What first comes to mind when you hear the word "yoga"? A sun salute? Your favorite flow class? For bhakti yoga practitioners, it's so much more than a way to sweat off the day—it's a way of life. And they have Srila Prabhupada to thank for their practice.
The new documentary HARE KRISHNA!, directed by John Griesser with Jean Griesser and Lauren Ross, is an in-depth look at the man who brought the now worldwide spiritual phenomenon known as the Hare Krishna movement to America. A 70-year-old Indian Swami when he came to the U.S. in the 1960s, Prabhupada offered the world what it needed the most: a revolution of consciousness.
“I was not prepared for the impact of that first meeting with Prabhupada,” said John Griesser, recounting the first time he’d met Prabhupada in 1970. “In person, he was diminutive, and yet exuded a powerful presence that was both attractive and mystifying.” John and Jean Griesser, spent the next several years documenting Prabhupada until his passing in 1977.
And their documentary tells the story of how one man was able to captivate a generation of people seeking answers to life’s difficult questions and spark a phenomenon that celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.
"It is exciting beyond words to revisit his extraordinary life and share it with others in a film that I feel will offer rare insights into his multifaceted personality, and his enduring message of happiness and hope,” Griesser says.
HARE KRISHNA! opens in theaters across the country on June 16th in New York and June 23rd in Los Angeles—just in time for International Day of Yoga on June 21st.