A Muslim bussiness man has a change of heart

MalawiAround one and a half years ago, while distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books on a street in Blantyre, Malawi, I met Mr. Khan, a Muslim businessman from India. He was amused to see an Indian sadhu in a dhoti and kurta on the busy streets of a remote Central African country and asked me in Hindi what was I doing. I explained to him that I was from the Hare Krishna movement and was distributing books about how to develop love for God. At that time he bought some small books. A few days later, when we met again on the street, he started criticizing Srila Prabhupada, saying that he uses abusive language and calls people rascals. When i met him again on the street after a few days, he had started appreciating the books and said that Continue reading “A Muslim bussiness man has a change of heart”

Srila Prabhupada’s books will Travel

Submitted by Madhumangala dasa

Tusta Gaura, Kesava and myself went out to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books along one of the busy main avenues here in Kampala, which abounds with so many shops along it. Today was a very special day, at least four Muslims took Srila Prabhupada’s books from me, this for me is the mercy of Haridas Thakur.

The shop I went into I cannot remember exactly what it sold, but it was a very bare shop with not many goods for sale. It had a very high ceiling, it was almost as though it were some vast cathedral, as I spoke my voice echoed like I was in a cave. Continue reading “Srila Prabhupada’s books will Travel”

Sastra Dana offering to Srila Prabhupada on Vyasa Puja

Hare Krishna.Please accept our humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada! Over the past few weeks the Sastra Dana team has delivered medium sets of Srila Prabhupada’s books to 70 previously disadvantaged schools across Gauteng (in the suburbs of Soshanguve, Atteridgeville, Btirs, Soweto and Lenasia). In total this equated to 1960 of Srila Prabhupada’s books distributed. We humbly pray that this book distribution will please Srila … Continue reading Sastra Dana offering to Srila Prabhupada on Vyasa Puja

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Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2013 Report

Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2013 Report

13It is that time of year again. Time to saddle up for one of our big endeavours for the year. The Grahamstown National Arts Festival is upon us.

Grahamstown is located in the Eastern Cape, just under two hours from Port Elizabeth, and if you were to visit there during any time of the year, you won’t see much. Big, quiet streets. Not much happening, but come end of June every year, there is a national convergence of musicians, tricksters, hipsters, hippies, poets, know-its, artists, scientists, boere, bums, wanderers and seekers. Only for eleven days. Despite the freezing cold temperatures combined with the biting wind and the guarantee for rain for at least some of the days, thousands of people come to bear witness to this remarkably successful festival.

There are lots of things to do on offer. Dramas, musical performances, street acts, poetic recitals, stand-up comedy, art galleries, clubs, pubs, food and all kinds of trinkets, antiques, cloths, gadgets and gimmicks are available.

On 25 June, we left the Cape Town temple at about 09h00 ISKCON time with our old faithful Food for Life bakkie, fully equipped with Continue reading “Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2013 Report”

Maseru, Lesotho March 2013 Day 4

Maseru, Lesotho March 2013 Day 4
by Madhumangala dasa

Day four

On this day, I approached a lady at a table outside a coffee shop and asked her if she knew where I could find a vegetarian restaurant. As she replied, I could hear that she spoke with an American accent. I asked her if she was from California. Yes she was, she answered. I told her that I had lived in San Diego for three years. She responded with amazement that she lives in San Diego. I enquired what had brought her to Maseru and she replied that she was with the Peace Corps working in education with young children. I then asked her if she knew Bob Cohen, who had also been in the Peace Corps many years ago.

I sat down at the table and handed her a Perfect Questions Prefect Answers, showing her Bob Cohen’s name at the back of the book. Continue reading “Maseru, Lesotho March 2013 Day 4”