The whole culture is to awaken one’s spiritual consciousness.

Infact, Srila Prabhupada, sometimes he told us some vedic, some stories, some humorous stories, Gopal Bhara stories, about a court gesture, the barber of the king used to be also the the court gesture sometimes, or so… it’s just like that actually, court gesture in the ordinary sense we think in the medieval times, but he almost like a member of the cabinet in a certain way, and he was like an advisor, he was very sharp, but there was one person that the king could spoof on, and so Prabhupada told the sum of the interchanges between him and a Vedic King, and even those humorous stories were filled with, Vedic culture. The culture of spiritual purification, of , following basic system of, advancing towards God realization, where there are… and then cau… in the humor, or in the drama, or in the art, or in any… any facet of life was … was always visible.

All the festivals were centered, all the entertainment were centered about, increasing the peoples, spiritual awareness. Their love and faith in God, and in a… in a very attractive, in a very natural way, so, of course today it’s taboo to uh… to talk about uh, religion or , to do things which appear to be “religious.” So we are trying to present Krishna consciousness, as a culture, in many places. In eastern Europe we have to tell that we are singing Indian folk songs, well it’s all right because in India all the folk songs are spiritual, so in most of them, at least 50, but now there may there is a few new but, in this way we are able to… in many countries where religion is taboo, what we are able to preach on the basis of culture, similarly here in the West even though religion is not taboo, but the people shy away from it.

So because Krishna consciousness is a culture, but the whole culture is to purify, to uplift, to awaken one’s spiritual, dormant, consciousness. So in this way the culture itself is, purifying.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 31st May, SB Class, New Orleans @ USA