St. Louis Vyasa-puja offering 1977
Posted on August 11, 2012
Filed under BVKS Sanga
I met him at the “House of Flowers” in October of ’72,
a San Francisco pandal one thousand came to view.
They gave me a Bhagavatam, and one devotee said “Just see,
help with a donation and your service will start for Prabhupada’s B.B.T.”
After reading that transcendental literature in 1973,
I joined the ranks of the glorious sankirtana party.
My first day was as wonderful as wonderful could be,
’cause the president sent me downtown to sell books for the B.B.T.
In ’74 we heard him speak in the L.A. temple,
strongly preaching of deathless / less, giving the spiritual example.
On Friday morning he said, “Distribute books, distribute books, distribute
We were all convinced of a lifetime mission to serve his B.B. T.
We all went to the airports in 1975,
giving businessmen, servicemen, scientists, and scholars the chance for
Armed with Bhagavatam, Gita, Krsna book, and B.T.G.,
it became known as the world’s leading transcendental publishing house,
By ’76 the movement was spreading like wildfire on all fronts
because of his steady determined effort of publishing so many books in so
He even stated that by distributing these books, all success there will be,
even if everything else failed, keep the wheels turning for the B.B. T.
Before he left in ’77, our beloved Prabhupada
told of cultural conquest being the best way to spread the glory of God.
By distribution of our books and Vedic culture, historians will one day see
how the entire world was changed by the efforts of the B. B. T.
Now it’s ten years since he left us, almost to the day,
and it’s no surprise that many have left and gone astray.
But all of us who are still around should hold on to the key
of cooperating together for the purpose of maintaining and expanding the
He said that money was his blood, and his books were his heart,
and if we kept on distributing, he really never would depart.
So, Prabhupada, by our menial efforts we beg to someday be
sincere and dedicated servants of your B. B. T.
Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!
(Written by Sura dasa)