By Bhakta Corey
A couple of temples that I have visited in the past year, I noticed one similar theme among the book distribution leaders and devotees. The theme was that they felt they were having a hard time finding places to do book distribution. In this regard, I would like to share some experiene I have had.
You would never think of these spots, because they are right under our nose. We have had a lot of luck working in the parking lot of grocery stores, chain stores, mall parking lots, and even inside the mall! These places are very good, because they are always crowded.
To work in these parking lots, you have to have a short 2-3 sentence line that you can say in less than 15 seconds, and it usually works. A few Christian groups have caught on to this idea, as occasionally I notice certain Christian workers out in the parking lots working too. So if even the Christians can do it, then certainly the devotees can.
The only negative to working parking lots is there is sometimes security. He is generally always a person in a golf cart, with a yellow flashing light on top of the cart, so at night he is especially easy to see and evade. It takes a couple of weeks to get over the fear of getting caught, although the most they will say is “I’m sorry sir, we don’t allow people to pass out pamplets on our property”. They are always very polite.
I have a hard time containing my excitement when I think about the unlimited possibility for book distribution in America. Even if we had 10,000 sankirtan devotees traveling around selling books, we wouldn’t cover even a fourth of the country.
So this is a sankirtan gold mine, and whenever you start wondering where all the sankirtan spots are, look no further than your neighborhood Wal-mart or grocery store. I am simply praying that Krishna will send some nice young men to join the sankirtan mission, because there is unlimited opportunity right now for book distribution in America.