ISKCON Belgaum

Gokul Dham

Why Farm Communities ?

Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness(ISKCON), desired, among other things, to see ISKCON set up self-sufficient Krishna Conscious farm communities to demonstrate the principle of "Simple Living & High Thinking". He intended such communities to be beacon lights for a society moving rapidly into artificial & destructive lifestyles. Modern civilization, with its thrust on maximizing worldly pleasure, has simply intensified the struggle for existence, leaving very little time, energy & inclination for people to pursue self-realization, which is the goal of human life.

The Vedic Economic Model

The questions of survival & livelihood have become very complex issues in the present day. However, the Vedic civilization of our past followed a very simple & sublime socio-economic model that gave material fulfillment & yet facilitated spiritual growth. A partial hint of that model is mentioned by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita (18.44) :

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