In London, in 1969, a vast Rath Yatra festival happened. Headlines in national papers read
Krishna Chant Startles London.
A few months ago these American and European boys and girls did not know about Kṛṣṇa, but just that day, the world saw how they were chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa and dancing in ecstasy throughout the whole Ratha-yātrā procession.
Was this captivating happiness artificial?
Artificially, nobody can chant and dance for hours together. They had awakened some ecstatic pleasure that was unknown to them for years. FOLK wants to bring this captivating, eternal joy to the general masses. It is to provide a process to practice the meditation techniques given in the Bhagavad Gita and help connect people interested in reading, understanding, and applying the teachings of Gita in their lives.
Nowadays, we see many people face all different kinds of problems and stress because of the same. Mahatma Gandhi, one of the famous personalities worldwide, was facing many such problems turmoils throughout his life, and he embraced Bhagwat Gita by saying.
“Gita is not only my Bible or my Koran, it is my mother…my ETERNAL MOTHER” (Ibid., 5).
The reason behind such strong words was? Like a proverbial mother, the Gita provided him not only unconditional love and support, it even lifted his spirit and “led him kindly to Light.” (“Lead, Kindly Light” was the Christian hymn he loved very much.”) It showed him the way from darkness to the eternal light, eternal truth, and eternal bliss. In his words,
“I confess to you that, when doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and when I see not one ray of light on the horizon, I run to the Bhagavad Gita and find a verse to comfort me, and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow.” (Ibid., 5)
This change could only happen because, on reading Bhagavad Gita, he may not find the exact solution but a different perspective to face the problem and move ahead in life. The same is the need for current generations. A constant state of chaos and depression is on rise with them. The purpose of this community is to help such people bring a change in their life and help them live their lives better.
A significant characteristic of any successful personality — read/ reflect/ experiment/ emulate
Call it a magnificent obsession, but every successful person has a common trait, whatever one reads, he has to dive deep to understand, analyze, compare, and experiment with the ideas or ideals in a book; only when convinced about their truth, he would start living by those ideals. His criteria remains:
Is what is said here true?
Is it practicable?
Can I do it?
Can anyone do it?
Srila Prabhupada, the founder acharya of ISCKON, who circled the world 14 times in 11 years, spreading the teachings of Bhagavad Gita, also stressed upon this and asked newcomers his followers to read, discuss and experiment, to take everything logically but not as blind faith.
Extraordinary serenity of mind and performing all day-to-day work with calmness and detachment. Such stability, however, does not come easily. It results from continued, relentless effort, steadfast faith, and daily spiritual practices. And this can only happen when one is fully convinced of the subject by reflecting and experimenting with it.
One while buying even a cloth, for change in fashion, tries and then reflects how it looks and feels, same is required while making a positive change in life.
The same is the purpose of FOLK, Friends of Lord Krishna to read, reflect and experiment with the teachings of Gita, given by Krishna, and to provide the environment and community to do the same.
We offer an excellent association to foster good habits and lifestyles to embrace their lives the same way many great personalities have done. As is said,
A man only learns in two ways, one by reading and association with more thoughtful people. -Will Rogers
So many communities! How do I know which to chose?
Where can I read the genuine Gita with no adulteration?
I will talk about these in my next article. Until then, Hare Krishna!
The importance of spiritual life and the step-by-step procedure to realize is it yourself is described very elaborately in the book Srimad Bhagavatam, based on Bhagavad Gita, the timeless jewel from the Indian Vedic texts. This book gives a complete understanding of this subject.