IMHO, the best method to become acquainted and assimilate Srila Prabhupada’s vast and powerful Vani is to become a Prabhupada scribe.

For scribe my I-dictionary gives:

scribe | skrʌɪb | noun

1. historical a person who copies out documents, especially one employed to do this before printing was invented. • informal, often humorous a writer, especially a journalist. 

2. historical a Jewish recordkeeper or, later, a professional theologian and jurist. 

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.1

We need only four things: We need a smooth writing pen, a piece of paper, a Prabhupada book, and a strong desire to know Srila Prabhupada. Ultimately all these modern contraptions are nonsense and the digital world encourages the cheating propensity on a vast scale. That does not mean however that we shall not use these modern, nonsense contraptions in Krishna’s service. Srila Prabhupada’s own slogan is: Utility is the principle.” We shall use anything that is of value, that is useful in Krishna’s service, including ICBM with MIRVs, if Krishna puts us in such a position. I am saying “nonsense” because most of these contraptions are produced by demoniac brains and the ICBM are ultimately meant to destroy the world. Most of these things, like the internet itself, originate from military research. So let us get back to basics and I repeat again we need a pen, a piece of paper, a Prabhupada book-any Prabhupada book- and you may start anywhere in the book and a sustained desire to become acquainted with Srila Prabhupada’s thinking and formulation. Anywhere you start in the book just make sure you finish, just to make it complete.

Both Srila Prabhupada’s trail of thought and the formulation of His thoughts are important. And by repeating in writing the sentences issued from Srila Prabhupada’s lotus mouth we get the closest we can to Srila Prabhupada, the preacher. The way to nail down one’s powerful and flickering mind to the task, is to repeat a sentence over an over again until the mind gets the full import and implication of the sentence. The mind is powerful no doubt, and needs discipline. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Maharaja encouraged that much force on the mind as to encourage beating it one hundred times with a shoe in the morning and again in the evening one hundred times with broom stick.

“You say that your mind unfortunately runs away now and then. That is the business of the mind, but if you simply fix up your mind on the Lotus Feet of Krishna, the rascal mind cannot disturb you anymore. My Guru Maharaja used to say that just rise early in the morning and then kick the mind with a shoe one hundred times. Then while going to sleep, one should take a broomstick and strike the mind another hundred times. The mind is so restless, that it can be brought to tameness only by the process suggested by Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. So you should try this process and stop the mind from running away now and then. If you follow the process of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, naturally He will help you in controlling the mind and bestow all His blessings upon you.”

Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Rayarama — Los Angeles 29 June, 1969

This is the best way I know to imbibe Srila Prabhupada’s literary and philosophical personality. The more we do that the more we become one with Srila Prabhupada in purpose. That is a good thing because the original message comes directly from Krishna and Sri Krishna wants this to happen, therefore it will happen, just ike the victory of the Pandavas happened on the battlefield of Kuruksetra. It is amazing how the message of Lord Caitanya is transcendental to time and sometimes pre-printing time methods can be used to our greatest advantage. By writing Srila Prabhupada’s text we are feeding Prabhupada’s Vani through our own brains and if done repetitively this process will leave an undeniable and indelible mark on our personality. We will start thinking like Srila Prabhupada and we will start talking like Srila Prabhupada. We shall even learn some Sanskrit words in the procedure. It will again fade progressively as soon as we start neglecting the procedure. But the more we repeat the procedure the more we shall become proficient in Prabhupada Vani and that is really the goal of our lives: Become a direct instrument of both Srila Prabhupada and Krishna.

asmat tvam uttistha yaso labhasva
jitva satrun bhunksva rajyam samrddham
mayaivaite nihatah purvam eva
nimitta-matram bhava savya-sacin

Word for word translation


tasmat — therefore; tvam — you; uttistha — get up; yasah — fame; labhasva — gain; jitva — conquering; satrun — enemies; bhunksva — enjoy; rajyam — kingdom; samrddham — flourishing; maya — by Me; eva — certainly; ete — all these; nihatah — killed; purvam eva — by previous arrangement; nimitta-matram — just the cause; bhava — become; savya-sacin — O Savyasaci.

TRANSLATION

Therefore get up. Prepare to fight and win glory. Conquer your enemies and enjoy a flourishing kingdom. They are already put to death by My arrangement, and you, O Savyasaci, can be but an instrument in the fight.

Ref. VedaBase => Bg 11.33

One note of caution: once you have created your multiple pages of Prabhupada Vani, or even if just a few words, you have created Shastra or scripture and it behoves to treat it as such. Please don’t bin it. It can be destroyed by fire or just leave it to desintegrate in a designated place.

in construction ….more to come soon

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