From Chasing Rhinos
After an evening walk through Belfour Park, I sat down to the excellent book, Chasing Rhinos With the Swami. Here’s an excerpt when the first monks from America arrived in London after meeting with the Beatles.
“We had gone to the BBC-TV studios in London to videotape a pantomime of Radha Krishna Temple singing the Hare Krishna mantra, lip syncing the words to our record. Top of the Pops broadcast every Thursday night for thirty minutes and, with twelve million viewers, it was the most watched show in Britain. We didn’t have a TV set but on the very night Prabhupada arrived in England, the Radha Krishna Temple appeared on Top of the Pops as the third of seven acts. On the same show were Crosby, Stills and Nash doing “Marrakesh Express’ and Bobby Gentry doing, ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,’ George (Harrison) contacted the show and told us later that it was one of the highlights of his life to be sitting at home and watching the Krishnas on Top of the Pops. He got a kick out of converting a gang of outlandish looking monks into rock stars.
Early the next morning, September 12, Prabhupada dives into his new surroundings. Walking the magnificent grounds, through prized rhododendron thickets still in bloom, he points his cane at flowers and trees and things around us and makes flowing philosophical statements like, “Just see all these statues of so-called famous men. Now they are covered with weeds, and no one remembers their names.” The donkey, John keeps in a meadow, also became a topic for Prabhupada’s wise and often hilarious comments.”
May the Source be with you!