“When the material life of a wandering soul has ceased, O Acyuta, he may attain the association of Your devotees. And when he associates with them, there awakens in him devotion unto You, who are the goal of the devotees and the Lord of all causes and their effects.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.51.53
We all need friends. On the journey of life there are twists and turns,
ditches and dead ends, obstacles and opposition. But as John Lennon
sang “I get by with a little help from my friends.” Those who embark
on the spiritual journey are brave indeed. They strive for purity in
a world of degradation, they embrace simplicity amongst rampant
materialism, and they cultivate selflessness in an atmosphere charged
with exploitation. Anyone who goes against the grain in such a bold
way will be faced with temptations, doubts, ridicule and moments of
weakness. Without the encouragement, support and good advice of
spiritual friends how can one continue? Srila Prabhupada established
ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) to give
people the chance to develop relationships with devotees of Krishna.
This is the best way to gain faith and become enthusiastic in one’s
Tip: Visit a local ISKCON temple on a regular basis, and take advantage of the classes, festivals and various opportunities for devotional service offered there. There you can meet friendly devotees of Krishna, who can answer questions and shed light on the practical aspects of spiritual life. You can also visit our Sunday Feast Programs where you can enjoy uplifting chanting, a lively and informative talk and prasadam (sanctified vegetarian food). If you would like us to come to your home for satsang or for a casual visit don’t hesitate to ask, we’ll be more than happy to arrange.