Unattentive at first
Dec19

Unattentive at first

A week ago, on Sunday, I was standing at our usual place with books and praying to Krishna to kindly guide and inspire sincere souls to buy Srila Prabhupada’s books. A young boy with his grandmother and family arrived at a nearby shop, but they did not pay much attention to the books at first. Later when they were about to leave, I kindly requested them to take a look at the books, but they did not seem very enthusiastic. I had...

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Just sitting and asking God what to do
Dec17

Just sitting and asking God what to do

In the attached photo is Olga from Ukraine. I was ending my 4-mile japa/ cardio walk at Haile Plantation, Florida. I approached her and asked her whether she likes to read. She was so happy to get Srila Prabhupada’s books. She said, “I was just sitting here, asking God what I should do.” I told her that nothing happens by chance and God, Krishna, answered her prayer. Always carry books as you never know who Krishna will send!...

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Chasing a Rhino
Dec12

Chasing a Rhino

by Brajanath Dasa One Prabhupada saying that often lingers in my ears is “It is better to chase the rhinoceros. If you fail, no one can say you have failed – everyone knows you cannot capture a rhinoceros, But if you succeed, they will say he has done the impossible.” During last year’s lockdown, my wife and I were pondering how to reach out to the community in Longmont, Colorado, with Prabhupada books. We happened to see little...

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Overcoming religious prejudice
Dec11

Overcoming religious prejudice

I stopped a nice black lady and showed her the books. She was super excited about getting the books, but she didn’t have any money. She went to her car parked nearby, to get some cash from her husband. She returned with a nice donation, but she said her husband is a Christian and won’t let her take a Hindu book. I said, “These books talk about love of God, not just for Hindus. It’s universal.” With full enthusiasm she said, “That’s...

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I PRAYED TO KRISHNA AND JESUS by a Russian devotee
Dec08

I PRAYED TO KRISHNA AND JESUS by a Russian devotee

Exactly twenty years ago, with a group of three people, I came to the ancient Russian city of Suzdal to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books. It was a bold decision to go to a place where almost every second resident is a nun or a priest, and almost every corner has a church or a temple. On the first day, inspired by the morning program, I was walking around this exotic little town for about nine hours and offering books...

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Good association is important
Nov29

Good association is important

I was distributing books at Balboa Park, in San Diego, when three ladies came to my table. One of them already had the Gita, and another one was excited to buy one and gave a nice donation for it. The third lady reads only Spanish, so I showed her our Spanish Gita but she wasn’t interested. Then they went on their way. Ten minutes later they all came back. The two that already had Gitas said to me, “We persuaded our friend...

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