A little extra effort can go a long way
May02

A little extra effort can go a long way

Madhavendra Puri Prabhu and I were at a college trying to engage in Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's most glorious sankirtan movement by distributing books. We spent an entire week at this one college and told everyone that on Friday we were going to have a class to discuss and try some Bhakti Yoga. On the fateful day at least 10 students showed up and enthusiastically chanted the holy names of Lord Hari and Krishna. Afterward I asked...

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Get High and Never Come Down
Apr29

Get High and Never Come Down

Dear devotees Central Station, Sydney, 3 March 2010 I set out with Bhakta Oliver, a German devotee and another Auckland Loft success story. He had been approached by a sankirtan devotee but had declined the SB 1.1 — only to return to his hostel and find the same book on the shelf! At that point, being the wise soul that he is, he surrendered to the Loft programs. Every day for a few months he helped the devotees there, and then...

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The Supreme Community Work…
Apr27

The Supreme Community Work…

Book distribution is never stagnant. Given enough creative freedom and encouragement, even a new devotee can device innovative strategies yielding tremendous result. One such event happened with Bh Amit (name changed on request) of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir, Chowpatty. He recalls: One day I tried a famous shopping mall in south Mumbai. I went with 25 Bhagavad Gitas and Krsna books and went inside the mall. The moment I began...

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“Are you reading my books?”

Adisekar das: He had the sankirtan leaders of that time from Bhagavan's zone have a little meeting with us. First he congratulated the devotees for the results. And he asked the first question, I think the only question he asked us, he said, "Are you reading my books?" Then Brghupati said, "You know, Prabhupada, we don't have much time, we don't have time to read." Then I heard, I was near, Prabhupada...

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Reconciling Kindness and Firmness
Apr21

Reconciling Kindness and Firmness

For a whole week I'd experienced a profound sense of detachment while distributing books at the southbound platform within the illustrious Broadway-Lafayette subway station in New York City. My steadiness and purity of mind were unprecedented. I jotted down notes to myself on how one must be kind and smile at everyone, regardless of their response. Be light. That was the key. The next week I attempted to employ the realizations...

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Amazon.com Makes Devotees
Apr20

Amazon.com Makes Devotees

While in Cape Town, South Africa, I heard this amazing story about how several sincere souls in that city become devotees. Jed was looking into Buddhism and found out about Krsna from one of the books. He purchased a Bhagavad Gita (not Srila Prabhupada's) and read it, but he couldn't understand what it was about. He still wanted to know about Krsna though, so he ordered a couple of books from Amazon.com about the life of Krsna...

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