February 11, 2012

I was doing door to door book distribution south of Dublin (Ireland) when a lady answered the door of one house. She was talking on her mobile phone. All of a sudden she said to the person on the mobile, "I'll ring you back in five minutes." She turned to me and said, "You're a Hare Krishna, I used to love seeing you people on the streets ten years ago, the sound had me in trance!"

She asked what my visit was about, I explained as well as I could Prabhupada's books and by his mercy she took several books and gave a nice donation.

Always remember Krishna and Never forget him!

September 25, 2013

Today I was distributing at San Bernardino College when a lady saw my book table, smiled, and came over. She was happy to see book distribution happening on campus and mentioned how she came to Krsna. Her and her husband were cleaning out her grandmothers house when he found an Science of Self Realization book, it looked interesting so he took it home and started reading it and sharing some of the interesting points with his wife. They were amazed and pleased to find such knowledge. When they finished the book they both agreed to be followers of Krsna and said, "So much for being Baptist, we're with Krsna now." She also received a Srimad Bhagavatam from me to add to her collection.

Your servant,

Vijaya Dasa

May 18, 2012

I was out in a very rich area of Dublin called "Howth" a seaside town, every house has a long driveway and a boat parked to the side to complete the status image.  At one particular house a man answered the door, he looked at me and said "I'm not interested."  I said, "Look, this is a book written by a multi-millionaire who gave up everything to live under a tree and write spritual books for the upliftment of mankind! You may ask, why would someone do that? Would you like to find out?" The man replyed, "Well, in that case, yes, I would." He took the book (The nectar of devotion) and gave a nice donation.

June 18, 2013

At the Friday-night harinam in Auckland, I was lurking around the peripheries of the devotees and talking to passersby. I saw a respectable-looking Maori woman sitting on the steps of Aotea Square watching the harinam. I felt a bit intimidated to talk to her, as she held herself with gravity and had a look on her face which I grossly mistook to be fear or at the least distaste. I approached her anyway, and in response to my attempts at small talk, she reached into her handbag and pulled out “Journey of Self-Discovery”.

With wide, hopeful eyes she asked, “Are you the people who sell these books?”

January 25, 2013

I was walking near the Culver Hotel in Los Angeles, and I saw a woman on a bench, smoking (and looking freaked out). I showed her a Bhagavad-Gita. She said she could not sleep because she was sure there was a ghost in her hotel room. I said that this will solve the problem: These sacred mantras liberate ghosts.

We chanted a mantra together from the second chapter. She was amazed. She had almost died eleven times, and she is used to seeing herself from outside her body. She is a bit ghostly herself. She has severe grand maul seizures of epilepsy. She was in town to appear on a talk show to discuss near-death experiences.

July 6, 2015

While distributing at Santa Monica Promenade in Southern California I approached a man with three boys (triplets, eight years old).

When I offered the book to him, he said, "No money, I'm not giving you any money."

I said, "OK. I'll just show them to you."

I said to the boys while showing the changing bodies illustration, "Where are all of you in this line up here?"

They all pointed to different places where they thought they were.

Then I showed them the three modes of nature picture, wherein strings are attached to the workers, and asked them, "Are you in the mode of goodness, passion or ignorance?"

They all said, "Ignorance."

The father laughed. Then I showed them the picture of Narada Muni instructing Vyasadeva in the Himalayas.