He met a really
rad Krishna on the street one afternoon and asked about what he was
chanting. The Krishna told him all about what they believed and what
their chant meant to them, along with the ringing bells and the orange
robes. A lot of their beliefs stemmed from the idea that the soul of
every person was an everlasting personal identity that withstood the
passing of time. In order to feel closer to their God, Krishna, they
repeated their mantra for everyone to hear. He taught the words to Hugo.
Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare, Hare Rama, Hare
Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare"
walked the streets with his friend, practicing the chant and spreading
the word of the movement. He wore an orange robe and played his bells,
fitting right in with the rest of the followers and enjoyed his life.
Unfortunately, his hippie friends weren't chill with his new faith.
They needed to stop him from connecting the Hare Krishna ideals with
them, so they hired a dude who had just gotten out of prison. They
didn't believe in violence so they just told the criminal to do
whatever he had to in order to stop the chanting. The guy ambushed Hugo
one night when he was on his way back from a Hare Krishna meeting. Hugo
was stabbed and left for dead in an alley, but he kept chanting the
mantra to keep himself at peace and his mind off the pain.
Hugo's Hare Krishna friend noticed that Hugo didn't show up for their
morning chant, he went looking for him. He asked around to all of
Hugo's former hippie friends but no one could point him in the right
direction. Suddenly, the beautiful grooves of Hugo's voice chanting the
mantra rose up over the noise of the crowded Village streets, and his
friend followed the sound. He found Hugo in the alley, mortally wounded
but still chanting. He called for the other Hare Krishnas to come and
hold a makeshift service to allow Hugo to die in peace. When they were
finished, his friend knelt next to Hugo and spoke with him.
you still singing our song with your wounds? You should have died!" he
said, motioning towards Hugo's stab wounds.
chanting to try and ignore the pain, and suddenly Krishna appeared to
me. He said I would stay alive until I was ready to let go and stop the
chant, so I kept going until you found me and performed the service.
Thank you, Brother," and with that, Hugo passed away.
hippies, if they could be called that with all of their hatred towards
their fellow brothers and sisters because of religion, were sent to
prison for conspiracy to commit murder, and the murderer was sent back
to jail. The Krishnas that Hugo had chanted with for so many days
continued their daily routine, but had a little more faith in their
chant because of Hugo's miraculous time with them. Maybe the hippies
and the Krishnas were more alike than they believed, and Hugo embodied