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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 31 May 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Entire Earth Was India

In former times, before the advent of the age of Kali 5,000 years ago, the entire planet earth was India. In other words, Vedic culture was all over the planet earth. What is now Delhi was formally known as Hastinapura. Srila Prabhupada writes, "The king of Hastinapura (now Delhi) used to be the emperor of the world." There is profuse evidence to substantiate this. Therefore the spreading of the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world is not at all unnatural. It is simply restoring planet earth back to its original culture.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Happy Devotees Chanting Hare Krishna


Video For the Day:

Krishna Consciousness is Essential

https://youtu.be/IsCoUMJltKc

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Do I Have to Leave My Family?

Hare Krishna!

Srila Gurudeva,

I have a question. I want to know that to attain prema bhakti (spiritual perfection) is it necessary that we have to leave my family, i.e. to become a celibate monk? Or we can attain pure love for Lord Krishna only by chanting his Holy Name and doing our duties? Help me, Srila Gurudeva to know my way. Also, what does Lord Krishna expect me to do?

Your insignificant servant,

Shubhankar Ray

Answer: Krishna Consciousness at Home

To attain prema bhakti it is not necessary to give up family life and become a renunciant. If you will simply fully absorb yourself in Krishna consciousness 24 hours a day under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master, your spiritual perfection is assured. There are many great spiritualists such as Arjuna and Ambarish Maharaja who become spiritually perfect while externally being engaged as householders, married men. Here are some guidelines of how you can practically engage yourself in Krishna consciousness as a householder:

http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/kc_at_home.htm

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 30 May 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

What Religion Do You Belong To?

The other day a very nice gentleman named Duane asked me what religion I belong to. So what religion do I belong to? Factually I do not belong to any religion because I do not belong to any one particular religion. This is so because religion is one. There is no such thing as different religions. Religion means to reconnect with God through pure loving devotion. Anyone who does this is a perfect religionist. He's the best Hindu, the best Christian, the best Muslim, the best Jew, the best Buddhist, etc. He belongs to all religions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




A Happy Krishna Conscious Family


Video For the Day:

More Tolerant Than a Tree

https://youtu.be/GY_Gaw5kjOg

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is a Spiritual Experience?

Could you define a spiritual experience?

Tom

Answer: When You Remember Krishna

Whenever you remember Krishna you are having a spiritual experience, and whenever you are not remembering Krishna all of your experiences are mundane. They are material.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 29 May 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Human Life, the Greatest Opportunity

In the lower species - animals, plants, birds, fish, worms, and reptiles - there is no facility for self-realization because one is completely under the grip of the material modes of nature with no freedom to do anything beyond the impulses of those modes. The living entities in those species are simply puppets of maya or illusion with no freedom. Human life, however, is the greatest opportunity because it gives one the full freedom to come out from the grip of the material nature and become a fully self-realized being qualified to regain his eternal spiritual body in the transcendental world. Therefore those living beings who have attained the human form should take full advantage of their freedom. Otherwise by the action of the law of karma they will find themselves in one of the lower species in their next birth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Transmigration of the Soul to the Human Form


Video For the Day:

Awakening Your Divine Consciousness

https://youtu.be/yIXkValBa0w

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Overcome Bad Habits?

I read many times your "Thought for the Day" and get inspired. It is a very wonderful series, which gives clear knowledge.

My question to you: Since the last 8 years I am struggling to overcome some of my personal bad habits where I agitate my senses. I always pray to Lord and then stop these bad habits for some days. But then I start doing this again. Sometimes to overcome it, I vow in front of Deity, but still find myself doing the bad things again. I feel frustrated and find no enthusiasm to do anything. I am just dragging myself to my routine job and simply passing the time. There is no goal; there is no hope.

I know this is due to my lack of commitment, but still I need some practical solution to overcome this.

Anonymous

Answer: Decide Where You Want to Go

This sounds like you are having difficulty overcoming an addiction to masturbation. If you continue to knowingly perform such sinful activities under the influence of the material modes of nature, you will become an animal in your next birth. So now you must decide whether you want to go down to the animal kingdom in your next birth or whether you want to go back to home, back to Godhead - and then act accordingly.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 28 May 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Missing Link Revealed

Our 26 May 2016 Thought for the Day was missing the proper link for Video for the Day. My thanks to Damodar Das, my disciple from Riga, Latvia, for bringing this to my attention. The proper link is given below. To watch the video you can either click on the link: https://youtu.be/lwx13VRZVwod or click on the photo below which promotes the video.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Video for the Day--World Peace Mission


26 May 2016 World Peace Mission Video With the Correct Link:

https://youtu.be/lwx13VRZVwod


Video For the Day:

Getting One Drop of Pure Love of God

https://youtu.be/Gr-m8Ok0A68

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Report: I Am Not in Very Good Shape

Srila Gurudeva,

I am not in a very good shape. I am feeling very helpless in choosing proper words.

Your insignificant servant

Answer: Very Good Realization

It is very good that you are realizing that you are not in very good shape. Material frustration is the greatest boon because it is a precondition for spiritual life. Without your feeling materially frustrated how would it be possible for you to embrace spiritual life? So it is wonderful that you are realizing that you are not in a very good shape here in this material world. I pray that the whole world will some day come to this understanding, because it is only when one becomes materially completely frustrated that he can enter the realm of pure devotional service. So kindly always keep this realization tightly in your heart that you are not in very good shape here in the material world. This will allow you to enter into the super ecstatic realm of pure devotional service, prema bhakti.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 27 May 2016

Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Getting Back to Pure Love

Pure love is the essence of our existence. In the state of pure love one has unlimited happiness and awareness. This is the natural state of every living being. Unfortunately when we are born into this world of greed and selfishness, due to the debilitating influence of this impure atmosphere our pure love becomes gradually more and more covered over by self-centeredness and we are robbed of our original pristine state of unlimited happiness and awareness. Consequently we become more and more illusioned, bewildered, and miserable.

The good news is that there are enlightened persons, who are fully awakened in pure love, and are ready, willing, and fully capable of guiding us how to regain our original natural consciousness. Such enlightened persons are known as bona fide spiritual masters, and they have the potency to bring us back to unlimited happiness and awareness. We simply have to take full advantage of them. I have had the unlimited good fortune of being trained by such a fully enlightened spiritual master, and now I am passing on to you everything that I have learned from him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




My Beloved Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada


Video For the Day:

Friendly to All

https://youtu.be/84FcD2Bnqs8

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Attain Krishna Consciousness?

I am not able to understand how to attain Krishna Consciousness though I have tried practicing it for a long time. Will you please guide me? I feel that without your kind help I am unable to do anything.

Arvindkumar Aserkar

Answer: Follow These Guidelines

Attaining the perfectional pure love state, Krishna consciousness, is not difficult. Simply one has to practice it under the direction of the bona fide spiritual master. The guidelines are given in full detail on the following web page:

http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/kc_at_home.htm

So now you kindly take up this practice and, as required, you may inquire from me how to properly execute it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 26 May 2016

Helsinki, Finland

Today's Thought:

The Most Unimaginably Joyful Life

I cannot imagine any life sweeter than what I am living right now. I have been blessed by my spiritual master with the formula for solving all the world's problems. Plus I have been given the complete freedom to do nothing but spend all of my time to teach and propagate this supreme knowledge to the entire humanity. What could be more fulfilling or more thrilling than this?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sankarshan Das Adhikari Meets With His Disciples
Kaunas, Lithuania--22 May 2016



Vishnupriya Mataji Guides Devotees
Vilnius, Lithuania Airport--24 May 2016


Video For the Day:

Turn On Your Inner Consciousness

https://youtu.be/lwx13VRZVwo

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Cry in Love of God?

I heard that the great spiritual master Narottama Dasa Thakura used to cry in the ecstasy of separation from Lord Krishna while rolling on the ground. How can we get that mood?

Eshwar Rao

Answer: If You Can't Cry, Cry to Cry for Krishna.

If you are not able to cry for Krishna, cry to cry for Krishna. And if you can’t cry to cry for Krishna, cry to cry to cry for Krishna. In this way find your true position of transcendental lamentation and honestly lament from there. Such transcendental lamentation will purify your consciousness and elevate you into transcendental bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Life Full of the Sweetest Happiness

The whole world is off the track. I did not learn this from my parents. I learned this from my contemporaries during the protest era of the 60's in the USA. Check out any newspaper and you will easily see that the human society is becoming more and more fragmented and divisive with each passing day. However, from my spiritual master I learned how to fix the problem. When you go deep within, connecting with the ground of your existence, the Supreme Person, the maintainer and best friend of all living beings, you get back to sweetness, the joyfulness of existence, in spite of all the chaos that is exploding all around you. This is what the self-realization process is all about, to get back into a loving relationship with the Supreme Person, the source of al existence. Such connection with Krishna or God brings total, complete satisfaction to the self and will bring total peace and happiness to the entire human society in due course of time.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Meet Krishna, Who Emanates Everything from Himself


Video For the Day:

Turn On Your Inner Consciousness

https://youtu.be/9h6RrlucCVs

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Origin of Maya?

Kindly elaborate what is the source/origin of Maya or illusion.

Best regards,
Kishore Mohanty

Answer: Krishna Provides Maya for Those Who Want to Forget Him

Just as the clouds that cover the sun are manufactured by the sun when it causes water to evaporate from the ocean, in a similar way maya or illusion is manufactured by Krishna to cover the consciousness of those who want to forget Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Wake Up Your True Self

There is no reason to continue sleeping in the nightmare of material unconsciousness when you can instead easily awaken your all blissful, all cognizant true self. The bona fide spiritual master will teach you how to do this. This is why the Vedic wisdom insists that everyone who desires to attain genuine happiness must take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Spiritual Bliss
Kaunas, Lithuania--22 May 2016


Video For the Day:

Turn On Your Inner Consciousness

https://youtu.be/LC3fYq0cVlg

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can We Say Material World is a Nasty Place?

How can we say that this material world is not a good place? It is good because here we can practice bhakti yoga and realize Krishna. Although there are no doubt many miseries here like birth, death, old age, and disease, because here we are given the chance to revive our dormant Krishna consciousness, how can we say that is a nasty place?

Chetan

Answer: This Depends on One's Perspective

For the mass majority of the human population, this material world is no doubt a nasty place because they are ignorant of the all-blissful, all-knowing, all-loving nature of the actual spiritual self who dwells within them. But for the tiny minority who have awakened their dormant Krishna consciousness this place is absolutely a wonderful facility for achieving the highest happiness and mercifully sharing this highest happiness of Krishna consciousness with those who do not yet have it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 23 May 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Never-Ending Adventure

A Krishna conscious life is a never-ending adventure, in which one experiences newer and newer sweetness on a regular on-going basis. This can be very roughly compared to a kid in a candy shop. When the world population wakes up and realizes how much nectar it is missing by not being Krishna conscious, the entire world will take to this process. May that day come soon. May that day come soon.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching Krishna Bhakti
21 May 2016--Vilnius, Lithuania


Video For the Day:

Prioritize Spiritual Awakening

https://youtu.be/xaDwmKG_1MQ

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Pious and Devotional Activities?

Dear Srila Gurudeva, is there any difference between pious activities and devotional activities?

Your worthless servant

Vandana

Answer: Material Rewards or Returning to the Spiritual World

Pious activities are in the material mode of goodness. When you engage in pious activities you are obliged to take birth again in the material world to enjoy the good karmic results. For example, if you open a charity hospital which gives free medical care to so many poor people, you will be karmically obliged to accept in the future free medical care from all the poor people you served. This will keep you in material world for many births to get free medical care from the thousands of people that you served.

Devotional service, on the other hand, does not oblige you to take birth again in this material world. By serving Krishna you become liberated from all karmic results of previous pious and impious activities that you performed in thousands and millions of lifetimes, and you will return to your original home in Lord Sri Krishna’s eternal abode.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 22 May 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Awaken to Your True Identity

Don't remain asleep in the dark world of false identity. Wake up now to your actually identity and taste the highest bliss of being the eternal servant of the all-powerful, all-beautiful, all-renounced, all-wise, all-wealthy, and all-famous Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, who is eternally engaged along with His confidential associates in the most inconceivably thrilling pastimes in His personal abode in the spiritual sky, Goloka Vrindavan.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing Secrets of Bhakti
20 May 2016--Kaunas, Lithuania


Video For the Day:

Just Be Yourself

https://youtu.be/65ZU6RKhtoE

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Searching for and Finding God?

Hare Krishna, respected Gurudeva!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Is it true that there is no difference between searching for God and finding Him?

Your insignificant student,
Brian

Answer: There is a Gulf of Difference

Just like there is a gulf of difference between looking for a job and having a job, there is also a gulf of difference between searching for God and finding God. If you don’t have a job, you will have no income, and if you have a job, you will have income. Similarly, until you have found God you will not be able to engage in loving reciprocation with Him. And once you have found Him you can be engaged eternally in loving reciprocation with Him in an unlimited varieties of ecstatic mellows. For one who comes to Krishna consciousness, the search for God is over because he has achieved the highest perfection, the perfection of having discovered who is God and exactly how God wants him to be engaged 24 hours a day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 21 May 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Dive Deeply into Bhakti

Devotional service to Krishna is a sweet, nectarean ocean of bliss, and the deeper you go, the sweeter it gets. Therefore those who are truly wise dive deeply into this ocean and continue diving deeper and deeper for all of eternity. This is what existence is really all about. Anything else is a state of virtual non-existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Diving Deeply into the Ocean of Bhakti on 6th Street
Devotees Chanting in Austin, Texas USA--2016


Video For the Day:

Beauty of Existence

https://youtu.be/sUNB8SqmXg0

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Was Srila Prabhupada Poisoned?

I heard that Srila Prabhupada was poisoned in 1977 by his disciples. Is this true?

Eshwar Rao

Answer: No

This poisonous rumor that Srila Prabhupada was poisoned is unequivocally false. It was manufactured by a poisonous, envious pseudo devotee. In 1977 Srila Prabhupada was surrounded by loving disciples who did everything they could to try to save him from a death that was caused by his drastically deteriorated health.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 20 May 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Bhakti Increases Your Life Span

In an article entitled, "Another possible benefit of going to church: A 33 percent chance of living longer." by Julie Zauzmer published on 16 May 2016 on the website of the Washington Post, the following was stated:

"A new study, released Monday in a journal published by the American Medical Association, says that those who attend church services more often actually have a better chance of staying alive in the long run.

"Over a 20-year span, the study surveyed a group of more than 76,000 female nurses, most of whom were Catholic and Protestant. At the end of 20 years, more than 13,000 of them had died. The women who went to religious services more than once a week, it turned out, were 33 percent less likely to be in that group who died, compared to those who never attended services.

"[Harvard medical school professor says ‘Miracles from Heaven’ and other remarkable cures could be real]

"Tyler VanderWeele, a researcher at Harvard’s school of public health who co-wrote the study, said the effect diminished as the study participants decreased their service attendance. Those who attended services once a week saw their odds of dying go down 26 percent. For those who attended less than weekly, the odds of dying decreased 13 percent, VanderWeele said."

This reminds us of Mantra 2 in the Sri Isopanisad:

"One may aspire to live for hundreds of years if he continuously goes on working in that way, for that sort of work will not bind him to the law of karma. There is no alternative to this way for man."

So our process gives you a dual benefit. By practicing Krishna consciousness seriously you will revive your original spiritual body, which lives forever. And also by practicing Krishna consciousness your present material body will live longer. You will increase your present material life span.

It should be noted in this connection that those who are purely absorbed in Krishna consciousness are detached from their life span. They are willing to die immediately, if that is what Krishna wants. Or they are also willing to live for hundreds of years, if that is that Krishna wants. Their only desire is to serve Krishna in whatever body Krishna wants them to serve Him in. This is their satisfaction, their perfect happiness. They are known as liberated souls because they are situated beyond the influence of the material energy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hare Krishna Chanters Live Longer
Vishnujana Swami Leads Kirtana in San Francisco in 1974


Video For the Day:

Course Signup Promotion

(Share this video with as many people as possible
to save them from the cycle of birth and death.)

https://youtu.be/_pqITMsPWPA

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Self?

Respected Dear Gurudeva,

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

I just read Bhagavad-gita 6.26: "From wherever the mind wanders due to its flickering and unsteady nature, one must certainly withdraw it and bring it back under the control of the self."

What is the self? Is it jivatma, the individual soul, or is it Lord Krishna?

Also I have heard from my friend talking about the higher self. What is the higher self? Does this mean that the soul is higher than our mind, senses and intelligence. Or does this mean that we have to satisfy the higher self, Lord Sri Krishna and that only then we get real satisfaction?

Please open my eyes with the light of knowledge

Also, how to be Krishna conscious right now? Once at a home preaching program I purchased a Bhagavad-gita and you signed it with words, "Dear Kaspars, be Krishna conscious now!"

With love,
Kaspars

Answer: It's You.

In the Sanskrit the word atma is used for the self. Therefore here the word 'self' refers to the individual living entity. This is means that you have to control your mind instead of letting your mind control you.

"Higher self" can be correctly understood either way according to the context in which it is used.

To be Krishna conscious right now chant “Hare Krishna."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 19 May 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Nothing to Lose--Everything to Gain

You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain by seriously taking up this process of Krishna consciousness. So do yourself a favor. Don't remain a stagnant, miserable mess. Awaken your Krishna consciousness and experience the highest ecstasy at every minute. Come back to your original, eternal identity, which as been deeply buried in forgetfulness for millions of lifetimes. Simply be who you are, overflowing with love for the Supreme Lord and for all of His children.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Bhagavad-gita Lecture
17 May 2016--Kaunas, Lithuania


Video For the Day:

Whole World Krishna Conscious

https://youtu.be/wPQjnfPazcA

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Non-Brahmanas Given Transcendental Knowledge?

Respected Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisance.

Was the knowledge of science of God imparted to non caste brahmins in history before Lord Sri Chaitanya? Were other castes, even sudras allowed to learn revealed scriptures in ancient times?

Thanks,
Chenthil

Answer: Yes

Yes, they were. There is a nice example of this given in the Jabala Upanishad:

There was a boy named Satyakama Jabala. He was the son of a prostitute. He approached Gautama Muni asking, "You kindly make me your disciple.” Gautama Muni said, "What is your caste? I do not initiate anyone who is not born of a brahmana father." Satyakama replied, "I am my mother's son, that's all.” Gautama Muni asked, "Then who is your father?” The boy said, "That I do not know.” Gautama Muni then instructed him, “So ask your mother.” When Satyakama asked his mother, she said, "My dear son, I do not know who is your father.” So Satyakama came and said to Gautama Muni, "Sir, my mother also does not know who is my father." So Gautama Muni accepted him as disciple because he was truthful. He saw that he has the brahminical qualification of truthfulness. No one, especially in those days, was willing to admit that he is the son of a prostitute. But he admitted, "Yes, my mother does not know by whom I was begotten." So this was Satyakama's qualification.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Unlimitedly Blessed by Lord Krishna

It is not possible for us to measure the unlimited extent of our good fortune, that we have been given this greatest of all opportunities, to assist Lord Caitanya and the great Vaisnava acharyas in disseminating the Krishna consciousness movement for the deliverance of all the fallen souls within this universe. Such an opportunity is more auspicious than any material achievements, such as immense wealth, power, or fame. Therefore we should fully capitalize on our greatest fortune by fully absorbing our lives to delivering the fallen souls of this world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Inundates Our Universe with Krishna Bhakti


Video For the Day:

Intense Greed for Krishna

https://youtu.be/qrMX9vbKHsc

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Where is the Highest Bliss in Spiritual World?

I read that Goloka, Ayodhya, Dwarka, Vaikuntha are spiritual worlds and that Goloka Vrindavana being the planet of Lord Krishna, in this planet, one experiences the highest bliss as compared to all other spiritual worlds. Is this true?

Also, how true is this that the pole star i.e. Dhruvaloka is also a spiritual world and it won't be destroyed when the entire material universe gets destroyed?

Shreyansh

Answer: All Over the Spiritual World

Although the most complete manifestation of rasa exists only in Goloka Vrindavana, everyone in the spiritual world tastes the highest and sweetest bliss no matter in which part of the spiritual world they reside.

Yes, Dhruvaloka, although in the material world, is a spiritual planet never to be annihilated even at the time of the dissolution of the universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Kaliningrad, Russia

Today's Thought:

Wonderful Russian Vaisnavas

The devotees in Kaliningrad, Russia are simply wonderful. To be with them for several days sharing the wonderful nectar of Krishna was certainly a most sublime treat. We had the most enlivening kirtanas, well-attended lectures, and stimulating question and answer sessions. With loving exchanges as sweet as this you'd have to be crazy not to be a devotee of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Lecture in Kaliningrad, Russia--15 May 2016



Super Ecstatic Farewell Kirtana
Kaliningrad, Russia--14 May 2016
(Devotees are singing and dancing in the rain.)


Video For the Day:

World Deliverance Mission

https://youtu.be/THTkOIOwcxk

To See All the Videos for the Day:

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Will Congregational Chanting Solve Water Shortage?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

In the Bhagavad-gita the Supreme Lord Krishna states that timely and sufficient rains are produced by performance of yajña (sacrifice). As stated in the purport Srila Prabhupada states that the only yajña recommended for this age is sankirtana yajña, congregational chanting of the holy names of God.

Recently in India and especially in some parts of the state of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh people are facing an acute shortage of water. All lakes and dams have dried up. People have to walk a lot to get potable water and there are fights when the government tanker arrives to distribute water. All this was due to insufficient rains last year.

If the people in these regions perform sankirtana yajña will their problems be solved? Currently scientists do not believe these teachings of the Gita and they try to produce artificial rain. Will this solve the water crisis?

Thank you for your time,

Your servant,
Deepanshu.

Answer: Yes, If Everyone Will Chant.

The artificial attempt to produce rain will not be successful. If they want rain they can get it by sankirtana yajña, the congregational chanting of the holy names of God as confirmed by Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita:

annad bhavanti bhutani
parjanyad anna-sambhavah
yajñad bhavati parjanyo
yajñah karma-samudbhavah

"All living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rains. Rains are produced by performance of yajña [sacrifice], and yajña is born of prescribed duties." - Bhagavad-gita 3.14

In this connection Srila Prabhupada writes as follows:

"In this age of Kali. there is great scarcity and ignorance; nonetheless, everyone can perform sankirtana-yajña. Every family in every society can conduct sankirtana-yajña at least every evening. In this way there will be no disturbance or scarcity of rain. It is essential for the people in this age to perform the sankirtana-yajña in order to be materially happy and to advance spiritually."--from purport to SB 5.4.3

There is practical proof of this as explained by Srila Prabhupada in a letter to his disciple, Revatinandana Das:

"We have just completed our pandal program in Hyderabad and it was very, very successful. In that portion there was no rain for two years, but due to our sankirtana yajña the rain came and everyone was happy that we came to make it rain."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 16 May 2016

Kaliningrad, Russia

Today's Thought:

Save Me, a Fallen

In a prayer to his spiritual master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Srila Prabhupada prays, "Save me, a fallen, Your Divine Grace." In this way he teaches us what is the proper mood that we should have about our position in spiritual life. We should always see how fallen we are and always beg our spiritual master to save us from our fallen position. It is only when we take this humble position of begging for our spiritual master's mercy that we are protected from falling down.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lecture in Kaliningrad, Russia--14 May 2016


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Question: Puja to Get Wife and Money

Can you suggest some puja that I can do to get wife and money?

Chetan

Answer: Get Out of this Nasty Place

Even if you get wife and money you will still not be satisfied because this material world is not your actual home. Therefore give up your foolish desire and simply focus your life on awakening your dormant Krishna consciousness so that you can get out of this nasty place. It is this way and this way only that you will be able to find true satisfaction.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 15 May 2016

Kaliningrad, Russia

Today's Thought:

Transgender or Transcend-Gender?

Many people all over the world are desiring to be the opposite gender of either their female or male bodies. Because they are not satisfied with being either male or female, they consider that switching their gender will make them happy. But the sad reality is that even after reidentifying themselves as the opposite gender they are still not satisfied. So what's going on here? Transgenderism has become such a hot issue that now even US President Obama is attempting to satisfy the transgenderites by advocating the installation of transgender bathrooms throughout the United States. But this is not how a leader can give genuine happiness to his followers.

We Krishna conscious persons can understand why someone is not satisfied by a sense of identify which is based on their material body, because this material body is not actually us. It is simply a costume that we are wearing for a certain allotted time until we change it according to the law of karma. So instead of futilely seeking happiness by being transgender, the Vedic wisdom prescribes that we should transcend gender by realizing our eternal spiritual identities as servants of God. So if they instead of seeking happiness by being transgender, we recommend being "transcend-gender." Instead of being a transgenderite, be a transcend-genderite.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Real Self Is Situated Beyond the Material Body


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Question: Does the Guru Ever See Krishna?

Srila Gurudeva,

All praises to you and Srila Prabhupada.

Based on Srila Prabhupada's letter as follows to Kirtiraja Das:

"So there is test for knowing if I am pleasing Krishna: If He reveals Himself to me, if I see Krishna, then I know I am pleasing Krishna. And another test is if my spiritual master is pleased by my service then I know that I am pleasing Krishna; it is very simple, because if I am following the prescribed regulative principles of my Spiritual Master, then without doubt I am pleasing him."

I would like to know, does the bona fide spiritual master ever see Krishna literally?

Thank you very much for your time and instruction.

Luis

Answer: Guru Always Sees Krishna

The bona fide spiritual master can either see Krishna directly or see Him in the form of the instructions he has received from his spiritual master. Either way he is always directly seeing or experiencing Krishna. If a guru does not always see Krishna, he is a bogus guru, an imposter, as is the case with the epidemic of so-called guru rascals in this most degraded age of Kali. Many of them even have the audacity to teach that they are God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 14 May 2016

Klaipeda, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Don't Let Maya Bring You Down

You are an eternal spiritual being full of unlimited bliss and cognizance. Therefore it would be utter foolishness for you to let maya or illusion bring you down from the realm of pure transcendental happiness to the realm of unlimited tortuous misery. But this is what the entire world population is currently doing. Therefore the Krishna consciousness movement has been started for the purpose of delivering the suffering humanity from its unnecessary entanglement in this realm of misery. Kindly take full advantage of this movement and come back to your original ever-ecstatic, all-knowing identity. You'll love it!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Departure from Klaipeda, Lithuania--13 May 2016


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Question: My Boss Asked Me to Read this Book

Guru Maharaja, I need your guidance on this. The statement below is from a book, "Instant Motivation," which my boss asked me to read.

"If self esteem is unconditional, a by product of a mind that isn't cluttered with conditioned beliefs and ideas, we are free to be ourselves and do the best work we can do".

From the Bhagavad-gita perspective is this a true statement? I need your guidance. I am asking you because I don't want to be misguided by any books.

Your servant
Raju

Answer: They Don't Know What is Real Self Esteem

It’s true, but they do not understand what is actual unconditional self-esteem, to realize that one is the eternal servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. It is a fact that when one realizes this he is liberated and is able to work miraculously in this world, accomplishing things that no ordinary man can even dream of accomplishing.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 13 May 2016

Kaunas, Lithuania

Today's Thought:

Real Conflict Resolution

Conflict resolution is a hot topic in today's conflict-ridden world because conflict is torturing the human society on all levels: international, national, local, and familial. Many people talk about conflict resolution, but because no one knows what is the root cause of all conflict, no one is able to actually genuinely resolve it. Since conflict is the automatic result of not putting God in the center, if we can, instead of putting ourselves in the center, put God back in the center where He belongs, all conflicts will be resolved. But these fools and rascals are so proud and puffed up that they want to kick out God and resolve conflicts without putting Him in the center. Such utopian dreams will never bear real fruit. This world will become more and more of a hell.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bhagavad-Gita Lecture
Kaunas, Lithuania--11 May 2016


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Question: How Long Before Getting Next Body?

My humble obeisances to Srila Prabhupada and to you.

I have a question:

After death, how long does a soul take to migrate to its next body?

Geetha Rao

Answer: Immediately Enter Another Womb

Srila Prabhupada explains:

"When we die, we have to give up the body and then take on another body. We immediately enter the womb of another mother, stay for nine months or so, and then come out. Then a new chapter of life begins. "

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 12 May 2016

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Is Krishna Pleased With Me?

How do you know if Krishna is pleased with you? Srila Prabhupada has very nicely answered this question in a letter written in Mayapura, West Bengal, India on 28 February 1972 to his disciple Kirtiraja Das:

"So there is test for knowing if I am pleasing Krishna: If He reveals Himself to me, if I see Krishna, then I know I am pleasing Krishna. And another test is if my spiritual master is pleased by my service then I know that I am pleasing Krishna; it is very simple, because if I am following the prescribed regulative principles of my Spiritual Master, then without doubt I am pleasing him."

So in this way we can always know that we are pleasing Krishna by following the orders of our spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna Reveals Himself to His Pure Devotees


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Question: How to Get Rid of My Bad Qualities?

I request you to kindly let me know about how can I get rid of the pride, ego, envy, jealousy qualities which are dormant in me from childhood. I really want to purify myself as much as possible. I want to be purified of these qualities, but they are not going away at all. At times I come under circumstances wherein these qualities arise, and I realize it and feel guilty. So what actions are to be taken to accomplish this task?

Requesting for your advice,

Your servant,
Anusha

Answer: Cleanse the Mirror of Your Mind

The bad qualities are simply coverings of the pure qualities, which are fully there lying dormant in your original self. You are presently like a dirty mirror, which does not give a proper reflection. But if you will cleanse the mirror of your mind by faithfully executing the regulative principles of Krishna consciousness, your original pure self will reappear in it's full faultless splendor. For this you need to take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master, get initiated by him, and then faithfully follow all of his instructions accepting them as your very life and soul. You will be amazed at the transformation that takes place within your consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 11 May 2016

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Prayer for Pure Bhakti

My dear most beloved Lord Sri Krishna,

Please bless me that I may be purely absorbed in Your devotional service in all times, places, and circumstances for all of eternity without even the slightest deviation from pure bhakti in either my thoughts, words, or deeds. My dear Lord, I know that anything less than this will not be pleasing to you. Thus I am I begging you to bless me with pure devotional service so that I can give you unlimited pleasure for all of eternity. Please help me to attain this. I am a most fallen and bewildered servant of my rascal senses. Without your mercy I will not be able to escape this entrapment within the prison of sense gratification. So please save me.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sri Sri Radha Damodara in Riga, Latvia--8 May 2016


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People?

As you mentioned in the 9 May 2016 Thought for the Day, in a situation where greedy, remorseless, revengeful, powerful, scheming people play their dirty games and harass, abuse, insult, cause losses to and disturb the gentle devotees fully aware of the situation--why does this happen to the devotees when they are under the shelter of Krishna? Does Krishna penalize dirty, corrupt people and protect devotees? How and when? Why God delays in answering our prayers?

Gurudeva, how to serve spiritual master, Tulasi Devi, and Krishna for their pleasure, not just to get moksha and Goloka Dhama, but in pure devotional service to be with them always. Kindly elaborate. Your insignificant student,

Rajendra

Answer: For a True Devotee, Everything is Good

A devotee accepts the hell of this material world as a wonderful reminder from the unlimitedly merciful Lord Sri Krishna that this material world is not our actual home. Everyone is punished and rewarded according to their previous pious and sinful activities. You cannot change that with prayer. Prayer is for awakening the pure love of God within our hearts so that we can get out of this material world. It is not for getting better facilities in this material world.

By purely serving the spiritual master, Tulasi devi and Lord Krishna are automatically pleased. Srila Prabhupada describes nicely below how to serve the spiritual master:

"A disciple should serve the spiritual master as a menial servant, and whatever he has in his possession should be dedicated to the spiritual master: pranair arthair dhiya vaca. Everyone has his life, his wealth, his intelligence and his words, and all of them should be offered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead through the via medium of the spiritual master."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Don't Be Cheated

If you don't cheat yourself, nobody can cheat you. And if you do cheat yourself, everyone will cheat you. Therefore life's most important lesson is how not to cheat yourself. So how is this accomplished? How does one not cheat himself? This is done by knowing who you are. When you understand that you are not your body, that you are an eternal spiritual being qualitatively one with the Supreme Being and you then dovetail your individual consciousness with His Supreme Consciousness, you have rightly situated yourself beyond being cheated. Any other state of being is a denial of your actual identity and is the most horrendous form of cheating. And if you cheat yourself, you will be the worst cheater of all others.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Do You Want Krishna or Maya?


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Trouble With My Work Schedule

I am having difficulties with my working time. Early morning I have to rush to work, and I come home late at night. The best I can do for myself is chant and read Srila Prabhupada's books whenever possible. Whenever I see Srila Prabhupada's face the happiness I get is unlimited. I don't have enough time to go to the temple and associate with devotees. I feel very bad. I want to take shelter from a guru and get initiated, but I don't know how it is possible. I don't want to waste my time living in this ignorant world and being far away from Krishna.

I need your advice and guidance so that I can be closer to Krishna and spread the happiness of chanting the great mahamantra.

Please help me.

Your servant,

Jeya B.

Answer: Connect With Krishna at Every Moment

If you can simply focus on chanting your 16 rounds daily without fail, strictly following the four regulative principles in all circumstances, and whenever possible hearing lectures and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books—Krishna will surely bless you that you can be initiated by the bona fide spiritual master and become fully qualified for going back to home, back to Godhead. Krishna is always there with you 24 hours a day. You simply have to always be in a prayerful, devotional, sober mood to feel your connection with Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 9 May 2016

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Everyone is Waiting to Be Awakened

The entire world population is suffering like anything trapped within the cycle of repeating birth, death, old age, and disease. Therefore, within the innermost cores of their beings they are desperately crying out for help awaiting that glorious moment when they can be awakened from their hellish nature by a merciful devotee of the Lord who takes the time and trouble to give them Krishna consciousness. Therefore, out of intense compassion for these poor suffering fellows, the devotees of Krishna fully absorb their lives in trying to bring them out of the clutches of maya or illusion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Home Program--Riga, Latvia--7 May 2016


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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Absorbed in Service Mood?

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

Thank you for inspiring me in my Krishna Consciousness each and every day. I am really enjoying the daily videos as well as they are full of nectar.

Guru Maharaja, please may I humbly ask how one can become absorbed in the mood of service? I feel that I am so covered that the essence of my service does not always have Krishna in the center. I beg for your help as I know my foolish ways will misguide me.

Your most insignificant servant,

Preaska

Answer: Meditate on Krishna's Kindness

To absorb yourself deeply in a service mood to Krishna always try to see, appreciate, and reciprocate with the many, many ways that Lord Krishna is bestowing His unlimited kindness upon you at every minute.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 8 May 2016

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

This Material World is a Bad Neighborhood

This material world is a bad neighborhood in which there is danger at every step. It is not at all a fit place for a gentleman's residence. Everywhere people are engaged in grossly sinful activities like killing cows and killing unborn babies in the womb. Saintly persons are insulted and abused and sinful life is very much glorified and promoted in the media. Therefore there is a great need for a spiritual revolution to completely transform the entire atmosphere.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya's Spiritual Revolution


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Request: I Need a Bona Fide Spiritual Master

I am a retired railway employee. Almighty Paramatma has awarded me with everything to dwell smoothly. I have come into contact with so many so-called swamis and saints, but nowhere could I feel tranquility. Paramatma has given me musical art so that I can sing bhajans. He has provided me with the art of flute playing so that I can call him through it. I have gotten the experience of this futile physical world. Prabhu, I do not need the lecturers or any ritual preachers or prophets. What I need is the bona fide spiritual master (Sat Guru) who can enable me to experience Paramatma practically and to enter into the state of immortal joy, i.e. attain the perfectional stage of eternity, knowledge and bliss (sat-cit-ananda).

Please forgive my daring to request, as I am just like an infant child in this field.

At your lotus feet,
Shesh Kumar Tiwari

Answer: You've Come to Right Place

I am very happy that you have reached the highest conclusion of understanding that you need a bona fide spiritual master. Such a realization is rarely achieved in today's grossly materialistic human society. The good news is that you have come to the right place. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has revealed to us the highest truth, so that now we can reveal that very same highest truth to you and deliver you from all the miseries of material existence, situating you solidly and eternally in the realm of sat-cit-ananda, eternity knowledge, and bliss. When approaching the spiritual master you should inquire submissively and render service unto him. In this way he will reveal the Absolute Truth to you, and your life will become full of bliss. You will attain the Supreme Abode, Krishnaloka, upon leaving your present material body, never to take birth again in this miserable material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Saturday 7 May 2016

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Lovingly Serve the Devotees

The key to unlocking the door to pure Krishna bhakti in your heart is to cultivate loving relationships with Vaisnavas, because we can only love Krishna to the extent that we love His devotees. One who understands this secret and seriously cultivates a loving attitude towards and loving relationships with all devotees makes very rapid progress on the pathway back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Are United by Hare Krishna Kirtan


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Question: They Say Realization Comes Only From Within

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Your Divine Grace and Srimati Gurumataji.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

When I preach to some people, they say that realization only comes from within, not from someone teaching them. How to preach them?

Your servant,
Sacinandana Das

Answer: Teacher Required to Connect With Your Within

Tell that Arjuna got his realization by hearing from Krishna, not from within. Explain to them that even though the Absolute Truth can be realized within, you are not able to connect with your within. This is why an external teacher is required, to teach you how to fully tune in to your within.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Friday 6 May 2016

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

ISKCON, an Incarnation of Krishna

Last night here in Riga (4 May 2016) I gave a lecture on the 50 years of ISKCON history. ISKCON's history, of course, goes back far beyond that to at least that most glorious day in 1922 when Srila Prabhupada was given the order by Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura to spread the Krishna consciousness movement to the English speaking world. It is so sweet to meditate upon and describe the glorious ISKCON because, as Srila Prabhupada said on at least two occasions, this movement is an incarnation of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada's First Meeting with Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati


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Question: Purpose of Marriage?

Dear master,

What is the purpose of marriage? I am sure that sex life is not the purpose of marriage. What is it then?

Thanks & regards,
Shreyansh

Answer: Give Up Sex

Marriage is not for promoting sex. Rather it is for finishing sex. Have some saintly children and completely give up sex. That is the purpose of marriage. And if the couple decide they would like to give up sex from the very beginning, that celibacy option is available for them.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Thursday 5 May 2016

Riga, Latvia

Today's Thought:

Come Out of Illusion

Come out of illusion. Why cheat yourself for even one more minute out of the eternity, bliss, and knowledge that is your personal property? You are not that rotting lump of flesh and blood that you call your body. You are an eternal spiritual being possessing unlimited happiness and cognizance. So stop trying to be what you are not, a most difficult and frustrating struggle, and simply be who you are, the most easy natural lifestyle you could ever imagine. Because you are habituated since time immemorial to be in illusion, it takes time and proper guidance to come back to your original position. This is why you need a bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Amazing Krishna in Goloka Awaits Your Return


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Question: Can the Jiva Fall a Second Time?

When did the jiva, the living being, first fall into this material world? And couldn't he, after going back to Godhead, fall again into this material world?

Your servant,
Raju

Answer: Once Burned, Twice Shy

When the jiva desired to enjoy separately from the Lord, he fell into this material world. But having once come here, experiencing how horrible this material world is, and then going back to Godhead, he will not make the same mistake twice. It in this connection it is sometimes said, "Once burned, twice shy."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Helsinki, Finland

Today's Thought:

Is It Bad to Feel Guilty?

Sometimes we hear neophyte devotees argue that it is not good to feel guilty, lamenting if one somehow or other falls down and breaks the principles of Krishna consciousness. But according to Srila Prabhupada this is not at all true. In his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 6.2.27 he explains as follows:

"This is the mentality of one who is becoming a pure devotee. When one is elevated to the platform of devotional service by the grace of the Lord and the spiritual master, one first regrets his past sinful activities. This helps one advance in spiritual life. The Visnudutas had given Ajamila the chance to become a pure devotee, and the duty of a pure devotee is to regret his past sinful activities in illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating and gambling. Not only should one give up his past bad habits, but he must always regret his past sinful acts. This is the standard of pure devotion."

If we truly lament for whatever deviations we have made from the principles of Krishna consciousness at any time in our lives, this will protect us from ever deviating again.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ajamila Rescued by the Visnudutas


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Question: What's Wrong in Having Sex With My Husband?

I have been in the modes of ignorance and passion for a very long time now. So I don't understand what is the mode of goodness. Hence transcending these three modes and experiencing a higher taste is beyond my imagination. Thus I feel less ecstasy and enthusiasm while chaining. What to do?

Also, I don't understand scientifically what's wrong in having sex with my husband.

How to get attracted to the teachings of Lord Caitanya and more?

Anonymous

Answer: Sex Is For Procreation, Not Recreation

Feeling less ecstasy in chanting is due to carelessness in chanting and/or carelessness in following the regulated principles of Krishna consciousness. So if you will focus now on more carefully chanting and more carefully following all the rules and regulations of bhakti yoga, you will experience a wonderful awakening of divine ecstasy within your heart, an inconceivable bliss that is millions of times greater than anything that you can so-called enjoy in this material world.

Having sex with your husband is certainly allowed for producing saintly children. However having sex other than for procreation, is strictly prohibited. This regulation of freedom is a wonderful blessing from Krishna to help us get out of the bodily conception that I am a male or a female. Sex desire is the most powerful and entangling of material desires. It keeps us tightly bound up in the cycle of birth and death. Therefore we must minimize sex as much as possible, only utilizing it for procreation, in order to become qualified for going back home, back to Godhead.

In this connection Srila Prabhupada writes as follows in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 16:1-3:

"Although he has a wife, a householder should not use his senses for sex life unnecessarily. There are restrictions for the householders even in sex life, which should only be engaged in for the propagation of children. If he does not require children, he should not enjoy sex life with his wife. Modern society enjoys sex life with contraceptive methods or more abominable methods to avoid the responsibility of children. This is not in the transcendental quality, but is demoniac. If anyone, even if he is a householder, wants to make progress in spiritual life, he must control his sex life and should not beget a child without the purpose of serving Krishna. If he is able to beget children who will be in Krishna consciousness, one can produce hundreds of children, but without this capacity one should not indulge only for sense pleasure.”

The very simple and sublime way to become more and more attracted to the teachings of Lord Caitanya is to absorb yourself as much as possible 24 hours a day in hearing about, talking about, and thinking about the wonderful name, fame, form, qualities, teachings, and pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Pune, India

Today's Thought:

Solution for All Problems

That day when the world leaders recognize that Srila Prabhupada's teachings can solve all of the world's problems will be the beginning of new enlightened era for our global society. Srila Prabhupada has this divine potency because he is fully surrendered to the supreme leader, Lord Sri Krishna. May that day come very soon. May it come very soon!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Leads the World


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Hare Krishna Monks Meditating

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Are Living Beings Superior or Inferior to Maya?

Why does Srila Prabhupada describe maya or Lord's material energy as superior to the living beings in this purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.20.8 when Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita 7.5 that the living beings are superior to the inferior material nature.

Regards,
Vivek

Answer: Determined by Their Mentality

When the living being is in his original liberated state he is superior to the material energy. But when he foolishly misuses his independence to try to enjoy separately from God, he comes under the control of the material energy. This is just like a criminal is put into a prison to be strictly governed by the prison authorities, while a law-abiding citizen is not under the direction of the prison authorities.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Monday 2 May 2016

Pune, India

Today's Thought:

Departing from India

After almost a month of relishing the wonderful spiritual qualities of the holy land of India, we are now heading out for three weeks of spreading the science of Krishna in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, and Finland. Even though India has practically totally lost its Vedic culture, Srila Prabhupada explains that even if an elephant is dead it is still valuable because its tusks are ivory. It has been especially a great inspiration to see how the Krishna consciousness movement is going on with great potency in Vrindavana and also here in Pune. The example of the wonderful devotees in Vrindavana and Pune is a great inspiration for us to maintain our Krishna consciousness nicely while we travel to spread the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Bhagavatam Lecture--Pune, India--1 May 2016


Video For the Day:

Learning from the Nagapatnis

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Go Away from a Devotee I Don't Like?

In my devotee community there is this person that I don't like and want to avoid. I mean I can't get along with him, and this is honestly affecting my chanting. Is it ok if I go to some other temple, which is a bit far away, because I really need association. But I can't be a part of this community because of this individual.

Your servant,

S.C.

Answer: Learn to Like Him

Conquer over the anarthas in your heart that are not allowing you to appreciate this devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

Sunday 1 May 2016

Pune, India

Today's Thought:

Waiting to Be Born

At the present moment the entire human civilization is in a deathlike state of bodily misidentification and suffering greatly because of it. Since everyone in all of existence is originally a devotee of Krishna, everyone is hankering within the innermost chambers of their beings to be awakened back into their original pure state of Krishna consciousness. Everyone is just waiting to come into contact with a devotee of Krishna to have their original pure consciousness revived. However, due to the extremely heavy covering influence of maya, the covering energy of the Lord, they do not realize this and continue to suffer in their foolish state of embracing illusion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Questions and Answers--Pune, India--30 April 2016


Video For the Day:

Unlimitedly Blessed by Krishna

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Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Balance Chanting and Reading?

You mentioned to one gentleman that even reading 5 minutes a day of Prabhupada's books is invaluable. Also, you mentioned to another gentleman to chant the mahamantra as much as possible 24 hours a day to become ecstatic. So the dilemma is how to balance the time for reading and chanting when both are so important. I spend an equal amount of time for each now. Should I chant more?

D.P.

Answer: Chant 16 Rounds and Read All the Books

Chant at least 16 rounds daily of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads as your first duty every day. And then after that you should spend as much time as possible every day reading Srila Prabhupada's books with the goal of carefully reading all of Srila Prabhupada's books cover to cover. In this way you will the achieve the perfection of human existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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