What is the strength of Srila Prabhupada’s books? The secret of success? Why are Srila Prabhupada’s books authorized?
“The description given in these books are not mundane speculations, but they are authorized versions of liberated souls, presented by our humble self. So the strength is not in us, but the strength is in the Supreme Lord. And we have to simply present them without any adulteration. That is the secret of success.”
Srila Prabhupada Letter to Devananda dasa, September 27, 1968
The authority of the Acharya.
Srila Prabhupada: “I am surprised how I have written so many, [books] what to speak of them? It is all Krsna’s mercy.”
Dhira Krsna: “One professor the other day was trying to convince one of our boys that you were coming in the disciplic succession and were authorized to translate all these books.”
Srila Prabhupada: “Yes, that is right.”
Dhira Krsna: “Because he was dressed and he didn’t know that he was your disciple, so he was saying, “Bhaktivedanta Swami, he is coming in a disciplic line straight from Krsna. That’s why he can speak on all these books.”
Srila Prabhupada: “Yes, that is a fact. That authority I have got. That’s a fact. tasyaite kathita hyarhah prakasante mahatmanah. They become manifest, all the meanings of the Vedic literature. yasya deve para bhaktih.”
Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, March 1, 1975, Atlanta
Srila Prabhupada’s literary contribution to be remembered in history.
Brahmananda: “...in the airport. And this caused big sensation, because never, even big Indian gurus have come to South Africa. Never have any whites bowed down. It was the first time whites bowed down to...”
Srila Prabhupada: “They clapped. After hearing me, they clapped. They purchased books. Now they are selling books. Some think my books are more important. We shall give more concentration for pushing and publishing. What do you think?”
Tamala Krsna: “Yes. That is our weapon. They are our strength, they are our guidance, and they are our ammunition. Everything is based on these books, everything. We are...”
Srila Prabhupada: “One Indian, a very learned scholar in Chandigarh, he has given very good certificate. What is that?”
Satsvarupa: “He said that ‘there have been many commentaries on the Bhagavad-Gita including Ramanuja, Madhava and Sankara’, and then he said, ‘Tilak and Gandhi, but of all of them the commentary by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami is the greatest commentary.’ Punjab University. Then he said later that ‘In this suffering mankind, God has sent His Holiness A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami.’”
Srila Prabhupada: “So, let us do our duty. Our attempt Krsna will see. That gentleman has written, ‘Swami Bhaktivedanta will be remembered for centuries, making history’, is not that?”
Satsvarupa: “Unsurpassed, this... Not just remembered, it will be unsurpassed.”
Srila Prabhupada: “And many foreign scholars also, they have. In France... In France one professor has said...the...”
Srila Prabhupada: “Aurobindo and Dr. RadhaKrishnan, they have compromised with the Western idea, but here is the real tradition of India.” Actually it is a fact. All of them, they have tried to make a hodgepodge. And from the beginning my idea was I shall present as it is. That’s all. Therefore I gave this name “As It Is.” Caitanya Mahaprabhu said yare dekha tare kaha krsna-upadesa. Why shall I manufacture idea? Present this As It Is.”
Srila Prabhupada Conversation, February 15, 1977, Mayapura
Not a sentimental movement.
“Everything is there, provided they take it. Everything will be all right. So this is not a sentimental fanaticism, religious movement. That is scientific movement for the good of the whole world. That we have to convince by our character, by our behavior the people will accept it.”
Srila Prabhupada Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam, March 13, 1975, Tehran
“Therefore we are presenting Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. No change. Others they are interpreting in their own way. That is not Bhagavad-Gita. That is something else.”
Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, August 5, 1976, Paris
Followers of parampara cannot change anything.
“So in the parampara system in that disciplic succession, you will find no change. You cannot change anything.”
Srila Prabhupada Lecture on Caitanya-caritamrta, December 1,1966, New York
Srila Prabhupada’s books are the ultimate source of knowledge.
“But one thing I may inform you, that the three books which I have already prepared, namely the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, Teachings of Lord Caitanya and Srimad Bhagavatam, all these books are the ultimate source of knowledge. If you simply reproduce what I have tried to explain in those books, surely you will come out victorious, even in the midst of so many mundane scholars. The descriptions given in these books are not mundane speculations, but they are authorized versions of liberated souls, presented by our humble self. So the strength is not in us, but the strength is in the Supreme Lord. And we have simply to present them without any adulteration, in humble service spirit. That is the secret of success.”
Srila Prabhupada Letter to Devananda dasa, September 1968
Why are Srila Prabhupada’s books so potent?
Srila Prabhupada: “Thank you. You have read some of my books?”
Srila Prabhupada: “They are not my books. I am simply translating. They are written by Vyasadeva, the original Vedic scholar.”
Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, February 26,1973, Jakarta
Ramesvara: “The only hope is to read your books.”
Srila Prabhupada: “Not my books, Krsna’s books.”
Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, June 8, 1976, Los Angeles
Not humanly possible to write so many books.
Srila Prabhupada: “Are you reading sometimes my books? Which one?”
George Harrison: “Mainly Krsna.”
Srila Prabhupada: “That is the main book.” [laughs]
George Harrison: “Mukunda gave me the new books, but there’s so much to read.”
Srila Prabhupada: “Philosophy.”
George Harrison: “I don’t know how anybody could have written it, it’s difficult to read all that amount.”
Srila Prabhupada: “Sometimes they are surprised how one man can write so many books, but it is Krsna’s grace. Otherwise, not possible. Human being, it is not possible.”
Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, July 26, 1976, London
As it is. No addition. No alteration.
Aksayananda: “...preach more, then that would help. Because he was previously a principal of a school.”
Srila Prabhupada: “No, how he is preaching? Have you heard? No you cannot understand in Hindi.”
Srila Prabhupada: “Anyone?”
Dhananjaya: “We have been told he preaches nicely.”
Srila Prabhupada: “I have told him that, ‘You simply read My books and reproduce it. That’s all. That will be preaching.’”
Aksayananda: “At least when he speaks to me in English, it is always very nice.”
Brahmananda: “He can memorize Prabhupada’s books and then just speak it.”
Srila Prabhupada: “That is preaching. Our process is anusrnuyat. We hear from the superior and reproduce it. That is sravanam-kirtanam. Then perfect. If I add something, my own imagination, then it will spoil. No addition, alteration; as it is. As it is you hear from your spiritual master, reproduce. That’s all. yare dekha tare kaha krsna upadesa. This Krsna-upadesa is coming by parampara, so you reproduce. That’s all. Even a child can reproduce what he has heard from his father. It is not at all difficult.”
Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, August 29, 1975, Vrindavana