Our previous posting on Allen and Krishna Consciousness can be found here
This weekend we focus on his visit to (and meeting with) A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in Columbus, Ohio, in May of 1969, both his public address and his private recorded conversations.
Prior to that, however, there's this - an earlier encounter (from 1967) - "Poet Ginsberg said he was not yet ready to become a devotee, but that he chants the Maha Mantra every day, and will do so until he leaves this Earth"
The legendary Columbus conversations have been published and can be read in their entirety here.
The editor explains: "The following conversations between his Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and poet Allen Ginsberg took place at the Radha Krishna Temple in Columbus, Ohio, May 11,12, and 14, just before and just after the meeting with the Ohio State student body. These conversations, packed with gems, anecdotes, theology, reminiscences, candid remarks, exhortations, Vedic allusions, wisdom, humor, prophecy and joy, are important because they contain succinct yet complete answers to questions many Westerners, and especially young Americans, find themselves asking either verbally or emotionally about Krishna Consciousness. They are also important because they reveal some of the major concerns of the most important ambassador of the Bhagavad Gita to ever come to the West and this century's (20th century's) most famous American poet. The conversations are directly transcribed from tape-recorder and are included in their entirety in two installments".
Audio of the second of those installments - A Walk Through Kali Yuga - (beginning with Prabhupada on "the poet, the lover and the lunatic", and the qualities required for true spiritual devotion) may be heard here (and a transcription of that particular section here)