Swami Janananda Goswami in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by
Love is the essence of life, a visiting Hare Krishna
swami said in Dunedin yesterday. His Holiness Janananda Goswami
is in the city to give a series of talks entitled ''All You
Need is Love''.
''The qualities in all of us are the same. It's just that our
energy gets deflected and comes out in different ways,'' he
''Love is the actual nature of the very self. An essential
characteristic in each of us is the need to love and be
loved. The emotional characteristics of every person are the
same. Every one of us has the same basic qualities. We are
all equal in the eyes of the supreme lord.''
The 64-year-old Swindon-born swami has travelled throughout
the world since 1972, spreading the message of Krishna
''There are crazy things always going on in this world; like
the misuse of energy. One of the things we're faced with is a
lot of depression, particularly in the Western world. It is
born of not expressing the true nature of the self and a
misunderstanding of who we are,'' he said.
''Real life is experienced when we understand that we all
have the same source of quality. The source of Krishna
consciousness is to live our life, or lives, in a way to
understand more deeply the nature of self.
''That's when real love begins. The great personalities in
this world have unending love. We see that in Jesus Christ,
Buddha and Krishna. They are all agents of the supreme lord.
''Real love is not based on any material considerations.
Material things come and go. The more we understand our
spiritual identity, the less fear interferes. There's nothing
to be afraid of. This is not our ultimate situation. Human
life is a great opportunity to realise, deeply, our true
spiritual nature,'' he said.
''It's just like gold. Gold has value wherever it is
unearthed, or comes from. It's the same with spirituality.
There is no competition in the world of truth. It doesn't
matter where that truth came from.''
Swami Goswami held a talk at the Otago University Students'
Association recreation centre last night and will host a
second talk at the venue at 7pm today. He leaves Dunedin
tomorrow for Wellington.