News – Krishna Consciousness Grows in South Korea

Published on Dec 18, 2014

Krishna consciousness continues to spread in one of the last frontiers, South Korea, with Patanjali Muni Das and Prayojana Das recently returning from their third tour of the East Asian country.

Former Korean army officer Patanjali Muni spent three years living and teaching Krishna consciousness in his native country in the mid 2000s, and has translated both the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and the Sri Isopanisad for the Korean audience.

Today, he works as the kitchen manager in the U.K.’s Bhaktivedanta Manor, but has toured South Korea with his spiritual message for two weeks each in 2011, 2012, and 2014. Retired aircraft engineer and temple commander Prayojana Das assisted him each time.

During this year’s tour, which ran from September 14th to 27th, the two gave presentations on Krishna consciousness to undergraduate students at Kyung Hee University and postgraduate students at Gachon University, both in South Korea’s capital city, Seoul.

They also spoke to yoga teachers at the Shanti Yoga Center, and held programs at the ISKCON temples in Pocheon and Itaewon on the outskirts of Seoul, and at house programs at various Indian families’ homes.

Each program included kirtans made especially inspiring by the considerable musical and singing skills of senior Japanese devotee and book distributor Amiyadhara Dasi.

There were also discussions based on the Bhagavad-gita about the science of the soul and the difference between spiritual and material education.

In addition, Prayojana and Patanjali Muni introduced more details about the principles and practices of Bhakti Yoga than they had on previous tours, demonstrating Deity worship by performing arati to a picture of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda of Bhaktivedanta Manor.

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