By Friends of the BBT
[Note: The following project is sponsored by ISKCON Mayapur with support from Friends of the BBT.]
ISKCON’s flagship center in Sridhama Mayapur will soon be home to the “A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Reading Room”, bringing together in one facility all of Srila Prabhupada’s books. This may be the only library in the world where all of Srila Prabhupada’s books will be available in all languages.
Srila Prabhupada used to keep a display in his room in Mayapur where he would showcase copies of his recently published books from around the world. He was very keen on making his books available in as many languages as possible, and was always eager to display them.Today the BBT produces books in over 80 languages.
The Prabhupada Reading Room in Mayapur will serve many purposes. For one thing, pilgrims to the holy Dhama who want to take advantage of the pure atmosphere by studying Srila Prabhupada’s books will not have to carry many books with them. All of the books will be available in a comfortable, quiet library setting with good facilities for contemplative study.
The Reading Room will also introduce Srila Prabhupada’s books to Mayapur’s many international visitors who are not yet familiar with them.
Importantly, the Reading Room will serve as a living, visible monument to the central role Srila Prabhupada’s international book publication and distribution plays in ISKCON. Countless thousands of visitors each year learn about ISKCON by visiting the Mayapur campus. They see kirtans, classes, Deity worship and beautiful buildings, and now they will also see how devotees are deriving satisfaction and real spiritual benefit by studying Prabhupada’s books in many languages. The Reading Room will thus convey the important message that “Books are the basis.”
Books are already being gathered, so there will be a collection available in time for this year’s Gaura Purnima festival. The collection is currently housed next to the Mayapur Academy of Deity Worship, but the official home of the Reading Room, at least initially, will be upstairs from the newly constructed brahmacari prasadam hall.
Eventually, with the financial support of devotees worldwide, we hope the A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Reading Room will occupy its own, stand-alone building in a prominent place on the ISKCON Mayapur campus within the next year or two.
Please do not miss this opportunity to serve Srila Prabhupada, the Holy Dhama and all the Vaisnavas who will use this great facility.
|Executing Organization:||ISKCON Mayapur|
|Contact Person:||Akruranatha dasa|
|Total Project Cost:||$50,000 (Complete Project)|