What it implies is, that in own present state, we are worrying; we are not living. Another implication is that if you worry, you are dead! True life means without worries.
An intelligent person actually analyses, "Why am I suffering?" He is in a better position than the person who thinks he is happy…. That person who thinks he is happy…. Of course, his happiness is fully dependent on all these material conditions. As soon as he loses his job, he is in complete anxiety. He thinks, "I have a job. I have money. I have my material sense gratification. Therefore, I am happy". But that happiness is based on a temporary situation which can be finished at any minute. The person who realizes that this temporary happiness is useless, it’s a façade, it’s not real, is in a better position. Because that person can then seek out, "What is the actual means of happiness? What is the actual state?"
His Grace Sriman Sankarsana Dasa Adhikari, a direct disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, is well known for his internet based training program, The ultimate self-realization course, through which he guides more than 16,000 subscribers in over one hundred countries every day along the pathway of spiritual perfection.
His Grace appeared in this world in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on 7 November 1947, the tenth day (Dasami) of the most holy month of Kartik according to the Vaisnava calendar. He first met his spiritual master in 1971 and was initiated by him on 12 August of the same year. Srila Prabhupada personally told this new young disciple that he was pleased with his sincerity and enthusiasm for spreading the Krsna consciousness movement.
Sankarsana Dasa Adhikari fully dedicated his life for serving the order of his spiritual master to become a guru and deliver the world. For the last 42 years he has uninterruptedly served his spiritual master’s movement, the International Society for Krsna Consciousness (ISKCON), in various capacities.
In the year 2000, in recognition for his full dedication to Srila Prabhupada’s mission, ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) gave him their blessings to initiate disciples.
Since then he regularly travels throughout the globe with his wife, Her Grace Srimati Visnupriya Mataji, enlightening his varied audiences with the supreme science of Krsna bestowed upon him by his spiritual master. He is especially known for his focused seminars on Spiritual purity, Pure devotional service, Grhastha life and Brahmacari classes.
He is appreciated all over the world for his amazing capability to address any question, argument or objection with a most perfect and satisfying reply. His nectarean discourses are not only enlightening but also philosophically enriched, profound and sufficient to bless any sincere seeker with transcendental knowledge and enliven his spiritual life.
"O Lord Damodara, I first of all offer my obeisance to the
brilliantly effulgent rope which binds Your belly. I then offer my
obeisance to Your belly, which is the abode of the entire universe.
I humbly bow down to Your most beloved Srimati Radharani,
and I offer all obeisance to You, the Supreme Lord, who displays
What is the goal of life? There may be many material goals, but
the real goal of life is to search out for God and establish our
lost loving relationship with Him. As long as we are entrapped
in this material atmosphere, accepting as at (the temporary) as
the all in all, we cannot be happy. This is because we have
accepted something that will not exist in the future. As we
have accepted this body which is temporary as the basis of our
happiness, therefore we are full of anxiety. Obviously, we all
aspire to become free from anxiety.
Being a human being means one must try to alleviate or
mitigate this anxiety. But if we artificially try to become anxiety-
less, then we can remain so for some time but eventually again
we fall down to the platform of anxiety.
Srila Prabhupada says this world is kuntha jagat - full of
anxiety. But there is another world, where there is no kuntha.
Such a place is called Vaikuntha. Everyone there is free from
anxiety. One may ask, "Here I am in the material world.
I haven’t gone to Vaikuntha yet. What about my present
situation? I have so many things to do here. I like the idea of
going back to Godhead, the transcendental world. But how
can I get rid of anxiety right now?"
The answers to the above questions are given in the Sri
Caitanya-caritamrta, an authorized work on the life and
teachings of Sri Krsna Caitanya. The author of this classic
biography in Bengali language is Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami and
English translation of the original Bengali text, along with the
commentary is given by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada, founder acarya of ISKCON.
This book "Stop worrying Start living" is based on
"Transcendental Gardening" — a collection of lectures on the
Caitanya-caritamrta given by His Grace Sriman Sankarsana
Dasa Adhikari, a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada, at
Vrndavana , India.
In this book the definition of bhakti, the complete process
which is beyond liberation, is explained in detail. It is also
established how bhakti yoga is a simple process and enhancing
any single aspect of bhakti enhances all its different aspects.
It is commonly heard that the bhakti process involves giving
up sense gratification. So we may ask certain questions in our
mind, like, "If I have to give up my enjoying mood, then what
would my happiness be?" But the author being very expert
in analyzing our mind provides an amazing answer to this
question. Similar questions that may arise in the reader’s mind
while reading this book are covered in a separate section at the
end of the book.
Bhakti yoga is beyond karma and jnana. It is all about rasas
or varieties of loving exchanges with the Supreme Personality
of Godhead, Sri Krsna. It not only benefits the individual
practicing it but every single living entity throughout the
entire existence. Widespread Mdydvadi philosophy which
proclaims "I am God" may sound attractive but how it doesn’t
make sense is also explained in this book.
Happiness cannot be based on external situations. Genuine
happiness comes when we are free of any material requirements
to be happy. The author with his profound realizations facilitates
the reader to dive deeply into the nectarean purports of Srila
Prabhupada and gives practical tips to apply the philosophy in
the arena of everyday life.
This book is a humble attempt to assist His Grace Sriman
Sankarsana Dasa Adhikari prabhu’s mission to distribute Srila
Prabhupada’s teachings all over the world.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.11 mentions, "That literature which
is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name,
fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a
different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward
bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world’s
misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even
though imperfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by
purified men who are thoroughly honest."
Therefore we humbly beg the merciful devotees of the Lord
to accept this small endeavour of ours to serve Lord Caitanya’s
mission and request forgiveness for any unintentional mistakes
committed in this attempt.
We would like to thank Bhaktin Aarushi for her valuable
assistance in compiling the book. We extend our appreciation
to HG Sudarshan Das and HG Para shakti devi dasi for their
support to publish this book.
Last but not the least we would like to express our heartfelt
gratitude to His Grace Sarvasakshi prabhu who played a
guiding role in getting this book published.
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