Elevation to Krishna Consciousness

Elevation to Krishna Consciousness

Elevation means to advance upward, higher than our present level. This book is the eye-opener to where the present society is nowadays, how low and inhuman our goals and lifestyles are, and where we should all be heading instead of imminent degradation. With a real down-to-earth, objective analysis Srila Prabhupada smashes down false existential paradigms of the modern society and establishes the real higher standards of human life, which strives for peace, prosperity, true universal brotherhood, and most importantly the reason everything previously mentioned becomes possible – Krishna Consciousness. This book defines the missing piece in the puzzle of life, points towards the biggest obstacle on the path of our advancement and well-being, and reveals the anchor that holds us tight, swimming around in circles, not getting anywhere. Plus the spiritual life that He describes in such a tangible and detailed manner leaves you with nothing but sincere desire and confidence that you definitely wish to start your journey of elevation to Krishna Consciousness.

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One of my favorite quotes

Elevation to Kṛṣṇa Consciousness | Chapter 3: Toward a Peaceful Society

Today all facets of human society are thinking that their self-interest is in maintaining this body. Consequently, today’s society is simply a society of cats, dogs and hogs. From Vedic literatures we can understand that we don’t have to work hard all day simply to maintain this body. We are working very hard because we are trying to control material nature for the purposes of sense gratification. One who can come to understand that Kṛṣṇa is the root of everything, the origin of everything, can understand the meaning of īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ (Bs. 5.1) – Kṛṣṇa is the supreme controller. In the universe there are many īśvaras, or controllers, but Kṛṣṇa is the supreme among all of them. Kṛṣṇa consciousness gives us this knowledge. Without it, we will remain ignorant of our real self-interest.
Modern society is in dire need of intellectual persons or brāhmaṇas who can broadcast real spiritual knowledge all over the world. That is an absolute necessity for a society which is working hard simply to exploit nature. If people try to understand this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement scientifically and philosophically, with their best knowledge and judgement, and try to cooperate, there will be peace all over the world. In essence, the method is very simple. We need only chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare and follow the regulative principles mentioned before. By following the regulative principles, we will be avoiding the four pillars of sinful life, and by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, we will be associating with God constantly; thus there will be peace among all classes of men.
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