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Remembering a Sankirtan Warrior

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 / Published in Recent Media / 798 views


Parasuram das: In 2015 Bhaja Hari Prabhu wrote this beautiful poem, remembering the old
days of Harinam with his friends and also the present days on Harinam on
the streets of London, with his younger friends

He thought it would be a glorious way to leave his body, on the streets
while performing Harinam.

New Year’s Eve is a very special day for us. Because there is a ban on cars
in the city centre, thus turning London into a Harinam party’s dream.

Then a year later, on New Year’s Eve we were planning the Harinam, as soon
as he finished his text message, (below) Bhaja Hari suffered a fatal
heart attack.

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Chapter 8: Attaining the Supreme

TEXT 6

yam yam vapi smaran bhavam
tyajaty ante kalevaram
tam tam evaiti kaunteya
sada tad-bhava-bhavitah

SYNONYMS

yam yam—whatever; va api—at all; smaran—remembering; bhavam—nature;
tyajati—gives up; ante—at the end; kalevaram—this body; tam tam—similar;
eva—certainly; eti—gets; kaunteya—O son of Kunti; sada—always; tat—that;
bhava—state of being; bhavitah—remembering.

TRANSLATION

Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, O son of
Kunti, that state he will attain without fail.

Oh Prabhupada! I’d like to die, while out on Harinam
Surrounded by Vaisnavas fair, performing Samkirtan

And as I quit this mortal frame, Lord Krsna will be near
For God is in His Holy Name, so I will not feel fear.

Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

London is chanting Hare Krsna, by your sweet desire.
You sent ‘six of your best’ here, to light this holy fire

Out chanting with surrendered souls, who understood your heart
We felt your presence everyday – we knew we’d never part

Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

When we were young, we understood how much you wanted this
All of your sons and daughters feeling transcendental bliss

Singing, dancing, full of joy, along the Oxford Street
The sweet mrdangas, chiming kartals, lightly dancing feet

Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

I’d love to go again with those that I went with before
Trib, Maha, Prabha, Ragubhir and of course Kishor

Vici, Nara, Devadharma, Bengali Sweet Subhaga
Jagat Bandhu, Rohininandan and Sakshi Gopala

Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

Shambhu, Partha, Ranchor, Bhuma Boppa and Dhiranga
Sometimes fighting, Who would sing? And who would play mrdanga?

You said let kanisthas ring the bells inside the temple
But for us, street chanting is, by far the best example

So we went out everyday, come sunshine, hail or rain
To give this tired old town a taste of Krsna’s Holy Name

Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

Old days past now, new days here, the chanting still ongoing
Your stalwart men, Govinda, Giri – and Para keep it flowing.

Cleansing hearts with ‘utsaha’ as if they’re cleaning ‘windas’
Let’s join them every Saturday, Let’s ‘Meet them at Govinda’s’

I want to die in Leicester Square, while out on Samkirtan
Surrounded by Vaisnavas fair, singing sweet Harinam

Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

You Bet Your Life
Nimai eats offerings prepared by Jagadisha & Hiranya Pandita

One Response to “Remembering a Sankirtan Warrior”

  1. palakadas says :

    From my dearly departed Godbrother Brajahari das Prabhu -part 1
    It is definitely a fact that I have no real attraction for chanting the Holy Names. Still I find myself going out each and every week with the wonderful London Saturday Night Harinam Party. I actually feel that I was tricked by Krsna. Go back 5 years and I was hardly going on Harinam at all. Then one wonderful devotee that I was in touch with asked me if I would like thousands of copies of ‘On Chanting Hare Krsna’, a beautiful 16 page full colour booklet, for handing out along side the UK Harinam Parties. The booklet is a perfect introduction to Krsna consciousness with four articles written by Srila Prabhupada himself and one written about him by the devotees. I agreed thinking that I would give them to the local Harinam Parties and they could hand them out. At the time I was very busy with trying to establish our Gokula Vegetarian Café in the local town Watford. As it turned out somehow or another nobody seemed that interested in taking the booklets so eventually I asked my friend Bhakta Tom if he would like to come out on the Saturday Night Harinams in London to help distribute them.

    From that time onwards the two of us have hardly missed a week in 5 years or so. Each Saturday Night we hand out between 1,200 copies minimum. Some weeks the devotees have actually handed out in excess of 2,500. After a while, one devotee, a very nice disciple of His Holiness Krsna Das Swami, Vasudeva prabhu, donated a powerful little sound system to the party and as Tom and I were out every week it fell to us to look after it, make sure its battery was fully charged, and bring it along every Saturday Night.

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