Signs Should Help Preach Bhagavad-Gita
Posted September 2, 2009
Some temple managers or presidents may believe that the more land and buildings the temple property contains, the more successful the temple is. Of course, this is nonsense. As Srila Prabhupada stated, the purpose of temples is to give spiritual knowledge, not to serve as a show of concrete, cement and stones. There are many opulent temples, but if after visiting a temple a visitor does not change his or her consciousness for the better, then what is the benefit of going to temples?
Only learning the teachings from the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita can change a person's consciousness for the better.
From the Bhagavad-gita it is clear that Arjuna does not just bow down to Lord Krishna and then it's all finished. Lord Krishna instructs the science of self-realization, the Bhagavad-gita, to Arjuna. This is what helped Arjuna overcome his confused state. At the present time, people are much more confused than Arjuna and also much less intelligent than Arjuna, so the message of the Bhagavad-gita is more important now than ever before.
Many temples have daily Bhagavad-gita and/or Srimad Bhagavatam discourses in the mornings, which is certainly good but how much understanding is conveyed by theoretical preaching?
I recently visited the ISKCON temple in Mayapur. While it's supposed to be a world headquarters for spiritual knowledge and thousands of people visit the temple everyday, in my view the devotees there are wasting an opportunity to preach. If that temple were to place signage with Bhagavad-gita verses aboutr the temple property, it might well encourage more visitors to get some spiritual knowledge.
Having verses from the Bhagavad-gita outside and inside the temples is a preaching concept which I am hoping all temples will take advantage of, following in the footsteps of the Vallabh Vidyanagar temple.