Om namo shivaya
Jan29

Om namo shivaya

During the December marathon in Durban, I came across this gentleman with rudraksa beads and three lines on his forehead. I felt hesitant to approach him, but I did anyway. I greeted him with “om namo sivaya” and asked, “Do you know that Lord Shiva is the greatest devotee of Krsna?” What he said next took me by surprise: “I was a Krsna devotee, but changed to Shiva, and I’m thinking of going back to worshiping...

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Letting the books fly
Jan28

Letting the books fly

I was distributing books in Melbourne and approached a young man wearing shorts and a sleaveless shirt. I was showing him the Science of Self Realization and explaining the contents. He was interested and wanted to take the book, but said he had no money. I mentioned that we use card readers for credit cards. He said, “I can only take money out from the bank.” So I thought, “Oh well, I guess he won’t be taking...

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Lucky thief
Jan13

Lucky thief

I met this nice middle aged Indian gentle man. I was trying to show him Bhagavatam, since usually Indians say they have Gita. To my surprise he pointed to the Gita and says, “Can I have that instead?” I said enthusiastically , “sure!” It turns out that he is visiting from Florida and some one smashed his car window in hotel parking lot and stole the Gita from the car. He was in the middle of reading the book....

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Front cover of newspaper sells books
Jan13

Front cover of newspaper sells books

It was time for taking Prasadam so the three devotees who I was with in New Plymouth (small town NZ) had met me outside the mall this fine Saturday. We were gathering our book boxes to head to the car when a Maori man (pictured below) approached us asking in a soft timid voice how much our books were. Being the closest to him and rather eager after three hours of next to no books going out I quickly jumped to speak with him. Turns out...

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A new technique
Jan12

A new technique

During the Woodford festival in Queensland, Australia, I had some interesting experiences. An elderly man came to the table and said, “Ten years ago, a friend of mine and I came to your table, and he got a Bhagavad-gita from you. Then, after reading it, he gave it to me.” I said, “To keep the flow rolling, how about if you get a Bhagavad-gita and give it to a friend?” “Yes, I’ll do that. That would...

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Tracy finds a clue
Jan12

Tracy finds a clue

I was distributing books in the Northern England town of Chester, when I  met a middle-aged lady called Tracey. On approaching her with a Bhagavad  Gita, she said she already had one, that she practiced ‘Transcendental  Meditation’ and had lived in a TM Community for some time in the past (devotees are probably familiar with ‘TM’, the movement started by Maharishi Mahesa Yogi, whom Prabhupada critized for the...

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