When Srila Prabhupada established the Krishna movement
the first thing he did was to open temples in different cities
all over the world. These cultural centers
works as oasis, like embassies for the
spiritual world. Becouse of that everybody has got
the opportunity to meet and become inspirated, study,
develop and practice Krishna consciousness.
The basic understanding in our philosophy and our
actions is this “I'm not this body”The body we posses is temporary
by it's nature. The soul is sat-cit-ananda, eternal,
filled with knowledge and bliss. The body, which is material, has nothing of that.
As long as the soul is in the body it permeates by
consciousness, but as soon the soul leaves the body it becomes dead materia.
The Krishna movement practice bhakti-yoga.
which translates as Krishna consciousness. The soul, which is
spiritual is a part of the highest spiritual soul, God, Krishna.
As small individual parts of the Highest our
natural relation to Him is to serve Him by love.
The most important activity within devoted
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
By this meditation we can realize our spiritual nature, our eternal relation to God, Krishna
and how everything rests in Krishnas energy. This might take time.
Therefore it is recommended to establish life in the best way
to be able to remember Krishna. One of the possibilities Arca-vigraha -
worshiping the deities. A deity is created according to descriptions
in the scriptures, which material, shape and form it should be.
Then Krishna is asked to enter into the created figure
to enable us to more easy serve Him.
All energy, both material
and spiritual energy belongs to Krishna. If He wants to, He can use
the material energy to show himself. The temple is the most central place at
It is in the temple we meet on daily basis for meditation,
Krishna and studying the vedic scriptures
foremost Bhagavad-gita and Srimad - Bhagavatam.
We have the possibility to serve Krishna in a very personal
way, for example sewing clothes, cooking food, bathe,
clothing and worship Krishna in the form of Arca - vigraha.
We don't have to wait until we developed fully Krishna consciousness
- The deities allow us to do the service now already. By having the same
focus in the local community - Krishna - even though we have different
responsibilities and activities, a communion is created on a spiritual
basis. By having accsess to the temple of Krishna our ability strengthens
to develop in spiritual life and by having the temple of Krishna in
the center for our operation opens up for everybody to come and visit us,
and learn more about Krishna consciousness, participate in
festivals and other programs, open for all. Welcome!