BY KAREN BERMEJO
More than 300 children at the evacuation camps for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in Estancia, Iloilo were served with vegetarian meals by the members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) or the Hare Krishnas through its Food for Life program.
His Holiness Bhakti Anugraha Janardana Swami (previously Janardana das), the vice president of ISKCON Vrindavan in India which houses one of the largest Hare Krishna temples in the world lead the group of devotees last November 27 in a feeding program at the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC-West Campus).
He is also the first Filipino who took the highest order spiritual life or monkhood in the traditional Vaisnava culture.
The Hare Krishna Food for Life is the world’s largest vegan and vegetarian non-profit food relief organization with projects in over 60 countries.
Evacuees at Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC-West Campus) queues for vegetarian meals served during the Hare Krishna Food for Life on November 27. Photo by Ricky Alejo
Prior to their trip in Iloilo, the group has also served vegetarian meals in Tacloban, Leyte for one week, according to organizers Balaram das and Radhavallaba das.
“By serving vegetarian meals, we are not just satisfying the hunger of each of our beneficiaries but also their soul for serving karma-free meals,” Balaram added.
Estancia Mayor Rene Cordero meanwhile expressed his gratitude to the group.
“We thank the Hare Krishnas for including Estancia in their Food for Life program. We also thank them for bringing the joyful spirit through their music and serving the healthy vegetarian meals for the children here,” he said.
Aside from the feeding program, the Hare Krishnas also conducted Harinam Sankirtan or the public chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra in Iloilo City.
Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness with Iloilo Vice Governor Raul Tupas and Board Member Nielo Tupas. Photo by Ricky Alejo
After Iloilo, the Hare Krishnas with HH Bhakti Anugraha Janardana Swami will also visit other cities including Cebu, Legazpi, Laoag, Undaneta, Baguio, Olongapo as well as Laguna and Pangasinan.*