Greetings, Hare Krishna!
Here you can learn about our values and lifestyle. You can find out about Krishna, which major religion we belong to and how we try to help our fellow humans. You can learn about our centres, our programmes, club nights and events where you can hear from and about us. Come along and have fun!
- Who is Krishna
- What do you need to know about us?
- Why are we vegetarian?
- Can anyone come along to our programmes?
- What can you expect if you visit us?
Krishna means “the All-Attractive One.” We believe that there is only one God. He is called by different names (Allah, Jehova, Buddha, etc) and approached by varoius methods by the many different religions.
Krishna Consciousness is a monotheistic religion. We only believe in one God although as part of Hinduism, Krishna Consciousness is often misunderstood to be polytheistic. There are many representations of God in Hinduism because Krishna has descended in many forms into this material creation to display His pastimes. These forms are called avataras. There are also representations of demigods (e.g. Śiva, Gaṇeśa, Sarasvatī) who are not directly Krishna’s incarnations. Demigods are especially empowered people who execute some important function in the universe not unlike ministers in a government.
Devotees of Krishna worship Him as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, a person with personal qualities.
5300 years ago Krishna appeared in His original form in this material creation in the Indian village of Vrindavana. Later, in His most recent appearance, Krishna descended on earth as Caitanya Mahaprabhu in 1486 in Navadvipa. Krishna as the original Lord is eternally present in the spiritual world and surrounded by His loving devotees He enjoys joyful, loving pastimes.
Sunday programmes have been held at every Hare Krishna temple since the 1960s. It is to accommodate those who can’t visit the temple during the week or who want to find out more about us. The programme starts at lunchtime, you can stay as long as you like and our doors are open to everyone.
Why not pop in to see us!
Regular programmes at our temples
Etiquette, or following certain guidelines in interacting with each other is an essential part of Vedic culture. Krishna speaks on these principles in Bhagavad-gita and in our centres we try to follow them in terms of Vaishnava culture. Maintaining bodily and mental purity is important for our community because this will create an atmosphere favourable for absorption in spiritual practices.
We request everyone to take their shoes off in our centres to keep the temples clean. We offer slippers or shoe covers if required
Smoking, drinking alcohol and carrying or consuming meat products is strictly forbidden at our temples.
- Visitors to our temples are requested to wear modest clothing. The most appropriate dress for ladies is a long skirt and a shawl or sari covering the chest and for men dhoti or long trousers. Ideally, ladies cover their heads in the temple room.
- Devotees traditionally greet each other with “Hare Krishna” or “Haribol” which means “All glories to the Lord’ or “Chant the names of God”.
- On entering the temple room, we pay our obeisances to the Deities by bowing down. Similarly, at the opening or closing of the altar curtains or on seeing a spiritual master we also bow down to offer respects.
- Ladies and men sit separately in the temple room and during meals. Prayers and dancing in the temple room are in separate areas.
- Meals begin with a joint prayer before eating.
- Talking disturbs the temple meditation or programme going on so we request everyone to refrain from conversations.
- Children should always stay with their parents on the temple premises, please don’t leave your children unattended!
- We have songbooks with the words of the Sanskrit and Bengali songs and prayers. Please ask at the reception if you want to join in the aratis and rituals.
Thank you for respecting our principles during your visit and we hope to see you soon!
Meet a monk - make an appointment
Govinda Klub Eger
Govinda Klub Eger
Every Wednesday @5:30pm
Venue: Eger, Tűzoltó tér 5. (Govinda restaurant)
Contact: Śraddhā Nṛsiṁha dāsa (Hüvelyes Lajos), tel: 30/483-9229.
Mantra Workshop Szombathely
Every Sunday @4pm
Venue: Szombathely, Fő tér 15.
Or call: 0630-2568637
Mantra Club Evening
Every Tuesday @5pm
Venue: Szombathely, Fő tér 15.
Go to Goloka!
Every second Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Venue: Debrecen, Magyari u. 2.
Every weekday @6am (Tuesdays and Thursdays @5am)
6:00-7:00: Chanting and mantra meditation
Venue: Debrecen, Magyari u. 2.
Govinda Klub Debrecen
Every Friday @5pm
Why not give it a try?
Vedic scriptures and Vaishnava saints confirm that spreading our faith is of crucial importance. According to Vedic teachings, the five most potent forms of spiritual advancement and devotional service are the following:
„ Living in a holy place like Mathura; worshipping the Deity; reciting Srimad Bhagavatam (kirtanam, or sharing the knowledge through bona-fide scriptures); serving and assisting other devotees and chanting the Lord’s Holy Names, the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahamantra” - writes Rupa Gosvami, a 16th century Vaishnava saint, in his Nectar of Devotion.
Srila Prabhupada also requested his followers to always, in all circumstances, look after those in need. People cannot contemplate metaphysical and spiritual topics, they cannot think about God if their basic physical needs are unmet. Srila Prabhupada was deeply touched by seeing hungry children in Calcutta and asked his disciples to make sure that nobody goes hungry in a ten mile (about 16 km) radius of the temple. He suggested that devotees teach about appropriate food distribution principles and Vedic instructions. According to relevant laws, devotees can accept donations offered to them while they are spreading their faith. Vedic scriptures define accepting donations for the mission of the Lord as one of the religious duties of brāhmaṇās (priests, spiritual teachers). Nectar of Instruction (Śrī Upadésámrita) Text 4 describes giving and receiving gifts as a means to express love and affection among devotees.
Our Mysteries of Monasteries Weekend programme is an extraordinary educational course for those who want to find out about the ancient wisdom of life only found in the Indian books of knowledge, the Vedas. Learning about these secrets will help one live a more spiritual and joyful life. Happiness cannot be bought by material assets. Knowledge about who we are, what the goal and mission of our life are in this world is indispensable for actual happiness. Without real knowledge our decisions lack basic foundation and our actions are misdirected. As long as one doesn’t know or at least doesn’t look for the answers to these questions, happiness remains elusive no matter how big a house or expensive car one owns or how luxurious his surroundings are. Happiness depends on the state of the soul not on matter so material wealth and happiness are unconnected. But the search for happiness is humanity’s most natural instinctive desire. The weekend offers practical as well as theoretical training to allow participants a glimpse into and experience of the mysteries of transcendence.
Our Missionary Training programme is for those who wish to practise Krishna-Consciousness full-time as a member of a monastic community. This programme offers an excellent opportunity to learn about India’s ancient philosophy and culture and study the most important Vedic scriptures. Besides studying, self-realisation is the other pivotal aspect of this 7-week comprehensive course where you can learn about how to practice spiritual life rigorously while also doing active monastic service.
Krishna Consciousness at home
How to wear a saree?
How to offer our food?
How to put on tilaka?
How to meditate?
"“Those who follow this imperishable path of devotional service and who completely engage themselves with faith, making Me the supreme goal, are very, very dear to Me.”
" BG 12.20.