Published on September 30th, 2022 | by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada2
My Guru Maharaja asked me, If you get some money — you print books.
Therefore I am stressing on this point. Where are the books? Where are the books? Where are the books? So kindly help me, this is my request. Print as many books in as many languages and distribute them throughout the whole world and the Krishna consciousness movement will automatically increase.
Prabhupada: harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam.
Devotees: Haribol! Prabhupada!
Prabhupada: We have no new discovery. We don’t manufacture. This is our process. We simply follow the predecessor’s instruction. That’s all. Our movement is very easy because we haven’t got to manufacture something. We simply repeat the words and the instruction given by the predecessor. Krsna instructed Brahma, Brahma instructed Narada, Narada instructed Vyasadeva, Vyasadeva instructed Madhvacarya, and, in this way, then Madhavendra Puri, Isvara Puri, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, then the Six Gosvamis, then the Srinivasa Acarya, Kaviraja Gosvami, Narottama dasa Thakura, Visvanatha Cakravarti, Jagannatha dasa Babaji, Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Gaurakisora dasa Babaji, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, and then we are doing the same thing. There is no difference. That is the specific procedure of the Krsna consciousness movement. You are singing daily, guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya, ar na koriho mane asa. Very simple thing. We are receiving the transcendental knowledge through guru-parampara succession. So we have to simply take instruction from guru, and if we execute that to our heart and soul, that is success. That is practical.
I have no personal qualification, but I simply tried to satisfy my guru. That’s all. My Guru Maharaja asked me that “If you get some money, you print books.” So there was a private meeting, talking, some of my important Godbrothers also there. It was in Radha-kunda. So Guru Maharaja was speaking to me that “Since we have got this Bagh Bazaar marble temple, there has been so many dissensions, and everyone thinking who will occupy this room or that room, that room. I wish, therefore, to sell this temple and the marble and print some book.” Yes. So I took up this from his mouth, that he is very fond of books. And he told me personally that “If you get some money, print books.” Therefore I am stressing on this point: “Where is book? Where is book? Where is book?” So kindly help me. This is my request. Print as many books in as many languages and distribute throughout the whole world. Then Krsna consciousness movement will automatically increase. Now the educated learned scholars, they are appreciating our movement by reading books, by taking practical result. Dr. Stillson Judah, he has written one book, perhaps you know, Hare Krsna and Counterculture, a very nice book about our movement, and he is giving importance. He has admitted that “Swamiji, you have done wonderful thing because you have turned the drug-addicted hippies into devotees of Krsna, and they are prepared for the service of humanity.
So this movement is so important. We are giving the best service to the humanity. They are plunged into ignorance. All, they are rascals, mudha. It is not our manufactured word. Krsna says, na mam duskrtino mudhah prapadyante naradhamah. So we have this test tube. If you see one has no information of Krsna, then he is mudha. We haven’t got to study more: whether he is Krsna conscious, whether he has got any portion of his heart attracted, attached to Krsna. Krsna means attraction. So whether he has been attracted by Krsna. That is our natural position–to become attracted by Krsna. Krsna means all-attractive. Just like the magnetic stone attracts the iron. It is natural. And if the iron is covered with dirt, then it does not become attracted. So this is the test, to make people prepared for being attracted by Krsna. This is Krsna consciousness movement. They are by nature… Nitya-siddha krsna-bhakti. It is not unnatural. Otherwise how you European, American, you are so much attracted to Krsna? If Krsna is artificial and Krsna consciousness is artificial something, so how you should be attracted? That they are surprised. They are attracted because that attraction is there already. We are trying simply to awaken that attraction. Sravanadi-suddha-citte karaye udaya. The matter is already there. Just like the young man and young woman, the attraction is already there, nitya-siddha. It is natural. And when they come near, talk little confidentially, then attraction increases, not that an artificial attraction. Similarly, our attraction for Krsna is already there. Therefore… That is the Vrndavana picture. Vrndavana, everything is attracted with Krsna. That is Vrndavana. The animals, the trees, the flowers, the land, and the cowherd boys, the elderly cowherds men, Nanda Maharaja and others–all are attracted to Krsna. This is Vrndavana. The Yamuna water, everything. Fruits, flowers and everything. That is Vrndavana. So Krsna is the center of attraction. You might have read that when Brahma stolen all Krsna’s associates, so He created Himself again all of them, and everyone was feeling more attracted by Krsna. So this is natural. This is not unnatural. Our position is, natural position is, to be attracted by Krsna. If we do not become attracted by Krsna, that is unnatural. And to become attracted by Krsna, that is not unnatural. That is natural.
So we want to revive our natural position, uncovered position. Now we are covered by dust, by dirt, by corroding materials. So we have to cleanse this. Therefore the bhakti process is sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam. I am thinking I am Indian. You are thinking you are American. This is a dirty thing, covering the spirit soul. So we have to cleanse this. Hrsikena hrsikesa. Sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam tat-paratvena nirmalam. Nirmalam means cleansed. When we become cleansed of all dirty things of material modes of nature, then we are prepared to serve Krsna. That is wanted. That… We do not become zero, sunyavadi. No. We become cleansed, and as soon as we become cleansed, with clean senses when you serve Krsna, that is perfection. Hrsikena hrsikesa-sevanam bhaktir ucyate. So this process, the sravanam kirtanam, this is the process of cleansing. So more you chant, more you hear, the more you become cleansed, more you become Krsna conscious. Just prolong this process and be happy.
Thank you very much. (end)
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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada