Chris: I’ll never forget Visnujana putting Radha Damodar into my van. I had a Volkswagen bus. Visnujana sort of reclined on the little bed type of thing I had there, and the murtis were placed carefully on the seat. And as I drove to the park, he was singing some beautiful song. I was in ecstasy, and I made sure I wasn’t driving too fast because I didn’t want to see Visnujana or anything else go flying. But I felt so fortunate. We arrived at the park, and they had a great kirtan group. It was one of the first what I would call kirtan bands at the time.
I was fortunate to film Srila Prabhupada at the airport arrival in Philadelphia. And I remember how thrilling that was because when he would walk through the airport and everybody chanting and dancing in ecstasy, it was an experience that’s hard to describe how satisfying it is to be in his association in public with so many devotees. I remember the officials from Philadelphia who were nervously dealing with this arrival of this VIP. They have greeted many VIPs at the Philadelphia airport in their day, but they never greeted a VIP who had such an entourage and with such sound. All the senses were engaged. It looked so great, it sounded great, it smelled great with the garlands. This police official who was there who was a high-up official was a little bewildered at first, but he was steady in his own way because he didn’t lose his cool. As I recall, later on he was very proud of the festival because he got swept up in the transcendental ecstasy of Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtan Movement.
When we left the airport lobby and came out to the street, there was a pause, I remember, waiting for the vehicles to come. And Prabhupada just stood there on the sidewalk, and he had such nobility. Prabhupada was the most noble person one would ever possibly meet in their life. And to see him standing there just waiting for the cars with all this activity going on around him, and he was such a steady, calm presence for all his disciples and everyone who approached him.
Chris Murray: When we finally arrived at the park in Philadelphia, I remember there was an immense crowd there and there was a great vista. It reminded me almost of Washington, D.C., in the mall and Martin Luther King when he gave his famous speech, “I have a dream.” So many devotees were there, but then there were so many people from the city of Philadelphia who just happened to be in the area and everybody stayed.