By Hanuman Dasa
I think that the role of the congregation in distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books is very important. Most of the devotees in our movement are members of the congregation and many of them don’t live near the temple. Still, there is a role for them to play in the preaching mission. There are many ways in which the devotees in the temples can distribute books.
First of all, congregational devotees often have more free time compared to the temple devotees, who are engaged from early morning to late evening. The congregation devotees generally have jobs, so they have weekends and holidays free. They can organize themselves in such a way that they can distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books. I know many who feel a little shy going to the streets, and meeting the people.
One of the things that has been developed in Europe and the United States is the Sastra dana program. Congregational devotees sponsor books and the devotees can distribute them to libraries and places where people read. Some times they put them in waiting rooms in hospitals. So that has become a very enlivening program for the congregation to do book distribution.
We all know that these books have changed our lives and the lives of others also. So my message is that we all have to work together to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books to help others. We can change their lives and start their path of Krsna consciousness.
(Excerpt from the book The Nectar of Congregational Preaching by ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry)
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