Setting Goals
Dec01

Setting Goals

Hare Krsna, Please accept my humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada! Three years ago, the North American leaders began setting collective goals for North American Sankirtana. In 2012, the leaders set a goal to increase book distribution by 20% and achieved a 26.5% increase. In 2013, they set a goal to again increase by 20% and they achieved an additional 28% increase. In the beginning of this 2014, the...

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The Marathon
Nov17

The Marathon

Hare Krsna, Please accept my humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada! Worlwide, people are wasting their human lives by “chewing the chewed,” or gratifying their senses. Imagine someone picking up from the ground a chewed piece of gum and chewing it to get some pleasure. Disgusting! Well, that's material life: a disgusting existence. They don't know that by satisfying the senses of Krishna...

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The power of Prabhupada’s books
Nov15

The power of Prabhupada’s books

From Sneering Passer to Initiated Disciple   By Mahabhagavata Dasa   One afternoon, as I walked out of a bustling Mumbai train station, I saw a shaven-headed monk standing close to a big pile of books. I approached him with a sneer on my face, fully intending not to engage with him. The book he held out caught my attention, and something made me stop for a brief moment. It was the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. I briefly gazed upon...

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Instead of buying one van, we doubled it!
Nov10

Instead of buying one van, we doubled it!

The back story: Not long ago, I collected $25,000 for the Chittagong temple so that it could get a van. When Devaki Dasi, the regional secretary for Bangladesh, heard about this, she suggested that $12,500 go to Chittagong and $12,500 go to Dhaka, and then they could both collect locally among their congregations to get a van. This sounded like a good idea, so I agreed. Dhaka now has its van, and Chittagong has...

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Another time bomb went off
Nov07

Another time bomb went off

Hare Krsna, While I was visiting Durban I asked a brahmacari book distributor, Krsna Caitanya Prabhu, how he joined. He said, “In the early 2000s some devotees visited the house where my family and I lived. They distributed a Bhagavad Gita to my sister and she put it in a desk drawer, and it sat there for three years. One day, when I returned from work, exhausted and tired of my job, for some reason...

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Full set distribution and installation
Oct30

Full set distribution and installation

In Dallas the devotees are distributing full sets of Srila Prabhupada's books and installing them in people's homes with a ceremony that includes chanting mantras and offering flowers (pushpanjali). Last night I was fortunate to participate in the installation in the new home of Sarvajaya Madhava dasa and his family, and I spoke on the following verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.3.40): idam bhagavatam...

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