HARE KRISHNA RURAL LIFE
DEDICATED TO FULFILLING
THE TEACHINGS OF
HIS DIVINE GRACE
A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI
"Our farm projects are an extremely important part of our movement. We must become self-sufficient by growing our own grains and producing our own milk, then there will be no question of poverty. So develop these farm communities as far as possible. They should be developed as an ideal society depending on natural products not industry. Industry has simply created godlessness, because they think they can manufacture everything that they need. Our Bhagavad-gita philosophy explains that men and animals must have food in order to maintain their bodies. And the production of food is dependent on the rain and the rain of course is dependent on chanting Hare Krsna. Therefore let everyone chant Hare Krsna, eat nicely and keep their bodies fit and healthy. This is ideal life style. We do not condemn modern civilization but we don't like to get it at the cost of God Consciousness, that is suicide." — Letter to Rupanuga, 18 December, 1974
Welcome to the Hare Krishna Rural Life website and thank you for visiting.
The goals of the website are:
to begin a discussion on how to practically implement the vision and instructions, in regards to rural development, of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder and acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON);
to develop a network who are focused on this aspect of Srila Prabhupada’s instructions and
to make information and advice available to those developing their own projects.
Developing a Krsna-centered rural community will draw upon a wide variety of disciplines, demand large investments in time and patience along with dependence on good counsel from sources both in and outside of the movement.
Any reasonable attempt at developing a sustainable society must be linked to a spiritual process meant to control the lower pushings. Nothing less will succeed. Therefore, Daivi-varnasrama-dharma is the planet’s only option for developing a sustainable future. The challenge may be great but as with any spiritual endeavor, thankfully, the effort will be enlightening and pleasing.
It is our hope that many devotees will contribute to this web page since it is beyond the ability of any one individual. Indeed, our success will be measured by the participation of the devotees that get involved in both the theoretical and practical stages of spiritual community development.
So please give us a good read and write to us or send in articles by using the email link below. We’ll do the rest.
All quotes from Srila Prabhupada and his books are found in literature published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust and are copyrighted by the same. They are reproduced here simply for the enlightenment of all.
If we need inspiration, let us think of Srila Prabhupada’s devotion and determination to serve his spiritual master as he boarded the Jaladutta — though near penniless, of an advanced age and uncertain as to his chances of success — he forged ahead. His only currency was faith and dedication in the words of his spiritual master and Lord Krsna.
If we remain chaste to his instructions, then we can assume that Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krsna will provide all the intelligence and resources we require.