Srila Prabhupada’s books do the heavy lifting

We cast our books to the public, not knowing where they’ll go. It’s nice to see them take root and grow.

Recently, I visited Matthew’s house in Lynchburg, Virginia.

It was the first time I’d seen him since our brief encounter at a music festival nine years ago.

He proudly showed me his Bhagavad Gita, “This is the book you sold me. I read the whole thing. It took me a year.”

The book was full of colorful marks highlighting points he liked. Practically every page had marks on it.

“This book brought about a major change in my life.”

His wife agreed.

I didn’t get to ask for details.

Matthew opened his shirt, “I’ve got a tattoo of NARA SIMGHA across my chest. He’s holding items in his hands that mean things to me. See, he’s got some roofing tools here.”

Matthew is a roofer.

I was impressed what one book has done to his life. He hadn’t met any other devotees in nine years. This one book was his only connection.

I stayed overnight and we read with Matthew, his two brothers, and a friend. We read and discussed till late at night, as they drank beers and stepped outside occasionally for a cigarette.

I didn’t say anything about the beer and tobacco. Srila Prabhupada’s books do the heavy lifting as far as changing habits.

They didn’t want to stop reading and discussing.

I left them with a stack of new books and plan to visit again.

We’ll let the books work their magic.

Mitrasena Dasa
Prabhupada’s Village, North Carolina

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