By Sushil Sapre Prabhu.
As the cold crisp 27th day of December dawned, the ISV Sankirtan team members were feeling grateful to Krsna for giving them one final opportunity of distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books before the “2014 MSF of Yoga of Cooperation” was over. They were already brimming with confidence after an energizing conference call with ISV Sankirtan leaders, the night before. Moreover today, they were carrying along their lucky charm, the Kids Sankirtan team. The ISV Kids Team was joining the grown-ups for the first time in this MSF and as we all know, where there are young boisterous Gopas & Gopis, can Krsna be far behind ??
As the team loaded the books in their cars, one could easily see their faces lit up with joy, in anticipation of meeting the lucky souls whom Bhagavad Gita & Srimad Bhagavatam had chosen to associate, from that day onwards. With the cars packed to the brim and with a prayer to Sri. Sri. Radha MadanMohanji, Sri Laxmi NarasimhaDev Bhagawan & Sriman Mahaprabhu, the team set forth towards the two book distribution spots, one in Fremont and second in the heart of SFO, at Union Square.
Despite the extreme cold weather and high winds, the Union Sq milieu was chock-a-block with people of various ages, cultures and geographic diversity. To an outsider, it may appear daunting but for a Sankirtan book distributor, this is like a kid going to the toy shop, so many options(souls) to distribute Srila Prabhupad’s books. It’s situations like these, when he wishes, time could stand still. As soon as the Brihad Mridanga started playing, people started getting drawn towards the transcendental sound, like bees to a jar of honey, thus confirming what Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, The transcendental sound of the Holy name will automatically evoke the dormant love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The initial skeptic inquisition turned into joyous dancing to the beats of Mridanga joined by Kartals and soon the whole Union Square was reverberating with HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE, HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE. In this blissed out moment, all that was left to be done was to place a Bhagavad Gita in their hands. Needless to say the copies flew thick & fast and people opened their mellowed hearts to give generous donations to the Sankirtan team. In span of 3 hours, the “Bhagavad Gita As It Is” had found 123 deserving souls and embarked on a new journey.
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