Question: What is the purpose of temples?
Radhanath Swami: A temple is a place where people are in a selfless spirit of compassion and love, and are truly worshipping God and surrendering their hearts to him. A temple is a place that transforms your life, by illuminating you and bringing you to higher states of consciousness and higher states of living.
Temples are not just places where you give donations, see the deities and say a prayer. It’s pious to go to a temple and give a donation and walk away. That’s nice, but you will not get enlightened by that. Temples have always been established by acaryas as spiritual, educational institutions.
We have so many educational institutions. My Guru Maharaj, Srila Prabhupada, went to MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston. He said, “You have thousands of courses in your syllabus but there’s not a single course in this whole college that’s teaching people who they are and what the ultimate aim of life is. In all of these great tools that they are learning in MIT, they are only really as valuable as the ideals and intentions of a person’s utilization of them.” The most dangerous people in the world are not the uneducated peasants, but the people with big educations but filthy, dirty hearts filled with envy, pride and hatred.They are the greatest dangers to the world. Academic knowledge are facilities, they are tools. The more powerful the tool, the more they could either do benefit or harm depending on whose hand it’s in.
So the purpose of religious buildings is to educate people to be first-class human beings, people who can actually be examples of integrity and spiritual principle. When you go to that type of temple, church or mosque or gurdwara, if we go to that place, where we are actually getting that higher consciousness, then our life becomes very deep and substantial.
Story: Potency of prasadam!
Once Sripad Ramanujacarya was walking along a pond with few 5 top sannyasi disciples.
Stopping by a pond, he took some prasadam and threw half of it in the water for the fishes. Then he got up to walk on.
The fishes that took the prasadam assumed the four handed forms, rose up in the air and reached Vaikuntha.
When his disciples saw this they are wonder stuck. They were amazed by this scene. So this 5 sannyasis stopped and didn't wanted to move forward.
Ramanuja turned and asked them why they were not following.
They said, "We are thunder- struck. Please explain what we have just seen. Otherwise, how can we follow behind you in this condition?"
Ramanuja told them that its the potency of maha - prasadam ( remnants of food eaten by great devotees of Krishna ).
When they inquired how although they had been honoring the maha - prasadam all these years - nothing had happened to them so far, Ramanauja replied -
"These creatures have no free will, and therefore make no offense. Nor do they doubt the transcendental power of maha - prasadam. So they get full benefit at once. But you with your free will and human intelligence make offenses and are lacking in faith, and thus you hinder your own progress."
( Story narrated in biography of Ramanujaacarya )
Moral of the story:
Krishna prasadam has immense potency. But many times we don't realise its power. So whenever we honour prasadam - we should understand that its Krishna's mercy and honour the same with faith and gratitude.
Holly book Caitanya Caritamrita Antya 16.59 says:
krsnera ucchista haya
maha-prasada' nama bhakta-sesa' haile
maha-maha-prasadakhyana' The remnants of food offered to Lord Krsna are called maha-prasadam. After this same maha-prasadam has been taken by a devotee, the remnants are elevated to maha-maha-prasadam. TEXT 60 bhakta-pada-dhuli ara bhakta-pada-jala bhakta-bhukta-avasesa,--tina maha-bala The dust of the feet of a devotee, the water that has washed the feet of a devotee, and the remnants of food left by a devotee are three very powerful substances. TEXT 61 ei tina-seva haite krsna-prema haya punah punah sarva-sastre phukariya kaya By rendering service to these three, one attains the supreme goal of ecstatic love for Krsna. In all the revealed scriptures this is loudly declared again and again. TEXT 62 tate bara bara kahi,--suna bhakta-gana visvasa kariya kara e-tina sevana Therefore, my dear devotees, please hear from me, for I insist again and again: please keep faith in these three and render service to them without hesitation. TEXT 63 tina haite krsna-nama-premera ullasa krsnera prasada, tate saksi' kalidasa
From these three one achieves the highest goal of life-ecstatic love of
Krsna. This is the greatest mercy of Lord Krsna. The evidence is Kalidasa himself.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
Easy Journey to Other Planets
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This morning I happened to pick up the book “Easy Journey to Other Planets” by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhpada, or rather it jumped off the shelf and into my hand. It was one of the Original Printings and it looked so Old and Antiquated, yet somehow so attractive and inviting. We share with you this morning as a Free PDF download, as well as a Free Scanned copy of the Original Easy Journey courtesy of Krishna Path.
Easy Journey to Other Planets
By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
A living being, especially civilized man, has a natural desire to live forever in happiness. This is quite natural because, in his original state, the living being is both eternal and joyful. However, in the present conditioned state of life, he is engaged in a struggle against recurring birth and death. Therefore he has attained neither happiness nor immortality.
The latest desire man has developed is the desire to travel to other planets. This is also quite natural, because he has the constitutional right to go to any part of the material or spiritual skies. Such travel is very tempting and exciting because these skies are full of unlimited globes of varying qualities, and they are occupied by all types of living entities. The desire to travel there can be fulfilled by the process of yoga, which serves as a means by which one can transfer himself to whatever planet he likes—possibly to planets where life is not only eternal and blissful, but where there are multiple varieties of enjoyable energies. Anyone who can attain the freedom of the spiritual planets need never return to this miserable land of birth, old age, disease and death.
One can attain this stage of perfection very easily by his individual effort. He can simply follow, in his own home, the prescribed method of bhakti-yoga. This method, under proper guidance, is simple and enjoyable. An attempt is made herein to give information to the people in general, and to philosophers and religionists in particular, as to how one can transfer oneself to other planets by this process of bhakti-yoga—the highest of all yogic processes.
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