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Monday 31 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Flipping the Switch That Will Turn On the Entire World

In his book, the Nectar of Devotion, Srila Prabhupada writes, "The Nectar of Devotion will teach us how to turn the one switch that will immediately brighten everything, everywhere." This one sentence captures the essence of the Krishna consciousness movement. Simply by turning the whole world onto Krishna all the problems of the human society with be solved. Therefore our lives are fully dedicated to flipping the global consciousness switch. There are no other reasons for us to be here in this material world except for our own purification and for delivering all of the fallen conditioned souls, who are so miserably stuck here, back to their original home in the spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Prabhupada Delivers the World and We Assist Him


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Krishna Can See Future When We Have Free Will?

Krishna can see past, present, and future. But how can Krishna see the future when at every moment we have free will?

Tom

Answer: Because He Knows What We Will Do

Because He knows exactly what we are going to do even though we are free to do what we want.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 30 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Should I Not Chant When It Feels Like Work?

I just received an email from one of my students who normally chants 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily on japa mala beads but skipped it one day because she felt that it was work. She wanted to know if this is wrong.

Yes, it is wrong. Whether it feels like work, like play, like worship or even if it feels like torture, we should never give up our chanting under any circumstances because we have been ordered by Lord Krishna to chant His names. It is simply our duty that we must execute under all circumstances. By dutifully chanting our rounds of japa every day without fail we will gradually attain the perfectional stage of chanting in which every syllable of the Hare Krishna mantra explodes with unlimited oceans of transcendental bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotee Ecstatically Chants Hare Krishna Japa


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Selfish to Absorb Oneself in Hearing from Sri Guru?

I wanted to inquire from Your Divine Grace that I am so attached and attracted to hearing your discourses that for when I hear them for one hour I want to totally focus on what you have to say. Is this a hidden selfishness to please my senses (ears)?

Your insignificant student,

Shivani

Answer: Pure Selflessness

When a disciple absorbs himself in hearing the words of his spiritual mater this is the perfection his consciousness. This is pure selflessness. This is why we pray every day, "My only wish is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from his lotus mouth."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 29 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

When Your Spiritual Life is a Complete Mess

What to do when your spiritual life is such of mess that you don't feel like chanting Hare Krishna or even in getting out of bed in the morning? The first thing to understand that these are symptoms of someone who has become under the influence of the mode of ignorance.

Sometimes it is said that ignorance is bliss. But this is only true for those who don't mind remaining in ignorance and gliding down to a lower species of life in their next life. Anyone who has any intelligence at all will not be satisfied to remain in ignorance.

The first thing to do is to make sure that you are getting enough rest. If you are not sleeping enough, you may be feeling sleepy. But the most important thing to do is to rise early in the morning and chant Hare Krishna, even if you don't feel like it. This early morning chanting, if practiced on a regular daily basis, will gradually free you completely from the influence of the material modes of nature and take you into the unlimitedly blissful transcendental realm of pure devotional service to Lord Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Intensely Absorbed in Hare Krishna Japa


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Significance of Krishna Appearing at Midnight?

Sri Krishna Janmastami, the appearance day of Lord Sri Krishna, is falling on the 5th of September this year. He appeared exactly at midnight. Is there any special significance behind this pastime of our Lord?

Amit Gupta

Answer: Each Pastime is Unlimitedly Significant

Yes, each and every pastime of our beloved Lord Sri Krishna has unlimited significance. He never does anything accidently or whimsically.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 28 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

A Life Completely Free from Anxiety

To be Krishna conscious means to live a life completely free from anxiety because a Krishna conscious person uses each and every experience he has to increase his Krishna consciousness more and more. Whether he experiences the good, bad, beautiful, or the ugly he sees every moment of his eternal existence as the greatest blessing of Lord Krishna to help him dive ever deeper into the unlimitedly blissful ocean of love of Godhead. Therefore anxiety can never penetrate his all-blissful heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




ISKCON Denver Devotees Chant at Colorado State University


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Devotees in Distress?

In the material world non-devotees experience distress. From the Puranas we know that the Pandavas who were the most exalted devotees of Krishna also had their share of distress. So what's the difference?

Your humble servant
Makarand

Answer: Different Perception

The difference is how you perceive the distress. Most experience distress as bitter poison. But those who are self-realized taste it as the sweetest nectar because it helps them to become more Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 27 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Please Do Not Be a Fool

In your present human form of life you are blessed with the rarest of all opportunities, the unlimitedly great good fortune of being able to awaken your original enlightened consciousness, your Krishna consciousness and thus regain your original, eternal identity in the pastimes of the Supreme Lord in His unfathomably sweet transcendental abode. Fully take advantage of this opportunity by totally and completely surrendering yourself under the representative of the Lord, the bona fide spiritual master. By so doing you will attain the supreme opulence, pure love of God, which pales all other opulences such as power, beauty, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, and fame into utter insignificance. Any other course of action is absolute foolishness. So, please do not be a fool.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna's Amazing Pastimes in Goloka Vrindavana


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Householder Can Spread Krishna Consciousness?

How does one practically dedicate one's life to this mission? Considering that grihasta (householder) life is so time consuming, what practical activities can one do each day to spread Krishna consciousness?

Thank you so much.
Your servant,

Charlene

Answer: Take Every Opportunity You Get

Take every opportunity that Krishna gives you to tell others about Him, and He will give you more opportunities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 26 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The More You Give Krishna, the More You Get Krishna

Even though I am highly unqualified and incompetent in so many ways, Lord Sri Krishna has so kindly sent me thousands of sincere souls all over the world to guide on their pathway of spiritual perfection. I accept this as the greatest good fortune. There is no greater happiness than teaching someone else how to become Krishna conscious because the more you give Krishna, the more you get Krishna. Therefore I am humbly begging Krishna to please bless me that I can give Him to the entire world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 


Testimonial From Aarushi

“Krishna, you are being very unfair.” I bawled my eyes out while pouring over the pages.

Let us go back in time a little. A generous friend gifted me the Bhagavad-gita while making me pay for it. I was a little annoyed but obediently obliged. Little did I know that what I had bought for a mere hundred rupees was worth more than the riches of the three worlds. Curious about the new book I immediately dived into it. I clearly remember reading through just half of the introduction and exclaiming, “O my God! This man is a genius!”

I thought I already knew a lot about God as I had been reading so many books on the subject of spirituality and even following the teachings of the Holy Bible. But indeed so little did I know! As it’s rightly said – “It takes considerable knowledge just to know the extent of our ignorance.” The depth of the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita and the purports given by Srila Prabhupada blew me away completely. I was hooked. For months I did nothing but read Srila Prabhupada’s books. My love for Srila Prabhupada grew day by day till one day it finally reached the tipping point.

I was reading Srila Prabhupada-Lilamrita, the official biography of Srila Prabhupada, when I burst out into tears. Reading about the incredibly sweet loving exchanges between Srila Prabhupada and his disciples totally melted my steel framed heart. I felt myself to be the most unfortunate person in all of existence because of not getting the chance to meet Srila Prabhupada. I accused Krishna of being very unfair. All I could think was, "I want Prabhupada. I want Prabhupada!"

It’s rightly said that if you sincerely desire something then Krishna fulfills your desire. In my case it happened in the most miraculous manner by accidentally clicking a link on the web. It turned out to be the subscribing page for His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Adhikari’s "Ultimate Self Realization" e-course. I subscribed because I figured out it had something to do with Srila Prabhupada. And the rest is history! Though being highly unqualified to describe how this e-course has affected my life, I will make an attempt here as a token of my immense gratitude to His Divine Grace.

Initially I was just a casual reader and did not realize the gravity of this e-course. But I kept on reading. Days Passed. Weeks. Months. Eventually I started looking forward to the daily email and feeling utterly incomplete without it. The best part of this e-course is the hope that His Divine Grace instills in you coupled with the tools he gives you to keep the hope alive and kicking. Anyone who has practiced spiritual life will testify to the fact that it’s very easy to be discouraged in the battle against our conditioned nature. Some days we might even think, "Why am I even doing this?" It doesn’t matter what your present position is: old, young, happy, sad, wealthy , poor, Indian, American, black, white, novice, veteran. This e-course is perfect for all. It will walk you the way to eternity, knowledge and bliss and make you a completely self realized soul. And it’s absolutely free! Well not really. You do need to barter a little faith and patience for this priceless gift.

If you are the new kid on the block, I humbly request you to give this e-course at least a try. Reading an email a day won’t hurt anyway. Try it for six months and if your life doesn’t change then you can always hit the unsubscribe button. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! To readers who have been here for a while and liking it, I strongly urge you all to dive more deeply into this nectar. Please take the teachings of His Divine Grace very seriously and email any doubts and questions to sda@backtohome.com. Don’t make the stupid mistake of being shy like me. Believe me, you will be on cloud nine when you will receive a personal reply from His Divine Grace.

The strongest reason why I cannot imagine my life without this e-course is because associating with His Divine Grace is akin to directly associating with Srila Prabhupada. This is not a sentimental statement. It is a fact that Srila Prabhupada’s legacy is being mercifully carried forward by his sincere disciples who are purely representing his teachings. By connecting with this e-course you are automatically connected with Srila Prabhupada and all the great acaryas in the disciplic succession, all the way back to the Supreme Lord himself. Krishna did grant my desire. Now I can proudly call myself an aspiring disciple of His Divine Grace!

Eternally your servant,

Aarushi


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Criticism: Don't Spread Superstition Among the Youth

Don't spread superstition among youth. The Bhagavad-gita emphasizes only karma and dharma. It's not that God needs an introduction i.e. "Who is Krishna?"

Raj Krishna

Answer: Just See What a Rascal You Are

The whole world is drowning in Godlessness, and you criticize us for trying to awaken their God consciousness. Just see what a rascal you are.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 25 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

You Must Surrender to the Bona Fide Spiritual Master

If you want to get out of this miserable material existence, you must surrender yourself fully to the bona fide spiritual master. If you try to practice Krishna consciousness on your own without taking shelter of the bona fide spiritual master, trying to concoct your own non-bona fide process of spiritual realization, you will not be successful. Therefore it is clearly described by Srila Prabhupada in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 4th Canto, Chapter 21, Text 35 as follows:

"The Vedas give the direction tad-vijñanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet: [Mundaka-Upanisad 1.2.12] in order to reach the perfection of life or to understand the real constitutional position of the living entity, one must approach the spiritual master. Gurum evabhigacchet—one must; it is not optional. It is imperative that one approach the spiritual master, for by such association one proportionately develops his consciousness toward the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The highest perfection of such consciousness is called Krishna consciousness."

Simply by fully surrendering yourself unto the bona fide spiritual your spiritual progress will come easily, and you will be completely happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Initiates a New Disciple


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can We Become Radharani?

Dear Gurudeva,

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

I have read, heard, and understood that Krishna is unborn, supreme, full of six opulences and that nobody can become Krishna. Srimati Radharani is the internal potency of Krishna. One needs to pray to Radharani to achieve Krishna's love. So how to explain Radharani in detail? Can one become Radharani?

Your humble servant,
Makarand

Answer: Only Radharani Can Be Radharani

It is not possible for us to ever become Radharani. We can however become servants of Radharani. She is described in detail as follows in the Brahma-Samhita 5.37:

ananda-cinmaya-rasa-pratibhavitabhis
tabhir ya eva nija-rupataya kalabhih
goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma-bhuto
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, residing in His own realm, Goloka, with Radha, resembling His own spiritual figure, the embodiment of the ecstatic potency possessed of the sixty-four artistic activities, in the company of Her confidantes [sakhis], embodiments of the extensions of Her bodily form, permeated and vitalized by His ever-blissful spiritual rasa."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 24 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Let's Get Spiritual

It is utterly pathetic to see how much the conditioned souls are caught up in the material energy. Even if we approach them with a Bhagavad-gita they have absolutely no interest whatsoever to even stop for a second to hear about it. They are so much covered by passion and ignorance that all they can think about is material sense gratification. Yesterday (22 August 2015) while distributing Bhagavad-gitas on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas, one young woman I approached with a Gita was scantily dressed in shorts and a tank top which read "Let's Get Physical", which is another way of saying, "Let's Have Sex." Feeling sorry for this poor deluded soul who is completely enamored by material sense gratification, I immediately offered her the Krishna conscious positive alternative, "Let's Get Spiritual." But she ignored me and continued walking down the sidewalk. Such ignorance and misfortune is sadly typical of everyone in this fallen age of Kali and is dragging them all down to the animal kingdom in their next births. Therefore we must be compassionate upon them and dedicate our lives for saving them by educating them in the transcendental science of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotee Distributing Back to Godhead Magazine


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Rules Are Meant to Be Broken?

When preaching to the people about the four rules and regulations, they say, "Rules are meant to be broken". How can we argue against that?

Tom

Answer: My Rule Defeats Your Rule

Tell them that you accept their argument. That is why you are breaking the rule that rules are meant to be broken by following the ultimate rule which defeats all other rules, namely to always remember Krishna and never forget Him. Tell them that your rule is perfect and undefeatable and that their rule is imperfect and easily defeated. In fact, it simply cancels itself out.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 23 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Inundate Entire Universe with Krishna Consciousness

Lord Krishna's devotee cannot tolerate the sufferings of the conditioned souls who are caught up in the cycle of birth and death. It is too much painful for him to see their endless miseries. Therefore he fully dedicates his life for awakening the dormant Krishna consciousness that is sleeping in the hearts of all living beings. He is even willing, if the Lord so desires, to take birth after birth in this material world to serve the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, which is to inundate the entire universe with Krishna consciousness, pure love of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya's Movement Will Deliver the Entire Universe


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why No Onions and Garlic?

While eating lunch at my workplace a question was asked by a non-devotee, who is also a non-vegetarian, as to why we don’t eat onions and garlic. I explained whatever I could, but I’m curious to know the convincing answer that I could give next time if asked.

Please let me know.

Your humble servant,
Pankaj

Answer: These Fool's Foods Stink

We only take the prasadam of Krishna, and Krishna does not take onions and garlic. It's very obvious that these foods stink. They have a very foul odor. Hence they are the foods of fools. Of course those persons who are in the lower modes of material nature may think that onions and garlic are heavenly. These fools are compared to the hogs who relish the taste and aroma of juicy stool.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 22 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Punish Yourself

Don't punish yourself by giving in to the whims of your temporary material senses, which are not really you, being only a covering of the actual self who resides within. Why put yourself into misery when you can instead, by using a little intelligence, put yourself into the realm of eternal unlimited bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Teaches Us How to Be Truly Happy


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Both Desireless and Effective?

How to be desireless and simultaneously perform worldly duties effectively?

JMN

Answer: Desireless Devotee is Most Effective Person in the World

In regards to material sense gratification a devotee has no desires. And regarding Krishna’s service a devotee has unlimited desires for satisfying his beloved Lord. Therefore by acting always for the pleasure of Krishna there is no one who can act more effectively in this world than the Lord's devotee. Hanuman and Arjuna are perfect examples of this. They both acted very effectively in this world in the service of God. They were undefeatable.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 21 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Conquer the Voracious Tongue

In our prasadam prayer we pray that of all the senses the tongue is the most voracious and uncontrollable, and this is most certainly a fact. Our tendency is to speak anything nonsense and to eat anything nonsense. So we must conquer the tongue by only talking about Krishna and by only eating Krishna prasadam. And also we should not overindulge in our eating of Krishna prasadam. By such overeating prasadam loses its spiritual qualities and becomes material.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Prasadam Will Conquer the World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: No Discussion of Subhadra?

The following questions were asked by my wife, for which I had no answers:

Why we don't celebrate the appearance day of Subhadraji when we celebrate the appearance day of Krishna, Janmastami, and Lord Balarama's appearance day? Why don't we discuss the pastimes of Subhadraji?

Many thanks for your valuable time,
Aspiring to be servant of your servant,

Gopal

Answer: Are You Not Reading Our Books?

We do not celebrate the appearance day of Subhadra because we were not instructed to do so by Srila Prabhupada.

Subhadra is mentioned hundreds of times in Srila Prabhupada’s books. Are you not reading Srila Prabhupada’s books?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 20 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Be A Pseudo Devotee

Sometimes foolish neophytes on the pathway of Krishna consciousness think that it is okay to violate the principles of Krishna consciousness a little bit. They think that there is no harm in engaging in a little bit of material sense gratification and that even advanced devotees sometimes do this. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you give Maya an inch, she will take a mile. Anyone who indulges in material sense gratification has not yet learned what it means to a be a devotee and is, at best, understood to be a pseudo devotee, not an actual devotee. Devotee means someone who is fully devoted to Krishna. Those who engage in material sense gratification are still devoted to their rascal senses and cannot be rightly considered to be devotees of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna's Pure Devotee, Srila Prabhupada, is Glorious


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Deal With Puffed Up People?

When we happen to encounter puffed up people, how should we treat them: reject them, chastise them, avoid them ? (Of course, we were also puffed in the past, but have now become humble).

Thank You.

With Regards,

Golok Das

Answer: We Must Stop Being So Puffed Up

The first principle is that we should not be puffed up. If we think that we are humble without any false pride, that is another type of false pride. When we learn how to become actually humble, thinking and feeling ourselves to be truly lower than the street, Krishna will give us the intelligence how to properly represent Him in all times, places, and circumstances. In this connection devotees can take advantage of this beautiful prayer from Bhaktivinoda Thakura to cultivate genuine humility:

gopinath, mama nivedana suno
visayi durjana, sada kama-rata,
kichu nahi mora guna

"O Gopinatha, Lord of the gopis, please hear my request. I am a wicked materialist, always addicted to worldly desires, and no good qualities do I possess."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 19 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Make Disciples for Your Guru

Srila Prabhupada trained us in all aspects of Krishna consciousness. One of the most important things is to understand the process of disciplic succession. In this regard on 2 December 1975 when Srila Prabhupada was in New Delhi he wrote to his disciple Tusta Krishna as follows:

"Keep trained up very rigidly and then you are bona fide guru, and you can accept disciples on the same principle. But as a matter of etiquette it is the custom that during the lifetime of your spiritual master you bring the prospective disciples to him, and in his absence or disappearance you can accept disciples without any limitation. This is the law of disciplic succession. I want to see my disciples become bona fide Spiritual Master and spread Krishna consciousness very widely, that will make me and Krishna very happy."

Therefore when one's guru is on the planet and one is preaching, one's duty is to make disciples for his spiritual master, not that he tries to make his own followers and thus try to be a competing guru with his own spiritual master.

Srila Prabhupada describe in his purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 3, Chapter 4, Text 26 the danger of the offense known as impertinently surpassing a greater personality, that by such an offense one loses his duration of life, his opulence, fame, and piety and the blessings of all the world. Therefore the disciple should be very careful to always remain the humble servant of his spiritual master by bringing prospective disciples to him for training, not to try to train them independently of him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Initiating Disciples in Lenasia, South Africa--7 June 2015


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Dedicated to the Spiritual Master?

How to become dedicated to the Spiritual Master?

Your servant,
Bhakta Shashank

Answer: Don't Deviate

Don't deviate from his instructions, not even for a moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 18 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Never Stop Chanting

We must never stop chanting Hare Krishna because this chanting is our only hope for becoming free from the miseries of material existence. The following video is a "must watch" for anyone who wants to appreciate the great liberating power of the Hare Krishna mahamantra:

https://filmfest.musicbed.com/submissions/never-stop-chanting/681

Please watch the video and give it your vote. We want it to win the number one spot in the film festival.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

P.S. Click here for morning lecture in Austin on 17 August 2015




BB Govinda Maharaja Leads Ecstatic Hare Krishna Kirtan
(This is a scene from the above mentioned video.)


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can I Be My Own Guru?

I came across a verse from Krishna to Uddhava in Bhagavatam 11.7.20. "atmano gurur atmaiva--One can indeed become one's own guru." I saw this on a wall near my place and kept thinking about the meaning.

Can you please make me understand what does "atmano gurur atmaiva" means? Does it mean a soul can be his own teacher.

Thanks,
Vivek

Answer: If You Tell Yourself to Find a Bona Fide Guru

The entire verse is as follows:

atmano gurur atmaiva
purusasya visesatah
yat pratyaksanumanabhyam
sreyo 'sav anuvindate

"An intelligent person, expert in perceiving the world around him and in applying sound logic, can achieve real benefit through his own intelligence. Thus sometimes one acts as one's own instructing spiritual master."

This means by carefully understanding the world around him, a thoughtful person can understand that he needs to seek out an initiating spiritual master who can take him back to Godhead. It does not mean that he can be his own initiating guru. He acts as his own instructing guru if he tells himself to find a bona fide spiritual master who can initiate him and liberate him from material existence.

Srila Prabhupada stresses that one must hear from a bona fide guru if he desires to become knowledgeable in spiritual life. He condemns charlatan gurus who misrepresent the process of self-realization and tell people that one can be one's own guru simply by "looking within."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 17 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Conquering Over Envy:

Envy is our worst enemy. It was what brought us into this material world. And it is what is keeping us here in this material world. If you can conquer it, you become liberated from this hellish existence. And if you are not able to conquer it, you remain enslaved here in karma chakra, the wheel of action and reaction. Therefore learning how to conquer over it is the greatest lesson that you can ever learn in millions upon billions of lifetimes in this material world.

The method for conquering it is not difficult. You simply have to take complete shelter of a person who is non-envious. In Srimad-Bhagavatam (5.5.2) it is said, mahat-sevam dvaram ahur vimukteh: if one associates with a saintly person, a devotee, one's path of liberation becomes clear. In this way, by his mercy, his non-envious qualities will gradually become more and more manifested in you until you become completely liberated from the debilitating enemy known as envy and you regain your original liberated position in the eternal pastimes of Krishna in His eternal abode.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

P.S. Here's a video of our preaching last Saturday at a health fair in Austin:

https://youtu.be/akjF9NONmH0




Sharing Krishna Consciousness at a Health Fair
Austin, Texas--15 August 2015


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Difficulties With Relatives?

As I do more service to Krishna, I face problems from relatives and other people. Why does this happen?

Pravin

Answer: Krishna's Special Mercy

When we experience difficulty with our friends and family members due to our accepting the path of Krishna consciousness, this is Krishna’s special mercy to help us become detached from the material world and more attached to Him. Therefore you accept these difficulties as the special mercy of Krishna to help you get out of this material world as soon as possible. If you are not disturbed by their disturbance, you will be in the best position to gradually bring them to Krishna consciousness. So be tolerant of their disturbance and give them time and space to gradually realize the sublime truth that you have realized.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 16 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Keep Krishna Consciousness As It Is

If we want to attain the supreme perfection of going back to home, back to Godhead, we have to keep Krishna consciousness as it is. We cannot concoct our own new version of Krishna consciousness adapted to facilitate our sense pleasure. If we compromise with maya or illusion, we will be fated to remain here in this material existence rotating perpetually in the cycle of repeated birth, death, old age, and disease.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Don't Remain Entangled in this Endless Cycle


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Ajamila Got Perfection?

In Lesson C205 you write how it is important to remember Krishna at the time of death. But please explain how I should understand Srila Prabhupada's purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 6.2.13 where he says:

"The Visnudutas, who are superior authorities, gave orders to the Yamadutas, who did not know that Ajamila was no longer subject to tribulation in hellish life for his past sins. Although he had chanted the holy name Narayana to indicate his son, the holy name is so transcendentally powerful that he was automatically freed because he had chanted the holy name while dying"

It is clearly stated here, that while dying Ajamila was calling for his son and as far as I understand from this purport, he was thinking about his son, not Narayana or Krishna. Besides this, in the next paragraph Srila Prabhupada writes: "Elsewhere in Bhagavad-gita (8.5) it is stated: If one remembers Krishna, Narayana, at the time of death, one is certainly eligible to return immediately home, back to Godhead."

Dear Sankarshan Prabhu, I need your help to understand this story with Ajamila correctly.

With my best wishes and regards,
Vadim

Answer: By Cultivating Pure Devotional Service

Ajamila did not go back to Godhead when he called out the name of his son, Narayana, at the time of death. Instead he got an extension to his life and went to Hardwar where he cultivated pure devotional service and attained the supreme perfection of going back to home, back to Godhead when he finally did leave his body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 15 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Perseverance Furthers

It is sometimes very profoundly said, "Perseverance furthers." What this means is that those who are so determined that they undeviatingly stick to the duties given by their spiritual master no matter what, achieve unparalleled success both in this life and in their eternal existence beyond this lifetime. Therefore one should never abandon the duties given by his spiritual master under any and all circumstances. This is called unconditional devotional service. Those who are not solidly situated on the transcendental platform sometimes waver in the steady execution of these duties, while those who are fixed in transcendence are rock-solidly, undeviatingly always fully absorbed in the execution of these divine instructions. Vedic culture means that for my entire life I undeviatingly stick to the duties given to me by my spiritual master even if under the most cataclysmic of circumstances. Mleccha culture or material culture means that I can give up serving my spiritual master on a whim or any so-called excuse at any minute, if serving him is not my fancy at that particular moment. Such a consciousness is the consciousness of an animal, not a real human being.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Never Deviated From His Guru Maharaja


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does God Make Mistakes?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna.

According to Vedic scripture everything is coming from the Supreme God, either it is bad or good.

We are part and parcels of God, so we have all qualities which God has but in minute level. Just like we are a gold coin and God is gold mine.

We have propensity to make mistakes. So since this quality also comes from God, this means that God also must make mistakes. The example is this imperfect material world where one living entity survives at the cost of another’s life.

So my question then is: Does God make mistakes?

Your servant
Jagdish Soni

Answer: No. It's We Who Make Mistakes.

It's not true that bad things come from God. Nothing bad comes from God. Nor does He make mistakes. Only good comes from Him. When we misuse our free will, this is our mistake, and such misuse of free will is the cause of all the evil in the world. Even though we are qualitatively one with the Lord, because we are not quantitatively one with Him, we sometimes we fall under the influence of Maya or illusion. This is compared to the fire and the spark. The spark is qualitatively one with the fire because they are both fire. But the difference is that the while the fire is big and continues blazing, if the tiny spark becomes separated from the fire, it can easily be extinguished and lose it fiery qualities. And if the spark remains with the fire, it always retains its fiery qualities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 14 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Who Is the Real Number One?

In this material world we are taught to first and foremost love ourselves. In this connection there is a popular saying: "You've got to take care of number one." What this saying assumes is that you are number one, that your first business is to love yourself. In this connection there is a nice example. If the hand thinks that it is number one and tries to get the nutrition it needs by squeezing food between its fingers instead of feeding the stomach, it will not be successful. It is only when the hand realizes that it must feed the belly that it will get the nutrition it needs. Similarly it is only when we realize that Krishna is number one and is therefore that person to whom all of our love should be channeled that our lives become happy, peaceful, and successful.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Jagadananda and Gaurangi's Cows


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Serving Krishna Fun?

We are very happy, that your blessings give us such opportunity to take care of cows. It is wonderful.

Krishna appeared on the earth five thousand years ago. So did people know God's name as Krishna before that?

Is the service for Krishna fun, or is it sometimes difficult and boring? If we find it to be difficult should we change our service? In Goloka Vrindavana serving Krishna is always fun, but since we are serving Krishna all the time in the material world shouldn't our service here always be fun?

Thank you for guiding us.

Your servants,
Gaurangi Devi Dasi and Jagadananda Das

Answer: If We Are Krishna Conscious, It's Always Fun

Your cows are beautiful. I am so happy to see how nicely you are taking care of the cows.

He is called Krishna in the Brahma Samhita composed millions of years ago by Lord Brahma. So He was certainly known as Krishna long before He appeared on the earth 5,000 years ago.

Serving Krishna is the supreme fun, even if it is sometimes difficult. So it is not at all boring. But if we have an enjoying mood, we will find difficulty sometimes in practicing Krishna consciousness. And if we fully embrace the mood of always serving Krishna with love and devotion, we will experience great happiness even in the most difficult situations as the special mercy of Krishna. So if we ever find difficulty in our service, instead trying to change our service, we should simply try to change our mentality by kicking out the enjoying mood and embracing wholeheartedly the service mood. This will bring us to the platform of unlimited pleasure in any and all circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 13 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Selfishness is Complete, Total Madness

Selfishness is complete, total madness. And it is the most bitterly miserable state of mind to be in. Yet that is what the modern day society trains us to be: completely, totally selfish. This is going on because the entire world has gone mad imagining that selfishness is real happiness.

So you have a choice. You can either be a part of the madness, or you can step outside of it into the transcendental realm of the association of those who are truly selfless, the pure devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Join the Company of Those Who Are Selfless


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Give Up Self-Centeredness

How to give up self centeredness?

Your servant,
Bhakta Shashank

Answer: Your Highest Self-Interest

The secret of giving up self-centeredness is to understand that putting Krishna in the center of your life is your highest self-interest.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 12 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Think, Speak, and Act Outside of the Box

If you want to become a liberated soul, you have to learn how to think, speak, and act outside of the box. In other words, don't blindly cling to the stereotypical patterns of thinking, speaking, and acting that you are habituated to. When you take to Krishna consciousness everything is on the table for being introspectively examined. Whatever about your life is favorable for Krishna consciousness should be accepted. And whatever is not favorable for your Krishna consciousness should be rejected. From now on this should be the only guiding principle of your life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Awaits Your Return to the Spiritual World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Maya?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

According to ISKCON teachings maya means illusion. But yesterday I read regarding Krishna's spiritual energy and material energy, that the spiritual energy is called yogamaya and the material energy is called mahamaya. I thought both the energies are maya (illusion). Could you please clarify this?

Thank you,
Hare Krishna,
Radha Ramana

Answer: Maya Means Illusion or Energy

Both things that you read are correct. Maya does mean illusion. But it also means energy. So when we use the term maya by itself, we mean illusion. And when we use the word maya in conjunction with the prefix "maha" or "yoga", mahamaya means material energy and yogamaya means spiritual energy. Since the material energy puts us into illusion, mahamaya and maya are the same. The term yogamaya is just the opposite. Yogamaya frees use from the influence of maya or mahamaya.

I hope this makes it crystal clear for your understanding.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 11 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Stay Focused on Krishna

To realize the goal of the human form of life you must stay always focused on Krishna. If you lose your focus on Krishna, you are out of touch with reality. Sometimes foolish materialists whose only focus is on material advancement want to utilize Krishna to facilitate their material progress. For this purpose they temporarily take an interest in Krishna. However as soon their material goals are achieved they immediately discard Krishna and fully reabsorb themselves in material sense gratification. This is their greatest misfortune. Don't make this mistake. Make the pleasure of Krishna the only goal of your life. This will bring you eternal happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees in the Philippines Focus Their Minds on Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Krishna Conscious?

How to become Krishna Conscious?

Your servant,
Shashank

Answer: Always Remember Him. Never Forget Him.

Always remember Krishna and never forget Him, not even for a moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 10 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Sankirtana Heroes on a Combat/Rescue Mission

On Saturday 9 August 2015 a crew of sankirtana heroes joined me and my wife, Vishnupriya Devi Dasi, on a combat/rescue mission in the heart of Austin, Texas. Our mission given by Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada was to combat the ignorance which has captured the human civilization and to rescue Maya's prisoners by the power of the Hare Krishna mantra and transcendental literatures. My stalwart transcendental companion and wife was the organizer/facilitator of this combat/rescue mission. The sankirtana heroes who joined us were Vraja Kishore Das, Abhay Charan Das, Chakravarti, Ritesh, Mamta, Kirtan, Govinda, and Gayatri. We went to an area of town which has a constant flow of people walking up and down the sidewalk so that we could bless as many people as possible with the liberating sound of the Hare Krishna mantra and the opportunity to purchase Srila Prabhupada's books. Books were sold and many people got the blessings of hearing Krishna's holy name.

If you want to taste the sweetest nectar of your entire life join your local Harinama combat/rescue mission as soon as possible and as often as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Transcendental Combat/Rescue Mission
Austin, Texas--South Congress Avenue--8 August 2015


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Try to Convince Others About Krishna Consciousness?

In a recent "Thought for the Day" you have advised us to remind others about Krishna or to introduce them to Krishna. However usually the people I meet are non-believers or followers of other sects of Hinduism. Should I still try to convince them about Krishna consciousness? Aren't we supposed to not associate with non-devotees?

Most of the times I just ask other Hindus to visit a nearby ISKCON temple and tell them about how beautifully the deities are dressed there and about the tasty prasadam and the ecstatic kirtans. If someone asks me about the Bhagavad-gita I refer them to Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

By asking them to visit ISKCON or to read Bhagavad-gita As It Is (some times I personally take them with me to temple) I just hope the rest is taken care of by Lord Krishna Himself. Because if I start explaining them about Krishna, these people get into arguments with me, which I now try to avoid.

My second question is should I avoid arguments on Krishna consciousness with non-devotees or should I argue for Krishna's sake and defeat their incorrect philosophies?

Yours humbly and most fallen
Vinit

Answer: Try to Convince the Entire World

The principle of not associating with non-devotees means that you should not take their association. It means that instead you should give them your Krishna conscious association. Since Lord Caitanya has ordered us to instruct everyone we meet in the teachings of Krishna, we must always be giving Krishna conscious association to everyone we meet. In short, you should try to convince the entire world about Krishna consciousness.

You should become so expert in our philosophy that you can defeat all opposing arguments in such a sweet, powerful, compassionate and logical way that you can convince even an atheist that there is God. This requires that you are reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and attending Krishna conscious lectures as much as possible, as well as preaching the message of Krishna to those who are forgetful of Him whenever you get the chance, and listening to how expert preachers convince the non-devotees of the truths of Krishna's teachings as much as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 9 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

If You Want to Save the World.

Lord Caitanya has ordered His devotees to save the world by telling everyone about Krishna. So if a devotee has a desire to save the world, this is very nice that he wants to do his duty. So how does one become empowered to spread the Krishna consciousness movement? The most important thing to understand is that one becomes empowered to save the world only to the extent that he has saved himself. In this connection there is a very appropriate verse:

vaco vegam manasah krodha-vegam
jihva-vegam udaropastha-vegam
etan vegan yo visaheta dhirah
sarvam apimam prthivim sa sisyat

"A sober person who can tolerate the urge to speak, the mind's demands, the actions of anger and the urges of the tongue, belly and genitals is qualified to make disciples all over the world." -- Nectar of Instruction, Verse 1

So the first step in saving the world is to see that one's tongue, belly, genitals, mind, words, and anger are perfectly dovetailed in the service of the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




One Who Conquers His Senses Can Conquer the World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead?

Why is Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead? What traits characterize this personality?

Karl

Answer: He is Absolutely Unequalable and Unsurpassable

Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead because no one is equal to or greater than Him in power, beauty, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, and fame. He is absolutely unequalable and unsurpassable in every possible way.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 8 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Now That You're Here...

Take full advantage of what we have to offer you. If you are willing to come along for the ride, we are going to take you back to your original home situated far, far beyond the realm of birth and death, in which you are presently entangled. Although after thousands and millions of lifetimes you have forgotten it, your actual identity is that you are a resident of that gorgeously resplendent transcendental realm in which there is perfect peace, harmony, happiness, and love. The teachings we bring you are like a transcendental airplane, which can carry you back to your original liberated identity, if you will simply open your heart to them. So take our instructions very seriously. We hope you will fully connect with them in the deepest possible way.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Awaits Your Return to His Transcendental Abode


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Serve the Mission While in Married Life?

How does one practically dedicate one's life to this mission? Considering that grihastha life (married life) is so time consuming, what practical activities can one do each day to spread Krishna consciousness?

Thank you so much
Your servant,

Charlene

Answer: Remember Krishna and Share Him with the World

The first step you need to take for doing your duty to make the world Krishna conscious is to become properly situated in Krishna consciousness yourself. You need to be chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra every day on japa mala beads, avoiding sinful activities (illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling), eating only Krishna prasadam, and regularly reading Srila Prabhupada’s books. You should accept formal initiation, should be an active participant in the activities of your nearest ISKCON temple as much as possible, and should take every opportunity you have to tell other people about the liberating process of Krishna consciousness. In your ordinary daily dealings there are so many opportunities to remind others about Krishna or to introduce them to Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 7 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Devote Your Life to Help Us Save the World

Our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, ordered us to deliver the entire world population from ignorance and misery by enlightening them in the ultimate science of Krishna consciousness. This is surely an inconceivably titanic task. Therefore we need all the help we can get if we are going to have a chance to really a make a difference in world history. This is why I am requesting you to fully dedicate your life for assisting us in making the entire world Krishna conscious. This will make your life truly glorious and will give us more hope of being able to successfully carry out this order given to by Srila Prabhupada. So please make your commitment today to dedicate your life for this, if you have not already done so.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Chanting on the River Yamuna for the Deliverance of the World
Spring 2014


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can I Desire to Be With Krishna?

Hare Krishna Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I have understood one is closest to Krishna even in this material condition of life when one has no desire, but if I desire every day to be with Krishna does that mean I am not yet pure because I am not desireless?

Thank you
Your servant

Adelina

Answer: Be With Him by Chanting

If you properly understand that chanting Krishna’s name with love is the way to be with Krishna, your desire to be with Krishna is perfect and will qualify you to actually be with Krishna when you chant His name.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 6 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Real Perfection of Life

Your life is perfect when you have taken shelter of the bona fide spiritual master by initiation in full obedience and you are in the association of Krishna's pure devotees. Simply by doing these you are properly situated for attaining the spiritual world when you leave your present material body. Any other considerations such as geographic location, physical health, financial status, or social status are superfluous. Sadly the entire human society has missed these most essential points of life. They are in complete ignorance of how to actually be happy. Blindly they carry on in their fool's paradise of trying to be content by over-gratifying the covering of the self known as the material body, while completely neglecting the happiness and satisfaction of the actual self within. It is sad indeed. We must try to save them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Blissfully Chanting Hare Krishna in Sydney, Australia


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become a Pure Devotee?

Hare Krishna Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

How to become a pure devotee?

Your servant,
Shashank

Answer: Do These Three Things

Three things are required for becoming a pure devotee of Krishna: You need to take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master, get initiated by a bona fide spiritual master, and then be fully obedient to the bona fide spiritual master. If you will patiently, enthusiastically, and determinedly follow these three steps as a lifetime commitment, your becoming a pure devotee and going back home, back to Godhead is guaranteed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 5 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

When You Offend a Devotee

The greatest pitfall to be avoided on the pathway of Krishna consciousness is be offensive towards a devotee of the Lord. Such an offense is called hati mata, the mad elephant offense. Just as when a mad elephant enters your garden all your plants are destroyed, when one commits the mad elephant offense of being offensive towards a devotee, his spiritual life is ruined and remains off the track until he rectifies himself by begging forgiveness with genuine humility from the devotee he offended. Therefore we must always be very, very careful not to speak or act in such a way that is offensive to a devotee. Even if our attitude is offensive, this improper attitude will sooner or later manifest in our words and actions. Therefore we must be very careful that even our thoughts about each of the devotees are duly respectful and not offensive.

If we have offended a devotee, we should beg forgiveness for the offense. If we think we are so advanced that we are beyond the realm of committing offenses, that is dangerous. Even great devotees sometimes commit offenses. Srila Prabhupada describes as follows in his purport to Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi Lila, Chapter 17, Text 71 how Sacimata, the mother of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu offended Advaita Acarya:

"When Visvarupa took sannyasa, Sacimata thought that Advaita Acarya had persuaded Him to do so. Therefore she accused Advaita Acarya of this, which was an offense at His lotus feet. Later Lord Caitanya induced His mother to take the dust of Advaita Acarya's lotus feet, and thus her vaisnava-aparadha was nullified."

Of course, this is not to say that a neophyte devotee is not to be corrected when he makes a mistake. It is always the duty of the advanced devotees to give proper training and guiding to the neophytes to help them advance of pathway of perfection. And one of the most important lessons, if not the most important lesson, for the neophyte is how to avoid being offensive towards Vaisnavas, the devotees of the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Embraces Sanatana Gosvami


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can an Advanced Devotee See Krishna's Pastimes?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

I wanted to ask if it is true that a devotee who is advanced in Krishna Consciousness could have the ability to see the transcendental pastimes of the Lord?

Thank You,
Hare Krishna,
Radha Ramana

Answer: If He Is Fully Realized

Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 2, Chapter 9, Text 35:

"Factually, the spiritually developed person is able to have the television of the kingdom of God always reflected within his heart. That is the mystery of knowledge of the Personality of Godhead.”

So the answer to your question is “yes" if the devotee is fully realized in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 4 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Open Your Heart to Universal Love

As living beings we are meant to love and be loved unconditionally. When we are starved of this we become miserable. This is the present plight of the entire human civilization. And this is why there are so many wars and so much hatred going around. To realize our full potential as living beings we must come to the platform of unconditional universal love. This platform is achieved when we give our love fully to the Supreme Person. Just as when you water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are nourished, similarly when you give your love fully to the Supreme Person with unconditional surrender, your unconditional love for all living beings then becomes fully manifested and distributed and you experience unlimited peace and happiness at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




There Is No One More Lovable Than Krishna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Give Up Lusty Desires?

Hare Krishna, Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

How to give up lusty desires?

Your servant,
Shashank

Answer: Don't Slither Out of the Guru's Hands

As long you continue to identify yourself with your material body, you must necessarily be disturbed again and again by lusty desires. To become free from the torment of lust you must always remember that your real identity is that of an eternal spiritual being, servant of God, who is qualitatively one with Him. In other words, this material world is not your actual home. You are presently like a fish out of the water dreaming that you will be happy by connecting yourself with some girl on the land. This will not bring you real happiness. The only way that a fish can be happy is to somehow get himself back into the water. But he has no legs for walking on the land to do so. He is dependent on someone else picking him up and throwing him back into the water. This is the loving service of the spiritual master. He picks up the fish and throws him back into the water. The problem is that due to misunderstanding the fish get so scared when he is picked up that he panics and slithers out of the guru's hands falling back down onto the sandy beach. The fish who calmly accepts the mercy of the spiritual master, allowing his magic to act fully, becomes a liberated soul re-established in his eternal constitutional position of unlimited bliss and knowledge. So all you have to do to become free from the contamination of lust is to fully surrender yourself to the bona fide spiritual master. Don't slither out of his hands.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 3 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Bringing Back True Love to Loveless World

Healthy human relationships are based on true love, dedicated selfless service to each other. It is such loving relationships that bring genuine happiness to the living being. In the absence of this true love all bad qualities, such as lust, anger, greed, madness, illusion, and envy, become gradually more and more manifested and the human population become regressively more and more miserable. Therefore the mission of the Krishna consciousness movement is to inspire everyone throughout to cultivate pure loving relationships based on a loving relationship with Lord Sri Krishna, the ultimate source for all of existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Happy Hare Krishna Devotees in London


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is the Term "Higher Self" Bona Fide?

In the West spiritualists have been using the term, "higher self." What is the equivalent in our terminology, or is it a pseudo expression?

Golok Das

Answer: Yes

Higher self means the actual self within, the pure devotee of Krishna, who is presently covered by the lower self, the false ego thinking himself to be the center of all existence. By taking to the process of Krishna consciousness, the higher master-of the-senses self, conquers over the lower servant-of-the senses self.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 2 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Is Abortion Moral?

Those who are in favor of abortion say that they are not killing a human being, that they are simply removing a fetus. What they do not understand is that there is a human being present in the mother's womb from the very moment of conception when the male injects the living being in his semen into her womb where it then develops a body. So when they remove a fetus they are actually murdering a human being. Because they are too much addicted to illicit sex, they refuse to accept the fact that abortion is murder. The karmic reaction they will receive for such a sinful act is that they will be aborted in their next life before they take birth from the womb of their mother. For each abortion that they commit they will be aborted in a future lifetime.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Raise Your Children in Krishna Consciousness
Don't Murder Them


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna's Childhood Pastimes in the Spiritual Sky?

I want to know that whether Krishna's pastimes are continuing at this time in the spiritual world e.g. lifting of Govardhan and other sweet pastimes with cowherd boys and gopis, or whether we cannot see pastimes of earlier age of Krishna.

Rakesh Malik

Answer: Childhood Pastimes Exhibited in Material World

Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Third Canto, Chapter 2, Text 7:

As the sun appears in the morning and gradually rises to the meridian and then again sets in one hemisphere while simultaneously rising in the other, so Lord Krishna's disappearance in one universe and the beginning of His different pastimes in another take place simultaneously. As soon as one pastime is finished here, it is manifested in another universe. And thus His nitya-lila, or eternal pastimes, are going on without ending. As the sunrise takes place once in twenty-four hours, similarly the pastimes of Lord Krishna take place in a universe once in a daytime of Brahma, the account of which is given in the Bhagavad-gita as 4,300,000,000 solar years. But wherever the Lord is present, all His different pastimes as described in the revealed scriptures take place at regular intervals.

Regarding the childhood pastimes of Krishna Srila Prabhupada explains in a letter to Ekayani devi dasi dated 31 August 1971 as follows:

In the spiritual sky there is no birth, so where is the question of baby? Krishna is there eternally as Kisora, a 16 year old youth. His childhood pastimes are exhibited in the material universes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 1 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Believe the Lies--Nobody Dies

The wonderful reality is that nobody dies. It is simply due to our foolish misidentification with our material bodies that we are under the illusion that people die. To factually realize the eternal identity of all living things is the real purpose of the human form of life, not material sense gratification on a more polished level than the animals. There is no process of self-realization more powerful and more potent than the process of Krishna consciousness as taught by Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita and also here in this course, the Ultimate Self Realization Course. Take full advantage of this course and attain the supreme happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna and His Eternal Associates in Goloka Vrindavana


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is a Good Round of Japa?

What's the definition of a good round of Hare Krishna japa?

Tom

Answer: Feeling Presence of Krishna or Attentively Hearing

Good round means feeling the presence of Krishna or carefully pronouncing and hearing each syllable of the Hare Krishna mantra.

In a letter to his disciple, Ballabhi devi dasi, written on 5 May 1967, Srila Prabhupada described good chanting:

"While chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna you should always feel the presence of Krishna in person and as soon as you remember Krishna in person you can remember also about His talks with Arjuna. If you cannot remember Krishna in person you should try to hear attentively the word Krishna, Hare as you go on chanting."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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