Video: Tulsi Gabbard praises her Guru Chris Butler on 50th Anniversary of Hare Krishna in USA - 2015-08-18
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 arrival of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in New York City, marking the founding of Hare Krishana in the United States, devotees packed the Netaji Indoor Stadium August 13th in Kolkata, India for a 7 hour event.
Rep Tulsi Gabbard sent ISKCON her special videotaped greetings on this occasion. In it she praises her "Guru Dev Srila Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa" -- which is what Chris Butler is called by his followers.
The video is remarkable because it is one of the few times Gabbard directly acknowledges who she follows. Normally she keeps her cult connections under wraps, but Butler's need to assert himself in internal Krishna politics likely forced her hand on this.