I once was a Hara Krishna devotee!
Merry Monday by Parris Bailey

“For we ourselves were sometime foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” Titus 3:3

It is quite odd to write those words, remembering it is even more painful! Even to this day, the Krishna house is still on Esplanade Ave. in New Orleans. In 1973, I found myself chanting the Krishna prayer, holding some beads, and reading the Bhagavad Gita about Krishna and Arjuna. Some of the teaching of this Hindu sect was that Frank and I were to slowly “evolve”, so to speak, by taking cold showers, eat vegetarian food, and sleep no more than 4 hours a day. I will spare you the long story and just say that it didn’t work. The one thing I remember is the guilty feeling I felt going into the “temple” and the guilty feeling I felt leaving the “temple”. To make the story even worse, Frank and I had devised a plan in which I was to run away with him to spend the rest of our lives living at their farm in Virginia, chanting our life away. We had saved up $700 for the trip and put in our two-week notice. Everything was going as planned. It was a Friday and Frank and I decided to take the drive into New Orleans to see the movie “Jesus Christ Superstar”, after all, he too was a prophet. At the end of the movie, while they were showing scenes of the crucifixion, we both started crying. Frank turned to me and said, “Didn’t Jesus say, I am the way and the truth and the life?”(I was not raised in church had no idea what Jesus said or didn’t say) After the movie, we decided to drive out to the lakefront of New Orleans seeing that’s where a lot of young people always hung out. That night we ran into some young people singing and sharing their faith. A couple of them approached us and said, “JESUS LOVES YOU AND HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE”.
It’s funny how your life can take on a sudden change. Needless to say, we never made it to Virginia. (Thank you almighty God!) Instead, we gave our lives to Jesus Christ, got married and went to a bible school in California. All the feelings of guilt, shame and lonliness left me. He found me and I was changed, born again, and a new nature was put inside of me.
The verse above described me to a tee. I who was once so very foolish, serving divers lusts. Or another translation puts it bluntly, “serving my glands”! Maybe you can’t remember that lost feeling but I certainly do. I think what best describes me is some wild animal that was led by anything that happened to come along.
“But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared.” I thank God the “after that” came to me, after the heartbreak of sin, after following my divers lusts and after the chasing after the leftover scraps- God came to me.
Yes, I was born again. Yes, I was delivered from the fires of hell. Yes, I received power to become a child of God. He truly is the way, the truth and the life! Are you born-again?

4 thoughts on “HARE KRISHNA DEVOTEE”

  1. All of us have a story to share on being born again, I once was lost thank the Lord he found me, Ill never forget that day I asked Jesus into my heart and life, I went threw some times because i was indoctoenated after i excepted the lord , man made garbage mixed in is a killer, I had to count all a lie but the word and the Lord it was a bad bondage that almost distroyed my life and my faith. Im so glad the Lord has Patience he didnt give up on me where others did, it took many years to understand and be delivered, saten had a big hold useing fear condemnation because id never measure up, guiseing spiritualality with not messing up was what was taught to me early on trying to live the law, inpossiable to do this the lord won me over seeing his love and grace he did it all I couldnt earn it I did have a born agasin experience but no teaching at the time but manmade garbagelayed on thick by so called men of god. i ended up leaving all of this, later went to gods army wresting with alot of junk, never could get it together, the real work in my life happened when i decided to only go by the word answers came right away, i foung good teaching and spirit filled belivers got delivered prayed for an d set free. we all came from different types of things and situations im amazed what the lord can do deliver us set us free from any deception lead us daily give us love so we can love in his love help others so much he gives us.

  2. Well I enjoyed this blog a lot, and just wanna say thank you for not moving away. Victory brought me victory, and the church(people) has something special going on, It’s truly a blessing to be part of such a spiritual congregation. Thank you!

  3. After being saved in my 8th grade yr , being a student at First Assembly Academy, and knowing God had a call on my life, I turned my back on Him when my Born Again mother died of cancer in 1978. From age 17 to 21 I led a life of drug addiction and misery. Nothing worse than someone who has seen the Light but walked away. Knowing I was either going to die or find myself in jail, I went back to my high school with fresh needle marks in my arm, to find my football coach. The man who lead me to the Lord. He showed me love and Jesus took me back after I had recrucified Him by the things I had done when I walked away. Everyone knew me at First Assembly and I was ashamed, so Coach Paul took me to to this church n Transcontintal called Victory Temple. I was there 5 min and knew I was home. It’s been 30yrs Paris and during that time I met my wife at Victory and have had my ups and downs to say the least, but thanks for not making that trip. You and Frank have showed me love and not judgement to this day. Thank you.

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