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Sankirtana for Life


Devotee: You always speak about the ecstasy of book distribu­tion, but I don't experience this ecstasy when I go out.

Harikesa Swami: You must taste something, otherwise how could you keep going out day after day as you are doing? Maybe the ecstasy does not pick you up and throw you down on the street, but it is a soft ecstasy that inspires you to continue distributing books. It is not an ecstasy that causes you to scream, pull out your hair, and go mad, but it is a subtle experience of satisfaction.

In the material world there is no such experience of ecstasv. There is only black or white. When materialists get together, they go from laughing hysterically one minute to complete dejection the next. But devotees are always on a steady plat­form of bliss. Steadiness is the beginning stage of transcen­dental ecstasy. This steadiness will eventually lead you to bhdva and then to prema. One day, in the middle of a klrtana, you will realize that you are not your body but a spirit soul. You will chant in ecstasy, jump in the air, twirl around, and chant, "Hari bol!" When you experience that great ecstasy and you are enlivened in transcendental realization, run into my room and touch me on the head and bless me, so that I can taste the ecstasy too.


Devotee: What is fanaticism. Whai uoe.i it mean to be a san­kirtana fanatic? Is it good to be a sankirtana fanatic?

Harikesa Swami: Fanaticism is doing something blindly with­out any knowledge or concern for what other people think. Book distribution is not fanaticism, and book distribution fanatics are not fanatics. They simply want to distribute books and nothing else. They are the most intelligent people, be­cause they have dedicated their lives one hundred percent to the distribution of Shrila Prabhupada's books. Therefore we 'ovinahr refer to them as fanatics.


Devotee: What special qualities does one need to distribute books for the rest of one's life?

Harikesa Swami: If vou simply want to distribute books for the rest of your life, all the qualities that you need will come automatically. You may not be on the street forever. You might be inspiring and assisting others to distribute more; you might be making more new distributors. Thus your whole life would be devoted to book distribution. I personally wouldn't mind if everybody were just distributing books; I would go from one traveling party to another and have an enormously good time. But we also have to publish books, and publishing books demands time and energy. Other problems, such as family life and big temples, also demand time and energy. There has to be a place for everyone in Krsna consciousness, because not everyone will go out and distribute books. But from our point of view, we would love it if there was only book distribution.


Devotee: What will happen to book distribution in the future, when everybody already has all the books?

Harikesa Swami: In the future we will also distribute books. We will distribute until everyone in the world has a full set of books. Then we will start to distribute spare sets, in case they lose the books or their dog eats them. Unlimited amounts of books can be distributed. Don't think that soon everybody will have books; it will take at least a hundred years. And besides, books don't last forever, so we have to distribute new ones too.


Devotee: What will we do when everyone in the world has a Bhagavad-gita?

Harikesa Swami: Wliat a terrible problem: You will go to every door and teach the people what it says in the Bhagavad-gltd. You will give them Srlmad-Bhagavatam, and when they all have Srlmad-Bhagavatam, you will give them the Chaitanya caritamrta. When everyone is finished reading the Chaitanya-caritdmrta, we will have a billion-person kirtana and this earth planet will float right out of the universe..