WASHINGTON, July 10, 2017- Branded by shaven heads, orange robes, and enthusiastic street performances, “Hare Krishna” – the term, the people, the mantra – seemingly popped up out of nowhere and into the lexicon of the mid to late 1960’s.
They were everywhere, so it seemed, and not just in the United States. The Krishnas were turning up all over the world in a very short period of time.
“Hare Krishna!”, the documentary film, shares the story of the man behind the Krishna phenomenon, Srila Prabhupada, the 70-year-old Swami from India, who ignited a world-wide spiritual revolution with just pure will and devotion.
Srila Prabhupada arrived in New York City alone, without support or money, carrying only the ancient scriptures he translated and a firm faith in his teacher’s request: “Offer spiritual wisdom to the people of the world!”
Thrust into the raging counterculture movement of the time, Prabhupada spoke of the world’s true need, which is not necessarily satisfied by political or social revolutions, but by a revolution of consciousness.
This divergence from the status quo was apropos with the times, and successfully captured the attention of a generation of youth seeking answers to life’s existential questions.
All this, the Swami says, begins by simply chanting a rhythmic, meditative 16-word mantra:
“Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.”
Aside from indirectly propelling vegetarianism, Eastern thought and yoga practices into the mainstream, Prabhupadha’s Iskcon (the International Society of Krishna Consciousness) itself has put up some very impressive numbers and statistics. Since 1965, the movement has grown to include:
- 650 ISKCON centers, temples, schools, and colleges worldwide;
- 65 farms and eco-villages worldwide;
- 110 vegetarian restaurants worldwide;
- More than 6000 Krishna festivals held around the world each year in ISKCON;
- Over 1 million ISKCON followers worldwide; and
- Over 200 million Vaishnava followers worldwide.
In addition, it is estimated that:
- More than 9 million people worship at ISKCON temples each year; and that
- 516 million of the movement’s books and magazines are published and distributed in more than 75 languages.
Hare Krishna! in Washington D.C.
The Hare Krishna! Documentary (produced by Abromorama) will be playing at Angelika Pop-up in Washington, D.C. on Friday July 14, at 7 p.m. Check the website for exact screening times and tickets. The Pop-up is currently located at Union Market, 550 Penn St. NE, Washington, DC 20002.
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