‘I was born in the body of Samuel Speerstra, in Salem, Oregon, in May 1942. From early childhood I thrived on adventure and risk. After graduating from Reed College in 1965, I met Bhaktivedanta Swami in San Francisco in January 1967 and became his disciple, renamed Shyamasundar das. The Swami wed me to my girlfriend, Melanie (Malati) in a smoke-filled storefront in Haight-Ashbury we called the Radha-Krishna temple. And the adventure began…
In 1968, to please Swamiji, we travelled to London. There, we witnessed firsthand Krishna’s magic display. We befriended the Beatles and, courtesy of Apple Records, spread the Hare Krishna mantra around the world. In October 1970 the Swami – now affectionately called “Prabhupada” – took twenty of his Western disciples to India and together we barnstormed the country. In June 1971 he accepted me as his personal secretary. For years I was by Prabhupada’s side, day and night as we circled the globe. I never saw him sleep, and I never saw him make an error of any kind. How did I get this lucky – to observe close up the life of the perfect person?
Srila Prabhupada, the Magic Man himself!’
Shyamasundar will tell us about the latest volume of stories from his amazing life with the Swami, and sign copies of the book.
Don’t miss this very special evening.
Venue: Abbey House, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury.
£6 on the door incl. refreshments.
Entry is on a first-arrival basis.