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Sunday, February 12th, 2023

Mayapura, West Bengal, India

The TOVP room was full with 1500 leaders from around the world. Of course, we are not talking about just any leaders. We are looking at some of the most thoughtful men and women committed to the lifestyle of conscious living. Quite impressive.

At 10 am, all assembled in what will be the largest Vedic temple in the world. We heard from Vaisesika of the global book ministry and the kind of numbers or goals achieved with scripture distribution, mostly of the Bhagavad-gita and Bhagavatam. Naturally, India reigns supreme in the department of the most book sales.

One of the questions raised was concerning the growing interest in e-books in the world. The answer was that the literature, Chaitanya Charitamrita, has been completed in this format, and there will be more. Vaisesika also pointed out that good old traditional paper publications are still popular.

It was a pleasure for me to go table-to-table to meet such fine folds who had come from around the world at lunchtime. I met some delegates from Turkey. WE all know about the recent earthquake disaster. Here’s what one of those devotees had to say:

“They report one number for the death toll, however, the real figure is in the hundreds of thousands.”

DEVASTATION IN TURKEY – Photo by Adem Altan – Geddy Images

Life is cruel and incomprehensible. Only karma can offer some explanation.

One redeeming point about conscious people who make a difference, as it was told to me by my new Turkish friends, is that devotees of Krishna have set up camp and have begun a food relief program for survivors. Some consolation!

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