News coverage of Srila Prabhupada and his movement.
This article, "At the Master's Feet" was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 7, 1975, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The high-flying guru of Hare Krishna leaves town with a humble suggestion: try chanting.
By ANN JARMUSH
The guru is coming. Everything is ready.
Over a hundred Hare Krishna devotees swarm inside the Philadelphia International Airport. There are blacks and redheads, Orientals and blonds, all wrapped in traditional Indian garments. They count the minutes until the plane from Chicago arrives.
That plane will deliver their spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He is a 79-year-old Bengali, the former manager of a successful pharmaceutical business. Seventeen years ago he left his family to become a Hindu monk. Decades before, he studied at the University of Calcutta and supported nationalism.
"You can't imagine how much it means to us to have Prabhupada come to Philadelphia," says Bill Deadwyler, a doctoral candidate in religion at Temple. Deadwyler's spiritual name is Ravindra Svarup. He is the appointed president of the Germantown temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). "This will be his first visit to our temple. It's a great honor to have attracted him by the quality of our devotional service," says Deadwyler.
A young mother wearing a golden nose ring says, "When I saw Prabhupada in New York, it was a blissful experience. He's really a brilliant intellectual."
A devotee named Vanamali lugs a stock of paperback copies of the Bhagavad-gita, ISKCON's basic scripture. Many of the 60 publications sold by the Hare Krishna are the guru's own translations. The movement makes about $35,000 a day from world-wide book sales. Preaching (sometimes more lucrative in Western dress) goes hand-in-hand with salesmanship.
Segregated by sex to minimize temptation, Hare Krishna devotees welcome their spiritual master (center in large photo at left) to the Germantown temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). In the top photo on this page, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada occupies his throne. In the photo at left above, the wooden Lord Jagganatha deities represent the Lord of the Universe, his brother and sister incarnate. Krishna's "footprint" marks the child's forehead at right above. She inhales transcendental perfume of a flower offered to the deities. The guru is considered God's ambassador to Earth. Followers repeat two of Krishna's many names at least 1,728 times a day.
The spiritual leader of Krishna Consciousness was spirited away in a Cadillac taxi at Honolulu Airport yesterday afternoon.
A reporter tried to interview A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami - spiritual master of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness - but the swami was shielded by a cordon of devotees through the baggage-claim area and into the waiting taxi.
The swami appeared to have arrived without luggage.
Incense trailed in the wake of the group of about 20 persons who greeted him. Drums sounded, and the chants ensued.
IN THE CENTER of the wailing chanters stood the swami, in traditional robes, with plumeria leis piled high onto his shoulders.
He has a regal bearing, chin uplifted and a benign smile crinkling his face.
In the taxi he crossed his hands, as if in prayer. On his fingers were two large rings. Alongside on the seat lay a ripe mango, a gift from one of the faithful.
Members of his flock tossed leis onto the antennas of the taxi.
As he sat in the taxi, his follwers knelt on the side-walk.
Then three attendants got in the Cadillac, and it left.
A few minutes later, the chanters got into two small trucks and followed.
Reference: The Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaii, USA, 1970-08-08
This article titled as "East Meets West in Hare Krishna Fete", was published in The New York Times, July 19, 1976, in New York City.
In size, it was dwarfed by Operation Sail. In popular concern, it was outweighed by the Democratic National Convention. But for hundreds of Hare Krishna followers - including many Indian immigrants to New York - yesterday's Ratha Yatra festival was by far the most important event in an eventful month.
Reference: The New York Times, New York, USA, 1976-07-19
This article, "Happy Krishna Band Appears Here" was published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 29, 1970, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Their message was sublime, even though the rubber shower clogs and the youth's pint-sized pigtail scrambled the vibrations a bit. "What are they, some kind of hippies?" sneered a disapproving housewife as she gazed at the five members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness who were standing on a busy downtown street. "No," said Rasananda das Brahmachari with a smile that bordered on the beatific. "We're not hippies, we're happies."
Reference: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, USA, 1970-07-29
This article, "Hare Krishna sect eyes NYC center" was published in The Albuquerque Tribune, August 2, 1973, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
NEW YORK - The Hare Krishna sect - the chanting, bell-ringing, saffron-gowned young devotees who have become an eye-catching fixture on the streets of New York, in other American cities from coast to coast, and in Europe - has become so successful that it is on the verge of buying an expensive Manhattan property for its new international headquarters and New York center.
Reference: The Albuquerque Tribune, New York, USA, 1973-08-02