Over the years devotees and friends have asked me what it was like preaching and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books in the Middle East in the late '70s and early '80s. During that time our main focus for book distribution was Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. Beirut was our headquarters. For those unaware, there was a civil war raging in Lebanon at the time. After a long trip overland from England, I was surprised to discover the reality of the situation awaiting us because my good friend, Tribhuvanatha Prabhu, had failed to warn us beforehand. When we arrived in Beirut I said to Tribhuvanatha, "You didn't tell us there was a war going on down here." Tribhuvanatha replied in his typically nonchalant way, "Oh, I forgot." Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I think the following selection speaks for itself. It was truly a season in Hell.