His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada came to New York in 1965 and in twelve short years made the chanting of ‘Hare Krishna’ known throughout the world. He started a spiritual revolution wherein devotion, simplicity and compassion became the direction for living. Coming from a lineage of self-realised teachers, Srila Prabhupada gave a fearless exposition of devotional wisdom which had been kept locked within India for centuries.
Iskcon St Louis
Our philosophy begins with the understanding that we are not this body. Rather we are conscious spiritual beings residing in these varieties of material bodies resembling humans, aquatics, plants, etc. The soul and the body occupied by the soul are different.
We all have that desire to love and be loved. But looking for love on the basis of the body only leads to disappointment, since the body, as anything in this world, is temporary, subject to ever-shifting conditions. Real happiness and love can be achieved only on the platform of the spirit, just like a fish can derive happiness only in water, not outside on land. We are spirit souls and our happiness comes from loving relationships with other spiritual beings, what to speak of the joy that is experienced when we are connected to the supreme spiritual being, Krishna.