Neetai, Hare Krishna, 32
ONLY: What do you think is the best Halloween costume ever?
Neetai: The best Halloween costume Iâ€™ve ever heard of is someone dressing up as a Hare Krishna.
ONLY: Really? You wouldnâ€™t find that offensive at all?
N: Ha ha. No, not at all.
ONLY: At what age did you stop trick-or-treating?
N: I canâ€™t remember.
ONLY: Were you 13 or six or…
N: Itâ€™s not really a significant moment in my life.
ONLY: Well, at what age did you become a Hare Krishna?
N: I was 23.
ONLY: And how did that come about?
N: I met somebody who was a vegetarianâ€”Hare Krishnas are vegetarianâ€”and he was serving some vegetarian food at an event that I was at, and I was attracted to what they were cooking.
ONLY: So it was the food that initially attracted you to the religion.
N: Pretty much.
ONLY: So what are Hare Krishnas all about?
N: Weâ€™re into, like, chanting. Meditation and chanting. And mostly we chant the Hare Krishna mantra, which is, â€œHare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare,â€ and those are the names of God, so basically weâ€™re into getting people to chant the name of God.
ONLY: Do you think that scary costumes or slutty costumes are better?
N: Um… Well Iâ€™m a monk, right? How do you think a monk would respond to that?
ONLY: I imagine youâ€™d probably say neither. Maybe a pleasant costume?
N: Or maybe an inspirational one, like a Hare Krishna.