Why have a temple?

"Temple means people should come, people should learn the science of God. Not that to make a business of temple. Temple means spiritual educational shelter. People should come and learn what is spiritual life, what is God, what is my relationship with God."

- His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Calcutta, 8th March, 1972.

Work vs. Prison

Just in case you ever get these two environments mixed up, this should make things a little bit clearer.

 You spend the majority of your time in a 10X10 cell  You spend the majority of your time in an 8X8 cubicle
 You get three meals a day fully paid for  you get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it
 You get time off for good behavior  you get more work for good behavior
 The guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you  you must often carry a security card and open all the doors for yourself
 You can watch TV and play games  you could get fired for watching TV and playing games
 You get your own toilet  you have to share the toilet with some people who pee on the seat
 They allow your family and friends to visit  you aren't even supposed to speak to your family
 All expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required  you get to pay all your expenses to go to work, and they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners
 You spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out  you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars
 You must deal with sadistic wardens  they are called managers
You can talk about God, and even participate in Religious Studies You'd best avoid discussing religion if you want to keep your job!

Is there something seriously wrong with this picture?

Common Sense Poster

This quotation just had to be given special treatment. Click the image below for a larger version suitable for printing out and posting on your temple noticeboard.



Extreme Yogis

Krishna's the ability in man. Check it out:

Alien Saucer Crash

Man - An Amazing Species

“Isn’t a man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife by the millions in order to protect his domestic animal and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billions and eats them. This in turn kills man by the millions, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So than man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year sends out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”

-Preface from Old MacDonald's Factory Farm, by C. David Coates

Cure for Chanting Mysticism

New York, 1966

A long-haired girl sitting close to Swamiji's dais raised her hand and asked, seemingly in trance, "When I am chanting, I feel a great concentration of energy on my forehead, and then a buzzing comes and a reddish light."

"Just keep on chanting," Swamiji replied. "It will clear up."

(from Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta)

Reverse Specism


Srila Prabhupada - Monkey And Log

7:17 minutes (2.09 MB)

As with all of Gopala's podcasts, please listen to them. Don't just collect for the sake of collecting.

Uncommon Sense

I read this over on Madhava Gosh Prabhu's excellent blog:

"Use common sense and if you have none then consult with others."

- Srila Prabhupada Letter to: Vidya -- Vrindaban 25 October, 1976



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