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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…

Srila Prabhupada Moves to Second Avenue, NYC

Srila Prabhupada Moves to Second Avenue, NYC

In the early summer of 1966, Srila Prabhupada was sharing a Bowery loft with a young American friend. But when the boy went crazy on drugs and drove him out,…

No help for Srila Prabhupada from India

No help for Srila Prabhupada from India

"His American church"—yes, Srila Prabhupada had hope and determination. There was life in his lectures and kirtanas (chantings), his morning and evening gatherings in the loft. At least he was…

“Just HEAR Me” — Srila Prabhupada

“Just HEAR Me” — Srila Prabhupada

So the first thing is that one should be searching after a spiritual master, just as when you search after some school, you must have at least some preliminary knowledge…

My Impressions of Srila Prabhupada — Dr. J. Stillson Judah

My Impressions of Srila Prabhupada — Dr. J. Stillson Judah

I'd been attending kirtanas regularly for quite some time, and when Prabhupada came there for a visit I was, of course, quite anxious to meet him. There were various theological…

We Love Prabhupada Because He Has Seen the Truth

We Love Prabhupada Because He Has Seen the Truth

For the disciple the advent of the spiritual master is the most blessed event in the world. It is even more important than Krsna's advent, because the spiritual master gives…

Prabhupada in New York City — Enlightenment on Skid Row

Prabhupada in New York City — Enlightenment on Skid Row

Almost all of Prabhupada's Bowery friends were musicians or friends of musicians. They were into music—music, drugs, women, and spiritual meditation. …

On the Bowery — The Biography of a Pure Devotee

On the Bowery — The Biography of a Pure Devotee

Most of the Bowery's 7,600 homeless men slept in lodging houses that required them to vacate the rooms during the day. Having nowhere else to go and nothing else to…

Srila Prabhupada’s New Group of Followers

Srila Prabhupada’s New Group of Followers

Robert Nelson and Srila Prabhupada made an odd combination. Srila Prabhupada was elderly and dignified and was a deep scholar of the Bhagavatam and the Sanskrit language, whereas Robert was…

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