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Published on June 11th, 2016 | by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada | Full size image


Reading 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…

Los Angeles
13 June, 1972

New York

My Dear Bhargava,

Please accept my blessings. I am in receipt of your letter dated May 31, 1972, and I have noted the contents. Our advancement in Krishna Consciousness is made possible in two ways, by Knowledge and renunciation, jnana and tyaga or tapasya. The more we become renounced from this material world, the more we advance in Krishna Consciousness. But we are only able to make such sacrifices and perform tapasya if we have got knowledge. So first thing is to become knowledgeable in Krishna Consciousness, then the tapasya or voluntary life of austerity will result automatically. So 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 in the transcendental subject matter of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita, and other books then very easily you will make your advancement in Krishna Consciousness. It is not a matter of changing our engagement, adjusting this or that material condition, in order to find our real happiness. Krishna Consciousness is not like that. It is able to be performed under any variety of material conditions or with any type of engagement. Therefore if your duty as a photographer is very much helpful to our propanganda work and for improving our BTG then there is very much need for your remaining in that occupation and doing it to your best capacity. It is a fallacy to say that my present engagement with the press is not the best for my spiritual advancement, and if we think in this way we may go on trying out one engagement after another and always say the same excuse. This restlessness or agitation of the mind cannot be rectified by altering the material circumstances. If we are Krishna Conscious, any type of occupation will suit me and we shall always be satisfied. Therefore, I recommend you to read books more and more and try to understand the subject matter from different angles of vision and be always discussing it with your godbrothers even while you are working at the press, and when you are working and you cannot read, then listen to the tapes of my lectures and hear in that way. And never neglect to chant your 16 rounds of beads daily, rise early without fail, attend mangal arati, take bath, and follow the other regulative principles, and everything will come out very successfully, you can rest assured of that.

I am feeling the tendency more and more to retire behind the scenes for translating work, and I want to turn over the management of everything to the GBC and other senior leaders amongst my disciples, so if you have in future any more matters for discussing you may assist me in training these leaders and managers by placing your questions before them. I think Rupanuga will be able to answer all of your questions satisfactorily, so you can be confident that he is giving you all good advice.

Hoping this will meet you in good health,

Your ever well-wisher,

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


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12 Responses to Reading Srila Prabhupada’s Books

  1. Damien says:

    Oh…I have a question that I’ve forgotten to ask all along. Is Krishna really blue in color. If really so, why is he blue and not having the same color like everyone else during the time he was on earth? I always see pictures of him colored blue all over and I wondered why.

    Hare Krishna!


  2. Henk van Rijen says:

    Hare Krishna!
    Our dear cat left her body just two days ago. Sixteen was her age.
    What – according to vaishnavic filosofy – is the place/role of animals in general?
    I assume the Supreme Person of Godhead gave them an identity too? Do they – being also spirit soul then – sink and rise as human identities do after reincarnating? Can they attain a human body? Have all humans ever in their evolutional unfolding been animals once?

    Thanking you beforehand for your kind and clearing reply,

    • Hare Krishna Henk

      Yes. Cats are people too. You can also take a cat’s body in your next life and it is very likely that you will be in a cat’s body in your next life if you become attached to your pet cat like this. And that would be a great pity. Because the consciousness of a cat or any other animal is not very developed. They can only think about eating, sleeping, mating and defending. All their activities are totally driven by these four animal desires.

      Yes. Cats will eventually attain a human body. They have to evolve through various species of life until they come to either a monkey, cow or tiger body, then from these three species the next body will be human.

      Animals don’t sink and rise like humans, they just rise gradually through the species. It is an evolution of consciousness. They can not sink because their consciousness is not developed so they do not have free choice. They act out of instinct only, so there is no question of sinful and pious activities for animals.

      It is only when the consciousness is elevated to the human platform that the free will to choose between good and bad activities is there. And with that free will comes responsibility for the choices also.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  3. Jayesh says:

    Hare krishna prabhu does happiness come from satisfaction or vice versa? I was explaining someone the importance of chanting and i told him that if you chant you will be happy and if you are happy you are satisfied. And then the discussion took a different turn and then he told that if you are satisfied then you are happy. Hare krishna

    • Yes. It is splitting hairs. Satisfaction and happiness are symptoms of the same thing. You can not separate them. One is not caused by the other. Both are symptoms of the same thing. So the only cause of actual happiness and satisfaction is when we are reinstated in our eternal constitutional position as servants of Krishna.

      The materialists misidentify the body with the self. They think they are the material body. So they become confused and think if they satisfy the senses of the body that will make them happy. So they are thinking if they can have sex with a nice girl, get a lot of money, eat nice food, etc, etc, they will be happy. But this is a mistake. They are mistaking the material body as themselves and thinking that satisfying the demands of the material senses will make them happy. It is a great mistake.

      We are not the material body and no amount of material sense gratification will make us happy or satisfied. The only way we can become happy and satisfied is by reestablishing our original eternal loving relationship with Krishna and the best way to do that is by chanting:

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

  4. jonathan says:

    Aloha; ~*~In regard to Srila Prabhupada’s Requests for reading His Books~*~

    1977 Srimad Bhagavatam Class@L.A.Temple(NewDwaraka) a few weeks after 1977 Mayapur Goura Purnima Festival and GBC meetings,
    Under the Order of Srila Prabhupada
    Satsvarupa das Swami was reiterating GBC resolutions from those meetings.
    One new resolution announced , made by Srila Prabhupada Himself, is His request for a minimum daily Sadhana to be followed by all formerly initiated disciples, either living in the Temples or living in their own home.
    2 points from this request
    ~1~Everyone must attend morning and evening Classes.
    ~2~Everyone must read the 4Books,
    (Bhagavad Gita~Srimad Bhagavatam~Chaitanya Charitamrita~Nectar of Devotion)
    2hours a day independently beyond the Class time.


    ~1~ satsvarupa das has told me that he presently has no memory of this.

    ~2~ This established 1977 GBC resolution made by Srila Prabhupada Himself has disappeared from the “official” GBC archives~?~

  5. Vanshika says:

    Hare Krishna, Jai Srila Prabhupada, Dandvats.
    This article one should keep reading time to time so that we keep reading Gurudev Srila Prabhupada’s books daily,
    A source of great inspiration is your website Madhudvisa Prabhuji!
    Hare Krishna!!

  6. ananya misra says:

    father while hearing the lecture in mp3 format i fall asleep why is this/?is this due to impurity in mind

    • Yes. But keep on hearing and gradually the subject matter will become more and more interesting and you will hear it with wrapped attention. But the purification of our minds will take some time. So just keep on hearing and chanting Hare Krishna and reading Prabhupada’s books and you will see the good results in time.

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Founded the Hare Krishna Movement in 1966 in New York. In only 11 years he spread the movement all over the world. He wrote more than 80 books including Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Sri Isopanisad. Prabhupada's books constitute a complete library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature and culture.

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