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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 25 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Cure for Anxiety

Those who are truly wise, i.e. those who are actually advanced in Krishna consciousness, realize that there is no external cause for one's anxiety. They realize that anxiety has one cause and one cause only, one's lack of Krishna consciousness. Therefore by always engaging their thoughts, words, and deeds 100% in the service of Guru and Krishna in all times, places, and circumstances they are completely, totally free from all types of anxiety.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna's Pure Devotee is Always Happy


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Unlimited Good Fortune

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Instructing a Non-Believer

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada

How to explain to a non-believer the Vedas are not man-made?

Your servant,

Charlene

Answer: Only If They Are Receptive

That depends on their mentality. If someone is submissive and receptive, you can tell them that the Vedic wisdom is compiled by the same very person who is the source of existence, Lord Sri Krishna. But if someone is skeptical and will be critical of the above explanation, you should not instruct him in this regard.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 24 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Waste Time

Time is the most valuable asset that we have. You can lose a million dollars and get it back. But one moment of time wasted can never be recovered. Therefore one moment of time is worth more than millions and billions of dollars. This is why we should never waste time. This is why we should see that we are always engaged in serving Krishna at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Perfectly Manages His Time


Video For the Day:

Why I Joined

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Delusion Caused by Pride

Hare Krishna, dear Srila Gurudeva,

What is the delusion caused by pride?

Your eternal servant,
Gandharvika devi dasi

Answer: One Thinks Himself to Be God

The delusion caused by pride is that one directly or indirectly thinks that He is God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 23 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Ultimate Paradigm Shift

Lord Caitanya's movement is the ultimate paradigm shift. By His grace what is impossible can easily be accomplished. Even in the midst of the most degraded age of Kali, there can a complete, total respiritualization of the entire universe. Indeed, in due course it will become manifested as predicted in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi Lila, Chapter 7, Text 26:

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

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

Those who want to live the most glorious life possible fully dedicate themselves to bringing about this ultimate paradigm shift with their every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya's Most Glorious Sankirtana Movement


Video For the Day:

Spiritualize the Universe

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Spirituality?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Would it be accurate to say that spirituality, in general, entails realizing that we are in a state of darkness?

That is to say do other spiritual paths, whether yogic or Mayavada, accept that we are currently in a state of darkness and must now come to know our true nature? If not, how do yogis and Mayavadis view how and why humanity is struggling for existence?

Sincerely,

Joe

Answer: Spirituality and It's Perfection

Yes, true spirituality means to realize that we are in darkness and that we have to somehow or other come to the light.

Simply coming to the light is one level of spiritual realization. But going beyond the light to meet that person who is the source of the light is the perfection of spirituality. This is why those who have the highest knowledge of spirituality pray as follows, as cited in the Sri Isopanisad, Text 15:

hiranmayena patrena
satyasyapihitam mukham
tat tvam pusann apavrnu
satya-dharmaya drstaye

"O my Lord, sustainer of all that lives, Your real face is covered by Your dazzling effulgence. Kindly remove that covering and exhibit Yourself to Your pure devotee.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 22 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Recording an Album

This week in three different sessions (20,22 and 22 March 2017) I am recording ten songs which will make up an album called "Our Sweet Lord." This a humble attempt to present Krishna consciousness in an easily accessible way to the millions of music lovers all over the world through the method know as "in like a needle, out like a plow." It is very encouraging that already even before the album's release music lovers from all the over the world are signing up as fans on our music mailing list.

If you would like to be one of the first in the world to hear the songs from this album as soon as it is released, you should sign up on our music mailing list at: www.TurnOnTheWorld.com

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Recording Session for the "Our Sweet Lord" Album
San Marcos, Texas 20 March 2017


Video For the Day:

Whole World is Waiting

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Humility Required to Chant Hare Krishna?

Do you have to become humble to chant Hare Krishna or does chanting Hare Krishna make one humble?

De Pa

Answer: Even Proud People Like Us Can Chant

Even if one is very proud, as is our case, if he will regularly chant Hare Krishna, in due course of time he will naturally develop all saintly qualities, such as humility, tolerance, patience, etc.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 21 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

On a Mission to Save the World

In Krishna consciousness our life is not an ordinary miserable mundane life of simply eating, sleeping, mating, defending, and dying. Our life is the most exciting adventure of trying to spark off one of the biggest paradigm shifts in the history of the universe. Our life is to try to bring about the complete, total respiritualization of the entire human society. Whether they take up Krishna consciousness or not, does not affect our duty. Whether they take to it or not, our duty is to make the entire world Krishna as soon as possible. Whether we succeed or fail in our mission, in either case our lives are successful because of our full absorption in Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's world deliverance mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishna Kirtana on Carnaby Street, London


Video For the Day:

Turning the World Right Side Up

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How is God Helping Us?

How do we recognized that God is trying to help us, and how do we recognize His indications?

Your student

Answer: Through Gita and Guru

God is helping us at every moment through His teachings in the Bhagavad-gita and through the unalloyed mercy of the spiritual master. It is up to us now to learn how to properly take advantage of God’s help.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 20 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

How to Be Highly Successful

In this world everyone wants to be successful, but they do not know what is actual success. We are on sinking ship called the material body, which is doomed to failure. Real success means to cross over the ocean of material ocean and enter into the spiritual sky, the land of eternity, bliss, and knowledge. Material success without spiritual success is a façade. It is nothing but failure masquerading as success. But if one focuses his life on spiritual success, material success will naturally tag along behind him, just as wherever a man walks his shadow goes with him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Chanting Hare Krishna is the Perfection of Success


Video For the Day:

Don't Cheat Yourself

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Best Service?

Srila Prabhupada says there is no distinctions of higher and lower on the transcendental platform when it comes to service. Yet, Srila Prabhupada says book distribution is the best service, so how do we understand this?

Tom

Answer: If You Love Krishna

I was with Srila Prabhupada on March 2, 1975 in Atlanta when my Godbrother, Nirantara Prabhu, who was leading a book distribution party, asked Srila Prabhupada, “Prabhupada, what pleases you the most?” Srila Prabhupada answered, “If you love Krishna."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 19 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Are You Alive or Dead?

Are you alive or dead? Do you identity with matter or with spirit? If you identify with matter, you are living in a state of virtual death. You are not truly alive. You are cheating yourself out of the bliss of your eternal unlimitedly ecstatic existence. So it's your choice now to be either a fool or a wise man. I hope you make the right choice, the smart choice.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Gives Us Life


Video For the Day:

Dive Deeply into Krishna's Names

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Make "I Am Not This Body" Practical?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

I am just not able to make practical this philosophy of "I am not this body; I am soul." I can't get it down my throat. It is true philosophically, but there is something wrong in the way I am applying it practically.

Many devotees taught me that I am not this body, I am soul. So my father is not my father; my brothers are not my brothers; and none of my relatives are my relatives actually because I am soul. My only business is to advance in Krishna consciousness. So now what should I do? This philosophy, although true philosophically, does not make any practical sense to me.

Tomorrow when I marry my wife, she will not be my wife, nor will my children be my children because I am soul and they are all souls. Isn't it? And so we have to continue in our own Krishna consciousness. But actually this doesn't make any practical sense. It kills the spirit of loving relationships and makes us unemotional.

I humbly beg you to please help me understand the practical application clearly so I can be at ease.

Begging your mercy,
Your servant

Answer: Engage Your Body in Krishna's Service

My Dear Disciple,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It is very simple. Even though your bodily relationships, including your relationship of being a temporary resident in your own body, have nothing to do with your eternal identity as one of Krishna's servants in the spiritual sky, by the merciful guidance of the spiritual master you can engage those bodily relationships in Krishna's service in such a way that is conducive for you to transcend them and regain your original true identity. For example, even though you are not your body, you are meant to feed it and give it sufficient sleep so that you can engage yourself nicely in Krishna's service so that you can liberated from material existence.

There is a nice analogy in this connection: If you are driving from Delhi to Mumbai, will you think that you are your car? No, of course not. But your non-identification with your car does not mean that you will neglect its proper maintenance. To make your journey successful, even though are you are not your car, you will do proper duties regarding the car, such as changing the oil, putting air in the tires, and filling the gasoline tank, in order to successfully make your journey. It is the same thing with you bodily duties.

When you understand that your relatives are also the eternal servants of Krishna, but now due to ignorance are entangled in the cycle of birth and death, you will feel stronger loving emotions for them than you have ever felt before in your entire life. You will feel now genuine love for them as eternal spiritual beings that you must try to somehow or other save from their imprisonment within the three modes of material nature. Now, for the first time in your entire life, you will actually be able to purely love them free from any ulterior motive.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 18 March 2017


ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Powerful Mercy of the Spiritual Master

The powerful mercy of the spiritual master works wonders. It is stated in the scriptures:

mukam karoti vacalam
pangum langhayate girim
yat-krpa tam aham vande
sri-gurum dina-taranam

"By the mercy of the guru, even a dumb man can become the greatest orator, and even a lame man can cross mountains."

We should take advantage of the spiritual master's mercy to cross over the ocean of birth and death and become powerful propagators of Krishna consciousness all over the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Speaks Powerfully


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Devotee of the Devotee

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can Failure Be Accepted As Success?

Srila Gurudeva, what happens when a spiritual master gives service to the student or disciple but he or she is unable to fulfill that desire of the spiritual master? The student tries his best but still the service may not be fulfilled due to the incompetency and psychophysical nature of the student. He loves to fulfill the desire of his spiritual master because he loves him. He prays to the Supreme Lord to give him strength to fulfill the order given by his spiritual master. His only desire is the desire of his spiritual master. Again he tries to fulfill the desire of his spiritual master, which is his life and soul, but still he is unable to achieve it. The disciple keeps trying till his last breath. Is it accepted as service even if he or she tries best but is unable to fulfill that the instruction?

Your servant,
Premananda Das

Answer: Sincere Endeavor is Success

Yes, it is accepted. The sincere endeavor is what counts. Just like Srila Prabhupada ordered us, “Deliver the world.” So we try our best. Even if we are not able to deliver the world, our perfection is our sincere endeavor to do so.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 17 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Spiritual Master's Desire

The spiritual master's heart is full of compassion for all of those poor souls who are suffering like anything in the cycle of birth, and therefore he fully dedicates his life for spreading the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world. There is no greater gift to be bestowed on the suffering humanity than this Krishna consciousness movement. It has the power to deliver all of the conditioned souls back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Desires the Deliverance of Everyone


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Attaining Genuine Happiness

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Bath Required Before Chanting?

Namaskar Guruji,

Guruji, I am chanting a Shiva mantra after eating non-veg food. After eating non-veg can we chant before bathing? I asked many people. They told if you eat non-veg, you must take bath before you do your chanting.

Regards,
M.

Answer: Chanting Hare Krishna is the Ultimate Bath

Those who eat non-veg, i.e. who eat meat, are obliged by the stringent law of karma to become animals in their next life and life after life to be eaten by the very same animals that they ate in their present life. Therefore we advise everyone to give up meat eating. To get free from the reactions of all sinful activities Lord Sri Krishna instructs us in the Bhagavad-gita that we should surrender to Him. Therefore my best advice to you that you regularly chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra:

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

This mantra has so much powerful that it will benefit you greatly whether you chant it before or after bathing. Chanting Hare Krishna is the ultimate bath.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 16 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Nothing to Lose Except For Your Anxiety

Why not give Krishna consciousness a try? You've got nothing to lose except for your anxiety and absolutely everything to gain. This is our offer to the entire global society.

We pray that they will accept our offer as soon as possible because this will immediately bring a new era of peace, prosperity, and happiness to the entire global society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




It's No Fun to Not Be Krishna Conscious


Video For the Day:

Tune In, Turn On, and Bliss Out!

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Recognize a True Vaisnava?

How do we recognize a true Vaisnava in today's world?

Rani

Answer: He is a Perfect Gentleman

A true Vaisnava is a perfect gentleman because he strictly avoids illicit sex, meat eating, intoxicating, and gambling, and regularly chants the holy names of God on a daily basis.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 15 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Praying for the Deliverance of All

Today we are again appreciating the great compassion of Prahlada Maharaja. He is the ideal Vaisnava because he prayers for the deliverance of all the conditioned souls from this material existence. Here is his most beautiful and compassionate prayer:

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

The more that we can develop this sort of compassionate mood within our own hearts, the more we will make advancement on the ultimate spiritual awakening path of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Most Compassionate Prahlada Maharaja


Video For the Day:

Pure Devotee's Compassion

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Feeling Guilty While Having Sex?

I have been wanting to clear this particular doubt since many days, but I do not know whom to ask. So I am begging you to answer me if anything is wrong. I have a guilt feeling when I have sex with my wife. I do know what to do. Please guide me.

Thanks,
Your student

Answer: Sex is Only for Procreation

According to religious principles, sex is only to be utilized for procreation. Devotees are not interested in having non-procreational sex because they taste more pleasure in chanting than they taste while having sex. So my best advice is that you have sex only when you are trying to make your wife pregnant. At all other times you should completely avoid sex.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 14 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Relish Pure Bliss at Every Moment

If you want to relish pure bliss at every moment, all you have to do is be always in a mood of serving guru, Krishna, and Vaisnavas. It's amazingly simple. The difficulty is that we are so sophisticated and proud that have a hard time doing this. This is why it is important to associate with devotees regularly, chant the holy names of the Lord regularly, and study the authorized scripture regularly. These practices will help us to unlock our natural tendency to lovingly serve guru, Krishna, and Vaisnavas.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Lovingly Shower Srila Prabhuapda with Flowers


Video For the Day:

Beautiful Day, Every Day

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If We Manufacture Our Own Philosophy?

What happens if we start manufacturing/following our own concocted philosophy?

Regards,
Parag R. Rane

Answer: We Remain in the Cycle of Birth and Death

If, instead of following the instructions of Krishna, we manufacture and follow our own philosophy, we remain in the cycle of birth and death, traveling again and again through the 8,400,000 different species life, sometime as a plant, sometimes as an animal, sometimes as a human, etc., etc.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 13 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Human Birth: the Rarest Opportunity

After transmigrating through the 8 million lower species: aquatics, plants, birds, beasts, etc., you have finally, after millions of years, achieved this rarest opportunity, a human birth. Every species has its specific dharma or prescribed duty. The dharma of the fish is to swim in the water. The bird's dharma to fly in the sky. Your dharma as a human being is to realize the highest truth, that is to awaken the dormant love of God within your heart, so that you can get out of the cycle of repeated birth and death and regain your original but now lost position as an eternal servant of Lord Sri Krishna in the spiritual sky. If you do not dedicate your life in this way, you are not acting in accordance with your dharma or your duty as human being. The result will be that nature will give you in your next life a more suitable body which matches your mentality. You will take birth in a lower life form such as the animal or plant kingdom. This is why the Vaisnavas, out of their compassion upon you, try to convince you to seriously take up Krishna consciousness in this lifetime. They do not want to see you dragged by the laws of nature into a lower form in your next life. They desire that you should return back to home, back to Godhead to enjoy an eternal life, full of bliss, and full of knowledge as soon possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada is an Ocean of Mercy


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Be Who You Are

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Solve my Fear Problem?

My problem is that most of the time I am simply panicky. Can you please tell me how to get out of this panicky situation in a permanent manner? To do anything I need to be at least peaceful first. If I am excessively panicky can I go in front of the deity and pray for protection? If I am excessively disturbed can I tell my issues and perplexities to the deity? Please guide me. I will do whatever you say.

Your servant

Answer: Trust Krishna

There is no reason to be afraid because Krishna promises to always give all protection to His devotees. So you may rest assured that Krishna will take very good care of you.

Yes, you my pray to the deity opening your heart fully to Him expressing all of your specific anxieties.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 12 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Gaura Purnima--Appearance Day of Lord Caitanya

Today, 12 March 2017, is the transcendental appearance day of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the most munificent incarnation of God. What follows tells of the meeting between Lord Caitanya and the two brothers, Rupa Gosvami and Sri Vallabha:

While Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was sitting in a solitary place in the home of that Deccan brahmana, Rupa Gosvami and Sri Vallabha [Anupama Mallika] came to meet Him. Seeing the Lord from a distance, the two brothers put two clumps of straw between their teeth and immediately fell down on the ground like rods, offering Him obeisances. Both brothers were overwhelmed with ecstatic emotion, and reciting various Sanskrit verses, they stood up and fell down again and again.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was very pleased to see Srila Rupa Gosvami, and He told him, "Stand up! Stand up! My dear Rupa, come here." Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then said, "It is not possible to describe Krishna's mercy, for He has delivered you both from the well of material enjoyment."

Lord Caitanya then quoted the following verse spoken by Lord Krishna, which is included in the Hari-bhakti-vilasa (10.127), compiled by Sanatana Gosvami:

"Even though a person is a very learned scholar of the Sanskrit Vedic literatures, he is not accepted as My devotee unless he is pure in devotional service. Even though a person is born in a family of dog-eaters, he is very dear to Me if he is a pure devotee who has no motive to enjoy fruitive activities or mental speculation. Indeed, all respects should be given to him, and whatever he offers should be accepted. Such devotees are as worshipable as I am."'

After reciting this verse, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu embraced the two brothers, and out of His causeless mercy He placed His feet on their heads. After receiving the Lord's causeless mercy, the two brothers folded their hands and in great humility offered the following prayers unto the Lord:

namo maha-vadanyaya
krsna-prema-pradaya te
krsnaya krsna-caitanya-
namne gaura-tvise namah

“O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You."

yo ‘jñana-mattam bhuvanam dayalur
ullaghayann apy akarot pramattam
sva-prema-sampat-sudhayadbhuteham
sri-krsna-caitanyam amum prapadye

“We offer our respectful obeisances unto that merciful Supreme Personality of Godhead who has converted all three worlds, which were maddened by ignorance, and saved them from their diseased condition by making them mad with the nectar from the treasure-house of love of God. Let us take full shelter of that Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna Caitanya, whose activities are wonderful.”

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On this most auspicious holy day, the appearance day of Lord Caitanya, if we pray to Him for His mercy that He kindly bless us with pure love of God, we will advance substantially on the pathway of spiritual perfection.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Mother Saci with Lord Caitanya as a Baby


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Seeing Krishna Everywhere

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Significance of Being Equipoised

In many places in Bhagavad-gita, the Lord tells us to be equipoised in happiness and distress. What is the significance of this? How does it help in spiritual growth?

Your lowly servant,
Shriram

Answer: One Gets Special Mercy from Krishna

Being equipoised makes one very dear to Krishna. Thus one who is equipoised gets special mercy from Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 11 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Kill Misery Forever

Why embrace misery? It's so miserable. It does not make any sense to be miserable because your actual self is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge. All you have to do to get rid of all misery forever is to stop trying to be what you are not and start being who you actually are, the eternal servant of Krishna. This art of being who you actually are is taught by the bona fide spiritual master. This is why having a bona fide spiritual is absolutely essential for anyone who wants to be misery free.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vishnujana Swami: Blissful Devotee Who Made Me a Devotee


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Vaisnava is Ocean of Mercy

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Question: Essence of the Srimad Bhagavatam?

I want to know the essence of the Srimad Bhagavatam so that I can apply in my daily life.

Laxman

Answer: Surrender to Krishna

The essence of the Srimad Bhagavatam is that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and that we are His eternal servants. This is realized when one fully surrenders unto Him. This ultimate art is learned by becoming the completely sold out servant of the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 10 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Nothing to Lose Except for Anxiety

By taking to Krishna consciousness, one achieves the greatest gain with nothing at all to lose except for his anxiety. He achieves an eternal life, full of bliss, and full of knowledge. Therefore the only reason that the whole world does not take to Krishna consciousness is ignorance. This is why, out of compassion upon these poor suffering souls, our mission is to educate all of them all over the world in this most sublime science of Krishna consciousness. This will indeed deliver them completely from all of their anxieties.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Relish the Bliss of Krishna Consciousness


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Blessed by Devotee Association

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Question: Meditate on My Body While Chanting?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

What is the correct pronunciation of "hare"? Is it "haray," "harday," or "hadray"?

Is it ok to feel my body while chanting or should I just focus on the sound?

Thank You for your time.

David

Answer: Meditate on the Hare Krishna Mantra

The word “Hare" is pronounced "huh-ray." What you consider to be your body is not your actual body. It is just a covering like a garment that you wear. Your actual body is a spiritual body that becomes revived by meditating on the Hare Krishna mahamantra. So instead of meditating on your body you should meditate of the sound vibrations of the Hare Krishna mantra. This will liberate you from all material miseries, revive your actual spiritual body, and carry you into the dimension of unlimited spiritual bliss, the paravyoma, the spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 9 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

How to Make Every Day the Best Day of Your Life

All you have to do to make every day the best day of your life is to try every day to please Krishna more than you have ever pleased Him before. It is such a simple thing really. But it actually works. Just try it, and you will amazed by the phenomenal results. By this simple endeavor you will be living in a sublime state of mind at every moment. You will no longer by pinched by the threefold miseries of this material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Get Back to Your Original Home in the Spiritual World


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See Krishna Everywhere

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Question: What is Krishna Thinking?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Hare Krishna.

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

Thank-you for answers!

Like the minds of materialistic persons dwell on sense objects, Krishna must also put His thinking capacity somewhere. What is He thinking?

Ruta

Answer: How to Kill the Aghasura Demon

Since Aghasura has swallowed the cowherd boys and calves, Krishna is thinking how to kill that rascal Aghasura in order to save the cowherd boys and calves.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 8 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

How to Become More and More Dear to Krishna

The devotee of the Lord is an ocean of unlimited compassion. That's why he is always praying for the deliverance of all living beings from the cycle of birth and death. Prahlada Maharaja reveals this inner heart of the Lord's devotee in his following prayer:

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."

This sublime, most wonderful prayer is found in the Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto Five, Chapter 18, Verse 9. The more that we can develop this mood of compassion for all living beings, the more we will become dear to Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prahlada Instructs His Classmates About Spiritual Life


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Unlimited Happiness Within

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Question: How to Convince Ourselves and Others?

How to convince ourselves and others that Lord Krishna is the supreme enjoyer, supreme proprietor and supreme friend of all living entities.

Your insignificant servant,
Amala Purana Das

Answer: Follow Krishna

We can realize the highest truths about Krishna simply by carefully and sincerely reading and following the most sublime instructions He gives us in the Bhagavad-gita. In this way we will gain conviction more and more, and the more we can gain conviction, the more we will become empowered to convince others.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 7 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Perfection of Time Management

The perfection of time management is to engage every moment in the service of Krishna, to not waste even a single moment in the service of maya or illusion. One who does this relishes the sweetest bliss within his heart in all times, places, and circumstances. Every moment of time is more valuable than all of the wealth of the universe. Therefore not even one nanosecond should be squandered on pursuits that are not beneficial for the self. Of course, we have full freedom to do whatever we choose with our time. But in this connection we should always remember the very wise Biblical saying: "As you sow, so shall you reap."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Manages His Time Perfectly
Morning Walk--1974


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Window to the Spiritual World

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Question: Devotees Are Taken for Judgment by Yamaraja?

Hare Krishna, dear Guru Maharaja.
Please accept my humble obeisances,
all glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Is it true that the soul is not taken directly by the Visnudutas, Lord Vishnu's messengers, to the spiritual world, that the soul is first taken by the Yamadutas to Yamaraja, the god of death, for judgment, who then decides whether that particular soul goes to hell or to the spiritual world? Or it is that the Visnudutas directly take the devotees to the spiritual world without their having to be judged by Yamaraja?

Your humble servant
Sudama das

Answer: Devotees Do Not Go to Yamaraja

In this connection Srila Prabhupada writes as follows in the Nectar of Devotion:

"A similar statement is in the Skanda Purana, which says, 'Persons who are decorated with tilaka or gopi-candana [a kind of clay resembling fuller's earth which is produced in certain quarters of Vrindavana], and who mark their bodies all over with the holy names of the Lord, and on whose necks and breasts there are tulasi beads, are never approached by the Yamadutas.' The Yamadutas are the constables of King Yama (the lord of death), who punishes all sinful men. Vaisnavas are never called for by such constables of Yamaraja. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, in the narration of Ajamila's deliverance, it is said that Yamaraja gave clear instructions to his assistants not to approach the Vaisnavas. Vaisnavas are beyond the jurisdiction of Yamaraja's activities."

So the devotees of the Lord never see the Yamadutas, the agents of Yamaraja, the god of death. They directly go the spiritual world without being dragged to the court of Yamaraja.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 6 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Wake Up!

We have been sleeping in a deluded suffering condition in the lap of the witch called Maya for millions of lifetimes. Now it's time to wake up and come back to our original, all-blissful, brilliantly cognizant, natural consciousness. Why should we cheat ourselves for even a moment longer? Tune into Krishna, turn on the world to Krishna, and bliss out, right now!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Expands the Ocean of Bliss


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Revolution Within and Without

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Question: Species Are Now Extinct?

As there is no such evolution as Darwin explained and since all species (8.4 million) were already existing, how do we explain the species which are now extinct. For example Tasmanian Tigers, Dinosaurs. Does it mean total number of species has decreased from 8.4 million ?

Regards,
Rishikant Sharma

Answer: No Species Is Extinct

Just because we don’t see them does not mean that they are extinct. All of the 8,400,000 species are still existing somewhere within the universe. Srila Prabhupada told us, "Nothing is extinct."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 5 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Always Be Enthusiastic

The key to making rapid advancement on the path of Krishna consciousness is to always be enthusiastic. In this connection Srila Prabhupada blessed with me the following instruction within the first month after initiating me as his disciple:

"I can see also that you are a very sincere and enthusiastic boy and are anxious for spreading this movement. Those are first class qualifications for making advancement in Krishna Consciousness. So continue enthusiastically as you are doing and Krishna will surely bless you." - Letter to: Sankarshan Das--London 7 September, 1971

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada in London


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Ending All Miseries

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Constant Service Mood?

How to constantly be in a service mood, Srila Gurudeva?

Your servant
Shridhar das

Answer: Self Training

Always be in the service mood by always training yourself to be in the service mood. Gradually as your taste for devotional service increases, you will naturally always be in a super ecstatic service mood. But in the beginning you will have to sometimes beat your mind with shoes reminding yourself to take your medicine of being in a service mood , even though in the beginning this service mood is sometimes experienced as bitter.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 4 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Removing Our Mental Block

On the path of self-realization our mind is the biggest obstacle to achieving spiritual perfection because we think we know everything. But if we can become a little humble admitting our limitations and frailties and hear submissively from the bona fide spiritual master, then we will conquer over this mental block, known as the false ego, and become, in due course of time, fully awakened in pure love of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hearing Submissively from Srila Prabhupada


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How to Become Perfect

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Moon Landings?

I have a question regarding moon landings. It is written in our spiritual books that no human can go to any other celestial body. But here we have had manned missions to the moon successfully. So does this fact mean that the information in our books is incorrect and/or does it not invalidate the books entirely as those books are claimed to be written with godly wisdom and knowledge ? Please guide me.

I apologize if I have caused any offense.

Regards,

Ankur Sharma
New Delhi

Answer: They Never Entered the Moon Civilization

Even if they went to the moon they were not able, with their gross material senses, to perceive or enter into the celestial kingdom which is present there. It is like landing in a country without being able to clear customs and then being sent back to where you have came from. The moon is a heavenly planet, much more opulent and beautiful than the earth planet. That they only found some dust and rocks proves that they were not able enter into the moon civilization.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 3 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Tune In, Turn On, and Bliss Out

Tune in to the greatness of your eternal spiritual nature. Turn on your love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. And then bliss out by diving into the unlimitedly nectarean ocean of serving Him with pure love. Don't cheat yourself. Achieve the greatness of being who you really are: the eternal servant of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Bowing Down to Lord Krishna


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Harmonize with Reality

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Question: Stupid Question?

Is there such a thing as a stupid question?

Your student

Answer: We All "Stupids"

Regarding stupid questions Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in the following conversation:

Guest or devotee: This might be a stupid question, but...

Prabhupada: Well, we are all "stupids." (laughter) So questions must be stupid.

This is wonderful how, in such a charming way, Srila Prabhupada reminds us that we are fools. Lord Caitanya's guru taught Lord Caitanya the same thing. If even Lord Caitanya considered Himself be a stupid fool in need of enlightenment from His spiritual master, we must certainly consider ourselves to be "stupids" in need of training.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 2 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Krishna is Absolutely Sublime

There is no one or nothing more wonderful, more sublime in all of existence than Krishna or God. Krishna must be sublime because He is the absolute source of all sublimity. Whatever is sublime or wonderful in all of existence is so only because Krishna is investing some portion of His unlimited sublimity in that person or thing. A nice example in this connection is the heavenly, soothing rays of the moon. Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita that He is the light of the moon.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Most Sublime Lord Sri Krishna


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Bedecked with a Peacock Feather

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Question: Why God is So Cruel?

Please accept my humble obeisances. One of my friends has been going through a really tough time. She has lost many family members in last year. Recently, her boyfriend passed away in car accident. She is heart broken and very sad. She asked me, "Why did God take him so early. If I had been married to him, he would have lived a long time. Why God is so cruel to take him at the age of 28?"

Please explain how do I help her to come out from difficult and sad situation.

Your Servant,
Roshan

Answer: God Is Unlimitedly Kind

Please convey our condolences to this poor suffering soul. We are most sorry that she is going through such hell in her life. Our desire is that everyone should be happy and never tormented by any kind of anxiety. Kindly assure her that God is not cruel. Everything that is going on in all times, places, and circumstances is Krishna's unlimitedly sweet mercy to induce us to return to our actual homes in the unlimitedly brilliant all-blissful spiritual sky. Please inform her that none of these departed souls are dead. They have simply, according to their karma, traveled on to their next destination according to their desire of how they would like to enjoy life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 1 March 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Krishna's Devotee is Eternally Famous

Regarding fame, Srila Prabhupada writes as follows in The Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Chapter 32:

"One who is famous as a Krishna conscious man enjoys eternal fame. In the material world, everyone is striving for three things: he wants his name to be perpetuated, he wants his fame to be broadcast all over the world, and he wants some profit from his material activities. But no one knows that all this material name, fame and profit belong to the temporary material body and that as soon as the body is finished, all name, fame and profit are finished also. It is only due to ignorance that everyone is striving after the name, fame and profit that are connected with the body. It is deplorable to become famous on the basis of the body or to become known as a man of spiritually developed consciousness without knowing the supreme spirit, Vishnu. Real fame can only be had if one attains Krishna consciousness.

"According to Srimad-Bhagavatam, there are twelve authorities, and they are all famous because they were all great devotees of the Lord. These authorities are Brahma, Narada, Lord Siva, Manu, Kapila, Prahlada, Janaka, Bhisma, Sukadeva Gosvami, Bali, Yamaraja and the Kumaras. These personalities are still remembered because they were all great stalwart devotees of the Lord. In the Garuda Purana it is said to be more rare to be a famous devotee of the Supreme Lord in the age of Kali than to be a demigod such as Brahma or Lord Siva. Concerning talks between Narada and Pundarika, Yudhisthira said, 'He is most famous and can deliver all others who, after many, many births, comes to understand that he is the servant of Vasudeva.'"

In the light of the above wisdom taught to us by Srila Prabhupada we can understand that the only desire of Krishna's pure devotee is to satisfy his beloved Lord Sri Krishna. Because of his pure fixity of heart he becomes the most famous person in this world. All the so-called famous men of this world will soon be forgotten. They will vanish into oblivion taking birth somewhere in the lower species. But Krishna's pure devotee will be famous forever.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Eternally Famous Srila Prabhupada


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Religion is One

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Question: How Does the Pure Devotee See Krishna Everywhere?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Thank you for your answers!

I am still curious to know about perceiving Krishna in every living entity. I understand that behind every living entity is Krishna who controls directly, or indirectly through modes of material nature. But I wonder how a pure devotee sees this whole thing. I might not be qualified to understand but can you tell me more about how you directly see Krishna in a living entity?

Ruta

Answer: By the Mercy of Krishna

In this connection Srila Prabhupada writes in Chapter 11 of the Teachings of Lord Caitanya:

"One can thus conclude that when a person shows love for God and friendship for devotees, displays mercy towards the innocent and is reluctant to associate with nondevotees, he may be considered a pure devotee. By developing devotional service, such a person can perceive that every living entity is part and parcel of the Supreme. In each and every living entity he can see the Supreme Person, and therefore he becomes highly developed in Krishna consciousness.”

It is by the mercy of Krishna that the pure devotee is able to perceive Krishna everywhere and in the hearts of all.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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