In 1966 avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas released a short documentary in which Allen Ginsberg chanted Hare Krishna. The film was a rapid-fire montage of multiple images depicting the spirit of New York City in the 1960s. Mekas wrote the following description:
"A documentary – one Sunday afternoon in New York – beautiful new generation – dancing in the streets of New York – singing 'Hare Hare' – filling the streets and the air with love – in the very beginning of the New Age – Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky (on soundtrack) singing 'Hare Hare.'"
(The Filmmaker’s Cooperative catalogue)
"So far Ginsberg is concerned, he promised before me that everywhere he would chant Hare Krishna Mantra, and actually he is doing it everywhere. So Ginsberg may sometimes be able to understand our philosophy in the future."
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, February 3, 1970)
"You will be pleased to know that Robert Kennedy heard Hare Krishna Kirtan from poet Allen Ginsberg. He is very kind to chant Hare Krishna wherever he goes, as I have requested him to do, and when he met me at San Francisco, he told me that he chanted Hare Krishna before Mr. Kennedy."
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, May 6, 1968)
“He has promised to me that 'Wherever I shall go, I shall chant.' That he has promised."
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Sydney, April 2, 1972)