APwv 08/17 0056 Krishna Convergence NEW VRINDABAN, W.Va. (AP) -- The +quot;harmonic conver

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APwv 08/17 0056 Krishna Convergence NEW VRINDABAN, W.Va. (AP) -- The "harmonic convergence" celebration at the Hare Krishna community in the Northern Panhandle created "a feeling that good things were in the air," a community spokesman said. The celebration Sunday also had special meaning to the Krishnas because the Aug. 16 date marked the 5,000th anniversary of Krishna's birthday, spokesman Gadadhar Das said. A "few hundred" people participated in the Marshall County community's celebration, which included offering gifts to "Mother Earth" and fire sacrifices of grain, fruit and nuts, he said. "I think it was a general feeling of peacefulness," Gadadhar Das said. "It kind of had the feeling that good things were in the air." The convergence, which prompted celebrations in "power centers" across the United States and the world, stems from the Mayan Indian culture. It was popularized by Jose Arguelles, an art historian who wrote "The Mayan Factor: The Path Beyond Technology." According to the theory, the convergence Sunday and Monday begins a period of cleansing which will last at least until 1992 to prepare the Earth for contact with alien intelligence in the 21st century. Arguelles said he needed a minimum of 144,000 convergers Sunday "to create a field of trust, to ground the new vibrational frequencies." Krishnas on Sunday witnessed the presentation of the "City of God manifesto," Gadadhar Das said. "It's a presentation of the plans for the City of God, which is an alternative spriratual city meant for the 21st century survival," he said. The city will be built on the Krishna's property near Moundsville and will offer a sanctuary for people of all religious beliefs to live and worship together, Krishna officials said. The day's activities also included "bhumi puja," meaning "earth worship," Gadadhar Das. It is explained as "an offering to Mother Earth and is a way that mankind shows thanks to the Earth." In addition, the Krishnas fasted Sunday. Their fast was to end at midnight with a vegetarian feast, he said. Gadadhar Das said numerous visitors toured the Krishna complex during the celebration, but did not take part in the activities. APwv 08/16 2015 Convergence-Krishna NEW VRINDABAN, W.Va. (AP) -- A feeling of "peacefulness" prevailed at the Northern Panhandle Hare Krishna community as devotees celebrated a "harmonic covergence" Sunday that coincided with the 5,000th anniversary of Krisha's birthday, a community spokesman said. A "few hundred" people participated in the Marshall County community's celebration, which included offering gifts to "Mother Earth" and fire sacrifices of grain, fruit and nuts, spokesman Gadadhar Das said. "It kind of had the feeling that good things were in the air," he said. "I think it was a general feeling of peacefulness." The convergence, which prompted celebrations in "power centers" across the United States and the world, stems from the Mayan Indian culture. It was popularized by Jose Arguelles, an art historian who wrote "The Mayan Factor: The Path Beyond Technology." According to the theory, the convergence Sunday and Monday begins a period of cleansing which will last at least until 1992 to prepare the Earth for contact with alien intelligence in the 21st century. Arguelles said he needed a minimum of 144,000 convergers Sunday "to create a field of trust, to ground the new vibrational frequencies." Krishnas, who also were celebrating the 5,000th anniversary of Krishna's Gadadhar Das said. "It's a presentation of the plans for the City of God, which is an alternative spriratual city meant for the 21st century survival," he said. The city will be built on the Krishna's property near Moundsville and will offer a sanctuary for people of all religious beliefs to live and worship together, Krishna officials said. The day's activities also included "bhumi puja," meaning "earth worship," Gadadhar Das. It is explained as "an offering to Mother Earth and is a way that mankind shows thanks to the Earth." In addition, the Krishnas fasted Sunday. Their fast was to end at midnight with a vegetarian feast, he said. Gadadhar Das said numerous visitors toured the Krishna complex during the celebration, but did not take part in the activities.

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