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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 6 March 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Base Your Happiness on this Material World

You should never base your happiness on your situation in this material world. If you do so, you are the biggest fool because whatever happiness you may think that you are enjoying is illusory and only temporary at best. The intelligent person bases his happiness instead on his relationship with his spiritual master and Lord Sri Krishna because when you become perfect in this you become perfect in eternal happiness. In other words your happiness can never be impinged upon by anything that happens to you here in this material world. Otherwise you are simply throwing yourself into the whirlpool of repeated birth, death, old age, and disease in the 8,400,000 species of life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Disciple Submissively Hears from Srila Prabhupada


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Spirit-Soul Has Human Form Before Falling?

Does the spirit soul exist as a person ( meaning human shaped ) before falling into material illusion and obtaining one of 8.4 million physical shapes? It is really an amazing 1/10,000th the tip of a human hair in size?

Pankaj Patel

Answer: Yes, And Then He Shrinks

Yes, the spirit-soul is originally a person with a unique identity and a full-sized human form in the spiritual world before he falls down into material existence. When he falls into material existence his spiritual form goes into a dormant seed-like state manifested microscopically as the size of 1/10,000th the tip of hair. When he goes back to Godhead he will again manifest his original spiritual form.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 5 March 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Gaura Purnima--The Appearance Day of Lord Caitanya

Today is the appearance day of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, appearing in the form of His own devotee to bestow what no other incarnation has bestowed before, pure love of Godhead. It was on this most glorious day in 1486 A.D. that the greatest of all mercy was bestowed upon the suffering people of this age. The auspiciousness of Lord Caitanya's appearance is described as follows in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita:

vande sri-krsna-caitanya-
nityanandau sahoditau
gaudodaye puspavantau
citrau san-dau tamo-nudau

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Krishna Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, who are like the sun and moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauda to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction upon all."
Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi Lila 1.2

Let us all take advantage of this day to beg for the causeless mercy of Lord Caitanya to rescue us from our entanglement in this material existence. On this day the devotees fast all day until moon rise in the evening, at which time they break their fast by honoring a feast which has been offered to Lord Caitanya.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya and His Associates
Dance in the Ecstasy of Pure Love of God


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Unaware of Our Impure Hearts?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

I asked a few non-devotee friends if they have a clean heart free from impurities like envy, jealousy, pride, hypocrisy, anger, etc. and they all said that their hearts are clean. How is that they feel their hearts are clean?

Thanking you.

I beg to remain your humble servant.
Kesaven

Answer: In this Age of Everyone's Hearts Are Polluted

In this age everyone’s minds are polluted. Being deluded is another one of the faults, which is certainly manifest in your friends. Everyone is disturbed by varying degrees of lust, anger, greed, madness, illusion and envy. They reveal this by their behavior. When one is covered by these faults he cannot perceive that he has them. It is only when one starts to clean his heart that he begins to see how dirty he really is.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 4 March 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Think Globally and Act Locally for Krishna

Srila Prabhupada has given us the mission of delivering the whole world from suffering and ignorance by awakening the dormant Krishna consciousness within the hearts of all. Therefore we must fully embrace this world deliverance mission as our very life and soul. While maintaining this broad global vision, at the same time we must focus on our daily devotional activities as well as giving Krishna consciousness to everyone we meet. In this way by acting locally and thinking globally we will gradually attain our goal of delivering the entire world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Harinam Sankirtan in New York City


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Was Vedic Culture Restored in India?

I understand that after Lord Buddha denied the Vedas in 600 B.C., teaching that everything is void, there was a series of acharyas who gradually restored the complete understanding of the Vedic teachings. Who were those acharyas and what did they teach?

Thank you,
Y.S.

Answer: By a Series of Vaisnava Acharyas

Even though Lord Buddha was Krishna Himself, when He appeared in 600 B.C. in order to stop cow killing, he denied the Vedas and instead taught the principles of karma and non-violence. He did this because the people at that time were so degraded that they were misinterpreting the Vedas to justify cow killing. When the emperor Ashok adopted Buddhism, all of India became Buddhist, and Vedic culture become completely non-existent.

Many centuries later in 788 A.D. Sankaracarya appeared. He was none other than Lord Siva himself who was ordered by Lord Krishna to take birth as a brahmana, defeat Buddhism, and re-establish Vedic culture in India. To do this he taught a philosophy which is very similar to Buddhism. While Buddha denied the Vedas and taught that everything is zero, Sankaracarya reintroduced the Vedas in a twisted way through word jugglery establishing that everything is one. In this way he was able to attract the Buddhists back to an acceptance of the Vedas. In other words, Buddha taught that there is no God and Sankara attracted the atheists by teaching them that they are God. Sankara's philosophy is known as advaita-vedanta (nondualistic Vedanta).

Then many centuries later in 1017 A.D. came the great acharya Ramanuja. He taught the philosophy known as visistadvaita (qualified non-dualism), that there is a difference between the Parabrahman (Supreme Brahman) and the jivas (eternally fragmental souls).

After Ramanuja in 1230 A.D. came Madhvacarya. He taught a type of Vedanta philosophy called suddha-dvaita (pure dualism) which even more emphatically than Ramanuja argued against the monistic philosophy of Sankara.

The philosophical conclusion was taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is Krishna Himself, appearing in 1486 A.D. in the guise of His own devotee. Lord Caitanya's philosophy completed the progression from Buddhistic atheism to devotional theism. Ramanuja had agreed with Sankara that the Absolute is one, but had disagreed by affirming individual variety within that oneness. Madhva emphasized the eternal duality of the Supreme and the jiva even after liberation. Lord Caitanya, in conclusion, specified that the Supreme and the jivas are inconceivably, simultaneously one and different (acintya-bheda-abheda). In this way He thoroughly and most profoundly defeated Sankara's philosophy.

Sankaracarya gave the thesis of oneness. Madhvacarya gave the antithesis of duality. And Lord Caitanya gave the synthesis of simultaneous oneness and difference.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 3 March 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Getting a Higher Taste Will Save You

At the present moment we are all very much addicted to material sense gratification, both subtle and gross. Because of this addiction we are hopelessly entangled, suffering like anything in the cycle of repeated birth, death, old age, and disease. The only tangible hope for us bewildered souls to get out of this vicious cycle is to somehow or other get a taste for engaging our senses in the service of the master of the senses Hrishikesha, who is also known as Krishna. Once we get this higher taste we will easily be able to abandon our addiction to the lower taste of material sense gratification. Therefore we must be very, very greedy to somehow or other experience the higher taste of relishing the transcendental association of Lord Sri Krishna, especially in the form of His most holy name, the amazingly beautiful name "Krishna."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




London Devotees Relish Higher Taste of Krishna Consciousness


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Does Krishna Facilitate Bogus So-Called Gurus?

Regarding all these so-called self-made gurus in this world who are not Krishna conscious and are misleading our society by manufacturing their own bogus methods of practices for self realization, why does Krishna give them so much intelligence that they can succeed in their endeavor?

Thank you,
Hare Krishna,
Radha Ramana

Answer: Because the People Want to Be Cheated

When people want to be cheated with bogus so-called spiritual knowledge instead of genuine spiritual knowledge, Krishna fulfills their desire by sending them so many bogus, cheating so-called gurus who are very expert in the art of sophisticatedly deceiving them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 2 March 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Be a Bona Fide Disciple:

The sastras (scriptures) enjoin that we must seek out a bona fide spiritual master, take shelter of him, and be initiated by him. Having accomplished this does not mean that our spiritual life is now complete. To make our spiritual life perfect and complete we must then become the bona fide disciples of the spiritual master by becoming fully obedient to his instructions, accepting them as our very life and soul. If we do not do this, we are only so-called disciples and we will not become liberated from the cycle of birth and death. We will oblige our spiritual master to take birth again to deliver us from this quagmire of material existence. So we should not encumber our spiritual master in this way, obliging him to take birth again in this material world. We should be his fully surrendered sold-out servants so we can be of the best service to him in his mission of delivering the fallen, conditioned souls of this age.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Mercifully Gives Instructions


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is ISKCON a Religion?

I would like you to clarify some issues. First, is the ISKCON movement a religion? Secondly, are there any rituals performed before one becomes a member. And thirdly, what is the procedure of joining? I will appreciate your timely answer.

Emmanuel

Answer: It's Not a Religion, But Teaches Pure Religion

ISKCON is not a religion per se because there is only one religion, to be a pure lover of God. ISKCON teaches that one pure religion.

All you have to do to be a member is read our books and follow the guidelines given in them by our Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Do you have any of our books? Do you live near an ISKCON center?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 1 March 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Everybody Needs Someone to Love

Everybody needs someone to love. This is the most basic psychological need of everyone. Nobody can be happy or satisfied without having someone to reciprocate love with. This is why if someone has no one else they will be keep a dog or a cat. We all crave love, and we all want perfect love with a person who will not cheat, neglect, or abuse us in any way. Because in this material world, we are all more or less self-centered, none of us are able to perfectly reciprocate love with others. Therefore to become satisfied in love we must offer our love to the Supreme Person who is the source of all existence. Many people call Him God, which denotes His position as the Supreme Controller. We are most fortunate to know His most intimate personal name. We know that He is Krishna. And that person who teaches how to overcome our selfish nature and love Him purely is the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna--The Person Who Perfectly Loves Everyone


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are Spirituality and Religion Different?

First of all, I would like to thank you for enlightening us with your daily thoughts to keep our minds on the track of devotional service with faith. Whenever there is a question mark in my mind about my existence, efforts to chant my rounds, and other problems in my life your mail answers it directly as if you know I need it. Thank you very much for your guidance.

I don't understand much of the philosophy of devotional service because of my limitation in thought process. However, I would request you to please help me to understand the difference between spirituality and religion. Are they same or different and how ?

Abhishek K.

Answer: Genuine Religion and Spirituality Are the Same

Genuine religion and spirituality are one the same. But the pseudo-religion that masquerades nowadays as religion is in fact a covered form of materialism. The pseudo-religionists worship God, but they do it for a material purpose to advance their material sense gratification. Therefore they are not true religionists or spiritualists. They are instead pseudo-religious materialists.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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