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Saturday, May 03, 2008

saved by the drum

while checking email earlier today, this teaser on the aol website caught my eye:

Hare Krishna 12 Steps for Nolte

What's the best way to kick addiction? According to Celebitchy, Nick Nolte has turned to chanting and drum circles with Hare Krishnas to help him quit drinking -- and it's worked!

naturally, i checked the celebitchy post for the details. here are some excerpts:

Nick Nolte beats alcoholism with the help of Hare Krishna cult

Nick Nolte’s girlfriend introduced him to a strange way to stop drinking. She invited her Hare Krishna friends over to their house and they started having drum circles and chanting.

Nolte, 67, has had a lifelong battle with alcoholism. The Hare Krishna’s have come to his rescue though, and he’s found that their chanting relaxes him and helps him stay away from booze.

The Hare Krishnas, or International Society for Krishna Consciousness, are one of the most controversial cults in the world. They were exposed in huge scandals in the 1980s when it came out that children were being sexually and physically abused in their boarding schools. They’ve been accused of brainwashing young converts and turning them against their families and loved ones, forcing them to live in abject poverty as slaves to the movement.

Good for Nolte for being able to quit drinking. You wonder how much it’s going to cost Nolte in the long run if he gets involved with a cult...

the hare krishnas -- a cult?

hmmm... i spent the better part of the day with hundreds of hare krishnas last summer at the festival of the chariots on venice beach. and not one of them tried to lure me into their so-called cult. while i have to admit that chanting "hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare..." for hours on end does have a way of wiping out all stray thoughts from your brain, by no means would i consider that brainwashing.

besides, according to the iskcon website:

Devotees may accept formal initiation into the chanting of the Holy Name vowing to abstain from intoxication, gambling, illicit sexual connections and the eating of meat, fish or eggs. ISKCON members believe indulgence in the aforementioned activities disrupts physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and increases anxiety and conflict in society. At the time of initiation devotees also agree to chant a prescribed number of mantras each day.

ok, so maybe i don't really drink nor gamble, but to totally give up meat, fish, and eggs? or worse yet, not to be able to have any illicit sexual connections? what fun is that?!?

anyway, now that i've just failed the krishnas' initiation requirements, i guess i won't be drafted for drum-banging duty at LAX any time soon... thank goodness, because saffron isn't really my color... :)


Blogger Polythene Pam said...

I've been trying to be a Hare Krishna for 30 years, but alas, my brain remains dirty, not washed.

The vegetarian food and the music are fun, though!

8:08 AM  
Blogger joni said...

hi polythene --

i didn't realize that people in cults were allowed to have a sense of humor :)

hari bol!

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cult? Hmmm. Oldest religion in the world as anyone with a background in theology will know. I'm certainly no Hare Krishna but their believes are far more conservative and less cult-like than more other religions. People speak out of ignorance - think about it - how many people that put them down actually know anything about their tradition, believes, scripture and history?

3:33 PM  

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