Welcome to our Fall Fundraiser. It takes money and manpower to run Krishna.com. Our staff of enthusiasts tinker tirelessly to bring you the website all about Krishna, delivering Krishna conscious content to over 4000 people a day in 195 countries. That's more than a million people each year. Help us help more people. We still need to raise $12,000 $10,241 to keep Krishna.com alive and vibrant for the next six months. Thank you to those who've contributed $1759 so far. Please help. If everyone reading this gave five dollars—the equivalent of two gallons of gas at current US pump prices—we'd be done with this fundraiser and could go back to doing what we love most... Click here to donate.

How to counteract materialistic music

When we're in shopping areas or on buses, trains, etc. where material music is playing in the background, how can we counteract the negative effects of this on our consciousness?

Our Answer:
Especially in populated areas, the media constantly bombards our senses. This affects our consciousness, often in unhelpful ways. The best counteractive measure is to always chant Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. This can be sung in unlimited melodies. It's often possible to chant Hare Krishna along with radio, cinema, and TV tunes.

Some devotees, such as Yama Niyama dasa Brahmacari, compose their own Krishna conscious lyrics to popular songs. You may also think about how even many of the most mundane sounds are indirectly glorifying Krishna. "Love songs," for example, are inspired by the longing of the soul for union with the Supreme Person, but in the material world such sentiments are improperly directed toward temporary, material objects of worship.

The more we saturate our consciousness with Krishna, whether by chanting His names, hearing about Him by reading Bhagavad-gita or Srimad-Bhagavatam, or even taking audiobooks about Krishna with us wherever we go, the ever-present materialistic sound vibrations of this world won't affect us as much as if we weren't so protected.