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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 28 September 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Pure Devotee's Undaunted Determination

Without being carried away by jubilation or lamentation the pure devotee of the Lord continues undauntedly in his world deliverance mission given to him by his spiritual master, by dedicating every minute of his life to liberating the fallen souls of this material world back to home, back to Godhead. Because he sacrifices everything to serve the Lord's mission there is no one more dear to Lord than He, nor will there ever be anyone more dear. If we can get the shelter of such a pure devotee of the Lord and we always remain in that shelter, our pathway to liberation, our going home, back to Godhead is absolutely assured.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Perfectly Teaches the Science of Bhakti


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From Krishna Balarama Temple

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can I Please You?

Hare Krishna Gurudeva,

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

Gurudeva, how can I progress in my spiritual life. I'm doing 16 rounds chanting every day. I'm going to a namahatta program every Saturday and to ISKCON's Jagannath Mandir every Sunday. Sometimes I am doing book distribution, plus I am doing a bit of service to temple. How I can please you, Gurudeva?

Your spiritual daughter,
Rubini

Answer: Love Krishna

To please me and make tangible progress of your path of spiritual awakening, simply you must sincerely strive to always increase your service more and more and do everything in a mood of loving service to Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Atheist is the Flakiest

Who could be more foolish or flaky than the atheist? He dogmatically affirms that everything comes out not nothing. But the scientifically verifiable fact is that everything comes from something, nothing comes from nothing. Therefore the atheist is indeed the flakiest of all people.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bhagavatam Class on Yamuna Bank, 26 September 2016


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From the River Yamuna

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Request: I Would Like to Become Like You

Dear Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances unto Your lotus feet, all glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Yesterday I have finished to read your wonderful book "Stop Worrying Start Living". For me it is very amazing book. You must have inherited this talent of Srila Prabhupada, I mean, to explain all the topics with such a lightness. I appreciate this and I am very grateful. I also have read your book, "Truth Works". It is very nice. Thank you very much for your efforts.

Still trying to be servant of your servants,
Cakra Tirtha das.

P.S. I would like to become like you. I mean to touch the people's hearts as you are touching them, at least you are touching my heart.

Answer: Strive for Pure Bhakti and for Delivering the People

Thank you very much for your appreciation of my humble attempt to serve my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Whatever I have been able to accomplish is only because of his causeless mercy upon me.

If you would like to become like me, fully dedicate your life at every minute for developing pure love of God within your heart and for as much as possible delivering the suffering, fallen souls of this age back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 26 September 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Architect of Your Own Destiny

You are the architect of your own destiny. So choose your thoughts, words, and deeds wisely. They are taking you to your next destination. If your absorb yourself in matter, your next existence will be material. And if you absorb yourself in spirit, your next home will be spiritual. So you decide where you want to go and adjust your thoughts, words, and deeds accordingly. Choose wisely.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lecture to Gurukula Boys, 25 September 2016


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You Have to Be Renounced

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Can't I Chant Hare Krishna?

Sri Adhikari Guruji,

I would greatly appreciate, if you could enlighten me, why I am unable to chant "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare" but only "Sri Rama Rameti" though I have nothing negative or less respect for the Hare Krishna mantra. Further, please also enlighten me what would be the difference in chanting either of the mantras.

Profound Regards
Rajagopal

Answer: You Can Chant Hare Krishna

Would you rather earn 50,000 rupees a month or 150,000 rupees a month from doing exactly the same job for exactly the same number of hours?

While chanting the name of Lord Rama one time gives you the tremendous benefit of chanting all of the thousand names of Vishnu, chanting the name of Krishna one time gives you the benefit of chanting Lord Rama’s name three times. So it really depends of how eager you are to achieve spiritual perfection. Would you like to advance three times as fast on the path of spiritual perfection?

Just try to understand how much more powerful is "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare” than chanting the Rama mantra, and then do the needful for getting out of this material existence as soon as possible.

You are able to chant Hare Krishna. Stop listening to your foolish mind which tells you that you are not able to chant Hare Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 25 September 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Come Out of Illusion

You've thought you were matter
Your consciousness scattered
Smeared out and splattered
Identify shattered.

So, come out of illusion.
Say goodbye to confusion.
Freed from delusion
You'll taste bliss in profusion.

Awaken your true nature.
Become free from all danger.
Realize who you are
And you'll go really far.

I've taken the journey
To the other side of reality
It's not near, but one thing's clear.
It's really blissful over here.

So when you're ready to be free
To swim in peace endlessly
Don't you be dumb.
Just ask me how to come.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture, 24 September 2016


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Keep Krishna in the Center

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Conquer over Lust?

How to conquer over lust?

(question asked in Srimad Bhagavatam class)

Answer: Simply Learn How to Love Krishna

Lust is easily conquered. All you have to do to awaken your love for Krishna is to chant Hare Krishna, serve Krishna, and serve His devotees as much as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 24 September 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Appreciating Srila Prabhupada's Mercy

When Srila Prabhupada came to America in 1965 he did not think he would be successful. But still he make the sincere endeavor to establish this movement because this was the order of his spiritual master and also a manifestation of his intense compassion for the fallen, suffering souls of this age. I was blessed with the greatest good fortune of being with him in Atlanta on March 2, 1975 when he described to the assembled devotees as follows:

So when I was seventy years old I decided, Now I must do and execute the order of my Guru Maharaja. And thus this movement was started in 1965 from New York. And I was not very much hopeful because it is very difficult task, just opposite the European and Western culture. I came. When I first came, I had no money. So I got a free passage through some Indian steam navigation company. So I came by ship. So when I was on the ship at Boston port, Commonwealth port, I was thinking that "I have come here. I do not know what is the purpose because how the people will accept this movement? They are differently educated, and as soon as I will say, 'So, my dear sir, you have to give up meat-eating and illicit sex and no intoxication and gambling,' they will say, 'Please go home.' " (laughter) Because that was the experience of one of my Godbrothers. He went to London, and he had the opportunity to talk with one big man, Marquis of Zetland. Marquis of Zetland was formerly governor of Bengal. At that time I was student. He was Scotsman, and I was student of the Scottish Churches' College. So he came to see our college, and he was standing in front of me in the second-year class. So he was very nice, good gentleman. So he proposed to my Godbrother, "Whether you can make me a brahmana?" So my Godbrother proposed, "Yes, we can make anyone brahmana provided you follow this principle: no illicit sex, no intoxication, no meat-eating, no gambling." So that Lord Zetland immediately replied, "Impossible." (laughter) So I was thinking that "I will propose something which is impossible. Anyway, let me try."

When Srila Prabhupada said, "Let me try," I immediately understood that it was only because of his trying to give us Krishna consciousness, working against seemingly hopeless odds that we were saved from our endless misery and blessed with eternal transcendental bliss. In appreciation of this I called out "Jaya" and then the other devotees joined me in this, cheering "Jaya! Hari bol!" In this way all of us expressed our appreciation of our most merciful spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, our savior and the savior of the fallen souls.

You can hear a recording of the above lecture excerpt in the section below.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Here's where you can hear a recording of the above "Let Me Try" lecture excerpt:

https://youtu.be/U5ewx2tmokE



Srila Prabhupada "Let Me Try" Excerpt
2 March 1975, Atlanta, Georgia


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Absolutely Ecstatic at Every Minute

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Develop Loving Relationships?

My Dear Gurudeva,

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

Now my question is: How to develop personal loving relationships with Krishna and with people?

When I chant japa, I try to talk with Krishna in my thoughts, I tell Him how I am doing and how I like Him and pray for guidance and like that. Is it all right or I should clearly focus on the sound of Krishnas name and talk with Him separately from japa. How to develop more personal relationships with Krishna? Can you give some ideas?

I think about how much of the impersonalism sickness people and also myself have. We have problem to communicate and to really understand each other. How to solve this problem?

Dear Gurudeva, please guide my life out of bewilderment and confusion. Please give one drop of mercy, because on my own, I cannot even maintain my life, what to speak of living it in Krishna consciousness. What a great fortune for this insignificant to be in contact with you and that you look at me and speak. My only wish is to hear from you and that someday your work would bring some fruits in me. Actually it would be natural, I just have to open my heart and let this love flow in.

Your useless student

Answer: Through Service

Love is developed through rendering service. It is not theoretical. It is practical.

Beg Krishna to engage you fully in His service. This should be your focus when you chant japa. Outside of japa you can pray to Krishna in so many ways, telling everything about yourself and your spiritual desires, your difficulties, and begging Him to help you over your difficulties.

To solve the impersonalism problem with other devotees engage as much as possible with the devotees in the loving exchanges given by Rupa Goswami:

(1) giving charity to the devotees
(2) accepting from the devotees whatever they may offer in return
(3) opening one's mind to the devotees
(4) inquiring from them about the confidential service of the Lord
(5) honoring prasada, or spiritual food, given by the devotees
(6) feeding the devotees with prasada.

The fruits are already there within you in a seed-like state. You simply learn to recognize them by seeing everything through the eyes of the scriptures.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 23 September 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Hankering for Krishna Conscious Government

Formerly the entire world population was living very happily in perfect peace and harmony under Krishna conscious government. In those glorious days of bhagavat-dharma even nature was in a state of perfect balance. So now we are praying for that happy day when the government leaders will again be Krishna conscious. Until that time comes, the people of this planet will suffer under incompetent leadership.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lecture to Indian Government Employees at India Gate Lawn
New Delhi, India, 21 September 2016


Video For the Day:

Connecting with Krishna in Sri Vrindavana Dhama

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Brahmajyoti?

Dear Guru,

A jñana yogi is also eligible for liberation. However, since he believes that God is impersonal he is eligible to enter the spiritual world but not one of the planets there. He goes into brahmajyoti, which is called merging with brahman.

Can you explain me in detail about the brahmajyoti?

Hare Krishna.

Shreyansh

Answer: The Effulgence of Krishna's Body

The brahmajyoti is the effulgent light emanating from the Lord's transcendental body. That light fully illuminates the spiritual sky. Liberation in the brahmajyoti is like flying in the sky in a airplane. As soon you run out of fuel you must come down again to a planet. After undergoing severe penances and austerities for thousands of millions of years the jñani can temporarily enter into the spiritual sky, but he cannot get shelter on any of the spiritual planets. Thus he cannot remain there. He falls down again into material existence because he is not qualified to gain residence on a spiritual planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 22 September 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Take Full Advantage of Your Human Form of Life

You have transmigrated through 8,000,000 different species to finally get a human birth. So your present position is a very rare and special opportunity. This is why you should not waste it by running after sense gratification like an animal. You should fully utilized your human birth for self-realization to get out of the cycle of birth and death. This is real intelligence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Cycle of Birth and Death


Video For the Day:

Fully Utilize Your Human Life

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is a Little Krishna Consciousness Better Than None?

Gurudeva, is a little Krishna Consciousness better than nothing, so that when we come back to do it all over again, we will pick up where we left off?

Thank You

David

Answer: Yes, But Why Cheat Yourself?

Yes, a little bit of Krishna consciousness is much better than none. Whatever advancement you make on this path, even if only a little bit, is your eternal asset. You will pick from where you left off when you resume Krishna consciousness in this lifetime or a later lifetime. But why should you cheat yourself and prolong your suffering in this material world by not taking to Krishna consciousness 100% right now?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

No One Should Ever Be Depressed

Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in the Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Chapter 11:

"The living entity, transmigrating through 8,400,000 species of life, is sometimes likened to a log which is gliding down a river. Sometimes, by chance, a log washes upon shore and is thus saved from being forced to drift further downstream. There is a verse in Srimad-Bhagavatam (SB 10.38.5) which encourages every conditioned soul in this way: 'No one should be depressed by thinking that he will never be out of the clutches of matter, for there is every possibility of being rescued, exactly as it is possible for a log, which is floating down a river, to come to rest on the bank.' This fortunate opportunity is also discussed by Lord Caitanya. Such fortunate incidents are considered the beginning of the decline of one's conditional life, and they occur if there is association with the pure devotees of the Lord. By associating with pure devotees, one actually develops attraction for Krishna."

Therefore everyone should seek out the association of the pure devotees of Krishna, because simply by one moment's association with the pure devotees he can achieve the ultimate good fortune of being rescued from material existence. Thus there is no reason to ever be depressed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sri Sri Radha and Damodar at Home in Vrindavana


Video For the Day:

Returning to Sri Vrindavana Dhama

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Should I Not Worship the Demigods?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Kindly help me understand that how to let go of my current belief in many gods. I have strongly believed in all the gods since my childhood. Therefore I have a great fear of stopping my prayers to Lord Shiva, Lord Shakti, Lord Ganapati and so on. I was initiated by a guru from India who prays to Mahalakshimi and all the other gods. I cannot disobey the orders of my spiritual master. Even Rama prayed to Lord Shiva as confirmed in the Ramayana. But you are saying they are all demigods and that is the greatest offense. I also pray to Krishna and chanting of Hare Krishna mantras, pure vegetarian, no gambling and no liqueur. Now I’m confuse and begging your lights. Can you initiate a disciple via a letter also?

Thanks & regards

Madhavan

Answer: Water the Root of the Tree, Not the Leaves and Branches

All the demigods are real. They are not myths. But, since they are all devotees of Krishna and prefer that you worship Krishna instead of them, from now on you should channel all of your devotion to Krishna by worshipping only Krishna and not the demigods.

That Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva is not in the authorized Ramayana, the Valmiki Ramayana. It is a concoction in later unauthorized editions of the Ramayana.

When you water the root of the tree, all the leaves and branches are nourished. Similarly when you give your devotion to Krishna, Who is the root of everything, your devotion automatically is offered to all of the demigods and also to all living beings.

If you try to please, by your devotion, all of the demigods, you will find it an impossible feat to pray to each and every one of them, because there are 33 million demigods. But if you chant Hare Krishna with love you will have already automatically worshipped all of the 33 million demigods in the best possible way. So, understanding this, you should use your intelligence and exclusively worship Lord Sri Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

A person who teaches us incorrectly to worship all the demigods is not a bona fide spiritual master, even though he may promoted as such by the fools and rascals. Therefore such a so-called guru should be rejected and replaced by a spiritual master who teaches you properly in accordance with the Bhagavad-gita how to fully surrender to Krishna.

When you become fully qualified you can be initiated by a letter, if necessary. To become qualified for initiation you must chant at least 16 rounds daily of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads while simultaneously strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. So now qualify yourself for initiation and give the greatest pleasure to Krishna and to all of the demigods.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Secret of Spiritual Advancement

False pride is the greatest stumbling block on our pathway of spiritual advancement. Thus by removing it we get very good facility for rapid and smooth spiritual advancement. This is why we should always understand and feel that we are incompetent fools, while not acting as such, and we should seek out the association of those who always remind us how foolish we are.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimad Bhagavatam Class
New Delhi, 18 September 2016


Video For the Day:

Saving the World from Total Anarchy

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Did You Meet Srila Prabhupada?

How did you meet Srila Prabhupada?

(a question asked in a class given in Greater Noida, India)

Answer: I Was Praying to Become God's Perfect Servant

Because I was sincerely and repeatedly begging God in prayer to please reveal to me how I could become His perfect servant, that all-merciful Supreme Person revealed to me that I should become a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. I was then blessed with meeting Srila Prabhupada in Los Angeles on the steps in front of the current temple building. I also received many personal instructions in letters from Srila Prabhupada. He initiated me on 12 August 1971 via a letter that he wrote to me from London.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 19 September 2016

New Delhi, India

Today's Thought:

Entire World Converted to Krishna Consciousness

In his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 4.8.54 Srila Prabhupada describes the importance of initiation and how by the process of initiation the entire world can become Krishna conscious:

"Sanatana Gosvami says that as bell metal can turn to gold when mixed with mercury in a chemical process, so, by the bona fide diksa, or initiation method, anyone can become a Vaisnava. One should take initiation from a bona fide spiritual master coming in the disciplic succession, who is authorized by his predecessor spiritual master. This is called diksa-vidhana. Lord Krishna states in Bhagavad-gita, vyapasritya: one should accept a spiritual master. By this process the entire world can be converted to Krishna consciousness."

In pursuance of Srila Prabhupada's order I initiated five new disciples on 17 September 2016. The ceremony was held at ISKCON's Dwarka Delhi temple. We encourage all those who are serious to become free from the pangs of material miseries by entering into the sublime dimension of transcendental bliss to qualify themselves for initiation as soon as possible by chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra daily on japa mala beads and strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. By accepting initiation seriously you will help the entire world to become Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimad Bhagavatam Class,
Punjabi Bagh, 17 September 2016



Radhakrishnan Becomes Radha Damodar Das



Sashi Bhusana Becomes Sadhu Bhusana Das



Sudeep Becomes Sudarshan Das



Vishal Becomes Vishnurata Das



Abasaheb Becomes Abhayasraya Das



Initiation Yajna (Vedic Fire Ceremony)


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Be a Pioneer in this Great Spiritual Revolution

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Devoted to Krishna Without Initiation?

Good day Gurudeva,

Is it possible to be devoted to Krishna without having been formally initiated as a devotee?

I refuse to gamble. I no longer eat meat, fish or eggs, I eat onion sometimes when my mother cooks food. To not hurt her feelings I'll eat her meals. So far, since knowing of "no illicit sex" I have stayed away from those activities (gradually getting better at controlling my wandering eyes and mind) and I no longer intoxicate myself (except for chocolate which I now know has caffeine and now understand that caffeine counts as an intoxicant--as a former chocolate lover I am gradually eating less and less)

The more knowledge I gain and as everyday passes by, along with my 16 daily rounds, as well as chanting throughout the day, I grow more fond of Krishna. I feel I am headed in the right direction with my everyday decisions. In a way I feel I am growing in my devotion for Krishna.

But this is my question:

Is it possible to be devoted to Krishna without having been formally initiated as a devotee?

Thank you for your time,
Hare Krishna,

Your student

Answer: Genuine Devotion is Ever-Increasing

The process of devotion begins prior to initiation. Initiation takes place at the third level of spiritual progress. You are already now a devotee of Krishna at level two and are progressing very nicely. So kindly continue as you are doing with determination, enthusiasm, and patience and in due course of time, because genuine devotion is ever-increasing, you will naturally find yourself happily situated at level three. From there you will go to spiritual perfection and become fully qualified to enter the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 18 September 2016

New Delhi, India

Today's Thought:

Krishna's Presence is Like the Sun

Srila Prabhupada wonderfully describes the glory of devotional service in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 10.11 as follows:

"Only by devotional service is the Supreme Truth, Krishna, pleased, and by His inconceivable energy He can reveal Himself to the heart of the pure devotee. The pure devotee always has Krishna within his heart; and with the presence of Krishna, who is just like the sun, the darkness of ignorance is at once dissipated. This is the special mercy rendered to the pure devotee by Krishna."

Therefore let us all be fully absorbed in pure devotional service so that Lord Sri Krishna becomes fully revealed to us within our hearts.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Like Krishna, A Beautiful Sunrise Drives Away Darkness


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Auspicious Arrival in the Holy Land

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Everyone Cannot Understand Krishna?

Why can’t everyone understand transcendental subject matter?

Your lowly servant,
Dharmaraja Das

Answer: Most People Are Very Stupid

In this Kali Yuga people have very meager intelligence. In other words, they are very stupid. Because of this it is very difficult for them to understand transcendental subjects. But by the power of prasadam, Krishna’s holy name, transcendental literature, and devotee association they can become sufficiently purified to understand the profundity of the science of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 17 September 2016

The Airport at Helsinki, Finland

Today's Thought:

Insider's Secret

It is not easy to become a pure devotee and go back to home, back to Godhead. But it becomes easy if we take shelter of the association of devotees. Therefore we should always associate with Krishna's devotees as much as possible. This make our process of spiritual awakening very, very sublime and blissful.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blissful Sendoff From Lithuania, 15 September 2016


Video For the Day:

The Power of Devotee Association

https://youtu.be/oZ434Z4qgAA

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Reading the News Attract Negativity Into My Life?

I read the news everyday, but a lot of it is very negative - homicides, murders, bomb killings, etc. By reading these articles, am I attracting negativity into my life?

Tom

Answer: Better to Read the Scriptures

While there is no prohibition against reading the ordinary news, a devotee limits his exposure to these mundane topics. While it is helpful for preaching and our practical activities to know what is going on in the world, we should not overindulge in these topics because they pollute our consciousness. We should instead absorb our minds in the pastimes and teachings of Krishna because this is what will deliver us from the cycle of birth and death. So it is better that you mostly read the scriptures like Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Krishna Book.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 16 September 2016

On the road to Vilnius, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Do Yourself the Greatest Good

You are an eternal spiritual being, qualitatively one with God Himself, the source of all existence. So why should you cheat yourself by misidentifying with this temporary rotting material body? Come out of illusion and do yourself the greatest good by reviving your original pure state of consciousness, your Krishna consciousness. In this way, even in the midst of the heaviest calamities, you will be able to relish the sweetest happiness at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Sendoff from ISKCON Kaunas
13 September 2016


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Problem: I Couldn't Finish My 16 Rounds in the Morning

Good day Gurudeva,

I have woken up early enough to chant 16 rounds on Monday and Tuesday. Today, it slipped my mind that I have to drop my brother off at work early so I have not finished 16 rounds. Is it okay to finish my daily 16 rounds later in the day, maybe even at night before bed? I say at night because I know I will more than likely not be disturbed while chanting.

Always grateful for your guidance,
Hare Krishna,

Your student

Answer: Chant Them As Early As Possible

Chanting later in the day is not ideal, but it is okay. Try to complete your 16 rounds as early as possible every day. It is not good to postpone them until the end of the day. But if that is the only chance you get to chant, it is okay. Just make sure that you don't go to sleep before you finish them. The whole point is that serving Krishna should always as far as possible be your number one priority. In this way, by training yourself to always make Krishna your first priority, you will naturally think of Krishna at the time of death before anything else. This will guarantee your immediate entrance into the spiritual world upon leaving your present material body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 15 September 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Don't Indulge in Illicit Sex

Sex attraction is the binding knot that keeps us imprisoned in the cycle of birth, death, old age, and disease. Therefore sex should be completely given up and one should focus his consciousness fully on awakening his dormant Krishna consciousness. If one is not able to come this highest standard of completely giving up sex, then he may utilize sex only for producing Krishna conscious children, and not otherwise. Besides using sex for procreation, any and all forms of sex are illicit, they are most sinful. Sometimes even in the society of devotees we hear the false propaganda that householders are not required to strictly avoid illicit sex. Whoever is spreading this false propaganda should be reprimanded and stopped from doing this because anyone, householder or otherwise, who engages in illicit sex will not be qualified to go back to home, back to Godhead. They will be forced to take birth again here in this material world to fulfill their stupid sexual desires.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Krishna Bhakti
Kaunas, Lithuania
13 September 2016


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Problem: Afraid of Death

Respected Gurudeva,

Dandavat pranam. Please accept my obeisances.

I am aged 80. Sometimes suicidal thoughts take over me. I get angry at my family members. I feel it is all due to bad karma and not appeasing the forefathers. I am chanting, but I am always with the fear of death. When I read the Bhagavad-gita I feel guilty of so many things. I chew tobacco for relief, but it adds to my problem. I am not able to sleep. I have taken several depression medicines but of no avail. Please help me.

(Name withheld for confidentiality)

Answer: For a Devotee, Death is Wonderful

For one who is Krishna conscious, death is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, for a devotee death is wonderful. It's a 'piece of cake', something to look forward to, a most exciting moment when Lord Sri Krishna transfers His devotee to the wondrously sublime atmosphere of the spiritual world.

Instead of chewing tobacco, chew Krishna’s holy name more seriously than you are now. Chant at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala daily. The more you chant, the more you will become enchanted by Krishna and relieved from anxiety. At your age there is no reason why you cannot sit and chant japa mala practically 24 hours a day. Take a little time for eating and sleeping and the rest of your time you must simply go deeper and deeper into Bhagavad-gita and the Hare Krishna mantra.

This mantra is super sweet and juicy, not disgusting like chewing tobacco. Why do you want to taste something disgusting and nasty when you can taste the sweetest bliss by chanting Krishna's name. This is the real anti-depression medicine. The other so-called anti-depression medicines will simply make you more depressed.

Don’t worry about past karma or pleasing your forefathers. If you will simply now give yourself to Krishna, He will free from all of your karma and indebtedness to your forefathers and take you back as His eternal servant to His eternal abode in the spiritual sky. If you will take up this process seriously, I will accept you as my disciple and personally guarantee your entrance into the spiritual world at the time of your passing out of your present body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

A Work in Progress

Krishna consciousness is a most exciting, adventurous, and thrilling work in progress. Within, we are cultivating pure love of God to qualify ourselves to regain our original identities in relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, in His eternal pastimes in the spiritual sky. And simultaneously externally, we are in the process of completely transforming the human society with an all-encompassing spiritual revolution. Even though on both transformational fronts we are presently only at the infantile stage, we are still super enlivened because of the transcendental vision of what lies ahead that has been bestowed upon us by Srila Prabhupada and the Vedic scriptures.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Krishna Bhakti
Vilnius, Lithuania
12 September 2016


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Problem: Chanting Disturbs Me

I have been chanting for 12 years now. But the more I chant, the more I get disturbed. Thus is it difficult for me to continue.

Vishal

Answer: You Are Not Chanting Properly

You are not chanting in the proper mood. That is the difficulty. You should chant like a child crying out for his mother. Then Krishna will bestow His sweet mercy upon you, and you will relish the holy name like anything.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

What to Do About the Nightmarish World Situation?

What to do about the present world situation, a global society which is rapidly deteriorating, gravitating at an alarming pace towards total anarchy? If there were no solution, we could only try to ignore this impending disaster by burying ourselves in sense gratification, or if we were more thoughtful, we could helplessly, just try to tolerate this hopeless, intolerably nightmarish catastrophe.

However, the good news is that there is a solution. We don't have to languish in a pitiable condition. We can proactively campaign to implement the simple solution, which is to put God back into the center of the human society. The difficulty is that the material scientists are now making propaganda that there is no God, there is no soul, and that we are only a combination chemicals. This materialistic world view must now be staunchly defeated. Otherwise the human civilization is finished. This is why the science of God must now be propagated very aggressively all over the world to counteract and the defeat the propaganda of the material scientists.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Krishna Bhakti,
Kaunas, Lithuania, 11 September 2016


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Question: How to Fight Off Lusty Desires?

Dear Srila Gurudeva, kindly help me understand how we can have material gross desires, at the same time voluntarily willing to escape that desire?

As a struggling neophyte, I am badly suffering with gross sense gratificatory desires. My mind is so obstinate. If I am not able to pull back my mind from thinking or feeling, then I become upset that Your Divine Grace,, Gurumataji, all devotees, Lord Krishna are bestowing mercy like anything but what am I doing to be grateful? Every time I fall prey to my own thoughts and desires. Although every time by Your Divine Mercy and the Mahamantra I get back to normal state of mind, but it's very disturbing and agitating.

Gurudeva, how can I be strong enough all the time to pull back my mind from thinking anything dirty, right in its bud state?

(Name withheld for confidentiality)

Answer: Go Very Deep Into Our Philosophy

Sometimes neophyte devotees foolishly allow their minds to go so deep into contemplating sex that they start to feel the symptoms of sexual stimulation in their bodies. How to conquer this monster?

If this happens to you, you have to go very deep into our philosophy to see things as they actually are. We have nothing to do with these bodies except to engage them in Krishna’s service. We do not at all require sexual intercourse to be happy. This strong urge is there in our bodies simply to induce us to procreate, because without this strong pleasure for the temporary act of sexual intercourse no one would ever take the trouble to have children. In other words, this is nature’s way of keeping the human species going.

As devotees it is not our duty to procreate. It is our duty to get out of this material world as soon as possible and take as many as possible of these suffering souls with us. This is the real ecstasy that goes on becoming ever more blissful throughout one’s life, not the illusory temporary ecstasy of so-called sex enjoyment, which is immediately followed by a feeling of dissatisfaction.

So the next time you get lusty, give yourself a good kick for being so stupid. Instead of hankering to mother a child in your womb, hanker instead that by preaching you can mother in the womb of Lord Caitanya’s movement the millions and billions of suffering souls on this planet who are caught up in the vicious cycle of birth and death. In this way Mr. Lust will lose interest in you and go somewhere to look for a victim.

However, after you are married if you would like to have some children to raise them as devotees and deliver them from this material world, that is a spiritual desire. At that time, if you desire, after taking permission from me, your spiritual master, you may try for a child. But for now before you are married you have to keep you mind calm by following my guidelines. And even after marriage after you have had enough children, you must follow these principles in order to awaken pure love of God within your heart. So take these instructions very seriously.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 12 September 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Why Remain a Miserable Rascal?

Why remain a miserable rascal when you can instead be a blissful devotee? But the general mass population of this planet is so much in illusion that they would rather be miserable rascals instead of blissful devotees. This reveals how grossly foolish they actually are. They are totally blinded by false pride. What can be done to save them? It is very difficult indeed. But still we must keep trying to save them because this our duty, an often most thankless task.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Krishna Bhakti, Vilnius, Lithuania, 10 September 2016


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should I View this Planet As Beautiful?

Good day Gurudeva,

I will do my best to put my feelings into question form:

I used to think this material world/ universe/ planet was a beautiful place and an incredible creation. When the sun goes down and the moon comes out, I feel peaceful looking at the stars in the night sky. It makes me think of Krishna and how He is the controller and maintainer of the universe I am seeing with my eyes. I still feel joy when I am in nature surrounded by trees. I see this material world as a manifestation of Krishna and I see the beauty of nature. Even though this is a world of miseries, should I still view this planet as beautiful? Or since this planet is still technically material energy, should I detach my feelings for this material nature? Should I be neutral in my feelings for nature?

Thank you for your time,
Hare Krishna,

Pablo A. Juarez

Answer: A Devotee Sees the Beauty of Everything

A Krishna conscious person appreciates the beauty of this world even more. It is something like when you see a beautiful painting in a museum. You appreciate even more if you know very well the person who painted it.

This is a world of miseries only for those who are not Krishna conscious. Because they are misidentifying with their bodies, and are dragged helplessly through birth, death, old age, and disease again and again for millions and billions of lifetimes the non-devotees suffer like anything in this world.

For a Krishna conscious devotee, this world is a magical wonderland something like being a little kid in a candy shop. The devotee relishes within his heart boundless joy in the unlimited nectarean varieties of loving reciprocation with Krishna while at the same time externally relishing the greatest of all adventures of bringing about the greatest paradigm shift in the history of the universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 11 September 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Super Ecstatic Radhastami in Kaunas

On 9 September 2016 under the leadership of my disciple, Sankirtan Das Brahmacari, the devotees in Kaunas arranged a wonderful Radhastami celebration. A large hall was rented to accommodate the large number of devotees who attended. I was asked to speak for an hour. After I spoke for about 40 minutes I opened for questions of which there were many. During the arati ceremony we had the most enlivening experience of 200 people dancing and singing together in ecstasy. Then there was a feast of the most amazing prasadam you have ever tasted in your entire life. This is real happiness. This is Krishna consciousness, to dive deeply into the ocean of unlimited rapture. May the whole world now taste this bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Radhastami Festival Altar



Questions and Answers After the Radhastami Lecture



Ecstatic Hare Krishna Chanting



Ecstatic Transcendental Dancing


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should I View this Planet As Beautiful?

Good day Gurudeva,

I will do my best to put my feelings into question form:

I used to think this material world/ universe/ planet was a beautiful place and an incredible creation. When the sun goes down and the moon comes out, I feel peaceful looking at the stars in the night sky. It makes me think of Krishna and how He is the controller and maintainer of the universe I am seeing with my eyes. I still feel joy when I am in nature surrounded by trees. I see this material world as a manifestation of Krishna and I see the beauty of nature. Even though this is a world of miseries, should I still view this planet as beautiful? Or since this planet is still technically material energy, should I detach my feelings for this material nature? Should I be neutral in my feelings for nature?

Thank you for your time,
Hare Krishna,

Pablo A. Juarez

Answer: A Devotee Sees the Beauty of Everything

A Krishna conscious person appreciates the beauty of this world even more. It is something like when you see a beautiful painting in a museum. You appreciate even more if you know very well the person who painted it.

This is a world of miseries only for those who are not Krishna conscious. Because they are misidentifying with their bodies, and are dragged helplessly through birth, death, old age, and disease again and again for millions and billions of lifetimes the non-devotees suffer like anything in this world.

For a Krishna conscious devotee, this world is a magical wonderland something like being a little kid in a candy shop. The devotee relishes within his heart boundless joy in the unlimited nectarean varieties of loving reciprocation with Krishna while at the same time externally relishing the greatest of all adventures of bringing about the greatest paradigm shift in the history of the universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 10 September 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Global Team of Jagad Gurus

Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport to Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi Lila, Chapter 7, Verse 83 as follows:

"A sincere student aurally receives the holy name from the spiritual master, and after being initiated he follows the regulative principles given by the spiritual master. When the holy name is properly served in this way, automatically the spiritual nature of the holy name spreads; in other words, the devotee becomes qualified in offenselessly chanting the holy name. When one is completely fit to chant the holy name in this way, he is eligible to make disciples all over the world, and he actually becomes jagad-guru. Then the entire world, under his influence, begins to chant the holy names of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra."

Inspired by this most amazing purport, my vision for ISKCON is a worldwide team of jagad-gurus, pure chanters of the holy name whose combined instrumental spiritual potency can in an amazingly short period of time pull off a complete, total global spiritual revolution.

Therefore my request is that all ISKCON members should become very serious and diligent to carefully chant the holy name every day without offense so that very quickly the entire world can become inundated in a tidal wave of pure Krishna bhakti and all the problems of the greatly perplexed human society can immediately be solved.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Radha and Damodar--Radhastami--9 September 2016


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Feel About Myself?

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva!

Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Please explain how I think about myself, to make progress in the spiritual life and not become proud.

Thank you for always taking care of me!

Your servant,
Arjuna Dasa.

Answer: Most Fallen and Most Fortunate

A devotee always humbly feels that he is most fallen and most fortunate. Although feeling himself fallen, he feels absolutely ecstatic that in spite of his fallen nature he has been blessed with the unlimited mercy of Guru and Krishna to be restored to the most glorious position of being engaged in the devotional service of Lord Sri Krishna. Therefore within his heart he celebrates at every minute the fact that he has been blessed the greatest good fortune that ever bestowed on anyone in history.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 9 September 2016

Helsinki, Finland

Today's Thought:

Sound Track for the 21st Century

It has been said that the music of the Beatles was the sound track of the 20th century. My ambition is that the Hare Krishna mantra as chanted and sung by Krishna's pure devotees should now become the sound track for the 21st century. May everyone throughout the world now recognize Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead and thus engage themselves in His pure devotional service. May Hare Krishna kirtana now become the most popular song in every town, village, city, and hamlet throughout the entire world. This will bring a new era of unparalleled peace and prosperity for all.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bhagavad-gita Lecture
Bhaktivedanta Manor
7 September 2016


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Worship Radharani?

How can we worship Srimati Radharani?

Yours in service,
Mohan dasa

Answer: Tell Everyone You Meet About Krishna

Radharani is not to be worshipped alone. To worship Radharani, worship Lord Caitanya, who is the combined form of Radha and Krishna, by telling everyone you meet about Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 8 September 2016

London, England

Today's Thought:

Harmonize Yourself with the Supreme Energetic

As soon as we speak of sunshine, the energy of the sun, we are automatically acknowledging the existence of the sun planet, the source of the sunshine. Similarly, as soon as recognize the existence of the energy of which our universe is composed, we must naturally acknowledge that there is an energetic source for all of this energy. The perfection of our existence is to live in a state of perfect harmony with that source of all the energy. That Supreme Energetic is Krishna, and living in a state of perfect harmony with Him is called Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Harmonize Yourself with Krishna For Unlimited Bliss


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History's Greatest Paradigm Shift

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get Addicted to Krishna?

Dear Srila Gurudeva, in this material world when one gets addicted to something it's very difficult to get rid of that addiction, even if the mind is of a flickering nature it can still stick onto that single addiction. Similarly although Krishna consciousness is the most precious, is there anything that will make me addicted to the holy names, to devotional service, and to everything in Krishna consciousness at this very this moment?

I need something that will voluntarily bring back my mind and senses back unto service of the Lord always, always. This ocean of Krishna consciousness is so blissful and sweet, but I am still on the bank it seems. I am not happy. Unless my mind is fully engaged in Krishna consciousness, I can't be really happy it seems.

Thank you
Your insignificant servant
(Name withheld for confidentiality)

Answer: Absorb Yourself in Devotee Association

The more one associates with drunkards, the more he will become addicted to liquor. Similarly, the more one associates with devotees, the more he will become addicted to Krishna. This addiction to Krishna is so wonderful and sublime that when it is acquired one forgets about all the absolutely asinine addictions of this material world. Therefore as much as possible you should always keep yourself packed up tightly in the association of devotees. This will solve all of your problems and gradually elevate you to the perfectional stage of consciousness, pure love of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 7 September 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

When Will We Become a Little Intelligent?

Unlimited bliss awaits us at this very moment. All we have to do is fully surrender unto Lord Sri Krishna right now as His eternal servants. The difficulty is that we have so much false pride that we are hesitant to do this. We foolishly and stubbornly hold onto our so-called independence and thus relegate ourselves to a miserable ignorant existence birth after birth. When are we going to wise up and become a little intelligent? Hopefully, right now. Is there any better time to do this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Gain Intelligence by Hearing from Srila Prabhupada


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: My Mom Asked Me, What Religion is This?"

My mom asked me, "What religion is this?" How do I answer this question?

Pablo

Answer: Sanatana Dharma

This is the one universal religion taught by all the great spiritual teachers before ignorant men sub-divided religion into this religion and that religion and fought with one another. It is called sanatana dharma, the eternal religion of the soul in a pure loving relationship with God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 6 September 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

An Ever More Exciting New Chapter

A devotee of Krishna lives in the world of ever-increasing bliss because no matter what happens to him he experiences every turn of events to be an even more exciting and thrilling chapter of existence, better than what he has ever relished before. Nobody in the material world can even begin to imagine what is the unlimited, ever-expanding bliss tasted by Krishna's devotee, because there is only one way to come this platform. One must fully surrender to Krishna under the expert guidance of the bona fide spiritual master. It's very, very rare to find even one person who is willing to do this. This reveals how stupid and uninformed the general population of this planet is.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Relish the Bliss of Krishna Consciousness


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Come Back to Pure Bliss

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Sleepy During Japa

Thank you very much for your blessings and kind reply. I want to ask one more question related to japa with a hope that you will not mind my silly question, that rather you would like to extend your help.

Is there any way out to avoid the drowsiness at the time of japa in the morning? Sometime, the attack of sleepiness is so severe that I have to stop the japa for some long minutes. Is there any way to accomplish the japa without getting fatigued physically and mentally?

Humbly yours,

Abhiram

Answer: Stand Up

Stand up to chant. Then, if you are still sleepy, you can pace back and forth in the room.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 5 September 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Turning the Tide of the Times

We are blessed to be living at the most exciting time in human history, a time when Lord Caitanya's sankirtana movement is going to inundate the entire world and bless everyone with pure love of God. Therefore do yourself the supreme favor of serving Lord Caitanya by telling everyone you meet about Krishna. In this way you will become an empowered agent for turning the tide of the times away from materialism into the realm of pure spirituality.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




A Devotee Teaches How to Chant Hare Krishna Japa


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Tired While Doing Devotional Service

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

While doing devotional service, after sometime I get physically tired, so that I feel irritated and my service becomes a matter of duty only. Everyone is asking that I should help them in their service. How to curb this feeling of irritation in a such situation?

Thank you
Your insignificant servant,
(name withheld for confidentiality)

Answer: Take a Little Rest

If you are tired, take a little rest (but not too much) to refresh yourself so that you can enthusiastically engage yourself in devotional service in a mood of loving devotion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 4 September 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

You Are Existing Eternally

You have always existed. This means that there was never a time in the past when you did not exist. Nor will there ever be a time in the future when you will not exist. Therefore your present life is not the all in all. But in spite of this, your present life is most important because now you are in the human form of life with sufficient intelligence to take up the process of spiritual awakening for escaping the wheel of birth and death and returning to your original position as Krishna's eternal servant in His transcendental kingdom. That you are now reading this means that not only do you have a human form. You are also now in contact with the all-liberating Vedic wisdom. So take advantage of your unlimited good fortune by fully surrendering yourself to Lord Sri Krishna right now under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master and making your life perfect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Surrender unto This Person for Perfect Happiness


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Atma, Paramatma, and Japa

Pranam Srila Gurudeva,

I have two different questions, which I respectfully put before you to be solved.

1) Paramatma resides in heart. Where does atma reside? In the heart itself side by side or somewhere else?

2) I have been chanting Hare Krishna mahamantra for the last one week at the early morning. After taking bath I start around 4 to 4.30 A.M., firstly with Srila Prabhupada pranati and then Panch Tattva mahamantra as instructed by local ISKCON Temple. However, by 6.30 A.M. it is 8 or 10 rounds only. The duration of this time is feasibly suitable for me somehow in the given circumstances. However, when I willed to complete 16 rounds I chanted the mahamantra very fast and succeeded. But at the same time I felt that I completed the chanting mechanically. Quantity wise it was O.K., but quality wise it was not worth to be satisfied.

So, my question is: Should I go with the quality with less rounds completed or with the quantity of 16 rounds? Please kindly do not suggest to increase the time length.

Thank you very much for your kind consideration and help!

One of your servants,

Abhiram

Answer: Side by Side and Qualitative/Quantitative Japa

Srila Prabhupada explains:

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead, as Paramatma, is sitting within everyone's heart, trying to elevate everyone to the platform of Krishna consciousness. Therefore He is called atma-bhavana. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is always trying to give the individual soul the intelligence to understand about Himself. He is always with the individual as a friend sitting by the side of a friend, and He gives facilities to all living entities according to their desires."
—from purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 4, Chapter 22, Text 16

So the Lord and living being are both seated in the heart. They are side by side.

Srila Prabhupada said that sixteen rounds of japa could be done in one and a half to two hours. He commented that it should take five or six minutes to chant a round, although he admitted that it might not be possible in the beginning. So continue chanting and hearing each word carefully. With practice you will naturally speed up in due course of time.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 3 September 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Krishna's Amazing Transcendental Form

There is truly no one more amazing and more beautiful than Krishna. This was realized by Lord Brahma, who by dint of his searching self-consciousness become well acquainted with the ocean of truth and wrote the Brahma-samhita. The 32nd verse of Chapter Five of the Brahma-samhita is as follows:

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

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

There is no other form like the form of Krishna. Each of the limbs of His transcendental body is fully cognizant and manifests infinite spiritual and mundane universes. This is inconceivably sublime.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna's Amazing Transcendental Form


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Question: How Can Krishna Have No Origin?

Gurudeva, please accept my humble obeisances.

I regularly go to an ISKCON center in Mauritius, but I have never dared to ask a question that keeps coming to my insignificant mind and troubles me a lot. Please give me your blessing by clearing my doubts.

How to explain that Krishna is the origin of all and everything and yet He has no origin? The fact that Krishna is origin of all can be easily understood, but that Krishna has no origin is difficult to grasp because of our material education.

Please help me to understand this.

Your obedient servant,
Ravi Sewnundun

Answer: He is the Origin of Himself

Actually Krishna does have an origin, and that origin is He Himself. In other words, He is self-manifested. Since He is the origin of all, He must necessarily also be the origin of Himself. If something else were Krishna’s origin, then He would not be the origin of all.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 2 September 2016

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Today's Thought:

You've Got Nothing to Lose

You've got nothing to lose except for your anxiety. So why not take to Krishna consciousness? Are your anxieties so wonderful that you can't let go of them, that you have to hold onto them tightly as your greatest treasure? Let go of them and enter into the realm of unlimited spiritual bliss. This is real intelligence. This is the supreme good fortune. So why not fully embrace Krishna bhakti within your heart of hearts today? It will be the smartest decision you ever made in billions and trillions of lifetimes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Question: How to Avoid Instructing the Faithless?

Dear Gurudeva,

With respect to your answer dated 1 Sept 16 regarding avoiding offenses in chanting, in regards to point 9) To instruct a faithless person about the glories of the holy name:

How to identify the faithless person so that we don't preach to them inadvertently specially while on book distribution service?

Aspiring Servant

Prashant
Melboune Australia

Answer: Bypass the Blasphemers

On the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu our preaching modus operandi is that we approach everyone and offer them a book. However, if someone is openly blasphemous and not willing to hear we move on to the next person.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 1 September 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Totally Absorbed in Krishna Consciousness

The truly intelligent person lives his life in such a way that he is always totally absorbed in Krishna consciousness 24 hours a day. Such absorption guarantees that he will not take birth again here in this material body upon leaving his present material body. There is no other way besides this that one can become genuinely happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada--The Topmost Devotee of Krishna


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Question: How to Chant?

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

I am from Tallinn, Estonia, and I have a great fortune to be in contact with the beautiful teaching of Krishna Consciousness and Krishna's devotees. I would like to ask a few questions if possible.

What can one do to help another person taste the sweet bliss of love for Krishna?
What is the right way of reading Srila Prabhupada's books?
What is the correct way to chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra?

Hare Krishna,
Natalia

Answer: Avoid the ten offenses

The way to awaken the Krishna consciousness of others is tell them about the teachings of Krishna and teach them how to chant the Hare Krishna mantra.

The right way to read Srila Prabhupada’s books is to put your complete faith in Srila Prabhupada and to carefully read all of his books from cover to cover again and again throughout your entire life.

The correct way to chant Hare Krishna is to avoid the ten offenses which are listed as follows:

The offenses against the chanting of the holy name are described as follows by Srila Prabhupada in the Nectar of Devotion:

(1) To blaspheme the devotees who have dedicated their lives for
propagating the holy name of the Lord.

(2) To consider the names of demigods like Lord Siva or Lord Brahma to be equal to, or independent of, the name of Lord Vishnu. (Sometimes the atheistic class of men take it that any demigod is as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vishnu. But one who is a devotee knows that no demigod, however great he may be, is independently as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, if someone thinks that he can chant "Kali, Kali!" or "Durga, Durga!" and it is the same as Hare Krishna, that is the greatest offense.)

(3) To disobey the orders of the spiritual master.

(4) To blaspheme the Vedic literature or literature in pursuance of the Vedic version.

(5) To consider the glories of chanting Hare Krishna to be imagination.

(6) To give some interpretation on the holy name of the Lord.

(7) To commit sinful activities on the strength of the holy name of the Lord. (It should not be taken that because by chanting the holy name of the Lord one can be freed from all kinds of sinful reaction, one may continue to act sinfully and after that chant Hare Krishna to neutralize his sins. Such a dangerous mentality is very offensive and should be avoided.)

(8) To consider the chanting of Hare Krishna one of the auspicious ritualistic activities offered in the Vedas as fruitive activities (karma-kanda).

(9) To instruct a faithless person about the glories of the holy name. (Anyone can take part in chanting the holy name of the Lord, but in the beginning one should not be instructed about the transcendental potency of the Lord. Those who are too sinful cannot appreciate the transcendental glories of the Lord, and therefore it is better not to instruct them in this matter.)

(10) To not have complete faith in the chanting of the holy names and to maintain material attachments, even after understanding so many instructions on this matter.

It is also offensive to be inattentive while chanting.

Every devotee who claims to be a Vaisnava must guard against these offenses in order to quickly achieve the desired success.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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