Santa Cruz, California: book distribution downtown
Dec25

Santa Cruz, California: book distribution downtown

Last Sunday, Dec. 17th, my father and I had the opportunity to join Madhava Govinda Prabhu on book distribution in downtown Santa Cruz. While Madhava Govinda Prabhu always started the talk with the people we met, he would always let me explain about the SSR. In this way we made a good team. Here in Santa Cruz, it was not easy to stop people like in the Friday harinams. But Madhava Govinda Prabhu did it quite easily.   * * * * * *...

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A blissful exchange
Dec24

A blissful exchange

As I was chanting my rounds in the metro, somewhat disheartened because I wasn't able to preach to anyone (they were all into phones & magazines), a man around 40, wearing fashionable cloths – yet quite worn out and dirty after a more careful look – entered the train with many bags in his hands. I concluded that he was yet another homeless (there are more and more of them lately) and perceived his sad, bitter...

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Benefitting from the devotees’ mercy
Dec21

Benefitting from the devotees’ mercy

In Stratford, I met Sandy, a Westpac Bank worker from New Zealand, who told me that she has most of these books and LOVES reading them. She said that every time a devotee comes through, she buys another book. “These are not books you just read once and move on,” she said. “I read them through fully, then after a few months I re-visit them and start reading them over again.” She was so inspired, and she really takes shelter of...

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Distribution in Scotland
Dec16

Distribution in Scotland

My dad was telling me that he was a bit tired after a hard day at work and was not feeling up for going on books tonight. (For context, my dad has being doing sankirtana for over 25 years and is 63 now.) At the last minute, before getting his bus home, he changed his mind and jumped on a bus to another village. He went out for his usual hour and half and distributed five big books and fifteen small books. Just imagine if he had been...

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Book distribution is happening again in France
Dec15

Book distribution is happening again in France

France, in the 1980s, was sometimes the No. 1 country in the world. Now something is again happening in France. Jananada Goswami is heading up the book distribution, and so far he has twenty-three devotees going out. He himself is the No. 3 distributor. He was one of the big-book distributors in England in the early years. Now he has his sankirtan shoes back on and is out there giving the mercy and getting the mercy. Here’s a...

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Helping the Red Cross volunteer
Dec15

Helping the Red Cross volunteer

Just last week, some Red Cross volunteers came to our neighborhood in Perth. They were going door to door, raising awareness among people that thousands of Australian school kids were not getting proper food, and hunger would force many of them to take to crime. I agreed that it is sad that kids have to go to bed hungry, but simply feeding their belly is not the solution, unless it is accompanied with spiritual knowledge. The...

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