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The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, April 3, 19SS5
By TRACY HILL
In the Pit. preachers shout the
go.spcl, admonishing crowds of stu
dents to fear fire and brimstone.
A few yards away sounds the ring
and rhythm of Hare Krishna. But
there are no crowds. In fact, many
students cautiously circumnavigate
the outlandish-looking figures with
orange robes and shorn heads.
The few who stop hear the merits
of vegetarianism, the truths of ancient
Sanskrit writings or the peaceful
awareness of God obtained by chant
ing "Hare Krishna."
"People who come to talk are
inquisitive,"says Jaya, a Hare Krishna
devotee. "They're looking for answers.
That's the beginning of life asking
Most people associate the Hare
Krishna with a stereotype of mindless
ascetics dreamily pushing flowers onto
weary travelers at airports. But the
group is a fundamentalist sect dis
tantly related to Hinduism and rec
ognized by the World Council of
The Hare Krishna, officially the
International Society for Krishna
Consciousness (ISKCON), say truth
seekers find God through study of
5,000 year old Indian scriptures.
The name Hare Krishna conies
from the "japa," a chant of the names
of God "Hare Krishna, Hare
Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama
Rama, Hare H--"
ISKCON was founded by A.C.
Bhaktivedanta, a native of India who
left his country to spread the faith to
other English-speaking nations.
In 1965, he arrived in New York
City with only the tools of translation:
a typewriter, tape recorder and $7,
which was later stolen from him. He
had no followers. ISKCON now has
more than 200 million members
Bir Gurudeva founded North Carol
ina's only temple, New Goloka, three
years ago. Between 1,500 and 2,000
ISKCON members live in the state.
The temple, built on 17 acres in
Hillsborough, is almost complete. The
Hare Krishna have open house there
Lacldmig fwidls, bell tower plays same old soegs
By ALICIA LASSITER
People expect to hear tunes from the
bell tower, but there is not enough
interest to raise money for new bells,
said Band Director John Yesulaitis.
There has been a proposal for 23 new
bells, so different songs could be played
proposal first came in 1971 when the a
bells could be bought for about $28,000, "
now the bell set would cost about
$100,000, Yesulaitis said.
"After a while 1 got discouraged
because no one else seemed to care,"
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Bir Gurudeva said 25 to 50 guests
usually attended. "It depends on the
weather like at any church." Last
year, 1,000 people came to a festival
at New Goloka.
Open house begins around 5 p.m.
with loud, lively chanting around a
colorful marigold-laden shrine, where
one devotee makes symbolic offerings
After kicking shoes off outside a
sliding glass door, guests enter a
simple, angular dome and sit cross
legged on the floor. The mood is
informal; people come and go. The
air becomes warm, filled with music
and a light scent of incense.
Many of New Goloka's members
are doctors and engineers from India.
On Sunday, their families come to
temple. Small children crawl around
the floor or sit on their fathers' laps,
clapping to the chants.
When the chanting ends, Bir Gurud
eva lectures about spiritual vs. mate
"Sex," he says, "is the greatest
physical pleasure. ... It was arranged
by Krishna to keep men in bondage
in this material world."
He speaks on the delusions of
contempory life. "Television is
another means of annihilating the
consciousness." Buddhism and bas
ketball are also bad for the conscious
ness, he jokes.
Bir Gurudeva says Krishna is an
unlimited, all-knowing being embod
ying every trait people admire.
After the lecture, a vegetarian
dinner of food called prasadam or
Lord's mercy, is prepared as an
offering to God. Devotees say the food
is 'karma-free," meaning that no
animal's spirit was brutalized for the
"They cook the food with great love
and devotion," said Devotee Kristina
The Hare Krishna operate famine
and hunger relief centers worldwide.
They also run several well-rated
restaurants in major cities such as
Dallas, Los Angeles and Cleveland.
Bir Gurudeva says he would like to
begin a hunger program in Orange
- Yesulaitis said he decided to be in
charge of the bell tower because he
thinks it is important to the school. "It
is a great addition to the campus
atmosphere," he said.
"We still have people who call to see
when the bells are going to ring, so they
"can'recordnhem and take "it- home as
reminder of their years at school here,
He said interest in the bell tower
started diminishing when an electronic
system was put in. "It used to be a great
honor to be a bell ringer." It was a
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Devotee Kristina Priya chants in
County when the group has enough
Bir Gurudeva's current project is
writing a comparative study of Hare
Krishna and western religions. Chris
tianity, he said, has been distorted by
physical job to pull down on ropes to
activate the bells and play songs, he said,
and a job that was highly sought after.
The bells now play automatically four
times a day. He said, "We try to keep
it at times when it will not interupt
There has never been any objection
to any of the songs played, Yesulaitis
said. For instance, people expect the
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the temple near Hillsborough
theologians but the original teachings
of Jesus are perfect.
The best way to learn, says Bir
Gurudeva, is to accept the word of
an authority. "The best person who
already knows is God."
church and Christmas music during the
The music from the bell tower is a
tradition here, and people notice when
the music doesn't play, Yesulaitis said.
PRICE AND QUALITY
Have you ever wondered how we determine what to charge for the
products we sell? Or how you are assured of quality when you buy
In reality the two items are directly related. We first get the very
best quality raw food available, then add the cost of preparing and
serving it, plus the direct expenses like utilities, breakage,
dishwashing, etc. On the average 98 of the UNC-CH student's
food dollar goes into the purchase of food, payment of labor and
direct expenses. Under normal conditions that would leave about
2 for profit. For the past two years, the renovation process has
required more labor which made it impossible to make a profit, but
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we did not sacrifice service or food quality.
Many UNC-CH students have learned that one way to make your
food dollar go further is to put more into your Carolina Card
We offer a bonus from 2 up to 10, depending on the amount
depositedThis actually is reducing the prices you pay. Come by our
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In addition, we compare our prices each week to other restaurants
in Chapel Hill to insure you are getting the best price for
comparable items, and remember when you dine with us you are
consuming the very best products, i.e., 100 fresh ground beef,
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If you have any other questions about our pricing or quality, just
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The DTH Campus Calendar will
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must be placed in the box outside the
Daily Tar Heel office, Room 104 of the
Student Union, by noon one day before
the event weekend announcements
by noon Wednesday. Only announce
ments from University-recognized and
campus organizations will be printed.
4:00 p.m. Carolina Symposiumhosting
John Williams, who has served
as U.S. Consul General at New
Zealand and Senior Interna
tional Economist in the General
Commercial Policy Division if
the State Department, to pres
ent "Transfer of Technology to
the Third World," Toy Lounge,
6:00 p.m. Presbyterian Campus Ministry
invites undergraduates to a
dinner at 1 10 Henderson Street,
Presbyterian Student Center.
7:00 p.m. Undergraduate History Associ
ation meeting in Frank Porter
Graham. Lounge. Elections
held. All history majors
7:30 p.m. UNC Japan Club presents "The
Explosion of the A-Bomb in
Hiroshima: Voices of the Sur
property after people reported seeing
him cutting pictures out of books in
the art library, according to University
Estimating the cost of the vandalism
is difficult, since it can take time for
it to be discovered, if it is ever disco
vered, Rees said.
"We only become aware of what
people point out to us or discover
ourselves," he said.
Taylor said a hidden cost of vandal
ism was its toll on people who need
"What about the student or faculty
member who needs an article and it's
not there?" he said. Replacing damaged
materials can take up to two or three
months, Taylor added.
The periodicals that receive the most
damage are "Playboy" and the "Sports
Illustrated" swimsuit issue, Taylor said.
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reception at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro
YMCA where Lamm's work will be
exhibited for the next month .
Lamm's visit is sponsored by the
Russian and East European Studies
Curriculum and the Office of Interna
tional Programs at UNC. Rosefielde,
who helped Rupen coordinate Lamm's
lecture, said their job had been a "labor
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Connie H. Branch
Food Service Director
vivors," a slide show, 212
Slavic and East European Area
Studies Program present a
lecture by Soviet Gulag artist
Leowid Lamm, Hanes Art Cen
Items of Interest
MCAT for April 19, $85 if postmarked
by April 4. Photo required. Pick up in
20 ID Steele or Nash Hall.
Preregistration for Student Parking
Permits for 1986-87 will be held at the
Traffic Office in the basement of the
Campus Y building, April 1 through May
9, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. Students
living within 1 Vi miles from the Bell Tower
will not be eligible. No applications
accepted by mail.
Applications for membership on the
Carolina Athletic Association Homecom
ing Committee, are now available at the
Union desk and due by 5:00 p.m. April
1 986 Yackety Yack holding a sales drive
through Friday, April 11, 106 Union or
stop by the table in the Pit.
1986-87 Glee Club auditions: April 1-
10. Sec class schedule for rehearsal times.
Call Driector Michael Tamte-Horan at
962-5695 K or 962-1039 for more
Last day for Franklin Street Frolic
tickets, $20.00 value for only $10.00. Open
to everyone, tickets available m the Pit.
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"They (swimsuit issues) never last
long," he said. "We don't try to replace
those. It's not a serious article that
someone would need to refer to."
He added, "But I suppose if someone
wants to see what swimsuit styles were
like in the past, we have them on
1. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker.
(Washington Square Press, $5.95.)
2. Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass,
by Isak Dinesen. (Vintage, $4.95.)
3. If Tomorrow Comes, by Sidney Sheldon.
4. Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman! by
Richard P. Feynman. (Bantam, $4.50.)
5. The Road Less Traveled, By M. Scott
Peck. (Touchstone, $8.95.)
6. Valley of the Far Side, by Gary Larson.
(Andrews, McMeel & Parker, $5.95.)
7. Family Album, by Danielle Steel. (Dell,
8. The Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean M.
Auel. (Bantam, $4.95.)
9. The Class,
by Erich Segal. (Bantam,
10. The Bridge Across Forever, by Richard
Bach. (Dell, $3.95.)