Hare Krishna Chant startles Liverpool

By Nimai Suchak

A series of events honouring George Harrison’s spiritual life were held in Liverpool in celebration of what would have been his 80th birthday.

Inspired by Pradyumna Das, who credits George Harrison for his attraction to Krishna consciousness, devotees from around the country put on a number of special events in the Spiritual Beatle’s birth city, including an exclusive interview with Gurudas Prabhu, who flew into the UK especially for the occasion.

Liverpool Philharmonic: My Sweet Lord, The Spiritual Journey of George Harrison.

Devotees took to Liverpool’s iconic Philharmonic Hall to share George’s songs, lyrics, recorded interviews with George. This was weaved together into a narration by Pradyumna Das, sharing spiritual insights of the songs inspiring his personal journey. A special mention was made of George Harrison’s gift of Bhaktivedanta Manor, which this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The audience participated in kirtan, bought copies of Chant & Be Happy and received prasadam cookies.

At the Liverpool Central Library, Gurudas Prabhu gifted sets of Srimad Bhagavatam, Caitanya Caritamrta, Bhagavad-gita As It Is to City Mayor Joanne Anderson, as an addition to library’s collection. Guests at this private event included members of the Cabinet, the media, leaders of the city’s museums, members of the university and religious institutions and others. Mukunda Murphy sang songs by George, devotees led Kirtan and shared prasadam cookies.

On the day of George’s actual birthday, The Beatles Story hosted a panel discussion with Gurudas Prabhu, Sakshi Gopal Prabhu, and Sripati Prabhu who shared stories and insights to George Harrison’s spiritual life. Birju and Kishori Jani led interactive mrdanga and kirtan workshops, Mukunda Murphy sang songs by George, guests purchased Chant & Be Happy books and received prasadam cookies.

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