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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 16 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Nectar of Krishna Katha

There is truly nothing sweeter than talking about Krishna. Because His glories are unlimited one can continue talking about Him for all of eternity and never run out of fascinating things to say about Him. No one else has such amazingly ever-expanding glories. So may the entire universe now become completely overflooded with the glories of Lord Sri Krishna, the most stupendously dazzling Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Most Amazing Krishna


Video For the Day:

Reconnecting With Krishna

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Question: Scientific Proof for Krishna's Existence?

How can you justify existence of Krishna to modern science?

Your Student,
Apurva Gupta

Answer: The Universal Machine Operator

It is scientifically verifiable that every machine requires an operator. Therefore we can understand that the gigantic universal machine also requires an operator.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 15 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Necessity of Initiation

Today, here in Vrindavana I have given initiation to twenty-four sincere souls who are very eager to get out of this material world and go back to home, back to Godhead. Taking shelter of the bona fide spiritual master, getting initiated by him, and being fully obedient to him are absolute necessities for anyone who wants to be truly happy. May all thoughtful persons all over the world now take seriously to this process of self-awakening.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Initiation Ceremony
15 October 2017
Vrindavana


Video For the Day:

How to Achieve Spiritual Perfection

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Question: How to Make Whole World Krishna Conscious?

What according to you should be done to make the whole world Krishna consciousness at both macro and micro level?

Your Student,
Apurva Gupta

Answer: Become Pure Devotees

The only hope for making the whole world Krishna is if we come to the highest level of spotless devotion. This is described as follows in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita Madhya 22.65:

sastra-yuktye sunipuna, drdha-sraddha yanra
‘uttama-adhikari’ se taraye samsara

“One who is expert in the Vedic literature and has full faith in the Supreme Lord is an uttama-adhikari, a first-class Vaisnava, a topmost Vaisnava who can deliver the whole world and turn everyone to Krishna consciousness.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 14 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Praying for Krishna's Blessings

Today, the tenth day of the most holy month of Karttika, is the day when all over the world my disciples will be celebrating the day of my birth in this material world in my present body. I was born on 7 November 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri USA. For religious observances Vaisnavas go by the lunar calendar instead of the solar calendar. That's why my birthday is being celebrated on 14 October instead of 7 November. In 1947 the tenth day of Karttika in St. Louis was on 7 November. Since my first birthday was in 1947 today is my 71st birthday, and thus even though I am eternal, my present body is 70 years old.

Being born in a Christian family I was taught to believe in God, not as that person to whom I must surrender, but as that person whom I should approach to fulfill my material desires. Such a rudimentary level of God consciousness did not satisfy me. So in 1971 I sought to attain the pure, divine consciousness of complete surrender to the will of God, as taught by Lord Jesus in the Bible, but which is not understood by most Christians.

This desire to be a perfect follower of the teachings of Jesus brought me to Krishna consciousness and to becoming the initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. As Srila Prabhupada's disciple, on his order, my life is now fully dedicated for trying to bring about a complete respiritualization of the entire human society as soon as possible. Especially on this day of my appearance I am thus begging and praying for Srila Prabhupada's blessings, Lord Caitanya's blessings, and Lord Krishna's blessings that I can now be fully successful in executing my duty of bringing about a complete respiritualization of the entire universal society as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada in New Vrindavana 1972


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Guru's Appearance Day

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Question: Ideally How Much Daily Meditation?

How many hours of meditation or chanting is ideal?

Your Student,
Apurva Gupta

Answer: At Least 16 Rounds Daily

The ideal standard is meditatively chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra 24 hours a day. If this is not possible, one should at least chanting 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna. mahamantra around his japa beads every day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 13 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

We Are Not Meant to Live in Hell

This material world is hell, and there is not much more to be said in this connection. We are not meant to live here in this nasty place. We are meant to live with Krishna in the spiritual world. Therefore we should get out of here and go back to home, back to Godhead as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Govardhana Parikrama Bliss
12 October 2017


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Ecstasy on Govardhan Parikrama

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Diet and Daily Routine?

What diet and what daily routine would you suggest?

Your Student,
Apurva Gupta

Answer: Regulative Principles and Initiation

Take only Krishna prasadam as your food. Krishna prasadam means fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products offered to Lord Sri Krishna with love a devotion. No meat, fish, eggs, onions, garlic or mushroom should be offered to Krishna and thus should not eaten by you. You should rise early every morning at least 1 and half hours before sunrise and chant at least 16 round daily of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads. You should also strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. When fixed in the above for at least one year you should take initiation from the bona fide spiritual, and then under his loving guidance prepare yourself for going back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 12 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Bathing in the River Yamuna

11 October 2017--Today we were blessed with the most auspicious opportunity of bathing in the River Yamuna. In this regard Srila Prabhupada writes as follows:

"The Lord sanctified the River Yamuna from the beginning of His transcendental pastimes in the world. While His father Vasudeva was crossing the Yamuna with the baby Lord Krishna for a safe place at Gokula on the other bank of the river from Mathura, the Lord fell down in the river, and by the dust of His lotus feet the river at once became sanctified. It is especially mentioned herein that Maharaja Pariksit took shelter of that particular river which is beautifully flowing, carrying the dust of the lotus feet of Lord Krishna, mixed with tulasi leaves. Lord Krishna's lotus feet are always besmeared with the tulasi leaves, and thus as soon as His lotus feet contact the water of the Ganges and the Yamuna, the rivers become at once sanctified. The Lord, however, contacted the River Yamuna more than the Ganges. According to the Varaha Purana, as quoted by Srila Jiva Gosvami, there is no difference between the water of the Ganges and the Yamuna, but when the water of the Ganges is sanctified one hundred times, it is called the Yamuna."

In this regard Srila Prabhupada also writes as follows:

"If possible, one should bathe in the waters of the Ganges or Yamuna, or in the absence of the Ganges and Yamuna one may bathe in the water of the sea. This is an item of austerity. Our Krishna consciousness movement has therefore established two very large centers, one in Vrindavana and another in Mayapura, Navadvipa. There one may bathe in the Ganges or Yamuna, chant the Hare Krishna mantra and thus become perfect and return home, back to Godhead."

So we were very much blessed today with the opportunity to bathe in the most sacred River Yamuna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada and Disciples Bathing in Yamuna


Video For the Day:

Don't Waste Your Life

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Question: Education Reforms?

What education reforms would you suggest?

Your Student,
Apurva Gupta

Answer: Spiritual Education Brings World Peace

Throughout the world the entire educational system must be thoroughly revamped. Everyone must be taught that they are not their bodies, that they are spiritual beings, and that they are the eternal servants of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. When this knowledge is given to everyone there will be world peace. This planet will be heaven on earth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Why Suffer Unnecessarily?

It just does not make any sense that anyone would have to suffer unnecessarily being cruelly whipped by the material modes of nature here in the cycle of birth and death when factually they are all eternal spiritual beings, associates of the Supreme Lord in His transcendental pastimes in the spiritual world. Therefore we are requesting everyone to kindly take up the pathway of Krishna consciousness to get back as soon as possible to that place where they eternally belong.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Go Back to Home, Back to Godhead


Video For the Day:

Darsana of Lord Govinda in Jaipur

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Question: Liberation in the Age of Kali?

Is it really possible to achieve moksha (liberation from the cycle of repeated birth and death) in this age of Kali?

Your Student,
Apurva Gupta

Answer: By Taking Shelter of Guru and Krishna

Even though it is the age of Kali, the most degraded and materialistic age, anyone who takes complete shelter of Guru and Krishna will be delivered.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The World Desperately Needs Qualified Leaders

The world desperately needs qualified leaders because the present day cannot even properly control their own senses, what to speak of being able to properly guide anyone else. Until we have leaders who have mastered the art of controlling their senses this world is going to become more and more of a hell.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Srimad Bhagavatam
7 October 2017--Sri Vrindavana Dhama


Video For the Day:

Reconnect with Your Actual Identity Now

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Question: Define Karma?

How would you define karma and reincarnation to the western world?

Your Student,
Apurva Gupta

Answer: What Goes Around

What goes around, comes around.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 9 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Krishna Consciousness Movement Can Lead the World Out of Chaos

The Krishna consciousness movement can lead the world out of its present ever-increasingly chaotic quagmire. Therefore the world's leaders must now be convinced to take guidance from the leaders of the Krishna consciousness movement how to manage their respective nations in a way that will be beneficial for everyone who resides there including the unborn babies and the animals. The material formulas of the world's leaders will not solve the world's problems. Only through Krishna consciousness can the world now become happy, peaceful, and prosperous.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Srimad Bhagavatam
7 October 2017--Sri Vrindavana Dhama


Video For the Day:

Don't Cheat Yourself

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Did You Become a Guru?

What life experience turned you to full time spirituality, and what made you become a guru?

Your Student,
Apurva Gupta

Answer: On the Order of My Spiritual Master

I embraced a life of pure spirituality because I realized that this was the only way I could truly be happy. And then I became a spiritual master only when I was ordered by my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, to become a guru and deliver the world. No one can become a bona fide spiritual master on their own whims. It is only when one is ordered by a bona fide spiritual master that he can become a bona fide spiritual master. This means that most of the gurus nowadays are not bona fide. They are mostly quacks.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 8 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Key to Unlimited Happiness

The key to unlimited happiness is to awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness that is sleeping within you. No one can force you to do this. It is totally up to you if you would like to do this or nor. I hope you make the right choice because I cannot stand to see anybody needlessly suffering.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Relishing Krishna's Damodara Pastimes
6 October 2017--Sri Vrindavana Dhama


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At Madana Mohana Temple

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Who Is Your Guru?

Who is your guru and how did you meet him?

Your Student,
Apurva Gupta

Answer: Srila Prabhupada

My spiritual master is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. I met him by the causeless mercy of Lord Krishna because I was begging my beloved Lord how I could become His perfect servant.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 7 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Together We Can Save the World

If we work together co-operatively to execute Srila Prabhupada's order to save the world, there is a great hope that we can in fact be successful in saving this ever-increasingly troubled world from its darkest hour of despair. So let's not only talk about it. Let's do it. Let's try to make the whole world Krishna conscious. This planet is becoming increasingly more and more chaotic with every passing day. So let's work together now to revolutionize this place.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Our Planet is Becoming More and More a War Zone.


Video For the Day:

The Night of Krishna's Rasa Dance

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Define Krishna to an Atheist?

How would you define Krishna or God to an atheist?

Your Student,
Apurva Gupta

Answer: Scientifically

I would scientifically tell him like this:

"Your atheistic theory that everything comes out of nothing is illogical and scientifically unverifiable because factually nothing comes out nothing. Verifiable scientific data proves that everything comes from an original something, which must necessarily possess the qualities and characteristics of what it has produced, such as cognizance and personality. You embrace blind fanaticism while we embrace logical, scientific thinking. It's time for you to philosophically grow up and become a little mature."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 6 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Why Do We Exist?

We exist to relish unlimited happiness in a pure loving relationship with the Supreme Person, the source of all existence. So why should we cheat ourselves any longer by remaining here in this rotten world of birth and death. It's time to go home.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Awaits Our Return to His Transcendental Abode


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How to Conquer Death

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Reach Krishna?

My Dear Respected Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I would like to love such a person as Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who comes millennium after millennium just to call me back to His transcendental abode, who speaks the Bhagavad-gita again and again just to let me know how much He misses me there. I just don't know how to reach Him.

Sincerely,
Kaspars

Answer: Call His Name With Love

All you have to do to reach Him is call His name with love. It’s as simple as that.

Plus, since He is fully present in a photograph of a painting of Him, you can make an altar and offer Him all of your food (no meat, fish, eggs, onions, and garlic). Bow down to Him regularly and chant His names as much as possible. He will become fully present in your apartment. By associating with Him every day in a mood of loving service you will become a pure devotee, and He will take you back to His eternal abode, your original home.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 5 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Why People Take Intoxicants

People take intoxicants because they want to enter into another state of mind beyond their present suffering existence. They can't stand their present miserable situation and they are thus trying to find something better by getting intoxicated. However, what they don't realize is that their miseries are all simply due to their misidentification of their actual self with the material body, which is only a temporary, deteriorating covering of the self, a costume that their true self, the spirit-soul within the body, is only wearing and utilizing right now. The end result of intoxication is that because it is a stimulation of their material body, the act of getting intoxicated increases one's bodily consciousness and thus increases one's suffering instead of decreasing it. Although there may a temporary impression of relief from the suffering, the end result is an increase of suffering. So the conclusion is that if they will stop misidentifying with their miserable material body and instead identify with their actual self, the all-blissful spirit-soul within, they will enter into a state of pure unadulterated, ever-increasing bliss. This is accomplished by absorbing oneself in one's original constitutional nature of loving service to Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

If you are not already doing this, try this today. You'll absolutely love it!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture
4 October 2017--Vrindavana Dhama


Video For the Day:

A Big Bang Did Not Produce the Universe

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Self Realization

I would like to know more about self-realization.

Thanks.

Sanu,
India

Answer: Realize the Individual and Supreme Self

Self-realization means understanding that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and that you are His eternal servant.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Don't Cheat Yourself

Don't cheat yourself by continuing to misidentify with your material body, which you are not. To continue to do so would be sheer idiocy. So why be a miserable idiot when you can instead be an unlimitedly blissful self-realized soul? This is real intelligence. This art is what you can learn from the revealed scriptures and the bona fide spiritual master. So, do yourself the ultimate favor and revive your original pure state of Krishna consciousness as soon as possible. You'll be unlimitedly glad that you did.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Return to Your Original Home in the Spiritual Sky


Video For the Day:

From Vrindavana With Love

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Suffering a Blessing?

Is it not so that sometimes what looks like suffering is actually a blessing? If something so-called bad happens to a devotee, it's also Krishna's arrangement, isn't it so?

Thank you.

Your insignificant servant
Lila Manjari devi dasi

Answer: Yes, For Those Who Are Realized

For a devotee who is perfect in his Krishna consciousness, there is no such thing as suffering because he experiences everything as the special mercy of Krishna upon him. So now to get free from all of our suffering, we have to become perfect in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 3 October 2017

Noida, India

Today's Thought:

Back to Vrindavana

I am writing this on 2 October at 5am. After a wonderful few days of preaching here in the New Delhi area, we are this morning heading to Sri Vrindavana Dhama, the transcendental abode of Lord Sri Krishna here in this material world. What could be a greater blessing than this? We are therefore fervently praying that we can actually enter into Krishna's abode by being completely in the mood of pure devotion, not that we enter only a shadow of Krishna's abode by coming to Vrindavana in the mood of our tourist, a sightseer.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vrindavana


Video For the Day:

One-Pointed Hearing

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is this Fair?

We fell down from the spiritual world before billions of years ago and had millions of births, but we only got the guidance to surrender to Krishna just before 5,000 years ago. Moreover, only Srila Prabhupada clarified the meaning of the Bhagavad-gita just 50 years ago. Thus the message of Krishna remained dormant during such a long time for all of mankind. This naturally led to our compounded impurities and miseries. Is this fair?

Thank You.

With Regards,

Golok Das

Answer: God is More than Fair

Throughout all of eternity Krishna has always been fully available for anyone who sincerely wants to find Him. For example, Lord Sri Krishna personally revealed His sublime teachings millions of years ago to the sun god, Vivasvan, and Lord Caitanya revealed these sublime teachings 500 years to thousands of devotees. Krishna is in the heart of every living being, and when that living being sincerely wants to find Him, that all-merciful Krishna gives him full facility to revive his lost loving relationship with his most beloved Lord. So the conclusion is that Krishna or God is more than fair. He is an ocean of unlimited compassion upon all living beings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 2 October 2017

Noida, India

Today's Thought:

ISKCON Puerto Rico Devastated by Hurricane Maria

Here is an urgent appeal for help from His Holiness Guru Prasad Swami:

ISKCON Puerto Rico Gurabo – New Govardhana Hill

Hurricane Maria broke most of the roof and caused severe structural and internal damage (see photos). The temple grounds, trees and landscaping were totally destroyed.

We need to rebuild the temple for Sri Sri Radha Krishna. The building is old and the structure is not solid, not able to withstand the heavy winds, much less a permanent roof, which is essential in a hurricane alley. The value of rebuilding the place with electricity, plumbing, etc. could be anywhere from USD 150,000 to USD 350.000. We are awaiting for a professional appraisal, and will post it here. The devotees of Puerto Rico need your help to continue preaching Krishna consciousness in Puerto Rico. Fixing the structural damage is one urgent and important aspect. However, the situation in the country is extremely difficult. Food is scarce and gas lines are 80-100 cars long. Very few places, if any, have electricity.

ISKCON Rio Piedras Preaching Center in San Juan

The preaching center was flooded with 1 meter of water, damaging all the drywalls, doors, interior and electrical, etc. Most of the interior will have to be replaced. The local congregation is not wealthy, and is challenged by their own expenses for reparation of personal property. We humbly appeal to the greater devotee community, our friends, members and supporters, to help in this moment of dire need.

You can help in the next link :

https://www.gofundme.com/help-to-iskcon-puerto-rico-temple

If you want to send a bank transfer, you may do so using one of the following bank accounts:

ISKCON Mission Society:

Bank of America
Acct # 0047 7448 0570
Routing #: 113000023

Chase
Acct # 986356277
Routing number: 111000614

Devotees of Puerto Rico need your help to continue and advance Krishna consciousness in Puerto Rico.

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I am requesting all of our readers to help out to there full extent. I have personally just donated US$1008 to this most worthy cause. Now you all please also contribute to your full might.

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Temple Front After Hurricane



Temple Kitchen After Hurricane
(Note that the roof has been blown off.)


Video For the Day:

The Essential Liberation Technique

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Human Become Animals?

What actions make any human to take birth as an animal or plant in his next birth? Please explain by giving some concrete examples.

Arun

Answer: By Living Like Animals

From: Noida, India

My Dear Arun,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Human life is meant for spiritual realization, not for sense gratification, which is the business of the animals. Therefore a human being who does not utilize his human life for self realization instead using it only for concentrated and extended material sense gratification will surely take birth as an animal in his next life, not as a human being. And if he is very sinful, he will go even lower to the plant kingdom in his next life.

One time Indra, the king of heaven, offended his spiritual master. Because of this offense he was forced to take birth as a hog. So if even Indra can take birth as a hog, just consider how anyone who is sinful can enter into the animal kingdom.

Srila Prabhupada explains that those who are envious of the Lord and His devotees are thrown into the species of abominable life; life after life, and that because such fools are unable to remember the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and they continue going down and down.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 1 October 2017

Noida, India

Today's Thought:

Never Feel Discouraged

There is no reason to ever feel discouraged or depressed in any situation because Krishna loves you unlimitedly and is doing everything possible to bring you back to your liberated position in His transcendental pastimes as soon as possible. He really, truly cares about you more than you can even begin to imagine and is profoundly aware of even the most miniscule details of your situation and the millions upon millions of lifetimes you have gone through in your foolish attempt to try to enjoy separately from Him. So take advantage of His inconceivable, unlimited mercy fully manifested through His transparent via medium, the bona fide spiritual master, and make your life perfect by regaining your position as His eternal associate in His transcendental pastimes in that unlimitedly wondrous spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Krishna Bhakti
Noida, India--28 September 2017


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Question: Second Initiation Required for Liberation?

Hare Krishna, Dear Master! Please accept my obeisances.

Help me find an answer for this question: If a person accepts the a spiritual master and receives first initiation, but after some time his spiritual master passes away, he leaves his body, does this mean that the disciple won’t be able to receive second initiation and thus will not be able to receive liberation in this incarnation?

And one more question: How should woman act correctly according to her dharma, her duty? Should take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master or should she just serve her husband?

My respects to you!

Svetlana

Answer: First Initiation Sufficient for Liberation

From: Noida, India

My Dear Svetlana,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If one strictly follows his initiation vows, first initiation is sufficient in itself for liberation. If his spiritual master has departed and he is qualified for second initiation, he can receive second initiation from another spiritual master. This does not change who is his spiritual master. The spiritual master who gave him first initiation remains as his spiritual master for all of eternity.

A woman’s duty is to take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master through the process of initiation and fully dedicate herself heart and soul for serving her spiritual master for all of eternity.

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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