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Some of the guys I met at the Temple in Penang recently have been Krishna devotees for life. They were born into Krishna families. Many are originally from India. It was fascinating to have meaningful conversations with them. To try and understand their pure devotion and the Krishna way of life they lead with an admirable passion but one which I sometimes find hard to comprehend.
As a regular guy with no affiliation to any religion in paricular, it is difficult for me to imagine how they can be so devoted and passionate but they often tell stories which deal with the subject in question and to get the point across. The stories make you think. They allow you to look at things in a different perspective.
The material body which is basically just a means of serving us in this life as opposed to the spirit which is our true being and is everlasting. The importance of serving Krishner, who is all, therefore being of service to all.
While I was in Penang, just down the road and across the main street from the Temple there was a pub. I visited it for a pint on Saturday evening. I noticed the local girls there in their provocative dress. Business as usual, just like back home, depending on the pub you visit. But when I returned to the Temple I got into one such meaningful conversation with one of the devotees and I must admit I felt a little guilty that I had ventured so far into the material world as to quite enjoy myself for an hour or two. But then again, I can. I`ve already been there and sometimes enjoyed it. But I think I felt guilty because the devotees are so serving upon me and perhaps I should therefore attempt follow a more spiritual path, like them.
It must be easier for born devotees to dismiss the material way of life because they cannot compare it to any other. But what about those who become Krishner devotees further into this material life? What is it that can pull them from the clutches of materialism into the spiritual life of Krishner?
They say the Hari Krishna mantra, which, if done properly, repeatedly and with the beads, can rapidly assist you in your transcendental journey. But surely it is not as simple as that? Or is it?
I`m not unhappy or searching for any religion at the moment to satisfy me. I still believe my god comes from within. But maybe one day if I get any doubts, I`ll give it a try. It seems to me the Krishna`s are happy beyond what I consider happiness to be. And goodness flows all around them.
And to quote the logo emblazoned on the minibus I`ve been travelling in for the last few days, "Chant Hari Kryshna and Be Happy".
I wouldn`t argue with that.
There are lots of Russian Krishna devotees here at the Temple in Kuala Lumpa at the moment. Apparently Lord Krishna has a big following over there. Perhaps my travels will take me over there in the future. Having said that, I know it`s warm here in Asia and I love the spicy food so I`ll probably stick to this side of the world for now.
Maybe a change of plan here in Asia though... After I return to the UK in April which I have to, to sort out my finances, instead of going to the orphanage in Cambodia in May, I may return to Bangkok for a week or two and make some films with the Krishna`s there. Unfortunately I didn`t get enough time in Bangkok on this stage of the journey. From there I`ll head to Chang Mia in Northern Thailand as I know there is an Iskcon Centre there too and I would love to experience and explore Northern Thailand. From there, over to India and to the place where it all started. However, I believe my friend Simheswara may be going to India in May, so I may hit India earlier. On this next stage of my adventure I plan to stay on the road for 5 or 6 months so who knows where my travels will take me.
My latest idea is to add a page to my website called Iskcon TV Asia or something similar and when I have enough video material, to design a dedicated website for Iskcon TV Asia.
Having said all that, plans change and I may decide to stick to my original plan or do something entirely different. Who knows?
What I do know is that I am happier doing this than I have been for a long, long time and, although I am interested in this spiritual Vedic culture, I don`t think I am inclined to become a devotee at the moment. However, I think it is no accident that the Krishna movement came into my life when it did. The right time for me.
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