Posts Tagged ‘book distribution’

Manor Newsletter online

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Please view the December – February 2018 edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor community newsletter HERE

The PDF file can be easily downloaded and printed. 

 

Leading articles include:

New site for Manor School

Braving the cold to share spiritual knowledge (Winter book Marathon results)

Celebrating Lord Nityananda’s Appearance

“Keep it Spiritual” – the Temple’s motto for 2018

Shri Krishna Haveli project update

 

 

200k Book Marathon

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

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As ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary draws to a close, Bhaktivedanta Manor would like to make an epic final offering. Every December the entire ISKCON world focuses all attention on distribution of transcendental literature, something we all know was so close to Srila Prabhupada’s heart. Indeed, he said it gave him life. When a new book was printed, Prabhupada felt as though he had conquered an empire. He told one disciple – “the best of me is in my books.”

Last year’s historic “100k Effort” at the Manor was a resounding success, with a record number of devotees participating. This year the team is aiming to distribute 200,000 books for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada!

For more Information:

Facebook: “200k – The Final Offering”

Please contact Sutapa das if you have any ideas, and he’ll do his best to assist. (email below)

You can also get involved in the following initiatives:

1) Sacred Street Party – go out on Saturdays with a team of devotees from the Manor!

2) Door-to-Door – go out in the evenings / weekends and visit homes!

3) Street distribution – visit the bustling town centres during the week!

4) Sanga Groups – if you would like to participate as a sanga / nama hatta)

5) Gita Jayanti / Sponsorship – Sponsor books which will be placed in Schools, Universities, Hopitals, and Jails!

Let’s make it a marathon to remember!

Sutapa das: sutapa@krishnatemple.com

“This, our book distribution, is the most important task in our society. Therefore I am giving so much stress and I am working so hard on this. Because this is my life and soul according to the order of my Guru Maharaj” (Srila Prabhupada, 1976)

Manor’s Marathon Success

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

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The annual Book Marathon is always a very special time, but last December was extraordinary! In celebration of the 50th Anniversary since the incorporation of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the aim of the Manor devotees was to distribute 100,000 of Srila Prabhupada’s book in just one month!

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After a tremendous effort by more than 350 devotees of all types, 131,340 books were distributed by Manor community devotees across the UK, the largest Marathon score outside of India, and the most successful in over 20 years! The top five positions went to huge ISKCON temples in India, including Delhi, Mayapur, Mumbai (Juhu) and Pune.

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The incredible efforts of many devotees, the miraculous stories of books being distributed, and the feeling of being intimately under Srila Prabhupada’s direct shelter and care, remind us of the all-auspicious nature of distributing his books to the public. Record numbers were involved: over fifteen sanga teams, the Pandava Sena, Sivarama Swami’s team, Manor School alumni, travelling ashram teams and fulltime householders. This effort was a very much united community-wide achievement. The National Sankirtan festival was held at the Manor in early January, organised by Vishvambhara das the National Coordinator for Sankirtana. Special guests included Sivarama Swami, Praghosa das, Dayananda Swami and Dhananjaya das .

“Special gratitude must go to Sutapa das and Bhakta Nikhil, ” said Gauri das Managing Director of Bhaktivedanta Manor.

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Four of the top five individual street distributors were from the Manor. Second place nationally was Ananda Caitanya das, third was Bhakta Ganesh, fourth Janakinath das and fifth place and the top lady distributor was Guru Shakti dasi. The winners of the ‘Team contact’ category was once again the Manor’s Bhakti Vriksha group!

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Stories from the street- A few samples!

As a young university student walked past me, something inside told me to stop him. He was a pharmacy student from a wealthy Arab background. I explained how Prabhupada’s books explained how mantra meditation helps reduce the suffering and depressing conditions of modern life. He was eager to know more and told me how he been feeling suicidal because he didn’t see the meaning of anything he was doing; studies, work, and life in general. Then he questioned “What do these books talk about that I haven’t heard before?” I then explained the Krishna consciousness philosophy in some detail:

“Does that make sense?” I nervously asked. “It makes complete sense!” he exclaimed with confidence. He left taking a Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam 1st Canto and a VEDA book along with a Chant and be Happy!

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In Coventry I met two friends who took a VEDA and Gita from me. One of them had already read the Veda and bought it for his friend. He told his friend to read the Veda telling him it is a beautiful book as it is the most ancient teachings. He then bought a Gita for himself as he said he always wanted to read it. He also told me he knows the Mahabharata and Ramayana!

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As I approached a young man and said that we are Hare Krishna’s he started to dance! He explained that he met us before at the Woodstock festival, and from all the places there he loves the Hare

Krishna’s the most. He took books, gave a big donation and gave me big hug!

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National Sankirtan Celebrations

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Marathon Festival 2015 Poster

Saturday 9th Jan @ Bhaktivedanta Manor

7.00am – Deity Greetings & Extended Guru Puja

7.45am – Class by HH Sivarama Swami

9.00am-2.00pm – Videos, Stories, Scores, Presentations, Gifts and Awards

2.00pm – FEAST!

Please please come along for a wonderful celebration!

The 100k Effort

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Prabhupada Marathon 2015!

Every December the entire ISKCON world focuses all attention on distribution of transcendental literature, something we all know was so close to Srila Prabhupada’s heart. He was incredibly eager to hear the figures of how many books were being distributed. Indeed, he said it gave him life. When a new book was printed, Prabhupada felt as though he had conquered an empire. He told one disciple – “the best of me is in my books.”

At this special time in ISKCON’s history, Bhaktivedanta Manor would like to make an epic offering to His Divine Grace – no less than 100,000 books distributed this Christmas! Last year we distributed 51,000 books, and that was the most successful marathon for 18 years! So this year’s “100k Effort” is a huge operation that requires everyone’s support! It was Srila Prabhupada who told us to “think big” and aim to “double it”. We hope, pray and sincerely request every single devotee to make a contribution to this momentous effort – be part of history in the making!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The100kEffort

Whattsapp: Text number to 07530 779 288

Please contact me if you have any ideas, and I’ll do my very best to assist. You can also get involved in the following initiatives:

1) Sacred Street Party – go out on Saturdays with a team of devotees from the Manor! Contact Bh Nikhil (07530 779 288)
2) Door-to-Door – go out in the evenings / weekends and visit homes! Contact Bh Nitin (07977 092 240)
3) Street distribution – visit the bustling town centres during the week! Contact Sutapa (07957 636 283) / Jagat Priya devi dasi (07776 060 697)
4) Gita Jayanti / Sponsorship – Sponsor books which will be placed in Schools, Universities, Hopitals, and Jails! Contact Saurabh das (07907 809 006)
5) Book Packs – Collect your Special Book Pack (contains 7 books) and vow to distribute them in December! Contact Candra Caitanya das (07957 417 147)

Thanks for reading! Let’s keep this sacred mission of book distribution, the heart of Srila Prabhupada and the “family business” of ISKCON, healthy and alive. Let’s make it a marathon to remember!

For any other information please contact myself (07957 636 283).

Your servant
Sutapa das

AS.IT.IS – Sankirtan Newsletter

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

As It Is Winter 2014 – Newsletter of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Sankirtan Department

Winter brings many new opportunities. In this winter edition of “As It Is” you will find out about the Maha Sankirtana Day, New BBT Books, Ladies SKP Party, Local Door-to-Door, and about the 2014 Prabhupada Book Marathon..

Please get involved in the Manor Sankirtan department so we can read the books, live the books and distribute the books!

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AS.IT.IS – Sankirtan Newsletter

Friday, August 29th, 2014

As It Is Autumn 2014 – Newsletter of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Sankirtan Department

Autumn brings many new opportunities. In this autumn edition of “As It Is” you will find out about the dynamic trip to Scandinivia, youth sankirtan tour, door-to-door programme, book distribution at the weddings, and about the success of book distribution at the Rathayatra & Janmashtami festivals..

Please get involved in the Manor Sankirtan department so we can read the books, live the books and distribute the books!

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AS.IT.IS – Sankirtan Newsletter

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

As It Is Summer 2014 – Newsletter of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Sankirtan Department

Summer brings many new opportunities. In this summer edition of “As It Is” you will find out about the dynamic door-to-door programme, book distribution at the weddings, about the summer Sankirtan tour 2014.

Please get involved in the Manor Sankirtan department so we can read the books, live the books and distribute the books!

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AS.IT.IS – Sankirtan Newsletter

Monday, February 17th, 2014

As It Is Spring 2014 – Newsletter of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Sankirtan Department

A new year brings many new opportunities. In this Spring edition of “As It Is” you will find out about the dynamic door-to-door programme, book distribution at the weddings, a historic landmark for the BBT and a review of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Sankirtan efforts in 2013.

Please get involved in the Manor Sankirtan department so we can read the books, live the books and distribute the books!

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AS.IT.IS – Sankirtan Newsletter

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

As It Is Autumn 2013 – Newsletter of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Sankirtan Department

With the coming of the winter season, the temperatures begin to drop but the transcendental atmosphere warms up! In the Christmas period our attention turns towards the distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books – the time of year when our energies are enthusiastically invested in the “family business” of ISKCON!

In this Autumn edition of “As It Is” you will find out about the inspiring initiatives of the Bhakti Vriksa Program and the Book Placement Team, who are distributing thousands of books in their own unique ways. There is information about the upcoming marathon, and notice of exciting opportunities for you to get involved.

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