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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 26 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Srila Prabhupada Appeared on This Day

The most glorious day in modern history is 1 September 1896, the day that His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami appeared in this world in Calcutta, India. Since Vaisnava holidays are calculated according to the lunar calendar instead of the solar calendar, each year we celebrate Srila Prabhupada's appearance on a different solar calendar day. This year (2016) we celebrate it on 26 August.

What makes it so glorious? Srila Prabhupada has answered this question in a statement he made to Guru Das in London in 1973: "One day scholars will note how this Krishna consciousness movement saved the world in its darkest hour."

So Prabhupada's appearance is indeed is most auspicious, as indicated in this statement to Guru Das, because it marks the beginning of the most amazing paradigm shift in history. So recognize this day and celebrate this day. It's being observed at noon on 26 August this year in ISKCON centers all over the world. Take a day off from whatever you doing to fully immerse yourself in worshipping Srila Prabhupada on his most holy appearance day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees in Ecstasy in Srila Prabhupada's Association


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Prabhupada's Appearance Day

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Question: How to Connect with Guru When He's Not Present?

I am really new to this path and have lot of illusions. One question is, how to connect with the Spiritual Master without being physically present with him.

What steps should I follow to connect with Spiritual Master?

Regards,
Gaurav

Answer: By Full Surrender to Following His Instructions

The connection with the spiritual master begins with hearing: hearing his lectures and reading his writings (a silent form of hearing). The next step is following his instructions. There are two ways in which the spiritual master is present:

1.) Vapuh: his physical form
2.) Vani: his vibrational presence (his teachings)

Of the two, vani is more important because while vapuh is sometimes available and sometimes not available, vani is eternally available. Therefore the vani presence of the spiritual master is the eternal shelter of the disciple. (Vapuh is used to help strengthen one’s connection with vani.) The spiritual master lives forever in the form of his teachings or vani and his disciple lives with him.

So to connect with the spiritual master you must immerse yourself as deeply as possible in hearing his lectures, reading his writings, and following his instructions. This is the key. It is more important that personally meeting him. Srila Prabhupada saw his spiritual master not more than ten times in his entire life, but yet out all of his Godbrothers, many who had a lot more association with his spiritual master than he did, he is the only disciple who fully inherited the mission of his spiritual master. This is due to his unflinching dedication to carrying out the orders he received from his spiritual master.

Therefore the real connection with the spiritual master is through his instructions. This is how the disciples fully enter into the divine association with their spiritual master at every moment. For example, while my disciples are able to connect with me through meeting with me personally, corresponding with me (as you are doing now), and attending my lectures here in Austin, Texas as well as on my twice-a-year around-the-world lecture tours--they have more access to me through hearing my live lectures often given at www.livelectures.net, through hearing my thousands of recorded lectures available at: www.ultimateselfrealization.com/audio, through reading my book, Truth Works, through participating in my e-course, The Ultimate Self Realization Course, and most importantly through being fully surrendered to following my instructions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 25 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Janmastami Prayer

Thank You Lord Krishna, for so kindly appearing here in this material world to save us from our horrible suffering in the cycle of repeated birth, death, old age, and disease. You have so kindly appeared here along with Your most intimate associates manifesting the most amazing, inconceivable pastimes for the purpose of attracting us back to our real home in the spiritual sky. Please bless us now that we can become fully absorbed in Your devotional service without even the slightest tinge of material consciousness so that we are fully qualified to enter into Your eternal abode at the time of leaving our present material bodies. And thank You, Lord Krishna, for so kindly sending us Your most wonderful devotee, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada to save us from our suffering by guiding us how to serve and love your perfectly.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Transcendental Appearance of Lord Sri Krishna


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Give Up the Madness

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Question: How to Be A Genuine Devotee?

How to be a genuine devotee, and how to overcome superficiality in our behavior with other Vaisnavas, our spiritual master, and the people in general?

your servant,
Shadbhuj Gaur Das

Answer: Accepts Guru's Orders As You Very Life and Soul

One becomes a genuine devotee free of superficiality by accepting the order of his spiritual master as his very life and soul. Thus he fully dedicates his entire life to carrying out the instructions given to him by his spiritual master to become a pure devotee and spread the Krishna consciousness movement.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 24 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Atheism is Dogmatism

Dogmatism is the tendency to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true, without consideration of evidence. Therefore atheism is a graphic example of dogmatism. The basic tenet of atheism, if you boil it down to its finest essence, is that everything comes of nothing. But is there even one tiny shred of evidence which proves that anything can come out nothing? There is no such evidence, because nothing comes out of nothing. Everything comes out of something. That everything comes out of something is the basic tenet of theism. This understanding is supported by thousands and millions of empirically verifiable examples. So the next time you hear an atheist spouting out his fanatical dogma, you can set him straight.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Dr. Stephen Hawking Declares Everything Comes From Nothing



Krishna Declares Everything Comes from Him. So, Who is Right?


Video For the Day:

The Absurdity of Atheism

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Humble?

Dear Gurudeva,

I have always observed that humility is a very important quality of learned and righteous people. I have tried myself to imbibe that quality in myself, multiple times by reading spiritual books/chanting etc., but I am unable to get desired results. It seems, I am not able contain my ego. I keep thinking of myself as a very knowledgeable person. Your guidance for the same would be really helpful.

Regards,
Servant of Lord Krishna

Answer: Become the Devotee of Krishna's Devotee

The way to become humble is to become the completely sold out servant of the bona fide spiritual master. Take shelter of him, get initiated by him, and then be fully obedient to him without deviation for your entire life. This is essential because Krishna says that unless you are the devotee of His devotee, you are not His devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 23 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Control Your Tongue

If we want to become Krishna conscious and go back to home, back to Godhead, we must master the art of controlling our tongues because an uncontrolled tongue is the gateway to hell and a controlled tongue is the gateway to the spiritual world. Controlled tongue means to only vibrate the glories of the Lord and to not speak any nonsense. It also means to take only Krishna prasadam, foodstuffs offered first to Lord Sri Krishna with love and devotion before we eat them. It means as well to not overindulge in Krishna prasadam. We should take only as much prasadam as is required to maintain good health. It's not that we should eat ourselves sick in the name of prasadam. Uncontrolled tongue means to eat anything and everything without any consideration of right and wrong simply to gratify one's lusty tongue.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




An Uncontrolled Tongue is the Gateway to Hell



A Controlled Tongue is the Gateway to the Spiritual World


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Back to Your Original Position

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Stop Being a Fool?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

It is very hard for me, someone who has a philosophical understanding of the principles of Krishna Consciousness, to accept that I am nothing but a fool. In reality, I have only accepted Krishna in my mind and not my heart. But I still feel like I know so much. So now I am asking Your Divine Grace to humble me, to remind me that I'm nothing but a fool.

your unworthy student,
Brian

Answer: Stop Punishing Yourself

To the extent that you have understood and applied the principles of Krishna consciousness in your life, you are certainly not a fool. And to the extent that you have not yet fully surrendered to Krishna you most certainly are a fool. So now you should stop punishing yourself. Give up all of your foolishness. It is simply holding you back in the realm of misery.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 22 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Deep in the Darkness of Delusion

The present day human population is so deep in the darkness of delusion that even if they are offered the Krishna conscious leadership that will save the world civilization from complete, total collapse, they will deride and not take it. Instead of accepting to progressive path of spiritual leadership and spiritual awakening, they embrace the suicidal path of sense gratification, which will eventually lead to the complete destruction of the human civilization. This is how much they have become blinded by their over-absorption in bodily consciousness, which is nothing more than the royal road to hell. Therefore we are begging Lord Sri Krishna to please give them the special mercy of being released from their illusion so that this world can become a fit place for a gentleman's residence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Conscious Knowledge Will Save the World


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How to See Krishna Everywhere

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Have You Ever Felt Sad?

My Dear Gurudeva,

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

Have you ever have felt any kind of sadness since you joined ISKCON. Or have you always had great ecstatic feelings for the four-and-a-half decades? Has something ever made you feel bad: a situation, a troublesome day or something else? Or you tasted tons and tons of joy at every minute and every hour in your spiritual journey back to home, back to Godhead?

My wish is that my consciousness may be purified by your divine instructions.

With Love,
Kaspars

Answer: Krishna Consciousness is a Gradual Process

Krishna consciousness is gradual process. From the very beginning of my journey, to whatever extent I have been Krishna conscious I’ve been absolutely ecstatic. And to whatever I have not been Krishna conscious I have been miserable. This is how the process works.

Because I have strictly followed my initiation vows without deviation for the last 45 years my Krishna consciousness and thus my bliss has been ever-increasing.

So now you must become serious about chanting 16 rounds and strictly following the regulative principles without fail. In this way your bliss also will be ever-increasing and all of your material miseries will soon be a thing of the past.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 21 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Krishna is Inconceivably Astounding

There is no one like Krishna in all of existence. No one even comes close because Krishna is the source, the origin, of absolutely everything and everyone that exist. The only things and persons that exist are those that Krishna chooses to manifest from Himself. Just as a particle of sunshine cannot take the position of the sun because it is nothing more than a tiny portion of the sun's expanded energy, nobody else can take Krishna's position because everyone else is simply a tiny portion of His expanded energy. If you can't beat Him, join Him. If you can't defeat Him, surrender unto Him. This is intelligence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




There's No One More Amazing than Krishna


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Why Suffer?

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Spiritual Masters Who Will Initiate Me?

Respected Spiritual Master, I want to know the names of some spiritual masters where I can take initiation and learn the art of obedience.

Narendra

Answer: Regularly Attend Lectures at Your Local ISKCON Center

We have many spiritual masters in ISKCON from whom you can take initiation and learn the art of obedience in full surrender. I am also one of them. The ISKCON gurus travel and give lectures at the various ISKCON centers around the world. So, if you will regularly attend lectures at your local ISKCON center, you will have the opportunity to hear various gurus speak and can therefore decide from which guru you would like to take initiation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 20 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Give Up Your Nonsense and Become a Saint

We are being implored by the great acaryas to give up our nonsense and become the great saints that we actually are. Why should we continue to punish ourselves by continuing to cling tightly to the illusion of material enjoyment? It just does not make any sense. It's time we stop futilely trying to be what we are not, this material body, and start being who we actually are, pure devotees of the Lord. To make this transition we must take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master through the process known as initiation and obedience.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Initiates a Disciple


Video For the Day:

World Needs Krishna Conscious Leaders

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If I Can't Get Up Early?

I have a doubt. I am studying law in a university in Gujarat, India where the university programs many times go until eleven and twelve in the night. Therefore I am not able to wake up in the early morning. please help me to get out of this ignorance.

Eshwar Rao Javvadhi,

Answer: Your First Duty: Take Bath and Chant 16 Rounds

If due to occupational duties you are required to go to bed late at night, you may take sufficient rest (6 or 7 hours of sleep) and then immediately upon arising take your bath and chant 16 rounds of japa before you do anything else.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 19 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Severe Flooding and Devastating Forest Fire

As I am writing this, there is severe flooding in Louisiana and a devastating forest fire in California. In both places tens of thousands of people have been evacuated to save them from death. Some deaths have been reported also. In one place there is too much water, and in the other place there is not enough water. In other words, nature is out of balance. This imbalanced condition of nature is due to the intense degree of sinfulness that is currently torturing this planet. Every day 66 thousand innocent babies are being murdered by abortion, and 156 million innocent animals are being brutally murdered in the slaughterhouses. The law of karma cannot be avoided. Even the Bible teaches this principle by stating, "As you sow, so shall you reap." If we commit sinful activities, we will undoubtedly be punished in accordance with the strict laws of the material nature. There is, however, a simple remedy for this imbalance in nature. If only the people would take it, this planet would become heaven on earth. That solution is the performance of the sankirtana yajna, the congregational chanting of the holy names of God. This auspicious practice will automatically curb down sinfulness and create a wonderfully peaceful, prosperous, harmonious atmosphere all over the world. So let all peoples all over the world now engage in sankirtana yajna, the congregational chanting of the holy names of God, on a regular daily basis. This and only this will solve the world's problems and bring nature back into balance.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Severe Flooding in Louisiana



Devastating Forest Fire in California



Restoring Balance to Nature


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Limited or Unlimited Happiness

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get Up Early to Chant?

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I have been reading all the postings that are published, I have also read already several of Srila Prabhupada's books. I have started chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra, but it is still difficult to get up early to chant the rounds. What am I missing? What do you recommend?

Struggling devotee

Answer: Early to Bed, Early to Rise

Getting up early to chant Hare Krishna is mandatory for all those who are serious about going back home, back to Godhead in this lifetime. Go to bed as early as possible and then rise each morning by 4:00am, take bath, celebrate mangala arati, and complete your 16 rounds before taking your breakfast. If you are a heavy sleeper set a series of alarms so you will be certain not to oversleep.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 18 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Render the Highest Service to Suffering Humanity

Render the highest service to the suffering humanity by fully dedicating your life for helping them awaken their dormant Krishna consciousness. Not only is this the highest welfare, it is also the only real welfare because all other welfare activities simply prolong the entanglement of the conditioned souls in the cycle of repeated birth, death, old age, and disease.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Our Real Home is With Krishna in the Spiritual World


Video For the Day:

Properly Utilize Your Human Birth

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become a Dear Disciple?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

What is meant by "dear disciple"? And how does one become "dear disciple"? Is it something like there can be only one dearmost disciple?

There are so many devotees. Lord Krishna says in Bhagavat-gita that He reciprocates as per our love and service unto Him. Is it so that becoming a "dear disciple" also means becoming "dear to Krishna"? How does one become dear to Krishna?

Dear Srila Gurudeva, humbly enquiring to enlighten me on the difference between "bothering the Spiritual Master" and "serving the Spiritual Master"?

In one lecture, I heard "Though we are all fools, try to act intelligently." I feel that I ask so small small things sometimes, I feel I am bothering Your Divine Grace because I am not the only one, Your Divine Grace is on a mission to make the whole world Krishna conscious, so please enlighten me if this is proper or we should try to handle situations of our own, keeping in notice that instructions are followed?

Srila Gurudeva, for example, if I am thirsty or hungry, asking permission for that looks that I am bothering unnecessarily. But I am not sure if my understanding is correct or wrong. Could Your Divine Grace please enlighten me?

Thank you
Hare Krishna
Your insignificant servant,
Lila Manjari devi dasi

Answer: Be a Disciple

Every disciple is my dearmost disciple because they are all most special. So to become most dear to the spiritual master, all one has to do is to be a disciple.

One who is dear to the spiritual master is automatically most dear to Krishna, because Krishna wants to see that we become the devotees of His devotees, not that we are simply His devotees.

Bothering the spiritual master means disobeying the spiritual master.

You should inquire from your spiritual master as much as is required to get yourself solidly situated in Krishna consciousness. His desire is to get you out of the cycle of birth and death. Therefore he is very happy to answer your serious questions as much as is required to help you to become spiritually perfect.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 17 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

It's Time for the World to Wake Up

The entire human civilization is currently sleeping deep in the depths of ignorance completely enwrapped in maya or illusion. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has wonderfully revealed to us how Lord Caitanya is mercifully trying to rescue the suffering humanity in his song called Arunodaya-kirtana II:

jiv jago, jiv jago, gauracanda bole
kota nidra jao maya-pisacira kole

"Lord Gauranga is calling,
'Wake up, sleeping souls! Wake up, sleeping souls!
How long will you sleep in the lap of the witch called Maya?'"

The world needs to now heed the call of Lord Caitanya and come out of its present most pitiable condition.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Implores Everyone to Wake Up


Video For the Day:

The World Desperately Needs Krishna Conscious Leaders

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Will Krishna Appear to Annihilate the Demons?

Hare Krishna Srila Gurudeva,

In the present age of Kali, we see chaos and trouble at every part of the world. Demonic forces are on the rise. Pious people are on back foot. Should we hope that to annihilate the miscreants Lord Krishna will appear as He promised in the Bhagavad-gita? He has stated there, "To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I myself appear, millennium after millennium."

If answer is 'yes', then, when He will appear?

Your servant,

Abhiram

Answer: He Has Appeared to Annihilate Their Demoniac Mentality

Since the entire world is now demoniac, if Krishna were to kill all the demons at present, He would have to kill everyone. Therefore instead He has compassionately appeared in this age as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, not to annihilate the demons, but instead to annihilate their demoniac mentality by chanting Hare Krishna and empowering His devotees to spread the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra all over the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 16 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

How to Not Be Afraid of Demons

Krishna is not afraid of the demons. When the demons came to Vrindavan to kill Him, He took the opportunity as a sporting pastime to have fun defeating them. It's not that He was in anxiety about being attacked. A nice example is the killing of the Aristasura demon described by Srila Prabhupada as follows in the Krishna Book:

"Once a demon named Aristasura entered the village in the form of a great bull with a gigantic body and huge horns, digging up the earth with his hooves. When the demon entered Vrindavana, the whole land appeared to tremble, as if there were an earthquake. He roared fiercely, and after digging up the earth on the riverside, he entered the village proper. The fearful roaring of the bull was so piercing that some of the pregnant cows and women had miscarriages. Its body was so big, stout and strong that a cloud hovered over its body just as clouds hover over mountains. Aristasura entered Vrindavana with such a fearful appearance that just on seeing this great demon all the men and women were afflicted with great fear, and the cows and other animals fled the village.

"The situation became very terrible, and all the inhabitants of Vrindavana began to cry, 'Krishna! Krishna, please save us!' Krishna saw that the cows were running away, and He immediately replied, 'Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid.' He then appeared before Aristasura and said, 'You lowest of living entities! Why are you frightening the inhabitants of Gokula? What will you gain by this action? If you have come to challenge My authority, then I am prepared to fight you.' In this way, Krishna challenged the demon, and the demon became very angry by the words of Krishna. Krishna stood before the bull, resting His hand on the shoulder of a friend. The bull proceeded toward Krishna in anger. Digging the earth with his hooves, Aristasura lifted his tail, and it appeared that clouds were hovering about the tail. His eyes were reddish and moving in anger. Pointing his horns at Krishna, he charged Him just like the thunderbolt of Indra. But Krishna immediately caught his horns and tossed him away, just as a gigantic elephant repels a small inimical elephant. Although the demon was perspiring and appeared very tired, he took courage and got up. Again he charged Krishna with great force and anger. While rushing toward Krishna, he breathed very heavily. Krishna again caught his horns and immediately threw him to the ground, breaking his horns. Krishna then began to kick his body, just as one squeezes a wet cloth on the ground. Being thus kicked by Krishna, Aristasura rolled over and began to move his legs violently. Bleeding from the mouth and passing stool and urine, his eyes starting from their sockets, he passed to the kingdom of death.

"The demigods in the celestial planets showered flowers on Krishna for His wonderful achievement. Krishna was already the life and soul of the inhabitants of Vrndavana, and after killing this demon in the shape of a bull, He became the cynosure of all eyes. With Balarama, He triumphantly entered Vrndavana village, and the inhabitants glorified Him and Balarama with great jubilation. When a person performs some wonderful feat, his kinsmen and relatives and friends naturally become jubilant."

It is very interesting to note in this pastime how relaxed Krishna was about the whole situation. Prabhupada describes "Krishna stood before the bull, resting His hand on the shoulder of a friend." It is also interesting to see how easily Krishna defeated the demon by tossing him aside and then killing him simply by kicking him. Of course, this is Krishna's kindness to personally kill the demon because anyone who is personally killed by Him is immediately liberated from material existence.

Just as Krishna is not afraid of demons, anyone who fully takes shelter of Krishna will also not be afraid of demons.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Kills the Aristasura Demon in Self Defense


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Relish the Pleasure Within

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Free From Meat-Eating Karma?

Gurudeva,

I was raised as a meat eater. For roughly the past two years I have stopped eating meat. Srila Prabhupada has written in his Bhagavad-gita purport, "The animal killers do not know that in the future the animal will have a body suitable to kill them. That is the law of nature." What do I need to do to get free from the reactions of these meat-eating sins.

Thank you for your time,
Pablo A. Juarez

Answer: Fully Surrender to Krishna

By fully surrendering to Krishna under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master you will become from all of the sins that you have committed in millions of lifetimes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 15 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Reincarnation in the Bible

Unknown to most, the Bible acknowledges the validity of reincarnation. For example in John 9:1-2 the disciples show their acceptance of reincarnation when they ask Jesus about a man who was born blind. They wonder if this was due to his having been sinful in a previous birth or if it was due to his parent's sinfulness. They inquire from Jesus as follows:

"As he went along he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?'"

Here the disciples are clearly revealing their acceptance of reincarnation. When Christ answers their question (John 9:3) he does not dispute the concept of reincarnation. He answers, "It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins. This happened so the power of God could be seen in him."

Reincarnation is a scientific fact. Because our bodies are constantly changing we are reincarnating at every second. At every second the old blood corpuscles are dying off and new ones are taking their place. Just as we constantly change bodies during our life, death is simply another change of body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Changing Bodies at Every Second


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Sheltered by Prabhupada's Books

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Become Free From Sex Desire?

I have a question and need Your guidance. How should I remain focused and not be sidetracked by bodily consciousness, trying to attract women by having a strong body. Although I am trying, I am not completely free of sex desire. I need Your advice in this regard, so that I can become stronger and do service for Krishna and not get side tracked.

Your servant

Answer: Become Attracted to Krishna

Being attracted to the opposite sex means that you forgetting that we are not these bodies. You are embracing illusion and asking death to come and take your very soon.

Srila Prabhupada advises us how to become free from sex attraction in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.28.32 as follows:

“The charming eyebrows of the Lord are so fascinating that they cause one to forget the charms of sense attraction. The conditioned souls are shackled to material existence because they are captivated by the charms of sense gratification, especially sex life. The sex-god is called Makara-dhvaja. The charming brows of the Supreme Personality of Godhead protect the sages and devotees from being charmed by material lust and sex attraction. Yamunacarya, a great acarya, said that ever since he had seen the charming pastimes of the Lord, the charms of sex life had become abominable for him, and the mere thought of sex enjoyment would cause him to spit and turn his face. Thus if anyone wants to be aloof from sex attraction, he must see the charming smile and fascinating eyebrows of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”

So you should focus your mind always on the charming beauty of Krishna. In this way you will longer be allured by attraction for bags of skin that are filled up with stool, urine, pus, blood, and vomit.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 14 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

What to Do When You are Bewildered?

My dear Godbrother, Balabhadra Bhattacarya Prabhu, told me forty years ago when we were brahmacaris together in Atlanta that when he gets bewildered he reads Prabhupada's books. His advice was so wonderful that I have remembered it even after these many decades. The fact remains that there is no shelter anywhere in all of existence like Prabhupada's books.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sriman Balabhadra Bhattacarya Prabhu Preaching in Atlanta


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Is No Desire for Wealth Practical?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to you.

Why does Caitanya Mahaprabhu say in Siksastaka Prayer 4, "I have no desire for wealth, women, or followers."? If we do not have money, how will we do bhakti? Similarly if we do not have relatives, friends, etc., then who will take care of us when we become ill or old? I always find it difficult to understand this prayer, especially the "na dhanam-no wealth" aspect.

Your insignificant servant,
Visvanatha Das

Answer: Everything for Krishna is Perfection

Wealth, relatives, etc. are all useless without Krishna consciousness. Attachment to them is the source of so many miseries. They are are so many zeros. Even if you have enormous wealth and are surrounded by so many relatives all you have is a row or zeros:

0000000000000000000

Even you if have twenty zeros, all you have is zero. Because your material assets cannot buy you any genuine happiness. But if you put a one in front of your twenty zeros, they become a very valuable asset:

100,000,000,000,000,000,000

You now have 100 quadrillion in assets.

That one is Krishna.

So if you will engage all of your material assets in Krishna’s service, they will become the most valuable assets.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 13 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Prime Minister of India Appreciates ISKCON

We very much appreciate how the prime minister of India has so nicely glorified our ISKCON on the occasion our 50th anniversary. His appreciation is posted below. We pray for that day when all of the political leaders all over the world will have this much appreciation of ISKCON.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Message from the Prime Minister of India



Narendra Modi--Prime Minister of India


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Living for the Welfare of All

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Understand the Three Gunas (Modes)?

All glorification and obeisances are for you and your disciplic lineage. The subject matter of the three fundamental qualities, sattva, rajas and tamas, is an important element of Samkhya philosophy and it is one that the Bhagavad Gita makes extensive use of, particularly in its later chapters. Chapter 13 emphasizes the division between prakriti and purusha (matter and spirit), but it is in Chapter 14 that we find an extensive analysis of the way in which these three gunas (literally strands or qualities) influence and shape the lives of living beings. In Chapter 17 and verses 18-40 of Chapter 18, Krishna uses the gunas as a basis for his discussion of different facets of human life including such categories as food, charity, austerity, knowledge, action and pleasure. He thereby demonstrates how the gunas are influential in shaping different areas of human life and also human nature. Ultimately, however, one who seeks moksha must go beyond all three gunas, even sattva which represents purity and goodness. Verses 25 and 26 of Chapter 14 make it clear that one who seeks the highest goal must become gunatita, completely beyond the range of the gunas.

Can you share with me the 'Bhagavad Gita the As It Is' way of understanding the three gunas or point me to the relevant resources? I appreciate for your daily newsletter and guidance.

Your servant

Chuan

Answer: Strings That Make the Puppet Dance

There are two natures: the spiritual nature and the material nature. The material nature has three sub-divisions: the three modes of material nature. Just as a puppet is always under the control of strings, the living beings in the material nature are always being pulled this way and that way by these three types of influences. Sometimes one is under the influence of the mode of goodness and is in a peaceful mood. Sometimes he is under the mode of passion and is in an aggressive mode. Sometimes he is under the mode of ignorance and is in a depressed mood. These three modes are constantly shifting and are also overlapping each other. Therefore one is never able to remain in a steady state of consciousness. It is thus very confusing and bewildering to be under the influence of the material nature.

However, by coming to Krishna consciousness one is liberated from the influence of these three modes and enjoys an unbroken state of spiritual happiness within his heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 12 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

"Become the Leaders of the World"

Srila Prabhupada ordered us, his disciples, to become the leaders of the world. His mission was to create disciples who could lead the entire world out of chaos. He did not want us to simply chant Hare Krishna for our own liberation. He wanted us to actively preach for saving all the suffering souls from their entanglement in the cycle of birth. Therefore this is our mission. We must become the actual leaders of the world to save the people on this planet from pitiable plight.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Manifests an Ocean of Compassion


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Deliver the Whole World

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can Allah, Krishna, and Jehovah Be the Same?

You say that we can call God by any name: Krishna, Allah or Jehovah. But there is a mountain of difference between what the various scriptures say about each form of God. For example Allah and Jehovah say there is only one birth. Allah says follow the teachings of Mohammed the prophet, Jehovah says follow Jesus. Finally Krishna says follow His teachings only.

Hence how is it possible to visualize all three as one when the fundamental differences are too big to ignore. For example Allah and Jehovah don't allow you to get another birth. This birth is final and if you don't follow them one has to burn in hell.

Please can you clarify?

Your worthless servant,
Amar

Answer: Only Understood By Those Who Are Fully God-Realized

Allah, Jehovah, and Krishna are the same person, but the followers of the various paths are bewildered by a lot of misconceptions. Their vision is distorted. For example, the Bible teaches that we have many births, but the Christians who say that we have only birth do not even properly understand their own Bible. But those who strictly follow the Bhagavad-gita are blessed with the highest knowledge, which empowers them to see the truths in all spiritual traditions. In other words, only those who are fully God realized can see that Allah, Jehovah, and Krishna are the same person.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 11 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Prominent Biologist Wants Science to Not Be Dogmatic

The mainstream of modern day science as taught in universities and conveyed in the media presents a soul-less, atheistic world view. For example, one of the most currently prominent scientists, Dr. Stephen Hawking, denies God by saying that everything comes out of nothing. He presents religion as the foolish superstition of those who are less intelligent and uncivilized, comparing them to aborigines, natives living in the jungle. However among scientists there are exceptions to this. Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, a noted biologist, who is best known for his hypothesis of morphic fields and morphic resonance, has written a book called "The Science Delusion," in which he explains how modern day science has veered away from being actually scientific and has become dogmatic. In this book he writes:

"The biggest scientific delusion of all is that science already knows the answers. The details still need working out but, in principle, the fundamental questions are settled. Contemporary science is based on the claim that all reality is material or physical. There is no reality but material reality. Consciousness is a by-product of the physical activity of the brain... God exists only as an idea in human minds, and hence in human heads. These beliefs are powerful, not because most scientists think about them critically but because they don’t. The facts of science are real enough; so are the techniques that scientists use, and the technologies based on them. But the belief system that governs conventional scientific thinking is an act of faith, grounded in a nineteenth-century ideology. This book is pro-science. I want the sciences to be less dogmatic and more scientific. I believe that the sciences will be regenerated when they are liberated from the dogmas that constrict them."

Because of the powerful teachings of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, someday the scientists all over the world will accept that the universe does not come out of nothing, that it instead comes from Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




ISKCON Scientist Meets With Nobel Laureate George Wald
at Bhaktivedanta Institute, Mumbai India in 1981


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Proof That Krishna's Pastimes Are Not a Myth?

When we explain about Krishna's pastimes to others they say that they are only a myth. They say these are just stories and there are no concrete proof to support them. Please advise, Guru Maharaja.

Vinu

Answer: Confirmed by Eye Witnesses

Those who have personally met Krishna and have been so fortunate to have directly witnessed His pastimes vouch for the authenticity of His identity and His pastimes. They certify that Krishna and His pastimes are not mythological. This is just like someone may not have ever gone to China, but yet accepts the existence of China from the testimony of those who have been there.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 10 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Be an Animal

In the human form of life we have advanced intelligence to cultivate higher level spiritual understanding. Unfortunately 99.99% of the human population uses their advanced intelligence to simply engage in eating, sleeping, mating, and defending in a more polished way than the animals. The dog is running on four legs and the human being is running on four wheels in his automobile. In this way he considers himself to be superior to the animals. But what is his business? It is the same as that of the animals, material sense gratification, just like the animals. Real human life means to use our advanced intelligence to understand who we are beyond the constant changes of our bodies and to inquire why we are presently entangled in so many varieties of suffering conditions. Until we come to this point of seeking higher knowledge beyond our material situation, we are no better than a polished edition of the animals.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hear from the Bona Fide Spiritual Master


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Are Your Teachings Sectarian?

Why your teachings are sectarian?

S.K.

Answer: You Think So Because Your Brain is Sectarian

Because your brain is sectarian you think that our universal teachings are sectarian. If they are sectarian, then how is it that we accept the legitimacy of the great saintly teachers in all of the spiritual traditions of the world?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 9 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

We Can Solve All the World's Problems

Because we have been enlightened by Srila Prabhupada with the perfect knowledge by which the entire human society can become peaceful, prosperous, and happy, we are simply awaiting that day when all the leaders of the world will come to us for guidance. It is a fact that by putting Krishna in the center of the human society all varieties of problems will be solved: sociological, ecological, economic, political, philosophical, psychological, etc. Absolutely all the problems of the human society will be on track for being rectified when that most glorious day comes when all the leaders of the world come to us for guidance. Therefore we are hoping and praying that the leaders of the world will heed this message now and come to us for guidance as soon as possible. If this happens, it will mark the beginning of a most amazing golden era of peace, prosperity, and happiness for all living beings, even the plants and animals.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Consciousness Solves All Problems


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Packed Tightly in Devotee Association

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Stop Being Judgemental?

What is the root cause of judgementalism, and how can we give up being judgemental? Thank you in advance. Looking for your most valuable advice.

Hari bol!

your forever servant,
Bhavya Bhagavan Das

Answer: Become Like a Honeybee

Judgementalism, the tendency to see the faults of others and not see their good qualities, is born out of the foolish desire of the living being to be God. The solution for this demoniac tendency is to stop trying to be God and simply be the humble servant of God that you actually are. Why artificially try to be what you are not, suffering unlimited miseries in the cycle of birth and death, when you can simply naturally be what you are, a devotee of the Lord, and go back to home, back to Godhead to relish unlimited happiness in the association of the Supreme Lord and His pure devotees. This is really just a matter of simple common sense.

Even though everyone has both good qualities and bad qualities, the devotees of the Lord are like honeybees who prefer to look for the honey, the good qualities of others. They are not like flies, the judgementalists, who are more attracted to stool and open sores, who simply want to see the faults of others.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 8 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Que Será Será - Whatever Will Be Will Be

When I was a small child there was a very popular song on the radio, which made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 List, called "Que Será Será", which means in Spanish, "Whatever will be will be." Now in my adult life after having been blessed with the supreme wealth of Vedic knowledge, I can appreciate the wisdom expressed in this song even more in this way: We can't change what is going to happen to us, but we can change how we perceive it and how we relate with it.

It is an unalterable fact that by the influence of the material energy we will get sick, get old, and die. What will be, will be. But how we relate with it will be either our defeat or success. If we humbly accept whatever happens to us, whether it superficially appears to be good or bad, as the highest good, the special mercy of Krishna to help us come closer to Him, we will always be peaceful and happy no matter what happens. But on the other hand, if we proudly gloat over our successes giving ourselves all credit for them, we will naturally also bitterly lament our inevitable failures. In such a feverish self-centered state we will never be able to experience true peace and happiness.

So just accept your circumstances, whatever they may, as Krishna's special kindness upon you, and you will be one the happiness people in the entire universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Cycle of Birth and Death


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Stop Sinning?

Respected Dear Gurudeva,

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

I am helpless. I don't know how to stop breaking the four principles. I have this bad habit. And this is a habit going on for years and years. I don't know how to stop it. Even if I try, I can't. But I always wish that someday I could.

Your useless student,
A.

Answer: Beg Krishna to Help You, and He Will

Intensely beg Krishna to help you and He will. Especially when the desire hits to break a principle at that time you should bow down in respectful obeisances before a picture of Lord Krishna begging for His protection. Do not get up from your obeisances until you have got your mind under control to not engage in that sinful activity. And if the desire comes back, get down in respectful obeisances again.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 7 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Just Be Who You Are

Don't waste your time futilely trying to be something that you are not, namely your material body. Instead you should just be who you actually are, the eternal spirit-soul servant of Krishna. Even though it's the easiest thing in the world to just be who you are, because we have been programmed for thousands and millions of lifetimes by the material energy to think that we are these bodies, it takes time and a solid program of training to bring us back to our original natural consciousness. This training program for rejuvenating our original identity can only be executed under the expert guidance of the bona fide spiritual master. Therefore all intelligent people seek out a bona fide spiritual master and strictly follow his guidelines for reviving their original eternal identities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Disciples Taking Training from Srila Prabhupada


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Look for a Spiritual Master?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my respect.
All glories to Gurudeva.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

How should an aspiring devotee look for a spiritual master? How soon after being introduced to Krishna Consciousness should an aspiring devotee look for her spiritual master? How do we keep in close contact with our spiritual master? How would he know of our progress in Krishna consciousness? Would I need to finish the course before you would consider initiating me?

An unworthy aspiring devotee,
Mother Nelita

Answer: Find Someone Who Can Deliver You from Birth and Death

Srila Prabhupada accepted Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura as his spiritual master within his heart within several minutes after meeting him in 1922. Although he was not initiated immediately, within his heart he immediately accepted Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura as his spiritual master.

So my best advice to you is that when you find someone who can deliver you from the cycle of birth and death, you should immediately accept him as your spiritual master.

Stay in touch with your spiritual master by corresponding with him, regularly reading his writings, and regularly hearing his lectures.

For example, my disciples can regularly hear from thousands of my lectures at:

http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/audio

They can watch my daily videos at:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL81RgN8Ssz392I7tAzwm4RYbeC9QR5Ax4

They can receive my daily writings by subscribing to my e-course at:

http://www.JoinCourse.com

And they also can personally write me for guidance at:

sda@backtohome.com

By your communicating regularly with your spiritual master, as my disciples are able to do, he can understand how you are progressing in Krishna consciousness and guide you accordingly.

I am willing to initiate anyone who sincerely wants to go back to home, back to Godhead as soon as they are recommended for initiation by their local ISKCON authority.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 6 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Don't Waste Your Life in Mediocrity

Don't waste your life in mediocrity, simply gratifying your animal propensities of eating, sleeping, mating, and defending. Otherwise your life is of no more significance than the the humdrum existence of a dog or a cat. You are meant for a higher purpose, to awaken your original state of pure enlightened consciousness. To do so will give you a life of unlimited happiness, a newer and ever more thrilling adventure at every minute. So take seriously to the process of spiritual awakening. It will be the best decision you ever made in thousands and millions of lifetimes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching the Science of Krishna in Malaysia


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Be the Revolution You Want to Make

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Changes First?

Through devotional service does the mind change first, intelligence change next, and consciousness change last. Or is it vice versa?

Golok Das

Answer: Neither

The answer is "neither." When you intelligently engage your mind in Krishna consciousness your consciousness has already changed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 5 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Secret of Achieving Unlimited Happiness

The secret of achieving unlimited happiness is to do everything for Krishna and nothing for your sense gratification. This is called pure devotion. Although it may seem scary at first because we are so much addicted to sense gratification, it is actually our natural, normal, healthy state of consciousness. Therefore intelligently casting aside all hesitations we should dive wholeheartedly into pure devotional service. In this way we will experience the ultimate happiness at every minute in a perfect state of fearlessness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Wants You to Come Home to His Abode


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Your Only Duty

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Whom Am I?

I have a few questions in my mind. Could you please help me finding these answers somewhere? Or could you answer them for me with some reference from the Vedanta or any other religious scripture?

1. When I see myself I am unable to see any faults. So why I am unable to enlighten myself? Or if I still have any faults in myself, how can I recognize them and correct them?

2.) What is the Universal Truth?

3.) Who am I? I have read, "We are that." However I am still struggling to know who I am. Please help me finding these answers, I will be very thankful to you.

Pritpal Singh

Answer: The Eternal Servant of Krishna

One has to see oneself in the light of Vedic wisdom as taught by the bona fide spiritual master, not according to one’s own imperfect senses. Because we are in darkness it is not possible for us to enlighten ourselves. Only by submissively hearing from and serving the bona fide spiritual master can we become enlightened. This is why Lord Sri Krishna states as follows in the Bhagavad-gita (4.34):

tad viddhi pranipatena
pariprasnena sevaya
upadeksyanti te jñanam
jñaninas tattva-darsinah

"Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master.
Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him.
The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you
because they have seen the truth.”

The Universal Truth or the Absolute Truth is revealed in the Srimad-Bhagavatam: janmady asya yato 'nvayad itaratas ca - "The Absolute Truth is that from which everything is emanating, the ultimate source of all existence." And in the Bhagavad-gita that Universal or Absolute Truth is revealed as Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

The phrase, "We are that," doesn't really tell us anything besides that we exist because it does not tell us what is the actual nature of the self. No wonder you are struggling to know who you are. The answer to this question is precisely answered in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita: jivera 'svarupa' haya-krsnera 'nitya-dasa - "The constitutional position of the living being is that he is the eternal servant of Krishna." So the conclusion is that you are the eternal spiritual being, servant of Krishna or God, who is presently residing within the material body like a driver seated within a car. So now if you will lovingly take up the devotional service of the Lord under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master, everything will gradually revealed to you, and you will become one of the happiest people in the universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 4 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The More We Love Krishna's Devotees

The more we love Krishna's devotees, the more we love Krishna. Therefore we should strive to love Krishna's devotees as much as possible. In fact, Krishna says that it is more important to love Krishna's devotees than it is to love Krishna. This is the insider's secret for those who want to awaken pure love for Krishna within their hearts. Give your heart fully to Krishna's devotees and pure love for Krishna will automatically manifest within your heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Relish Hearing and Chanting About Krishna Together


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Deep Sea Diving

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: If We Die in Our Sleep?

Srila Gurudeva, what about those who dies while they were in sleep? According to what our consciousness is at the end, we will get the new body. Sleep is a unconscious state, so how does the person's consciousness matter?

Thank you!

Your unworthy servant,
Nandapriya Devi Dasi

Answer: Remember Krishna and Go Back to Godhead

When we sleep we have consciousness within our dreams. If someone dies while they are asleep, whatever dream consciousness they have will determine their next birth. If we are fully absorbed in Krishna consciousness while we are awake, our dreams will also be Krishna conscious. Therefore we should diligently strive to be fully absorbed in Krishna consciousness while we are awake as much as possible, so that even if we die in our sleep we will surely remember Krishna and go back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 3 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Turn On Your Actual Self

Why try to be something that you are not, a miserable wreck, when you can be what you actually are, a fully aware absolutely ecstatic eternal spiritual being who is qualitatively one with God? This is actual intelligence. Anything else besides this is sheer madness. Unfortunately, the entire modern day human society has gone mad. Therefore we have to try to save them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Super Ecstatic Devotees of Krishna


Video For the Day:

Tidal Wave of Love of God

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna Consciousness is Not Sectarian?

How do we understand that Krishna consciousness is not sectarian?

Balarama Das

Answer: It Is the Pure Essence of Religion, Not Another Religion

Krishna consciousness is not sectarian because it's not another one of the world's religions. In fact it is not a religion at all because factually there is no such thing as different religions. "Different religions" is a manmade concoction. It is not God's arrangement. Religion is one, to become a pure lover of God. Krishna consciousness is the science of how to become a pure lover of God. It can be practiced by anyone to become spiritually perfect. By practicing Krishna consciousness a Christian will become a perfect Christian, a Muslim will be come a perfect Muslim, a Hindu will become a perfect Hindu, etc. For example, I am Christian who was seeking the knowledge of how to become a perfect Christian. This is what brought me to the Krishna consciousness movement. In this movement I have learned how to perfectly practice the way of full surrender unto the will of God as taught by Lord Jesus Christ.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 2 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

We Now Have 19,000 Subscribers

Every day more and more people from all over the world are joining this e-course. Now in the last several days we have crossed the 19,000 subscribers mark. Our next goal is 20,000 subscribers. Even though we are encouraged to see that our readership is continually growing, compared to the approximately 2 billion people on this planet who can understand English this 19,000 is only an insignificant drop. Our desire is that entire world shall become Krishna conscious as soon as possible. Therefore we continue in our effort to bring more and more people to Krishna consciousness. We are begging our readers to kindly assist us in this most important mission.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Spiritual World Awaits Those Who Take Our Training Seriously


Video For the Day:

Make Your Life Sublime

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Authenticity of Vedic Scriptures?

Hare Krishna,

The Vedic knowledge has passed down all this time and has not been manipulated like the Bible. How is it that we know this, that these texts have not been tampered with after all these years?

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Pablo A. Juarez

Answer: Confirmed by Self-Realized Sages

In India there is an unbroken line of self-realized spiritual masters going back 5,000 years ago when Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra and even before that. These self-realized sages who have perfect knowledge of past, present, and future have confirmed that the Bhagavad-gita contains the original words of Krishna exactly as He spoke them 5,000 years ago. Therefore there is no scripture in the world more important than the Bhagavad-gita.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 1 August 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Heart Melting Visit to Radha-Kalachandji Dhama

On Saturday 30 July 2016 my wife, Vishnupriya devi dasi (affectionately know as Gurumata by my students), organized a visit to ISKCON Dallas (Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji Dhama) for the large group of my disciples who are presently our guests at ISKCON Austin. It was the most wonderful heart melting experience for me because almost 40 years ago I was living as a brahmacari monk in the service of the deity of Dallas, Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji. To stand before this amazingly beautiful deity of Krishna beholding His magnificent splendor literally brought tears to my eyes.

Here is the amazing story of how this deity was discovered:

At the outset of 1972 Srila Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, instructed two of his lady disciples, Kausalya devi dasi and Srimati devi dasi to travel to Jaipur, India to secure marble deities for his Denver, Detroit, Montreal and Dallas temples.

Kausalya had been living in India for the last two years and Srimati, having just arrived in India, saw her as a perfect guide and companion. Arriving in Jaipur, while attempting to check into a hotel Srimati realized she had forgotten her passport in Delhi. The hotel receptionist made special note of this and agreed to let them stay. The next morning, after having attending mangala arati for Sri Sri Radha-Govinda, the famous Deities of Srila Rupa Goswami, Kausalya began singing bhajans for Their Lordships in the temple. At this time a large crowd gathered to see the American devotees, perhaps for many of them the first time they had ever seen foreigners worshipping Radha-Govinda. Kausalya was not only able to sing but ended up lecturing about Srila Prabhupada to her audience. They were also fortunate enough to meet one of the pujaris of Sri Sri Radha Govinda.

Later, returning to their hotel room, they were met by the police who were ready to arrest them, having been informed by the receptionist that Srimati had no passport. And rightly so, the Indian-Pakistan War had just begun with India siding with Russia and Pakistan siding with the U.S. So what right had an American to be in India without any travel documents?

Eventually, all this led to the ladies calling upon the pujari of Radha-Govinda to vouch for them. The pujari, upon arriving on the scene, recalled their singing and preaching, and proclaimed that they were actual devotees. Not only did he vouch for them, but he ended up sponsoring them and inviting them to come and stay in his home with his wife and family. The police finally relented under the condition that the devotee ladies would not leave Jaipur until Srimati’s passport was sent from Delhi and presented before them.

Through the pujari Srila Rupa Goswami seems to have assisted Srila Prabhupada and Kalachandji. What seemed to have been a tragedy unfolded into a great opportunity as the pujari began introducing the ladies to many of the respected families of Jaipur and instructing them how to obtain the deities they had been sent to look for. Mother Kausalya recalls: "I simply began telling everyone I met about Srila Prabhupada and chanted to Radha-Govinda. Gradually by Srila Prabhupada’s and Radha-Govinda’s mercy, people became so enthusiastic that recognized local industrialists, businessmen, and even the Maharani of Jaipur were inviting us for lunch to hear about Srila Prabhupada. Many of them became so interested to meet Srila Prabhupada that they sponsored Srila Prabhupada to come to Jaipur and organized a large pandal program in which Srila Prabhupada installed the Radha-Govinda Deities of New York City and awarded sannyasa to His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami.

It was during that time that Srimati found her way to some to the finest murtiwalas (deity merchants) of Jaipur. Srimati recalls how pleased Srila Prabhupada was. She remembers: " I was walking from shop to shop, thinking what type of deity would be suitable for Dallas, Texas. Suddenly I saw this beautiful deity! He had a large round face and fine soft features, As soon as I saw Him, the first thing that crossed my mind was that this is the deity of Dallas!"

The deity was holding the door of a showroom open, having been placed as a doorstop. The deity looked ignored, completely unkempt, nothing like the deities she had previously seen for sale. As she approached the man in charge of the shop, he explained that this particular deity was not for sale. "This deity is very old," said the man, and he tried to interest her in other newly carved deities describing and pointing out the newest styles. Srimati simply became more determined and continued pursuing her original interest. Looking at the deity again the man kept saying the deity is very old, more that 500 years old, some type of museum piece.

Srimati continued requesting the man to give her the deity, explaining that the deity would be sent to Dallas. Finally she began talking money. As the price became more lucrative, the man finally consented.

As there was not a deity of Radharani to match, Srimati started looking at other deities and had the murtiwala carve a suitable one to complete the set. Previously, Srila Prabhupada had written Srimati directing her how to pack the deities she was shipping to guard against breakage.

It was Mother Laksmimoni who received a telegram from Mithaheli devi dasi, explaining that the deities must be waiting in New York. Anxiously, she and her husband Jagadisa Prabhu called Mithaheli and located the deities along with two other sets of Radha-Krishna deities which were meant for Detroit and Montreal. They dispatched the deities to the respective temples.

After installing the Deities in Dallas, Srimati recalls how pleased Srila Prabhupada was. Prabhupada had even handwritten a document after the installation:

"Sri Sri Radha-Kalachandji, The Deity of Dallas!
A.C. Bhaktivedenta Swami

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji--the Deity of Dallas


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get Out of the Mind Platform?

Hare Krishna, please accept my most humble obeisances.

Now I am on the mind platform. So I want to ask you, how can I get out of the mind platform?

Thank you very much.

D.S.

Answer: Follow These Instructions

Srila Prabhupada has answered as follows your question very nicely how to get free from the mind platform:

"Krishna Consciousness has great potency to deliver us to the highest platform of perfection, but only if it is understood by the intelligence. Something understood by the intelligence is fixed forever and cannot waver, and that is almost spiritual. From your letter, I can understand you are confused in your mind, because you do not want this, you do not want that, you might like another, like that. That position of confusion is not very much desirable, so you are a Vaisnava, now rid yourself of such misunderstanding of things. Vaisnava means one who is able to sit down anywhere, under any conditions, and be happy. He wants only a place to lay down, a little prasadam, and if there's a little service he can do, gladly let me do it for Krishna, that's all. As long as we are thinking I want this, that is not to my liking, or if I adjust things a certain way everything will be better, these thoughts are material. Devotional service is not conditional. So stop this dreaming state. Try to understand things with the light of your intelligence, and if your are sincere in this way, without a doubt Krishna will give you full facility to understand Him and become freed of the bondage of ignorance."

—from a Letter to: Bhagavatananda -- New York 8 July, 1972

If you will sincerely, to the best of your ability, apply the above instruction of Srila Prabhupada, you will be successful in getting free from the mind platform and becoming solidly established on the spiritual platform.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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