

Today's Thought:

Bogus Devotion and Genuine Devotion

Arriving here in New Dvaraka (Los Angeles) after a 14 hour flight from Melbourne we are blessed by the association of so many wonderful devotees of Krishna. This association with Vaisnavas, the devotees of the Lord, is our very life and soul, the sustenance of our existence. In the material world nowadays, hell is breaking loose practically every day with one terrorist attack after another after another. But we devotees of Krishna know that the solution to terrorism and all the problems of the world is the awakening of the dormant love of God within our hearts. Such love of God or Krishna consciousness automatically includes genuine compassion for all living beings, just as when you water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are also automatically watered. Devotion to God expressed by cruelty to God's creatures is not devotion to God at all. It is simply bogus. Real devotion to God automatically includes devotion to all of His children, in all species of life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Send Off from Melbourne, Australia - 14 July 2016


Video For the Day:

My Flower Pastime With Srila Prabhupada

https://youtu.be/Ihlv10e8V2s

To See All the Videos for the Day:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL81RgN8Ssz392I7tAzwm4RYbeC9QR5Ax4


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Free the Mind?

Dear Master,

This sex desire is trying to control me. Even when I don't want to think in a sexual way, it is creating sexual images in my mind and forcing me to think in such a manner. It's like for that moment, I absolutely loose control over myself. Thank God, it is just for a second, or else it will make me act as well.

Is this due to strong impressions of this desire on my mind?

What should I do to remove these impressions?

Your student

Answer: Hare Krishna Drives Away Illusion

The more that you chant the Holy Names of the Lord, the more you will become free from all the mental rubbish that has accumulated in your heart for thousands and millions of lifetimes in this material world. The more you put Krishna in, the more you will squeeze Maya or illusion out.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 14 July 2016

ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Arriving in Los Angeles Before We Leave from Melbourne

Today we are flying from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles, USA. We depart from Melbourne at 9:15 am and arrive in Los Angeles at 6:35 am on the same day. Amazingly this is two hours and forty minutes before we depart from Melbourne. So how is this possible? It's because we are crossing the international date line traveling in an eastward direction. There is another dateline which is even more amazing than this. That is the Viraja River, the boundary between the material and spiritual worlds. When one crosses it on his going back to home, back to Godhead, even though he has spent unlimited millions and billions of years in the material existence, it will be as he never left the spiritual world. He will simply pick up where he left off when he fell down from his participation in Lord Sri Krishna's eternal pastimes. He will resume his eternal relationship with Krishna and His devotees practically as if he had never left.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Pick Up Where You Left Off in the Spiritual World


Video For the Day:

The Loving Cause of Existence

https://youtu.be/5KsWby1WjxY

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Spiritual Suicide

What is spiritual suicide?

Your servant
Sukumar

Answer: To Not Surrender to Krishna

To not surrender to Krishna is spiritual suicide, and the goal of the Mayavadis, to give up their individual identities by merging into the impersonal Brahman, is also spiritual suicide.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 13 July 2016

ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Happiness in a Place of Misery

How can a person be happy in a place which is 100% miserable? This is the challenge that each of us faces here in this material world. The answer is very simple. You have to tune in to a higher level of consciousness beyond this material world. Then and only then will you be okay. That higher level of consciousness is Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blissful Devotees in Seattle


Video For the Day:

Connecting with Srila Prabhupada

https://youtu.be/QGVobXgZ8LA

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Longer Time for Householders to Become Pure Devotees?

Householders have lesser time and chances of devotional service as compared to full time celibate and renounced devotees living in the temple. Will it then take more time for them to become pure devotees?

Golok Das

Answer: That Depends on Their Intensity

While it is more difficult for householders to become Krishna conscious, if they are more intense in their desire to serve Krishna, they can become more advanced than sannyasis and brahmacaris. Srila Prabhupada is the example of this. Even as a grihastha he was more advanced in Krishna consciousness than any of his sannyasi and brahmacari Godbrothers.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 12 July 2016

ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Don't Cheat Yourself

As long as you remain in the realm of material sense pleasures you are doing nothing but cheating yourself big time because that body is not you. It's nothing more than a garment that you are wearing or a car that you are driving. So come out of the illusion of bodily consciousness. Realize that you are an eternal sprit-soul servitor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and fully absorb yourself in lovingly serving Him. You'll enjoy an eternal life full of bliss and knowledge in His most amazingly splendorous transcendental kingdom, the spiritual sky. What are you waiting for? Don't cheat yourself for another minute. Fully surrender yourself to Lord Sri Krishna right now!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




ISKCON's Global Mission Lecture
Melbourne, Australia--10 July 2016


Video For the Day:

History's Greatest Paradigm Shift

https://youtu.be/AQ5L4b7bj0o

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Form of the Soul?

In a lecture Prabhupada was saying that just as his coat and shirt have got arms because his body has two arm, his body also has two arms because his soul or spiritual body also has two arms. So what is the form of the soul? Does the soul of a dog have a form with four legs like the form of a dog, and the soul of tree have the form of a tree, etc? There are 8,400,000 species so what is the real shape or form of the soul. Are there 8,400,000 different types of souls corresponding to the 8,400,000 different types of material forms?

Please enlighten me
Your servant,

Sankalp

Answer: Every Soul Has a Human Form

Just as Krishna has a form with two hands, two legs, etc. all souls being part and parcel of Him also have forms with two hands and two legs. Even the devotees in the spiritual world who are in non-human forms such as cows, peacocks, and trees are also have human forms and human consciousness. They simply assume other types of forms for the purpose of serving Krishna in a particular way He likes for them to serve Him. For example, Yamuna Devi, who in her original form is a human, assumes the form of a river to serve Krishna in a particular way to satisfy His desire to reciprocate her in the form of a river. In this way everyone in the spiritual world is a human with human consciousness, but assumes different forms to reciprocate with Krishna in the way that Krishna wants to have loving exchanges with them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 11 July 2016

ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

How to Attain the Ultimate Success

Ultimate success is described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje: [SB 1.2.6] "The ultimate success is when you understand God and you are in love with God." This is real success. You simply have to be in love with God. It doesn't matter how you have learned to love God: as a Christian, as a Hindu, or as a Muslim. Simply if you have leaned how to love God, then you have achieved the supreme success. All other types of success are temporary. They all come and go like the changing of the seasons. When you achieve this supreme success of loving God, your success will never be taken away for all of eternity. It becomes your permanent asset.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ultimate Success Lecture
Urban Yoga Center--Melbourne, Australia, 9 July 2016


Video For the Day:

Connecting with Srila Prabhupada

https://youtu.be/wUmUQnYKPfo

To See All the Videos for the Day:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL81RgN8Ssz392I7tAzwm4RYbeC9QR5Ax4


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Five Police Officers Murdered in Dallas

What is your opinion about the shooting in Dallas, Texas of five police officers by a sniper who thinks white officers were the reason for the killing of two people from the black race?

This race division is getting more prominent as the advancement of civilization seems to be going backward.

Yours faithfully,
A. Sivakumar

Answer: Racism is a Manifestation of Bodily Consciousness

Racism is simply another manifestation of bodily consciousness. As long as people continue to think that they are their bodies, this sort of nonsense will continue getting worse and worse on this planet. It is only when people come to the spiritual platform by realizing that we are not these bodies that this crazy racism will come to an end. Therefore our mission is to end this racism madness by educating the entire world population with the proper understanding of what is the actual self, the spirit-soul, who is situated within the body, but is not the body. Kindly fully dedicate your life to assisting us in our mission for bringing a new age of peace and happiness to this beleaguered planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 10 July 2016

ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Peace Within in a World of Chaos

Around us right now is a world descending into deeper and darker chaos. Every day's news brings stinging reports of more and more atrocities being committed against living beings in a world that is becoming ever-increasingly more and more godless. What is a sane person supposed to do in the face of so much madness? He must strongly reconnect with Krishna or God with pure loving devotion. This will bring him genuine peace and happiness in a crazy world that is steadily becoming more and more of hellish nightmare.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




How to Become Free From All Material Desires
Melbourne, Australia--8 July 2016


Video For the Day:

Escape the Sinking Ship

https://youtu.be/v_O9dZOvjjE

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Develop Single-Pointed Intelligence?

How to develop single-pointed intelligence to serve spiritual master?

Your insignificant servant,
Amala Purana Das

Answer: Always Remember this Mood

We sing to our spiritual master every day:

guru-mukha-padma-vakya,
cittete koriya aikya ar na koriho mane asa

“My only wish is to have my consciousness purified
by the words emanating from your lotus mouth.

If you will meditate deeply every day on this mood of having no desire except to be purified by the words of your spiritual master, you will naturally develop a single pointed intelligence for serving your spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 9 July 2016

ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

World Needs Spiritual Leadership

Politicians are not meant to lead the world. Instead the world is meant to be lead by saintly teachers who strictly follow and teach what is given in the scriptures. The political leaders are meant to remain in their administrative positions, but they should engage in their governmental functions under the guidance of the saintly teachers. In this way the entire world can be peaceful and happy. The spiritual leaders of the Krishna consciousness are ready to give this advice to the world's political leaders. Now we are simply waiting for them to agree to hear from us.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Manifests an Ocean of Compassion


Video For the Day:

How to Attain Deathlessness

https://youtu.be/X0hn4tvEJ4k

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do We Need Guru Only in the Beginning?

Somebody told me that the Spiritual Master is important only in the beginning, that later we have to grow up and be able to do everything on our own. They gave an example like a child when he grows up he must let go of his mother's hand. So they asked if we want to remain children or do we want to grow up.

Is this true?

Marius

Answer: Disciple Eternally Dependent on Guru

Srila Prabhupada explained in Seattle, USA on 2 October 1968 that you cannot be without a spiritual master at any stage of your life. So what you were told is in direct contradiction to the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and should be completely rejected as bogus philosophy. We should not hear from anyone who preaches bogus philosophy. Their association should be strictly avoided because it is like poison.

Here is an example of how much dependent Srila Prabhupada feels on his spiritual master. These are part of the concluding words of the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita:

"I think that His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura is always seeing my activities and guiding me within my heart by his words. As it is said in Srimad-Bhagavatam, tene brahma hrda ya adi-kavaye [SB 1.1.1]. Spiritual inspiration comes from within the heart, wherein the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in His Paramatma feature, is always sitting with all His devotees and associates. It is to be admitted that whatever translation work I have done is through the inspiration of my spiritual master, because personally I am most insignificant and incompetent to do this materially impossible work. I do not think myself a very learned scholar, but I have full faith in the service of my spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. If there is any credit to my activities of translating, it is all due to His Divine Grace. Certainly if His Divine Grace were physically present at this time, it would have been a great occasion for jubilation, but even though he is not physically present, I am confident that he is very much pleased by this work of translation. He was very fond of seeing many books published to spread the Krishna consciousness movement. Therefore our society, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, has been formed to execute the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura."

Just see how much dependent Srila Prabhupada is feeling on his spiritual master. He says that he is always being guided by his spiritual master from within his heart. This tells us that even on the highest level of spiritual perfection the disciple still feels totally dependent on his spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 8 July 2016

ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Give Up Mundane Association

If you want to awaken your dormant Krishna consciousness, you have to become aloof from the association of materialistically minded people. This is confirmed by Lord Caitanya. When He was requested to explain the duty of a devotee of Krishna, He immediately said, "asat-sanga-tyaga - ei vaisnava-acara: The first business of a Vaisnava is to give up the association of persons who are not Krishna conscious." [Cc. Madhya 22.87]. Prahlada Maharaja has the same mood. He prays to the Personality of Godhead that he may avoid the association of nondevotees, those who are attached to the materialistic way of life. If Prahlada must be attached to someone, he prays to be attached only to a devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




"The Keyboard is Mightier Than the Gun."
Writing in Hong Kong Airport--6 July 2016


Video For the Day:

Arrival in Australia

https://youtu.be/t1m5q6TX2sE

To See All the Videos for the Day:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL81RgN8Ssz392I7tAzwm4RYbeC9QR5Ax4


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Bhakti-What, Why, and to Whom?

Kindly enlighten me in the following:

1) What is bhakti?
2) Why should we do bhakti ?
3) To whom should we do bhakti ?

Sukumar

Answer: Natural Pure Love for Krishna and His Devotees

Bhakti, the supermost occupation of the human being, is pure love for the Supreme Lord Krishna and His devotees. One who has awakened this bhakti within his heart automatically fully absorbs himself in unmotivated, uninterrupted loving service to Supreme Lord and His devotees. This rendering of service is a natural reciprocation of love between Krishna and His devotees. It restores the original eternal blissful, full-of-knowledge consciousness of those who practice is seriously.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 7 July 2016

Kuala Lumpur Airport, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

On a Mission to Save the World

Is it possible for the Kali yuga, the present most degraded materialistic age of quarrel and hypocrisy, to go into remission and be replaced by the most sublime golden era of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu? The skeptics say that it is impossible. But according to the most authoritative scripture, the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita by Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami, not only is it possible that it can happen; it is predicted that indeed it will happen. So it is not a question of IF it happen. It is simply a question of WHEN it will happen. That "when it will happen" depends on us, how dedicated we are to make it happen as soon as possible. Therefore let us take the world deliverance mission given to us by Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada with the utmost seriousness and absorb ourselves fully in pushing forward the Krishna consciousness movement as much as possible for the deliverance of the fallen, suffering souls of this age.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Introducing Security Guard to Krishna Consciousness
Shah Alam, Malaysia--6 July 2016


Video For the Day:

How to Pray Properly

https://youtu.be/THZXAfXz_kw

To See All the Videos for the Day:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL81RgN8Ssz392I7tAzwm4RYbeC9QR5Ax4


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Give a Regular Monthly Donation?

I would like to support your mission with a regular monthly donor. How do I go about doing that?

S. Patel

Answer: Let Us Know How Much You Would Like to Contribute

We appreciate very much your desire to support our mission which is to deliver the people of this world from their miserable entanglement in the cycle of birth and to bring a new unparalled age of peace and prosperity to this troubled planet. You can join our monthly donor program simply by sending us an email at sda@backtohome.com telling us how you much you would like to contribute each month. Then we will send you an email with a link for activating your monthly donation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 6 July 2016

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

Appreciation from Mitravinda Devi Dasi

One of my disciples in Malaysia has written these words of appreciation for my humble attempt to share the bliss of Krishna consciousness with the suffering people of the world:

"This e-course is for me like contact with Krishna and my personal relationship with Krishna. In other words, I am thirsty for Krishna and waiting for next lesson and Thought for the Day, knowing that Krishna surely must have something for me, to attract me back home where I belong. Through this course, which is the great effort of Sankarshan das Adhikari, everyone can regain his true spiritual nature as an eternal servant of guru and Krishna.

Your servant,
Mitravinda devi dasi"

I am very happy that Lord Sri Krishna has given me this opportunity to help people all over the world find genuine, lasting happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Krishna Awaits Your Return to His Kingdom


Video For the Day:

Religion is One

https://youtu.be/RJGuNxpqlfE

To See All the Videos for the Day:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL81RgN8Ssz392I7tAzwm4RYbeC9QR5Ax4


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Radha Worshipped When We Chant Hare Krishna?

All glories to the devotees of the Lord.

Thank you so much for your wonderful lessons and thoughts of the day. My question concerns the worship of Radha. If one is simply chanting the Mahamantra, does this constitute worship of both Krishna and Radha.

Thank you so much again for your delivering e-mails.

Rodney

Answer: Yes

Yes. Chanting Hare Krishna is worshipping both Radha and Krishna because “Hare" directly addresses Srimati Radharani. We are begging Sri Sri Radha and Krishna to please engage us in their service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 5 July 2016

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

Beyond the Path of Denial

The mental speculators endeavor to become self-realized through the process of negation, cutting away from their consciousness everything that is not the Absolute Truth: "The Absolute Truth is not this, it's not that," etc. As a young spiritual seeker in 1968 I was also pursuing this path. I was cutting away, as best as I could, all material attachments. While the others of my age were choosing their careers in this field and that field, I opted to renounce all material careers. My career path was to go to India and become a mendicant, a holy beggar, for the remaining duration of my life. However, one evening as I was preparing to depart from the USA to India I had the most profound, striking realization. I was so impressed by my realization that I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper:

"I denied and denied until I could deny no longer, and then I had to start accepting."

I realized that the perfection of denial is to deny denial itself. At this moment my career path reversed. I realized that instead of leaving the world I must now remain in the world with a mission to save the world. So instead of going to India I felt that I was being called to San Francisco to join a mission for the respiritualization of the world society. So I hitchhiked 2,000 miles from Houston to San Francisco where the first people I met were the Hare Krishna people. After some time of trying without success to make a spiritual revolution on my own I realized that Srila Prabhupada was successfully making a global spiritual revolution with his Hare Krishna movement. So with great joy in my heart in 1971 I gave my life to Srila Prabhupada to assist him in his mission of saving the world. Thus since then I have been tasting the most exciting, thrilling existence of serving my beloved spiritual master's word deliverance mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




His Holiness Visnujana Swami Maharaja
The Great Soul Who Inspired Me to Join this Movement


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At the Lotus Feet of Radha Damodara

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Question: Endeavors Bear Fruit Only By God's Grace?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

I have heard devotees say that we can only do our endeavor but the result is given by God only.

What exactly does it mean? Is it simply an acknowledgement of the fact that in anything that we may attempt to do in life there will always be factors beyond our control which can significantly impact the outcome?

Your servant,
Visvanatha das

Answer: He reciprocates with us personally

It's a fact that all of our endeavors only bear fruit by grace of Krishna or God. This means that we are fully dependent upon Krishna for everything. But try to understand that Krishna is not a vending machine into which you put your coin and automatically out comes a candy bar. Krishna is a person, the most loving of all persons. He reciprocates with us personally according to the degree of love that we have awakened for Him within our hearts.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 4 July 2016

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

Conquering Anger

Anger is our enemy. In anger a mother can kill her own children, as has recently happened in the USA. When we consider ourselves to be the center of existence and someone challenges our position, we become angry. Hence, anger is a manifestation of delusion, a false overly inflated conception of ourselves. Anger is automatically conquered when we become humble and recognize that Krishna or God, the perfect orchestrator, is the center of the universe, not us.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




This Most Beautiful Person is the Center of All Existence


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How To Be World's Happiest Person

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Question: Can You Bless Me to Never Fall Down?

Hare Krishna Gurudeva,

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

At every second, every minute I worry that I may fall down because I have done so many wrong things in the past. Thus your presence via email, internet, or physically is just like a very strict school teacher or headmaster for me who will correct me anytime if am wrong. So please can you give me the blessing to never fall down?

Hare Krishna
Your humble servant

Answer: Always Beg Krishna to Protect You From Falling Down

If you are always afraid of falling down at any second and are always begging Krishna to protect you from falling down, you will never fall down. So kindly always maintain this healthy fear of maya or illusion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 3 July 2016

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

9 Year Old Boy's Testimonial

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

My name is Aniruddha Keshava Joshi. I am a nine year old home-schooled 3rd grader boy and live with my parents and elder sister. I enrolled with the e-course on August 4th 2014 when I was 7. In 2014, I had just begun my personal e-mail and I wanted to receive e-mails daily. My parents suggested that I could get devotional emails if I registered with the e-course. I agreed with my parents and so from then on, I get the opportunity to learn something unique from the Bhagavad-gita each week. Answering the weekly lesson on time helps me in my English comprehension, understanding Bhagavad-gita better, memorizing 1 verse of Bhagavad-gita weekly, and practice spiritual discipline.

Firstly, my English writing improves a lot because of the e-course designed by His Grace Sankarshan Dasa Adhikari Prabhu. Srila Prabhupada wrote such perfect English in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, that it enriches my own vocabulary. Also, the commentary that His Grace Sankarshan Dasa Adhikari Prabhu writes before the question assignment gives me new Fancy Nancy words. I use the weekly assignment as my English writing, reading, and comprehension practice for my school requirements.

Secondly, the Ultimate Self Realization course helps me understand Bhagavad-gita much better. His Grace Sankarshan Dasa Adhikari Prabhu's explanations to the particular verse of Bhagavad-gita As It Is help me to comprehend the purports of Srila Prabhupada. When I do not understand any one of the assignments volunteers help me to comprehend the question, giving me a thoughtful hint. This helps me to conceive more information from Srila Prabhupada's purports. The course forces me to think about the purport and understand it.

Thirdly, the e-course provides me an opportunity to memorize one verse of Bhagavad-gita every week. This helps me to defend my practice of Krishna Consciousness when explaining it to an outsider. However, there is a funny downside to memorizing the slokas of Bhagavad-gita. Whenever I am being non-Vaisnava in public, to chastise me, my mother reminds me just a few words of the appropriate sloka and checks me.

Last but not the least, the icing on the cake is that I learn spiritual discipline because of the e-course. Punctuality is a very significant principle in Krishna Consciousness. Srila Prabhupada was very punctual himself, and he stressed the importance of it on his disciples. Similarly, His Grace Sankarshan Dasa Adhikari Prabhu punctually sends the e-course, Thought for the Day with Video for the Day successfully every day. When I answer my weekly lessons on time, I am pleasing Srila Prabhupada and obtaining his blessings.

Considering that my English writing improves, I understand Bhagavad-gita better, memorize one verse of Bhagavad-gita per week, and get the opportunity to practice spiritual discipline, it is very important to me to answer my weekly lesson on time.

Hari Bol,
Your humble servant,
Aniruddha Dasa (age 9)

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada Teaches to Worship Radha and Krishna Together


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We're Krishnizing the Whole World

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Question: Can Krishna Be Worshipped Alone?

Can Krishna be worshipped alone?

Your student

Answer: We Require to Worship Radha and Krishna Together

Srila Prabhupada teaches us to worship Radha and Krishna together, because it is only by the mercy of Srimati Radharani that one can enter into the confidential understandings of the love of Krishna that is known in Vrindavana only. Worship of Krishna without His hladini sakti, Srimati Radharani, which is found in many places in India, not only in the past but even at present, permits one to enter into the aisvarya mood of worshipping the Supreme Lord in opulence, but not the confidential mood as taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains in a lecture he gave in Los Angeles on 13 November 1968:

"Vaisnavas do not worship Krishna alone without Radharani. They do not worship Rama without Sita. They do not worship Narayana without Laksmi, because the Lord and the energy must be there."

Therefore according to the instructions of Srila Prabhupada, one should not worship Krishna alone because Krishna is not complete without Srimati Radharani, as the sun is not complete without the sunshine. One should therefore worship both Radha and Krishna, for together They are the complete Absolute Truth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 2 July 2016

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

An Appeal to All Human Beings

Today we are chanting Hare Krishna in the Islamic world, in Shah Alam, Malaysia. As I gaze out from my window I see the Muslim mosque, which I have photographed and posted below. While Malaysia is to some extent tolerant of other what people perceive as different religions, other parts of the Muslim world are not. It's most amazing, saddening, and sickening how in the name in religion, which is supposed to make one a perfect sinless person, so many sinful atrocities are being committed every day in so many parts of the world. Therefore our mission is to bring all religious people of the world to the common understanding that religion is one because God is one, even though He is known by different names in the different languages of the world.

Do different names make the same thing different? Not at all. Water is the same thing all over the world. Everyone drinks it. But in English it is called "water." In French it is known as "eau." Spaniards call it "agua." And Germans drink their fair share of wasser every day. Do we fight and kill each other over what water should be called? No. We just drink our water every day.

So why should God be any different? Since God is unlimited, He must have unlimited names. How can we limit Him to only the name according to our particular language? This is not a very intelligent or sanguine idea.

Therefore, O people of the world, awaken to your true spiritual nature which is beyond all designations of Christian, Hindu, Muslim, etc. Realize now that you are all simply the servants of the one God, who although one has unlimited names.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Muslim Mosque Outside My Window--Shah Alam, Malaysia


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Airport Terrorist Attack

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Question: How Can I Concentrate My Mind?

Most respected Gurudeva,

I have a very upset mind. I try hard to concentrate, but I cannot do it. How can I concentrate my mind?

S.K.

Answer: Chant Hare Krishna With Great Care and Attention

Chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra with great care and attention at least 16 rounds a day while also strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. If you sincerely follow these instructions every day without fail, in due course of time your mind will become completely conquered by the awakening of pure love for that amazingly all-beautiful, all-powerful, all-renounced, all-knowing, all-famous, and all-wealthy, unlimitedly loving person named Krishna who is situated eternally within you heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 1 July 2016

From Hong Kong

Today's Thought:

Make a Spiritual Revolution on this Planet

It is wonderfully stated in the Srimad Bhagavatam 1.51.11:

"On the other hand, that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world's misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though imperfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest."

Therefore the mission of all those who have taken shelter of Krishna is to make a spiritual revolution on this planet by pushing forward the teachings of Krishna for the deliverance of the fallen, conditioned souls from their entrapment in the cycle of repeated birth and death.

The conclusion is that you should not live your life as a victim of circumstance. You should take complete control of your destiny by surrendering to Krishna, and you should then to the fullest extent of your capabilities perform the highest welfare activity of making a spiritual revolution on this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana Revolution


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Hong Kong Madness

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If a Devotee Commits Suicide?

Dear Gurudeva,

I recently came across the news of one of the devotees committing suicide because of some reasons which are not known to me.

I used to have suicidal thoughts at some point. Though, by Krishna's grace, now I don't think about it. But I've got a query. What happens to the soul after suicide?

Does the result differ in case of souls who have been trying to serve and please Krishna and guru but because of their impulses or not so strong faith they decide to give up their lives, and the ones who are absolutely engaged in materialistic activities?

Waiting for your valuable guidance.

Begging your mercy,
Your student

Answer: Real Devotees Do Not Commit Suicide

A devotee of Krishna never thinks of committing suicide because he knows fully well that because his body belongs to Krishna he has no right to kill it. Suicide is grossly sinful. Anybody, pseudo-devotee or non-devotee, who commits suicide must suffer for a very long time as a ghost. Because they killed their gross body, in their next lifetime they do not get a gross body. They only get a subtle body, a ghostly body. It is very hellish to be a ghost, because even though the ghost has gross material desires, he has no gross body through which to fulfill those desires. This is why ghosts try to haunt persons with gross bodies to vicariously enjoy sense gratification through them. Ghosts search for weak-minded persons that they can take control of.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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