This year, the campaign, which ran from Gaura Purnima (March 28th) to Bhadra Purnima (September 20th) set a goal to distribute 25,000 sets. However, devotees soared far past it, with 262 communities participating to distribute an incredible 35,432 Bhagavatam sets.
This year the Bhaktivinod Thakur book distribution campaign runs from May 26th to July 10th (Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur’s Disappearance Day). It provides an interim point for devotees around the world to check their progress in the Bhadra campaign, and to celebrate the genius of the Vaishnava Acharya Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur.
One may ask why take any precaution at all since we are devotees and Krishna protects His devotees.
The Live to Give Campaign, run by the BBT Marketing, Communications and Innovations team, distributed 2,172,456 copies of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is around the world.
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.
“When the lockdown started, nobody thought we could distribute books, and everybody was worried about what would happen,” says Shyama Mohini Dasi, co-sankirtan leader at ISKCON Toronto, Canada. “But Vaisesika Prabhu encouraged us to think differently, and innovate.”
“I don’t think that as a whole, from what I’ve heard, we ISKCON leaders are taking this seriously enough,” Vaisesika says. “I think we should set a good example by simply following what the scientists are telling us about the Coronavirus, and what we should do about it.
This unprecedented environment has also created an unprecedented state of affairs for ISKCON, with all events cancelled, and temples across North America closed to the public, as well as to devotees except temple residents.
Vaisesika shares why goals are important in Krishna consciousness and in other aspects of life; and how to set your New Year’s Resolution goals effectively in a way that will lead to success.
ISKCON book distributors are constantly trying to find new ways to give out Srila Prabhupada’s books, and new people to reach. One of the biggest niche audiences is the Russian-speaking community in North America – some 7 to 8 million natives of Russia and former Soviet Union countries.
Over 70 devotees from all over the greater New York area – including the Queens and Bhakti Center temples – as well from Connecticut recently participated in the first New York Monthly Sankirtan Festival for many years.
This year, from July until Bhadra Purnima on September 24th-25th, a wave of ecstatic energy to bless homes with the Srimad-Bhagavatam engulfed the entire world.