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THE TEMPLE

When Srila Prabhupada established the Krishna movement, one of
the first things he did was to open temples in different cities
all over the world. These cultural centers
work as oases, as embassies for the
spiritual world. Because of that, people now
have the opportunity to meet Krishna devotees and become inspired by,
study and develop the practice of Krishna consciousness.

The basic understanding in our philosophy and our
ethics is the conviction that "I am not the body".
The body we possess is temporary by nature, but the soul
is sat-cit-ananda; eternal, full of knowledge and bliss.
The body, which is material, is just the opposite. As long as the soul
is in the body, the body is permeated by consciousness, but as soon the
soul leaves the body, the body becomes dead matter.


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The Krishna movement advocates the practice of bhakti-yoga.
which translates as Krishna consciousness. The soul, which is
spiritual, is a part of the supreme spiritual soul, God, Krishna.
As small individual parts of the supreme, our natural
relation to Him is one of service in love. The most important
activity in devotional service is to meditate upon the holy name
of Krishna in the form of the maha-mantra:

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare


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By this meditation we can realize our spiritual nature,
our eternal relation to God, Krishna, and how everything
rests in Krishna’s energy. This might take time.
Therefore, it is recommended to arrange life in the best way to be able to remember
Krishna. One of the ways to remember Krishna is worshiping
the Deities in the temple, arca-vigraha. A Deity is created according to
descriptions
in the scriptures regarding the material, shape and form of the Deity.

Then Krishna is asked to enter the created figure
to enable us to more easily serve Him. All energy, both material
and spiritual, belongs to Krishna. If He wants to, He can use
the material energy to show himself. The temple is the center of
the community. It is in the temple that we meet on a daily basis for
meditation, singing about Krishna and studying the Vedic scriptures,
foremost of which are Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

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We have the possibility to serve Krishna in a very personal
way by, for example, sewing clothes, cooking food,
bathing the Deity, clothing and worshiping Krishna in the form of arca
- vigraha. We don't have to wait until we have fully developed our
Krishna consciousness. The Deity allows us to do the service already in
our present state. By having a common focus in the local community,
Krishna, a communion is created on a spiritual basis, even though we have
different responsibilities and activities. By having access to the temple of Krishna,
our ability to develop in spiritual life strengthens and having
the temple of Krishna in the center for our operation opens
for everybody the opportunity to come and visit, and learn more about Krishna
consciousness, participate in festivals and other programs, open for all. Welcome!



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