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A Message to the Youth of India
India—ancient, modern, mystical, alive. A vast land of lofty mountains, broad plains, mighty rivers, throbbing cities. A people searching for identity in a changing world. A land of contradictions that, if overcome, could burst as a leader among nations.This India, incomparable, unique, is more diverse than any other place on earth. Nearly a billion people, of multiple languages, castes, opinions, and creeds, squeezed together, struggling to survive. India groans, but, remarkably, doesn't collapse. Each new day still follows on the next with India as a nation still intact. Her people, a seeting mass, seem ever ready to explode in reckless anarchy. Yet an intrinsic oneness, a sense of being Indian, invis¬ibly binds all together. That "Indian-ness" is a legacy of her timeless culture—the world's oldest, most elaborate and most sophisticated.But modern India is definitely a land of change. Change is the way of the world, and nothing new to India either. This "change" has recently been decorated by the word "progress". Unfortunately, in terms of actual human civilization and happi¬ness, the process of change in India has been one of gradual decline.
Since the beginning of Kali-yuga five thousand years ago, ungodly forces have been eroding India's cultural sanctity from within. Kali-yuga's influence began with the downfall of the brahmana community. These saintly spiritual leaders of society became degraded by claiming superiority on the basis of birth alone. According to sastra (Vedic scripture), capable sons of lower families, if possessed of intellectual disposition, could also be trained as brahmanas. By limiting brahmanism to a family tradition and thus practicing perfidy in the name of religion, downfall began. The original varnasrama system allowed all classes of men to be trained according to their qualities and abilities. Later, Hindu society distorted into a stunted caste system based on false privilege and exploitation, pervaded by empty ritualism in the upper castes, discontent among the lower castes, and a lack of spirituality throughout.Thus weak and sick internally, Bharata, which once ruled the world, fell to the invading Moguls some thousand years ago.
The invaders gained political control by rule of arms and solidified their position by promoting their faith. Finding ready converts among oppr/ sed lower-caste Hindus, their numbers swelled as a large section of India's population abandoned the religion of their forefathers. The coming of the Moguls thus started a new chapter of cultural degradation.The British accelerated the decline by deliberately 'attacking and undermining Indian thought and culture. "Everything Indian is inferior, everything Western best"so they taught. Now the British have gone, but their legacy remains. They de-Indianized India so well that their disciples the educated Indians became the new gurus of Westernization.Indians, of course, are different from Westerners.Their artificial attempt to be the same is simply a poor imitation. Still, modern Indians accept Western standards of dress, thinking and living, practically as a new dharma. As a result, fifty years of independence have degraded India more than a thousand years of foreign rule. India, politically free, is a slave of foreign ideas.After independence, India adopted a policy of indus¬trial expansion. In pursuit of Western style affluence, the economic system was turned upside down, the ancient For a summary of the British attitude, see "The First Indologists," a chapter of Elements ofVedic Thought and Culture by Satsvarupa dasa Gosvaml (Bhaktivedanta Book Trust).the economic system was turned upside down, the ancient cultural shaken up, and the natural environment raped. The edu¬cational system was geared to turn out innumerable slavish morons for a vast socio-economic system based on exploitation. Still, after so much endeavour, India's economic position is not good. Even those who work hard for a degree consider themselves lucky just to have a modest income and a little place to live in.
Most Indians have benefitted very little from technological developments. Crores still live in slovenly proverty, with a few modern trinkets- a radio, maybe a two-in-one, a TV and a VCR-meant to keep them happy. Living in hope of a future high-tech paradise, reality for most is a squalid struggle for survival.Another major cause of India's decay has been a cheap approach to religion. By accepting all kinds of bogus ideas, false avataras, and questionable gurus, Indians have been their own worst enemies. Seeing their culture in such a deplorable condition, quasisophisticates, influenced by "rationalism" and apparently somewhat embarrassed about being Indian, try to pretend that Indian culture doesn't exist. Modern Indians prefer that India be recognized for her industrial achievements rather than her spiritual heritage. Therefore change (Change!! Change!!) is the order of the day. Everything alters so rapidly that we are left mentally breath¬less, unable to imagine what is coming next. We have no time to consider whether we are changing for better or worse.Change is taking place not only externally but internally also, in the way people think. Attitudes are changing, and the result is not good. The overwhelming trend is towards petty selfishness.Our great-grandfathers, if alive today, might wonder if they were in the same country. Constant material¬istic propaganda from cinema, TV and magazines spoils peoples' brains and makes them lusty, greedy and nasty Especially in India, for better or worse (mostly for worse), the mass media are rapidly changing the way people think.Even the so-called intellectuals are steeped in a totally erroneous, materialistic world view. Being products of an educational system that has deliberately killed their spiritual intelligence, they only imagine that they think for themselves.
Despite all this, Indians are still Indians, although they may not be sure what it means to be Indian. Therefore, despite trying hard, they cannot completely give up their own culture. Nor can they become fully Westernized. Caught between tradition and modernity, India is left with the worst of both worlds. The greatest sufferers are India's youth, who have to build their lives in a society that gives them no clear direction."Are we supposed to be just like Westerners?" the youth ask. "Even if we wanted to be completely Westernized, is it possible for us? Even if it were possible, is it desirable? What about our customs, culture and religion? Can't we take the good things of Indian life and mix them with the best of the West?"This mental tug-of-war goes on in young people's minds, over old values and new. For example, tradition requires youth to respect elders and care for them in old age. But the modern era has seen the demise of the joint family. "Family" used to mean uncles, aunts, cousins, widows, and in-laws living together under one roof. The demands of city life, combined with the selfishness of consumer society, are killing the joint family. "Family" now usually means father, mother and two or three children. Whereas the joint family functions on coopera¬tion between many members, the small-family spirit is "Care for as few as possible. Throw out your parents and have less children." Naturally, family values are declining, as the divorce rate shows. For thousands of years, divorce amongst Hindus simply did not exist.
Nowadays, it is becoming like the West—a little squabble and they are ready to finish the whole thing.Furthermore, the pressures of modern life create tension in the home. Many teenagers now openly disregard their parents. They ask: "Why should I do what you say? I can look after myself. I don't need you!" They see their parents as suppressive guardians of an old-fashioned morality that they don't want imposed on them. While parents worry about drugs, free sex and the rest, the kids want to enjoy. Who can stop them?"Jump a mobike, hit the road. We'll do as we like, think as we like, dress as we like!"The break from conservatism is most clearly expressed in the quest for sex. Today's youths, soaked in cinema and disco vibes, are hungry for sex. Showing off their fashion clothes and fancy hairstyles, young men and women mix freely. Emboldened by what they see on the screen, unmarried couples publicly indulge in loose sexual behaviour. Ten years ago it was another world, a different scene. Yesteryear's culture receives hammer blows by the day.Even the schools not only fail to uphold morality, but » also contribute to the rot. Traditional Indian schooling imparted character training and knowledge of God. Modern education teaches that we have evolved by chance from monkeys. "No need of God." No mention of God. "Science is God. Science will solve all our problems" (a hopeless hope). Not only from the TV and cinema, but even at school, kids learn to lie, cheat, brag, use foul language, fight, make politics, smoke, drink, use drugs, and get into sex.Of course, only a small percentage of young people are outright rogues and ruffians. It is a great credit to the youth of India that despite so many bad influences, they are not more spoiled. The vast majority are fairly decent folk. For even now, the tendency of Indians is to be religious. Their karma and their background give them an inherent faith in God. After all, India is punya-bhumi, dharma-bhumi. But exposure to innumerable nonsense f ideas has Indians, especially young people, asking, "Is there really any God? Can the existence of God be proved? Why should we believe all these things?" In India, the land of religion, the land of wisdom, the young people want disco.
Not caring for the rsis and acaryas, they idolize monkey-like rock 'n' roll stars. The exalted culture of the past is being forgotten, for modern Indians prefer to imitate meat-eaters and drunkards.
Even those young people who are religious often hide their feelings, being afraid of scorn. The spiritual aspira¬tions of India's youth are subverted by the social pressure of atheism. However, their material desires are being fed at every moment. ^ A practical example. The cinema and TV show people with a high standard of material opulence. But most J'dians cannot ever hope to enjoy a very luxurious lifestyle. They have to struggle just to get food, clothing and shelter. They see, they want, they cannot get. Result: frustration.Almost all the fantasy dramas on screen emphasize sex (and violence). Watching sexy movies causes lust to burn the heart like fire. Sex has become ridiculously over-stressed. Naturally, young people become all excited about it. But instead of getting any enjoyment from sex, they just feel stifled by unfulfilled desires. Hot lust, no scope, sex starvation, simply frustration.Traditional Indian culture teaches not to over emphasize sex. The more one becomes interested in sex, 04 the further he descends to the level of animals. Sex seems good, but is the cause of so many problems.Another anxiety that young people grow up with is the hope/disappointment syndrome.What will happen in the future? Maybe I will excel in my studies and go to America. Or at least get a good job at home." The possi¬bilities are exciting.But the reality, for many, is bitter. Every year, thousands of bright young men and women graduate into joblessness. Carrying their hopes and spending their ^ family's money, they shed blood, sweat and tears on a twenty year crawl up the educational ladder. From kindergarten, to primary school, to high school, to univer¬sity, to. . . nothing. No job. They worked so hard, so long, to get that prized piece of paper, "Certificate of Graduation," only to find it, for all practical purposes, useless. For these highly educated failures, the world seems cruel.
It is not uncommon to get five thousand applicants for fifty jobs or to see "Graduate Driver" painted on an autorickshaw, or a "Graduate Pan Shop." After so much education, they get a job that even an illiterate person can do quite capably without a B.Sc, B.A. or even S.S.C.
So, our college-going youth may act real cool, as if they had not a care in the world. But inside, the anxiety burns: "Will I hit the jackpot or crash into disaster?Still another anxiety of young people concerns their future marriage. Everyone hopes for an agreeable spouse, and simultaneously fears the worst—an unfaithful or incompatible partner. Young women especially hope more and fear more. Every girl hopes for a husband who will love her and care for her. But romantic dreams often turn into nightmares. The husband may be a drunkard, give dowry harassment, beat the wife cruelly, or worse. At the wedding everyone is smiling, but there is no predicting what the future will bring. Young couples start out with great hope, but in the modern age, family life is all too often not "home-sweet-home.The position of women has much declined. In tradi¬tional'Indian culture, women were considered almost sacred. They were protected and adored for their virtue
of chastity. Men were trained to see all women (except - their own wife) as mothers. Now, in the name of liberty, women have learned from TV and cinema to mix freely with men and to dress and behave to attract them. Men view women as usable objects of sex enjoyment. Therefore, young women (especially) have to live with the fear of molestation. Respect for women is "out of date.Another problem many young people face is the generation gap. They can't understand, nor be under¬stood, by their elders. Today's kids enjoy computers and • mobikes the way their parents had fun with transistor radios. The world is open for today's liberated youth: drugs, blue movies, booze, loose sex, violence—watch out, the kids are getting into it.Parents think to protect their children by imposing restrictions on them. But the kids rebel. They want to do what they like. "I'm young, I'm strong, I'm healthy, I want to enjoy. Why shouldn't I?The older generation laments, "Our children don't listen to us. They don't care for what we say. They don't relate to us." But if parents „ are unable to give any clear direction to their kids, what do they expect? If the older generation is totally material¬istic, absorbed in maintaining and improving a comfort¬able standard of living, how can they hope that their kids will have higher values? In the unrelenting quest for money (Money!! Money!!) where does the question of right and wrong come in? "Right" means to succeed materially. "Wrong" means to fail. Moral instructions are imparted as a convenience to try to keep the kids in line. Naturally, giving pious speeches but setting an example of selfishness cannot fool the educated youth of today.If today's youths are cynical, disenchanted,
misguided or out-and-out materialists, greedy or even violent, it's at least partly because the older generation contributed to the spoiling of their character.Like it or not, today's generation is different. Look at the way they dress. All fashion and hairstyle, they movr around the streets showing themselves off to each oth like actors on a stage.They zoom around on tinny little mobikes, making a big noise, as if they were film stars. Some are totally corrupt and spoiled. Some students have their impressionable minds perverted by gangster-type politicians, who deliberately mould them into anti-social monsters. Such lawless young devils have no respect for their professors, fellow students or anyone else. Always ready to inflict violence on those who even verbally oppose them, they forcibly impose strikes at whim, regularly terrorize and disrupt campus life, spoil the morale and good name of educational institutions, and generally take pleasure in making others' lives miserable. Thus we find today's youth of India, at best, simply confused; at worst, demons in human form. Overall, most young people are still good at heart, but much misguided by materialistic propaganda.After this analysis of the problems and aspirations of the young people of India today, the que; tion is: what is our message to the youth of India?This is our recommendation: Don't be fooled by maya, illusion. Young people are easily enamoured by the glitter of material life. They think, "If I get a good job, work hard and earn good money, I'll be a success. I'll be happy." Foolish hope. Since time immemorial, everyone has been trying to be happy in this material world, and no-one has succeeded yet. As eternal spirit souls, we belong to the spiritual world, and can only be happy in spiritual activity. So, to be attracted to that little glimmer of materialism is not very intelligent. The young,especially students, are expected to be perceptive, so they should use their intellect to find out, "Who am I? What is the meaning of life?"Please don't get caught on the superficial platform. Try to understand who you are. You are not the body. Ultimately, you are not even Indian! You are not made to enjoy this material world. You are pure spirit soul (atma), part and parcel of the Supreme Soul, Krsna. By your good fortune, as a result of previous pious activities, you have attained birth in a human body in the land of India.Of course, nowadays, people think that birth in America is most fortunate. America is considered the most advanced country in the world. Almost all young Indians would go to America if they got the chance.
But for spiritual advancement, India is best. Human life is valuable and is attained only after many, many births. Humans can inquire about God. Animals cannot. Having attained a human birth, we should at least be thoughtful. We should take a break in our rushed existence to consider: "Who am I? Where have I cbme from? What happens after death? What is the purpose of life? What about God and my relationship with Him?" Only if we ask such questions do we give real purpose to our human lives.Human birth in India is especially precious, for India's very atmosphere, culture and tradition gives all opportu¬nities to advance in pious life. Those born as humans in India naturally tend towards spiritual development. Generally only persons who have executed pious activi¬ties in previous lives get the chance of human birth in India.Even those born in non-Hindu families are at an advantage by being born in India. Those who impartially study the Vedic message, especially the devotional teachings of the Vaisnava acaryas, must conclude, as so many Westerners also have, that the monotheistic tradi¬tions of the world find their conclusion in Vaisnavism (Krsna consciousness). Krsna consciousness is nonsec-tarian in the true sense of the term, for it transcends such designations like "Hindu" or "non-Hindu." The atma, or self, is neither Hindu nor non-Hindu—it is an eternal particle of God. Therefore Indians born in non-Hindu families should not approach Krsna consciousness in a sectarian way, as if it were another partisan dogma. Krsna consciousness is not an ordinary religion. It is a serious education in spiritual values. Those who reject Krsna consciousness out of small-minded sectarianism deny themselves the opportunity to find the topmost religious fulfillment.Therefore, our fervent appeal to all Indians, especially the young and inquisitive, is this: don't be fooled by the glittering fantasy of maya. Human life is not meant for decorating the body and riding around on a motorbike. It is not meant simply for getting a comfortable home, a nice spouse, or a so-called good job. Human life is meant for understanding God. You have been born in the land with the greatest culture. That Vedic culture, based on the dynamic quest for love of God, is eternal, universally applicable, and supremely pure. It's essence cannot be polluted in any way. But having been misrepresented by innumerable cheaters, your original culture (sanatana-dharma) is now passing as mundane "Hindu religion." Temples and priests remain, but spiritual substance is lacking. India is dragging on with the hollow remnants of Vedic culture.
Under the circumstances, it is not surprising if intelli¬gent people are skeptical of what is now called "Hinduism." Educated Indians, rightly, have little taste for empty ritualism in the name of religion. They fear the type of fundamentalist revival that threatens to plunge us back into medieval bigotry and repression. However, if they got something of real substance, a zestful, intellectu¬ally satisfying way to know ourselves and God, then why should they not take it? Krsna consciousness is that real thing, the genuine representation of Vedic culture in the modern age.
Vedic culture is not in itself bad. Those who are intel¬ligent enough to doubt should realize that a good thing badly presented doesn't make it bad. Vedic wisdom is vast and comprehensive. It not only comes from an ancient past, but is still followed in one form or another by millions today. The Vedic teachings are becoming a major cultural influence throughout the world. That modern man, with his unlimited resources of knowledge, is still attracted to Indian culture, indicates that it cannot be without substance. The spiritual message of India has not been invalidated by her present weak cultural condition. That the Vedic teachings have been distorted for personal gain does not alter their truths.Actual knowledge never changes. The knowledge of the Vedas is unchangeable because it is based on the Absolute Truth. Untruths propagated in the name of truth cannot change the Absolute Truth. Five thousand years ago, Lord Krsna summarized that truth in the Bhagavad-gTta, the essence of the Vedas. That we now have TVs, cars and computers do not render it irrelevant. The Gita is as fresh and alive today as ever. Those whose intelli¬gence has not been dulled by crass materialism can appre¬ciate the message of the Gita. Others cannot. In the Gita, Krsna's first instructions tell us who we are and what is our position in the universe. In one verse, He gives us more factual information about reality than taught in all the schools and universities of the world.
dehino 'smin yathd dehe
kaumaram yauvanam jara
tatha dehantara praptir
dhlras tatra na muhyati
These are the ABC's of spiritual knowledge. Krsna explains that we are not these bodies but the soul (atma) within the body. The body continuously changes, from boyhood, to youth, to old age. The final change, called death, entails the soul's leaving its old body and taking a new one.The body is vinasi it must be destroyed.We are avinasi, atma, never to be destroyed. Under the influence of mdya, we are trapped in material bodies.We transmigrate in this material world from body to body to body, birth after birth after birth. Despite all our endeavours in various types of bodies, we can never be happy in this world of repeated birth and death. Therefore we should try to understand our actual spiritual position. Despite our machines and technology, the fact remains: material existence is miserable. Krsna describes this world in Bhagavad-gTta (8.14) as duhkalayam asasvatam, a place of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. Krsna further explains how the atma becomes entangled in mdya and how he may become disentangled. He describes reincarnation, karma, the material and spiritual worlds, the demigods, and much more. Ultimately Krsna reveals Himself as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Bhagavad-gTta is a summary of all transcendental knowledge. Although brief, it is complete and perfect. The Gita teaches all that is explained in other scriptures of the world and also reveals truths not found elsewhere.But the youth of modern India are so unfortunate that in the land where hagavad-gita was spoken, they are not taught the lessons of the GTtd. Bhagavad-gTta is studied and respected throughout the world. But so-called "modern" Indians do not know what it teaches and do not want to know. Such a great land of spiritual culture
what a horrible condition India has come to! Sexy cinema magazines sell like hot cakes, but Bhagavad-glta: "We are not interested in these things.Of course, many of the youth of India, despite all social pressures, do have at least a little interest in topics of spiritual knowledge. Such young people would do well to study Chapter Sixteen of Bhagavad-glta, "The Divine and Demoniac Natures," to understand which direction their life is leading in.Fearlessness, purification of one's existence, cultivation of spiritual knowledge, charity, self-control, performance of sacrifice, study of the Vedas, austerity, simplicity, nonviolence, truthfulness, freedom from anger, renunciation, tranquillity, aversion to faultfinding, compassion for all living entities, freedom from covetousness, gentleness, modesty, steady deter¬mination, vigour, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, and freedom from envy and from the passion for honour these transcendental qualities belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature. The transcendental qualities are conducive to liberation, whereas the demoniac qualities make for bondage. (Bhagavad-gita, 16.1-5)Krsna also says in the Glta:My dear Arjuna, how have these impurities come upon you? They are not at all befitting a man who knows the value of life. They lead not to higher planets but to infamy. Do not yield to this degrading impotence. It does not become you. Give up such petty weakness of heart and arise, O chastiser of the enemy! (Bhagavad-gita 2.2-3)Those who want to be godly should approach a bona-fide spiritual master, who teaches and acts exactly according to Bhagavad-glta as it is (not as he imagines it to be). Such inquisitive persons must be careful of cheaters posing as spiritual teachers. A real spiritual master clearly establishes that there is God, that He is a
person, that His name is Krsna, and that we can revive our loving relationship with Him and become happy forever by chanting His names, especially the maha-mantra:
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Those who think spiritual life to be old-fashioned, boring, or impossibly austere, should have a look at Krsna consciousness. Young people who like fun and fast living should also examine Krsna consciousness. They will be surprised to find a tradition that is simultaneously ancient and modern, alive and relevant to today's world. If it were simply dogmatic rituals, how could it appeal to the intellectual youth of the West?Krsna consciousness is so practical that anyone can take it up.* Businessmen, students, housewives, farmers, lawyers, doctors, and others all over the world practise Krsna consciousness side by side with their worldly duties. Still, many young people who want to take up Krsna consciousness fear the scorn of others. Our message to them: Don't be afraid. Don't worry about the taunts of foolish people. You have your duty toward Krsna. Krsna will help you. Even if the whole world is against you (which it never will be), if Krsna is on your side, what is there to fear? Laughter will gradually turn to respect for those who remain strong in their determination to practise Krsna consciousness, come what may.Of course, not everyone can just drop everything and radically alter their way of life. But everybody, whatever situation they are in, can take up Krsna consciousness at some level. The process is simple. We only have to take Lord Krsna into our hearts, chant His holy names and follow His instructions as given in Bhagavad-glta As It Is.For practical spiritual guidance on how to be Krsna conscious in daily life, see A Begimier's Guide to Krsna Consciousness, by the author of this book.
Still, it is required that many young people come forward to join this preaching mission full-time. Those who are ready to dedicate their lives to Krsna should do so.Krsna consciousness is all-auspicious, and opens up a whole new world of transcendental experience. Young people especially, all over the world, are accepting Krsna consciousness as the ultimate solution to all problems. In India too, the young educated class are beginning to recognize the value of this Krsna consciousness movement and take to it in all earnestness. Those who are more serious about Krsna consciousness, who have a strong spirit of adventure, and who are determined to make the best use of their valuable human life, should dedicate their lives for the highest cause: telling others how to get free from repeated birth and death.Everyone is distressed because they do not know Krsna. They need to learn about Krsna. There are • unlimited opportunities for preaching the message of Krsna. Caitanya Mahaprabhu particularly wanted Indians to spread Krsna consciousness. Srlla Prabhupada also repeatedly stressed that educated young Indians should - take training in Krsna consciousness and go all over the world to preach.The world is suffering for lack of Krsna conscious¬ness. Wherever the preachers of Krsna consciousness go, they meet many people eager to learn about Krsna. In the Western countries, they often ask, "How is it that we have got all the comforts of push-button technology, yet still we are dissatisfied? But you Krsna devotees live simply, and just by chanting Hare Krsna become so happy. You all work together, devotees from America, India, Russia, Africa, and Japan, all the countries of the world. You are all bright-faced and happy. How is it possible? What is your secret?"Many people want to know about Krsna. But others, those of wicked nature, oppose the Krsna consciousness movement. Devotees have to meet the challenges of atheists, demons and rascals in the garb of scientists, scholars, philosophers, religionists, politicians and the rest. The young people of India should come forward and join this great battle to establish dharma in the age of adharma. As Krsna states in Bhagavad-gita:
The doubts which have arisen in your heart out of ignorance should be slashed by the weapon of knowledge. Armed with yoga, stand and fight." (Bhagavad-gTta 4.42)The world is waiting. The era of change is not over yet. Whatever changes have taken place in the world so far will seem insignificant compared to the great cultural revolution that is coming soon. People are asking, "What actual benefit has this industrial civilization given us? In the pursuit of materialism, are we not selling our souls? Is there more to life than working hard for little gain?" The world is looking to India for spiritual knowledge. Unfortunately, India's good name is spoiled by cheating swamis, who go overseas, talk all nonsense and take peoples money.However, if the sincere people of India preach Bhagavad-gTta as it is, the world will accept it gratefully. By spreading the real message of Bhagavad-gTta, Indians can do the greatest service to themselves, their country, and mankind. India can lead the world; not by politics, not by technology, not by military strength, but by spiritual culture. This is the mission of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.When Indians have the best knowledge, why should they give anything less? Why cheat people in the name of religion? Give people the real thing,Krsna consciousness.The world will be benefitted. India will be glorified.So come forward,young men and women.Prepare yourselves for a glorious future.Senior ISKCON devotees, those with many years of experience in the preaching field,are eager and ready to train up new soldiers for Lord Caitanya's sanklrtana army. Serious candidates will receive a full education in all aspects of Krsna consciousness, theoretical and practical.Come, live a pure and happy life in Krsna conscious¬ness, and do the greatest good to others. Don't live like an animal, simply eating, sleeping, having sex, and fighting. Don't degrade yourself in the name of modern advancement. If you really want to be progressive and advanced, join the Krsna consciousness movement. Don't wait until you are old and worn out. Now is the time. Your fresh youthfulness, adventurous spirit, inquis-itiveness and idealism will be perfectly fulfilled in Krsna consciousness.Take to Krsna consciousness now, for your own good and for the good of others.The opportunity is there. It's up to you to take it.