Simple Living, High Thinking. Srila Prabhupada’s Desire

From part one of Sivarama Swami’s talk in South London. 

Excerpt: “I’ll just give a short introduction, then perhaps speak from the book itself. In Hungary in 1996 we installed Deities of Radha Syamasundara in a newly constructed temple on what we have at present – about 650 acres of land.

In Krsna Valley, but now it’s spread to the next valley over, so maybe in the future it will be Krsna valleys. The idea was to fulfil Srila Prabhupada’s desire, which was to actually establish a self-sufficient farming community based on his principles of simple living and high thinking.

The high thinking part is very easy. Thinking is usually easy, high or low; but simple living, that’s very difficult. Especially for those who are used to living under these conditions, by these conditions I mean living in cities. So I hope the example isn’t relevant to any of you, but it’s like being a drug addict. Drug  addicts have great difficulty giving up drugs, especially when they’re on heavy drugs, so our post modern  materialistic society is a very heavy drug and it’s extremely difficult to give it up.”