Hare Krsna Ashram, Malaysia is a charitable society with the following objectives:
Spreading the Holy Name
It is our first and foremost objective to inspire people to chant the Hare Krsna Maha-mantra. Chanting the holy name is the Yuga-dharma; and Supreme Lord Sri Krsna descended as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to inaugurate this dharma and propagate the Sankirtana movement. He desired that the entire world be inundated with the chanting of the holy name. Srila Prabhupada the founder-acharya of Worldwide Hare Krishna Movement accepted this as the mission of his life and established the world-wide Hare Krsna Movement to spread the holy names. Following in his footsteps, we, the disciples of Srila Prabhupada, have initiated various programs like Chanters Club, Harinam Festival, Hare Krsna Flash Mobs, etc., to spread the holy names and inspire as many people as possible to chant the Hare Krsna Maha-mantra.
Gorgeous Deity-Worship and Opulent Festivals
The second objective is to maintain opulent and gorgeous Deity worship along with festivals on a grand scale throughout the year. The Supreme Lord Krsna has appeared before us in the form of a Deity to accept our services. Srila Prabhupada established Deity worship as an important part of the Krsna Consciousness movement. He had set-up temples around the world so that his disciples can serve the Deities every day. He also emphasized on decorating the Deities and celebrating festivals in an exuberant manner throughout the year. The Supreme Personality of Godhead Krsna is present in the Deity form. By serving Him, we can purify ourselves from material contamination. By engaging all our senses indirectly serving Him, we can get rid of our non-devotional tendencies. It also brings steadiness to our materially agitated mind.
Create Awareness about Srila Prabhupada
The third objective is to increase the awareness and appreciation of Srila Prabhupada – his message, his saintly personality, his character, his mission and his institution. Srila Prabhupada is the spiritual ambassador who visited this mortal world to show us the path back to Godhead. As his disciples, it is our duty to create awareness about him. He is a bona fide spiritual master in the disciplic succession originating from Brahma. A bona fide spiritual master is not an ordinary man. Just as an ambassador is an authorized representative of his country, similarly, a spiritual master, who comes in the disciplic succession, parampara, is an empowered representative of God. Ordered by his spiritual master, he embarked on his life’s mission to spread the message of Krishna to the English-speaking community. He built a house in which the whole world could live. Read his biography to know more about him.
Distribution of Scriptures
Our spiritual master’s mission was to spread the transcendental message of Krsna as recorded in Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam through his books. He founded the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust in 1972. He wrote more than 70 books which have been translated into 57 languages. To understand any philosophy, reading books form an important tool of comprehension for a reader. Srila Prabhupada encouraged his devotees to circulate books among different communities. Reading books form the basis of understanding the Hare Krsna movement. We also encourage devotees to read and distribute these books. Srila Prabhupada said that this service of book distribution makes him happy.
The support for the mission comes from donors and patrons and they are one of our major stakeholders. It is due to their support that we are able to render our services to the society. We provide various opportunities for our donors and patrons to advance in their spiritual life by educating them on the principles of spiritual life through the books written by Srila Prabhupada. The patrons are also invited on special occasions like their birthday or marriage anniversary, to visit the temple and take the blessings of the Lord. We also invite them for major festivals at the temple. You can also be a patron of Hare Krsna Movement.
To Increase Krsna Consciousness
People from all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed and gender are encouraged to participate in our programs to develop their understanding of the spiritual practices that will help them in leading a peaceful life filled with happiness and prosperity. To increase God consciousness in the society, Hare Krsna Ashram conducts specific programs for children (Cultural Education), youth (FOLK Programs), professionals (Life Sublime) and other members of the society (Krsnashraya). These programs are conducted free of cost, you need not pay for it. Next time you visit the temple; enquire to know more about these programs and how you can be part of this.
Food distribution is considered to be the supreme of all charities. Srila Prabhupada wanted everyone to taste the nectar of devotion. The food that is offered to Krsna is considered the divine nectar that can alleviate our suffering by freeing us from sins. Srila Prabhupada insisted that everyone who visits the temple must get some prasadam. We have been distributing prasadam to every visitor since we started and in the year 1999. We have also started distributing prasadam to the schools, hospitals, old folks homes and to the neediest.