This Christmas marks the one-year anniversary of the Hare Krishna Community Radio Station (HKCRS). We sat down with the visionary behind this initiative, Her Grace Sudharma devi dasi (ACBSP), to talk about this milestone, the journey so far, and the highway forward.
What impressed you to begin the radio challenge?
Sudharma devi dasi: The idea grew out of my pondering earlier than covid. I needed to see extra on-line, digital content material. We have loads of that now, however audio,– listening, listening to, a course of so central to devotional life — continues to be drastically underutilized. And it’s a fantastic instrument. Easy to work with, and simple to entry for listeners whether or not they’re at work, driving, strolling, shifting round within the house or stress-free. Plus I’ve seen the ability of radio right here within the States even with the expansion of films and TV by podcasts, NPR and political speak exhibits. The devotees too have had nice success with Radio in Italy and Salt Lake City.
But past the worth of radio as a platform and medium, radio is a simple, efficient means to deliver collectively, multi functional place after which to convey. the broad and encompassing components of devotional life. Just like how National Public Radio, NPR, has various human curiosity programming that options every little thing from the story of 1 particular person’s battle, to world information, to journey, to social perception. to cook dinner with spices; I want to showcase all the dimensions, personalism and heat of devotional life by a various readily accessible radio platform. So, the imaginative and prescient is to in the end construct a devotional “NPR” with music.
What do you imply by a devotional ‘NPR’?
Programming that displays the total depth and variety of devotional understanding in a way interesting to a broad inquisitive viewers. A full understanding of the depths of devotional life, which additionally contains the tutorial & mental contemplation, life past the bodily idea, transcendence of duality and polarity, historic parts that hyperlink the historical past of the world, how the function of consciousness and radical personalism — seeing God in each coronary heart and atom — opens up our understanding of the world round us – personally and scientifically; a contemplation of social dynamics when personalism and a temper of devotion and repair turn out to be central — together with a non-exploitative view to life. We can run a life-style and cooking exhibits, uplifting human curiosity tales, have discussions of life after demise, think about the setting, construct a world of appreciation for the animals, and each dwelling soul and sides of nature as a household, have interreligious dialogue and a lot extra. Not to say together with lovely devotional music by our very gifted devotional artists, dramas, pastimes and reflections. There are so some ways to ship Krishna Consciousness to the Western World innovatively, respectfully, and relevantly. And I hope we are able to develop exhibits that supply one of these revolutionary devotional thought to the world.
Have the devotees been serving to you with this challenge?
Yes, fairly a bit truly. Developing a radio station like Hare Krishna Community Radio requires the permission, generosity and involvement of many various artists, presenters, speak present hosts, people and communities. For occasion, after I first started considering the challenge, one devotee helped me type out my wants for gear and lent substantial perception into broadcasting, the way it works and finest strategy it. Those few hours of time have been so insightful that I used to be then prepared to maneuver ahead with readability and willpower.
Visvambhara of the Mayapuris was the primary to step ahead and say, ‘let me provide help to.” Which he did, by gifting me my first recorder, a instrument that I’ve constructed the radio upon. He and Vrinda additionally provided me full entry to their media library, being the primary to supply their music and speak to the radio.
As I moved into the challenge, many stepped ahead with assist, concepts and funding. Plus over 40 devotees helped with our Gita Jayanti launch. While Madhumati and Rangavati started readings for the radio with lovely additions just like the Story of Narada Muni, Aghasura and so many extra. Then you’ve gotten devotees who listing the radio on their websites, like Rukmini with Urban Devi. And in fact, the Alachua temple and group the place the radio originates from. Individually vital too is the hassle of Tiffany Cooper, who has been loading content material for Fridays from the NA Vaishnavi Ministry for a 12 months now, each Friday, and helped in quite a lot of different sensible necessary methods. All instructed, the devotees have been very encouraging.
Who is your viewers and what’s the temper of the radio?
Currently, the radio is geared to working towards devotees with content material from throughout the spectrum of the devotee group. But as we are able to, we might be including increasingly content material geared to the overall world group, opening ideas and hopefully hearts to devotional life from a broad-minded perspective.
I feel it is crucial too, that the radio programming, in addition to all of our outreach, emulate a temper of open-heartedness, kindness and giving. In a method that encourages each particular person, it doesn’t matter what their state of affairs is, to really feel that there’s a place for them within the religious society and the religious world.
There is a narrative Rukmini likes to inform that illustrates this level.
Prabhupada is talking with a devotee and the devotee asks “How can I serve you?” Prabhupada replies, “You can go the place I can not go and provides the folks there Krishna.” The devotee then says, confused “Where is that Prabhupada? You go all over the place.”
Prabhupada solutions, “You can go into the longer term. And from the way in which that you just deal with folks, they may know that they’re beloved by Krishna.” So we need to make the perfect of what we’ve, of what we’ve been so kindly given, and share that, in a beneficiant temper and spirit, in a welcoming method.
In essence, the final word aim and what impressed me to do the radio is that I need to give one thing that resonates inside the coronary heart and helps every particular person to need to expertise devotional life and discover shelter within the affiliation of like-minded souls. And I need to invite others to take possession inside this platform and current with their understanding and expertise, a full vary of devotional programming.
What have you ever achieved up to now?
To date, the primary accomplishment has been getting the radio platform established and turning into conversant with the dynamics, constructing our library, acquiring permissions and offering quite a lot of selection and themed programming.
Hare Krishna Community Radio now represents a consortium of artists, podcasters and presenters with properly over 2000 tracks in our ever-evolving library. And anybody can tune in or obtain podcasts, it doesn’t matter what time of day or the place they’re on the earth 24/7.
So, what’s subsequent?
As to what’s subsequent, this 12 months I want to concentrate on personalizing the broadcasting, by bringing in a wide range of voices — announcers and hosts, giving our broadcasting an up-to-the-minute really feel. We will even be working to construct a presence on Facebook, hopefully, Instagram too.
We will proceed providing 24-hour streaming and importing podcasts to our podcast pages. And will even be importing to Soundcloud.
More innovatively, I will even be in search of initiatives and communities to take airtime and share with the world devotional group ‘what’s happening of their communities. Hearing from the varied communities and initiatives could be fascinating and provoking for devotees as temples are constructed, particular initiatives, conferences and kirtan festivals are held, and we share constructive, considerate istagosthi collectively.
And in fact, most significantly, we might be working to accumulate, develop, and current revolutionary outreach content material.
That’s rather a lot, may extra devotees become involved?
At this level, I’m very curious about together with others within the challenge, in no matter method, form or kind they’ll. We’re in search of revolutionary pondering portrayed from totally different people, information and insights from initiatives across the ISKCON globe, and people serving to too with the imaginative and prescient, group, and mechanics of the radio.
There is a lot any particular person who want to become involved can do that may be artistic, for which they’ll take possession, provide their very own taste, and achieve success doing. Whether it’s kirtan, spherical desk speak, present occasion dialogue, moral dialogue. deeper philosophical dialogue, devotional meditation and sharing, there’s a nice want and demand for a wide range of shows. Exciting particular person initiatives and capability for group constructing and constructive Krishna Conscious pondering collectively are required and possible.
There can be a necessity for on a regular basis involvement, loading exhibits, recording PSA’s, bulletins or commercials.
Now is an effective time for devotees to take part. We actually need folks to be concerned so as to provide to diversify and produce out the very best of what we’ve to provide.
One side that you just introduced up that I see as so intelligent and actually necessary is that every little thing may be linked in a central place. One query that individuals might ask is why reshare issues on the radio, so many individuals have their very own Youtube channels why not comply with them? For me, it may be very overwhelming to comply with so many individuals and sustain with the notifications, so it will likely be a lot easier to search out every little thing that I would like in a single place.
That has been the primary preliminary aim of the radio, to deliver collectively the very best of what’s already on the market. And sure, it’s time-consuming to surf the web. And, in fact, by having every little thing collectively actively in a single place, every contributor is mutually supporting everybody else. A listener might flip in for one sort of programming however will hear a lot extra.
Through the radio too, you possibly can simply flip it on, do what you do, and be supplied with the total spectrum of music, speak and devotions accessible. Plus we need to hear from folks what they need to hear! Tell us!
Finally, when you’ve got a podcast, a music, a mirrored image you prefer to added, we are able to embody it, including your artistry to the ever-increasing listenership of Hare Krishna Community Radio.
It is admittedly inspiring to have a platform that brings everybody collectively in a single place, one place to deliver all of it collectively and mutually share and encourage.
And, on the similar time in the end do this in a method that might be thrilling for each the devotees and fascinating for people who find themselves curious and need to know extra.
Because we’re a preaching motion and there are such a lot of totally different folks on the market, that we’ve to have other ways of reaching them. There are so many devotees who’ve a lot to supply, and even when they’ve been sitting with an thought for some time, unsure the place or begin, it is a place the place they’ll come and plant their seeds and water them and we are going to provide help to to develop on this protected little backyard that we’re constructing.
Exactly. Let’s assist every particular person to expertise their full price. discover a option to be spiritually related, and share with others their distinctive understanding and experiences. There is extra to life than working day in and day trip for sense gratification, or as Prahlad Maharaja known as it, chewing the chewed. And it’s a life that’s most satisfying and uplifting and strikes us past the stresses of on a regular basis life. Each of us can know ourselves for who we actually are. And soak up ourselves in a life that is devotional. And share our insights and experiences collectively.
I used to be studying an article about how the totally different generations assume, particularly Gen Y and Gen Z. They need their voices heard and so they need to be a part of the answer.
Yes, the way forward for the world is of their arms. Their voices do must be heard. They need to see past the prejudices and hatred, and degradations and provides worth to their very own self-worth and the worth of all others. And in fact, have enormous questions on the way forward for the world and are in search of revolutionary solutions.
We want to attach with them by their very own generations sharing their voices.
We must be open to listening to, provide assist, and open our platforms to their dialogue, offering possession. There could also be an curiosity in matters older generations have shied away from. Human justice as an illustration: racism, sexism, incapacity, homosexuality, training, meals justice, or poverty. There is loads of room for contemplation of various human curiosity discussions, and therapeutic in Krishna consciousness. As Srila Prabhupada writes: There is a necessity of a clue as to how humanity can turn out to be one in peace, friendship, and prosperity with a typical trigger. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam will fill this want, for it’s a cultural presentation for the re-spiritualization of the whole human society.
No matter what our place in life, we need to present shelter, solutions, and a devotional perspective. No matter who you might be, what you might be doing, what your delivery or perception system is, you possibly can dwell to your fullest potential in devotional life. There isn’t any want to alter your lives, simply add Krishna. Prabhupada mentioned that so many instances. Just put Krishna within the heart. We can relate on all of those totally different ranges if we open ourselves as much as doing that.
That is what’s so superb about this platform is that it’s a place to usher in all of the totally different voices. It will not be a present nearly one factor.
That is why I can’t do it on my own. All I can do is present a platform. I’m actually hoping others will perceive the potential and produce ahead their voices. Then the radio challenge may be profitable and fulfill its imaginative and prescient.
So no matter your voice is, no matter your voice and expertise have to supply that may give others Krishna and devotional life in a related and reasoned method, come and share it on the radio, Hare Krishna Community Radio!
Yes, we’d like your voices, your imaginative and prescient, your creativity to make the radio all it may be.
I’m impressed by this message of inclusivity and celebrating our variations in constructive, type and uplifting methods And I’m impressed by the number of programming that may be provided when others determine to contribute.
Yes, and there may be a lot to be executed. We actually do want the involvement and number of our skilled, insightful devotees.
What are a number of the ways in which folks can become involved?
They can share, both doing their very own podcasts, sharing their devotional experiences and understandings, or bringing collectively musical, meditation, and leisure exhibits with their very own content material or already accessible. We may use assist organizing PSA’s and bulletins, studying from the books, or internet hosting exhibits. Everyone has one thing particular and distinctive they’ll provide.
Another space we actually need assistance with is getting the phrase out, selling the station and its values on Facebook and Instagram.
And then there are the interior features of group and administration, like managing the programming calendar, technical assist, enhancing, monetary planning, and extra.
Finally, the radio wants heads and imaginative and prescient, people who may also help us strategically put our minds collectively and develop the ideas and messages that may be simplest.
In quick, people who find themselves impressed by the idea of the radio and actively curious about investing their hearts and minds and creating one thing revolutionary collectively.
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Thank you Sudharma, for offering a platform of outreach that others can take part in by Hare Krishna Community Radio. And for having a imaginative and prescient for outreach that’s related, warm-hearted, and private. I hope devotees will perceive the worth of what you might be providing, and severely think about how they’ll contribute.
Thank you for having me and sharing this interview.
The radio is a good asset, with 24 hour content material from our kirtaniyas, leaders, podcasters, revolutionary thinkers, and pastimes. But it may be a lot extra. There is rather a lot to be executed, artistic, pleasing work, and I actually do hope others will come ahead and contribute. Thank you Karuna Sakti, to your time immediately.
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