Selling Books After Class in Russia
by Mahadyuti Dasa
In Nizhny Novogorod, a city in Russia, after a Bhagavatam class attended by about thirty devotees, I told everyone that Srila Prabhupada once said that anyone who doesn't attend mangal-arotik will be fined and the fine is to sell one KRSNA book (lecture in Los Angeles, 1 June 1972). And then I said that since most of them had missed mangal-arotik, they each had to buy a KRSNA book and distribute it. Here's what they bought:
14 KRSNA books (six sets and two singles)
1 hardbound Gita
1 Teachings of Lord Caitanya
1 Higher Taste.
An evening program was similarly ecstatic. Most places I visit don't want me there during the week, because they say only a few devotees will attend my lectures. But here, on less than two-days' notice, seventy devotees and three first-timers came. Afterwards, they bought:
13 hardbound Gitas (I'd told them that Srila Prabhupada said the Bhagavad-gita solves all problems.)
1 KRSNA book
3 Teachings of Lord Caitanya
3 A Second Chance
5 Higher Taste.