Spreading Timeless Wisdom

Sastra Dana & Motel Gita

Sastra Dana, distributing spiritual texts like Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad Gita, widens the reach of spiritual knowledge. Inspired by Gideon Bibles, the Motel Gita project successfully placed over 80,000 Bhagavad Gitas in hotels in 2023, with impactful stories emerging. Inmates found hope and individuals contemplating suicide discovered solace in the book’s message.

Launching the program requires temple support and congregation involvement. Starting small by offering books to institutions like hospitals and libraries allows gradual growth. Refilling and follow-up are crucial for maintaining the project.

Mayapur Bihari Prabhu and Minakshi Devi Dasi offer guidance and resources, including scripts for approaching institutions. Collaboration with the Bhagavad Gita Book Trust (BBT) provides distribution support. Challenges exist, but collaboration with organizations like AAHOA and other temples can help. Sharing these sacred texts not only fulfills Srila Prabhupada’s mission but also holds the potential to transform lives.

Beyond motels and hotels, the program has seen positive responses in various institutions:
Hospitals
• Courthouses
• Hospices
• Prisons
• Libraries
• Schools (including temple schools and senior programs)
• Airports (specifically chapels)

What is Sastra Dana?

Sastra Dana translates to “gift of knowledge” in Sanskrit.
This program focuses on distributing spiritual books, specifically Srila Prabhupada’s works, to locations where people may not readily encounter them.
It aims to reach individuals who might be:
• Vulnerable.
• Unfamiliar with the philosophy.

What is Motel Gita?

Motel Gita targets hotels and motels.
This initiative leverages the existing practice of hotels offering Gideon Bibles and Buddhist literature.

Key factors contributing to the program’s success include:

• Network established with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA).
• Effective logistics and back-office support.
• Collaboration with the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT).

Spiritual Help When Needed Most

Sastra Dana places spiritual texts in hospitals, prisons, and hotels, offering hope and inspiring positive change for those facing challenging circumstances.

Transformation Beyond Temple Walls

Motel Gita and Sastra Dana expand spiritual outreach beyond temples, reaching travelers, patients, and others through book placements in various institutions.

Finding Peace and Purpose

Individuals struggling with difficult situations have found solace, hope, and even a new direction in life through the books distributed by Sastra Dana and Motel Gita.

Sharing Spiritual Knowledge

Starting Your Sastra Dana Program

Ready to share the gift of spiritual knowledge? Sastra Dana offers a fulfilling way to do just that. Here’s how to get started:

First, garner support from your temple’s leadership and involve the Sankirtana team. Educate the congregation through presentations highlighting the program’s goals and the significance of “Sastra Dana” – the act of gifting spiritual knowledge.

Begin modestly. Partner with a few institutions like hospitals, prisons, or hotels to place spiritual texts like the Bhagavad Gita. Remember to maintain positive relationships by following up and ensuring a steady supply of books.

Don’t hesitate to seek help! Mayapur Bihari Prabhu and Minakshi Devi Dasi offer valuable guidance and resources, including training materials and collaboration opportunities to overcome potential financial hurdles. Sastra Dana’s impact extends far beyond temple walls, offering hope and fostering positive change in countless lives. Start your journey today and be a part of sharing this transformative gift.

 

Getting Started

Expand Your Reach

Partner with your temple’s leadership and Sankirtana team to initiate Sastra Dana. Explain the program’s goals and the importance of “gifting knowledge” through presentations to the congregation.

Start Small, Scale Up: Begin by placing spiritual texts in a few institutions (hospitals, prisons, hotels). Regularly replenish books and build rapport with staff. Gradually expand as your program gains traction.

Support & Resources: Mayapur Bihari Prabhu and Minakshi Devi Dasi offer guidance, training materials, and collaboration opportunities to address financial limitations.

Transforming Lives: Sastra Dana has demonstrably improved lives. Inmates found a positive path, and individuals contemplating difficult situations discovered hope through the distributed books.

Share the Gift: Sastra Dana allows you to share the power of spiritual knowledge beyond the temple walls. With dedication and collaboration, your program can inspire positive change and enrich countless lives.

Start Small, Scale Up

Begin by placing spiritual texts in a few institutions (hospitals, prisons, hotels). Regularly replenish books and build rapport with staff. Gradually expand as your program gains traction.

Support & Resources

Mayapur Bihari Prabhu and Minakshi Devi Dasi offer guidance, training materials, and collaboration opportunities to address financial limitations.

Share the Gift

Sastra Dana allows you to share the power of spiritual knowledge beyond the temple walls. With dedication and collaboration, your program can inspire positive change and enrich countless lives. Sastra Dana has demonstrably improved lives. Inmates found a positive path, and individuals contemplating difficult situations discovered hope through the distributed books.

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