Caitanya Mahaprabhu Distributes Books

Posted on July 20, 2013 by admin-vasanti

If book distribution is performed for oneai??i??s own purposes,
such as personal material profit or reputation, then it is not
pure bhakti. A sincere devotee thinks, ai???I want people to have
this book and read it thoroughly, so that they will be able
to enter into a deep understanding of AsrAi?? Caitanya
MahA?prabhu returned from South India with AsrAi?? Brahmasaa??hitA?
and AsrAi?? Ka?i??a??a?i??a-kara?i??A?ma?i??ta, 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 AsrAi??
Caitanya MahA?prabhu, to please guru and Ka?i??a??a?i??a, then it is real
bhakti, otherwise not. Be careful about this. While distributing
Jaiva-dharma, for example, the devotee thinks, ai???I am doing this
to please my Gurudeva and Ka?i??a??a?i??a, so that everyone will know
what is written in You may tell people, ai???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 AsrAi??la Bhaktivinoda
a?i??hA?kura. From the conclusions of Bhagavad-gAi??tA?, beginning
with Ai??araa?i??A?gati (the six types of surrender to the principles
of bhakti) and continuing to mahA?-bhA?va (the highest ecstatic
love of the gopAi??s), everything has been explained in this book.
You will benefit greatly to read and follow
Know that book distribution is essential. AsrAi?? Caitanya
MahA?prabhu did it Himself, and we must follow His example.
But always be careful that your book distribution is not saa?i??gasiddha
or A?ropa-siddha-bhakti. *[See Endnote 4]
Evening Discourse
Los Angeles, California: May 11, 2003