January 11, 2015
I hadn't heard the rhythmic chanting of the Hare Krishna since my days in New York City probably 20 plus years ago.
Today, we see them on the streets of downtown Silver Spring, MD singing their Hindu mantra...again and again.
The boys sitting on the rent-a-bikes are banging the drums to the chanting across from them.
As they chant, they implore people to take their literature and chant along with them.
Whether you see them as a cult or just practitioners of another faith...these people seem mesmerized by their own chanting "meditation", which was a steady beat but also had no meaning whatsoever to me.
As a kid, we were told and would steer clear of anything that smelled of Hare Krishna, Jews for Jesus, or others trying to pluck away at the souls of our youth.
While Jews have wonderful people like Chabad who try to bring Jews closer to Judaism, we really don't proselytize others...it's not our belief and is more of a live and let live attitude for all.
I never quite understood why some feel literally a mission or compulsion to convert others to their beliefs, instead of practicing what they believe themselves, being devout and good people, and letting their actions speak for themselves and inspire others, if truly deserving.
There really is no need to stand on street corners with megaphones or at the auto-da-fe stroking flames of burning flesh to get others to your way of thinking.
In my opinion, honest belief and genuine faith is not gotten through yelling the loudest, standing the longest, or even threatening or menacing others.
Be sincere and good, and let your actions speak for themselves. ;-)
(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)