For about ten years, I maintained myself and my family by driving a taxi. Srila Prabhupada’s kirtan always softly played in the taxi, and I was distributing his books to my passengers. Some happily accepted, and some refused as always.

One day, I picked up a passenger from the airport to take him downtown, about a forty-minute drive with traffic.

On the way, he recognized the maha-mantra in the background and started a conversation with me. I slowly introduced him to the message of the Bhagavad Gita. He started listening to my narrations very attentively and began expressing his emotions.

He said, “I am a professor at a university, and here I am listening to a taxi driver! I am spellbound by the knowledge and wisdom you are sharing.”

I handed him a Bhagavad Gita. After I came to know his profession, I became a bit nervous. He sensed that and requested me to continue sharing the knowledge. We had a nice, smooth ride to the city.

Upon arriving downtown, he requested me to sign the Gita so that he will remember me whenever he reads the book. I was shocked, and I said, “Sir, this is my spiritual master’s work; I cannot write in his book. Moreover, I am just an ordinary taxi driver, and you are . . .”

He stopped me there and said, “The knowledge you have shared with me today is priceless. And I promise I will start reading this book from now on.”

I prayed for forgiveness from Srila Prabhupada, wishing for the professor to become a devotee of Krishna in this lifetime, and signed the book as requested.

Hare Krishna!

Acyutananda Gaurahari Dasa
ISKCON Melbourne, Australia

Source: https://www.iskconbookdistribution.com/a-humble-scholar-asks-his-taxi-driver-to-narrate-and-sign-the-gita/

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