Published on January 10th, 2022 | by Madhudvisa dasa

George Harrison Visiting Vrindavan, The Land of Krishna In India — April 1996

In 1996 George went on his last pilgrimage to the holy land of Vrindavan, Krishna’s birthplace, in India. This video contains some rare footage of George visiting ISKCON’s Krishna Balaram temple, walking around Vrindavan and visiting Srila Prabhupada’s rooms at the historic Radha Damodar temple.

The very appropriate sound track of this video, I am Missing You, is from a record produced by George Harrison. It was written by the Indian musician Ravi Shankar and sung by his sister-in-law Lakshmi Shankar. George was very inspired by this mood, of missing Krishna, trying to find Krishna in Vrindavan.

George Harrison had a long relationship with Krishna. He and John Lennon got the first Hare Krishna mantra record produced by the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in 1968.

From that point on George was a follower of Srila Prabhupada and a devotee of Krishna.

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About the Author

My first contact with a Hare Krishna was a most merciful Mataji in Oxford Street, London who sold me a "Higher Taste" cook book in 1984 while I was on holidays there. I started seriously reading Srila Prabhupada's books in Australia 1985 and by 1986 Srila Prabhupada had convinced me "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead" and "we should surrender to Krishna." I joined the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. Since then I have been chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and preaching as much as I can. That's my life and full-time occupation now really. I like it more than anything I've ever experienced before. Srila Prabhupada's books are so amazing... Even after reading them all many times they're still fresh and new. They are truly transcendental! That's it really. Now I'm just hankering to once again see the world chant Hare Krishna, dance and feast and float away in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement as it did in Srila Prabhupada's physical presence. Let the whole world drown in the ecstatic flood of love of Krishna!

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