A super favorable scientist from China
Nov07

A super favorable scientist from China

It was a little quiet at my book table, so I was reading a verse from the Gita for inspiration. And then I hear someone saying, “Haribol! Haribol!“ I looked up. It was this super-favourable scientist and gentleman named Leo, from China. He met devotees 25 years ago in Shanghai and became a vegetarian. Devotees left a great impression on him. He gave a nice donation and took a Gita and a couple of Chinese books and an invitation to our...

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Professors help with book distribution
Oct28

Professors help with book distribution

At a university in Los Angeles, a student with a walker came straight away to my book table and declared, “I know the Bhagavad-gita, and let me tell you this is not a book of rainbows and fairy tales. Arjuna wanted to save the bodies of his family members. He did not know that Krishna would teach him the real truth: that no one can kill the soul. So Arjuna fought his best. No one should think that this is a sentimental book to...

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Prabhupada’s books bring out youthful joy
Oct27

Prabhupada’s books bring out youthful joy

We had a one-week sankirtana tour and a weekend of Krishna Karnamrita katha in Tallinn. On Sunday, the main day for temple devotees, we went out on book distribution. Usually, a weekend morning is quite poor, with not many people out, and Tallinn is famous for cloudy rain weather. But that day was the opposite. While talking with one person from Nepal’s Kathmandu, I heard from the back: “Wow! Do you have Russian books? I...

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Generousity came as a surprise
Oct21

Generousity came as a surprise

After going through a relatively tough day at Foothill College, I met a  student at the table who didn’t look like he would take or give anything. I explained to him about all the books and had asked for a donation. He gave a fifty-dollar donation, saying, “I want to be generous.” It was kind of a surprise to see this happening. We can’t judge, based on the externals. We never know who Krishna inspires and how....

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Mystical Krsna again comes through
Oct20

Mystical Krsna again comes through

We heard that 10,000 people were expected to attend a Navratri festival this evening, so I went with two new devotees to distribute at the Sakti Mandir. It was a super late-night festival. I wanted to distribute at least one Bhagavatam set to mark my Gurudev’s (Devamrta Swami) appearance day, the following day. So I made a deal with the sankirtan team: one set of Bhagavatams or 2 a.m., whichever comes first. So at 2 a.m., with no set...

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Mystical Sankirtana – it can happen in any way
Oct15

Mystical Sankirtana – it can happen in any way

In today’s world, many people in both the younger and older generations have individual Facebook accounts. For devotees, this is useful as a platform to preach the glories of harinam sankirtana. On October 4, 2018, I posted on Facebook an excerpt from a lecture by Srila Prabhupada at the University of Nairobi, in 1972, from the book Science of Self Realization. Therein Srila Prabhupada mentioned that knowledge of the soul is the...

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