Books Prabhupada Preaching

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Everything is in Srila Prabhupada’s Books!

I am requesting all of my students to read my books very seriously every day without fail. In this way, if your mind becomes absorbed at least one or two hours daily… (Srila Prabhupada letter to Bhargava, June 1972.)

I can understand from the questions people ask on www.Krishna.org that most are not reading Srila Prabhupada’s books regularly. If we are not reading Prabhupada’s books every day we are missing out on so much. The only way we can make advancement in spiritual life and ultimately get out of this miserable material world and go back home back to Godhead is by the association of a pure devotee of Krishna. Only one who is already liberated and situated on the topmost spiritual platform is qualified to guide us in such a way that we can also ultimately achieve the same perfection and go back home, back to Godhead.

And such a great soul is very rare. We may not get the opportunity to associate with such a great soul in millions and millions of births… But now we are so fortunate that we have Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada has so mercifully put everything into his books. He is living in his books and when we read Prabhupada’s books we are getting his direct personal association. If we have any difficulty or any question we need answered all we need to do is pick up one of Srila Prabhupada’s books and read it. The perfect answer will always be there, as long as we keep reading to find it.

In this email I want to include some of the things Srila Prabhupada himself says about the importance of reading his books:

You may please me the most by reading my books and following the instructions therein and by becoming fully Krishna Conscious in this lifetime.”

“I am very much stressing at this point that all of my students shall be very much conversant with the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness, and that they should read our books very diligently at least one or two hours daily and try to understand the subject matter from varieties of angles.”

“Be sure and read my books very carefully, Bhagavad-gita, then Srimad-Bhagavatam, and then Caitanya Caritamrta. You should read every day without fail and become fixed in our philosophy.

“I am pleased to hear that you are chanting 16 rounds daily and reading my books regularly and following the four rules. In my books the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness is explained fully so if there is anything which you do not understand, then you simply have to read again and again. By reading daily the knowledge will be revealed to you and by this process your spiritual life will develop. Krishna Consciousness is not a hackneyed thing but it is something which is our natural and original consciousness. Presently our consciousness is clouded just like a mirror becomes covered with dust So the cleansing process is this chanting and hearing and doing some service and trying to please the Spiritual Master. By this process our consciousness becomes clear and we are able to understand everything.”

“Who is my father, how he is, how great he is, what is his qualification, what does he do, what is his father’s name, what is his address—that you can understand from Bhagavad-gītā. Therefore it is essential that everyone should read Bhagavad-gītā. Simply to know God is great, that is also good. He is accepting the greatness of God. But if you want to know in detail how great He is, to what extent great He is, how the actions of His greatness are going on, how His activities of greatness are going on, then you read Bhagavad-gītā.”

“For further understanding of this religious process, I would recommend that you read our three books, namely Sri Isopanisad, Bhagavad-gita As It Is, and Easy Journey to Other Planets. When you have finished them, you can read Srimad-Bhagavatam and Teachings of Lord Caitanya. Besides these we have many other books and our Back to Godhead magazines, in which we fully describe this religion only. So please read them one after another, and whenever there is a question you may write to me, and I shall be very glad to answer you as far as possible.”

“Regarding my books, everyone should read. I am also reading. Everyone should be engaged 24 hours. That is the sum and substance. How much you should read and how much you should do other types of service, that has to be decided by each individual devotee. Eating and sleeping should be minimized—not a single moment should be misused.”

“Thank you for reading my books and appreciating them. Please continue to do so. That will help you advance nicely in spiritual life. By reading my books and chanting Hare Krishna, your life will become perfect.”

“As a Sannyasi and GBC your first duty is to read my books. Otherwise how will you preach? In order to remain steadily fixed in Krishna consciousness there must be a sound philosophical understanding. Otherwise it will become only sentiment. Whenever you find time please read my books.”

“I have written many books already which are full of the different aspects of this deep philosophy of Krishna Consciousness. I request you to study them carefully and you will find a treasure house of scientific information in relation to the ultimate goal of life and conquering the major problems of life, birth, death, old age, and disease.”

“I am pleased to know that all of you are enthusiastically engaged in distributing our books. In this modern Godless civilization, everyone is greatly suffering due to lack of the real knowledge of Krishna consciousness, and our task is very great and very important. We must deliver this pure science of God to everyone and give them the chance to make their lives successful. So you continue this book distribution program very nicely, and at the same time take advantage of these books yourselves. Not that you just distribute but neglect reading them yourself. Always read them, especially Krsna book. Every time you have a spare moment, you should read. This will help you to advance in Krishna consciousness, and will give you the ability to convince others also.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam means everything in relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Whether we hear the pastimes and activities of the Supreme Lord or we hear about the character, reputation and activities of His devotees, they are all one and the same. Neophyte devotees simply try to understand the pastimes of the Lord and are not very interested in hearing about the activities of His devotees, but such discrimination should not be indulged in by any real devotee. Sometimes less intelligent men try to hear about the rasa dance of Krsna and do not take care to hear about other portions of Srimad-Bhagavatam, which they completely avoid. There are professional Bhagavata reciters who abruptly go to the rasa-lila chapters of Srimad-Bhagavatam, as if other portions of Srimad-Bhagavatam were useless. This kind of discrimination and abrupt adoption of the rasa-lila pastimes of the Lord is not approved by the acaryas. A sincere devotee should read every chapter and every word of Srimad-Bhagavatam, for the beginning verses describe that it is the ripened fruit of all Vedic literature. Devotees should not try to avoid even a word of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.”

“You should be always alert in understanding the sastric conclusions that will help you, otherwise we can be misled by bogus philosophies. I am very pleased that you are studying the books. This will make you happy and successful.”

“Please perform your service of training up the new men very carefully. Present the philosophy of Krsna consciousness as it is. There is no need to add anything or take anything away. As it is. They must learn to strictly follow the four regulative principles and chant 16 rounds minimum every day, avoiding the 10 offenses. The new men should also go out for samkirtan, chanting or distributing my books. This will make them strong. Also, they must study my books at least three hours a day (including classes).”

“If you want to stay in Krsna Consciousness you will have to develop firm faith in Guru and Sastra. Therefore, you must study my books very scrutinizingly, follow the four regulative principles very strictly and chant 16 rounds daily avoiding the ten offenses. Don’t take this movement as something cheap.”

Please carefully read these quotes from Srila Prabhupada and apply them in your life. To read Prabhupada’s books you need to have Prabhupada’s books and for this purpose I am prepared to send you the “Prabhupada Library”, a collection of 16 essential books from Srila Prabhupada. For more information about this please go to:

http://krishnastore.com/prabhupada-library-h-krishna-1734.html

Also you can get all of Srila Prabhupada’s in ePub format (for iPad, iPhone, all tablet computers and all PCs):

http://krishnastore.com/prabhupadas-books-epub-for-ipad-tablets-and-ebook-readers-h-krishna-1821.html

And all of Prabhupada’s books in Amazon Kindle format:

http://krishnastore.com/srila-prabhupadas-books-for-amazon-kindle-h-krishna-1570.html

We have started to publish all of the original first-edition Prabhupada books in PDF files. These are made from actual scans of the original first-edition books so they are completely identical with Prabhupada’s original books. Currently we have Srimad-Bhagavatam available as a free download at:

http://krishna.org/srimad-bhagavatam-original-edition-pdf-download/

and Sri Caitanaya-caritamrta at:

http://krishna.org/original-sri-caitanya-caritamrta-pdf-books/

So there is no excuse for us not to read Srila Prabhupada’s books every day.

 

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27 Responses to Everything is in Srila Prabhupada’s Books!

  1. Marco says:

    I just want to say thank you, and that your enthusiasm is contagious.

  2. Rachana Mishra says:

    omg…. I eat lot & sleep lot… but I love Lord Krishna very much… he is everything to me…. he is real lord… i do 16 times chanting…. but i love to have foods & sleep.. but lord krishna didn’t like it… I will try myself to eat less & to sleep for 6 hours. thankyou mataji…..

  3. uma Sridhar says:

    Hare Krishna!

    Pranam Swamiji,

    As you have mentioned, I feel his personal association while reading Our Guru Srila Prabhupada; yes he is living in his books. I feel, I am very much blessed to read his books;(thanks once agin to you Swamiji) his simple writing quality to attract readers, giving appropriate explanations from vedas etc about Krishna Conciousness. Only problem is, I started reading his book the “Nector of Devotion” I am deeply absorbed/interest, it makes me to read the same book again and again with same curiacity when I started reading for the 1st time. It is very diffcult to resist me;.

    I have never find this type of experience in my life time;. When he explains about Lord Krishna’s physical features, the reader will get Krishna’s darshan, in his mind; when he explains, about krishna’s any bal leela, I personally feel, Krishna is doing in front of my eyes of course not visually but mentally. Through his books, he brings Krishna’s darshan to those who reads them.

    All the glory goes to our Great Guru Sri Prabhupada.

    Hare Krishna

    Uma Sridhar

  4. Khanindra says:

    I am thankful for sending a news letter on “Sanatana Dharma” which has assured me of my thoughts. I donot consider me as a “Vaishnaba” but I like reading and speaking to others of Lord Krishna. I have been studying Srimadbhagawat and Srimadbhagawat gita for last 15 years. I too have bought many books of Prabhupada. Thanks

  5. Roger Perry says:

    This article is the truth of all spiritual life. Srila Prabhupada’s books are all we need. Got my Authorized Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (hardcover and softcover editions) with the Science of Self-Realization DVD, Beyond Birth & Death with Perfection of Yoga free bonus gifts today in the mail. I am so happy to be a Krishna Devotee. It is a process of growth and renewal in my life as I embark with the Gita As It is, chanting the Mahamantra, and reading my couple of Krishna Conscious Teaching booklets to grow in my bond with Srila Prabhupada and as one of Lord Sri Krishna’s Pure Devotees. Prabhupada’s books contain everything one needs to know about life and how to live well and successfuly chart one’s journey by Prabhupada’s expert guidance and Krishna Merciful Hands. Hare Krishna!

  6. Khushboo says:

    Hare krishna

    I m so thankful to get ur link for divine books of shri prabhupad .

    I jus had glimpse of the Q & A sections but it was so pious n convincing .
    Thanks a lot.
    I want to be a devotee so kindly send more knowledge.

    Harekrishna

  7. Steve Harvell says:

    Thank you so very much for the articles that are full of wisdom and direction.
    Steve Harvell

  8. sukrti says:

    Hare Krishna!
    Thanku for for this informative email with highlights. Actually, our philosophy is very rich, but we feel lazy to read SP’s books. Sometimes, we are more inclined towards kirtan or deities or prasadam, but we must understand that BOOKS ARE THE BASIS. Without being well versed with our philosophy, our Krsna consciousness is hazy and maya may knock us down finding the right opportunity.

    • Yes. If we don’t read Prabhupada’s books we will not be firmly fixed in the philosophy of Krishna consciousness and will fall down ultimately…

  9. madhav says:

    hare krishna !
    pls accept our dandavat pranam!
    BG 2.22 PURPORT Prabhupad explain that PARAMATMA & ATMA BOTH RESIDES IN THE REGION OF HEART like two birds on the tree. we understood everything he explained about ATMA But the question is what happen to PARAMATMA at the time death? where paramatma goes after the death(after leaving body)?
    kindly oblige us by your nectarian words.

    • Paramatma, Visnu, is present simultaneously in everyone’s hearts. It is not that everyone has a different paramatma in his heart. So at the time of death the paramatma does not go anywhere. He is present even within the atom…

  10. Kalyani says:

    Hare Krsna
    AGTSP
    PAMHO

    Thank you for highlighting this important point, of reading Srila Prabhupada’s books daily.
    Thank you for collating some of his quotes on the matter and ofcourse for adding such useful websites.
    By Krsna’s and Srila Prabhupada’s grace, I am blessed to read these books and apply them.
    As regards, Maya, I find she provides us our “practicals”.
    Ie we each have experiences which we can apply our KC principles to.

    I pray Lord Krsna and our dear Guru Srila Prabhupada blessses each one of us to remain disciplined and determined in our efforts to read,apply and share the profound knowledge contained in these auspicious books.

    Never give up! Pick yourselves up and carry on the KC process come what may.
    Haribol!

  11. Steve says:

    Haribol Maduvisa,
    Thank you for sending me the links to the books by Sri Prabupada. I am looking forward to working through them. I already read the Bagavad Gita and reading most days. It seems so alive and always speaks to me. In what order would you recommend that we read this material you have sent us? There is so much to absorb! Thanks again….Steve.

  12. Lokesh says:

    Hare Krishna,
    All Glories to Srila Prabhupada,
    Thank you for sending the news letter, getting knowledge from Spritual world is like diving in deep ocean and finding a pearl, but still our desire of getting this pearl is not satisfied and this desire is different from the material desire.

  13. Shashank says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,

    This is your best article I have read so far. Hari Bol.

  14. Khanindra says:

    Hare Krishna,
    The more I read the books on spirituality, the more I realise that I am the worst person. How crazy and selfish I am.Since my childhood I was a non-vegetarian. I stopped taking it. Now again my mind aspires for only fish and taking. I want to get rid of it but how? Please help me.

    • Prasadam. Krishna Prasadam. You have to cook bhoga yourself and offer it to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. If you can get Prabhupada and Krishna to accept your offerings and only eat prasadam you will be completely satisfied with this and you will have no more hankering for fish, etc…

  15. S.Natarajan says:

    vSwamyji pranam
    You have pointed out what we have lacked.
    ys
    natarajan

  16. Shubham says:

    Hari Bol
    Jai Nitai Gaurasundar
    Jai Acharyas and Vaishnavas
    Prabhu ji!
    I thank you for your guidance from 2011. I want to ask that from where should I download original books, krishna.org or krishnapath.org? I want to download scans but they are not using same data. Your Bhagavad Gita is 169 MB but at http://www.krishnapath.org is 134 MB.
    Please clear my doubt.

  17. madhudvisa says:

    Hare Krishna

    One round means chanting the entire Hare Krishna mantra 108 times. So that is chanting: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare 108 times.

    Sixteen rounds is doing this sixteen times. So sixteen rounds is chanting the entire Hare Krishna mantra 108 x 16 = 1728 times. Sometimes devotees speak of chanting a certain number of names of Krishna, so there are 16 words, or names in the Hare Krishna mantra so it is 1728 x 16 = 27,648 names. Some devotees, at least in the Caitanya-caritamrta, were chanting 100,000 names or even 300,000 names (Haridas Thakura). So really 27,648 names is not very much.

    In the beginning it will take a bit longer but once you are practiced it takes between 2-3 hours typically. And 2-3 hours out of 24 hours is very little really.

    Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

    Madhudvisa dasa

  18. madhudvisa says:

    Hare Krishna Dushyant

    The sex desire can only be controlled by becoming Krishna conscious.

    There is no other way to control it.

    And to how to become Krishna conscious, that is a very large subject matter which Srila Prabhupada has very perfectly explained in more than 80 books. So if you want to control your sex life you have to become Krishna conscious and if you want to understand how to become Krishna conscious you have to read Srila Prabhupada’s books.

    You can purchase them at http://www.krishnastore.com, you can read them online at http://www.prabhupadabooks.com and you can download the free pdf files from:

    http://krishna.org/category/free-pdf-downloads/

    It requires a serious commitment to become Krishna conscious and that starts with chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra at least 16 rounds a day on japa beads, strictly following the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day.

    So if we want to actually control our sex desires then we have to strictly follow these things and all the other things Srila Prabhupada instructs us to do as we read his books.

    So it is not a ‘simple fix’, that I can write a one paragraph reply to your comment that will solve your problem. However I have given you the solution here, it is up to you now to either accept it and be happy or reject it and suffer.

    Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

    Madhudvisa dasa

  19. vanshika says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu ji
    all glories to lord Krishna ji
    all glories to srila prabhupad
    all deep respect for you
    yes Prabhu ji you are right, i am not able to read prabhupad ji’s books everyday for 2-3 hours. I read them for minimum 1-2 hours in a week or two again and again till it dose not gets in my head.
    I want to be honest with you and don’t want to make a silly excuse. I am busy with my studies. I truly from my heart want to read them cus they tell a lot about lord Krishna ji. I will read them in any condition for an hour daily and will tell you what i read. I read about diksha and shiksha guru today and i understood that u are my shikha guru and prabhupada is diksha and shiksha guru both. I read about it just for 15 minutes, but from today onwards i will read an hour more and will start from today, from now.
    Thank you
    Hare Krishna Prabhu ji

    • Very good news. Yes. It is important to read Prabhupada’s books every day, even if only for one hour, you should try for that at least but even if you can’t manage that some days you should read something every day at least from Srila Prabhupada’s books…

  20. digaj ghale says:

    I want to thank you Swamiji from the deepest chambers of my heart for providing such wonderful sources of Srimad Bhagawatam and Chaitanya Charitamrita. I hope Lord Krishna’s mercy and grace always be with us in our journey of going back to him.

  21. Christina says:

    Will Srila Prabhupada’s books ever be put onto CD so we can listen? We drive alot and that would be fabulous…. Thank you! Shri Krishna!



About the Author

My first contact with a Hare Krishna was a most merciful Mataji in Oxford Street, London who sold me a "Higher Taste" cook book in 1984 while I was on holidays there. I started seriously reading Srila Prabhupada's books in Australia 1985 and by 1986 Srila Prabhupada had convinced me "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead" and "we should surrender to Krishna."I joined the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. Since then I have been chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and preaching as much as I can.That's my life and full-time occupation now really. I like it more than anything I've ever experienced before. Srila Prabhupada's books are so amazing... Even after reading them all many times they're still fresh and new. They are truly transcendental!That's it really. Now I'm just hankering to once again see the world chant Hare Krishna, dance and feast and float away in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement as it did in Srila Prabhupada's physical presence. Let the whole world drown in the ecstatic flood of love of Krishna!


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