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On Wednesday March 29 2000 my friendand I attended the Morning Prayer service at the Hare Krishna Farm The worship began at 715 AM and lasted until 845 AM Breakfast then followed At the Hare Krishna Farm wemet Indulekha Devi dasi who explained to us many aspects of their worship The temple room itself was very impressive On one side of the temple was a statue of Srila Prabhubada the spiritual master who brought the Hare Krishna movement to the West On the opposite side there was a very big altar with the Deities The temple room was filled with pictures representing different incarnations of God Before entering the temple room a person has to take off his or her shoes As soon as they enter the temple room I noticed that all of the devotees that is how Hare Krishna members call themselves bow down Indulekha explained to us that they are offering obeisance to God and the spiritual master Some of the devotees knock on the entrance door or ring the bells above the entrance door letting the Deities in the temple know that they are entering Women were standing on one side of the room and the men on the other side Service started at 715 with Deity Greeting The priest blew the conches and the curtains on the altar have opened The two big statues or Deities have been in the center of the altar The recorded music was playing Indulekha explained to us that the same song has played all over the world in Hare Krishna temples at 715 am It was a prayer to God Music was very melodic and pleasant to the ears The altar itself seemed to be very opulent Beautiful flower arrangements were surrounding the Deities Deities itself were actually wearing a clothes During the greeting a ceremony called arati is preformed The head priest or pujari offered incense the fire lamp flower water
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