By Krishna-kripa das
(August 2015, part one)
(Sent from Sheffield on September 3, 2015)
September 2–3: Sheffield
Wednesday, in the larger town of Premouc, only 70 people came to the evening program. Perhaps that was because it started at 5:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m., perhaps because in larger places they people are more sophisticated, or perhaps because there was a musical event in town that night.
At the end of the show, they throw bananas offered to the Deities from the Their cart to an eager audience.
Vishnu Patni did not want the local restaurants to complain about our chanting, so she sent us to the popular Rynek Square, where the devotees do Ratha-yatra in September or June.
We sang the popular melody that Srila Prabhupada used on harinama in the beginning, which almost everyone can sing, and which is one of the few tunes I know the chords to.
Doing harinama on the beach, where we do it the most, was a severe challenge this time as I had a popped blister and had to keep the wound dry so it would heal. Thus I could not walk on the moist sand but had to walk in the dry sand which is much more difficult. It was hard to keep up with the party, and because I was distributing flyers, I would sometimes get behind, and it was very difficult to catch up. I like to be where I can hear the kirtana and sing the response, so I was really suffering.
Although the evening festival has many attractive features, because I love the chanting and dancing, that is what I always take videos of. It is wonderful for me to see the onlookers getting caught up in the ecstasy of the kirtana.
Krishna is amazing! Although I left the festival, I was still engaged in promoting it and our other programs in Poland.
(you belong to Krishna)
are fully permeated with tangible love
for Krishna, and meditating
on such Vedic statements
helps the aspiring
devotee to ultimately attain
the shelter of Krishna’s lotus feet.
Then one will gain residence
in Krishna’s transcendental abode of Vrndavana,
which is completely pervaded
with supreme, undivided bliss.
Thus one will come to know
the original personal form of Parabrahman,
Who is situated far beyond
the impersonal Brahman effulgence.”
FIRST BRANCH: UPADESA (Advice), SONG 19 – LUST IS NOT DEVOTION
does pure love for Krishna awaken:
First one develops sraddha (faith) in the process
of Krishna Consciousness;
then, due to that faith one becomes enthusiastic for sadhu-sanga
(the association of devotees);
then, by performance of bhajana-kriya (devotional worship)
in the company of the devotees
there awakens nishta (steadiness in service),
then ruci (taste),
then asakti (attachment to the Lord);
this attachment then gives rise
to bhava (genuine ecstatic emotions),
from which prema (pure love for Krishna)
manifests its re-awakening. Only in this sequence does prema come into being.
“In Boston, in the late 1960s
and early 1970s, we would go
to chant harinama on Sunday
in Cambridge Square Park.
Hundreds of people gathered there
listening to various speakers
like Timothy Leary.
Our planned program
was to sing for half an hour and
then give a five minute sermon.
We had strong chanters like
Baradraja and Nanda-kisora,
and I sometimes led the chanting.
We attracted a crowd.
When we stopped chanting to
lecture, the crowd got out
of control. They would yell
verbal abuse at us
and sometimes throw things.
I thought the little
sermons were important,
so I wrote to Prabhupada
to ask what to do. He wrote me back:
If the people are too
disturbing, don’t give
lectures, but just go on chanting.
So we held kirtana
for an hour and then
took a little break
to change singers and change mridanga players.
The people started
to harass us, but
we didn’t give them
We stopped them by launching
into another kirtana. We felt secure
in the protection
of vigorous chanting which
kept the young lions quiet,
interested, and even
mesmerized. If we
had attempted to lecture them,
we would be committing
the offense of revealing the
confidential nature of the holy name
to the faithless.
We chanted through the long afternoon
without disturbance from the crowd,
which gave us great pleasure.”
bhaktim mayi param krtva
mam evaisyaty asamsayah