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(The Happening Album, back cover)

Attention all eternal wayfarers on the shores of Earth. Swami A.C. Bhaktivedanta leads his devotees in an authentic rendition of the Vedic mantra HARE KRISHNA, better known in India as the Maha (Great) Mantra. Narada Muni a real spaceman with power to freely travel through the entire Creation, first brought this chant to Earth from the planet Goloka located in the spiritual sky. In this way it has been sung on the banks of the Ganges for many thousand of years. About five hundred years ago Lord Chaitanya proclaimed this chant to be the most effective means to Self Realization to man in this age of Kali (Destruction). Today Swami Bhaktivedanta delivers it to the West.

This Transcendental Sound Vibration is called Bhaktiyoga, or the Yoga of Ecstacy. It is easy and can be practiced by anyone. Simply sit down, RELAX, and LISTEN! Listen carefully and gradually you will begin to feel like singing too. SING! As you sing, you will feel like dancing. Dance! Do the "Dance of Ecstacy." Anyone can. There is no question of learning it. You already know it! Simply raise your arms over your head and dance. RELAX, SING, DANCE. A new life of bliss and Cosmic Consciousness await you on the other side of the mirror of the mind. This life is lived in love and can most easily be reached by SINGING and DANCING. This is Bhaktiyoga, the yoga for a New Age. Try it!

This record also contains two prayers by Swami Bhaktivedanta, sung in praise and adoration of his spiritual master, Sri Srimad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati. The prayer likens this material world to a great forest fire, and the spiritual master to the rain cloud that can extinguish it.

Swami A.C. Bhaktivedanta was born Abhay Charan De in Calcutta, India, in 1896. Trained at the finest Indian universities, he was a successful young businessman when, in 1922, he met his spiritual master, Sri Srimad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati. Just before his departure from this mortal world in 1936, Swami Bhaktivedanta was charged with the responsibilty of spreading this movement to the English speaking world. Shortly thereafter an English fortnightly was established and work was begun on a number of books and translations, the most ambitious of which is a proposed sixty volume translation and commentary of the Srimad Bhagwatam still in progress. Finally in 1959 he took up the life of a sanyasin, fully engaged in the duties ordered by his spiritual master. In 1965 the seventy year old swami sailed to the West with the message entrusted to him nearly three decades earlier. "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say REJOICE."
(The Happening Album, back cover notes, 1966)
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