LA Book Distribution

Posted on August 21, 2016 by admin-vasanti

Los Angeles
Srila Prabhupada often said that he wanted his worldwide preaching headquarters to be located in this part of the world. Synchonistically, this place is also situated in the Golden State.

During my recent visit to LA to help Srimati Syamarani didi with her memoirs of Srila Gurudeva, I sometimes went out onto the streets of LA to put a little effort towards manifesting this place as the real Golden State, any small effort we make to install the Golden Avatar of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as the real head of state makes our guru parampara happy.

I am not a big book distributor and I certainly cannot match the enthusiasm, dedication and sheer volume of books distributed by the early disciples of Srila Prabhupada, but I make my small effort and pray that somehow they will give me their mercy.

For all those people who do not like book distribution, or find it hard, let me say I also feel the same. I honestly cannot think of many worse things than approaching a stranger in the street to talk to them about a subject matter they probably have zero interest in whatsoever. I also find it really uncomfortable asking for a donation towards the cost of the book and to help with my own expenses. But I do it, and at the end of the day after I have finished, the majority of the time I feel euphoric. The experience is also made joyful when you meet those people who are interested and actually want to listen. These hidden gems make book distribution feel extremely rewarding for me and in LA, during my short visit, I met a few and invited them to the local devotees’ programs.

Special thanks go to Gaurasundara prabhu for hosting me in his house, which is slowing becoming an ashram. Also thanks of course to Syamarani didi and Vasanti didi for sponsoring the books. This helped me to give a nice donation to Gaurasundara prabhu for my stay.

Always praying for the mercy of Sri Guru and the Vaishnavas,
Balabhadra das