The untold story of Nelson Mandela & the Bhagavad Gita

Hare Krishna. I thought you might like to know a little bit of the untold side of Nelson Mandela. He came several times to ISKCON’s Ratha Yatra in South Africa while he was president of the nation. The first time Bhakti Tirtha Swami met him, in the course of their conversation, Maharaja quoted a Gita verse. Half-way thru the verse, Mandela quoted the rest of it. BT Swami was surprised. He asked “You know the Gita?” Mandela said “Try me.”

Every Gita verse Bhakti Tirtha Maharaja knew, Nelson knew as well. Naturally, BT Swami asked “How is this?” Nelson Mandela explained that he was imprisoned on Robbins Island along with some of his fellow leaders of their political party, the ANC. One of them was an Indian-bodied lawyer. The South African government tried to break them by giving them mindless labor and routine.

Realizing that they needed to keep their minds actively engaged, the Indian lawyer taught Nelson Mandela Gita verses which they quoted and discussed back and forth to transcend their daily drudgery. Nelson Mandela told Bhakti Tirtha Maharaja that learning the Gita helped keep him sane and did much to infuse his view of the world and his strategies for bringing independence and a better future for the South African people. read more

Srila Prabhupada’s mercy on Mad Mick

This is a story which proves that the mercy of Srila Prabhupada flows like the river Ganga, reaching those souls others cannot.

A few years ago, in a small village in County Roscommon, one of the most rural parts of Ireland, there lived a man by the name of Michael Henmore. He never married and at an early life became a hermit.

 He had few possessions except a cow, a horse and cart, and a small house that time had forgot. He lived without running water or electricity. Every few days he would journey to the nearest village to draw water from the well there. He spoke to no one, not even relations. He had an unkempt beard and wore old-style clothes. read more

Story of Mahadevi dasi ACBSP

Today my mother would have been 87 years old. She had suffered n struggled like anything due to severe alcoholism and drug addiction. In n out of jails, psyche wards, institutions and found helpless on the streets since I was 5 yrs old until I graduated. She also tolerated n endured her rageaholic alcoholic husband who sexually abused her n me for too many years.

Then I became a Hare Krsna at age 19 and KRSNA changed the karma of my family. When my delusional father got electrocuted at NASA in 1982, I became my mother’s legal guardian as she was determined by the Maryland Courts to be legally insane. I sued NASA for wrongful death n secured enough for her medical bills. Then I moved her to New Dwarka where I was serving as a Gurukula teacher and devotees gave her so much love for 8 years. She had quite a reputation! Eventually, the devotees in New Raman-reti continued that amazing devotee kindness for another 8 yrs. We fed her tons of PRASADAM which she easily became addicted to and she gradually gave up vodka n drugs for cauliflower pakoras, dahl , curd subjees n samosas!

Prabhupada says this can happen due to the Potency of PRASADAM cooked in ghee. When she became an invalid due to 2 strokes, I became her full-time caregiver for 5 years, changing her diapers n serving as her nurse/companion. I begged Krsna n Balarama to let her die in Vrndavana and a month after 9/11, the judge “miraculously” gave us permission to travel to Vrndavana, with her in a wheel chair! I couldn’t have done it without Caitanya Nitai! In just 13 days, during the Sacred month of Kartik in Nov 2001, Bhaktin Therese left her body in my arms in MVT, Vrndavana with Prabhupada chanting HARE KRSNA. read more

Important work

About a week before Gita Jayanti, one devotee in Bombay went out to distribute Srimad Bhagavad Gita.At one place, he knocked the door but no one replied. He did not give up and again knocked the door, still it was unanswered. With firm determination to distribute Bhagavad Gita, he again knocked with a much greater force.