Krishna Consciousness - A Philosophy for Everyone
The philosophy of the Hare Krsna movement is a non-sectarian
monotheistic tradition. It may be summarized in the following
1) By sincerely cultivating an authentic spiritual science,
we can become free from anxiety and achieve a state of pure,
unending, blissful consciousness.
2) Each one of us is not the material body but an eternal
spirit soul, part and parcel of God (Krsna). As such, we are
all interrelated through Krsna, our common father.
3) Krsna is eternal, all-knowing, omnipresent, all-powerful
and all-attractive. He is the seed-giving father of all living
beings and the sustaining energy of the universe. He is the source
of all incarnations of God.
4) The Vedas are the oldest scriptures in the world. The
essence of the Vedas is found in the Bhagavad gita, a literal
record of Krsna's words spoken 5,000 years ago in India. The
goal of Vedic knowledge--and of all theistic religions-- is to
achieve love of God.
5) We can perfectly understand the knowledge of self-realization
through the instructions of a genuine spiritual master--one who
is free from selfish motives and whose mind is firmly fixed in
meditation on Krsna.
6) All that we eat should first be offered to Krsna with
a prayer. In this way Krsna accepts the offering and blesses
it for our purification.
7) Rather than living in a self-centered way, we should
act for the pleasure of Krsna. This is known as bhakti-yoga,
the science of devotional service.
8) The most effective means for achieving God consciousness
in this age is to chant the holy names of Lord:
Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
To learn more about worshipping at home and incorporating
the philosophy into your daily life continue reading by the links
On Chanting Hare Krsna - essay
by Srila Prabhupada
Setting up your altar - How to worship
Krsna in your home
Eating Spiritually: Prasadam
- the Karma Free Diet
Preparing and Offering Prasadam
- How to Offer Vegetarian Food to God
Everyday Living: The Regulative Principles
- Moral Principles to Live By
Practical engagement in Devotional
Service - Doing Everything for Krsna