A complete sankirtana-yajna
Feb06

A complete sankirtana-yajna

ISKCON Perth has a harinama party that has been going out every year in the city center for many years. Recently, being inspired by a senior devotee and a dedicated book distributor, I joined the harinama party for book distribution, something I had not done before. Although I had heard and read about it several times, I never personally experienced publically chanting the holy names. While shy in the beginning, I gradually started to...

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Sharing the Gita
Jan25

Sharing the Gita

Bhagavad-gita is having an influence on a friend of mine and on my sister-in-law. I received a shipment of these books and asked Krishna to help me distribute them to those ready to receive this knowledge. So far, I distributed two Gitas. The first was to my sister-in-law, who has always been searching for this sort of knowledge. Like me, she searched high and low, only to be dissatisfied with the results of her searches. When I...

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Humble instruments
Jan20

Humble instruments

As we so often hear, the marathon never ends. For rather than being an external activity, it is an internal determination to spread Krsna consciousness, by pleasing Srila Prabhupada and seeing that his transcendental books are received by all members of society. In trying to follow this mood, eager to return to the field of battlefield against the illusory energy after being fired up by a retreat and sadhu-sanga, my roommate, Meik,...

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Dreams that led to book distribution and joining a temple
Jan17

Dreams that led to book distribution and joining a temple

In the middle of the night I vividly dreamed about the Bhagavad-gita being held in someone's hand. I had never seen or heard of the book. But in the morning, I couldn't get it out of my mind. So I looked on the internet and then went to some bookstores looking for it. No luck. Then I had an urge to go to Byron Bay, an hour and a half north of where I live, which is just north of Sydney. I got a hotel room and went walking...

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A change of heart and unexpected action
Jan16

A change of heart and unexpected action

After another busy week at work, I was relaxing after a community program at Bhakti Lounge and looking forward to heading home for some rest and recuperation. Just as I was about to leave, Rudra Rama Pandita Prabhu approached me and asked whether I was free to help transport some books. My mind immediately rejected the idea. But as Rudra explained, Vrindavan Madhurya and Bhakta Tom were running out of books on the South Island. Lord...

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A book transforms one
Jan16

A book transforms one

Krishna Das and I invited two young guys who bought a book to the temple of Villa Vrndavana. They came, stayed a while, and then we left in a week. After a year, we went back to the Villa with a group to do harinamas. I went to the dining room to eat prasadam and sat down with the Italian devotees. I saw a devotee, and his face looked familiar to me. I asked, “Do I know you?” He replied, “Did you forget me? You came...

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