New to Krishna Consciousness
I am extremely knew to this. The story is a bit long of how I came into an interest in Krishna Con...but here it goes. The funny thing is the first time I set a foot inside a Hare Krishna temple was for a final project assignment from my Religions of the World class I have been taking for a required credit towards my business degree. I had to pick a religion other than my own and attend a religious service of that particular religion. I picked Hinduism because I have always been interested in it and never really explored my curiosity. I suppose the religious studies class started the ball rolling after I read the chapter on Hinduism. I remember reading about ISKCON in my text book, and thought hum, I thought they just chanted Hare Krishna and handed out flowers from the 1960s. Obviously the Hare Krishna's are a real movement and the real deal in worshiping Krishna.
Here is a little bit of my religious past. I come from a rigid Christian background, a Christian Fundamentalist sect, where it totally discouraged any reading of any religious material outside of what the Organization provided or attending any other religious services other than their own. I was born and raised in that Church and left that Church over two years ago because it was not for me, yet I still considered myself Christian though I have not attended any other Churches but still felt a need for a spiritual connection, however, a Church did not fit what I was needing, if that makes any sense!
For my final, I attended Sunday Festival because it was open house and it looked like the Hare Krishna's were very welcoming to new people. I stayed from Kirtan all the way through the Feast. I participated in the chanting, singing, and dancing. I enjoyed the lecture, and the Feast was out of this world. I love Indian food too, so I felt very comfortable. Initially before I drove over to the Temple, I was a little nervous but as soon as the Kirtan started, I had so much fun, it was quite a surprise to me. I purchased the Bhagavad Gita as it Is from a devotee who was working the book table. He thought I was a regular because apparently I gave off a very laid back demeanor. This made me laugh because I never even been inside a Hare Krishna Temple, let alone practice in Krishna Consciousness. lol Anyway I am surprised at this intense interest to learn more about Krishna Consciousness. I want to learn Bhakti yoga and mantra meditation because the effects of Sunday Festival left my mind pleasantly calm for the first time in my entire life. I felt at peace. in accordance with my final I have to write a paper about Krishna Consciousness so I have been reading the Bhagavad Gita in addition to my general research. I have started chanting the Hare Krishna mantra at least once per day and I feel better afterward. I am a little scared at being so drawn to Krishna Consciousness because this is totally out of my norm but at the same time I fell at home with it. Most of all, I think my family would think I have gone off the deep end and gone hippy/new age on them. They would never understand that is for sure. Any help or advice in understanding this would be greatly appreciated.