Time to Move On From the Airports
Posted November 14, 2010
I was reading the article about the ruling barring the devotees from soliciting at the airport (chakra.org/news2/newsSep24_10.html) and was thinking that this might be a blessing in disguise. Devotees are not perceived in the best light when going to the airport.
As you know, recently a set of deities has been stolen at the Houston temple. There was an article in the Houston Chronicle reporting the theft. What was very informative was the comment section. In short, based on these comments, we are not held in high esteemed in the general public of Houston, even though the Houston’s devotee community is fairly professional. I think that the public views devotees through the prism of the stereotypes developed in the 70’s and 80’s. I think a more promising alternative to the airport is the set of programs that Hridayananda Maharaja, Radhanath Maharaja, and others are beginning to develop in the Bhakti Fest/Ecstatic Dance communities. The difference is that instead of devotees having to approach people to solicit at the airport, the people come to the devotees to participate in Kirtan and spirituality. Anyway, here is what the general public thinks about the devotee image because of the airport preaching: Click Here
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