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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Solferino, Mauritius

Today's Thought:

Don't Torture Yourself

Do not torture yourself condemning yourself to take birth as an animal in your next life by not taking up the path of self-realization. Guarantee yourself at least a human form in your next life by seriously taking up the path of bhakti. This is real intelligence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Relishing Krishna's Names in New York


Video For the Day:

Persistence Furthers

https://youtu.be/9MkmoEY7ZBA

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Importance of Approaching Guru?

What is the importance of approaching a spiritual master?

Anonymous

Answer: Without Guru You Remain Animal

Human life begins when approaches a spiritual master because without a spiritual master one remains an animal. Since you have just approached a spiritual master your life is now on the right track.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Crawley, England

Today's Thought:

Everyone is Looking for Krishna

In his introduction to the Krishna Book George Harrison writes:

"Everybody is looking for Krishna.
Some don't realize that they are, but they are."

This makes a lot of sense when we consider the following knowledge revealed by Srila Prabhupada:

"Indeed, the very name Krishna, which is nonsectarian, means 'the greatest pleasure.' 'Krish' means 'greatest,' and 'na' means 'pleasure.' Krishna is the epitome of pleasure, and being part and parcel of Him, we hanker for pleasure. A drop of ocean water has all the properties of the ocean itself, and we, although minute particles of the Supreme Whole, have the same energetic properties as the Supreme."

The conclusion is that 99.999% of the world population is looking for Krishna or the greatest pleasure in the wrong places. Therefore they are frustrated and unhappy. Thus it is our duty to teach them where they can actually find Krishna and thus become satisfied.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Cover of the Original Krishna Book


Video For the Day:

Come Out of Illusion

https://youtu.be/7P0YWdAmx0Q

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do We Keep Forgetting Krishna?

Why do we keep forgetting Krishna in spite of always wanting to remember Him?

Your student

Answer: Bad Association

Our forgetfulness of Krishna is simply due to bad association. The simple solution is to always associate with devotees as much as possible. In this way our innate tendency to always remember Krishna will naturally be revived.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 5 December 2016

London, England

Today's Thought:

21,000 Subscribers

I am very pleased that every day now many sincere seekers of higher truth are joining our course. We have now gone beyond the 21,000 mark. The more that people take to Krishna consciousness, the more that all the problems of the world will be solved. So I am praying to Krishna that all the preaching programs of ISKCON can now expand exponentially to inundate the entire global civilization in pure Krishna bhakti as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Hare Krishna Mahamantra is Flooding the World


Video For the Day:

Constant Unlimited Bliss

https://youtu.be/Ur-4kEFzLPM

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can the Body Be Like a Shirt?

In the Video for the Day on 1 December 2016, you said that the problem is due to bodily misidentification and you gave the example of a shirt. I am wondering how this example could be correct. We can wear our shirt and take it off at will. But we can't do that with our body. We can't take a body or get out of our present body at will.

Humbly request your divine grace to please clarify.

Yours sincerely,

Visvanatha das

Answer: Because When It is Old We Get a New One

You found fault with the analogy of a shirt, but this analogy has come from Krishna Himself. Analogies are not perfect in every detail, but they are similar enough to help us see a truth more clearly. You do in fact change your body just like a shirt. When a shirt becomes old and useless you get a new one. The same with your body. When it becomes old and useless you die and get a new one.

Just as a shirt can be removed at will, the body can also be removed at will by suicide. Suicide however is a sinful act of murder and should never be done. Our bodies belong to Krishna, and we thus have no right to kill them. They are meant to exclusively engaged in His service. One who commits suicide is forced by the laws of nature to become a ghost in his next life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 4 December 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Krishna Consciousness Comes to Antarctica

By the causeless mercy of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya, the Krishna consciousness movement has now also spread to Antarctica on 16 November 2016, the southernmost and coldest continent in the world.

The devotees who did this are Kesihanta Das, a Prabhupada disciple, and Trivikrama Das. The two held the first kirtana in Antarctica and distributed Prabhupada’s books there for the first time, placing the Bhagavad-gita As It Is in several Antarctic research stations.

What’s more, in bringing a murti of Srila Prabhupada himself with them, they have ensured that the ISKCON Founder-Acharya has now visited every continent in the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Hare Krishna Mahamantra Arrives in Antarctica



Kirtana for Srila Prabhupada in Antarctica


Video For the Day:

Giving Krishna is Real Love

https://youtu.be/lxHY7FVoFNE

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: My Friend Says Buying Meat is Not Sinful

Your thoughts and answers really reduce the distance between this hellish planet and Goloka. I am confident that with the blessings of my Guru Maharaja, His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, and your non-stop mercy on all the fallen souls of this planet, the darkness of ignorance which is covering the souls of this world will be removed and they will be shown the path to reach the abode of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna.

One of my close friends is a non-vegetarian and he argues that he never kills any animal. He simply buys flesh from the market and eats it. Therefore he says he is not guilty of the sin of killing the animal and will not have to suffer any sinful reaction for such meat eating. Please guide me how to make him realize that what he is doing is sinful.

Your disciples' servant,

Sadbhuja Gaura Shyama Rama Das

Answer: If One Pays the Murderer, He Is Also a Murderer

If one does not directly murder someone but rather hires someone else to do the killing, he is an accomplice to the murder and is also guilty of murder. Similarly by buying the meat he is paying the killer. Thus he is also guilty of murdering the animal and must accept the hellish reaction for this sinful act.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 3 December 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

The Devotee's Greatest Treasure

If one diligently, patiently, determinedly, and enthusiastically perseveres in pursuance of even seemingly impossible goals, by the grace of Lord Sri Krishna he can be successful. Therefore one should never abandon spiritual goals such as becoming a pure devotee of Krishna and making the world Krishna conscious. The devotee should always keep these goals tightly within his heart as his greatest treasure.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Always Encourages His Disciples


Video For the Day:

Don't Cheat Yourself

https://youtu.be/rvLSH-eYgw4

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Focus My Mind While Chanting?

Dear Gurudeva

All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I'm helpless, and I hope you can advise me how to improve my chanting. I find it hard to focus my mind and stay still when I'm chanting. Though if I have read Srila Prabhupada's books just before starting, it is easier. My mind is somehow really restless and although I read many hours a day, I can't successfully concentrate to those stories later, longer times. Do You have some tips how to be more successful in my chanting? I like to sing those holy names (also) when I'm doing something else, but chanting just seems to be hard sometimes, which I feel horrible about. But still I can't cry out Krishna's names, though sometimes I get some emotions, but soon lose them again. How to reach that right humble state of mind, though I see myself as Krishna's humble servant but just can't bring that feeling enough up (all the time when chanting)?

Your humble student

Noora

Answer: Chant Before Sunrise and Beg Krishna to Help You

It will be much easier for you to chant if you will rise early in the morning before sunrise, take your bath, and then finish all 16 rounds of japa before the sunrise. Plus if you request Krishna to help you in your chanting, just as you have requested me, He will reciprocate with you and help you to develop a taste for His holy names. Therefore every day before you start your japa pray to Krishna to help you enter into full absorption in His beautiful names.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 2 December 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Revolutionize this Planet

This planet is drowning
In material consciousness.
This crazy madness
Is making the world a mess.

So we’ve got to revolution,
We’ve got to revolution,
We’ve got to revolutionize
This planet right now.

Disease of godlessness
Is such a dreadful crime.
That’s why I’m fighting it
Investing all of my time.

So we’ve got to revolution,
We’ve got to revolution,
We’ve got to revolutionize
This planet right now.

‘Stead of serving your body,
Its just a covering of you.
Serve spirit-soul within
And relish a life anew.

So we’ve got to revolution,
We’ve got to revolution,
We’ve got to revolutionize
This planet right now.

Water the root of the tree,
Whole tree is nourished.
Give loving service to God,
Whole world will flourish.

So we’ve got to revolution,
We’ve got to revolution,
We’ve got to revolutionize
This planet right now.

Take this tip, my friends.
Don’t ya dare miss this.
Put God back in the center
You’ll attain unlimited bliss.

So we’ve got to revolution,
We’ve got to revolution,
We’ve got to revolutionize
This planet right now.

Yes, there’s no other solution
for global dissolution
Than to respiritualize
this planet right now.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Spearheads a Global Spiritual Revolution


Video For the Day:

Beyond Mental Speculation

https://youtu.be/X6koT6uEaIM

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Serve the Lord's Mission?

Very often you are writing to help you in a mission to save the world by making it Krishna conscious. And on 1 December 2016 we got Thought For the Day which is called, "Help Us Make the World Krishna Conscious.“ For me it sounds like I have to do something big right now. Since I can't do so much right now, this makes me feel bad. Please, can You explain what are You meaning by asking this?

As I understand now, this mission is big and there is a lot to do: save ourselves by becoming Krishna conscious, maintain the temple, serve devotees and Deities, help in projects, make Sunday programs, talk with new people, go to harinamas, prasad distribution, etc. We have to try to become devotees and inspire others. That is in general what I have written, because in all these categories there are smaller ones where we can serve Krishna's mission. Am I correct? Please help me to understand your expectations.

Your servant,

Aurinta

Answer: One Step at a Time

We are all very tiny. None of us can do anything big. But if we consistently do the small things, that becomes big. Small things are things like reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, chanting our rounds, taking prasadam, and telling someone else about Krishna.

The cumulative effect of many of us consistently doing the small things is that eventually in due course of time the entire world will become Krishna conscious. Remember: Rome was not built in one day. It was built one brick at a time. We are now building something much greater than Rome, a global Vedic civilization. We cannot do it all at once, but we can do it one step at a time.

Do you get the idea?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 1 December 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Help Us Make the World Krishna Conscious

Disciples of Srila Prabhupada received the order from him to become gurus and deliver the whole world from illusion. This a inconceivably gargantuan task, and we are just a few persons. Therefore I am requesting all of you, my readers, to kindly assist us in our mission of making the entire world Krishna conscious. If we all work together co-operatively in accordance with teachings of Srila Prabhupada, this will be a tremendous blessing for the suffering humanity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




All-Merciful Srila Prabhupada


Video For the Day:

Harmonize with Krishna

https://youtu.be/0KEqRju8BpM

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Revive My Lost Taste for Bhakti?

Hare Krishna. What must I do to again find a taste for bhakti? Because previously I chanted sixteen rounds, and now I can only manage four rounds with great effort. And while chanting the mantra I feel like I’m carrying heavy luggage.

Trivikrama

Answer: Rise Early and Chant Hare Krishna Before Dawn

The easy formula for regaining your taste for bhakti is to rise early every morning by 4am, take your bath and chant 16 rounds of japa before sunrise. At this time of the day the holy name is much easier to chant because it tastes sweeter than the sweetest honey. Once the sun comes up the modes of nature become prominent and it becomes harder to focus on the holy names.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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