Sometimes people ask, especially non-members of ISKCON, what is the need for building another temple? Aren’t there enough temples already, especially in India? Wouldn’t it be better to spend the money on something more tangible like helping the poor, or to build hospitals and schools or to feed the starving?
There are many, many good answers to this question and we will present them in more detail in Parts 2 and 3 of this article. But the overall answer is that the spiritual upliftment of society is more important than any separate material service to the temporary body and will automatically bring about the removal of the very maladies stated above through a spiritual scientific system of living within society.
By simply watering the root of a tree all the other tree parts are simultaneously nourished. Similarly, by service to Godhead, all His part and parcel servants will be benefited, both materially and spiritually. This is a basic principle of dharmic life. The further mankind gets from God, the more he will suffer; the closer he gets to God, the more he will be happy. Simple logic and it simply works. So the more temples there are to facilitate this education and practice the better.
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