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You'll recognize a Krishna by his garb and shaven head

This article, "You'll recognize a Krishna by his garb and shaven head" was published in Courier Post, October 9, 1975, in Camden, New Jersey.

Hare Krishna! The words are a greeting from a young woman in a flowing white sari, sitting in a pickup truck outside a Hare Krishna temple. 

Inside, an odor of incense fills the air as a young man in jeans and a light-colored shirt kneels and touches his head to the bare, tiled floor. 

"Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna…

THE WORDS are also a mantra, required to be chanted by devotees of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness 1,728 times a day. 

But the unusual clothing and shaven heads of some members are not requirements of the religion, said a temple official, Mathuranath das, 25. 

They are worn much of the time by those living in the temple because "it's a practical type of dress for the type of life we live," he said. 

"Also, people notice us," added Mathuranath, in white dhoti with pouch to match, along with strings of beads on a clay-daubed neck and a thin topknot of hair. "We want to be noticeable because we are trying to remind people of Krishna."

PART OF the reason for the Krishna attire is to mark those who are teaching, those to whom the public may turn with questions about Krishna, much as a policeman wears an identifying uniform, Mathuranath explained. 

However, those in the group have discovered that many people "are taken aback by the way we dress," he said. 

So they sometimes wear ordinary clothing to make it easier to approach people. he said - for example, when they are distributing literature and seeking donations.

"It's not a trick or anything," Mathuranath said. "but a way of getting to know people easier so they can find out we're really nice people.

Reference: Courier Post, New Jersey, USA, 1975-10-09

Noise Prompts Soglin to Close Mall Festival

This article, "Noise Prompts Soglin to Close Mall Festival" was published in Wisconsin State Journal, October 11, 1974, in Madison, Wisconsin.

By PATRICK B. BARR Of The State Journal Staff 

Mayor Paul Soglin acted upon telephone complaints Thursday afternoon to put a premature end to what should have been a day-long Hare Krishna festival on the State St. mall. 

He previously had endorsed the festival of the Chicago-based group of Bhakti yogis, as well as loaded them the city's showmobile. However, he instructed the Police Dept. at 2:30 p.m. to close down the festival which began at 9:15 a.m. 

This not only put a stop to the festival but to the hope of the yogis that Soglin would visit and chant along with them.

Cindy Baker of the mayor's office said telephone complaints trickled into the office before noon, but increased after the lunch hour. Calls came in from students, and workers, she said, complaining about the noise from the amplifying system. 

She said that rock groups that played at the same location in the past did so during the lunch hour and as a result did not disturb anyone. 

It was one of a series of festivals at major college campuses throughout the Midwest intended by the painted-faced devotees of His Divine Grace Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to spread Krishna consciousness.

Earlier in the day, with the showmobile and 42-foot multi-colored tent from Mayapura, India, as a backdrop, members of the group engaged in chanting and meditation. 

Kailasa Chandra Dasa, festival organizer, explained that the goal of the festival was to try to awaken knowledge in people of their true existence. He said no one can understand the philosophy unless they perform pious activities in the code of goodness which will produce positive effects to both giver and receiver. 

Yellow, white, and pink daisies, and prasadam (round, vegetarian, sanctified food which had been offered to Lord Krishna) were handed out to by-standers and passersby alike. Long multi-colored chains of carnations were strung on the ground in front of the showmobile. 

Devotees moved throughout the crowd offering books for sale and explaining their movement. 

The group of 40 (including women) came to Madison in their two vans earlier this week and gave presentations at St. Francis House and Nottingham Co-op. They will leave the city today for the Kishora-Kishori temple in Evanston, III., where most of them live. 

Photo: The harmonium (an organ-like musical instrument), foreground, and Mrdanga drums weren't harmonious on State St. -State Journal Photo by Edwin Stein

Reference: Wisconsin State Journal, Unknown Location, USA, 1974-10-11

Krishna leader visits

This article, "Krishna leader visits" was published in The Honolulu Advertiser, October 10, 1972, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In a flower-strewn ceremony at Honolulu Airport yesterday morning, Swami A. C. Bhaktivedanta was greeted by 20 chanting members of the Oahu Temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. 

The Indian spiritual leader, who is in his 70s, was here for a 14-hour stopover en route to Manila from San Francisco. 

After four days in Manila, he will fly to Delhi, India. 

The greeting party had piled purple and striped cushions on one of the terminal benches. 

The Swami seated himself on these and clashed a set of small cymbals together in accompaniment to the chanting.

A short time later, he left for his hotel to rest before delivering a lecture at 7 p.m. yesterday at the Krishna temple at 2016 McKinley St. 

He was scheduled to leave Oahu at 1 a.m. today. 

Photo: Oahu followers make their obeisance to Swami A. C. Bhaktivedanta on his arrival in Honolulu.

Reference: The Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaii, USA, 1972-10-10

Mystic Oriental Religion Attracting Christians

This article, "Hare Krishna Movement: Mystic Oriental Religion Attracting Christians" was published in The Indianapolis News, October 6, 1973, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Central United Methodist Church, Evansville 

Many persons thought we had heard the last of Unidentified Flying Objects. 

But the September surge into the headlines, originating in Southwestern Georgia on the testimony of "leading citizens" has shown that UFO's don't die that easily. 

Scottish authorities are reputed to be up in arms over the possibility that a Japanese scientific team could have been planning to steal the nation's most famous mystery. 

The Loch Ness monster, familiarly known to may Scots as Nessie, is being hunted with greater fervor than ever before. When the Japanese do anything, they usually do it well. So the team that seeks to probe Loch Ness is equipped with a miniature submarine. 

That's what gave rise to fears that if underwater cameras do detect the famous monster, the money-wise Japanese might try to get out of the country with it. 

Whatever the truth may be about UFOs and Scottish monsters, there's ample evidence that even in the Space Age human beings actively and eagerly want to be mystified. 

Maybe there's something in us that is satisfied only when we are filled with awe and wonder. 

Whatever it is, that "something" - if it is indeed a basic human quality - has traditionally found much satisfaction in religion. 

But in our day, a lot of religion has gone secular. The sense of mystery has evaporated. There is no overpowering and awesome sense of wonder left. 

Regardless of how many pious phrases inherited from an earlier epoch may be used, in many instances the community adventure called "public worship" is sterile in an important sense. 

There is little or no life-shaping belief in the reality of divine movements that produce those unexplainable phenomena that we call miracles. Nothing dynamic is likely to happen - because nothing is really expected. 

It is this climate, nurtured and fostered and carefully cultivated by innumerable bands of persons who call themselves Christians that has created a vacuum, I submit. 

No other explanation accounts for the sudden and dramatic rise of interest in non-Christian religions - especially those of India. 

You no longer have to go to London or Paris or New York or Chicago to have at least occasional contact with devotees of the Hare Krishna movement. 

You can see them on the streets of Indianapolis and Evansville and Asheville and Atlanta and Des Moines. 

Two minutes with one of the magazines published by ISKCON Press, a division of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness Inc., will reveal the strong and overt appeal of the movement to man's desire to be consciously overwhelmed by life's mysteries. 

From Boulder, Colorado, to Tokyo, Japan, and from Hamburg, Germany, to Moundsville, West Virginia, the Hare Krishna movement is flourishing because too many church folk have whittled Almighty God down to human size. In the process all of the wonder and the mystery of religious faith have evaporated - so multitudes seek it in UFOs, Scottish monsters, and movements like Hare Krishna. 

Reference: The Indianapolis News, Unknown Location, USA, 1973-10-06

Krishna Expands Consciousness

This article, "Krishna Expands Consciousness" was published in the St. Petersburg Times, October 28, 1972, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

New York Times Service (c) 

MOUNDSVILLE, W. Va. - On the crown of a lovely green hill in the West Virginia countryside, under the aluminum roof of an open pavilion, the faithful gathered last month to chant the name of Lord Krishna and kneel at the feet of their spiritual master, a wrinkled brown man named A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 

It was the opening of a seven-day festival at a communal farm celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna nearly 5,000 years ago, and the chanters were members of the Hare Krishna sect, a small ascetic band of young mendicants in flowing robes who are usually found on the streets of large American cities from Times Square in New York to Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco.

PRABHUPADA (pro-voo-pod), as he is called by his followers, came to the United States from India in 1965, to spread the word of Krishna, the peripatetic god of the ancient Vedic scriptures that constitute the basis of most of the Hindu religious cults. 

In the ensuing years he has shaped a hard-score group of about 1,000 devotees - the world-wide number is placed at more than 3,000 - who have renounced the material world in the hope of finding spiritual redemption at death. Consequently, the members exhibit the enthusiasm Jesus freaks, the abstinence of monks and the persistence of a sidewalk Salvation Army drumbeater. 

The Hare Krishnas stalk the city streets in groups ranging from six to a dozen, thumping drums and ringing bells, chanting in the belief that the souls of the nonbelievers they pass will be elevated simply by hearing the divine name of Krishna.

THE MEN, their heads shaved except for a top knot of hair, wear dhotis (long loincloths) of burnt orange and pale yellow. The women are dressed in saris. All wear the mark of Krishna - a daub of white clay or some other material that streaks down their forehead to a point between the eyes. 

And all display the beatific look of rapture as the chanting rises in volume and intensity, accompanied by dancing and rhythmic handclapping. 



Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare; 
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare 



Members of the sect dwell in city temples to which they have been assigned by Prabhupada, who himself resides in a former Methodist church in Los Angeles from where he directs the operations of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness. They sojourned here on buses and vans with bright Hare Krishnas emblazoned on the sides; some hitchhiked and some came by commercial transport for thousands of miles to praise Krishna at his festival of birth and to raptly listen to Prabhupada preach the wisdom of 5,000 years of disciplic succession. 

"MEN DOUBT what they cannot see," he intoned as the faithful pressed around at the daily discourses the spiritual mentor conducted on the grassy hilltop, "and yet no man has seen the inside of eyelid which is closed to the eye.

Most of the devotees are in their late teens or 20's, and share a background in the upper middle class and the drug culture. While there are those who have been lured from a temporal life of intellectual achievement and status, the majority appeared to be young people who had grown disillusioned after extensive experimentation with drugs and the hippie cult. 

"Hippies are our best customers," remarked Dharmaraj Das, a 24-year-old, while awaiting the arrival of Prabhupada at the cult's 350-acre farm in the hilly wedge of West Virginia that separates Pennsylvania and Ohio. "They are frustrated because they have learned that a life of illicit sex and drugs is not the way to spiritual consciousness.

PURITY OF MIND and body is the path to spiritual awakening, according to the cult's saintly Prabhupada, and devotees accept rigid rules of conduct that reject not only the materialism of their city-suburban background, but also the sense gratification and free expression of the youth culture. 

The Four Regulative Principles, for example, condemn "illicit sex." All sexual contact, including kissing, is considered illicit unless it is performed by married couples once a month at the optimum time for procreation. Intercourse is to be attempted only after each partner performs several hours of chanting to cleanse the mind. 

The consumption of meat, fish and eggs is forbidden. 

NO INTOXICANTS of any kind are allowed, and that includes coffee and tea. The final restriction is against gambling, which is extended to outlaw all "mental speculation," a dictum that denies devotee the privilege of opinions, whether they be his own or those advanced by other philosophers or spiritual leaders. 

"The rigidity of behavior and thought control has a purpose," observed Prajapati Das, a former social workers from Dallas. 

"The regulations control activity," he explained. "the control of activity reduces tensions, freeing the senses. The heightening of the senses enlarges the mind, and leans to a greater consciousness."

Reference: St. Petersburg Times, West Virginia, USA, 1972-10-28

Spiritual Bliss for Newlyweds

This article, "Spiritual Bliss for Newlyweds" was published in the Springfield Leader and Press, October 11, 1972, in Springfield, Missouri.

DENVER, Colo. (AP) - Ambruish das and Vijaya dasi made all the preparation for the ceremonial fire which symbolizes purification in the Krishna cult wedding rite. 

The fire was high point of their wedding ceremony, which began with the water ceremony. Sitting on one side of an Indian print, the priest showed the couple, seated on the other side, how to spoon water from a goblet into their palms and sip it. An hour-long lecture followed on the importance of marriage and Krishna consciousness.

Spiritual bliss is more important than physical bliss, the priest told them, and sex is only for procreation.

"I accept Vijaya dasi as my wife," Ambruish said, "and I shall take charge of her throughout both our lives. We shall live together peacefully in Krishna consciousness and there will never be any separation."

Ambruish and Vijaya exchanged garlands and places. Covering his wife's head with the loose part of her sari, he then streaked the part in her hair with red, signifying that she is married.

Then the fire was lit with a candle. When the flames reached two feet, rice soaked in clarified butter (ghee) was thrown into the fire by the wedding party. The ghee brightens the flames and makes them leap higher.

Ambruish and Vijaya placed bananas on the fire and were told to tie their clothes together. The knot must remain one week.

Music and dancing, with cymbals, drums and chants of Hare Krishna, ended the ceremony. A vegetarian feast for almost 400 guests followed.

The two members of the Denver chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness Inc., are now at home in the Krishna commue at New Vrindaban, W. Va.

Up left: A marriage of Krishna followers will emphasize the spiritual. The couple exchanges garlands during the ceremony.
Down left: The uncovered head of the bride, Vijaya dasi, means the wedding ceremony is not over.
Middle: A wedding guest plays a small set of cymbals as music chanting and dancing are as important part of the ceremony. The long robed outfits are worn by all strict members of the cult.
Right: The newly married couple put bananas on a fire at the end of their wedding ceremony, as a priest looks on. The priest gave an hour long lecture on the importance of marriage.

Reference: Springfield Leader and Press, Denver, USA, 1972-10-11

Ideal community is aim of spiritual group

This article, "Ideal community is aim of spiritual group" was published in The Bradford Era, October 18, 1973, in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

MOUNDSVILLE, W. Va. (AP) - "We are trying to set up an ideal community for the whole world," said Sama Kunda, standing in the sun on the cobblestone walks of New Vrindavan. 

He pointed to the milkhouse, the white frame temple, the rose garden and a slight crook in the shallow, limestone creek that serves as the bathing area. A fellow devotee dressed in a butter-colored robe, his head shaved except for the braided stub of a top knot, guided his horse-drawn plow over a five-acre field on a distant slope. 

"We will build our community without all the modern facilities that do not make people happy," said Sama Kunda, who was born Steve Olnoy and comes from Washington D.C.

"We live here without lust for money or illicit sex life to develop our love of God."

After almost five years of existence, the communal farm of New Vrindavan has spread across 350 acres of rugged West Virginia countryside and bocome home to some 90 young ascetics.

The community is named after the Indian village that was the birthplace of Krishna, the Hindu God of the ancient Vedic scriptures.

It's spiritual leader is Kirtsnananda Swami, the 36-year-old son of a Baptist preacher who dropped out of Columbia University graduate school seven years ago and joined a newly emerging sect. the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Swami founded the northern West Virginia communal farm of New Vrindavan in 1968. The farm is supported by donations and sales of incense and milk products.

Three weeks ago six men broke into the temple during an early morning service.

Those present said the men ripped two star-shaped chandeliers from the ceiling, cracked the marble altar, smashed idols and fired pistols into the air. Someone poked the barrel of a shotgun through one stained glass window and fired, wounding four persons.

Kenneth Elmore, of Louisville, Ky., was charged with felonious assault in connection with the raid. He is free on $500 bail. Police say they are searching for another man in the case.

The invaders demanded to know the whereabouts of the daughter of one of their number, Swami said. He said the girl has never been in the community.

The Hare Krishna people cite other incidents of harrassment.

"Sometimes they just ride by and yell things at us," said Sama Kunda. "Kids have let the horses out, and about six months ago they started tearing up our farm machinery and shoving it into the road. They used to come around at night carrying baseball bats, but now the people come with guns."

The incidents have prompted some additional security precautions.

"We have provided ourselves with a few weapons that are in the hands of our boys," Swami said. "I do not want to take elaborate measures because it is not good for the consciousness of the people here."

Many neighbors complain that during religious festivals large numbers of young mendicants come from all over the United States and block roads, trespass on private property and pick flowers.

"I'd say the majority of people I've talked to around here are not happy that they're here," said state trooper P.E. Paine. "It's not because of any trouble they make, but because they're odd."

Swami said: "I think the worst that anybody can say about us is that occasionally someone walks across their land or picks a flower. If we can keep it at that level we will be very fortunate."

Swami said anyone may come and live in New Vrindavan as long as he follows the four restrictive principles of the cult: no meat eating, no illicit sex, no intoxication and no gambling.

The majority of the devotees are in their early 20s, children of the upper middle class with roots in hippie and drug cultures. 

Swami said future plans call for acquisition of another 300 acres of farmland, eventual construction of seven temples on hills surrounding the community and establishment of the West's first Institute of Vedtc Culture.

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who came to the United States from India in 1965 to spread the faith, has shaped a hard-core group of about 1,000 devotees across the country.

With the exception of those who stay on the communal farm at New Vrindavan, members live in large cities and gather on street corners and market places, burning long sticks of incense, singing and generally attempting to elevate the souls of non-believers by chanting the name of Krishna. 

Reference: The Bradford Era, West Virginia, USA, 1973-10-18

Sometimes Krishnas get a little pushy, people complain

This article, "Sometimes Krishnas get a little pushy, people complain," was published in The Miami News, September 16, 1977, in Miami, Florida.

Jan Kroesen of Panama City complains she was hassled by six Hare Krishna devotees looking for handouts at Miami International Airport. One, she says, threw a body block to impede her movement while another grabbed her by the coat to pin a flower on her lapel. 

Richard Nalichowski of Philadelphia says one of the Krishna men at the airport gave him a "free" book but became belligerent when Nalichowski refused to give him a donation. "He blocked my way and tried to force me to give a donation," Nalichowski said. 

"Eight beggars solicited my donation at the airport on behalf of the Society of Krishna," huffed J.T. Hodges of Witom, Mass., in a signed complaint. "And they state they are authorized by the airport to solicit money.

In the last two years almost 300 travelers have gone to the trouble of calling on the fourth-floor security offices of the Aviation Department to file written complaints about being annoyed, harassed and bullied for money by Krishnas. 

"There are thousands more who wouldn't file written complaints," said Robert Diaz, who supervises security at the terminal. 

Richard Judy, director of the Aviation Department, says his men can't do much about the situation. Federal courts - in a series of opinions - have ruled the Hare Krishna and other religious groups can pass out literature and ask for money in public places. 

Monday, U.S. District Court Judge James King of Miami ordered the state Department of Transportation to leave the Hare Krishnas alone and let them solicit at turnpike rest stops. 

Florida has an elaborate solicitations law that requires solicitors to register with the state and show the money raised is for a legitimate purpose. 

King's ruling would appear to knock the stuffings out of Florida's attempts to keep fund-raising orderly. 

In the case of the Hare Krishna, Aviation Director Judy said, "they violate other people's rights to the extreme. They believe they can do anything they wish as long as it benefits Krishna. They are like the Mafia and other racketeers. They work at the fringe of our constitutional rights.

Judy said he tried to make the Krishnas solicit far enough away from the ticket counters that they would not to impede traffic flow, but security man Diaz says he can't do much when they break their agreement with his office. 

In less than an hour yesterday I was approached by five Krishna people at the airport and watched four others in action. 

The airport fund-raisers are clever. They don't wear the saffron costumes of the Krishna street dancers and their shaved heads are covered with wigs. In civies the men look like crusaders for Christ. The women look a bit frumpy. 

David St. Stevan had a flower pinned to my lapel before I could say no and we chatted amiably. He said he wanted money and I asked how much? "A million dollars," David said. I gave him back the flower and started walking away. "A penny," David said. "Can you spare a penny?" It was so ridiculous we both laughed. 

Peter Nikoloff was a bit smoother. He had me pinned with the flower in about three seconds and was promoting me for a student loan in the next breath. I asked about the location of the "International School." Peter's reply was vague. 

Gary Alseiewicz, whose Krishna name is Grahila Das, meaning unyielding servant of God, joined us and explained Krishnas wear civies at the airport because shaven heads and exotic outfits turn off would-be donors. Scowling at us while we talked was Carana Padma (Lotus Feet). He sported a pigtail and was identified as the airport solicitations boss. 

I asked Pete and Gary if they realized numerous complaints had been lodged against the airport Hare Krishnas by the traveling public, who called them beggars and worse. The two shrugged. 

But Sandra Elsey and Barbara Jacobs said the most important holy men in India were beggars. I said we weren't in India and the women gave me a spiel about Krishna Consciousness. I said some of the complainers said the money solicitors pronounce Krishna like Christian and that's why people give automatically. There was a giggle and something was said to the effect that I ought to come to temple. 

Suddenly I had an attack of seriousness. Travelers complained they were told a broad variety of lies by the Krishnas in their fund-raising efforts. And the Krishnas annoy people with luggage in hand and kids in tow trying to catch airplanes. Did the writers of the constitution really intend this to be so? 

Why can't judges do something simple like read what the public thinks about the Krishna people before giving them carte blanche to annoy and harass on turnpikes and at airports? 

Photo: Krishna Sandra Elsey fashions a flower to the shirt of airline passenger M.J. Barton of Houston, then accepts his dollar donation. 

Reference: N/A

Hare Krishna insulting to Krishna, Hindu says

This article, "Hare Krishna insulting to Krishna, Hindu says," was published in The Vancouver Sun, September 13, 1977, in Vancouver, Canada.

The B.C. president of the Hare Krishna sect has stated that police violated the group's freedom of religious assembly in Stanley Park last Thanksgiving Day by interrupting a gathering of Krishna devotees. He described the day as a day of serenity because on the Thanksgiving Day he felt people seemed to he in a more spiritual mood. 

It is unwise for the leader tq say that he felt that the day was a special occasion. I have noticed that this group's special day is almost every day and they would gather wherever they find a little room in the city and chant in the Krishna name. 

There is no doubt in my mind that such gatherings by His devotees do constitute a public nuisance. Recently I have noticed that some members of the sect have moved as far as East Vancouver, appearing outside liquor outlets and other stores, forcing people to buy items such as incense and some of their books. 

I am a Hindu. Hindus believe in Krishna as their God. Our religion never taught the Krishna devotees to chant and dance the way the B.C. Hare Krishna groups are performing. 

Further, if one is to pronounce the name Krishna and sing hymns to His name, then one must first have a bath and stay away from unclean places and keep away from meat, etc. Chanting in such places as parks and streets is strictly prohibited by Hindu custom. 

The B.C. Hare Krishna group appear to be singing Hindi hymns in the Krishna name. Apart from the four-line chanting song, hopscotch jumps and the one-tune beating of the Indian drums, they appear ignorant of the Hindi language and customs. 

If the leader or his followers have some knowledge of Hinduism, he should find a place more appropriate for worship than the parks and streets. It is a gross insult to the religion and more to his group.

Reference: N/A

Judge Rules Out Some Curbs On Hare Krishna At Airport

This article, "Judge Rules Out Some Curbs On Hare Krishna At Airport" was published in The Pittsburgh Press, September 24, 1977, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


A federal judge here has yanked the teeth out of a county ordinance designed to restrict activities of the Hare Krishna religious sect at Greater Pittsburgh Airport. 

U.S. District Court Judge Hubert I. Teitelbaum yesterday in an 11-page opinion ruled unconstitutional some sections of the county ordinance, which went into effect Sept. 1, saying the law restricts First Amendment freedom of religion rights. 

The ordinance required any group desiring to solicit at the airport to get written permission from the airport director and pay $10 a day for a permit. Only two permits would have been given to a group.

The regulation also confined any soliciting of money to booths in certain sections of the airport and prohibited soliciting during rush hours and holidays. 

Two Hare Krishna followers were arrested at the airport Sept. 2, and the sect immediately went to court. 

Teitelbaum removed the most controvertial parts of the ordinance. While allowing written permits, the judge eliminated the $10 fee and increased the number of permits from two to six per group. 

He ruled out the collection booths as unreasonably restrictive. 

"The prohibition of solicitation on holidays and during rush hours is patently unreasonable," the judge wrote.

"It is precisely at these prohibited times that (Hare Krishna) religious activities are likely to be most effective.

Teitelbaum added a restriction "prohibiting any physical contact by the (Hare Krishna) follower with the prospective donor unless said donor has either consented or already agreed to make a contribution.

A favorite tactic of the group has been to pin a flower on a person and then ask for a donation, the judge noted. 

An airport spokesman said the Hare Krishna members have been less aggressive this month and the number of complaints about the group has declined.

Reference: The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, USA, 1977-09-24