About a week ago, at the end of the day, in a Manukau car park in Auckland I met a guy who looked a little like a criminal, so I wasn’t too sure whether I should stop him. But after I approached him and we had a chat, he told me that he’s read Bhagavad Gita. I sold him a little stack with SB 1.1, and he gave a nice donation.
The next day I wanted to try to sell a SB set, and I took the set with me on the footpath of the car park. I was quite uncertain whether there was any chance the set would go out. The first hour almost nothing happened, and I had so many books with me plus the box with the set. I felt quite humbled in my attempt.
After things picked up a bit, I again met the guy from the day before and told him that since he’d read BG already, he could probably also take the SB set. Since it was just a few meters walk away from where he was, nothing would stop him. After a minute of talking, he asked me how much it was, and I told him that normally we try to get 450, but it was my old set, so it was second-hand I said he could give 350. So he pulled out 350 in cash and happily left.
Besides that, in the two hours after the first hour where nothing happened, Krishna sent so many people who took stacks of books. I think, from my memory, six or seven people took tall stacks of seven books and three people took a smaller stack with BG, SB 1.1 and SSR. It felt as though almost everyone would take books.
So in my humble attempt I was definitely convinced that I’m not the doer or controller of the results. As Devamrita Swami recently said,
we’re not dealing with material factors, but with the dynamics of Lord Caitanya’s sankirtan mission in our attempts to increase the sankirtan
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Krishna Gopinath Dasa