Caitanya Mahāprabhu Distributes Books

Posted on July 20, 2013 by admin-vasanti

If book distribution is performed for one’s own purposes,
such as personal material profit or reputation, then it is not
pure bhakti. A sincere devotee thinks, “I want people to have
this book and read it thoroughly, so that they will be able
to enter into a deep understanding of bhakti.” Śrī Caitanya
Mahāprabhu returned from South India with Śrī Brahmasaṁhitā
and Śrī Kṛṣṇa-karṇāmṛta, and He requested His
devotees to make a necklace of the teachings therein. Why?
Because there is immense conclusive philosophical truth in
those books. Without knowing all the subjects therein, one
cannot enter the realm of bhakti.

When book distribution is performed on the order of Śrī
Caitanya Mahāprabhu, to please guru and Kṛṣṇa, then it is real
bhakti, otherwise not. Be careful about this. While distributing
Jaiva-dharma, for example, the devotee thinks, “I am doing this
to please my Gurudeva and Kṛṣṇa, so that everyone will know
what is written in Jaiva-dharma.” You may tell people, “Jaivadharma
includes everything from top to bottom, from basic
philosophic truths to esoteric confidential truths, regarding
how to develop your bhakti. If you want to read only one book,
then you will have to read Jaiva-dharma by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda
Ṭhākura. From the conclusions of Bhagavad-gītā, beginning
with śaraṇāgati (the six types of surrender to the principles
of bhakti) and continuing to mahā-bhāva (the highest ecstatic
love of the gopīs), everything has been explained in this book.
You will benefit greatly to read and follow it.”
Know that book distribution is essential. Śrī Caitanya
Mahāprabhu did it Himself, and we must follow His example.
But always be careful that your book distribution is not saṅgasiddha
or āropa-siddha-bhakti. *[See Endnote 4]
Evening Discourse
Los Angeles, California: May 11, 2003