Victory to Rama
It was the anniversary of Rama’s birth today, and to celebrate, world-wide temples, institutes and homes of Rama devotees go out in a big way to honour His appearance, which occurred in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in the city of Ayodhya. I was channelled to Brampton to give a talk to a lively crowd there at the ISKCON centre.
People ask about Rama versus Krishna. There is no conflict of interest. If we embrace the wholesome concept of oneness then it is easy to accommodate two personalities in one, and it doesn’t mean that one is resorting to schizophrenia. The Absolute has the capacity to hold fathomless characterizations. Rama and Krishna are different aspects of the Divine. To simplify, my humble suggestion is that we see it like an actor who plays many roles.
In our tradition, we are content to say “Krishna,” “Rama,” and “Radha,” in one breath through our daily mantra of Hare Krishna. Indeed, Radha is used as Hare in the mantra, meaning the Divine Female.
I was very impressed by the turnout at the Brampton ISKCON Centre. The chanting was enthusiastic and the prasadam—sacred food—was delicious.
From Brampton, I was driven to the airport in preparation for the festival in Durban, South Africa. There is little rest for me, these days, what with trying to fulfill obligations. There is a problem when I am not able to walk and take some footsteps in the ravine or through the forest.
May the Source be with you!