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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 26 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Whole World is Waiting

The whole world is waiting to become awakened in Krishna consciousness because Krishna consciousness is the center of our being. Without it, things will naturally deteriorate more and more, and the world population will become more and more miserable. When the happy days of bhagavat-dharma become re-established on this planet, the entire world society will become exceedingly joyful. Therefore within the innermost cores of their hearts, everyone is waiting for the entire world to become awakened in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Our Most Glorious Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada


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Ten Preliminary Necessities of Bhakti

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Question: How Do I Explain I Am Praying to a God Who Died?

Dear Guruji,

How do I explain to people that I am praying to a God who took birth and then died by a hunter's arrow like normal human being?

Regards,
Khushal Sing Beekoo

Answer: Krishna Did Not Die

Krishna did not take birth in this world or die. He simply appeared by His own sweet will when He wanted to display His pastimes here. Similarly, He also departed by His own sweet will, returning to His transcendental abode in the spiritual sky when He desired to finish His transcendental pastimes on this plane. He was not killed by a hunter. The hunter’s arrow hit His foot and bounced off without even breaking Krishna’s skin. It is not possible to kill Krishna because His body is not material. It is a purely spiritual body composed of eternity, knowledge, and bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 25 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

On a Mission to Save the World

We are on a mission to save the rapidly deteriorating world civilization from an eventual collapse into total anarchy, by educating the entire human civilization in the science of Krishna consciousness. This is the duty given to us by our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, that we must deliver the world. Although it seems impossible to accomplish this most Herculean task, still we joyfully embrace this goal and endeavor with patience, enthusiasm and determination to try to make it happen. By endeavoring in this way at least our spiritual perfection is guaranteed, and any one who follows us will also achieve spiritual perfection. And who knows? The impossible does sometimes become possible. Global respiritualization could, by the inconceivable potency of Krishna, indeed happen. The whole world could take to pure, genuine spiritualty. So let's try for it. What a glorious life!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Some Day the Whole World Will Dance in Ecstasy


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Krishna's Special Mercy

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do You Say that God is Person?

Please accept my respect to you, Guruji.

With reference to what you written in a recent Thought for the Day, I understand that the origin of the word "God" is from the Vedas. Trillion years ago the name of Krishna was not mentioned in the Vedas. The Vedas states that God is one, He does not have a picture, statue, nor a mirror, nor a body like us.

I wanted to know why must we pray Krishna in a human form? Should we pray to a God who resembles us physically? Should we pray a God who took birth and then died like all human beings? Thank you for giving a reasonable and scientific answer.

Thanks and Regards,
Khushal Sing Beekoo

Answer: Because We Are Persons, God Must Be a Person.

It is not that we are imagining that God has a form like ours. It is the just the opposite. Because we are persons, God must therefore also be person. A person who possesses a human form gives birth to a child who also has a human form. Because we are the children of God we have forms that are similar to His form.

At the very beginning of universe 155 trillion years ago Lord Brahma spoke the following words:

isvarah paramah krsnah
sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah
anadir adir govindah
sarva-karana-karanam

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead is Krishna, who has a body of eternity, knowledge and bliss. He has no beginning, for He is the beginning of everything. He is the cause of all causes."

So it is not that Krishna has a body composed of blood and flesh that gets old, rots and dies like our bodies. No. His ever youthful body never dies. It is made out eternity, and knowledge, and bliss.

You have misunderstood the Vedas. When the Vedas say that God has no form this means that He does not have a material form that is subject to birth, death, old age, and disease. It does not mean that He has no form at all.

Krishna does not take birth and dies. He appeared in this world without any seminal injection, and He departed from this world on the occasion when a hunter shot Him in the foot with an arrow. It should be noted carefully in this connection that the arrow did not pierce His skin. It simply bounced off of His foot. So Krishna was not killed. He simply decided that it was time for Him to return to His eternal abode in the spiritual sky. He then flew back there without the help of an airplane or a space ship penetrating all the covers of the universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 24 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Bible Wisdom is Derived from the Vedic Wisdom

One of our readers from India just cancelled his subscription. The reason he gave for this was that the Bible says to meditate on the word of God. He was thinking that what we are teaching is not the word of God. Thus he revealed his gross ignorance as to what is actually the word of God. The original word of God in this world is the Vedic wisdom, which is what we are teaching. This was originally revealed trillions of years ago. The Bible that he follows came much, much later only a mere 2,000 years go after Jesus Christ spoke his teachings. Jesus did this after coming back to Israel from India, where he had learned the Vedic wisdom from the sages there. The same principle of full surrender to the will of God as stated in the Bhagavad-gita is also found in the Bible. Since the wisdom of the Bible is derived from the Vedic wisdom, it is also Vedic wisdom and is also true. The trouble comes when the meaning of the Bible is twisted to justify sinful activities like killing animals to eat them when the Bible clearly states that we must not kill.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Jesus Christ Taught the Vedic Wisdom


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Patience is Essential

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Meaning of Offering the Results of Our Work to Krishna?

Hare Krishna. Thanks for answering my query. What does "offering the results of our work to Krishna" mean. Sorry for my ignorance. Actually I know what it means literally, but I really do not know what it truly means. Hence I thought of asking.

Much appreciated.
Hare Krishna.
Rupal

Answer: For Example, Donate Your Earnings to ISKCON

This means, for example, to offer the results of my job, i.e., the money I earn, to Krishna, to not use even one paisa for material sense gratification. This means that, as much as possible, all of my hard-earned money should be donated to the Krishna consciousness movement for the highest welfare activity of spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world. Of course, some money is required for personal maintenance. Therefore that money must also be used only in Krishna's service according to the instructions that He so mercifully gives in the Bhagavad-gita. For example, in the Gita Krishna teaches us that we should only eat vegetarian foods which have first been offered to Him love and devotion. This rule must be strictly followed. Otherwise we are eating lumps of sin. Any spending of money that is not done in Krishna’s service is paving our way to hell.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 23 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

How to Turn Suffering Into a Blessing

The living being, by his very nature of being qualitatively one with God, is meant to enjoy unlimited happiness at every minute. But when he falls down into material existence due to being envious of the supremacy of God, he loses his pure happiness and suffers in so many ways. This suffering of material existence is actually a most sublime blessing because it gives the conditioned soul the impetus to get back to his original, all-blissful, spiritual nature by reviving his dormant love for God. One who sees suffering in this way suffers no more because he experiences suffering as pure bliss.

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Srila Prabhupada Reveals the Secret of True Happiness


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How to Relish Unlimited Bliss

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Work Bhakti?

Hare Krishna.

Bhakti has its place, but karma and dharma are most important. Everything we do is bhakti or devotion to God. so in that sense bhakti is primary. But karma is the most important. For example, if I have to choose between chanting and work. I should choose work. I have found after so many years that work is bhakti towards Krishna. Would you agree? And if not, I earnestly request to you to please provide explanation on otherwise.

Hare Krishna

Much Appreciated.

Rupal

Answer: Only When It's Results Are Offered to Krishna

Work is bhakti only when we offer the results of our work to Krishna. Otherwise our working will simply bind us to the cycle of repeated birth and death. If all work were bhakti, this world world would be a paradise completely devoid of any sinful activities. But because the results of 99.99% of all work that is being done is not being offered to Krishna, this world has become a hell in which everyone is going down to the animal kingdom in their next birth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 22 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

It's Easy to Please the Spiritual Master

Back in 1971 when I was a brand new devotee in Austin's ISKCON temple trying to learn how to properly practice the science of Krishna consciousness, I was told that it was my duty to please the spiritual master. As the spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, was not present in Austin, I was wondering how I could please him or know that I was pleasing him and thus fulfill my duty. This was unclear to me. But I got the most wonderful answer when I read verse four of the Guruvastakam (Eight Prayers Glorifying the Spiritual Master) as follows:

catur-vidha-sri-bhagavat-prasada-
svadv-anna-trptan hari-bhakta-sanghan
krtvaiva trptim bhajatah sadaiva
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

"The spiritual master is always offering Krishna four kinds of delicious food [analyzed as that which is licked, chewed, drunk, and sucked]. When the spiritual master sees that the devotees are satisfied by eating bhagavat-prasada, he is satisfied. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master."

"I can handle this," I thought. I was very happy to discover that simply by my becoming satisfied by eating prasadam (vegetarian foods which have been offered with love and devotion to Lord Sri Krishna) I could please my spiritual master. I was delighted to understand how easy it is to please the spiritual master and thus advance nicely on the pathway back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Relish Krishna Prasadam


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It's So Wonderful That You Have Come to Krishna Consciousness

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Question: How to Point Out Faults Without Being Offensive?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All Glories to You and Guru Mata.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

My question is that how should we (or in what ways) point out the faults of senior devotees and junior devotees in order to help them without being offensive?

Your lowly servant and disciple,

Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi

Answer: Correct But Do Not Criticize

Regarding correcting others, here is a nice article written by His Holiness Bhakti Caru Swami with many quotes from Srila Prabhupada:

Correcting Others

01. There is a difference between criticism and correction. A devotee realizes that criticizing a Vaisnava pollutes the heart and impedes spiritual advancement.

02. To correct a devotee one must be:

a) non-envious
b) desirous to practically assist the devotee in his Krishna consciousness.
c) in a position spiritually or managerially which justifies and/or necessitates such intervention.
OR be personally requested by the devotee to help him in his difficulty.

03. The devotee offering correction must be practicing what he preaches.

04. Methods of Correction:

a) Correct by personal example and association.
b) Guide the devotee to the shelter of a more advanced devotee.
c) A junior devotee should not personally attempt to correct another devotee. He should reveal his heart to a senior devotee whom he feels at ease with and seek his assistance/advice to adjust the situation.

05. Harsh words and actions have no place in correcting a sincere devotee. We want to destroy the ignorance in the heart of a devotee-not the devotee himself.

06. If there is some sincere and honest criticism offered, we should be grateful, not upset. To react negatively to well-intentioned correction is to manifest false ego.

07. An advanced Vaisnava will see each and every correction offered as the mercy of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

08. Prevention is better than cure. If all devotees take up the responsibility to develop proper awareness in their devotional behavior the need for correction will be minimized.

Quotes from Srila Prabhupada

Devotee means he is able to tolerate all kinds of discomfort and whims of the material nature, and because he is too much absorbed in serving Krishna he takes no time to become angry or take offense with others or find out some fault. No. Devotee means very liberal and kind to everyone, always gentleman under all kinds of conditions of life.
SP letter to Hamsaduta (December 10, 1972)

A devotee-one who is humble-doesn't fault-find. So in your letter you are not finding fault with anyone. So you are good Vaisnava. You do not find fault with anyone. This is the qualification. We should always think ourselves humble and meek. This you must know. So we all have to cooperate amongst ourselves, otherwise what will people think if we ourselves fight with one another? A devotee is always ideal in behavior."
SP letter to Patita Uddharana (December 12, 1974)

This is called Vaikuntha attitude. In the Vaikuntha factually there is no fault in anyone, but there is another type of competition. The competition is that one devotee thinks of other devotees how nicely they are serving the Lord. In the material world the attitude is that everyone likes to think that I am doing better than others. This is material conception. In the Spiritual Sky it is just the opposite: Everyone thinks that my contemporary devotees are doing better than me. We are trained to address Godbrothers as Prabhu, which means Master. This means we shall try to find out always the serving side of our Godbrothers. Sometimes there are misgivings, but we should try to overlook.
SP letter to Brahmananda (November 15, 1969)

I have received one complaint from an Indian devotee at Mayapur, Prabharupa Das Brahmacary, that he is maltreated by our American devotees. Kindly inquire into this matter and do the needful. Either Indian or foreign, whoever joins us they are not under any obligation, our only tie is Love of Godhead. It should be our definite policy that nobody is ill treated that he may go away. We recruit a person to join us after spending gallons of blood. Everyone comes for reformation, you cannot expect everyone to be perfect, rather it is our duty to make everyone perfect as far as possible. So we shall be very much cautious and careful in this connection.
SP letter to Tamala Krishna (August 23, 1973)

Kindly observe the regulative principles, chanting 16 rounds regularly and see that all your other assistants are doing the same. If someone is lacking, try to induce him peacefully.
SP letter to Upendra (August 18, 1970)

Regarding some misbehavior, that we have to check by training peacefully. Your attitude of tolerance and kindness is very nice, so train them in this way.
SP letter to Bhavananda (October 28, 1970)

Yes, a new man may commit blunders in the beginning, but that does not mean we may be too impatient with him. After all, training means the man does not know, so you should train him nicely. A Vaishnava is expected to be humbler than the blade of grass, so when you train some new man you should not get agitated with him. After all, we are preachers, and we do not expect our audience or candidates completely respondent to our call. If everyone is trained [already] then what is the use of our preaching?
SP letter to Upendra (March 11, 1969)

Try to settle up amicably and correct yourself. One man is trained up with great difficulty, especially in spiritual life. Everyone has got some weakness and deficiency. It is better to correct or mend it than to break it."
SP letter to Hamsaduta (September 29, 1974)

I beg to thank you very much for your letter pointing out some of the discrepancies of many of the devotees in New York. You are correct regarding the items which you have stated, such as sleeping in front of the deities, taking of unoffered foodstuffs, drinking water from the bathroom, and non-chanting of rounds. But the thing is discipline can not be observed unless there is obedience. As you are obedient to me, you should be similarly obedient to my representative. Your statement about Brahmananda that he is a wonderful devotee is 100 percent agreed by me. He is in charge of the New York center, and therefore, if proper obedience is not given to him, it will be impossible for him to manage affairs of the temple. Under the circumstances, the discrepancies you have observed in the temple may be referred to him, and he is quite reasonable, and will handle the matter with the respective devotees.
SP letter to Nara-Narayana (February 7, 1969)

Regarding general state of affairs at Amsterdam temple, I can understand there is some disturbance among you, but that is not to be taken very seriously. Real business is preaching work, and if there is full attention on this matter only, all other businesses will be automatically successful. Fighting amongst ourselves is not at all good, but if our preaching work is neglected, or if we fall down in following the regulative principles such as rising before four, chanting 16 rounds, like that, if these things are not strictly observed then maya will enter and spoil everything. So my best advice to you is to strictly observe these things yourself and be the example so that all others may follow. We should not criticize each other, as Vaisnavas, because there is fault in everyone and we may be ourselves subject to criticism. Best thing is to be above suspicion ourselves, then if we see discrepancies and make suggestion, the others will automatically respect and take action to rectify the matters. That is cooperation. And we must exist on such cooperation, otherwise the whole thing is doomed if we simply go on fighting over some small thing. So try to organize things and preach together in this spirit, and that will please me very, very much.
SP letter to Madhumangala (November 18, 1972)

You have mentioned about some criticism made by Jayagovinda which upset you. I do not know exactly what is the point, but if there is some honest criticism, there should be no cause of becoming upset.
SP letter to Vrndavanesvari (July 8, 1969)

If there is some incident and I claim that no one is cooperating with me or no one will work with me, that is MY defect, NOT THEIRS. The Vaisnava devotee must think like this. We should not find fault with others and criticize and go away. That is not the Vaisnava way. Better we should always be willing to offer all respect to others and consider them as our superiors always.
SP letter to Gaurasundara (August 26, 1972)

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So, my dear disciple, my instruction to you is that you should meditate deeply upon and follow these wonderful guidelines mentioned above.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 21 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Be Kind to Yourself and to Others

It is sometimes said that charity begins at home. So why torture yourself by misidentifying yourself with a temporary bag of blood and bones? Why not be kind to yourself by understanding and being who you really are, the eternal spiritual being, who is full of knowledge and full of bliss, and is qualitatively one with God? This is real intelligence. This is what one learns when he associates with self-realized souls. And this is what one joyfully and compassionately shares with the suffering people of this world when he becomes spiritually awakened.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Awaits Your Return to His Transcendental Abode


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Problem: I Feel Exploited by God

At times I feel that I am being exploited by God. Please help me.

Rajesh

Answer: We are the Exploiters, Not God.

If one violates the laws of the state, he must suffer as an inmate in the prison. Similarly, if we violate the laws of God, it is natural that we will be punished. We will feel the pinches of God's stringent material nature. However, if we become obedient servants of the Lord as our loving Father, He will always bestow His unlimited kindness upon us. If we feel exploited, it is because we are not living in harmony with His will. So the solution when you feel exploited is to harmonize yourself with the instructions of the Lord. In this way you will realize that the Lord is not an exploiter. It is rather we who have become the exploiters of His energy by not living in harmony with His sublime instructions as revealed to us in the Bhagavad-gita.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 20 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Always Remember Krishna

If we remember Krishna at the time of death, we will enter into His most sublime transcendental abode. And since especially during this most inauspicious of Kali we can die at any moment, to be on the safe side we should practice remembering Krishna constantly. This will guarantee our spiritual perfection. This is easily accomplished if we will as much possible always associate with the devotees of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




There's Nothing More Ecstatic than Remembering Krishna


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The Blessing of Devotee Association

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Question: Why is Krishna Consciousness So Difficult?

Why is this Krishna consciousness process so difficult?

Your student

Answer: Simple for the Simple and Very Hard for the Crooked

Actually it is not at all difficult, but we foolishly make it difficult. If in a simple, humble mood we will bow down before Krishna begging that we can be His completely sold-out servants, it is very easy to be Krishna conscious. However if we approach the Lord with a crooked mercantile mentality of wanting to get this and that out of Him in exchange for our service, we will find it very difficult to be Krishna conscious.

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Sunday 19 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Krishna Likes to See His Devotee as the Hero

Why did Krishna wait so long to kill the miscreants that were creating such a disturbance on the planet earth during the time of His presence here 5,000 years ago? In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.1.43:

"The Lord always wants to see His devotee as the hero of some episode which He Himself performs. He wanted to see His devotee and friend Arjuna as the hero of the Battle of Kurukshetra, and thus He waited for all the miscreants of the world to assemble. That, and nothing else, is the explanation of His waiting."

In this material world many people become famous as heroes, but in due course they vanish into oblivion. They are completely forgotten. But those who become famous for their Krishna consciousness enjoy eternal fame. In this connection Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in Chapter Thirty-Two of his book The Teachings of Lord Caitanya:

"One who is famous as a Krishna conscious man enjoys eternal fame. In the material world, everyone is striving for three things: he wants his name to be perpetuated, he wants his fame to be broadcast all over the world, and he wants some profit from his material activities. But no one knows that all this material name, fame and profit belong to the temporary material body and that as soon as the body is finished, all name, fame and profit are finished also. It is only due to ignorance that everyone is striving after the name, fame and profit that are connected with the body. It is deplorable to become famous on the basis of the body or to become known as a man of spiritually developed consciousness without knowing the supreme spirit, Vishnu. Real fame can only be had if one attains Krishna consciousness."

This is another one of the wonderful reasons that we should not be interested in material name and fame, that we should only be interested in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




ISKCON Hero: His Grace Sriman Ksudhi Prabhu
The Great Pioneer of Establishing Krishna Consciousness
in South Africa


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Remedy for the Age of Kali

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Question: How to See Krishna in Every Living Entity?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Hare Krishna.

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

In The Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Chapter 11, it is said, "In each and every living entity he (the pure devotee) can see the Supreme Person, and therefore he becomes highly developed in Krishna consciousness.” Can you please elaborate? What is required to know/understand/do in order to develop such skill?

Your student,
Ruta

Answer: Become Krishna's Pure Devotee

It is a fact that the Supreme Person in the form of the Supersoul is present in the heart of every living being. In order to perceive this with direct vision one has to become a pure devotee of Krishna. The path for becoming a pure devotee is to fully surrender to Lord Krishna by taking shelter and initiation from the bona fide spiritual master and then being fully obedient to his instructions. In this way, in due course of time, you will become a pure devotee of Krishna fully capable of directly seeing Krishna in the heart of every living being.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 18 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Krishna Protects Those Who Represent Him

Back in 1969 when I abandoned all material duties and accepted one duty only, to make a spiritual revolution on this planet, my friend, Patrick Dolan, advised me to give this up because society would not let me survive. This left me with no alternative but to ignore the advise of my trusted friend, Patrick, and carry on with my endeavor to transform the world. My intuition turned out to be absolutely correct. Krishna has blessed me with the most wonderful life imaginable because it's a fact that He very lovingly protects and facilitates those who dedicate themselves to His world deliverance mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotee Mercifully Distributes a Bhagavad-gita


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Humility is Absolutely Required

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Question: When I Become Excessively Fearful?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

What should I do when I feel excessively fearful?

Your servant

Answer: Remember You Have No Other Shelter Than Krishna

This a very great opportunity for you. In fact, it is a golden opportunity. When you become excessively fearful simply remember that you have no other shelter in this world other than Lord Sri Krishna. Whatever other shelters we may appear to have in this world are false, like a mirage in the desert. There is no shelter in all of existence except for Lord Sri Krishna, the resting place for all of existence. With this understanding if you will feelingly call out to the Lord begging for His merciful protection, all fear in your heart will become conspicuous by its absence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 17 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Flood the World with Transcendental Knowledge

If we can flood the entire world with transcendental knowledge, all of its problems will be solved. Therefore there is no more important welfare work than educating the people in general in the Vedic science. All of the governments of the world should facilitate the Krishna consciousness movement as it is the topmost of all welfare activities. If they do so, a new unparalled era of peace and prosperity will be manifested in every corner of the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotee Mercifully Distributes a Bhagavad-gita


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Relishing the Pleasure Within

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Question: Karmic Reactions or Krishna's Will?

Since what happens, happens for good, and Krishna knows what we should get, what we should not get, how do we know whether what happens to us a reaction from our past deeds or Krishna's will?

Your humble servant,
Parul

Answer: Karmic Reactions Are Also Krishna's Will

If we are not surrendered to Krishna, we get karmic reactions from our past pious and impious deeds. These karmic reactions are happening according to Krishna's desire to encourage us to come back to our original position of being His devotee. On the other hand, those persons who are surrendered to Krishna are free from the law of karma. Everything they experience is personally and lovingly arranged by Krishna to facilitate their loving relationship with Him. So in either case what happens to us is Krishna's will.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 16 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Something's Amiss If You're Not Tasting the Bliss

There's something amiss if you are not tasting the bliss because the constitutional position of every living being is to swim constantly in an ocean of unlimited happiness. Sadly at the present moment 99.999% of the human population is miserable due to ignorance of the actual nature of the self. They are foolishly misidentifying themselves with their material bodies instead of realizing their eternal, all-blissful spiritual natures as spirit-soul servants of God. It's really quite a pity. Something must be done about this. Out of compassion on these poor suffering fellows we must teach them how to awaken their dormant Krishna consciousness. We want them to taste the bliss too.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishnas Blissing Out on Krishna's Name


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Relish this Knowledge Within

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna Present Simultaneously in Both Worlds?

My son asked me this question and I don't think I have a satisfactory answer so, if you can, please enlighten me.

Q - If Krishna comes personally to Earth during Krishna Bhauma Lila and also as Caitanya Mahaprabhu, is Krishna absent from the spiritual world at those times when He is on this Earth or any other planet?

The Srimad Bhagavatam and the Caitanya-caritamrita say that Krishna is eternally present in Goloka. So how do we understand this? Does Krishna expands into another Krishna like He did in Dvaraka for the queens?

We also read in purports by Prabhupada that Vishnu was the one present in Mathura, as Krishna never leaves Vrindavana.

Your Servant,

Bharat Vyas

Answer: Yes, By His Mystic Potency

Krishna is in both worlds simultaneously. Just as He expanded a separate manifestation of Himself for each queen in Dvaraka, He can simultaneously be in the spiritual world and the material world at the same time. This is a tiny spark of the inconceivable mystic potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 15 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Pathetic Condition of Human Civilization

It is now for the last 5,000 years the Kali Yuga, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy. In this most degraded age the status of the human civilization has become absolutely pathetic. They have become so much lost and bewildered by material sense gratification that for them to come out of illusion and come to the liberated position of spiritual realization is practically impossible. But still we must try to save them. This is our duty. Our great hope is that by the inconceivable mercy of Sri Guru and Gauranga the impossible becomes possible. Thus we have strong faith that they can be saved.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




They Shall Get Light from Srimad Bhagavatam


Video For the Day:

So-Called Human Civilization

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Much Conviction is Required?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

What extent of conviction do we require to convince others to come to Krishna consciousness? How do we know how much conviction we have, and how do we to increase it?

Is conviction also always increasing and increasing unlimitedly?

Your insignificant servant,
Lila Manjari devi dasi

Answer: Even a Little Conviction Can Work Wonders

Even if you have only a tiny little bit conviction, still you can convince others to come to Krishna conscious. For example Srila Prabhupada was introduced to his spiritual master by his childhood friend, Narendranath Mullik, who did not become a devotee.

The barometer of how much conviction you have is how much you experience the person Krishna when you vibrate His name “Krishna.” Krishna is fully present in His name. To what extent do you personally experience Him? To increase your conviction, read all of Srila Prabhupada’s books again and again throughout your entire life. What he has written is so powerful that even an atheist will be convinced that Krishna is God and that he must surrender to Him.

As long as you maintain your initiation vows of regularly chanting at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala every day without fail and strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling--your conviction will wonderfully continue increasing more and more forever.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 14 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Devotees Desire Melting of the Heart

Narottama Das Thakura has so beautifully and feelingly sung:

'gauranga' bolite habe pulaka-sarira
'hari hari' bolite nayane ba' be nira

"When will that opportune moment come to me when there will be shivering of the body as soon as I chant Lord Gauranga's name? And after the shivering, while chanting Hare Krishna, when will there be tears pouring down from my eyes?"

This is the desire of the devotees. They hanker that their hearts will melt in love of God while chanting the Lord's holy names.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sriman Agnideva Prabhu Leads Chanting in Mayapura


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can I Desire to Preach All Over the World?

After traveling with you, my long standing desire to preach Krishna Consciousness all over the world has become even more stronger. Is this proper mood? If yes, than may I have Your divine blessings that either this life or one of the future lives, I be able to do so.

Your lowly servant,
Ananda Vardhana Dasa

Answer: That Is the Most Wonderful Desire.

Yes, every devotee should take delivering the world as his mission. Here’s how Prabhupada defines a devotee in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 4.12.36:

"A Krishna conscious being is always engaged in planning how to take all of suffering humanity back home, back to Godhead. Even if one is not successful in reclaiming all the fallen souls back to Godhead, still, because he is Krishna conscious, his path to Vaikunthaloka is open. He personally becomes qualified to enter the Vaikunthalokas, and if anyone follows such a devotee, he also enters into Vaikunthaloka."

My order to you is that you must be a Krishna conscious being exactly how Srila Prabhupada has defined him above.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 13 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Full Faith in Sri Guru and Krishna

To be successful on the ultimate self realization path of Krishna bhakti one must have unflinching, unwavering faith in guru and Krishna. This is confirmed as follows in the Svetasvatara Upanishad 6.23:

yasya deve para bhaktir
yatha deve tatha gurau
tasyaite kathita hy arthah
prakasante mahatmanah

"Only unto one who has unflinching faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge automatically revealed."

As soon as we come to this position of full faith in Sri Guru and Krishna we become unlimitedly peaceful and happy. Bring yourself to this platform as soon as possible. You'll love it!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Sent Srila Prabhupada to this World to Save Us


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The Vaisnava Plans to Deliver the World

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should I Only Hear According to My Level of Practice?

Srila Gurudeva, should we only listen to lectures up to the point that we can follow the instructions given in them? For example, if I cannot follow all the regulations/directions then is it better I should not hear continuously or ask to you, my spiritual master? In other words, should I only listen to what I can practice and not hear what I cannot practice? Some devotees have put this forward to me.

Your lowly servant,
Ananda Vardhana Dasa

Answer: If You Do So, You Will Stagnate.

Hear everything and always increase your degree of following. They have given you bad advice. If they remain in their comfort zone of only hearing to the level of how much they are currently able to follow, instead of always pushing themselves to a higher and higher standard of practice, they will eventually lose their taste for Krishna consciousness and go away. In this connection you should always remember that flowing water stays fresh while still water goes stagnant. So you should never let your Krishna consciousness go stagnant by refusing to hear how you can expand your Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 12 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Day I Realized My Life's Mission

Here is a sample of what is being written in my autobiography, an unpublished work in progress:

I am visiting my parents in Houston, Texas. It is a warm afternoon in December of 1968. I walk several blocks north from our house at 4070 McDermed Drive on the old route I used to take on my bike ten years ago, back in 1958 when I was a ten years old 6th grader at Shearn Elementary School located on the corner of Stella Link Road and Lemac Drive. Nearby is a large open field, which will soon become a part of the vast 38 mile freeway, Loop 610, that will encircle central Houston. As I gaze out at the open area of land I get the realization that this world is so messed up that there cannot be any other purpose of my life other than bringing about a spiritual revolution on this planet. No other type of life makes any sense to me. Somehow I must do this. How I will do this? I don't have even the foggiest of ideas. But somehow or other I must do this. This is my determination.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Cartoon From a Finnish Newspaper
Note: This cartoon predicts that the Hare Krishna Mantra will be added to Christian hymnbooks. The man is saying to the priest, who is seeing that the Hare Krishna mantra is now added to the hymnbook, "Our committee has now updated the book of hymns according to your will." By Lord Caitanya's inconceivable mercy this will indeed actually happen all over the world in due course of time.


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Spiritual Revolution--The Only Real Solution

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is It Wrong to Enjoy Chanting and Reading?

Hare Krishna.

All Glories to you and Srimati Gurumataji.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I really like to hear kirtanas and read Srimad Bhagavatam. I also know at the back of my mind that by reading the Srimad Bhagavatam I am feeling very light and nice mentally. But then I am confused. Am I reading Srimad Bhagavatam and listening to kirtanas for my sense pleasure, or do I really want to know and learn about the Supreme Personality of Godhead?

Kindly guide me, Gurudeva.

Your servant,

Jay

Answer: The More You Enjoy Them, the More You Realize Krishna.

Srila Prabhupada ordered us, “Chant and be happy.” So if you are feeling happiness while chanting and reading, you simply are obeying Srila Prabhupada's order to chant and be happy. In this joyful mood of relishing kirtana and Srimad Bhagavatam you will naturally realize within your heart more and more about Krishna. And if you will keep chanting and reading in this mood of relishing the nectar, that most auspicious day will come when you will personally meet Lord Sri Krishna face-to-face, eye-to-eye. So keep up this blissful chanting and reading. It’s simply wonderful, and will get more and more wonderful, the more you relish it. The more you enjoy chanting and reading, the more you will realize Krishna

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 11 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

I Have a Dream

I have a dream of a peaceful, happy planet earth, a world civilization that is based on the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita, a world free from war and hate, free from baby killing and cow killing, free from air and water pollution, free from poverty and untimely death, free from intoxication and illicit sex, a world where the laws of man perfectly reflect the laws of God, where everyone bases their lives fully on giving loving service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead with all of their thoughts, words, and deeds in all times, places, and circumstances. My entire life is dedicated to making this dream come true, even if I have to take birth after birth to do so. Please dedicate your life to help me make this dream come true.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishna Chanting Will Unite the World


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The Most Amazing Krishna

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is Krishna God?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Why is Krishna God?

Sincerely,

Frank

Answer: Source of All Existence

Krishna is God because He is the source of all existence. Everything emanates from Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 10 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Most Auspicious Initiation Ceremony in Austin Texas USA

It was my great pleasure to initiate two new disciples, Paramatma Das and his wife Mohana Mohini Devi dasi, on 8 February 2017 here at ISKCON Austin, Texas USA. This most important step of initiation is something that all of my readers should take. Krishna tells Arjuna in the Adi Purana that He only accepts as His devotees those who are the devotees of His devotees. This is why it is essential that all of us find a devotee that we can become fully devoted to and accept him as our spiritual master.

It was my unlimited good fortune that in 1971 I took advantage of the opportunity to become a disciple of ISKCON Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. When I accepted him as my spiritual master my life was completely transformed into a celebration of pure bliss with the glorious mission of awakening the dormant Krishna consciousness, which is sleeping in the hearts of all. By always meditating upon and serving this order of my spiritual master I am able to feel how I am in always in his divine presence in all times, places, and circumstances.

I encourage you all to make your human life perfect by accepting a bona fide spiritual master and taking his instructions as your very life and soul.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Pravardhana Becomes Paramatma Das



Mouneshwari Beomes Mohana Mohini Devi Dasi


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Initiation is Required

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Judgmentalism and Fault Finding?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

What is fault finding and what is being judgmental? And is there any technical difference to note?

Sincerely,
Joe

Answer: Hatefulness and Compassion

Even though all of us have a combination of good and bad qualities, because the Lord's devotees are the genuine well-wishers of all, they are more eager to see the good qualities of others, not their bad qualities. Along with this, the devotees, out of their genuine compassion, do, when it is needed, point out our faults to help us become successful on our pathway back to home, back to Godhead.

Being judgmental means to be hypercritical in an envious, hateful, and deprecating manner. This is different from the mood of the devotees who, as a duty, when necessary, mercifully point out our faults to help us become fully happy and successful in our practice of Krishna consciousness.

Just like it is the duty of a doctor to tell us what is wrong with us so that we can treat our disease and get well, similarly it is the duty of the devotees to point out our faults so that we can rectify them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 9 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Muslim Woman in Burqa Promotes Bhagavad-gita

Padma Locana Prabhu describes an amazing experience he had at the annual arts festival in Bali last year. Here's his account:

I was distributing books and a nicely dressed Muslim lady wearing a burqa approached me and asked whether I had the Bhagavad-gita.

I said, "Yes, I do. Would you like one?"

"I've heard that it is a sacred text and very famous."

While I showed it to her, a Balinese woman approached us and said, "Why are you offering our book to someone of another faith? You should not do this."

The Muslim lady responded, "This is not only for Hindus. It is knowledge, knowledge meant for everyone, and if you read this book you will understand this truth."

As she was saying this, other Balinese people stopped and listened to her.

She continued, "All of us should read this book, because it will help free us of the concepts of "us and them." We are all of the same father. God is not Muslim or Hindu or Christian. God is God, and we should read whatever book helps us to better understand God and ourselves. So although I'm born a Muslim, I want to read this book to learn more about God and myself."

As soon as she spoke like this, five people came forward to get a Bhagavad-gita from me, and they were all generous.

This is some of the ecstasy we find on book distribution.

====================

Our thanks to Padma Locana Prabhu for sharing this wonderful experience he had while distributing Srila Prabhupada's books. This will encourage everyone to distribute Srila Prabhupada's books.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Muslim Woman in Burqa Takes Bhagavad-gita


Video For the Day:

The Beauty of Vedic Wisdom

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is It OK to Desire to See Krishna?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

These days when I chant on my japa beads I feel the holy name is dancing on my tongue. Due to this, I have a strong desire to see Lord Krishna closely. Is it OK to have this kind of feeling? Am I making any offences to think that I want to see Krishna closely? I feel that I just deserve the dust of the dust of the lotus feet of the Lord.

Your servant

V.

Answer: Yes, If You Desire to Be Surrendered Unto Him

If one in is the mood of being fully surrendered to the Lord, the desire to see the Lord is a most wonderful desire. This is why Srila Prabhupada taught us to pray as follows:

jagannathah svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me

"O Lord of the universe, kindly be visible unto me."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 8 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Appearance Day of Lord Nityananda

Srila Prabhupada explains the importance of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 7.15.46 as follows:

vande sri-krsna-caitanya-
nityanandau sahoditau
gaudodaye puspavantau
citrau sandau 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." This material world is a dark well of ignorance. The fallen soul in this dark well must take shelter of the lotus feet of Gaura-Nitai, for thus he can easily emerge from material existence. Without Their strength, simply attempting to get out of the clutches of matter by speculative knowledge will be insufficient."

Today is the appearance day of Lord Nityananda. If we pray sincerely to Him for His blessings, we will become solidly situated in Krishna consciousness and will be able to perform the highest welfare work of distributing Krishna consciousness to the fallen souls of this age.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Unlimitedly Merciful Lord Nityananda


Video For the Day:

Necessity of Bhagavad-gita

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does Krishna Exist?

Hare Krishna,

One day I woke up and all my imaginations about Krishna were gone. I started thinking only rationally. Something happened to my soul. Can you tell me does Krishna exist? It's very hard to live with only rational atheistic thoughts.

Saulius

Answer: He Must Exist Otherwise You Would Not Exist

You are not self-manifested. You are manifested by Krishna. Therefore the mere fact that you exist, which you can perceive by the your ability to perceive, proves that Krishna exists.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 7 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Why Not Just Be Who You Are?

Why complicate your life trying to be what you are not, namely your material body? Scientifically speaking, your body is changing at every minute, but you, the person within the body, remain the same. That's why you can remember experiences from your childhood even though, due to the constant change of chemicals within your body, the body you have now is completely different from the body you had then. Therefore it is very clear that the self residing within the body and the body are two distinct things. They are not the same. Through the process of Krishna consciousness, also referred to as bhakti yoga, you can fully realize and tangibly experience your eternal identity beyond the temporary shell known as the material body. In this state of pure spiritual knowledge you will relish the most sublime happiness at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Is Inviting Us to Come Back to Our Home


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How to Become Perfect

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How are the Species Divided?

Can you explain about the division of species?

M.

Answer: Explained in the Vishnu Purana

It is stated in the Vishnu Purana as follows:

jala-ja nava-laksani sthavara laksa-vimsati
krmayo rudra-sankhyakah paksinam dasa-laksanam
trimsal-laksani pasavah catur-laksani manusah

“There are 900,000 species living in the water. There are also 2,000,000 nonmoving living entities (sthavara), such as trees and plants. There are also 1,100,000 species of insects and reptiles, and there are 1,000,000 species of birds. As far as quadrupeds are concerned, there are 3,000,000 varieties, and there are 400,000 human species.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 6 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

We Want to Take Over the World

Srila Prabhupada writes as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 4.16.27:

'If one is able to eradicate completely the threefold miseries of the citizens, he should aspire to rule the world. One should not aspire to rule for any political or diplomatic consideration."

This is our mission. We want to guide the entire human society how to be peaceful and happy. Srila Prabhupada has blessed us with the knowledge how to do just that. Now it is up to us to become 100% pure in our following of Srila Prabhupada so that we become fully empowered to do the highest welfare work of giving Krishna consciousness as much as possible to everyone.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Everyone Should Be Taught to Appreciate and Love Krishna


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Real Intelligence

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: My Parents Forbade Me to Go to the Temple

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva,

All glories to you and Srimati Gurumataji.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Please accept my humble obeisances. I have to work from Monday to Friday, and I can visit temple on the weekends and evenings. But my parents have asked me not to go to the temple because they think I will sit there for hours and someone will hypnotize me or something like that. I tried explaining to them, but they do not understand my viewpoint and think differently. I really miss the temple, but as Lord Rama obeyed His parents words, I am trying to obey my parents and waiting for the day they would say by themselves that you can go to the temple now. What should I do, Gurudeva? Please help me, please guide me

your servant

Jay

Answer: Take Them to the Temple

Take them to the temple so that they can see how wonderful it is.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 5 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Existence and Nonexistence

Srila Prabhupada writes as follows in his introduction to the Bhagavad-gita:

"Just what is the Bhagavad-gita? The purpose of Bhagavad-gita is to deliver mankind from the nescience of material existence. Every man is in difficulty in so many ways, as Arjuna also was in difficulty in having to fight the Battle of Kurukshetra. Arjuna surrendered unto Sri Krishna, and consequently this Bhagavad-gita was spoken. Not only Arjuna, every one of us is full of anxieties because of this material existence. Our very existence is in the atmosphere of nonexistence. Actually we are not meant to be threatened by nonexistence. Our existence is eternal. But somehow or other we are put into asat. Asat refers to that which does not exist."

From this we can learn that it is futile to try to be happy in material existence because it is a state of nonexistence. Our nature is existence. Therefore it is impossible for us to be happy in an atmosphere of nonexistence. Just as a fish cannot be happy on the land, we cannot be happy in an atmosphere of nonexistence. This is why we must come to Krishna consciousness, the atmosphere of existence, in order to become genuinely happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Dhruva Transfers from World of Nonexistence to World of Existence


Video For the Day:

Respiritualization Within and Without

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Chanting Rounds on Mobile App?

Pujya Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble respectful obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada and you.

Gurudeva, I chant on my mobile japa mala app when I am at office, but at home I chant on wooden tulasi japa mala beads. Is this right or wrong? Please clear my doubts.

Your disciple,
Priyadarshini

Answer: At Least 16 Rounds Must Be Chanted on Japa Beads

It is wrong. At least 16 rounds of japa must be chanted on your japa mala beads. You can take your japa beads to your office and chant on them during your break time at the office.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 4 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Escaping the Quagmire

The first principle for escaping the quagmire of this material existence is to recognize that it is indeed a quagmire. As long as we are still fascinated by this place, considering it as a realm of enjoyment, we will never be able to escape its all-devouring clutches. Therefore we must also see it as Martyaloka, the world of death, and focus all of our energies on getting back to that most wondrous spiritual sky where death is conspicuous by its absence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Guides Us Back to Krishna


Video For the Day:

The Perfection of Love

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Chant Hare Krishna at the Time of Death?

Hare Krishna Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada

My office colleague and friend Bhakta Pankaj wants to know how can a person chant Hare Krishna for deliverance when he is dying, because at that time he cannot see, speak, or hear as the Yamadutas (agents of Yamaraja, the god of death) will be standing before him.

Your servant,
Sacinandana Das

Answer: Don't Wait Until Then. Start Chanting Now

He should not wait for time of death to chant Hare Krishna. He should fully absorb himself now in Krishna consciousness by chanting at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala every day, following the regulative principles (strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling), and accepting a bona fide spiritual master. In this way he will be able to train his mind how to always stay fixed in remembering Krishna even at the time of death. If he will follow these simple guidelines, he will not see the Yamadutas at the time of death. He will instead see the Visnudutas, the agents of Lord Vishnu, who have come to take him back to his original home in the spiritual world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 3 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Be Foolish

You have gotten this most rare human birth after millions of lifetimes of unbearable suffering in the lower species of life, namely the aquatics, the plants, the worms and reptiles, the birds, and the beasts. This is your one chance out of these millions of births to escape all of this misery and return to your original constitutional position of unlimited bliss, love, and knowledge in the sweetest, most sublime spiritual world. So kindly don't be so foolish to continue in the maddened pursuit of material sense gratification, which will force you back into the lower species in your next birth. Take complete shelter of Krishna through His transparent via medium, the bona fide spiritual master, and make your life now perfect. Otherwise your life will be the greatest tragedy and your whereabouts will be completely unknown. You will hopelessly lost again in the most horrendous endless cycle, the wheel of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Don't Cheat Yourself Out of an Ecstatic Life in Goloka Vrindavana


Video For the Day:

You Have Always Existed

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Theoretical Knowledge Becomes Realized?

Hare Krishna! Please accept my obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

My name is Pavel. I am from Kiev, Ukraine. I read Your messages, and I like them very much, I am very inspired by them. Thank You!

I have a question. How theoretical knowledge (jñana) becomes realized knowledge (vijñana)? We read, hear, associate with devotees a lot, but I notice, that I almost don't have spiritual experience. This knowledge still stay for me a theory. What can I do?

Pavel Velichko

Answer: By Accepting a Spiritual Master

It is only when you surrender to the bona fide spiritual master that the theoretical knowledge becomes transformed into practical realized knowledge. Before you take shelter of the spiritual master you are only licking the outside of the honey jar. But when you surrender to him, you then you can taste the full nectar of the honey.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 2 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

I Want to Set You Free. Are You Ready?

There is no reason for you to continue suffering here being constantly bounced back and forth between happiness and distress. You are meant instead to live in a state of ever-increasingly transcendental bliss. Right now you are ensnared in the cruel clutches of the cycle of repeated birth and death. I want to free you from this mess. I have been blessed by my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, with the sublime formula how you and the entire world can attain perfect happiness, a happiness which cannot be even slightly impinged upon by any situation here in this material world. I want to share what my spiritual master has given me with you so you can be completely free from all anxiety for all of eternity. Are you ready?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




My Most Beloved Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada


Video For the Day:

How to Be Purely Good

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are Cows Superior to Human Beings?

As we transmigrate from one body to another, does a spirit soul get a cow's body ? If yes, wouldn't that be superior to the human form since the cow is considered in the Vedic wisdom as one of the seven mothers?

Regards,
Rishikant Sharma

Answer: Human Life is the Highest Form

Yes, the cow body is one of the forms that we take when we are transmigrating in the cycle of birth and death. The cow is one of our seven mothers because we drink her breast milk after we no longer suck our mother’s breast. This, however, does mean that the form of a cow is a higher form of life than that of a human being. While the human being has sufficient intelligence to inquire about what is the ultimate purpose of existence, the cow has only sufficient intelligence to inquire where is there grass to eat. Therefore the human form of life is a more highly evolved life form. The human being can choose to rise above his animal instincts by surrendering to Krishna and thus become fully qualified to go to home, back to Godhead upon leaving his present material body. The cow does not have intelligence to do this and thus remains caught up in the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 1 February 2017

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Great Encouragement from Shyamasundara Prabhu

My dear Godbrother, His Grace Sriman Shyamasundara Prabhu, one of ISKCON's greatest preachers, who pioneered our movement in its beginning days in San Francisco and Great Britain and who introduced Beatle George Harrison to Krishna consciousness, has most kindly written me:

"I so much appreciate how you are guiding Srila Prabhupada's early dream so perfectly into the 21st century."

Srila Prabhupada's vision or dream is based on the prediction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu that the entire world can become Krishna conscious. I share this vision. Although I am certainly only a lowly, insignificant servant of my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, I very much desire to successfully carry out the order he has given to his disciples that we should deliver the world. My life is fully dedicated to this purpose. So that such an exalted Godbrother as Shyamasundara Prabhu is appreciating my humble attempt to do this is greatly encouraging me.

Thank you, Shyamasundara Prabhu!

Shyamasundara Prabhu is now publishing his memoirs of his early days with Srila Prabhupada. I highly recommend his book "Chasing Rhinos with the Swami" to all of my readers. Here is where you can order your copy: http://chasingrhinos.com

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Shyamasundara Prabhu With Srila Prabhupada


Video For the Day:

The Great Boon of Devotee Association

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are Animals in the Spiritual World Liberated Souls?

Pranam, Srila Gurudeva,

In the photograph of Spiritual Abode of Krishna, we see Krishna and His human associates. By the way, at the same place we witness some animals, birds and trees as well! We can understand that the human associates are liberated souls, however, the cows, peacocks, parrots, swans, trees and plants there should not be assumed as liberated because they are not in human form. How is it possible that they are in the spiritual world but not liberated?

Abhiram

Answer: All Souls in Spiritual World Are Liberated

All the spirit souls in the spiritual world are humans, and they are all liberated. One cannot be in the spiritual world unless he is liberated. Thus even those devotees who are manifesting non-human forms such as animals, birds, trees, etc. are humans with full human consciousness. They have simply assumed these various forms in order to please Lord Krishna by facilitating His unlimited divine pastimes. For example, how can Krishna be a cowherd boy if there are no cows to herd? Even though many devotees in the spiritual world manifest non-human forms, they still have human consciousness. A notable example is Kalindi, a beautiful young girl who is one of Krishna’s queens. She is also the Yamuna River in order to facilitate Krishna’s pastimes of sporting in the River Yamuna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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