HIS DIVINE GRACE SRILA PRABHUPADA IS ALWAYS CONSULTING KRSNA
Bali-mardana: In other words, when you decide that someone is to be in charge of a particular temple does Krsna tell you that this person should be in charge.
Interviewer: Or do you by judging him say this person is qualified.
Prabhupada: YES, BECAUSE A DEVOTEE ALWAYS CONSULTS KRSNA AND HE GIVES ORDER.
Interviewer: IT'S A MORE DIRECT COMMUNICATION.
Prabhupada: YES. AND HE GIVES ORDER.
Ramesvara: Because intelligence, our philosophy is that intelligence comes from Krsna. So if I have some...
Interviewer: And your philosophy is that your daily necessities come from Krsna as well.
Ramesvara: Yes, try to understand. Suppose my intelligence sees that this person is qualified, that means Krsna has told me.
Prabhupada: NO, NOT NECESSARILY, KRSNA WILL TELL DIRECTLY. A DEVOTEE ALWAYS CONSULTS KRSNA AND KRSNA TELLS HIM, "DO LIKE THIS." NOT FIGURATIVELY.
Interviewer: Does that apply then to other kinds of decisions and other kinds of activities as well?
Prabhupada: EVERYTHING. BECAUSE A DEVOTEE DOES NOT DO ANYTHING WITHOUT CONSULTING KRSNA.
HIS DIVINE GRACE SRILA PRABHUPADA SPEAKS AS KRSNA SPEAKS
One is forbidden to accept the guru, or spiritual master, as an ordinary human being (gurusu nara-matih). When Ramananda Raya spoke to Pradyumna Misra, Pradyumna Misra could understand that Ramananda Raya was not an ordinary human being. A SPIRITUALLY ADVANCED PERSON WHO ACTS WITH AUTHORITY, AS THE SPIRITUAL MASTER, SPEAKS AS THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD DICTATES FROM WITHIN. THUS IT IS NOT HE THAT IS PERSONALLY SPEAKING. WHEN A PURE DEVOTEE OR SPIRITUAL MASTER SPEAKS, WHAT HE SAYS SHOULD BE ACCEPTED AS HAVING BEEN DIRECTLY SPOKEN BY THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD IN THE PARAMPARA SYSTEM.
DIFFERENCE IS SRILA PRABHUPADA SPEAKS WHAT KRSNA SPEAKS AND SO-CALLED GURUS HAVE TO JOG THE BRAIN TO GIVE ANSWERS.
Adi 8.39 The Author Receives the Orders of Krsna and Guru
It is not possible for a common man to write books on bhakti, for his writings will not be effective. He may be a very great scholar and expert in presenting literature in flowery language, but this is not at all helpful in understanding transcendental literature. EVEN IF TRANSCENDENTAL LITERATURE IS WRITTEN IN FAULTY LANGUAGE, IT IS ACCEPTABLE IF IT IS WRITTEN BY A DEVOTEE, WHEREAS SO-CALLED TRANSCENDENTAL LITERATURE WRITTEN BY A MUNDANE SCHOLAR, EVEN IF IT IS A VERY HIGHLY POLISHED LITERARY PRESENTATION, CANNOT BE ACCEPTED. THE SECRET IN A DEVOTEE'S WRITING IS THAT WHEN HE WRITES ABOUT THE PASTIMES OF THE LORD, THE LORD HELPS HIM; HE DOES NOT WRITE HIMSELF. AS STATED IN THE BHAGAVAD-GITA (10.10), DADAMI BUDDHI-YOGAM TAM YENA MAM UPAYANTI TE. SINCE A DEVOTEE WRITES IN SERVICE TO THE LORD, THE LORD FROM WITHIN GIVES HIM SO MUCH INTELLIGENCE THAT HE SITS DOWN NEAR THE LORD AND GOES ON WRITING BOOKS. KRSNADASA KAVIRAJA GOSVAMI CONFIRMS THAT WHAT VRNDAVANA DASA THAKURA WROTE WAS ACTUALLY SPOKEN BY LORD CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU, AND HE SIMPLY REPEATED IT. The same holds true for Sri Caitanya-caritamrta. Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami wrote Sri Caitanya-caritamrta in his old age, in an invalid condition, but it is such a sublime scripture that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja used to say, "The time will come when the people of the world will learn Bengali to read Sri Caitanya-caritamrta." We are trying to present Sri Caitanya-caritamrta in English and do not know how successful it will be, but if one reads the original Caitanya-caritamrta in Bengali he will relish increasing ecstasy in devotional service.
Adi 8.72 The Author Receives the Orders of Krsna and Guru
To write about the transcendental pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is not an ordinary endeavor. UNLESS ONE IS EMPOWERED BY THE HIGHER AUTHORITIES, OR ADVANCED DEVOTEES, ONE CANNOT WRITE TRANSCENDENTAL LITERATURE, FOR ALL SUCH LITERATURE MUST BE ABOVE SUSPICION, OR, IN OTHER WORDS, IT MUST HAVE NONE OF THE DEFECTS OF CONDITIONED SOULS, NAMELY, MISTAKES, ILLUSIONS, CHEATING AND IMPERFECT SENSE PERCEPTIONS. The words of Krsna and the disciplic succession that carries the orders of Krsna are actually authoritative. To be empowered to write transcendental literature is a privilege in which a writer can take great pride. As a humble Vaisnava, Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami, being thus empowered, felt very much ashamed that it was he who was to narrate the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Adi 9.4 The Tree of Devotional Service
This is the process for writing transcendental literature. A SENTIMENTALIST WHO HAS NO VAISNAVA QUALIFICATIONS CANNOT PRODUCE TRANSCENDENTAL WRITINGS. There are many fools who consider krsna-lila to be a subject of art and write or paint pictures about the pastimes of Lord Krsna with the gopis, sometimes depicting them in a manner practically obscene. These fools take pleasure in material sense gratification, but one who wants to make advancement in spiritual life must scrupulously avoid their literature. UNLESS ONE IS A SERVANT OF KRSNA AND THE VAISNAVAS, AS KRSNADASA KAVIRAJA GOSVAMI PRESENTS HIMSELF TO BE IN OFFERING RESPECTS TO LORD CAITANYA, HIS ASSOCIATES AND HIS DISCIPLES, ONE SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO WRITE TRANSCENDENTAL LITERATURE.
72-02-28. Letter: Satsvarupa
You ask one question about the nature of books I want you to write as my disciples; on this point, Krsna Consciousness is not limited. Persons like all of the Gosvamis wrote so many books, Visvanatha Cakravarti, and all the acaryas wrote books, and still I am writing books. Similarly, also my disciples will write. SO ANY SELF-REALIZED SOUL CAN WRITE UNLIMITED BOOKS WITHOUT DEVIATING FROM THE ORIGINAL IDEAS.
Madhya 12.150 The Cleansing of the Gundica Temple
THIS IS A MATTER OF ETIQUETTE. IF A PREVIOUS ACARYA HAS ALREADY WRITTEN ABOUT SOMETHING, THERE IS NO NEED TO REPEAT IT FOR PERSONAL SENSE GRATIFICATION OR TO OUTDO THE PREVIOUS ACARYA. UNLESS THERE IS SOME DEFINITE IMPROVEMENT, ONE SHOULD NOT REPEAT.
Prabhupada: BRAHMA-SUTRA-PADAIS CAIVA HETUMADBHIR VINISCITAIH. Very.... Nyaya-prasthana. But Vedanta-sutra is explained in Srimad-Bhagavatam. THEREFORE OUR GAUDIYA VAISNAVAS, THEY DID NOT WRITE ANY COMMENT ON THE VEDANTA-SUTRA. THEY ACCEPT SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM IS THE REAL BHASYA. BUT WHEN THE GAUDIYA-VAISNAVAS ARE CHALLENGED THAT "YOU HAVE NO VEDANTA-SUTRA-BHASYA, THEREFORE YOU CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AS TRANSCENDENTAL PARTY," SO BALADEVA VIDYABHUSANA IMMEDIATELY GAVE GOVINDA-BHASYA ON VEDANTA. OUR GOSVAMIS, THEY DID NOT WRITE BECAUSE THEY KNEW BRAHMA-SUTRA BHASYA, SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM.
Adi 9.5 The Tree of Devotional Service
THIS IS THE SUM AND SUBSTANCE OF TRANSCENDENTAL WRITING. ONE MUST BE AN AUTHORIZED VAISNAVA, HUMBLE AND PURE. ONE SHOULD WRITE TRANSCENDENTAL LITERATURE TO PURIFY ONESELF, NOT FOR CREDIT. By writing about the pastimes of the Lord, one associates with the Lord directly. One should not ambitiously think, "I shall become a great author. I shall be celebrated as a writer." These are material desires. ONE SHOULD ATTEMPT TO WRITE FOR SELF-PURIFICATION. IT MAY BE PUBLISHED OR IT MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BUT THAT DOES NOT MATTER. IF ONE IS ACTUALLY SINCERE IN WRITING, ALL HIS AMBITIONS WILL BE FULFILLED. WHETHER ONE IS KNOWN AS A GREAT AUTHOR IS INCIDENTAL. ONE SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO WRITE TRANSCENDENTAL LITERATURE FOR MATERIAL NAME AND FAME.
Adi 11.7 The Expansions of Lord Nityananda
ONE SHOULD NOT WRITE BOOKS OR ESSAYS ON TRANSCENDENTAL SUBJECT MATTER FOR MATERIAL NAME, FAME OR PROFIT. TRANSCENDENTAL LITERATURE MUST BE WRITTEN UNDER THE DIRECTION OF A SUPERIOR AUTHORITY BECAUSE IT IS NOT MEANT FOR MATERIAL PURPOSES. If one tries to write under superior authority, he becomes purified. ALL KRSNA CONSCIOUS ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN FOR PERSONAL PURIFICATION (APANA SODHITE), NOT FOR MATERIAL GAIN.
Adi 14.1 Lord Caitanya' s Childhood Pastimes
The author of Caitanya-caritamrta takes shelter of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu to describe the pastimes of His appearance as a child because one cannot write such transcendental literature by mental speculation. One who writes about the Supreme Personality of Godhead must be especially favored by the Lord. SIMPLY BY ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO WRITE SUCH LITERATURE.
Madhya 19.132 Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Instructs Srila Rupa Gosvami
Srila Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami had no fixed residence. They stayed beneath a tree for one day only and wrote huge volumes of transcendental literature. They not only wrote books but chanted, danced, discussed Krsna and remembered Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's pastimes. Thus they executed devotional service.
In Vrndavana there are prakrta-sahajiyas who say that writing books or even touching books is taboo. For them, devotional service means being relieved from these activities. Whenever they are asked to hear a recitation of Vedic literature, they refuse, saying, "What business do we have reading or hearing transcendental literatures? They are meant for neophytes." They pose themselves to be too elevated to exert energy for reading, writing and hearing. However, pure devotees under the guidance of Srila Rupa Gosvami reject this sahajiya philosophy. IT IS CERTAINLY NOT GOOD TO WRITE LITERATURE FOR MONEY OR REPUTATION, BUT TO WRITE BOOKS AND PUBLISH THEM FOR THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE GENERAL POPULACE IS REAL SERVICE TO THE LORD. That was Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati's opinion, and he specifically told his disciples to write books. He actually preferred to publish books rather than establish temples. Temple construction is meant for the general populace and neophyte devotees, BUT THE BUSINESS OF ADVANCED AND EMPOWERED DEVOTEES IS TO WRITE BOOKS, PUBLISH THEM AND DISTRIBUTE THEM WIDELY. According to Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, distributing literature is like playing on a great mrdanga. Consequently we always request members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness to publish as many books as possible and distribute them widely throughout the world. By thus following in the footsteps of Srila Rupa Gosvami, one can become a rupanuga devotee.
Antya 1.211 Srila Rupa Gosvami' s Second Meeting With the Lord
UNLESS ONE IS A FULLY UNALLOYED DEVOTEE OF THE LORD, ONE SHOULD NOT TRY TO DESCRIBE THE PASTIMES OF KRSNA IN POETRY, FOR IT WILL BE ONLY MUNDANE. There are many descriptions of Krsna's Bhagavad-gita written by persons whose consciousness is mundane and who are not qualified by pure devotion. Although they attempted to write transcendental literature, they could not fully engage even a single devotee in Krsna's service. Such literature is mundane, and therefore, as warned by Sri Sanatana Gosvami, one should not touch it.
Antya 5.133 How Pradyumna Misra Received Instructions from Ramananda Raya
"Only if you follow the principles of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His devotees will your learning be successful. Then you will be able to write about the transcendental pastimes of Krsna WITHOUT MATERIAL CONTAMINATION.
Uttama, uttama means udgata-tama. This material world is tama, ignorance, darkness. And Krsna is beyond this material world; therefore He is called para. Para means transcendental. SO UTTAMA-SLOKA. SO WHEN WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS TO KRSNA, THEY ARE NOT ORDINARY WORDS. THEREFORE THOSE WHO ARE NOT LIBERATED SOUL, THEY CANNOT OFFER PRAYERS ACTUALLY. WE HAVE TO REPEAT THE PRAYERS OFFERED BY LIBERATED SOUL, NOT BY ORDINARY MAN. Because he is not yet UTTAMA, he is not yet in the transcendental platform. Therefore WE DON'T ALLOW SONGS WHICH ARE NOT SUNG BY LIBERATED SOULS like Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Narottama dasa Thakura. They are liberated souls. WE DON'T ALLOW ANY LITERATURE WHICH IS NOT GIVEN BY LIBERATED SOUL. Literatures, they are always following Vedic principles. Vedas, the original transcendental literature, and any literature which is produced under the guidance of Vedic literature, that is also nice. That is perfect. THEREFORE WHENEVER WE WRITE SOMETHING, WE GIVE IMMEDIATELY VEDIC EVIDENCE. WE GIVE SOME SANSKRIT VERSE. THIS MEANS THAT WE ARE NOT MANUFACTURING OURSELF. What we have heard from the parampara system, from higher authorities, we are presenting, simply, in our own language, and the evidence is this Vedic verse. This is perfect literature.
So everything is there Srimad-Bhagavatam. That is the topmost knowledge. That is transcendental knowledge. That is not material knowledge. Material knowledge, if you write some book, it has no meaning, because it is defective. BUT SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM IS NOT ORDINARY KNOWLEDGE. IT IS TRANSCENDENTAL KNOWLEDGE. THERE IS NO DEFECT.
So things are to be adjusted as it is prescribed by great authorities. In Bhakti-rasamrta you'll find the regulative principles. That is called Vaisnava-smrti. So here we cannot live without working, and still we have to become always Krsna conscious. This art, to understand and to practice, is Krsna consciousness movement. Then in spite of my being engaged in so many so-called material things Because a devotee has nothing to do with material things. Even if he works for maintenance of the body, that is not material. Just like Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who was magistrate. BUT IT IS NOT FOR A MAGISTRATE TO WRITE SO MANY BOOKS--SIDDHANTA-PURNAM. SO HE WAS IN A DIFFERENT TRANSCENDENTAL PLATFORM. SO THAT IS POSSIBLE.
If you sit down and write some article on Krsna, that means you have to concentrate on Krsna's activities or Krsna's devotees' activities, and that very process will purify your heart. THEREFORE WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND TO OUR STUDENTS THAT YOU WRITE ARTICLES, READ OUR MAGAZINE, READ OUR BOOK. In this way if we keep ourself... Work for Krsna. This... We have come here in this pandal or in this Kumbha-mela not for any other purpose than to glorify the Supreme Lord so that people may understand the importance of this movement.
Satam prasangad mama virya-samvidah. That sravana, hearing also, should be accepted from devotee, FROM REAL DEVOTEE. Sri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami recommended that a brahmana... He wrote something about Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and there were so many discrepancies. So Svarupa Damodara Gosvami was not at all satisfied with such writings. He chastised the brahmana that "You cannot write." SO UNLESS ONE IS SELF-REALIZED, THERE IS PRACTICALLY NO USE WRITING ABOUT KRSNA. THIS TRANSCENDENTAL WRITING DOES NOT DEPEND ON MATERIAL EDUCATION. IT DEPENDS ON THE SPIRITUAL REALIZATION. YOU'LL FIND, THEREFORE, IN THE COMMENTS OF BHAGAVATAM BY DIFFERENT ACARYAS, EVEN THERE ARE SOME DISCREPANCIES, THEY ARE ACCEPTED AS ASAT-PATHA. IT SHOULD REMAIN AS IT IS.
So Sanatana Gosvami therefore said, AVAISNAVA-MUKHODGIRNAM PUTAM HARI-KATHAMRTAM, SRAVANAM NAIVA KARTAVYAM: "ONE WHO IS NOT VAISNAVA, FROM HIM ONE SHOULD NOT HEAR HARI-KATHAMRTAM." Hari-katha Srimad-Bhagavatam is hari-katha, and it is amrta, nectarine. But if it is recited or explained by some avaisnava, one should not hear. It is forbidden. The example is given, sarpocchistam payo yatha. SO PROFESSIONAL RECITERS OR ONE WHO SPEAKS AND WRITES FOR LIVING MEANS IT IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. NA VYAKHYAM UPAYUNJITAH. ONE SHOULD NOT MAKE BHAGAVATA RECITATION AS A MEANS OF LIVELIHOOD. THAT IS, THE PROCESS IS NOT ACCEPTED. So sravanam kirtanam visnoh. You should hear from Vaisnava, at least one who is trying to become Vaisnava, not professional man. BHAKTIH PARESANUBHAVO VIRAKTIR ANYATRA SYAT.
SO THE TEST OF ADVANCEMENT IN KRSNA CONSCIOUSNESS IS THAT ONE SHOULD BE DETESTFUL, LOSE ATTACHMENT TO THE MATERIAL THINGS.
In the Bhagavad-gita it is said, the Lord says, "ANYONE WHO IS ENGAGED IN UNALLOYED DEVOTIONAL SERVICE UNTO ME, SO HE IS TRANSCENDENTAL." SA GUNAN SAMATITYAITAN. Gunan means these modes, different modes--modes of ignorance, modes of passion, modes of goodness. GOODNESS IS ALSO MATERIAL. THAT IS NOT SPIRITUAL. IF YOU BECOME VERY GOOD MORALIST OR VERY RELIGIOUS, FOLLOWING ALL THE RULES AND REGULATIONS, THAT IS GOOD BUT THAT IS NOT SPIRITUAL. THE SPIRITUAL IS FAR ABOVE.
BRAHMA-SAMHITA MEANS... BRAHMA IS THE FIRST LIVING CREATURE APPEARED IN THIS UNIVERSE, AND AFTER HIS REALIZATION, HE IS OFFERING PRAYER. REALIZATION MEANS YOU SHOULD WRITE, EVERY ONE OF YOU, WHAT IS YOUR REALIZATION. WHAT FOR THIS BACK TO GODHEAD IS? YOU WRITE YOUR REALIZATION, WHAT YOU HAVE REALIZED ABOUT KRSNA. THAT IS REQUIRED. IT IS NOT PASSIVE. ALWAYS YOU SHOULD BE ACTIVE. WHENEVER YOU FIND TIME, YOU WRITE. NEVER MIND, TWO LINES, FOUR LINES, BUT YOU WRITE YOUR REALIZATION. SRAVANAM KIRTANAM, WRITING OR OFFERING PRAYERS, GLORIES. THIS IS ONE OF THE FUNCTION OF THE VAISNAVA. YOU ARE HEARING, BUT YOU HAVE TO WRITE ALSO. THEN WRITE MEANS SMARANAM, REMEMBERING WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD FROM YOUR SPIRITUAL MASTER, FROM THE SCRIPTURE. SRAVANAM KIRTANAM VISNOH: ABOUT VISNU, NOT FOR OTHERS. DON'T WRITE ANY NONSENSE THING FOR ANY NONSENSE MAN. USELESS WASTE OF TIME. Visnu. Write about Visnu, Krsna.
Prabhupada: YES. AND OUR MEN, ALL OUR MEN SHOULD WRITE. OTHERWISE HOW WE SHALL KNOW THAT HE HAS UNDERSTOOD THE PHILOSOPHY? WRITING MEANS SRAVANAM KIRTANAM. SRAVANAM MEANS HEARING FROM THE AUTHORITY AND AGAIN REPEAT IT. This is our business, sravanam kirtanam visnoh, about Visnu, not for any politician or any other man. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh, about Krsna or Visnu. So that is success. HEAR AND REPEAT, HEAR AND REPEAT. YOU HAVEN'T GOT TO MANUFACTURE. ANY ONE OF US, SIMPLY IF YOU REPRODUCE THE PURPORT WHICH I HAVE GIVEN IN THE BHAGAVATA, YOU BECOME A GOOD SPEAKER.
69-12-13. Letter: Satsvarupa
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated December 7, 1969 along with the article of Acyutananda. Your decision not to publish this article is correct. TO THE NEOPHYTE DEVOTEES WE SHOULD ISSUE INSTRUCTION THAT THERE ARE FOUR STAGES OF UNDERSTANDING THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH. THE FIRST STAGE IS RE-ESTABLISHING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH KRISHNA. THIS IS THE FIRST STAGE. THE SECOND STAGE IS AFTER UNDERSTANDING OUR RELATIONSHIP, TO PERFORM DEVOTIONAL SERVICE UNDER PROPER GUIDANCE. THE THIRD STAGE IS ACQUISITION OF THE DESIRED OBJECT. THE FOURTH STAGE IS RELISHING THE NECTAR OF PERFECTIONAL LOVE. SO RADHA-KRISHNA LILA BELONGS TO THE FOURTH STAGE OF UNDERSTANDING, AND WE ARE PUBLISHING BTG FOR PEOPLE IN GENERAL TO RE-ESTABLISH THEIR FORGOTTEN RELATIONSHIP WITH KRISHNA. SO WE SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS AND FROM SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM, BHAGAVAD-GITA, AND ISOPANISAD THEY SHOULD TRY TO WRITE HOW OUR RELATIONSHIP IS REVOKED FROM THIS STAGE OF FORGETFULNESS. THEY SHOULD WRITE ARTICLES LIKE THIS: 1) KRISHNA, THE OMNIPOTENT, 2) HOW GOD CAN BE REALIZED AS ALL-PERVASIVE, 3) THE ORIGINAL SOURCE OF EVERYTHING, 4) TRANSCENDENTAL PROCESS OF HEARING, 5) HOW ONE GETS OUT OF THE CLUTCHES OF MAYA, 6) PRAYERS BY ARJUNA, 7) PRAYERS BY KUNTI DEVI, 8) PRAYERS BY BHISMADEVA.. THEY SHOULD TRY TO UNDERSTAND KRISHNA FIRST IN SO MANY WAYS WHICH ARE DESCRIBED IN OUR BHAGAVATAM. THEY SHOULD READ THEM CAREFULLY AND PICK UP SUBJECT MATTERS AS ABOVE MENTIONED. WHAT GENERAL PEOPLE WILL UNDERSTAND ABOUT RADHA-KRISHNA LILA? Immediately they will take it as ordinary boys and girls in spite of a thousand warnings, "This is not this, this is not this." So you shall issue instruction that they should write articles on the subject matters as above mentioned. THEY SHOULD READ OUR BHAGAVATAM. THE PURPORTS ARE THERE: THEY SHOULD ASSIMILATE THEM IN THEIR OWN WORDS IN A LITERARY CAREER.
71-01-11.Sat Letter: Satsvarupa
I hear from all our centers that they have instituted regular classes for writing articles and still you say they do not contribute sufficiently to Back to Godhead. How is that? I WANT ALL OUR STUDENTS TO WRITE ARTICLES FOR OUR TRANSCENDENTAL MAGAZINE.
72-03-12.Letter: Billy Reyburne
REGARDING YOUR QUESTION ABOUT WRITING SONGS ABOUT KRISHNA, THIS IS NOT VERY IMPORTANT THING. YOU CAN WRITE, BUT ONE CANNOT TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. IF ANY VAISNAVA IS WRITING SONG ABOUT KRISHNA, THAT SHOULD BE FROM ONE WHO HIMSELF HAS REALIZED KRISHNA, JUST LIKE OUR GREAT SAINTS AND ACARYAS LIKE MADHVACARYA, RAMANUJACARYA, RUPA GOSVAMI, SIX GOSVAMIS, BILVAMANGALA, BHAKTIVINODE THAKURA, LIKE THAT. THEY ARE SELF-REALIZED SOULS, THEREFORE IF THEY WRITE SOMETHING SONG ABOUT KRISHNA, THAT IS PERFECTLY FROM THE TRANSCENDENTAL PLATFORM, WITHOUT ANY TINGE OF MUNDANE INFLUENCE OR NONSENSE IMAGINATION. UNLESS SOMEONE COMES IN THE CATEGORY OF THESE GREAT LEADING VAISNAVA PERSONALITIES, HIS MANUFACTURING SOME SONGS WILL BE MISLEADING TO HIMSELF AND TO OTHERS. AND UNLESS HIS WRITING OF POEMS AND SONGS CAN BE ACCEPTED AS GOSPEL, AS VEDAS OR THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH, SUCH WRITING IS DIVERTING THE ATTENTION FROM THE SUBJECT MATTER ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE REGARDED VERY SERIOUSLY. NOW YOU SHOULD BECOME SERIOUS TO PURSUE THIS KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT WITH FULL ENERGY OF BODY, MIND AND SOUL. IF YOU ARE WRITING POEMS AND SONGS, THAT'S ALRIGHT, YOU CAN DO IT ALSO, BUT IF YOU CAN WRITE ARTICLES FOR OUR BACK TO GODHEAD MAGAZINE, THAT IS BETTER, THAT IS SOLID PREACHING WORK. NO ONE SHOULD WRITE SONGS OF KRISHNA UNLESS HE IS SELF-REALIZED SOUL, THAT WILL SPOIL THE VALUE OF THE WHOLE THING. BUT TRY TO USE YOUR WRITING AND SINGING TALENT FOR KRISHNA'S PREACHING WORK, BY WRITING ARTICLES, SINGING THE KIRTANA, LIKE THAT. Than you will be happy, and I think you should without further delay try to become devotees as the others are doing and live with us and practise the regulative principles of brahmacari life. In this way, become determined to fix your all attention for seeing Krishna face to face by the Krishna Consciousness process and than you shall qualify yourself for writing songs about Krishna and you chant always this Hare Krishna mantra you can come to the highest point of seeing Krishna very soon, you may know it for certain.
73-10-14. Letter: Patita Uddharana:
"It is by the mercy of all these Vaisnavas and gurus that I attempt to write about the pastimes and qualities of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. WHETHER I KNOW OR KNOW NOT, IT IS FOR SELF PURIFICATION THAT I WRITE THIS BOOK."
THE PURPORT IS THAT FOR TRANSCENDENTAL WRITING ONE MUST BE AN AUTHORIZED VAISNAVA AND SHOULD WRITE TO PURIFY ONESELF, NOT FOR CREDIT. IT MAY OR MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BUT ONE WHO IS ACTUALLY SINCERE IN WRITING, ALL HIS AMBITIONS WILL BE FULFILLED.
Hari-sauri: That man from Delhi said that he thought you were an incarnation of Vyasadeva.
Prabhupada: Yes. Any devotee in literary career, he is to be understood... Just like our Vrndavana dasa Thakura. He is described as incarnation of Vyasadeva because Vyasadeva wrote Bhagavatam and he wrote Caitanya-bhagavata.
Prabhupada: Vyasa-puja. Vyasa-prasadam. UNLESS ONE IS BLESSED BY VYASADEVA, HE CANNOT WRITE TRANSCENDENTAL LITERATURE.
SB 3.4.20 P Vidura Approaches Maitreya
SRI UDDHAVA'S ACTUAL LIFE IS THE DIRECT SYMBOL OF THE CATUH-SLOKI BHAGAVATAM ENUNCIATED FIRST TO BRAHMAJI BY THE PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD. These four very great and important verses from Srimad-Bhagavatam are particularly taken out by the Mayavadi speculators, who construe a different purport to suit their impersonal view of monism. Here is the proper answer to such unauthorized speculators. THE VERSES OF SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM ARE PURELY THEISTIC SCIENCE UNDERSTANDABLE BY THE POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS OF BHAGAVAD-GITA, THE UNAUTHORIZED DRY SPECULATORS ARE OFFENDERS AT THE LOTUS FEET OF THE LORD SRI KRSNA BECAUSE THEY DISTORT THE PURPORTS OF BHAGAVAD-GITA AND SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC AND PREPARE A DIRECT PATH TO THE HELL KNOWN AS ANDHA-TAMISRA. AS CONFIRMED IN BHAGAVAD-GITA (16.20) SUCH ENVIOUS SPECULATORS ARE WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE AND ARE SURELY CONDEMNED LIFE AFTER LIFE. They unnecessarily take shelter of Sripada Sankaracarya, but he was not so drastic as to commit an offense at the lotus feet of Lord Krsna. According to Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Sripada Sankaracarya preached the Mayavada philosophy for a particular purpose. Such a philosophy was necessary to defeat the Buddhist philosophy of the nonexistence of the spirit soul, but it was never meant for perpetual acceptance. It was an emergency. Thus Lord Krsna was accepted by Sankaracarya as the Supreme Personality of Godhead in his commentation on Bhagavad-gita. Since he was a great devotee of Lord Krsna, he did not dare write any commentary on Srimad-Bhagavatam because that would have been a direct offense at the lotus feet of the Lord. BUT LATER SPECULATORS, IN THE NAME OF MAYAVADA PHILOSOPHY, UNNECESSARILY MAKE THEIR COMMENTARY ON THE CATUH-SLOKI BHAGAVATAM WITHOUT ANY BONA FIDE INTENT.
SB 4.24.45-46 P Chanting the Song Sung by Lord Siva
WITHOUT SERVING KRSNA ACCORDING TO THE VIDHI-MARGA REGULATIVE PRINCIPLES OF THE PANCARATRIKA-VIDHI, UNSCRUPULOUS PERSONS WANT TO JUMP IMMEDIATELY TO THE RAGA-MARGA PRINCIPLES. SUCH PERSONS ARE CALLED SAHAJIYA. There are also demons who enjoy depicting Krsna and His pastimes with the gopis, taking advantage of Krsna by their licentious character. THESE DEMONS WHO PRINT BOOKS AND WRITE LYRICS ON THE RAGA-MARGA PRINCIPLES ARE SURELY ON THE WAY TO HELL. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY LEAD OTHERS DOWN WITH THEM.
Antya 7.134 The Meeting of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Vallabha Bhatta
"Whatever you might write due to false pride, trying to surpass Sridhara Svami, would carry a contrary purport. Therefore no one would pay attention to it.
Srimad-Bhagavatam has many tikas, or commentaries, following the parampara system, but Sridhara Svami's is first. The commentaries of all the other acaryas follow his. The parampara system does not allow one to deviate from the commentaries of the previous acaryas. BY DEPENDING UPON THE PREVIOUS ACARYAS, ONE CAN WRITE BEAUTIFUL COMMENTARIES. HOWEVER, ONE CANNOT DEFY THE PREVIOUS ACARYAS. THE FALSE PRIDE THAT MAKES ONE THINK THAT HE CAN WRITE BETTER THAN THE PREVIOUS ACARYAS WILL MAKE ONE'S COMMENTS FAULTY. AT THE PRESENT MOMENT IT HAS BECOME FASHIONABLE FOR EVERYONE TO WRITE IN HIS OWN WAY, BUT SUCH WRITING IS NEVER ACCEPTED BY SERIOUS DEVOTEES. BECAUSE OF FALSE PRIDE, EVERY SCHOLAR AND PHILOSOPHER WANTS TO EXHIBIT HIS LEARNING BY INTERPRETING THE SASTRAS, ESPECIALLY BHAGAVAD-GITA AND SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM, IN HIS OWN WAY. THIS SYSTEM OF COMMENTING IN ONE'S OWN WAY IS FULLY CONDEMNED BY SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU. THEREFORE HE SAYS, 'ARTHA-VYASTA' LIKHANA SEI. COMMENTARIES WRITTEN ACCORDING TO ONE'S OWN PHILOSOPHICAL WAY ARE NEVER ACCEPTED; NO ONE WILL APPRECIATE SUCH COMMENTARIES ON THE REVEALED SCRIPTURES.
67-04-07. Letter: Kirtanananda
I have seen in the bible that Lord Jesus Christ recommended this Kirtana performances in the Bible. You know better than me and I WOULD REQUEST YOU TO WRITE A SMALL BOOK ON SANKIRTAN MOVEMENT IN THE BIBLE. I HAVE GIVEN A NOTE OF DIRECTION TO HAYAGRIVA FOR WRITING A DRAMA ON LORD CAITANYA AND IF HE CAN DELIVER US A NICE DRAMA FOR STAGING IN YOUR DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE STATE IT WILL BE A GREAT STRIDE FOR OUR MISSION AND I HOPE IT WILL HELP US FINANCIALLY A GREAT DEAL. Just you encourage Hayagriva to write this Drama very nicely in Poetry so that they can be sung in western tone all over America and Europe and staged everywhere to cover our expenses.
68-10-21. Letter: Krsna dasa
I can see from your writing that you have got capacity to write, this is a great help. YOU CAN WRITE ARTICLES FOR BACK TO GODHEAD, SO WRITING CAPACITY IS NOT DISCOURAGED. And I shall always be glad to receive your long letters.
68-12-19. Letter: Janardana
So far as reviews I think that there is no need to review nonsense books and give them publicity at our cost. THE SINCERE THEISTS AND PHILOSOPHERS WILL SURELY APPRECIATE OUR PRESENTATION OF BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS SO YOU CAN WRITE SOME ARTICLES ON THE BASIS OF OUR DISCUSSIONS IN THIS BOOK OR IN SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM.
69-02-22. Letter: Rayarama
Now our policy should be as follows: 1. the layout should be done by us, 2. there should be no advertisements, 3. under different headings we shall publish articles from Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Brahma Samhita, Nectar of Devotion, Vedanta Philosophy, Upanisads, etc. as well as comic pictures when possible. BESIDES THAT, IF SOME OF OUR STUDENTS WRITE AS THEY HAVE ASSIMILATED THE PHILOSOPHY, THAT ALSO SHOULD BE WELCOME.
69-03-30. Letter: Satyabhama
AND YOU WILL HAVE AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO EDUCATE CHILDREN AND WRITE BOOKS FOR THEM BECAUSE THERE IS SUFFICIENT MATTER FOR PUBLISHING SUCH BOOKS FROM THE PURANAS, MAHABHARATA, SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM, AND MANY OTHER ALLIED LITERATURES. There are thousands of ideal historical events, which if we can put with suitable pictures, it will be a great idea and people will like to have such literature.
69-07-15. Letter: Vibhavati
Regarding your proposal of writing a book about child-raising, I do not think this is required with all the other writings that we have to do. AND BESIDES THAT, YOU ARE NOT THE MASTER OF THIS SUBJECT, SO WHO WILL READ SUCH A BOOK? I HAVE SEEN IN YOUR ARTICLE ON MR. LENNON THAT YOU HAVE A VERY NICE GIFT FOR WRITING, SO BETTER YOU SHOULD UTILIZE THIS GOD-GIVEN TALENT FOR WRITING ARTICLES FOR OUR BACK TO GODHEAD. There is immediate necessity for this, and for this writing you are qualified because you are a sincere devotee of this Krishna Consciousness Movement. SO WHY NOT WRITE NICE ARTICLES OF THIS PHILOSOPHY AS YOU HAVE ASSIMILATED IT? THIS WILL BE A VERY GREAT SERVICE BECAUSE WE ARE NOW CONVERTING BTG TO EXCLUSIVELY CONTAIN ARTICLES BY MY DISCIPLES AND MYSELF, ALONG WITH MANY PICTURES OF OUR SANKIRTANA ACTIVITIES.
70-07-19. Letter: Yogesvara
Some time back you sent another poetry which I have also sent to the editors; These poetics are nice, BUT NOW IF YOU WOULD WRITE SOME ARTICLES FOR OUR BTG THAT WILL BE EVEN BETTER. Now you have got some good understanding of our Krsna consciousness so you write it for publication.
I am very glad to know that you have got the experience and talent as well as the desire to write Krsna conscious children's books. I have very encouraging report from Syamasundara. that the grammar school children in the villages of both England and Holland are very eager and ready for learning Krsna consciousness and their instructors are also very enthusiastic to introduce our program. SO YOU CAN WRITE MANY BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND INSERT PICTURES, THEN THEY WILL BE A SURE SUCCESS.
THE BOOKS SHOULD BE WRITTEN IN SIMPLE LANGUAGE. FIRST OF ALL TRY TO EXPLAIN WHAT IS GOD, THEN WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP OF GOD WITH THE WORLD AND THE LIVING ENTITIES. THEN EXPLAIN WHAT IS OUR DUTY IN THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.* IN THIS WAY WRITE THE SUBJECTS VERY CLEARLY. WHAT ONE LEARNS AS CHILD IS NOT LOST THROUGHOUT THE LIFE. So this is a very important business. Please execute it with great care and seriousness of purpose. May Krsna bless your sincere endeavor in his service. The more yo work for Krsna, the more He will bestow auspicious intelligence upon you for furthering your loving service unto Him.
72-12-18. Letter: Sankarasana
But as you have requested, I am your spiritual master, I must reply you to your satisfaction. So this playing guitar and writing of songs is not very important thing. YOU CAN WRITE AND PLAY, BUT ONE CANNOT TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. IF ANY VAISNAVA IS WRITING SONG ABOUT KRISHNA, HE SHOULD HAVE REALISED HIMSELF WHAT IS KRISHNA, JUST LIKE OUR GREAT SAINTS AND ACARYAS LIKE MADHVACARYA, RAMANUJACARYA, RUPA GOSWAMI, SIX GOSVAMIS, BILVAMANGALA, BHAKTIVINODE THAKURA, LIKE THAT. THEY ARE SELF-REALISED SOULS, THEREFORE IF THEY WRITE SOMETHING SONG ABOUT KRISHNA THAT WILL BE PERFECTLY FROM THE TRANSCENDENTAL PLATFORM, WITHOUT ANY TINGE OF MUNDANE INFLUENCE OR NONSENSE IMAGINATION. UNLESS HE COMES IN THE CATEGORY OF THESE BIG VAISNAVA PERSONALITIES, HIS MANUFACTURING SOME SONGS WILL BE MISLEADING TO HIMSELF AND TO OTHERS. AND UNLESS HIS WRITING OF SONGS CAN BE ACCEPTED AS GOSPEL, LIKE VEDAS, THEN SUCH WRITING IS SIMPLY DISTURBANCE AND IS DIVERTING THE ATTENTION FROM THE SUBJECT MATTER ONLY. THAT SONGS WRITING WE CANNOT REGARD VERY SERIOUSLY. THAT WILL SPOIL THE WHOLE THING. BUT YOU CAN UTILIZE YOUR PROPENSITY TO WRITE POEMS AND ARTICLES FOR BTG, FOR SINGING IN THE KIRTANA, LIKE THAT. That will make you very happy. Now you just apply yourself for becoming qualified to see Krishna face-to-face, then you will be able to actually write songs about Krishna.
So this Mahabharata was written: stri-sudra-dvija-bandhunam trayi na sruti gocarah. Woman and dvija-bandhu and the sudras, it is very difficult for them to understand the Vedic literatures directly, because they have no advanced knowledge or education. Therefore the same thing. The Vedic knowledge was described in the Mahabharata. Because it is history. Everyone is interested to read history. So through history, the Vedic knowledge was imparted. Therefore, Mahabharata is called the fifth Vedas. There are four Vedas, Sama, Yajur, Rk, Atharva. And Mahabharata is fifth Veda. They are meant for this stri, sudra, dvija-bandhu. So Bhagavad-gita is within the Mahabharata. SO ACTUALLY IT WAS MEANT FOR THE LESS INTELLIGENT CLASS OF MEN. BUT, AT THE PRESENT MOMENT, THE HIGHEST INTELLIGENT CLASS OF MEN CANNOT UNDERSTAND. Just see the difference. Formerly, 5000 years, this was meant for the less intelligent class of men, and we have deteriorated so much that the so-called highest intelligent class of men cannot understand this Bhagavad-gita. And he is posted as the professor in the Oxford University.