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Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: We had one CIA agent. Previously, he was a CIA agent. I was told this story; I don’t know. Anyway, might as well relate it. So they were doing an experiment in the Bahama islands off Florida. They were all very high intellects. They were developing a certain radio beam to measure the beams which are given off from other planets, thinking that maybe these intelligent beings, they are sending some message out. So they developed this way of sensoring the beams which were coming from the North Star. Anyway, he said—and he was serious, I was told this; he’s in India now, one of our devotees there—he said that when they focused on the North Star and they got the beam back, when they translated it, it came out to be the mahā-mantra.
Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Yes. And so they went to the Department of Intelligence, [laughter] and they went to the United States Army, because this was an Army project, and when the Army got hold of it they said, “Oh, you people are all nonsense. Disband this project.”
Prabhupāda: That is… Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura has sung = golokera prema-dhana hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana. Hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana is not the mundane sound. It is coming from there. Golokera prema-dhana hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana. It is not material. Had it been material, then how it is so effective? That’s a fact. The sound is…, beam is coming from there.

[Except taken from Srilā Prabhupāda’s Room Conversation- 15 June 1976, Detroit]

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NOTE: North Star refers to pole star or Dhruv tara, the residence of the great devotee Dhruva Maharaj

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