Please Give me Something more!
Jul04

Please Give me Something more!

Shastra Krit Dasa: Yesterday in Parammatta Sydney one gentle westernised Indian lady came to me while I was on book distribution and said “I want to buy a set of Srimad Bhagavatam.” I almost fell on the ground in shock. I couldn’t believe someone wants a set while I’m struggling to sell even one book. Then I asked how she knew about the Srimad Bhagavatam. She said I gave her the book “Science of Self-Realization” last month. She read...

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Hema Malini and Srila Prabhupada’s books
Jul02

Hema Malini and Srila Prabhupada’s books

Hema Malini, the famed dancer from India, visited the ISKCON Los Angeles temple over the last weekend in June (this year, 2016), and I was reminded of when she and I were together on the stage of the ISKCON auditorium in Juhu, Mumbai. It was a December, during the book-distribution marathon. After her performance I asked the members of the audience to come forward to purchase sets of Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatam and Sri...

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Mr. Spock gets one of Srila Prabhupada’s books to read
Jul02

Mr. Spock gets one of Srila Prabhupada’s books to read

Mr. Spock gets one of Srila Prabhupada’s books to read while in a mission in the starship Enterprise 🙂 Srila Prabhupada: The real preaching is selling books. You should know the tactic how to sell without irritating. What your lecture will do for three minutes, but if he reads one page his life may be turned. Letter to Bali-mardan, September 30,...

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At the right place at the right time
Jul02

At the right place at the right time

I saw a young man munching on a burger in the food court of a mall in Christchurch. When I approached him to talk, he quickly wrapped his burger away and welcomed the conversation. Without handing him the book as yet (a security guard was lurking) I introduced my purpose in visiting Christchurch for the weekend, to find sincere souls. He was amazed and asked, “Why did you approach me? I'm on a journey of self-discovery. How...

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A Sankirtana Mantra that works well
Jun30

A Sankirtana Mantra that works well

After the seminar by Vaisesika Prabhu in Durban, we ventured out to distribute some books at a local mall. I met an African couple who was busy loading the boot (trunk). I approached and showed them the books. Immediately I could sense that they would turn me down. So I used one of the lines that Vaisesika taught us. I said, "We are not trying to sell you anything. I'm here to enlighten you with knowledge. Do you know what...

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Was this an accident?
Jun28

Was this an accident?

I was distributing books in the south of Italy at a shopping-center parking lot when I met a man who was interested in getting the Bhagavad-gita. He had heard of it and wanted to read it, but I didn't have one with me, so I offered him the Science of Self Realization. He preferred the Gita, but at least he got something similar. He gave a donation and said, "Maybe I'll see you sometime in the future, and then I can get...

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