By Yogindra Dasa
I had an unusual experience once while distributing hard back Bhagavatams on the street outside a post office in a small town in Sweden.
A lady with a mentally- challenged daughter passed by, and the little girl grabbed the book I had tried to distribute to her mother. The girl adamantly refused to return the book to me, inspite of her motherâ€™s repeated attempts. The mother had little choice but to ask me the price, which I quoted at the minimum BBT cost.
A little later, in the distance I spotted a gentleman heading towards me with the book in his hand. Expecting trouble, I politely met him. He was enraged, loudly claiming I had cheated his wife and demanded I return their money. He also complained that, “this book is not even in Swedish.”
(Which it actually wasâ€”excluding the Sanskrit).
I calmly reassured the man that I would return the donation. “Please however just look at any page in the book and see if it is in Swedish or not”, I requested. He agreed, and opened the third Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam by chance, to chapter 11 and he read aloud to me verse 31:
“My dear King, just consider what I have said to you, which will act as medicinal treatment upon disease. Control your anger, for anger is the foremost enemy on the path of spiritual realization. I wish you all good fortune for you. Please follow my instructions.”
He then closed the book, put it under his arm and walked awayâ€”taking with him the instructions of Svayambhuva Manu as given to Dhruva Maharaja.