A Good Impression
Jan27

A Good Impression

In response to the complaint story, last year there was an interesting transaction in Bristol, England, that turned out quite the opposite of the Catherine experience. A devotee was going door to door, and at one of the doors he knocked on a man answered and asked the devotee to move on because the man's wife was suffering from cancer. Before the devotee departed he had a brief discussion with the man about healthy vegetarian...

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An unsatisfied customer
Jan25

An unsatisfied customer

Hare Krsna Prabhus, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Below is a letter a lady sent to Krsna.com after an uncomfortable experience with a book distributor. She complains about what I have for many years been trying to get sankirtan devotees to avoid doing. A devotee handed her four books and gave her the impression they were free. But when she didn't give enough money, he took three of them back....

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The Secret of Prabhupada’s Success – Can you believe it?
Jan24

The Secret of Prabhupada’s Success – Can you believe it?

VANCA KALPA By Nitika Thapar Our last meeting was held at the home of new Dvaraka’s very respected and devoted servitors Vidura Prabhu and Manjari devi dasi. It is wonderful to observe the devotees opening their homes as well as the hearts generously for a cause which is beneficial to the world at large. This program was an organizational level meeting and basically involved the members discussing future plans of Sastra Dana. A...

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At the right place at the right time
Jan21

At the right place at the right time

Lord Caitanya's causless mercy isn't something mysterious, in one sense. It really enters the hearts of special souls via the medium of the sankirtan devotees. Thus everyone has an opportunity to remember Krishna, though they may be almost unaware of it. About two weeks ago, coming back to Durban from Johannesburg, as usual I brought books with me on the bus. I began observing the passengers, who looked sleepy or else quite...

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Book distribution must go on
Jan13

Book distribution must go on

I shall never forget the ecstasy when we received the first shipment of Bhagavad Gitas. They were delivered right to the door of the storefront one evening at six o'clock, just before the evening kirtana. Afterwards, I stood up to give the customary concluding announcements. But this time, I held in my hands this beautiful purple-colored book and practically cried as I announced that finally your labor of love was published and...

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Transcendental Sound Vibrations
Jan11

Transcendental Sound Vibrations

On Christmas Eve, I was trying to distribute Srila Prabhupada's books around the famous Haight/Ashbury intersection in San Francisco. Bhakta Matt and I were distributing together all day. Dusk was upon us at about 6pm and the mode of darkness began strongly saturating the atmosphere. On almost every corner a maddened vagrant was yelling some nonsense or aggressively interrupting one of our interactions. Bhakta Matt and I agreed...

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