Learn to Play > Lesson 6: The Prabhupada beat

History of the Prabhupada beat

Hey, let me take a moment here and congratulate you so far on a job well done. Now you're really cooking! I can't believe that you're ready to learn the famous Prabhupada beat. Wow.

Okay, let's get right into it.

Now look what Prabhupada wrote about playing the mrdanga in his dedication to the Krsna Book:

"To My Father, Gour Mohan De (1849-1930) - A pure devotee of Krsna, who raised me as a Krsna conscious child from the beginning of my life. In my boyhood ages he instructed me how to play the mrdanga. He gave me Radha-Krsna Vigraha to worship, and he gave me Jagannatha-Ratha to duly observe the festival as my childhood play. He was kind to me, and I imbibed from him the ideas later on solidified by my spiritual master, the eternal father."

There you have it in his own words, right in the dedication to the book Krsna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Srila Prabhupada's father was Gour Mohan De. Srila Prabhupada said that he was a pure devotee of Krsna, and he raised his son as a Krsna conscious child from the beginning of life. He also taught Srila Prabhupada how to play the mrdanga.

Not only did Gour Mohan De give Srila Prabhupada Radha-Krsna deities to worship, but he also gave him Jagannatha deities, and (as the painting on the right shows) encouraged him to observe the Rathayatra festival when he was a child.

So there's no doubt that Srila Prabhupada had a special relationship with his father.

The beat which has come to be known in ISKCON as the "Prabhupada beat" was taught to Srila Prabhupada by his father. And now you're going to learn it. If that's not parampara in mrdanga beats, I dunno what is!!!

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