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Reading Srila Prabhupada’s books

Thursday, 28 September 2006 / Published in Articles / 5,129 views

Editors Note: It appears that Kripamoya prabhu was not the author of this piece and we apologise to him for the confusion. Currently we are trying to identify the author.

Srila Prabhupada asked a devotee, ‘can you quote the verse?’ They could not. Srila Prabhupada said, “Just see – you are not reading my books. You have to read my books and you have to study and learn my books just like a lawyer learns the law books. You must know everything chapter and verse. If you do not know, how will you teach these men unless you know my books. Every day you have to read my books. Do you know that every day even I read my own books?

Do you know why I read my books? I read my books everyday because even I learn something new when I read them. Do you know why I learn something new when I read my books? Because these books are not my books – I do not write these books. Every morning when I sit here to write my books Krsna comes personally and he dictates to me what to write, o I simply take dictation from Krsna and I write these books. Therefore when I read them even I learn something.”

Verses to meditate upon …

“Sri Krsna, the Personality of Godhead, who is the Paramatma [Supersoul] in everyone’s heart and the benefactor of the truthful devotee, cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who has developed the urge to hear His messages, which are in themselves virtuous when properly heard and chanted.” Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.17

“By regular attendance in classes on the Bhägavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact.” Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.18

“As soon as irrevocable loving service is established in the heart, the effects of nature’s modes of passion and ignorance, such as lust, desire and hankering, disappear from the heart. Then the devotee is established in goodness, and he becomes completely happy.” Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.19

“Thus established in the mode of unalloyed goodness, the man whose mind has been enlivened by contact with devotional service to the Lord gains positive scientific knowledge of the Personality of Godhead in the stage of liberation from all material association.” Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.20

“Thus the knot in the heart is pierced, and all misgivings are cut to pieces. The chain of fruitive actions is terminated when one sees the self as master.” Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.21

3 Responses to “Reading Srila Prabhupada’s books”

  1. Suresh das says :

    Wonderful and inspirational quotes. Thank you.

  2. nrsimhananda says :

    Dear Kripamoya prabhu,
    PAMHO AGTSP I looked up numerous strings in the Folio, but I could not find this Prabhupada says quotation. Where is it from? Thanks.
    Nrsimhananda das

  3. BDASA says :

    Dear Krpamoya Das,
    You have my permission to use my name next time so everyone knows who Srila Prabhupada was talking to. It was in Bombay in or around June 1974 in Srila Prabhupada’s room that this conversation took place. There was no tape recorder going so there is no taped record of the conversation so it does not appear on folio. However, Nrsimhananda Das shoould remember that this conversation pastime has been told by me before in the “Prabhupada Memories” tape series. It is on tape #13, which I share with His Holiness Tripurari Swami and Srimati Jadurani Devi Dasi. So everyone who wants to hear it in its entirety can go there. Thanks for retelling the story again to the best of your memory.

    Bhagavat Das Vanachari

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