Maya.

I attended the Denver premiere of ‘Hare Krishna: The Mantra, the Movement, and the Swami who started it all’ last night at Sie FilmCenter with an enlightening post-screening Q&A with co-director and screenwriter Jean Griesser. The film was a beautiful portrayal of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his work in a very tumultuous late 1960’s America. What struck me was that this man began his quest at 70 years of age in a country where he knew absolutely no one and came with absolutely nothing. It was his devotion that fueled his purpose to “offer spiritual wisdom to the people of the world!”

The film takes us behind-the-scenes of a cultural movement born in the artistic and intellectual scene of New York’s Bowery, the hippie mecca of Haight Ashbury, and the Beatle mania of London. I was particularly captivated by never before seen interview footage of Allen Ginsberg and George Harrison. I have always been fascinated with that historical time period, which ultimately led me to the Grateful Dead and turning on, tuning in and dropping out in my youth. What I believe was lost in those times was vibrating at a higher consciousness masked with getting high. To be high is not to be realized. It is a beautiful tool to alter our awareness and reality, also known as Maya, the illusion, opening us to wider perspectives in this transformation. We often look outward in this exploration seeking knowledge and experience, however, the ultimate truth is found going deeply introspective to self-realization. The spiritual path is deep, hard and exceedingly difficult to comprehend for the earthly mind but as Prabhupada says “Krishna consciousness resolves everything. Nothing else is needed.” What a long strange trip it is yogis, Namaste.

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

Watermelon represents summertime and there is nothing better than this sweet juicy fruit on a hot summer day. This amazing fruit has the highest amount of the powerful antioxidant lycopene (bright red pigment also found in tomatoes) than any other fruit or vegetable. This antioxidant is well researched for its benefits against heart disease and several types of cancer so drink this up not only to good health but staying hydrated…as it also contains potassium which helps to maintain our electrolyte balance on these warm summer days! This recipe comes from my dear friend, Kerry Ingram’s, lovely website Mothering Arts, a community that supports mothers and babies in the first three years of postpartum. Even though I do not have my own children I find the articles and resources inspiring and nurturing to everyone.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups of cubed watermelon (no seeds or rind)
  • pint of strawberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • handful of mint

PREPARATION

  1. Cut the watermelon into cubes and remove any seeds. Cut off the green stems on the strawberries.
  2. Add everything, including the 1/4 cup of water to a blender. Blend thoroughly.
  3. If you want this drink to have a water-like consistency you can strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve or leave as is for a slushy-like texture.
  4. Serve with a sprig of mint and enjoy!