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The Mantra-Rock Dance — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The Mantra-Rock Dance — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Though some of the New York disciples had objected, Srila Prabhupada was still scheduled for the Mantra-Rock Dance at the Avalon Ballroom. It wasn't proper, they had said, for the…

The Departure 1967 — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The Departure 1967 — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The temple at 26 2nd Ave was thriving, but now it was time to break new ground. The most fertile field was San Francisco's Haight-Ashhurv, where the cultural revolution that…

Broadcasting Krsna’s Glories — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Broadcasting Krsna’s Glories — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

On a small press Srila Prabhupada's disciples printed the first BACK TO GODHEAD magazine, one hundred copies, and then distributed them by bicycle.…

In Praise of the Spiritual Master

In darkness have I traveled, In nescience was I born. For eons had I journeyed In existence forlorn, My knowledge had been covered, Forgetful. and blind, In different planes I'd…

The East Village — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The East Village — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Since he started the public chanting of Hare Krsna in Washington Square Park, in the heart of Greenwich Village, Srila Prabhupada had been sending out small "parades" of devotees, chanting…

Srila Prabhupada Breaking the American Silence

Srila Prabhupada Breaking the American Silence

During the two months spent at 26 Second Avenue, Srila Prabhupada had achieved what had formerly been only a dream. He now had a temple, a duly registered society, full…

The Wedding: The Biography of a Pure Devotee

The Wedding: The Biography of a Pure Devotee

Shortly after founding the first Krsna conscious temple in the West, Srila Prabhupada organized the first Vedic marriage ceremony, replete with fire sacrifice, garlands, exotic foods, and an intimation of…

The First Initiation — The Biography of a Pure Devotee

The First Initiation — The Biography of a Pure Devotee

Prabhupada announced that he would soon hold an initiation. "What's initiation, Swamiji?" one of the boys asked, and Prabhupada replied, "I will tell you later."…

Hare Krsna and the Jesus Prayer — Notes from the Editor

While telling about Lord Caitanya's universal sankirtana movement of chanting God's holy names, Srila Prabhupada would explain that Christians could also take part by chanting the name of Jesus Christ.…

The Peace Vigil — The Biography of a Pure Devotee

The Peace Vigil — The Biography of a Pure Devotee

The '60s proved a fertile field for Prabhupada's planting the seeds of Krsna consciousness in the West. Now the intensifying war in Vietnam, bringing forth a widespread clamor for peace,…

The Biography of a Pure Devotee — The Excursion

The Biography of a Pure Devotee — The Excursion

The small storefront temple at 26 Second Avenue had begun to thrive. Srila Prabhupada, by his chanting, his strong preaching, his delicious meals of prasadam, but most of all by…

Srila Prabhupada’s Perpetual Gifts

Srila Prabhupada’s Perpetual Gifts

There were predictions that after his disappearance the movement and teachings he had established would soon fall apart. Now it is three years later, and Srila Prabhupada's unique contributions are…

Spiritual Strategies for the Age of Iron

Spiritual Strategies for the Age of Iron

Behind Srila Prabhupada's appearance on the alien Manhattan streets stand five millennia of planning and effort. The story of it opens one sunrise fifty centuries ago in the Himalayas, where…

Prabhupada Preaching to Hippies in New York City

Prabhupada Preaching to Hippies in New York City

"The Swamiji doesn't want anyone smoking pot here." Don denied it: "I have not been smoking. You are not speaking the truth." The boy then reached into Don's shirt pocket…

Srila Prabhupada: Guru in a Manhattan Monastery

Srila Prabhupada: Guru in a Manhattan Monastery

He was maestro of the chanting, head of the kitchen, and spiritual father to a band of wild, candid young Americans.…

Srila Prabhupada: Chartering a New Society

Srila Prabhupada: Chartering a New Society

1966: The Lower East Side, New York. The building was humble, the membership small, yet Srila Prabhupada's vision encompassed the whole world.…

Srila Prabhupada — Taking on All Comers

Srila Prabhupada — Taking on All Comers

Prabhupada retired through the rear door, back up to his apartment, his guests would disappear through the front door, back into the city. Don and Raphael would turn out the…

Srila Prabhupada’s Encounters at 26 Second Avenue

Srila Prabhupada’s Encounters at 26 Second Avenue

His lecture is very basic and yet (for restless youth) heavily philosophical. Some can't take it, and they rise to leave. Some, upon hearing his first words, have already risen…

Srila Prabhupada On the Lower East Side

Srila Prabhupada On the Lower East Side

Thousands of young people were walking the streets, not simply intoxicated or crazy (though they often were), but searching for life's ultimate answers.…

Srila Prabhupada’s Bowery Lectures

Srila Prabhupada’s Bowery Lectures

The dingy loft, its rafters unpainted, was more like an old warehouse than a temple. The members of his audience, most of them musicians, had come to meditate on…

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