Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
A self-realized person must know what is matter, what is spirit, and who is the controller of both. Matter consists of things that have no independent life, like stones, machines and even our very bodies. Spirit is the living force. And the controller of both is God Himself, Lord Sri Krsna. The children at Gurukula ("the place of the spiritual master") are cultivating self-realization by engaging in practical service to Krsna. Gurukula, the children's school of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, has one hundred children, ages 3-13, and thirty well-trained teachers. They rise early, bathe and attend early-morning worship of the Lord in the Gurukula temple. And later, during the day, the children study English, math and Sanskrit.
Love of Krsna is dormant in the heart of everyone. So when a child comes in touch with a natural way of life, full of good association, intelligent direction and worthwhile activity in other words, when he comes in touch with Krsna consciousness his dormant love awakens. He becomes strong, self-controlled, honest and satisfied. And when he grows up, he can become qualified to lead the world away from materialistic peril and into secure service to the Lord. Thus Gurukula is producing spiritual leaders for the world of tomorrow.
Through Krsna consciousness, anyone, of any age, can be as satisfied as the children of Gurukula. One need only chant the holy names of God, as found in the Hare Krsna mantra Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare and get to know one's eternal relationship with Krsna.
Gurukula is one of more than eighty worldwide centers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which was established in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. This magazine, Back to Godhead, will tell you about the Hare Krsna movement and the philosophy of Krsna consciousness. As you look through it, on page 18 you'll find an article telling you more about Gurukula.