Sandamini Devi Dasi: This November marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of George Harrison. On December 11th, like the previous 10 years, devotees at the Tucson Temple held a memorial festival to honor the major contribution of George and his influence in the world. Many people were first introduced to the chanting of Hare Krishna through the song ‚ÄėMy Sweet Lord‚Äô, and many books by devotee authors have proclaimed George‚Äôs deep love for Krishna and Srila Prabhupada. Many of George‚Äôs most popular songs were about Krishna, although sometimes indirectly.
The evening started with a musical tribute of George‚Äôs most spiritual songs, to a packed house, by local musicians Desmond Jones and Ben McCartney. After an hour of soulful melodies and songs, our special guest, Guru das, took the floor. In true form, Guru das, author, poet and photographer, entertained the crowd with stories, antidotes and charming remembrances of his time with the Beatles and their interest in Krishna Consciousness. He had the guests laughing, crying and cheering as he divulged charming exchanges between George and early devotees who went to London on behalf of Srila Prabhupada. A blissful kirtan followed the program and everyone honored Prasad. Guru das was on-hand to talk with guests, and many took his books.
The next two days Guru das held classes on Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs pastimes in San Francisco, London and India from the early days. The devotees and guests relished the intimate exchange and got a glimpse inside the heart and activities of a pure devotee of Krishna.
Guru das travels and speaks about Srila Prabhupada and is happy to share that with any temple. We found him to be a very humble and genuine . To contact Guru das and have him visit your temple you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For ideas for festivals and how to bring more Westerners to your temple events, contact me at Sandaminidd@cs.com