Published on February 3rd, 2021 | by Madhudvisa dasa
Happiness on Second Avenue, New York City, 1966 — Video
This video is a CBS news presentation which was broadcast on national television in 1966 documenting the first weeks of Srila Prabhupada first temple at 26 2nd Ave, New York City. It vividly shows the spiritual mood that Srila Prabhupada was able to create in his Lower East Side temple and how attractive this mood was to the young people, hippies, who were living in the area at the time.
I’m Reed Colin’s
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
A hypnotic rhythmic chant of 16 words has replaced LSD and other drugs for some in New York’s East Village.
On 2nd Ave. and 1st St. is a storefront in which a Hindu Swami has set up shop. There his American disciples are learning about Krishna consciousness.
Devotee: And in nature we have all of the beautiful things and ugly things, we have duality. But the chant is to get us out of nature and into Krishna’s superior universe. Which is the spiritual universe. And this is what the chant is really intended to do, to take you off into eternity.
Devotee: I started chanting in July, I was still taking LSD at the time, but he was against LSD, he said… I told him what you think of my taking LSD for spiritual realization, expanded consciousness. I was interested in staying high forever as it were. Maintaining an awareness of the universe that was flowing through me and passed me at every second of my life.
He said, “That’s not necessary, your spiritual life is already here.” He says you don’t need to take anything for your spiritual life. And I knew he was right and he hand that exalted state of consciousness. I sensed it and I knew he didn’t take anything. And I knew that I wanted this state of consciousness and that he could teach it to me.
Devotee: Krishna consciousness is nothing but the moment-to-moment realization that nothing is yours. Neither anything that you use in this world or your body or even your mind. Krishna is our Divine father, the one Lord. It doesn’t matter what: you call Him: Allah, Muhammad, Buddha, Jehovah, Christ. There’s only one. Krishna is our father. All things are His. And we have happiness, true happiness when we use all things for Him.
Devotee: I practice my Krishna consciousness by chanting when I work and on my way to work. And this is what we asked all good people, to try chanting, try it when you wake up in the morning. Try it on your way to work on the subway. I know I chant every day on the way to work on the subway. Other people are kicking and shoving and I’m chanting, and I enjoy my subway ride.
Devotee: And now we’re going to go up town to St Marks Place to do our kirtan and spread joy and peace to the people of New York. We invite all our friends to join us. Hare Krishna.