• Short Summary

    THE SAFFRON ROBES AND MUSICAL CHANTINGS OF THE HARE KRISHNA SECT HAVE COME TO AFRICA WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A HARE KRISHNA TEMPLE IN NAIROBI.

  • Description

    THE SAFFRON ROBES AND MUSICAL CHANTINGS OF THE HARE KRISHNA SECT HAVE COME TO AFRICA WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A HARE KRISHNA TEMPLE IN NAIROBI. A MISSION IN THE KENYAN CAPITAL WAS ESTABLISHED BY FIVE AMERICANS--MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS. THE DAILY SANKIRTAN PARADE THROUGH THE STREETS OF THE CITY IS BECOMING A COMMON SIGHT. ON WEDNESDAY (29 DECEMBER), SUCH A PARADE WAS HELD IN THE SHADOW OF THE NAIROBI HILTON AND IT WAS PART OF A DAY OF NORMAL PRAYER WHICH INCLUDED A PRAYER SESSION IN THE CITY'S LOCAL TEMPLE.

    SYNOPSIS: THE CHANTING MUSIC AND SAFFRON ROBES OF THE DAILY SANKIRTAN PARADE IS BECOMING A COMMON SIGHT IN NAIROBI SINCE AFRICA'S FIRST HARE KRISHNA TEMPLE WAS FOUNDED IN THE KENYAN CAPITAL. FOLLOWERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS HAVE ESTABLISHED CENTRES IN OVER 70 CITIES AND THEY CLAIM THEY'RE THE WORLD'S FASTEST - GROWING RELIGIOUS MOVEMENT. IT'S CLAIMED THAT OTHER MISSIONS WILL SOON BE ESTABLISHED IN OTHER PARTS OF KENYA AND AFRICA AS A WHOLE.

    THE HARE KRISHNA GOAL IS TO ATTAIN LOVE OF GOD BY THE PRINCIPALS OF BHAKTI-YOGA AS TAUGHT BY THE VEDIC SCRIPTURES. THEY ALSO TRY TO SPREAD THE LOVE OF GOD THROUGH THE PUBLIC CHANTING OF HIS NAME. A FORMER BUILDERS CONTRACTOR, 23-YEAR-OLD ROBERT BHURATHO, IS KENYA'S -- AND AFRICA'S -- FIRST CONVERT. THE MISSION CLAIMS THAT SEVERAL OTHERS HAVE FOLLOWED. ON TUESDAY, THIS GROUP PASSED IN THE SHADOW OF THE NAIROBI HILTON HOTEL
    THE NAIROBI MISSION WAS FOUNDED BY FIVE AMERICANS--THE LEADER, BRAHMANANDA SWAMI IS FROM NEW YORK. THE DEMANDS UPON THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE PATH OF BHAKTI-YOGA ARE AUITE SEVERE--DEVOTEES MUST ABSTAIN FROM EATING MEAT, FISH OR EGGS; FROM GAMBLING; FROM EXTRA-MARITAL RELATIONS AND INTOXICANTS SUCH AS TEA, COFFEE AND CIGARETTES FOR THOSE CONVERTS WHO DO COME FORWARD, A SIX-MONTH STUDY COURSE IS REQUIRED, ONE POTENTIAL AFRICAN CONVERT HAS SAID THAT HE BELIEVES THAT FEW AFRICANS WILL WANT TO JOIN THE RELIGIOUS MOVEMENT. BECAUSE OF COMMUNAL OWNERSHIP, SOME MAY FEAR THE LACK OF A DOWRY TO PAY FOR A BRIDE WHEN MARRIAGE IS CONTEMPLATED. IT'S ALSO BEEN SAID THAT FEW AFRICANS WILL BE PREPARED TO GIVE UP THEIR MATERIAL BELONGINGS TO JOIN KRISHNA. IN FACT, AS A POTENTIAL CONVERT SAID, ONLY THOSE PEOPLE WITHOUT LAND AND STUCK IN NAIROBI WITHOUT JOBS AND MONEY WILL BE PREPARED TO CONTEMPLATE IT. BUT THE MISSION IS PRESSING FORWARD NEVERTHELESS--ALREADY PLANS ARE BEING MADE FOR A HUGE FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT NAIROBI CITY STADIUM. IT'S HOPED THIS WILL ATTRACT THOUSANDS OF SPECTATORS AND MANY POTENTIAL CONVERTS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADJZ90ZQKEO86WTY9SBIH8SWA9
    Media URN:
    VLVADJZ90ZQKEO86WTY9SBIH8SWA9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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