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Class on Bhagavad Gita – Part 1

Hare Krishna, Dear Akruranatha Prabhuji.

Sorry I took so long. Hayagriva’s beautiful poem can be found on three pages, just posted on “The Prabhupada Connection” website, starting here:

For easier reading, click on the link just below the title, “Causeless Mercy #128.” A new, larger page will appear.

If you’ve read Ginsberg’s “Howl”, it will be easier to get into the mood of this poem. The word “who” is the launching pad for each line, which should flow like the exhalation of a long deep breath as you read the text (preferably aloud). It’s like an incantation… very lyrical and rythmic… almost like a mantra even. If you can capture that spirit, then the poem becomes much more relishable and potent.

Once again, the poem is printed on three pages: “Causeless Mercy #128, #129, and #130); and if you click on the link at the top of each page, it will be easier to follow the lines because of larger print size.

Hope you enjoy it. If so, perhaps I’ll post some more of Hayagriva’s writings. Interestingly, I was buying those same BTG’s in Winnipeg while in High School when Hayagriva was in his most productive BTG writing period – about four or five magazines, one after another, contained his articles and poems.

There’s a reason that Krishna chose Hayagriva way back then, and we can see that Srila Prabhupada certainly appreciated his gift for writing and his ability to intuit the poetical sound of words placed in the right order, at the right time. Since Prabhupada’s books were so important and instrumental in fulfilling his Guru Maharaj’s desire to spread Krishna Consciousness in the Western world, it only stands to reason that Hayagriva was – and had to be – very special in that regard. From the article here, we can see how much he endeared himself to Srila Prabhupada because of his service, which reminds me of Prabhupada’s statement in one letter (paraphrased), that if you learn to write well, all your desires will be fulfilled.

» Posted By Padmapani dasa On Oct 3, 2008 @ 7:16 am

Thank you very much for your encouraging words about Hayagriva Prabhu. During his time, Allen Ginsberg was considered to be one of the greatest living poets and writers. But Hayagriva’s writing far exceeded Ginsberg’s for he utilized his magical flair for words in the service of Srila Prabhupada, as evidenced by his masterful poem, “Chant,” a transcendental take-off on “Howl,” which glorified Krishna’s pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada, so expertly that even today it remains unrivalled in its beauty and sheer power. In fact, the first BTG I purchased in 1970 or ’71 contained this very poem by Hayagriva, and it was so potent that I immediately said to myself, “Yes, this is the movement I want to join, and that’s what I want to do with my life — write poetry to glorify Krishna and Srila Prabhupada.”

You may have seen the video of Srila Prabhupada in Bombay, I think, when Hayagriva enters the room and Prabhupada’s eyes swell up with emotion and his voice is honeycombed with love for his disciple. Hayagriva had an uncanny and wonderful way with words, and surely Krishna specifically chose and sent him to render such important service to Srila Prabhupada at the beginning of his movement in the Western world (starting on that fateful day when they both met at Houston and Bowery). Just read, “The Hare Krishna Explosion” by Hayagriva Prabhu, and I think you’ll agree that there’s hardly a better book out there anywhere.

I, for one, feel eternally indebted to Hayagriva for all his service to Srila Prabhupada — and someday I hope to write with even a fraction of his talent and devotion. Many thanks for seeing the good qualities and ignoring the fleeting difficulties. I always remember and feel grateful for Srila Prabhupada’s unlimited compassion and understanding:

“Sometimes in spite of our full Krishna Consciousness we fall a victim to maya but that is temporary just as seasonal changes such calamities do come & pass away & we have to endure them.” (Srila Prabhupada letter, Oct. 26, 1967)

Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

» Posted By Padmapani dasa On Sep 19, 2008 @ 3:34 am

The Yoga of Kirtan: Conversations on the Sacred Art of Chanting

Thank you, Akruranath Prabhu. Nice to hear from you and thanks for your many intelligent, sincere, and humble comments on this board. I’m certainly not promoting other philosophies or isms, but I’ve always found it interesting that many countercultural heroes of the 60’s and 70’s like George Harrison, John Lennon, Allen Ginsberg, Jerry Garcia, Donovan, Eric Clapton, Timothy Leary, Augustus Owsley Stanley III and quite a few others (check out the San Francisco Mantra Rock Dance of 1967 during the Summer of Love), all chanted Hare Krishna or came into contact with Srila Prabhupada and his movement in some way, shape or form. It seems that all those who had something (relatively) important to say at the time had made a Prabhupada connection. In fact, that era was so hopeful and pleasing with a modern renaissance of art, music, poetry and an overwhelming sense of love and peace in the air, that I humbly believe it was due in large part to Srila Prabhupada’s personal presence on the planet at the time. Even Allen Ginsberg said of the Mantra Rock Dance attended by Srila Prabhupada: “We sang Hare Krishna all evening. It was absolutely great — an open thing. It was the height of the Haight-Ashbury spiritual enthusiasm.” Prabhupada was right there in the East Village in New York in ’65/’66 and in the Haight-Ashbury in ’67. Back then, those places were the center of the universe where hope sprung eternal and the planet was on the verge of a worldwide revolution never before seen by human eyes — “The Hare Krishna Revolution.” And Krishna seemed to arrange that all the big names of the day — the Beatles, etc. — had their part to play in assisting Srila Prabhupada to spread Hare Krishna around the globe at lightning speed. What a miracle indeed. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

» Posted By Padmapani dasa On Aug 4, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

Hare Krishna, Dear Akruranath Prabhu. In response to your inquiry, I certainly can’t speak for anyone else, but will share my tiny experience with you about first coming in contact with the Holy Names of Krishna. When I was much younger (in school), I read a lot of books in search of the Absolute Truth, and consequently chanced upon the work of the Beat poets and writers. Although I found some of their moral behavior quite questionable and even cringe-inducing, I did appreciate some of their loftier writings. So I took what I found valuable (to me anyway) and left the rest. As a youngster, I was very attracted to all things Indian, so when I read Allen Ginsberg’s Indian journals from his trip to India in ’62 and ’63, it dramatically increased my desire to visit India ASAP in search of a genuine spiritual tradition and bona fide guru. In the meantime, I was fascinated and moved by the following entry/tribute on his dedication page to “the unknown Nepalese lady-saint at the Magh Mela in Allahabad 1962 who sang Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare so sweetly I remembered it thereafter…” Somehow or other, I took that entry very seriously and began chanting the Hare Krishna mantra almost daily for a year on a nearby riverbank during lunch breaks. Later I received some early BTG’s, the Radha-Krishna Temple Album, and some of Prabhupada’s books, which then inspired me to leave town in search of an ISKCON Temple (as there was none at the time in Winnipeg, Manitoba). So in my own humble way, I always give credit to Ginsberg for introducing me to the chanting. I’ve related this story to others, and some have admonished me for feeling somewhat indebted to him since his behavior never rose to the level that perhaps Prabhupada expected or wanted of him. But still, in my heart, I will always be grateful to him for that humble introduction, since that’s all that I really took from that book and it benefitted me at a time when there was nothing but nihilism, nausea, and existentialism popular amongst the youth of the day. Later Ginsberg helped Prabhupada with his visa, gave him a harmonium, and introduced Hare Krishna in San Francisco and to many others over the years. So in my humble view, it seems that Krishna can use anyone or anything in His service, as He so desires. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend this roundabout way nowadays, but back then, it was whatever worked!

» Posted By Padmapani dasa On Aug 3, 2008 @ 8:45 am

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