My old friend Ekendra published this old photo of me on his website yesterday.
Yes, this is a very young Kurma being arrested outside the now-extinct Buckley’s on Bourke Street and taken away by four burly ‘boys in blue’ for a week in Melbourne’s high security Pentidge Prison in 1972. My crime: not paying fines for selling Hare Krishna literature on the streets of Melbourne.
An Australian blues legend of the time, Matt Taylor, wrote a song about it. His debut solo album, Straight as a Die, was released at the end of 1973. The single “I Remember When I Was Young”/”Krishna Loves You, Too,” which had been recorded in an open paddock at Kingston Park Farm, hit the Top Ten in Melbourne, and tells the whole story.
Sing along with Matt now!
Things are getting bad when you can’t practise your religion,
Walk through the streets, giving all the love you can to Krishna.
Elohim, God, or Allah, the name doesn’t matter,
Love is a commodity you can’t put a price on,
People who love life give to one another,
‘Cos God’s in me, God’s in you.
Yes, City Councillors, Krishna loves you too!
When you go to church on Sunday to hear a sermon
They pass round the plate, are you telling me it’s begging?
Is God a one-day affair, the next day you don’t care?
Krsna people make the city streets a temple
What’s wrong with living your religion every second
If God’s in me, God’s in you?
Parking attendants, Krishna loves you too.
I remember Christians thrown to the lions,
Because their faith was s
een as defiance.
But now I see Centurions in Blue, ain’t nothing new.
Religion’s not exempt when it comes to revolution
Each step along the way is plagued by persecution,
Still, God’s in me, God’s in you.
Mr Policeman, Krishna loves you too.
Salvation Army playing on the corner,
Turned-on our folks in another era, but now I see
God remains the same, forms of God have changed.
Now you’ve heard my story, just forget your fear,
And chant ‘Krishna’ ev
And your world will ’come clear
‘Cos God’s in
me, God’s in you.
Yes, every human being, Krishna loves you too.