UK 1969: Finding Krishna & Prabhupad with the Beatles

By Colin Jury/Kulashekar

“This article, published in the January 2013 edition of UK’s Hindu Today Magazine, represents a rare historic first hand account of Britain’s late 1960s popular cultural phenomenon. The intersection between ancient Vedic transcendence and the West’s vibrant 1960s cultural youth rebellion is rarely understood. Here, the author, Colin Jury/Kulashekar, Iskcon’s first British initiate, provides an intimate and accurate look into the era from the perspective of an active participant. Colin shares his role in those historic days with his Gurudev, Srila Prabhupada, the Beatles and his role in recording the ‘Top of the Pops” Radha Krishna Temple Album.

Colin Jury (center) during the recording of the Radha Krishna Temple Album

Colin Jury, was in fact, not only Srila Prabhupada’s first British disciple, but he was also his first initiated European disciple. Before joining Iskcon (the Hare Krishna Movement) he had been a lighting engineer for some of Britain’s top Rock bands such as Pink Floyd. After becoming a devotee, he dovetailed his expertise and ‘street cred’ into his service to his Gurudev, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

This article is also rare for it represents the one and only ever published by the author. He personally told me this was intentional. He said he wanted to save his story for an intended book. He in fact only agreed to publish this article as a favor to me, “a younger God brother Gurukuli veteran starting on a potentially promising new gig.” It was Lord Krsna’s Grace, for a month after publication, Colin Jury/Kulashekar left this world to join his beloved Srila Prabhupad and Sri Sri Venkateshwar. Hindu Today’s tribute to Kulashekar follows his article. BP

Note: The article was published during an Editorial transition period. Not wanting to skip a month, the edition was published despite being short-staffed. Thus the typos. The title and opening paragraph were not written by either the author nor myself. Also the picture of Yoko & John Lennon holding a much later Prabhupad picture is photoshopped.

Hindu Today’s Tribute to Colin Jury/Kulashekar Prabhu