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Saturday 29 April 2017

ISKCON Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Don't Cheat Yourself Out of Unlimited Bliss

Your constitutional position is one of unlimited happiness, unfathomable bliss. So why should you settle for anything less? Come out of the quagmire of material illusion and be who you really are, the eternal spiritual being, full of unlimited love and happiness. To do so is real intelligence. Any other course of action is sheer foolishness, patent madness. So don't be an idiot. Be who you really are and relish the sweetest, most nectarean happiness for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Launches Krishna Consciousness Movement
Tompkins Square Park, New York City, 1966

 


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Question: Is Krishna Manifest in Fire and Air?

My dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

I have had this question in my mind since 2010, if I remember correctly. But I never thought it important enough to ask. I think I should ask it anyway. The question is: Is Krishna the form of fire and the touch of air as well?

The question arises because Krishna mentions in the Bhagavad-gita that He is the pure fragrance of earth, the taste in water, and the sound in ether, which are the basic constitutional characteristics of each of the three great elements. So, how about the essential characteristics of the remaining two great elements: fire and air? We know from the Srimad Bhagavatam that from the Lord's sense of hearing arises the sky, from the Lord's sense of touch comes air, from the Lord's sense of sight comes fire, from the Lord's sense of taste comes water, and from the Lord's sense of smell comes earth. Is it correct?

A servant of your servants,
Sevananda Das
Kathmandu, Nepal

Answer: Krishna Is Present in Every Element

What you have read in the Srimad-Bhagavatam is naturally and obviously correct. In Bhagavad-gita 7.9 Krishna says: tejas casmi vibhavasau "I am the heat in fire."

In the purport to this verse Srila Prabhupada explains as follows:

"Vibhavasu means fire. Without fire we cannot run factories, we cannot cook, etc., and that fire is Krishna. The heat in the fire is Krishna. According to Vedic medicine, indigestion is due to a low temperature in the belly. So even for digestion fire is needed. In Krishna consciousness we become aware that earth, water, fire, air and every active principle, all chemicals and all material elements are due to Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 28 April 2017

ISKCON Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Sex Fiend or Krishna Friend

In this world everyone is crazy after sex. This is what binds us to the cycle of birth and death. To become liberated all we have to do is take our tendency to be enamored by sex and transfer it to Krishna. This will bring a stop to all of our anxieties. Otherwise, if we continue to pursue our maddened desire for unrestricted sex enjoyment, we will surely have to face severe punishment at the time of death for violating the laws of nature.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Illicit Sex Indulgers Are Severely Punished in Hell


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Question: How Soul Coming From Krishna Can Be Unborn?

The soul is unborn and we come from Krishna. So wouldn't there be a moment when Krishna expanded us from Himself, which would be our moment of our birth?

Vishal Puri

Answer: Krishna's Eternal Emanation

Krishna is eternally expanding us from Himself. This is how we are simultaneously unborn and originating in Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 27 April 2017

London, United Kingdom

Today's Thought:

Gifted with Milk Sweets While Transiting Through London

On our stopover in London on our way to Latvia, we were greeted at the airport by two of my students. I was blessed with receiving the gift of the most wonderful burfi and sandesh made from the milk of Krishna's cows at London's Bhaktivedanta Manor. The milk sweets at the Bhaktivedanta Manor are some of the best in the entire world. Their taste is absolutely phenomenal. And the spiritual benefit of honoring such sweets is unlimited.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Cows and Bulls at London's Bhaktivedanta Manor are Beautiful


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Question: What is Offenseless Chanting?

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my dandavats,
All Glories to Your Grace and Srimati Gurumata,
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada

In Purport to SB 3.33.6, Srila Prabhupada says that "A person born in a family of the low caste which is accustomed to eat dogs is so positioned due to his past sinful activities, but by chanting or hearing once in pureness, or in an offenseless manner, he is immediately relieved of the sinful reaction. Not only is he relieved of the sinful reaction, but he immediately achieves the result of all purificatory processes"

1. In what stage of sadhana-bhakti (Faith to Love of Godhead) one is situated if one has chanted Holy Name offenselessly even once?
2. Is a person who has chanted the Holy Name offenselessly only once already liberated from material entanglement?
3. If a child chants Hare Krishna once imitating the parents, is this offenseless chant?
4. Many people on the street chant Hare Krishna when devotees perform congregational chanting. Is this offenseless?

Your eternal servant,
Amala Purana Das

Answer: Offenseless in Practice and the Offenseless Stage

Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to SB 2.2.30:

"The simple process of offenselessly chanting and hearing the holy name of the Lord will gradually promote one very soon to the stage of emancipation. There are three stages in chanting the holy name of the Lord. The first stage is the offensive chanting of the holy name, and the second is the reflective stage of chanting the holy name. The third stage is the offenseless chanting of the holy name of the Lord. In the second stage only, the stage of reflection, between the offensive and offenseless stages, one automatically attains the stage of emancipation. And in the offenseless stage, one actually enters into the kingdom of God, although physically he may apparently be within the material world.”

Kindly note in the above quote that Srila Prabhupada mentions offenseless chanting in two different ways. He says that by offenseless chanting one will quickly come to emancipation, the reflective stage in between the offensive stage and the offenseless stage. So there is offenseless chanting in practice and offenseless chanting in perfection. In other words strictly avoiding the ten offenses is offenseless chanting even though one may not have attained the offenseless stage when one enters into the kingdom of God within his heart even though externally situated within the material world.

So you have to understand the meaning of “offenseless" according to context, the way in which Srila Prabhupada is utilizing it. With this understanding here are the answers to your questions:

1. In what stage of sadhana-bhakti (Faith to Love of Godhead) one is situated if one has chanted Holy Name offenselessly even once?
Answer: He is at least at the beginning stage.

2. Is person who has chanted the Holy Name offenselessly only once already liberated from material entanglement?
Answer: If he does not sin again.

3. If a child chants Hare Krishna once imitating the parents, is this offenseless chant?
Answers: If he is chanting without any material motives, it is certainly offenseless.

4. Many people on street chant Hare Krishna when devotees perform congregational chanting. Is this offenseless?
Answer: If they are chanting without any material motives, it is offenseless.

Kindly note Srila Prabhupada's explanation in his purport to SB 1.18.19:

“To chant the holy name under the direction of a pure devotee is offenseless chanting. Offenseless chanting of the holy name of the Lord is transcendental, and, therefore, such chanting can at once purify one from the effects of all kinds of previous sins.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Mumbai, India

Today's Thought:

Nothing to Lose Except for Your Anxiety

Why not seriously take to Krishna consciousness? You've got nothing to lose except for your anxiety. There is not much more to be said in this connection except that you should do yourself the ultimate good of taking seriously to Krishna consciousness right now.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Singing the Peace Formula Song, Pune, India, 24 April 2017


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Correct a Senior Devotee?

If a senior devotee is making fun of me unnecessarily beyond my tolerance capacity, how to correct the situation without offense?

Your servant,
Nitai Gauranga Das

Answer: Correct Yourself Instead

He is probably trying to help you become more humble. Therefore you should be thinking of how to correct yourself, rather than correcting him. So it is better that you expand your tolerance capacity and try to learn something from the experience.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Pune, India

Today's Thought:

Life Dedicated to Awakening the Illusioned Souls

After an amazingly rejuvenating experience of spiritual empowerment and spreading Krishna consciousness here in the holy land of India today we are heading out to Europe to spread the Krishna consciousness movement there. What could be a sweeter more enlivening lifestyle than this? We pity those poor souls who have not yet awakened their Krishna consciousness and we therefore have dedicated our lives for awakening them. There's no reason why everybody cannot relish the unlimited bliss of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Questions and Answers, Pune, India, 24 April 2017


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Question: How to Always Be Enthusiastic?

How are you able to always maintain such a high level of enthusiasm?

Question asked in a class in Pune, India

Answer: By Obeying the Spiritual Master

My always being enthusiastic is a very simple. When Srila Prabhupada accepted me as his disciple he noted my enthusiasm and instructed me as follows:

"I can see also that you are a very sincere and enthusiastic boy and are anxious for spreading this movement. Those are first class qualifications for making advancement in Krishna Consciousness. So continue enthusiastically as you are doing and Krishna will surely bless you."

By accepting the order of my spiritual master as my very life and soul I have easily been able to maintain my enthusiasm for spreading the movement for the last 46 years. The result has been that Lord Sri Krishna is uninterruptedly showering His sublime blessings upon me.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 24 April 2017

Pune, India

Today's Thought:

Goodbye, Material World. Hello, Krishna.

Anyone who seriously takes to this process of Krishna consciousness, even if it is a struggle for them to do so, is guaranteed to return back to home, back to Godhead. They will surely escape very soon from the hellish nightmare of material existence and return to the land of eternity knowledge and bliss. So why not take advantage of the most sublime offer? Only a fool or someone who is unaware of this most valuable opportunity would not do so.

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Evening Lecture to Corporate Employees
Pune, India, 22 April 2017


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Read Prabhupada's Books?

Please guide me how to read Srila Prabhupada books analytically and logically, by applying them, questioning, making notes, praying before reading or in any other way.

It may be easy for everyone, but for me it is not. For me gain is zero, realization is zero. There is no transformation even though I have read most of the books many times, and results will be same even I keep on reading rest of my lifetime.

Please help me.

Hare Krishna.
Vishal

Answer: Read Them Systemically.

After you read chapter write a chapter summary essay. Plus list of any verses in that chapter that you would like to memorize in a master list of the all the verses you would like to memorize. Then also spend 1/2 hour every day memorizing verses from your memorization list.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 23 April 2017

Pune, India

Today's Thought:

Become Qualified to See Krishna Face to Face

One does not have to leave his present body and go back to Godhead to achieve spiritual perfection. If one fully takes advantage of the association of pure devotees, he can completely free himself from all material contamination and become a liberated soul even in his present body fully qualified to see Krishna face to face. In this regard Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his book Raja Vidya:

"Although all beings in the universe are resting in Krishna's energy, still they are not in Him. Krishna is maintaining all living entities, and His energy is all-pervading, yet He is elsewhere. This is Krishna's inconceivable mystic power. He is everywhere, yet He is aloof from everything. We can perceive His energy, but we cannot see Him because He cannot be seen with material eyes. However, when we develop our spiritual qualities, we sanctify our senses so that even within this energy we can see Him. Electricity, for instance, is everywhere, and an electrician is capable of utilizing it. Similarly, the energy of the Supreme Lord is everywhere, and when we become transcendentally situated, we can see God eye to eye everywhere. That spiritualization of the senses is possible through devotional service and love of God."

Therefore we should fully take advantage of this process of Krishna consciousness and become qualified to see Krishna face to face as soon as possible. This is real intelligence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture, 21 April 2017
ISKCON New Vedic Cultural Center, Pune, India


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is a Philosopher?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

What is a philosopher?

Sincerely,
Joe

Answer: A Vaisnava Philosopher Has Full Knowledge of God

A Vaisnava philosopher is someone who is in full knowledge of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Because of his full knowledge he finds no disturbance even in the material energy. This is because he knows how to utilize the material energy for the service of the Lord. In the government, the criminal department and civil department may appear different in the eyes of the citizens, but in the eyes of the government both departments are one and the same. The criminal department is troublesome for the criminal but not for the obedient citizen. Similarly, this material energy is troublesome for the conditioned soul, but it has nothing to do with the liberated souls who are engaged in the service of the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 22 April 2017

Pune, India

Today's Thought:

Hare Krishna Kirtana Inside the Airport

Upon our arrival in Pune, India on 20 April 2017 we were delighted to be greeted by an ecstatic Hare Krishna kirtana inside the airport at the luggage carousel pickup area. Such things are never allowed in today's era of tight airport security. But my disciple, Premananda Das, was able to make a special arrangement by negotiating with an airport official. The devotees even had a portable amplifier to make the kirtana audible throughout the entire arrivals area. Taking advantage of this rare opportunity we all chanted loudly and danced ecstatically much to the amazement of the assembled arriving passengers waiting to pick up their luggage. May Hare Krishna kirtana become more and more manifested in more and more places all over the world as a regular daily affair. This will help us greatly in our mission to Krishnize the entire world as soon as possible.

In this connection Lord Caitanya has said:

"All glories to the Sri Krishna sankirtana, which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years and extinguishes the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death. This sankirtana movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge. It increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious." Siksastakam Verse 1

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Ecstatic Hare Krishna Kirtana Inside the Pune, India Airport


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How the Supreme Controller Can Be Controlled?

I read in Srimad Bhagavatam 11.6.18 purport, "As the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna displays the highest perfection of beauty, strength, wealth, fame, knowledge and renunciation and is thus completely satisfied by His own supreme position. He reciprocates spiritual loving affairs with the gopis and queens simply for their sake."

I have heard that Krishna is controlled by the love of His pure devotees. Does Krishna act in such a way that He seems to be controlled by His devotee's love; for the pleasure of His devotees? How can I properly understand these two statements and get properly enlightened.

Hare Krishna Das

Answer: By His Desire to Please His Devotees

It is a fact that Krishna is controlled by the love of His pure devotees. It is not a show. Because Krishna loves His devotees unlimitedly, to satisfy their propensity to love Him to the fullest possible extent He allows Himself to be completely controlled by their love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 21 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Hare Krishna Mantra Will Be Added to Christian Hymnbooks

Helsingin Sanomat, the largest subscription newspaper in Finland and the Nordic countries, published the cartoon below. They are making a joke. But it will indeed happen one day that the Christian hymnbooks will include the Hare Krishna mantra and Christians will be chanting Hare Krishna in Christian church services. Not only Christians, all religious people all over the world will some day be chanting Hare Krishna to become perfect in their chosen religious path.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Cartoon Published in Finland's Leading Newspaper:
"Our Committee Has Now Updated
the Book of Hymns According to Your Will."


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Purpose of My Life Now?

Hare Krishna

After working for 35 years, I superannuated from my working life. Later on all responsibility in respect of family like education, wedding of children, etc. are over. Children are settled in their life. I do not want to interfere in their life unless called for.

Being a law graduate, I started to practice in law to keep myself busy. However I haven't got success as was expected. Sometimes I get the feeling that "Why I am here?" What is the purpose of my life?

Request to throw light on my thinking.

Ravindra

Answer: For Spreading Krishna Consciousnesss

Now that all of your material duties are finished, it is your duty to fully embrace the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu for making the world Krishna conscious. So now you should become our disciple, and we will train you to blissfully and successfully absorb the remainder of your life in preaching Krishna consciousness for the deliverance of the fallen souls of this universe back to home, back to Godhead. This is the duty of everyone, especially those who are retired, such as yourself.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 20 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Most Ecstatic Day in Your Eternal Existence

Every morning one should rise with the determination to make this day the most ecstatic day in his entire life. This is not at all difficult. One simply has to always remember Krishna and never forget Him, and thinking himself to be lower than the straw in the street, one must always serve Guru and Vaisnava with genuine love. And also one should be always desiring to awaken the Krishna consciousness that is lying dormant within the hearts of all the poor souls who are presently entrapped in this material existence. If one can keep these things alive within his heart at every minute, his every day will truly be the most ecstatic day he has ever had in all of his eternal existence, no matter what the material circumstances may be, so-called good or bad.

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The Pure Devotee Relishes Unlimited Bliss at Every Minute


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Material Success More Important than Spiritual Life?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

I have this intrinsic feeling that perhaps I should take striving hard for material success as my first and foremost goal rather than trying to follow all the rules and regulations and then feeling frustrated, depressed and suicidal. It will have two benefits: 1st - personal satisfaction. 2nd - being in a influential position to preach KC.

I think it would be karma yoga.

I write this to verify whether I am thinking in the right direction or not. After all, I anyway need a successful material life to maintain myself.

Yours sincerely,

P.S. I mean keeping chanting 16 rounds as the secondary thing for the time being which I do sometime in the day, say as while traveling and not worrying about the 4 regulative principles.

Answer: That's Polishing the Cage and Letting the Bird Starve

Your intrinsic feeling is bogus and your thinking is bogus.

What is more important: feeding the bird or polishing the bird cage? What good is a polished cage if the bird within is starving? This is the defect of our modern day materialistic civilization.

One who embraces Krishna consciousness becomes unlimitedly blissful and can easily excel in his material career. When I worked at MCI Corporation I was one of their top salesmen and won an award for my accomplishments. I chanted 16 rounds and went to work and outperformed my karmi co-workers. During my break time I openly chanted japa mala walking in the public hall in the office. I had a picture of Srila Prabhupada displayed openly on my desk.

When are you going to kick out your doubts? I am praying and waiting for that day.

Karma yoga is Krishna consciousness. Taking material life as most important is karma. It is not karma yoga.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Last Day in Vrindavan

Today is our last full day in Vrindavana, the land where Krishna eternally resides engaged His sweetest and most intimate pastimes. It is surely a great blessing to be able to spend some days in this holiest of all holy places. Krishna has indeed been very kind to us to allow us to be there. So now we are taking the blessings of the holy dhama upon our heads. We are preparing to head for preaching in other parts of the world as we carry on with our mission of trying to Krishnize this entire universe.

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There's Nothing Sweeter Than Krishna's Vrindavana Lila


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Did We Fall Into Illusion?

Why are the living entities in illusion in the eternal energy, know as maya? Why is maya punishing us? Why did we forget Krishna? From where did we fall down? Krishna assures in the Bhagavad-gita that having attained His abode we will never fall again. So how is it that we could have fallen?

Your servant,
Hemanth

Answer: We Wanted to Be the Supreme

Every living being is originally with Krishna in the spiritual world. When the living being wants to be God, the center of all existence, this is not possible. So to satisfy his desire Krishna, through the agency of His illusory energy known as maya, gives the living being the illusion that he is God, the center of all existence.

Krishna assures that after falling and returning to Him we will never fall again. He does not assure that no one ever falls down in to the material world because out of his love for us He never keeps us against our will in his kingdom. The living entity may fall once. But having learned his lesson he will never fall again. In this connection is it said, "Once burned, twice shy."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 18 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Krishnizing the Entire Universe

In ancient times there was a powerful demon named Hiranyakasipu, who by tint of his severe austerities became so powerful that he was able to terrorize the entire universe bringing everyone in the universe under his despotic rule, even the powerful demigods. Only Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, and Lord Brahma were not under his influence. Finally, the universe was freed from the control of this tyrant when Lord Nrsimhadeva killed him. At the present moment the entire global civilization is being tortured by the misrule of unenlightened fools. Therefore out of the compassion for the suffering souls of this age the Lord's devotee desires to flood the entire universe with Krishna consciousness. Instead of terrorizing the entire universe like Hiranyakasipu, he desires to Krishnize the entire universe so that everyone can be happy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Teaching the Science of Krishna in Vrindavan--16 April 2017


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Question: Wordhipping Krishna is the Best?

Gurudeva, accept my humble obeisances,

From watching Indian films in the TV shows , every family worships their own particular god or demigod. Certain families worship the deity of Sri Krishna, or Sri Rama and others worship the deity of Ganesh , or Siva, and so on. I have some questions as follows:

1. According to Bhagavad-gita, I think we should worship the Supreme Personal God i.e. Lord Sri Krishna rather than gods and demigods. Am I right?
2. It seems to me that in India many people still do not worship Sri Krishna as prescribed in Bhagavad-gita. It means many Hindus in India are not followers of Krishna Consciousness Community.
3. By the way, what is the percentage of the total population in India who are the followers of Hindus, Muslims, Christians, etc.?
4. Since Hindus believe in both Personal God (Saguna Brahman) and Nirguna Brahman (Impersonal God), which one is more appropriate to worship? And how can we worship Impersonal God without a deity?

Thank you so much for your clarification.

With love.
Nyoman

Answer: The only viable option

Yes, we worship only Krishna since the other gods are all subordinate to Him. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the others gods are demigods. Unfortunately many Hindus do not realize this and waste their energy worshipping other gods as the Supreme.

In India 80% are Hindus, 14% are Muslims, 2% are Christians, 2% are Sikhs, 1% are Buddhists, Jains are 0.5%, and other groups constitute the remainder.

Worshipping Krishna, the Supreme Person, is the most perfect type of worship. Lord Sri Krishna states in Bhagavad-gita 12.2:

mayy avesya mano ye mam
nitya-yukta upasate
sraddhaya parayopetas
te me yuktatama matah

"Those who fix their minds on My personal form and are always engaged in worshiping Me with great and transcendental faith are considered by Me to be most perfect."

Worshipping the impersonal aspect of God is very troublesome and difficult. It takes millions of lifetimes to achieve perfection in this way. However, those who worship Krishna, the Supreme Person, can achieve perfection in one lifetime.

One cannot worship the impersonal, unmanifested because in that conception of God there is nothing there to worship.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 17 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Mangala Arati at Srila Prabhupada's Samadhi

There's nothing here in Vrindavana more enlivening than attending mangala-arati (the most auspicious welcoming ceremony) held every morning at Srila Prabhupada's samadhi here in Vrindavana between 4:10am and 4:25am. Anyone who attends this ceremony is blessed by Srila Prabhupada with a most auspicious Krishna conscious day. So who would not want to begin their day every day by attending mangala-arati? If you are not here in Vrindavana, you can attend it at your nearest ISKCON temple, where is generally held from 4:30am to 4:50am. Or you can celebrate this wonderful ceremony every day in your home one-and-a-half hours before the sunrise and achieve the same benefit.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Mangala-Arati at Srila Prabhupada's Samadhi


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Question: How to Deal with Office Politics?

How to deal with office politics? Even sometimes we lose our job due to it and lose our concentration in devotional life.

Akash

Answer: Take Shelter of Krishna

Take complete shelter of Krishna just as Arjuna did, and you will be protected. Sometimes we have to act strongly. Srila Prabhupada said, "I act like a king because no one can defeat me, and similarly, you should take your responsibility very, very seriously as being the representative of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu." So do not be afraid to act strongly if and when it is required.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 16 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

On the Cutting Edge of History's Greatest Paradigm Shift

Why live a mediocre, bland, boring life as a puppet of the grossly misguided material society, which is dragging everyone down to the animal kingdom in their next births, when you can instead live on the cutting edge of the greatest paradigm shift in history, the Krishna consciousness movement? Therefore, those who are factually intelligent dedicate themselves fully for pushing forward Lord Caitanya's Hare Krishna movement all over the world. These are the world's real heroes. They are courageously propagating truth, bringing light to a global civilization which has become totally lost in the darkness of ignorance.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Real Heroes of the Modern World


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Question: Is It Right to Stop Attending Baptist Church?

Dear Spiritual Master,

It has been months now since I've stopped attending a Bible Baptist Church. I have just recently joined Sunday afternoon Skype sessions with some devotees since the nearest temple is about 5 hours away and traveling is quite expensive.

You've said earlier that I should avoid philosophical relationship with such people. To clarify, does that include not attending church anymore? Did I do the right thing when I stopped attending the Baptist Church?

Your humble servant,
J.

Answer: Go to Church at Every Minute

It is not necessary to attend Christian church services. However, if you would like to sometimes go, you can do so.

I used to to go to church every Sunday. Now instead I go to the Hare Krishna temple every day. Why worship God only once week? Our philosophy is to worship God at every minute. Anytime I want to go to church I can chant Hare Krishna or remember Krishna, and immediately I am in church with God. So our philosophy is to go to church at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 15 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Cheaters and the Cheated

In this material world we are living in a society of the cheaters and the cheated. Therefore we must always be very careful not to cheat others or to be cheated by others. To avoid being cheated we should only put our trust in Krishna or God and in those who purely represent Him. We will know who the pure representative of Krishna or God is by carefully studying the Bhagavad-gita as it is and seeing who speaks and acts perfectly in harmony with its teachings. By always thinking, speaking, and acting in accordance with the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita we will free from the defect of cheating others.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna's Pure Devotee Does Not Cheat Us


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Question: Age for Marrying and Having Children

May I know what is the correct age to get marriage and have children?

Your servant,
Prahlada

Answer: Twenty-five for Men, Seventeen for Women

Before marriage devotees are strictly celibate. And after marriage devotees restrict themselves to only having sex for procreation. They do not indulge in it for recreation. Procreation is allowed as soon as they are married, provided they do so in accordance with the regulative principles of bhakti. Instead of trying to derive happiness and satisfaction from sex indulgence, they find their happiness in serving Krishna together as husband and wife. This is the Vedic way of elevating the consciousness beyond the material platform, attaining a state of pure transcendental bliss, and becoming fully qualified to go back to home, back to Godhead.

Regarding the age for marriage Srila Prabhupada explains:

"In Vedic culture, marriage generally doesn't take place until the boy is about twenty-four or twenty-five and the girl is about sixteen or seventeen.”

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 14 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Passenger Forcibly Dragged from His Seat

There is at the present moment a huge public uproar regarding a United Airlines passenger who was forcibly dragged from his seat even though he was a ticketed passenger, for the purpose of providing a seat for a United Airlines employee who did not have a ticket. What the public does not know is that all of them are going to be forcibly ripped out of their bodies at the time of death by the yamadutas, the agents of Yamaraja, the god of death, who will then drag them to the planet of Yamaraja, known as Yamaloka, where they will be severely punished for all of their life's sinful activities. Those who know what is going on therefore fully surrender themselves to Lord Krishna and thus become free from all sinful reactions. Because those most fortunate souls have surrendered fully to Lord Krishna they will not be harassed and tortured by the yamadutas at the time of death. They instead will go to the planet of Krishna to enjoy an eternal existence full of knowledge and full of bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Yamadutas Drag Sinful Man from His Body


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Question: Wrong to Ring Temple Bell While Krishna is Eating?

I have been told that when we come to the temple in the morning during mangala arati, we should not ring the outside bell because Krishna is eating (offering is at 4:10-4:25) and this is considered to be a disturbance for Krishna because He has to see who is coming while eating.

Your servant
Krishna Katha Das

Answer: Krishna is Never Disturbed By Submission of Devotees

Srila Prabhupada writes, "There must be a big bell hanging in front of the temple room so that whoever comes into the room can ring the bell. This item is called prabodhana, or offering oneself submissively to the Lord.”

Krishna is not limited like an ordinary human being. He can enjoy eating while at the same time accept the prabodhana of His devotees. If He were limited like you and me, how could have expanded Himself into 16,108 forms to enjoy individually, simultaneously with each of His 16,108 queens in Dvaraka?

Sankarshan Das

 

Thursday 13 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Blessed by the Blowing of Transcendental Conch Shells

12 April 2017--Today in Vrindavana I initiated three disciples. Deepak Pandita became Dristadyumna Das. Supartha Rudra became Sundar Gopal Das. And Piyali Rudra became Prema Sarorava Devi Dasi. By the divine grace of Srila Prabhupada we were able to bring three sincere souls into a formal connection with Lord Sri Krishna through the transcendental via medium of the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya disciplic succession. It was most auspicious that just at that moment when I completed giving them their new names the pujaris in the temple loudly blew three conches at the conclusion of the noon arati ceremony.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Initiation Ceremony--Vrindavana, India--12 April 2017



Deepak Pandita Becomes Dristadyumna Das



Supartha Rudra Becomes Sundar Gopal Das



Piyali Rudra Becomes Prema Sarovara Devi Dasi


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Question: Why Cook So Many Preparations for Krishna?

patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
asnami prayatatmanah

Hare Krishna Gurudeva. In the above Bhagavad-gita verse Bhagavan Krishna agrees to accept a leaf, flower, fruit or water from His devotees. Why do devotees have to prepare 56 dishes to satisfy and please Krishna? Is this to satisfy our own tongue and bellies?

Peyush Kumar Singh

Answer: If You Love Someone You Will Feed Them Well

If you love someone, you will feed them as nicely as possible. If you don’t love them, you will feed them as little as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 12 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Krishna's Pure Devotee is an Ocean of Mercy

A Krishna conscious being is always steady in his determination to become a pure devotee, fully qualified to go back to home, back to Godhead and to take all of the suffering, fallen, conditioned souls of this material world with him. He cannot tolerate to see the sufferings of others. This is why the pure devotee of Krishna is described as being an ocean of mercy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bhagavatam Class in Farmer's Hut on Yamuna Bank, 11 April 2017


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Question: How to Convince My Husband Not to Pray to Demigods?

Respected Guru,

Before I joined Krishna consciousness group, I was praying many demigods such as Muruga, Hanuman, Devi etc. But after switching over to Krishna consciousness and somehow regularly chanting of Krishna's name I get peace of mind even though not fully. I know that it is not God's mistake. I have to chant more and more to attain that perfection.

My problem is that my husband usually prays to demigods such as Muruga, Devi, Hanuman, Shiva, etc. as told to him by some astrologer so as to get good job, money, etc.

I have so many times told him that we have to just surrender to Krishna and accept whatever happens. Whatever we get from Krishna is for our own good. But he does not seem to be thinking about what I have told him.

What should do I do? Moreover we have many demigods and Krishna also in our altar. Now My mind says that I have to become more Krishna consciousness and I am not interested in any material benefits.

How to make him understand about Krishna consciousness is the ultimate thing to realize?

Thanks.

Yours sincerely,
G.R.

Answer: Praying to Demigods is a Useless Waste of Time

Praying to the demigods will not impact one’s material situation because one gets his material facilities simply according to his past karma. Therefore praying to and worshipping the demigods for material benefit is a useless waste of time. This is why those who are actually intelligent channel all of their prayers and devotion into fully surrendering to Krishna. Thus they become liberated from their entanglement in this material world, which is always full of miseries, and they enter into that wondrous spiritual sky for an eternal existence of unlimited happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 11 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Qualities of a Krishna Conscious Person

Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 2.56 as follows:

"..a fully Krishna conscious person is not at all disturbed by the onslaughts of the threefold miseries, for he accepts all miseries as the mercy of the Lord, thinking himself only worthy of more trouble due to his past misdeeds; and he sees that his miseries, by the grace of the Lord, are minimized to the lowest. Similarly, when he is happy he gives credit to the Lord, thinking himself unworthy of the happiness; he realizes that it is due only to the Lord's grace that he is in such a comfortable condition and able to render better service to the Lord. And, for the service of the Lord, he is always daring and active and is not influenced by attachment or aversion. Attachment means accepting things for one's own sense gratification, and detachment is the absence of such sensual attachment. But one fixed in Krishna consciousness has neither attachment nor detachment because his life is dedicated in the service of the Lord. Consequently he is not at all angry even when his attempts are unsuccessful. Success or no success, a Krishna conscious person is always steady in his determination."

If we will mold our lives according to these most sublime instructions, our lives will be perfect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada
the Topmost Spiritual Master


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Question: Difficulty with Chanting

I am not writing to challenge or to argue, just want to share my experience with chanting.

I no way experience anything what has been mentioned in the daily "Thought of the day," I feel very dull and confused after chanting, even my natural positive qualities are lost after chanting. This is the result of chanting of 2-4 rounds, so 16 rounds will result in more negative results.

If the process is right, what wrong I am doing. Chant and hear is what has been prescribed that's what I am trying to do. What kind of mental adjustments I have to do?

Hare Krishna.

V.

Answer: Just As the Sunrise Takes Time

Chanting Hare Krishna first brings you to mode of goodness and from there to the mode of pure goodness. Krishna describes in the Bhagavad-gita that happiness in the mode of goodness is poison in the beginning and nectar at the end. So what you are going through is the early stage of awakening the mode of goodness, which is sometimes bitter.

The key is that you have to put your faith in the process and keep chanting. The best thing is to chant in the early morning hours before sunrise, because this will bring the quickest result. But it will still take time. You have been caught up in the material existence for thousands and millions of lifetimes. It will take time for you to overcome your present nature, which is too much under the influence of the lower modes of nature: passion and ignorance. But if you will faithfully, steadily, and patiently chant the Hare Krishna mantra every day, the dawning of pure Krishna bhakti will gradually fully manifest within you in its inconceivably awesome splendor. Remember that the sun does not rise immediately. It takes time for it to fully manifest on the eastern horizon.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 10 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Don't Torture Yourself

Don't torture yourself by remaining in material consciousness. You are one of Krishna personal associates from the spiritual sky. Reward yourself, love yourself by returning to your original sublime, totally ecstatic relationship with Krishna as His eternal servant. Any other course of action is suicidal and crazy. Come back to sanity by awakening your dormant Krishna consciousness right now. You'll be glad you did. Do it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


 



Teaching Krishna Bhakti Science
Vrindavana, India--9 April 2017


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Question: Why God Created Many Religions?

Dearest Gurudeva,

Accept my humble obeisance,

I see online videos how some devotees of certain religions again and again bitterly criticize the holy scriptures of other religions, as if the sacred book of their own religion is the only truth and is therefore the only one that should be followed. They say that all other holy scriptures such as the Vedas and the Upanisads are false. This kind of propaganda will certainly encourage others to make counter criticisms. With such a scenario, conflict among religions will certainly be unavoidable. Thus my questions are:

1 Why did God create so many religions when this causes never-ending conflict among them?
2. Is it time now that a new avatar, incarnation of God, shall come to this planet earth to stop this kind of condition in order to avoid the third word war?
3. If God is really omnipotent, why didn't He create just one religion to avoid conflict among different religions?
4. Is it possible that all human beings can just be follower of spiritualism rather than to be so-called religious without any genuine spirituality?

Thank you for clearing my doubts.

With deep respect and love.
Nyoman

Answer: God Has Given One Religion. We Divided It Into Many.

God did not create many religions. He has given us only one religion, to fully surrender unto Him. But we are such rascals that we have divided that one religion into many. One who has proper understanding can clearly see that all the scriptures of the world are teaching the same one religion to varying degrees according to time, place, and audience. The Bhagavad-gita teaches that one religion in full, whereas the other scriptures of the world only partially present that one religion.

That avatara has already come. He is called Lord Caitanya. His movement will save the world. That is our movement . We need your help. Kindly fully dedicate your life to assist us in spreading Lord Caitanya’s movement to every town and village all over the world. This is our mission.

The entire world will soon be united as one spiritual family, if the intelligent, thoughtful men of this world will all use their intelligence to understand what are the sublime teachings of the Bhagavad-gita. So you kindly fully dedicate your life now to help us make this a reality.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 9 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Conquering Over Sleep

As long as we have material bodies we require sleep. But we should sleep only what we require and not more than that so we can engage as much as possible in hearing and chanting the glories of Lord Sri Krishna. Any time spent unnecessarily sleeping is a waste of time, which is our most valuable asset. One can have a million dollars, lose it, and get it back. But one minute of time wasted can never be recovered. Therefore those who are Krishna conscious do not want to sleep more than required.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Conquer Sleep by Rising Early to Chant Hare Krishna Japa


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Question: Does Krishna Work?

I wish to know, as we are busy in our daily activities, does Krishna also have some work? What does He do all through the day and night?

Thanks,
your servant of servant,

Sharma S.K.

Answer: He Simply Enjoys

Krishna has no work to perform. He is simply enjoying playing His flute and sporting with the cowherd boys and cowherd girls in the forest of Vrindavana. For the details of His activities kindly study the Krishna Book written by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 8 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Accept This Challenge

You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Take full advantage of your human form of life by awakening the divine consciousness that is currently sleeping within you. Do not spoil your human form of life by pouring all of your energy into material sense gratification and thus cheat yourself out of gaining the greatest gain, spiritual perfection, the awakening of pure love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, within you heart. Gratify your senses only insofar as is required for keeping good health. Beyond that pour the balance of your energy into spiritual awakening, and you will be one of the happiest, most successful people in all of world history.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Offers Arati to Krishna and Balarama


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Question: Why the Soul is Trapped in Birth and Death?

I have a doubt regarding above mentioned verse which says, "The self slays not nor is slain." If this is true then why is the soul trapped in cycle of birth and death if he does not do anything.

Your servant
Ravipratap Singh

Answer: Mistaken Idea of Enjoyment

The soul is trapped in the cycle of birth and death because of his mistaken idea of what will make him happy. This is compared to a fish who thinks that he can be happier on the land than in the water. But his being caught up in the cycle of birth does not mean that he is actually being born and dying. Simply he repeatedly experiences the hellish illusion of birth and death millions and billions of times until he comes to his senses and reconnects with Lord Sri Krishna through pure loving devotion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 7 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Conquering the Modes and Becoming a Pure Devotee

Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 14.10:

"When the mode of passion is prominent, the modes of goodness and ignorance are defeated. When the mode of goodness is prominent, passion and ignorance are defeated. And when the mode of ignorance is prominent, passion and goodness are defeated. This competition is always going on. Therefore, one who is actually intent on advancing in Krishna consciousness has to transcend these three modes. The prominence of some certain mode of nature is manifested in one's dealings, in his activities, in eating, etc. All this will be explained in later chapters. But if one wants, he can develop, by practice, the mode of goodness and thus defeat the modes of ignorance and passion. One can similarly develop the mode of passion and defeat goodness and ignorance. Or one can develop the mode of ignorance and defeat goodness and passion. Although there are these three modes of material nature, if one is determined he can be blessed by the mode of goodness, and by transcending the mode of goodness he can be situated in pure goodness, which is called the vasudeva state, a state in which one can understand the science of God. By the manifestation of particular activities, it can be understood in what mode of nature one is situated."

If we intelligently and determinedly follow Srila Prabhupada's above instructions, we will become liberated souls situated completely beyond the modes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




In This World Everyone is a Puppet of the Three Modes


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Question: In Premature Death One Becomes a Ghost?

If somebody dies a premature death, does he or she roam as a ghost for the remainder of what would have been his normal earthly life. For example, if a person was supposed to live up to the age of 80 and dies at the age of 60, does he wander as a ghost for the remaining 20 years?

Your Servant,
Avinash G.

Answer: Next Body According to Consciousness at Time of Death

In this age the life span is 100 years. Therefore, practically everyone dies prematurely. Ghost life is punishment for those who commit suicide. Premature death does not mean that one becomes a ghost. One takes another body according to his consciousness at the time of death. If one fortunately remembers Krishna at the time of death, he attains an eternal life with Krishna in the spiritual sky. Or if one not does remember Krishna because he is holding onto a material attachment at the death, he will get another material body which matches his mentality. For example if he dies thinking of sex, he will get a body more suitable for sex such as the body of a pig.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 6 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana-dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Getting Empowered in Krishna's Abode

Coming to Vrindavana is always a mystical uplifting experience. It's a great chance to recharge one's spiritual batteries and become more empowered in the most urgent activity of making the world Krishna conscious. In other words, the more you are Krishna conscious, the more you become empowered to make the world Krishna conscious. Since Lord Krishna is still present here in Vrindavana, what could be a better place to come to increase one's Krishna consciousness than Sri Vrindavana-dhama, the holy where Lord Sri Krishna revealed His most intimate pastimes 5,000 years ago?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




There's No Place Like Vrindavana


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Question: How to Deal With Calamities?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Queen Kunti prays in Srimad Bhagavatam:

"I wish that all those calamities would happen again and again so that we could see You again and again, for seeing You means that we will no longer see repeated births and deaths"

How can we apply this verse in our day to day life?

Your insignificant servant,
Vasundhara Devi Dasi

Answer: See Everything as Krishna's Special Mercy

See everything, even the so-called bad things, as the special mercy of Krishna to help you revive your forgotten loving relationship with Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 5 April 2017

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Make Your Life Significant

Why drag yourself through a meaningless, insignificant, picayune, boring, tortuous existence when you can instead live at every minute on the cutting edge of world history, as an active, potent propagator of the greatest paradigm shift that has ever happened in the history of the universe? Those who are indeed most fortunate take to the Krishna consciousness movement to perfect their consciousness and to work tirelessly for the liberation of the fallen, conditioned souls from their entanglement in the cycle of repeated birth and death. There is no lifestyle more glorious or ecstatic than this.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Back to Vrindavana
the Land of Krishna Most Intimate Pastimes


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Question: Second Initiation Instructions?

I just wanted to say thank you for saving me. I am so fortunate to be under your shelter. Our temple president at ISKCON Leicester, His Grace Pradyumna Prabhu has asked if you have any specific instructions when giving second initiation, and how this could take place. He would like to recommend me and will be writing to you.

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

Your servant,

Pritha Devi Dasi

Answer: Be a Competent Vaisnava

Srila Prabhupada explains:

"Second initiation means recognized: 'Now he has become fully competent Vaisnava.'"

So now you must be fully competent in all aspects of Krishna consciousness: hearing, chanting, remembering, serving, etc.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 4 April 2017

ISKCON Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

The Necessity of Having a Guru

If we want to awaken the divine consciousness within us, escape the cycle of birth and death, and regain our original position and identity in the spiritual world, we must surrender fully unto Lord Sri Krishna. There is no other option. And to master this art of surrendering fully to Krishna requires expert guidance. This is why Lord Sri Krishna orders us to accept a spiritual master. Therefore taking complete shelter of the bona fide spiritual is an absolute necessity. It is not an option for anyone who is serious about going back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Questions and Answers in Copenhagen--2 April 2017


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Question: Subtle Body Identification?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

What is better for a fallen soul or someone who hasn't yet reached self-realization in Krishna consciousness, to be more identified with the gross body or with the subtle body?

Is being more identified to one or the other body more conducive to progressing in spiritual life and following the regulative principals in general?

Sincerely,

Joe

Answer: Better Than Gross Body Identification

Srila Prabhupada has answered your question as follows:

"As long as we have a bodily concept of life, our understanding is sense gratification, because the body is made of senses. When we progress from the bodily platform and we see the mind as the center of sense activity, we take the mind as the final stage of realization. That is the mental platform. From the mental platform we may come to the intellectual platform, and from the intellectual platform we can rise to the transcendental platform. Finally we can rise above even the transcendental platform and come to the mature, spiritual platform. These are the stages of God realization."

So to identify with the subtle body, composed of mind, intelligence, and false ego, is a more advanced position than identifying with the gross material body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 3 April 2017

ISKCON Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Onwards to the Holy Land

After several inconceivably ecstatic days of spreading Krishna consciousness in Denmark we are heading out today to the holy land of India, both to recharge our spiritual batteries, as well as to teach the science of Krishna consciousness to the souls there who have become disconnected from their Vedic heritage. I cannot imagine any lifestyle more ecstatic than this, to be fully connected with Krishna, engaged 24 hours a day in trying to connect the entire world with Him. Thank you, Srila Prabhupada, for blessing us with this inconceivably amazing good fortune.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sharing Krishna's Mercy in Copenhagen - 31 March 2017


Video For the Day:

At the Feet of My Spiritual Master

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What to Do When I Am Down?

Srila Gurudeva, sometimes I feel high in devotion and my faith for Krishna is 100%. But sometimes I feel very down and I am very confused and feel like crying. What to do during my down times? Please show me path.

Your disciple,
P.D.

Answer: Use the Down Times to Your Advantage.

Capitalize on the times when you are down by, at those times intensely begging Krishna to save you from illusion by bringing you fully into His shelter. Cry out to Krishna to save you like a child crying for its mother. The down times are when you have the greatest opportunity for making spiritual advancement. If you use them wisely, they will be your most joyful times.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 2 April 2017

ISKCON Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Come Out of the Madness

We are living in a world that is completely absorbed in madness. It is not a fit place for a gentleman's residence. If we want our lives to be ultimately successful, i.e. if we want to escape the cycle of birth and death, we can no longer participate in this madness. We absolutely must come out of this rampant insanity if we want to have genuine peace and happiness. This is accomplished by taking complete shelter of the bona fide spiritual master through submission and obedience. Simply wishing him well is not sufficient.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Taking Guidance from Srila Prabhupada


Video For the Day:

Copenhagen Sankirtana

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Convince Someone Not to Eat Beef?

Hare Krishna Gurudeva,

All glories to Srila Prabhupada,
All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.

How to convince a Muslim, Dalit and others not to eat beef?

Your servant,
Prahlada

Answer: They Have to Be Willing to Learn

Unless someone is willing to learn, you can’t teach them anything.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 1 April 2017

ISKCON Copenhagen, Denmark

Today's Thought:

Become a Hero Today

There is no material solution for the vast ocean of problems and calamities in which the human society is now drowning. The only solution is a vast all-encompassing spiritual revolution to completely transform every aspect of human society. Therefore this is our goal. We want to trigger the greatest paradigm shift in the history of the universe, the complete, total respiritualization of the entire human society.

We are requesting you to please assist us. Your life will be glorious. You will go down in history as one of the greatest heroes the world has ever known.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Global Respiritualization is the Only Solution


Video For the Day:

Most Significant Thing Happening in the World

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Basic Instructions?

Srila Gurudeva, I have had this question in mind for quite sometime and please forgive me if I should not have asked this.

What are your few instructions which your disciple should always be thoughtful of and always keep trying to work towards fulfilling them to the best of his/her ability?

And, what pleases you the most?

Always your servant,
Brajendranandana Dasa

Answer: Chant, Maintain Purity, and Preach to the World.

Chant at least 16 rounds daily of Hare Krishna japa mala without fail. Strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. Always remember Krishna and never forget Him. Read all of Prabhupada’s books again and again. Dedicate your life fully for awakening pure love of God within your heart and for making the whole world Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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