Four big sales!
We went to the house of Shamshad, a Muslim from Bihar, who shared how he loves Sanskrit. He studies Sanskrit. He was also talking about how the source, the Absolute Truth, is one despite there being different religions. He was happy to receive Srimad Bhagavatam, and we felt fortunate to meet someone who is genuine and sincerely appreciates our scriptures.
Next, we met a pious family from Varanasi. They were entering their house after playing Holi. They patiently listened as we glorified Srimad Bhagavatam, and the wife readily agreed to accept the set, while the husband was reluctant. He kept discouraging his wife by saying that she wouldn’t read all the books, but she was determined to take it. She won the tug of war, and Srimad Bhagavatam made an entry into their home. We were so happy.
Then we knocked on a door, and a Chinese lady opened it. We presented a Bhagavad Gita and said that this book helps relieve stress and anxiety. She rejected it, but her ten-year-old daughter immediately said, “I want that book.” She took $10 from her backpack and happily handed it over to us. Malini then taught her the mahamantra, and she chanted it clearly. We were left in awe to see how this soul was instantly attracted to the holy names and Bhagavad-gita.
Last, we made a deliberate attempt to visit one of Sundarananda Prabhu’s college classmates (from UFL) in an attempt to present Srimad Bhagavatam. We were taken aback when we went to her house and learned that she was practicing Krsna consciousness twelve years ago in San Diego but could not continue after marriage. We were elated when she spoke about Bhaktivinoda Thakura. She said that she had recently donated to the BhaktiVedanta Research Center (BRC) in Kolkata to preserve the original manuscripts of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura (she got inspired by Indradyumna Swami’s posting on Facebook). She was grateful that we came to her home and immediately took the Bhagavatam set and gave a donation. It is amazing how Krsna never forgets people’s service and reconnects them with devotees so that they can continue their devotional service.
We came out with renewed faith in the Lord. It was nothing short of bliss that day, and we were grateful for the opportunity to go on sankirtan by the mercy of guru and the Vaishnavas.
Param vijayate Sri Krsna sankirtanam!
In your service,
Vishakha Lila DD ISV