posted on Jul, 10 2006 @ 06:31 PM
From the internal perspective of my own experiences within the Hare Krsna movement, I can say the very structured and exclusive set-up is a source of
inspiration to keeping my faith more solid, but is also quite intimidating to anyone like myself who is not quite ready to become a full-time
As for the chanting itself being exclusive only to the movement's members, I will simply repeat the example told to me numerous times by my friend
Psukta-das, who introduced me to Krsna consciouness, of Christian monks chanting the Hare Krsna mantra, and of the whole point of the movement of
being to expose as many people as possible to the potencies of the Hare Krsna mantra. You don't have to be a devotee to chant Hare Krsna, and
chanting Hare Krsna won't automatically make you a devotee, but I recommend it to anyone looking to explore and increase their own spirtuality. I
find it personally to be a potent form of mediation that anything else I have tried (which is just basically the old sit-and-breathe method).
I have also been deeply touched by some of the advanced gurus I have encountered within the movement, and although just because a person holds the
title of guru does not still mean they are still a person, with all the flaws inherent, the energy of selfless compassion these gurus emit, even after
they have passed, is certainly something that I feel draws me forward in a very positive sense on my spiritual path. And as to the issue of women
within the movement, this is truly one of my biggest concerns and criticisms, and in my own personal practice, it is as important to me to worship the
feminine aspects of Krsna as it is the masculine aspect, and I also feel more of a direct and productive connection to the feminine aspects in my
worship as well.
I certainly agree some aspects of the Hare Krsna movement reflect what is backwards of the meeting between God and our post-modern world, but I simply
say that, at least to me, reflects what is best and most meaningful in being spiritual in the circumstances of our world right now.