If you open up your heart
You will know what I mean
We've been polluted so long
But here's a way for you to get clean
By chanting the names of the Lord and you'll be free
The Lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see.
("Awaiting On You All" - from the Beatles album All Things Must Pass)
More than four decades ago, in 1969, one of the Beatles, perhaps the most popular music group of all time, produced a hit single, "The Hare Krishna Mantra." Performed by George Harrison and the devotees of the Radha-Krishna Temple, London, the Hare Krishna chant instantly became a household word in many parts of the world.
Behind all this was the vital force called Swami Prabhupada. Aubrey Menen in his book The Mystics, notes: "Prabhupada presented them [Americans] with a way of life of an Arcadian simplicity. It is no wonder that he found followers. He opened his mission on the Lower East Side in New York in an empty shop, fitted with nothing but mats on the floor. One of his earliest disciples, with the swami's permission has recorded an incident. Two or three were gathered together to listen to the swami, when an old grey Bowery drunk entered. He carried a pack of paper hand-towels and a roll of toilet paper..." Read Full Article...