Srila Prabhupada Today
BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Dec 04, 2017 INDIA (SUN)
December 4, 1973 : Los Angeles
Srila Prabhupada conducts wedding ceremony of Bali Mardan Dasa.
Memory of the Day:
Gurudas: David and Donna were street vendors in downtown London. One day they saw our sankirtan party pass by on Oxford Street. Spontaneously they folded up their barrow (portable table), packed up their incense, crystals, tarot cards, and a very young baby, and followed our sankirtan party back to Tittenhurst Park. They were interviewed by a television crew twenty minutes after they were with us. They had decided to join our group and never left. They were living together but not married, so we asked them to get married, and they agreed.
They were fortunate to join us when His Divine Grace was present. Prabhupada presided over their combined wedding and initiation ceremony at Tittenhurst Park. The ceremony was held in the gallery that was serving as a temple on John Lennon's estate. The spacious room, with a fireplace and stone floors, enabled us to surround Prabhupada and the fire ceremony. The mood was festive and cozy - intimate, as only the small band of London devotees attended. Srila Prabhupada was expert and wonderful as always, and I learned so much simply by watching and listening to him. After the fire sacrifice, His Divine Grace gave the new disciples the names Draupadi and Devadhatta.
Reference: By His Example - Guru dasa