An unsung hero
Last year, when I was in Ljubljana, Slovenia, I was invited to visit Belgrade, Serbia. In the 1990s the devotees there had a big temple, which eighty devotees lived in. There were thirty-five full-time book distributors. Now, unfortunately, they have no temple. But there is a book distributor carrying the baton: Dharma Dasa (an appropriate name).
Before he joined ISKCON he was a hardcore atheist. But one day his mother came home with a Science of Self Realization. From time to time, she was going to the Sunday feast, and she would ask him to come along.
He would reply, “Another time.”
Then one day he started reading the Science of Self Realization, and Prabhupada clearly defeated all of his arguments. The next time his mother went to the Sunday feast, he went with her and was impressed. After associating with the devotees for some time, he joined the temple. Now he is the lone book distributor in Serbia. I went there to encourage him, but he encouraged me. Imagine going out on book distribution month after month after month, year after year, and you’re the only one. On top of that, his health is not the best. He’s another unsung hero in Lord Caitanya’s sankirtan movement.