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Sankirtan Knowledge Base

edited January 9 in Questions & Answers

Before we go out

  • Spiritual strength. Good sadhana to have spiritual strength.
  • Variety of books stored as Deities in special place.
  • Numbers and objectives (book keeping).

Purpose

  • Satisfy Srila Prabhupada’s desire for massive book distribution.
  • Present the philosophy and practice of Krsna Consciousness to a large number of people.
  • Present the knowledge by which society can be materially and spiritually successful.
  • Provide spiritual education and opportunities to engage in devotional service.
  • Occupy people directly in Krsna Consciousness.
  • For our own purification.
  • To create auspiciousness in society.
  • To create a spiritual atmosphere in the temple or preaching center.

Character

  • You must have ideal character, be respectful, educated and honest with the public.
  • Study Srila Prabhupada’s books regularly in order to present the books on their own merit.
  • Value ​​all services and how they are interdependent.

Public

  • The audience evaluates Srila Prabhupada and Krishna based on their personal contact with the devotees.
  • Every interaction has to be positive, ending with invitation and kind words.

Technique

  • Location

    • Best is adyacent small street in downtown.
  • Stopping people

    • Mantra sequence.
      • Present yourself.
      • Talk about benefits of book.
      • Ask for a donation, directing for a price and look at the eyes and be silent for a few seconds.
      • Close the interaction with a card and nice words.
  • While on sankirtan

    • Pray to Srila Prabhupada before start.
    • Meditate how you are the servant of the people.
    • Chant between persons.
    • Read a few lines of the book you are distributing.
  • ALWAYS have enough invitation cards.

  • Problems
    • People goes away at the “donation” part.
    • No proper cash/books ratio.
    • Little distribution.
    • What to say to the police and authorities.

Results

  • Long term results are more important.
  • Quota

    • Quota must be both of time and quantity of books, whichever comes first.
    • Put yourself a number of books slightly over what you know you can do.
  • Think of your sankirtan as a conference that people assisted and payed for, but it is Srila Prabhupada‘s speaking!

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