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Monday 22 October 2018

Thought For The Day: The Dawning of a New Enlightened Age

Pune, India

There is no reason at all for all of this quarrel, turmoil, and distress which are manifesting now all over the world. A new enlightened age of peace and spiritual bliss has now dawned on this planet. The difficulty is that 99.99% of the human population is currently still sleeping in spite of the dawn. This means that those who are now awakened should be kind upon those who are still sleeping by waking them up. Our course, the Ultimate Self Realization Course, is our humble attempt to wake up the 99.99% still sleeping in the lap of illusion. Please help us by inviting everyone you know to join this course.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Revealing the Highest Truth
in Pune, India, 21 Oct 2018


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The dawn is hankering to manifest

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Why Are Things Happening Like This?

I do not not understand the world and why all things are happening. Can you explain?

Upesh Gandhi

Answer: According to the Law of Karma

From: Pune, India

My Dear Upesh,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Everything in this world is going on according to the stringent law of karma. Those who were pious in the past are being rewarded. And those who were sinful in the past are being punished. But those who are truly intelligent get free from the bondage of karma forever by engaging themselves in the devotional service of the Supreme Lord.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 21 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Music to Conquer the World

Pune, India

Having been blessed with the knowledge that can lead the entire world out of chaos as well as with the ability to write songs that people like, I am making a humble attempt in addition to my e-course and lecture tours to promote my songs of spiritual awakening to audiences all over the world. Here in Pune my songs have been very much appreciated in two concerts. And now in the USA radio station WMPG-FM in Portland, Maine USA is going to be airing my music.There's a whole world out there waiting to be awakened to the enlightened spirituality that can turn our entire earth planet into a paradise. I'm trying to do my fair share to make it happen. You can check out my music at: www.TurnOnTheWorld.com Do it now! And share the link. For a limited time only my songs are all available for free download.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




1970 Concert at the University of Texas in the USA



2018 Concert in Pune, India


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The blessed duty of human life

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Deepen My Spiritual Path?

Much thanks for your guidance. How do I deepen my spiritual path? I am an IT professional, and the demands of the day drains me, and I feel disconnected. I have felt love for Krishna in a way that I can't express in words. I feel like disconnecting myself from the outer world and just want to go deep into the inner world, towards Krishna. Guide me in invoking my longing for love of Krishna, the most compassionate one. Guide me towards Krishna.

Nitish Borade

Answer: Early Morning Intense Meditation

The key is to rise early morning and have an intense program of meditative devotion. For this purpose you should chant at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala on chanting beads daily before you go to the office. This will elevate your consciousness to the spiritual plane. And with regular daily chanting of 16 rounds every day, you will gradually be able to stay fixed on the spiritual plane 24 hours daily while you are engaged in all varieties of activities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 20 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Make Your Mind Like a Lotus Flower

Pune, India

The lotus flower has the amazing quality of floating in the water without being affected by the water. This is so because the lotus leaf exudes a waxy substance that makes it waterproof. Why am I talking about lotus flowers? The reason is that the mind of a transcendentalist is also like that. He has mastered the art of always keeping his mind situated in the peaceful, all-blissful, transcendental, non-material realm even though all hell may be breaking lose around him. The art of meditation takes you there if done regularly, consistently on a daily basis. Impersonal, voidistic types of meditation in which one tries to make the mind blank are not effective in the long run because the mind cannot be annihilated. It always desires some positive engagement. Thus the perfection of the mind is to be fixed solidly on something transcendental, i.e. which is situated beyond this material existence. This is called mantra or sabda brahman, a transcendental sound vibration from beyond this material existence. The Vedic scriptures contain thousands of such mantras in the most ancient of all civilized languages, Sanskrit. And they recommend that in our present most materialistic age the most powerful and effective mantra is the Hare Krishna mantra, which is as follows:

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

I personally, as young spiritual seeker, tried many different mantras and meditation techniques, none of which worked for me. But in the fall of 1968 in Denver, Colorado USA when a friend of mine named Patrick Dolan turned me on to the Hare Krishna mantra I was blessed with a mantra that literally regularly carried me into higher realms of consciousness. So I've been chanting it for over 50 years with ever-increasingly wonderful results, and I recommend it for you and the whole world.

I am not selling you this mantra, which is worth more than millions and billions of dollars. Rather it is my gift of love to you so that you can also attain the same wealth of happiness that I have been blessed with.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Situating the Mind Properly is the Key to Ultimate Success


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The best corn I have ever tasted

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Know the Absolute Truth?

Can someone really know the absolute truth? If yes, then how?

Rohit Bains

Answer: Surrender to Krishna

From: New Delhi, India

My Dear Rohit,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The Absolute Truth is that from which everything is emanating. That Absolute Truth is a person named Krishna. He becomes perfectly known by those who fully surrender themselves unto Him.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 19 October 2018

Thought For The Day: There is Truly Nothing Greater than This!

Pune, India

In spite of tremendous technological advancement in the material comforts of life, the human population is suffering from ever-increasing anxiety. The sad reality is that proportionately as humankind has made more and more progress in the material comforts of life it has also become proportionately more and more miserable. This is happening because along with material progress has come increasingly the false material concept of the self, i.e. that there is no non-material self existing beyond the material body. There could be nothing further than the truth. The self-realization process brings us back to experiencing first hand our original spiritual self, which is eternal, full of knowledge, and full of bliss. When practiced under the guidance of a bona spiritual master, one can experience an ocean of transcendental bliss that lies far, far beyond all the miseries of material existence. There is truly nothing greater than this!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Don't Punish Yourself by Bodily Misidentification


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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: How to Reach the High Bhakti Rasa?

What are the different kinds of bhakti rasa/bhava? Which is the highest rasa/bhava in bhakti and how do I reach it?

Tanistha Roy

Answer: Just Serve According to Krishna's Desire

Fully surrender to the bona fide spiritual master and he will deliver you to your original loving relationship with Lord Sri Krishna in the wondrous spiritual sky. Every devotee feels his particular relationship or rasa to be the best whether he is serving in 1. Neutrality, 2. Servitorship, 3. Friendship, 4. Parental, or 5. Conjugal. Don’t hanker after a particular rasa at your stage. Simply place yourself fully as the sold-out servant of guru and Krishna. In this way you will gradually realize what is your particular relationship with Krishna and then you can hanker for it. Don’t hanker for a particular relationship now. That will be counterproductive and prevent you from attaining anything. Just hanker only to be Krishna’s pure devotee. Everything else will come from that.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 18 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Nothing to Lose Except for Your Anxiety

New Delhi, India

By offering the result of all our activities to the Supreme Person, who is the source of all existence, we have nothing at all to lose except for our anxiety. Why? That Supreme Person is already the owner of everything anyway, and it is only due to false ego that we consider ourselves to be the owner of anything. In fact, it is this false sense of proprietorship stuck tightly within our hearts which has precisely been the cause of all of our anxieties since time immemorial. Therefore it is advised by great sages that we accept the truth of the Vedic aphorism, "nirmama" "nothing is mine," and conduct our lives in this way always acknowledging that the real owner of everything is that Supreme Person who has created everything and is maintaining everything. This will facilitate our entering victoriously into the realm of unlimited bliss, never to return to the land of misery ever again except for the purpose of reclaiming those who are still lost in delusion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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Tune into your spiritual identity

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Chant and study Bhagavad-gita?

I joined your emails after I was stopped in my town centre in the UK by a man offering books. He said he was a monk. I left with a book called Veda. He showed me another, the Bhagavad-gita which I declined and as soon as I got home wondered if I'd made a mistake. I feel that I need to get a copy of that book.

I enjoy reading your email each day.

My question would be: Do I chant as much as possible all day and study the Bhagavad Gita when I get one. Is this it? It makes me feel emotional in a good sort of way.

I'm not sure how I came across your course but am sort of happy I did.

Thank you,
Stephen Brown

Answer: They lead to perfect spiritual awakening

From: New Delhi, India

My Dear Stephen,

Please accept my blessings.

Chanting and studying the Bhagavad-gita will lead you gradually to perfect spiritual awakening like Lord Buddha and Lord Jesus Christ. So do it as much as possible every day. You have within you an unlimited treasure of spiritual wealth, which far exceeds the value of anything within the material world. Chanting and studying of the Bhagavad-gita will gradually bring you to the full realization of your unlimited treasure within.

Please stay in touch. Keep me posted how your journey progresses. I’ve been on this path for 47 years; so I can help you a lot.

You can get a copy of the Bhagavad-gita online or at you nearest ISKCON center.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Tasting the Ultimate Happiness

New Delhi, India

Anybody anywhere in the world can taste the greatest happiness, the perfection of happiness, the ultimate happiness simply by reconnecting with love with the supreme person who is the source of all existence. I am not speaking here about blind faith. I am speaking about something you can personally scientifically verify with your own first-hand experience.

Existence does not pop in out of nowhere. There is a supreme person out there, the source of all existence, who is expanding everything from Himself simply for His own enjoyment. Through the ancient system of bhakti yoga, which I am teaching you here, you can directly see and experience that supreme person in full and develop an intimate loving personal relationship with Him. In this way, you will achieve the topmost perfection of awakened consciousness. You will become one of the truly great fully self-realized persons of human history, such as Lord Jesus Christ and Hajrat Muhammad. Thus I urge you to take this course very seriously.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching the Ultimate Science in India


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Tap into your eternal existence

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Answers According to Vedic Wisdom

Question: Life Has Meaning?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

Does life have meaning?

Sincerely,

Joe

Answer: Revive Your Relationship With Krishna

From: New Delhi, India

My Dear Joe,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Life has the most amazing, wonderful meaning. Each of one us exists to have a unique, loving relationship with Krishna or God in any one five primary rasas, which are listed as follows:

1. Neutrality
2. Servitorship
3. Friendship
4. Parenthood
5. Conjugal

So now all of us who have fallen so miserably into material existence should get back to our original unlimitedly sweet and unfathomably meaningful loving relationships with Lord Sri Krishna. We regain our original positions in the spiritual world by becoming the completely sold-out servants of the bona fide spiritual master.

So are you ready to do that? If so, we are ready to guide you and instruct you.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Remembering My Dear Mother

Kolkata, India

I have very fond memories of my mother, Carolyn Bridge. Although she was not well educated in the subtleties of the science of bhakti, she had very strong feelings of devotion in her Christian faith. To see her activities and to hear her singing voice were quite inspiring actually. I remember how, when she would finish her household chores, she would sometimes sit and play the piano we had in our living room while singing hymns glorifying God with great feelings of devotion. She was an active participant in our church choir and would sometimes sing solos from the choir loft in our Sunday church service. Her voice was so powerful that it filled the entire sanctuary (worship hall) without the help of a microphone. Now that she is departed I take great solace from these words of my spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada:

"...if someone becomes a pure Vaisnava, or devotee of the Lord, ten generations of his family before his birth and ten generations after will be liberated."

Therefore I am begging Lord Sri Krishna to kindly bless me with pure devotion so that my beloved mother and my family members for many generations will all be delivered from the cycle of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




That's Me With My Dear Mother, Carolyn Bridge


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Question: How Can God Be Present and Not Present?

Dear Gurumaharaj,

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

It was pleasure to meet you two days back in the Delhi temple, listen your talk and the song 'Peace formula'.

Guru Maharaja, I have a question which pertains to Bhagavad-gita 9.4 and 15.15. In BG 9.4 Krishna says that "All beings are in me, but I am not in them"; and then in BG 15.15 He says, "I am seated in every one's heart." So while not being in them, Krishna says He is there in every one's heart. Kindly clarify how these two statements are true at the same time. I will be grateful to you and look forward to an early reply.

Kindest regards.

Most sincerely

Asima Narottam Das
New Delhi

Answer: Present in All, But Only Manifest to His Devotees

From: Sri Mayapur Dhama, India

My Dear Asit,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

While it is true that Krishna is present in the hearts of all living beings His presence there is only manifest to His devotees.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 15 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Be Who You Really Are

Kolkata, India

Why waste your energy on trying to be what you are not, namely your material body, when you can instead invest your energy in the actual self, the spiritual self within? This intelligent utilization of the human form of life brings one to the perfectional stage of eternity, knowledge, and bliss. So why settle for temporality, ignorance, and misery when you can instead relish eternity, knowledge, and bliss within your heart at every moment? This is what we call a no-brainer. It's truly amazing how the general population is so lost in delusion that they cannot understand the most basic underlying principles of our existence. Therefore our mission is to enlighten them so that they can all be blessed with genuine peace and prosperity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Enlightening the Youth of Kolkata, India


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Question: Am I God?

Am I God?

What is the true aim of being here?

Rohit Bains

Answer: God Doesn't Have to Ask Questions

From: Sri Mayapura Dhama, India

My Dear Rohit,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If you were God, you wouldn’t have any questions because God knows everything. Your purpose of existence is to serve God.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 14 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Self Realization is Where It's At

Sri Mayapura Dhama, India

Some people focus on money. Some people focus on sex. Some people focus on power. Some people focus on fame. But those who are actually in the know, those who are actually intelligent, realize that all of these are only temporary. Therefore they focus on self-realization, to realize their eternal full-of-bliss and full-of-knowledge identity beyond this temporary material existence. While others may or may not achieve their desired temporary rewards, those who are self-realized all achieve the ultimate reward of regaining their original eternal identities far, far beyond the cycle of birth and death. Some will laugh and say that this a bunch of hype. But those who laugh last, last the best.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




You CAN Achieve Unlimited Bliss


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Lord Caitanya's Moon is Rising / Mangalananda Das

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Question: Why Did You Take Up Krishna Consciousness?

Please accept my respectful obeisances, Guru Maharaj!

I have two questions today:

1. I would like to know what made you take to Krishna consciousness. I have the same conviction that you share behind this philosophy and the fact that only Krishna consciousness can save the world. However I would like to know more on why you took up Krishna consciousness. Your reply would greatly inspire me on my spiritual path.

2. A Personal question : Are you attracted to Lord Krishna specifically? Is there any other form like Vishnu or Rama that you worship and relate to also? The reason I ask this question is because I would love to know how you got such dedication towards the Lord.

Thanks for your patience and the opportunity to inquire from you.

Yours faithfully,
Krishna Caran

Answer: It Was the Only System that Worked

From: Sri Mayapur Dhama, India

My Dear Krsna Caran,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I took to Krishna consciousness because I found that it was the only self-realization system available to me that could actually liberate me from all the miseries of material existence. I tried many other systems. But none of them worked.

I was specifically attracted and very much enamored by the person Krishna in the particular form which is shown below.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 13 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Don't Punish Yourself

Sri Mayapura Dhama, India

For the eternal spiritual being to misidentify himself with matter means that he is foolishly punishing himself. He is relegating himself to the realm of birth, death, old age, and disease. It is interesting to note in this connection that the reason we do not want to die is that factually we do not die. At the time of death we simply experience a change of body. One who understands his true spiritual identity and develops a loving relationship with that Supreme Person, who is the very source of his existence, regains his original, deathless spiritual form, never to take birth again in this land of birth and death. He or she is the most fortunate person in all of existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Don't Put Yourself Unnecessarily Into Misery


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Question: How to Realize the Highest?

Please advise me on realization of the highest.

Kumar

Answer: Love

From: Sri Mayapura Dhama, India

My Dear Kumar,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The way to realize the highest is to give your love to the Supreme Person, the source of existence.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 12 October 2018

Thought For The Day: What Goes Around Comes Around

Sri Mayapura Dhama, India

Those who understand the science of action and reaction, ' whatever goes around comes around', in other words the law of karma, always avoid as far as possible committing any type of violence even to a little ant, what to speak of to a human being. The fact is that the laws of nature are very strict. They cannot be avoided. Everyone suffers or enjoys the fruits of his previous activities both from this lifetime and from previous lifetimes. However, there is a loophole, a way to be exempted from the reactions of thousands of previous lifetimes. If one sincerely engages himself in the service of the Supreme Person, that person who is the source of all existence, i.e., God, he is relieved of all his karmic reactions.

This is compared to an ambulance driver who can legally run a red light without getting a ticket when he is on an emergency run. The servant of God becomes transcendental to the stringent law of karma because He is no longer acting independently for his own satisfaction. Now he is fully dedicated to always acting wholly and solely for the satisfaction of Krishna or God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




As You Sow, So Shall You Reap


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Question: How Can Krishna Be Present and Not Present?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

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

It was a pleasure to meet you two days back in the Delhi temple, to listen to your talk and the song "The Peace Formula."

I have a question which pertains to Bhagavad-gita 9.4 and 15.15. In 9.4 Krishna says, "All beings are in me, but I am not in them."; and then in 15.15 He says "I am seated in every one's heart." So while not being in them, Krishna says He is there in everyone's heart. Kindly clarify how these two statements are true at the same time. I will be grateful to you and look forward to an early reply.

Kindest regards.
Most sincerely,

Asima Narottam Das
New Delhi

Answer: It Is a Matter of Perception

From: Sri Mayapura Dhama, India

My Dear Asit,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

While it is true that Krishna is present in the hearts of all living beings His presence there is only manifest to His devotees.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 11 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Message to the Washington Post "Acts of Faith" Section

Sri Mayapura Dhama, India

Michelle Boorstein who heads up the Acts of Faith Section of the Washington Post newspaper in Washington DC. USA recently sent the following message to me and her other subscribers:

"Happy Tuesday Acts readers, I hope you're finding productive ways to navigate our complicated, divided era -- whatever those ways are. We have a good mix of stories, touching on everything from revelation, branding and community to power and activism. As always, feedback, story ideas and whistle-blowing tips are always welcome."

She also cited a statement by her colleague who questions what religionists are going to do about the devastating climate change disaster that is now being predicted by scientists for the entire planet earth.

In regards to this I wrote her as follows:

Dear Michelle,

Thanks for your heading up this wonderful Acts of Faith section at the Washington Post.

You are most certainly correct in describing our era as complicated and divided. But the real meaning of religion is to make things simple and unified. In other words, pseudo religion causes complication and division, genuine religion (relinking with the Supreme Person who is the source of all existence) brings perfect peace and happiness. What this means is that ultimately there is only one religion, although there may be different rooms within the same house.

Regarding the predicted deterioration of the global atmosphere, this was indeed predicted long ago in the ancient Vedic scriptures of India. For example in the 5,000 years old Srimad Bhagavatam (12th Canto, Chapter 2, Text 9) it is predicted what eventually will transpire in our troubled times:

"Harassed by famine and excessive taxes, people will resort to eating leaves, roots, flesh, wild honey, fruits, flowers and seeds. Struck by drought, they will become completely ruined.”

The good news is that by the wide scale distribution of the essence of religion, not its sectarian covering, this downwards trend can be reversed and this planet can be brought back into is original Garden of Eden-like atmosphere. This is why the ecumenical movement within religion is a step in the right direction. What this means now is that it is time for all religious leaders to go deep within Religion to find its one root instead of only seeing its many branches, because while the tree of religion is indeed many branched, its root is only one. In its root lies the key to peace, prosperity, happiness, and ultimately liberation for the entire suffering humanity. This is why religion has to now more than ever be understood scientifically.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari—an American Spiritual Master in the Hare Krishna Movement



Lecture in Mayapura, India
10 October 2018


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Spiritual Perfection is Pure Devotion

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Question: What is Mayavadi Philosophy?

Sir,

What is Mayavadi philosophy? How is a Mayavadi different from Gaudiya vaishnava?

With kind regards to you,
Nikamal Chatterji

Answer: Bogus Dogma

From: Sri Mayapur Dhama, India

My Dear Nikamal,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

According to Mayavadi philosophy we are all God. Simply we have forgotten it. Now we have to get back to being God again.

But this philosophy is dogmatic. It does not make any sense. God means the Supreme. There is nothing greater than Him. Therefore forgetfulness cannot be greater than Him. Thus He cannot forget anything, and therefore we are not God.

This is the proper philosophical, scientific non-dogmatic understanding of God that is understood and taught by the followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Gaudiya Vaisnavas.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Thought For The Day: The Perfect Peace Formula

Sri Mayapura Dhama, India

At the present moment the world is in a state of ever-increasing turmoil and its leaders do not have the slightest clue of how to solve the problems. Rather than coming up with the solution they are indeed part of the problem. So we have a world civilization that is flapping around in agony like chicken with its head cut off. But Lord Sri Krishna, out of His infinite compassion upon us has given us the perfect peace formula in the Bhagavad-gita in Chapter 5, Text 29 as follows:

bhoktaram yajña-tapasam
sarva-loka-mahesvaram
suhridam sarva-bhutanam
jñatva mam santim ricchati

"A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries."

If we take Krishna's formula seriously by seeing Him in this way and educating the entire human society to also see Him in the same way, we experience the greatest era of peace and prosperity that the world has known for thousands of years. So let's do it. Let's educate the entire human society in the science of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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New Delhi, India--8 October 2018

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Question: How to Cure Acute Anxiety?

I am 35 and am suffering from acute anxiety. I have tried many things to get rid of it including meditation, but don’t have much effect. What do you suggest, Sir?

Gourav Deep Singh Sarngal

Answer: Here is the Real Cure

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear Gourav,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Depression naturally comes when we try to enjoy this miserable world where there is no genuine happiness. The key to happiness is to give your love to that person who is very source of your existence, Lord Sri Krishna. That love is manifested by regularly chanting the Hare Krishna mantra as much as possible every day:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

and by offering all of your food to Krishna before you eat. (No meat, fish, eggs, onions, or garlic is allowed as Krishna does not accept these.)

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Out to Save the World

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

We have been given the mission by Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada to make the world Krishna conscious. Because the entire world society is so totally materialistic it seems quite impossible that we could ever make them Krishna conscious. But it is sometimes said that "impossible" is a word in a fool's dictionary. Thus we should understand that by grace of Lord Sri Krishna anything is possible, even the most seemingly impossible things. Therefore with patience, determination, and enthusiasm we are dedicating our lives fully for making the entire world Krishna conscious as soon as possible. And we are simply depending on Krishna regarding what the result of our endeavor will be.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Question: How To Know the Bhagavad-gita Is True?

My humble obeisances to Your Grace!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

How do we know that Srimad Bhagavad-gita is said by Sri Krishna Himself and no one else?

And also how do we know that it has been passed down in the disciplic succession without any interpretation?

How can we be assured of it?

Your insignificant servant,
Aniruddha S.

Answer: Because It Works

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear Aniruddha,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It is confirmed by all the great acaryas throughout history. Plus we know that it is true because it works. If you follow it strictly, Krishna will become fully manifest to you.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

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Monday 8 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Greatest Difficulty of Being in Vrindavana

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

The hardest thing about being here in Vrindavana is leaving. We have our world deliverance mission with preaching engagements all of the world. So we need to be out on the lecture trail once again. Just see how powerful is this place as described by Srila Prabhupada:

"Just like we are in Vrindavana-dhama. So why Vrindavana-dhama is worshiped? Because the Vrindavana-dhama is not different from Krishna. When you take little dust of Vrindavana-dhama and take it, that means you are taking the dust of Krishna's lotus feet, and you take it. Vrindavana-dhama, so important."

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Question: Is the Earth Flat or Round?

Dear Prabhu,

Is our earth flat or round? Accordingly to the Veda our earth is flat and sun moves around us. But this is completely opposite to our modern science.

Thank You

Chandrapaul Das

Answer: Round According to Vedic Wisdom

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear Chandrapaul,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

According to the Vedic wisdom our earth is round. Our ISKCON scientist, Sadaputa Prabhu, has very nicely resolved this in the essay copied below. This was published in ISKCON's Back to Godhead Magazine in 1997.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Advanced Astronomy In the Srimad-Bhagavatam
This ancient Vedic text gives an accurate map of the planetary orbits known to modern astronomy.
By Sadaputa Dasa

TODAY WE TAKE for granted that the earth is a sphere, but the early Greeks tended to think it was flat. For example, in the fifth century B.C. the philosopher Thales thought of the earth as a disk floating on water like a log. ** () (1) About a century later, Anaxagoras taught that it is flat like a lid and stays suspended in air. ** () (2) A few decades later, the famous atomist Democritus argued that the earth is shaped like a tambourine and is tilted downwards toward the south. ** () (3) Although some say that Pythagoras, in the sixth century B.C., was the first to view the earth as a sphere, this idea did not catch on quickly among the Greeks, and the first attempt to measure the earth's diameter is generally attributed to Eratosthenes in the second century B.C.

Scholars widely believe that prior to the philosophical and scientific achievements of the Greeks, people in ancient civilized societies regarded the earth as a flat disk. So to find that the Bhagavata Purana of India appears to describe a flat earth comes as no surprise. The Bhagavata Purana, or Srimad-Bhagavatam, is dated by scholars to A.D. 500-1000, although it is acknowledged to contain much older material and its traditional date is the beginning of the third millennium B.C.

In the Bhagavatam, Bhumandala—the "earth mandala"—is a disk 500 million yojanas in diameter. The yojana is a unit of distance about 8 miles long, and so the diameter of Bhumandala is about 4 billion miles. ** () Bhumandala is marked by circular features designated as islands and oceans. These features are listed in Table 1, along with their dimensions, as given in the Bhagavatam.

N Inner Radius Outer Radius Thickness Feature
1 0 50 50 Jambudvipa
2 50 150 100 Lavanoda
3 150 350 200 Plaksadvipa
4 350 550 200 Iksura
5 550 950 400 Salmalidvipa
6 950 1,350 400 Suroda
7 1,350 2,150 800 Kusadvipa
8 2,150 2,950 800 Ghrtoda
9 2,950 4,550 1,600 Krauncadvipa
10 4,550 6,150 1,600 Ksiroda
11 6,150 9,350 3,200 Sakadvipa
12 9,350 12,550 3,200 Dadhyoda
13 12,550 15,750 3,200 Inner Puskaradvipa
14 15,750 18,950 3,200 Outer Puskaradvipa
15 18,950 25,350 6,400 Svadudaka
16 25,350 41,100 15,750 Kancanibhumi
17 41,100 125,000 83,900 Adarsatalopama
18 125,000 250,000 125,000 Aloka-varsa

There are seven islands, called dvipas, ranging from Jambudvipa to Puskaradvipa. Jambudvipa, the innermost, is a disk, and the other six are successively larger rings. The islands alternate with ring-shaped oceans, beginning with Lavanoda, the Salt Water Ocean surrounding Jambudvipa, and ending with Svadudaka, the Sweet Water Ocean. Beyond Svadudaka is another ring, called Kancanibhumi, or the Golden Land, and then yet another, called Adarsatalopama, the Mirrorlike Land. ** () (5)

There are also three circular mountains we should note. The first is Mount Meru, situated in the center of Bhumandala and shaped like an inverted cone, with a radius ranging from 8,000 yojanas at the bottom to 16,000 yojanas at the top. The other two mountains can be thought of as very thin rings or circles. The first, called Manasottara, has a radius of 15,750 thousand yojanas and divides the island of Puskaradvipa into two rings of equal thickness. (In Table 1 these are referred to as inner and outer Puskaradvipa.) The second mountain, called Lokaloka, has a radius of 125,000 thousand yojanas and separates the inner, illuminated region of Bhumandala (ending with the Mirrorlike Land) from the outer region of darkness, Aloka-varsa.

At first glance, Bhumandala appears to be a highly artificial portrayal of the earth as an enormous flat disk, with continents and oceans that do not tally with geographical experience. But careful consideration shows that Bhumandala does not really represent the earth at all. To see why, we have to consider the motion of the sun.

In the Bhagavatam the sun is said to travel on a chariot (Figure 2). The wheel of this chariot is made of parts of the year, such as months and seasons. So it might be argued that the chariot is meant to be taken metaphorically, rather than literally. But here we are concerned more with the chariot's dimensions than with its composition. The chariot has an axle that rests at one end on Mount Meru, in the center of Jambudvipa. On the other end, the axle connects to a wheel that "continuously rotates on Manasottara Mountain like the wheel of an oil-pressing machine." ** () (6) The wheel rolls on top of Mount Manasottara, which is like a circular race track.

The sun rides on a platform joined to the axle at an elevation of 100,000 thousand yojanas from the surface of Bhumandala. Since the axle extends from Mount Meru to Mount Manasottara, its length must be 15,750 thousand yojanas, or 157.5 times as long as the height of the sun above Bhumandala. Since the sun's platform is somewhere on the axle between Meru (in the center) and the wheel (running on the circular track of Manasottara), it follows that to an observer at the center the sun always seems very close to the surface of Bhumandala.

To see this, imagine building a scale model of the sun's chariot on a level field, with 1 foot representing 100,000 thousand yojanas. In this model, the sun is a ball riding 1 foot above the field on an axle 157.5 feet long. One end of the axle pivots around Mount Meru, which is about 1 foot high (or a little less), and the other end goes through a wheel about 1 foot in diameter which follows a circular track. If the sun is a good part of the way out from the center (say, 50 feet or more), it will seem close to the field from the point of view of an observer lying down with his eye close to the base of Mount Meru. The same is true if the model is scaled up to actual size.

Suppose that Bhumandala represents our local horizon extended out into a huge flat disk—the so-called flat earth. Then an observer standing in Jambudvipa, near the center, must see the sun continuously skim around the horizon in a big circle, without either rising into the sky or setting. This is actually what one can see at the north or south pole at certain times in the year, but it is not what one sees in India. The conclusion, therefore, is that Bhumandala does not represent an extension of our local horizon. Since the sun is always close to Bhumandala, and since the sun rises, goes high into the sky, and then sets, it follows that the disk of Bhumandala is tilted at a steep angle to an observer standing in India.

In brief, Bhumandala is where the sun goes. It extends high into the sky overhead and also far beneath the observer's feet. Furthermore, it must be regarded as invisible, for if it were opaque it would block our view of a good part of the sky.

Bhumandala is not the "flat earth," but what is it? One possibility is the solar system. In modern astronomy, each planet orbits the sun in a plane. The planes of these orbits lie at small angles to one another, and thus all the orbits are close to one plane. Astronomers call the plane of the earth's orbit the ecliptic, and this is also the plane of the sun's orbit, from the point of view of an observer stationed on the earth. To an observer on the earth, the solar system is a more-or-less flat arrangement of planetary orbits that stay close to the path of the sun.

Bhumandala is far too big to be the earth, but in size it turns out quite a reasonable match for the solar system. Bhumandala has a radius of 250 million yojanas, and at the traditional figure of 8 miles per yojana this comes to 2 billion miles. For comparison, the orbit of Uranus has a radius of about 1.8 billion miles.

If we move in from the outer edge of Bhumandala we meet the Lokaloka mountain, with a radius of 125 million yojanas, or about 1 billion miles. From Uranus the next planet inward is Saturn, with an orbital radius of about 0.9 billion miles. Thus we find a rough agreement between certain planetary orbits and some circular features of Bhumandala.

Of course, Bhumandala is earth centered. Its innermost island, Jambudvipa, contains Bharata-varsa, which Srila Prabhupada has repeatedly identified as the planet earth. (7) In contrast, the orbits of the planets are centered on the sun. How, then, can they be compared to earth-centered features of Bhumandala?

The solution is to express the orbits of the planets in geocentric (earth-centered) form. Although the calculations of modern astronomy treat these orbits as heliocentric (sun-centered), the orbits can be expressed in relation to any desired center of observation, including the earth. In fact, since we live on the earth, it is reasonable for us to look at planetary orbits from a geocentric point of view.

The geocentric orbit of a planet is a product of two heliocentric motions, the motion of the earth around the sun and the motion of the planet around the sun. To draw it, we shift to the earth as center, and show the planet orbiting the sun, which in turn orbits the earth. This is shown in Figure 1 for the planet Mercury. The looping curve of the planet's geocentric orbit lies between two boundary curves, in the figure marked A and B. If we continue plotting the orbit for a long enough time, the orbital paths completely fill the donut-shaped area between these two curves.

If we superimpose the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn on a map of Bhumandala, we find that the boundary curves of each planet's orbit tend to line up with circular features of Bhumandala. Thus the inner boundary of Mercury's orbit swings in and nearly grazes feature 10 in Table 1, and its outer boundary swings out and nearly grazes feature 13. We can sum this up by saying that Mercury's boundary curves are tangent to features 10 and 13. The boundary curves of the orbit of Venus are likewise tangent to features 8 and 14 as shown in Figure 4, and those of the orbit of Mars are tangent to features 9 and 15. Figure 5 shows the alignments between features of Bhumandala and the boundary curves of Mercury, Venus, and Mars. The inner boundary of Jupiter's orbit is tangent to feature 16, and the outer boundary of Saturn's orbit is tangent to feature 17. These alignments are shown graphically in Figure 6. If we include Uranus, we find that its outer boundary lines up with feature 18, the outer edge of Bhumandala. The orbital alignments make use of over half the circular features of Bhumandala. Each of the features from 8 to 18, with the exception of 11 and 12, aligns with one orbital boundary curve. But it turns out that features 11 and 12 also fit into the orbital picture. Unlike the planetary orbits, the geocentric orbit of the sun is nearly circular, since it is simply the earth's heliocentric orbit as seen from the earth. The sun's orbit lies almost exactly halfway between the circular features 11 and 12, and this is shown in Figure 5.

To compare geocentric orbits measured in miles with Bhumandala features measured in yojanas, we have to know how many miles there are in a yojana. I began by using 8 miles per yojana, in accordance with Prabhupada's statement "One yojana equals approximately eight miles." ** () (8) But there is a simple way to refine this estimate. We have seen that the boundary curves of the planets tend to line up with the circular features of Bhumandala. The trick, then, is to find the number of miles per yojana at which the curves and features line up the best.

A boundary curve can touch a circular feature at either its apogee (point furthest from the earth) or its perigee (point closest to the earth). This gives us 4 points (apogee and perigee of curves A and B) that I call turning points. This is illustrated in Figure 7.

In note 9, I use turning points to define a measure of "goodness of fit" that tells us how good an alignment of features and orbits is. Figure 3 is a plot of goodness of fit against the length of the yojana, for lengths ranging from 5 to 10 miles. The curve has a pronounced peak at 8.575 miles per yojana. This value—reasonably close to the traditional figure of 8 miles—gives the best fit between features of Bhumandala and planetary orbits.

To compute the geocentric orbits of the planets, I used a modern ephemeris program. ** () (10) Such calculations must be done for a particular date. I used the traditional date for the beginning of Kali-yuga: February 18, 3102 B.C. But it turns out that the results are nearly the same for a wide range of dates. So the orbital calculations do not tell us when the Bhagavatamwas written, but they are consistent with the traditional date of about 3100 B.C.

Table 2 lists the correlations between planetary boundary curves and features of Bhumandala, using 8.575 miles per yojana. The error percentages tell how far the radius of each feature differs from the radius of its corresponding turning point, and they show that there is a close agreement between planetary orbits and various features of Bhumandala. ** () (11) Besides the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, I have included the sun, the planet Uranus, and Ceres, the principal asteroid, since these are also part of the total pattern.

N Planet Turning
Point Turning
Point Radius Feature
Radius Error
Percentage
1 Mercury A perigee 5,976.0 6,150 2.9
2 Mercury B apogee 15,701.1 15,750 0.3
3 Venus A perigee 2,851.0 2,950 3.5
4 Venus B apogee 18,813.0 18,950 0.7
5 Mars A perigee 4,090.0 4,550 11.2
6 Mars B perigee 25,736.5 25,350 -1.5
7 Jupiter A perigee 43.422.8 41,100 -5.3
8 Saturn B apogee 121,599.6 125,000 2.8
9 Sun mean 10840.4 10,950 1.0
10 Ceres B apogee 42,683.2 41,100 -3.7
11 Uranus B apogee 229,811.0 250,000 8.9

The sun's mean orbital radius falls within 1% of the center of Dadhyoda (the Yogurt Ocean), which is bounded by features 11 and 12 in Table 1. This puts the sun about halfway between Mounts Meru and Manasottara along the axle of its chariot.

Although Uranus is not mentioned in the Bhagavatam, its orbit lies near the outer boundary of Bhumandala, in the region of darkness called Aloka-varsa. It is noteworthy that the inner boundary of Aloka-varsa is the circular Lokaloka Mountain, said to serve as the outer boundary for all luminaries. (12) This is consistent with the fact that the five planets visible to the naked eye are Mercury through Saturn (Saturn's orbit lies just within the boundary of Lokaloka Mountain).

Asteroids orbit mainly in the region between Mars and Jupiter where astronomers, on the basis of orbital regularities (the so-called Bode-Titius law), predicted the existence of a planet. Asteroids are generally thought to be raw materials for a planet that never formed, though some astronomers have speculated that asteroids may be debris from a planet that disintegrated. Ceres is the largest body in the asteroid belt, and its geocentric orbit lines up well with the outer boundary of Kancanibhumi (feature 16). The hundreds of orbits of smaller main-belt asteroids are scattered fairly evenly around the orbit of Ceres.

As already mentioned, and as shown in Figure 3, the correlation between Bhumandala and the planetary orbits is best at 8.575 miles per yojana. This length for the yojana was calculated entirely on the basis of the Bhagavatam and the planetary orbits. Yet it is confirmed by a completely different line of investigation. As I explained in the previous issue of BTG, the yojana has close ties to the dimensions of the earth globe and to units of measurement used in ancient Western civilizations. My investigations about this led independently to a length of 8.59 miles for one standard of the yojana, a figure that agrees well with the length of 8.575 miles obtained from the orbital study. This agreement underscores the point that Bhumandala does not represent the planet earth, since the 8.59 mile figure reflects accurate knowledge of the size and shape of the earth globe (including the slight polar flattening).

We should note that the Bhagavatam lists heights of the planets above Bhumandala. These heights are sometimes interpreted as the distances in a straight line from the planets to the earth globe, but they are far too small for this. Table 3 compares the heights listed in the Bhagavatam with the mean distances of the planets from the earth, which are many times larger.

Planet Height
(Bhagavatam) Height
(Modern) Mean Distance
Sun 100 100 10,840
Venus 600 555 10,840
Mercury 800 572 10,840
Mars 1,000 690 14,480
Jupiter 1,200 1,733 56,381
Saturn 1,400 5,205 103,474

The arguments presented here suggest that the planetary heights actually represent distances perpendicular to the plane of Bhumandala. Since Bhumandala represents the plane of the solar system, the heights listed in the Bhagavatam should be compared to the furthest distances the planets move perpendicular to the ecliptic plane. (Since the sun in the ecliptic plane lies 100 thousand yojanas from Bhumandala, the figures should be offset by that amount.) Table 3 makes this comparison and this is also indicated in Figure 8. We see that for the sun, Venus, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter, the height listed in the Bhagavatam roughly agrees with the modern height. For Saturn the modern height is about 4 times too large, but it is still much closer to the Bhagavatam height than the mean distance, which is about 74 times too large.

I suggest that the heights listed in the Bhagavatam give a simple estimate of the maximum movement of the planets away from the ecliptic plane. This supports the interpretation of Bhumandala as a simple but realistic map of the planetary orbits in the solar system. The flatness of the solar system is also indicated by the small magnitude of the Bhagavatam heights in comparison with the large radial distances listed in Tables 1, 2, and 3.

In conclusion, the circular features of Bhumandala from 8 through 18 correlate strikingly with the orbits of the planets from Mercury through Uranus (with the sun standing in for the earth because of the geocentric perspective). It would seem that Bhumandala can be interpreted as a realistic map of the solar system, showing how the planets move relative to the earth. Statistical studies (not documented here) support this conclusion by bearing out that when you choose sets of concentric circles at random, they do not tend to match planetary orbits closely and systematically like the features of Bhumandala.

The small percentages of error in Table 2 imply that the author of the Bhagavatam was able to take advantage of advanced astronomy. Since he made use of a unit of distance (the yojana) defined accurately in terms of the dimensions of the earth, he must also have had access to advanced geographical knowledge. Such knowledge of astronomy and geography was not developed in recent times until the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It was not available to the most advanced of the ancient Greek astronomers, Claudius Ptolemy, in the second century A.D., and it was certainly unknown to the pre-Socratic Greek philosophers of the fifth century B.C.

It would appear that advanced astronomical knowledge was developed by some earlier civilization and then lost until recent times. The so-called flat earth of classical antiquity may represent a later misunderstanding of a realistic astronomical concept that dates back to an earlier time and is still preserved within the text of the Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Notes

1. Kirk, G. S. and Raven, J. E., 1963, The Presocratic Philosophers, Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press., p. 87.

2. Kirk and Raven, 1963, p. 391.

3. Kirk and Raven, 1963, p. 412.

4. British readers, please note: The billions in this article are American; the British billion has three zeros more.

5. The translation of Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.20.35 says that beyond the ocean of sweet water is a tract of land as wide as the distance from Mount Meru to Manasottara Mountain (15,750 thousand yojanas), and beyond it is a land of gold with a mirrorlike surface. But examination of the Sanskrit text shows that the first tract of land is made of gold, and beyond it is a land with a mirrorlike surface. We have listed this as Adarsatalopama, based on the text.

6. Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.21.13.

7. In several places Srila Prabhupada has written that the planet earth was named Bharata-varsa after Maharaja Bharata, the son of Rsabhadeva.

8. Srimad-Bhagavatam Fifth Canto, Chapter 16, Chapter Summary.

9. "Goodness of fit" can be defined as follows: For each planetary orbit, we can find the shortest distance from a turning point to a circular feature of Bhumandala. The reciprocal of the root mean square of these distances for Mercury through Saturn is the measure of goodness of fit. This measure becomes large when the average distance from turning points to Bhumandala features becomes small.

10. All orbital calculations were performed using the ephemeris programs of Duffett-Smith, Peter, 1985, Astronomy with Your Personal Computer, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

11. The 11.2% error of Mars stands out as larger than the others, since Mars partially crosses over feature 9, the outer boundary of Krauncadvipa. The Bhagavatam may refer to this indirectly, since it states in verse 5.20.19 that Mount Kraunca in Krauncadvipa was attacked by Kartikeya, who is the regent of Mars.

12. Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.20.37.

13. The mean distances of the sun, Venus, and Mercury are the same because Venus and Mercury are inner planets that orbit the sun as the sun orbits the earth (when seen from a geocentric point of view).

Sadaputa Dasa (Richard L. Thompson) earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University. He is the author of several books, of which the most recent is Alien Identities: Ancient Insights into Modern UFO Phenomena.

Note: Our apologies for not being able to display the figures described above. They were not available to me. Thus I could not give them to you. SDA

 

Sunday 7 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Don't Cheat Yourself

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

If you simply base your life on satisfying your gross and subtle material senses, you will never be satisfied. You will die feeling frustrated and unfulfilled, not having achieved the real purpose of this human form of life. So don't cheat yourself by serving that which is not really you. Serve the real spiritual you within that temporary material body by reconnecting yourself in loving service to that Supreme Personality who is the source of all existence. Some call Him "Krishna." Some call Him "Allah." Some call Him "Jehovah." But no matter what you call Him there is a Supreme Person who is the source of all existence. And it is only when you love Him that you attain true peace and happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




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Question: Will Celibacy Make Me Rich?

My name is Thomas Mfune based in Malawi. I have stopped having sex for 6 months now, and I am planning to stop completely. Will this change my poor financial status?

Regards,
Thomas Mfune

Answer: Put God First

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear Thomas,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Abstaining from sex will make you powerful and determined in all fields of activity. Mahatma Gandhi gave up sex, even though he was married. And he became so powerful and determined that he was able to drive the British out of India without even firing a gun.

You should focus on awakening love of God within your heart, rather than on making money because if you put God first, everything else needed will come automatically to you by His grace. And upon leaving your present body you will enter the spiritual world where there is no need of money.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 6 October 2018

Thought For The Day: A Pure Chanter Can Deliver the Whole World

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

A devotee who purely chants the Hare Krishna mantra without offense attracts the whole world to Krishna consciousness. This is explained by Srila Prabhupada in his purport to Sri Caitanya-caritamrita Adi Lila, Chapter 7, Verse 83 as follows:

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

Therefore not only for own deliverance should we purely chant Hare Krishna. We should also purely chant Hare Krishna so that the entire world can be delivered. What could be more ecstatic that this?

Here is a lecture I gave in Vrindavana on this verse on 5 October 2018:

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Chanting in Ecstasy in Sri Vrindavana Dhama


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Question: How to Be Krishna's Disciple?

How can I become a disciple of Lord Krishna?

Bhagwan Dass

Answer: Become Disciple of His Disciple

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear Bhagwan Dass,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Lord Krishna states in the Adi Purana that one who is His disciple is not His disciple, that only the one who is the disciple of His disciple is actually His disciple. So you should find a person who is purely serving Lord Sri Krishna with his every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances and become his disciple. This will make you the true disciple of Lord Sri Krishna.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 5 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Controlling Sex Desire

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

If, instead of being controlled by our senses, we master our senses, we become very powerful. In this connection my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, has said that if, one can conquer his senses, he can make the entire world his follower. The number one sensual desire we experience is sex desire. So especially if one can conquer over his sex desire by only utilizing his genitals for producing saintly children, he will become a great conquering hero. In this connection my spiritual master gives the following example:

"If you indulge in sex life, you cannot fix up your mind in anything. That is the effect of brahmacari life. If you remain brahmacari, without sex life, then you can be determined. Just like we have seen a practical example of Mahatma Gandhi in India. Now, he started a movement, nonviolent, noncooperation. The movement..., the fight was declared against the powerful British Empire. Just see. And he determined that 'I shall fight with the Britishers nonviolent, without any weapon,' because India was dependent; there was no weapon. And several times it was attempted by armed revolution. But these Britishers are more powerful; they cut down. So Gandhi, he invented this method, that 'I shall fight with the Britishers. Even they become violent, I shall not become violent. So I shall get world sympathy.' So this was his plan. He was great statesman.

"But his determination was so fixed up because he was a brahmacari. From..., at the age of thirty-six years he gave up. He had his wife, but he gave up his sex life. He was a family man, he had children, he had his wife, but from the age of thirty-six, young man, a thirty-six year old, he gave up sex life with his wife. That made him so determined that 'I shall drive away these Britishers from the land of India,' and he did it. You see? And actually he did it. So controlling the sex life..., to refrain from sex life is so powerful. Even if you don't do anything, if you simply restrain your sex life, you become a very powerful man. People do not know the secret. So anything you do, if you want to do it with determination, you have to stop sex life. That is the secret."

Just see how amazing results can be achieved if one controls his sex life.

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lecture to Celibate Monks--Vrindavana, India
3 October 2018


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Question: Solution for Depression?

What is the solution for depression? Sometimes I feel very depressed and sad, but I can't understand why.

Akhil

Answer: Give Our Love to Krishna

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear Akhil,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The cause of depression is not giving our love to Krishna or God. Therefore the cure for our depression is to always remember how wonderful and merciful is Lord Krishna and to lovingly dedicate all of our thoughts, words, and deeds to Him in all times, places, and circumstances.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 4 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Spiritual Revolution in Estonia

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My heart is dancing in an ocean of unlimited bliss to have received the follow preaching report from my disciple, Lila Suka Das, from Estonia:

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

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

This month I organized and led 10 Harinama Sankirtana Yajñas (on the streets of Tallinn and in other cities). Many devotees joined and they gave very, very positive feedback. I also arranged for traveling book distribution. And I distributed books myself. On the 25th of September the Catholic Pope Francis was visiting Tallinn and he conducted a public holy mass on the Freedom Square in Tallinn downtown. Hundreds of people gathered. The event was well advertised and when I saw the advertisement, the very first thing that came to my mind was 'Harinama, we have to make Harinama'.

So when the event officially ended and the people started to leave from the square, we went with Harinama through the streets. The atmosphere was great, with hundreds of people smiling to us. We met groups of catholic priests who all seemed to like the chanting of the holy names of Lord Krishna. I greeted them all and they greeted us in response. It was a great day to make Harinama Sankirtana.

A group of 50 high school students + 3 teachers visited our temple and heard about Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and that we are souls and not these bodies. We chanted Hare Krishna mahamantra together. We fed them with prasadam feast. I gave to the students Hare Krishna mahamantra cards and invitations to our Sunday Program and encouraged them all to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra in their lives.

I was invited by my friend, a school teacher, to two schools in South Estonia. She asked me to give 3 classes to the high school students about Krishna, Srila Prabhupada, the Vedas, the teachings of Bhagavad-gita and my life as a devotee of Krishna. We all chanted Hare Krishna mahamantra together and all the children received mahaprasadam. I gave to the students Hare Krishna mahamantra cards and invitations to our Sunday Program and encouraged them all to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra in their lives. After the first lecture I felt that I do not need to rush but instead we should visit the teacher's room during the break. We went there and became acquainted with the teachers and gave them mahaprasadam. The teachers found my visit and Krishna conscious lectures and activities very nice and now consider to invite me sometime to give some presentation about Krishna consciousness especially to the teachers in that school. I spoke to them that it is very important if we all cooperate together and try to do something very beneficial for the welfare of the children. On our way out of the school we met a gentleman who was very fascinated about me being a Hare Krishna brahmacari and we spoke about our philosophy briefly. He was very supportive to me as an individual who has chosen the path of Krishna bhakti. I asked him if he has 5 euros. He said, he sure does. I proposed him to take Srila Prabhupada's biography in Estonian. I said he can read about our founder acarya and next time we can discuss our philosophy more. He gladly accepted the offer. Later I was told that he is the principal of the school.

On the next day in the other school in the city of Võru in South Estonia, I gave the remaining 2 classes. I asked the students to chant Hare Krishna mahamantra in the kirtana and they all did. With one of the students playing a drum to accompany me with kartalas for the kirtana. They asked tons of questions from me. I answered every one of them. They gave feedback to their teacher that they liked the classes very much. We also visited the teacher's room in this school and many teachers got mahaprasadam and were delighted by hearing about our Krishna conscious classes and visit to their school. I gave to the students Hare Krishna mahamantra cards and invitations to our Sunday Program and encouraged them all to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra in their lives.

This teacher has invited me to these schools before as well but this visit was very powerful and there was more connection with the students and the teachers. We discussed more opportunities for future classes and for special classes for the students covering some specific topics of our philosophy. We also discussed opportunities to give Krishna conscious presentations in the youth centres in the city.

In all these classes I directly explained that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and that the human life is meant for realizing Krishna and our spiritual nature. I also spoke how God is one, and how religion is one: to love God or Krishna.

This teacher who is our friend is the sister of a lady who with her husband are also our friends and well-wishers in South Estonia. They support us very much. We always stay in their home and I see that by staying there just for 3 days, they all become even more favorable for Krishna consciousness. I see how much good effect has devotee association (not that I consider myself a special devotee). But that in principle if we preach and engage people in Krishna's service and deal with them personally and very friendly and not push them, then they become very inspired to help us more. I see that I need to be more active and friendly in the society and try to preach more proactively in schools and universities.

When I was in South Estonia I listened to the recording of your class entitled "The Need for Perfect Relationships". I now try to capitalize on making my relationship with you and with other devotees perfect. No more Maya. I also see how unlimitedly sweet are relationships in Krishna consciousness and that through manifesting such relationships with Krishna and with devotees and with the other souls we can attract the whole world to serve Krishna. Because as you stated in the lecture: the whole world is starving for love, for want of real relationships. And now I see that if we cultivate such pure relationships every single day then naturally in due course of time the whole world will gradually join the Hare Krishna Movement.

On the divine appearance day of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura I was asked to speak about Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in Eastern Estonia. I found your excellent class about him that you gave in the year 2012 in Vrindavana. You went into great details to explain the meaning of the Kabe Habe Bolo Sei Din Amar. I listened to it very carefully and practically spoke your words in my lecture. Your words emanate pure bhakti and I felt like speaking on topics way above my level. But I asked the devotees blessings that please pray that I can someday truly realize the meanings of this bhajan. I am so unqualified but somehow or other I am asked to give this message to you. I also realized that by repeating your message to others I actually find myself starting to desire to come to pure bhakti. That is most enlivening. The heart changes.

In Eastern Estonia I saw a youth centre and went right in and spoke to one of the organizers there. He turned out to be a very nice man who cares for the children so that they would not get wasted on the streets. I told him that I give lectures to children about indian spiritual culture and I am on my way to South Estonia for school classes. I said that maybe we can do some program for the children here as well. He was enlivened and said that we need creative people. So I got his contact and wrote to him in detail what kind of lectures I can give for the children. I am waiting for his feedback.

I hope these direct preaching endeavors bring some happiness to you, my dear spiritual master. I have added some photos of the students visit to our temple to this email for your transcendental pleasure.

Now I am very determined to sincerely and regularly continue with chanting Hare Krishna mahamantra and begging for pure devotional service and organizing Harinama Sankirtana and preaching in all possible ways as much as possible. Please bless me so that I can develop and preach pure Krishna bhakti and be instrumental in making a solid bhakti revolution in Estonia as fast as possible, by doing something practical for that purpose at every moment. I want to finish with all my offences and be freed from all anarthas so that our preaching mission would have greater devotional impact for the eternal benefit of all the people in Estonia. I would be so happy to be able to serve in such capacity.

But I am so unqualified. And I want to throw away even the slightest traces of pride and with all humility continue chanting and preaching. Non stop. This is my only hope. I just want to humbly and in a stable way serve and preach.

Your eternal servant,
Lila-shuka Das

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To have such a disciple is the special blessings of my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lila Shuka Das is Revolutionizing Estonia



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Question: Difference Between Punya and Akarma?

Please enlighten us on the precise difference between punya (pious acts) and akarma (devotional acts.)

How should a working professional conduct himself for best (spiritual) results?

Regards,
Dhiraj

Answer: Rebirth or Liberation

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear Dhiraj,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Punya means pious activities such as opening a charity hospital. If I open a charity hospital providing free medical care for so many thousands of people, then all of those people are karmically obliged to give me free medical care in the future. Therefore my reward is to come back to this material world, get sick, and get free medical care for as many lifetimes as it take for all these people I helped to pay back their karmic debt.

Akarma, means literally “no karma.” This refers to acts of devotion such as chanting the Hare Krishna mantra and studying the Bhagavad-gita. Such devotional activities not only do not create karma; they also liberate us from all previous karma, both pious and impious so that we can get out of the cycle of birth and death and return to our original home in the spiritual world.

A working professional should take shelter and initiation from a bona fide spiritual master to learn the art of how to transform all of his personal and professional activities into akarma so that upon leaving his present body he can return to his original home in the spiritual world where life is eternal, full of knowledge, and full of bliss and all forms of material miseries are conspicuous by their absence.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 3 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Lecture to the Youth

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

Real education means to understand who you are beyond your material body and what is your prime duty in relation with the Absolute Truth, the source of all existence. One who is educated in this way is qualified to lead the entire world out of chaos. In this lecture I provide such training to the boys enrolled in the ISKCON Gurukula in Vrindavana, India so that in the future they can factually become the leaders of the world. Those who take very seriously what I taught them will indeed become world leaders to show the world population how to live happily, peacefully, and prosperously in this world and attain the supreme perfection of going back to home, back to Godhead at the time of leaving their present material bodies.

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Training the Youth to Become World Leaders--
Vrindavana, India--2 October 2018

 


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Question: Who is a Pure Devotee?

Who is a pure devotee?

Shivani Shah

Answer: 100% Pleasing to Krishna

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear Shivani,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

A pure devotee is that person whose every thought, word, and deed in all times, places, and circumstances is 100% pleasing to Lord Sri Krishna.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 2 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Re-establishing the World Religion

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

At the present moment the entire global society is in an ever-increasingly chaotic quagmire, like a chicken with its head cut off. And our leaders in every field of human activity are totally clueless what to do about it. Indeed it is due to their gross unenlightened mismanagement to begin with that we have gotten ourselves into such a hopeless predicament. But all is not hopeless. Lord Sri Krishna, out of His unlimited compassion, has sent His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to this material world to re-establish the world religion, pure devotion to Lord Sri Krishna, which has been lost now for so many thousands of years. And Srila Prabhupada has ordered us, his followers, to relieve the suffering humanity from its misery by bringing them back to Krishna. So now let us take our duty very seriously to re-establish Krishna consciousness as the world religion.

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Teaching the World Religion--
Vrindavana, India--30 September 2018


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Complaint: I Cannot Believe in This

I am a Muslim and cannot believe such things.

Abdallah Ha

Answer: Allahu akbar

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear Abdallah,

Allahu akbar (Allah is Great!)

It is simply a matter of understanding the inner meaning of the Koran. Our beloved Allah is not limited. He has unlimited names.

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

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 1 October 2018

Thought For The Day: Wedding Ceremony in Vrindavana, India

Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

In Vrindavana, on 29 September 2018, in addition to initiating six new disciples I performed the wedding ceremony for my disciples, Sacinandana Das and Lila Manjari Devi Dasi. If married couples strictly follow the regulative principles, their married life will be as good as living in the spiritual world. However, if they take married life as a license for unrestricted sense gratification, their married life will the gateway to hell. Therefore I emphasize in my short 14 minute lecture, which can heard right now via the following link, how important to conduct married life strictly according to Vaisnava principles.

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Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Wedding in Vrindavana (Sacinandana Das and Lila Manjari Devi Dasi)


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Question: Trick Behind Your Happiness?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

What is trick behind your being happy at all time?

Akhil NP

Answer: This Most Amazing Mantra

From: Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India

My Dear Akhil,

Please accept my blessings.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Here is the trick:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

I hope this meets you in the best of health and chanting Hare Krishna in a super ecstatic mood.

Your ever well-wisher,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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