Seminar on Book Distribution in Sridham Mayapur

Re-posted from Vijaya Prabhu ( Sankirtana Minister )


Dear devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Graduate Course on Book Distribution and Sankirtan Leadership

Looking for a way to improve your preaching and book distribution?
This course is an interactive 30-hour seminar about the art of distributing Srila  Prabhupadas books. It’s highly recommended for all wishing to deepen their appreciation, skills & knowledge of sankirtan.

The course focuses on principles and values, aims of book distribution, personal interaction, communication, different methods of distribution, customer care, follow up, coping with challenges, lifetime of sankirtan, vision, strategy & organisation of sustainable outreach.

The number of participants for this course is limited. Admission is on first come first serve basis. The course is open to both men and women.

Fluency in english & full course attendance is pre-requisite.

Please register asap or latest by 15th January 2018 at:

Facilitated by: Navina Nirada Dasa and Friends
Date: February 9th till February 13th 2018
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm and 3:30pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Vaishnava Academy Classroom 1, 3rd floor, Sridham Mayapur
Service charges: Sincerity. Can you afford it?

Thousands of devotees have taken this seminar in the past 20+ years.
Some feedback from students:

“I am personally inspired to go out and spread the fire of book distribution as a result of  this seminar. It’s a hit. Thank you!”

“This course should be given to all ISKCON devotees!”

Your servant, Navina Nirada dasa

National Sankirtan Festival Report

Submitted by Vibhu Caitanya Das

Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to the Sankirtan Mission of Lord Caitanya.

I am pleased to announce that the first National Sankirtan Festival, held on Saturday, 11 June at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple was a success.Over 200 Devotees attended the festival, which was facilitated by His Grace Vaisesika Prabhu.

Vaisesika Prabhu transformed the way we approach book distribution and our personal devotional practice. I am sharing all the resources we have gathered from his presentation for your use and also to share with your communities. I encourage you all to read his book “Our Family Business” and use the Monthly Sankirtan Festival to help every devotee achieve their 50 book quota for ISKCON 50th Anniversary.

I trust this finds you well.

Your servant,

Vibhu Caitanya Das

Please find the links to the audio recording of the seminar:

Please find the links to the power point presentations (PDF files) of the seminar:

Below is a synopsis, done by Rukmini Devi Dasi, of what was covered at the seminar:

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“Vanity Karma” wins gold award

Vanity Karma Front Cover“Vanity Karma: Ecclesiastes, the Bhagavad-gita, and the meaning of life,” by Jayadvaita Swami, has won the 2016 Benjamin Franklin gold award for the year’s best book in the “religion” category.

The award was announced by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the authority for the awards, at a ceremony on March 8 in Salt Lake City.

The IBPA is the largest publishing association in the United States.

“Vanity Karma” is published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, the world’s largest publisher of India’s classic books of spirituality.

BBT Only Day

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Hare Kṛṣṇa!

Dear Temple Presidents, African Ambassadors and Followers of Śrīla Prabhupāda.

Please accept my humble obeisances.  All glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda.

The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Africa kindly reminds you to please honour March 14th as “BBT ONLY” Day, whereupon Śrīla Prabhupāda wrote a letter to this effect on this day in 1974. Please download a copy of the original letter below for further circulation.

download buttonWe humbly request that you promote “BBT ONLY” Day by distributing books published by the BBT, making others aware of the importance of the day and Śrīla Prabhupāda’s letter or you may print the letter and related circular for display on noticeboards. Classes themed on the letter and instructions contained therein are also encouraged.

Thanking you in advance,

Your Servant,
Rādhādyuti devī dāsī
Marketing & Communications
The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Africa

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Conference Resolutions


Govardhana Dasa outlines the resolutions taken at the 2015 BBT Africa Conference.

In the Hallways Of Academia


Rukmini Devi Dasi presents:  In the Hallways of Academia,  at the 2015 BBT Africa Conference

How can we Serve You


Kerrisha Gopichand presents at the 2015 BBT Africa Conference on BBT Africa and How we can Serve You.


Questions to BBT Senior Trustee


Jayadvaita Maharaja, as the Senior BBT Trustee, answers questions from the attendees at the 2015 BBT Africa Conference

BTG opportunities for Africa


Jayalalita Devi Dasi speaks at the 2015 BBT Africa Conference on BTG Opportunities for Africa

One last Festival

Submitted by Vibhu Caitanya das

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Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It was a pleasure chatting about book distribution to all the ISKCON South Africa Temple Presidents over the last few days.

This year we have all committed to increase book distribution by 40% or 50 000 books. Many temples have interesting ideas like: Weekend Warrior Programs and book gift packs, which will be distributed to the congregation during the Sunday programs. Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple has an organised travelling program and book tables at various venues including leading shopping malls.As we say goodbye to 2015, a year in which we experienced load shedding, drought, global terror and our own shortcomings; we look forward to one last major festival in the year (no, it is not the last day of Kartik), the 2015 Srila Prabhupada Book Marathon (25 November – 25 December). The more the world faces misery and fear, the more I realise that the world can find solutions, peace and real happiness in Srila Prabhupadas books.

This is a special year as we celebrated Srila Prabhupadas 40th Anniversary of his visit to South Africa and one way we can show our gratitude to His Divine Grace is by distributing his books. Srila Prabhupada mentioned several times that book distribution brings him life.

Listed below are the pledges from all the temples, which I think is realistic and achievable.Kindly continue to encourage the devotees to distribute the books.

Temple Projection 2015

Happy Sankirtan. Hare Krishna.

On behalf of the ISKCON SA Book Distribution Ministry,

Your servant

Vibhu Caitanya Das

Photo Credits: Iskcon Durban