Books Around the World

When I stick a shipping label on a box, I like to think of it as the books’ passport.

The books in that box are about to journey over land and sea, to find the seeking souls they are meant for. I don’t have the capacity to know who each book is for, but it thrilling to serve it in its journey. 

Since Śrīla Gurudeva’s divine departure, Gaudiya Vedanta Publications has shipped over 130,000 of his books to America, Australia, the U. K., Guyana, New Zealand, South Africa, and Trinidad.

U. S. A.

In America, the books first go to our online store and warehouse, bhaktistore.com. People can order single books, or they can order multiple books for distribution at a discount. All books are shipped directly to people’s door step. Amazon also links up with bhaktistore.com.  

The Badger festival is a major outlet where devotees take the chance to stock their personal libraries as well as take books home for distribution in their community. 

The Prison Program has placed books in around 650 prison libraries and has also sent books to individual inmates. 

Gauḍīya Girls, a yearly two week book distribution program which is based mainly in California, has now become a tradition. Ladies of all ages come together to share their spiritual inspirations with each other and with those they meet on the street. 

Gaudiya Vedanta Publications book tables are common place at many well attended events and festivals, such as the Bhakti fest, the Miami Book Fair and the Festival of Colors. 

And there is an increasing number of dedicated book distributors, dotted across the country, who, in various, creative ways, give/distribute Śrīla Gurudeva’s books to others in their community, on their travels, at their work place, etc. 

Australia

The devotees of Sydney and Brisbane frequently order shipments of English and Hindi books, which they then distribute to the larger community of devotees living in Australia. Some of the Australian devotees purchase books for their own reading and study. Others set up book tables at universities, in parks and so forth, while still others distribute books on the street or during nagara-saṅkīrtana. Many share them with friends and family or with others in their community.

One devotee writes, “When we visit our family, we take some books and give them as gifts, especially for weddings, birthdays, etc. I gave some of our Gurudeva’s books to one of my aunties who is over seventy-five years. On my recent visit to her place, she told me that that she loves reading the Hindi version of Śrī Vraja-maṇḍala Parikramā. She said she does not even lend it to her children, in case they won’t return it.”

U.K.

In England, Vṛndāvanī dīdī made her home into a warehouse. For several years she has been storing boxes of books in the garage, and sometimes even in her living room. She has sent thousands of sponsored books to libraries across the country, to hospitals, to prisons, to festivals like ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’, and to the celebrated Gaṅgā-mātās, who for many years have tirelessly and enthusiastically distributed Śrīla Gurudeva’s books throughout the UK. Book distributors from all over the U. K., including London, Brighton and Liverpool, share these transcendental literatures with their community. From Vṛndāvanī’s humble home, books were supplied to far-of places such as Germany and Africa. 

The project ‘Every Town and Village’ is part of a registered charity. Its aim is to give everyone in the U. K. access to spiritual knowledge through widespread distribution of transcendental books, free of charge. Through the efforts of the distributors and donors who are part of the trust, thousands of books have found their way to the people for whom they were destined. You can read some of their book distribution stories and more about their project on http://etavbooks.co.uk.

Guyana

In Guyana, Śrīla Gurudeva’s books are available at the temple, both for devotees and guests. When the devotees go on nagara-saṅkīrtana, they distribute books to the people they meet on the street. They also distribute books at special events. One devotee shared his Śiva-rātrī book distribution story; “A few devotees and I went to the main temple where all the Hindus go, and we distributed the one hundred Śiva-tattva books we had, along with some others.  I was so happy to do that service..... wish I had a couple of hundred more copies of Śiva-tattva.”

New Zealand 

In England, Vṛndāvanī dīdī made her home into a warehouse. For several years she has been storing boxes of books in the garage, and sometimes even in her living room. She has sent thousands of sponsored books to libraries across the country, to hospitals, to prisons, to festivals like ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’, and to the celebrated Gaṅgā-mātās, who for many years have tirelessly and enthusiastically distributed Śrīla Gurudeva’s books throughout the UK. Book distributors from all over the U. K., including London, Brighton and Liverpool, share these transcendental literatures with their community. From Vṛndāvanī’s humble home, books were supplied to far-of places such as Germany and Africa. 

The project ‘Every Town and Village’ is part of a registered charity. Its aim is to give everyone in the U. K. access to spiritual knowledge through widespread distribution of transcendental books, free of charge. Through the efforts of the distributors and donors who are part of the trust, thousands of books have found their way to the people for whom they were destined. You can read some of their book distribution stories and more about their project on http://etavbooks.co.uk.

South Africa

The devotees of South Africa mostly take books to the beach front or to Hindu festivals, where they offer them to passersby for a donation.  They feel there is a great need to spread Śrīla Gurudeva’s message there.

Trinidad

Since the Trinidad temple was officially opened in 2014, Śrīla Gurudeva’s books have been available to all visitors there. Before this, the Trinidad devotees would distribute books to their larger devotee community and they would do street distribution as well. 

You can read many more personal stories about book distribution around the world on gvpbookdistribution.com.

If you are interested about finding out how to get books to share in your community please contact anitadasi@gmail.com.