Sankirtana Spotlight #6 – Prema Vilasa Dasa

Prema Vilas Dasa is a dedicated sankirtan leader from Mauritius with a sincere desire to distribute at least one of Srila Prabhupada’s books every day. He shares his inspiring realisations regarding the sankirtan mission with us.

“For years I had tried hard to share Krishna Consciousness at work but to no avail. All my colleagues are materialists, or so I thought. Around Krishna Janmastami last year, I was able to arrange for a sanyasi, His Holiness Bhakti Brhad Bhagavad Swami to give a talk at a gathering at my workplace. Hundreds of my colleagues attended and at the end we gave out a copy of the Science of Self Realisation to everyone. This created such a buzz. Everyone wanted a copy of the book, even those who had not attended the talk. They had seen it or heard about it from others and now they wanted one for themselves. It also opened the way for more preaching and distribution of hundreds of transcendental books.

One day I met a colleague from the IT department and he hesitantly asked me if I could get him a copy of the Bhagavad Gita As It Is. He explained that while reading the Science of Self Realisation, he came across many references made by Srila Prabhupada from the Bhagavad Gita, so he wanted his own copy to get further insights. He was so enthused that he took an additional copy to gift one of his uncles. I was amazed to see that my desire to share Srila Prabhupada’s books started to fructify simply through the initial distribution of the Science of Self Realisation.

I became convinced by the potency of Srila Prabhupada’s books. If we just try to distribute them in some way or the other, most of the preaching is done by itself. In a letter to Bali Mardana dated January 6, 1971, Srila Prabhupada writes, ‘If we can distribute Krishna book in thousands upon thousands, automatically the Krishna Consciousness Movement will be spread up.’

Another incident greatly increased my faith about the transcendental nature of distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books. One time I was very much consumed by the desire to distribute books so I decided that no day should pass without distributing at least one book. This was my personal pledge. However, being extremely busy that day, I had not thought about book distribution at all. Come evening, I got anxious. With a half guilty and half worried feeling that I would fail in my vow, I silently appealed to Srila Prabhupada. As soon as my plea was over, my mobile phone rang. One of my acquaintances called me to ask for a few copies of the Bhagavad Gita As It Is. As I always carried a box full of books in the trunk of my car, I was happy to oblige. I understood that if we at least develop a sincere desire to distribute books, Srila Prabhupada will surely use us as instruments in his mission.”

Srila Prabhupada ki Jai!
Transcendental Book distribution ki Jai!

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