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Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 6 February 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Accept Krishna's Invitation

Sometimes a foolish child runs away from home in a mood of rebellion against his parents. The result is that he suffers like anything trying to somehow or other survive while living out on the street. In this situation he unnecessarily struggles through so many difficulties. However, if he becomes a little intelligent, he realizes what a foolish mistake he has made and he accepts the loving invitation of his parents to return home.

This example describes our situation in this material world. Out of a foolish mood of rebellion we have run away from our home in the kingdom of God to try to enjoy separately from Krishna here is this miserable material world. Therefore Krishna is lovingly urging us to come back home, back to Godhead so that we can become truly happy and peaceful once again and remain that way for all of eternity. Now it is up to us to be intelligent enough to accept His invitation. But if instead we declare that God is dead, it is rather we who are dead, at least virtually, not God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Krishna Beckons Us to Return to His Kingdom

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Question: Isn't It Wrong to Use Wisdom As a Weapon?

Wisdom should never be used as a weapon, but as a way to show Krishna's loving mercy. Don't you agree? Correct this little fool otherwise, please.

Your sincere student and servant.


Answer: Krishna Says That It Is Not Wrong

I do not consider you to be a fool. I consider you to be a great soul. But you do require some further education in this matter. So please accept my humble service of educating you according to the teachings of Krishna in the Gita.

Wisdom is the weapon that we use to destroy ignorance, which is the greatest enemy of the living being. This destruction of ignorance is the greatest loving mercy. Therefore in Bhagavad-gita 10.11 Lord Sri Krishna says:

tesam evanukampartham
aham ajñana-jam tamah
nasayamy atma-bhava-stho
jñana-dipena bhasvata

"To show them special mercy, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy
with the shining lamp of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance."

If you dislike comparing wisdom or knowledge with a weapon, kindly consider these words of our beloved Lord Sri Krishna in Bhagavad-gita 4.42:

tasmad ajñana-sambhutam
hrt-stham jñanasinatmanah
chittvainam samsayam yogam
atisthottistha bharata

"Therefore the doubts which have arisen in your heart out of ignorance should be slashed by the weapon of knowledge. Armed with yoga, O Bharata, stand and fight."

I hope that this matter is now cleared up and that your ignorance is now destroyed by the shining weapon of Krishna's transcendental wisdom.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Friday 5 February 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Wisdom Is the Ultimate Weapon

Sometimes it is said that the pen is mightier than the sword, and this is certainly a fact. Another way of saying this is, "Wisdom is the ultimate weapon." History has certainly proven this. Empires come and go as wars are won and lost, but true wisdom lives on forever beyond the realm of political upheavals creating cultures that continue for thousands and even millions of years.

At the present moment we are making a humble attempt to conquer the world through wisdom. The modern materialistic culture is so much out of balance with nature that it is turning this planet into more and more of a hell every day. People don't realize who they are. They have no idea where they have come from and where they are going, and thus they are in a great state of chaos and confusion. Therefore we are engaged in a war of information: truth versus ignorance. We want to bring to human society back to actual sanity, peace, and happiness by the wide scale dissemination of the teachings of Lord Sri Krishna.

We are requesting you to now fully dedicate your life for assisting us in the most essential mission. Your life will be glorious and you will be known as one of the key players who helped bring about the greatest paradigm shift in human history.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Teaching the Amazingly, Wondrous Science of Krishna
Melbourne, Australia--25 December 2015

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Request: Please Accept Me As Your Student

I am drowning in the cycle of birth and death. I have tried many times to find happiness and if I did, it was just a band aid solution, a temporary fix and it starts all over again, not happy, not sad, just existing, breathing, waiting for a different emotion to kick in and that was life. I am 62 yrs old now and as I look back over the years, its all the same pattern. Not really living at all.

I humbly and respectfully beg you to take me under your wing as your lowly servant and student, please, teach me to awaken my eternal spiritual identity so I may serve Krishna and make Him happy. I humbly beg you so I may also serve you, please teach me.

a lowly aspiring servant,


Answer: You Are Welcome

You are welcome to take shelter of me and become my disciple. Simply you have to take the instructions of the spiritual master as your very life and soul and fully dedicate yourself to pleasing him by obeying his instructions in all times, places, and circumstances with all of your thoughts, words, and deeds.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Thursday 4 February 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Beyond Egalitarianism: Stick to Your Duty for Krishna

Srila Prabhupada very nicely describes in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 3.35 the importance of sticking to one's own prescribed duty:

"One should therefore discharge his prescribed duties in full Krishna consciousness rather than those prescribed for others. Materially, prescribed duties are duties enjoined according to one's psychophysical condition, under the spell of the modes of material nature. Spiritual duties are as ordered by the spiritual master for the transcendental service of Krishna. But whether material or spiritual, one should stick to his prescribed duties even up to death, rather than imitate another's prescribed duties. Duties on the spiritual platform and duties on the material platform may be different, but the principle of following the authorized direction is always good for the performer. When one is under the spell of the modes of material nature, one should follow the prescribed rules for his particular situation and should not imitate others. For example, a brahmana, who is in the mode of goodness, is nonviolent, whereas a ksatriya, who is in the mode of passion, is allowed to be violent. As such, for a ksatriya it is better to be vanquished following the rules of violence than to imitate a brahmana who follows the principles of nonviolence. Everyone has to cleanse his heart by a gradual process, not abruptly. However, when one transcends the modes of material nature and is fully situated in Krishna consciousness, he can perform anything and everything under the direction of a bona fide spiritual master. In that complete stage of Krishna consciousness, the ksatriya may act as a brahmana, or a brahmana may act as a ksatriya. In the transcendental stage, the distinctions of the material world do not apply. For example, Visvamitra was originally a ksatriya, but later on he acted as a brahmana, whereas Parasurama was a brahmana but later on he acted as a ksatriya. Being transcendentally situated, they could do so; but as long as one is on the material platform, he must perform his duties according to the modes of material nature. At the same time, he must have a full sense of Krishna consciousness."

Nowadays there is a tendency in the name of egalitarianism to ignore the importance of the varnashrama system in which everyone serves Krishna in harmony with their psychophysical natures. This egalitarianism has created havoc in the peaceful functioning of the human society. Therefore the Krishna consciousness movement wants to re-establish varnashrama, the division of work according to one's nature, to bring a peaceful atmosphere to this planet so that people can easily and happily awaken their dormant Krishna consciousness.

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Krishna's Division of Work According to One's Nature

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Question: How to Be Steady in Bhakti?

How to be steady on the path of devotion to Lord Sri Krishna?

Amit Gupta
New Delhi, India

Answer: Shelter, Initiation, and Obedience

To become steady on the path of bhakti three things are required:

1. Shelter of the bona fide spiritual master
2. Initiation from the bona fide spiritual master
3. Obedience to the bona fide spiritual master

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Wednesday 3 February 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Guru for the Whole World

On a morning walk in Mayapura, West Bengal, India in January of 1976 Srila Prabhupada very wisely stated:

"What you have heard from the authorities, if you speak, you repeat that, that is real speaking. Then prthivim sa sisyat: then you'll be guru for the whole world, if you don't manufacture."

Therefore, for our Krishna consciousness movement to be successful, we must always be very careful not to manufacture some new idea which is not given in the scriptures or not given to us by Srila Prabhupada. In this way if we strictly stick to what we have heard from authorities, we will be successful in making the entire world Krishna conscious.

On the other hand, if we deviate from the order of the spiritual master, we will be useless and the pure form of the Krishna consciousness movement will be finished. This is confirmed as follows in the Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi Lila, Chapter 12, Verse 10 as follows:

acaryera mata yei, sei mata sara
tanra ajña langhi’ cale, sei ta’ asara

"The order of the spiritual master is the active principle in spiritual life. Anyone who disobeys the order of the spiritual master immediately becomes useless."

Therefore we must always be very careful to strictly follow the instructions given to us by our beloved Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Srila Prabhupada on a Morning Walk in Mayapura—1976

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Question: Offer Food to Krishna or to the Spiritual Master?

Krishna says, “He who is a devotee of My devotee is actually My devotee.” But He also says that if one offers Him a leaf, a flower, fruit or water with love and devotion, He will accept it. How to understand, when does Krishna accept services directly and when through His devotees?


Answer: Offer to Krishna by Offering to the Spiritual Master

Srila Prabhupada taught us to offer food to Krishna by offering it to Him via the transparent via medium of the spiritual master. So, offering with love and devotion to Krishna means offering to Him in the way that He likes, by offering it to Him through offering it to the spiritual master. Therefore the system is to always serve Krishna by serving His devotees. This is how we directly serve Krishna. If we try to bypass the devotees to serve Krishna, He will not accept our service. This is why Srila Prabhupada says that our service to Krishna is simultaneously direct and indirect. In other words, we directly serve Krishna when we serve Him through His devotees. If we try to bypass His devotees and serve Him directly, we are not serving Him at all. Is this clear?

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Tuesday 2 February 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Be Your Real Self and Taste Unlimited Bliss

All you have to do to taste unlimited bliss at every second is to be your real self. Stop causing yourself unlimited misery by trying to be that material body, which is not really you. It is only a garment being worn temporarily by your eternal, all-blissful, all-cognizant real self which dwells within. Trying to be that which you are not only leads to despondency and despair, while learning to be what you truly are is the genuine pathway to the highest stage of spiritual enlightenment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Srila Prabhupada Shows the Way to Spiritual Perfection

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Question: Are My Parents God?

People say that parents are God. Please answer me how far it is true.

Amit M.

Answer: If They Own and Control the Entire Universe

If your parents own and control everything in the universe and they manifest bodies that do not get sick, old, or die, they are God. If your father has to and had to work in order to earn a living and he does not have the body of a 16 years old youth, he is not God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Monday 1 February 2016

ISKCON Austin, Texas USA

Today's Thought:

Our Mission: Save the World From Going to Hell

At the present moment the human civilization is in a downward spiral becoming increasingly more and more degraded with each passing year. Therefore the mission given to us by Srila Prabhupada and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is to save the world from going to hell. We must take this mission most seriously for the deliverance of theses poor fellows back to home, back to Godhead. This Krishna consciousness movement is their only and last hope for having peace and happiness on this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Prabhupada's Weekend Warriors Out to Save the World

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Request: Blessings to Flood Brampton With Prabhupada's Books

Hare Krishna, Srila Gurudeva

Please accept my humble obeisances at your feet.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I really like the change you made to the daily Thought for the Day. The email in the inbox shows your name, and Video for the Day is wonderful. Now we get to see and hear from you everyday. Very few devotees get this great fortune. I'm very happy about it.

So far the devotees in Toronto were going on sankirtana every month either door-to-door in winter or street sankirtana as a team. Starting this year, we have three different teams that have emerged: Scarborough, Mississauga, and Brampton. Radhamohan Prabhu and Shyamamohini Mataji who organize the sankirtana outings throughout the year, asked me and my wife, Govindamohini, to start a new team in Brampton. We would like to seek your blessings so that we can flood all of Brampton with Srila Prabhupada books!!

your insignificant servant,
Hemanga Das

Answer: May You Be Unlimitedly Blessed to Spread this Movement

By organizing and going out for the distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books you are doing the greatest service for Lord Sri Krishna and for the suffering humanity. Therefore please take the massive distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books as the most urgent necessity for the salvation of the suffering humanity. May you be unlimitedly blessed in your mission of spreading the Krishna consciousness movement, and may you be highly successful in blessing everyone in Brampton, Ontario, Canada with the topmost mercy of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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