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Sankirtana is an ever-expanding ocean of transcendental nec≠tar. Sankirtana-kathd is the ripened fruit of the realizations gained by those who constantly swim in that ocean. Relishing this fruit inspires both speaker and hearer to dive still deeper into those ambrosial waters. This book is a compilation of sankirtana-katha, specifically excerpts from lectures, letters, and assorted writings of His Holiness Harikesa Swami, who is known for his aquatic dex≠terity within this nectar ocean. It is not meant to be a de≠finitive work, but simply a dip into that nectar for which we are always anxious.
The prototype for this publication was a collection of unedited, roughly typed, and photocopied transcriptions en≠titled Shri Visnupada Sankirtana Nectar. Compiled by Scandi≠navian devotees during the early eighties, it proved to be a constant source of inspiration and strength for book distri≠butors and devotees in general for over a decade. Updated and refined over those ten years, the prototype has now evolved into the present book, A!! Glories to the Sankirtana† Devotees. This publication is an attempt to spread the benedicting rays of the effulgent sankirtana moon to every corner of this world. We hope to contribute to the raising of sankirtana con≠sciousness, which is a definite and practical step toward put≠ting Shrila Prabhupada in the center of all activities, both† individually and collectively. We want to encourage and sup≠port all of those who directly or indirectly engage in this glorious sankirtana mission, and we want to increase the chances of those coming into contact with Shrila Prabhupada's emotional ecstasies through his wonderful books. Anyone who touches these books will be benefited. Our editorial policy has not been to convert the inspired words of the exemplary sankirtana devotee into formal prose but to retain the lively, emotive mood in which they were originally presented. We hope that the seriousness of the subject matter will be taken into consideration and that the reader will accept this honest attempt to glorify Lord Shri Krsna and His illustrious sankirtana devotees.
††††† óBhaktavatsala dasa, Dashavatara dasa