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Monday, December 17, 2018

Thought For The Day: The World Religion

Solferino, Mauritius

Instead of so many religions fighting with another with their members even sometimes killing and torturing each other, we should have one world religion that everyone can acknowledge and appreciate. The good news is that we don't have to invent or create this world religion because it already exists. The ancient Vedic scriptures reveal that world religion, which is denoted in Sanskrit as sanatana-dharma, the eternal duty of the soul. So what is that duty? To serve the Supreme Person Who has unlimited names, unlimited activities, unlimited qualities, and unlimited mercy upon His beloved children who are currently entangled in the cycle of birth, death, old age, and disease here in this material world. That Supreme Person is acknowledged by all religions. Therefore devotion to Him is indeed the world religion. How to be dedicated to Him has been taught by Him personally in the Bhagavad-gita (in which Lord Sri Krishna instructs His devotee Arjuna) and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu 500 years ago in India, as well as revealed by His representatives such as Moses, Hajrat Muhammad, and Lord Jesus Christ. When everyone can acknowledge and appreciate that religion is one, to be a pure lover of God, a new era of unparalleled peace and prosperity will become manifest on planet earth.

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Whole World Can Now Be United in One Religion


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Never Eat Meat Again?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Gurudeva, I would like to reveal that until one month ago I used to eat meat a lot since my childhood. Today I feel that my problems related to aggression, rude and bad behavior, were all due to this meat-eating only and nothing else. So now how can I keep my senses under control so that I will never touch meat again throughout my life?

Thanks a lot for guiding me in this regard.

Your humble servant,

Amit Gupta
New Delhi, India

Answer: Eat Only Krishna Prasadam

From: Solferino, Mauritius

My Dear Amit,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If you will offer all of your vegetarian food to Lord Krishna before eating, in this way for the rest of your life you will be eating only Krishna prasadam, the remnants of foods offered to Lord Krishna, and you will never fall down into this disgustingly sinful activity of meat eating ever again.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Thought For The Day: You Can Make a Difference

Solferino, Mauritius

Instead of simply helplessly witnessing an ever-increasingly deplorable world situation the good news is that you can indeed make a difference. By re-harmonizing yourself with the Supreme Person, who is the source of all existence, your mere presence in this world will have an uplifting impact on the global consciousness. And if you actively take up the work of educating those who are disconnected in the art of how to reconnect with that Supreme Person, your impact will indeed be truly revolutionary. So now its up to you what you want to do. Do you want to be part of the solution of the global quagmire or part of the problem? You make your decision now. I hope you make the right choice.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Your Choice:

Global Nightmare or ...

Spiritual Bliss Celebration


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Question: Fate of Those Who Reject Guru?

My dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.
All glories to you and our beloved Srimati Gurumataji.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Srila Gurudeva, while going through previous year's Thought for the Day, in one Thought for the Day, in the question and answer portion, I found this statement. You mentioned that the spiritual master remains in the material universe until all of his disciples are delivered, and that this is confirmed in a letter that Srila Prabhupada wrote to Jayapataka Maharaja in 1969. This special kindness of the spiritual master is reserved for those of his disciples who are strictly following the regulative principles, not for those who have given up following his instructions.

So, Srila Gurudeva, what about those who give up following instructions of their spiritual master? What happens to them? What is their position and does this mean that there is not a guru-disciple relation between them.

Please help understand this subject matter.
Thank you so much!!

Your Loving Daughter and unworthy servant,
Nandapriya Devi Dasi

Answer: They Are Disconnected

From: Solferino, Mauritius

My Dear Nandaprya,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Srila Prabhupada has explained this as follows:

"You have asked if it is true that the Spiritual Master remains in the material universe until all of his disciples are transferred to the Spiritual Sky. The answer is "yes." This is the rule. Therefore, every student should be very much careful not to commit any offense which will be detrimental to this promotion to the Spiritual Kingdom, and thereby the Spiritual Master has to incarnate again to deliver him. This sort of mentality will be a kind of offense to the Spiritual Master. Out of the ten kinds of offenses, the number one offense is to disobey the orders of the Spiritual Master. The instructions given to the disciple by the Spiritual Master at the time of initiation should be strictly followed. That will make one advance to the spiritual path. But if one deliberately defies such instructions, then his advancement is hampered from the very beginning. This defying means to disconnect the relationship with the Spiritual Master. And anyone who defies and therefore disconnects the relationship with the Spiritual Master can hardly expect the assistance of the Spiritual Master life after life." (from a Letter to: Jayapataka -- Los Angeles 11 July, 1969)

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Thought For The Day: My Greatest Challenge

Solferino, Mauritius

My greatest challenge is that I have attracted tens of thousands of students from all the over the world. Some of them are complete beginners who have no idea at all about the self-realization process while others are highly advanced practitioners who have been engaging in the self-realization for many years. How am I to successfully instruct and benefit them both in the same daily broadcast? Owing to time constraints in my jammed packed schedule it is not practical to make two separate broadcasts. I simply have to somehow facilitate both the adept and the neophyte in the same broadcast.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


How to Appeal to a Diverse Readership?


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Question: Who is the Sufferer?

The human body is lifeless, but the soul is animate. So does it mean that the soul is the sufferer? When we do sins, who is the sinner? Is it the soul? If the soul is eternal, full of knowledge, and full of bliss, then why the soul is doing sins.

Gurudeva, I am very much in confusion on this, please help me.

Your servant always,
Lokesh

Answer: He Who Misidentifies with Matter

From: Solferino, Mauritius

My Dear Lokesh,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

When the soul foolishly misidentifies himself with matter, he engages in all varieties of sinful activities. And thus due to ignorance he suffers like anything.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Thought For The Day: Welcome to the World of Unlimited Bliss

Solferino, Mauritius

In this world everyone is looking for unlimited happiness, but no one is ever finding it. They always get a mix of happiness and distress. But mixed happiness is not pure happiness because it is always tinged with the anxiety of knowing that sooner or later it will be gone. Therefore if you want real happiness, you have to find that happiness which can never be interrupted by any material circumstances, even old age, disease, and death. This real happiness is what we are able to offer to you. I hope that you will take full advantage of our teachings and make your life unlimitedly successful.

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Unlimited Bliss Can Be Yours


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Question: Chant Hare Krishna or Hare Rama First?

Please accept my respectful and humble obeisances onto your lotus feet.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada and all glories to you.

I am Parth from Jammu and Kashmir India, a student in tenth standard. I wanted to ask you that what is the actual mahamantra. Does it start from Hare Rama or Hare Krishna? I am in a dilemma, as I am in india where there are so many organizations. Most of them say the mahamantra starts with Hare Rama and they claim that it is written as such in the Vedas and Puranas and that our Gaudiya sampradaya has reversed it. So please tell me what is actually true.

Your unworthy servant,
Parth Manhas

Answer: We Follow Lord Caitanya, Who is Krishna Himself

From: Solferino, Mauritius

My Dear Parth,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The Gaudiya Vaisnavas have not reversed it. In many authoritative scriptures Hare Krishna precedes Hare Rama. For example:

Ananta Samhita:

hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare
rama rama rama hare hare sodasaitani namani dvatrimsad varna kani
hi kalau yuge mahamantrah sammato jiva tarane

“Hare Krishna hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. This hari-nama mahamantra consists of sixteen names and thirty-two syllables. In Kali-yuga this mantra can deliver all jivas.”

In the Brahma Yamala, Lord Shiva states:

harim bina nasti kincat papani-starakam kalau tasmal-lokod-dharana-
artham hari-nama prakasayet sarvatra mucyate loko mahapapat kalau
yuge hare-krsna pada dvandvam krsneti ca pada-dvayam tatha hare-
pada-dvandvam hare-rama iti dvayam tad-ante ca mahadevi- rama rama
dvayam vadet hare hare tato bru-yad harinama samud dharet
mahamantram ca krsnasya sarva papa pranasakam

“He Mahadevi! Look! In Kali-yuga there is no easier way to eradicate sins than by sri-hari-nama. It is therefore essential to propagate sri hari-nama among the general populace. The people in Kaliyuga can be easily liberated from the greatest hell by performing sankirtana of this mahamantra. To chant the mahamantra, first chant Hare Krishna twice, then chant Krishna twice, then Hare twice. After that, chant Hare Rama twice, then Rama twice and again Hare twice. One should chant, articulate and perform sankirtana etc., of Sri Krishna’s mahamantra, which destroys all sins.”

In the Radhahrdya Khanda of the Brahmanda Purana, Romaharsana Suta prays to Sri Veda Vyasa as follows:

yat tvaya kirtitam natha hari-nameti sanjitam mantram brahmapadam
siddhi karam

He Vibho! He Prabhu! Please instruct me in the brahma svarupa nama mantra of Sri-Hari which is the bestower of all perfections.”

In reply, Sri Veda Vyasa gives the following instruction:

grhanad yasya mantrasya dehi brahmamayo bhavet sadhyah putah surapo
‘pi sarvasiddhi-yuto bhavet tad-aham te bhidhasyami mahabhagavato
hamsi hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama
hare rama rama rama hare hare iti sodasakam namnam tri-kala
kalmasapaham natah parataropayah sarva vedesu vidhyate

“O my son, I will certainly instruct you in that maha-mantra, the acceptance of which a person in the bodily conception of life can be liberated and even a drunkard can quickly become purified and attain all perfection. I will instruct you because you are a maha-bhagavata and a suitable candidate. Just see! The sixteen word mahamantra:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

can destroy the sins of the three worlds. The four Vedas do not mention a method for achieving liberation from material bondage superior to the chanting of this mahamantra.”

The Ananta Samhita also states:

hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare
rama rama rama hare hare sodasautani namani dvatrimsad varnakani hi
kalau yuge mahamantrah sammato jiva tarane utsrajyaitan-mahamantram
ye tvanyat kalpitam padam maha-nameti gayanti te sastra-guru-lani-
ghanah

“All sastras agree that the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, which is composed of sixteen names and thirty-two syllables, is the illustrious mantra to deliver the jivas in Kali-yuga. Those who neglect this mahamantra and accept any other process, due to their own imagination or the imagination of others, are actually disobeying guru and sastra. If someone asks, ‘Why is this sixteen word Hare Krishna mantra the mahamantra' then the following answer is given:

‘Among all of Krishna’s names no name other than Hari can easily take away sins, great misfortune and ignorance. No name other than Krishna can deliver prema. And no name other than Rama can bestow liberation.’

This is why the mahamantra is composed of these three primary names. Secondly, these sixteen names are an invocation. Om, svaha, etc., are not required to make the mantra more potent. For this reason it is called the mahamantra.”

But of course, it is not a major controversy if in some places it is mentioned to chant Hare Rama first. Because once you get chanting it does not make any difference.

If should also be noted that Lord Caitanya, who is Krishna Himself, chanted the mahamantra beginning with Hare Krishna. Therefore we follow His perfect example.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thought For The Day: Atheism is Blind Faith

Solferino, Mauritius

Since it can be scientifically proven that every machine requires an operator and also scientifically proven that the universe functions as a machine, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure that the universe must also have an operator. This is the proof of God's existence. Therefore it's a fact that atheism is blind faith dogma with no philosophical or scientific foundation. The atheist is like a criminal who says that there is no government. But one day the criminal will be caught and the government will punish him. Similarly these criminal atheists will all be caught, and they will be punished by the supreme government, which they say does not exist. Of course, we don't like to see anyone suffering. Therefore our agenda is that by scientific and philosophical argument we will turn all of the atheists into philosophers who scientifically understand the existence of the Supreme Operator, i.e. God, so that they can also be released from the cycle of repeated birth, death, old age, and disease.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Every Machine Requires an Operator


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Complaint: What I Don't Like About ISKCON

One thing that I do not like about ISKCON, although I am an Indian Hindu, is that ISKCON's Founder:Acharya, Srila Prabhupada, says that Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga cannot give moksha or liberation because they are not supreme gods. ISKCON has made Hinduism like Islam or Christianity. If you read the Vedas it is written that Brahman is supreme and that Krishna, Durga, Shiva, and Ganesh are not separate from Brahman. If you read the Shiva Purana, you will see that Lord Shiva is the Supreme, and if you read the Devi Bhagavatam, you will see that Durga is the Supreme, etc.

Sharan

Answer: If All Are Supreme No One is Supreme

My Dear Sharan,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Since supreme means "one without a second," if everybody is the Supreme as you propose, then there is no Supreme. You may think that all types of worship are the same. But Lord Shiva disagrees with you. Here's what he told Parvati:

aradhananam sarvesam visnor aradhanam param

Of all kinds of worship, the worship of Lord Vishnu is the best.

And it is also confirmed in the Vedic wisdom that the original form of Vishnu is Krishna.

Of course, you are welcome to think anything you want. But if you want actual liberation from the cycle of birth you have to follow the pathway of the great acharyas like Lord Shiva.

I hope you can understand this point, because I will not be very happy if you have to take birth again here in this miserable material world.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Thought For The Day: Back to Mauritius

Solferino, Mauritius

We have just arrived in Mauritius. But we have not come here as so many tourists do for so-called fun in the sun. We have come here on a mission, to carry on with our usual work of sharing the science/philosophy of Krishna consciousness for liberating those souls who are currently entangled in the cycle of repeated birth and death. This material world is miserable even here in heavenly Mauritius, because no matter where you are, you have to get sick, get old, and die. Everywhere these miseries are forced upon us even though we don't want them and we can't stand them. But it does not have to be this way. Just try giving your love to that person who is the source of all existence, and you will feel the change. Some call Him Krishna, some call Him Allah, some call Him Jehovah. But whatever you call Him, give your love to Him and your life will be most wondrously transformed. Do it now, not tomorrow. Do it right now and immediately awaken your eternal identity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Mauritius Location in Indian Ocean (white dot)

Beautiful Mauritius


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Question: How to Contribute?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Kindly please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you and Srimati Gurumataji.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Since my income is fluctuating every month I cannot commit to a fixed amount of a donation on a monthly basis. But I definitely want to give financial support to our world deliverance mission. Kindly instruct me which link should I follow to give the donation.

Your servant,
Jay Mehta

Answer: Follow this Link.

From: Mauritius

My Dear Jay,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We appreciate very much your desire to give financial support for our world deliverance mission. Spending money in the service of the Lord is the best utilization of wealth because it attracts the Lord's blessings upon you. Plus when He sees that you are using wealth in His service He will give you even more wealth to engage in His service.

Here is the link for engaging in the ultimate welfare work:

Engage Me in Delivering the Whole World from Misery

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday, December 11 2018

Thought For The Day: At The Bhaktivedanta Manor

London, UK

On Sunday 9 December I was blessed with the most auspicious opportunity of giving the Sunday feast lecture at ISKCON's Bhaktivedanta Manor in London. This is the manor that was donated to ISKCON by George Harrison. The story of George's relationship with ISKCON is presented as follows on ISKCON's Bhaktivedanta Manor website:

Despite The Beatles incredible fame and fortune, due to the pressures of touring and the constant attention from public and media, peace of mind and happiness had escaped them. So, in 1967 they travelled to Rishikesh. This trip to India was part of a sudden fascination of everything Indian by the vibrant and searching youth of the late 1960s. Soon, however, The Beatles returned to London, developing a taste for Indian spirituality, but not finding full satisfaction. George continued his search and meanwhile Shyamasundar das, Mukunda das and other disciples of Srila Prabhupada moved to London in order to establish a temple.

In 1969, both George and Shyamasundar das had their wishes fulfilled when they met at a function at Apple Records. After spending some time together, George invited Shyamasundar das to his house and the relationship began from there. When Srila Prabhupada arrived in Britain both George and John were deeply impressed by him. Once, on a car journey from France to Portugal, George and John chanted Hare Krishna for 17 hours non-stop!

George’s interest in Krishna Consciousness and the devotees continued to grow. By this time, The Beatles were married and started to work on their own separate projects. In 1970, George produced the Radha Krishna Temple album with the devotees, a track from which featured in the top ten record sales in that year. He also wrote many songs, which included devotional references. One such song was “My Sweet Lord”, which included the Hare Krishna mantra in the chorus.

In 1970 George donated ISKCON funds to pay for the printing of a book, ‘Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead’, which contains the pastimes of Lord Krishna, with commentary by Srila Prabhupada.

By 1972, ISKCON was growing very rapidly around the world. The London temple, which was then at Bury Place near the British Museum, was getting much too small. George asked a British devotee, Dhananjaya das, to choose a large property not too far from London. Several properties were investigated, but finally they settled on the building we know today, Bhaktivedanta Manor.

When Bhaktivedanta Manor was donated, Srila Prabhupada said of George, “Because he has given shelter to Krishna by providing this temple, Krishna will surely provide shelter for him.” Just before Srila Prabhupada left this world in 1977, he removed the ring on his right hand and said to the disciples around him, “This is for George, give it to him.”

Over the years that followed, George kept in contact with Shyamasundar das and Mukunda Swami, who always respected his wish not to be in the limelight. George became a loving father, worked on a great variety of films, studied landscape gardening and always kept Lord Krishna deep within his heart.

By the 1990’s, a campaign to save Bhaktivedanta Manor from closure by Hertsmere Council was well under way. George was observing the development of the Campaign and was giving his full moral support, although preferring not to be in the media limelight.

Unfortunately by the mid 1990’s George was suffering from various forms of cancer. On December 31st 1999, a terrible attempt on George’s life took place: Someone broke into his home and attacked him with a knife, to which he called upon Krishna’s name. Fortunately, his faithful and loving wife Olivia came to his rescue.

On Thursday 29th November 2001, George sadly passed away in Los Angeles. Naturally, people all around the world were deeply saddened by George’s passing. He was a truly remarkable person who touched the hearts of millions around the world through his messages of love and peace.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


ISKCON's Bhaktivedanta Manor, London

George Harrison with Srila Prabhupada


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Question: A Devotee is Never Lost?

My dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

All glories to you and our beloved Srimati Gurumataji.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Srila Gurudev, this morning while reading the Srimad Bhagavatam I came across this verse which Srila Prabhupada quotes from Bhagavad-gita 9.31: kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati---"Once one has taken shelter at the lotus feet of the Lord, he cannot be lost." This statement really gives great hope.

Does this statement mean that whoever has taken up devotional service once or has rendered some devotional service will never be lost even if he or she falls down at some point of time or gave up the process?

What is the correct understanding, Srila Gurudeva? Please enlighten this soul.

Thank you so much .

Your unworthy servant,
Nandapriya Devi Dasi

Answer: Yes. He Is Never Lost.

From: London

My Dear Nandapriya,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It's a fact that anyone who seriously takes up the pathway of Krishna consciousness, even if they have a fall down from this pathway of pure devotional service, will sooner or later be rectified and will attain the supreme perfection of going back to home, back to Godhead.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday, December 10 2018

Thought For The Day: Stop Trying to Be the Center

London, UK

We have to stop trying to be the center of the universe because we are not. Although it is utter foolishness to spend all of our time and energy trying to be something that we are not, we are still the most foolish human beings because we are completely wasting our energy to do exactly that. Isn't a pity? Something must be done now to change this. This and only this should be the number one priority for all the world's leader.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna is the Real Center


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Question: Why Do Materialists Suffer?

Do materialistic people suffer because they are not in Krishna consciousness? Why don't they give up their suffering and come to Krishna consciousness?

Vivek Gadde

Answer: Because They Are Not Krishna Conscious

From: London

My Dear Vivek,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Just as person who is drowning in the ocean is in a suffering condition, those persons who are not Krishna conscious are in a suffering condition drowning in the ocean of birth, death, old age, and disease.

It is because of their ignorance of the science of Krishna that they remain in their suffering condition. This is why we want to enlighten them. It pains us greatly to see the entire world population drowning in this ocean of ignorance and misery.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday, December, 9 2018

Thought For The Day: The Science of Religion

Austin, Texas USA

Sectarian religion is not really religion. It is religiosity. Real religion is not based on blind faith. It is based instead on science and philosophy. In other words, it is the science of God. In this regard it should be carefully noted, scientifically analyzed, that every machine requires an operator or a programmer to turn it on. No machine has the power to turn itself on automatically. If it appears to do so, it is only because someone has programmed it to do so. Therefore the principle that in every case every machine requires an operator always holds true. And since this gigantic cosmic manifestation that we currently find ourselves situated in also functions as a machine, we can understand scientifically and philosophically that this universal machine also requires an operator. In this way we have proven the existence of God by pure logic without blind faith or dogmatism.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada: The Topmost Scientist


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Question: Can I Talk to Sankarsan Das?

Hi, I tried to contact you. Is there any way that I can talk to Sankarshan Das? Please, I am eagerly waiting to talk to him.

Alina

Answer: What Do You Want to Talk About?

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Alina,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Kindly tell me what it is that you would like to talk about, and I will see if a telephone meeting can be arranged.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Thought For The Day: Keep Your Priorities Straight

Austin, Texas USA

We have a tendency to de-prioritize that which is ultimately important, namely the awakening of pure love of God within our hearts and to give more importance to that which is only relatively important, namely our daily activities of bodily maintenance. This is not at all good. We must learn to always keep our primary focus on spiritual awakening. In this connection the Bible wisely states, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all things shall be added unto you." And Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita, "For those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form—to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have." So instead of listening to our rascal minds we should mold our lives according what is stated in scripture. This will give us great happiness and peace of mind. Plus this will qualify us to go back to home, back to Godhead at the time of leaving our present material bodies.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




First Things First: Chanting Hare Krishna Japa


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Question: How to Study?

Dear Sankarshan Das Adhikari,

Thanks for replying my mail. Could you give me some suggestion in studying? All the best with love. I have decided to follow ISKCON forever.

Hare Krishna,
Wen Ge Wang

Answer: Dedicate Your Life for This

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Wen Ge Wang,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

For studying, set aside a period of time every day to study Srila Prabhupada's books with the goal of eventually reading all of Srila Prabhupada's books again and again throughout your entire life. I am very pleased that you have realized the importance of serving the ISKCON mission, which is the world deliverance mission of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Thought For The Day: The Perfection of Time Management

Austin, Texas USA

Don't waste a single moment. Even one moment of time wasted cannot be gotten back even by spending millions and billions of dollars. Time management is nowadays very popular with materialists. There are so many time management seminars and books in the market place. But because they teach only how to utilize your time more efficiently for sense gratification all they are really doing is teaching how to become expert at wasting your time.

On the other hand, devotees of Krishna are the real expert time managers because they know that every moment of time belongs to Krishna and thus must be utilized in Krishna's service. Any moment of time that is not full engaged in Krishna's service is a permanent loss because once that moment is gone it is finished forever and can never be gotten back. Because the devotees of the Lord expertly engage their every moment in Krishna consciousness, their going back to home, back to Godhead at the time of death is guaranteed. Let us all now become like that, fully dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada--Master of Time Management


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Choose a Guru?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Kindly please accept my humble obeisances.
All Glories to You and Srimati Gurumataji.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Srila Gurudeva, I have 4 questions in my mind which I feel are very big ones. Kindly please instruct me on these. I beg sincere apologies Srila Gurudeva if they are offensive in anyway.

(1) How do I choose a bona fide spiritual master and what is exactly blind surrender?

(2) Can I please give the money back that the Lord gives me through my job to Him after keeping some for my personal expenses every month ?

(3) I have heard to save money, Srila Gurudeva, if I put the money in the Lord's donation box, Is it not the best savings?

Kindly please guide me Srila Gurudeva.

Your Ignorant Child,
Jay Mehta

Answer: See Who Matches the Scriptural Descriptions

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Jay,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Here are the answers to your questions:

(1) Study Prabhupada's books to find out what are the symptoms of a bona fide spiritual master and then seek out someone who matches those symptoms. Blind following is condemned. You must know what you are doing based on Vedic wisdom.

(2) Yes, you can donate whatever you able to afford to assist our world deliverance mission. Kindly let me know how much you would to contribute each month and I will send you a link to activate your donor account.

(3) Contributing to Krishna is the best savings because by such contributing you will save yourself from the ocean of birth and death.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Thought For The Day: The War Against Maya or Illusion

Austin, Texas USA

Our enemy is maya or illusion. We have been conquered by illusion and are thus the slaves of illusion. Therefore we must now fight a war of independence to get free from the clutches of illusion. In this way instead of trying to imagine that we are happy in our present suffering condition, we can become factually happy as liberated souls no longer imprisoned in the vicious cycle of birth and death. If you have not alway declared war on maya or illusion, take up the fight today under the guidance of Guru and Krishna. The life you save will be your own. Plus you will become a positive force for benefitting the entire world. What could be more fulfilling than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Shackled by the Chain of Illusion


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Appreciation: Thanks for Your Continuing Energy

Dear Sankarshan Das Adhikari,

Please accept my humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada

Thank you for your continuing energy in that for so many years you have continued to share 'Thought For The Day'.

From the subject matter shared today, it seems appropriate not to ask a question but to thank Lord Krishna, to thank you devoted servant of Lord Krishna, for bringing us to this point in time, in our lives, in our devotional practice, where despite the prospect of all life that is existent spiraling towards an increasing abyss of darkness, we find within ourselves the strength to hold onto the truth and therefore the light that Lord Krishna has shown us, and therefore allowing us remain equipoised.

Thank you.

Hare Krishna.

Bhaktin Jay (Cornwall, UK)

Reply: Your Words Give Me Strength

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Bhaktin Jay,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you very much for your very kind appreciation of my humble attempt to serve Srila Prabhupada's order that we must make the whole world Krishna conscious. Your words give me strength to push on in our war against maya or illusion.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Thought For The Day: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Austin, Texas USA

We are presently in the darkness of material existence suffering like anything in the cycle of birth, death, old age, and disease. But as soon as we seriously take to the path of Krishna consciousness, even though we are still to some extent within the grips of the material energy, we are inspired by the light of pure Krishna bhakti at the end of the tunnel, which we are gradually approaching. This light of Krishna consciousness gives us great joy and hope. It enables us to tolerate the difficulties that we sometimes have to face on this most sublime ultimate pathway of awakening our dormant Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Light of Krishna Consciousness is Coming


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Question: Odds of Spiritual Success in this Age?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

I am getting disheartened nowadays.

When Sri Brahma and Lord Shiva were affected by Maya, what are the chances of a very neophyte devotee in this most materialistic age, Kaliyuga?

Thank you,
Rashmi

Answer: 100%, If You Take Shelter of Guru and Krishna

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Rashmi,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If you take complete shelter of Guru and Krishna, you chances of success are 100%.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Thought For The Day: The Peace Formula Music Video

Austin, Texas USA

My disciple, Sankirtan Das Brahmacari, has produced a wonderful, professional quality music video of my song, The Peace Formula. In order to gain the best exposure on YouTube for disseminating it to the largest possible audience we applied for a join a special program for highly viewed channels. YouTube has informed me that it will take about a month for them to review our application. Therefore we are delaying the release of this video until we hear back from YouTube in approximately one month's time.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Here's a scene from the video


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Question: How Did We Become Impure?

It is known that we being spirit souls got impurities in us and got separated from the Lord. But how did we get those impurities? I am wondering this because there are other souls also which did not get these impurities.

Vivek Gadde

Answer: Misuse of Independence

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Vivek,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We misused our independence by attempting to enjoy separately from Krishna. This was our big mistake. But now we can rectify ourselves by following the instructions that Lord Sri Krishna is so mercifully giving us in the Bhagavad-gita.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood. Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 3 December 2018

Thought For The Day: It's Time to Get Out of Our Rut

Austin, Texas USA

Instead of being miserable, we should count our blessings for all the wonderful things that God has given us. Then we should reciprocate with His kindness by engaging ourselves fully in His transcendental loving service. If we will follow this simple instruction, we will become free from all anxiety, absolutely happy in all times, places, and circumstances. The difficulty is we lack faith in this principle. Thus we suffer on and on needlessly. It's time that we get out of our rut and start being a little intelligent.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


We Should Stop Needlessly Embracing Misery


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Question: Spiritual Perfection Without Guru?

Can we achieve highest level of spirituality without Guru, if anyone in the state of inner guidance comes to him?

Abhishek Mahale

Answer: That is Not Possible

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Abhishek,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Since Krishna has ordered us to accept a guru, if we do not do so we are disobeying the order of Krishna and thus have no access to the spiritual plane.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 2 December 2018

Thought For The Day: Beware of Bogus Gurus

Austin, Texas USA

In this Kali Yuga, the age of cheating, the world is full of bogus so-called spiritual masters who are very expert at taking away your money, but completely incompetent in doing the real duty of a spiritual master, which is to take away your karma and deliver you back to your original eternal identity that you once had in the spiritual world before you fell down into this material world by a misuse of your free will. So one must be very careful to find the bona fide spiritual master, the teacher who does not concoct anything but simply purely gives you what he has received from his bona fide spiritual master. I was personally misguided by several bogus so-called gurus before I found the genuine spiritual master. The charlatans are very dangerous for one's spiritual life and thus should be strictly avoided.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Don't Be Misled by Charlatans


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Dilemma: We Cannot Afford the Guru

My husband and I have been trying to learn to become Buddhists, but we do not know where to start. And Sadhguru is the only real guru that we know of that would help. But his classes cost so much, and we are not rich with money. Please help us. Please guide us.

Jayla Arnold

Answer: Reject the Bogus Guru and Accept the Real Guru

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Jayla,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Any guru who charges you a fee to train you is not a bona fide guru. The bona fide spiritual master freely trains you in the self-realization process. He never charges a fee like the rip-off so-called gurus. If you will simply take complete shelter of the bona fide guru, he will lovingly guide you how to become spiritually perfect and thus enter into a state of eternal, unlimited happiness.

Self-realization is transcendental to all designations such as Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Muslim, Christian, etc. Real self-realization means to realize that you are the eternal servant of Krishna or God and to become practically engaged in serving Him under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

If you are willing and ready to take my guidance, I will train you how to become spiritually perfect. And I will not charge you a fee.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 1 December 2018

Thought For The Day: The Koran Describes Allah as a Personal God With a Form

Austin, Texas USA

The following is an excerpt from the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita with the translations and purports of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in which Lord Caitanya reveals the ultimate conclusion of the Muslim scripture, the Koran:

Among the Muslims was a grave person who was wearing a black dress. People called him a saintly person. The heart of that saintly person softened upon seeing Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He wanted to talk to Him and establish impersonal Brahman on the basis of his own scripture, the Koran. When that person tried to establish the impersonal Brahman conception of the Absolute Truth on the basis of the Koran, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu refuted his argument. Whatever arguments he put forward, the Lord refuted them all. Finally the person became stunned and could not speak.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, "The Koran certainly establishes impersonalism, but at the end it refutes that impersonalism and establishes the personal God. The Koran accepts the fact that ultimately there is only one God. He is full of opulence, and His bodily complexion is blackish. According to the Koran, the Lord has a supreme, blissful, transcendental body. He is the Absolute Truth, the all-pervading, omniscient and eternal being. He is the origin of everything. Creation, maintenance and dissolution come from Him. He is the original shelter of all gross and subtle cosmic manifestations. The Lord is the Supreme Truth, worshipable by everyone. He is the cause of all causes. By engaging in His devotional service, the living entity is relieved from material existence. No conditioned soul can get out of material bondage without serving the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Love at His lotus feet is the ultimate goal of life.

PURPORT

According to the Muslim scripture, without evadat, offering prayers at a mosque or elsewhere five times daily (namaz), one cannot be successful in life. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu pointed out that in the revealed scripture of the Muslims, love of Godhead is the ultimate goal. Karma-yoga and jñana-yoga are certainly described in the Koran, but ultimately the Koran states that the ultimate goal is the offering of prayers to the Supreme Person (evadat).

"The happiness of liberation, whereby one merges into the Lord's existence, cannot even be compared to a fragment of the transcendental bliss obtained by service unto the Lord's lotus feet. In the Koran there are descriptions of fruitive activity, speculative knowledge, mystic power and union with the Supreme, but ultimately all this is refuted and the Lord's personal feature established, along with His devotional service. The scholars of the Koran are not very advanced in knowledge. Although there are many methods prescribed, they do not know that the ultimate conclusion should be considered the most powerful. Seeing your own Koran and deliberating over what is written there, what is your conclusion?"

The saintly Muslim replied, "All that You have said is true. This has certainly been written in the Koran, but our scholars can neither understand nor accept it. Usually they describe the Lord's impersonal aspect, but they hardly know that the Lord's personal feature is worshipable. They are undoubtedly lacking this knowledge.

PURPORT

The saintly Muslim admitted that those who were supposedly conversant in the teachings of the Koran could not ultimately understand the essence of the Koran. Because of this, they accepted only the Lord's impersonal feature. Generally they recite and explain this portion only. Although the transcendental body of the Lord is worshipable, most of them are unaware of this.

"Since You are that very same Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, please be merciful upon me. I am fallen and unfit. I have studied the Muslim scripture very extensively, but from it I cannot conclusively decide what the ultimate goal of life is or how I can approach it. Now that I have seen You, my tongue is chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. The false prestige I felt from being a learned scholar is now gone."

Saying this, the saintly Muslim fell at the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and requested Him to speak of life's ultimate goal and the process by which it could be obtained.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, "Please get up. You have chanted the holy name of Krishna; therefore the sinful reactions you have accrued for many millions of lives are now gone. You are now pure."

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then told all the Muslims there, "Chant the holy name of Krishna! Chant the holy name of Krishna!" As they all began to chant, they were overwhelmed by ecstatic love.

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The Muslim world should now be enlightened with this knowledge.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya is Allah Himself


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Question: Did Krishna Meditate to Become God?

Respected Sir,

Is it true saying that Lord Krishna had practiced Rajayoga meditation and thereby achieved the Divine status.

thanking u sir

sasidhar

Answer: Krishna is Always God

From: ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

My Dear Sasidhar,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Krishna did not have to meditate to become God. He is always God, the source of all existence.

I hope this meets you in the best of health and in an ecstatic mood. Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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