Prabhupada’s Vision

“Just like we have got a tendency to construct a skyscraper building. As in your country, you do. So you should not be attached to the skyscraper building, but you can utilise the tendency by constructing a big temple like skyscraper for Krishna. In this way, you have to purify your material activities.”

– Srila Prabhupada in a class in front of  the Samadhi of Srila Rupa Goswami in Vrindavan, Oct 29th 1972

Prabhupada’s Words

“This is Krishna conscious vision: ‘Oh, there are so many skyscrapers.Why not construct a nice skyscraper temple of Krishna?’This is Krishna consciousness.” – Srila Prabhupada lecture in Bombay, Feb 25th, 1974

“In the construction of a high skyscraper and the construction of a temple, there may be the same enthusiasm, but the endeavours are different, for one is material and the other spiritual. Spiritual activities should not be confused with material activities and given up.” – SB 9.4.25, Translation and Purport

“If you can construct nice temple in Vrindavan for me in this way, I shall be eternally grateful.” – Letter to Gurudasa, Yamuna — Bombay 31 December, 1972:

“The pure devotee does not endeavour for anything which is against the principles of devotional service. For example, constructing a big building requires great energy, and a devotee does not take to such business if it does not benefit him by advancing his devotional service. He may construct a temple for the Lord, and for that he may take all kinds of anxiety, but he does not construct a big house for his personal relations.” – Bhagavad Gita As It Is ,12.16

“If you have got some money, don’t use it for constructing a big skyscraper building. Better you try to construct a very nice temple for Krishna’s situation. That is proper use.” – Lecture on SB 1.2.8 — Bombay, December 26, 1972

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