Glories & Importance Of Srila Prabhupada’s Books

As from wood, fire can be manifested, or as butter can be churned out of milk, so also the presence of the Lord as Paramatma can be felt by the process of legitimate hearing and chanting of the transcendental subjects which are especially treated in the Vedic literatures like the Upanisads and Vedanta. Srimad-Bhagavatam is the bona fide explanation of these Vedic literatures. The Lord can be realized through the aural reception of the transcendental message, and that is the only way to experience the transcendental subject. As fire is kindled from wood by another fire, the divine consciousness of man can similarly be kindled by another divine grace. His Divine Grace the spiritual master can kindle the spiritual fire from the woodlike living entity by imparting proper spiritual messages injected through the receptive ear. Therefore one is required to approach the proper spiritual master with receptive ears only, and thus divine existence is gradually realized. The difference between animality and humanity lies in this process only. A human being can hear properly, whereas an animal cannot. (SB 1.2.32)

“The teachings presented in this book are nondifferent from the Lord,” Prabhupada writes in the preface to Teachings of Lord Caitanya.

Srimad-Bhagavatam is essential for the serious candidate who wants to attain the stage of Bhismadeva at the end. The unique situation of Bhisma can be attained at the time of death even though Lord Krsna may not be personally present. His words of the Bhagavad-gita or Srimad-Bhagavatam are identical with the Lord. They are sound incarnations. . . . [Of nine items, the first item, hearing (sravanam), is the most important of all.]” (Bhag. 1.9.43, purport)

“Actually these books are the foundation stone of our movement. Whatever we are is resting on these books. Reading and distributing them—this should be our only motto.”

(Letter to Hrdayananda Goswami, October 31, 1974)

The books are being written specifically for my students, and I am so glad to learn that you read them so carefully. The words are ambrosial because they are not my personal words but are instructions of my predecessors and I am trying to administer them to the best of my knowledge. That is the way of the parampara system.”

“The instruction given in my books is supposed to be personal instruction. When we read the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, it is understood that we are receiving personal instructions of Krsna. No physical barrier is there in the case of spiritual affairs.”

(Letter to Dhrstaketu, October 14, 1973)

“In my books the philosophy of Krsna consciousness is explained fully, so if there’s anything you do not understand, then you simply have to read again and again. By reading daily the knowledge will be revealed to you, and by this process your spiritual life will develop….You may please me the most by reading my books and following the instructions therein.”

(Letter to Bahurupa, November 22, 1974)

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