Guruphiliac: Black Bhakti Guru Bringing It Home

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Black Bhakti Guru Bringing It Home

File under: What Would Krishna Do?

His Holiness Bhaktivedanta Asrama Maharaja, the first black Vaisnava sannyasi, is taking it back to the Motherland. The American-born son of a Nigerian chief, Asrama Swami is on a mission to help bring about the "spiritual upliftment" of Africa. A noble goal, if not just a tiny wee bit grandiose.

But at least the Swami seems realistic about the chances of fomenting a revolution in Krishna consciousness. He says he only "teaches the “timeless” wisdom presented in India’s ancient Vedic texts, sharing knowledge of the Bhakti Yoga system, the conscious path, the self-realisation and personal transformation."

So far, so good. But then we get to this:
A regulated vegetarian diet, herbal and vibrational remedies for holistic health, eye care and “I” care, freedom from intoxication and gambling, exercising the spiritual self-discipline of sexual abstinence all contribute to the transcendence of the human spirit.
That's more like it. Now we're a witnessin' an' a testifyin' for Krishna consciousness, where the only good sex is no sex. This despite the fact that their own Lord Krishna was doing the Gopis in mass quantities pretty much every night he was in Vrindaban.

Let's do some math. The Swami says he brings wisdom, knowledge, the path, eye care, self-realization and personal transformation. He will be taking away meat, allopathy, alcohol, drugs, gambling and of course, sex. Abolish all the fun stuff and replace it with boring stuff. Needless to say, the Swami has got a great deal of work ahead of him.

But that aside, we think the Swami forgot a few things on his list. Stuff like food, freedom from intertribal warfare, freedom from government corruption, good health care, lots of AIDS drugs, and birth control with training in how and why to use it.

But we forgot. The Swami's got the birth control problem licked. He's going to get everyone to stop having sex. It's that simple! And about as likely as seeing the College of Cardinals convene at the Folsom Street Fair to choose a pope, although we bet more than a few of them would get right into the spirit of things if they did.


At 4/13/2005 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah but according to the article, "In March 2001, his life changed once again, when he received the sannyasa (renounced) order, making him the first African sannyasa, from His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja, the foremost guru and preacher of Krishna Consciousness in the world today."

That means he's not part of ISKCON.

At 4/13/2005 8:25 PM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

That seems like a technicality. As far as anyone else is concerned, he teaches the religion promulgated by ISKCON, which makes him of ISKCON.

That's not necessarily a bad thing, despite all the turmoil that ISKCON has known.

At 4/18/2005 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Technicality yes, but why confuse people by insisting on keeping a mistake there? There are certainly differences there between ISKCON and the group Swami represents, though he's originally from ISKCON and they also have a great deal in common.

For example, you wouldn't say that someone representing an Adventist group is the first Baptist preacher from Mongolia. Makes sense doesn't it?

At 4/18/2005 3:29 PM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

Ok, I made the change. Thanks for the interest.

At 8/24/2006 6:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is not the first black Vaisnava Sannyasi either is he? I'm sure Bhakti Tirtha Swami was the first one.


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