Sri Sri Radha-Parisisvara Mandir, Paris
Glories of Sankirtan
I hitched a ride from the temple to get back to the city. The guy who gave me a lift asked me what I was up to. So I told him that I am a Hare Krishna and had been to the temple. After a moment of silence he asked “So what is this Hare Krishna? I am interested. I was into the Beatles and my favourite George Harrison, was really into the Hare Krishnas. So I am interested, what is it?” Never mind my answer.
Its been a few days since this incident. My mind today wandered again to that guy talking about George Harrison. He did for Krishna what he did the best. He took a microphone and sang to a crowd. O my sweet Lord!
O my sweet Lord! When will be the day when I will be rid of the sewage in my heart? When will be the day when I feel love for You? When will be the day when I will ceaselessly sing Your glories to the world? Sing like there is no tomorrow! Kirtaneya sada Hari!
O my sweet Lord, with the mercy of your devotees, I know it won’t take too long
O my sweet Lord! All glories to those who glorify You
As a result of that meeting a group of devotees was formed under the name ‘Renouveau du Yatra Francais’. The members of that committee were/are Sivarama Swami, Hrdaya Caitanya das, Siksastakam das, Gopaswami das, Nitaigaurasundara das, Madhvacarya das, Nitai Saci Suta das, Madhusevita das, Prabhupada vani das, Bhavasindhu das and
Harinama at the Eiffel Tower
About twenty devotees from Paris have a lively two-hour harinama at the foot of the famed Eiffel Tower on Saturday nights. One young lady and her fiancée watched us for a few minutes. The lady was captivated by the kirtana. Janananda Swami encouraged the couple to dance with us, which they did for ten minutes or so. The lady was smiling with great happiness the whole time.
When they left, waving good-bye, I lamented I had no invitations to give them. Fortunately, they came back, and I gave the lady my final Krishna.com business card with the mantra and web site on it. She said she was from Uruguay in South America but had seen the Hare Krishnas in Thailand. I invited her to look up our temples in Uruguay on Krishna.com when she returns home.
One boy was selling miniature Eiffel Towers which dangled from a ring, and he humorously shook the ring like a tambourine in perfect time with the karatala beat. One young black man also selling Eiffel souvenirs moved his whole body in time with the music.
The most humorous thing was how one man who was painted silver and held poses for money interacted with the harinama party, imitating their characteristic dance pose. This induced bystanders to join in as you can see in the picture. Thus more people participated in exchanging with the devotees than otherwise would. It was very funny. Between Janananda Swami and the silver man in the pictures, is Nitai Gaurasundara Prabhu, who deserves special mention for his years of selfless service as Paris Temple President.
If you are ever in Paris don’t miss the Eiffel Tower harinama. It is a lot of fun, as you can see. It starts at 17:00 hrs from Place de Trocadéro, where devotees chant for 20 minutes and later walk towards Eiffel Tower. To confirm if there is harinama on the day you are coming, call Gadadhara Priya on +33 633162356
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