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Today's Thought - October 2010






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Sankarshana Das Adhikari





An Appeal for Your Help

On the order of his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, Sankarshan Prabhu has dedicated his life for the most urgent work of spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world. The more that Krishna consciousness spreads, the more that the suffering, scarcity, and hate on this planet will be replaced with bliss, abundance and love. This is a golden opportunity for us to do the highest good for all living beings and receive the special blessings of the Lord. Therefore we should, as much as possible, sacrifice our time, energy, and resources to assist Sankarshan Prabhu in his most important work. If you would like to help out to any extent, little or big, kindly inform Sankarshan Prabhu of your desire.

Sunday 31 October 2010

from Kaunas, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

The Nitya-Siddha Devotees

Srila Prabhupada wonderfully describes who is a nitya-siddha (eternally liberated) devotee of the Lord in his purport to Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya 11.89 as follows:

"A devotee is always thinking of how better to serve Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and how to broadcast His name, fame and qualities throughout the world. One who is nitya-siddha has no business other than broadcasting the glories of the Lord all over the world according to his ability. Such people are already associates of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Therefore Narottama dasa Thakura says, nitya-siddha kari' mane. One should not think that because Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was personally present five hundred years ago, only His associates were liberated. Rather, Srila Narottama dasa Thakura says that anyone is a nitya-siddha if he acts on behalf of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu by spreading the glories of the holy name of the Lord. We should respect those devotees preaching the glories of the Lord as nitya-siddha and should not consider them conditioned."

Therefore we must always honor and respect such nitya-siddha devotees, never considering to be ordinary persons of this material world. Even though such nitya-siddhas, out of natural humility, do not advertise themselves as being nitya-siddhas, for our spiritual benefit we should always be very careful to give them the due honor and respect that they deserve.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Arrival in Kaunas, Lithuania

28 October 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Give Birth to a Saintly Child?

Gurudeva,

My humble obeisances.

Please guide me how to give birth to a spiritually elevated, intelligent, beautiful child.

Seeking your blessings,

Rashmi

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Answer: Follow these Guidelines

The first step for having a saintly, spiritually elevated child is that you and your husband should become spiritually elevated yourselves by taking shelter of and getting initiated by a bona fide spiritual master. Then as a married couple you should strictly avoid having intercourse for sex enjoyment. Sex should only be utilized for producing saintly children after receiving the blessings of your spiritual master for having a child. That sex should be had no more than once a month on the most fertile day on the month according to the wife's menstrual cycle and should not be engaged in unless the husband and wife have both chanted at least 50 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on japa mala beads. After pregnancy there should be constant glorification of Krishna going on for the benefit of the child within the womb. After birth the child should immediately be engaged in regularly attending the temple. He should be trained to sit and hear the lectures along with the parents and also to be fully engaged in devotional activities along the parents. For a child everything is an exciting adventure. So if you keep the child engaged in doing devotional service, he will relish it as an exciting adventure. Do not keep a television set in your home. The mundane programming of materialists will spoil his consciousness. Instead, keep the child always engaged along with you in Krishna conscious activities. If you parents are ideal devotees and you always keep your child engaged in assisting you in devotional service, your child will come out as a great devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 30 October 2010

from Kaunas, Lithuania
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Today's Thought:

Relishing Hare Krishna Kirtan

There is nothing sweeter than to be in the association of the Lord's devotees engaged in hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord and serving Him. This is the secret of happiness, which the entire world is lacking. Therefore we must dedicate our lives to waking them up from their deep, dark slumber of illusion and delusion.

On Thursday 28 October 2010 we were about to depart from Riga, Latvia on our way to Kaunas, Lithuania. Many devotees had assembled to give us a transcendental send off and were enthusiastically chanting Hare Krishna. Our departure was delayed while we waited for our driver, Damodar das, to finish taking prasadam. I saw this as golden opportunity to lead a fired up kirtan. So I got out of the van to lead the devotees in kirtan. It was so ecstatic and so sweet! Vraja Kishore captured this on his camera as pictured below.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Leading Kirtan--28 October 2010--Riga, Latvia



Hare Krishna Kirtan is the Epitome of Sweetness.


It Can Solve All the World's Problems, If They Would Only Chant.


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How Are Souls Formed?

How are the souls formed? If all the souls have a common origin, then why do they all have different consciousness, a characteristic of the soul?

Sonan Grover

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Answer: By Krishna's Inconceivable Potency

Souls are formed by the inconceivable potency of Krishna. Just as by the arrangement of the Lord there are no two snowflakes that are exactly the same, similarly by the divine potency of the Lord every one of the infinite number of living beings is endowed with his own unique consciousness. Just as it is said that variety is the mother of enjoyment, Krishna creates in this way so that He can enjoy an unlimited variety of loving relationships with the unlimited variety of living beings, whom He has expanded from Himself.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
Friday 29 October 2010

from Riga, Latvia
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Today's Thought:

Instant Nirvana

There is no reason to continue suffering in this material existence for even a moment longer. By engaging the body, mind, and activities in the service of Krishna, one attains the supreme nirvana, which abides in Krishna. Since everything exists within Krishna, we cannot find peace outside of Krishna conscious activities. The supreme nirvana begins immediately as soon as you offer yourself to Krishna as His eternal servant. Simply you must trust in Krishna that if you fully surrender unto Him, He will take perfectly good care of you in all times, places, and circumstances. This faith is gained by the association of those who have already fully surrendered themselves unto Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Does It Take Time to Reach Pure Devotion?

Dear teacher:

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

Once you said that the order of the spiritual master carries in itself the potency for its successful execution. I want to ask: Does it take time to reach pure devotion? I mean, most of the orders of the spiritual master are on the level of pure devotion, like chanting with full concentration, pleasing Krishna, etc, etc. It's very difficult. Does it take time to reach pure devotion, maybe many years, or we can execute it with some effort right now?

Your humble servant
Yechen Zhang

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Answer: It Immediately Starts to Gradually Manifest

The awakening of pure devotion is like the sunrise, which gradually manifests on the eastern horizon. It does not fully appear all of sudden, but it immediately begins to gradually appear. In a similar way, as soon you sincerely take up the process of Krishna consciousness your spiritual progress immediately begins. It will take some time for pure devotion to become fully manifested, but it immediately begins to manifest as soon as you take the first step in devotion, which is to take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 28 October 2010

from Riga, Latvia
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Today's Thought:

Always Connected with the Supreme

In this material world we experience a constant barrage of ups and downs, the nice and the not so nice, victory and defeat, honor and dishonor, etc. The key to always being happy is to not base our happiness on our immediate situation, which is always subject to the above mentioned dualities. Our happiness should be based instead on the underlying reality of existence, that we are the eternal emanations of the Supreme All-Loving Personality of Godhead and that all we have to do to be unlimitedly happy is to always be engaged in loving service to Him with all of our thoughts, words, and deeds in all times places and circumstances.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Inspire Family Members to Chant?

I am a regular reader of your powerful daily mail "Thought for the Day." I was always thinking to see you and impatiently waiting for your visit to Pune, India. Today (October 16) morning I attended your kirtan and lecture here in Pune. The kirtan was so touching and wonderful that I wished that it would continue going on and on. I was really inspired by your devotion and dedication. My only question is: How to inspire for the chanting or Krishna consciousness to my spouse and other family members?

-Regards
R.K. Maheshwari

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Answer: Dive Deeper into the Kirtan Ocean

The more you become inspired, the more you will become empowered to inspire others. So kindly continue diving deeper and deeper into the unlimited ocean of kirtan rasa. In this way, you will become more and more like a magnet and you will be able to attract so many souls to chant Hare Krishna including your spouse and other family members.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 27 October 2010

from Riga, Latvia
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Today's Thought:

A Subscriber Who Dropped Out

Recently we were very sad to lose one of our subscribers when he dropped out of our course. He stated his reason for leaving as follows:

"I have gained all knowledge and don't want anymore."

What he does not realize is that those who are full in knowledge become so much in love with God that all they want to do is hear and chant about Him twenty-four hours a day without any cessation. There is so much to know about God that one can never know it all. The more one knows about God, the more he is hungry to know more about God. One who doesn't to want to know any more about God does not know God.

I replied to this gentleman as follows:

"Thank you very much for trying our course and honestly revealing why you are leaving. I beg to inform you that if you had actually gained all knowledge that you would want to go on expanding your knowledge unlimitedly to ever more deeply engage yourself in hearing, chanting, and remembering the unlimited glories of the all powerful, all beautiful, all renounced, all knowing, all wealthy, and all famous Supreme Personality of Godhead."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Challenge: Your Free Will Teaching Is Nonsense.

Who has given us free will? What is free will? This nonsense concept is incorporated from Islam where Allah almighty gives free will. If God has given us free will, then we are manufactured by some one. But we are in a divine form equivalent to God as proven by a deep study of the Gita wherein Krishna states that both He and the living beings are unborn and eternal.

Alok

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Answer: Disagreeing Is a Symptom of Your Free Will

You are right that both the Lord and the living beings are unborn and eternal as confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita. But what you have failed to note in your study of the Gita is that Krishna is the source of everything. Everything emanates from Him. This means that the living beings are eternally emanating from Him. They are eternally dependent on Him for their existence.

Regarding the free will issue, your not accepting that we have free will is a manifestation of your free will. You have thus automatically defeated yourself. Free will means you have the choice to agree or not agree. Your decision to not agree is proof that you have free will.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 26 October 2010

from Helsinki, Finland
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Today's Thought:

Beyond "I Am God" Philosophy

While the "I am God" philosophy may have some benefit to bring an atheist away from the total denial of divinity to at least accepting the divinity of himself, it still falls short of the philosophical understanding that is required for one to gain relief from the cycle of birth and death. The reason is that whether we deny God or consider ourselves to be God, we are still being selfish or self-centered. It is this self-centeredness which keeps us entangled in this material existence. Therefore in order to become liberated from the cycle of birth and death we must come to the God -centered platform on which we realize that we are the eternal servants of God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Why We Worship Krishna Only as Human?

Why do we worship Krishna in human form only?

Regards,
Vibhor

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Answer: He's Worshipable in All 8,400,000 Species

It's not that we worship Krishna only as a human. Even though Krishna's original form is human, He appears in each and every one of the 8,400,000 species. This is confirmed as follows by my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 2.10.42 as follows:

"It is His causeless mercy that He appears in every society or species of life, but He is never to be considered one of them."

So whether Krishna appears as a human, a fish, a tortoise, a boar, or in any one of the 8,400,000 different species, in each and every case He is fully worshipable.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 25 October 2010

from ISKCON Copenhagen, Denmark
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Today's Thought:

Traveling to Benefit the World

After an intense but ecstatic lecture series in Copenhagen along with an intense simultaneous two day marathon of replacing my computer's hard drive and reloading all its software, we are heading out today by air from Copenhagen (Denmark) to Helsinki (Finland) and from there by boat to Tallinn (Estonia). On Tuesday we will travel by car to Riga (Latvia). Why are we doing all of this austerity? We want to try our level best to push forward the Krishna consciousness movement for solving all of the problems of the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: When Will Krishna Stop All the Evil?

The world is getting more and more evil with the passing of time. Lord Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita the He will come to protect the pious and destroy the miscreants. When will He do this? It's already very bad. People are trying to destroy our God-centered culture. When will Lord Krishna stop all the evil? I am eager to see Him doing it.

Vikash

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Answer: He's Doing It Now and He Wants Your Help.

He has appeared now in the form of the Krishna consciousness movement, not for killing the demons, but for killing the demoniac mentality, by the wide scale propagation of the Hare Krishna mantra. I am very happy to hear that you are eager to see the evil come to an end. Therefore I humbly request you to join our Krishna consciousness movement and assist us in saving the world. This is the Lord's desire that you should give your entire life for delivering the poor souls of this world from their ignorance and suffering by spreading the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 24 October 2010

from ISKCON Copenhagen, Denmark
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Today's Thought:

When the Going Gets Tough

It is sometimes said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. And it certainly a fact that things sometimes get really tough in this material world. Such times are a great opportunity for us to get tough by becoming strong in our Krishna consciousness. This spiritual strength comes from taking complete shelter of the Lord in any and all situations. This is on our only shelter.


Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Are My Parents My Creators?

If I accept my parents as my creators before God then, am I right?

Sangraam

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Answer: Krishna is Your Actual Father

How can your parents can be your creators? You are an eternal spirit-soul who has always existed going back for unlimited millions and billions of years before you took birth as the child of the parents you have now. Krishna is the original source of everything. Therefore, Krishna is your actual father. You and your parents are all the children of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 23 October 2010

from ISKCON Copenhagen, Denmark
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Today's Thought:

Our Mission is to Save the World

The entire human society is currently drowning deep in the dense darkness of delusion known as material consciousness. This is based on the false conception of considering the self to be the body. Instead of having a natural intuitive understanding of the reality that surrounds them, because of their having been grossly miseducated, they do not have a clue as to who they actually are and as to what is the purpose of their existence. Thus due to extreme ignorance, the entire human society has been plunged into a horrific suffering condition. By the mercy of the great enlightened sages we now have the knowledge by which to deliver them from their deeply seated ignorance and suffering and thus usher in a new age of unsurpassed peace and prosperity for all men in all nations. Therefore our mission is now to save the world by enlightening everyone in the science of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Dealing with Anger Against Material Society

I want to ask you how can I deal with the anger I have for people that eat meat, wear leather, etc and continue in ignorance, contributing to the torture and slaughter of millions of lives. It pains me knowing how unenlightened the general population is. I hate that I have contributed in the past and probably do in some unknown ways. Why do I have so much anger? On the positive side, I just long more and more to leave this hellish material world and crave more and more to be under your guidance and return to our Father, Krishna.

As always, your guidance, love and wisdom is much appreciated.

Your humble servant,

Craig

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Answer: Make the World Krishna Conscious

You have this anger because of your saintly nature. Therefore, I applaud your anger.

The way to deal with anger against the innumerable atrocities being committed every day by the present day demoniac civilization is to do just what I have done, fully dedicate your life to making the world Krishna conscious. This is the only workable, sustainable solution.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 22 October 2010

from ISKCON Juhu, Mumbai, India
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Today's Thought:

Back to the West

Even though the line between East and West is becoming blurrier as India becomes more and more westernized, there are still the wonderful vestiges of the ancient Vedic culture lingering on in India continuing to qualify it as the "holy land" of India. For this reason a visit to India is encouraging for anyone who wants to awaken their dormant Krishna consciousness. By the time you read this I will be back in the West, on my European lecture tour explaining the amazing wisdom that guided the human civilization for thousands and millions of years before the advent of the Kali yuga 5,000 years ago. Anyone who takes advantage of this knowledge will realize the supreme happiness and become the most fortunate person in the whole world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Explaining
Bhakti Bliss to ISKCON Celibate Monks

20 October 2010--Juhu, Mumbai, India


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Who Is Qualified to Meet a Spiritual Master?

It is said that when one is qualified to accept a spiritual master, Krishna sends him one. Does that mean that everyone in whose life you come (via Internet or otherwise) is qualified to have a spiritual master?

Your servant,

Anda

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Answer: No One, But Still He Mercifully Appears.

Whether one is qualified or unqualified to come into contact with a bona fide master, that contact with Sri Guru is his greatest qualification for quickly and easily becoming perfect in self-realization by taking full advantage of the merciful instructions of the bona fide spiritual master. Even though the human population is unqualified to receive him, the bona fide spiritual master causelessly appears in their midst to bless them with Krishna consciousness. This is how we are to understand that the spiritual master's mercy is causeless. Nobody deserves it, but he dispenses mercy freely without regard for someone's being qualified or unqualified to receive it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 21 October 2010

from ISKCON Juhu, Mumbai, India
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Today's Thought:

When Disaster Strikes

When disaster of any variety strikes the first thing to do is remember that Lord Krishna is the still the Supreme Controller and that therefore any disaster small or big is fully manageable if we simply take complete shelter of the Lord. In fact, disaster is our best friend because it gives us an unparalleled opportunity to realize how tiny and insignificant we are and how much we are completely dependent on the loving mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Today, my last day in India (20 October 2010), I was not able to boot up my computer properly and after running some diagnostics with the help of a technician I found out that my computer's hard disk was ruined and in need of replacement. For someone who uses their laptop computer constantly for answering emails and for writing and uploading "Thought for the Day" every day, a hard disk failure is a disaster. But by Krishna's grace my data was backed up and I am limping by still remaining engaged in answering my emails and publishing another "Thought for the Day." This is all due to kindness of that unlimitedly sweet Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do I Get Tears in My Eyes?

Why do I get tears in my eyes whenever I listen to kirtan or think of Lord Krishna?

P.G.

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Answer: Now Perfect Your Natural Tendency

This means that by your very nature you are a devotee of Krishna. So now you must seriously adopt the full process of Krishna bhakti by chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, strictly giving up sinful activities, taking shelter of the bona fide spiritual master, and getting initiated by the bona fide spiritual master. In this way the seed of pure bhakti that is already present in your heart will be nurtured more and more so that gradually you will become completely perfect in pure love of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 20 October 2010

from ISKCON Juhu, Mumbai, India
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Today's Thought:

Nothing to Lose Except Your Misery

If you are attached to your misery, do not take to the pathway of Krishna consciousness, because if you do so in full earnestness, you will become completely free from all miseries forever. So now, you decide what you want. Do you want a temporary life, full of ignorance and misery? Or do you want an eternal life full of bliss and knowledge? So now, make your decision and do the needful to realize your goal.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




ISKCON Temple, Juhu, Mumbai, India



Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Pure Enjoyment Possible or Impossible?

Is pure enjoyment possible or impossible in this material world? Is the struggle for survival compulsory?

Avinash G.

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Answer: Pure Enjoyment is Possible in this World

Pure enjoyment is possible in this material world, only if one fully surrenders to Krishna. If one does so, he will no longer be pinched by the struggle for existence. Even though he will continue working, his life will be transformed into a celebration of transcendental bliss completely free from anxiety because he will directly perceive how the Lord is always taking good care of him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 19 October 2010

from Pune, India
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Today's Thought:

My Life's Goal

My life's goal is to see that the entire world becomes Krishna conscious. Critics may label this as foolish naïveté, that I should not waste my time dreaming about realizing such an impossible goal. But what can I do? The order has been given to us by our spiritual master, "Become guru and make the entire world Krishna conscious." My duty as a disciple is to always meditate upon, worship, and try to successfully execute the orders given by my spiritual master. So possible or impossible is not an issue for me. Even if it were impossible, my prayer to Lord Krishna would be, "My dear Lord, kindly make the impossible possible so that we can successfully carry out the order that Srila Prabhupada has given us." Success or failure is not in our hands. That is up to Krishna. But whether or not we absorb ourselves fully in trying to carry out the order of our spiritual master, that is up to us. And if we can absorb ourselves fully in this way, our lives are already a grand success whether or not the world takes to Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Departure from Pune--18 October 2010




Distributing Mahaprasad to the Devotees


Giving Final Instructions on the Bhakti Science


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Krishna (God) Male, Female, or Both?

In talking with friends about God, they struggle to understand when I refer to God as He. They believe that because everything comes from God then He must be a She also. They also find it extremely hard to refer to God as He due to past negative experiences growing up as Christians. They feel that referring to God as He does not liberate them as females. I'm not sure how to handle their objections.

Can everyone look to God the way that works for them? Why is God male and not female? Or is he sexless but appeared as male on earth? Thinking about my friends struggle I'm now getting confused writing this to you.

Would you be so kind as to help educate me about the male/female-ness of God?

C.S.

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Answer: All Aspects Are Present in Krishna or God

The masculine and feminine natures must both be present in God, since God is the source of all existence. Radha is the feminine aspect of the Supreme and Krishna is the masculine aspect. We address God as "Radha Krishna" acknowledging both the masculine and feminine aspects. We first address the feminine aspect of God because the feminine aspect is more softhearted and easily approachable than the masculine aspect. In the Hare Krishna mantra we first utter "Hare" addressing Radha, the feminine aspect of God, before we utter Krishna to address the masculine aspect. So our Hare Krishna mantra calls out to God as "She-He."

As long as someone is attached to thinking themselves to be a male or a female, they will remain on the material non-liberated platform. It is only when one realizes, "I am not my material body. I am instead a spirit-soul who is the eternal servant of God." that they can become liberated. A male does not become liberated by thinking that because I am male, God must also be male. Similarly, a female does not become liberated by thinking that because I am female God must be female. God is not a subjective relativity conjured up in our fertile imagination. God is a scientific reality, the source of all existence.

Since God is the original impregnating seed-giver for all of existence, in His original form He must be male. Even though He sometimes manifests the female form of Mohini-murti, still in his original form He is male because the female does not give the seed to impregnate the male. It is the other way around. It is the male that impregnates the female. These are nature's laws. They cannot be changed. Because God is the supreme impregnator of the entire existence, He must therefore be male.

When one becomes spiritually perfect and perceives the original form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence, one will see that He is manifesting a male form. To expand His enjoyment that Supreme Person manifests from Himself His feminine aspect, Srimati Radharani. It is only through the mercy of Radharani, our divine mother, that we can approach our divine father, Lord Sri Krishna. So, since in one sense God's feminine aspect is more important and in another sense God's masculine aspect is more important, both of them are given equal importance by learned transcendentalists.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 18 October 2010

from Pune, India
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Today's Thought:

The Ultimate Super Star

In this material world superstars come and go like shooting stars. They appear out of nowhere and enjoy their brief fame fling as the center of attention until they burn off their good karma and vanish into oblivion becoming completely forgotten. But there is a supreme superstar whose fame is ever-increasingly expanding for all of eternity, who is never forgotten. That supreme superstar is Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

It is said by Canakya Pandita that although life is certainly short for everyone, if one acts properly, his fame will remain for a generation. But when it comes to devotees of the Lord, there is a different principle. Just as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, is everlastingly famous, so those who are connected with the Lord through loving devotional service, the Lord's devotees, are also everlastingly famous.

So there is no need to strive for the fleeting fame which one can achieve in this material existence. One should simply strive for pure bhakti, and then whatever fame is required for his service to spread the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world will be wonderfully, personally provided by the Lord. This is confirmed as follows in the Bhagavad-gita 9.22:

ananyāś cintayanto māṁ
ye janāḥ paryupāsate
teṣāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁ
yoga-kṣemaṁ vahāmy aham


"But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion,
meditating on My transcendental form --
to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have."

And this is further confirmed in the Bible in Matthew 6.33:

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, all these things shall be added unto you."


Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Sri Krishna is the Ultimate Super Star



Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Who is the 33rd Guru?

Who is the next guru in the disciplic succession after Srila Prabhupada? The knowledge of Krishna has come down to us in a successive way. Srila Prabhupada's guru was 31st in the disciplic succession from Krishna. Srila Prabhupada was 32nd. So who is the 33rd spiritual master in disciplic succession after Srila Prabhupada?

Bikekananda

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Answer: The Disciple Who Strictly Follows

Srila Prabhupada told his disciples that they would be the next in the disciplic succession after him. So those Srila Prabhupada's disciples who are strictly following him are the next in line of disciplic succession. They jointly occupy position #33.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 17 October 2010

from Pune, India
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Today's Thought:

Future Hope of the World

Srila Prabhupada wonderfully reveals the future hope of the world:

"The real success or fulfillment of the mission of human life can be achieved in India, Bharata-varsa, because in Bharata-varsa the purpose of life and the method for achieving success are evident. People should take advantage of the opportunity afforded by Bharata-varsa, and this is especially so for those who are following the principles of varnasrama-dharma. If we do not take to the principles of varnasrama- dharma by accepting the four social orders (brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya and sudra) and the four orders of spiritual life (brahmacari, grihastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa), there can be no question of success in life. Unfortunately, because of the influence of Kali-yuga, everything is now being lost. The inhabitants of Bharata-varsa are gradually becoming degraded mlecchas and yavanas. How then will they teach others? Therefore, this Krishna consciousness movement has been started not only for the inhabitants of Bharata-varsa but for all the people of the world, as announced by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. There is still time, and if the inhabitants of Bharata-varsa take this movement of Krishna consciousness seriously, the entire world will be saved from gliding down to a hellish condition."

This sublime quote is taken from Srila Prabhupada's purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.10.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Revealing World's Future Hope

Pune, India--15 October 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How Do You Eat on the Airplane?

How do you manage your meals while travelling on the airplane? Even though they serve either vegetarian or non vegetarian food, the utensils used to prepare the vegetarian food may also been used to cut meat. So, do you carry your own meals, or how do you manage?

Deepak

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Answer: Better than Anyone Else

Our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, instructed us not to take any food, even vegetarian food, cooked by non-devotees. So we carefully follow his instruction. While the other passengers are consuming lumps of sin and deepening their entanglement in the cycle of birth and death, we are eating better than anyone else by relishing the most sublime and enlivening taste of Krishna prasadam, vegetarian foods lovingly prepared for and offered to Lord Krishna. This wonderful Krishna prasadam liberates us from the cycle of birth and death. Meat-contaminated utensils is another one of the reasons that we bring our own food.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 16 October 2010

from Pune, India
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Today's Thought:

When Bad is Considered to be Good

Last night (14 October 2010) as we were enduring a hellish traffic jam to gradually make our way from Pune to Nigadi, where I was scheduled to give a lecture, we passed a movie theatre advertising a movie called "Crook--It's Good to be Bad." I could immediately understand that the world society has been transformed into a hell on earth because we are now thinking that it is good to be bad and bad to be good. We cannot expect a happy life in such a demoniac society. Formerly during the Vedic times, when good was highly celebrated on all levels of the society and bad was denigrated, the atmosphere was very pleasant on this planet. Therefore the Krishna consciousness movement is dedicating to turning the topsy-turvy world back into an upright position by establishing in words and actions the Vedic principle that it is good to be good and bad to be bad.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hellish Traffic Jam Traveling from Pune to Nigadi

14 October 2010


Ad for "Crook-It's Good to be Bad" Movie


Establishing that It is Good to be Good
Nigadi, India--14 October 2010


Enthusiastic Audience Packed the Hall
Nigadi, India--14 October 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: If Guru's Order Is Not Krishna Conscious

We are taught that we should follow our guru and his instructions throughout our life. I also feel so. However, if our guru asks us to do something which seems to be Krishna conscious but is not, then what happens? Am I liable for that bad karma or is the guru?

Your Servant

Ravi

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Answer: Don't Accept Such A Guru

This is why Srila Prabhupada advises in the Nectar of Instruction that one should only take as his spiritual master a devotee who is an uttama adhikari, a highly advanced devotee, so that one will not suffer under insufficient guidance. If you do this, you will not have to worry about the scenario that you have described.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 15 October 2010

from Pune, India
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Today's Thought:

The Greatest Rescue Operation

Today, 14 October 2010, all over the world people are celebrating and appreciating the rescue of 33 miners, who were trapped for 69 days nearly a half-mile under the earth's surface in the San Jose Mine, a gold and copper mine in northern Chile. One by one they were hoisted to the earth's surface in a specially designed rescue capsule.

But there is even a greater rescue operation which is currently delivering souls who have been trapped in this material world for millions and billions of lifetimes. The 33 miners are still subject to birth, death, old age, and disease. And most of them will probably return to working in the risky mine again. But those who are rescued by the greatest of all rescue operations will never again be subjected to the miseries of material existence. These most fortunate of all souls are exiting this material world in the protective capsule of Krishna consciousness.

Just imagine what kind of joyous celebration happens in the spiritual sky each time a conditioned soul returns there to resume his eternal relationship with Lord Sri Krishna!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Miner Rescued from San Jose Mine



Eternal Celebration in the Wondrous Spiritual Sky


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Executing Guru's Order at a Distance

All glories unto you, Gurudeva.

Please accept my humble obeisances. If one just tries to act according to his Gurudeva's written orders and if he lives (being compelled) far away from his Gurudeva's physical presence, what about his progress to get the supreme perfection of love of God, devotional service to Lord Sri Krishna? Please show some light to this fallen being, who only begs yours blessings to serve his Gurudeva, YOU, better.

Ashutosh

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Answer: Dedication Makes One Close to Sri Guru

The most powerful presence of the spiritual master is his instructions. So, if one is seriously following the
instructions received from his spiritual master, there is no question of his ever being separated from his
spiritual master. Such a disciple is in the presence of his spiritual master at every minute. The spiritual
master dwells in the heart of a such a disciple, and that disciple dwells within the heart of his spiritual master.

Kindly note that my instructions are that you should chant every day at least sixteen rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra on japa mala beads, while at the same time strictly avoiding illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. Also you should regularly read Srila Prabhupada's books, offer all of your food to Krishna before eating (no meat, fish, eggs, onions, or garlic), and, if possible, participate regularly  in the activities of your nearest ISKCON center.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 14 October 2010

from New Delhi, India
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Today's Thought:

Kindly Deliver and Empower Us

Srila Prabhupada, you have instructed your disciples to become gurus and deliver the entire world. But how can we deliver the world when we cannot even deliver ourselves? It is only by your mercy, Srila Prabhupada, that we can become delivered. Similarly it is only by your mercy that in spite of our innumerable disqualifications we might be able to do something for delivering the suffering souls of this world. Therefore, since you have ordered us that we must deliver the entire world, the only thing we can do now is to bow down at your lotus feet and beg you with all the humility at our command that you kindly bless us that we can be delivered and that we can be 100% successful in carrying out your order to deliver the entire world. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur said that our movement will be successful when the high court judges all wear tilaka. So we are praying for that day, Srila Prabhupada, begging your mercy that such a wonderful, mellifluous day will come as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Hellish World Out There Waiting to Be Delivered



Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Soul Is Described as Marginal?

I read that the soul is spiritual and therefore belongs to the spiritual world with Krishna. Please explain why then the soul is described as being from marginal energy and not spiritual energy.

Thank you,

Sujata

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Answer: He Sometimes Chooses the Material Energy

You have read correctly that the soul is spiritual and thus belongs in the spiritual world with Lord Sri Krishna. Therefore the soul is spiritual energy.

However, since love is voluntary, it cannot be forced, there has to be a free choice for the souls in the spiritual world whether they want to remain there or come to the material world to try to enjoy separately from God. Since they have this free choice and sometimes misuse it, they are also referred to as marginal energy.

So in conclusion, the soul is designated both as spiritual energy and as marginal energy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 13 October 2010

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Last Full Day In Vrindavana

Duty calls. Srila Prabhupada was called to depart from the sublime Krishna conscious atmosphere of Vrindavan to spread Krishna consciousness to every nook and corner of the world. Now I am also obliged to follow his order to give Krishna consciousness to the suffering people of this world. He instructed, "Become guru and deliver the whole world." Therefore I must leave Vrindavana for spreading this amazing science of Krishna bhakti all over the world. I must leave Vrindavan for the higher purpose of transforming the entire world into Vrindavana. This is a shared duty for all the members of the Krishna consciousness movement. If we are always in the mood of transforming the whole world into Vrindavana, we are always living in Vrindavana at every minute with no separation. This is the secret of how to always be happy in full Krishna consciousness.

Because of the recent rains the Yamuna river is currently very wide and clean. I could not resist taking advantage of this auspicious opportunity to bathe in her sacred waters. Today (12 October 2010) being our last full day in Vrindavana I resolved that I must take full advantage of Yamuna devi's sweet mercy. We hired a boat to take us on a wonderful boat ride across the Yamuna. While traversing her sacred waters we dove deep into the nectarean river of Krishna kirtan. Upon reaching the opposite shore I changed into my gamsha and submerged myself in her sacred water.

Srila Prabhupada says that bathing in the Yamuna cleanses away all the contamination of the material world. So I was feeling pretty good when I came out. Srila Prabhupada states that by chanting Hare Krishna and bathing in the Yamuna one becomes perfect and returns back to home, back to Godhead. The process of bathing in the Ganges or the Yamuna falls within the category of one the seven items of bhakti known as pada-sevanam, serving the lotus feet of the Lord.

According to the Varaha Purana, as quoted by Srila Jiva Gosvami, there is no difference between the water of the Ganges and the Yamuna, but when the water of the Ganges is sanctified one hundred times, it is called the Yamuna.

So I am very thankful to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Sri Krishna that on this, my last full day in Vrindavana, I was blessed with the sublime opportunity to bathe in the Yamuna. This will strengthen me now to carry with the mission entrusted to me by my most beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Yamuna Devi Attracts Us to Bathe in Her Sacred Water.

River Yamuna with Kesi Ghat in the Background.


"My dear friend, if you are indeed attached to your worldly friends, do not look at the smiling face
of Lord Govinda as He stands on the bank of the Yamuna at Kesi Ghata.
Casting sidelong glances, He places His flute to His lips, which seem like newly blossomed twigs.
His transcendental body, bending in three places, appears very bright in the moonlight."
--Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (1.2.239)


Kirtan While Crossing the Yamuna--12 October 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Will I Go to Hell?

Please accept my thanks for your reply. I am so pleased that you took the time to write to me. In Great Britain there are few spiritual teachers, and I would have to travel a long way and pay lots of money to find someone. Unfortunately I do not have the ability to find a master, and that is why I write to you, I am so happy about this.

I have a question that is keeping me terrified day and night and would like to ask your wisdom on this matter. I used to be a Christian here in the UK but became disillusioned over their dogmatic and literal interpretation of the Bible. They preached heaven or hell with eternal fire for non- believers. Unless we accept that Christ died for us on the cross to save us from our sins, we will burn in hell for eternity. This has caused much anguish and pain as I am not sure what I believe and am open minded at this point. I am frightened of going to hell.

My question is: Is it your belief that I will go to hell if I don't accept the Christian concept of Christ dying on the cross for us? And is there a hell where certain people will go for all eternity, separated from God?

Please explain. I am so frightened.

T.D.

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Answer: We're Already There. Chant and Get Out.

When it comes to factual, scientific knowledge of reality, there is no question of belief. If something is true, it's true. And if something is not true, it's not true. Belief has nothing to do with what is real and what is not real. Therefore scientific understanding is required.

Regarding the matter of hell, we are already in hell because we are presently trapped in the cycle of birth and death so far away from the kingdom of God. Of course there are worse hells than this where sinful people are literally being burned. This is confirmed in all of the revealed scriptures.

Our destination after leaving this body is determined by our state of consciousness at the time of death, when we depart from our present body. If our hearts are still longing for material pleasures, we will take birth again in this material world in a suitable body to fulfill our desires in any one of the 8,400,000 species of life such as a type of human being, animal, plant, or fish. And if our hearts are completely free from all material desires with our only desire to serve God, we will enter the spiritual world and manifest an eternal spiritual body which never gets sick, never gets old, and never dies.

There is no such thing as eternal damnation. This is a ridiculous concept. If one fails a course, the university will let him take it over again so that he can get credit for obtaining his degree. So how can one think that a university could be more merciful than God? This is a very immature, sentimental understanding of God.

If we want to understood the highest subject matter, the science of God, we must be very thoughtful and intelligent. The fact is that if we are sincerely endeavoring to achieve spiritual perfection in this lifetime and somehow or other fail to make the grade, the Lord will mercifully allow us to take birth again picking up our spiritual progress from we left off in our previous lifetime, so that we can finish up our business in this material world and go back to home, back to Godhead. In this way he will give us another chance in our next lifetime, if we fail to become perfect in this lifetime. So, no one is eternally damned unless they voluntary choose to always remain rebellious toward the Lord lifetime after lifetime.

But even the most stubborn hearts will gradually melt. The ultimate destiny of every single living being is to return to his original home in the spiritual world. In this connection my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta has written in his book, the Teachings of Lord Caitanya:

"'Actually every living entity is destined to reach the Supreme Lord."

So there is no need to be terrified any longer. If you will chant the names of God on a regular daily basis:

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

or any names of God from the revealed scriptures, you will experience an awakening of love of God within your heart and your life will become completely free from all troubles.

I sincerely hope that this meets you in a fearless, ecstatic mood and that you can take the proper all-merciful pathway of self-realization as described by Krishna, God the Father, in the Bhagavad-gita.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 12 October 2010

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Today's Thought:

I Cannot Leave Vrindavana

Every morning here in Vrindavan is the sweetest ecstasy. Rising early before 3 am. Taking bath. Dressing in devotional clothing. Sanctifying the body with sacred tilaka. Purifying my consciousness by Hare Krishna mantra japa meditation. Going to the temple to attending a nectarean mangala arati worship service diving deep into hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord and His pure devotees. Worshipping Srimati Tulasi devi. Waking, feeding and offering arati to Sri Sri Radha Damodar. More japa chanting. Meditating on the amazing transcendental name, fame, form, qualities, entourage, and paraphernalia of the all-perfect, all-beautiful, all-merciful, all-blissful, all-powerful unlimitedly sweet Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. Studying verses from the ancient sacred Vedic scripture, the Srimad Bhagavatam. And then, top off the whole amazing six hours transcendental journey by honoring Krishna prasadam in the association of devotees. And this is just the start of the day! After that there are unlimited things that one can do here in Vrindavana to increase one's Krishna consciousness even more. How can I ever leave this sweet transcendental heaven that Krishna Himself never leaves? The only way to leave is to not leave, by always carrying Sri Vrindavana Dhama with me within my heart wherever I go all over the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Feeding Prasadam to the Monkeys



Govardhana Parikrama--28 September 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: What and Who is God?

What is God? And who is God?

Roland

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Answer: The Supreme Source Possessing All Opulences

I appreciate very much your significant questions: "What is God?" and "Who is God?".

God is the source of everything. Since there has never been a case of something coming out of nothing, everything comes out of something, and there must also be a supreme source for all of existence. That supreme source is God.

To understand who is God we must use our reasoning power. Since all opulences such as power, beauty, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, and fame emanate from God, He must possess them to a greater degree than anyone else. So now all we have to do is find out who is the greatest possessor of these opulences. When we find out that person, we have found out God. If we study all of the great personalities throughout history, it becomes very clear that Lord Krishna possesses these six opulences to a greater degree than anyone else. Therefore, we can rightfully conclude that Krishna is God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 11 October 2010

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Today's Thought:

Transcendental Kamyavan Excursion

On 9 September 2010, our party consisting of eleven devotees headed out in two vehicles on a long drive to Kamyavan, one of the twelve forests of Vrindavana. Srila Prabhupada mentions Kamyavana in his Caitanya Caritamrita purport quoting from the Bhakti-Ratnakar:

"In this Kamyavana, Krishna performed enchanting pastimes. Here you will be able to take darsana of many ponds and other transcendental spots. I cannot even describe in writing all the sacred tirthas found at Kamyavana."

Our first stop was Bhojan Sthali. This is said to be, by the locals, a place where Krishna would take lunch with His cowherd boyfriends. There are imprints of the bowls and plates that are said to have been used by Krishna, embedded into the rock at this place. It is customary for one to bring a food offering when one comes here. I took advantage of this holy place of remembering Krishna's pastimes with the cowherd boys to personally make an offering to the Lord where the rocks are imprinted:



Then we went to Charan Pahari, where Lord Krishna's footprints are enshrined. According to the locals there is the impression of Krishna's left and right footprints at this place. It is said that Krishna was playing His flute at this place and that the hill started to melt. The impressions of Krishna's footprints could then be seen on the stone here. We have been told that Lord Caitanya, Lord Nityananda, Advaita Acarya, Madhavendra Puri, Madhvacarya, Vallabhacarya and the Goswamis have come to this place to have darshan of Krishna's footprints.



Our next stop was a mountain cave said by the locals to be the cave used by the demon Vyoma to imprison the cowherd boys. The history of Vyoma is narrated in the Srimad Bhagavatam as follows:

"One day, while tending the cows, Krishna, Balarama and the cowherd boys became engrossed in playing hide-and-go-seek. Some of the boys took the role of sheep, some the role of thieves, and others shepherds. The shepherds would search for the sheep when the thieves stole them. Taking advantage of this game, a demon named Vyoma, sent by Kamsa, dressed himself like a cowherd boy and joined the band of "thieves." He abducted a few cowherd boys at a time and threw them into a mountain cave, keeping them there by blocking the entrance with a boulder. Gradually Vyomasura abducted all but four or five cowherd boys. When Krishna saw what the demon was doing, He ran after him, grabbed him and killed him just as one would kill a sacrificial animal."



We had ecstatic kirtan in what locals describe as the cave where Vyomasura imprisoned the cowherd boys. We chanted an ecstatic song the glorifying the holy places and great devotees of Sri Vrindavana Dhama and then relished the sweetest bliss of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra:



We proceed to the top of the mountain to offer respects to what is said to be the impression of Krishna's hand and foot. And then proceeded carefully back down the mountain.



After reaching the foot of mountain we took darshan of what is said to be the foot prints of Lord Balarama. Then it was heading back to our base in Vrindavan town with a picnic stopover on the way.

It was was a wonderful day of reconnecting with Krishna in His most holy Vrindavana dhama. It is said that Kamyana forest fulfills all desires, so I cautioned our party members to have only one desire in their heart during our visit, the desire for pure devotional service.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do You See Time as Real?

Hello.

I am British and so am finding this new text, Bhagavad-gita, a bit puzzling at times. But I am very interested to learn more. Please, can you explain why you see time as eternal? My thought was that time was non-existent in the true nature of things, that time is only present in the mundane existence. Surely it has no presence in present moment awareness. And when we fall between the gap in our thoughts during meditation, there in no sense of time either. I thought time was a manmade concept.

So my question again is: Why do you see time as real and eternal?

Thank you, humbly.

Tracey

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Answer: It is the All-Devouring Factor

I appreciate very much your sincere inquiry.

In the material world the time factor is eternal. It is the all-devouring time factor which drags mighty civilizations to the point of complete destruction and which also drags everyone, even the greatest, most powerful personalities of this world step by step to death.

But in the spiritual world time is not present. While in the material world we are constricted by time, in the spiritual world there is no constriction of time. Hence, nobody dies or gets old there. Everyone stays young forever.

When we identify ourselves with our body by thinking ourselves to be American, Indian, or whatever, we are plugging into the time factor and subjecting ourselves to death. However when we remember and realize that we are not these bodies, that we instead are pure spirit-souls, qualitatively one with the Supreme Soul, the source of all existence, and then learn how to fully connect ourselves with that Supreme Soul through loving, devotional service, we are then opening for ourselves the pathway to eternal, all-blissful, all-knowing existence completely beyond the clutches of time.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 10 October 2010

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Feed the Mouth, Not Your Rectum

Without God realization we are like a madman who doesn't know into which hole of his body to place his food. If we want taste, nourishment, and eradication of hunger from our eating, we must put the food into our mouths instead of into our eyes, ears, nose, or rectum. By putting the food into our mouth, every part of the body will receive the nutrition it needs. Similarly, the devotee knows that if he offers his loving service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, it will then be wonderfully distributed to all living being throughout the entire universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Describing Where to Give our Love

Sri Vrindavana Dhama--9 October 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question How to Realize that Krishna is His Name

Please accept my humble obeisances.

How we can increase our faith in the chanting of the holy name? Many times we hear in Srila Prabhupada's lectures that Krishna's holy name is non-different from Krishna Himself. Is it possible for me that one day that I will fully realize within my self the significance of this statement?

Gaurav Gupta

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Answer: You Can Personally Experience This

There is nothing more important for our spiritual progress than having strong, unflinching faith that Krishna and His name are the same. By carefully executing the process of Krishna consciousness, chanting the Lord's holy names with faith, while at the same time giving up sinful activities, you will gradually personally experience while chanting how you are directly associating with God Himself face-to-face, eye-to-eye in the form of His holy name.

In this connection the Padma Purana states:

"The holy name of Krishna is identical with Krishna and is like a cintamani gem, a touchstone. That name is Krishna personified in sound and is therefore perfectly transcendental and eternally liberated from material contamination."

And it is also stated by Bhaktivinode Thakur in the Harinama Cintamani as follows:

"The Supreme Lord invested all His potencies in His transcendental name and offered it to the living entities. One who has sufficient faith in the holy name is eligible to chant it. One who chants Lord Krishna's name is properly executing his prescribed duties. The holy name is so potent that chanting is not dependent on conditions of time, place, rules, cleanliness, etc. Pious activities like giving charity, performing sacrifices and ablutions, and chanting of Vedic mantras are all regulated by stringent rules. But the only prerequisite for chanting the holy name is faith. One who takes shelter of the holy name with unflinching faith will attain all perfection. The jiva in Kali-yuga must become free from deceit, enroll himself as a member in Lord Krishna's family of devotees, and continuously chant the holy name."

So if you want to increase your faith in Krishna's name, you should always remember these descriptions from the the Padma Purana and the Harinama Cintamani. These powerful sastric (scriptural) words will help you to increase your faith in the Lord's transcendental holy name. By faithful chanting you will be carried by the wings of Krishna's holy name beyond the coverings of this material existence into that sweet transcendental abode known as the spiritual sky, where you will live an eternal blissful existence in the association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

For those who lack faith we suggest that they try this process as an experiment by carefully following all of the instructions given by the spiritual master. By doing so they will be in for an amazing surprise as they begin to experience the transcendental awakening of Krishna consciousness within their hearts and gradually experience that they are in the presence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 9 October 2010

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

World's Most Miserable Person

By the amazing process of self-discovery or self-realization even the most miserable person in the world can become the most blissful, ecstatic person. This amazing transition can easily be accomplished simply if one taps into his original identity. The miseries of material existence are an artificial imposition on the suffering soul due only to his misidentification with the material body. All one has to do to revise his original, blissful nature is to engage regularly in the activities that are normal for the self in its liberated position, especially hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord. In this way by gradually re-orienting his consciousness to it natural, original state, the most miserable person will in due course of time emerge as the most ecstatic person in the entire universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Teaching the Self-Realization Science in Vrindavan

26 September 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Astanga Yoga is in Gita, Chapter 6?

Dear Acharyaji,

Namaste

Why do you say that the astanga yoga of the sage Patanjali is meant for less intelligent persons who have no better knowledge? On the contrary it is meant for intelligent people. The astanga yoga is one of six darshans in the Vedic system of life. Chapter 6 of Bhagavad- gita is nothing but the essence of astanga yoga, the ultimate aim of which is to reach kaivalya, chit shakti or swarup pratishta or the awakening of ones' original Krishna consciousness, which is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. May I request you to please let all sadhakas know the reason for inclusion of chapter six in the Bhagavad-gita?

With my obeisances,
Janardan Mali


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Answer: To Show That Bhakti is Higher

Thank you very much for seeking clarification of your doubt. Your request is a sign of your intelligence.

Regarding intelligence--there is intelligent, more intelligent, and most intelligent. While of course, we accept that anyone who takes to the self-realization path is intelligent, at the same time we see that those who adopt a pathway which can bring perfection in one lifetime are more intelligent than those who adopt a pathway which takes many lifetimes.

If you will carefully examine chapter six of the Bhagavad-gita you will see in the final verse that Lord Krishna states that out of all yogis, the one who takes to the path of bhakti is on the highest platform. So the eightfold yogic path is meant for those who are not able to come to the highest platform of bhakti. Chapter six is included in the Bhagavad-gita by Lord Sri Krishna for comparing the astanga, eightfold yoga system with bhakti yoga to show that bhakti yoga is better. The proof is that the prime recipient of the Bhagavad-gita, Sri Arjuna, did not execute the eightfold yoga path. He instead demonstrated the perfect example of bhakti yoga by fully surrendering to the instructions of Lord Sri Krishna.

So it is not my words. It is Lord Sri Krishna Himself who is stating that bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion, surpasses the eightfold system. And we see in history that the great stalwart yogi, Visvamrita, who achieved samadhi, the highest platform of the eightfold path, immediately fell victim to sex desire when tempted by the heavenly damsel, Menaka. And we also see that the great devotee Haridas Thakur even without executing the eightfold path was able to withstand the repeated advances of a beautiful naked young woman in the dead of night in a solitary place because of his complete absorption in chanting the holy names of God in mood of love and devotion. In conclusion, it is confirmed in chapter six of the Bhagavad-gita and is a historical example that the path of devotion is superior to the eightfold yoga system. This is why we can make a clear distinction between these two paths..

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 8 October 2010

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Don't Let Your Monkey Mind Steal Your Vision

6 October 2010--While on parikrama today at the Sri Sri Radha Damodar temple in Vrindavana a monkey stole the glasses from Mr. Joshi, one of the members our of party. The monkey was so bold that he stole them from Mr. Joshi while he was wearing them. Sometimes the monkeys will accept bribes in the form of bananas or other foodstuffs to return the stolen goods, and sometimes they will accept the bribe and then not return what they have stolen.

You may wonder why I am presenting such a topic where I normally present the science and philosophy of Krishna consciousness. The reason is that there is very nice simile here. One's mind is like a monkey. And that mind, if allowed to be uncontrolled, steals away one intelligence. One is no longer able to distinguish between illusion and reality. When one's mind becomes like a monkey one should feed it with the knowledge of Krishna consciousness. In this way one will be able to regain complete control over his mind and will have the clear vision to distinguish reality from illusion

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Vrindavana Monkey Steals Mr. Joshi's Glasses

and Returns Then After Being Offered a Bribe


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Dhyāna, Dhāraṇā, and Prāṇāyāma

What is your opinion about dhyāna, dhāraṇā, and prāṇāyāma? Don't you think they are also important or essential for a sadhaka (one who practices self-realization) to develop his Krishna bhakti or Krishna consciousness, as you say? I need your clarification please.

With my obeisances,

Chandra

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Answer: Beneficial Only for the Non-Devotees

Dhyāna, dhāraṇā, and prāṇāyāma are three of the steps in the eightfold yogic path known as aṣṭāṅga-yoga.

The eight stages of the aṣṭāṅga-yoga are as follows:

1. yama--prohibitions
2. niyama--positive regulative principles
3. āsana--sitting postures
4. prāṇāyāma--breathing exercises
5. pratyāhāra--withdrawal of the senses from material sense objects
6. dhāraṇā-- concentration
7. dhyāna--meditation
8. samādhi--trance

The above process is recommended for less intelligent persons who have no better knowledge. But one who has tasted the beauty of the Supreme Lord Krishna, in the course of his advancement in Krishna consciousness, no longer has a taste for dead, material things. Therefore, restrictions are there for the less intelligent neophytes in the spiritual advancement of life, but such restrictions are only good until one actually has a taste for Krishna consciousness. When one is actually Krishna conscious, he automatically loses his taste for pale things.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 7 October 2010

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Amazing Radharamana Darshan

6 October 2010--Today we were blessed with the most amazing darshan of the Radharamana deity in Vrindavan. This deity appeared in a very amazing way. The story goes like this:

Once in 1542, on Lord Narasimhadeva's appearance day a rich business man made an offering of clothes, crowns, and jewelry to Gopal Bhatta Goswami, who lamented that as he was worshipping a saligrama-sila (which is round just like a stone), he could not utilize such articles like the other Goswamis were in dressing their Deities. Lamenting in this way, the Goswami took rest. Early the next morning, when he came to bathe his saligrama-silas, he discovered that one of the silas had transformed itself into the most beautiful Deity of Krishna, who had manifested Himself out of love, just to receive worship from Gopal Bhatta Goswami. Radharamana means "one who gives pleasure to Radha", and is one of the many names of Krishna.

The altar is too far away from the darshan area of the temple room for one to get a good shot even with a telephoto lens. But the pujari kindly took my camera and went very close to Radharamana to take this sublime picture of the most beautiful Lord who manifested Himself from a stone just to please His pure devotee.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Rare Close Up Photo of Radharamana Deity

Vrindavana Dhama--7 October 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Accept a Spiritual Master?

I can understand that I have to accept a bone fide spiritual master in order to make progress in spiritual life. How do I accept a spiritual master, and on what basis does the spiritual master decide who he will accept a disciple? What are the qualifications of serious disciple?

Miroslav

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Answer: Agree to Follow His Instructions

One accepts a spiritual master by finding that person who is a pure devotee of Krishna agreeing to follow his instructions. The only qualification is sincerity. If you are sincere about becoming Krishna's pure devotee, the spiritual master will guide you how to achieve this pure state of unlimited devotion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 6 October 2010

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

Indescribable Bliss in Vrindavana

What could be more ecstatic than rising early in the morning way before dawn in the holy place where Lord Sri Krishna enacted His transcendental pastimes 5,000 years ago and is indeed still enacting them today? This is Sri Vrindavana Dhama, the transcendental abode of Lord Sri Krishna. After taking bath, dressing in devotional clothing, and applying sacred clay on my body, I dive deep into meditation on Lord Sri Krishna's unlimitedly sweet and merciful holy names which are 100% non-different from Him. Then I proceed to Prabhupada's Samadhi which is abuzz with over a hundred devotees chanting their japa and drinking in the sweet nectar of Srila Prabhupada's mercy and Lord Sri Krishna's mercy. I prostate myself flat on the floor in front of the gigantic wooden doors behind which Srila Prabhupada regally sits in his deity form awaiting our worship. I then offer my humble obeisances to my eternal spiritual master with the following prayers:

nama oṁ viṣṇu-pādāya kṛṣṇa-preṣṭhāya bhū-tale
śrīmate bhaktivedānta-svāmin iti nāmine

namas te sārasvate deve gaura-vāṇī-pracāriṇe
nirviśeṣa-śūnyavādi-pāścātya-deśa-tāriṇe


 I offer my respectful obeisances
unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,
who is very dear to Lord Krishna on this earth,
having taken shelter at His lotus feet.

Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master,
servant of Sarasvatī Goswami. You are kindly preaching the message
of Lord Caitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries,
which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.

These prayers, uttered with sincere devotion, connect me with my spiritual master, who then connects me with Krishna and His transcendental land of Vrindavan. This is the most wonderful indescribable bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Takes Devotees

on Vrindavana Parikrama (early 70's)


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can I Develop Bhakti?

How can I develop bhakti, pure devotion to God? What are the ways to achieve it?

Vijayan

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Answer: Through these Nine Methods

Bhakti is developed through these nine processes described in the Srimad Bhagavatam:

(1) Hearing about the Lord
(2) Glorifying the Lord
(3) Remembering the Lord
(4) Serving the lotus feet of the Lord
(5) Worshiping the Lord
(6) Offering prayers to the Lord
(7) Serving the Lord,
(8) Making friendship with the Lord
(9) Surrendering everything unto the Lord

These nine principles of devotional service -- taken all together or one by one -- help a devotee remain constantly in touch with God. In this way, at the end of life it is easy for the devotee to remember the Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 5 October 2010

from New Delhi, India
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Today's Thought:

Whirlwind Lecture Series

4 October 2010--After finishing up a whirlwind three day lecture series of ten hours of teaching the science of Krishna bhakti in the New Delhi area, this morning we are heading back for more transcendental blissful purification in Lord Sri Krishna's transcendental abode, Sri Vrindavana Dhama. It was extremely gratifying to be able to explain the glories of Krishna consciousness to so many large receptive audiences here in greater New Delhi. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita that for one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed. Even though pure devotional service is only rarely achieved, it is assured by Krishna that those who teach it will definitely get it. So I am very grateful that Lord Sri Krishna has given me so many nice opportunities to teach this ultimate science to so many receptive listeners here in greater New Delhi this past weekend.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Teaching the Highest Level of Meditation

at ISKCON Noida, India--4 October 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is the Path to Truth Difficult?

Why is the path to truth always or most of the time difficult?

Gourav Kapoor

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Answer: It is Not Difficult.

The path to truth is not at all difficult. Sometimes, however, it seems difficult because of our being so much blinded by untruth.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 4 October 2010

from New Delhi, India
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Today's Thought:

Entering the Eternal Present

We keep thinking that our complete happiness and fulfillment is somewhere out there in the future because we are forgetting that liberation or pure Krishna consciousness is a state of being completely beyond the influence of time. In other words there is no amount of manipulation of the material energy even up to the point of becoming Brahmaji, the topmost energy manipulator in this universe, which can ever give us real and lasting satisfaction. Our only real happiness is to awaken our original, pure loving relationship with that supreme all-attractive person, who is the well-wisher of all, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Simply we have to resume our original relationship with Him as His eternal servants. This reality is fully available for us right now. All we have to do is enter into it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sankarshan Das Adhikari Teaches Pure Bhakti

at ISKCON New Delhi, India--3 October 2010


Questions and Answers After the Class


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Can the Mind Focus on Something Besides Krishna?

Dear teacher:

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

Some yogis focus their vision and mind on the candle flame. This is called Trataka Asana or candle flame meditation. Is it really possible for a human's mind to focus on something other than Krishna's name, like the candle flame? Or is it that only Krishna's name can prevent the mind from wavering? Is it mind's nature to jump frequently from one thing to another? Can the mind focus on impersonal brahmajyoti? How about the perfect impersonalists, like the four Kumaras? Before they met Krishna, were they focused on impersonal brahmajyoti?

Your humble servant.
Yechen Zhang

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Answer: Not Permanently

The fickle, ever-wandering mind can never become permanently fixed on anything other Krishna or Vishnu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Any other objects of meditation will ultimately prove to be unsatisfying. This is why those who achieve impersonal liberation eventually fall down from that position back into material existence. In some rare cases, such as in the case of the four Kumaras, the realized impersonalist can progress further to stage of personal realization. But as a rule they fall back into material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 3 October 2010

From New Delhi, India
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Today's Thought:

Global Cultural Conquest

The time is right now more than ever for the ultimate cultural revolution to become fully manifested on this planet. It has to because we've got no choice. We are so precariously situated now on the brink of total disintegration of the human civilization that the only thing that can save us is a mass awakening, a global spiritual renaissance to bring the human society back to its natural state of harmony with the supreme source of all existence.

As I have stated before, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. So kindly do your share for the benefit of all living beings by reawakening your dormant enlightened consciousness, your Krishna consciousness, through the process of hearing and following the words of the supreme authority, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sankarshan Das Adhikari Teaches Pure Bhakti

at ISKCON Noida, India--2 October 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Accept a Spiritual Master?

You are talking about the bona fide spiritual master, which is quite confusing to me. Could you please define what kind of person who can be regarded as the bona fide spiritual master? How can you be sure that this person is already beyond the material world?

According to the statement made by the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu in his book Tao Te Ching, as long as a person has a physical body, he/she cannot be not affected by the material world. He/she may know more than the others, but it does not mean he/she knows everything and be endowed with complete wisdom that will never make any mistakes. According to the teaching of the Buddha, we should not rely on a master to achieve liberation. A master may be able to give us some instructions, but what we can really rely on is our own Buddha-nature, or what you call Krishna consciousness. The revelation of this pure nature can only be accomplished by our own insight into it. In fact, everything and everyone we encounter can be our spiritual masters that guide us to progress.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely yours,
Haiyan Shen


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Answer: Because We Cannot Liberate Ourselves

If you accept that everyone you encounter can be your spiritual master to guide your progress, then kindly give me your undivided attention and try to very carefully understand what I am saying to help you become liberated.

The bona fide spiritual master means someone who has awakened his Buddha nature and has thus fully realized the Absolute Truth. It is not possible that a conditioned soul can attain liberation merely by relying on his own Buddha nature, because unless one has already awakened his Buddha nature he will not be able to recognize what his Buddha nature is to be able to connect with it. Therefore to awaken one's Buddha nature one must take help from that person who has already awakened his Krishna consciousness or Buddha nature. That person is the bona fide spiritual master.

This is confirmed as follows in the Mundaka Upanisad:

tad-vijñānārthaṁ sa gurum evābhigacchet
samit-pāṇiḥ śrotriyaṁ brahma-niṣṭham


"In order to awaken one's dormant Krishna consciousness or Buddha nature,
one must approach the bona fide spiritual master in disciplic succession,
who is fixed in the Absolute Truth."
--Mundaka Upanisad (1.2.12)

Another important point in this connection is this:

If a teacher tells us not to accept any teacher, we should not accept him as our teacher, because to do so would be in violation of his teachings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 2 October 2010

from New Delhi, India
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Today's Thought:

Do What Krishna Wants

The secret of perfection in Krishna consciousness is to do what Krishna wants, not what you want. All forms of suffering come from our one defect of acting independently from God. Therefore simply by abandoning what we want to do and doing what God wants us to do , we will immediately be liberated.

So, how do we know what God wants us to do? We are not pure enough at this point to hear His direct instructions to us within our hearts. We have to hear from His authorized representative, the bona fide spiritual master, who purely guides us on behalf of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In this way, simply by hearing from and following the bona fide spiritual master we get perfect spiritual knowledge and immediate liberation from this miserable material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sankarshan Das Adhikari Lectures

at Krishna Balrama Temple
Sri Vrindavana Dhama --29 September 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Are There Demons?

I was wondering where demons come from and why Krishna allows them to exist (if they actually do). I was taught as a child that Satan as we know him to be was a fallen angel who is allowed to try to deceive people and take their souls to hell and all that stuff. Is any of this true in the beliefs of Krishna followers? I have a hard time believing this. Could "Satan" just actually be our own greed and lust instead of a real entity? Thank you so much!!

Christopher G.

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Answer: We are the Demons

Every living being is a devotee by nature. But when he misuses his independence he becomes a demon. So the demons do exist. That's us. And this material world can therefore be rightly described as a dungeon of demons. This is that place where those who have misused their independence are sent to try to fulfill their desire to try to be happy independently of God. Because we are constitutionally meant to serve God, no one can be truly happy here.

When by the grace of Krishna the demoniac person comes into the contact of the bona fide spiritual master, if he takes proper advantage of such powerful spiritual association, his original spiritual, devotee nature will be revived.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 1 October 2010

from Sri Vrindavana Dhama, India
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Today's Thought:

The Greatest Opportunity

Caught up in the day-to -day rush of material existence we all too often forget about connecting with the ground of our being, the source of our existence. Therefore it is very important that we set aside some quality time early every morning to associate directly with God in an intimate way before we begin our daily activities. The Lord has so kindly manifested Himself in this material world in the form of His holy names so we can easily connect with Him in a very intimate and personal way on a regular daily basis. Therefore those who are actually intelligent and who understand the purpose of their existence spend quality time chanting the names of God every day without fail.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sankarshan Das Adhikari Lectures

at Krishna Balrama Temple
Sri Vrindavana Dhama--29 September 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Should I Fight for My Job?

I am following your directions and always trying to remain in Krishna Consciousness.

I am facing practical difficulty in my job. I am a senior central government official. I am very sincere and honest and hard working person, normally not found in government services. I have faced injustice from the top authority of my institute. They have grabbed my department, closed it, and started some other activity there. I had given big efforts to develop this department for 18 years.

I think this is big injustice. What should I do? How should I act? Should I accept this situation or fight like Arjuna? Should I approach court to get justice?

I am totally confused.

Please advise.

Thanks,

B.B.

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Answer: Yes, If You Offer Its Results to Krishna.

If you are engaging your livelihood in the service of Lord Sri Krishna, you can take whatever steps may be necessary to secure it, and by doing so you will not suffer any karmic reaction. Act intelligently and act aggressively and offer the result of your endeavor to Lord Sri Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




















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