We are trying to give human society an opportunity for a life of happiness, good health, peace of mind and all good qualities through God consciousness.
The Vedas say we are all spiritual beings—eternal, blissful, full of knowledge—and so is God. The difference is God is infinite and we are not. In this world, everyone mistakenly thinks their temporary body is their real self.
We belong in the spiritual world with God (one of Whose names is Krishna, “the All-attractive one”). But until our pure love for Him awakens—and we no longer want to try to enjoy separately from Him—we must stay in the material world.
We need to understand the problems of life in the material world, such as:
• We suffer from old age, disease, and eventually, die
• The reactions to our activities, or karma, force us to take repeated births in various species.
• Whatever sensual pleasure we do get is temporary and ultimately disappointing.
Our life is perfect once we find a teacher, or guru, who can show us how to purify our consciousness and re-establish our love and service attitude for God. The easiest (and most highly recommended) method of self-purification is to chant the holy names of God—the Hare Krishna mantra—in the company of like-minded spiritual seekers, or devotees of Krishna.
The teachings of the worldwide krishna consciousness movement are based on ancient Vaishnava scriptures: Srimad-Bhagavatam (commentary on the Vedas), Srimad Bhagavad-gita (the personal teachings of Lord Krishna), and Sri Chaitanya-Charitamrta (the teachings of Lord Chaitanya).
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF HUMAN LIFE?
The mission of human life is to end the miseries of material existence and attain a blissful life. We are constantly searching after happiness, but we often fail in our pursuit. We may get a glimpse of happiness, but it does not last forever. We do not want miseries, but we cannot avoid them. Scriptures inform us that we are spiritual beings, part and parcel of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, and by nature we are full of happiness – ānandamayo ‘bhyāsāt (vedānta-sūtra). Then, why do we suffer? How do we rediscover the lost happiness and lead a blissful life?
Srila Prabhupada, our beloved spiritual master and the founder-acharya of worldwide Krishna Consciousness Movement has blessed us with this opportunity for a happy and peaceful life. We just have to practice the following principles:
1. Chant the holy names, Hare Krishna maha-mantra every day
2. Read the Srimad Bhagavatam, the spotless purana that glorifies the Supreme Lord
3. Honor prasadam, the food sanctified by offering to the Supreme Lord.
Just by following the above three principles one can achieve real happiness in life.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
The soul’s journey progresses through various bodies until he reaches the supreme goal of complete love for Krishna. At that time, when all thoughts and actions are performed solely for Krishna’s pleasure when the soul has regained its original purity, it goes to Krishna’s eternal, spiritual realm and does not take a new body in this material world again.
To successfully follow the process of devotional service, one should accept initiation and instruction from a genuine spiritual master in Lord Krishna’s parampara. At the time of initiation, followers take vows to abstain from
♦ eating meat, fish and eggs
♦ intoxication (through drugs and alcohol)
♦ illicit sexual connections
The eternal relationship between Krishna and the devotee (bhakta) can be revived through bhakti-yoga, or the process of serving the Lord with love and devotion, and most importantly by chanting his holy names
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare .
They also promise to daily chant a minimum of 16 rounds, where each round is made up of 108 beads, of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra on sacred beads.
Our miseries are due to the sinful reactions and when we follow these three principles, all the material contaminations and sins are washed away; consequently, we are reestablished in our real constitutional position of unlimited bliss and happiness.
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said:
Chanting the holy names of the Lord cleanses the mirror of the heart and stops the miseries of the blazing fire of material existence.
Srimad Bhagavatam says:
naṣṭa-prāyeṣv abhadreṣu nityaṁ bhāgavata-sevayā
All the inauspicious things in our heart are completely destroyed by reading Srimad Bhagavatam every day. The darkness of ignorance is dissipated and we become situated in the mode of goodness and develop all good qualities equivalent to that of the demigods.
By honoring prasadam (food offered to the Lord) we do not incur further sinful reactions. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita (3.13):
yajṣa-śiṣṭāśinaḥ santo mucyante sarva-kilbiṣaiḥ
devotees who eat food offered first in sacrifice (as an offering to the Lord) are released from all kinds of sins.
Thus, by following these three simple, but effective principles are given by Srila Prabhupada, we can achieve a life of happiness, good health, peace of mind, and all good qualities.
The term “Hare Krishna” or Hare Krishna Movement, formally The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is the orthodox core of Hinduism. It was registered in the West (in New York) in July 1966 but dates back over 5000 years. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1532) popularised the movement all over India. Hinduism is the world’s third largest religion with over 900 million adherents, second to Christianity and Islam (according to various leading encyclopaedias, websites and almanacs). The principal scriptures are The Bhagavad-Gita (The Song of God), and the Srimad Bhagavatam (the story of the Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna Bhagavan). The Hare Krishnas’ believe in one God.
KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS – A PHILOSOPHY FOR EVERYONE
The philosophy of the Hare Krsna movement is a non-sectarian monotheistic tradition.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is a worldwide community of devotees practising bhakti-yoga, the eternal science of loving service to God. The Society was founded in 1966 by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a pure devotee of God representing an unbroken chain of spiritual masters originating with Lord Krsna Himself.
The following eight principles are the basis of the Krsna consciousness movement.
We invite all of our readers to consider them with an open mind and then visit one of the ISKCON centres to see how they are being applied in everyday life :
1. By sincerely cultivating a bona fide spiritual science, we can be free from anxiety and come to a state of pure, unending, blissful consciousness in this lifetime.
2. We are not our bodies but eternal spirit souls, parts and parcels of God (Krsna). As such, we are all brothers, and Krsna is ultimately our common father.
3. Krsna is the eternal, all-knowing, omnipresent, all-powerful, and all-attractive Personality of Godhead. He is the seed-giving father of all living beings, and He is the sustaining energy of the entire cosmic creation.
4. The Absolute Truth is contained in all the great scriptures of the world. However, the oldest know revealed scriptures in existence are the Vedic literature, most notably the Bhagavad-gita, which is the literal record of God’s actual words.
5. We should learn the Vedic knowledge from a genuine spiritual master one who has no selfish motives and whose mind is firmly fixed on Krsna.
6. Before we eat, we should offer to the Lord the food that sustains us. Then Krsna becomes the offering and purifies us.
7. We should perform all our actions as offerings to Krsna and do nothing for our own sense gratification.
8. The recommended means for achieving the mature stage of love of God in this age of Kali, or quarrel, is to chant the holy names of the Lord. The easiest method for most people is to chant the Hare Krsna mantra:
Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare