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Tuesday 31 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Taste the Unsurpassable Treat

Even though hedonistic activities can give us a quick thrill, it is better to avoid them because they keep us caught up in a false sense of bodily identification and thus lead nowhere except to darkness and death. It is better to forego these cheap pleasures and pursue the topmost pleasure, which is many times more enlivening than hedonistic pleasure. That topmost pleasure is reconnecting with the Supreme Lord, the source of all existence, through the process known as Krishna consciousness. The pleasure one can derive from Krishna consciousness is ultimately millions and billions times greater than the pleasure of hedonism. The only catch is that one has to be patient to taste it because while hedonistic pleasure comes instantly the pleasure of Krishna consciousness is gradually manifested according to the degree that one has awakened his dormant Krishna consciousness. If one can be patient, restrain himself from hedonistic pleasure, and steadily engage in Krishna consciousness, he is set for an unsurpassable ever-increasingly wonderful treat.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Will Gayatri Mantra Liberate Me?

I recite daily the Gayatri mantra instead of the Hare Krishna mahamantra. Will I not get liberated?

Regards

Aman

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Answer: Surrender to Guru is Required

The qualification for entering the spiritual world at the time of death is that one becomes completely free from all material desires by being fully absorbed in the devotional service of the Lord. It is not that one becomes liberated simply by saying the Gayatri mantra or the mahamantra for a few minutes a day. In other words, liberation requires a complete transformation of consciousness from absorption in sense gratification to being fully absorbed in the devotional service of the Lord. This means that one must become perfect in transcendental vision, which requires being fully trained up in the bhakti yoga science by the bona fide spiritual master. Therefore one must seek out such a bona fide spiritual master and completely surrender unto him by following his instructions. Then one's liberation from the cycle of birth and death is guaranteed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 30 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

The Essence of Life

If we are not tuned into the essence of life, there's no way we can be truly happy. We may kid ourselves for sometime that we are actually happy. But sooner or later our little charade will be finished, and we will realize that we are suffering like anything. So the best thing is to be proactive. Don't wait for disaster to strike before you connect with life's essence. Do it right now. Absorb your consciousness every day in connecting with the source of your existence, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, by deeply and devotedly meditating on the chanting of His holy names:

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

You will feel always fresh and invigorated flying high in the spiritual sky. And you'll never die.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Author Explains Essence of Life

30 May 2010--Lenasia, South Africa


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Convince Others?

Kindly guide me to how to convince others to join the Krishna consciousness movement. I feel I am not confident to convince others, and this drives me not to tell any one.

Kindly help me in this,

Your servant,
Gowrish

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Answer: Deepen and Strengthen Your Conviction

If you can become completely convinced, you will be able to convince the entire world. Therefore you must constantly focus on deepening and strengthening your conviction by regularly reading the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 29 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

The Fast Track to Nirvana

The fast track to the supreme nirvana, ie. becoming perfect in Krishna consciousness, is to take complete shelter of Krishna's representative, the bona fide spiritual master, by fully absorbing one's life in serving his mission. It is not difficult to become situated in this perfect stage of consciousness. All one has to do is seek out the bona fide spiritual master and dedicate one's life fully to following his instructions. One should always pray to the spiritual master, "Please bless me and guide me how I can always serve your mission in the best possible way." Then when Lord Krishna sees that we are the completely sold out devotees of his devotee He will bestow upon us the highest benediction of pure love of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada--

the Ideal Disciple of His Spiritual Master


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Manifest Bhakti Enthusiasm?

I am also a follower of Lord Krishna. My problem is that I feel a kind of lack in my enthusiasm in worshipping the Lord. My question is: How can I raise my enthusiasm for giving myself to Him in full devotion ?

Karan

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Answer: It's Simply a Matter of Realization

Enthusiasm is simply a matter of realization. If you had fallen off of a cliff and you had grabbed hold of a tree branch on the way down and you heard some people above you on the top of the cliff, how enthusiastic would you be to call out to them for help?

Our present predicament is like this. If you always remember this, you will naturally call out to the Lord with the greatest enthusiasm.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 28 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Living My Dream

I dream of a world that is completely Krishna conscious, and I live my dream by every day doing whatever I can to make it happen. Why should I resign myself to living in a world of misery when I can ecstatically live my dream every day of helping to transform an ever- increasingly chaotic world into a spiritual paradise?

How could such a seemingly impossible transformation take place? The answer is quite simple: One person at a time. If we can convince ourselves to take up Krishna consciousness, we can convince others also. And if we can convince those others that they should also convince others to practice and spread Krishna consciousness just as we are doing, a global spiritual revolution will be in motion, which will one day completely inundate the planet earth.

If such a revolution possible? There is no question of whether it is possible or impossible because it is already happening. The only question is whether or not you will join.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada

Launches the Global Spiritual Revolution
in Tompkins Square Park, New York--1966


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Did We Evolve from the Apes?

Do you agree that we evolved from chimps and apes?
Did we come to earth as humans or did we evolve from the animal kingdom?

Mauro

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Answer: Through an Evolution of Consciousness

Although Darwin's idea that the forms of the species have evolved is not correct, still it is a fact that we have gradually evolved from the lower forms of life to the higher forms until reaching this human form. The actual evolution is not an evolution of the forms. It is instead an evolution of consciousness. Through the cycle of birth and death as our consciousness becomes more and more developed we take higher and higher life forms until we finally reach the human form. In this human form we can perfect our consciousness by becoming Krishna conscious and thereby escape the cycle of birth and death by going back home, back to Godhead.

Darwin is completely wrong that the forms have evolved. The 8,400,000 different types of forms are always there from the very beginning of the universe because they all originate in the Lord. They are not developed by a so-called process of natural selection. They are all provided by the Lord to satisfy the desires of the living beings to try to enjoy this material world in 8,400,000 varieties of ways.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 27 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Serve Krishna with Love

Whatever we do in Krishna's service should be done with love. Otherwise, if we simply serve the Lord mechanically, we will not get the desired result. We will not taste the bliss of Krishna consciousness and sooner or later we may even give up Krishna consciousness altogether. We should always remember what Krishna instructs us in the Bhagavad-gita 9:26:

"If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it."

Note that offering these items with love is a condition for their being accepted. If they are not offered with love we cannot necessarily expect that Krishna will accept them.

The same principle of serving Krishna with feeling is expressed in the Christian Bible in the 100th Psalm:

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing!"


Here again the principle is reconfirmed that we must serve the Lord with a loving, happy, grateful attitude.


Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada and His Disciples

Sing and Dance in Ecstatic Love
Bhaktivedanta Manor, Watford, UK--21 August 1973


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Knowledge, Pride, and Humility

Hare Krishna Maharaja,
Please accept my humble obeisances.

In my childhood I read "vidya dadati vinayam" (knowledge gives humility). But I have never found it to be true. Material knowledge makes one only puffed up. In this situation as a student how to not get affected by this kind of embarrassing situation?

Your insignificant servant,

Cosmic Singh

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Answer: Real Knowledge Brings Humility

Real knowledge means to know things as they are. Pseudo knowledge is concocted on the platform of mental speculation and does not make one humble. Rather it puffs up one's sense of false pride more and more. If one is fortunate to get real knowledge by coming in contact with a bona fide spiritual master, who accurately describes the Vedic wisdom, he will naturally become humble by hearing and applying that knowledge in his life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 26 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Second Birth Takes Us Into Eternal Existence.

Our first birth is from our mother and father. After coming out of our mother's womb we are taught how to engage nicely in eating, sleeping, mating, and defending. But if this is all that we are taught, we are no better than animals because these four activities are the constant engagement of those souls who are presently embodied in the animal kingdom. If we want to rise beyond the animal platform, we require a second birth for entering into the transcendental existence. This birth is given at the time of initiation by the spiritual master who initiates us. The spiritual master is our spiritual father and the Vedic wisdom in our spiritual mother. Just as our mother and father give us a name at the time of our first birth, at the time of our second birth the spiritual master gives us a new spiritual name to remind us that we are not this body and that we are the eternal servants of Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Sankarshan Das Adhikari Initiates

Anuradha devi dasi, Bhaktarupa Das,
and Dvijamani Gaura Das (pictured left to right)
Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas--24 August 2010


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Request: Please Save the World

Respected Maharaj Ji,

Please accept my pranams at your feet. The person who said, as quoted recently in Thought for the Day, that the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita are trash, is he himself trash. Whatever you are doing, it is great service to humanity. There is rampant conversion in India. For money poor villagers are being bribed to give up their Vedic culture, sanatan dharma. Only Sri Krishna can save us.

So, please continuing blowing your victory conch 'Panchajanya' by spreading the teachings of Lord Sri Krishna and save the world.

S. Das

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Response: Let's Work Together as a Team to Do That

I share your anguish regarding how humanity is plunging into deeper and darker ignorance. Therefore my burning desire is to see that the whole world can become Krishna conscious before I leave my body. Even though considering today's grossly materialistic world society, such a spiritual revolution seems totally impossible, I know that by the mercy of Lord Sri Krishna even the most impossible thing can become possible and become a tangible reality.

Amazing, seemingly impossible things do happen. For example, I grew up in an America where I remember shopping in a store in 1958 where a black man could not use the same bath room as a white man because he was considered to be an outcaste. If someone had then predicted that in fifty years a black man would be the president of the United States, his prediction would have been considered ridiculous. But now we see that indeed such an unforeseen change has occurred. So if even within the material energy such an amazing change can take place, just imagine how amazing a change can take place under the influence of Lord Sri Krishna's spiritual energy. So it is therefore certainly possible that Krishna consciousness can become the predominant world culture within the next 50 years. So let's work together as a worldwide team of devotees to make it happen. Even if we are not successful in pulling it off, Krishna will be greatly pleased by our endeavor and will take us back to His abode at the time of our passing out of our bodies.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 25 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

The Origin of the Universe

Modern day scientists claim that the universe began 14 billion years ago with a big explosion that they have named the Big Bang. Of course, they did not witness this Big Bang. They merely theorize that it must have happened because according to their calculations our universe is an expanding universe. But if we logically analyze the Big Bang theory, we can see that using it to explain the origin of the universe is problematic. The biggest problem is that we have never experienced an explosion that creates order. Explosions are very good at disrupting order, but they never create order. Therefore it is illogical to assume that our highly ordered universe has manifested from an explosion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Scientists Claim the Universe Began

With a Big Bang 14 Billion Years Ago


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Desire to Know Krishna?

Is the desire to know Krishna something that burns our hearts in its own right or is it some kind of feeling an emotion like a sense of loss?

Wil

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Answer: The Ticket for Our Spiritual Reawakening

The desire to know Krishna is the ticket for reawakening of our original natural pure consciousness. The more intensely that desire burns in our hearts, the more we will realize Krishna. And the more we feel that without Krishna we are hopelessly lost, the more we will taste the transcendental bliss of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 24 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Global Relationships Meltdown

The ever-increasingly impersonal modern day world is plagued by troubled and broken relationships. Treasures like a happy home and intimate lifetime relationships, which were once taken for granted, are now becoming a rarer and rarer commodity. What is the cause of this global relationships meltdown? It is happening because we as a world society are moving every day further and further away from the God-centered conception of existence into the abyss of godlessness.

For example, when the United States of America declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776 the concept of God was presented in its declaration of independence. But the European Union, which has come into being from a series of treaties beginning in 1952, has intentionally omitted any reference to God in its documents.

God is important, because He is the origin, the starting point, for all of existence. As soon as we leave God out of the picture we eliminate the one thread that holds us all together as a cosmic family. The result of this godlessness will be increasing chaos and a gradually increasing breakdown of the social structure leading to eventual total anarchy on this planet. However, it's not too late the reverse this deadly transformation towards Godlessness. The Krishna consciousness movement was founded for the purpose of bringing God back into the center. We are calling upon all thoughtful, compassionate men and women throughout the world to join this movement for the benefit of the entire human society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Associate with the Lord's Devotees?

I have been attending a course on Krishna Consciousness philosophy at my local temple. In the course it was explained that there are different types of devotees. There are neophyte devotees (kanistha-adhikaris), intermediate devotees (madhyam-adhikaris), and topmost devotees (uttama-adhikaris).

It was explained that in order for one to make rapid advancement it is beneficial to associate with a devotee who is on a higher level of advancement than yourself. On the other hand for a devotee who is very advanced it is not beneficial to associate with less advanced devotee.

This makes me very anxious because I am in awe of the advanced devotees and I would very much like to have their association. But I don't even know if I can call myself neophyte devotee. So I do not want to cause harm to their own spiritual progress by giving my own association. How do I solve this situation?

Regards,

Kody

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Answer: By Transcendental Give and Take

When the advanced devotees mercifully give their association to those who are less advanced they receive the greatest mercy from Lord Krishna. This is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita as follows:

ya idaṁ paramaṁ guhyaṁ
mad-bhakteṣv abhidhāsyati
bhaktiṁ mayi parāṁ kṛtvā
mām evaiṣyaty asaṁśayaḥ

na ca tasmān manuṣyeṣu
kaścin me priya -kṛttamaḥ
bhavitā na ca me tasmād
anyaḥ priyataro bhuvi


"For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees,
pure devotional service is guaranteed,
and at the end he will come back to Me.
There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he,
nor will there ever be one more dear."
--Bhagavad-gita 18.68-69

Therefore it is not correct to say that it is not beneficial for the senior devotees to associate with the junior devotees. The seniors derive the greatest benefit by being merciful to the juniors.

What is not necessary is for the neophyte is to give his association to the advanced devotees. What is necessary is that he takes the association of the advanced devotees by hearing and inquiring from them submissively and rendering service unto them. Kindly note carefully the distinction I am making between taking association and giving association. We take the association of those who are more advanced and give our association to those who are less advanced. And for those who are equally advanced we engage in both giving and taking association.

So take full advantage of the association of the advanced devotees by bowing down at their feet, rendering service unto them, and eagerly learning from them. This will make your spiritual progress very speedy, solid, and steady.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 23 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

He Said Krishna's Teachings Are Trash

Recently one of our readers dropped out of our course with the comment, "It is the same trash repeated over and over again!" It is interesting to note that this was the second time he dropped out. This means that even though he describes Krishna's teachings as trash, he was attracted enough to the "trash" to sign up for a second time.

So what we are to think? Are these teachings of the Bhagavad-gita trash? Whatever they may be, I know one thing for sure. They are the most powerful teachings for delivering one from all the miseries of material existence by bringing one into direct contact with the Supreme Person, the source of all existence.

So whether they label Krishna's teachings as trash or as the rarest gem, whatever they label them I don't care because I am going to accept these teachings, follow these teachings, and propagate these teachings for the benefit of the human society until my last dying breath.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How Do We Get Moksha (Liberation)?

Is moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death) given by Godhead and the spiritual master, or is it given when requested by the devotee. If we request for moksha, does this mean that our material life will be a failure? If it is so, why?

With regards & awaiting for your kind answers.

Radhakrishna Chalamalasetty

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Answer: By the Combined Mercy of Guru and Krishna

Deliverance from the birth and death comes by the combined mercy of the spiritual master and the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is described in the Caitanya Caritamrita as follows:

brahmāṇḍa bhramite kona bhāgyavān jīva
guru-kṛṣṇa-prasāde pāya bhakti-latā-bīja


"The living entity is rotating in the cycle of birth and death, going sometimes to the higher planets and sometimes to the lower planets, but that is not the solution to the problems of life. But if by the grace of Krishna one is fortunate enough to meet a guru, a representative of Krishna, one gets the clue to returning home, back to Godhead, having achieved self- realization."
--Cc. Madhya 19.151

Such deliverance or moksha does not mean that we necessarily become a failure in material life. In fact, we see that in the case of Arjuna it was just the opposite. After becoming liberated he became the most successful man in the material world by totally defeating his enemies on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 22 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Is Krishna Cruel?

Recently one of our dear subscribers dropped out of our course because she felt that we are not presenting here a God of unconditional love. She could not understand how a God of unconditional love could sanction a person's becoming an animal in his next life. She must have thought that such a God would be cruel. What she did not understand is that those who are more inclined towards animalistic activities are given by the Lord a better facility in their next life to fulfill their material desires. So such animal birth is for them a boon because they are getting the better facility for sense gratification that they desired. So, Krishna is not cruel. Like a loving father He is fully facilitating His beloved children according to their desires to enjoy and at the same time giving them all help in reviving their eternal relationship with Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Is Transcendental Bliss Like an Erupting Volcano?

Please accept my loving and humble obeisances,
May Your Mercy and Blessings always be on me,

Is it true that the transcendental bliss experienced by a devotee of Lord Krishna can be compared to volcanic eruption? If yes, then is the intensity of transcendental bliss constant in an advanced devotee of Lord Krishna?

Regards,

Sunil

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Answer: Yes, and It is Ever-Increasing.

Every living being is a pure devotee of Krishna. But the conditioned souls in this material world have completely forgotten about their loving relationship with the Lord. Therefore their natural transcendental bliss of pure devotion is currently in a dormant state within them just like a sleeping volcano. But when they revive their Krishna consciousness, the natural love of God and its concomitant transcendental bliss come again to the surface of their consciousness just like the awakening of a sleeping volcano.

Srila Prabhupada explains in his book "Renunciation Through Wisdom" that the transcendental bliss in an advanced devotee is ever increasing:

"As the devotee realizes this transcendental knowledge, he feels ever-increasing spiritual ecstasy overwhelming his heart. This spiritual joy expands at every moment."

Therefore if we are actually intelligent, we will fully absorb our lives in awakening our dormant Krishna consciousness because there is no greater attainment than this to be had anywhere within all of existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 21 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Pure, Eternal Love

As long as our tendency for love is tinged by even the slightest degree of selfishness it will never bring us permanent, lasting happiness. Real love is selfless service to the Supreme Being and through Him to all living beings. The atheist may claim that he loves everyone with the exception of God, that he does not need to love God because God does not exist. But let us see if he can purely love everyone without any thought of return. We challenge him to do this.

Pure love or eternal love requires to be channeled through the central point from which all of existence has arisen. That original point is God, who must necessarily be a person in order to manifest so many unlimited millions and billions of persons from Himself.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Love?

Love for the Lord is the topmost priority. But what is love? Why is love the reason for everything? Why maya is entangled with love ? Should man love his near and dear ones? Why do we love those whom we don't even know? Is love the reason of the Lord's creation? Why do we become selfish in love? Why did the Lord created feeling of love?

Are the gopis, Krishna's cowherd girlfriends, present on this earth during the Kali Yuga?

Bhavesh

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Answer: Pure, Selfless Surrender unto the Supreme Person

Love means pure selfless surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence. God is expanding everything from Himself simply for the purpose enjoying loving relationships with an infinite number of living beings.

When our love becomes selfish it is no longer love. It is then known as lust. The pure, selfless state of love makes us happy. And the impure, selfish state of lust makes us miserable.

The gopis departed with Krishna back to the spiritual world. Therefore they are not here on this planet during the Kali Yuga, the present age of quarrel and hypocrisy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 20 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Jubilation at Every Moment

For a Krishna conscious person every moment is full of jubilation as he celebrates the transcendental reality that Krishna has blessed us with. He even sees the so-called reverse situations in a transcendental way that increases his Krishna consciousness. In other words even when disaster strikes the devotee sees what lesson he can learn so that he can be even more nicely and deeply absorbed in the ultimate samadhi, Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How Are Life and Soul Related?

What is the relationship between life and the soul?

Manish

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Answer: Soul is Present Wherever There is Life

Wherever life is present a soul is present. Therefore a devotee is highly respectful to all living beings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 19 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Ecstatic Sastric Vision

The key to rising above the influence of the three modes of material nature is to develop sastric vision. In other words, you have to see everything through the eyes of the scriptures. In this way you will have perfect vision of everything. When someone has defective vision they get prescription corrective lenses so can they see everything clearly. As soon as they put on their glasses, they immediately see the world in a much clearer, more wonderful way. Similarly, one who develops sastric vision by regularly reading and following the Bhagavad- gita and other revealed scriptures lives in an ecstatic reality which remains unknown to those whose vision is still blurred by the desire for material sense gratification.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Imparts Sastric Vision to His Students



Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Why and How is Krishna the Supreme Cause?

Thanks a lot for all the responses that you have given to me till now. I have two more questions. They just wont stop from appearing in my mind!!!!

1. I believe in the saying "Do not accept a truth without questioning it." This is the principle I try to follow to avoid blind faith. To follow this principle first of all I start to question about a truth (i.e. truth as perceived by the general human beings), and when I get an answer I just add a "why and how" to the answer. This way I have found out that after some "whys" and "hows" science and technology in the material world cannot give me a satisfactory answer. In other words, if I proceed to know the reason of a reason of a reason of a reason, etc., then after a certain level science and technology fails to give a logical answer. Either they end up saying, "It just happens naturally." or "It is not known yet, but investigation is going on." Now my question is that if I apply this same process to the spiritual science as explained by the Vedic or any other religion will I get answer to all my "whys and hows"? In the Vedic scriptures it is said that God is the reason of all reasons. Now if I ask why and how God is the reason of all reasons, will I get an answer??

2. It is said that the only difference between animals and human beings is that animal cannot understand or do not know about God. But how can we be so sure about their understanding of God? For example, we do not understand the different communicating signals of the animals, but they do communicate with each other. So how can we be so sure that they are not communicating with God in some language or other way which we humans do not understand??

Hare Krishna
Thanks and regards

Gautam

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Answer: For His Own Pleasure and By His Sweet Will

If we apply why and how to the spiritual science, we will ask, "Why and how is Krishna the cause of all causes (reason of all reasons)?" The reason that Krishna causes everything is for the expansion of His own personal pleasure. In other words being Krishna alone would not be as enjoyable as being Krishna in the midst of a vast unlimited creation. And as to how Krishna manifests this amazing creation, He does so effortlessly like an elephant picking up a lotus flower with his trunk simply by willing it.

We can see practically that the animals are engrossed 24 hours daily in no other business than gratifying their material senses. If they were in communion with God, they would be demonstrating the same natural detachment from material sense gratification that we see in those who are God realized. But instead they are uncontrollably pulled by their senses.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 18 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

When the Mind Erupts Like a Volcano

Even for an aspiring transcendentalist because of material conditioning over many lifetimes sometimes the mind erupts like a volcano profusely spewing out all kinds of mental garbage. At times like these one is advised to ignore the mind and bring one's consciousness back to Krishna. If we indulge the mind in its eruption of madness, we run the risk of completely falling down from the spiritual platform. Therefore in times like these one is advised to discipline the maddened mind and bring it back to meditation on the transcendental name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In this way the volcanic mind will cool off, and one will again become peaceful and happy in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




When the Mind Erupts Like a Volcano Chant Hare Krishna



Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Difference Between Spirituality and Religion

If religion means the connection between the Supreme Personality and the spirit soul, then what do we mean by the term spirituality? What is its function and how is it intrinsically related to religion?

How do I select a guru for being initiated when I don't have direct access to him? Although I hear a lot of praise by the devotees who were initiated by a certain guru, I cannot just depend on hearsay belief.

Kindly enlighten!
Thank you so much

Your servant,
Devesh

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Answer: No Spirituality Unless We Re-link with God in Love

Spirituality means to be situated on the transcendental platform beyond the modes of material nature. And religion means to re-link with God. Unless one has reconnected or re-linked himself with God through loving service there is no question of permanently attaining the position of spirituality. Although the impersonalists attempt to reach this spiritual platform without religion, in the end they are defeated by their unlawful desire to be God.

You mention that you have no direct access to a guru. But this is not true because you are directly accessing me. I appreciate very much how you are an intelligent person who does not depend on hearsay. Now you should fully utilize your intelligence in direct contact with the spiritual master. Analyze his qualifications to be your spiritual master based on your experience of him and the authoritative descriptions in the Vedic scriptures.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 17 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Oceanic Kindness

One of the twenty-six qualities of a devotee is that he is kind. His kindness is called oceanic because it is all encompassing, in other words his compassion reaches out to all living beings within this universe and indeed even in the other universes. That kindness is the sublime gift of Lord Nityananda, upon whose request Lord Caitanya spared the two offensive devotees named Jagai and Madai and accepted them as His devotees. We should always therefore pray to be the representatives of the unlimited mercy of Lord Nityananda for everyone that we meet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Caitanya Spared and Delivered Jagai and Madai

on the Request of the All-Merciful Lord Nityananda


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Have a Crime Free Society?

Many laws are being enacted to stop criminal activities. But criminality is increasing in the world. What is your opinion about this, and how can this situation be improved for a crime free society?

Your servant

Sheela

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Answer: Make the World Krishna Conscious

Since the lawmakers are themselves criminals because they are breaking the laws of God, how can we expect their laws to put a stop to crime?

The only way to stop crime is introduce the entire human society to the process of Krishna consciousness. At the present moment everyone is trying to enjoy life by engaging in the criminal activity of breaking the laws of God. They are indulging in illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling We must teach them instead that they can only be happy by obeying the laws of God. This is the only solution for the crime problem, which is torturing the human society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 16 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

There Must Be a Supreme Person

Some philosophers argue that there cannot be a supreme person, but that argument is not at all logical. To say that there is no supreme person is another way of saying that we are all equally situated, which is clearly not the case. We can see that all over the world persons possess different quantities of these opulences: power, beauty, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, and fame. It is not that everybody possesses the same amount of these opulences. So somewhere within all of existence there must a person who possesses a greater quantity of these opulences than anyone else. That person is the Supreme Person. I challenge all scientists, logicians, and philosophers to prove that such a person does not exist. Since each person possesses a different amount of these opulences, there has to be somewhere a Supreme Person. To know Him and love Him is the perfection of our existence. If you would like to know who He is, what He looks like, where He lives, and what He does, you've come to right place. Here we will reveal everything to you about that Supreme Person.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Great Sages Conclude that the Supreme Person is Krishna



Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the First Religion?

What is the first religion? Egyptian? Hinduism? I am at a loss to know where to start.

Thank you kindly,

Kathleen

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Response: Real Religion is Eternal

Religion is the science for reconnecting the individual self with the Supreme Self. Because the Supreme Self (God) is eternal and because the individual self is eternal, religion is also eternal. In other words real religion has no beginning point in the annals of world history. Any religion which has a historical beginning is not the original pure form of religion. Real religion is that religion which has always been and always will be. That real religion is called sanatana dharma in the Sanskrit language. Sanatana dharma means the eternal nature of the soul. And what is that eternal nature? That nature is to serve. Why do we say that? Everyone is looking to serve someone because that is an intrinsic need felt by everyone. If a man cannot find anyone to serve, he will keep a dog and serve him very nicely by taking him for walk everyday. However, the perfection of service is when we can perfectly serve the Supreme Self or God, because just as when we water the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are nourished, when we serve God, who is the root of everything, we automatically serve everyone. Therefore the real religion is to completely absorb oneself in loving service to the Supreme Lord. This same one religion has been taught by many great enlightened teachers throughout the course of history. But the less intelligent followers have diluted and polluted it into the so- called sectarian religions of the world.

The Krishna consciousness movement, of which I am one of the spiritual leaders, is making an attempt to bring back the proper understanding of religion so that all the suffering of this world can regain their original natural happiness in loving serve to that Supreme Person, who is the source of all existence. We request you to join us in this movement for bringing true, lasting peace to this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 15 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

The Cosmic Cause of All Causes

In spite of the fanciful claims of the world-renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, the universe did not come out of nothing. Scientific observation confirms that everything comes from something. And if we trace the chain of causality back to its beginning point we come to the cause of all causes. That cause of all causes is not nothing. It is something. Some argue that there is an infinite chain of causality with no beginning point. But even if that were the cause, there would still have to be an unmoved mover somewhere along the chain to set the whole thing in motion. This brings us back again to understanding that there must an original cause of all causes to activate the cosmic manifestation. Who or what that cause is can be discussed at a later time. But the first point for understanding is that there must necessarily be an original cause. Hawking's idea of a causeless cosmos is fallacious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Physicist Stephen Hawking Teaches a Mistaken Cosmic View


Video: Hawking Claims Universe Comes from Nothing
http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/Videos/Stephen_Hawking_Origin_of_t he_Universe.wmv

Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Where Does God Come From?

Thank you very much for your wonderful mails everyday that are inspiring to me.

With the argument you have used to refute Stephen Hawking's claim (I agree with you), I just want to ask, that the same argument can be used by them about Krishna or God. If everything comes from something, then from where does God come?

Your Aspiring Servant,

Shikhar


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Response: God Comes from God

Since Krishna is the source of everything, Krishna therefore is also the source of Krishna. In other words, Lord Krishna is self-manifested. He exists by dint of His desire to exist. The same cannot be said about us.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 14 August 2010

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Today's Thought:

Physicist Says Universe Came Out of Nothing

Stephen Hawking, a world famous theoretical physicist who has been described as the greatest mind on the planet, states "...the universe was spontaneously created out of absolutely nothing." But all around us we see that things came from something. It has never been scientifically proven that something can come out of nothing. So why should we accept that the biggest something of which we have experience, i.e. our universe, came out of nothing? Such a conclusion is not at all scientific because real science can be proven and demonstrated. It is not mere fanciful imagination.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 


Physicist Stephen Hawking Describes Origin of Universe


Here's the Video Clip:
http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/Videos/Stephen_Hawking_Origin_of_t he_Universe.wmv


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Disagreement With Your Teachings

I disagree with the anti-Advaitic teachings presented here. Advaita is, of all places, quite centric within the Gita.

Phillip

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Response: You Have Not Properly Understood

I beg to inform you that we are not presenting anti-Advaitic philosophy, philosophy against the oneness of everything. Our philosophy is acintya bhedabheda tattva, that the Absolute Truth is simultaneously, inconceivably one and different. Everything is one because Krishna has expanded Himself as everything. And at the same time there is a difference between the Expander Krishna and the Expanded Krishna. In the Bhagavad-gita 2:12 Lord Krishna confirms the eternal distinction between Himself and the
living beings.

Kindly note that it is philosophically and scripturally incorrect and fanatical to deny either the oneness or the difference within reality. Krishna clearly presents both concepts in the Bhagavad-gita.

In regards to a proper understanding of Vedic wisdom we are cautioned by the great acharyas to avoid the fallacy known as ardha-kukuti-nyaya, half-hen logic. There was once a farmer who had a hen who laid very nice eggs that commanded a very high price in the market. He was very pleased with his special hen. But one thing he did not like was she ate a lot of chicken feed. So one day he got the "bright" idea to keep the end of the hen that he liked and cut off the end of the hen that he did not like. He wanted only the rear end that gave the eggs, but not the end with the mouth that ate so much. After cutting off the hen's head this foolish fellow could not understand why he was not getting any more eggs.

So those who desire the ultimate "egg" of self-realization are advised not to cut off either the oneness aspect or the difference aspect of the Absolute Truth. Either kind of cutting will prove fatal for one who is on the self-realization path.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 13 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

I Am My Own Worst Enemy

Even though we are on the path of spiritual emancipation, because we are still coming out of material, conditioned consciousness we sometimes foolishly blame others for our spiritual deficiencies instead of taking responsibility for them ourselves. We may sometimes even go so far as to think that a particular person is my enemy and become fearful of how he or she may restrict our spiritual progress. Of course, this is utter foolishness. Nobody can restrict our spiritual progress. Our spiritual progress is entirely up to us. It cannot be hindered by anyone in any situation. In this regard we should always remember, "When I forget Krishna I am my own worst enemy, and therefore I should always remember Him in all times, places, and circumstances and thus remain always undefeatable by the material energy."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: What Does Self Realization Mean?

Sir, you have used the word "self-realization" in your writing. What does it mean? How does a person know that he is self-realized. Was Srila Prabhupada self- realized? Are you self-realized? Can somebody who is not self-realized guide others to have self realization? Srila Prabhupada has never mentioned about his self-realization experience in his books, nor I have heard his such an experience from any of his disciples.

Narendra

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Answer: Know Who You Are and Be Who You Are

Self-realization simply means to know who you are and be who you are. If a person realizes that he is the eternal servant of Krishna and fully absorbs his life in Krishna's service, he is truly self-realized.

We can see from Srila Prabhupada's life that he was certainly self-realized. By his mercy I am self-realized, and anyone else who strictly follows his teachings is also self-realized.

Those who are not self-realized cannot guide us how to become self-realized, but unfortunately they often unscrupulously try to do so for the sake of mundane profit and prestige.

Srila Prabhupada confirmed that he was self-realized from his very boyhood, that there was never a time when he did not remember Krishna.

I hope that you will now realize the rare opportunity for self-realization that is being offered to you by this human form of life and fully dedicate your life in the service of Lord Sri Krishna. If you choose to take up this most auspicious path, I am fully prepared to give you all good guidance how to quickly and easily attain it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 12 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Entering into the Supreme Existence

There is another existence beyond this material dimension, a perfect place where life is eternal, full of knowledge, and full of bliss. That place is available to us at every moment. All we have to do to enter it is to properly attune our consciousness to it. The attuning process is known as transcendental meditation. And in this age the topmost system of transcendental meditation is the chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. If one will set aside some quality time every day, especially in the early morning, to deeply absorb his consciousness in the Hare Krishna mantra, he will feel how how he is steadily becoming more and more situated in that all-blissful supreme state of existence far, far beyond the miserable ocean of birth and death.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO:

Haridham Das Interviews Sankarshan Das Adhikari
25 July 2010--Vancouver, Canada

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD7JWqYtnug


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Do All Traditions Claim to Have the Only Way?

Namaste, I am grateful to the spiritual masters. One question is: Why do all the different traditions claim to have the only way to reach God?

Thank you for your dedicated service!

DK

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Answer: Only the Unenlightened Traditions Claim This

We share your feelings of gratitude for those great spiritual masters who throughout history have fully dedicated their lives to saving the suffering people of this world from their misery. How much we are indebted to these great teachers who have blazed a trail of light through this dark material existence!

While there are some unenlightened traditions who claim that their way is the only way, those traditions which are truly enlightened celebrate the universal nature of religion. The world religion comes from the Latin word, "religio", which means to re-link or to reconnect with the source of existence.

So in our Krishna consciousness teachings we acknowledge and appreciate the authenticity of any self-realization system which enables the practitioner to successfully reconnect himself or herself with that Supreme Person who is the fountainhead of all energies.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 11 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Don't Throw Your Life Away

You have gotten this rare human birth after transmigrating though 8,000,000 births and deaths in the lower species. This human form is unique because it gives you an opportunity that you did not have in those other forms. It gives the opportunity to escape the cycle of birth and death and regain your original eternal, full-of- knowledge, and full-of-bliss form in that most wondrous spiritual sky. All you really have to do is intensely desire to be liberated. If you will make just this one adjustment to your consciousness, the Supreme Lord will reciprocate by making all suitable arrangements for your emancipation as soon as possible.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Frustrated Because of Not Being Rewarded

My problem is that my hard work is not rewarded. When one hurdle is off the other one springs up. I can see no means of overcoming this problem. Kindly advise me.

Suresk

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Answer: You Are Seeking the Wrong Rewards

Instead of becoming frustrated by seeking rewards in this world, you should seek the supreme reward of going back to the spiritual world. The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna will reward you handsomely for all of your endeavors in this connection. Our endeavors in this material world are guaranteed to always be sooner or later frustrated. But if we will endeavor to awaken our dormant Krishna consciousness, our ultimate success is assured.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 10 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Don't Try to Be God

There are many who claim that we are God and that we have just forgotten it. In other words, we are God, but at the present moment we are simply playing hide-and-go-seek with ourselves. Now all we have to do is come out of hiding and be God again.

But this philosophy contradicts logic and also the conclusion of the Vedic scriptures. Such a philosophy may be attractive to those who are less intelligent that through a process of meditation they can become God. After failing in so many ways in this material world, this would certainly be an easy way to be successful, that all you have to do is meditate for six months and you become God. But God is always God. He does not have to meditate to become God. The Supreme can never be covered by forgetfulness of His eternal identity.

In conclusion, our perfection is not to become God. Our perfection is to become a fully surrendered servant of God. The servant enjoys on an equal level with the master. So we should simply strive to fully surrender ourselves to the Supreme Lord, rather than trying to occupy His post.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Is the Soul God?

My Humble Pranams to you, Sir,

In my present life at least I am fortunate to enquire and try to traverse the spiritual path. I receive thought provoking e-mails from ISKCON, that is from you. Thank you very much. I am also a Chinmaya mission member and love the teachings of Swami Chinmayananda and his disciples who have become gurus. I have also read the teachings of other masters. But there seems to be a contradiction between what you teach and others teach.

The other masters whose teachings I've come across say that the soul is one and it is God. Ego is the false feeling of separation from God. But you teach that there are individual souls and a supreme soul. I don't know whom to believe. Please clear this confusion of mine.

Actually whatever it is I just want to know which is true because I really want to attain the highest bliss, as present life is very suffocating. I am traversing the spiritual path, doing good things like praying for myself and others, and doing good for others, helping others, just to gain that happiness. I have no adventurous willingness or curiosity to know the Supreme. Is it wrong on my part to take the spiritual path only looking for peace and happiness?

Prasanth

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Answer: He's the Eternal Servant of God

The philosophy that the living being is actually God and that it is simply due to his ego that he has forgotten that he is God is an absurd philosophy. God is all powerful. He is omnipotent. Nothing can overpower Him because everything is His subordinate energy. Forgetfulness is also one of His energies. Therefore, being subordinate to Him, forgetfulness can never overpower Him.

Trying to be God is what got us into the cycle of birth and death to begin with. Therefore if someone teaches us that self- realization means to become God, he is grossly misguiding us and should therefore be avoided.

Just as a nation has only one supreme court, there is only one Supreme Being. If everyone is the Supreme Being, no one is the Supreme Being. In other words, this philosophy that everyone is the Supreme Being is simply a covered form of atheism and will not make you happy.

Krishna, the real Supreme Being, clearly describes in the Bhagavad-gita that we are all eternal individuals, that at no point in the past, present, and future are we all merged together into one lump. If we were all one lump, love could not exist because there would no one around with whom to have loving dealings. The living beings depend on love to be happy. Therefore this "Everyone is God" philosophy kills love and happiness and should therefore be rejected.

There are various reasons that people seek the Supreme. There is no harm if you seek the Supreme for attaining peace and happiness. If you understand the Supreme as Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and fully surrender yourself unto Him, you will attain unlimited peace and happiness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 9 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Intense Greed for Krishna Consciousness

When one realizes his precarious position in this material existence and sees that the only means of escape is to awaken his dormant love of God or Krishna consciousness, he naturally wants to do so. And in order to be successful he must have an intense greediness to attain the platform of pure devotional service. Indeed it is this very greed which the is purchase price for obtaining Krishna. This is described very nicely as follows by Srila Rupa Goswami:

kṛṣṇa-bhakti-rasa-bhāvitā matiḥ
krīyatāṁ yadi kuto 'pi labhyate
tatra laulyam api mūlyam ekalaṁ
janma-koṭi-sukṛtair na labhyate

"Pure devotional service in Krishna consciousness cannot be had even by pious activity in hundreds and thousands of lives. It can be attained only by paying one price--that is, intense greed to obtain it. If it is available somewhere, one must purchase it without delay."
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Caitanya Caritamrita, Madhya Lila 8.70

So instead of being greedy for material sense gratification, if one he engages his greediness for finding that person who can give him pure devotional service, he will quickly attain the supreme perfection.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is God Invisible?

Guruji,

I've got a question. Why is God not visible?

Your servant,
Dhaval

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Answer: He's Visible, But You Are Blind.

God is fully visible and can thus be seen at every minute. The reason that you are not seeing Him now is that your eyes are presently covered by the clouds of lust, anger, greed, madness, illusion, and envy. So now if you will purify your vision by the cleansing process of devotional service unto that unlimitedly beautiful Supreme Lord, as you gradually become more and more purified, your original, natural healthy state of being able to see God at every minute will be gradually revived.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 8 August 2010

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Today's Thought:

Take Help from the Spiritual Master

If one tries to become self-realized on his own, it will not be possible because the process of liberation can only be properly understood and imparted by someone who is already liberated. If the conditioned soul tries to become liberated on his own, because his method is conceived of within his conditioned consciousness, his concocted liberation method will not liberate him. He will remain within conditioned consciousness. This is why the Mundaka Upanisad specifies that if one wants to realize the highest truth it is compulsory, he must take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master. Simply by doing this, one's spiritual progress becomes very easy. In India we sometimes see that bicycle riders save themselves a lot of sweat and pedaling by grabbing hold of a truck and getting a free ride down the highway. So accepting a guru is something like this. As soon as we take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master our pathway to perfection becomes very easy.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Bicycle Rider in India Gets Help from a Truck



Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Get Krishna Consciousness Quickly and Easily?

What is the quickest and easiest mode to acquire Krishna consciousness?

Please guide.

Rahul

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Answer: Take Shelter of Sri Guru

The quickest, easiest way to become solidly fixed in Krishna conscious is to take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master because simply by pleasing the spiritual master one makes rapid advancement on the pathway back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 7 August 2010

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Today's Thought:

Kindly Help Us Save the World

As the world society continues gravitating away from natural harmony of God consciousness towards increasingly indiscriminant selfish sense gratification, the world condition is becoming more and more unbalanced and precarious. The global leaders have no power to stop this madness because they themselves are mad. In such a condition our poor planetary society can do nothing except to gradually morph into a nightmare of gargantuan proportions.

But despair not. There is good news. Even though the human society is being killed by the hedonistic poison of unrestricted sense gratification, there is an antidote for this poison. That antidote is the unlimited reservoir of pleasure that is experienced when one participates in the congregational chanting of the holy names of God. We invite you to taste this nectar and share it with everyone. Simply by this chanting the entire world can be saved. So kindly join with us in chanting and help us save the world. There is no greater welfare work than this.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Ecstatic Kirtan Festival



Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Be Detached from Maya in Family Life?

How can I be detached from maya, the material energy, when I am fulfilling my family duties?

Suresh

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Answer: Offer Your Family Life to Krishna

By devoting your life to Krishna and guiding your family members to do the same, your family life will be elevated to the transcendental platform beyond the influence of the material energy. Turn your home into an ashram, a place of spiritual cultivation. Engage your family members every day in kirtan and in hearing from the revealed scriptures such as the Bhagavad-gita and the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 6 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Why Do We Exist?

Why do we exist? Are we simply a product of Darwinian evolution? And if we are, does that mean that we are simply cogs in the cosmic evolutionary machine? And if that is true, why does the cosmos exist? When we ask such questions we wonder where to find the answers. How will we discover the purpose and meaning of our existence?

The existentialists say that life has no meaning, that we simply imagine life has meaning in order to somehow or other get by. But if life has no meaning, it would not make sense for us to yearn to discover its meaning. If it were truly meaningless as the existentialists propose, we would be content with meaninglessness. But we are not content at all with meaninglessness. So what makes more sense is that we yearn to discover life's meaning because it does in fact have meaning. This indeed then is the proper understanding of reality.

So how do we discover it's meaning? It is not difficult. Simply we have to sincerely yearn to discover life's meaning, and it will be revealed to us. It's as simple as that. Ask and it will be given. Knock and the door will open.

Rev up your existence with a solid daily dose of reality. Tune your consciousness in every morning through transcendental meditation on the ultimate source of everything. According to the Vedic wisdom the most powerful meditational technique for this age is to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra. Chant it every morning with devotion, and you will gradually transformed into a fully enlightened spiritual being. You'll be smiling all the way.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Krishna and Shiva Both Worshipped?

I have been following your teachings and would love to get things clarified just a little bit. Although I don't know much about Lord Krishna, I am trying to take up this path. I would love to know if Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva are the same. And I would love to know if Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna can be worshipped at the same time.

May

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Answer: Watering the Root Waters the Entire Tree

It is good that you are seeking clarification because it is not good to traverse even the best of paths in the dark. According to the conclusion of the Vedic wisdom Lord Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of everyone and everything. Lord Shiva is a very powerful servant of Krishna who is in charge of the destruction of the material world at the time of cosmic annihilation. Krishna is compared to milk and Shiva is compared to yogurt. Yogurt is nothing but a transformation of milk. So in that sense, because Shiva is emanated from Krishna, Krishna and Shiva are the same. But as milk can transformed into yogurt while yogurt cannot be transformed into milk, there is also a difference between them. In other words, while Lord Shiva is a manifestation of Krishna, it is not that Lord Krishna is manifestation of Lord Shiva.

Krishna is the Supreme Lord from whom everything is coming and Lord Shiva is the topmost of His devotees. Just as by watering the root of a tree all the leaves and branches are nourished, by worshipping Krishna Shiva is automatically given the best worship. So there is no need to worship both of them. It is therefore advised in the Vedic wisdom that we should direct 100% of our worship to Lord Krishna. Since Krishna is the root cause of everything, when we worship Krishna we give the best honor and service to Lord Shiva and to all living beings within the total existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 5 August 2010

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Today's Thought:

Using Your Talents for Krishna

Whatever talent or ability we have is a gift from Krishna. In fact Krishna directly declares in the Bhagavad-gita that He is the ability in man. This means that we should use these talents and abilities in His service. The more we thus glorify Krishna, the more we become glorious. Srila Prabhupada encouraged the Beatles to use their musical talent for spreading Krishna consciousness and especially George Harrison followed this instruction. His song "My Sweet Lord", a song a separation from Krishna, became a million seller and helped people all over the world to become Krishna conscious.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




George Harrison Performing With Neck Beads
and an Image of Krishna on His Shirt



Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Challenge: Your Approach is Unenlightened

Greetings,

How would you evaluate most of your answers to questions? Are they sattvic--not bound to attachments and opinions, rajasic--bound by the attachment to opinions, or tamasic--bound by judgments of others?

Thanks. This unenlightened approach through your answers has aided me in the process of enlightenment by guiding me to transcend and to free myself from the attachment to my own opinions and judgments. I am deeply moved.

Dr. Craig

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Answer: You're Biting the Hand that Feeds You

You are making an assumption that we are answering questions in an unenlightened rajasic/ tamasic manner. But kindly note in this connection that we are not giving our own opinions. We are completely detached from our opinions and judgments and are humbly presenting the pure teachings of Srila Vyasadeva, the compiler of the Vedic wisdom exactly as he originally gave them. The messenger's duty is to simply deliver the message as it is without addition or subtraction. This is our humble service, just like a postal worker.

Therefore if, as you claim, our answers are unenlightened, then the Vedic wisdom is unenlightened. But you are using terms such as sattvic, rajasic, and tamasic, which come from the Vedic wisdom, to criticize our answers. This is tantamount to biting the hand that feeds you.

In conclusion, although we are detached from our judgments and opinions, it does not seem that you are free from them. Therefore we truly hope that you can become moved to go beyond your prejudices and fully reconnect yourself with the source of your existence. And you certainly have our best well-wishes in this regard.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 4 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Good Ultimately Triumphs Over Evil

Although in the short run evil sometimes defeats good, in the end good always triumphs over evil. This is so because pure goodness is the quality of the Lord's superior energy while evil is the product of the Lord's inferior energy.

When a small candle is lit in a pitch black room, the candlelight illuminates the entire room. But when a small can of darkness is opened in a lit room it is immediately destroyed by the light. We can see from this simple example that light is more powerful than darkness. Therefore in the end light or goodness will always defeat evil or darkness. So now if we will with great determination broadcast the light of Lord Sri Krishna's teachings as far and as wide as possible, the whole world will become illuminated and evil will be completely defeated.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna tells Arjuna,
"One who does good, My friend, is never overcome by evil."


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is a Materialist Punished?

Not a feather can move in this world without the consent of Krishna, i.e everything that is happening is the wish of Krishna. This means the demon Ravana did what the Lord wanted him to do. So then why was he punished? How can a man conditioned by the wishes of the Lord be held responsible for his deeds? Please clear my doubt.

Thanks
Manjeet

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Answer: He Chose to Be A Materialist

The Lord has two energies: material energy and spiritual energy. We have the free will to choose which energy we would rather serve. If we choose to serve the material energy our lives unfold in one way according to the law of karma. And if we choose to serve the spiritual energy, we attain a life of full freedom beyond the law of karma. Even though the materialistic person is being conducted by the law of karma, still because he chose the material path he is subjected to all the reactions of his actions. If a person chooses to join a terrorist organization, he becomes obliged to follow the orders of his terrorist leader. Even though when he commits a terrorist act, it was not his own doing because he was simply following the instructions of his terrorist leader, still he is held personally responsible for whatever crimes he commits.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 3 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

The Strength of the Strong

In the Bhagavad-gita Lord Sri Krishna declares, "balaṁ balavatāṁ cāhaṁ --I am the strength of the strong." This means that whatever strength is possessed by those who are powerful is the potency of Krishna. Those who possess strength but do not acknowledge that it is the special gift of the Supreme Lord will eventually lose their strength. But those who possess strength, realize that it is a gift of God, and therefore utilize it fully in His service Lord will gain more and more strength. This is one of the amazing qualities of the divine process of devotional service unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Arjuna Realized Krishna as the Source of All Strength
and Became Victorious on the Battlefield



Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Affected By Material Association

I am studying now. My classmates are not devotees. Because they are materialists by their association my consciousness is getting affected, and I am feeling weakened in my Krishna consciousness. I cannot avoid their association because for books or notes I have to be in touch with them. Therefore my spiritual life is being hurt. Please suggest me something so that my spiritual progress does not get affected.

Khush

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Answer: Give Them Spiritual Association

Prahlada also had materialistic schoolmates. Instead of being affected by their association he boldly preached to them the philosophy of Krishna consciousness. In this way instead of him being affected by them, it was them being affected by him. So you should do the same.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 2 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

The Ultimate Experience

One who is in constant contact with the Supreme Lord through the transcendental process of bhakti yoga or devotional service experiences the ultimate excitement and adventure at every moment. There is never a dull moment for such a fully surrendered soul. Such a person becomes fully enlightened with transcendental knowledge and fully connected with the Supreme Personality of Godhead within his heart, throughout the universe, and beyond the universe.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




There is Nothing More Exhilarating

Than Constant Connection with Krishna


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Why is there Terrorism?

I read your posts every day with great interest, and I really appreciate the enlightenment I receive. I have read that the whole world is described as "vasudhaiva kutumbakam" i.e. the whole world is one vast family. However, whenever I read the newspapers or watch the television, nearly every day I read that terrorists in various parts of the world are killing others fanatically with bombs and bullets in the name of religion. I cannot fathom this fact, hence I feel very sad whenever I read this kind of news and I seek your help in light of the Vedic teachings.

Yours sincerely,

Nihit

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Answer: It is Due to Bodily Consciousness.

Just as in every jungle there are some animals that are ferocious, as long as the human society remains on the "I am this body" animal platform there are bound to be terrorists.

The only cure for terrorism is to educate all persons in every country that they are not their bodies, that they are all pure spirit-souls eternal servants of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence. This is our mission. Kindly dedicate yourself as much as you are able to assist us in our mission. May there peace throughout the entire universe right now.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 1 August 2010

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

He Can Deliver the Whole World

The topmost devotee is known as an uttama adhikari. He has firm faith in Krishna and is expert in logic, argument and the revealed scriptures. The potency of Krishna is acting so powerfully in him that he can deliver the entire world from illusion and bring everyone to Krishna consciousness. He is described in the following verse:

śāstra-yuktye sunipuṇa, dṛḍha-śraddhā yāṅra
'uttama-adhikārī' se tāraye saṁsāra

"One who is expert in the Vedic literature and has full faith in the Supreme Lord is an uttama-adhikārī, a first-class Vaiṣṇava, a topmost Vaisnava who can deliver the whole world and turn everyone to Krishna consciousness."
--Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya 22.65

I was blessed with the greatest mercy of being accepted as a disciple of such an uttama-adhikari, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. And now on his order I have fully absorbed my life in pushing forward this Krishna consciousness movement all over the world for the deliverance of all living beings. Even though he has departed from this world, it is not that he is dead and gone. He lives forever in my heart and in the hearts of all those who follow his instructions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Topmost Devotee of the Lord

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


Answers According to the Vedic Version:

Question: Proof of Krishna's Supremacy?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances unto you.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada and to you.

I am new to this science. I have never read other Vedic literatures besides the Bhagavad-gita as it is. Please show me that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead in Sanskrit and it's translations from the Vedas as much as possible. I live in a culture that accepts only Brahman as the form of God. I will use your answer as my guidance to starting my spiritual life in bhakti to Lord Krishna.

I thank you in advance and beg you to bless me so that I become fixed on this path.

Sincerely,

Wijaya

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Answer: Unlimited Evidence

There is unlimited evidence, partially expressed in hundreds and thousands of Vedic verses, which proves that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Here are a few of those verses.

In the Brahma-samhita 5.1 it is stated:

īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ
sac-cid-ānanda-vigrahaḥ
anādir ādir govindaḥ
sarva-kāraṇa- kāraṇam

"Krishna who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead.
He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all.
He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes."

The Atharva Veda says:

brahmanyo devakī-putrah

"Krishna, the son of Devakī, is the Supreme Personality."


In the Bhagavad-gita 10:12-13 it is stated:

arjuna uvāca
paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma
pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān
puruṣaṁ śāśvataṁ divyam
ādi-devam ajaṁ vibhum
āhus tvām ṛṣayaḥ sarve
devarṣir nāradas tathā
asito devalo vyāsaḥ
svayaṁ caiva bravīṣi me

"Arjuna said:
You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
the ultimate abode, the purest, the Absolute Truth.
You are the eternal, transcendental,
original person, the unborn, the greatest.
All the great sages such as Narada, Asita, Devala
and Vyasa confirm this truth about You,
and now You Yourself are declaring it to me."


I understand that in your circle of associates Brahman is considered to be the only form of God. But since a conception ignores the evidence of the Vedic wisdom. For example in the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krishna states that the Brahman emanates from Him.

brahmaṇo hi pratiṣṭhāham

" I am the basis of the impersonal Brahman."
Bg 14.27

This clearly indicates that Krishna is superior to the Brahman, that it is one of His subordinate energies.

You have my best wishes for achieving the topmost spiritual perfection of pure love of Godhead. Please accept me as your humble servant to assist you in any way to achieve the supreme goal.

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