Remembering Srila Prabhupada through his Books

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. 

Last Sunday was the auspicious day of Tirobhava of Jagat Guru Srila Prabhupada. The uniqueness of Srila Prabhupada is that he is the only guru in the history of a religious movement that even after 34 years of his departure, he is being remembered and worshipped. As our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu, Goswami Maharaj used to tell that there is no one in the history of the world whose deity is being worshipped 24 hrs a day, all around the globe and ghee arati is being offered in the countries in all the longitudes and latitudes of the world. Srila Prabhupada says in one of his conversations on April 18, 1977. "Bhagavata is giving you Krishna. Therefore everyone should read Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-Gita. So this is the parampara system, we are giving. In the future, if they follow, they will also be delivered. This is wanted. We have made some plans. We are making. So this will be left. When we shall die this will be left. And anyone who will accept this parampara system will be promoted to Krishna." In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.2.31, demigods pray to the Lord

svayaṁ samuttīrya sudustaraṁ dyuman
bhavārṇavaṁ bhīmam adabhra-sauhṛdāḥ
bhavat-padāmbhoruha-nāvam atra te
nidhāya yātāḥ sad-anugraho bhavān

O Lord, who resembles the shining sun, You are always ready to fulfill the desire of Your devotee, and therefore You are known as a desire tree [vaancha-kalpataru]. When acaryas completely take shelter under Your lotus feet in order to cross the fierce ocean of nescience, they leave behind on earth the method by which they cross, and because You are very merciful to Your other devotees, You accept this method to help them.

It is so true that Srila Prabhupada lives in his books and the Krishna conscious movement is developing with great velocity in all parts of the world. Recently one devotee from Ghana came and shared how Prabhupada's movement is so famous that they are known as Hare Krishna and it is a common term in Ghana. How wonderful it is that even the aborigines and tribal people of Africa can know about Krishna simply by the causeless mercy of Srila Prabhupada. It is none other than Srila Prabhupada who vibrantly spreads the movement through his books. Recently an American University has advocated "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" as one of the mandatory books to be read by those who are doing a PhD in religion and philosophy. We are worshipping Krishna deities through our senses. Studying Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita is worshipping Him through intelligence. In Bhagavad Gita, the Lord confirms the study of His instruction directly in 18.70:

adhyeṣyate ca ya imaṁ dharmyaṁ saṁvādam āvayoḥ
jñāna-yajñena tenāham iṣṭaḥ syām iti me matiḥ

And I declare that he who studies this sacred conversation of ours worships Me by his intelligence.

It is really unfortunate on our part that we don't want even to endeavour in reading these books. Srila Prabhupada gave "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" and our book is lying on the shelf as it is. This is the irony of our situation. As Maharaj says repeatedly, "Daily we lose faith in the process and in order to instill faith daily to our rascal mind about devotional service we have to go to Prabhupada's books. We have to study at least 2 hrs daily of Srila Prabhupada books or otherwise we cannot sustain in Krishna consciousness." 

Recently HG Devakinandan Prabhuji was sharing a vital point that in order to have the taste for holy names, we have to study Srimad Bhagavatam, and in order to develop taste for studying Srimad Bhagavatam, we should chant the Holy Names sincerely. These are like two rails of the railway track without which our devotional service train, will not move towards the desired destination of Krishna. The real test of studying Srimad Bhagavatam is whether we are able to sit alone and study it. Within 15 minutes, the mind shuts down. The mind has to be forced to do something which it does not want. We have to do this service of studying Srimad Bhagavatam because Srila Prabhupada has given his life and soul to make it available for us. We don't like it but we have to do for the satisfaction of spiritual masters and Srila Prabhupada. This is how we can please Guru, Srila Prabhupada and there is no other way is a great struggle and we have to fight it until death. 

Let me, therefore, pray to the Jagat Guru, Srila Prabhupada, and our beloved Gurudev to give me mercy and intelligence so that I really start studying Srila Prabhupada's books and apply in my lives to start the process of Krishna consciousness immediately though I am unable to do it.

Thank you very much, 
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev, 
Sajjanapriya Krishna Das, 
Abu Dhabi.