Krishna Consciousness Begins at Childhood

Prahalada Maharaja is often quoted as saying (Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.1): One who is sufficiently intelligent should use the human form of body from the very beginning of life-in other words, from the tender age of childhood-to practice the activities of devotional service, giving up all other engagements. The human body is most rarely achieved, and although temporary like other bodies, it is meaningful because in human life one can perform devotional service. Even a slight amount of sincere devotional service can give one complete perfection. In the purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.12.30, Srila Prabhupada quotes Jiva Gosvami as saying "every child, if given an impression of the Lord from his very childhood, certainly becomes a great devotee of the Lord like Maharaja Pariksit. This intimates the importance of raising and training children to be God-consciousness from the very beginning of their birth. In this same purport Srila Prabhupada also discusses his own personal experience of worshipping and familiarizing himself with Krsna Forms in his childhood. He credits his father, a "pure devotee," for training him in the early part of his life.