Ratha Yatra Ireland - Our Philosophy
ISKCON's philosophy, or the philosophy of Krishna consciousness, is an expression of ancient Vedic spiritual practice. It helps people understand their original, constitutional position as an eternal servant of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna: a realisation that achieves lasting peace and happiness.
Essential to this understanding is to realise the distinction between the body, the mind, and the soul. To that end, engaging in the practice of bhakti-yoga (the yoga of devotion) reveals the most valuable knowledge of all: knowledge that inspires all beings to engage in selfless actions for the benefit of others and the Supreme Person.
On the day of the Ratha Yatra you will witness and are welcome to share in our most elementary practices:
Maha-mantra - chanting
It has been said that by repeating this mantra, one can attain salvation and peace of mind:
Hare Krishna - Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna - Hare Hare
Hare Rama - Hare Rama
Rama Rama - Hare Hare
This mantra, chanted both in private and congregation, forms the basis for our devotional service:
Devotional service, beginning with the chanting of the holy name of the Lord, is the ultimate religious principle for the living entity in human society.
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.3.22
Prasadam - sanctified food
Prasadam or sanctified vegetarian food is food that is cooked with that extra little bit of tender loving care. Once prepared, the food is then offered to Lord Sri Krishna in a mood of loving devotion.
As a result it is transformed into prasadam which literally means the Lord's mercy. Imbued with this spiritual potency, prasadam satisfies and nourishes, not just physically but also spiritually.
So whether one needs to address their hunger, or to quell the thirst of the heart and soul, they are encouraged to honour prasadam till they are fully satisfied.