At such programs I always feel a strong urgency to try and get across what an amazing task Srila Prabhupada has performed, bringing this knowledge of Krsna consciousness to the entire world. Indeed the most outstanding contribution to humanity at large in this age of Kali Yuga. And since it is the 50th anniversary of his departure from India I also shared how it seemed such an impossible and unrealistic thing for Prabhupada to ever leave Vrindavan and actually reach America! He was so poor at the time! But at the same time he possessed the highest wealth: unflinching faith in the instructions of his Guru Maharaja, and complete dependance on him and the previous acharyas.... I closed my little talk by introducing some of Prabhupada's books, which I distributed afterwards on a book table near the stage, signing the books with "blessings". These are always my most blissful moments....! I even distributed a set of Srimad Bhagavatams.....!
Our student preachers from the ISKCON Youth Forum are always especially eager to involve me in programs. For the following days they took me every evening to meet students at the universities or in their dormitories, and we had nice programs with around 60 young and intelligent boys participating. I also did programs separately for the student girls.
Once again, we distributed so many books! Srila Prabhupada stated that the success of a program can be measured in how many books are distributed. People in the audience very quickly forget our words, but if they take a book, it will have a lasting effect. And especially students appreciate the value of books....!
On the 18th of November I traveled on to Narayan Ganj....
your servant, Devaki dd