Our Family Business by Vaisesika Dasa

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Book Cover: Vaisesika Dasa is the author of Our Family Business.

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Our Family Business

What if you could build your devotee community, deepen your Krishna consciousness, give others the opportunity to learn about bhakti, and perform the dharma of the age all at the same time? In this very readable book, Vaisesika Dasa discusses both why we should join the family business of distributing transcendental knowledge through the written word as well as how book distribution benefits distributors, the devotional community, and all those who receive one of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

Learn about

  • The history of book distribution in ISKCON.
  • How book distribution is “literary kirtana” and perfectly links one to the yuga-dharma.
  • How performing book distribution is high sadhana and instills a taste for hearing and chanting.
  • The Four Laws of Book Distribution – proven principles guaranteed to improve and increase your book distribution.
  • Fun and practical ways to involve your whole community in sankirtana.

Our Family Business makes it clear that every devotee and every service is part of the sankirtana effort. Even if book distribution is not your primary service, expect to be enlightened, encouraged, and enlivened by reading this book.


Vaisesika Dasa was born in 1956. As a teen, he was an avid spiritual seeker. Soon after receiving a Back to Godhead magazine from a friend in the spring of 1973, he moved into the ISKCON temple in San Francisco at the age of sixteen and, with the blessings of his parents, became a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and a full-time monk dedicated to the practice of Krishna bhakti. Today he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Nirakula Devi Dasi, also a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. Together they have developed an ISKCON community of three hundred families in Silicon Valley, which is based on the study and distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

He is an initiating guru in ISKCON. He travels widely to teach the tenets of devotional service and the great art of distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books.


“Our Family Business takes one through the Hare Krishna explosion in book distribution in a most compelling and thrilling manner from one who was a key player in it.... From the very first pages of this book, you will not want to put it down. It’s surely a must-have.” Jayapataka Swami

“This book is for those who distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books, who want to distribute them but don’t yet feel sufficiently inspired to, or who have never been exposed to the service.” Gopal Krishna Goswami

“In Our Family Business, Vaisesika Prabhu has brilliantly captured the spirit that drove Srila Prabhupada’s disciples beyond all limits to please His Divine Grace by publishing and distributing his books by the millions all over the world. Reader beware! This book has the potential to not only rekindle that same spirit in the hearts of those who live only to elicit Srila Prabhupda’s smile, but to ignite that same spirit in the hearts of those who were not even aware that that’s what this life is all about.” Niranjana Swami

“With every page I read, I can feel the contagious spirit of gratitude and compassion that springs from the heart of Vaisesika Dasa.” Radhanath Swami

“Forty years ago I watched in wonder as people became enchanted by Vaisesika Prabhu at O’Hare International Airport and bought books. The consciousness, philosophy, and technique behind that enchantment has appeared as words in this book. Reader, be enchanted!” Sivarama Swami