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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 28 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Don't Try to Train Your Guru

The secret of spiritual success is to be unflinchingly dedicated to carrying out the orders given to you by your spiritual master. Sometimes the neophyte finds difficulty to do this and pleads, "Srila Gurudeva, please have mercy," as if the spiritual master is not being merciful and has to be trained by the disciple how to be merciful. Of course, this is foolishness because the order of the spiritual master is his mercy. So instead of begging the spiritual master to be merciful, the disciple should be begging, "Srila Gurudeva, please bless me that I can successfully follow your instructions."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Instructs His Disciples


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Back to Your Original Identity

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Question: Serve Krishna in Spiritual Body?

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

I have difficulties in understanding some points. Could you please answer my questions?

#1: By what means service to Krishna in the spiritual sky is performed if the body is sat-cit-ananda, composed of eternity, knowledge, and bliss? Does the soul simply exist as consciousness with a feeling of love?

#2: There is a couple of lovers. When one passes away, the other hopes, "I will meet you in heaven and we will enjoy each others company again." Is this a romantic dream or is it truly possible? Do relationships in spiritual sky between two souls exist or is there just a relationship between Krishna and a particular soul?

Thank you for Your time.

Unworthy,
Ruta

Answer: Much Better Facility

It is not that in the spiritual world that you are disembodied. In that wondrous abode you have a much better body for serving Krishna than the one you have now. In this material world, just as you wear a garment, your body is a covering of your actual self. But in the spiritual world, your body is your actual self. You are an eternal youth who never gets sick, gets old, or dies. And in a state of great happiness you are purely loving and serving Krishna in an unlimited variety of ways for all of eternity.

Regarding two lovers who want to meet again, after death the Srimad Bhagavatam blesses us with these enlightening words:

"Many planks and sticks, unable to stay together, are carried away by the force of a river's waves. Similarly, although we are intimately related with friends and family members, we are unable to stay together because of our varied past deeds and the waves of time." - SB 10.5.25

However in the case of devotees it is different. Srila Prabhupada explains that there is another ISKCON in the spiritual world. This means that just as the ISKCON devotees are together in this material world, they will also be together in the spiritual world. ISKCON is an eternal spiritual family.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Don't Be Carried Away by Sex Desire

There is nothing that bewilders the living being more than sex desire because this nasty business of sex attraction pulls him down into complete total absorption in the bodily conception of being a man desiring a woman or a woman desiring a man. In other words, sex desire completely locks him into the material energy. The key that unlocks him from this prison cell is to revive his sense of spiritual identify, completely beyond his material body as the eternal servant of Krishna, by engaging himself practically in devotional service 24 hours of day under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master. In this way he experiences a taste that is so sweet, wonderful, and sublime that sex desire is seen by him as tantamount to eating stool. In this way he becomes solidly situated on the transcendental platform never to be carried away by sex desire ever again.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Give Up Illicit Sex and Enter Krishna's Pastimes


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Tune In, Turn On, and Bliss Out!

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Question: Demons Get Liberation?

Sri Parasurama, the incarnation of Lord Krishna, killed many renegade ksatriyas on earth. Did they all get spiritual liberation?

Golok Das

Answer: When Directly Killed by Krishna

Anyone who is directly killed by God gets spiritual liberation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 26 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Spiritual Master Delivers the Disciple

Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.25.8:

"The disciple or conditioned soul is put into this darkest region of ignorance and therefore is entangled in the material existence of sense gratification. It is very difficult to get out of this entanglement and attain freedom, but if one is fortunate enough to get the association of a spiritual master like Kapila Muni or His representative, then by his grace one can be delivered from the mire of ignorance. The spiritual master is therefore worshiped as one who delivers the disciple from the mire of ignorance with the light of the torch of knowledge. The word paragam is very significant. paragam refers to one who can take the disciple to the other side. This side is conditioned life; the other side is the life of freedom. The spiritual master takes the disciple to the other side by opening his eyes with knowledge. We are suffering simply because of ignorance. By the instruction of the spiritual master, the darkness of ignorance is removed, and thus the disciple is enabled to go to the side of freedom. It is stated in Bhagavad-gita that after many, many births one surrenders to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Similarly, if, after many, many births, one is able to find a bona fide spiritual master and surrender to such a bona fide representative of Krishna, one can be taken to the side of light."

So it is very clear that the spiritual master is the deliverer of the disciple from the ocean of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Instructs His Disciples


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Experiencing Krishna in Vrindavana

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Channel My Fighting Propensity?

Dear Gurudeva,

How can I channel my fighting propensity positively in the service of Krishna?

Your aspiring servant,

Prashant

Answer: Defeat Atheism, Impersonalism, and Voidism

Fight staunchly to defeat atheism, impersonalism, and voidism.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 25 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Continuous Krishna Consciousness

In the beginning of the pathway of Krishna consciousness the devotee's remembrance of Krishna is intermittent, not continuous. But as he advances along this sublime pathway, his taste for Krishna consciousness naturally increases. Because of this increasing taste, which goes on expanding more and more along with a natural decrease of his taste for material sense gratification, his Krishna conscious becomes gradually less and less intermittent until finally he reaches the perfectional stage of continuous remembrance of Krishna for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




No One Is More Wonderful Than Krishna


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Most Glorious River Yamuna

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Please Srila Prabhupada?

I have never met Srila Prabhupada, but I feel very indebted to him since he has saved me and all of us. What is the best way to please Srila Prabhupada, and how may I, someone insignificant, get his blessings to go back home, back to our dear Lord Sri Krishna?

K. Patel

Answer: Love Krishna

Srila Prabhupada told us in Atlanta in 1975 that the best way to please him is to love Krishna. This is how you will get Srila Prabhupada's blessings for going back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 24 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Fearless in the Face of Death

The devotee is not at all afraid of death because he knows absolutely that he will never die. He simply goes on serving Krishna in all circumstances. It is does not matter to him whether he serves Krishna in his present body or in another body. Therefore he is completely detached from all material things. All he cares about is serving Krishna, and that he does continuously in great delight in ever-expanding bliss for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture
Vrindavana, India--23 April 2016


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Unfathomable Mercy of Srila Prabhupada

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Question: How to Engage Sex Desire in Krishna's Service

The living entity has sex desire because Krishna has sex desire. Of course, Krishna is perfectly using His sex desire, but for the conditioned living entity, this sex desire becomes a cause of bondage.

For example, I have been practicing Krishna consciousness for over 12 years, but I still see my eye drawn to a scantily clad woman or a couple engaged in sexual activity or some other such abominable sight. I have done my best to engage this sex desire by having a child, but clearly there is more of it that cannot be properly engaged in Krishna consciousness at this time.

How would I engage my sex desire in Krishna's service at this time?

How would I ever overcome this nasty sex desire and prevent it from disturbing me in my Krishna consciousness?

And if one day, a conditioned soul becomes actually a pure devotee and liberated, how would that liberated soul engage the sex desire? I mean, in the spiritual world there is no birth or death, no sex - what does the pure devotee do with this sex desire that is in everyone because it is in Krishna?

Your Servant

Answer: Make Whole World Pregnant with Love of God

Although Krishna is always engaged in the spiritual world in loving affairs with His gopi girlfriends, He does not engage in sexual intercourse with any of them. Nor do His devotees have sex with anyone. Since everyone there is an eternal youth, there is no birth in the spiritual world. And since sex is only meant for giving birth, there is thus no need for sex in the spiritual world.

So how to get free from the botheration of sex desire?

One who embraces the greater sex desire of impregnating all living entities with Krishna bhakti becomes so much satisfied and gratified that he finds even the thought of ordinary sex to be abominable and disgusting. Such a magnanimous soul always maintains the following mood within his heart:

svasty astu visvasya khalah prasidatam
dhyayantu bhutani sivam mitho dhiya
manas ca bhadram bhajatad adhoksaje
avesyatam no matir apy ahaituki

"May there be good fortune throughout the universe, and may all envious persons be pacified. May all living entities become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other's welfare. Therefore let us all engage in the service of the supreme transcendence, Lord Sri Krishna, and always remain absorbed in thought of Him.”--Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.9

There is so much sublime pleasure in this mood of being the well-wisher of all living beings that if the thought of sex enters the mind of such a devotee, he immediately rejects it as disgusting. This is nicely described in the following verse of Sri Yamunacarya, a great saint and devotee::

yad-avadhi mama cetah krsna-padaravinde
nava-nava-rasa-dhamany udyatam rantum asit
tad-avadhi bata nari-sangame smaryamane
bhavati mukha-vikarah susthu nisthivanam ca

"Since I have been engaged in the transcendental loving service of Krishna, realizing ever-new pleasure in Him, whenever I think of sex pleasure, I spit at the thought, and my lips curl with distaste."

In the spiritual world the devotees are completely free from sex desire. When you were a small child you had no sex desire. In the spiritual world you will be in an innocent child-like state of consciousness. In this connection Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 4.23.29 as follows:

"In the Vaikuntha planets there are husbands and wives, but there is no question of their giving birth to children or having sex life. In the Vaikuntha planets both husbands and wives are extraordinarily beautiful, and they are attracted to one another, but they do not enjoy sex life. Indeed, they consider sex not to be very relishable because both husband and wife are always absorbed in Krishna consciousness and in glorifying and chanting the glories of the Lord."

So if you will dive deeply into the process of awakening your Krishna consciousness and the Krishna consciousness of others, you will no longer be bothered by the blood-sucking mosquito of sex desire.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 23 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Lord Balarama Pacifies the Gopis

The gopis were in great distress when Krishna left Vrindavana. After Krishna went to Dvaraka, Lord Balarama kindly returned to Vrindavana to relieve the distress of the gopis and the other Brijabasis. This is described by Srila Prabhupada as follows in the Krishna book:

"Lord Balarama, of course, could understand the ecstatic feelings of the gopis, and therefore He wanted to pacify them. He was expert in presenting an appeal, and thus, treating the gopis very respectfully, He began to narrate the stories of Krishna so tactfully that the gopis became satisfied. To keep the gopis in Vrndavana satisfied, Lord Balarama stayed there continuously for two months, namely the months of Caitra (March–April) and Vaisakha (April–May). For those two months He kept Himself among the gopis, and He passed every night with them in the forest of Vrindavan to satisfy their desire for conjugal love. Thus Balarama also enjoyed the rasa dance with the gopis during those two months. Since the season was springtime, the breeze on the bank of the Yamuna was blowing very mildly, carrying the aroma of different flowers, especially the flower known as kaumudi. Moonlight filled the sky and spread everywhere, and thus the banks of the Yamuna appeared very bright and pleasing, and Lord Balarama enjoyed the company of the gopis there."

This is from Krishna Book, Chapter 56 entitled, "Lord Balarama Visits Vrindavana."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Balarama's Rasa Dance


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Balarama Rasayatra in Vrindavana

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Hoping for Mukti for Thousands of Years?

Can we say that we are in maya or illusion for thousand of years of lifetimes hoping for mukti?

Akrur

Answer: Hoping for Bhukti

We have not been hankering for mukti or liberation. To the contrary we have been instead hankering for bhukti, material sense enjoyment. This is the difficulty. Instead of hankering for bhukti or mukti, we should simply hanker for bhakti, devotional service to the Supreme Lord. By this hankering we are immediately liberated and whatever material enjoyment we require is supplied by the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 22 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Follow Krishna Perfectly

On 18 December 1973 in Los Angeles while giving a lecture on the Srimad Bhagavatam Srila Prabhupada explained as follows:

"Because we have taken Krishna's shelter, Krishna says sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam [Bhagavad-gita 18.66]. He will give guidance. If you follow perfectly, you surrender unto Him, He will guide you. He is within you, everyone. Isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese 'rjuna tisthati [Bhagavad-gita 18.61]. He is there. He is not far away, although He lives in His own abode, Goloka Vrndavana. Goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma-bhutah [Brahma-samhita 5.37]. That is Krishna. Although He is in His abode, but He is everywhere. Here is Krishna. Although He is living in Goloka Vrindavana, He is in this temple, He is within our heart. Simply we have to take advantage, how He is present, how He is advising. That is the technique. That is Krishna consciousness movement. God is everywhere. He is prepared to guide you. He is prepared to help you. Because He is father, He is always prepared. But we do not take His guidance. We do not take His shelter. That is the difficulty."

By sincerely trying our best to perfectly follow Krishna at every minute Krishna will give us the necessary intelligence how to apply His teachings properly in every situation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Teaches Us to Fully Surrender to Krishna


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: These Teachings Will Remove My Suffering?

I want to know what is the purpose of these teachings? Can they remove my suffering?

Kalu

Answer: Absolutely

If you follow our teachings, you will become absolutely free from all suffering.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 21 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Life Can End at Any Moment

The final verse of the song Sri Nama by Bhaktivinoda Thakura is as follows:

"Your life may end at any moment, and you have not served the Lord of the senses, Hrisikesa. Take this advice of Bhaktivinoda Thakura: 'Just once, relish the nectar of the holy name!'''

Just as we relish and are nourished by eating some nicely prepared food, in a similar way we should relish and take spiritual nourishment from the unlimitedly relishable holy name of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Relishes the Holy Name


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Just Learn How to Relish Krishna's Name

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Balance Opulence and Simple Living?

The Lord wants opulence, and we're meant to take His remnants. But we're meant to live simply. So how do we balance?

Tom

Answer: Engage Everything in Krishna's Service

We do not reject material opulence if it can be engaged in Krishna’s service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Happiness Beyond Compare

In this material world people hanker for so many thousands and millions of types of material pleasures. And in spite of enjoying in so many multi-varieties of ways, they are still not satisfied. What they don't realize is that if they will simply take to the devotional service of the Lord they will achieve a standard of happiness that is absolutely beyond any type of enjoyment that can be tasted by anyone anywhere. Because we want that everyone should become truly happy we have fully dedicated our lives for awakening the dormant Krishna consciousness that is presently sleeping within their hearts. As Srila Prabhupada so profoundly explains, Krishna consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind. It is the original, natural energy of the living being.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blissful Devotees in Salvador, Brazil


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Regain Your Original Identity

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: From a Ten Years Old Boy

Sri Guruji,

I had a personal question for you. How are you yourself?

Like with all your good deeds in this life, you have reserved moksha,

But how are you yourself?

Sometimes when I see your photos, I think that Vishnu Himself is looking at me.

Kind regards,
Hemaang

P.S: I am actually 10 year old boy of Indian Punjab.

Answer: The Mercy of Srila Prabhupada

My Dear Hemaang,

Please accept my blessings.

I am very pleased to hear from such a nice devotee as you.

Although I am sometimes praised for being wonderful and having accomplished some wonderful things, I cannot take any credit at all in this connection, because whatever good I am doing and whatever good I have done is all due to the unlimited mercy of my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, upon me. If I have any credit at all, it is only that I am surrendered to following his instructions.

While it is a fact that Lord Vishnu is seeing you at every moment, kindly note that I am not Lord Vishnu. I am simply the humble servant of His servant.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Don't Let Your Mind Drag You Away

Don't let your mind drag you away from Krishna. You've achieved this rare human birth after millions of lifetimes. So now kindly use it properly by fully engaging yourself in Krishna consciousness. This is real intelligence. Anything else is sheer ignorance.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




There Is Truly No One More Amazing than Krishna


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Krishnize the Whole World

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Am I Not Satisfied?

Although there is a lot of great stuff happening around me in Krishna Consciousness, which should give me a lot of happiness and satisfaction, still somehow I am not satisfied. I keep feeling that there is something missing. Am I being too much concerned about the result rather than focusing on the service? Or is it that my effort are not pure enough to please my dear Lord Krishna?

Please help me!

Your Servant,
S.M.

Answer: You Are Serving Yourself Instead of Krishna

If you are not satisfied while serving, this means that you not devoting yourself to Krishna. You are still trying to serve yourself in the name of serving Krishna. So now you must come to the platform of actually trying to please Krishna by your every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances. In this way you will feel at every moment unlimited satisfaction within your heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 18 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Searching for Krishna in Vrindavana

Srila Prabhupada wonderfully describes in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.1.24 the devotees who are searching for Krishna in Vrindavana:

"The tract of land comprising about one hundred square miles from modern Delhi to the Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh, including a portion of the Gurgaon district in Punjab (East India), is considered to be the topmost place of pilgrimage in all of India. This land is sacred because Lord Krishna traveled through it many times. From the very beginning of His appearance, He was at Mathura in the house of His maternal uncle Kamsa, and He was reared by His foster father Maharaja Nanda at Vrindavana. There are still many devotees of the Lord lingering there in ecstasy in search of Krishna and His childhood associates, the gopis. It is not that such devotees meet Krishna face to face in that tract of land, but a devotee's eagerly searching after Krishna is as good as his seeing Him personally. How this is so cannot be explained, but it is factually realized by those who are pure devotees of the Lord. Philosophically, one can understand that Lord Krishna and His remembrance are on the absolute plane and that the very idea of searching for Him at Vrindavana in pure God consciousness gives more pleasure to the devotee than seeing Him face to face. Such devotees of the Lord see Him face to face at every moment, as confirmed in the Brahma-samhita (5.38):

premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena
santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti
yam syamasundaram acintya-guna-svarupam
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

Those who are in ecstasy of love with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Syamasundara [Krishna], see Him always in their hearts due to love and devotional service rendered to the Lord.'"

Properly hankering to see Krishna in Vrindavan or wherever we go, means hankering for the pure state of complete, total surrender to Krishna in which Krishna fully reveals Himself to His devotee. It does not mean maintaining your rascal material desires and cheaply expecting to see God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Sri Krishna in Vrindavana


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Intensify Your Hankering for Krishna Bhakti

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Question: Pray for Bhakti or for Material Things?

Dear Gurudeva,

I pray for material things as I fear that I may lose or Krishna may take away my job/business (in which I am struggling), house, money, family, etc. to try to push me towards Him. This is a hard landing.

But without job/business/money how I am going to survive? And more so, I and my family will go through great difficulty and they along with friends & everybody may ultimately desert me considering me a fool, which could turn me away from Krishna consciousness as well. Total Loss.

If I pray for devotional service will Krishna automatically take care of all my anxieties, i.e. fear of loss etc?

Your aspiring servant,
P.A.

Answer: Pray Fruitfully, Not Fruitlessly

You have not yet understood the Bhagavad-gita. You describe coming to Krishna as something undesirable, a hard landing. Krishna says that He provides all necessities for those who are fully devoted to Him. Praying for other things means that you are not fully devoted to Him. As long as you remain on the material plane you will only get those material things that you deserve according to your karma. In other words, you will not get material things by praying for them. Such materialistic praying will keep you on the material plane in a constant state of confusion and frustration. So, such materialistic prayers are a useless waste of time. If you want your prayers to be fruitful, you must pray instead for pure devotional service by devotedly chanting at least 16 rounds daily of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads. Your prayers will not be effective unless you pray for pure devotional service. So why waste time praying fruitlessly? This is less intelligent. You should pray where your prayers will be fruitful by only praying for pure devotional service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 17 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Sadhu's Glories

Srila Prabhupada wonderfully describes the glories of a sadhu:

"A sadhu..is a devotee of the Lord. His concern, therefore, is to enlighten people in devotional service; that is his mercy. He knows that without devotional service, human life is spoiled. A devotee travels all over the country, from door to door, preaching, 'Be Krishna conscious. Be a devotee of Lord Krishna. Don't spoil your life in simply fulfilling your animal propensities. Human life is meant for self-realization, or Krishna consciousness.' These are the preachings of a sadhu. He is not satisfied with his own liberation. He always thinks about others. He is the most compassionate personality toward all fallen souls. One of his qualifications, therefore, is karunika, great mercy to the fallen souls. While engaged in preaching work, he has to meet with so many opposing elements, and therefore the sadhu has to be very tolerant. Someone may ill-treat him because the conditioned souls are not prepared to receive the transcendental knowledge of devotional service. They don't like it; that is their disease. The sadhu has the thankless task of impressing upon them the importance of devotional service. Sometimes devotees are personally attacked with violence. Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, Haridasa Thakura was caned in twenty-two marketplaces, and Lord Caitanya's principal assistant, Nityananda, was violently attacked by Jagai and Madhai. But still they were tolerant because their mission was to deliver fallen souls. A sadhu is merciful because he is the well-wisher of all living entities. He is not only a well-wisher of human society, but a well-wisher of animal society as well. The word sarva-dehinam refers to all living entities who have accepted material bodies. Not only does the human being have a material body, but other living entities as well. The devotee of the Lord is merciful to everyone -- cats, dogs, trees, etc. He treats all living entities in such a way that they can ultimately get salvation from this material entanglement. Sivananda Sena, one of the disciples of Lord Caitanya, gave liberation to a dog by treating the dog transcendentally. There are many instances where a dog got salvation by association with a sadhu, because a sadhu engages in the highest philanthropic activities for the benediction of all living entities. Yet although a sadhu is not inimical toward anyone, the world is so ungrateful that even a sadhu has many enemies."

Any person who becomes a sadhu is very much appreciated by Lord Sri Krishna. One becomes a sadhu by taking shelter of a sadhu.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada--the Greatest of Sadhus


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Question: Why God Carries Weapons?

I don't understand why Vishnu or Krishna carry weapons when as the Supreme Personality of Godhead He owns everything and has no competitors.

Your servant,

Devamrita das

Answer: To Enjoy Fighting

Because God is the source of everything, all propensities including the fighting propensity exist in Him. Since there are no demons in the spiritual world, when the Lord has the desire to fight He has one of His dear devotees appear in the material world in the form of a demon so that He can satisfy His desire to fight by fighting with His devotee in the form of a demon.

Srila Prabhupada compares this aspect of Krishna with a king and his court wrestler. A king has no enemies in his kingdom because everyone is his loyal subject. Therefore the king keeps a court wrestler so that when he has a desire to fight, he can fight with his court wrestler for fun.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 16 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Whole World is Waiting

The whole world is suffering in a nightmarish, hellish state of bodily consciousness. Everyone is misidentifying themselves with their material bodies, falsely considering the temporary material body, which is nothing but a garment or a covering being worn by the real self within, to be the actual self. Every problem being faced by the modern day world society is simply due to this ignorance of what is the actual self. Therefore the entire world is simply waiting for that day when it can be awakened from this artificial state of misery and brought back to the original natural position of eternity, knowledge, and bliss. It is our wonderful duty to wake them up in order to relieve them from their unlimited ocean of unnecessary suffering.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Is Arousing Everyone


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Question: How to Get Results from Chanting?

I am still confused and deluded. I chant continuously, but without any results. What I can do? Humbly yours,

Manian

Answer: Results Are Already There

You are not yet on the level of chanting continuously. That is a very advanced stage only seen in devotees of the caliber of Haridasa Thakura. But even with regular chanting it takes time for the results to be seen. Drops of water wear away the stone. It may appear that there is no result from your chanting, but the effect is indeed there. With each utterance of Krishna’s name you are inching towards spiritual perfection. Be patient. Rome was not built in one day. Good things take time to develop. As long as your obeying Srila Prabhupada’s order to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads a day without fail along with the strict avoidance of illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling, it is sure and certain that you are making steady advancement toward the ultimate goal, pure love of God, even if you cannot yet perceive it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 15 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Appearance Day of Lord Ramacandra

Today here in Vrindavana is the appearance day of Lord Ramacandra, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. His appearance is described in Srimad Bhagavatam 9.10.2:

"Being prayed for by the demigods, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Absolute Truth Himself, directly appeared with His expansion and expansions of the expansion. Their holy names were Rama, Laksmana, Bharata and Satrughna. These celebrated incarnations thus appeared in four forms as the sons of Maharaja Dasaratha."

For this verse Srila Prabhupada has written the following purport:

"Lord Ramacandra and His brothers, Laksmana, Bharata and Satrughna, are all visnu-tattva, not jiva-tattva. The Supreme Personality of Godhead expands into many, many forms. Advaitam acyutam anadim ananta-rupam [Bs. 5.33]. Although they are one and the same, visnu-tattva has many forms and incarnations. As confirmed in the Brahma-samhita (5.39), ramadi-murtisu kala-niyamena tisthan. The Lord is situated in many forms, such as Rama, Laksmana, Bharata and Satrughna, and these forms may exist in any part of His creation. All these forms exist permanently, eternally, as individual Personalities of Godhead, and they resemble many candles, all equally powerful. Lord Ramacandra, Laksmana, Bharata and Satrughna, who, being visnu-tattva, are all equally powerful, became the sons of Maharaja Dasaratha in response to prayers by the demigods."

Such holy days, if observed with devotion, are very beneficial for one's spiritual progress.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Ramacandra's Bridge to Lanka


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Question: Motivation to Please Spiritual Master?

What is the best way to develop motivation to please Spiritual Master?

Sincerely,
Janis (from Riga)

Answer: Love Him

Love him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 14 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Learn How to Take Instructions

The most important talent that an aspiring devotee must develop is the ability to properly take instructions. Often the neophyte devotee is instructed to do something but only hears the instruction half way, thus failing to properly execute what he has been told to do. And then even when he is corrected for his mistake he foolishly thinks that he is being wrongly corrected. This tendency to not be able to properly take instructions is due to false pride. Therefore we must always remember, as Lord Caitanya is teaching us, to always considers ourselves lower than the straw in the street and to always be more tolerant than a tree. In this mood we will be able to take instructions properly and advance steadily on the pathway of pure devotion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Disciples Carefully Hear Srila Prabhupada's Instructions


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Question: Wrong to Pray to God for Your Bread?

Dear Gurudeva,

I have learned that we can pray Krishna for bread so we can feed our body to progress in Krishna Consciousness, that we can pray Krishna for home so we can have a place to practice Krishna Consciousness, that we can pray to Krishna for a job so we can support Krishna Consciousness projects etc, and that we can pray for good health so we can serve Krishna in various ways such as book distribution, Harinama, Ratha Yatra (which requires great fitness), etc.

But as per your answer of your email Sat 2 April 2016, we should not ask for bread etc. So where I am wrong?

Do neophyte devotees like me pray to Krishna like above while advanced devotees pray for Kingdom of God or pure devotional service. If so, shall I try preying like advanced devotees so that I can get there one day?

Please enlighten me.

Your aspiring servant,
Prashant

Answer: Do You Want Love of God or Love of Bread?

I don't know who has taught you such things. This is not love of God. This is love of bread.

When you were a small child did you ever have to ask your parents if they would feed you, if they would allow you to live in their house, or if they would supply you with your material needs? You did not need to ask for these things because. Out of loving affection for you, your parents naturally supplied you with your needs. If you had asked for these things, it would have shown your lack of trust in your parents.

So why are you so much lacking in trust of God that you have to ask Him for these things? Therefore the spiritual master teaches you that you should only ask for devotional service. Just as the intelligent child asks the parents what service he can do for them, the Krishna conscious person asks Krishna what service he can do for Krishna. He does not ask Krishna to serve him. Rather his only prayer is how he can serve Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 13 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Though:

Turn Depression into Transcendental Bliss

As soon as you embrace the world deliverance mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as your very life and soul, depression will never torture you ever again. How is it so easy to conquer over depression? This is because depression is solely and wholly due to self-centeredness. Such self-centeredness can never satisfy the self because it is artificial. The self is not the center of the universe. Rather it is Krishna, or God, who is actual center of all existence. So as soon as you put Krishna back in the center as taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, you will be amazed to see how depression immediately flies away from your heart never to return again.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blissful Devotees in Kaliningrad, Russia


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Question: Achieve Goloka Without Initiation?

If a devotee has accepted a living guru in his heart as his spiritual master and is willing to take diksha (initiation) from him, but is not able to get diksha from him, what should he do? Since he can't take a fast initiation from another guru, what should he do? If he is aspiring for initiation and is not able to get it, can he achieve Goloka (the spiritual world) by his own strength?

Kishan

Answer: No. Initiation is Required.

Without initiation it is not possible for the devotee to achieve the spiritual world by his own strength because without initiation he has no spiritual strength. Therefore he must accept initiation in order to be liberated. He can keep that guru who cannot initiate him in his heart as siksha guru (instructing spiritual master) and accept initiation or diksha from a spiritual master who will give him diksha. If there is an urgent need for immediate initiation, such as being on the verge of death, he can immediately take initiation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 12 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Hare Krishna Will Become the World Religion

Because every living being, although they don't realize it, is the eternal servant of Krishna, and because of the extraordinary mercy of Lord Caitanya to deliver all the fallen souls of this Kali yuga, there will come a time in the future when Hare Krishna will factually becomes the world religion. So let us all work sincerely and enthusiastically to bring that day as soon as possible to our modern troubled world. There is indeed no other solution for the problems of the world than Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture
10 April 2016--Vrindavana, India


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Increase Firm Faith in Guru?

How can we increase our guru nishtha, firm faith in our spiritual master, and what's the parameter to check whether it's increasing or not? Can you please explain it to me?

I'm indebted to you for the time you spare for answering my query. Thank You.

your forever servant
Bhavya Bhagavan Das

Answer: Unflinchingly Follow His Instructions

The way to develop guru-nishtha, firm faith in your spiritual master, is to faithfully follow all of his instructions. The exalted state of consciousness that you will attain by such staunch dedication will be so relishable that you will never dream of ever having any other state of mind. When you fully accept every order of your spiritual master as your very life and soul, you can know that are becoming properly situated in the guru-nistha stage.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 11 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Don't Be a Donkey

We have been slaves of maya or illusion for thousands and millions of lifetimes. In this state of servitude to the material energy we have never been satisfied. But yet, inspired by the false hope of enjoyment in the near future, we have continued serving maya just like a donkey who works hard all day by seeing a carrot dangling in front of him. It's time for us to wise up and stop running after the carrot of false material enjoyment. The unlimited happiness we desire is available for us immediately. All we have to do is give up our ridiculous endeavor to be God and surrender ourselves fully at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Donkey and the Carrot


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Question: How to Transcend the Three Modes?

Srila Prabhupada writes that Krishna consciousness or bhakti is situated in the mode of pure goodness above the three modes of material nature. How can a neophyte devotee who is still under the influence of the three modes of material nature execute Krishna bhakti in the mode of pure goodness?

Veerendra E.

Answer: Faithfully Serve Guru's Order

If the neophyte devotee, even though still under the influence of the three modes of material nature, will simply faithfully follow the orders received from his spiritual master, by the grace of his spiritual master he will gradually come out of the influence of three modes of material nature and become a spotlessly pure devotee of the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 10 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Spiritual Revolution, the Only Solution

The world desperately needs a spiritual revolution now more than ever because indeed a spiritual revolution is the only solution now for the ever-increasing quagmire of insurmountable difficulties that are now besieging and engulfing planet earth. Therefore may all concerned men and women throughout the world now unite into the one common cause of bringing the entire global society back to its original state of enlightened consciousness in perfect harmony with the very source of all existence, Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Krishna Consciousness Movement Will Save the World
Srila Prabhupada Launches It in New York City
Tompkins Square Park--1965.


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Spiritual Revolution Required

2016.04.10

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Question: Our Minds Delude Us

Are or are not our minds being trained to see if we are progressing in Krishna consciousness? I am wondering this because the mind sometimes allures us to forget Krishna. If we do not have determination, in the morning the mind makes us believe that sleep is very nice.

Sometimes I want to do everything for pleasure of Krishna and sometimes I forget this. So, how can we remain stable always in loving Krishna.

Your servant,
Nirmala Devaki Devi Dasi

Answer: Control Your Mind With Your Intelligence

It is intelligence, not the mind, which we train to analyze whether or not we are progressing in Krishna consciousness. The uncontrolled mind is the worst enemy of the living being impelling him to engage in activities such as oversleeping which karmically oblige him to take birth as a bear in his next life. This is why one has to bring the mind under the control of his intelligence. The intelligence is like the mother and the mind is like the child. A child who runs wild not obeying his mother will certainly get into all kinds of trouble. Such is the fate of one whose mind is uncontrolled. A devotee becomes stable when he always intelligently analyzes whether or not his mind is properly engaged in Krishna consciousness and disciplines his mind by bringing it back to Krishna whenever he sees that it is going off the track.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 9 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Don't Leave Any Gaps for Maya

Don't waste a single moment thinking, speaking, or doing anything which is not Krishna conscious. Such frivolities will do nothing but make you miserable. So why would any intelligent person consciously do something that would make him miserable? He would not. Therefore do not be a fool. Don't ever leave any gaps for maya or illusion in your 24 hours a day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada Never Leaves Any Gaps for Maya
He's Always Fully Engaged in Krishna Consciousness


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2016.04.09

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Question: Is Everything Predestined?

I have a doubt, and I don’t find anyone more qualified than you to clear my doubts well supported by scriptures. My question is:

Is everything predestined in this universe including our karma? I recall the curse given to Jaya and Vijaya (doorkeepers of Lord Vishnu) by the four Kumaras that they would get demon bodies in their next three births. Since this happened as predicted, why should we criticize Jaya and Vijaya for their sinful activities in their births as demons?

Then the big question comes: Is our karma also fixed in same way, forcing us to do things under the grip of our destiny?

I seek your kind advise !!

With Great Respect and Regards,

Shyam Sunder Gupta
Jaipur, Rajasthan
INDIA

Answer: Man is the Architect of His Own Destiny

There is the material energy and the spiritual energy. As long as you remain in the material energy you will be helplessly forced in to act sometimes piously and sometimes impiously according to the stringent dictates of the law of karma. Because it was your choice to enter the material energy when you rejected Krishna trying to enjoy independently of Him, you are fully responsible for everything that you do while you are under karma’s grip.

The good news is that you have the free will to leave the influence of the material energy and come back your original position in the spiritual energy at any time. This will completely free you from being a prisoner of karma. This is why we are urging you to fully surrender to Krishna right now and become liberated eternally.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 8 April 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

In the Supernatural Dirt of Vrindavana

We have finally arrived back in Lord Sri Krishna's transcendental abode, Sri Vrindavana Dhama, so mercifully manifested here in this material world. It is not possible to enter Vrindavana simply by flying to New Delhi and taking a taxi to Vrindavana. The only way to really enter Vrindavana is in the mood of a pilgrim. Therefore as we were approaching Vrindavana I sang the following bhajana, which we have first heard from Srila Prabhupada:

jaya radhe, jaya krsna, jaya vrndavan
sri govinda, gopinatha, madana-mohan

"All glories to Radha and Krishna and the divine forest of Vrindavana. All glories to the three presiding Deities of Vrindavana - Sri Govinda, Gopinatha, and Madana-mohana."

syama-kunda, radha-kunda, giri-govardhan
kalindi jamuna jaya, jaya mahavan

"All glories to Syama-kunda, Radha-kunda, Govardhana Hill, and the Yamuna River (Kalindi). All glories to the great forest known as Mahavana, where Krishna and Balarama displayed all of Their childhood pastimes."

kesi-ghata, bamsi-bata, dwadasa-kanan
jaha saba lila koilo sri-nanda-nandan

"All glories to Kesi-ghata, where Krishna killed the Kesi demon. All glories to the Vamsi-vata tree, where Krishna attracted all the gopis to come by playing His flute. Glories to all of the twelve forests of Vraja. At these places the son of Nanda, Sri Krishna, performed all of His pastimes."

sri-nanda-jasoda jaya, jaya gopa-gan
sridamadi jaya, jaya dhenu-vatsa-gan

"All glories to Krishna's divine father and mother, Nanda and Yasoda. All glories to the cowherd boys, headed by Sridama, the older brother of Srimati Radharani and Ananga Manjari. All glories to the cows and calves of Vraja."

jaya brsabhanu, jaya kirtida sundari
jaya paurnamasi, jaya abhira-nagari

"All glories to Radha's divine father and mother, Vrishabhanu and the beautiful Kirtida. All glories to Paurnamasi, the mother of Sandipani Muni, grandmother of Madhumangala and Nandimukhi, and beloved disciple of Devarsi Narada. All glories to the young cowherd maidens of Vraja."

jaya jaya gopiswara vrndavana-majh
jaya jaya krsna-sakha batu dwija-raj

"All glories, all glories to Gopisvara Siva, who resides in Vrindavana in order to protect the holy dhama. All glories, all glories to Krishna's funny brahmana friend, Madhumangala.

jaya rama-ghata, jaya rohini-nandan
jaya jaya vrndavana-basi jata jan

"All glories to Rama-ghata, where Lord Balarama performed His rasa dance. All glories to Lord Balarama, the son of Rohini. All glories, all glories to all of the residents of Vrindavana."

jaya dwija-patni, jaya naga-kanya-gan
bhaktite jahara pailo govinda-caran

"All glories to the wives of the proud Vedic brahmanas. All glories to the wives of the Kaliya serpent. Through pure devotion they all obtained the lotus feet of Lord Govinda."

sri-rasa-mandala jaya, jaya radha-syam
jaya jaya rasa-lila sarva-manoram

"All glories to the place where the rasa dance of Sri Krishna was performed. All glories to Radha and Syama. All glories, all glories to the divine rasa dance, which is the most beautiful of all Lord Krishna's pastimes."

jaya jayojjwala-rasa sarva-rasa-sar
parakiya-bhave jaha brajete pracar

"All glories, all glories to the mellow of conjugal love, which is the most excellent of all rasas and is propagated in Vraja by Sri Krishna in the form of the divine parakiya-bhava [paramour love]."

sri-jahnava-pada-padma koriya smaran
dina krsna-dasa kohe nama-sankirtan

"Remembering the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda's consort, Sri Jahnava Devi, this very fallen and lowly servant of Krishna sings the sankirtana of the holy name."

As I was singing this sublime bhajana I was blessed with the darshana of the most sacred Yamuna River, as we were crossing over it. Then upon arrival at our residence at the MVT-Bhaktivedanta Ashram behind the Krishna Balarama Temple, the very first thing we did after getting out from the vehicle was to offer our obeisances on the ground in the sacred dust of Vrindavana, which is non-different from Lord Sri Krishna Himself. It was such wonderful feeling to get down into the holiest dirt in the entire universe, mystical, supernatural dirt, which is indeed situated far, far beyond this universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna and Balarama Herding Cows in Vrindavana


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From the Holy Land of Vrindavana

2016.04.08

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Question: Distribute Books Only to Devotees?

Respected Gurudeva,

You say that we must distribute books to everyone whom we meet. But I would like to impress upon the fact that not everyone has the respect for our literature. I have seen in many people's home (unfortunately including my relatives) that "Bhagavad-gita As it Is" is just lying in some shelf with dust forming on it. When I asked them reason for this, they say that ISKCON people have sold them the book, and they do not have any interest in it.

In another instance I have seen ISKCON Kharghar, Navi Mumbai people distributing "Bhagavad-gita As It Is" to Muslims in front of Central Park! Muslims showed little or no interest and even made fun of innocent devotees who were selling books. And it's understandable also. Its like if I am approached by some Muslim trying to sell me a copy of Quran, I will not buy it.

I feel this is disrespect to the teachings of Lord and our beloved guru Srila Prabhupada when we try to sell his books to non believers.

Shouldn't we only distribute books to those people who are really interested in knowing about God?

Please guide.

Your most fallen servant
Vinit Sharma

Answer: Everyone is a Devotee

You have forgotten that every single living being in all of existence is a devotee of Krishna. Simply they are sleeping, that's all. By coming into even a slight contact with Srila Prabhupada's books or the Hare Krishna mahamantra their process of awakening has begun. It is a fact that you do not understand the mystical potency of these books. Even by reading one word of these books their lives become transformed. Even by negligently keeping one of these books in their home, their lives becomes blessed by Lord Krishna. That is the amazing power of these books.

Regarding our Muslim brothers and sisters, you do not realize how many of them are becoming attracted to Krishna consciousness. Here is a video where I am explaining Krishna consciousness to a hall full of Muslims. After my talk they eagery came forward and purchased our entire stock of Bhagavad-gitas. Sadly we ran short. We did not have to enough books to supply the demand that these wonderful souls had for transcendental knowledge. Here’s the link for the video of when I explained Krishna consciousness to a hall full of Muslims:

https://youtu.be/LDuAEEeMDnA

You mentioned that some Muslims showed a little interest in our teachings. Why do you want to deny these children of Krishna the opportunity to reconnect with their original father? A Vaisnava is supposed to be compassionate upon the poor souls who are lost in illusion. Of course, if someone is openly hostile, it is better to approach someone else. But there are innocent people eager to learn more about God in every community, whether it be Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, or agnostic. Even the atheists and scientists will take interest because Srila Prabhupada has presented the teachings of Krishna in a most logical and scientific way.

Therefore my best advice to you is that you should join the book distribution party as soon as possible and as often as possible. Open the floodgates and let the mercy of Krishna inundate the bewildered souls of this suffering planet with the tidal wave of pure love of God. If ISKCON had followed your philosophy, I would not be a devotee today.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 7 April 2016

Helsinki, Finland Airport

Today's Thought:

The World Needs Krishna

Now more than ever before the world society needs Krishna because without Krishna consciousness whatever is left of the human society is rapidly disintegrating more and more with each passing day. Krishna is indeed the center of all existence. Therefore when we are connected with Krishna we are connected with the ultimate existential powerhouse and everything runs very smoothly. And as soon as we disconnect from Krishna ever-increasing chaos ensues.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Harinama Sankirtana in Germany


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Fearless at the Time of Death

2016.04.07

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Looking for a Spiritual Master

I am looking for a spiritual master to guide me because I would like to do more work with Krishna Consciousness. I thank you for any assistance you can give me and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,
Kathiresan

Answer: Follow These Guidelines

I am very happy that you are looking for a spiritual master to guide you how to increase your Krishna consciousness because this is precisely what Krishna orders us to do in the Bhagavad-gita 4.34:

tad viddhi pranipatena
pariprasnena sevaya
upadeksyanti te jñanam
jñaninas tattva-darsinah

"Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth."

You first step is to regularly attend lectures, aratis, and kirtans at your nearest ISKCON temple and carefully study the writings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Along with this you should be chanting Hare Krishna mantra japa and avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, gambling. Kindly write me back and explain to me in detail about your spiritual practices so that I can guide you how you can make steady spiritual progress for attainting the ultimate goal of pure love of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 6 April 2016

ISKCON Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Soon to Be In Vrindavana

Soon we will be in Vrindavana, the most amazing transcendental abode of Lord Krishna, which He so mercifully manifests here in this material world for His enjoyment and our benefit. Regarding this holiest of all places, Srila Prabhupada stated as follows in a lecture given in Vrindavana on 17 September 1975:

"Just like we are in Vrindavana-dhama. So why Vrindavana-dhama is worshiped? Because the Vrindavana-dhama is not different from Krishna. When you take little dust of Vrindavana-dhama and take it, that means you are taking the dust of Krishna's lotus feet, and you take it. Vrindavana-dhama, so important."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vrindavana, India on the River Yamuna


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The Wondeful Heart of a VaisnavaTreasureousness

2016.04.06

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Are We Affected When Someone Dies?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

In Bhagavad-gita Chapter 2 Lord Krishna explains about the transmigration of the soul, which makes its clear that we are not this body, that we are instead the spirit soul. And also in Chapter 8, Lord Krishna talks about what one should do at the time of death. In spite of knowing that we are the spirit soul and not this body and also the eternal servants of Lord Krishna, why then when someone we are acquainted with or a close family member leaves the body, are we affected?

Your insignificant servant

Vandana

Answer: Neophyte's Realization is Only Theoretical

As long as one’s understanding of the spiritual nature of the self is theoretical and not fully realized he will naturally still be affected by the death of a close friend or family member. Therefore it is essential that the practitioner of the bhakti yoga science should transcend the theoretical platform and be fully, unflinchingly situated on the realization platform as soon as possible. This platform is attained by taking shelter and initiation from the bona fide spiritual master and by being fully obedient to his instructions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 5 April 2016

ISKCON Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Silence Better than Krishna Katha?

Recently one of our subscribers dropped out of our e-course stating, "Search for what is within is best carried out in silence." But it has been revealed by great spiritual authorities, who have realized the highest truth, that the greatest silence of all is the topics of Krishna. Therefore it is better to talk about Krishna than to not talk at all. If our subscriber was true to his philosophy, he would not have broken silence to tell me that silence is better. When I wrote to him explaining this he thanked me. It is our duty to free people from the misconceptions that keep them locked up in the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Ecstatic Question and Answer Session
Copenhagen, Denmark--3 April 2016


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Devotee Association: The Greatst Treasureousness

2016.04.05

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Question: Bodily Maintenance for Krishna?

Hare Krishna, Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I ponder upon two questions daily which I have yet to understand or find the answer to. Please help!

1) By taking care of the material body (feeding it healthy foods, supplementing to prevent illnesses and working out for keeping it strong) and still being Krishna consciousnesses, realizing that I am not the body but a soul, do we have any benefits from this care? For example, if two people were just as devoted to Krishna and both would eat prasadam but one eats healthier foods and one eats less healthier foods would both benefit the same?

Would they go back to Godhead just for loving Krishna without it mattering if they took care of the body in this way or not?

Since this body was given to us by God, I feel I need to respect this. Just as when we are given in care an object that is not ours we take even more care of it, as such I feel it is with this body.

2) When I do japa I feel very close to God and sometimes actually feel his presence. This is great joy for me, but just as I feel the joy a deep sadness follows. Is this maya trying to discourage us, an illusion of this material mind or is this a true feeling from the soul which suffers because it is away from Krishna (is this what love in separation feels like?).

P.S. I wanted to thank you for your Thought for the Day and YouTube videos which are a daily inspiration for me! I appreciate them greatly.

Adelina
(With love and appreciation from Romania)

Answer: Take Good Care of Krishna's Property

The material body is a machine given to us by Krishna to engage in His service. One who takes good care of his body so that he can utilize it more fully in Krishna’s service, is more Krishna conscious than a person who artificially neglects his bodily maintenance not realizing the importance of keeping his body in good health for Krishna's service.

Transcendental sadness is a deeper, more powerful form of divine happiness. If you are feeling morose, your emotions are still on the material plane.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 4 April 2016

ISKCON Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Open the Flood Gates

Open the flood gates and let the mercy flow. The whole world is dying of thirst in the desert of material consciousness without having a clue as to why they exist or how they can fulfill the purpose of their existence. By the unfathomable mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada we have been brought back to our original constitutional consciousness of unalloyed love for the Supreme Person. Now we have been blessed with the duty of making the entire world Krishna conscious as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Harinama Sankirtana -- Copenhagen, Denmark--2 April 2016


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Flood the World with Krishna Consciousness

2016.04.04

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Question: How to Surrender to Krishna

Thank you for your daily mails. They are amazing and very uplifting. You speak many times about surrender. Please help me understand it practically, rather than just theoretically and mechanically, which is my present condition. Also once I am surrendered, how to stay that way? Please guide.

Your servant,
Dr Hitesh

Answer: Obey the Spiritual Master

Surrender to Krishna is very easy. You simply have to become fully obedient to Krishna’s pure representative, the bona fide spiritual master, accepting his instructions as your very life and soul, dutifully following them all with love and dedication for your entire life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 3 April 2016

ISKCON Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Did God Make a Mistake?

Sometimes people wonder why God created us as servants, as if there is something wrong with being a servant. What they do not understand is that love means service. If you truly love someone, you will naturally serve them. Are they proposing a world without love? That would certainly be a hellish, tortuous existence indeed. Just as 100% selfless love for the Supreme Person is the original natural state of pure consciousness, so also is its natural manifestation: service. Therefore the pure lover of God is naturally His completely sold out servant.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna and His Cowherd Boyfriends


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Without Guru You're Nowhere

2016.04.03

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Question: Actual Duration of the Kali Yuga?

I am fortunate to be associated with you and to be reading your daily mails. This has really helped in improving my life. You have answers to all the questions, and your answers are always supported by Vedic Literature.

I was in a discussion with one spiritual person, and he told me that age of Kali is just 1,200 years. May I request your kind self to please enlighten me regarding the actual duration of the Kali-yuga?

With Respect & Love
Shyam Sunder Gupta

Jaipur, Rajasthan
India

Answer: 1,200 Years times 360 = 432,000 Years

It is explained by the great Vaisnava acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada that the Kali-yuga does indeed last for 1,200 years. But this 1,200 years is in the years of the demigods. Since each year of the demigods equals 360 earthly years, by earthly calculations the Kali-yuga lasts for 1,200 times 360 years, which equals 432,000 of our earth years.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 2 April 2016

ISKCON Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Ever-Increasing Nectar at Every Moment

Krishna consciousness is the most wonderful and sublime process of tasting ever-increasing nectar at every minute. Anyone who fully absorbs themselves in Krishna conscious can personally confirm this fact. So why torture yourself for a moment longer by not fully embracing this perfection of consciousness? To do anything else would be sheer idiocy. So come out of the cloud of illusion right now and be who you really are, the eternal servant of Lord Sri Krishna, the most amazingly wonderful, Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Swim in the Unlimited Ocean of Krishna Nectar


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The Incredible Mercy of Srila Prabhupada

2016.04.02

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Complaint: Don't Criticize Praying for Daily Bread

I listened to your Srimad Bhagavatam lecture today, and I have a small comment on what you said about the "daily bread". Asking for daily bread in Christian prayer also means asking for God's blessings to follow all commandments. I first started to pray to God in a Christian Orthodox church, where they pray for many things, but the most important one is "Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner!" These people are not materialists, and among them are many true humble servants of God, or they are trying to be. It is very hurting for me and for other people to hear the criticism like this. And as you said in a yesterday's lecture: God likes all the rasas, and He won't be satisfied with only rice, he wants many different dishes.

Please forgive me if I offended you somehow,
Your servant,
Natalia

Answer: Better to Avoid Materialistic Prayers

It's been quite a while since we've been in touch. So I thank you for revealing your heart to me. Bread and following the commandments of God are not the same thing. Therefore if my desire is to follow God's commandments, this is what I directly pray for, not for bread. Of course our aim is not to criticize anyone. We simply want to point out that for a spiritualist, there is no need to pray for material things, just like it is said in the Bible: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all other things shall be added unto you." Just as a little child does not require to ask his loving parents if they will feed him, the spiritualist need not ask God for bread or any material thing. He only needs to pray for pure devotion because his loving Father will automatically take care of his material needs. Jesus Christ teaches us clearly the mood of pure devotion when he prays, "Father, not my will, but Thy will be done." This is the perfection of prayer, not praying for this or that material thing. Materialistic prayers divert our minds from the real goal of pure love of God, and therefore are better avoided. Pure devotion to God is one. It does not matter if one is a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, or a Jew. Anyone who comes to the perfectional stage of only desiring pure love of God, devoid of all material desires for bread or any other material thing, is a top class spiritualist.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 1 April 2016

Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Teachings that Will Indeed Save the World

We have been blessed by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and our most beloved Srila Prabhupada with the teachings that will indeed in due course of time save the entire world from chaos and confusion. Therefore we must strictly follow these teachings and induce the entire world to do the same. This will bring unlimited good fortune upon us as well as to the entire world. There is truly nothing more wonderful and sublime than this. We simply have to fully realize it and share this unlimited nectarean mercy with everyone.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada's Teachings Will Deliver the World from Chaos


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Don't Neglect Your Inheritance

2016.04.01

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Question: Purpose of these Teachings?

Good day, sir, please I want to know more about these teachings. What are they for?

Kalu Uko

Answer: To Deliver You Back to Godhead

At the present moment you are caught up in the cycle of birth and death repeatedly suffering birth, death, old age, and disease for unlimited millions and billions of lifetimes. Our teachings are for getting you out this most miserable cycle and delivering you back to your eternal blissful position as an eternal associate of God Himself in His amazingly wonderful pastimes in the spiritual world. Unfortunately you have dropped out of our course because you could not wait even a day or two to get an answer to this question. My dear sir, you need to learn how to develop the quality of patience. If you agree, we can reinstate your cancelled subscription. Kindly let us know.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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