Lately I’ve had occasion to recall Bridge on the River Kwai, a classic film from the 1950s. The film concerns a fictional Colonel Nicholson, a British officer in World War II, a man of determination and courage, who is confined with his officers and men in Burma in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Nicholson rallies the spirit of his men by leading them in building a bridge critical for the Japanese supply line, but he becomes so obsessed with the project that he loses sight of the interests of his country.
The film has nothing to do with Krishna consciousness, but sometimes when we ask ourselves why people do the things they do, the complex figure of Colonel Nicholson may provide a helpful psychological model.
BBT Africa holds an annual conference, each year in a different part of Africa, as part of the BBT’s partnership with the African temples, members, and supporters of the Hare Krishna movement. The first conference was held in Durban, South Africa, in 2010. In the following years it was held in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Phoenix (Mauritius), and Accra. This year the conference returns to Durban.
The devotees in Helsinki reached the end of their lease on their old temple but have a chance to buy a new place at a bargain price, courtesy of the Helsinki City Council. To help the devotees out or learn more, you can see their page on Indiegogo.
I’ve written a book, which is set to be launched in mid April. It’s a commentary on Ecclesiastes, “the strangest book in the Bible,” from the point of view of a follower of the Bhagavad-gita. The book will be published by the BBT.
And I could use some help. In fact, I could use a lot of help. Help with marketing and promotion, help with social media, and — right now — help with setting up two websites: one for the book, another for the author.
These will be WordPress sites, built on Genesis themes. For the engineering side I have a capable devotee who has volunteered his time and expertise and has the matter pretty well under control.
But I need help with the graphic design — coming up with a good, professional-quality design, and then working to implement it.
Ideally, we’d like to get this work wrapped up before the end of the month.
If you have expertise in such matters and would like to volunteer to help, please get in touch with me. (You can use click “Contact” on the main menu.)
Thank you. Hare Krishna.
PS: If you have other ways you might like to help, please feel free to contact me about that too.
The 2014 Srila Prabhupada Tributes book–“the open Vyasa-puja book”– is now available as a pdf file from www.sptributes.com. The book should be available later this week in epub format. Physical books are on schedule for delivery soon, well in advance of Vyasa-puja. Continue reading…