New Amharic Translation

The 2019 annual BBT Africa conference hosted at the Louis Leaky Auditorium in Nairobi – Kenya, provided the backdrop to welcome the latest addition to the increasing library of books on offer from the African BBT.

Translated by Ethiopian born Mahaprasad Govinda Das, it was eagerly received by the audience and ISKCON society with much appreciation.

The Amharic translation of “Easy Journey to Other Planets” is a doorway into the world of Vedic knowledge as presented by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia and is spoken by 22 000 000 people

Introduction to Bhagavad Gita Printed in Lingala

Join the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Africa in celebrating this historical event: The First printing of Introduction to Bhagavad-Gita in Lingala!

The Bhagavad-Gita is the main source-book on yoga and a concise summary of India’s Vedic Wisdom. This is the complete and unabridged introduction as it appears in Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, which is a very good introduction to the philosophy of God, Krishna Consciousness.

Vanity Karma Wins Gold

“Vanity Karma: Ecclesiastes, the Bhagavad-gita, and the meaning of life,” by Jayadvaita Swami, has won the 2016 Benjamin Franklin gold award for the year’s best book in the “religion” category.

The award was announced by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the authority for the awards, at a ceremony on March 8 in Salt Lake City.

The IBPA is the largest publishing association in the United States.

“Vanity Karma” is published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, the world’s largest publisher of India’s classic books of spirituality.


New Special Print of Chant and Be Happy

The BBT is pleased to announce a new special print of Chant and Be Happy that is now available.

This title has been printed using FSC Environmentally friendly paper.

This is also the BBT’s first English mass distribution title for our new concept, the ‘Print/eBook Combo’.

South Africa, along with Slovenia, Lithuania, the UK, and Russia are the first countries where Temples are now able to distribute print books and ebooks via the ‘Print/eBook Combo’ concept.

On the back cover of the physical books (print books), there is a line of text which states that the book contains a redemption code for FREE download of the same title as an eBook, in any eBook format.

This redemption code along with the website to retrieve this, can be found on the copyright page.

Visit, enter the redemption code, and a few seconds later the eBook (in any eBook format of choice) is available.

The main reason for this FREE download option?  To supply the ebook, free of charge, to the buyer of the print book. Many people like to have both: the print book at home, and the eBook for travelling.

BBT Africa publishes first book in Xhosa

On the occasion of Lord Krishna’s appearance day, the African BBT has released its first book in Xhosa, which is one of the eleven official languages of South Africa.

This is also the first language for about 8 million people.

The book is a translation of Srila Prabhupada’s Beyond Birth and Death.

First printing: 5,000 copies.

The translator: Tota Gopinatha Dasa. The graphic designer: Khotso Kholopane.

Tota Gopinatha Dasa

Khotso Kholopane