The Great Art of Distributing
Srila Prabhupada's Books
Published by The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Vaisesika Dasa was born in 1956. As a teen, he was an avid spiritual seeker. Soon after receiving a “Back to Godhead” magazine from a friend in the spring of 1973, he moved into the ISKCON temple in San Francisco at the age of sixteen, and with the blessings of his parents, became a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and a full-time monk dedicated to the practice of Krishna bhakti.
Today he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Nirakula Devi Dasi, also a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. Together they have developed an ISKCON spiritual community of three hundred families in Silicon Valley, which is based on the study and distribution of Srila Prabhupada's books.
He is an initiating guru and spiritual master in ISKCON. He travels widely to teach the tenets of devotional service and the great art of distributing Srila Prabhupada's books.
PRAISE FOR "OUR FAMILY BUSINESS"
Our Family Business takes us on a personal journey into Srila Prabhupada’s timeless legacy of love, wherein we can all have an intimate role. With every page I read, I can feel the contagious spirit of gratitude and compassion that springs from the
heart of Vaisesika Dasa.
- HH Radhanatha Swami
Our Family Business: The Great Art of Distributing Srila Prabhupada’s Books is a must-read sankirtana story. This book is for those who distribute Srila Prabhupada's books, who want to distribute them but don’t yet feel sufficiently inspired to, or who have never been exposed to the service. Vaisesika Prabhu has been distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books for over forty years, and he has inspired devotees around the world to perform this valuable service to Srila Prabhupada.
- HH Gopal Krishna Goswami
Our Family Business takes one through the Hare Krishna explosion in book distribution in a most compelling and thrilling manner from one who was a key player in it. This book also takes one into the modern day in which not only temple devotees but devotees in the congregation can participate in
the family business of distributing transcendental
literature. This book reveals how His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, ISKCON’s founder-acarya, led and inspired the devotees to distribute ancient spiritual classics of India to a Western audience seeking a higher purpose in life. From the very first pages of this book, you will not want to put it down. It’s surely a must-have.
- HH Jayapataka Swami
Gather around, young and old, and you will hear of the book distribution epidemic – well, just a relic of yester year? The sankirtan that mesmerized the ISKCON world in the ’70s –was it just an exceptional comet, blazing in a unique social period? Our Family Business absolutely, positively confirms that reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books is always the core spirit of ISKCON. Amid fluctuations of enthusiasm to read and distributePrabhupāda’s books as ISKCON’s life and soul, Our FamilyBusiness pulls us all up straight – reinfecting and reinjecting us with genuine Hare Krishna dharma.
- HH Devamrita Swami
In his upcoming new book “Our Family Business: The Great Art of Distributing Srila Prabhupada’s Books” – out February 24th in Mayapura, March 22 in USA -- veteran distributor Vaisesika Das shares the history, key principles and techniques of book distribution, drawing from a lifetime of experience.
Vaisesika, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, is known for strategizing innovative ways to distribute his spiritual master’s books on spiritual knowledge, and for teaching these methods to devotees around the world.
The ISKCON spiritual community of three hundred families he developed in Silicon Valley, California is based on the study and distribution of Prabhupada’s books, and consistently ranks high amongst the list of small temples in these efforts.
A year and a half ago, after both senior ISKCON leaders from around the world, and trustees of the publishing company Bhaktivedanta Book Trust had requested him to share his knowledge and insight, Vaisesika sat down to write.
“It was great to consolidate all the things that I had learned throughout the years from mentors, and to dig deep and think about my own realizations, and how this service had actually molded my life,” he says.