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The Journey Of An Ardent Book Distributor in Malaysia – Malini Priti Devi Dasi
By Khusboo Basan, ISKCON News Staff Writer   |  Июн 10, 2023

Noted for her welcoming smile and joyful service as a book distributor, Malini Priti Devi Dasi (Meera Thuraisingam) is an exemplary disciple of HH Jayapataka Swami, serving locally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but inspiring devotees worldwide. 

Raised in Krishna Consciousness, her first book distribution service started at fourteen during a Hindu festival called Thaipusam, celebrated for Lord Kartikeya. In addition to this, she served at BBT Malaysia for a few months after her college studies. Later, she was also the youth secretary and part of the organizing team participating in many Harinam/book distribution programs in different states all over Malaysia.

Though Malini Priti works full-time as a legal counsel, she’s created a successful weekend strategy distributing books with her equally inspiring mother. In addition, she is sharing on public holidays, Hindu festivals, canvassing Indian neighborhoods, and even going door-to-door. 

She is inspired by Srila Prabhupada’s words that book distribution is our best preaching work.”We are not the doers, but only instruments to Sri Guru and Gauranga, and it is our duty to get Krishna’s message across to everyone,” she said enthusiastically, “Lord Caitanya wanted us to become gardeners and give this sweet and nectarine fruit to everyone, so we need to go out there and give it.” Malini Priti explains how not only the distributors but also the receivers of these books are fortunate since they are directly associating with Srila Prabhupada when they read his purports.

She glorifies her spiritual master HH Jayapataka Swami to whom she presents her book distribution reports. She noted, “My Guru Maharaj himself has set up a virtual book table as a method of book distribution since he has physical challenges. He sends messages and encourages all temples in his zones and other temples to support the global book campaigns organized by Vaisesika Prabhu.”

During Vaisesika Prabhu’s first Bhadra campaign in 2018, Malini Priti was very motivated when she read a message sent by HH Jayapataka Swami to all of his zones regarding the initiative, “I request all the temples in my zones to participate in this campaign to distribute sets of Srimad Bhagavatam for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada. Sets of Srimad Bhagavatam going out from all centers will bring me great joy because I know it pleases Srila Prabhupada very much.” In that campaign, 112 sets of Srimad Bhagavatam were shared in Kuala Lumpur and by a few other temples in just three weeks. Throughout the year, there were other distributions of Srimad Bhagavatam sets.

In 2020, the worldwide pandemic meant devotees had to be more creative in their distribution. Vaisesika Das’s secretary, Shyama Mohini Devi Dasi, contacted Malini Priti to help organize the Bhadra program during this challenging time. “Through this initiative, I had the association of our revered Vaisesika Prabhu; he is very merciful and taught many methods to improve our book distribution strategies. He is one of the greatest inspirations in my life.”

“Besides distributing books, I do prasadam sales and approach my customers to get Srila Prabhupada’s books. One of them was a Christian family. They first got the Bhagavad-Gita and The Science of Self-Realisation,” she continued, “By reading The Science of Self Realisation, they were enlightened with the process of reincarnation and that animals do have souls.” Later, Malini Priti approached them about receiving the Srimad Bhagavatam, extolling its glories, and they got a set. “When I brought the set to their home, I showed them the video of HH Jayapataka Swami stating that the house becomes a place of pilgrimage by placing a Bhagavatam set. They were touched looking at it.”

In terms of her future plans, Malini Priti said she wants to “take up the Vedic degrees, as instructed by my spiritual master,” she continued, “We need to learn the philosophy taught by Lord Caitanya in Srila Prabhupada’s books and present it expertly to everyone, and by doing this, it will also help with the book distribution services.”

In addition to book distribution, she also leverages social media and online platforms and is an active supporter of cow protection. There are many videos on book distribution and cow protection on her YouTube Channel, and you can follow Malini Priti’s inspiring service through her Facebook profile.

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