What is the purpose of our temples?

Hare KrishnaBy Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada speaks about proper mood for devotees towards the society’s temples. It is more intelligent to create a living Matha rather than to build a Matha for comfortable living. Creating a living Matha means to attract faithful persons to surrender at the lotus feet of the spiritual master. The highest welfare activity is to attract living entities to serve the spiritual master’s lotus feet by describing to them the spiritual master’s glories and service. For this we spend gallons of blood. Such preaching will please both guru and Krishna. Therefore, to dedicate body, mind, and speech to such philanthropic activities is the perfection of life. A Matha surcharged with talk of Krishna’s glories and service is non-different from Vaikuntha. Thus living in a Matha is just like living in a dhama. Hari- katha must be prominent in the Matha. There is no use in building a Matha simply to facilitate eating and sleeping. Mathas should be built only to spread hari-katha. This will benefit us and others.