Dear Srila Prabhupada,
Please accept my prostrations at Your holy lotus feet.
I am fortunate to be sanatha, with master, and am happy to report that 2014 was one of my best book distribution years.
(Without seeking the author’s assent, the following passage has been erased by the editor Jayadvaita Swami and his agents, for publication in the “Srila Prabhupada Tribute” Vyasapuja book 2015.)
Sometimes however we may get a little discouraged when we see that some changes in your books are contradicting both Your own instructions and those of Lord Caitanya. The best example is purport of BGAII version 2, 10.34 about book reading.
The following passage of letter to Pradyumna Prabhu dated 17 February 1968 would seem to indicate that BGAII version 1 is correct:
“I am glad to know that you are working hard to expand the Krishna Consciousness propaganda in Boston. I may say that this practical devotion is the secret to understanding the Sastras. My Guru Maharaja used to say that for one who is not engaged in devotional service, reading all the books is simply like licking the outside of the honey jar. One who thinks the books is the thing is content in this way. But we should learn the secret to open the jar and taste the honey. In this way, if we can simply understand one book, or one sloka, the perfection is there. Lord Caitanya warned about reading too many books, although I see in America this is very popular to get volumes and volumes of books and not understand one. Anyway by sincerely working by carefully executing the instructions of the Spiritual Master, you will be all successful by Krishna’s Grace. I am always praying to Krishna for your advancement in Krishna Consciousness, all of you, sincere souls. Hope you are all well.”
By regularly hearing Your message, the progressive bhakti-yogi, as mentioned in BGAII 6.47, derives regular and solid spiritual realizations. Not only does he derive new realizations, but by passing on these precious words to others, he will cause others to have similar realizations and advance on the path back home, back to Godhead. This is the parampara process in action. There is no greater welfare activity in this world than this. Just before a full day of book distribution, I discovered the following passage about the repetitive nature of the chanting. If someone challenges or simply asks about the repetitive nature of the chanting, we can very nicely quote from this passage.
“Similarly, we repeat Krishna—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Why we repeat? The more we repeat means we learn to love. That is required. Anything which you do not love, you cannot repeat. It will be disgusting. Anything, any word you take, if you simply repeat, you’ll feel disgusted. Sometimes those who are not in Krishna conscious life, they also feel this repetition as disgusting, hackneyed, because they have not developed love. Rupa Gosvami says that “What shall I chant with one tongue and what shall I hear with two ears? If millions of tongue I would have possessed, then I could chant little.” And they’re tasting… Because they have got love for Krishna, they are tasting the nectar of chanting. They cannot give up. In the material world also, there are many slogans. We repeat because we love.
So real thing is to develop love for Krishna. That is the Vrindavan standard.” 690210le.LA
Shri Krishna says in BGAII 9.5 and 11.8:”pasya me yoga aisvariam” “Just behold my mystic opulence.” But Your own mystic opulence, Srila Prabhupada, is factually second to Sri Krishna only, the Supreme Personality of Godhead because You have taken full shelter of Him.
I miss U Srila Prabhupada in the sense that I cannot find anyone who can explain the philosophy of Krishna consciousness the way U do, nor can anyone answer Krisna conscious questions as well as U do.
Thank You very much Srila Prabhupada, for Your constant inspiration.
Your insignificant servant,