US band set to rock Hare Krishna event in South Africa

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US band set to rock Hare Krishna event

Teneshia Naidoo Published: Nov 16, 2008

An American band that fuses Indian classical and Western music will perform at South Africa’s first Hare Krishna youth retreat at Sun City this month.

The band, As Kindred Spirits, will perform in the country for the first time.

The retreat, from November 28 to 30, will be hosted by the Krsna Balaram Youth Group, the youth wing of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKON) in Johannesburg. The event will feature several workshops to help youngsters cope with stress.

The organisation believes young people express their frustrations by engaging in sex, taking drugs and consuming alcohol.

Kartik Mistry, the organisation’s head, said the retreat was aimed at addressing youth problems and giving them “positive reinforcement”.

“The idea is to create a positive impression for them through all the problems that youth generally face. We want this retreat to help them look at these issues and work them out through team building,” he said.

The US band will entertain participants with their mix of Sanskrit songs and mantras. id=884797

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Haribol! Even at age 58 now, I can remember my years of seeking as a youth. It was a lonely time for me. Young people want to simply enjoy, exploit their senses, and live for today thinking that there won’t be a tomorrow. If I can share any advice with our youth, it is first to reflect on how fortunate you are to have arrived at the Supreme Truth, Sri Krishna, in this lifetime. Secondly, realize that sat-sanga, association with saintly persons is the most important association you will find in this life.

Finally, there is a little trick I learned as a teenager from my friend who also became a bhakta. “It is not from outside in…it is from inside out”. This requires a good deal of thought and experimentation. When you live from outside in, you are reacting to the sensory input of the external world. It can be very unsettling, indeed. However, when you live from “inside-out”, you are placing priority on your inner experience. Since this is the plane of consciousness and seeking, it is much closer to the truth of one’s identity as spirit soul, and it places more importance on one’s inner experience and interpretation of reality.

We are always told to view the world through the eyeglass of knowledge in order to see things properly. Krishna Himself, in the last verse of the 6th. chapter of the Bhagavad Gita states that the best of all yogis is one who is always meditating upon Him within their hearts.

I guess that whenever I see some news from South Africa, I feel a little more responsibility to help since Srila Prabhupad sent me there when I was 23 years old to help establish the movement there. I had lots of help and you can see the result of all of their sacrifices. I can tell you from experience that the sacrifices you make when you are young mean a great deal to Krishna, and these will mold your character throughout your entire life. That is not to say that life is always a straight road…it has its zig-zag nature to teach us what is valuable. But, the choices we make, the ideals we hold high, define us. Never feel that you have to conform to be accepted, but rather, live from inside out, let the jiva soul that you are in this life shine for the sake of others, and for the pleasure of Sri Gurudeva and Sri Krishna. My best wishes to you all. Sincerely, Pusta Krishna das

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