Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,
Please accept my humble pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev.
Last week, our spiritual master, H.H.Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj gave a very enlightening class on the following verse from Srimad Bhagavatam (8.1.32)
tat-kathaasu mahat punyam / dhanyam svastyayanam shubham
yatra yatrottamashloko / bhagavaan giyate harih
"Any literature or narration in which the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Uttamashloka, is described and glorified is certainly great, pure, glorious, auspicious and all good."
Maharaj was reading from one of his very old diary in which he had taken down this verse several years back. He had written down his own words which he dictated to us - "Similarly the life of a pure devotee who is unflinchingly attached to the narrations of the Lord is also certainly great, pure, glorious, auspicious and all good."
In the purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada stresses the importance of reading and preaching from his books. Every word of Srila Prabhupada's books are impregnated with glorification of the Lord due to which they have been read all over the world even today by devotees and non-devotees alike. These books that Srila Prabhupada had written are full of life and are bringing so many souls to the lotus feet of Krishna even now. We should understand and appreciate the value of these invaluable literature that are available to us so easily. We should somehow or other increase the taste for reading His Divine Grace's books every day and immerse ourselves in the nectarean glorification of Lord's activities. No other book has so much intensity and purity that Srila Prabhupada's books have. We should not read these books for entertainment but for our enlightenment. As we get attached to these literatures, automatically our life will also become great, pure, glorious, auspicious and all good.
As Maharaj often recalls how much Srila Prabhupada was upset when devotees were not spending time reading his books. Maharaj would say emphatically that if Prabhupada were with us today, he would force us to sit and read his books at least 4 hours a day.
Many times devotees complain that they do not know how to preach. But the easiest way to preach to the public is by constantly reading Srila Prabhupada's books and listening to his lectures. By reading his books the transcendental knowledge gets transferred into our hearts automatically and whatever has to be spoken to the audience comes our of our heart by itself when we sincerely meditate on his vani. So many sincere preachers bear testimony to this transcendental experience.
We can experience it too if we sincerely study Srila Prabhupada's books regularly, seriously and intensely.
Thankyou very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das
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