My Life as an Actor in ISKCON

A devotee in the UK reflects on his experiences in presenting Krishna consciousness through the medium of drama.

I come from a typically pious Gujarati family. My family moved from Kenya to the UK in the winter of 1969. I was seven years old and remember being greeted by snow and biting cold weather. Nonetheless, we adapted and began our new British way of life. But all that was to change in the summer of 1971. Call it fate, karma, or the guru’s mercy, but my eldest brother was handed a Back to Godhead magazine, and we soon found ourselves going to 7 Bury Place for the celebrated Hare Krishna Sunday feast.

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Lord Chaitanya Visits Vrindavan

Five hundred years ago, Lord Krishna returned to His eternal earthly home in His form as the Golden Avatar.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was always absorbed in thoughts of Sri Vrindavan, often enquiring in a deep devotional mood, "Where is Vrindavan?" On several occasions, His devotees, fearing separation from Him, diverted, discouraged, or dissuaded Him from visiting Vrindavan.

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The Purpose of the Vedas

Citing the authority of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Prabhupada explains the three stages of the Vedic teachings.

veda-shastra-kahe - 'sambandha', 'abhidheya', 'prayojana'
'krishna' - prapya sambandha, 'bhakti' - praptyera sadhana

Sprouting Bhakti on Campus

Many young South Africans are discovering Krishna consciousness through the Bhakti Yoga Society, which operates on five university campuses in Durban and conducts a popular annual retreat.

I see his mane of bobbing dreadlocks. Over one shoulder hangs a backpack with a button that reads “Proudly South African.” A giant psychology textbook tucked under his arm, he approaches the Westville campus hangout. I whip out a flyer, compelling him to stop.

“Dreadlocks” glances over the words “Mantra Meditation” and “Free Vegetarian Feast.” His eyes come alive. A bright white smile illuminates his dark skin.

The Sun Behind the Rainbow

For thirty years, the spiritual message radiating from the Sri Sri Radha-Radhanatha Temple of Understanding has helped unify a nation of various colors and cultures.

A rainbow never ceases to capture my eyes and dazzle my mind. It inspires thoughts of eternity and freedom, and even of another world beyond it. I am part of the diverse spectrum of people who make up the Rainbow Nation, a term for post-apartheid South Africa signifying peace and unity. Proposals for creating peace and unity in South Africa, however, are of limited value if based on material, rather than transcendental, vision.

3 Pillars of ISKCON Durban

With its thirty-two departments, the Sri Sri Radha-Radhanatha Temple of Understanding is well organized and efficient, thanks in large part to the involvement of a dedicated congregation.

I have just returned home after a festival at the temple and still feel the positive energy, warmth, and love shared among many friends who have now become more like family. As I entered the temple this evening, the sound of the conch shell resonated and an emphatic melody of devotional song permeated the air as the altar opened for the arati. The temple was packed, and the many friends around me clapped their hands, danced, and sang in glorification of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

My Sources of Inspiration

Like many others before him, he moved from India to America to pursue his material dreams, but his meetings with Krishna's devotees convinced him to aspire for something much higher.

My alarm goes off at six thirty. It’s Sunday morning. I take a shower, put on my dhoti, kurta, and tilaka, and after chanting the Gayatri mantra drive to the temple, just a few blocks away.

The devotees are chanting the Brahma-samhita when I arrive. I join them until it’s time to cook Krishna’s breakfast, a service I have done for nine years now. I make split mung dal, kichari, and papadam, complemented with a fresh salad of seasonal fruit in organic yogurt.

Rathayatra: When the Lord Comes Out, Let’s Invite Him In

Its origins lost in antiquity, the Festival of the Chariots was for millennia a regional event. Now Lord Jagannatha, the "Lord of the Universe," rides in His unique chariots in cities throughout India and the world.

This year, some of us will see on a street in our city a grand procession known as the Jagannatha Rathayatra, the annual "chariot festival" of Lord Jagannatha (Krishna) that dates back centuries, even millennia. In its earlier days the Jagannatha Rathayatra, which originates in Jagannatha Puri, Odisha, was mostly for the residents of Odisha, Bengal, and some nearby states.

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