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Archive for May 28th, 2008

Woke up this morning to this wonderful story on National Public Radio about a day in the life of a Hindu monk living in New York City. Take a listen to the story, which includes a good five seconds of the monk, 35-year-old Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, chanting while using his mala prayer beads, pictured at left. It sent a thrill down my spine – he is chanting so fast and so intently! He is a Hare Krishna, a member of the International Society for Kirshna Consciousness (ISKCON), and the first Hindu chaplain to students at Columbia University, where I went to graduate school.

You can also read the story in transcript form on the website, but then you don’t get to hear the chanting. But do scroll down to the bottom of the page where you can read more about the Hare Krishnas and, even better, about the chant and the mantra. And if you’re really ambitious, you can make one Dasa’s vegetarian recipes.

The story is the work of Barbara Bradley Haggerty, a colleague of mine in Religion Newswriters Association, and for my money one of the best religion reporters around.

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