Congregational Book Distribution: Monthly Sankirtan Festivals
May18

Congregational Book Distribution: Monthly Sankirtan Festivals

By Rita Gupta “Monthly Sankirtan Festivals are a great way to engage the entire congregation in book distribution,” says Vaisesika dasa. “At our temple, we combine the festival with a holy day on the Vaisnava calendar. Our meditation during the Monthly Sankritan Festival is that the sankirtan results are our special offering to the Lord.” Vaisesika dasa is the Temple President of the ISKCON Silicon Valley (ISV)...

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First day First Prayer

Bhakta Saurabh has joined the Brahmchari Trainee batch that has just begun in Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir. On his first day of book distribution he had a nice experience: I was distributing books in the local trains. From 2:15- 3:45 pm I could only distribute 4 small books. Then I remembered the words of Balaji Prabhu, one of the top book distributors from the previous BT batch. "Book distribution is all about prayers," he...

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Final call for boarding – My recent sankirtan experience

I had to travel to Coimbatore India from Secunderabad to meet my parents over the weekend. I had to travel by plane due to last minute decision, but still I packed a hand baggage with my cloths and another carry-on with books. After finishing the formalities at the airport counter, I was left with about 40 minutes for Hari Nama Sankirtan. I approached a lady explained Bagavad Gita but she was not interested. I moved away looking for...

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The Fortune Teller
May11

The Fortune Teller

I was doing door to door book distribution in Ireland. I was talking to one man who gave a nice donation but didnt want a book, I was thinking how to get him to take a book. He didnt believe in God. So I looked into his eyes and said, "I'm a fortune teller, would you like to know your future? The man said, "Yes.OK." I said, "You're going to get old, diseased, and then you're going to die. If you want to...

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Queen Kunti and the Drag Queen
May08

Queen Kunti and the Drag Queen

Dear devotees. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! We were on travelling sankirtana in a small town nearby Helsinki. Before beginning a day I always chant one round extra. After chanting I saw a fat lady walking on the street. I opened the conversation by saying: Dear Madam, we are looking for aristocratic people in this town today. I must say you look exactly like the Queen. (This is one of the...

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Transformation-2
May05

Transformation-2

In the last issue we discussed how Ticket Collecters (TC) in the train harassed the devotees and by one man's help all the TCs stopped interfering. That man has an interesting story: Mohan is a very senior officer in the railways. Earlier if he would catch a devotee doing wrong he would heavily fine the person and if the offender could not pay, he would put him behind bars or detain him till the family members came and paid the...

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