How the Hare Krishna Movement Started 51 Years Ago in the East Village.
Kasper Van Laarhoven (for bedfordandbowery.com): This Friday, June 16, Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It will premiere at Village East Cinema. The documentary tells the story of Srila Prabhupada, a disheveled 70-year-old Hindu who boarded a freighter to the U.S. in August 1965 with little more than three self-translated religious texts and instructions from his guru to “offer spiritual wisdom to the people of the world.”
Prabhupada – back then still called Bhaktivedanta Swami – struggled through life on New York City’s rough “bum Bowery” until one of his early admirers found him a place one avenue over. It was here, in a tiny storefront at 26 Second Avenue, that Prabhupada established what would become the very first Krishna Consciousness temple outside of India.
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