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Tuesday 4 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Open Your Heart to Universal Love

As living beings we are meant to love and be loved unconditionally. When we are starved of this we become miserable. This is the present plight of the entire human civilization. And this is why there are so many wars and so much hatred going around. To realize our full potential as living beings we must come to the platform of unconditional universal love. This platform is achieved when we give our love fully to the Supreme Person. Just as when you water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are nourished, similarly when you give your love fully to the Supreme Person with unconditional surrender, your unconditional love for all living beings then becomes fully manifested and distributed and you experience unlimited peace and happiness at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

There Is No One More Lovable Than Krishna

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Give Up Lusty Desires?

Hare Krishna, Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

How to give up lusty desires?

Your servant,

Answer: Don't Slither Out of the Guru's Hands

As long you continue to identify yourself with your material body, you must necessarily be disturbed again and again by lusty desires. To become free from the torment of lust you must always remember that your real identity is that of an eternal spiritual being, servant of God, who is qualitatively one with Him. In other words, this material world is not your actual home. You are presently like a fish out of the water dreaming that you will be happy by connecting yourself with some girl on the land. This will not bring you real happiness. The only way that a fish can be happy is to somehow get himself back into the water. But he has no legs for walking on the land to do so. He is dependent on someone else picking him up and throwing him back into the water. This is the loving service of the spiritual master. He picks up the fish and throws him back into the water. The problem is that due to misunderstanding the fish get so scared when he is picked up that he panics and slithers out of the guru's hands falling back down onto the sandy beach. The fish who calmly accepts the mercy of the spiritual master, allowing his magic to act fully, becomes a liberated soul re-established in his eternal constitutional position of unlimited bliss and knowledge. So all you have to do to become free from the contamination of lust is to fully surrender yourself to the bona fide spiritual master. Don't slither out of his hands.

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Monday 3 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Bringing Back True Love to Loveless World

Healthy human relationships are based on true love, dedicated selfless service to each other. It is such loving relationships that bring genuine happiness to the living being. In the absence of this true love all bad qualities, such as lust, anger, greed, madness, illusion, and envy, become gradually more and more manifested and the human population become regressively more and more miserable. Therefore the mission of the Krishna consciousness movement is to inspire everyone throughout to cultivate pure loving relationships based on a loving relationship with Lord Sri Krishna, the ultimate source for all of existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Happy Hare Krishna Devotees in London

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is the Term "Higher Self" Bona Fide?

In the West spiritualists have been using the term, "higher self." What is the equivalent in our terminology, or is it a pseudo expression?

Golok Das

Answer: Yes

Higher self means the actual self within, the pure devotee of Krishna, who is presently covered by the lower self, the false ego thinking himself to be the center of all existence. By taking to the process of Krishna consciousness, the higher master-of the-senses self, conquers over the lower servant-of-the senses self.

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Sunday 2 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Is Abortion Moral?

Those who are in favor of abortion say that they are not killing a human being, that they are simply removing a fetus. What they do not understand is that there is a human being present in the mother's womb from the very moment of conception when the male injects the living being in his semen into her womb where it then develops a body. So when they remove a fetus they are actually murdering a human being. Because they are too much addicted to illicit sex, they refuse to accept the fact that abortion is murder. The karmic reaction they will receive for such a sinful act is that they will be aborted in their next life before they take birth from the womb of their mother. For each abortion that they commit they will be aborted in a future lifetime.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Raise Your Children in Krishna Consciousness
Don't Murder Them

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna's Childhood Pastimes in the Spiritual Sky?

I want to know that whether Krishna's pastimes are continuing at this time in the spiritual world e.g. lifting of Govardhan and other sweet pastimes with cowherd boys and gopis, or whether we cannot see pastimes of earlier age of Krishna.

Rakesh Malik

Answer: Childhood Pastimes Exhibited in Material World

Srila Prabhupada explains as follows in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, Third Canto, Chapter 2, Text 7:

As the sun appears in the morning and gradually rises to the meridian and then again sets in one hemisphere while simultaneously rising in the other, so Lord Krishna's disappearance in one universe and the beginning of His different pastimes in another take place simultaneously. As soon as one pastime is finished here, it is manifested in another universe. And thus His nitya-lila, or eternal pastimes, are going on without ending. As the sunrise takes place once in twenty-four hours, similarly the pastimes of Lord Krishna take place in a universe once in a daytime of Brahma, the account of which is given in the Bhagavad-gita as 4,300,000,000 solar years. But wherever the Lord is present, all His different pastimes as described in the revealed scriptures take place at regular intervals.

Regarding the childhood pastimes of Krishna Srila Prabhupada explains in a letter to Ekayani devi dasi dated 31 August 1971 as follows:

In the spiritual sky there is no birth, so where is the question of baby? Krishna is there eternally as Kisora, a 16 year old youth. His childhood pastimes are exhibited in the material universes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Saturday 1 August 2015

from ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Believe the Lies--Nobody Dies

The wonderful reality is that nobody dies. It is simply due to our foolish misidentification with our material bodies that we are under the illusion that people die. To factually realize the eternal identity of all living things is the real purpose of the human form of life, not material sense gratification on a more polished level than the animals. There is no process of self-realization more powerful and more potent than the process of Krishna consciousness as taught by Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita and also here in this course, the Ultimate Self Realization Course. Take full advantage of this course and attain the supreme happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Krishna and His Eternal Associates in Goloka Vrindavana

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is a Good Round of Japa?

What's the definition of a good round of Hare Krishna japa?


Answer: Feeling Presence of Krishna or Attentively Hearing

Good round means feeling the presence of Krishna or carefully pronouncing and hearing each syllable of the Hare Krishna mantra.

In a letter to his disciple, Ballabhi devi dasi, written on 5 May 1967, Srila Prabhupada described good chanting:

"While chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna you should always feel the presence of Krishna in person and as soon as you remember Krishna in person you can remember also about His talks with Arjuna. If you cannot remember Krishna in person you should try to hear attentively the word Krishna, Hare as you go on chanting."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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