Hare Krishna basic philosophy and life style
We are a small group of Hare Krishna devotees here in Grimsby and we belong to a wonderful society, the Gaudiya Vaishnava Samiti from India.
We hold regular programs for the public.
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The group is lead by Devarsirat das who is a direct disciple of Srila A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada since 1976.
We are a non-profit organization established to serve Lord Krishna. Though the people of this World refer to Him by different names such as Jehovah, Allah, or Krishna, God is one. All Names are meant to point out His qualities and since He has all good qualities in unlimited quantities, all of those names are good. Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as mentioned in the ancient Vedic texts of India. It means "The All Attractive One" We can attribute all of our suffering due to forgetfulness of our relationship with God.
From The ancient Bhagavad Gita, we can understaand, that we are all originally eternal spiritual entities, or souls, not made from matter (anti material) and therefore not these temporary material bodies and our original nature is to be full of bliss, love and knowledge. The reason for all our problems, anxieties, fears and our unhappiness is, because our original spiritual nature is incompatible with matter and the material atmosphere. We are supposed to be with Him, but from time immemorial we have decided using our God given free will to enjoy this material nature and atmosphere, trying unsuccessfully to achieve the happiness we left behind when we left the spiritual World.
In this way, we the trillions of individual spiritual souls have been transmigrating from one body to another since time immemorial, over and over repeating the circle of birth, old age, disease and death, transmigrating through all the millions of species in this universe, till we arrived at the human form of life. This rare human form of life is now our opportunity to break out of this cycle of birth and death for good and return to our original home, to be with Krishna, or God.
We can achieve this goal by learning and practicing how to engage ourselves in Krishna’s service. This is a science called Bhakti Yoga which can not be manufactured whimsically. It is thought by a genuine spiritual master, a guru, who has perfected this science and is fully self realized. It is the apprenticeship of all apprenticeships’. Our members are involved in studying the Vedic texts we have about Krishna, we are chanting (meditating) His Holy Name the ancient Hare Krishna mantra, listening to philosophical classes about Him and we are having discussions about Him. We sing His Holy Names which is called Kirtan and Bhajan and we are full vegetarians, we eat non animal food (prasadam) that is offered to Krishna with love.
Even so Vaishnavism is as old as the World itself; Gaudiya Vaishnavism (also known as Chaitanya Vaishnavism) is a Vaishnava religious movement founded (continued) by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534) in India. Gaudiya refers to present day Bengal Bangladesh with Vaishnavism meaning the worship of Vishnu. Its philosophical basis is primarily that of the ancient Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavata Purana. This includes other Puranic scriptures and Upanishads such as the Isha Upanishad and the Gopala Tapani Upanishad. We are in fact undisputedly, the oldest religion in the World. The Vedas are written in Sanskrit which is recognised as the oldest cultural language in the World and which is grammatically so perfect that Nasa considers it the best suited language for computer programming.
The focus of Gaudiya Vaishnavism is the devotional worship (bhakti) of Radha and Krishna, and their many divine incarnations as the supreme forms of God, (Svayam Bhagavan). Most popularly this worship takes the form of singing Radha and Krishna's holy names, such as 'Hare', 'Krishna' and 'Rama', (most commonly in the form of the Hare Krishna mantra) which is known as kirtan. The movement is sometimes referred to as the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya sampradaya referring to its traditional origins in the disciplic succession of spiritual masters (gurus) believed to originate from Brahma millions of years ago. It classifies itself as a monotheistic tradition. As such we do not teach the missunderstanding, that the 33000000 demigods mentioned in the Vedas are the same or equal with God. God is one, and we recognise the 33000000 demigods and higher entities to be His servants in different capacities, but they are not Him. Krishna is the same person, also worshipped by other names such as Jehova or Allah. One God, 1000s of Names.
To teach, promote and broadcast the precepts of Pure Bhakti, divine spiritual love and devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krsna. These teachings are found in the ancient Vedic literatures and which, in the present day, are practiced and learned from the teachings of the most prominent world teachers of Bhakti Yoga in this century, His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupda and His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaja.
To preserve and protect the teachings of the Brahma Sampradaya, our ancient disciplic succession of Divine Spiritual Masters whose teachings have been passed down unchanged, for the last 5000 years beginning with Lord Sri Krsna.
To benedict the world at large by teaching the all-auspicious and all beneficial practice of Samkirtan, congregational chanting of the Holy Names of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, especially the powerful sixteen word mantra known as the Maha-Mantra, the great chanting for deliverance in this iron age of Kali-yuga. This was thought by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Krishna's incarnation in 15th century India.
To accomplish the above three goals through the distribution of literatures, CD’s, DVD’s, and other forms of data storage.
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