Sankirtan Book Distribution London

Posted on June 20, 2014 by navalatika

Submitted by Balabhadra das

All glories to Sri Sri Guru, Gauranga and the Vaishavas!

All glories to Sri Sri Radha Vinoda Bihari ji!

All glories to Sri Sri Radha Raman Bihari ji!

This is an update on the book distribution I London. Firstly I will present our figures.

Over the last year Yaduvar prabhu and I have been trying to cultivate a daily sankirtan schedule. We have had our ups and downs on the street due to many reasons so our figures are not quite as impressive as the Gaudiya Girls, but over the last year between the two of us we have distributed approximately 10,000 Srila Gurudeva books. They were of all types, ranging from Bhakti Media books, to big and small GVP books. The small books were in the minority so the majority were big GVP books and Bhakti Media books. We also make sure that we always ask for some donation for the books. There are many reasons for this, but my main drive in this regard is inspired by this quote by Srila Prabhupada:

“Our policy is that his money which would have been used for purchasing cigarettes, liquor, sex literature, meat, will give him the opportunity to gradually become purified. So if by tactics we save that money from being spent on cigarette packets, that is good. If we can take some money and give some literature, that is a good service.”Letter to Bali Mardana Los Angeles 30 September, 1972

 So in short the money these people could be wasting on killing themselves slowly with cigarettes & alcohol can be used for their eternal spiritual benefit by purchasing transcendental literature.

We are also slowly increasing our sankirtan crew. Hari das prabhu from Spain in now with us and coming our regularly, and Yasodanandan prabhu has also said he will join us from time to time (see pictures). Yamuna didi and Ananga Mohan prabhu also go out regularly and bhakta Adam prabhu comes to joins us when he stays in the U.K.

If we do some simple maths then if we can inspire only 5 people in the U.K to come full time on books then we can distribute a minimum of 25,000 of Srila Gurudevas books every year!

 

To finish my report I have written a little poem about my experience on books in London. It is in Haiku form, with a little rhyming part near the end.

 

 

 

 

 

London streets calling.

Spiritual books in hand.

Fighting with the mind.

Walking street to street.

Multi faith environments.

Fixed on their own cause.

Jehovah witness

Dressed in suits on their day off

Eight hours on the street.

Christians, Muslims.

Determined to prove their point.

“Only we know truth!”

Atheists ignore.

Absorbed in their daily life.

“We are chemicals!”

Charity workers

“Just a £3 donation!”

“All for a good cause!”

Checking the weather.

U.K; rain rain and more rain.

Sometimes there is sun.

In the midst this

By mercy of Sri Guru

The Sankritan men.

“Here is a book for you.

Just a little contribution.

We are trying to bring about.

A spiritual revolution.

You are not the body

Don’t you know?

You are an eternal.

Spiritual soul.

Please take the book.

It’s a beautiful scripture.

To help you revive.

Your eternal nature.”

The day ends quickly.

Many people touched by faith.

Sukriti saves them.

 

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. Malati dasi
    4 years ago

    Wonderful report. Thank you for the inspiring poem! Hare Krsna!