From Water to Black Light
Toshan took Madhu and I to one of the many lakes on Vancouver Island. When you trek near a large body of water, you feel the whole world is open to you. You can dream and wonder, but I might add it’s not too difficult to throw the quest out there as to what’s on the other side of the bay. It’s the USA.
Minutes later and many many miles from the spot, and inland, my voice was being broadcast to the airwaves from Victoria. The Drew Marshall Show, stationed in Southern Ontario, had me represent the Hare Krishna “Tribe”, as the term was used respectfully. Other tribes were also represented and interviewed – the Mormons, the Muslims, the Jesus group and the Buddhists. Now it was our turn – the Krishnas. I spoke over a landline phone at Toshan’s.
A series of questions arose with answers I provided to the best of my ability. Nearing the end of the 35 minute live interview, a comment came asking about the deities so commonly seen in our temples, especially the image of Krishna and then the counterpart, Radha.
The jist of the answer was, “God is both male and female, both father and mother, both provider and nurturer.”
Next question, “Why do some pictures portray Radha and Krishna leaning intimately on one another?”
Answer: “This is a conjugal relationship that is pure and not tainted. This tendency of conjugal love is within us because it is inherent from God. “
The interview went fine and so agreed Madhu Pandit, who has done some acting and TV moderating.
With this interview, a mission accomplished, I left for the mainland and a black light kirtan fest. Attendees wore fluorescent and traditional tilak marks on the forehead, fluorescent garlands around the neck, and if you came into the sphere with stark white clothes and socks you were lit up like a creature from outer space.
All was great. I only felt a bit uneasy before the food was laid out. Would there be glowing tomatoes and peppers in the salad?