Satyanarayan das Remembers Srila Prabhupada

Following Srila Prabhupada

Interview DVD 04

Satyanarayan: Bharadraj was leading and after the kirtan started getting a little more lively, Vishnujan Maharaj took over the lead. Vishnujan kept lovingly singing the Maha-Mantra, all the devotees were starting to rock side to side, and then Srila Prabhupada, he closed his eyes and he was starting to hit the kartals together with more and more force. At one point, which seemed to be the perfect crescendo of the chanting of Vishnujan, everyone was shocked when Srila Prabhupada interrupted Vishnujan and took over the kirtan. That had not been seen before. Prabhupada seemed to be in such an ecstatic mood that he had no choice but to take over the kirtan. And at that moment, everyone went absolutely mad. There was a rush toward the stage, and I was right in front of Prabhupada and we were crushed into the stage and everyone’s arms…it looked like a thousand arms were outstretched to Srila Prabhupada. People started to cry. Srila Prabhupada’s chanting was so beautiful, it’s almost like the sky opened up, love of God came down and it poured over all of us because at one point people could…they were crying so much that they just started to whimper and gasp. I’ve never been to a kirtan like that before in my life and never since, and I think I cried for about an hour after that.