Young Muslim Distributes Books
My wife and I currently reside in India. Usually, when we travel by train, I take books with me to distribute. En route from Kolkata to Chennai, I went to distribute and, as sometimes happens, could distribute only one big book.
On my way through the compartments one morning I met a young Muslim and showed him the books. He told me in broken English that he lives in Navadvip, nearby our Mayapur temple and was now traveling to his work place. After that I went back to our compartment.
Later, in the afternoon, I again tried my luck, but people were reacting in the same way as in the morning. After half an hour of being rejected by many, I met that young Muslim again. He looked typical, with a beard and a small cap. We greeted each other, and he asked me whether he can help me distribute books. What a surprise!
I was thinking I was useless that day, so I let him give it a try. He became enthusiastic and took BGs and started offering them to every passenger. Sometimes, though, he skipped a whole compartment and later, when I asked why, grinned and said that there were only Muslims in them. In one and a half hours we did six hardcover books and a few small ones, mainly because of his enthusiasm.
After our cooperation we exchanged phone numbers. This happened around 2 months ago, and he calls me every week to explain something in his half-English, half-Bengali way of speaking. One of my friends spoke with him in Hindi, and found out that he would like to meet us. Since we are now heading to Mayapur, we arranged to meet him there. Sometimes Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has to send dhama-vasis, of whatever religion, to encourage us in book distribution.
Your servant, Tirthakara Das