This article, "Hare Krishna" was published in Tharunka, February 23, 1971, in Kensington, Sydney, Australia.
Ever wondered who those queer guys are who wonder the campus in robes, head shaven and beating out their peculiar rhythm?
Well it's the Hare Krishna movement and they will he active on campus again this year beginning in Orientation Week.
Why the bizarre appearance? Why not find out by asking them. They are good gentle people and very willing to fill you in on Krishna consciousness. Here is a note from Upananda das Adhikari.
The International Soceity for Krishna Consciousness was formed in 1966 by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who came from India on the order of his spiritual master to preach love of God to the people of the West. Srila Prabhupada is in a line of disciplic succession going hack directly 500 years to the time when Caitanya appeared in India, and from there back still further - 5000 years to the time when Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, first spoke Bhagavad-gita.
The Bhagavad-gita or Song of God is considered along with Srimad Bhagavatam as the very cream of the Vedic literatures. The most confidential knowledge of the Lord Sri Krishna is to be found in these texts. K.R.S.N.A. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is a summary study of the tenth canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam and has been placed in the co-operative bookshop along with "The Nectar of Devotion" a summary study of Bhakti-Rasamrta-Sindu by Srila Rupa Gosvami, as well as "Teachings of Lord Caitanya" which recounts the words and deeds of the most munificent incarnation of Godhead.
Krishna consciousness is experienced as a process of self-purification. Its means and end are an open secret, and there is no financial charge for learning Krishna consciousness or receiving initiation into the changing of the Mahamantra.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
This pure sound representation of God is the sublime method for reviving our original pure consciousness. It is easy and joyfully performed.
We therefore invite all who can attend, to participate with us in chanting the holy names of God this Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Roundhouse.
The Sri Sri Radha-Krishna Temple
118 Oxford Street,
Paddington. N.S.W. 2021
UPANANDA DAS ADHIKARI