Hansadutta das - Memories of Srila Prabhupada

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Raj Nanda

We knew that when you get initiated you get another name. My name had been Hans Jurgen Kary. Since my childhood I never liked my name because it revealed me as an immigrant and separated me from my peers. I was anticipating getting and exotic name like Hanuman or Hari das, but when I bowed down to receive my beads, Prabhupada said, "Your name is Hansadutta." I didn't quite hear him and I said, "What was that? Prabhupada said, "Simply add dutta."