ARE FINALLY TALKING TO US
We have always claimed that the pagan gods could not talk to their followers.
Well, the Hare Krishna leaders in India have taken care of that. Thanks
to Los Angeles movie stars and mechanical experts, the gods DO speak.
The Indian Prime Minister
Atal Behari Vajpayee is opened a new multi-million dollar high-tech temple built
by the Hare Krishna movement. The
Glory of India temple in New Delhi combines ancient teachings with nine "mechanical
gods", built by a special effects company. The
robots, created by Los Angeles-based Attraction Services, will recite from Hindu
scriptures like the Bhagwad Gita and the Vedas.
Hollywood and Indian actors provide the voices for the "gods", which can move
their heads, and limbs.
The robots, costing between $4,000 and $50,000, include two of the main proponents
of the Mahabharata, the god Krishna, and his friend Arjuna, which enact scenes
from the epic. Work
on the Glory of India began in 1993 and cost about $6m, all of it raised from
More than three decades after their movement was founded in New York, the Hare
Krishnas have come full circle - from exporting Indian spirituality to the West
to using modern western technology to promote ancient Indian ideas.
Goswami, spiritual leader of the project, said: "Everything can be used in the
service of the Lord. We are living in an age where technology is respected."
115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
5 They have
mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
6 They have
ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
7 They have
hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they
through their throat.
8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every
one that trusteth in them.
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