Hare Krishna! Please accept my most humble pranams! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev!
The following extract from the book "Jaya srila Prabhupada" authored by H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami, on Srila Prabhupada's presentation of sastra is worth meditating on the occasion of His Divine Grace's Vyaasa Pooja.
"Srila Prabhupada did not present sastra as a dry academic subject to be theorized, discussed and armchair-philosophized about. Instead of giving abstruse explanations, he spoke and lived the essence of sastra. He repeatedly emphasized the point of all sastra: " You are not this body. Surrender to Krishna."
Srila Prabhupada said that by reading his books we get in touch with the previous acharyas.Indeed, his purports to the sastra draw on the realization of the previous acharyas, whose commentaries Prabhupada consulted before composing his own. A special feature of Prabhupada's purports, however, is that he was the first to show how the Bhagavatham's principles can be practically applied in human society to effect a major change in the course of world history. Also for the first time ever, he comprehensively presented Gaudiya vaishnava philosophy, replete with all subtleties and complexities , in a non Indian language. Thus Prabhupada's explanations of vedic philosophy in simple, clear and uncomplicated English is an unprecedented achievement in literary history. English is a mleccha-bhasa(language of meat-eaters), but Srila Prabhupada purified it. Quoting Prabhupada's purports is as authorized as quoting from the original sanskrit sastras. The words of the acaryas are in one sense even more valuable than the original sastras, because without the acharyas's explanations , ordinary people would not be able to understand the meaning of sastra."
As our Guru maharaj always says, "With all due respects to Srila Vyasadeva , Prabhupada's purports are more nectarean than the verses."
Srila Prabhupada has thus left an invaluable treasure for all his children like us and it is upto us to immerse ourselves into it and really come to our senses.
Srila Prabhupada ki jai!
Srila Gurudev ki jai!
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi.
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