One of HDG Srila Prabhupada’s earliest disciples, HG Shyamasundar Das, 81, reveals no indicators of slowing down as he continues to relate his private experiences with ISKCON’s founder-ācārya. His well-liked 3-volume collection, “Chasing Rhinos with the Swami,” spans almost 1,500 pages of recollections and consists of over 600 distinctive images. “Srila Prabhupada has all the time been my hero. During the seven years I spent at his facet—three years as his private secretary—I noticed probably the most wonderful one who ever graced our planet,” Shyamasundar mentioned. “His daring, fearless, victorious adventures and heroic acts are the stuff of legends and his message to us—who’s God? Who am I? What is the which means of life? —is absolutely the fact. Prabhupada all the time mentioned, ‘Just move this information on to others, then you might be Krishna’s finest pal.’”
Speaking of this decade-long labor of affection, Shyamasundar mentioned, “I needed to wait till my hurried years have been behind me (these years for creating cash) and now have this time for contemplation, lastly setting pen to paper in 2013…Slowly, this undertaking has grown at possibly one web page per eight-hour day over the previous ten years,” he mused. “I knew I used to be particularly blessed to be an intimate witness of Bhaktivedanta Swami’s magical sojourn amongst us, so I all the time knew I had to do that, write, attempt one way or the other to explain the acts and phrases of the Perfect Person.”
New Audiobook Available
As if this writing undertaking wasn’t daunting sufficient, Shyamasundar has simply completed recording 23 hours of audio, making Volume One of ‘Chasing Rhinos with the Swami” now out there as an audiobook. In the final ten years, the share of US adults who take heed to audiobooks has grown by greater than 100%, so an audio model is well timed.
Recording recollections of his guru was a profound expertise for the writer. “I used to be stunned to listen to my very own voice talking, with the quantity, feelings, and cadence occasioned by the second, typically crying when Prabhupada’s look of deep love met my eyes, laughing at his astonishing conduct, my voice child-like for a recent new session, rising gruff close to the top of one other lengthy day.” Shyamasundar continues, “I spotted how way more highly effective and significant this audio medium is. Just like whenever you hear one in all Prabhupada’s lectures, the expertise sinks in a lot deeper than simply the studying of it.”
Writing and recording with a broad viewers in thoughts, particularly hoping to draw youthful religious seekers, Shyamasundar remarked, “Prabhupada is an motion hero, filled with energy and shock, laughter, leaping tall buildings in a single sure, with phrases of knowledge to depart you questioning and wanting extra. These books are journey novels.”
To study extra about this three-volume collection and the brand new audiobook, go to www.chasingrhinos.com
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