Jagat Sakha dasa (left) book distributor, Los Angeles:
"Whats a Hare Krsna doing dressed up like Santa? That's what a lot of people want to know. Nowadays we usually think of Santa as some kind of wintertime Daddy Warbucks who''ll satisfy our craving for more and more material things. But 'Santa' really means 'saint.' The original Santa taught people all about God and how to love God. So that's what I'm doing dressed up like Santa. I'mn passing out these books about love of God and asking everybody to chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra."
Ramesh Lal (right), Toronto health spa proprietor:
"When you do into business, you're letting yourself in for all kinds of problems and anxieties. But by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra and reading the authorized books on Krsna consciousness, I've learned how to dovetail my work in the service of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krsna—and this has brought me great peace."
Krrana Krrana-devi drsi (above, on right), book distributor, Chicago:
"Right now everybody is thinking, "I'm from America,' 'I'm from Chicago,' 'I'm from the Smith family.' and like that. But when you chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, you see yourself a whole lot more clearly. Sure, your body might come from America, from Chicago, from the Smith family, but when you chant you start seeing that you're the spirit within your body you come from Krsna, from God. That's when the real pleasure comes into your life."
India's most sacred and joyful village is Vrndavana, where five thousand years ago Lord Krsna Himself played as a child. And to this day everybody here remembers Krsna. Everybody chants His names.
Including these children at the local Krsna-conscious academy. They come from all over the world just to live and learn in Vrndavana. After all, this is the village where Krsna's names have always been the most popular song.
Whether you live in a sacred village or a not-so-sacred village, chant Hare Krsna. Then your village will be as joyful as Vrndavana.
Find out more about Vrndavana and Krsna consciousness in this issue of BACK TO GODHEAD magazine.