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  • New Study and Teach Program Makes Getting Your Sastric Degree Easier

    Up till now, one of the main methods of getting your Bhakti Sastri Degree in ISKCON involved taking six months off from your job or service to study in person in Mayapur or Vrindavan. This made it elusive and difficult for many to get the “family transcendental diploma” based on Srila Prabhupada’s books which Prabhupada wanted all his “spiritual sons and daughters” to inherit.

  • New Book Explores Yamuna Devi’s Study of Seva Puja

    Yamuna Devi: The Study of Seva-Puja, compiled by Dinatarini Devi, presents and expands upon Yamuna Devi's original “Deity Book,” containing the much-loved ISKCON pioneer's notes and illustrations on deity worship and dress.

  • Books Are The Basis Week: Starts September 22nd, 2021

    Mark your calendars. Books Are the Basis festival is being celebrated on September 22nd-28th, 2021, immediately after Bhadra Purnima on September 21st, 2021.  

  • Books are the Basis Week Encourages Devotees to Read Prabhupada’s Books

    Books are the Basis Week, from September 22nd to 28th, is encouraging devotees worldwide to read Srila Prabhupada’s books by providing resources and guidelines, and facilitating grassroots level engagement.

  • Fifth Prabhupada Memories Book Packed With Inspirational and Educational Anecdotes

    Covering twenty videos in the Memories series, the fifth book runs 520 pages, and contains over 700 anecdotes from 109 disciples.

  • Developing Spiritual Vision Through Books

    Srila Prabhupada’s book gave me access to saints and sages, who at every step in my life ever since I’ve felt their presence and guidance through the instruction they’ve laid in these book for humanity.

  • Grand opening of ‘Hare Krsna Books’ Shop at Mumbai Central Station

    The permanent book store is strategically placed at the Mumbai Central Railway Station on Platform No. 1 and 2 which is largely reserved for trains with high priority preference. 

  • BBT to Release Giriraj Swami's New Book, "I’ll Build You a Temple: The Juhu Story"

    The new book has been published by the BBT and is set to be released on January 14th, 2021, the anniversary of the grand opening of the Juhu temple.

  • Books Are Bricks - ToVP & BBT Hand in Hand to Complete Flagship Temple

     Every book distributed is figuratively another brick on the TOVP.

  • New Podcast “Sravanam Diaries” Promotes Reading Prabhupada’s Books

    An increase in the culture of reading Srila Prabhupada’s books is in the air. 

  • Shravanam Week Inspires Devotees Globally to Read Prabhupada’s Books

    “All of my students… should read our books very diligently at least one or two hours daily and try to understand the subject matter from varieties of angles,” Srila Prabhupada wrote to Madhudvisa in June 1972.

  • New Vaisesika Dasa Webinar Will Teach You How to Upgrade Your Life by Reading Prabhupada’s Books

    The interactive webinar, to be held on August 22nd on Zoom, Facebook and Youtube, will teach participants how to upgrade their lives by reading Srila Prabhupada’s books. 

  • Coalition of the Aces: Touchstone Media & Torchlight Publishing Merge

    "We have joined forces to passionately strive to provide everyone with real matter for soul-nourishment and assist them to live spiritually balanced, healthy, compassionate and fulfilling lives,” the directors stated.

  • BBT Revisions Review Panel to Examine Changes In Prabhupada's Books

    The aim of the RRP is to examine all proposed and previously accepted text changes to Srila Prabhupada’s books in the English language—a painstaking service being approached by panel members with commitment, time, and critical analysis. However, the emphasis will be on reviewing any posthumous editing or particularly controversial edits.

  • Dialogue on Editing Srila Prabhupada’s Books Held in Washington, D.C.

    Members of the BBT along with a group of concerned devotees, including those with expertise on the subject of editing, convened at ISKCON of Washington, D.C. from September 20th to 22nd, for an extended discussion on the contentious issue of post-samadhi editing of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

  • Author Deepak Chopra Receives Set of Prabhupada's Books in New York

    Devotees of Yuga Dharma Sankirtana Ashram are found chanting and distributing books at New York’s Union Square almost every day. 

  • “Each One Carry One” Recreates Magic of ISKCON’s Early Days

    “The principle of Prabhupada’s time was that everybody had the hope – even the expectation – that every moment could be magical in Krishna’s service."

  • GBC Discusses the “Solid Ground” of ISKCON’s Preaching

    Vaisesika Dasa made the presentation on behalf of the BBT’s new Marketing Communications Innovation department. This relatively new area of the BBT focuses on ascertaining how to assist and inspire ISKCON members around the world to distribute books.

  • Be A Giver Campaign Unites The World For Book Distribution Marathon

    After the major success of the recent Bhadra Campaign, in which devotees all over the world distributed thousands of full Srimad-Bhagavatam sets, the BBT Marketing, Communications and Innovations team is launching a new global campaign for this winter’s Prabhupada Marathon – “Be A Giver.”

  • BBT Project Manager Helps Create Automated Systems for More Responsible Publishing of Prabhupada’s Books

    Often we don’t realize how much work continues to go into producing Srila Prabhupada’s books at the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, or who is responsible behind the scenes.

  • Mukunda Datta Das Translates Classic Works of the Acaryas for the BBT

    The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is filled with extraordinary devotees continuing Srila Prabhupada’s legacy and bringing us the works of the acaryas. Translator Mukunda Datta Das is now working on the Sat-Sandarbhas and Bhakti-Rasamrita Sindhu.

  • New “One World Team” Aims to Send Book Distribution Skyrocketing

    Vaisesika launched the plan for a One World Team with a message that at first may seem counter-intuitive: “Be dissatisfied.” He ecouraged devotees to shoot for “a higher goal than you think you can attain.”

  • Toronto Devotees Defy Record-Breaking Cold to Deliver Prabhupada’s Books

    Christmas 2017. Toronto, Canada was colder than the North Pole, dropping to -22C for the first time in recorded history. Schools closed. People stayed home from work. Outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations were canceled. The roads were treacherous. But none of this stopped ISKCON Toronto devotees from venturing out to deliver Srila Prabhupada’s books during the six-week Prabhupada marathon, from November 19th to December 31s

  • Prestigious Publisher Set to Release New Scholarly Volume on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

    “The Life and Teachings of Sri Chaitanya: The Golden Avatara of Divine Love,” by Satyaraja Das, is out this October. It will be published by Lexington Books, a prestigious worldwide academic publisher, which will position it to reach tens of thousands that might otherwise not read a book about Lord Chaitanya. 

  • Printing Matters

    Recently, the BBT trustees became aware that Jitarati Das, through his company Pristine International, printed sets of Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatam in New Delhi without consulting with or being authorized or licensed by the BBT. This is a serious legal matter, and his printing also has ramifications for the worldwide distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

  • Visakha Dasi’s Memoir Is Indie Award Finalist

    “Five Years, Eleven Months,” a memoir by senior Srila Prabhupada disciple Visakha Dasi, has been named a finalist in the spirituality category at the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA). The book has been praised for its refreshing honesty and introspection.

  • New Book Tells Incredible History of Soviet Era ISKCON Heroes

    A new book from the Russian branch of the BBT tells the amazing history of ISKCON in the USSR during the Soviet era, detailing the struggles and successes of some of our movement’s most dedicated and often unsung heroes. “The Krishna Consciousness Movement in the USSR:  A Historical Outline From 1971-89” is out on May 15th in the Russian language. Not yet available in English, it is the first comprehensive account of these 18 years of history.

  • 'Our Family Business' Available as E-book

     Vaisesika Das' super-successful book about the art of transcendental book distribution, Our Family Business, is now available as an e-book in all flavors, for all devices. In this very readable book, Vaisesika Dasa discusses ISKCON-devotees we should join the “family business” of distributing transcendental knowledge through the written word, as well as how book distribution benefits distributors, the devotional community, and all those who receive one of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

  • Former Hip-Hop Artist Turns No. 1 Book Distributor

    You might not have heard of Jaya Chaitanya Das, the thirty-year-old who’s been the number one book distributor in the U.S. for the past two years. Even if he sold 85,000 of Prabhupada’s books this year alone. That’s because until recently, the young man was living at home with his parents in Orange County, California.

  • Veteran Preacher Shares “Family Business” Secrets

    In his upcoming new book “Our Family Business: The Great Art of Distributing Srila Prabhupada’s Books” – out February 24th -- veteran distributor Vaisesika Das shares the history, key principles and techniques of book distribution, drawing from a lifetime of experience. Vaisesika, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, is known for strategizing innovative ways to distribute his spiritual master’s books on spiritual knowledge. 

  • BBT to Release Books in Native American and Catalonian Languages

    The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is set to publish some of his books in two languages – Catalan and Quechua – for the first time ever. 

  • BBT Africa Reports Exciting Year of Increased Outreach

    While it may be turning up a little late, the BBT Africa’s recently released 2014 report shows encouraging growth in outreach – especially for a branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust established just five years ago to better deliver Prabhupada’s books to the African Continent. “The continent has recorded amongst its best book distribution scores ever in 2014,” says managing trustee Govardhana Das.

  • The Long Arm of the Media

    The influence of the media cannot be underestimated in democracies and even in non-democratic regions. Whether we are killed or kissed, the media dominion will have its impact on our lives.

  • Almost 9 Million Prabhupada Books Distributed in 2014

    In 2014, ISKCON's worldwide book distribution increased 10% over 2013, with almost nine million books distributed, the best year since 1996. It is in India is where the biggest amount of books has been distributed,  5,355,465 of the 8,913,251total  books handed out in 2014.

  • Transcendental Diary by Hari-sauri dasa - New Ebooks for Kindle

    On the occasion of Srila Prabhupada's Vyasapuja all five volumes of "A Transcendental Diary - Travels With His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada" by Hari-sauri Das are now available as ebooks in both Kindle and PDF formats.

  • Mukunda Goswami's Book Wins Prestigious Book Award

    Mukunda Goswami's Miracle on Second Avenue has won a prestigious book award in the United States. Each year the National Indie Excellence Book Awards are given out in many categories to the best books by independent publishing houses.

  • Mukunda Goswami: Miracle on Second Avenue

    Mukunda Goswami talks about why he thinks it was a miracle that ISKCON was born, what he personally witnessed and played an active role in, on New York City's 2nd Avenue in the late 1960's.

    His book has been highly praised by senior ISKCON devotees as well as scholars of Hinduism from all over the world, and it is available at

  • Book Review: Rajiv Malhotra's "Being Different"

    Civilizations endure because, from time to time, they are able to repair the deterioration that age and complacency bring to them. In a religious context such repair is often called a revival; in a cultural context it is called a renaissance.

  • Mukunda Goswami on Miracle on Second Avenue
  • Mukunda Goswami’s “Miracle on Second Avenue” Set for June Release

    ISKCON guru Mukunda Goswami’s long-awaited memoir of the early days of the Hare Krishna Movement in New York, San Francisco, and London—entitled Miracle on Second Avenue—was ceremonially “offered” to the Deities of Sri-Sri Pancha-Tattva at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal on February 23rd.

  • Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava: Now Available as an eBook
    After receiving a tremendous response for the print edition of “Śrī Bhaktisiddhānata Vaibhava”, the publishers are pleased to present this composition as an eBook.
  • Spiritual Wisdom 'At A Glance'

    "Bhagavad-Gita At a Glance: A companion guide for Preachers, Teachers, Students" is the latest literary effort by Narayani Devi Dasi.

  • New Book on the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra

    New Book "Sonic Spirituality" is a compilation of articles published in Back to Godhead Magazine, Integral Yoga Magazine, and a host of other New Age and Yoga journals.

  • Spiritual Punks: New Book Looks at Hardcore Krishnas

    What images do you see when you think of hardcore punk music? Wild teenagers in ripped leather and mohawks, screaming out violent lyrics to aggressive music? Would it surprise you to learn some punk musicians are devoutly religious, are opposed to abortion and abstain from drugs, alcohol and premarital sex? For members of the movement known as Hare Krishna Straight Edge, this blend of conservative ideals and radical music is completely comfortable.

  • Book Review: God's Army Marches Onto Campus

    They're the "Joshua Generation," the youthful Evangelicals who hope to "shape the culture and take back the nation." Whether these kids terrify or delight you has everything to do with your political and religious views but, one way or the other, they are people that you should probably start getting to know. God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America by Hanna Rosin offers an intriguing introduction.

  • BOOKS: BBT to Release Translation of Sri Krishna-Lila-Stava

    Srila Sanatana Goswami evokes remembrance of these pastimes by summarizing Sukadeva's narration in simple verses, a meditation he punctuates with 108 acts of respectfully bowing down. His verses give us a taste of Krishna's Vrindavan pastimes, one after another, thus immersing us in the nectar of the Bhagavatam.

  • Books: The Dawkins Confusion: Naturalism ad absurdum

    Richard Dawkins is not pleased with God:The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction. Jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic-cleanser; a misogynistic homophobic racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal....