December 22, 2018

From mid-1966 to mid-1970, in just four years’ time, Bhaktivedanta Swami built his International Society for Krishna Consciousness into a major spiritual force in North America and Europe. On August 2, 1970, Srila Prabhupada flew from Los Angeles to Tokyo to commence his first round-the-world preaching tour, returning to L.A. in late June 1971, having planted the seeds for ISKCON in Japan, India, Russia, Malaysia, and Australia. For his second round-the-world tour, Prabhupada left Los Angeles on July 16, 1971, and now, in late May of 1972, after his heroic success in London, Nairobi, India, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Japan, Srila Prabhupada is back in L.A., revving up for his third round-the-world adventure…Armed with fresh cassette tapes, I jump in the front seat of Prabhupada’s car as we race to LAX for our flight to Mexico City—chasing another rhino with the Swami.