Above: The San Juan center of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Below: Chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra in San Juan
Bright sunshine, beautiful beaches, cool ocean breezes—it’s no wonder that tourists flock to Puerto Rico. But if Puerto Rico is so alluring, we can just try to appreciate how attractive is the person who created Puerto Rico. That person is Krishna, or God.
It’s natural for people to travel to beautiful places because as spiritual beings we all originally belong in the most beautiful place, Krishna’s abode, the spiritual world, as pictured on the cover of this month’s BACK TO GODHEAD. We need not work very hard to get material happiness, because a certain amount of happiness comes to everyone automatically, just as everyone has to suffer a certain amount of pain, even though he doesn’t want it. So even in the most pleasing retreats in the material world, one cannot be completely happy because material happiness is always tainted by material distress. One who is intelligent, therefore, should try for the pure form of happiness that one cannot find even if he wanders all over the material world.
In New York the airlines advertise, “Enjoy peaceful Puerto Rico.” And in Puerto Rico they say, “Find satisfaction in New York.” But, really, going from one place to another in this material world won’t help us find the peace we want. That peace is within us, and we can find it, even at home, when we go beyond the boundaries of material consciousness and revive our eternal relationship with Krishna.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
The easiest way to revive our relationship with Krishna is by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, the holy names of Krishna—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Try it and see! There are no hard and fast rules for chanting this mantra; even a child can take part in it. Yet Krishna consciousness also offers a complete spiritual philosophy that can satisfy even the most adamantly doubting intellectual. Therefore, in San Juan and throughout the world, people searching for the kind of happiness and knowledge that can’t be found in the material world are finding it in Krishna consciousness. You’ll find out more about how and why in the pages of this BACK TO GODHEAD.