Every December the entire ISKCON world focuses all attention on distribution of transcendental literature, something we all know was so close to Srila Prabhupada’s heart. He was incredibly eager to hear the figures of how many books were being distributed. Indeed, he said it gave him life. When a new book was printed, Prabhupada felt as though he had conquered an empire. He told one disciple – “the best of me is in my books.”
Srila Prabhupda Book Marathon in Telangana and Maharashtra 2016
This year as part of Srila Prabhupada Book Distribution Marathon we, devotees from ISKCON Pune, are organizing VALUE EMPOWERMENT CONTEST, based on Bhagavad-gita As it is, in different parts of Telangana and Maharashtra like: Akola, Nizamabad, Jagtial, Kama Reddy, Khammam, Bodhan, Mehaboob Nagar, etc.
We first approached the School authorities for permissions which they happily gave when they learnt that we are a group of volunteers from ISKCON Pune and most of us are engineers from IIT’s and NIT’s. The fact that the entire contest by an alumni of IIT BHU, HG Vraja Krishna Prabhu also catalyzed our process of getting permissions
In most school we first gave an assembly announcement followed by class-to-class announcements where we would inspire the students by telling them some stories, which they like very much, and the importance of cultivating values at an early age. We would then give them the parent letters and request the interested students to register in coming two days.
The teacher coordinators were surprised to see even students from non-Hindu backgrounds also enthusiastically participating in this event.
In some schools the Principals requested us to take special sessions to teach students how to memorize slokas, and in one school we were asked to give a special session to the teachers on “Need and Basis of Value Education”, which we of course did.
Around 20,000 students have registered for this contest and will be appearing for the exam in the last week of January. We pray that all these children have a bright and Krishna conscious future.
How can I get involved and distrubute books?
We have the following initiative for you
Join our door-to-door spiritual warriors going out in the evenings / weekends and visiting homes!
2) Street distribution
Town centres at this time of year are full of opportunities to distribute books.
Sponsor books which will be placed in Schools, Universities, Hospitals.
Please help spread this knowledge. Transcendental book distribution is the greatest welfare activity for the world. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura has called it the brhat mrdanga. He explained “If we do kirtan, it means we will hear within this room. But if we do book distribution it means we will hear home to home, country to country, community to community”.