The puzzle pieces come together
Oct21

The puzzle pieces come together

I was waiting to get picked up from the Cuba Mall in Wellington. Was it a coincidence that the driver was ten minutes late? I met a nineteen-year-old named Taylor. As I put the “Hiding In Unnatural Happiness” in her hand and introduced myself, she exclaimed under her breath, almost in disbelief, “I just had a conversation yesterday . . .” Taylor explained that she is on her gap-year, traveling with her mother after...

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A devotee professor distributing books to his students
Sep06

A devotee professor distributing books to his students

by Garuda Das For more than thirty years, I have been teaching at the college and university levels of education. And during each one of those years, I have required students to purchase Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, and then read large portions of it for my courses. Well, during the pandemic, it is no exception. In the picture below, I have 100 books that I will be selling to students (at my cost, to make it easy), and...

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Another soul closer to Krsna
Sep02

Another soul closer to Krsna

Recenly a friend gave a Bhagavad Gita to a person named Donald. From thebeginning of his reading he liked it so much. Every day he was reading fortwo hours. He had smoked for thirty years but stopped, then he had stoppedeating meat, and he felt a sense of being purified, all from reading SrilaPrabhupada’s books. He contacted the devotees in Columbus, Ohio, and asked whether there was anyway to get more books. It was durin g the...

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Determinaiton to get the mercy
Aug22

Determinaiton to get the mercy

I was with Zoe one Monday morning outside Lower Hutt Mall in Wellington. It was such a cold day that Zoe told me she could no longer feel her toes. It being a cold morning, I could have easily anticipated it would be a hard day to distribute books, but sankirtan doesn’t work that way. Krishna’s plan is bigger and better than the weather and day of the week. A couple of hours after being at the mall, I met Mohini, a Fijian-Indian...

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A little help from everyone’s best friend
Mar19

A little help from everyone’s best friend

Five years ago, I did book distribution in Budapest in one of my favorite sankirtan spots, called “Stop Shop,” a posh shopping center. During the last week of the Srila Prabhupada marathon, I wanted to do BIG, especially because Sivarama Swami, my beloved guru, was at the temple. Every night he was waiting for us to return. He personally asked everyone, “How was your day?”On one of my...

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Introducing the “Gaura Tattva” set!
Mar18

Introducing the “Gaura Tattva” set!

Mahotsaha Prabhu recalls: Really nice gentleman named TM from Long Island. He told me his name stands for Total Mystery! He received some of our books throughout the years like the “Science of self realization”, “Bhagavad Gita as it is” and the “Srimad Bhagavatam” first canto. He really liked the philosophy and when he saw us chanting in the park today he enthusiastically sat down with us to chant for over an hour while playing the...

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