email@example.com (michael tandy) wrote: >>It should also be pointed out that a series of laws forced >>many of the changes, at least in the US. Previously in US >>airports, it was possible for devotees doing book distribution >>to walk around and talk to people. However, if you look in >>US airports today, there is generally a small "solicitation" booth >>put in some remote corner of the airport, and that's where >>people can "express their first amendment rights". > Although we can and probably should see this as the result > of our own irresponsible actions in the past, it can also be > seen as an arrangement by Lord Krsna to test our devotion. In > this sense it is like the "zonal acarya" experience, and a > sincere person with a positive attitude (as per Srila Rupa > Gosvami's advice) will progress because of it. We can see our > difficulties as produced by maya or as attention from Krsna. > The latter is far more encouraging, and in fact, more conducive > to the removal of unwanted tendencies in our devotional service: > "I wish that all those calamities > would happen again and again so that > we could see You again and again, for > seeing You means that we will no longer > see repeated births and deaths." > -Bhagavata, 1.8.25 It has never been easy to distribute books. People really don't want them [although they desperately need them]. It was incredible that so many of Prabhupada's books were sold when he was present. It wasn't easy, the devotees were determined to follow their spiritual masters orders. They were not making very much money and it was very hard work. But that is on the material platform. There is great satisfaction in doing something you know is very pleasing to your spiritual master. You see Krishna working in so many ways to help you and you get lots of realizations. This book distribution was the strength of ISKCON and the strength and purity of the devotees. When book distribution and Hari-nama were minimized ISKCON and the devotees lost their potency because, after all it is the sankirtana movement, if we don't perform sankirtana regularly [book distribution and Hari-nama] where's our realization? Where's our advancement? It may be difficult now [it is!] to distribute books BUT IT IS NO MORE DIFFICULT than when Prabhupada was present. Param vijayate Sri Krishna sankirtana - Ki Jaya! Your servant, Madhudvisa dasa Thank you. Hare Krishna! Madhudvisa dasa (firstname.lastname@example.org) /sudarsana All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada!