25 years later…
Nov28

25 years later…

A nice family I met a few months back bought japa beads from me, and Ididn’t think much of it. We didn’t talk much. But today Manish reminded methat we’d met a few months back and and said that now he and his family arechanting two rounds daily. I asked him where he first met the devotees and how he developed interest inchanting. He told me that 25 years ago the Chowpatty devotees would visit his medicalschool in Mumbai, and...

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On the fast track back to Godhead
Nov23

On the fast track back to Godhead

Harinam sankirtan goes on regularly in Zagreb, Croatia. Because of this,Krishna is now “the most popular God in town.” I was distributing booksdowntown with the harinam, and I observed that the majority of people likethe chanting. Some stop, and some also chant and dance with us. With harinam, book distribution is easier because you can see who isfavorable and who is not. I approached a nineteen-year-old who was...

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A perfect arrangement
Nov14

A perfect arrangement

Gokul Lila, Saumya Mayi, and I set up a book table outside a bank inPalmerston North for the day, across the street from a busy mall entrance. Two of us would distribute in the mall, while one manned the table, piledvery high with stacks of “Hiding in Unnatural Happiness.” I was standing atthe table, looking down to read a message on my phone, when I heard anenthusiastic voice say, “Check out the table!” I looked up and...

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Time bomb
Nov11

Time bomb

Recently, in Zagreb, Croatia, I was distributing books at a tram stationnear the main train station. It was crowded. People didn’t show muchinterest in spiritual books, or they said, “We already have our spiritualbook, the Bible.” After some time, a person took an interest in at leastseeing the books, but he didn’t take any. Then I took one step, and the next person stopped me. It was a young woman,and she told me, “I will show you...

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1 of 21 The HARE KRISHNA film’s impact
Nov08

1 of 21 The HARE KRISHNA film’s impact

My father in the former USSR knew about Krishna consciousness since 1985,when my brother and I joined the movement. Although my father is very kindand devoted to his family, he has always been skeptical about Krishnaconsciousness. It was in June, 2020, that he had a turning point in his views. It happenedafter he watched the movie HARE KRISHNA! on the life of Srila Prabhupada. Itwas free on YouTube during the lockdown. I watched the...

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Rare souls
Nov07

Rare souls

Recently, as I described the Bhagavad-gita to a young Muslim man at the NYCHarinam book table, he said that he had just been listening to a lecture,advising that one acquire spiritual knowledge; now I was showing him theBhagavad-gita. As I talked, he pointed out things in common with his Islamic tradition.When I showed him the contents of Science of Self-Realization, he noticedthe article entitled “The Human Form of Life is Meant for...

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