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  • Bringing the Temple to the Street
    I gave class this morning at the temple. The subject was the ninth chapter of the Antya-lila portion of the Caitanya Caritamrita, the life and teachings of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. We study it every weekend. The ninth chapter is all about an incident that took place while the Lord was living in Jagannatha Puri, the seaside pilgrimage place in the present state of Orissa, east India.
  • The Story of the Prabhupada Marathon
    It may surprise you to learn that with over 464 million copies sold since 1965, Srila Prabhupada s books have reached more souls than those of bestselling author Stephen King, who began his career at roughly the same time. To date, they've even sold more copies than the record-breakingly successful Harry Potter series an amazing achievement for books on a spiritual philosophy relatively new to the western world.
  • Orillia Beatles Festival – A Unique Sankirtan Experience
    Three enthusiastic devotees from the city of Orillia (a small tourist town along a lake about 250 kilometers north of Toronto) contacted the Toronto Sankirtan Team to organize another ‘sankirtan’ outing at one of Orillia’s famous summer festivals.
  • The Marathon Where Everyone's A Winner
    December is the month of the Prabhupada Marathon, in which devotees make an increased effort to introduce others to the enlightening spiritual literature —introduced to the Western World by ISKCON's founder A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada—that changed their lives.
  • Meet Me At Govinda`s! - A Funny Harinama Video

    The London devotees are very enthusiastic about sharing the Holy Name.

  • A New Book Distribution Website Launched
    The devotees at 'ISKCON desire tree' have launched a new book distribution website with videos, seminars, screen savers and inspiring stories in relation to book distribution.
  • Bill Clinton Receives Bhagavad-gita
    On 14 June ISKCON devotee, Bhakta Brian was out distributing books on a crowded sidewalk in Santa Monica, California when all of a sudden former US President Bill Clinton chose him out of the crowd, walked up to him.
  • North American Book Distribution at 11% Increase so far in 2012
    At ISKCON North America’s annual Governing Body and Temple President Meetings in Dallas, Texas on January 13th this year, Book Distribution Minister Vaisesika Das reported that distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books in North America had seen a steady upward trend in the past five or six years.
  • The Art of Sankirtana

    Sankirtan stalwarts share their journey and experiences on the sublime art of distributing Srila Prabhupada's books. Watch these amazing devotees expertly distribute Lord Chaitanya's unalloyed mercy in the form of Srila Prabhupada's transcendental books like 'The Bhagavad-gita As it is', 'Srimad Bhagavatam', 'Science of Self Realization', etc. Listen to what makes them tick, how they deal with rejection, why they love what they do, and how they do it. Join in on the action on the streets where they meet the multitudes.

  • Stonehenge Draws Thousands for Summer Solstice

    Thousands of revellers gather to celebrate the Summer solstice at Stonehenge, near Salisbury, on Friday, June 21. ISKCON devotees also participated at the event, singing and dancing.

  • Why Does Devotion Need to be Exhibited in Public?

    Devotion is an emotion of the heart; why does it need to be exhibited publically, as in street kirtans?

  • A Pre-Marathon Address from Russia

    A video by Shkatyavesha Avatara dasa.

  • Book Distribution Marathon in Russia

    An inspiring video by the brachmacharis of Yurlovo ashram about the book distribution leaders in Russia. 

  • The Ultimate Dance

    Engaging the body in graceful dance for the pleasure of the Lord, and the mind in prayerful contemplation on the sound of His holy names quickly transports our consciousness to the joyful realm of divine love.

  • Book Distribution Leaders’ Conference in Tirupati

    BBT India organized a two-day seminar fon Jan 31st and Feb 1st 2014 on the topic of ‘Merits of Organized Book Distribution’ at ISKCON Tirupati, India. This was a pioneering attempt to get book distributors in India more organized. Around 80 devotees participated at the seminar.

  • Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest Gets Awarded

    Sankirtana Das disciple of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is a sacred storyteller, workshop leader and author of Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest. The book was recently awarded Finalist in 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. He is interviewed by Lilasuka Devi Dasi, Communications Director at New Vrindaban.

  • Appreciation of Madhudvisa Das by the ISKCON GBC Executive Committee

    "As a determined follower of Srila Prabhupada from the very beginning, Madhudvisa Prabhu accepted many roles of responsibility in the growth of ISKCON worldwide. Posts he held include: President of the ISKCON temple San Francisco, President of the earliest residence for the devotees in Bombay , an original member of the international Governing Body Commission, and the initial Governing Body Commissioner for Australia." 

  • Prabhupada’s Books Sold at Bookstores and Stands in Nigeria

    An enthusiastic team of devotees led by ISKCON Lagos temple president Kavi Karnapur Das is placing Srila Prabhupada’s books in bookstores and bookstands throughout the Nigerian city. They have a huge audience: the New York Times estimates the population of Lagos at an astronomical 21 million, which would make it the most populous city in Africa.

  • 2014 Is World Holy Name Week’s Biggest Success So Far

    World Holy Name Week (WHNW), first established in 2008, has seen its biggest success so far this year. In 2013, around forty-three different ISKCON centers celebrated the week in some capacity with events designed to share, spread and become absorbed in the Holy Name of God. This year, WHNW organizers have already received reports from over fifty ISKCON centers from every continent in the world.

  • UK Bhrahmacaris' Summer Sankirtana Tour

    Footage from the Summer Sankirtan Tour conducted by Manor Brahmacari ashram, teaming up with UK temples, Hare Krishna Festival Team and Food For All.

  • Nigerian Chief Invites Devotees to Preach at his Trado-medical Herb Healing Home

    ISKCON devotees distributing books for the end-of-year Prabhupada marathon got an unexpected boost on December 4th when Dr. Eromosele S.A, a highly influential chief in the Bini Kingdom of Benin, Nigeria, invited them to preach at his Trado-medical Herb Healing Home.

  • New Issue of “Imprint” Reports BBT Africa Successes

    The latest effort from the African branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust – which has been publishing ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada’s books in various African languages since 2009 – is the e-magazine “Imprint.” The magazine, which released one issue last year but is becoming a regular quarterly with this November’s issue, is intended to communicate all the latest developments of the BBT Africa.

  • Ukrainian Devotees Distribute Krishna's Message in War Torn Region

    In a country torn apart by war and suffering a plunging economy, Ukranian devotees are braving sub zero winter temperatures to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books this December. And they’re being rewarded by a receptive public. “People are very grateful,” says ISKCON Ukraine Regional Secretary Acyuta Priya Das.

  • Book Distribution with Lord Shiva's Blessings

    Karthiga deepam a festival celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva attracted more than 12 lakh of people at Thiruvanamalai, South India this year. This festival has been attracting millions of pilgrims to this tiny town of for hundreds of years now.  In the midst of all this there was one thing that caught a lot of attention, the Bhagavat Gita As it is

  • Could North American Book Distribution Income Reach $2 Million by 2016?

    Distribution of ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada’s books in North America has made another dramatic increase for the third year in a row. At this point, says Sankirtan Strategist Vaisesika Das, “It’s no fluke.” According to Vaisesika, the increase in book distribution has resulted not only in new people becoming devotees, but also in a renaissance of programs to care for these new devotees.

  • Almost 9 Million Prabhupada Books Distributed in 2014

    In 2014, ISKCON's worldwide book distribution increased 10% over 2013, with almost nine million books distributed, the best year since 1996. It is in India is where the biggest amount of books has been distributed,  5,355,465 of the 8,913,251total  books handed out in 2014.

  • The Bhagavad-gita Saves Lives - A Book Distribution Story

    One of the most astonishing miracles of placing Bhagavad Gitas in motel rooms was a story of a man who was saved from committing suicide by reading just a few pages of Bhagavad Gita.

  • Miraculous Meetings

    Every day we experience a small miracle. Last week, on our way to Torquay, the driver lost his bearings and we accidently parked up in Paignton, a small neighbouring town. As we got onto the high street, we realised we were in the wrong place!

  • Miraculous Meetings - James Bird, Torquay

    One of many miraculous encounters UK devotees had whilst out touring the country distributing Srila Prabhupada's Books. James Bird, who is from the sunny south coast of England explains to us how his entire life changed just from reading a chant and be happy.

  • BBT Africa Reports Exciting Year of Increased Outreach

    While it may be turning up a little late, the BBT Africa’s recently released 2014 report shows encouraging growth in outreach – especially for a branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust established just five years ago to better deliver Prabhupada’s books to the African Continent. “The continent has recorded amongst its best book distribution scores ever in 2014,” says managing trustee Govardhana Das.

  • Harinama Ruci Serves the World A Taste of the Holy Names

    In the 16th century, Sri Chaitanya brought about social reform in India by propounding the joyful public chanting of Krishna’s holy names – Harinama Sankirtana -- which inspired love of God and brought about peace. Today, travelling group Harinama Ruci is one of the simplest, most distilled examples of Sri Chaitanya’s message you’re likely to see -- bright, colorful, happy, and always chanting, dancing, and making people smile.

  • Street Spirituality

    Standing on street corners, speaking to random people, and showing them spiritual books, amongst whatever else I do in life, this simple and sublime activity is what I relish most. 

  • The 100k Effort - Prabhupada Marathon 2015

    This December Marathon, for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada on the 50th Anniversary of ISKCON, Bhaktivedanta Manor has a set a goal to distribute 100,000 of Srila Prabhupada's books all over the UK.

  • UK 100k Effort - Door to Door
  • Gauranga Das Speaks about Book Distribution Marathon 2015
  • 50K Chants Campaign Launch
  • ISKCON50 Book Distribution Days in Hungary

    As part of the ISKCON50 program series, Vaishnavas in Hungary organized a two-day national book distribution event, taking place at different locations of the country. Devotees who had never distributed books before, or had not taken part in sankirtana for a long time were also involved. During the two days, 36 participants from the farm sold 619 books, while the 195 devotees on the streets of Budapest distributed 2,650 books. 

  • Street Spirituality

    High streets are intriguing places; a microcosm of modern life. It’s where people descend in their thousands, searching for something extra to enrich their existence. Enter the monks. This is where we spend many days and weeks; standing on street corners, speaking to random people, and showing them spiritual books.

  • U.S. House of Representatives Library Purchases Srimad-Bhagavatam Set

    The U.S. House of Representatives Library in Washington D.C. recently purchased an entire set of Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatam, during the House’s Diwali celebration on October 31st. The books came from ISKCON Baltimore’s Jiva Daya Sankirtana Team, which is working hard during ISKCON’s 50th anniversary to place Srila Prabhupada’s books at various prestigious locations such as government offices, libraries, and embassies in the Washington D.C. area. 

  • Ibadan Sankirtan Party Becomes West Africa Book Distribution Marathon Champion

    The Nagara Sankirtana party of Ibadan, Nigeria became West Africa’s book distribution marathon champion for 2016. The sankirtan party led by Yadhunath Das has distributed 901 books in December. The Nagara Sankirtan project started off in 2015 with the purpose of reviving the Harinama Sankirtana spirit initially in West Africa, by providing special support and care for book distribution devotees, who are serving and traveling in groups.

  • Entry.title: South African Devotees Walk 650 kms to Raise Funds for Sankirtana Bus
    Entry.type: 'Meditation'
    Entry.tags: [book-distribution] [sankirtana] [south-africa]
  • Nitay Gauranga Hariama Yatra - Tenerife, Spain, 2017
  • 'Our Family Business' Available as E-book

     Vaisesika Das' super-successful book about the art of transcendental book distribution, Our Family Business, is now available as an e-book in all flavors, for all devices. In this very readable book, Vaisesika Dasa discusses ISKCON-devotees we should join the “family business” of distributing transcendental knowledge through the written word, as well as how book distribution benefits distributors, the devotional community, and all those who receive one of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

  • What is Sankirtan?

    A video by Madhuri Pura Das & Jaya Chaitanya Das.

  • Distributing Treasure

    A video by WestCoastMonk.

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