4th Annual BBT Conf in Mru


The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1972. It has become the largest publisher of ancient and classic Vaishnava texts and contemporary works pertaining to Bhakti yoga. Scriptural works translated and commented on by Srila Prabhupada have been translated into 57 languages.

In 2010, to cater for the needs of the African continent, home of 2100 languages, the BBT opened a new branch – BBT Africa. BBT Africa has its headquarters in Johannesburg and is operated under the guidance of His Holiness Jaydvaita Swami. It’s primary objective is to translate the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada into African languages and to facilitate their distribution across the African continent. It also has also assumed full responsibility for the Back To Godhead Magazine distribution in Africa and will take care of not only printing it in Africa but also making it more relevant to African issues. Since its inception BBT Africa holds an annual conference to share its achievements, present new plans, gather ideas and inspire new and seasoned book distributors in serving Srila Prabhupada through ever increasing book distribution.
This year BBT Africa held their fourth annual conference in Maurtitius. His Holiness Jayadvaita Swami, His Holiness Devamrta Swami, His Holiness Bhakti Caitanya Swami (GBC for Mauritius), His Holiness Bhakti Vinod Swami were present. They were accompanied by 23 international delegates including Govardhana Prabhu (BBT Africa Director), Bhrama Muhurta (ACBSP) Prabhu from Sweden, Ekachakra Prabhu and Jahanava Devi (who has just finished translating Srimad Bhagavatam into Chinese), Dwarkavasini Devi (Sankirtan Leader in Kenya where book distribution was highest in Africa for 2012), and Carudesna Prabhu from the Ivory Coast.
The event , an historic one for Mauritius, was held in the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre on the 9th of February 2013 and was attended by 300 Mauritian participants. The day started early, at 7 am, with breakfast Prasad and registration. It continued with arti to Srimad Bhagavatam, kirtan, a tribute to Gopiparandhana Prabhu and talks by the leaders. The highlight of the day was the launching of Srila Prabhupada’s first book translated into Creole – On the Way to Krishna (Lor Sime Ver Krsna). After lunch Prasad the afternoon continued with discussions, reports, a video clip, questions and kirtan. All those who had registered for the event received a gift pack of bag, a new book “Veda”, a cd on the art of book distribution, pamphlets and a rubber wristband to wear as a reminder to distribute more and more books. The afternoon ended at 5 pm. It had been a long day but the participants were enlivened and hopefully some of them will come forward to join the Mauritian sankirtan book distribution party. Hare Krishna!
Some photos of the event may be viewed here
Some of the presentations made by guest speakers may be downloaded here