A friend inspires his friends to take books
Sep15

A friend inspires his friends to take books

We were in Palmerston North, New Zealand, for the first weekend of the marathon. After distributing books all day across from a plaza, it was becoming quiet, so I decided to walk to another spot. On the way I saw four guys huddled around a car, talking and laughing. I felt a bit intimidated, because I don’t usually stop groups. I just walked past them and went on distributing books at the new spot. About twenty minutes later I...

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People waiting to receive Srila Prabhupada’s books…
Sep14

People waiting to receive Srila Prabhupada’s books…

On a cold, quiet winter night I was praying for some mercy and this nice lady Priti comes up to my book table and says : “I just finished reading The Gita as it is , it took me 10 years to finish, but I did it” I thought it was amazing to hear that but to add to the ecstasy she goes “I want to start reading Bhagavatam now, Can I buy the Srimad Bhagavatam from you ?“ My jaws dropped in disbelief. Anytime I don’t feel like going out,  I...

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The pictures do it again
Sep13

The pictures do it again

I met Sue at the Rotorua night market. She comes up to our table and says that she got a book from a monk when she was seventeen in London. At the time she didn’t understand what the books were about, but she was captivated by the pictures. I presented the Bhagavatam set, she was interested, but couldn’t afford it. She took a Bhagavatam 1.1 instead. As she’s flipping through the pictures, she keeps repeating, “These are the pictures....

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Akula, “the Shark,” on sankirtan
Sep12

Akula, “the Shark,” on sankirtan

In the spirit of the Prabhupada Marathon, here is a story from some years back in Russia. You know how Sanskrit names sometimes sound funny in our languages? Well, Gautama Rishi went on sankirtana with a friend called Akula. Akula means “shark” in Russian. Not “sounds like” but literally means that. Gautama and Akula went on sankirtana, door to door in a huge apartment block somewhere in Nizhniy Novogord. Some...

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This is the sum and substance of the Krsna consciousness movement
Sep11

This is the sum and substance of the Krsna consciousness movement

“This should be the standard of determination for all Kṛṣṇa conscious persons. A Kṛṣṇa conscious person should free himself from the clutches of māyā, and he should also be compassionate to all others suffering in those clutches. The activities of the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement are meant not only for oneself but for others also. This is the perfection of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. One who is interested in his own salvation is not as...

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Is this book about going back to Godhead?
Sep10

Is this book about going back to Godhead?

I got to the Kumeu New World market with Khela Tirta Prabhu at around 4pm. I stopped Austin and handed him a HIUH. He looked at me and said, “Is this book about going back to Godhead?” I couldn’t believe what this guy just said, “how do you know that?” I replied. Turns out his friend Chris had given him Srila Prabhupada’s “Coming Back” during the lockdown. He told me the truth of his...

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