Friday, July 19, 2013


SHAVES HEAD FOR CHARITY - Beauty pageant queens have been the butt of a lot of jokes lately - for example, Marissa Powell, Miss Utah, who recently flubbed an answer about the gender gap in wages during the Miss USA pageant. 
But one crowned beauty has people talking because of a noble act: chopping off all her hair for charity.
Patricia Celan was named Miss Charity British Columbia on July 1. Contestants were raising money for the organization Cops for Cancer, which funds research for children's cancers and sends kids stricken with the disease to summer camp. Patricia, a former Top Teen of Canada contestant, was touched by cancer after losing her uncle to the disease last year.

Patricia Celan promised that if she raised the most money, she would shave her head. Well, she raised $8,000, topping what the other contestants raked in. So, she made good on her promise right there on the pageant stage. First her ponytail was cut off, and then the electric buzzer came out. 
Celan donated her hair, and she had it shaved to stand in solidarity with cancer patients who have lost their hair. Celan said of her new look, "I've been told that I'm pulling off the Natalie Portman look."
The new short haircut will be great for the summer, during which Celan is volunteering at Camp Goodtimes for children with cancer. Now there's a pageant queen who is beautiful inside and out. Would you cut your hair off for charity?

Patricia Celan wants you to know that you don't need long hair to be a beauty queen. “You can be beautiful, even with short hair.” It's a message that the 20-year-old woman took to the 2013 Miss B.C. pageant held over Canada Day long weekend: she won Miss Charity B.C. and celebrated by lopping off the brown locks she's had all her life in an effort to raise money for cancer research. “I hoped that it would inspire people,” she said. As a commentator notes: “I think she is beautiful inside and out, I know how it feels to loose your hair, I battle cancer last year went thru chemo, loosing my long hair. She is a beauty Queen by all standards.” A good example to society. By living at the disposal of others, we may learn selfless service of the higher.

This is the contrast between the material and spiritual worlds. In Vrindavana everything is Krsna-centered, and in the material world everything is self-centered. If we want to enter Krsna-lila, we must start here. When we find selfishness in ourselves, we must convert it into selfless action. From this the heart will be purified, self knowledge will arise, and devotion proper becomes a real possibility, “mad bhaktim labhate param.” ... We love our body because we are within it in the sense that we have identified with it. It is the self that is dear to us - more so than our bodies - and this self is a particle of Krsna's jiva-sakti. ... As the self is more dear than the body, Krsna is more dear than the self. Thus if we understand ourselves, we will understand that Krsna is the most dear object and learn to love him.

Śrīla Bhakti Vedanta Tripurari Mahārāja :
Śrī Caitanya Sanga - Vol. I, No. 22
“This Is Vrindavana”

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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