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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Winning the War of Desires

Neophyte devotees are struggling to attain the perfectional stage of pure devotional service. They are battling it out with their most auspicious spiritual desires on one side and their crazy material desires on the other side. The key to being successful in this war of desires is to take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master by the process of initiation and to then to become his completely sold out servant. This is how the neophyte devotee advances himself more and more in his Krishna consciousness so that in due course of time he attains the sublime transcendental platform of pure devotional service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Walks With His Disciples in Los Angeles


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Oasis in the Desert

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Question: ISKCON in North Korea?

All respects to you.

Is there an ISKCON temple in North Korea?

Aditya Kulkarni

Answer: Public Execution of Religionists

Although ISKCON has been in South Korea for a long time (http://centers.iskcondesiretree.com/seoul/) as of now we have still not established a temple in North Korea. We would very much like to. But at the present time the political situation is not all favorable. North Korea is officially an atheist state, and the government interferes with the individual's ability to choose and to manifest his or her religious beliefs. For example, a South Korean newspaper reported that 80 people were publicly executed in North Korean in 2013, some for possessing a Bible. A crowd of people was herded into a stadium and forced to watch the mass execution, which was done by machine gun fire. So even possessing a Bhagavad-gita in North Korea could result in one being put to death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 26 June 2017

Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Don't Cheat Yourself

You are an eternal spiritual being qualitatively one with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore just as the Supreme Personality is eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge, you are also eternal, full of bliss, and full of knowledge. Therefore you should not cheat yourself by focusing your life's energy on gratifying the senses of the temporary material covering that you are wearing, namely, your material body. Rather you should intelligently focus your energies on reviving your Krishna consciousness, your original state of pure, enlightened consciousness as a servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Blessing the World With the Hare Krishna Mantra
Melbourne, Australia--23 June 2017


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Free From All Misery

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Question: Is Hare Krishna a Religion?

Is Hare Krishna a religion?

Question asked in a lecture in Melbourne

Answer: No. It is the Perfection of Religion.

Hare Krishna or Krishna consciousness is not a religion. There are so many religions in the world. Hare Krishna is not one of them. The actual position of Hare Krishna is that it is religion itself in its original pure form before religion was subdivided into this religion or that religion. Religion means that which ties, binds, or connects us with God. Therefore, the term religion does not denote a particular sect of religion, which is actually by its very nature non-sectarian. The science of Krishna consciousness can be applied in one's own religion of choice. In other words by following the teachings of the Gita one will become a perfect Christian, a perfect Muslim, a perfect Hindu, or a perfect Jew, etc. One will become perfect no matter which way he chooses to approach God. In other words, Hare Krishna is the perfection of religion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 25 June 2017

Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Our Mission is Krishnize the Entire World

The whole world is in chaos for one reason and one reason only: the lack of Krishna consciousness. Therefore naturally our desire is to make the whole world Krishna conscious as soon as possible. Although it seems impossible, still we are making this endeavor and depending on the sweet mercy of Krishna for what will be the result of our endeavor.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Presenting the Science of Krishna in Melbourne


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Get Back to Your Home

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Question: How Do You Know that Krishna is God?

How do you know that Krishna is God?

Question asked by a child in a lecture in Melbourne

Answer: His Possession of Unlimited Opulences

We know that Krishna is God because He possesses unlimited power, beauty, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, and fame. No one else in all of existence possesses these opulences unlimitedly. Therefore it is very clear that Krishna is indeed God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 24 June 2017

Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

Entering Into Lord Caitanya's Pastimes

Whenever we take long international flights we observe how all around us our fellow passengers are so much absorbed in watching movies. Cinema is a huge, global, multi-million dollar industry. People all over the world watch movies seeking some imaginary adventure to fill in what they are missing in their otherwise boring, dull, hum drum lives. On the other hand the devotees of the Lord who have fully embraced the revolutionary-flood-the-universe-with-mercy attitude as taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu feel no attraction for such movies because they live at every moment in a super-movie which is millions and billions of times more exciting than any film produced by Hollywood or Bollywood. Once one has a gotten taste for that which is unlimitedly nectarine he is no longer attracted by the gross, nasty, disgusting things that may have previously captivated his consciousness. Factually when one fully embraces the sankirtana movement of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu his life's activities become an integral of Lord Caitanya's pastimes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




New York Ratha Yatra Kirtana Bliss


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Beyond the Dualities

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to See Krishna?

Your Grace,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

In my limited understanding I believe I have read somewhere that a pure devotee of Lord Krishna fully immersed in devotional service will see Krishna face to face. He will have a direct experience of the Lord and this experience will situate him more fully in Krishna consciousness.

I have hoped for most of my life to see God. Seeing Lord Krishna would set aside so many doubts and worries for me. With such proof of God's existence, I would have no insecurities and fears about death and the right religious and spiritual path to choose to follow. What does one have to do to see God face to face?

Your bold and unworthy servant,

Gregory

Answer: By Undivided Devotional Service

Lord Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-gita (11.54) how we can become qualified to see Him face to face:

"My dear Arjuna, only by undivided devotional service can I be understood as I am, standing before you, and can thus be seen directly. Only in this way can you enter into the mysteries of My understanding.”

This means that you must fully absorb all of your thoughts, words, and deeds in all times, places and circumstances in the service of Lord Sri Krishna. This art is learned and mastered under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 23 June 2017

Melbourne, Australia

Today's Thought:

National Consciousness or Krishna Consciousness

In the 21 June 2017 edition, the South China Morning Post states as follows:

"Hong Kong's incoming leader has vowed to pay close attention to independence advocacy in the city and counter it with strict law enforcement as well as stepped up national education to nurture a sense of 'I am Chinese' identity among youth from as early as kindergarten."

Just see the fallacy of the modern day world leaders. Instead of educating the youth that they are the eternal spirit-soul servants of Krishna they inculcate in the youth the false sense of national consciousness, which is the cause of all the wars that have ravaged the human society throughout history. Leaders should be creating peace, but instead they are creating wars.

Something should be done about this nonsense. From now on the policy should be that unless someone is Krishna conscious they should not be allowed to take any kind of leadership position anywhere throughout the human society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna, Our Eternal Master


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All Leaders Krishna Conscious

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can an Eternal Being Be Created?

In Bhagavad-gita verse 2.12 it is mentioned by Lord that both He and the living beings are eternally existing in the past, present, and future. But many devotees question how the soul can be created when it is existing eternally. They cite many scriptural references confirming that the Lord does in fact create the living beings. So how do we explain that we are both created and eternally existing. It seems quite contradictory.

Gopal Tejnani

Answer: We Are Krishna's Eternal Emanations or Creations

One may indeed wonder that how can we be created if we are eternal because this seems contradictory. The simple answer is that we are the eternal emanations or creations of the Supreme Lord. He factually is creating us or emanating us at every minute by His desire to have loving reciprocations with us. He has been doing this for all eternity and He will continue doing this for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 22 June 2017

Hong Kong, China

Today's Thought:

Attitude of Gratitude

The sure cure for all anxiety is to always have an attitude of gratitude for everything that happens to you. Even in the heaviest so-called calamities the devotee sees the loving hand of Krishna who is always manifesting His mercy in many ways for bringing His devotee to the liberated platform of pure devotional service as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Unlimitedly Merciful Krishna


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Achieving the Impossible

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Problem: I Can't Chant

Dear Respected Gurudev,

I have a problem. I cant chant.

Kapars

Answer: If You Can Write Fifteen Syllables, You Can Utter Four

You have written:

"Dear Respected Gurudev. I have a problem. I cant chant.”

This is fifteen syllables. Saying “Hare Krishna” is only four syllables. If you can write fifteen syllables, you can utter four.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

Kill Depression or It May Kill You

When one becomes completely hopeless about achieving happiness in his life he becomes depressed. Sometimes people become so hopelessly depressed that they commit suicide foolishly thinking that suicide will somehow or other free them from their misery. They do not realize that the karmic reaction for suicide is to become even more miserable as a ghost. Therefore suicide is not an escape. It simply makes things worse.

The good news is that there is no reason for anyone to become depressed because the natural state of consciousness for every living being is that he is full of unlimited bliss. Therefore instead of being killed by depression one should kill depression by reviving their original, natural all-blissful state of consciousness by faithfully and regularly chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishna Devotees Are Naturally Happy


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Being a Devotee is Natural

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Question: Can Krishna Make Us With and Without Free Will?

Can Krishna make square circles?

More importantly, can Krishna make living entities with free will never fall down from the spiritual world?

It sounds illogical. Free will must mean the ability to possibly falling down.

But we say Krishna can do anything, so can He make living entities with free will never fall down?

Tom

Answer: He Could, But He Prefers Loving Relationships

Yes, Krishna can create a geometric object which is simultaneously a square and a circle. What Krishna can do is not limited by what we can conceive of within our minds. If He were limited by our mental conceptions, then we would be God, not Him.

So Krishna could also make us simultaneously with free will and without the free will to fall down. But He does not choose to do so because then we would be robots with whom He could not relish loving reciprocal relationships. Krishna prefers giving us absolute free will instead of the so-called free will that you describe. This makes us interesting associates rather than the bores that you propose. So although He could make is simultaneously with and without free will, He, out of His own choosing, does not do so.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

Don't Cheat Yourself

Why continue suffering in this hellish material existence when you can transcend it right now and enter eternally into the beautiful reality of the unlimitedly merciful Lord Sri Krishna? Kick out birth, death, old age, and disease and embrace your eternal, all blissful identity. You owe to yourself to stop cheating yourself.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Awaits Your Return to His Kingdom


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How to Not Be Cheated

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Question: What Do You Aspire For?

Hare Krishna,

Please tell me what is your aspiration? I discovered that there is a nectar which is made of nothingness.

Your humble servant,
Saulius Kri×inauskas

Answer: Loving Relationship with the Original Person

Nothingness is not nothing. It is a concept, and is therefore is something. Therefore there is no such thing as nothingness except as a false concept. True reality is substance or somethingness. Since nothing comes from nothing, in order for us to exist, which we know is a fact because we are cognizant, there must be a source which manifests our existence and all of existence. And since impersons cannot manifest persons, that original source must necessarily be a person. Therefore my aspiration is to have a perfect loving relationship with that original person, who is the source of all existence. And I might add in this connection, that just as when you feed your belly all of your bodily parts are nourished, when you love that original person you become the perfect lover of all living beings. This is the perfection of existence, the platform of unlimited peace and happiness. Achieving it is what we learn from the bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 19 June 2017

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

Krishnize the Universe Now!

Lord Caitanya has over 500 years ago in 1486 blessed our universe with his causeless mercy in the form of the Caitanya Era, the most auspicious dawning of a new age of peace and happiness for all living beings. Because this most auspicious era is now existing in a seedlike form it is our duty to cultivate that seed very nicely so that it grows into a full blown plant that completely engulfs the entire world. Krishna Das Kaviraja has confirmed that the whole world will indeed become Krishna consciousness. So now let us fully dedicate our lives for making this happen as soon possible!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Inundates the Universe with Pure Love of God


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How to Not Be Cheated

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Question: Meaning of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra

Hare Krishna!

I've been told by senior devotees that literal meaning of the Hare Krishna mahamantra (Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare) is:

"O Lord, O Energy of the Lord, please engage me in Your service."

Could you kindly explain grammatically how only three words "Hare," "Krishna," and "Rama" can mean such a structured sentence? I think, if I understood the mantra grammatically maybe chanting it would help me communicate with Krishna.

Kind regards,
Janis Ducens

Answer: Begging for Pure Devotional Service

Hare" is the energy of the Lord and “Krishna" and “Rama" are the names of the Lord. To attain the perfectional stage of pure love of God we must chant these names in the mood of begging Lord Krishna and His energy (Srimati Radharani) to be purely engaged in Their devotional service. Therefore the definition you have been given by the devotees is perfect for guiding you how to chant in proper mood.

Even in this material world a boy in love may say the name of his girlfriend in a soft, tender mood conveying the meaning "I love you," simply by uttering his girlfriend's name without having to utter the words, "I love you." So how much more can depths of meaning be possible on the spiritual platform? Try to intelligently understand this point and train yourself to utter theses sweet holy names in a mood of total surrender. This will have an amazing effect on your consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 18 June 2017

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

The Devotee is an Ocean of Mercy

Krishna's devotee is an ocean of mercy. Because of his unlimited love for everyone he strongly desires that every living being who is entangled in the cycle of birth and death can be delivered back to home, back to Godhead. He is so much devoted to their welfare that he is willing to take birth after birth in the hellish material existence for delivering the suffering souls of this world back to home, back to Godhead. Therefore there is no greater friend or well-wisher of the living beings than Lord Sri Krishna's devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Blesses a Little Girl


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Material Existence is Hell

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Question: Worship Without Obstacles and Distractions?

How shall I worship Krishna without obstacles and distractions?

Your servant

Question asked in class in on 16 June 2017 in Malaysia

Answer: Transcendentalize Everything

When one is Krishna conscious he no longer sees obstacles in his path. What would be seen by a materialist as obstacles he perceives as stepping stones, opportunities for him to advance further in developing his own Krishna consciousness and his ability to powerfully present Krishna consciousness for the revolutionization of the human society. With this intense focus of mind the devotee is never distracted by anything in his service to guru and Krishna. Rather he utilizes everything in the service of the Lord. In other words, he transcendentalizes everything.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 17 June 2017

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

Onwards Through the Fog

There is an unending stream of difficulties here in this material existence. Therefore as it is sometimes said, "Onwards through the fog." we must always persevere and remain very strong in spite of all varying situations of happiness and distress that each of us face every day. This is how we will attract the special mercy of Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna is Unlimitedly Kind


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Beyond All Miseries

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Srila Prabhupada the Only Acharya?

Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept humble obeisances.

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada,

I often don't write to you as many of my questions get answered just by reading your daily emails. But lately questions have come in my mind.

1. Is it true that Srila Prabhupada is the only acharya (initiating spiritual master) for the next 10,000 years?

2. Is it true that Srila Prabhupada gave the permission to his disciples to become gurus and initiate disciples?

3. What is the position of Srila Prabhupada in ISKCON?

4. Was Srila Prabhupada cheated and given inedible toxic food to which Srila Prabhupada he said that he was poisoned?

5. People often give bad words and criticize His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami Maharaja and also His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja.

6. I have even seen articles written on the Internet against your own kind self.

I humbly request you to please clarify my doubts which are like demons.

Placing a blade of grass between my teeth and humbly begging you to forgive me if I have been offensive, please answer my questions.

Daso 'smi ( I am your servant),

Vishal Joglekar

Answer: He Ordered His Followers to Also Become Acaryas

Srila Prabhupada never said that he was the last acarya for the next 10,000 years. He said that he was the 11th in line of disciplic succession from Lord Caitanya and that his disciples who strictly follow him are the 12th in that line of disciplic succession. In fact, he directly ordered us to become acarya and initiate our own disciples.

Srila Prabhupada is the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON therefore his instructions for ISKCON are unchangeable.

Srila Prabhupada was never poisoned by anyone. The only poison is the lying propaganda of these envious fools who criticize Srila Prabhupada’s disciples for strictly following his instructions.

I accept as a great honor and a profound blessing to be criticized along with such great stalwarts of Krishna consciousness as Bhakti Caru Swami and Tamal Krishna Goswami.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 16 June 2017

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

Ever-Increasing Bliss

The Lord's devotee very expertly utilizes everything to increase his Krishna consciousness. When things are going wonderfully he sees this as Krishna's special blessing to encourage him in his devotional life. And when things are very difficult he sees this also as Krishna's special mercy to help him feel more and more dependent on Krishna as his only shelter in this miserable material existence. In this way in all situations the devotee continues increasing his transcendental Krishna consciousness bliss more and more and more.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Constantly Bestows His Mercy Upon Us


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Question: How Can the Super Conscious Exist?

Venerable Shri Sankarshan Das Adhikari,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

The heart pleads to answer these questions: What was present before me? What is there behind me? What was present before I came into existence?

It is an agony, because there is no way to be communicated. What was before me, neither speaks nor sees. I think what is behind me is the unconscious mind. I don't think I can voluntarily step back to peep into it. I think it is up to the unconscious mind to pull me and absorb me into itself.

In the same context I wish to ask you: How can there be anything beyond the unconscious, what has been termed as super conscious? It just doesn't make sense. Either I'm conscious, subconscious, or unconscious. What does super conscious imply? I ask this question, because I presume that the planet Goloka is a super conscious state, described as the Lord's eternal past-times.

In all readiness to believe whatever answer is given,

Krishna Chaitanya
Bangalore, India.

Answer: The Superconsciousness is the Source of Everything

In Route to Malaysia

My Dear Krishna Chaitanya,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

There is no such thing as “before your existence.” Krishna clearly states in the Bhagavad-gita that just as He is eternally existing, so all of us are eternally existing. In other words, we are eternally emanating from Him.

Krishna is the Superconsciousness since He is fully conscious of everything past, present, and future throughout all of existence.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 15 June 2017

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Today's Thought:

Guru Needed When the Knowledge is in Books?

Recently we have heard the argument that in this modern age when we have books, it is not necessary to have a guru because we can get all of the self-realization knowledge we need simply by reading books. It is argued that, when there were no books, you would need to go to a guru to get the knowledge, but now that is no longer necessary because all the self-realization knowledge is written in books.

But we would ask those who argue this, "Can one become a lawyer simply by reading law books without attending law school?" Such a thing is not possible. Theoretical knowledge alone will not liberate one from this material existence. Practical, hands-on training is also required if one is going to master the art of bringing his senses completely under control. And furthermore, Lord Sri Krishna says in the Adi Purana that those who are only His devotees are not self-realized, that only those who are the devotees of His devotees are factually self-realized.

So who is a greater authority: modern day deluded opinionists or the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, who is the source of all of existence? Krishna authoritatively declares that without having a guru there is no question of self-realization. So now let those who are intelligent decide whether a guru is necessary in the modern age as much as he was necessary in the previous times when there were no printed books.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Makes Scripture Come Alive


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Taste Unlimited Ever-Increasing Bliss

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Question: How to Avoid Becoming an Atheist?

Dearest Gurudeva,

Accept my humble obeisance.

I have some questions to clear my doubt. Personally I believe that there is only one single Supreme God for all His creation irrespective of nationality, race, religion , and faith. But in fact, some religions seem to be quite dogmatic, and each religion claims to be the only real truth and its holy book is the only the words of God, whereas the other religions are false. Non-believers of such dogmatic and blind faith religions shall be punished during the day of judgment. The bad persons shall be sent to hell eternally while the good ones go to eternal heaven. This means that those who are non-followers of such religions have no chance to be evaluated whether they are good or bad. It seems to me such a God is rather cruel and does not give justice to all mankind. It contradicts to the attributes of God, who is merciful and full of love. Since such religions do not believe in karma and reincarnation their followers who are sent to the hell have no chance to improve themselves through rebirth. If all religions claim that their teachings are the teaching given by God (the God who is said to be one and God is truth), which one is the real truth? I am really confused. And I am afraid that I may lose my interest in any religion and become an atheist. Please help me! Kindly give me advice. Thank you so much.

With great respect,
Nyoman

Answer: Understand Religion Scientifically

The key to avoiding atheism is to understand religion scientifically. In other words, there is only one religion, to fully surrender oneself unto the Supreme Person with love and devotion. All the great religious teachers throughout history have taught this same one religion according to time, place, and audience. Those who are impure and have not realized God are the ones who have divided the one true religion into many so-called religions.

The Krishna consciousness movement has been started to bring the people back to the one true religion that has been taught by all the great spiritual masters throughout history. When people throughout the world understand the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita as it is, there will be a new era of unparalleled peace and harmony all over the world. Everyone will feel that they all part of the one true religion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Hong Kong, China

Today's Thought:

Our Mission: Save the Fallen Humanity

Srila Prabhupada is ordering us, "Now push on with full enthusiasm to save the fallen humanity from the most degraded and wretched conditions of material life." Therefore we must absorb our lives in this topmost of all welfare activities to save the fallen humanity from its entanglement in the vicious cycle of birth and death.

In this connection Srila Prabhupada has written in his book Renunciation Through Wisdom:

"The Lord's devotees can save even those whom the Lord Himself rejects. This is their unique character. Therefore the devotees of the Lord arrange various means to save the fallen, reprobate souls from perdition. In fact, they live among these spiritual derelicts to encourage them toward spiritual perfection, using any means at hand - even tricks. His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada wanted to open a students' hostel in London, the logic being that it was necessary to give sugar-coated pills, in the form of a little sense gratification, to those debauched students in order to attract them to join the path of God-realization.

"If they so desire, powerful spiritual masters, or pure devotees of the Lord, can instantly deliver the entire universe and take everyone to the shelter of the Supreme Lord's lotus feet. Srila Vasudeva Datta declared to Lord Caitanya that he was prepared to take on all the sinful reactions of every living entity in the universe and suffer eternally in hell if the Lord was willing to liberate all the living entities at one time. The pure devotees are so magnanimous that they are always concerned about the spiritual well-being of every soul. The only way to receive the Supreme Lord's mercy is to bathe oneself in the dust of the lotus feet of such unalloyed devotees."

Let us all take these words of Srila Prabhupada most seriously.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Radha and Krishna Don't Want Anyone to Suffer


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Question: Is Guru Eternal?

ls guru eternal? Can one accept a guru and take guidance from a guru who has left this world?

Questions asked in a class in Pretoria, South Africa on 11 June 2017

Answer: Guru Lives Forever By His Divine Instructions

The spiritual master, the guru, is eternal. He lives forever by his divine instructions, and his disciples live with him. Regarding initiation, we can only accept initiation from a guru who is still physically present here in this world. We cannot accept initiation from spiritual masters who have left their bodies and departed from this world. However, once one is initiated if he remains firm in executing his initiation vows, he his eternally connected with his spiritual master even if his spiritual master has departed because his spiritual master becomes fully present within his heart. Lord Sri Krishna orders us to accept a spiritual master if we want to become His devotees. He says that unless we have a spiritual master we are not His devotees. Therefore it is an absolute necessity for each us to take initiation from the bona fide spiritual master and remain eternally obedient to him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Pretoria, South Africa

Today's Thought:

Brutal Murder of Devotee Relatives in South Africa

We have just the received the shocking new that three relatives (two adults and a child) of some of our devotees in our Pretoria temple we were found bound, gagged, and burned to death in a grassy field near here. This is a stark reminder of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura's pronouncement that this material world is not fit place for a gentleman's living. How could someone be so demoniac to commit such ghastly violence against other human beings? It is unthinkable, but yet such things are happening every day on this planet with the permission of our grossly ignorant government leaders. We can understand that such atrocities are fully in the tune with the present day zeitgeist when we remember that we are living in global culture whose governments condone the murders of 66 thousand innocent babies every day in the abortion clinics and 156 million innocent animals every day in the slaughter houses.

So, it's time for a drastic change. We need to bring sanity back to the human civilization. Lord Krishna, please help us to bring everyone back to you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Invites Us to Rejoin His Pastimes in Spiritual World


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Question: Can We Preach If We Are Not Perfect?

How can we go out to preach Krishna consciousness to the non-devotees if we ourselves are not perfect?

Question asked in a class in South Africa

Answer: The More You Give Krishna, the More You Get Krishna

The more you give Krishna, the more you get Krishna. So if you will share as much as possible whatever you have realized about Krishna with the illusioned suffering souls of this world, He will bless you with more and more realizations about Him. Indeed, He will give Himself to you.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 12 June 2017

Pretoria, South Africa

Today's Thought:

Don't Throw Your Life Down the Drain

We have gotten this rare human form of life after millions of births in the lower species. If we do not utilize it properly, we will go back down into the lower species after we finish this current lifetime. Therefore the only intelligent way to live is to dedicate our lives fully to the self-realization process so that we can get out this material existence and return to the spiritual world as soon as possible. If we explain this to the atheist class, they will laugh at us, considering us to be foolish religionists. But they won't be laughing when they are dragged at their time of death by the Yamadutas to the hellish regions of the universe for punishment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Dragged by Yamadutas to Hell for Punishment


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Question: Liberation Without Surrender?

It's difficult to surrender to Krishna because there are so many conditions. The "don'ts' are too difficult. Is there any other way out of the material world besides surrendering to Krishna?

Question asked in a class in Mauritius

Answer: Liberation Requires Surrender

Will you not drive a car because there are so many rules and regulations of the road: stop signs, speed limits, traffic lights, etc? Our regulative principles are called the regulative principles of freedom because they liberate us from all miseries. If you will study carefully the two options you have in life: surrendering to Krishna or not surrendering to Krishna, you will find that surrendering to Krishna is much easier than not surrendering to Krishna. So now use your intelligence and do the needful.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 11 June 2017

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Being Serene Transforms Your Scene

It is sometimes said that man is the architect of his destiny, and this is most certainly a fact. When you attain the perfection of serenity by always absorbing your mind in Krishna your destiny will become amazingly transformed. Instead of being dragged repeatedly through the torturous birth, death, old age, and disease you will relish the sublime dimension of eternity, knowledge, and bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Qualify Yourself Right Now for Entering Krishna's Abode


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Question: How Many Births to Attain Krishna?

How many birth does it take for someone to attain the lotus feet of Lord Krishna in Goloka Vrindavana?

Your student

Answer: That Depends on One's Determination

One can attain Krishna's lotus feet after one birth or it may take many millions of births. It all depends on the strength of one's determination to become a pure devotee of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 10 June 2017

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Genuine Satisfaction

The ultimate goal of life is to awaken pure love of God within one's heart. This gives one unlimited satisfaction. Those who have not taken to this path never find any real satisfaction and can only image that they are satisfied. Why one should settle for imaginary satisfaction when can experience genuine satisfaction at very minute? Only a fool accepts imaginary satisfaction.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna's Pure Devotee Feels Great Happiness


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Question: Why So Many Religions?

If God is one, why are there so many religions?

Your student

Answer: Material Desires

Because God is one, there is only religion, to love Him. But when religion is polluted by material desires it becomes divided into so many bogus religions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 9 June 2017

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

In Eighteen Days We Can Conquer the World

Srila Prabhupada told us that if we fully co-operate with him we can conquer the world in eighteen days. Therefore out of compassion for the entire world population, which is presently suffering like anything in the cycle of repeated birth and death, we must always strive diligently to the best of our abilities to kick out all of our material desires and fully absorb ourselves in following the teachings of Srila Prabhupada with our every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances. In this regard there is one thing that is absolutely sure: By fully absorbing ourselves in following Srila Prabhupada's teachings we will experience the most amazing miracles happening to us and around us every day, and indeed the entire world will become Krishna conscious in fulfillment of the prediction given by Krishna Das Kaviraja in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi 7.26 as follows:

saj-jana, durjana, pangu, jada, andha-gana
prema-vanyaya dubaila jagatera jana

"The Krishna consciousness movement will inundate the entire world and drown everyone, whether one be a gentleman, a rogue or even lame, invalid or blind."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya's Prema Tsunami


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Question: Why Do I Get Angry?

It is amazing that once I got very angry just after completing my rounds. Why? Am I so bad?

Your student

Answer: Unfulfilled Desires

Anger is a manifestation of unfulfilled desires. If you will maintain pleasing Krishna as your only desire, you will never be bothered by anger again.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 8 June 2017

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

We Will Change the World

While traveling with his disciples from Allahabad to Calcutta in January 1977 Srila Prabhupada told them, "History will mark this period, how the Krishna consciousness movement changed the world." So what an inconceivably great legacy gift Srila Prabhupada has bestowed upon us. Those who faithfully follow the orders of Srila Prabhupada will indeed, by his mercy and Krishna's mercy, change the world. So now let's do it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Making a Point, L'Avenir Mandir, Mauritius, 6 June 2017


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Question: How to Measure Growth in Spiritual Life?

Hare Krishna!

Dear Sankarshan Prabhu,

This is Chitta from Copenhagen, Denmark. Today, I was reading the Bhagavad-gita and one question came to mind which I could not find a satisfactory answer. So I thought to share with you. Below is the brief description:

Nowadays people strive for the growth in professional life (material life) however they forget to put same effort to ensure growth in spiritual life. My question is how to measure the growth in the spiritual life? To me growth in professional life is tangible. But to measure the growth in spiritual life what are the parameters one must look for? Most importantly, Bhagavad-gita says that if a person ensures growth in spiritual life then he/she will get a better life in next cycle as a reward. So, how a person can verify this as we the human beings do not have any clue about their past life or future life?

Kind Regards
Chitta

Answer: Here Are the Steps of Progress

There are steps on the pathway of spiritual awakening by which one can gauge his spiritual progress:

1. Having faith in the process
2. Associating with devotees
3. Taking shelter and initiation from the bona fide spiritual master
4. Cleansing of the heart by full obedience to the spiritual master
5. Becoming solidly fixed in undeviating Krishna consciousness in all circumstances
6. Experiencing unlimited taste in Krishna’s name
7. Achieving absolute purity of consciousness

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

There Is Nothing More Wonderful than Bhakti

The original natural position of the living being is that he is the eternal servant of Krishna. Therefore any other sort of consciousness besides Krishna consciousness is artificial and never satisfies the self. This is the reason that the topmost of all welfare activities is to teach the science of Krishna to those who are suffering in the cycle of birth and death having forgotten Krishna, their eternal lord and master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Explaining the Supreme Bhakti Science
Phoenix, Mauritius, 5 June 2017


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Question: Does Mahavatar Babaji Exist?

Hare Krishna,

Does Mahavatar Babaji exist?

Saulius

Answer: Just Find Out Who is Krishna

There are so many bogus babajis. Just try to understand who is Krishna. That is sufficient.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Those Who Terrorize Will Be Terrorized

The world's present day leaders are totally baffled in their attempts to curb down terrorism. They do not have even the slightest clue how to stop it. What they do not realize is the law of karma. What goes around does indeed come around. As you sow, you shall most certainly reap. Because the world's nations have legalized mass terrorism against the innocent animals and unborn babies, it is natural that terror will bounce back in their faces. Every day 156 million innocent animals are slaughtered so that their flesh can be eaten by those who lust after blood and 66 thousand innocent babies are murdered every day by abortion because people do not want to take the trouble to love their own children. The present ever-increasing proliferation of terrorism is a natural karmic result of all the terror that we are already committing. Therefore the first step in defeating terrorism is that we must stop engaging in it ourselves. Once we stop terrorizing others, we will then have the necessary strength to factually put a stop to all forms of terrorism. If we continue terrorizing the innocent babies and animals, there will eventually be a total breakdown of the social order into cannibalism and absolute anarchy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Why Kill Animals When You Can Relish Krishna Prasadam?


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Question: Chanting 16 Rounds Always the First Priority?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

In a previous email you wrote to me that in all situations and under all circumstances chanting my daily quota of 16 rounds should be my first priority.

I understand that this only applies until I am not working job. Suppose I take up a job then many times it my not be possible to do 16 rounds as first priority, say, I have night shifts or early morning shifts. I hope it does not constitute disregarding the spiritual master's instruction in that case?

Thank you for your very very potent lectures. Please bless me that I may develop taste for the Holy names in this life and never come back again, unless of course, Krishna desires.

Begging your mercy,

Your insignificant servant,
Visvanatha Das

Answer: Yes

You must always prioritize your chanting of at least 16 rounds of japa under all circumstances. I was working a night shift job. I would come home in the morning after work and go to sleep. Then I would wake up after six hours of rest and chant my 16 rounds as my first priority. There was plenty of time for me to complete at least 16 rounds before returning to work in the evening.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 5 June 2017

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

How to Become Deathless

It is not difficult to conquer over death. All you have to do is take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master through the process known as initiation. If one faithfully follows the order of the spiritual master made on the day of initiation to strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling and then chants regularly every day at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, he will become deathless. Such a simple formula for such a complicated problem! Its a shame that the whole world has not yet embraced this simple formula. The good news is that someday they will. May that day come soon. May that day come soon!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




New Initiates in Mauritius--4 June 2017



Manoj Becomes Murlidhar Das



Jeevan Becomes Janamejaya Das



Sandeep Becomes Sakshi Gopal Das



Pratima Becomes Priti Lakshana


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Question: How to Overcome My Bad Nature?

Hare Krishna Gurudeva,

I am getting the feeling nowadays that no one except my parents love me. I have many faults. I am not a good human being. I am careless, irresponsible, insensitive, rude, angry, etc, etc. How can I see Krishna's love for me and overcome my bad nature which hurts people?

Yours, a fallen soul,

Sandeep Rawat

Answer: Follow These Sublime Guidelines

By recognizing your bad nature and desiring the help of Guru and Krishna to overcome it, you are already in a better position than 99.99% of the present day so-called human civilization. For this you are to be congratulated. Now all you have to do to become liberated from all anxiety is to regularly chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra at least 16 rounds every day on japa mala beads along with the strict avoidance of illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. In this way, very soon all of your bad qualities will melt away and you will be blissfully swimming in the unlimitedly nectarean ocean of pure love of God 24 hours daily.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 4 June 2017

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

When You Have Krishna, You Have Everything

Don't be a miser. As far as possible give Krishna to everyone you meet, because the more you give Krishna, the more you get Krishna. Therefore if you will fully dedicate your life for making the world Krishna conscious, Krishna will become your personal property. And when you have Krishna, you have everything. You are not lacking in any way.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Krishna Can Be Yours


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Question: What is My Duty?

Respected Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

Humbly request you to please tell me what is my duty.

Your disciple,
Visvanatha Das

Answer: To Fully Surrender to Lord Krishna

You have one duty and one duty only, to fully surrender to Lord Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 3 June 2017

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

How to Spark Off a Global Spiritual Revolution

Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi Lila, Chapter 7, Text 83 as follows:

"A sincere student aurally receives the holy name from the spiritual master, and after being initiated he follows the regulative principles given by the spiritual master. When the holy name is properly served in this way, automatically the spiritual nature of the holy name spreads; in other words, the devotee becomes qualified in offenselessly chanting the holy name. When one is completely fit to chant the holy name in this way, he is eligible to make disciples all over the world, and he actually becomes jagad-guru. Then the entire world, under his influence, begins to chant the holy names of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra."

This is the amazing potency of chanting Hare Krishna. A person who chants it purely becomes jagad-guru, the spiritual master of the entire universe, and thus sparks off a global spiritual revolution in which the entire world takes up the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Therefore the sincere devotee of the Lord, feeling great compassion in his heart for the suffering souls of this material world, strives diligently to purely chant this most sublime of all combinations of syllables:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Purely Chants Hare Krishna


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Question: Is Making Music the Mode of Passion?

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

Some devotees say making music, even if your doing it to spread Krishna Consciousness, is in the mode of passion and should only be done by advanced devotees, otherwise weaker devotees will be influenced by the lower modes if they take up that preaching style prematurely. What are your thoughts in this regard ?

Deva Nieto

Answer: If It Used for Krishna's Service, It Is Transcendental

If a neophyte devotee misuses music for sense gratification and not for Krishna's service, that is certainly wrong and should therefore not be done. But Srila Prabhupada told us, "My Guru Maharaja used to say that anything material, if it is used in the service of Krishna, it is a mistake to give it up." Therefore he approved of using music if it could be used to help people become Krishna conscious. In 1972 I was part of a rock opera, a party of devotees led by His Holiness Vishnujana Swami, who were using drama and modern music for attracting the general public to Krishna consciousness. Srila Prabhupada personally attended our performance at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburg, and applauded after each song that we sang. If it was not proper for us to be doing this, Srila Prabhupada would not have shown an appreciation by applauding after each song.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 2 June 2017

London, England

Today's Thought:

24,000 Subscribers

The Ultimate Self-Realization Course has just passed another milestone. We now have over 24,000 subscribers. While we are pleased by this increase, we know that this is nothing compared to where we want to be. Our actual goal is 75 million subscribers, which is one per cent of the world population. We want to achieve this one percent because Srila Prabhupada said that if one percent of the world population accepts Krishna consciousness, the whole world will be peaceful. He then clarified that if even less that one percent take to Krishna consciousness we would have world peace. So if we even can come close to this one percent, we will experience the most amazing transformation of world history. Let us pray that that day comes soon.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Someday the World Will Appreciate the Harinama Party


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Question: 16 Rounds in One Session?

Hare Krishna Gurudeva,
Please accept my humble obeisance’s,

I am a relatively new entrant in the world of Krishna consciousness. I find great satisfaction in the Gita classes I attend and the melodious bhajanas I hear. I have stopped eating meat for sometime now and also started chanting (though not 16 rounds).

My questions are below:

A person who desires to take initiation or has taken it has to chant 16 rounds and follow the 4 principles. Does he/she also have to abstain from onions, garlic, mushrooms and eggs?

Do the 16 rounds have to be done in one go or can be done in smaller batches over the 24 hrs in a day?

Hare Krishna.

Preeti Pradhan

Answer: If Possible

Yes, one should also abstain from onions, garlic, eggs, and mushrooms because these are not suitable for being offered to Krishna.

If at all possible, it is better to do one's 16 rounds in one unbroken session. But if not possible, one can chant his 16 rounds in a few smaller sessions throughout the day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 1 June 2017

London, England

Today's Thought:

Music Album Soon to Be Released

I've recently recorded a collection of ten songs which will soon be released in an album called Our Sweet Lord. The focus of the album is to introduce the general public to the philosophy of Krishna consciousness in English songs in way that will appeal to them. If you would like to get on my special mailing list to receive regular updates regarding my music, you can do so right here on the following web page:

https://turnontheworld.com/home

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bringing Krishna Consciousness to Threadgill's, 29 May 2017


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Question: How to Cultivate Love for the Spiritual Master?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

After the online class last Saturday, I have been meditating upon the deep love you have for Srila Prabhupada. This overwhelms my heart with joy.

At the same time, I feel ashamed and worthless that I have yet to cultivate such love for you, my spiritual master. Compared to previous era, it is much easier for us to associate with the spiritual master either in vani or vapu. But somehow I take it for granted and still don't take these wonderful opportunities to develop deep love for the spiritual master. You saved my life and have given me eternal shelter and love. But I have done nothing for you.

I hope one day I can develop the love you have for Srila Prabhupada. How can one cultivate such love for the spiritual master?

Your worthless servant,
Ajita devi dasi

Answer: Serve His World Deliverance Mission

The more you can serve the world deliverance mission of your spiritual master, the more your natural love for him will reawaken. Therefore you should always to give Krishna to others as much as possible in all times, places, and circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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