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His Grace Sriman
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 30 June 2016

From Hong Kong

Today's Thought:

Cast Off Your Shell

Cast off your shell of bodily identification and come forth as who you really are, the eternal spirit-soul servant of Krishna. Why remain in illusion suffering unnecessarily the pangs of birth, death, old age, and disease when you could be swimming at every minute in an ocean of unlimited bliss? It's time now for you to stop being a fool, to use your intelligence and claim your original birthright as an eternal associate servitor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Writing "Thought for the Day" in Hong Kong
29 June 2016


Video For the Day:

Our World Mission

https://youtu.be/KSvVySgyu7Y

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Karmic Destiny or Free Will?

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

My question is: If everything is destined to happen in life, then what is the significance of karma? If we have no control over karmic reactions of our past lives and we suffer or enjoy them in our present one, then why it is said that we should continue doing our karma in our current life?

Secondly, what is meant by free will that Lord Krishna has given us? How could I understand that any decision that I take now is a past life karmic reaction or my current free will?

Requesting you to please guide me to progress in my spiritual endeavors.

Many, many thanks.

Your humble maidservant,
Priya

ISKCON Noida, India

Answer: Free Will by the Mercy of Guru and Krishna

As long as we are in material consciousness we remain a slave of destiny under the tight grip of the law of karma. We are simply being carried along like on a karmic conveyor belt being forced to act strictly in accordance with our karma, which is the sum total reaction from our previous activities. In other words, in this state we have absolutely no free will.

But, if by the combined mercy of Krishna and the bona fide spiritual master, we receive the seed of bhakti planted in our hearts, we are blessed with the opportunity to activate our free will and opt out of the karmic nightmare. Out of thousands and millions of souls who are blessed with this seed, only a very small number take advantage of it and liberate themselves eternally from the karmic cycle of repeated birth and death.

So, I hope and pray that you will be one of those most intelligent and fortunate souls who will take advantage of this opportunity to activate your free will and get out of the cycle of birth and death and return home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 29 June 2016

In route to Hong Kong

Today's Thought:

Living in Vrindavana at Every Minute

If you happen to be in or near Hong Kong tonight (29 June 2016), you are invited to attend my lecture from 7:00pm until 8:30pm at ISKCON Hong Kong entitled "Living in Vrindavana at Every Minute." Here's the temple information:

ISKCON Hong Kong
6/F Ocean View Court
27A Chatham Road South
Tsim Sha Tsu, KOWLOON, Hong Kong
Telephone: 852-2739 6818
Website: www.iskconhk

If you cannot attend in Hong Kong, the lecture may be available live at: www.livelectures.net

There is no guarantee it will be available. We will have to see whether or not we can get a good internet connection in the temple room. If we are online, here are the timings for different parts of the world:

01:00am to 02:30am in Honolulu Hawaii
04:00am to 05:30am in Los Angeles
06:00am to 07:30am in USA (Central Time)
07:00am to 08:30am in NYC, Toronto, Santiago (Eastern Time)
08:00am to 09:30am in Mendoza, Argentina
12:00pm to 01:30pm in London
01:00pm to 02:30pm in Copenhagen, S. Africa
02:00pm to 03:30pm Latvia, Bucharest
03:00pm to 04:30pm Mauritius
04:30pm to 06:00pm India
07:00pm to 08:30pm Malaysia, Hong Kong
09:00pm to 10:30pm Sydney, Melbourne Australia
11:00pm to 12:30am in New Zealand

There will a chat window in which you can type in your questions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Living in Vrindavana at Every Minute
Lecture in Hong Kong


Video For the Day:

Chant Hare Krishna

https://youtu.be/I3KOMutaxSk

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Many Upanisads Are There?

Reverend Gurudeva,

I understand that there are four Vedas and a few Upanishads, but what is Vedanta, Vedanta-sutra and Brahma-sutra? And also how many Upanishads are there?

Thank you.

Your insignificant servant,

Saurabh

Answer: 108

The Vedanta Sutra (also known as the Brahma-sutra) is a summary of the 108 Upanishads. It is also known as Vedanta because it is the conclusion all of Vedic knowledge. It’s natural commentary is the Srimad Bhagavatam. Therefore anyone who becomes learned in the Srimad Bhagavatam  becomes the perfect knower of all the Vedic wisdom.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 28 June 2016

Pretoria, South Africa

Today's Thought:

Excitingly Embrace the Struggle

Great adventurers do not shy away from struggle. Rather they excitingly embrace struggle with great determination, enthusiasm, and patience. Therefore those who undertake the greatest struggle of all, the awakening of their dormant Krishna consciousness, should always remain determined, enthusiastic, and patient. If they do so, their rapid attainment of spiritual perfection is guaranteed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bhagavad-gita Lecture
Sandton, South Africa--26 June 2016


Video For the Day:

The Greatest Opportunity

https://youtu.be/rZ_24nUVQ0U

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How There Can Be No Rules and Ten Offenses?

It's written there's no hard or fast rules to chanting the holy name, but at the same time we have the 10 offenses against the holy name. How do we understand this?

Tom

Answer: Beginning Stage and Advanced Stage

"No hard and fast rules” means that everyone can come and join our kirtana even if they are most sinful. It also means that we can chant anywhere: in the street, on a subway, on a airplane, in our home, or in our office.

The ten offenses are for the purpose of fine tuning our chanting in order to bring us to the perfectional stage.

A very rough analogy is that everyone is welcome to play baseball, but to be accepted as a major league baseball player one has to be very expert. So everyone is welcome with no restrictions to chant Hare Krishna, but to become perfect in chanting one must strictly avoid all of the ten offenses against the chanting of the Lord’s holy name.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 27 June 2016

Pretoria, South Africa

Today's Thought:

This Material World is a Bad Neighborhood

No matter where you may go in this material world even up the highest planet, Brahmaloka, you will find that every place is place of misery. This material world is a bad neighborhood, and there is not much more to be said in this connection. Therefore instead of trying to find happiness by changing your material position, the intelligent thing to do is to get out of this material world and return to your original position in the spiritual world. There you will enjoy an eternal, blissful, youthful existence in the association of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His pure devotees.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Come Back to Your Original Home


Video For the Day:

Realizing the Absolute Truth

https://youtu.be/hdKVhU6WHcI

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Free From Fear?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Before I joined Krishna consciousness I had lots of fear and anger, but now while doing my 16 rounds of japa I do not feel the anger anymore, and all I feel is more love for Lord Krishna. However, I still have fear. I feel better when I do my japa, but not when I am out at work. Please give me your blessing, and tell me what to do to alleviate this fear.

Your insignificant servant

Answer: Fully Surrender to Krishna

Fear is contamination just like anger. You are feeling fear because you are not fully surrendered to Krishna. So you must regularly beg Krishna that you can be fully surrendered to Him. The more you develop this mood of total surrender, the more your heart will be free from fear even when you are at work.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 26 June 2016

Pretoria, South Africa

Today's Thought:

European Union Collapse?

The root cause of all suffering and turmoil is that we are disconnected from God. Therefore any institution which is not God-centered is doomed to ultimately fail. The European Union was formed without even the slightest connection with God. Therefore it is sure to collapse in due course of time. But if the European leaders will take advice from us how to put God in the center of their union it will never be broken. So now let's see if they will hear and heed our warning and do the needful. The problem faced by the European Union is symptomatic of the rapidly disintegrating world order. Unless Krishna or God is put back in the center of the world society, we are surely headed for total global anarchy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




All Problems Are Solved When Krishna is in the Center


Video For the Day:

Let's Work Together to Save the World

https://youtu.be/p6JNfRY1ex0

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Chant 16 Rounds of Japa in One Session?

I am writing to you as I am sure you would be able to give me some answers to my questions. I am working diligently towards the goal of 16 rounds of mahamantra, and I have some questions about it. Can you please explain in more details?

1. When I chant the mahamantra, I feel really happy and I am crying like a little baby. Why is this? Why am I crying? What is the feeling of sublime happiness? can you please give some suggestions as to how can I successfully do 16 rounds at once? I am trying to do it in one sitting but I am not able to do it.

2. My another major question to you is when I chant the mahamantra, I see Shri Krishna in the form of Balakrishna (Krishna as a young baby ) on my lap or sometimes Sri Krishna eating the butter. Can you explain why is it always in the form of Balakrishna?

I hope to hear from you.

your servant,

Abhijit

Answer: Get Serious About Hearing and Chanting

You need to stop trying to enjoy your emotions and mental images and develop a genuine taste for the holy names. You need to get serious about carefully chanting and hearing each syllable of the Hare Krishna mahamantra without getting sidetracked by peripheral matters. In this way you will easily be able to chant 16 rounds of japa in one session. We are not interested in having superficial imaginative spiritual ecstasies while chanting. Our interest is to give pleasure to Krishna by our chanting. This is how we will attain spiritual perfection and then experience genuine spiritual ecstasies, not by being carried away by a shadow of ecstasy. When you taste real spiritual ecstasy you will have no difficulty to chant Hare Krishna 24 hours a day. Now you cannot completely 16 rounds in one session.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 25 June 2016

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Heading Out for South Africa

After a wonderful eleven day, twenty-three lectures marathon here in Mauritius we are heading out today to South Africa in continuation of our around-the-world lecture tour. What could be more wonderful than connecting people all over the world with their original spiritual natures? It is not difficult to do this. All we have to do is to engage them in hearing and chanting the glories of Lord Sri Krishna. In this way their original divine consciousness is automatically revived as confirmed in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya-Lila, Chapter 22, Text 107:

nitya-siddha krsna-prema ‘sadhya’ kabhu naya
sravanadi-suddha-citte karaye udaya

“Pure love for Krishna is eternally established in the hearts of the living entities. It is not something to be gained from another source. When the heart is purified by hearing and chanting, this love naturally awakens.

Our mission is to awaken the entire world to Krishna consciousness. We are praying to Krishna that our mission will be successful.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Urging Audience to Surrender to Krishna--23 June 2016
Surveshwarnath Mandir--Rose Hill, Mauritius


Video For the Day:

Krishna Bhakti Dawn

https://youtu.be/ByVVBxKzcZU

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Understand God Through Mathematics?

Dear Master,

I have an attraction to mathematics, especially the numbers 0 and infinity, which I find difficult to understand. However, I believe that mathematics is a strong branch of God as only this field can quantify things. It has these two numbers 0 and infinity, which I feel can help us understand God, as God is both nothing and everything. Is it good to have this attraction?

Shreyansh

Answer: Understand How One Minus One Equals One

God is not nothing, nor has He lost His original form by expanding His energies everywhere. Therefore if you truly want to gain spiritual understanding from mathematics, you must understand the mathematics of the spiritual world. Trying to understand the mathematics of the material world will simply keep you bound up in the cycle of birth and death for all of eternity. To understand spiritual mathematics there is a very nice story from ancient India.

Once there a was poor boy who was a student in a school. There was no salary for the teacher. He was maintained by whatever gifts his students would bring him. This is how formerly the teachers would earn their livelihood. They were not paid a salary. They would accept whatever charity was given to them by their students. So on the occasion of the teacher's annual ceremony for his father's death he asked his students, "What contributions will you give me?

One boy said, "I will contribute cloth." Another boy said, "I will bring rice." In this way every student named something that they would bring. One of the students was very poor. He did know of anything that he could bring. So when the teacher asked him what he would bring he said, "I cannot say anything without asking my mother." So the teacher said, "All right, you ask your mother and tell me tomorrow."

When that boy went home he asked, "My dear mother, all my class friends have promised the teacher to bring something for his father's ceremony. He has asked me also to bring something. So what shall I promise?" The mother said, "My dear son, we are so poor, we cannot give anything. But Krishna is known as Dinabandhu, the friend of the poor. So if He gives something to you, you can promise." The boy asked, "Oh, where is that Dinabandhu?" His mother answered, "He stays in the forest".

So the boy went to the forest and called, "Dinabandhu brother, Dinabandhu brother, where are You?" And he began to cry. So Krishna came. When a devotee is very much eager to see Him, Krishna comes. He very is kind. Krishna said, "Why you are calling me?" "This my condition, Sir, I have to bring something for my teacher, but we are so poor that we don't have anything to bring. So what can I promise?" Krishna told him, "You promise that you will supply the yogurt (dahi) for the ceremony." So the boy was very happy. He went to the teacher and told him, "My Dinabandhu brother, dada, He will supply the yogurt (dahi), as much as you require." His teacher said, "Oh, that's nice. Very good."

So on the day of ceremony, he went to the forest again and called for Dinabandhu dada (dada means brother), and Krishna came and gave him a small pot of yogurt. Since he was an innocent he could not think that such a small pot of yogurt would be insufficient for a gathering of hundreds of people. So he simply brought it to the teacher saying, "Here is my contribution that my Dinabandhu brother has given."

Seeing the small quantity of yogurt the teacher became very angry and said, "At the ceremony we must feed hundreds of people, and you have brought only this much yogurt?" In his anger the teacher knocked the pot over and all the yogurt spilled on the ground. But when the pot was set aright it immediately filled up with yogurt. In amazement the teacher again emptied the pot and it again filled up. No matter how many times the pot would be emptied, it would immediately become full with yogurt again. Then he could understand it is spiritual.

So this is spiritual mathematics. You take away the whole thing: still, the whole thing is there. That is Krishna. It is not that because you have taken something away that one minus one equals zero. No. In the spiritual world one minus one is equal to one. That is spiritual mathematics. So if you want to understand higher truth through mathematics, just try to understand how in the spiritual world one minus one is one, not zero.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 24 June 2016

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Appreciation from One of Our Readers

I am very happy that Krishna has blessed me with the opportunity to give Krishna consciousness to so many people all over the world through this online course. Here is an appreciation from one of our students:

Hare Krishna!

Please accept my humble obeisances

All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Srimati Gurumataji.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The weekly questions and answers are very helpful for me, because they help me clear any doubt and confusion about the Supreme Lord Krishna. And also how to properly use this human form of life in this material world and the importance of this human form, also how to develop my Krishna consciousness. Of course, it also give me the opportunity to clearly understand the Bhagavad Gita As It Is.

By reading the 'Daily Thought' and listen to Srila Gurudeva 'Video for the Day', I really start my journey with Krishna in my mind, there is nothing more relishing than remember Krishna and the spiritual master all the day.

The online class of 'Srimad Bhagavatam' is so wonderful and at the same time very helpful because it allows everyone and everybody wherever they are to be involved and also listen to Katha and Kirtana given by Srila Gurudeva and Srimati Gurumataji. We also have the opportunity to ask any questions to them directly to improve our spiritual knowledge concerning the Supreme Lord Krishna and by their teaching and help, we sure can find our way home, back to Godhead

So, the weekly answers are very useful, for they helped me in any confusion which happen in daily life - that is any material dilemma is solved via spiritual answers.

Your servant,
Bhaktin Zila

I am very glad that Bhaktin Zila is deriving so much benefit from my humble attempt to serve the mission of my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, and I certainly wish Bhaktin Zila well on her pathway of spiritual awakening.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


ISKCON 50th Anniversary Ceremony

On 22 June 2016 I was invited to speak in an public ceremony launching in Mauritius the celebration of ISKCON's 50th anniversary. I appeared along with the vice prime minister of Mauritius and the mayor of Rose Hill as pictured below:


Video For the Day:

The Secret of Happiness

https://youtu.be/Emsa2WSuhSg

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Mind?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Thank you for inspiring with your transcendental service.

Could you please enlighten me on the following questions?

How to understand that I am the spirit soul, part of Lord Krishna?

How to realize and live by that?

How to live with faith in the Lord?

What is actually mind? And what to do with this complicated mind and material desires?

Yours ,
J

Answer: The Psychic On/Off Switch

Just as the hand being part of the body is meant to serve the body, you being part of Krishna are naturally meant to serve Krishna.

Being absorbed in service to Krishna is done by following the instructions of the bona fide spiritual master who then engages you fully in Krishna’s service.

You have to analyze where you would rather put your faith. Would you rather have faith in that which temporary or in that which is eternal? Where would you rather deposit your money, into a bank that will remain always open or into a bank which will collapse today or tomorrow?

Your mind is the psychic on/off switch. It is that which accepts or rejects things. Without proper intelligence one will accept what is bad and reject what is good, just as we see in the modern day so-called advanced society. Actually they are simply advanced in nescience. With proper intelligence from guru and Krishna one will accept what is good, namely the devotional service of the Lord, and reject material sense gratification, which is the worst thing for the living being.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 23 June 2016

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Don't Cheat Yourself

You are an eternal spiritual being, qualitatively one with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence. Therefore you should not cheat yourself out of your constitutional birthright, which is an eternal existence full of knowledge and full of bliss. The great Vaisnava acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, explains in this regard that pure Krishna consciousness is the birthright of all living entities because every living entity is part and parcel of the Supreme Lord. The conclusion is that if you focus your life on anything other than awakening your dormant enlightened state of Krishna consciousness, you are simply absolutely cheating yourself. And there is not much more to be said in this connection.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Enlightens His Disciples


Video For the Day:

It's Better than Sex

https://youtu.be/8tM-s4u-Vek

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to End My Confusion?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

I have many questions. They are as follows. Please answer them:

1) Is it correct that inquiring from the spiritual master means we simply ask the question and accept as the only truth whatever reply is given to us? And by accepting it, in due course of time, we will see that it was indeed correct? Is that the correct method? Please verify.

I ask this because the usual tendency is to ask and then judge the answer with our brain, and then counter question.

But if, "Ask and simply accept," is the right method, then why is Arjuna asking so many questions to Krishna in Bhagavad-gita?

Please clarify regarding the right method of spiritual inquiry.

2) When I pray to Krishna for security, is that a material prayer? What is the right thing I should ask Krishna for?

3) Is it okay to maintain diplomatic relations with our material family members and keep honestly intimate relation only with Guru and Krishna? But then when our family members go through periods of problems and difficulty how to overcome the guilt of being the cause of their suffering? Is it true that in a material family spiritual advancement of one person is always going to be at the expense of other. So we should be wise?

4) How to become fixed up?

5) What ashram would be best for my spiritual advancement?

6) What should I do? I am very very confused.

7) It says that to become spiritually convinced we should first cut off materialistic association. But one protest comes to my mind. What conviction is that which is association based? If something is actually true I don't need to be in a particular association to become convinced of its truthfulness. For example, sugar is sweet, so I don't need to be in a particular association to become convinced that sugar is sweet. Its a universal truth. Why conviction of spiritual facts is borne only in the association of devotees?

8) Isn't it then like the Islamic schools who confine and brainwash their followers into jihadis?

Please reply as soon as possible. I will try to check e-mail again in morning. I think I need to hear from you more and more.

Your foolish disciple

Answer: Fully Surrender to Your Spiritual Master

1) You should inquire from the spiritual master until your intelligence is fully satisfied. If you accept things blindly, soon you will also reject those things blindly. By intelligently following the spiritual master you will realize the absolute nature of his teachings.

2) For security you can pray to Krishna as Lord Caitanya prays:

"O son of Maharaja Nanda [Krishna], I am Your eternal servitor, yet somehow or other I have fallen into the ocean of birth and death. please pick me up from this ocean of death and place me as one of the atoms of Your lotus feet.”

This is the ultimate security.

3) Your practicing Krishna consciousness does not impose suffering on your family members. Actually it is just the opposite. By your taking to the path of Krishna bhakti you are liberating them from their suffering. Of course, it may take some time for them to realize and appreciate this. So in the meantime you should be a little tolerant and forgiving of their nonsense and give them as much of your kindness as possible. In this mood, you should help them to awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness, which is currently sleeping within their hearts.

4) The secret for becoming a fixed up devotee is to become the totally sold out servant of your spiritual master.

5) It is best for a man to be a lifelong brahmacari (celibate student.) So your first attempt should be to try for that. If you cannot be peaceful in this way, then you may marry a Krishna conscious girl and have a family.

6) Arjuna got himself out of all confusion by fully surrendering unto his spiritual master, Lord Sri Krishna. Now you can also get out of all confusion by fully surrendering yourself unto Krishna's representative, the bona fide spiritual master, i.e. by accepting my instructions as your life and soul.

7) We develop our consciousness according the company we keep. For example, if we associate with drunkards, we will become drunkards. Therefore we should always associate as much as possible with those who put a high value on spiritual progress. In this way, simply by their association we will make spiritual progress.

8) Our teachings are not based on fanaticism. Our teachings are scientific.

I would always like to reply quickly to all questions from my beloved disciples, but at the present moment I have over 200 emails in my inbox. So kindly be a little understanding of my situation and be a little patient.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Minus Krishna Nothing Exists

Relish this marvelous verse, Brahma-samhita 5.41:

maya hi yasya jagad-anda-satani sute
traigunya-tad-visaya-veda-vitayamana
sattvavalambi-para-sattvam visuddha-sattvam-
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is the absolute substantive principle being the ultimate entity in the form of the support of all existence whose external potency embodies the threefold mundane qualities, viz., sattva, rajas, and tamas and diffuses the Vedic knowledge regarding the mundane world."

This a wonderful description of Krishna's divinity. Krishna is God because He is the absolute substantive principle. This means that things have substance only because Krishna gives them substance. Without Krishna giving them substance, they have no substance. In this way He is the support of all existence. In other words, without Krishna nothing exists. Without Krishna manifesting existence, even existence does not exist. So everyone and everything that exists does so by dint of the fact that Krishna is supporting that existence. So try understand how much we are dependent upon Krishna, not only for our food, water, and air. We are totally dependent upon Krishna even for our very existence itself. So how much are we indebted to Him? How much should we be devoted to Him? This is understood only by those who have actual intelligence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Enlightens Father Emmanuel Jungclaussen


Video For the Day:

Distribute this Knowledge

https://youtu.be/vDMRC0Fl7Jg

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Shelter of Guru and Krishna--What Does It Mean?

My Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Please, kind sir, tell me what it means to take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Krishna and of you, my spiritual master. Does this mean that a devotee is protected in case of wars and natural disasters and the like, always being able to put food on the table and such?

I know what the term means to me, but I am probably wrong, being a neophyte devotee. So please kindly tell me what it means to you and Lord Krishna.

Your humble servant,
Bhakta Das.

Answer: Protected From Forgetfulness of Krishna

Shelter means to follow the instructions of Guru and Krishna and thus be protected from the deluding influence of the material energy. Following guru’s instructions means to chant at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala daily and to strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling.

Regarding wars, natural calamities, etc., the devotee knows that whatever happens to him is sanctioned by Krishna to help him increase his Krishna consciousness. Thus the devotee is always free from fear and anxiety in all circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

It's Time for a Spiritual Revolution

I am completely disgusted with the present day world situation. The modern day world leaders are totally blind and thus incompetent for properly guiding the human society. By the grace of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and my most beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, I have been blessed with the formula how the entire world can live in perfect peace and happiness. Therefore I want to make a revolution, a spiritual revolution, on this planet by teaching everyone this formula. But the difficulty is that because everyone is under the grip of these rascal non-leaders, practically no one wants to hear our message. This is the dilemma.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lecture--19 June 2016--Krishna Balarama Temple--Mauritius


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Realizations from the Road

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can I Desire to Make Money?

I am connected to Krishna conscious movement for almost 7 years and my devotion towards Krishna has only increase by His own mercy. As I am student I still have desire to complete my education and get a good job and earn well but just so that I can survive in this material world. I chant 4 - 6 rounds everyday and listen to your lecture and also read lot of Prabhupada's books. But this desire to earn money does not go. I follow the four principles.

Please let me know if this is ok or I have to not wish for anything apart from Krishna's bhakti.

Thanks
Your servant,

Shubham

Answer: If You Will Spend It for Krishna

If you want to be a married man, it is your duty to earn an honest living to support a Krishna conscious lifestyle for your family and to also support the Krishna consciousness movement. Therefore it is proper for you to get a good education for earning an honest livelihood. Thus your desire can be perfectly dovetailed in the service of Krishna, if you spend your income properly in Krishna's service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 20 June 2016

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Simultaneously One and Different

Just as a drop of ocean water is simultaneously the ocean and not the ocean, in the same way the living being is simultaneously God and not God. The drop of ocean water is ocean because it has exactly the same chemical composition as the entire ocean. But it is not the ocean because you cannot float a cruise ship on it. In other words, it is ocean, but it is not the ocean. It is not the entire ocean.

Similarly, the living being is qualitatively one with God because just as God is eternal, the living being is eternal. Just as God is full of knowledge and bliss, the living being in his liberated state is also full of knowledge and bliss. But quantitatively speaking there is a gargantuan gulf of difference between God and the living being because God, being infinite, includes everything within Himself while the living being infinitesimal is only a tiny insignificant fragment of a fragment of the vastly unlimited energy of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Has All of Existence Within Himself


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Connect With Krishna Within

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Meditate and Follow Lord Buddha?

How to meditate on the Buddha incarnation of Krishna? How to practice stability and peace of mind to control senses while chanting in presence of Buddha? How to follow the Ahimsa teachings of Buddha in life? How can devotees make the atmosphere cool by meditating on Buddha incarnation of Krishna ?

Parag Rane

Answer: Meditate On and Follow Lord Krishna

When you water the root of a tree, all the leaves and branches of that tree are nourished. Similarly when you meditate on and follow Lord Krishna, you are automatically meditating upon and following all of His incarnations such as Lord Buddha, Lord Rama, etc. Therefore Krishna consciousness alone is sufficient. Separate Buddha consciousness is not required. If the devotee by thus mediating upon and serving Lord Krishna can taste even one drop of pure love of God, that one drop can inundate the entire universe with pure love of God drowning everyone in a ocean of pure bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 19 June 2016

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Introducing Krishna to the World

The entire world is suffering due to a lack of Krishna consciousness. Simply by becoming Krishna conscious, all the world's problems will be solved. Therefore our mission is to introduce the whole world to Krishna. If the world's leaders can learn how to put Krishna back in the center, world wide peace and prosperity will be the immediate result. But how to convince them? That is the challenge. The key, of course, is to get them to read Srila Prabhupada's books. This is why Srila Prabhupada so much emphasizes the distribution of his books as the topmost welfare activity to relieve the suffering humanity from illusion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Distributing Srila Prabhupada's Books


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Get Back to Your Original Nature

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Can't I Remember What I Read?

Pranama Guru Maharaja,

I read many of Srila Prabhupada's books like the Nectar of Devotion. I have almost finished the Srimad Bhagavatam, and I have read the Bhagavad-gita many times. But I don't remember anything. Why?

Your servant,
K. Devi dasi

Answer: That is the Nature of this Kali Yuga

In this age of Kali our memories are not very sharp. Therefore it is natural for us to have a hard time remembering what we read. This can be overcome by writing every day what you are realizing by reading Prabhupada's books and also discussing your realizations regularly with others. The most important thing is that you remember Krishna 24 hours a day. So if by your reading you are able to remember Krishna 24 hours a day, that is the perfection of your reading. And if you always remember Krishna, He will give you to power to remember also His most wonderful teachings as revealed in Srila Prabhupada’s books. So go on reading, writing, discussing, and remembering Krishna and you will become a first class learned pandita in the teachings of Srila Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 18 June 2016

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

The Vision of the Maha-bhagavata

In his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 4.12.11 Srila Prabhupada wonderfully describes the vision of the maha-bhagavata, the highest level devotee of Krishna:

"A devotee can see that the Lord is situated in everyone's heart, as stated in the Bhagavad-gita (isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese 'rjuna tisthati [Bg. 18.61]). Ordinary persons cannot understand how the Supreme Lord is situated in everyone's heart, but a devotee can actually see Him. Not only can the devotee see Him outwardly, but he can see, with spiritual vision, that everything is resting in the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as described in Bhagavad-gita (mat-sthani sarva-bhutani [Bg. 9.4]). That is the vision of a maha-bhagavata. He sees everything others see, but instead of seeing merely the trees, the mountains, the cities or the sky, he sees only his worshipable Supreme Personality of Godhead in everything because everything is resting in Him only. This is the vision of the maha-bhagavata. In summary, a maha-bhagavata, a highly elevated pure devotee, sees the Lord everywhere, as well as within the heart of everyone. This is possible for devotees who have developed elevated devotional service to the Lord. As stated in the Brahma-samhita (5.38), premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena: only those who have smeared their eyes with the ointment of love of Godhead can see everywhere the Supreme Lord face to face; it is not possible by imagination or so-called meditation."

For us struggling neophytes this description is a great inspiration. Let us all strive diligently on the pathway of Krishna consciousness so that as soon as possible we can all become maha-bhagavatas.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Maha-Bhagavata Srila Prabhupada


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Fill Your Life With Nectar

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who to Accept as My Guru?

There are many gurus in ISKCON. How do I know from which one I should accept initiation?

(Question asked during a recent lecture)

Answer: The One Who Most Heavily Smashes Your Anarthas

You should accept initiation from that spiritual master who most heavily smashes your anarthas, the unwanted dirt within you heart, not the one who flatters you that you are such a great devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 17 June 2016

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

The Unlimited Mercy of Krishna

As our most affectionate father, Krishna eternally manifests unlimited mercy upon all of us living beings. He is never cruel or hateful to anyone. Whatever sufferings we are undergoing are simply due to our own foolishness of cutting ourselves off from Krishna's unlimited mercy. Therefore we should be intelligent enough to reconnect ourselves with that most wonderful of all persons in all of existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Unlimitedly Loves Everyone


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Wake Up Sleeping Souls

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Pray to Krishna?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

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

It is said in the Bhagavad-gita that the Supreme Lord Krishna is the knower of everything. He knows the past, the present, and even the future. My question is: Does Lord Krishna also know about what is going on in my heart and my mind - my thoughts, feelings, and concerns? If yes, then what is the use of praying to Krishna and expressing my heart to Krishna since He already knows my heart, maybe even better than I do.

Please enlighten me in this regard and remove my misconceptions. Kindly excuse me if my question appears to be a bit offensive. Thanking you in anticipation.

Your servant,
S.K.

Answer: For Your Purification

Yes, Krishna is fully aware of everything that is going on in your mind. Thus He can see clearly what a nonsense rascal you are, how your mind is filled up with so much sense gratification rubbish. So praying is not for making Krishna aware of your coming to Him. Prayer is for purifying your consciousness, for clearing out the rubbish from your mind, so that you are left with one desire and one desire only, to be fully absorbed in His transcendental loving service for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 16 June 2016

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Kindly Help Us Deliver the World

At the present moment the world social order is rapidly degenerating more and more, every day tottering on the edge of complete total collapse, which will be even more devastating than the Dark Ages (500-1100 A.D.) of medieval Europe. Unfortunately the world leaders have not a clue how to bring about a solution to this ever-increasingly dire situation.

So what to do? Most fortunately I was blessed with the tutelage of a great spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who taught me the formula for perfect world peace. The entire global society was formerly based on this formula thousands of years ago, before modern recorded history, when the entire earth population lived in perfect peace and harmony. Swami Prabhupada taught me in detail how this formula can be practically applied in every facet of the human society, and he ordered me to disseminate this knowledge all over the world.

Somehow or other you are one of those most fortunate souls who has been attracted to come to me for training. Kindly take our teachings most seriously, how you can become spiritually prefect and how you can be an agent for the deliverance of the world from utter chaos. This will be the perfection of your existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

P.S. Today, 15 June 2016, at approximately 3:00am Mauritius time I launched a new website, (www.delivertheworld.com), that will soon be functional to attract and encourage those sincere souls who would like to help us deliver the world from chaos. The weather outside was nasty (cold, windy, and rainy). But after sunrise the weather cleared and the most beautiful rainbow appeared over the nearby mountain. Srila Prabhupada writes that the appearance of a rainbow is like the appearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead or His servants in the midst of the material atmosphere. This is so because just as rainbow is a stringless bow, the Lord and His pure devotees appear in the material world like rainbows because they have no string of the material qualities. The simile is very nice because the Sanskrit word guna has a dual meaning. It means "string" and it also means "mode."




Beautiful Rainbow in Mauritius--15 June 2015


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May There Be Good Fortune Throughout the Entire Universe

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Happy When People are Suffering?

How can anyone be truthfully "happy" in this world? How does one rationalize happiness knowing that, at this very moment, millions are suffering at the hands of evil, psychopathic leaders and their mind-controlled order-following minions? Take, for example, Palestine/Gaza. There you see fascist oppression for more than half a century by the hands of Zionist Israelis who are systematically exterminating and rendering helpless millions of Palestinians while most of the world goes about their business in absolute ignorance (because of media censorship). How does one simply ignore the many injustices currently going on? I guess "ignorance is bliss." How true that statement is. Please, I'm asking for your insight.?

Francis Blanc

Answer: Devotee Greatly Pained by the Suffering World

Dear Francis,

Thank you very much for your sincere question coming from a compassionate heart. Those who have awakened their inner happiness tasting the sweetest bliss by reconnecting with their original spiritual natures are simultaneously plunged into the ocean of the greatest grief to see the sufferings going on in this material world. Because their hearts are bleeding with compassion they fully dedicate their lives for bringing about a spiritual revolution on this planet so that everyone can live happily together as brothers and sisters in one big global loving spiritual family. By the stringent law of karma, we human beings are experiencing so much torture, such as the recent terrorist attack in Orlando which killed 50 people, because we are so much torturing the innocent animals in the slaughterhouses. So the first step to stopping this violence is to have mercy on the animals. They have feelings just like we do. Simply by closing the slaughterhouses all over the world we will experience an amazing new era of peace on this planet.

Thank you so much for revealing your sincere heart to me.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Ecstatic Arrival in Mauritius

15 June 2016--It was a most glorious arrival in Mauritius because as we came to the terminal exit we were greeted by a sankirtana party ecstatically chanting the holy names of God. Simply by this congregational chanting there will be vast spiritual revolution that will soon envelope the entire earth planet in an ocean of transcendental bliss. This Krishna consciousness movement is the only solution for all the problems of the world. How fortunate we are to have attracted to this movement by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Mauritius Lecture Schedule


Video For the Day:

Bringing Krishna Back to the Center

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Kicking Out Doubts Blind Following?

You told me regarding my doubts to kick them out of my mind. Does it mean that I should ignore all my thoughts and practice Krishna Consciousness without any hesitation? But isn't this blind following?

Your servant,

Answer: Practice Unhesitatingly and Continue Inquiring

Practice Krishna consciousness unhesitatingly, and at the same time continue inquiring until all of your doubts are all cleared up. You should do this because there is no other philosophical system ever devised by any philosopher in history that more thoroughly and completely accounts for every aspect of the reality in which we live.

Of course, we are not blind followers. We are lovers of truth. So if someone can show us a more perfect philosophical system, we will give up Krishna consciousness and follow that instead. But so far after 45 years of my following the path of Krishna consciousness, no one has been able to do that. That’s why, not blindly, but on the basis of intelligent analysis, I accept as Absolute Truth Krishna’s statement that this knowledge which He has revealed in the Bhagavad-gita is the highest knowledge in all of existence. Judging by the results of those who have purely followed this pathway in the past, we can be sure that by following the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita we will realize the highest truth and in due course of time be able to personally associate with Krishna or God, face to face, eye to eye.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 14 June 2016

London, England

Today's Thought:

Terror Attack--50 Dead in USA

Upon arriving in England we received the sad news of the deadliest mass shooting in US history. 50 people were shot dead by a terrorist in a night club in Orlando, Florida. How do we make sense of such tragedies in the light of Vedic wisdom? To understand it is very simple. If one meets with untimely death, it is a reaction for his sinful activities. Therefore the only real solution for such ghastly catastrophes is to train the human population how to become perfectly sinless, free from all karmic reactions by surrendering to Krishna. Krishna promises in the Bhagavad-gita that those who fully surrender unto Him will be free from all the reactions of their previous sinful activities. As long as we engage in sinful activities, it is natural that reactions will come and torture us in various ways. But when we become sinless, these reactions will naturally go away.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




No Terrorism in the Serene Spiritual World


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Plug Into Krishna

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Doubts Don't Let Me Trust Krishna

I would like to ask you some questions and try to formulate my thoughts about some things. Sometimes I am trying to ignore all my doubts but sometimes they just conquer my mind.

I noticed that my faith in Krishna is getting weaker and sometimes I am starting to think if He really exists. Sometimes I think I am feeling inspired, I am trying to do some service, to read more, to chant more attentively, or to ask Him to give me some signs that He exists. But after some time I become disappointed and every effort towards Krishna seems to be artificial. I start to think that Krishna is either so far away and He only cares about His pure devotees, or either He doesn’t exist and spiritual word is only an imagination. I see devotees who seem to be happy and concentrated during kirtanas but when I look at them, I feel like I am licking honey from outside the jar.

These doubts don’t let me trust Krishna fully and serve Him with love because He seems so far away. How to learn to trust Him more and to understand that Krishna is the supreme personality and He is not only in pictures but also in my heart? If He really cares for me, why does He let me suffer without Him? Why doesn’t He reciprocate with me?

I have seen devotees who have started worshipping demigods instead of Krishna or neglected Him as a personality after some time. I heard that this Hare Krishna movement is so special that every person after so many incarnations in material world coming to this movement is considered the most fortunate soul. But I don’t understand why does Krishna let these devotees who started spiritual life after making some mistakes to go back to illusion?

Sometimes I notice in myself to have a tendency of an impersonal and atheistic consciousness. Before Krishna Consciousness I was more attracted to Buddhism and I still have some attachments in my mind to this philosophy.

How to become fixed in faith in Krishna Consciousness as the highest purpose of existence and what to do when my mind becomes conquered by these impersonalistic doubts and wants to quit Krishna Consciousness?

Your servant

Answer: Give Your Mind a Good Kick

Give your mind a good kick. Tell it to stop being such a rascal.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 13 June 2016

In route to London, England

Today's Thought:

We Need Maha-Bhagavatas

Of all devotees, the maha-bhagavata is the most exalted. What distinguishes him from the other devotees is that he sees everything within Krishna and Krishna within everything. In this way he is never separated from Krishna, not even for a minute.

Srila Prabhupada explains:

"So that is the aim of Krishna consciousness movement, that everyone, at least those who are ruling, those who are on the executive function, they must be all maha-bhagavata. Under them everything should be ruled. Then people will be happy. Because they will never do anything unjustly."

So if the executive heads throughout the world all must be maha-bhagavatas, who will train them how to become maha-bhagavatas? This means that the Krishna consciousness movement must have maha-bhagavata preachers all over the world who will train these executive heads how to become maha-bhagavatas.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada--The Topmost Maha-Bhagavata


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Circling the Globe for Krishna

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Develop Pure Love?

Gurudeva, I was watching the "Beginning at Second Avenue" video which was recently released on the occasion of ISKCON 50th Anniversary. In that video, there was one conversation between Satsvarupa Maharaja and Srila Prabhupada which touched my heart deeply where Srila Prabhupada mentions to his disciple, "If you love me, I will love you." And then Maharaja describes in his experience that this statement had tremendous effect on him and he was moved emotionally and deeply personally.

Gurudeva, I want to develop that same pure love for you which will always keep me enthusiastic to serve, help me to keep my mind, thoughts, and actions under control, and make me do things which pleases you.

How do I develop that same pure love for you which you have for Srila Prabhupada?

Your eternal servant,
Rajendra Das

Answer: Real Love Means Obedience

Real love means obedience. So real love for the spiritual master means obedience to the orders received from the spiritual master. Without that, obedience is simply a show bottle sentiment. It is not real love. Therefore the love of the disciple for his spiritual master will be manifest according to the degree of his commitment to always faithfully follow the instructions of his spiritual master in his thoughts, words, and deeds in all times, places, and circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 12 June 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Worship Krishna's Devotee

Srila Prabhupada wonderfully enlightened us in a Srimad Bhagavatam class that he gave in Los Angeles on 28 December 1973 that even though worshipping Krishna is good, it is better to worship Krishna's devotees. Because Krishna's devotees are very, very dear to Krishna, when He sees that they are being worshipped very nicely He becomes even more pleased than when He is being worshipped.

In this connection Srila Prabhupada explained, "Why spiritual master is very dear to Krishna? Because his only anxiety is how Krishna will be known all over the world. That's all. He has no ambition, pounds, shilling, pence. He only wants to know, only wants to see that everyone is devotee of Krishna and they are happy."

So if we will mold our lives in such a way that we are always pleasing our spiritual master, Krishna will bestow His unlimited blessings upon us at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Preaches in Vrindavana, India


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Taste Bliss in Suffering

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are We Indebted to Our Parents?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

I am attached to my parents and grandparents because I still want that they would love the way I am. But they have expectations for me and I understand that I can't satisfy them and I don't want to. I understand that all I have to do is to try love them unconditionally, otherwise I am being angry and suffering. How not to be attached to them and also not to keep distance?

Are we indebted to out parents that they give us birth in this life?

Your servant

Answer: Surrender to Krishna Pays All Debts

The way to utilize your attachment to your parents without polluting your consciousness with bodily attachment is to give them Krishna consciousness.

In this material world we are entangled in karmic debt to thousands and millions of living beings including our parents. But when we surrender to Krishna, in one stroke we are freed from all debt, all obligations. Surrender to Krishna is just like watering the root of a tree. When you water the root of the tree all the leaves and branches are automatically nourished. There is no need to water the leaves and branches separately.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 11 June 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Around the World Lecture Tour

We are heading out today on another around-the-world lecture tour. On this trip we will speaking and leading kirtana in the following countries:

1. United Kingdom (London)
2. Mauritius (various cities)
3. South Africa (Pretoria and Lenasia)
4. China (Hong Kong)
5. Malaysia (Klang and Kuala Lumpur)
6. Australia (Melbourne)
7. United States (Los Angeles)

Srila Prabhupada's mission is to make the entire world Krishna conscious, and we are praying that we can be his fully empowered instruments to assist him in the most essential work for the deliverance of the fallen, conditioned souls back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Poster for My Lecture in Hong Kong


Video For the Day:

Serve with Love

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Depressed, Stressed, and Tense. What to Do?

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Your lectures are very nice. I regularly chant, read and do a little devotional service every week. But I am depressed, stressed and tense. How to conquer this?

Your servant,

J. Das

Answer: Dive Deeper into the Ocean of Bhakti

Near the surface of the ocean one can still feel the influence of the storm raging on the surface of the ocean. But if one dives deeper into the ocean, the influence of the storm on the surface is no longer felt. What's happening to you is that Lord Sri Krishna is mercifully blessing you with the impetus to dive deeper into the ocean of bhakti. You need to increase as much as possible your chanting, hearing, praying, reading, and serving. At every second you must in one way or other be connecting strongly with Krishna within your heart. This will drive away all of depression and make the happiest man in the whole world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 10 June 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Religion is One

There is only one religion in the world, to become fully surrendered to the Supreme Person, who is the source of all existence. Whether you call Him Allah, Krishna, or Jehovah, there is only one Supreme Person. There cannot be two or more because then He would no longer be supreme. The Supreme can only be one. Therefore people should not waste their time in so-called inter-religious fighting. Such fighting is not religious at all. It is simply irreligion. Everyone should now fully surrender themselves to the one Supreme Person, who is source of all existence. This is the one true religion that will solve all the problems of the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Supreme Person, the Source of All Existence


Video For the Day:

The Deathless Self

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Attracted to Gita, But Not Bhagavatam?

Reverend Gurudeva,

I love to read the Bhagavad-gita, but I have no attraction for the Srimad Bhagavatam. Why is it so?

Your insignificant servant

Answer: Artificial Distinction

Whether you bite a sweet ball on this side or that side it is still sweet. Because you do not realize that they are non-different, that they are both the topics of Krishna, you are making this foolish, artificial distinction.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 9 June 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Take Self-Realization Seriously

Take self-realization seriously as the sole purpose of your human form of life, and it will be very easy to advance on the self-realization path. However, if you simply take it as a sideline, as an interesting hobby, you will find that it is very difficult to make spiritual progress. Krishna rewards you according to your degree of surrender unto Him. Therefore those who are highly intelligent surrender unto Him and reap unlimited rewards.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada Takes Krishna Consciousness Very Seriously


Video For the Day:

Appreciating Srila Prabhupada

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Remedy for Frustration?

Are patience and perseverance essential for long-term spiritual progress? I am quite sure this is the case, but sometimes I get frustrated at how much time it is taking to progress. Is the mere remedy for this frustration patience?

Varun

Answer: Intensely Beg for Pure Bhakti As Much As Possible

I am very happy to learn that you are feeling frustrated by your lack of spiritual progress. This is your first class qualification for becoming solidly fixed up in Krishna consciousness very soon. Simply now you must intensely beg to Krishna on a regular ongoing basis to bring you as soon as possible to the stage of pure devotion. Beg Him by sincerely chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra as much as possible 24 hours a day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Manifesting Universal Love

In this material world many people talk about universal love, i.e. loving everyone. But when it comes to applying this principle they always fall short of the mark. For example, after talking about universal love they eat a hamburger demonstrating practically that they do not love the cows. There are so many examples to show that no one is able to actually manifest universal love. For the devotee of the Lord, however, manifesting universal love is very easy. Simply by loving Krishna he automatically loves everyone. In this connection Srila Prabhupada describes as follows in the preface to the Nectar of Devotion:

"If we learn how to love Krishna, then it is very easy to immediately and simultaneously love every living being. It is like pouring water on the root of a tree or supplying food to one's stomach."

So just focus your life on loving Krishna and you will have the sweetest most happy life beyond what can even be imagined.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Loving Krishna is the Perfection of Your Existence


Video For the Day:

Krishna's Charming Pastimes

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Humble?

Hare Krishna Srila Gurudeva,
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I have a question regarding your Video for the Day dated 30 May 2016. In this video you tell us that if we can be in a humble state of consciousness, offering all respect to others without expecting any respect for ourselves, we can go deep into the nectar of the Holy Names. My difficulty is this: I have a huge, huge ego. This ego eats away at me like little parasites. Because of this ego I am thinking that I deserve to be treated well, and this causes me pain when people don't treat me how I want to be treated. Sometimes it even makes me feel depressed, sometimes vengeful. So how can I let go of this and become humble? How can I get to that state of consciousness where I don't expect any respect for myself? I don't want to keep suffering because I'm holding on to pins and needles. What I really want more than anything, is to be able to dive deep into love of God. I remember a few months ago I was chanting, and while I was chanting I started to feel this intense affection for Krishna. At that moment, all I could think about was Krishna, and I was so happy absorbed in the thought of Him. This felt totally natural, unlike the lust which I am currently experiencing. So how to become humble to the point where I can have that experience all the time?

Your unworthy student,
Brian

Answer: Steadily Chant and Avoid Sinful Activities

Your question is simply wonderful. Thank you for asking such a sincere question. The secret of how to become humble is to carefully and steadily every day chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads while strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. This will gradually clear away all of the dirt of your heart and bring you back to your natural constitutional position of pure love of God. It takes time to clear away millions of lifetimes of accumulated contamination. So you must be patient and remain solidly fixed in your chanting and avoiding the items above mentioned.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 7 June 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Most Fortunate Person in the Universe

Krishna's pure devotee feels himself to be the most fortunate person in the entire universe because he possesses Krishna. And one who possesses Krishna, Who is manifesting all of existence from His transcendental body, becomes the possessor of everything. Therefore Krishna's pure devotee can never be lacking in any way. This may not make any sense from the standpoint of mundane logic, but it is factually experienced by those who have fully awakened their dormant Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada Bestows Unlimited Good Fortune on His Disciple


Video For the Day:

Properly Utilize Your Human Form

https://youtu.be/-dtCR94JsdQ

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get Free From Sex Desire?

Dear Master,

It is very difficult to overcome sex desire. Sometimes consciously I am able to divert myself from this desire by saying to myself, "The skin is only made of earth so why get attracted to it?" However the desire comes in my sleep and tries to take control when I'm not conscious.

I haven't engaged in sexual action, my mind is filled with this desire. This is a very strong desire, and I'm finding it very difficult to overcome it. What should I do?

Your student

Answer: Dive Deeply into Krishna Consciousness

The more you dive deeply into the nectarean rasa of Lord Sri Krishna’s name, form, pastimes, entourage, paraphernalia and teachings the more you will forget about this nasty, grotesque sex desire. Sex desire is of course proper for the purpose of producing saintly children. But other than that, it is grossly sinful.

It takes time, but, if you stick with this process of Krishna consciousness on a regular daily basis, eventually your sex desire will completely evaporate and never disturb your mind ever again. It is compared to leaving a glass of water sitting on a table. If you don't add any more water to it, after some time all the water will evaporate away, and you will have an empty glass.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 6 June 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Appreciation is the Key

The Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.53 gives us the simple formula how to become liberated from the illusory energy:

"The Lord's activities in association with His different energies should be described, appreciated and heard in accordance with the teachings of the Supreme Lord. If this is done regularly with devotion and respect, one is sure to get out of the illusory energy of the Lord."

A key word to focus on here is the word "appreciated." We need to talk about and hear about Krishna with keen appreciation. The degree of appreciation that we have indicates our level of spiritual awakening. So we should strive to appreciate the topics and names of Krishna to the fullest possible extent as we regularly engage in hearing and vibrating them. This will quickly free us from the clutches of the illusory energy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada Shares His Appreciation of Krishna


Video For the Day:

Appreciate Krishna

https://youtu.be/u3Hy5Ut_HpE

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: No Reaction from Sinful Thoughts?

In the Srimad Bhagavatam it is is mentioned that one of the advantage of the present age of Kali is that a living being does not become a victim of a sinful act until the act is actually performed. So then what about our mental offenses that we commit due to our conditioning? Our mind plays a lot with us, and we suffer because of mental offenses. So how to understand this statement that we do not get the reaction?

Thank you,

Your unworthy servant,
Nandapriya devi dasi

Answer: Sinful Thoughts Lead to Sinful Actions

Thinking something bad does not give the same karmic reaction as having done something bad. But if your mind dwells on sinful things, you will develop a desire to do sinful things and end up eventually doing sinful things. Therefore we have to clean the mirror of the mind by regularly chanting Hare Krishna and hearing and reading about Krishna. Otherwise we will fall down from the platform of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 5 June 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Greatest Good Fortune

There is no greater good fortune than awakening your dormant Krishna consciousness. To achieve this transcendental platform of perfect spiritual awakening completely beyond the debilitating influence of the three modes of material nature is the greatest of all victories, the most auspicious of all auspicious things. As stated in Bhagavad-gita 6.22:

"Established in Krishna consciousness, one never departs from the truth, and upon gaining this he thinks there is no greater gain. Being situated in such a position, one is never shaken, even in the midst of the greatest difficulty."

Therefore only an ignorant fool would not make the awakening of his dormant Krishna consciousness the prime goal of his life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Teaches How to Become Krishna Conscious


Video For the Day:

Guru is Required

https://youtu.be/u3Hy5Ut_HpE

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Mistakes of Senior Devotees?

Srila Gurudeva, His Grace Susanth Prabhu, a senior monk in ISKCON Thiruvanthapuram requested me to clarify his questions from Your merciful guidance. He asked these two questions:

1. In the Bhagavad-gita Krishna says that out of 1000's only one may achieve the perfection of knowing Him. So, of those who take up bhakti yoga only a few achieve perfection. But, the great acharyas (spiritual masters) say that path of bhakti (devotion) is the easiest of all yoga systems in the present age of Kali. How to reconcile these facts? and if someone engages in another yoga system, shall we encourage them?

2. If a senior devotee, willfully makes mistakes, how can one keep the respect and follow him on his other orders? How to be always respectful and loving, overlooking the faults, at the same time not get influenced by the faults?

Your eternal servant,

Hare Krishna Das

Answer: The Pure Devotee

By the mercy of Lord Caitanya that highest perfection of Krishna prema, which only very rarely achieved, is going to flood the entire universe.

There is a difference between a senior devotee and a pure devotee. A senior devotee may still sometimes make mistakes, but a pure devotee never makes any mistakes. We do not take the mistakes of the senior devotees very seriously because very soon they will become pure devotees.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 4 June 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

You Must Have a Guru

Lord Krishna teaches us that we must have a guru if we are to be His devotee. He states that unless we are the devotee of His devotee we are not His devotee. This is a very practical and wonderful instruction. With our present covered senses we cannot directly see and hear Krishna, even though He is present everywhere. But we are able to see and hear the bona fide spiritual master. In this way Krishna and Guru give us the chance to get the training we need to get beyond our material senses into the realm of pure devotional service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Instructs His Disciples


Video For the Day:

Krishna Gives All Protection

https://youtu.be/zBP2E4lzDjM

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Fourth Type of Devotee?

Please accept my humble obeisances,
All Glories to all Vaisnavas,

Many respects and thanks for classes and answers,

In one of audio lectures at www.sda-archives.com I heard about four types of devotees, of which three are in goodness, passion and ignorance, but I do not know the fourth type of devotee. Please tell about fourth type of devotee.

Thanks again, I am receiving your daily emails and sharing with many contacts too,

Your insignificant servant,
Bhakta Sunil

Answer: The Pure Devotee

The fourth type of devotee is he who is situated completely beyond the three modes of material nature, the pure devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 3 June 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Absorb Yourself Fully in Krishna Consciousness

The perfection of life is to be fully absorbed in Krishna consciousness. Therefore always absorb yourself as much as possible and as deeply as possible in thinking about, talking about, and serving Lord Sri Krishna in all times, places, and circumstances. This will elevate you to the highest plane of bliss of knowledge far, far beyond this temporary material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Radha and Krishna, The Most Beautiful Couple


Video For the Day:

Always Be Krishna Conscious

https://youtu.be/1uvGF75qSRk

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Which Musician to Hear?

Hare Krishna Gurudeva!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to Your Holiness!

I want to fill my mind with Krishna Conscious music. Are there any good musicians you could suggest? I was previously listening to Krishna Das, until I found out he's a Mayavadi. Are there any good alternatives?

Thanking you,

Your unworthy student,
Brian

Answer: His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada

Best thing is to hear the music of Srila Prabhupada because his music is 100% on the plane of pure bhakti without even the slightest tinge of material contamination.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 2 June 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Only Solution--Spiritual Revolution

In spite of whatever nonsense the politicians may shove down our throats, the only real, viable solution for the world's problems is a spiritual revolution. Nothing else will be effective. Any other attempts at solving the world's problems besides spiritual revolution will do nothing except make the world situation worse.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishna Movement Will Conquer the World


Video For the Day:

Spiritual Revolution Required

https://youtu.be/V8y7FJXqYqE

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: When I Am With Non-Devotees?

Sometimes we feel to speak to or associate with people, when we are not able to get in touch with our devotee friends at that moment, we seek the company of non devotees. Theoretically we understand that Krishna is there in His names. At times we chant the mahamantra, but most of the time we fall into some mundane company of friends. How to dovetail the tendency at that moment in Krishna consciousness?

Thank you.

Your insignificant servant
Lila Manjari

Answer: Be a Spiritual Revolutionary

You have to always be in the mood of a spiritual revolutionary. If all the devotees had gone back to Godhead and you were the only devotee left in this material world, what would be your mission? To respiritualize the entire universe. So whenever you find yourself in the company of non-devotees this should always be your mood. Do not become one of them. You should do everything possible to influence them to become like you, a devotee of Lord Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Stop Cheating

For millions of lifetimes we've cheated ourselves by putting ourselves in the center instead of putting Krishna in the center. We've been like the hand that tries to get the benefit of the food by squishing it between his fingers instead of feeding it to the belly. We should stop this foolish business of cheating ourselves by trying to be the center of existence. In order to become happy, peaceful, and satisfied we must now come back to our original natural consciousness of being the servants of God by putting Krishna in the center. This is the only the thing that makes any real sense. Everything else is an illusion. It is sheer madness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Hare Krishna Kirtana on the River Yamuna


Video For the Day:

Read and Live by Prabhupada's Books

https://youtu.be/Uz3AbpRpTGE

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Awaken Love for Krishna's Names?

How to awaken love for the Holy Names as I chant?

Your servant
Mohan dasa

Answer: Carefully Chant Every Day

If you will take complete shelter of the bona fide spiritual master by accepting his instructions as your very life and soul and carefully chant the sweet Hare Krishna mahamantra every day without fail at least 16 rounds while avoiding illicit sex, intoxication, meat eating, and gambling—your spiritual perfection is guaranteed. You must be patient. You’ve been covered by the material nature for thousands and millions of lifetimes. With determination, patience, and enthusiasm continue carefully chanting the sweet names of Krishna every day, and you will have an amazing awakening of love of God within your heart in due course of time.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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