Srila Prabhupada’s Appeal

To Be Free From Contamination
If you actually want to become free from the contamination of this material world, then you should always be engaged in chanting, sankirtana. Not only the holy name, but reading the Krsna book, The Nectar of Devotion, and Teachings of Lord Caitanya. If you feel tired of chanting, you read these books.

You are reading some book; you want to read another book. So we have got so many books. If you feel tired by reading this book, then transfer your attention to another book, or another book, or chant. Find out. Simply not to waste a single moment.

Srimad Bhagavatam Discourse
Gorakhpur, India: February 14, 1971

For A Spiritual Revolution

Ai??I must admit my frailties in presenting Srimad Bhagavatam, but still I am hopeful of its good reception by the thinkers and leaders of society on the strength of the following statement of Srimad Bhagavatam(1.5.11):

tad-vag-visargo janatagha-viplavo
yasmin prati-slokam abaddhavaty api
namany anantasya yaso nkitani yat
srnvanti gayanti grnanti sadhavah

On the other hand, that literature which is full with descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, form, and pastimes of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a transcendental creation meant to bring about a revolution in the impious life of a misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though irregularly composed, are heard, sung, and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.

Preface to his translation of Srimad Bhagavatam
Delhi, India: December 15, 1962

Become Realized Through The Books
My dear Miss Nedungadi,

Please accept my greetings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated March 6th, 1975, and have noted the contents. Thank you so much for your kind appreciations. I am so much grateful that you have enjoyed studying my books. Many young intelligent persons such as yourself are studying these books in the colleges and universities all over the world.

Actually, anyone who tries to understand these books will become a great realized devotee of Lord Krsna gradually. The original potency of the sastra remains in these books because I have not added or opinionated anything of my own. I have simply presented the scriptures such as Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam as they are. Therefore, just see the effect they have on the world. At present, we have about 100 centers worldwide and about 10,000 fully dedicated students in those centers. You are welcome to visit or stay in any of our centers for your spiritual advancement. We have a nice center in Madras: 50, Aspiran Gardens, 2nd St., Kilpauk, Madras 600010. You can get all the books there.

Letter to Miss Nedungadi:
Bombay, India: March 19, 1975

Become Life Members And Read
We have already published about twenty books like this. All the life members, they have got our books. Those who are not life members, I would request them to become life members, and we give you more than your moneys worth of books. We want that everyone. every scholar, every thoughtful man should read these books, such as Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

These books are very much welcome in the Western countries. I got a report just now, from Los Angeles. The report is that within the three days of Christmas holidays, we have sold one lakh [$100,000] worth of books within three days. So our books are being very much welcomed in the Western countries, especially the Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

Pandal Lecture
Bombay, India: January 12, 1973

Read Them Aloud
Sravaa?i??aa?? is very essential. Asravaa?i??aa?? kAi??rtanaa?? via??a?i??oa??Ai??smaraa?i??aa?? pA?da-sevanam. So in all our centers, this process should be followed. We have got now so many books. Our YogeAi??vara prabhu is very enthusiastic to read books. So, everyone should read books and others should hear. That is very essential; Ai??ravaa?i??aa??. Just like we are describing one verse daily, there are so many verses already in stock, you can go on speaking for fifty years. These books are already published, and you can go on. There will be no want of stock.

Srimad Bhagavatam Discourse
Geneva, Switzerland: June 3, 1974

Discuss, Read, And Understand
They are chanting sixteen rounds, temple management is going on according to the routine work, and the books are being thoroughly discussed, being read, and understood practically. These things are required. Now, suppose you go to sell some book, and if somebody says, “You have read this book? Can you explain this verse?”

Then what you will say? You will say,”No. It is for you. It is not for me. I have to take money from you. That’s all.” Is that a very nice answer?

Srimad Bhagavatam Discourse
Melbourne, Australia: April 5, 1972


Srila Prabhupada visits Iskcon Press New York, 1971

Books Are Krsna-Kirtana
The Gosvamis all joined together for executing the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to write books about Krsna; His pastimes, His lila. They wrote books of highly spiritual understanding.

NA?nA?Ai??A?stra-vicA?raa?i??aika-nipua?i??au sad-dharma-saa??sthA?pakau.Ai??This is the business of the Gosvamis; the symptoms. The first symptom is ka?i??a??a?i??otkAi??rtana-gA?na-nartana-parau. They were always busy in krsnaa?i??a??a?i??a-kAi??rtana. We perform kAi??rtana with khola, karatA?la; this is also ka?i??a??a?i??akAi??rtana. And to write books, that is also ka?i??a??a?i??a-kAi??rtana. And to read books, that is also ka?i??a??a?i??a-kAi??rtana. Not that simply thisAi??kAi??rtana is kAi??rtana. If you write books about Ka?i??a??a?i??a, if you read books about Ka?i??a??a?i??a, if you talk about Ka?i??a??a?i??a, you think of Ka?i??a??a?i??a, you worship Ka?i??a??a?i??a, you cook for Ka?i??a??a?i??a, you eat for Ka?i??a??a?i??a ai??i?? that is ka?i??a??a?i??a-kAi??rtana.

Srimad BhagavatamDiscourse
Va?i??ndA?vana, India: March 17, 1974

Books Are Recorded KAi??rtana
Today we shall discuss about the prominent symptoms of this age. This book, Srimad Bhagavatam, was written ai??i?? not written, practically it was recorded. All Vedic literatures are recorded from hearing. Five thousand years before, people could keep in mind the statements of authorities, without any book record. At that time the memory was so sharp that one could keep them in his memory Ai??imply by once hearing from the spiritual master. There was no need of written books to consult.
So five thousand years ago this book was recorded by AsrAi??la VyA?sadeva, because he could understand that in the future people will be born of such a low grade that it would not be possible to keep in memory without book record. Formerly, these books were written in hand on palm leavesai??i?? because there was no press or type. So if you wanted a book, you had to copy from otherai??i??s book. That was the system.

Srimad Bhagavatam Discourse
San Francisco, California: March 18, 1968

Ai??Take Them From Your Bookcase
That is the injunction: nityam. Nityam means ai???always.ai??i?? So our members especially, I mean to say, those who are inmates, they, and those who are becoming members, ordinary members or patron members, we are giving them books. Please read them carefully. Donai??i??t take books and then think that ai???I am a member. It is my duty to take books and keep them in the almirah (bookcase).ai??? No. Read them thoroughly.

Nityaa?? bhA?gavata-sevayA?. By regular reading of Srimad Bhagavatam, our material contamination becomes vanquished.Ai??Naa??a?i??a-prA?yea??v abhadrea??u nityaa?? bhA?gavata-sevayA?. As soon as it begins to diminish, then it will diminish finally, and then you will be situated in your pure, original constitutional position, Ka?i??a??a?i??a consciousness. Bhakti-yogataa??. Evaa?? prasanna-manasoAi??bhagavad-bhakti-yogataa??. By cleansing the heart we becomeAi??prasanna-manasaa??, very jubilant.Ai??Bhagavad-bhakti-yogataa??. Therefore, this bhA?gavata-dharmaAi??should be practiced from the very beginning of life, and it should be studied. We have got so many books.

Srimad Bhagavatam Discourse
Bombay, India: january 16, 1975

See Through The Eyes Of AsA?stra
Without Ai??A?stra, how you can make progress? Just like, you are seeing the sun daily just like a disk, but if you see geography through the Ai??A?stra, then you will understand that the sun is fourteen hundred thousand times bigger than this Earth. So, how do you know? You have not gone to the sun planet. How do you know? Through the Ai??A?stra; through the books.

Therefore, you should see through the authoritative Ai??A?stra, books. What we are speaking about the moon planet, sun planet, or God, His abode in Vaikua?i??a?i??haloka, the spiritual world, so many things we are talking. How we are talking? We are talking through the Vedic literature, because Vedic literature is authoritative. According to Vedic civilization, we donai??i??t accept any book written by any rascal.

What is stated there in the Vedas, we accept without any argument. One of the examples is that the Vedas say that [you must bathe] if you touch the stool of an animal, even your own stool. That is the system. In India still, not in the city, but in the villages, you will see even an ordinary man goes to pass stool in the field, and just after passing stool he will take bath and change his cloth just to purify Ai??himself. That is the sastric injunction. In one place it is said that the stool of the cow is pure. Now, if you argue that ai???One place you say that the stool of an animal is impure, even your own stool, if you touch it you have to take bath. How is it that another animalai??i??s stool is pure?ai??? This is superficially a contradiction. But those who are following strictly the Vedic principles accept that the stool of cow, or Ai??cow dung, is pure. Now, if you argue, ai???Why it is pure?ai??? then you come to a modern chemical analysis and you will find the cow dung is full of antiseptic properties. It has been examined in Calcutta by one doctor, Rajmohan Bose.

Therefore, the Vedic injunction is so perfect.

Bhagavad-gita Discourse
Manila, Philippines: October 12, 1972

Through Guruai??i??s Words
Practically, just like a vagabond I came. But I had full faith that ai???my Guru MahA?rA?ja is with me.ai??? I never lost this faith, and that is fact. There are two words: vA?a?i??Ai?? and vapua??. VA?nAi?? means ai???words,ai??i?? and vapua?? means ai???this physical body.ai??i?? So vA?a?i??Ai?? is more important than the vapua??. Vapua?? will be finished. This material body will be finished. That is the nature. But if we keep to the vA?a?i??Ai??, to the words of spiritual master, then we remain very fixed up. It doesnai??i??t matter.

Just like Bhagavad-gita: It was spoken five thousand years ago, but if you keep to the words of Ka?i??a??a?i??a, then it is always fresh and guiding. It is not that because Arjuna personally listened to Ka?i??a??a?i??a about the instruction of Bhagavad-gita, therefore he knew it. That is not the fact. If you accept Bhagavad-gita as it is, then you should know that Ka?i??a??a?i??a is present before you in His words in the Bhagavad-gita. This is called spiritual realization. It is not mundane historical incidences:

evaa?? paramparA?-prA?ptam
imaa?? rA?jara??ayo vidua??
sa kA?leneha mahatA?
yogo naa??a?i??aa?? parantapa
Bhagavad-gAi??tA? (4.2)

If you donai??i??t keep in touch with the original link, then it will be lost. And if you keep touch with the original link, then you are directly hearing Ka?i??a??a?i??a. Similarly, Ka?i??a??a?i??a and Ka?i??a??a?i??aai??i??s representative, the spiritual master, if you keep always intact, in link with the words and instruction of the superior authorities, then you are always fresh. This is spiritual understanding.

Discourse on the Disappearance Day of AsrAi??la BhaktisiddhA?nta SarasvatAi?? a?i??hA?kura PrabhupA?da
Atlanta, Georgia: March 2, 1975

Don’t Miss This Opportunity
By chanting, you will feel how much you are advancing in spiritual knowledge. This is the shortcut way of understanding God realization. But if you don’t believe in the simple method, if you want to understand this philosophy through science and philosophy, we have got books, about one dozen books, four hundred pages each, to explain this science of chanting the Hare Krsna mantra. We have got our magazine, Back to Godhead, and our books, Krsna Book, Nectar of Devotion, Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam . So many books we have got.

Everyone should be serious, because if we miss this opportunity, then after death we do not know what is going to happen. I may have a human form of body, or we may have a body of the animals or of a tree; that we do not know. But if we chant Hare Krsna mantra and become advanced in Krsna consciousness, At least our next life again a human form of body is guaranteed.

Speech at Olympia Theater Paris, France: June 26, 1971