‘Trans-national Devotees’ In Mangalore

March 25, 2007 at 7:21 am Leave a comment

Mar 23, MANGALORE, INDIA (DHNS) — Meet the safari group of ‘transnational devotees’ of Lord Krishna, comprising over 220 members hailing from across 50 different countries of the world, who have dedicated themselves for the cause of entering Krishna Prajna (Krishna consciousness).

Mangalore railway station in the morning on Thursday had been simply transformed into a ‘global village’ in the real sense. You could have been either in United States or Australia or Europe or even in South Africa simultaneously, without touring around the world!

In other words, one could have met the people from a number of countries across the globe, just being one among the large number of above said ‘transnational devotees’.


Yes, they were the followers of Lord Krishna, who got influenced by the mission of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) of spreading peace and harmony in the world through the teachings of Krishna. While they were on the way to various pilgrimage centres across India for the past few weeks, they were invited for the Jagannath Rath Yatra to be conducted by Iskcon (Bunts Hostel Road branch) in Mangalore on March 23 and got together at the Brindavan in Mayapur of Kolkata a few days ago (which has been considered as the centre for Krishna devotees), over 220 ‘prabhujis’, ‘matajis’ and also their children, came down to South India and finally they visited Tirunalveli before leaving to the Port Town of Mangalore.

And a unique ‘Indianness’ prevailed in the railway station, when the safari group alighted from the Malabar Express at 10 am, as though all of them were foreigners, they looked Indians in every sense, that is, their dress code, greeting style, and the Hare Krishna mantra they kept on chanting.

“We are inspired by the Indian culture based on spiritual life. While the Western culture aims at the commercial and technological progress alone, Indian culture intends to awaken one’s spiritual entities. That is the fact pushed us towards the Kirshna consciousness,” said Iskcon Governing Body Commissioner Jayapataka Swami Maharaj.

Jayapataka Swami is basically from United States.

“We have understood that dharma is nothing but a way of obtaining bliss in simple activities that will also please Lord Krishna. What else is required in life?” he asked with a smile on his face.

Another Iskcon Head Bhaktisiddhanth Maharaj, who hails from Australia, said he had been inspired by the cultural history of India, and was wondering at the unique reception offered to them in Mangalore. The troupe which was taken to Udupi on Thursday, will take part in the Jaganth Rath Yatra tomorrow, and will leave the city on March 24.


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