Another Pre-judgement classic
I was on my first day on books with HH Devamrita Swami's team in Sydney, Australia. Inspired to seek some association I sought out some experience with the more experienced. We set out on my first sankirtana adventure in Sydney for the year, down to Town Hall.
It was fairly busy, people would stop to look at the books and quite often take. As the day went on the mood started to sway the other way. Most people were still nice but they were feeling the day closing and they attempted to cherish their time a little more than usual.
A wave of pedestrians shot off from across the street towards our direction. I picked out two people I could easily approach. The first was a small, late teen with a displeased face. The second was a man who looked rather alternative, a little spiritual but he was talking to himself so I classified him as a crazy man.
I tried my luck with the boy and I used a line I picked up from Navina Nirada Prabhu, tactful, funny and normally goes down well as a joke.
"Excuse me, are you a student, worker or drop out?" The boy had replied half way through claiming to be a student so by the time I said drop out he thought I was critcizing him. "Did you just call me a drop out?" he asked. I quickly solved the situation by reassuring him of what I really said and then he went off on his way.
While this went down, the so called crazy man that was walking behind him was watching and enjoying the whole role play. He quickly showed interest in my books and wanted to see them. He became attached to the Gita and asked me if $20 was ok.
Morals to the story: Be careful what you say to certain people. Don't judge a man by how much he talks to himself (most book distributors are talking to themselves everyday, praying, chanting, etc). And most important is that Krsna is in control in every situation and the books can make it to the right people even if we pick the wrong ones.
Your servant, Madhavendra Puri Dasa.