Sometimes, as a journalist, I get some low- rez adolescent snark some “better watch your back” voice messages and an occational death threat text. Sometimes, however, resonating at a higher frequency… there’s unexpected surprise… like this one: I’ve been reproduced in ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) NEWS WEEKLY several times now. The idea that these Vedic scholars… devotees of Prabhupada, would consider anything I’d written worthy of including is amazing to me. Needless to say it’s a decidedly elevating honor.
ISKCON NEWS WEEKLY
The News Agency for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
By Sam Slovick for LA Yoga Magazine on 14 Mar 2009
Quan is seemingly unaffected by the relentless barrage of sexual assaults regularly performed on the senses of Los Angeles’ population by corporate advertisers. American Apparel soft-core billboards are not resonating on the same frequency with the young Buddhist monk; short in stature, long in devotion, he lives in the same city as I do – but a universe away. He says it’s effortless. It’s the simplest thing to transcend the sexual impulse. His breath channels the energy right up his spine through the crystal palace and out into the ethers….
…When someone told me it says in the Vedas that we are agreeing to marry in another life everyone we have sex with in this one, I was shocked into celibacy…for a month at least. Sex is the most compelling force in human life. Living in a place like LA, it’s not always easy to micromanage a high ideal. “Where we are in this Kali Yuga…we’re so low down the food chain of being able to perform austerities…if we can just have sex in marriage, it’s considered saintly in this day and age,” Vedic scholar Nrsimhananda tells me, but I’m not looking to get married anytime soon.
Also read THE GITA ON SKID ROW article at: ISKON NEWS WEEKLY
THE GITA ON SKID ROW
By Sam Slovick for LA Yoga Ayurveda & Health Magazine on 18 Nov 2007
“My first experience spending time on Skid Row was in 1972 when I stood on street corners chanting Hare Krishna,” Nrsimhananda says. “We used to visit the area once a week and distribute prasadam (spiritual food) to the “less fortunate.” We were outsiders, and so were they. We opted out of the 9-5 rat race; so had they. We slept on the floor; they were asleep on the sidewalk. We liked to get high on chanting the names of God; they had their drug of choice.
read entire article at: ISKON NEWS WEEKLY