Thought for the Day

Featuring realizations and selected correspondence of
His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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Monday 4 May 2015

from Kaliningrad, Russia

Today's Thought:

We Must Now Close the Slaughterhouses

On 1 May 2015 here in Kaliningrad, Russia I was giving a lecture to a large hall full of locals. During the question and answer session a woman in the back of the hall stood up and asked what we think about violence. I explained to her how the violence on this planet is the karmic reaction for the slaughterhouses, and that the slaughterhouses therefore must now all be closed. The audience immediately applauded in appreciation of this point.

The ignorant masses who foolishly eat slaughterhouse food are responsible due to the law of karma for the gradual transformation of this planet into a slaughterhouse for human beings also. It is because of them that over 3,000 innocent animals are slaughtered at every second on this planet. This is why we have so many murders, wars, and untimely deaths on this planet.

Therefore I am advising the world's leaders that if you want to stop the violence on this planet, you must stop committing violence against the innocent animals. As long as you continue to maintain these heinous slaughterhouses you will find that this entire planet will gradually become more and more a slaughterhouse of human beings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Decrying the Slaughterhouse Civilization
2 May 2015--Kaliningrad, Russia


Testimonial From B. Shyamala

I am your student through the e-course for the last 6-7 years. In your "Thought for the Day" messages, you always tell people who contact you with their problems to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra:

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

I have taken this as my motto, and whenever problems go beyond a certain limit I just surrender to the mahamantra and start chanting. This exercise gives me immense relief and peace of mind.

Thank you so much, Gurudeva.

I also tell people close to me to chant the mahamantra to get over their problems. I would like to keep in touch with you lifelong, so that I can pick up more good knowledge from you.

Your humble student,
B. Shyamala

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Will Krishna Forgive Me for Drinking Liquor?

I am writing this email to inform you that I have been in touch with ISKCON and trying to follow the four regulative principles for more than one year. But I am having difficulty. My chanting is so weak I am only able to chant eight rounds a day instead of the minimum standard of at least 16 rounds and sometimes not even that. My office organized a party in which liquor was served, and I couldn't control myself. I drank alcohol at that party. Now I am feeling so much sorrow. The next day I visited Vrindavan with a devotee and asked Srila Prabhupada and Krishna to forgive me. I want to know if they will forgive me? I am feeling great regret.

Your servant
A.P.

Answer: Surrender to Krishna, and He Will Surely Forgive You

If you will sincerely chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra every day, strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling, and also take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master, Krishna will surely forgive you of all the sins that you have committed in millions and millions of lifetimes and mercifully take your back to your original home in the spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 3 May 2015

from Kaliningrad, Russia

Today's Thought:

Too Busy Freeing the World to Feel Miserable

Even though the devotee of Lord Krishna is living in this most miserable material world and is therefore also subject to the threefold miseries of material existence, because he is totally absorbed in his mission of freeing the people of this material world from their misery he does not have time to lament over his own personal miseries such as old age, disease and death. In other words, because he is totally absorbed in his mission of making everyone happy he does not have even one second available to wallow in his own miseries. Therefore, because of his high level of compassion serving the best interest of all living beings, the three types of material miseries cannot touch him. There is no other alternative for perfect happiness except to become such a pure devotee of the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Krishna Consciousness Program at New Dwaraka
29 April 2015--Kaunas, Lithuania



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Young Man Raising Hand Asks Question

 


Testimonial From Haladhar Das



Haladhar Das

I used to be a happy go lucky guy in my school days and used to think that life will be a smooth sail always. But sudden change in circumstances from high school onwards resulting in several physical and mental traumas made me a miserable depressed guy with suicidal tendencies. I just could not cope with the onslaughts of material nature and could not understand why I am being repeatedly kicked by circumstances.

A near death accident with injuries four years back further bewildered me. Searching for the answers, by Lord Krishna's mercy I came in touch with the “Ultimate Self Realization Course” and from then there is no looking back. This was the greatest blessing and most fortunate decision of my life.

Living a depressed life for so many years, I could hardly relate with society. What to say about social dealings, I used to feel nervous even to say hello on phone in office in front of other colleagues. But now within a short span of coming in contact with this enlivening and enlightening course of His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari ji who by his mercy is my spiritual master now, my depression has paved way to compassion for others and now I am giving Bhagavad-gita lectures in the local ISKCON temple and running a weekly Krishna consciousness program in my house. What I could not had even thought of doing even after 30 years, by mercy of Guru and Gauranga, I am doing in three years and devotees around me too are surprised, that too having a full time job, family and kids to look after.

It is rightly being said,

mukam karoti vacalam
pangum langhayate girim
yat-krpa tam aham vande
sri-gurum dina-taranam

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, the deliverer of the fallen souls. His mercy turns the dumb into eloquent speakers and enables the lame to cross mountains."

I would definitely recommend everyone to taste the daily nectar of “The Ultimate Self Realization Course”, and kindly tell others to subscribe too and lets make everyone's journey of life successful.

Hare Krishna!
Sincerely yours,

Haladhar Das

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Worship Krishna in One or Many Rasas?

I had a question about rasa. I heard that devotees could serve Lord Krishna in any of the five rasas - in neutrality, as a servant, as a friend, as a parent, or as a lover. Should a devotee worship the Lord in only one rasa or more than one rasa is ok?

Your eternal servant

Answer: Worship Your Spiritual Master

Worshipping Krishna in a particular rasa is only for liberated souls who have attained the perfectional stage of pure devotional to Krishna. Therefore at the present moment in your neophyte stage, you have no access to such exalted sort of relationships with Krishna. Lord Caitanya taught us to consider ourselves simply the servant of the servant of the servant of Krishna. So at your stage, your rasa is simply to be the completely sold out servant of your spiritual master. It is only by total, complete surrender to your spiritual master and only by his causeless mercy upon you that you will one day fully realize and be fully re-established in your original rasa or relationship with Krishna. And even when you realize your original eternal rasa or relationship with Krishna you will still remain the eternal servant of your spiritual master, always worshipping him as your eternal link with Krishna. So focus your energies on you relationship with your spiritual master. In this way you will be able to someday realize what is your svarupa, your personal rasa or relationship with Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 2 May 2015

from Klaipeda, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Thrilled by the Ultimate Adventure

1 May 2015--There is no greater, more thrilling adventure than fully absorbing your life in the ultimate rescue operation, the deliverance of all the fallen souls of this material world back to their eternal liberated positions in the pastimes of the Supreme Lord in His eternal abode. As soon as you absorb your life fully in this way you don't have to worry about your liberation from this material world because you are already liberated. Today our rescue mission takes us into Russia where will be delivering the liberating message of Krishna consciousness in Kaliningrad. We pray to Lord Sri Krishna that we may be successful in our mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Krishna Bhakti--Klaipeda, Lithuania--30 April 2015


Testimonial From Krishnapriya Devi Dasi



Krishnapriya Devi Dasi

As a daily dose of insulin is required for a diabetic patient, similarly the Ultimate Self Realization Course gives a daily dose of inspiration for the materially suffering souls to progress in the awakening of their dormant Krishna consciousness.

The answering of questions by Gurudeva removes the hurdles one has in his/her mind for their spiritual progress. The daily "Thought for the Day" shows us in a way which even a materialistically minded person can understand the path of how a surrendered soul to Krishna moves about in this material world with full dedication and vigor.

The Ultimate Self Realization Course has been a tool to fulfill Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission. This course is instrumental to help the soul to reach its original destination i.e. back to home, back to Godhead.

Every day I wait for Thought for the Day to appear in my email, as it gives a daily dose of spiritual energy to pursue this wonderful path of Krishna consciousness.

Your Spiritual Daughter,
Krishnapriya devi dasi

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Ego and False Ego?

I wanted to know if there's any difference between ego and false ego? One of my friends claims that ego and false ego are different, and if we don't have ego we are like non living entities. Is this true? He's asking for reference from Prabhupada's books as to where it is stated that ego and false ego are same.

Your humble servant,
Madhura

Answer: False Ego Means There Must Also Be Real Ego

Your friend is right. If ego itself was false, we would not need to say “false ego.” The term false ego tells us that there must also be something which is the true ego or the real ego. The conclusion is that ego means identity. Real ego is that I am a spiritual being, who is the eternal servant of Krishna, the origin and center of all existence. And false ego is when I think that I am this body and that I am the center of all existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 1 May 2015

from ISKCON Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

My Disciple, Sevananda Das, Survives Nepal Earthquake

After the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake ravaged Nepal on 25 April 2015, I was very much concerned about the well-being of my Nepali disciple, Sevananda Das, and his family. I tried emailing him with no response. I called the ISKCON temple in Kathmandu, Nepal and was not able to communicate properly with the devotee who answered to the phone due to his not knowing English well. So I was greatly concerned that my beloved disciple and family were among the thousands of people killed in Nepal. But then on the morning of 29 April 2015 I was greatly relieved to receive the following email message:

My Dearest Gurudeva,

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

My dearest Gurudeva, due to your mercy and blessings, Krishna has protected my body and the whole family unit from the earthquake. In fact, He has shown great mercy upon this insignificant soul. Please let me share with you briefly some details about my rendezvous with death personified.

At that crucial moment, I was beside my 1.5 years old son who was sleeping in our room on the second floor of our house. As soon as the building started shaking and I realized that it was an earthquake, I grabbed my toddler and pressing him against my bosom tried to run out of the room with the view to escape the building, but hardly had I reached the doorway of our room and all hell was let loose. I have experienced earthquakes before, but never had I experienced anything close to this one. By that time the ceiling, the walls, and the floor were shaking so vigorously that it was difficult to even keep standing let alone running or escaping. So, I stood there holding onto the wall expecting the ceiling and the walls to collapse on top of us at any moment.

At that crucial moment, Srila Gurudeva, the most divine thing happened - The Holy Names appeared within my mouth and my tongue started chanting: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

Oh, what mercy! What more could have I asked from Krishna than that? Even death would have been the most fortunate thing.

My dearest Gurudeva, before that moment, I have always had a doubt whether or not I will be able to remember Krishna at the final moment before leaving this body. But, now, after this incidence, my hope that I will be able to remember Krishna at my final moment has strengthened many fold. Therefore, even though the earthquake has wrought great havoc and misfortune to millions, personally, I am deriving great joy out of it for that very particular reason.

So, thank you, my dear Gurudeva, my dear savior, for your causeless mercy. It is only due to your benediction - the fact that I am related to you and am under your shelter and that you take kindly of me - that the Holy Names choose to manifest upon my tongue at the most crucial moment.

There is nothing that I can say which will correctly quantify my degree of indebtedness to you, but I just want you to know that I am eternally indebted to you.

A servant of your servants,
Sevananda Das

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We are very thankful to Krishna that the ISKCON temple was not destroyed by the earthquake and that Sevananda Das and his family as well as their home are okay. (There are half million people in Nepal whose homes have been destroyed.)

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sevananda Das and Family Before the Earthquake

 



Devastating Earthquake Hits Nepal. Over 5,000 People Killed.



Severely Injured Woman Rescued from Collapsed Building



Earthquake Victim Being Rushed to Medical Care



ISKCON Nepal Feeds Hungry Earthquake Victims


Testimonial From Hemamukhi Devi Dasi



Hemamukhi Devi Dasi

I appreciate Thoughts For the Day of His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari because they help me to cope with troubles that I face in my life. Everyday Thoughts remind me that this world with its ups and downs is only temporary and that I have to base my happiness on eternal antimaterial substance.

These everyday e-mails of my beloved spiritual master give me inspiration and enthusiasm to continue and to go deeper into my practice of bhakti yoga, i.e. to rise early in the morning, to chant Hare Krishna more attentively, to serve devotees with love etc., because this everyday Thoughts are filled with the taste of spiritual bliss of their author. And this taste is spreading through e-mails, like bhakti-virus, virus of ecstatic devotional service to the Lord.

I find it very helpful, that there is a question and answer section also. It is amazing that everyone can write to the spiritual master and ask any question that bothers him! In this part I found a lot of answers for my questions also, what helped me to get rid of doubts and confusions and to understand philosophy of Krishna consciousness better.

Thoughts For The Day are embodiments of His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari compassion to all human beings. All glories to the author of this wonderful messages of truth! I offer my humble obeisances to Him.

Hemamukhi Devi Dasi
Kaliningrad, Russia

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Always Feel Happy?

What can I do to feel always happy without getting bored?

Y.S.

Answer: Only Look for Love in Krishna

The way to always feel happy and never feel bored is to give all of your love to Krishna. When you do that Krishna will personally shower you within and without with unlimited oceans of mercy to make sure that you are always feeling happy. In other words, if you will take good care of Krishna by always remembering, glorifying, and serving Him, He will personally take good care of you better than any other lover anywhere throughout all the three worlds. Therefore you should not look for love anywhere in this material world. If you do so, you will only be terribly frustrated. You should instead only look for love in Krishna. You will be swimming in an ocean of unlimited spiritual bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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