Read and Understand

Posted on September 16, 2011 by admin-vasanti

Srila Gurudeva, May 11, 2003

If book distribution is done for one’s own purposes, such as personal profit or reputation, then it is not pure bhakti. A devotee must think, “They should have this book and read it thoroughly, and they should enter into a deep understanding of bhakti.” Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu returned from South India with Sri Brahma-samhita and Sri Krsna-karnamrta, and He told the devotees that they should make a necklace of the teachings therein. Why? Because there is so much siddhanta in them. Without knowing all these subjects, you cannot enter the realm of bhakti.

Book distribution is for this end – by the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, to please Guru and Krsna – then it will be real bhakti, otherwise it will not. You should be careful about this. While distributing books, you should think, “I am doing this to please my Gurudeva and Krsna, all should know what is written in Jaiva Dharma.” You may tell people, “Jaiva Dharma includes everything from top to bottom about how to develop your bhakti from the beginning. If you want to read only one book, then you will have to read Jaiva Dharma by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. From the conclusions of Bhagavad Gita starting with Saranagati, and continuing to maha-bhava, everything has been explained in this book. So you must read and follow Jaiva Dharma.” Know that book distribution is essential. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu did this Himself, and we must follow His example. But always be careful. It should not be sanga-siddha or aropa-siddha bhakti.

One Comment

  1. b.d.
    7 years ago

    last line: ‘sanga siddha ‘ ? meaning ?