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Krishna Bhava Das, the Devotee Who Distributed 50,000 BG and More


Meet the devotee who distributed 50,000 Bhagavad-gitas and 108 Chaitanya Charitamrita units.

 

The starting of ebook distribution

Krishna Bhava Das, from ISKCON Punjabi Bagh neighborhood in Delhi, is 68 years previous, strongly constructed, having a pointy gaze of dedication but having an air of humility round him. He is the eldest in his household of 30 members, untouched by trendy flare, who prefers to maintain to his village roots and tradition. He is powerful businessman and has additionally been some of the enthusiastic devotees in the case of ebook distribution. Over the final ten years, he has distributed lakhs (hundred thousand) of Srila Prabhupada’s books and contributed to varied tasks of ISKCON.

He was launched to devotees by one in every of his kinfolk approx 14 years in the past and his life took a unique flip at that time. He was initiated in 2010 and heard by way of devotees how a lot Srila Prabhupada and his non secular grasp, H.H Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja, love ebook distribution. Taking inspiration and gathering braveness he began going door to door together with his research class for 3 years throughout the December ebook marathons and they might distribute a complete of 250 Bhagavad-gitas as a gaggle.

Breakthrough

During the month of Kartik in 2013, a seemingly minor incident gave him the concept to distribute extra books. There was a shobha yatra (procession) in his neighborhood. During that shobha yatra, one devotee approached Krishna Bhava Das and requested him to buy a Bhagavad Gita. Out of generosity, he gave a donation and the devotee gave him 5 copies of the Bhagavad Gita to reward somebody from his arms.

This alternate made him suppose that identical to this devotee, he himself can distribute a couple of copy to an individual as nicely. Being within the enterprise of development and properties, he referred to as for a gathering of a few of his enterprise associates and invited Keshav Murari Das to handle them. At the conclusion of the discuss, he requested the group to assist in the distribution of the Gita and everybody agreed to contribute. Some 5 copies, some 11, some 21, and a few 108 copies.

“That was my first expertise of distributing a couple of copy. I bear in mind one one that had entered the assembly solely on the very finish mentioned I can even contribute 1100. Everyone cheered and clapped for him. Only later did he discover out that one Gita value Rs 100 at the moment and cleared himself that I meant Rs 1100, not 1100 BG. We all had a great chuckle”

One incident notably left a comment on him. When one in every of his kinfolk was scuffling with a life-threatening scenario and was admitted to a widely known most cancers hospital, Krishna Bhava used to go to him repeatedly there. He gave one Bhagavad-gita to the Chief Medical officer there. The officer informed him after a few days, “I’ve learn many variations of Bhagavad Gita, however I’ve by no means ever learn this explicit Gita by Bhaktivedanta Swami. And I can say that for the primary time I’m starting to know Gita. I by no means knew about Krishna and this philosophy. Thank you.”

Hearing this appreciation from a extremely educated individual left a deep impression on him. Krishna Bhava Prabhu then bought and distributed a duplicate of the Bhagavad-gita to all their medical doctors and workers on the hospital.

A leap of religion

“Initially, there was some hesitation in approaching folks and asking them to make the most of their cash for distributing Bhagavad-gita. But then I assumed it’s not for me, that is for Krishna. I used to be assured in my coronary heart that that is essentially the most selfless factor I’ve ever completed and the trigger gave me power. It’s a chance for others to return in touch with Krishna as nicely. I assumed if Bhagavad-gita is the mercy of Krishna, why maintain my circle of relatives and kinfolk bereft of it? I began with my very own kinfolk and requested them to contribute to distributing Bhagavad Gita.”

He and his youthful brother, Raktak Prana Das, who’s equally, if no more captivated with ebook distribution, make an unbelievable crew.

They made a listing of all their shoppers after which began visiting them and bringing with them Kadamba Bihari Das, a resident monk from ISKCON Punjabi Bagh. They would share the significance of this information particularly in trendy instances for the peace, path, and happiness of society and would request the individual for his or her assist in sharing this information. The crew certainly ran a marathon for 30 nonstop days and they might distribute 20,000 copies in 2017.

There was this one shopper, who simply needed to sponsor 250 Bhagqavad-gitas, however didn’t wish to distribute himself. Krishna Bhava Prabhu nonetheless despatched him 250 copies with particular thanks and with the printing of their firm identify as sponsors on the primary web page. Those copies had been then organized to ship to Jammu for distribution. A seemingly small act, however at some point, one individual referred to as their firm and informed them a really private story. This individual shared that he was very depressed and was considering dying by suicide, however earlier than he tried, he noticed a duplicate of Bhagavad-gita and thought to open it. Upon opening and studying for a while, he gave up the concept of suicide. He discovered the businesses quantity as sponsors and referred to as them to thank them. He later acquired related to devotees and is at the moment practising Bhakti yoga and has a devotional life.

This left a deep impression on each – the one that sponsored the books, in addition to Krishna Bhava Prabhu.

 

How can I enhance my seva? – Distributing 50,000 Gitas

Krishna Bhava additionally accomplished his Bhakti Shastri research in 2015, attending all lessons whereas in his 60s. He is the kind of one that likes to cite verses from the Gita throughout his conversations with folks, being impressed by his private research of Bhagavad-gita, particularly by the part the place Krishna is expressing his coronary heart “one who shares this information is most pricey to me”, he resolved to do extra within the service of Bhagavad Gita.

Krishna Bhava Prabhu, by way of his religion within the sastra, has been steadily rising his distribution yr after yr. Over the previous couple of years, he and his brother Raktak Pran Das (and with their households) have been distributing 20,000, 30,000, and 35,000 throughout the Bhagavad-gita marathons.

Being the one hundred and twenty fifth delivery yr of Srila Prabhupada, he strived to distribute 50,000 Bhagavad-gita and achieved that.

He thinks and meditates all year long on put together for the distribution of the Bhagavad-gita throughout the marathon. He manages all of the accounts of distribution, needs all of the people who find themselves supporting in service of Krishna with real love and affection, and most significantly works truthfully and maintains high-quality work in his career that builds belief with all his shoppers. His coronary heart is filled with devotion, honesty, and concern for others. He provides from his personal pocket as a token of gratitude to all of the individuals who contribute to this service. He has embellished his complete workplace with quotes from the Bhagavad-gita and any individual getting into the workplace marvels and understands the significance of Bhagavad Gita.

Apart from distribution, he contributes to constructing temples and likes to serve the Vaishnavas in no matter manner he can. He repeatedly sends very high-quality fruits to the deities and all of the devotees within the temple. One could also be shocked at his recalling of assorted examples, analogies, and philosophical ideas introduced in Srila Prabhupada’s books so freely within the dialog regardless of him not studying all of the books. These certainly are the blessings of guru and sastra for his service through the years.

“To keep away from any miscommunication, aspect discuss, or battle throughout the household over monetary spending in direction of the temple, now we have made a system {that a} predetermined share of all our earnings will likely be spent just for Krishna and his providers. We have made a separate checking account in God’s identify and no matter cash we obtain, that share goes to that account. Initially, we had been considerably reluctant about how we might have the ability to do this, however surprisingly we famous that Krishna’s account is rarely empty.”

Due to his sharing of Krishna consciousness, at the moment, in his household of 30 members, 11 members have taken initiation and others are additionally practising. He confronted two extreme well being crises over the past couple of years, however nothing diminished his enthusiasm for serving Krishna.

His brother Raktak Prana Das mentioned, “ The high quality that I recognize essentially the most in him is that he’s all the time able to serve Krishna. He likes to say YES to Krishna and his service alternatives. I personally hesitate so many instances and infrequently time is reluctant, however I’ve seen him saying YES with out hesitation. He says every time… I’m simply an instrument”

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