Temple Projects
Whoever constructs or helps to construct a Vishnu temple will protect eight generations of father, grandfather and forefather from falling into hell.- (Vamana Purana).
By installing Deity of Lord one becomes king of the entire earth, by building a temple for Lord one becomes ruler of the three worlds, by worshiping and serving Deity one goes to the planet of Brahma and by performing all the three of these activities, one achieves a transcendental form like My own.-(Lord Sri Krishna in SrimadBhagvatam11-27-52)
A temple of Lord Krishna is a “house of God” and is completely spiritual. But what exactly does that mean? Consider the following analogy. If you were to take an iron rod and place it in fire, the rod would become hotter and hotter until it would glow red-hot. Then, practically speaking, your iron rod would have become fire, giving its own heat and light. Indeed, if you dared touch it, it would burn you. Similarly, if a building is actually functioning as a house of God, a place where the Supreme Lord is worshiped with love and devotion, then it should be accepted as totally spiritual, as part of the Kingdom of God. Of course, an iron rod has the capacity to burn you only when it is put into fire, and a building may appropriately be called a temple only when it is used in the service of the Supreme Lord. Its use in the sincere service of God, therefore, distinguishes a temple from an ordinary building. And such a temple will purify all that center, just as a red-hot iron rod will burn whoever touches it.
Sometimes people avoid the temple. Understanding that God is everywhere, they say, “God is all-pervading, why I should enter a Temple” But if God is all pervading, then He is certainly in the temple as well. Actually, God's presence in the temple is especially beneficial for us, for despite. His omnipresence, He is not readily perceivable except to one with spiritual vision. In a genuine temple, we're able to associate with people trained in such spiritual vision, and we get to enhance our own realization of the all-pervading nature of the Lord by hearing transcendental philosophy. Furthermore, we learn to perceive the Lord's personal presence in the Deity. (Archa-vigraha) on the alert.
When we enter a temple, we get relief, because, it is a place where the Supreme Lord is worshipped according to the rules and regulations of the revealed scriptures. Even in the conventional sense, when someone has amnesia, expert psychologists agree that the most reliable cure is to place the patient in the environments he should be most familiar with; no other remedy is quite as effective. Similarly, when one goes to the temple, associates with devotees, and chants the holy names of God. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare /Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare-one is cured of the amnesia of material life. Soon one becomes spiritually aware, naturally happy.
Why do we need a temple complex?
Temple means education in spiritual life. People should come, they should learn what is spiritual life, what is God, what is my relationship with Him. That is temple. It is meant to give chance to everyone, even to the child, to advance one step to Krishna consciousness-A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. ISKCON temples, through sat-sanga, provide guidance, inspiration and training into practical spiritual day-to-day life for all who come, regardless of one’s color, creed or faith. These are spiritual oasis in the desert of Kali-yuga, which now give a soothing shelter to millions of fortunate souls. Particularly focused to reach the youth, ISKCON has proven to be an effective tool in the shaping of healthy characters of future generations. If trained to understand that the ways of the Vedic culture are not simply formal rituals, but actually have a deep meaning, young people will not only appreciate it but embrace it whole-heartedly. And when they follow these ideals, they will develop spotless character and become worthy and capable leaders for times to come. - To present, promote and preserve spiritual heritage of ancient Indian philosophy and culture to modern Indian and international society, in a easy and appealing way, using advantage of the latest architectural and technological achievements. - To inherit the eternal values of truthfulness, mercifulness, austerity and purity, which is entirely lacking in today’s educational establishment, particularly to the young children and to the modern Indian youth, by facilitating seminars, work-shops, dramas, high-tech presentations and spiritual tuitions? - To give everyone opportunity to engage in varieties of most beneficial devotional services according to their ability by organizing daily deity worship, various festivals, free Prasadam distribution, spiritual book distribution, bhajan, kirtan etc.; for the upliftment of society at large. - Ultimately, to give everyone chance to develop love of God by congregational chanting of the holy names “Hare Krishna” and to regularly hear Hari-katha from ancient scriptures such as Srimad Bhagvatam & Bhagavad-Gita.
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