Srila Prabhupada’s kirtans at the Washington square park and the Tompkins square park in 1966 created history. Never before Srila Prabhupada did the Holy Names of Lord Krishna create such an impact in the Western world as it did during the late 1960’s in America and Europe.
His initial kirtans at the twenty six second avenue storefront was attended by a few spiritually interested youth, who .
When we call upon Krishna’s names, it is the most accessible and powerful way of remembering Krishna, especially if we are attentive.
Krishna tells us in Gita that he reveals himself to us according to the sincerity of our surrender. In the same way, according to the sincerity in which we call out or cry out Krishna’s names, Krishna will reveal himself. He is always non different from his .
The vision of the heart also helps one see God during inevitable tragedies and death. 34 year old Stoka Krishna das, a member of our congregation and a disciple of Radhanath Swami, was dying of cancer, yet with profuse gratitude accepted the fatal disease as a blessing of the Lord. It was evident to all who knew him that he came closer to Krishna during this tragedy, and was able to see and appreciate Lord better than most of us. .
We often seek shelter in fallible things of this world. A child holds on to a teddy bear or a blanket; when it’s taken away, she will cry and won’t accept anything else in exchange. Even as grown-ups we have an innate tendency to hold on to things or people that give us any form of shelter. Sometimes we could be so blinded in our situations that we may accept even ethically wrong forms of shelter. .