Halloween Block Party Maha Harinam Kirtan 2009
(led by Caitanya Chandra Das, and HH Giriraja Swami)
(led by Nityananda Chandra Das)
About 100,000 people every year attend this event in Oak Lawn, the gay & lesbian district of Dallas Texas. Each year thousands upon thousands of Martians, animals, zombies, presidents, popes, cartoon characters, seasons, babies, and so on joined in singing and dancing in the kirtan.
His Holiness Giriraj Swami, who drove in from Houston to attend this event, remarked in the Sunday feast class that everyone is getting Krishna mercy through the Holy Names. That the souls of the ancient Romans, and Vikings and so many other types of beings are out there now in so many new bodies. They are now appreciating the holy name.
His Grace Mishra Bhagavan said, "I heard in a class that Srila Prabhupada gave in New York 1976 that once someone dances in the harinam sankirtan Krishna takes note of it and makes sure that person soon goes back home, back to Godhead."
I had to leave at midnight but the rest of the devotees stayed to 2:30 am. Haridas took the kirtan to another level after we had left. He gave out several dance orders of "throw your hands in the air" "squat of the ground," "Now jump up high" and several others that the crowd obediently followed. At this time the crowd dancing with the devotees was in the hundreds. The police at that time asked the devotees to stop, telling them that the festival is supposed to end at 2am and that if the devotees did not stop their kirtan no one would leave.
One of the dancers, Frankie Hart, took the following photos.
, originally uploaded by frankie hart.
Originally uploaded by frankie hart
Your humble servant,
Nityananda Chandra Das
Here is a video that an onlooker caught on camera,