Chakra Announcements

Giant Gathering of Book Distributors to be held in Mayapura

by Vaisesika dasa

Posted February 4, 2004

This year, at the Mayapura festival, book distributors will come together from all over the world to learn how to perfect the art of transcendental book distribution. These gatherings will be held March 2-5 and will be conducted by senior book distributors from several different countries. Veteran and famous book distributor Manidhara das is coming from Europe and Book Distribution Minister Vijay das will be there too. Make plans now to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Bring new life to your temple or your household.

Everyone gets inspired by seeing book distributors walk out the door with boxes full of books only to return with them empty. It's natural for devotees to ask: "Who bought the books? What did they say? What did you say to convince them to take a book?" As the amazing sankirtana stories flow, everyone takes notice.

Srila Prabhupada especially liked to hear these stories and used to ask the book distributors, "What are you telling them?" and "What are they saying?"

Once, in Washington D.C., Srila Prabhupada spotted Praghosa das and Subuddhi Raya das just returning from a long day of book distribution. Srila Prabhupada told his servant, Hari Sauri das, to call them into his room. When they entered Prabhupada asked them how the book distribution had gone that day. He wanted to hear the details.

Praghosa dasa told Prabhupada that he had sold a book to a soldier by showing him the picture on the front of the Gita of Krsna and Arjuna readying for battle. Praghosa had told the soldier, "See, this is also a military man named Arjuna and he is inquiring from his teacher, Krsna about the meaning of life before going into battle."

When Praghosa told Prabhupada that the soldier had purchased two books and had given forty dollars, Prabhupada smiled and exclaimed, "A tidy profit!" Before parting, Prabhupada asked Hari Sauri to give the two book distributors some mango ice cream prasadam.

The fact is, book distribution is our family business and everyone has the right to participate. It doesn't matter if you live in a temple or in a house with your family. With a little direction, some spiritual determination and a stock of books, you too can get a taste of the nectar for which we are all anxious.

So please plan to join us for this momentous event. You'll learn, you'll laugh, you'll walk away with a new lease on life. Guaranteed.

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