When we say Krishna, we’re talking about God. Many people especially outside of India have never heard of Krishna before. They may think Krishna is a different God from the one they worship. But there’s only one Supreme Person, and Krishna is one of His names.
The name Krishna literally means all-attractive. So, not only is Krishna/God all-powerful and all-knowing, He’s also the most beautiful Person.
Why should that matter to us? We’re all parts of Krishna, as drops of ocean water are tiny samples of the ocean. The more we know about Krishna, the better we understand ourselves, and the easier it is to see what our ultimate purpose is.
Krishna consciousness, or Bhakti-yoga, means how to act in harmony with ultimate reality the Supreme Person. Bhakti devotional service is how the devotee and Bhagavan, God, the possessor of all opulences relate.
We’re all naturally Krishna conscious. In illusion, we think we’re the center of the universe, and our bodies are our real selves. Krishna consciousness means becoming free from that illusion, and experiencing our true blissful, eternal nature. It’s a process that works. Anyone can do it.
Krishna consciousness is both a “practice” and the goal of the practice. The goal is to be Krishna conscious. The practice is to always stay conscious of Krishna.”
Religion expresses itself through culture: different codes of behavior that help us to become aware that we are not this temporary material body but an eternal spirit soul, servant of God. Although our state of mind is seen through the nature of our activities (how we dress, eat, talk etc.), the type of activites we perform also affects our state of mind. This means we can elevate our consciousness by elevating the nature of our activities. All spiritual activities help us to purify our consciousness and direct it towards God. Because of this, a vaishnava (devotee of Krishna) does not take the regulations of spiritual life as restrictions, but rather as ‘regulative principles of freedom’ – a tool for advancing personal character development & spiritual consciousness.
The four basic principles are as follows:
This means the daily washing of the body, but also refraining from illicit sex (only sex for procreation within marriage). Celibacy, recitation of God´s (Krishna´s) holy names and studying the holy Scriptures help us to keep the mind and soul clean and balanced.
True followers of the Vedic (or any other) Scriptures are strictly vegetarians. It is perfectly possible to live healthily and happily without needlessly killing innocent animals. To kill our fellow living entities instead of protecting them, is against the laws of God.
Intoxications like alcohol, hard and soft drugs, tobacco, caffeine etc. make someones mercy and friendliness disappear. Addictions are not only unnecessary, but also very harmful (to body, mind and to others). The best alternative for addictions is an awakening of our eternal relationship with God (Krishna) by living in accordance with His laws.
Gambling destroys truthfulness because it is an attempt to bypass the laws of nature and obtain material profit without honestly working for them.
An honest deed is the best gamble in the world and a sure winner.
There are many rules and regulations to follow in human life which help us to be healthy, happy and successful. The most important of all is:
Always remember Krishna (God) and never forget Him.