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A Hostel in downtown San Diego

That is an exception. In the 9 years since we started the Sastra Dana program this is the first time something like it was reported.

By the way, we are about to produce a newspaper with Srila Prabhupada’s teachings that is going to be distributed off the racks. That will help us be more liberal as to where we place our racks. I am sure that some of the copies are going to get destroyed and abused, but that’s the price you need to pay if you want to bring Krishna consciousness to the masses. I hope that in the future our newspaper will become something like the “LA Times” or San Diego’s “Reader”, publications available free of charge at every street corner.

We invite all you revolutionaries to join in the effort. We need graphic designers, desktop publishers, editors, fund raisers, donors, distributors, etc.

If you’re seriously interested in joining hands, drop us an email:

Your servant,
Mahat-tattva Dasa

» Posted By mahattattva On Jun 1, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

The value of wearing saris and dhotis in the execution of our devotional activities

I’ve been distributing books in the States for the last 10 years and I always wear dothi, kurta, cadar, and have my head shaved, with tilak on the forehead. By far mostly people think of me as a monk and that with respect.

Last year I went to TX, Dallas and Austin. I thought I was going to run into lots of Christians who will give me hard time. Nope. I had the best time ever. As a matter of fact I took several bhaktas and bhaktins with me and we all wore dothis and saris and it was just great.

Dothi helps me think of Krishna and it helps me remember what am I all about. It also reminds everyone who sees me of Krishna and spiritual values.

Just recently I was distributing in LA when a fellow dressed in an expensive suit, looking like a successful businessman, came over really close to me and said, “Look at you and look at me.” Then he called himself a miserable materialist. He said that even more pathetic is the fact that he had no strength to give up his misery.

Weekly I take tons of pictures of me and my friends distributing in dothis and saris standing next to smiling American citizens. The last thing in the world I would think is that people are put off by our traditional dress. People rather find it exotic.

» Posted By mahattattva On Nov 27, 2007 @ 5:27 am

Sastra Dana – Congregational Book Distribution

Suresh Prabhuji, your question is answered in the newsletter. If you watch the video or read the text you will find your answer. Sorry for the late reply. I didn’t visit this site since our newsletter was published on this site.

» Posted By mahattattva On Nov 6, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

Bhakta Program in San Diego

Yes, that is a pic of Mark Twain.

» Posted By mahattattva On Oct 31, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

Nope. Srila Prabhupada’s photo is there.

» Posted By mahattattva On Oct 31, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

Read about the fires in San Diego here:

See video:

» Posted By mahattattva On Oct 29, 2007 @ 10:49 pm

Sastra Dana – Congregational Book Distribution

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» Posted By mahattattva On Sep 25, 2007 @ 3:06 am

Dhamesvara Prabhuji, because our funds are limited.

Mahat-tattva Dasa

» Posted By mahattattva On Sep 13, 2007 @ 2:44 pm


» Posted By mahattattva On Sep 12, 2007 @ 12:29 am

To learn more about the Sastra Dana program or to get involved, visit our website

» Posted By mahattattva On Aug 27, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

Great service opportunity! Give Krishna To Soldiers

To sponsor vinyl Bhagavad-gitas for distribution to soldiers by Aristide go to:

Please include a note that your donation is for Aristide. Thank you.

Bhagavad-gita vinyls = $6.50

If you’re interested to help in any other way with the “Military Ministry” contact Sastra Dana and we’ll put you in touch with Aristide.

Contact us page:

» Posted By mahattattva On Jul 23, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

Ways Householders can Distribute Books

I never recorded any of those presentations. I will try to record it next time.

Your servant,
Mahat-tattva Dasa

» Posted By mahattattva On Jul 27, 2007 @ 2:37 am

I’ve given many Sastra Dana presentations that demonstrated that running the Sastra Dana program does not eat up local temple donations. It simply gives your congregation anther reason to donate. Thus they donate more.

» Posted By mahattattva On Jul 25, 2007 @ 4:46 am


Your humble servant,
Mahat-tattva Dasa

» Posted By mahattattva On Jul 22, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

Akruranath Prabhuji, please consider the following.

Sastra Dana places only small amounts of books in stores and businesses and that only after obtaining the permission from the owner/manager. When people sit in a dental office waiting room they don’t know that we have donated those books. They think the dental office have provided the books to entertain and benefit their customers. Thus the value of the books increases in the eyes of the dental office customers.

We’ve been now distributing in LA and San Diego for over 8 years. In these 8 years we have not gone to a same store twice!!!

As far as I can see your main concern are the book racks. Please note that the book racks distribute only small books, pamphlet-like. Our plan is, as the program expands, to print a few “free” titles to be used for the rack distribution. Free titles will be printed only for the Sastra Dana program. Those titles will not be sold anywhere. They will be used only for free distribution. We project to come to this point in about three years. I have already spoken with the devotees from the BBT and they are ready for us.

Also please note that not all of our racks give free books. Some racks ask for a donation while some racks ask for a specific amount.

These stand-alone racks are, in our experience, superior to small smart boxes because it is much easier to get a store owner to give you a floor space then a counter space.

I think this answers your doubts. If you have any more doubts, before commenting, please visit the following page: That should help.

The Sastra Dana program is a great way to engage our congregation in the missionary activities. Check out “MANDY” video:

Hope you are well.

Your humble servant,
Mahat-tattva Dasa

» Posted By mahattattva On Jul 18, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

The powerful words of Prabhupada

Sastra Dana correct website address is

Your servant,
Mahat-tattva Dasa
(Sastra Dana coordinator)

» Posted By mahattattva On Apr 22, 2007 @ 1:00 am

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