Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.
His Grace Purnacandra prabhu quotes "question and answer" on "preaching" in the recent e-mail.
Specifically, here's a part of the question that I found interesting: "If a person takes to Krishna consciousness based on his or her prior karma, then what is the need to preach to them?..."
In response to the above question, the following answer was provided: "...one gets the seed of bhakti from another bhakta. When one meets a devotee carrying bhakti in his/her heart, one is entitled to receive that seed of bhakti if one responds favorably to that association, irrespective of what their previous pious / impious credits are. So the conclusion is there is actually GREAT need to 'preach' or distribute Krishna consciousness."
Based on my personal experience and realizations, I strongly agree with the above answer. I was in the Border's bookstore near my house in Minneapolis (USA), and accidentally saw His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada 's "Bhagavad-Gita As It Is" on the shelf. I bought that paperback edition. For the first time, I found the absolute truth explained by one of the purest devotees of the Lord. That was two years ago. His Divine Grace's work planted the seed of bhakti in my heart. My subsequent association with His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaja's humble disciples in Minneapolis (USA) provided the support I needed to continue on the path of Krishna consciousness. His Grace Kalacakra prabhu has played - and continues to play - the blessed role of patiently guiding me every time I have doubts.
I am taking the liberty of quoting His Divine Grace's few words on "preaching." Your graces have read these words earlier, but I'm sure your graces will cherish the warmth these blessed words will bring to hearts.
"...The highest perfectional project of philanthropic activities is to engage everyone in the act of PREACHING bhakti-yoga all over the world because that alone can save the people from the control of maya, or the material nature represented by kala, karma and guna..." - -Purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.13.46 (emphasis added).
"...Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to purify the whole atmosphere of the polluted world by sending qualified PREACHERS all over the world...it is quite fit and proper to take up the PREACHING of Srimad-Bhagavatam all over the world without delay..." -Purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.18.18 (emphasis added).
"...There are different climates and situations in different parts of the world, and if one has to discharge his duties to PREACH the message of the Lord, he must be expert in adjusting things in terms of the time and place..."
-Purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.9 (emphasis added).
My heartfelt thanks to your graces for preaching the Lord's blessed message,
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