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Monday 30 November 2015

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Sparking Off a Global Spiritual Revolution

The modern day world society has become so degraded that practically speaking there are no real human beings left on this planet. Everyone has descended to the animal platform. The modern day so-called human being is described in the Vedic literature as a dvipada-pasu, a two-legged animal. Normally animals walk on four legs, but this particular type of animal who is supposed to be of higher intelligence walks instead on two legs. Sometimes we see that a dog is trained how to dance on two legs. This is the caliber of the modern day dancing-dog human society. The only thing that can save it from becoming regressively more and more degraded is a complete, total spiritual revolution that will transform every aspect of the human society. This, then is the mission of the Krishna consciousness movement, to spark off a spiritual revolution that will save the world from a complete breakdown into eventual total jungle-like anarchy. The preachers of the Krishna consciousness movement are totally dedicated to this world deliverance mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Hare Krishna Kirtan Will Save the World
Devotees Chant in Ecstasy in Jaipur, India

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Each Disciple Has Unique Relationship with Guru?

Just like Krishna has a unique relationship with every living entity that cannot be fulfilled by any other entity, does the spiritual master also have a unique relationship with his disciples, which cannot be fulfilled by any other disciple?

Lila Manjari devi dasi

Answer: Every Disciple is Special

Yes. Every disciple is special and has no substitute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sunday 29 November 2015

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Living in a Nightmare for Krishna

Living in this material world means living in a nightmare, and there is not much more to be said in this connection. Everyone here is defying the authority of God in many varieties of ways. This creates a very hellish atmosphere. They are trying to have the kingdom of God without God, but this is not possible.

The devotee of the Lord desires to always please his all-merciful Lord. Therefore if the Lord desires for him to remain in this nightmare for some time to awaken the sleeping souls from their nightmares, he is willing to do that. In other words, the Lord's devotee is willing to suffer so that others can be relieved from their suffering. Therefore there is no person in this world who is a better well-wisher of the suffering humanity than the pure devotee of the Supreme Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Srila Prabhupada Bestows His Mercy Upon a Young Disciple

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can We Desire to Be Famous for Krishna?

We shouldn't desire fame, but can we desire being famous for Krishna?


Answer: A Devotee Does Not Seek Fame; Fame Seeks Him.

A devotee’s only desire is to make his spiritual master and Krishna famous all over the universe. By dedicating his life fully for this mission he automatically becomes the most famous person in this world. He doesn't have to run after fame because fame naturally, automatically comes to him, more than for any so-called famous, but actually infamous, person of this material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Saturday 28 November 2015

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Upgrading Your Consciousness

When we take birth in this material world we have a default psychological operating system known as material consciousness. While this operating system is adequate for pursuing the material goals of eating, sleeping, and defending, it's clearly an inferior grade operating system that is not adequate for giving complete peace, happiness and satisfaction to the living being who resides within the material body. For that an upgrade of consciousness is required to Krishna consciousness. This upgrade requires the guidance of an expert technician, who is known as the bona fide spiritual master. The bona fide guru or spiritual master is a highly trained technician who knows very well all the challenges and difficulties that we may face during a consciousness upgrade. He is competent to train you how to easily surmount them. The bona fide spiritual master does not require any money for his valuable service. He guides our upgrade of consciousness out of love because he understands fully well how miserable it is to remain stuck in material consciousness. While being upgraded to Krishna consciousness one must put full faith his guru because every frame of reference that one has while in material consciousness is now being upgraded and replaced with a new frame of reference. The end result of one who takes the upgrade to Krishna consciousness is a fearless eternal existence of never-ending, ever-expanding pure spiritual bliss and knowledge. Is the upgrade worth it? We encourage you to give it a try and see for yourself. If you don't like it, you can easily go back to your original state of material consciousness. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. So why not give it a whirl and see what it is like?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Consciousness Upgrade at Govinda Kunda in Vraja Dhama, India

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How To Understand the Form of Jagannatha?

I can comfortably pray to Sri Sri Gaur Nitai, Srila Prabhupada, and Radha Krishna Deities because of their human forms. But Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra look too far out, not like humans. I can't even humanize their look. So how should I see them so that I can feel they are worshipable?


Answer: He's Krishna Experiencing Ecstatic Symptoms

Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra are the same Krishna and Balarama and Krishna’s younger sister. Their specific forms were manifested in a pastime at Kurukshetra when Their bodies manifested transcendental symptoms while They were hearing about Krishna’s Vrindavana Lila as narrated by Rohini.

The Utkala-khanda of the Skanda Purana describes how this happened:

Once, during a solar eclipse, Krishna, Balarama, Subhadra, and other residents of Dvaraka went to bathe in a holy pond at Kurukshetra. Knowing that Krishna would be there, Srimati Radharani, Krishna’s parents Nanda and Yasoda, and other residents of Vrindavana, who were burning in the fire of separation from the Lord, went to meet Him. Inside one of the many tents the pilgrims had set up at Kurukshetra, Rohini, Lord Balarama’s mother, narrated Krishna’s Vrindavana pastimes to the queens of Dvaraka and others.

The residents of Dvaraka are in the mood of opulence (aishvarya), and they worship Krishna as the Supreme Lord. But the residents of Vrindavana are in the mood of sweetness (madhurya), and they have a confidential relationship with Krishna that surpasses awe and reverence because it is based on friendship and love. Rohini’s narration was thus extremely confidential, so she posted Subhadra at the door to prevent anyone from entering.

Krishna and Balarama came to the door and stood on Subhadra’s left and right sides. While listening to Rohini’s narration of Krishna’s intimate Vrindavana pastimes, Krishna and Balarama became ecstatic, and Their internal feelings were exhibited externally. Their eyes became dilated, Their heads compressed into Their bodies, and Their limbs retracted. Seeing these transformations in Krishna and Balarama, Subhadra also became ecstatic and assumed a similar form. Thus, by hearing about Krishna’s pastimes in Vrindavana, Krishna and Balarama, with Subhadra in between, displayed their ecstatic forms of Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Friday 27 November 2015

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Sure Cure for Depression

When we are depressed we can sometimes feel so bad that we can actually wish that we did not exist. This is why those who are extremely depressed sometimes commit suicide. So this state of mind called depression is not any fun. It's a miserable, undesirable state of consciousness. Everybody hates it, and nobody in this world knows how to defeat it. But fortunately our ever well-wishing friend, Lord Caitanya, has given us the simple, easy formula how we can always be happy, completely untouched by depression. Instead of being in anxiety about our own unhappiness, we simply have to focus on always trying to make others happy. The more we can be absorbed in giving happiness to others, the less we will experience unhappiness ourselves. The perfection of this consciousness is to fully dedicate our lives for making the whole world happy by giving everyone Krishna consciousness. This is the order of Lord Caitanya. We should therefore give the ultimate happiness of Krishna consciousness to everyone. As soon as we fully embraces this mood of trying to deliver the entire world, on the order of Lord Caitanya, we will never experience depression ever again, because the more we give Krishna, the more we get Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tasting Krishna by Giving by Krishna to Others
Srimad Bhagavatam Class at Keshi Ghat in Vrindavana, India

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Go to Krishna or Other Gods to Solve Our Problems?

Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaja,

My humble namaskar and dandavat pranam,

We know that Lord Sri Krishna is the supreme executive chairman amongst all gods in the entire universe. So I would like to ask that for finding a solution to our worldly problems, is it okay to approach the executive chairman directly, or should we first approach other officers (gods) under Sri Krishna and after that go to Lord Krishna.

Please solve my doubt.

Amit Gupta,
New Delhi, India

Answer: "Other Gods" Is Our Problem

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, has ordered us in the Bhagavad-gita to fully surrender ourselves to Him. This is the solution for all of our problems. The only reason we have any problems at all is that we are disobedient to Krishna's order. Our foolish mentality of wanting to find other solutions besides full surrender to Krishna is the very root cause of all of our problems. Therefore we should not be so foolish as to disobey Krishna's order by trying to find other solutions for our problems. In conclusion, there is no question of any other gods because Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita that those who go other gods (the demigods) have lost their brains.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Thursday 26 November 2015

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Stop Terrorism and Make this World a Paradise

Nowadays there is great anxiety all over the world about the rapid proliferation of terrorism and barbaric violence. Everyone wants to stop these atrocities, but because no one knows what is their root cause, no one is able to do anything effectively to stop them. The cause of these social diseases is animalism. Animalism means when human beings stop thinking, speaking, and acting like human beings and instead think, speak, and act like animals. This animalism is due to false identification with the material body. When one is in this misidentified state of consciousness his conception of happiness will be based on gratification of the covering of the soul, namely the material body, rather than satisfaction of the actual self who resides within. Therefore in a state of foolishness he will try to create for himself an enjoyable atmosphere based on gratifying his material senses, an impossible feat.

The more that animalism increases, the more there will be an increase of senseless violence. I saw a graphic example of the increase of animalism the other day when was I flying from India to London. I came back to my seat after using the toilet and noticed that the man in the seat in front of me was watching a movie supplied by British Airways that fully and openly shows a man laying on top of a woman in bed having sexual intercourse with her. Such a graphic display of sex that a few years ago would have been considered pornography is now readily available to watch while flying on an airplane. People have forgotten sex is for procreation, that it's only for producing children. They stupidly think it's something that you do simply for having some fun, never mind if an innocent human being has to be killed. Therefore there are so many unwanted children and so many babies are being murdered every day. At the present moment approximately 125,000 innocent children are being cruelly murdered every day. This terrorism against babies far exceeds the terrorism experienced by adults. The karmic reaction of this senseless violence, which is being condoned by the world's governments, is why the adults must now also become victims of senseless violence. The Bible teaches, "As you sow, so shall you reap." Because we are sowing violence, it is unavoidable that we will also reap violence.

If you want to stop the terrorism and crazy violence, stop murdering 42 million innocent children every year. Find your happiness in your loving relationship with God and use sex only for what it is meant for, to produce saintly children. This world will become a paradise.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Srila Prabhupada Blesses a Small Child

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Was It Like On Your Visit to India?

Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaja,

My humble namaskar and dandavat pranam.

I would like to ask you about how was experience this time in India your preaching tour?

Amit Gupta
New Delhi, India.

Answer: If You Want to Know, You Must Join Us

Words cannot describe it. You are living in New Delhi where I lectured for several days. You did not attend even one of my lectures. And you are living just a few miles away from Vrindavana where I lectured and took devotees on parikrama for an entire month. Again you did not even attend one lecture or come on one parikrama. So many of my disciples came from Delhi. You could have easily gotten a ride with them. Even if you had attended one of my lectures or parikramas you would have gotten a taste of what it is like. To inquire from us when you could have come and did not is senseless. It is like trying to get the taste of honey by licking the outside of a clean honey jar without opening the jar instead of sticking your tongue in the honey to actually experience the taste.

So if you want to truly know what it is like you must came and join with us on at least part of our next pilgrimage to Lord Sri Krishna’s most holy Vrindavana Dhama from 5 through 28 April 2016. You and all of my readers and followers all over the world are all requested to jot down these dates on your calendars and try to join with us on our next pilgrimage to Sri Vrindavana Dhama. I can assure you and anyone who comes in the mood of a humble pilgrim to experience with us Sri Vrindavana Dhama, where the effect of Krishna bhakti is magnified 1,000 times, the most powerful inconceivably uplifting experience of your entire life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Wednesday 25 November 2015

London, England

Today's Thought:

Citizens of the Spiritual World

Even though each of us are legally citizens of various countries and carry a passport from our country to prove that we are a citizen of that country, the fact is that our actual citizenship is in the spiritual world. This material world is not our actual home. Somehow or other, due to misuse of our free will, we got sidetracked along the way and got stuck here in Martyaloka, the land of death. So now let us focus fully on getting back to our actual home, that place where we once resided and eternally belong.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Our Real Home is With Krishna in the Spiritual Sky


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do I Have to Chant With Closed Eyes?

I am doing my first 10 to 12 rounds sitting in the temple and trying sincerely to hear the syllables of the Maha Mantra. Sometimes when my legs get numb I get up and complete the rest of my rounds while walking in a veranda of the temple. I am confused whether there is any rule to complete all the 16 rounds sitting with closed eyes.

Kindly help me out in the situation.

Thank you for your anticipated enlightenment.

Your servant,
Sradhanjali Bhuyan

Answer: Closing Eyes During Japa is Not Necessary

Chanting japa can be done while sitting, standing, or walking. Chanting for an extended time with fully closed eyes is not recommended because there will be a tendency to fall asleep. This is why even for the yogis it is prescribed in the Bhagavad-gita that they should meditate with half-closed eyes. Regarding sitting, standing, or walking--simply do whatever best facilitates your absorption in Krishna’s holy names. For example, there is a video of Srila Prabhupada pacing back and forth in his room while chanting japa. Taking a walk outside, however, is not recommended for your 16 rounds of japa because you will be focusing on so many others that will be diverting your mind from Krishna’s holy names.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Tuesday 24 November 2015

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Back to the West on World Deliverance Mission

By the time you read this, we will back in the West pursuing our mission of trying to bring about a respiritualization of the entire human society. Only Krishna consciousness can solve the world's problems. Therefore we must fully absorb ourselves in our duty of trying to make the whole world Krishna conscious as soon as possible. Even if we can make just 50 million people fully Krishna conscious, the atmosphere of this entire planet will become peaceful. If our movement can simply become 1,000 times bigger than it is now, this world will change into a paradise. It's an attainable goal. Let's work for it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Srila Prabhupada Preaching in Germany in 1974

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: When Will All This Killing Stop?

How can we make the Muslims stop the killings and turn toward Krishna? It is very sad to see them fallen in this way and destroying their only chance as human beings to returning home, back to Godhead! When will this killings stop?

Your servant,
Pranil Bhindi

Answer: When Everyone Learns How to Purely Love God

Why are you pointing only at Muslims? When can we convince the Christians to stop their senseless and brutal murder of millions of children within the womb? There are sinful and pious people within every religious tradition. Whether one calls God Allah or Krishna does not matter. What matters is that one truly learns how to love God. The solution for all the world’s problems is to teach everyone how to be pure lovers of God, the Supreme Father of all living beings. When one truly loves the father, he automatically loves all of His children, both the born and the unborn. When true love of God is there, automatically all of the killings will stop. This world will become a paradise. To engage in senseless murder in the name of God is not love of God. It is using God for one's own nefarious purposes. This is not real religion. It is only a shadow of religion. A truly religious person equally loves all living beings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Monday 23 November 2015

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Power of Ten Can Save the World

At the present moment the world population is 7.3 billion, and our mission is to make the whole world Krishna conscious. Making 7.3 billion people Krishna conscious is an inconceivably Herculean task. How can we possibly accomplish this? But according to Srila Prabhupada in a Srimad Bhagavatam class that he gave in Boston on 28 April 1969 the good news is this:

"At least if one percent of the whole population becomes Krishna conscious, the whole world will be a different world. The world itself will become kingdom of God."

And then even more encouragingly Srila Prabhupada stated in lecture delivered on 4 December 1968 in Los Angeles:

"We do not expect that the whole population of the human society will be taking to this brahminical culture; but even one percent of the whole population accepts this brahminical culture, Krishna consciousness, then the whole world will be peaceful. Not even one percent, less than one percent. It is so nice."

One percent of the world population is 73 million people. Even if we can make 50 million people Krishna conscious, the whole world will be transformed. At the present in the Hare Krishna movement we have more than 50,000 initiated devotees. So if 50,000 devotees can each make 1,000 devotees, this will make 50 million devotees, and the world will be transformed. So if each ISKCON devotee makes 10 devotees, who each make ten devotees, who each make 10 devotees, by this simple formula this entire planet will become, as Srila Prabhupada says, the kingdom of God. Therefore let us all preach aggressively to make ten devotees each so that combinedly by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada we can save the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Hardest Thing About Coming to Vrindavana is Leaving Vrindavana

Here's Some of Our Many Sweet Memories:

In Vyomasura's Cave at Kamyavan

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Stay Motivated in Our Preaching?

I have read one purport by Srila Prabhupada, explaining that even if the entire world was delivered, it would just fill up again with other conditioned souls. So my question is: How do we stay motivated in our preaching if seemingly there's no point, because the ones that are delivered will just be replaced ?

Your servant,
Dharmaraja Das

Answer: The Devotee is Motivated by Compassion

A devotee is motivated by unlimited compassion. He is willing to stay in the material world eternally to deliver the fallen, conditioned souls, if that is what Krishna desires. Even if he can make one person a pure devotee, he feels that his mission is a success. And the more souls he can deliver, he becomes more and more satisfied, even if there is an unlimited stream of them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sunday 22 November 2015

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Are Devotees Conservative or Liberal?

Some people say that the devotees of Krishna are very conservative because they abstain from illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. But they do not understand that the real meaning of being conservative is to follow rules and regulations blindly without any idea of why you are doing it. In this connection Srila Prabhupada says, "Conservative means unnecessarily you catch some rules and regulation without any meaning or without any utility. That is conservative. In Sanskrit it is called niyamagraha." The devotees of the Lord are not at all conservative. They know exactly why they engage their senses in a certain way for attaining the highest level of spiritual perfection. They are instead the most liberal. They are not misers because they freely give the highest knowledge of Krishna consciousness to the whole world without asking for anything in return. This liberalness of the devotees is also called magnanimity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Srila Prabhupada is an Ocean of Magnanimity

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Challenge: You Need to Accept Jesus

Dear Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari,

Your fall occurred because God is calling your attention to give up to Christ, and accept Him as your Lord and Savior.

Only in Lord Jesus Christ do we have salvation, He said very clearly, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but by me."

Best of All,


Answer: I Have, But When Will the Christians Accept Him?

I accepted Lord Jesus Christ forty-four years ago when I totally gave myself to God. I'm waiting for that day when the Christians will also accept Jesus. The Bible teaches us to not kill, but these so-called Christians have become very expert at murdering millions of innocent animals every day in the slaughterhouses.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Saturday 21 November 2015

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Blessed by a Visit to Vamsivata

On 20 November 2015 we were unlimitedly blessed by an opportunity to visit the most sacred Vamsivata. Vamsi means flute, and vata means banyan tree. So Vamsivata is the banyan tree where 5,000 years ago Krishna played His flute to attract the gopis. The original tree washed away by a flooding of the Yamuna river about 450 years ago, but Paramananda Goswami took a branch from it and planted the present tree, which is therefore an expansion of the original tree. When he planted the branch he discovered the Deity of Gopinatha, which is now being worshipped very nicely in Jaipur.

This most sacred place is mentioned as follows in the Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya 1.58:

sriman rasa-rasarambhi
karsan venu-svanair gopir
gopi-nathah sriye ’stu nah

"May Gopinathaji, who attracts all the gopis with the song of His flute and who has begun the most melodious rasa dance on the bank of the Yamuna in Vamsivata, be merciful upon us."

Vamsivata was also a place of great transcendental significance for the six Goswamis 500 years ago. It is mentioned as follows by Srinivasacharya in his prayers to the six Goswamis:

radha-kunda-tate kalinda-tanaya-tire ca vamsivate
premonmada-vasad asesa-dasaya grastau pramattau sada
gayantau ca kada harer guna-varam bhavabhibhutau muda
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis, namely Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunatha das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, and Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, who were sometimes on the bank of the Radha-kunda lake or the shores of the Yamuna and sometimes at Vamsivata. There they appeared just like madmen in the full ecstasy of love for Krishna, exhibiting different transcendental symptoms in their bodies, and they were merged in the ecstasy of Krishna consciousness."

The Bhakti-ratnakara describes Vamsivata as follows:

“Please see now this wonderfully beautiful Vamsi-vata on the bank of the Yamuna. The shade of the Vamsi-vata tree removes the distress of the world. Lord Gopinatha eternally enjoys His pastimes here. His attractive dress enchants the world and His movements are flawless as the sound of His flute attracts the gopis.”

In the Caitanya-caritamrita it is stated:

“Sri Srila Gopinatha, who originated the transcendental mellow of the rasa dance, stands on the shore in Vamsi-vata and attracts the attention of the cowherd damsels with the sound of His celebrated flute. May they all confer upon us their benediction.”

“This place, Vamsi-vata, was flooded and disappeared in the waters of the Yamuna. The Goswami collected one branch from the original tree and replanted that branch next to the original place. O Srinivasa, this place is supremely enchanting and cool breezes slowly blow here.

“After leaving behind everything, in great agitation from the sound of the flute, the gopis came here to meet Lord Krishna. They swam in the ocean of Krishna's beauty, and Krishna, seeing their love, could not remain steady. Who can understand how Krishna calmly inquired about the gopis' welfare in a happy mood? In this way, Krishna tested the love of the gopis at this place, as He instructed them in various ways to return to their homes.

“As the rasa dance began, Krishna observed the different grades of gopis and decided to leave them, taking Radharani alone with Him. Hiding at this place, Krishna happily heard the gopis' lamentation. Left alone by Krishna, the gopis inquired from the trees and creepers about His whereabouts. The gopis began imitating Krishna's pastimes, and they glorified Srimati Radharani's fortunate position.

“After fulfilling the desires of Radharani, Krishna left Her also at this place. Seeing Radharani in this state, the other gopis, agitated at heart, tried to pacify Her in many ways. They all assembled together, eagerly desirous to see Krishna, they began to endlessly glorify His transcendental qualities.”

Press-here-to hear-Lecture-at-Vamsivata

There is some defect in the recording, but it is mostly clear.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Ecstatic Krishna Katha on 20 November 2015
at Vamsivata, the Tree That Removes the Distress of the World


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna is Simultaneously Partial and Impartial?

I need your valuable clarification on following question :

The Bhagavad-gita (9.29) states two paradoxical features of Krishna’s nature:

He is equal to all and does not consider anyone to be an object of aversion or affection. And for those who worship him with devotion, He offers Himself to them and they offer themselves to Him. These two features suggest that Krishna is both partial and impartial. How can that be?

Please clarify my doubt how God can be partial for his devotees ?

Your servant,
Vibhav Dikshit

Answer: Krishna is Impartially Partial

Even though Krishna is partial to His devotees, He is indeed completely impartial because He impartially gives everyone the equal opportunity to be His devotee. In other words, Krishna impartially applies to same principle to everyone. He says, "Inasmuch as they surrender to Me, I reward them accordingly."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Friday 20 November 2015

From Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

How to Deal With Envious Devotees?

Our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, has ordered that those of his disciples who are strictly following his orders should become spiritual masters and initiate disciples all over the world for bringing the happy days of Bhagavat-dharma back to this planet. Unfortunately some of Srila Prabhupada's disciples and followers who have not been able to strictly follow Srila Prabhupada's instructions are envious and very critical of those who accepted this order of Srila Prabhupada as their sacred duty. They argue that none of Srila Prabhupada's disciples are qualified to be spiritual masters. They say that unless you are already back to Godhead you cannot take someone back to Godhead. They refuse to note that if someone is solidly situated on his way back to Godhead that he can take others along with him.

They say that only a liberated soul who is already seeing Krishna face to face can become a spiritual master. But Srila Prabhupada says, "Generally the spiritual master comes from the group of such eternal associates of the Lord; but anyone who follows the principles of such ever liberated persons is as good as one in the above mentioned group." (from a letter to: Janardana -- New York 26 April, 1968) This instruction they do not want to hear.

How are we to deal with such envious devotees? Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Cc Madhya 1.206:

"If a Vaisnava, by the mercy of the Lord, is empowered by Him to distribute the Lord's holy name all over the world, other Vaisnavas become very joyful -- that is, if they are truly Vaisnavas. One who is envious of the success of a Vaisnava is certainly not a Vaisnava himself but is an ordinary, mundane man. Envy and jealousy are manifested by mundane people, not by Vaisnavas. Why should a Vaisnava be envious of another Vaisnava who is successful in spreading the holy name of the Lord? An actual Vaisnava is very pleased to accept another Vaisnava who is bestowing the Lord's mercy. A mundane person in the dress of a Vaisnava should not be respected but rejected. This is enjoined in the sastra (upeksa). The word upeksa means neglect. One should neglect an envious person. A preacher's duty is to love the Supreme Personality of Godhead, make friendships with Vaisnavas, show mercy to the innocent and reject or neglect those who are envious or jealous. There are many jealous people in the dress of Vaisnavas in this Krishna consciousness movement, and they should be completely neglected. There is no need to serve a jealous person who is in the dress of a Vaisnava."

We are thankful to Srila Prabhupada for giving us everything we need to know for becoming Krishna conscious and for making the entire world Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada-Spiritual Master of the Universe

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Continue Inquiring from My Spiritual Master?

Dear Srila Gurudeva

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

Thank You for accepting such a wretch as myself as Your disciple and for everything that You do for me.

While answering Lesson C93: "On the Boat", which is based on Bhagavad Gita As It Is chapter 4 text 36, I was reflecting on the verse that I have heard You quote, that for one who has taken shelter of the lotus feet of Krishna, the vast insurmountable ocean of this material world becomes reduced to the insignificant amount of water contained within the hoof print of a calf.

I was thinking that this means that once one is situated on the boat of transcendental knowledge, actually one no longer needs the boat and can leave it behind for rest of the suffering society. My question therefore was that once one is under the shelter of the spiritual master and trying to follow and serve Him as one's life and soul, should one allow the spiritual master to focus more attention on newcomers instead of plaguing him with many questions and usurping his association while physically present etc.?

On this consideration whenever I have questions I first try to find the proper understanding in Srila Prabhupada's books or from senior devotees in our Yatra before asking you directly. I do not want to inquire from you just for the sake of doing so, but only when I have a doubt which cannot be clarified by the aforementioned procedure.

Please instruct me as to whether this is the proper etiquette. Thank You.

Hare Krishna

Your insignificant servant
Syama Kunda das

Answer: Guru's Confirmation is Always Necessary

The boat is never left behind. Because the vast material ocean has shrunk to the size of the water contained in the hoof print of a calf, even though the boat of Krishna’s lotus feet becomes docked in the spiritual world, it is still also simultaneously docked in the material world so that all the conditioned souls of this material world can take shelter of it and be saved from the vicious cycle of birth and death. Therefore the devotee never for all of eternity abandons the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord Sri Krishna. That boat is his permanent shelter.

In our Krishna consciousness process we have three sources of guidance: our spiritual master, the scriptures, and the senior devotees. You should use all three of these resources to cultivate a proper understanding of the science of bhakti. But whatever understanding you have derived from the scriptures and the senior devotees must all by confirmed by your spiritual master because he is your final authority. Sometimes a neophyte devotee may misunderstand what he reads in scripture and sometimes even senior devotees in ISKCON propagate bogus philosophy. Therefore your spiritual master's confirmation of your spiritual understanding is always necessary.

In this connection Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 18.58:

"No conditioned soul actually knows what is to be done and what is not to be done, but a person who acts in Krishna consciousness is free to act because everything is prompted by Krishna from within and confirmed by the spiritual master. "

Since the spiritual master can leave this planet at any time by the arrangement of Krishna, the intelligent disciple will take advantage of his expert guidance as much as possible while the spiritual master is still here. This can be done by reading his writings, hearing his lectures, and by inquiring from him directly whenever there is need.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Thursday 19 November 2015

From Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

One Day We Will Lead the World

On 26 November 1974 Srila Prabhupada wrote the following in a letter to his disciple, Saurabha:

"Our movement is being accepted. They are saying that Swamiji is doing nice things. So it is up to you Europeans and Americans to push it all over the world, and one day you will be the leaders of the world. It is not difficult. You just have to work sincerely and intelligently. Krishna will do everything."

So now we have to qualify ourselves fully to do just that. We must become the leaders of the world. This will be accomplished easily simply by our always working as Srila Prabhupada has taught us, with sincerity and intelligence. Then by the grace of Krishna one day we will be accepted as the world's leaders and followed by the entire global society. This will be the revival of the happy days of bhagavat-dharma on this planet for which we are eagerly waiting.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Training the Future World Leaders
18 October 2015--Pune, India

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Complaint from a Much Appreciated Muslim Reader

I take strong objections on naming Muslims as terrorists. In this world. all religions have misled individuals who take this act of taking arms for activities not acceptable in all societies.

I hope this allegation are withdrawn immediately and pray let me not leave this readings which I enjoy.


Answer: I Never Label Muslims as Terrorists

Thank you for making me aware of your concern.

I never label Muslims as terrorists. There are terrorists from every section of society. We see every living being as a pure spirit-soul, part and parcel of God, not as man, woman, white, black, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, etc. One of the greatest spiritual masters in our movement is from a Muslim family, Srila Haridasa Thakura. He is glorified by everybody in the Hare Krishna movement every day as the Namacharya, the acharya of the chanting of the holy names of God. Someday all Muslims will worship him as one of the greatest heroes from the Muslim community.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Wednesday 18 November 2015

From Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Five Million Parikramas

An auspicious way of offering worship to the Deities of Radha and Krishna in the temple is to respectfully walk around the temple. This is called circumambulation or parikrama. In the Nectar of Devotion Srila Prabhupada describes such circumambulation as one of items for discharging devotional service. On Tuesday 17 November 2015 Gurumataji and I along with a large group of my disciples circumambulated the holy town of Vrindavana, in which there are 5,000 temples of Radha and Krishna. What made this even more auspicious is that the benefit of any devotional service done in Vrindavana is magnified 1,000 times. Therefore by this simple 3.5 hours parikrama around Vrindavana we got the spiritual benefit of doing 5 million parikramas of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna.

Even though just after the start of the parikrama I had a bad fall smashing my head onto the cement road gaining a bloody lump on my head and bloody swollen nose, I opted to continue my parikrama. Gurumata offered to get me a rickshaw so that I could ride instead of walking. But I did not accept her gracious offer. I did not want to miss this auspicious opportunity to get the full benefit of walking 5 million parikramas. Srila Prabhupada ordered me to always remain enthusiastic in Krishna consciousness. This order has been a great boon for the last 44 years of my life and will continue to be so for all of eternity.

We visited many holy places along the way. In Vrindavan the atmosphere is so auspicious that when people would see us they would yell out "Hari bol." In what other town on this planet do even the little school children yell out "Hari bol" as soon as they see the devotees? It was a truly wonderful, spiritual enriching, and uplifting experience to do Vrindavana parikrama this morning.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Vrindavana Parikrama Map--Red Line is Parikrama Path

Ecstatic Vrindavana Parikrama--17 November 2015

Stopping at Keshi Ghat

Srimad Bhagavatam
Class at Keshi Ghat

Not Allowing Injuries to Dampen My Enthusiasm

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get Free From My Distress?

All glories to Your Grace. Please advise me how to be mentally strong and accept death in a proper Krishna conscious manner. My mother is sick and that has put me into a lot of anxiety. I read and chant but the anxiety is overwhelming affecting my whole life, I think mainly from attachment as it is just the two of us that live together. How do I conquer my mind and accept everything in a devotee manner? Everyone says "just chant" and I am but I need further advice. Thank you kindly. I am unable to go to work and fear losing my job now which is my only income. Some doctors just laugh at people who have anxiety.

Thank You kindly.


Answer: Chant Regularly With Faith and Work Your Job

I am very sorry to hear that you are going through so much difficulty. The good news is that the solution for your problems is very simple. Simply you must fully surrender to Krishna seeing all of your difficulties as His special mercy to convince you that this material world is not your actual home.

Take the best possible care of your mother's health and even more importantly engage her in Krishna consciousness so that she will not take birth again in this material world upon leaving her present body. We all have to leave this world today or tomorrow. So instead of being disturbed you should focus on being Krishna conscious and making others Krishna conscious.

You are not chanting properly. This is why your mind is disturbed. The trick is to rise early every day before sunrise and chant as many rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala as possible. This early morning chanting will give you a taste of the sublime spiritual world where all anxiety is conspicuous by its absence. This daily taste of bhakti will gradually increase your faith more and more until all of your anxieties completely melt away. This will take some time. So you must have faith in the chanting and chant as many rounds as possible every day without fail.

Go to work every day. Krishna will help you. Getting back to your occupational duty will also help your mind to become more peaceful. Now you are suffering from an idle mind, which is the devil's workshop. You must keep your mind now busy both in chanting and in your occupational duty. Things will work out okay.

There is no need for any other medicine. Krishna’s holy name is the ultimate medicine to cure all of your distress.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Tuesday 17 November 2015

From Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Paris Terrorist Attack and How to Stop Terrorism

In the world of mundane news the biggest news right now is the terrorist attack in Paris in which at least 132 people were killed with 352 wounded. Such madness is increasing on this deluded planet, where hell is breaking loose more and more every day. This is a practical example of what I have described in my song, The Peace Formula (free download at

Our world has become an unspeakable nightmare.
Peace is destroyed replaced by brutal warfare.
All hell is breaking loose on this planet right now,
And for stopping it the leaders have no idea how.

Therefore we are hoping, praying, and working that the day will come soon when all the world's leaders recognize Krishna's perfect peace formula. When that day comes there will be the dawning of the greatest era of peace and happiness that the world has ever known in modern day recorded history.

Just as there are ferocious animals in the jungle, as long as the human society remains on the animal platform it is natural that some of them will be terrorists. Therefore the only way to stop terrorism is to elevate the human society to the spiritual platform by educating all people to properly understanding and apply Lord Krishna's peace formula.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Blessed With Srila Prabhupada's Garland--16 November 2015

The day after Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance Day Festival in Vrindavana I was blessed with the Srila Prabhupada's prasadam garland from his samadhi. And now I am praying for his merciful blessings that he fully invest me with his transcendental potency for making the entire world Krishna conscious as soon as possible.

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Make Muslims Stop the Killings?

How can we make the Muslims stop the killings and turn toward Krishna? It is very sad to see them fallen this way and destroying their only chance as human beings to returning home, back to Godhead! When will these killings stop?

Your servant,
Pranil B.

Answer: Educate Everyone in the Science of God

Our mission is to train everyone how to become pure lovers of God, no matter what is their religious tradition. In other words we want to teach the Muslims how to become perfect Muslims, the Christians how to become perfect Christians, etc. A pure lover of God naturally loves all of God’s creatures seeing them as his dear brothers. His only desire is that all of his thoughts, words, and deeds in all times, places, and circumstances should be fully pleasing to his beloved Lord. He does not hate anyone. The senseless killing will stop when everyone adopts the God-centered spirit. This planet will truly become heaven on earth when they give up denying God or keeping themselves in the center while using God to fulfill their material desires.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Monday 16 November 2015

From Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Ecstatic Pilgrimage to Kamyavana

On Saturday 14 2015, a bus load and van load of devotees headed out to Kamyavana, which is on the far side of Vrajadhama, 53 kilometers from Vrindavana in the state of Rajasthan. It is here that Krishna had many amazing pastimes. Also at one time the Pandavas resided here. It is through Kamyavana 500 years ago that the Deities of Vrindavana were transported on their way to Jaipur to be saved from being destroyed by the Muslim tyrant, Aurangzeb. After the Vrindavana Deities spent three days here, they were then carried on to Amber, the fortress city of Maharaja Jai Singh in Rajasthan. However the Deity of Vrindadevi, who is the presiding goddess of Vraja Dhama, made herself so heavy that she could not be moved because she did not want to even budge one inch away from the holy Vraja Dhama, her eternal home. This Deity of Vrindadevi, which was originally installed by Vajranabha 5,000 years ago, is still being worshipped today in Kamyavana in the town of Kaman.

After singing the beautiful Vrindadevi-astakam prayers while seated at the feet of Vrindadevi in her temple, we then went to the cave where the demon Vyomasura placed the cowherd boys he had kidnapped. From there were went to the top of the mountain to see Krishna's footprints imbedded the rocks at the spot where he landed on the mountain as well as Balarama's footprints imbedded in the rocks at the foot of the mountain from his pastime of steadying the earthquake. From there we went on to the place on the side of the mountain where Krishna and the cowherd boys used to slide. We each took a turn here sliding down the mountain in great happiness remembering Krishna's pastimes with the cowherd boys. Our final stop was Vimala Kunda, where Krishna gave the 10 million daughters of King Vimala His association, and also where the famous pastime of the Pandavas and Durvasa Muni and his 60,000 disciples took place.

Visiting Kamyavana is most auspicious. According to the Adi Purana, this is the place where the desires of the demigods and the devotees are fulfilled. Therefore I cautioned all the devotees upon their arrival in Kamyavana that especially on this day they should have their hearts full of spiritual desires without even a trace of material desire.

All in all, it was an exciting stimulating day of increasing and deepening our Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

5,000 Year Old Deity of Vrindadevi in Kamyavana

Devotees Relish Bliss of Lila Smaranam in Vyomasura's Cave

Devotees Climb Mountain to See Krishna's Footprint

Devotees Sliding Down the Cowherd Boy Slide

Beautiful Vimala Kunda

Describing Krishna's Pastimes at Vimala Kunda

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do Pure Devotees Get Sick?

I understand that difficulties arise as a reaction to past karma and that pure devotees do not have past karma and so should not encounter difficulties like health problems. So, I fail to understand why do pure devotees encounter health problems?

In submissive mood,
Bhakta Sunil

Answer: Material Bodies Naturally Get Sick

As we all have material bodies, even the pure devotees, it is unavoidable that sooner or later we will all have health problems. The difference between the neophyte devotee and the pure devotee is that the neophyte is disturbed by such bodily sickness and the pure devotee is completely undisturbed in his mind in spite of having a sickly or diseased body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sunday 15 November 2015

From Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance Day

Today is a day of great mourning. It was on this day 38 years ago in 1977 here in Sri Vrindavana Dhama that Srila Prabhupada left his body and returned back to Krishna's transcendental abode. Were it not for the fact that the spiritual master is more present in his instructions than he is in his physical presence we would not have been able to carry on in this world in his absence. Because Srila Prabhupada is even more present when we remember his instructions and feel his separation, today is also a day of great celebration for us. Srila Prabhupada explains how this is so in a letter to Krishna Das, which he wrote in Seattle, Washington USA on 21 October 1968 as follows:

"To feel separation from the spiritual master or Krishna is very good position. That means one who is in pure love with Krishna and His representative, spiritual master, he thinks always of them. And this thinking process is Krishna consciousness. If we can think always of Krishna even in separation, that is Krishna Consciousness. And in the absolute platform, there is no difference of separation and meeting. The separation is also meeting, rather in separation one relishes the loving relationship more tasty. So don't be disappointed that you are separated from me."

We here in the anguish of Srila Prabhupada's separation are being taught by our beloved Srila Prabhupada that we can feel even more pleasure now than we did in his physical presence. It is simply a matter of our coming to the proper understanding and consciousness. This is known as Krishna consciousness. Therefore let us all come now to the standard of pure Krishna consciousness on this most auspicious holy day and relish the divine presence of Srila Prabhupada by feeling his separation and remembering his wonderful, illuminating instructions which forcefully drive away all the darkness of this vicious age of Kali.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Nectar of Devotion Class at Rupa Goswami's Samadhi
Radha Damodara Temple--Vrindavana, India--13 November 2015

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are Your Sunday Feasts Vegan?

At your Sunday programs is the dinner vegan or do you use ghee, milk, honey, etc?

Thank you. And Hare Krishna!


Answer: They are Krishnan

The Sunday feast includes both vegan and non-vegan preparations since Krishna is not vegan. Whatever is offered to Krishna becomes completely transcendental to vegan/non-vegan.

Feel free to ask which preps are vegan and we will be happy to facilitate you!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Saturday 14 November 2015

From Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Swimming in an Ocean of Bliss at Brahmanda Ghat

If you want to swim in an ocean of divine bliss at every moment, all you have to do is dive deeply into the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra both in group singing, which is called kirtan, and in private meditation on prayer beads, which is called japa. Engage in kirtan and japa as much as you possibly can whenever you can. This will elevate your consciousness completely beyond this material existence.

To relish even more the sweet ecstasy of Hare Krishna kirtan, on 12 November 2015 we sang kirtan at Brahmanda Ghat, the place on the bank of the River Yamuna where Mother Yasoda looked into Krishna's mouth to see the dirt that He was falsely accused of having eaten. Instead of seeing any dirt, she saw the entire universe, which is called brahmanda in Sanskrit, within Krishna's mouth. Therefore this holy place is called Brahmanda Ghat

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Ecstatic Kirtan at Brahmanda Ghat--12 November 2015

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Stop Natural Disasters Like Earthquakes?

Recently there were earthquakes to the scale of 7.7 magnitude. Earthquakes have been mentioned in Ramayana as well as Mahabharata. Can devotees create vibrations to make the earth a beautiful place for practicing devotional service to Krishna? What is heaven on earth ? What was Srila Prabhupada's idea ?

Parag R. Rane

Answer: Make the Whole World Krishna Conscious

Natural disasters are the karmic result of the cumulative sins of millions of non-devotees. The method for curbing down natural disasters is to make the entire world Krishna conscious. Therefore, this our mission. We want to completely Krishnize this entire planet as soon as possible. This is the only way to create a heavenly atmosphere on this planet. Otherwise, without Krishna consciousness, this planet is going to become an ever-increasingly more hellish nightmare.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Friday 13 November 2015

From Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

We Can Solve All the World's Problems

We can solve all the world's problems if the world leaders will simply come to hear from us and agree to follow our instructions. Therefore we are requesting that they should all lay aside all other priorities and come to hear and learn from us right now. Simply by following our instructions, which are coming from Krishna, they will be amazed to witness and be a part of the greatest, most profound paradigm shift that has ever happened in human history.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

World Leaders Are Lost, Confused and Need Enlightened Guidance

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can I Call the Supreme Person "God"?

I dare say that I am nearly always confused by the several names for God that you use in your lessons. With all respect, tell me if it's okay for me to say God. In truth I appreciate your lessons, including the one I have just read about seeking recognition. Although I am over 70, I continue to read and study metaphysics.

Thank you for your anticipated enlightenment.


Answer: Absolutely

Just as in the USA we address the topmost person, the president as "Mr. President," it is certainly also valid to address the Supreme Person in all of existence as "God." And just as the president of the United States is known by different names according to his different relationships, God is also known by different names according to His different relationships. The president’s wife calls him one thing. His children call him something else. His parents call him a different name. He friends call him something. The media calls him something. In this way he is known by many different designations. Similarly, God or the Supreme Person, is known by many different names according to the different relationships that people have with Him. Those who know Him most intimately call Him Krishna and those who know Him only officially call Him God, Allah, or Jehovah. It does not matter which of His many names you call Him. What matters is that you love Him more than anything else. This is what qualifies you to go back to Him after leaving your present body.

I am happy to hear that you are intellectually active even after the age of 70. I have just turned 68 the other day, so we are almost of the same age. Those who are actually intelligent use their old age to go deeper and deeper into their understanding of theology, the science of God. This is the perfection of the intelligence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Thursday 12 November 2015

From Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Parikrama to the Home of Srimati Radharani

11 November 2015--Today we were blessed with the most auspicious opportunity to visit Barshana, the home of Srimati Radharani. Lord Brahma appeared here in the form of four hills so that he could be a part of Radha and Krishna's most sublime Vrindavana pastimes. Atop the biggest of these hills is the Larily-Lal temple, where the original Radha Krishna Deities of Barshana reside. These Deities were installed after Krishna's disappearance by Krishna's great grandson, Vajranabha. It was also on this spot 5,000 years ago that Radharani's father, Vrishabhanu, lived in his palace. So this is Radharani's home. On the way to the temple we passed through a narrow passageway called Sankari Kor, where Krishna used to demand a tax from Radharani and the gopis before He would allow them to pass. Some local Brijabasis tried to block our way demanding that we pay them a tax, but by surrendering our lives fully in Krishna's service our tax is already paid. Therefore we ignored their demand and proceeded without paying them any tax. Upon reaching the top of the hill we stopped for a brief Srimad Bhagavatam class and then entered the Larily-Lal temple for darshan and a super-ecstatic kirtan that attracted the attention of all. What could sweeter than chanting the holy names of God and dancing in ecstasy in Radha and Krishna's transcendental abode?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Super Ecstatic Parikrama--Barshana, India 11 November 2015

Traversing Sankari Kor--Barshana, India--11 November 2015

Powerful Bhagavatam Lecture Cuts Through Material Attachments
Barshana, India--11 November 2015

Powerful Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture
Barshana, India--11 November 2015

All-Attractive Hare Krishna Kirtan Captures Everyone's Attention
Larily-Lal Temple, Barshana, India--11 November 2015

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Can We Take Vrindavana Dust With Us?

Can we take the dust of Vrindavana with us? Or is it offensive to take it?

Your servant,

Answer: Vrindavana Dust We Can Take, But Not Govardhana Rocks

Yes, you are welcome to take Vrindavana dust with you when you leave Vrindavana. When Srila Prabhupada was giving a lecture in Vrindavana he said, "You have seen while you are walking, a devotee. He was taking the dust, Raman Reti, and putting on his head. This is Vrindavana -- the dust, Vrindavana dust is also Krishna." However, it should be noted in this connection by all devotees that Srila Prabhupada has instructed us not to take rocks from Govardhana.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Wednesday 11 November 2015

From Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

The Greatest Necessity for the Human Society

The whole world is suffering simply due to its lack of Krishna consciousness. Every problem that is currently besieging the human society is only because of this. Therefore the greatest necessity for the human society is that the Krishna consciousness movement should take over the world as soon as possible. This will only happen when the people in general are educated sufficiently to understand that the only genuinely qualified leaders for the world are those who are solidly fixed in Krishna consciousness. Therefore the preachers of the Krishna consciousness must now with great determination, enthusiasm, and patience educate the entire world population how to know who they are and be who they are.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture
Vrindavana, India--10 November 2015

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Problem: I Wanted to Read, But Could Not

Hare Krishna Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances

All glories to Srila Prabhupada
All glories to you and GurumataJi

I was able to chant some good rounds in the morning today. But I wasn't able to read at all. I want to dedicate some time to reading also.

Thank you, Gurudeva.

Aspiring to be your servant,
Karan M.

Answer: Even Five Reading Minutes Can Transform You

Even if you can only read for five minutes, that five minutes can transform your eternal existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Tuesday 10 November 2015

From Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Relishing the Bliss at the Radha-Gopinatha Temple

Our pilgrimage on 8-9 November from Vrindavana to Kauroli and Jaipur, Rajasthan was indeed ecstatic. We took the darshan of Madana Mohana, Govinda, and Gopinatha, the three main deities of Vrindavana. These deities were originally installed by Lord Krishna's great grandson, Vajranabha, 5,000 years ago. They were all taken to Rajasthan for safe-keeping when the Muslim tyrant Aurangzeb and his soldiers came to Vrindavana to destroy its temples and Deities. Our last stop was to see Gopinatha, the deity of prayojana, pure love of God. After this final darshan of the day my disciples were so enlivened from having personally seen these three ancient Deities that their bliss erupted in an ecstatic kirtan, which you see and hear through this link:

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Ecstatic Darshan of Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha
Jaipur, India--8 November 2015

Ecstatic Darshan of Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha
Jaipur, India--8 November 2015

Ecstatic Kirtan
Jaipur, India--8 November 2015

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Meditating on a Particular Form in the Spiritual World?

It's said that in the spiritual world we are all female because we are all enjoyed by Krishna, but that doesn't necessarily mean we are in a female spiritual form, right?

Can we know our svarupa, our original identity in the spiritual world, in this life? Can we aspire and mediate on a particular form.


Answer: For a Neophyte This Prolongs his Material Existence

Your understanding is correct. Being female in the sense of being enjoyed by Krishna does not necessarily mean that we will have a female form in the spiritual world. Since in a spiritual sense male means "enjoyer" and female means "enjoyed," in the spiritual world there is only one male and that is Krishna, and everyone else is female. This however does not mean that all forms are female. In the spiritual world there are both cowherd girls and cowherd boys. Although there are devotees in both male and female forms, all devotees are female in the sense that they are all enjoyed by Krishna.

In our conditioned state it is not possible for us to know what is our original form that we had in the spiritual world before we fell into material existence. This is only revealed to us when we become completely pure devotees of the Lord, devotees whose only attachment is to Krishna. This stage of pure love of God is called the asakti stage, the stage of being 100% attached to Krishna. At our present stage, in which we still have material attachments, we cannot know our original form. Nor should we prematurely aspire after a particular form. To prematurely aspire for a particular form will hold us back from attaining the stage of pure devotion because we would be thinking about we want rather than what Krishna wants. Therefore our only meditation should be how to achieve the stage of pure devotional service. To prematurely speculate on what form we have in the spiritual world is compared to eating food which is prohibited from our diet when we are trying to recover from a disease in the hospital. Such forbidden eating will make us more sick and prevent us from recovering from our disease. To speculate on our svarupa in our present conditioned state will prolong our imprisonment within the cycle of repeated birth, death, old age, and disease. This is why we simply absorb ourselves in remembering that we are Krishna's eternal servants and lovingly serve our spiritual master, who is the external manifestation of Lord Krishna, who is residing within our hearts as the Paramatma, the Supersoul.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Monday 8 November 2015

from Jaipur, India

Today's Thought:

The Rescue of Govindaji

My Godbrothers have written such a nice article I just had to share with it you. It describes very nicely the wonderful history of the Deity of Lord Govinda that Gurumata and I saw today along with 80 of my disciples:

The Rescue of Govindaji

A devotee-king uses his royal power and opulence
to protect and glorify the Supreme Lord.

by Jagatguru Swami and Satyaraja dasa

There are indeed many examples of kings who misused their royal position. But there have also been many saintly rulers. Jai Singh II, king of Amir from 1699 to 1745, ascended the throne at the age of thirteen. He quickly mastered engineering, architecture, mathematics, and astronomy. And like his father and grandfather, he was a devotee of Lord Krishna. With daring and devotion, at the age of nineteen he rescued the Govindaji Deity and took Him to his fort in the hills of Rajasthan.

Although the rulers of ancient India and their royal states have passed into legend, the mere mention of a Maharaja or a royal palace of India still conjures up exotic, romantic images. A Maharaja's luxury was a reflection of his power, and the palace in which he and his family and retinue lived represented an ethos and a way of life that have all but vanished.

Nowadays most people are unaware that the greatest of ancient India's rulers were devotees of Lord Krishna who used their wealth and influence in His service. Indeed, the primary purpose of Vedic India's ruling class was to protect religious principles. This they did, and the stories surrounding their activities are more alluring and fascinating than the myths that have grown up over the centuries.

One such true story concerns Govindaji, a Deity of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. Devotees of Lord Krishna have traditionally worshiped Him in His Deity incarnation, which is made of stone, wood, clay, or other material elements. Since Krishna is the all-powerful Supreme Lord, He can appear anywhere, even in a form fashioned from matter. The Deity is not an idol -- an imaginary form worshiped according to whim -- but is shaped and worshiped according to directions given in the Vedic literature.

Krishna also appears personally on earth -- as He did five thousand years ago in the district of Mathura in India. Such visits are rare, however, and therefore Krishna's sincere devotees take advantage of the opportunity to worship Him in His Deity forms. Shortly after Krishna disappeared from the earth almost fifty centuries ago, a great devotee named Vajra established various Deities of the Lord, and one of these is Govindaji. (Govindaji is a name of Krishna that means "one who gives pleasure to the senses, cows, and land.") These Deities were loved and worshiped for many centuries.

Then came the Moghul invasions, and all of northern India was plunged into war. People fled Mathura -- but only after placing their beloved Deities within the earth and burying Them. They prayed that the Moghul rulers would not commit the offense of destroying the Deities, and they hoped the Deities might one day be discovered and worshiped again with full regalia.

Govindaji and the other Deities of Mathura remained hidden until the early 1500s, during the time of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. [Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself in the role of His own devotee. He appeared five hundred years ago in India to teach love of God through the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra.] At that time, two of Lord Caitanya's chief disciples, Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami, set about recovering Mathura's ancient Deities.

One night, the Govindaji Deity whom Vajra had installed thousands of years ago appeared to Rupa Gosvami in a dream and revealed to him where He lay buried. Rupa Gosvami then excavated Govindaji and personally took charge of His regular worship. Being in the renounced order, however, he had no means for building a temple for his beloved Deity.

Rupa Gosvami was renowned as a great philosopher and as an authority on the Vedic literatures; therefore, he was often requested to attend the court of Emperor Akbar, who had a love for religious and philosophical discussion. Rupa Gosvami had written many books on the science of Krishna consciousness, and his writings, which embodied the very essence of spiritual wisdom, intrigued Akbar. After all, the emperor was an avid reader of the world's great scriptures, and Rupa Gosvami had mastered the Vedas, the most time-honored and comprehensive of them all.

Akbar had a dear friend named Man Singh. As a general in the emperor's army, Man Singh faithfully executed many arduous tasks, eventually attaining the post of king of Amir. Like Akbar, Man Singh was fascinated by Rupa Gosvami, and he one day set out for Vrindavana to meet the great saint. On meeting Rupa Gosvami, Man Singh became convinced of his exalted character. Wanting to render service to this genuine holy man, he decided to finance the building of a magnificent temple in Vrindavana for the Govindaji Deity. For five full years, several thousand men labored with great care, building one of the most gorgeous temples in the world.

The temple was four stories high, with an altar of marble, silver, and gold. A sculptured lotus flower weighing several tons decorated the main hall, where pilgrims thronged daily to see the Deity. Thus Govindaji was again being worshiped with great opulence and devotion. This continued until the early eighteenth century.

Aurangzeb, one of the last in the line of Moghul rulers, was a tyrant and an avowed enemy of Vedic culture. He plundered much of India, destroying many beautiful temples and their Deities. During the time of Aurangzeb's infamous emperorship, Man Singh's grandson, Jai Singh II, ascended the throne of Amir at the age of only thirteen. As he grew to manhood, he quickly mastered engineering, architecture, town-planning, mathematics, and astronomy. And like his father and grandfather, he was a devotee of Lord Krishna. Although he extended his patronage to all communities equally, the Krishna devotees enjoyed his special favor, because he understood the devotees to be engaged in the very essence of authentic spirituality.

One night as the aging Aurangzeb sat on his veranda enjoying the clear night and starry sky, he noticed one stationary star. On inquiring from his servant, he learned that the so-called stationary star was, in fact, the fire atop the Govindaji temple in Vrindavana, some ninety miles away. Unable to control his fury and envy, Aurangzeb vowed to blot out the disconcerting star.

That very day, Jai Singh II, now nineteen, was visiting the royal court at Agra. When he heard that Aurangzeb was going to destroy the temple of Govindaji, the temple his grandfather had built for Rupa Gosvami, he became overwhelmed with disgust and anger. Immediately Jai Singh set out for Vrindavana with a plan to save Govindaji. He knew he would be unable to save the temple, but at least he could rescue the Deity.

On arriving in Vrindavana, Jai Singh warned the people, who then fled the town. Jai Singh next carefully removed Govindaji from the splendor of His temple and, in great haste to avoid Aurangzeb's advancing army, transported Govindaji to his well-fortified capital in the desert hills of Rajasthan.

When Aurangzeb and his army reached the Govindaji temple, Aurangzeb was furious to find that the Deity was gone and the townspeople had been alerted. Still, with hundreds of war elephants and thousands of men, he began to bring down the mammoth Govindaji temple, story by story, until only one story remained. All of a sudden, the ground of Vrindavana began to shake violently. Aurangzeb's men were terrified and ran for their lives, never to return.

Although Aurangzeb wanted to kill Jai Singh for disrupting his plans, he was now old and faced more pressing problems within his empire. He soon died in South India.

With the rapid decay of the Moghul empire after Aurangzeb, Jai Singh's reputation as a righteous and powerful ruler grew. At the age of forty, he envisioned an immense new city, with Lord Govindaji at the center, residing within a beautiful temple. And as fifty-five thousand men labored for fifteen years, the dream began to manifest. Thus Jai Singh created his "City of Victory," Jaipur, a dedication to Lord Govindaji.

Jaipur city was fashioned according to Silpa-sastra, the part of the Vedas dealing with architecture and design. And although established in the early eighteenth century, it is still functional and appreciated for its masterful construction. The city was arranged on a grid of wide avenues connected by smaller roads, all focusing on the palace at its heart. Govindaji's temple stood in a beautiful garden by the palace, and when the temple doors were open, Jai Singh could see his beloved Deity from the royal quarters. Government buildings and open marketplaces surrounded the central palace and temple, and a forty-five-foot-high wall circled the entire city. With God at its center, Jaipur was the ideal city, and today it is the capital of Rajasthan.

From the story of Govindaji we can see how Lord Krishna gives His devotees opportunities to serve Him in magnificent ways. Jai Singh's grandfather, Man Singh, was able, by the Lord's grace, to build a magnificent temple for Govindaji. And although that temple was later partially destroyed, Jai Singh had the opportunity to rescue and protect Govindaji and to later construct for Him an entire city. Thus the devotee is always unshaken, seeing even a dangerous situation as an opportunity offered by the Lord to render loving service.


In 1972, when His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, traveled to Jaipur with some of his Western disciples, Govindaji was still being worshiped by thousands of devotees, Srila Prabhupada and his followers were happy to see this. Thus, there was a mutual exchange of love between the inhabitants of Jaipur and the ISKCON devotees, for these devotees were also worshipers of Lord Govinda, or Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Just as Srila Prabhupada's American and European disciples were moved to see a living legend of Krishna consciousness in Jaipur, so the queen of Jaipur, Maharani Gayatri Devi, was moved by the devotion of Srila Prabhupada and his followers. To show her appreciation, she offered Srila Prabhupada a pair of large marble Deities of Radha and Krishna, similar to the original Radha-Govindaji Deities. Srila Prabhupada accepted the Deities and immediately shipped Them to his ISKCON center in New York. The Deities, he said, would be known as Radha-Govinda.


Tomorrow I will share about our wonderful pilgrimage to Rajasthan.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Ecstatic Darshan of Sri Sri Radha Govinda
Jaipur, India--8 November 2015

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Offenses to Devotees Shorten One's Life?

Do offenses to devotees shorten ones life span?


Answer: They Can

Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.4.26:

"Although one may be well versed in the transcendental science, one should be careful about the offense of maryada-vyatikrama, or impertinently surpassing a greater personality. According to scriptural injunction one should be very careful of transgressing the law of maryada-vyatikrama because by so doing one loses his duration of life, his opulence, fame and piety and the blessings of all the world."

So the answer is yes, being offensive towards a senior devotee can in fact shorten one's duration of life. The conclusion is that we should always therefore be very respectful to all devotees, especially to those who are our superiors.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sunday 8 November 2015

from ISKCON in Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Questions and Answers After Bathing

After a purifying and refreshing bath in the holy River Yamuna on 7 November 2015 in Sri Vrindavana, Dhama, India, we had a wonderful questions and answers session. To inquire submissively from the bona fide spiritual master is one of the most important aspects of the process of awakening our dormant Krishna consciousness. My disciples asked very sincere questions which I was delighted to patiently answer in detail according to the teachings of my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada..

If any of those who were present made a recording of this question and answer session, kindly contact me.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Questions and Answers on the Bank of the Holy River Yamuna
Vrindavana, India--7 November 2015

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is It Offensive to Tell the Truth?

Would you say telling the truth to someone is an offense if they see it as criticism even if it's the truth?


Answer: Expertly Tell the Truth and It Will Be Accepted.

It is not offensive to correct someone by telling them the truth. And it is the expertise of an advanced devotee to tell the truth in such a way that it is understood, accepted, appreciated and assimilated by the person who is being corrected.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Saturday 7 November 2015

from ISKCON in Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Vyasa Puja Celebration and Initiation in Vrindavana

In Vrindavana, India on Friday 6 November, in accordance with Vaisnava tradition and in my personal presence, my disciples celebrated my appearance day, the day of my birth. This celebration is known as Vyasa Puja, worship of the great spiritual master, Srila Vyasadeva. This great exponent of Krishna consciousness, Vyasadeva, is the literary incarnation of God because it was he who compiled the Vedic literature thousands of years ago. He is one of the original masters in our Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya disciplic succession. By worshipping a current link in the disciplic succession, a spiritual master who is presently within this material world, we automatically worship all the previous acharyas up to and including Srila Vyasadeva and his predecessors: Narada Muni, Lord Brahma, and Lord Krishna. Although personally I consider myself to be nothing, it is my duty on the order of my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, to act as a bona fide representative of the previous spiritual masters and to accept worship on their behalf, just as a tax collector collects tax money on behalf of the government but is not allowed to keep any of it for himself. In other words, whatever honor and respect I receive is accepted on behalf of my spiritual master and the previous acharyas.

This same ceremony was also celebrated by my disciples at many other locations throughout the world.

In the afternoon, I initiated eighteen aspirants on the path of bhakti as my disciples and also gave brahmana initiation to fourteen more.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Vyasa Puja Celebration
Vrindavana, India--6 November 2015

Initiation Lecture at Krishna Balarama Temple
Vrindavan, India--6 November 2015

Initiating a New Disciple: Bhakta Shreyas Become Sridhar Das

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Demons Get Liberated When Killed by the Lord?

I have read and heard many times that the Lord, during his incarnation period, used to kill many great demons like Kamsa and Ravana and then immediately liberate their souls from the worldly cycles of birth and death instead of putting them into hell. If I am not wrong, what is the secret behind it?

with regards

Answer: Direct Contact With the Lord is All-Auspicious

Whether one is a demon or a devotee, direct contact with the Lord is all-auspicious. There are two options for returning to the spiritual world. You can either become a pure devotee of the Lord, or you can become such a powerful demon that you can terrorize the entire universe. In the later case, the Lord will personally kill you. By that direct contact with the Lord one is blessed with deliverance into the spiritual world. Of the two options it is much, much easier to become a pure devotee because to become such a powerful demon is not possible in this age. Nowadays even our most powerful demons are puny and insignificant wimps.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Friday 6 November 2015

from ISKCON in Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Don't Be a Cow or Ass

The Srimad-Bhagavatam advises us that someone possesses the mentality of a cow or an ass if he considers his body to be his self, thinks his relatives to be his life and soul, regards the place of his birth to be sacred, and goes to a holy place of pilgrimage being more eager to take bath and go here and there on parikrama than he is to hear from his spiritual master. If we want to awaken our dormant Krishna consciousness, we should carefully note this warning and avoid this cow/ass mentality. This will insure that we will be qualified to go back to home, back to Godhead upon departing from our present material bodies. In other words, we should always remember that we are not our bodies, that all living entities are our relatives, that sacred place means where Lord Krishna appears, and especially we should always remember Narottama Dasa Thakura's song in which he states that his only desire is to have his consciousness purified by hearing the words emanating from the lotus mouth of his spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Devotees Relish Sublime Govardhana Parikrama
4 November 2015

Ecstatic Kirtan at Lord Caitanya's Sitting Place
on the Bank of Syama-kunda--4 November 2015

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Did You Choose the Path of Krishna Consciousness?

Please accept my humble obeisances. I am gradually becoming influenced and attracted by you, your love, dedication, sacrifice, sanctity and most of all spreading of the sweet name of Lord Shri Krishna and His glories all over the world. Now, I want to know about you, your everything, your whereabouts, personal life, occupation etc. before being Krishna conscious. How and when have you chosen the best and righteous path of life?

Ramendra Nath Roy Dakua

Answer: To Revolutionize My Consciousness and the Whole World

It’s a long story that cannot be answered in a simple email. I am, however, working on my autobiography to tell my story in full.

In a nutshell, I was a young singer/songwriter who was looking for the true meaning of my existence and the means for bringing a spiritual revolution to the planet earth. Nothing else mattered to me. In 1971 after a period of deep soul-searching prayer, Krishna sent His Holiness Vishnujana Swami Maharaja to my town, Austin, Texas USA. The swami convinced me fully that I am the eternal servant of Krishna and that the Krishna consciousness movement is the vehicle for bringing about the greatest spiritual revolution in human history. Therefore under Vishnujana Swami's merciful guidance I fully dedicated my eternal existence to my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and have been serving Srila Prabhupada and his mission uninterruptedly for the past 44 years. I will continue to do so for all of eternity. This is the meaning of being a disciple.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Thursday 5 November 2015

from ISKCON in Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Divine Meditation on Song by Narottama Dasa

On Tuesday 3 November 2015 I was blessed with the opportunity to give a song class on Lalasamayi Prarthana, a song by Narottama Dasa Thakura, while Gurumata and I were seated with many of my disciples at his samadhi, the sacred tomb in which he is buried, in Vrindavana. The combination of his divine potency, which is very powerful at this place, and his beautiful bhakti-inspiring words made it a most enlivening and uplifting experience. His beautiful song is as follows:

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

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

ara kabe nitai-cander koruna hoibe
samsara-basana mora kabe tuccha ha'be

When will that day come when Lord Nityananda's causeless mercy is bestowed upon me so that my desire for material enjoyment becomes very insignificant?

visaya chariya kabe suddha ha 'be mana
kabe hama herabo sri-brndabana

When my mind is completely purified, being freed from material anxieties and desires, then I shall be able to understand Vrindavana and the conjugal love of Radha and Krishna, and then my spiritual life will be successful.

rupa-raghunatha-pade hoibe akuti
kabe hama bujhabo se jugala-piriti

When shall I be very much eager to study the books left by the six Goswamis? One has to learn of the conjugal loving affairs of Radha-Krishna through the teachings of these six Goswamis.

rupa-raghunatha-pade rahu mora asa
prarthana koroye sada narottama-dasa

Narottam Dasa always wishes to understand this conjugal love under the direction of the six Goswamis.


If we take his wonderful song very seriously and try to enter into the mood that he describes, our spiritual lives will be unlimitedly successful. We will attain the supreme destination.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Song Class at Narottama Das Thakura's Samadhi--3 November 2015

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do We Need to Chant 16 Rounds on Beads?

Dear Gurudeva,

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

Why do we need japa mala beads to chant the mahamantra? And why is it necessary to do a minimum of 16 rounds? Does it mean that doing less than 16 rounds is not effective?

With love,

Answer: To Facilitate Our Krishna Consciousness

In Krishna consciousness there is no such thing as a rule for rule's sake. Everything we do is for the purpose of helping us to become more fully absorbed in Krishna consciousness.

The Bhagavad-gita injunction is that we are to chant the names of the Lord constantly 24 hours a day. But since we are not able to do that, Srila Prabhupada has mercifully given us the concession that we can instead chant at least 16 rounds daily of the Hare Krishna mantra. If we cannot even do this minimization of the Lord’s instruction, this means that we are not serious about spiritual life and thus not qualified to go back to home, back to Godhead.

The mala (chanting beads) are used to insure that we accomplish at least the minimum number of prescribed rounds. Plus there is an extra benefit by chanting on the beads. By engaging our sense of touch in our daily meditation on Krishna along with the tongue and the ears, the mind becomes more easily absorbed in the sweet sound of Krishna’s holy names.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Wednesday 4 November 2015

from ISKCON in Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Give Up Your Distorted Vision

We have taken birth here in this material world because we most foolishly and eagerly embraced the false egoistic conception that we are the center of everything, that everything revolves around us. And it is this very same attitude that keeps us entangled endlessly here in the cycle of repeated birth, death, old age, and disease lifetime after lifetime. So if you want to become free from all the inebriates of material existence and become reinstated in your original, eternally youthful, all-blissful constitutional nature, you have to stop thinking that you are the center of everything and train your mind to always perceive things from the God-centered vision of reality. This is real vision. Everything else is distortion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Krishna is the Center of Everything. He is God.

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can You Accept This Rascal as Your Disciple?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please, kindly accept my obeisances at Your lotus feet.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am an irresponsible puffed up devotee seeking to run from my faults. I think only about myself and I am lusty. If in this condition you can accept me as Your disciple, I need to know why and why Your Grace has tolerated me for all these years.

Your fallen in ignorance servant

Answer: By the Same Mercy That I Was Accepted

I was a total, complete rascal who was saved by the mercy of Guru and Vaisnavas. Now therefore it is my duty to pass on the same mercy that I have received to others. And the more I pass on the mercy, the more I personally am blessed by the mercy of my beloved spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, and the previous acharyas.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Tuesday 3 November 2015

From ISKCON in Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Transcendental Bliss at Dvadasaditya-Tila

On Saturday 31 October we were blessed and blissed to be able visit one of the most significant holy places in all of Vrindavana. We went to Dvadasaditya-tila, the sacred hill overlooking the Yamuna River where Krishna was warmed by twelve suns after subduing the Kaliya serpent 5,000 years ago in the waters of the Yamuna. This is also the hill on which a mere 500 years ago Sanatana Goswami did his bhajan and established the original temple of Vrindavana, the temple of Madana Mohana. This holy place is mentioned as follows in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Antya Lila 13.69:

"Soon afterward, Sanatana Gosvami selected a place where Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu could stay while in Vrindavana. It was a temple in the highlands named Dvadasaditya-tila."

Regarding visiting these various holy places of Vrindavana, Srila Prabhupada writes as follows in his book, The Nectar of Devotion:

"A pure devotee of Lord Krishna resides in the district of Mathura or Vrindavana and visits all the places where Krishna's pastimes were performed. At these sacred places Krishna displayed His childhood activities with the cowherd boys and mother Yasoda. The system of circumambulating all these places is still current among devotees of Lord Krishna, and those coming to Mathura and Vrindavana always feel transcendental pleasure. Actually, if someone goes to Vrindavana, he will immediately feel separation from Krishna, who performed such nice activities when He was present there. Such attraction for remembering Krishna's activities is known as attachment for Krishna. There are impersonalist philosophers and mystics, however, who by a show of devotional service want ultimately to merge into the existence of the Supreme Lord. They sometimes try to imitate a pure devotee's sentiment for visiting the holy places where Krishna had His pastimes, but they simply have a view for salvation, and so their activities cannot be considered attachment."

We are fortunate indeed to have this opportunity to visit so many holy places associated with Lord Sri Krishna's transcendental pastimes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Relishing Krishna's Pastimes at Dvadasaditya-Tila
Sri Vrindavana Dhama--31 October 2015

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Appreciation: You Have Reached the Stage of Guru

Dear Sir,

I am follower of Krishna philosophy and regularly read your answers. I very much liked your answer; politeness and loving nature. This shows how much you have progressed and really reached to stage of Guru.

Please accept my namaskar.

Yours sincerely
Shankar Kulkarni

Answer: Accomplished Only by Prabhupada's Mercy

I am happy that you are appreciating my humble attempt to push forward the mission of my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, all over the world. Whatever I have been able to manifest or accomplish is only due to his mercy. Therefore all credit goes to him. If I have any credit at all in this connection, it is only that I have faithfully served the orders of my spiritual master without fail for the last forty four years.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Monday 2 November 2015

from ISKCON in Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

Revealing the Highest Truth to the Suffering World

Due to ignorance of the eternal spirit-soul and its ever-lasting servitude relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead the entire world has been plunged into an ever-increasingly chaotic and miserable downward spiral. Fortunately this suffering planet has been blessed with the appearance of a saktyavesa avatara, a devotee of the Lord who is fully invested with the Lord's divine potency for delivering all the suffering souls of this world back to home, back to Godhead. That saktyavesa avatara is none other than my most beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. His teachings will indeed save the entire global society from imminent total ruination. Therefore my life is fully dedicated until my last dying breath to convince the entire world to follow the teachings of Srila Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Srimad Bhagavatam Class in Krishna Balarama Temple
Sri Vrindavana Dhama--1 November 2015

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Does the Soul Merge With Krishna?

Dear Master,

1) What will happen when one attains self-realization and has liberated himself from the cycle of birth and death? Does the soul amalgamate with Lord Krishna or does he remain separate from Him?

2) I believe that Lord Krishna has infinite existence as He is everywhere. But I find it really difficult to conceive and understand infinity. Is the human mind not programmed to understand infinity? And is that why we find it difficult to understand God completely?

3)I believe that the soul never came into existence. It is always in existence. I know this truth, but I don't understand it. I don't have the intelligence. There must be some way for us to understand this truth. Is all this knowledge somewhere in the higher dimensional world, for example, the Vaikuntha world?

4) Are both karma and time eternal just as the soul is eternal?

Jaya Sri Krishna
Shreyansh Barodia

Answer: Soul Remains Separate to Eternally Love Krishna

The liberated soul returns to his original pure loving relationship with Lord Sri Krishna in the spiritual sky. He does not lose his individual existence.

Just as the sun is in one place but at the same time is expanded everywhere in the form of the sunshine, Krishna is simultaneously in one place doing something and at the same everywhere manifesting everything. This is the inconceivable nature of God.

It is a fact that the individual spirit-soul is eternally existing. There was never a time when he did not exist. To realize all the truths of transcendental existence you must fully surrender to Krishna under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master.

The soul and time are both eternal, but karma is not eternal because as soon as one fully surrenders to Krishna his karma is immediately finished.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sunday 1 November 2015

from ISKCON in Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Today's Thought:

For Whom Should We Desire Recognition?

In this material world everyone is seeking recognition. People mistakenly think that the more they become recognized, the more they will become happy. The reality is that the so-called recognized people of this material are actually quite miserable. In 1970 I attended a function in Austin, Texas which was also attended by a famous singer named Janis Joplin. When representatives of the media approached her for an interview she was so disturbed that she pathetically pleaded with them, "Please have mercy," begging them to leave her alone. She died shortly after that due to a drug overdose.

The real secret of happiness is to give all recognition to Krishna, the person who is the source of everything and the cause of all causes. We don't need to seek recognition for ourselves. A person who dedicates his life fully for spreading the glories of Krishna all over the world will automatically be the most glorified and recognized person in the human history even without seeking recognition for himself. So instead of desiring recognition for ourselves we should desire that everyone recognizes Krishna. This will bring us eternally lasting, ever-increasing happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

On Blissful Parikrama in Krishna's Holy Abode--
Sri Vrindavana Dhama--30 October 2015

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Detachment and Attachment the Same?

Gurudeva, it is stated in one of Srila Prabhupada's purports in the Bhagavad-gita that detachment from matter and attachment to Krishna is one and the same. How to understand this?

Thank you.

Your unworthy servant,
Nandapriya Devi Dasi

Answer: Attachment to Krishna is Detachment

The more you are attached to Krishna, the more you are automatically detached from matter.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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