Bhakti Marg Swami Gives 'Dog Blessings'
BY: SUN STAFF
Sep 05, 2017 CANADA (SUN)
While many assume that the walking monk is always out on the road searching for God, it seems that this week, he is actually searching for Dog. An article recently appeared in the Nevada Appeal news site with the headline, "Swami to bless dogs at Fuji Park on Saturday". Author Teri Vance writes:
"Driving home last night, I drove past a man dressed in orange robes walking along Highway 50. It's not often you see such a thing, so I did a little social media research to find out it was Bhaktimarga Swami, a Canadian-born Hare Krishna monk, who's walking across America.
I saw he was scheduled to stop by the Dayton Senior Center on Friday so I swung by to find out more of his story. I found him sitting at a table with a group of women, all sharing in conversation. I asked if I could sit with them and listen.
I learned Swami entered the monastery in 1973 at 20 years old, and he remained there until 1996. While he grew spiritually, he said, he started to feel like he was missing out on connecting with people.
"I was cut off from the world," he said. "I missed the whole disco period."
So he set off to walk around the world…
Swami will be at Fuji Park 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday to give blessings to dogs. It's open to the public."
Sai Baba and his dogs
There have been countless reports over the years about how the GBC has let ISKCON 'go to the dogs'. The metaphor has now assumed a physical embodiment.
Actually, so-called swamis taking up with dogs is nothing new. Sai Baba was well known for cavorting with his furry friends, Jack and Jill, who he claimed were his old classmates Ramesh and Suresh, who left their bodies and took birth again as his dogs.
Swami Satyananda, a disciple of Swami Sivananda, with his dog
Bhakti Marg Swami is often at the forefront of progressive new 'preaching tactics'. For example, he was an early adopter of kirtan mosh pit crowd-surfing. (It ain't disco, but it's not a bad second…) It should be no surprise then, that the Swami is leading the ISKCON Guru pack in conducting dog blessings… which are certainly a step up from Bhaktivedanta Manor's more impersonal car blessings.
Kirtanananda with his dog, Gudakesh
With the emergence of "dog protection" programs such as the Karuna Society, can ISKCON be far behind in establishing their own dog protection programs? Surely this humanitarian field is on Radhanath Swami's radar? After all, who wouldn't agree to donate to such a heart-warming cause? And dogs are so much easier to care for than cows. It's seems a perfect fit for modern day GBC/ISKCON. We can assume they sanction Bhakti Marg Swami's dog blessing program, because we will undoubtedly hear the silence of their response to it in the days ahead.