Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the transcription of one of the nectarean classes given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.6.7 in Rajkot on February 1st 2009. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj that patience and tolerance cures sickness.
Now we shall hear further.
9.Distribute Prabhupada's books:
Maharaj: Prabhupada started book distribution because the people were ignorant. They didn’t know anything. So, books must be distributed. So, he was asking for the printing money. In the beginning, you might remember. It was just, some little donation. Books were not sold, they were given and just print money. I remember in England Prabhupada was there. Hardly somebody gives him ten pence, somebody twelve pence. And then 10 pounds or twenty pounds are there, printing is there, that’s it. He said alright. And then it started and then completely now, it’s changed completely.
When Prabhupada was in London, Jayasheela might be a young man, young boy. So he might have put on this kurta. So he said, "Jayasheela, this kurta is beautiful. So put on this kurta." So Jayasheela took this as order and said, "Alright. I will put this kurta." Now Jayasheel is 60 years old, same kurta again and again. Why? "Srila Prabhupada said." Arrey man, Prabhupada said, "you must have kurta." Your kurta must be according to your body. Kurta may change. We are just sticking to his words and not changing at all according to circumstances. Formerly the collection was not the main thing, distribution was the main thing. That we forgot. Prabhupada wanted the books to go to them and printing cost should be there. Now the cost is more important than the books and that's why the whole muddle is there. The collection becomes the main goal, not the distribution.
And because Prabhupada's idea was distribution, in his presence so much distribution was going on. Big parties there were of Tamal Krishna Goswami. Who was running that? What all big party was running, Tamal Krishna Goswami. Radha Damodara, yeah 10 buses he had. This is distribution, it was not collection. And now, instead of distribution, this is (going on). Please try to have some intelligence somewhere. At least if not anything else, we do food distribution or this or that. Why can't we do the book distribution? Somewhere some purified intelligence must prevail, but we are not going to Bhagavatam. That is our really defect. Nobody is interested. Please whether somebody is interested or not, we are going to go away. Our time is passing away. So please don’t pass your time and you be serious. Don’t worry about the whole world. But we should put into practice. At least we should print whatever we have and distribute it.
Prabhupada is still alive in his literature, we don’t go to him. We don’t try to learn from him, this is our defect. Please we have to remove this defect. Don’t depend upon anything except Prabhupada. And do take Prabhupada from his books. Always eternally you will have the guidance. And pure guidance. Please those who run after Prabhupada, they cannot go wrong. Instead of depending on only collection or this or that, this is Kaliyuga, no doubt we do require funds, but not to that extent. Automatically it comes. To that extent we don’t require. But we require Bhagavatam. And if we are not doing this, we better vacate the place and give the place for somebody who does Bhagavatam.
Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Vaikunthanath Krishna das
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