Meditation means stopping all nonsensical activities, at least for the time being. Devotional service, however, not only puts an end to all nonsensical mundane activities, but also engages one in meaningful devotional activities. — The Nectar of instruction, Text 02
The only way to transcend material nature is to do everything for Krishna.
Without the grace of the Lord, no one can become happy and prosperous.
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.1.26,
Philosophy is like a product and culture is like the packaging. Without proper packaging the product will not be protected nor will it even look attractive.
Every person who has taken birth in this material world is destined to meet death, which is simply a matter of changing bodies, but no one except the Krishna conscious person knows where he will be going after this change of bodies.
ISKCON is the factory of the pure devotees. All you have to do is to stay on. Our only concern is to remain in ISKCON and to associate with devotees.
Devotional Service is just like a seed sown in the heart of a living entity and if he goes on hearing & chanting, that seed fructifies, just as the seed of a tree fructifies with regular watering. Thus the spirtitual plant of devotional Service grows gradually.
The Materialistic person reads the newspaper, but devotees read Srimad-Bhagavatam. That is the difference. Both are reading, but the subject matter is different.
The greatest leader is not someone who is the only leader. The greatest leader is one who inspires others to be a leader.