The beginning
Jul17

The beginning

From Mitra das conversation with Jambavan das Jambavan was in SF when book distribution started. The temple was broke, the rent took all the money they had, there was nothing left for food or anything else. Keshava, the temple president got some wooden begging bowls and cheap rose incense sticks and sent us to Market and Powell. We’d collect a little out there to keep us going a little longer. We ran out of Back To Godhead...

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The biggest Bhagavad gita
Jul12

The biggest Bhagavad gita

While visiting an influential friend in London, I noticed a very large Bhagavad-gita in his living room, five times bigger than our Deluxe Gita. Only a hundred and eight of them were printed by the Meditteranean BBT (Madhu Sevita Prabhu). They cost about $1,300 each. They were published with top VIPs in mind. The London temple gave a copy to my friend because of his long-time support of the temple. It must have weighed around twenty...

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How to distribute a Gita in the forest
Jul08

How to distribute a Gita in the forest

Just as I was leaving London, Ananta Prabhu, a book distributor, told me an amazing story. He was in a forest near London and somehow lost his phone. Then a friend of his called. The phone was lying on the ground ringing, and a person walking by hears and sees the phone, picks it up, and answers it. The friend calling soon finds out that it is someone else, not Ananta. The devotee-friend asks the man, “My friend must have lost his...

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Lucy got the mercy
Jul08

Lucy got the mercy

While in Alachua, I gave a Bhagavatam class about book distribution. A Vaisnavi, Guru Prasad dd, commented on an experience she had distributing books. She was distributing at Dallas airport without much success, but she was still happily approaching people. A lady sitting nearby was watching and finally walked up to her and asked what she was doing. This lady was shown the books, and she was surprised that people were not interested,...

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When I go out against all odds, Krishna reciprocates even more
Jul06

When I go out against all odds, Krishna reciprocates even more

I was flooded with things to do at the temple on Sunday, here in Atlanta, but I forced myself to go out to distribute books for a couple of hours. I set up a book stall at a huge Indian grocery chain store, called Patel Brothers. An hour and half went by and only one book was distributed. I was praying like anything for some result, since I had to go back to the temple in the next half hour. Suddenly an Indian father and his daughter...

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